David Gilmour’s Dream Team To Return To Music After Pink Floyd’s 12 Years Of Break

Although it is hard to separate David Gilmour from Pink Floyd since he is the embodiment of the band, the guitarist has also pursued a successful solo career and worked with some of the most respected names in music. By the late 1970s, Gilmour thought his tenure in Pink Floyd failed to fulfill his real potential and canalized his energy and ideas to his debut self-titled solo studio album, released in May 1978.

Then, the guitarist produced ‘The Wall‘ and ‘The Final Cut‘ albums with Pink Floyd, but the band’s negative atmosphere during the making process of these albums led Gilmour to turn to his solo journey again. David Gilmour’s second solo effort, ‘About Face,’ arrived in March 1984. The album featured many good musicians, including drummer Jeff Porcaro, Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord, Roy Harper and Sam Brown on back vocals, orchestral arranger Michael Kamen, and bassist Pino Palladino.

In the following years, Gilmour released 1987’s ‘A Momentary Lapse of Reason‘ and 1994’s ‘The Division Bell‘ with Pink Floyd. He returned to producing solo material after 22 years when he put out his third solo album, ‘On an Island,‘ in 2006. The guitarist worked with many notable names that were worth turning back to music after so many years.

Which Prominent Musicians Did David Gilmour’s Dream Team Include?

When David Gilmour released ‘On an Island in 2006, he hadn’t produced any new material since Pink Floyd’s 1994 album, ‘The Division Bell.’ Following the record, the band embarked on a major international tour to promote the album. Later, the guitarist released two live albums, ‘Pulse’ and ‘Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live 1980–81’ with the group.

Pink Floyd kept performing, yet no new material appeared during this period. Thus, Gilmour again decided to channel his ideas into his solo efforts and returned to the music scene with his third album, ‘On an Island.’ The guitarist collaborated with many notable artists that could be considered a dream team. The record featured David Crosby, Graham Nash, Robert Wyatt, Jools Holland, and Georgie Fame. Pink Floyd crew also didn’t leave him alone either.

The band’s keyboardist Richard Wright, early member Bob Klose, and their session and touring musician Guy Pratt were among the other names who contributed to the album. Chris Tomas and Phil Manzanera also took part in the production team. Gilmour’s wife, Polly Samson, wrote most of the lyrics, while Andy Jackson performed the engineering duties. This dream team brought David Gilmour back to music with new material after 12 years of break.

You can listen to ‘On an Island’ through Spotify below.