Live in Gdańsk

Live in Gdańsk is a live album by David Gilmour. It is a part of his On an Island project which includes an album, tour, DVD, and live album. It was released on 22 September 2008. A David Gilmour Signature Series Fender Stratocaster was released at the same time.

Live in Gdańsk
Live album by
Released22 September 2008
Specific regions are detailed below
Recorded26 August 2006
GenreProgressive rock
Length2:28:58 (2-CD version),
7:40:58 (4-disc 2-CD/2-DVD version),
8:58:24 (5-disc 3-CD/2-DVD version)
2:58:47 (iTunes version)
LabelEMI (UK)
Columbia (U.S.)
DirectorGavin Elder
ProducerDavid Gilmour, Phil Manzanera
David Gilmour chronology
On an Island
Live in Gdańsk
Metallic Spheres
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
ChartAttack3/5 stars[3]
The Guardian3/5 stars[4]
Classic Rock8/10 stars[6]


It is a recording of the final show of his On an Island Tour in 2006, where he played to an audience of 50,000 at the Gdańsk Shipyard to celebrate the founding of the Solidarity trade union. The show featured the song "A Great Day for Freedom", from the Pink Floyd album The Division Bell (1994) and was the only show of the tour to feature it. It was last performed by Gilmour during his semi-acoustic shows in 2002.

Gilmour played the entire On an Island album during this concert.

It's the final Pink Floyd-related recording to feature Richard Wright, who died on 15 September 2008, one week before the album's official release. Also notably, this concert took place approximately one month following the death of Syd Barrett. Gilmour and his band were backed by the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zbigniew Preisner. Leszek Możdżer was featured on piano as a special guest.


The six different available editions of Live in Gdańsk are:

  • 2-disc edition containing the concert on CD
  • 3-disc edition containing the above plus a DVD featuring 114 minutes of concert footage, plus a 36-minute documentary
  • 4-disc edition containing the above plus a 5.1-surround sound mix of On an Island and 11 extra audio-visual tracks taken from various TV appearances[7]
  • 5-disc deluxe edition containing the above plus an extra CD containing 12 bonus live tracks from the 2006 tour[8] as well as a wallet of memorabilia.
  • 5-LP vinyl edition containing the whole Gdansk show, including "Wot's... Uh the Deal?" and a bonus LP containing 2 Barn Jams, "On the Turning Away" and 2 songs from Live at Abbey Road.
  • iTunes edition containing the entire album, plus various region-dependent audio and video extras.

The DVD that comes with the 3, 4, and 5 disc sets allowed the purchaser to download 12 additional tracks free of charge via a web-pass. (As of May 2010, this content is no longer accessible.) These tracks included all 12 tracks on the bonus CD included with the 5 disc version, and the song "Wot's...Uh the Deal?" that was performed at the concert but not included on the album itself. The bonus tracks were released one per month as follows:

Track listingEdit

Below are the official track listings for the different editions of the album.

Standard editionEdit

The standard two CD edition is the most basic form of the album and is simply the recording of the Gdańsk show, omitting "Wot's... Uh the Deal?":

Three-disc editionEdit

This version contains the two CDs above and the following DVD:

Four-disc editionEdit

This version contains the three discs above and the following DVD:

Deluxe editionEdit

This version contains the four discs above and the following CD containing the 12 live tracks that are available via the web-pass on Disc 3.

The deluxe edition is no longer in production.

Vinyl editionEdit

The vinyl edition of the album is no longer in production.

  • Plus a 20-page booklet and a web-pass which allows a single download (mp3) version of one of the tracks from Disc 5 of the Deluxe Edition which can be downloaded to only one computer.[9]

iTunes editionEdit

and the following:

  • "Wearing the Inside Out" video (from the Mermaid Theatre)
  • "Take a Breath" video (from Live from Abbey Road)
  • "Speak to Me/Breathe/Time/Breathe (reprise)" [10:41] video (from Gdańsk) (US and Canada only)
  • "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" [5:12] partial video (first verse onwards) (from Gdańsk) (US and Canada only)
  • Digital booklet


UK Television
Gilmour guested on Jools Holland's live TV show Later! Live.... with Jools Holland on BBC2 on 23 September 2008, originally to promote the new live album, performing the songs "Astronomy Domine", "The Blue" and "Fat Old Sun" but with the death of Richard Wright on 15 September he changed his set to "Remember a Day" (one of Rick Wright's contributions to the A Saucerful of Secrets album) and "The Blue" (a track from On an Island to which Wright contributed organ and vocals).

On Friday 26 September 2008, BBC Four held a David Gilmour Night, showing part of the Gdańsk concert and "Gdańsk Diary" documentary.

US Television
VH1 Classic ran parts of the Gdańsk concert on several nights in late October. The programme includes songs omitted from the DVD: "Speak to Me" / "Breathe", "Time", "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", and "Wish You Were Here".

US Cinemas
Selected US cinemas gave showings of the "Gdańsk" concert during release week. This showing also included songs omitted from the DVD: "Speak to Me" / "Breathe", "Time", "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", and "Wish You Were Here", though the theaters' did not show "Echoes".

US Radio
Westwood One aired a world première of the "Gdańsk" concert the weekend before release and included new interviews with David Gilmour.
Since the announcement of the sets release, Gilmour has had certain songs up on his site that vary, including "Fat Old Sun" and "Wot's... Uh the Deal?" in low quality.


Tour Personnel

Barn Jam Personnel


The album debuted at number 10 on the UK Album chart[10] and debuted at number 26 on the US Billboard album chart.

Year Chart Position[11]
2008 Argentina 4
2008 Poland 5
2008 Portugal 5
2008 Belgium (Wallonia) 5
2008 Italy 7
2008 UK 10
2008 Germany 12
2008 The Netherlands 14
2008 Switzerland 14
2008 France 15
2008 Canada 19
2008 New Zealand 20
2008 Ireland 22
2008 Belgium (Flanders) 22
2008 Sweden 24
2008 USA 26
2008 Austria 28
2008 Czech Republic 29
2008 Hungary 29
2008 Australia 30
2008 Norway 34
2008 Denmark 38

Release scheduleEdit

The release dates for the album are as follows:


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ BBC review
  3. ^ ChartAttack review Archived 10 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ The Guardian review
  5. ^ IGN review Archived 8 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Clerk, Carol (2008–09), David Gilmour - Live in Gdansk, Classic Rock Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ On an Island blog page at David Gilmour website Archived 11 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Page about the bonus tracks at David Gilmour website Archived 14 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ a b c Gdansk album page at David Gilmour website
  10. ^ "David Gilmour | Artist". Official Charts. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
  11. ^ "Live In Gdansk - chart positions". 3 October 2008. Retrieved 3 October 2008.
  12. ^ web pass blog page at David Gilmour website Archived 20 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ a b Blog page at David Gilmour website Archived 22 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine

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