Monday, 5 August 2013

Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd, 1979)

This very popular  song comes from "The Wall" and it's a Gilmour / Waters one, based on a rough track David Gilmour composed for his first solo album and Waters completed with the lyrics and probably some chord changes. "Comfortably Numb" is part of the album concept, but also a free standing song, often performed bay the group itself in different tours and by David Gilmour and Roger Waters in their solo careers. Slow and airy, fluid and atmospheric, this track has a strongly stressed verse opening into a relaxed chorus and this contrast really strikes me, so that I think it's the main reason of the song's success.

London, Hyde Park 2005: Last time together...

Well, there is another reason at least, as we all know: two spectacular Gilmour's guitar solos. I'm a perfect ignorant when it comes to technical knowledge, so I can't judge how difficult or how original David's solos are, here or in any other Floyd's song, but there is one thing I certainly know: I could identify Gilmour's guitar among a million. After all, if in 2005 the band decided to perform this song as their last live performance ever during the Live 8 event, there must be some reason...