David Gilmour: Remember That Night – Live from the Royal Albert Hall

Those that were fortunate enough to see guitarist David Gilmour during his 2006 tour already know that this DVD is a must have.  For others, Remember That Night serves as proof positive that Gilmour remains just as powerful a force of nature as he was during Pink Floyd’s heyday.

The two-DVD set documents Gilmour’s performances at London’s Royal Albert Hall on May 29, 30 and 31, 2006. The first disc is comprised primarily of the show’s first set, commencing with a trilogy of song from Dark Side of the Moon – "Speak to Me," "Breathe," and "Time." Gilmour then leads his spot-on band through the whole of his 2006 album, On An Island, a suite of music that can certainly be ranked amongst the most moving work of his career.   

The instrumental "Castellorizon" is awe-inspiring, quickly luring the viewer in to Gilmour’s spell.  "On An Island" and "The Blue" feature a guest appearance by David Crosby and Graham Nash, who add lush harmonies that sweetly compliment the set. "This Heaven," "Then I Close My Eyes," and "Smile" maintain the show’s slow, yet utterly overwhelming pace, each performed to perfection. The set takes on an entirely new tone when bassist Guy Pratt (formerly of Roxy Music, and alumni of the 1987 and 1994 Floyd reunion tours) launches in to "Take A Breath," a powerhouse number that stands in stark contrast to the rest of On An Island’s beautiful melodic feel.  

The second disc is comprised exclusively of Pink Floyd material, starting with a mesmerizing "Shine On You Crazy Diamond."  A 25-minute spellbinding version of "Echoes" is a sonic journey the likes of which few guitarists could dare undertake, and is without question a highlight of the DVD.  Other gems include a moving "Wish You Were Here," “Arnold Layne," and "Comfortably Numb," the latter two featuring a surprise appearance by charismatic David Bowie.  

The second disc also contains additional performances and three documentaries – "Breaking Bread Pouring Wine," documenting the tour from March to August of 2006; another documenting some hysterical outtakes from Los Angeles; and the final features songs from a performance at Mermaid Theater on March 7, 2006.  

Remember That Night is perhaps the finest DVD release of the year, and comes highly recommended for all.