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David Gilmour — Fat Old Sun (live)
Album: Live in Gdansk
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7.7

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Total ratings: 2457









Released: 2008
Length: 6:29
Plays (last 30 days): 3
When that fat old sun in the sky is falling,
Summer evening birds are calling.
Summer's thunder time of year,
The sound of music in my ears.

Distant bells,
New mown grass smells so sweet.
By the river holding hands,
Roll me up and lay me down.
And if you sit,
Don't make a sound.

Pick your feet up off the ground.
And if you hear as the warm night falls
The silver sound from a time so strange,
Sing to me, sing to me.

When that fat old sun in the sky is falling,
Summer evening birds are calling.
Children's laughter in my ears,
The last sunlight disappears.
And if you sit,
Don't make a sound.

Pick your feet up off the ground.
And if you hear as the warm night falls
The silver sound from a time so strange,
Sing to me, sing to me.

When that fat old sun in the sky is falling,
Summer evening birds are calling.
Children's laughter in my ears,
The last sunlight disappears.
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somehow I have tears in my eyes
Damn thing is always 20 minutes too short. 
Amazing guitar sound, as always... 
 Queue wrote:
Whoever is on bass is laying a heavy foundation for this solo.

The hammond is beautiful filling.

Gilmour's icing is superb.

Somehow my analogy went from a building to a cake, but this is awesome.
 

A true crack 



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Do enjoy this every time! (I think that solo is called being "in the zone!")
Fat Old Sun is definitely not one of my favorite PF songs, but the guitar solo in that live version is amazing 
I love the outro solo. Less modulation that David typically uses during a solo, and I think it's a good thing here.
 Laptopdog wrote:
Good Lord, I had this as a 7 just out of respect for one of my favorite artists. That was before I heard the solo at the end. Make that a 9.
 

Buy the enhanced CD /DVD set . WELL worth the price -- IMHO.   
Wow that's my country
Good Lord, I had this as a 7 just out of respect for one of my favorite artists. That was before I heard the solo at the end. Make that a 9.
-  sfyi2001 wrote:




{#Crown}


 

Brings a lump to my throat and tears to my eyes, it is so good.

I remember seeing Pink Floyd playing this at a free concert in Hyde Park (late 60’s?j.
Kinda making my hair tingle.
Amazing
Working late in the office (9:30PM).

Cranked it up in anticipation of that solo!!!!!

And then turned it up some more!!!!!

I will never tire of this performance.

I hope the cleaning crew likes Pink Floyd.    
 veloman wrote:
Brilliant meld from 2 geniuses who wrote their music 250 yrs apart. JS Bach prelude (Hedges) and David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
Good work Bill 🙂 
 
Today, BillG paired the 'sounds-like-Fearless' track by The Charlatans with this.  I'd almost call that sneaky if it weren't Bill's m.o. (And a great m.o. to have) - Long Live RP and the brilliant segues!!
Wonder if anyone ever made a compilation of just the solos, and binned the rest. Probably quite a few.
So much 
Make that guitar sing, David!
Interesting follow up on the song by the Charlatans, containing a most definite homage to Pink Floyd's FEARLESS.
 kbrochford wrote:
If this solo doesn't make you think David Gilmour is a guitar god, then you don't know the meaning of guitar.  Or god.
 

Lol
 lizardking wrote:
 expatlar wrote:
This one always makes me stop what I'm doing and listen, particularly when he gets in to that solo. JEEZ that's great guitar playing.
Queue wrote:

You have exactly described what just happened to me.  (and this version does it to me every time I hear it)

That solo is inspiring!

 
Same for me, plus I've FINALLY decided that DG is my favorite Rock guitarist to listen to; used to be Eric Clapton and well, I seem to enjoy David's playing so much more, esp. as I've gotten older.  Brilliance and awe inspiring for sure.  PEACE and Long Live RP!!
 
Let's just found a club then ! Same symptoms as you guys.


Also made me realise that while I usually feel slightly guilty in a "I'm a narcissistic ass" way for commenting songs, it's actually the need/ want to share feelings and impressions that most often prompts the said commenting.

This being said, thanks Mr Gilmour :-)
Bumped as well
Brilliant meld from 2 geniuses who wrote their music 250 yrs apart. JS Bach prelude (Hedges) and David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
Good work Bill 🙂 
Incredible - bumping up one to a TEN!  
A bump up from 7 to 8.
 blotto wrote:
Godlike is the only rating that applies here.
 
That guitar solo... just fantastic !
Godlike is the only rating that applies here.
why not ply the echoes version of this album (with rick wright!) - it is even better than the PF original version - and this hasnt been played for month/years now.
This whole Album is a masterpiece. I wish I could have seen it live !
I recommend the 'Deluxe Edition' -- it comes with a DVD of the concert.
Gonna give this a 8 for the solo, but man, I can only take so much of his singing...
2015 show....so he shreds like that at the ripe young age of 69.
Quite superb..!
Beyond Fabulous, has he gotten better with age, I think so. 
{#Notworthy}
Just pump up the volume !
I will never support any artist who copies another’s work. I am old school and think “sampling” etc. is total bullshit. A pox upon them all!
Wonderful version. Thank you David. And Radio Paradise.
Man, this new player with the 'flac' setting is pretty damn awesome. :-)
Whoever is on bass is laying a heavy foundation for this solo.

The hammond is beautiful filling.

Gilmour's icing is superb.

Somehow my analogy went from a building to a cake, but this is awesome.
Goosebumps
If you're gonna compare a Gilmour solo, you compare it to every other solo ever played... that wasn't played by David Gilmour. {#Cheesygrin}
 rpdevotee wrote:
This is why David Gilmour is my favorite guitarist

 
Yes! We have 100% agreement on this!
Long Live RP!  
 gmsingh123 wrote:
The original, from Atom Heart Mother iirc, is far better.  I've heard it said that at some point Pink Floyd became their own tribute band and "Live in Gdansk" certainly fills that bill.

 
Yes, but is this Pink Floyd?  I think not.  And the original on Atom Heart is a more mellow track, more surreal, but I would disagree that it's better.  The solo here explodes the air space, and that's a very good thing. 




{#Crown}


If this solo doesn't make you think David Gilmour is a guitar god, then you don't know the meaning of guitar.  Or god.
Waw! It's great to hear Gilmour rocking like this! (usually he plays superb lullabies...)
The original, from Atom Heart Mother iirc, is far better.  I've heard it said that at some point Pink Floyd became their own tribute band and "Live in Gdansk" certainly fills that bill.
 expatlar wrote:
This one always makes me stop what I'm doing and listen, particularly when he gets in to that solo. JEEZ that's great guitar playing.
Queue wrote:

You have exactly described what just happened to me.  (and this version does it to me every time I hear it)

That solo is inspiring!

 
Same for me, plus I've FINALLY decided that DG is my favorite Rock guitarist to listen to; used to be Eric Clapton and well, I seem to enjoy David's playing so much more, esp. as I've gotten older.  Brilliance and awe inspiring for sure.  PEACE and Long Live RP!!
 westslope wrote:

6 beaver bucks?  To US$650 a few years later?  Cool......  

Glad you saw them when they were still 'making it' and working really hard to get there.  Gotta love the Brit work ethic. 

It is OK OTB.  Gloat away.  :-)   I am reasonably sure that more than a few of us love the war stories. 

 
Yeah, all honor to the aged, the survivors, the still alive and kicking with their implanted hips and pace makers tickin!!!  Took a beating from Viet Nam and Nixon and kept on keeping on.    The poor millenials, I love them, some of my best son and daughters are, but they have not seen the buzz saw come out yet to cut them down like dogs.   But when it does, god help the capitalist trying to hold on to power, in this our darkest hour, these kids have been on computers since diapers.  The things they can do with a few keystrokes!{#Skull}
Got my attention! Just raised from 7 to 8!
 expatlar wrote:
This one always makes me stop what I'm doing and listen, particularly when he gets in to that solo. JEEZ that's great guitar playing.

 
You have exactly described what just happened to me.  (and this version does it to me every time I hear it)

That solo is inspiring!
Not a fan of Fat Old Floyd but I sure dig this! There is LIFE in it!
OH, HELL YEAH! Loved it then, love it now... Makes me want to get out some old Funky Dung and rattle the walls and windows with it!
 Highlowsel wrote:

Six bucks eh?  Cheap cheap cheap indeed.  But then again, all things are relative ain't they?  What was the average income in circa 19 "ought" 74?  A quick peek to the Google we go.  {#Motor} 

Median income was....~$11K.  What was the price of gas back then?  ~$0.35/gallon?  Ahhhh yes....relativity....not exactly what 'ol Einstein meant but.....?

Highlow
American Net'Zen




By chance, is your first name 'Richard' ?   {#Think}


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This is why David Gilmour is my favorite guitarist
This Solo is so much better then the one he did on the original version.
Transition point to the solo pretty well soars. Well above the usual Gilmour Floyd moribund dross. There is actually a little bit of LIFE in it. Perhaps the old fart was on the receiving end of a little ECT?









 On_The_Beach wrote:

I saw Pink Floyd on the Dark Side of the Moon tour, circa 1974.
They opened with the then unreleased "Wish You Were Here" album in its entirety.
After a break they returned with the entire Dark Side of the Moon album.
Absurdly awesome.
Ticket price? . . . Six bucks.
Sorry if this sounds like gloating, I couldn't resist.  ; )

 
Six bucks eh?  Cheap cheap cheap indeed.  But then again, all things are relative ain't they?  What was the average income in circa 19 "ought" 74?  A quick peek to the Google we go.  {#Motor} 

Median income was....~$11K.  What was the price of gas back then?  ~$0.35/gallon?  Ahhhh yes....relativity....not exactly what 'ol Einstein meant but.....?

Highlow
American Net'Zen
This one always makes me stop what I'm doing and listen, particularly when he gets in to that solo. JEEZ that's great guitar playing.
Eddie Van Halen has a Fat Old Son.. His name is Wolfgang. 
 On_The_Beach wrote:

I saw Pink Floyd on the Dark Side of the Moon tour, circa 1974.
They opened with the then unreleased "Wish You Were Here" album in its entirety.
After a break they returned with the entire Dark Side of the Moon album.
Absurdly awesome.
Ticket price? . . . Six bucks.
Sorry if this sounds like gloating, I couldn't resist.  ; )

 
6 beaver bucks?  To US$650 a few years later?  Cool......  

Glad you saw them when they were still 'making it' and working really hard to get there.  Gotta love the Brit work ethic. 

It is OK OTB.  Gloat away.  :-)   I am reasonably sure that more than a few of us love the war stories. 
It's always what it is. 20 minutes too short!
 merrickw wrote:

Interesting, last playlist song was The Charlatans — Here Comes A Soul Saver

which 'borrows' Gilmour's Fearless riff ...  I guess that's the thread ...



 
And then I thought I heard some "Shine a Light" in the solo. But since that's not the next song, I might be wrong.
 ShamanManu wrote:

yup, they borrowed that riff from Fearless (Meddle album)

 
Interesting, last playlist song was The Charlatans — Here Comes A Soul Saver

which 'borrows' Gilmour's Fearless riff ...  I guess that's the thread ...


This song really starts for me when the singing stops
 Rockstable wrote:
My favourite Gilmour guitar solo, how heavenly it is. Play it more, more please!

 
I'll take the one on 'Dogs' from Animals, but this one is great as well. 
I think I like the live version even better than the studio version.  {#Good-vibes}
Awesome this is such a good song to see live

It gives you goose bumps and makes the hair on your arms stand up



 
Wow.
 On_Tyou'llach wrote:

I saw Pink Floyd on the Dark Side of the Moon tour, circa 1974.
They opened with the then unreleased "Wish You Were Here" album in its entirety.
After a break they returned with the entire Dark Side of the Moon album.
Absurdly awesome.
Ticket price? . . . Six bucks.
Sorry if this sounds like gloating, I couldn't resist.  ; )

 
If there is such a thing as karma than you'll probably Spend eternity in an elevator listening to Air Supply.
You guys are awesome! Listening to your station whenever I can. Found lots of new interesting music here. Thanks alot for your inspiration!
The song starts for me when the lyrics end.
 On_The_Beach wrote:

I saw Pink Floyd on the Dark Side of the Moon tour, circa 1974.
They opened with the then unreleased "Wish You Were Here" album in its entirety.
After a break they returned with the entire Dark Side of the Moon album.
Absurdly awesome.
Ticket price? . . . Six bucks.
Sorry if this sounds like gloating, I couldn't resist.  ; )

 
Jealous, grew up listening and so in awe of them in Iteland in the 70'ies as a schoolboy
 jhorton wrote:
Tried to buy David Gilmour tickets at 10 this morning, Madison Square Garden sold out in minutes. Only seats left were nosebleeds at over two-hundred and fifty US Dollars per!
Front row was $ 650. but I'd almost pay that to be able to actually see him. 
I was able to score 14th row just left of center at the Orpheum in Boston for My Morning Jacket, for only $ 65. each, so I guess I'll console myself with that...
 
I saw Pink Floyd on the Dark Side of the Moon tour, circa 1974.
They opened with the then unreleased "Wish You Were Here" album in its entirety.
After a break they returned with the entire Dark Side of the Moon album.
Absurdly awesome.
Ticket price? . . . Six bucks.
Sorry if this sounds like gloating, I couldn't resist.  ; )
Seamless transition from Charlatans-Gilmore.
not crazy about either but heard back to back,  appreciate both.


Gorgeous.  
 jhorton wrote:
Tried to buy David Gilmour tickets at 10 this morning, Madison Square Garden sold out in minutes. Only seats left were nosebleeds at over two-hundred and fifty US Dollars per!

Front row was $ 650. but I'd almost pay that to be able to actually see him. 
 
I was lucky, picked up floor seats (~$250 each) for the MSG show.  Booked my flight, hotel, and I am ready to see the Guitar God in person. My life will be complete (saw Roger twice on The Wall tour).
Each time i hear this cut, i kick myself for not seeing David at Radio City when he toured...
Love that segue. From Pink Floyd-ish to, um, Pink Floyd almost. 
Today, you are playing all my obscure favourite songs. Perfect for a wet cold November morning. Thank you!
 
My favourite Gilmour guitar solo, how heavenly it is. Play it more, more please!
 Old_Pat wrote:
Dear David,

Not all guitar riffs need to be either an anthem or an epic.

Thank you. 

 
Maybe not all, but this one does, and is.

I am always disappointed when this one ends because I could listen to it go on for another 10 minutes at least.

Thanks for your opinion Old_Pat, even if we don't care what you think.  ;-)
 DaidyBoy wrote:
Dreadful first half.  Roaring second half.  Like two different songs to my ear.

 
Couldn't agree more - it's a pretty good old-school jam at the end. The song though? Bloomin 'eck I'm rarely negative on here, but it's a shocker. His voice is so insipid and the lyrics....
Nice touch - The Charlatans use the riff from Floyd's Fearless (Meddle), and Gilmour's voice is up next.
Tried to buy David Gilmour tickets at 10 this morning, Madison Square Garden sold out in minutes. Only seats left were nosebleeds at over two-hundred and fifty US Dollars per!

Front row was $ 650. but I'd almost pay that to be able to actually see him. 

I was able to score 14th row just left of center at the Orpheum in Boston for My Morning Jacket, for only $ 65. each, so I guess I'll console myself with that...
Awesome, just awesome!
ahh yes, now this is more like it.. {#Music}
Majestic {#Clap}{#Notworthy}
 100% Agreed!!

coloradojohn wrote:
I'm with this opinion, for sure! Makes me wanna dig out and play Funky Dung from Atom Heart Mother. The dude FLAT-OUT JAMS IT! 
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Relayer wrote:
Good god, that finishing solo just smacks you with its perfection and power.  Still my favorite guitarist hands down. 


 


I'm with this opinion, for sure! Makes me wanna dig out and play Funky Dung from Atom Heart Mother. The dude FLAT-OUT JAMS IT! 
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Relayer wrote:
Good god, that finishing solo just smacks you with its perfection and power.  Still my favorite guitarist hands down. 

solid 8. one of the top 5 rock guitarists of all time.
Vero hendrix solo 👍
 FourFortyEight wrote:

That's your opinion.  I happen to look forward to the lengthy guitar work at the end...

 
Me too.  It rocks!  Gilmour is one of the best, without being flashy.  Just tasteful.
 Old_Pat wrote:
Dear David,

Not all guitar riffs need to be either an anthem or an epic.

Thank you. 

 
And not all of his riffs are that. On the other hand, it's hard with his ability to be just mediocre wouldn't you say? I don't think Gilmour has a rep for "over-playing" a guitar part.
I'm so glad he did this.   It is well documented that he sat down and wrote most of his iconic solos, all very planned. 
This however is great, it's him jamming off the cuff, combining all his lil tricks wandering up and down the fret board in D like , as they seem to now say, a "bad arse".

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My favorite part to this song is the "anthemic" guitar solo. Love Gilmour's solo work.
Dear David,

Not all guitar riffs need to be either an anthem or an epic.

Thank you. 
 tutakea wrote:
No reason to play this version, imho. Does not add anything to the original (which is in itself a minor work) - and is played quite uninspired and very foreseeable, with extremely annoying lengthy guitar soloparts at the end ...

and: I am a admirer of early(!) pink floyd myself, but within the last weeks i have the feeling at least one or two PF or PF-related songs are played here, every hour!

a significant reduction would be very much welcome!

 
That's your opinion.  I happen to look forward to the lengthy guitar work at the end...
No reason to play this version, imho. Does not add anything to the original (which is in itself a minor work) - and is played quite uninspired and very foreseeable, with extremely annoying lengthy guitar soloparts at the end ...

and: I am a admirer of early(!) pink floyd myself, but within the last weeks i have the feeling at least one or two PF or PF-related songs are played here, every hour!

a significant reduction would be very much welcome!
Dreadful first half.  Roaring second half.  Like two different songs to my ear.
 DavidStrand wrote:
The original is a couple of notches better, especially Masons drumming but the whole arrangement, really relaxing and laid back; this live version is nice for variation but sounds much more like a standard pop song.

 
Spot on
Good god, that finishing solo just smacks you with its perfection and power.  Still my favorite guitarist hands down. 
Sweet mellow voice, easy going melody, great tune.  Then, a ridiculously off the hook blues guitar solo.  Both provided by the same guy.  Only David Gilmour.{#Cool}
Man, what a smoking hot set. Those last four songs have blown me away and absolutely kick-started my Saturday. Thank you.
sooo booooring!!!
The original is a couple of notches better, especially Masons drumming but the whole arrangement, really relaxing and laid back; this live version is nice for variation but sounds much more like a standard pop song.
{#Daisy}Its only 7.30 in the morning...but now feeling most marvelous....yep agree with person below.....20 mins too short{#Daisy}
Am I the only one who thinks, that on this one the loss of his voice is tremendously obvious? For god's sake he didn't lose his skills on the strings.
 kingart wrote:
THAT GUITAR RIP IS TWENTY MINUTES TOO SHORT! 

 
He can't do "Comfortably Numb" every time. It is, however, a very nice rip. {#Dancingbanana_2}
Such a brilliant concert album and this track is just fabulous!
Excellent version of this fat, old song.
This is what God would listen to... if he had the internets...
 
This recording breathed a whole new lease of life into this old blot. Brilliant stuff.
Undying ,timeless  musical  pearl,,
THAT GUITAR RIP IS TWENTY MINUTES TOO SHORT! 
GAWDLIKE
This  one's originally from "Atom heart mother." David's live recording is a bit heavier than the original. I'd rather listen to the original. But still great.