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Live in Gdańsk

Live in Gdańsk
David Gilmour
Released 22 September 2008
Specific regions are detailed below
Recorded 26 August 2006
Genre Progressive rock, Blues-rock, Symphonic rock
Length 2:28:58 (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)
Label EMI (UK)
Columbia (U.S.)
Producer David Gilmour, Phil Manzanera
David Gilmour chronology

On an Island
Live in Gdańsk
Metallic Spheres
(with The Orb)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
BBC (favourable)[2]
ChartAttack 3/5 stars[3]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[4]
IGN (8.4/10)[5]
Classic Rock 8/10 stars[6]

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.


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", which appears on Pink Floyd's final studio album The Division Bell from 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.

It's also the final Pink Floyd-related recording to feature Richard Wright, who died on 15 September 2008, one week before the album's official release. Gilmour and his band were backed by the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zbigniew Preisner and Leszek Możdżer on piano.

Chart performance

The album debuted at number 10 on the UK Album chart[7] and debuted at number 26 on the US Billboard album chart.


The release dates for the album are as follows:


The four different available versions of Live in Gdańsk are:

  • 2-disc version containing the concert on CD
  • 3-disc version containing the above plus a DVD featuring 114 minutes of concert footage, plus a 36-minute documentary
  • 4-disc version 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[11]
  • 5-disc version containing the above plus an extra CD containing 12 bonus live tracks from the 2006 tour[12] as well as a wallet of memorabilia.

The DVD that comes with the 3, 4, and 5 disc sets allowed the purchaser to download 13 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 a month as follows:

  • September 2008: "Wot's...Uh the Deal?"
  • October 2008: "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" (Live from Venice and Vienne)
  • November 2008: "Dominoes"(Live from Paris)
  • December 2008: "The Blue" (Live, Vienne)
  • January 2009: "Take a Breath" (Live, Munich)
  • February 2009: "Wish You Were Here" (Live, Glasgow)
  • March 2009: "Coming Back to Life" (Live, Florence)
  • April 2009: "Find the Cost of Freedom" (Live, Manchester)
  • May 2009: "This Heaven" (Live, Vienne)
  • June 2009: "Wearing the Inside Out" (Live, Milan)
  • July 2009: "A Pocketful of Stones" (Live, Vienne)
  • August 2009: "Where We Start" (Live, Vienne)
  • September 2009: "On the Turning Away" (Live, Venice)

Exclusive to independent record retailers, the American version includes a bonus CD containing the track "Wots... Uh the Deal?", unavailable in Europe.

Track listing

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

Standard edition

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?":
Disc 1

  1. "Speak to Me" – 1:23
  2. "Breathe" – 2:49
  3. "Time" – 5:38
  4. "Breathe (Reprise)" – 1:32
  5. "Castellorizon" – 3:47
  6. "On an Island" – 7:26
  7. "The Blue" – 6:39
  8. "Red Sky at Night" – 3:03
  9. "This Heaven" – 4:33
  10. "Then I Close My Eyes" – 7:42
  11. "Smile" – 4:26
  12. "Take a Breath" – 6:47
  13. "A Pocketful of Stones" – 5:41
  14. "Where We Start" – 8:01

Disc 2

  1. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" – 12:07
  2. "Astronomy Domine" – 5:02
  3. "Fat Old Sun" – 6:40
  4. "High Hopes" – 9:57
  5. "Echoes" – 25:26
  6. "Wish You Were Here" – 5:15
  7. "A Great Day for Freedom" – 5:56
  8. "Comfortably Numb" – 9:22

Three-disc edition

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

DVD (Disc 3)

  • The album comes with a bonus DVD containing a 114-minute film of the concert featuring:
  1. "Castellorizon"
  2. "On an Island"
  3. "The Blue"
  4. "Red Sky at Night"
  5. "This Heaven"
  6. "Then I Close My Eyes"
  7. "Smile"
  8. "Take a Breath"
  9. "A Pocketful of Stones"
  10. "Where We Start"
  11. "Astronomy Domine"
  12. "High Hopes"
  13. "Echoes"
  14. "A Great Day for Freedom"
  15. "Comfortably Numb"
  • Gdańsk Diary - a 36-minute documentary.
  • Web-pass to download 12 additional live tracks recorded during the European tour and "Wot's...Uh the Deal?" (which was omitted from the album due to lack of space).

Four-disc Edition

This version contains the above three discs as well as the following:

DVD (Disc 4)
Disc 4 contains the following:

  • A 5.1 surround sound mix of On an Island (Audio only) – 51:42
  • Three never-before heard jams from The Barn, January 2007
    • "Barn Jam 166" – 4:49
    • "Barn Jam 192" – 2:49
    • "Barn Jam 121" – 7:32
      (All "Barn Jams" are written by Gilmour)

(From the Mermaid Theatre performance in 2006)

  • "On an Island" – 6:48
  • "High Hopes" – 9:10

(From the AOL Sessions, 2006)

  • "The Blue" – 6:27
  • "Take a Breath" – 6:20
  • "Echoes (Acoustic)" – 6:51

(From Live from Abbey Road)

Deluxe edition

The deluxe edition is no longer in production.
Disc 5
The Deluxe Edition has the double-album + the two above DVDs + a third CD containing the 12 live tracks that are available free of charge via the web-pass on the DVD from the 3 and 4 Disc versions, taken from the On an Island 2006 tour. In the US, this edition was only available at Best Buy retailers and while outside the US was readily available.

The five wallets from the Deluxe Edition & vinyl edition.
  1. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" – 13:09
    Venice, 12 August 2006 & Vienne, 31 July 2006
  2. "Dominoes" – 4:53
    Paris, 15 March 2006
  3. "The Blue" – 6:21
    Vienne, 31 July 2006
  4. "Take a Breath" – 6:43
    Munich, 29 July 2006
  5. "Wish You Were Here" – 5:17
    Glasgow, 27 May 2006
  6. "Coming Back to Life" – 7:10
    Florence, 2 August 2006
  7. "Find the Cost of Freedom" – 1:27
    Manchester, 26 May 2006
  8. "This Heaven" – 4:27
    Vienne, 31 July 2006
  9. "Wearing the Inside Out" – 7:32
    Milan, 25 March 2006
  10. "A Pocketful of Stones" – 6:27
    Vienne, 31 July 2006
  11. "Where We Start" – 7:37
    Vienne, 31 July 2006
  12. "On the Turning Away" – 6:06
    Venice, 12 August 2006

The Deluxe Edition also contains a 20-page booklet (the other versions have a 12-page booklet) and these items of memorabilia:

  • Reproduction postcard
  • Ticket
  • Backstage pass and artist's pass
  • A large double-sided poster
  • A guitar plectrum (a replica of the plectrums used by Gilmour on the tour)
  • Seven photographs

Vinyl Edition

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

LP 1:

  1. "Speak to Me"
  2. "Breathe"
  3. "Time"
  4. "Breathe (Reprise)"
  5. "Castellorizon"
  6. "On an Island"
  7. "The Blue"
  8. "Red Sky at Night"
  9. "This Heaven"

LP 2:

  1. "Then I Close My Eyes"
  2. "Smile"
  3. "Take a Breath"
  4. "A Pocketful of Stones"
  5. "Where We Start"

LP 3:

  1. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond"
  2. "Wot's... Uh the Deal?"
  3. "Astronomy Domine"
  4. "Fat Old Sun"
  5. "High Hopes"

LP 4:

  1. "Echoes"
  2. "Wish You Were Here"
  3. "A Great Day for Freedom"
  4. "Comfortably Numb"

LP 5:

  1. "On the Turning Away" (Venice, 12 August 2006)
  2. "The Blue" (Live from Abbey Road, August 2006)
  3. "Echoes" (Acoustic) (Live from Abbey Road, August 2006)
  4. "Barn Jam 166"
  5. "Barn Jam 121"
  • 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.[8]

iTunes edition

  1. "Speak to Me"
  2. "Breathe"
  3. "Time"
  4. "Breathe (Reprise)"
  5. "Castellorizon"
  6. "On an Island"
  7. "The Blue"
  8. "Red Sky at Night"
  9. "This Heaven"
  10. "Then I Close My Eyes"
  11. "Smile"
  12. "Take a Breath"
  13. "A Pocketful of Stones"
  14. "Where We Start"
  15. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond"
  16. "Astronomy Domine"
  17. "Fat Old Sun"
  18. "High Hopes"
  19. "Echoes"
  20. "Wish You Were Here"
  21. "A Great Day For Freedom"
  22. "Comfortably Numb"
  23. "Wot's... Uh the Deal?" (except US and Canada)

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 "Gdansk" DVD and "Gdansk 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



  • Polly Samson - Tour photographer
  • Anna Wloch - Tour photographer
  • Steve Knee - Package design & artwork
  • Andy Jackson, Devin Workman, Damon Iddins - Audio mix
  • Peter Robson "FEd" -
  • Marc Brickman - Visual design
  • David McIlwaine - Wire-man sculpture
  • Piotr Skonieczny - Backstage pass & artist's pass designs and poster design (found in Deluxe Edition)

Barn Jam Personnel


Year Chart Position[13]
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


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