'Albatross'

Jools Holland during the recording of 'On an Island'

You won’t want to miss this, I’m sure.

David will perform Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Albatross’ next week: on Jools Holland’s Radio 2 show, Monday 10 November.

He’ll also be chatting about ‘Live in Gdańsk’.

Everyone can listen live online, so set space in your schedule between the hours of 22:30 and 23:30 (UK).

You can listen later, on demand, for one week (courtesy of the BBC iPlayer), but possibly only if you’re in the UK, so do try and catch it live, if you can.

The chatroom has just opened, so feel free to call in. It will be open until 12:00 (UK).

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

112 thoughts on “'Albatross'”

  1. Jools mentioned that he’d been playing this with David a few weeks back on his ‘Later’ programme. I’m glad we’re getting to hear it.

    That song was just made for David to play.

  2. I’m looking forward to this. It’s one of my favourites.

    If I remember rightly ‘Albatross’ was the song David chose when asked, at the RTN Premiere Q&A session, to name a song which he wished he had written.

  3. That’s brill. I remember David saying at his R.A.H. premiere night that this is his favourite ‘Other Band’ instrumental.

    I’ll be in there.

    Steve.

  4. Peter Green is great artist, extremely gifted guitar player, I listen quite a lot to his early stuff Bluesbreakers (A Hard Road and Crusade’s bonus tracks) and Fleetwood Mac’s Live At BBC as well Boston concerts. I’m also planning to buy his Robert Johnson’s songs interpretations it was released at the end of ’90 but now it is reissued.

    Albatross is one of my favorites along with Man Of the World and Hang On to a Dream.

    Certainly I’m very keen how it would go. I will be in London so I will try to tune in on the day. I need to store the frequency for Radio 2 in my mobile phone radio and I’ll be ready.

  5. What a great tune, it should be really interesting how David performs this standard, I will be watching for sure.

  6. Off topic:

    Just received the Crisis Christmas newsletter through the post asking for donations. Don’t have as much spare cash as I did last Xmas due to this looming recession but I’ll give what I can.

    Just thought this good cause was worthy of a quick mention here at the blog.

  7. Being musically knowledgeable I hate to admit that I don’t know this one. Maybe I do if I heard it, so I have to check that out.

    I was never a big Fleetwood Mac fan however my favorite tune of theirs is the song “Oh Well.” Which if I am not mistaken was a Peter Green song too and it is also the way I feel sometimes. I think some will find some irony there.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  8. Any chance of Guy calling an out of work TV presenter and taking the piss for a bit????

  9. For the record, I’m a Peter Green era Fleetwood Mac nutter… have been for many years now. I can’t wait to hear the results.

    Tomasz, what you’ve stated about Kirwan is so very true. Originally this composition was written by Peter Green before Kirwan joined the band, but once Danny became part of the Mac he helped flesh out the idea more to Peter’s liking than Jeremy Spencer could hope to.

    It’s funny but think about the feel of this song and then think about Marooned. Both have that “moving body of water” feel to it… Perhaps this Fleetwood Mac song subconsciously inspired Mssr Gilmour to create Marooned? Who knows….

    I can’t wait to hear David put his wonderfully warm and ambient touches to this Peter Green/Fleetwood Mac classic!

  10. Absolutely brilliant! I can hardly wait to hear David play this beautiful song–I can’t think of anyone else who could do it justice. 🙂

    Melissa, I swear David must have read your mind! Not that you’d mind! ;^)

    FEd, the Albatross news put a great big smile on my face this morning, replacing the 8^{ face I was wearing after I looked outside and saw it was snowing!! Yikes …

    Peace,
    Gabrielle

  11. [Did your clocks move forward in the UK as well?? – Susan]

    Isn’t it, “Fall, back, Spring, forward”?

    (with apologies FEd, I know you prefer autumn to fall, but that old idiom just doesn’t work that way)

    [OK, they didn’t, they went back. (Sorry Susan, I’m really thick at times.) – FEd]

  12. Wow, I didn’t know the song by the title, but I looked it up… my dad used to listen to this one a lot when I was but a wee lad.

    Brings back warm memories, a great tune, and now Dave will be performing it? Sweet.

    This should make the wait for ‘Live in Gdansk’ seem a little shorter (the 5-disk version is supposed to finally come out here in Poland, November 12th…)

    Just made my day.

  13. There comes a point in the evolution of your relationship that egos are put aside, allowing for inspiration to arrive. It blows my mind that the creative forces within are not stirred by the election of Barack Obama. We spoke, now it is your time to write about it. TOGETHER!

  14. Jools’ program shows up on one of my cable channels…Ovation, I think…pretty quickly after it airs in the UK. I saw the one David did not long after Richard passed.

    Despite having really liked Squeeze I had no idea who Jools Holland was. That’s an interesting show. The format is just really different from what we have over here.

    Thus when Jools showed up on an oldish episode of Top Gear…sychronicity!!

    Now I’ll look out for the U.S. airing of this one with David.

    Did he do a Jools Holland show once with Paul McCartney? They didn’t mention him and they mostly kept the camera off him but I was muttering “I really, really think that’s David” through the whole thing.

    [Yes, back in 1999 at the time of ‘Run Devil Run’. – FEd]

  15. For anyone who did not make chat today, I confessed that in 2006, I’d given my psychiatrist a copy of ‘On an Island’, after he’d told me that he’d recently attended Roger’s show in Atlanta.

    I think he should pay me, but I like talking to him about The Floyd. 🙂

  16. [Albatross! Albatross!! …Do you get wafers with it? – IMcK]

    I thought the same when I read the title. 😀

    Internet is great in moments like that, when one can hear radio in good quality over the borders!

    Does anyone recall short wave radio, the only way to hear a real foreign radio, years ago?

    Best regards,
    Taki

  17. …and if I can get a legal copy of David playing ‘Albatross’, I’d love to take that to my doctor. I believe I’d have him cured.

    “Cured”, sounds like what you do to meat. Cured ham, cured bacon, you know.

  18. I´ll have to try… and get to an internet cafe and listen, that was the song my mother requested for her funeral. Good sense of humor, my mum.

    I´m not sure where to put this, sorry if it´s off topic, but I have written a short story about me talking to Buddha about the PF lyrics pasted below, it won´t fit into one post so you can click my name.

    “So I opened my door to my enemies
    And I ask could we wipe the slate clean
    But they tell me to please go fuck myself
    You know you just can’t win”

    Be well, teehee.

  19. [OK, they didn’t, they went back. (Sorry Susan, I’m really thick at times.) – FEd]

    Yikes!! I’m afraid I’m the one who was thick on this one! Sorry about that, FEd; (I’m red-faced)…

    Thanks Jersey Mike for straightening that out!

  20. Any relation between this albatross and the one mentioned in “Echoes” is, I’m sure, completely coincidental.

  21. [Everyone can listen live online, so set space in your schedule between the hours of 22:30 and 23:30 (UK). – FEd]

    What a bummer, I’ll be at work still.

  22. I’ll be working and hope to hear Albatross later if it’s available. Don’t know the song until I hear it. I remember Lindsay Buckingham only.

    Instrumentally Yours,
    Frank.

  23. Looking forward to it also.

    By coincidence Albatross was one of my brothers favorites and it was the last tune played at his memorial service.

  24. I am really looking forward to hearing David’s version of Albatross.

    I first heard the original version at school in a common room with a record player which we were allowed to use on Friday afternoons.

    The English teacher whose room it was introduced us to the work of Wordsworth. Those were the days, wandering lonely as a cloud, best years of my life.

    From Wordsworth I went on to Coleridge and his Albatross. I think my old English teacher taught us children well. 🙂

    I might not be able to get to the computer this weekend, have a good one Fed and everyone. 🙂

    ash X

    [The same to you, Ash. – FEd]

  25. Hmmmmmmm, “Albatross”. Now I can just imagine David playing this one. It is another one of those beautiful compositions of all time.

    In my mind’s eye, I can just see the beach and the sun.

    Have a nice weekend everyone.

    Best regards.

    Julie

  26. F*ED~

    FYI

    The “Dark Side of the Moon” portion of Pulse will be broadcast on the east coast Saturday night @ 9pm on public television Channel 21.

    [Thanks for letting me know. – FEd]

  27. Looking forward to hearing this. Thanks to David for giving us another glimpse into his musical genius!

    Thanks to FEd for posting the link, also!

  28. I’m so excited about this. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have said ” David should play this! I would love to hear David play Albatross”.

    Will someone be playing along with David? Who will play Danny Kirwan’s and Jeremy Spencer’s bits?

    I hope David adds some of his aura to it and drags it out a bit longer.

    [A section of Jools’ Rhythm and Blues orchestra will be accompanying David. – FEd]

  29. Looking forward to David on Jools Holland again.

    I just caught Another Brick In The Wall on the Dave channel, TOTP2. Steve Wright commented, saying the track was timeless. Brought it all back, the excitement on the release of the single and album. And the forthcoming tour. All seems like yesterday.

    No other group, or artists will ever have such a profound effect on my little life.

    Kind regards
    Damian

  30. [I’ll be working and hope to hear Albatross later if it’s available. Don’t know the song until I hear it. I remember Lindsay Buckingham only. Posted by frank par on 7 November 2008 at 06:05]

    Early Fleetwood Mac really had little in common with Mac with Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks other than the name and Mick Fleetwood.

    Frank, you’re guaranteed to love Albatross. And with David playing it? Oh, dear … did it suddenly get warm in here? ;^D

    Have a good weekend, FEd and friends!

    Peace ‘n’ love:)
    Gabrielle

  31. I had never heard that song before. I listened to it, and I have to say, that is a song that David was meant to play!

    If he is reading this, then I have one recommendation: David, use the Gretsch DuoJet and your Fender amps for this song. The tone would fit perfectly!

    FEd, really enjoyed the chat the other day, any more mid day times scheduled?

    Have a lovely weekend!!

    [Thanks, Ax. Details of all upcoming chats are on the calendar. Click your name for that. – FEd]

  32. I’m feeling very pleased with myself as this message is courtesy of my new iPod Touch.

    The 21st century beckons….

    Have a good weekend all and wish me luck finding all that artwork that doesn’t seem to have made the first sync. :-/

  33. Pete,

    I instantly recalled your post in reply to mine quoting Echoes “Albatross” lyric and you mentioned that you had played that at your brothers service. I guess this broadcast will be extra special for you as I recall your brother introduced you to PF?

    All the best and have a good weekend all.

    Darran

  34. [Yes, back in 1999 at the time of ‘Run Devil Run’. – FEd]

    Thanks, FEd. Every so often it’s good to be correct.

    I’m looking forward to his Albatross. I will not mutter Monty Python lines under my breath. I will just listen to David sing through his fingertips and be happy.

  35. Hello FEd,

    I’m off topic.

    I just would like to say that I really enjoyed the chat yesterday.

    I’m sorry I could stay with you for a short time. I just had the time to observe and I didn’t take a real part in the discussion, but I could understand well that you are really nice and friendly.

    I’ll surely join it again, when I can.

    Thanks and have a nice weekend,
    Alessandra

    [That’s good to hear, Alessandra. You’ll always be very welcome. – FEd]

  36. I would love David to record an album of the tracks that have inspired him, e.g. blues songs.

  37. Another question unrelated to the blog:

    Is it true that David has been asked to perform as part of a super group at the 2012 Olympics ceremony?

    [I’ve nothing to say about that, sorry. – FEd]

  38. November 9, 1989, the fall of the Berlin Wall, another Great Day For Freedom… at least a great symbol of freedom.

    But pretty sad that nowadays so many ‘walls’ are still built by people. Difficult to tear down walls of incomprehension and ignorance, for example.

    I heard last year of a collection of poems called (I think) ‘Walls Of Agony’ about that. Don’t remember who wrote them, though.

    Michèle

  39. I went online today and found Fleetwood Mac’s “Albatross.”

    Ooooh yeah, it’s got David’s name on it, big time!

  40. Stopped by today so I could buy the DVD of Gdansk, and I just ask you … When will you come on tour to Mexico? 🙁

    Hope it will be soon …

    Greetings from Mexico.

  41. I have just re-read or rather read correctly I think what you posted Fed, that it’s the Radio show as opposed to Jools Holland’s “Later With Jools Holland” TV show on BBC2 that is being broadcast on RADIO 2.

    I am still going to listen, possibly everyday for a week after the radio show is broadcast. It is one of those, “if David were to perform a cover, what would you wish him to do” moments, come true.

  42. All right! Monday blues have officially disappeared after noticing this 5 minutes ago.

    HMV also have dispatched the 5 disk Gdansk concert to me too at last!

    Hurrah for Monday!

    [Have a good one. – FEd]

  43. for the record fet ed and fellow bloggers, it is only the tv iplayer that can’t be used outside the uk . you will be able to listen to the show on the radio iplayer no matter what part of the world you live in .

    i am irish . i can’t get the tv player but use the radio one a lot to listen to shows i like and have missed . just so ya know !

    probably won’t make the chat today ( monday ) as i have a good bit of work on and god knows when mom will come back from the bank and let me out ( she doesn’t drive so dad drives her , we only have one car !) so have a good one and send my best to all the chatters !

    peace
    Linda

  44. Fed ~

    Jools looks rather Spinetti-ish in that shot… (click my name)

    As in Victor Spinetti of The Beatles Hard Days Night fame…

    [I see what you mean. – FEd]

  45. Hi fed,

    Being a complete and utter twerp I’ve lost my password for the chatroom. Can you send it one more time?

    Cheers
    Damian

    [Can do. Please check your e-mail. – FEd]

  46. Albatross will be interesting… when Albatross is played there are number of slides from one fret to another whereas DG bends his notes…

    Albatross was one of the first songs I learned to play many sleeps ago…

    A valiant attempt by Wales on Saturday… slightly biased but the better team lost…

    [No doubt about that. – FEd]

  47. Hey Fed,

    On Saturday, Rudders and I got together to officially launch the world premiere of LIG. 😉

    Very impressive overall. Little disappointed with the documentary. It is very different than the one for OAI. This one had a lot less backstage coverage and more inserts of OAI songs that are already covered in full on the DVD. I thought snippets of songs not included on the DVD would have been nicer to include so we could get an idea of what they were like.

    My favourite song on the whole DVD..CD….not what you would expect at all. Barn jam 121. Why? It was so new and cool to see David go somewhere really different. He could easily release a CD or 2 of these and I would be first in line to buy. I always thought he could make a wonderful instrumental album.

    Cheers, Howard

  48. I have to work tonight, so I’m going to miss the broadcast. Since I live in the crappy U.S. I won’t be able to catch a rebroadcast on demand at a later time, either.

    *wipes tear*

    Any other suggestions on how to catch the broadcast at a later date?

    [I’m sure it’ll end up on YouTube, probably with a clever photo slideshow of some sort. Doesn’t everything end up there eventually? – FEd]

  49. Just back from weekend in Glasgow and Manchester so visited this site just on off-chance and, Wow, so glad I did.

    Albatross was one of the first singles I bought, think it was on a blue label. Be very interesting to hear that and great it’s on radio as I listen to that but I don’t do TV. Phew.

    Thanks for information.

    Ian

  50. [I’m sure it’ll end up on YouTube, probably with a clever photo slideshow of some sort. Doesn’t everything end up there eventually? – FEd]

    Too true FEd. “Remember a Day” & “The Blue” from Later With Jools were on YouTube within hours….

    So Meg and others over the pond shouldn’t have to wait too long.

  51. [I would love David to record an album of the tracks that have inspired him, e.g. blues songs. – matty]

    So would I. I’m really looking forward to tonight.

  52. [I’m sure it’ll end up on YouTube, probably with a clever photo slideshow of some sort. Doesn’t everything end up there eventually? – FEd]

    [Too true FEd. “Remember a Day” & “The Blue” from Later With Jools were on YouTube within hours…. – Ken]

    Thanks FEd and KenF! I should have thought of that. I’ll start cruising “The Tube” as soon as I’m home.

    Speaking of Cruise…”you are making me sing…”

  53. [I’m sure it’ll end up on YouTube, probably with a clever photo slideshow of some sort. Doesn’t everything end up there eventually? – FEd]

    YouTube seems getting our collective memory… On the one hand it’s good to know that nothing gets lost, on the other hand you can’t expect artists to live without income.

    I hope that there always will be enough people who respect artists and pay for their joy.

    Best regards,
    Taki

  54. Hi!

    I searched for Albatross and I listened to it. It’s not true that I don’t know it. I didn’t know the title, but I’ve heard this beautiful song many times.

    I think it will be perfect for David!

    Ciao,
    Alessandra

  55. Fed ~

    Why is the post tally rising but no new posts are being posted?

    It’s like Florida 2004 all over again! 🙂

    [I can see the latest comments, although to do so often requires refreshing my browser more than once. Has anyone else had a problem with this? – FEd]

  56. Just heard David on Jools’ radio show. I really loved his Albatros version.

    Wonder what guitar David did use?

  57. That was sweet. Bummed on the cut off the guitar work on the Gdansk tracks, aaah nevermind.

    David definitely earned his wings on the Albatros cover last night and I’ll be hunting down some more stuff on Roy Buchanan. Never heard of the man before but, damn, there’s some massive similarities between him and our man!

  58. ‘Albatross’ was well worth staying up until twenty past eleven on a school night for – nice one.

    …and if anyone’s taking requests for next time ‘Thanks For The Pepperoni’ please.

  59. Great to hear David again and also to hear his version of Albatross. A great version and it still sounded like Gilmour! Great stuff.

    I’m with Ripper on never having heard of Roy Buchanan before, but yes you can hear the influences. David said that many players were influenced by Buchanan and you can certainly hear this in Santana’s playing.

    I also wonder, Ernest, what guitar he was using. We know from Jools that he had a 200 foot amp stack with him brought in by crane! It had an acoustic sound about it, perhaps the Martin? But in places, I thought it might be the black Gretsch. Either way I think the Strats were left at home this time.

    So next time you speak to him FEd, could you please ask David for a run-down of his rig!

    Well I’m off to search for Roy Buchanan on the net…..

    Peace to all on this day,
    Paul

  60. David was absolutely stunning in his performance! The clarity and originality of David’s riffs are unparalleled. Yes, even though he was covering, he has a magical presence which far exceeds anyone who had any influence on his style. To say I enjoyed his performance of “Albatross” would be an understatement. I’m listening to it again and again.

    Cheers!

  61. Thought Albatross was great. Cruel fading of Gdansk tracks and too short an interview only scratching the surface again.

    When will David be interviewed properly on TV/radio? It was the same when he appeared on Later…

    The fans deserve a little better from broadcasters.

    Stevo

  62. [I guess this broadcast will be extra special for you as I recall your brother introduced you to PF? – Darran]

    Spot on Darran and thanks for remembering.

    He was, unknowingly, very influential on my life and I will forever be grateful for that.

  63. I loved what David did with Albatross.

    I agree with other folks here who said they’d like to hear David do an album of covers of some of his favourite music. Not at the expense however of your own material David! 😀

    […I’ll be hunting down some more stuff on Roy Buchanan. Never heard of the man before but, damn, there’s some massive similarities between him and our man! – Ripper]

    Ripper, a few of us in the chat room last night said the same thing about Roy Buchanan. 🙂

    ash X

  64. I’ve listened to David’s performance of ‘Albatross’, and his rendition was perfect. I knew David would be able to capture the spirit of the song and project it with his brand of emotion. His hands were meant to play ‘Albatross’, and his guitar style added a soft ‘feathery’ quality.

    It was really beautiful, David. I was moved.

    I must admit though, I wasn’t happy with the piano bits. I certainly don’t meant to offend anyone, but the little tinkling piano did not fit.

    I’ve listened to ‘Albatross’ hundreds of times, and just can’t force myself to like the change. I felt that It detracted from the emotions which make ‘Albatross’ the song that it is.

    Maybe Jools isn’t melancholy enough to capture the heaviness of ‘Albatross’.

    I’m sorry to say this, but I’d like to hear it with the piano faded out.

    I apologize if I seem overly critical.

    Have a good week friends.

  65. That was an interesting version of Albatross and I mean that in a nice way, lol! I thought the piano went surprisingly well with it, wasn’t sure it would but it did.

    Changing the subject may I give an honourable mention to my local village footy team Histon (the best team in Cambridgeshire!). They are still only part time and on Saturday they beat Swindon 1-0 in the FA and have drawn Leeds or Northampton in Round Two. It will be the biggest game ever for them and I’ve just heard it will be televised live on ITV.

    Hope some people here are able to watch, we have a chance of beating Northampton but will probably get tonked by Leeds.

  66. I enjoyed “Albatross” but thought it was a poor interview. Sorry, but I don’t like Jools.

    The guitar solos shouldn’t have been cut either.

  67. Anybody who likes Roy Buchanan should check out Danny Gatton, both of whom left us way too early!!!!

  68. [When will David be interviewed properly on TV/radio? It was the same when he appeared on Later… The fans deserve a little better from broadcasters. – Stevo]

    I agree with this 100%. Jools didn’t even know when OAI was recorded and he played on it!

    I also agree with Melissa about the piano.

  69. I too had my first taste of Roy Buchanan and Steve Winwood while listening to this broadcast. I must have liked it, because I instantaneously swung around in my swivel chair (while knocking a few books over, of course) to grab my guitar and play along. It’s always a good day when you stumble across new music.

    I know little about Jools, and I realize it’s a radio broadcast, but I wish he could have shut his yap a little more and let the music speak for itself.

  70. What a lovely refreshing thing that was to listen to. I liked David’s other choice of tracks as well.

  71. Sorry my song would have to be:

    “The dogs of war are men of hate, with no cause they discriminate… We all have a dark side to say the least, but dealing in death is the nature of the beast.”

    Think that’s how it goes!

    Damian

  72. I truly loved David’s version of Albatross … it was very moving. Thank you, David, for sharing that gem with us!

    Now I realize it’s Jools’ show and all but I wish the song could have been done without the tinkling piano bit. It really detracted from the soulfulness of the song, in my opinion.

    I loved David’s choice of a Roy Buchanan song, too. Roy’s sound is just brilliant! Too bad he couldn’t have been there to play Albatross with David — that would have been a perfect match-up, I think. Anyone who has seen The Departed will remember Roy’s fabulous version of Sweet Dreams over the credits.

    I was also pleased that David chose a Stevie Winwood track featuring him on guitar. So many people only think of Stevie as only playing keyboards and have no idea what an incredible guitarist he is. Damn, I’d love it if David and Steve put something together! I think they’d be very compatible, both as musicians and as vocalists. Talk about some ‘sweet dreams,’ too! 🙂

    Peace,
    Gabrielle

  73. Danny Kirwan was an integral part of Fleetwood Mac’s sound, but in Peter Green’s own comments on Albatross, he alone played all the guitar pieces on this hauntingly beautiful piece.

  74. Stayed awake for Albatross.

    I’d like to hear him play it on his next tour. And who knows, Pete could join on some occasion. I know I am just dreaming.

    Apart that I was greatly surprised to hear Roy Buchanan with a wisely chosen song. We miss him.

    The Roy Buchanan track was “The Messiah Will Come Again” from “Street Called Straight” album.

  75. Hi FEd!

    Since I couldn’t listen to Albatross live online last Monday, I tried to search in the BBC Radio 2 web site, to see if there were any chance to listen to it again, even being outside of the U.K. and YES, it’s possible!! You only need Real Player installed in your computer.

    Maybe everyone here has already discovered it, but I thought it could be useful to write it.

    As always, David was great!!

    I find there is a link between Albatross and The Blue. I can hear the sound of the sea in both of them!

    Thanks,
    Alessandra

  76. HI FEd and David,

    Heard and enjoyed “Albatros”, EXCEPT, for Jools’ tinkling on the piano. Was too much there in a few areas. Others felt the same. Think a Hammond might have been much better. Wish the interview could have been longer.

    You were talking about Roy Buchanan. I guess you have heard his song “Fly Nightbird” (an instrumental). That is a song that is just waiting for you to do. Maybe on next CD? Hint, hint, nudge, nudge.

    So two so far, Albatros and Fly Nightbird.

  77. [gotta pop that chatroom cherry of mine… – Ripper]

    Try to come in sometime Ripper. There’s a good few of us that you know and I’ve enjoyed reading your comments for more than two years now.

    Remember what you said about Venice? How you’d have been happy for David to just stand in the square with an acoustic guitar? You must have been standing next to me when my daughter said exactly the same thing!

    Weird coincidence eh?

    ash X

    [You’d be very welcome. – FEd]

  78. I’m no fan of the song Albatross, so I didn’t really have an opinion of it.

    Either which way, it was nice to hear Mr. Gilmour on the radio.

    Happy Days,
    Simon J

  79. You may find there would be a few classical numbers in there as well, Matty, and some jazzy ones too. 🙂

  80. If you’ve missed the show like I did, here’s the link for you to enjoy (click my name).

    Scroll the timer to 28:38 for the beginning of David’s interview and Albatross begins at 45:33.

    Hope the link works!

  81. David was invited on Jools Holland’s show & Jools plays the piano, of course there would be piano on Albatross, it’s a bit unfair to expect otherwise. To me it was about musicians getting together & enjoying each other’s musical talent in a relaxed atmosphere which we were lucky enough to hear.

    Imagine it the other way around, David invites another musician to accompany him & you then turn around & say, “Yeah, great! But I hated the guitar.”

  82. [Remember what you said about Venice? How you’d have been happy for David to just stand in the square with an acoustic guitar? You must have been standing next to me when my daughter said exactly the same thing! Weird coincidence eh? – ash]

    Wow, that’s quite freaky alright! I don’t suppose you were in the congregation around Floydian Leaf (RIP) that Saturday afternoon?

    Ah, the memories! Feels like it was only yesterday. I managed to get a pristine DG poster that day, some nice stage hand allowed us to snipe. Which at the time was a good consolation prize. Thank god I managed to get my flights pushed back a day and get to see the show. Weather was lovely on the Friday too unlike the Saturday when it chucked down!

  83. I actually thought the piano sounded great and added another dimension to the piece. You could hardly expect it to sound exactly the same as the Fleetwood Mac version, really if it did you could ponder what would be the point of that.

    Jools is not everybody’s cup of tea, and OK, his presenting skills might not be the best, but he is a musician so you should not really expect him to come up to the standard of Bob Harris, Johnnie Walker or even Parky.

  84. Having listened to the rendition of Albatross prior to reading some of the comments before mine, I came away with a similar impression. The piano was an absolute distraction in a number of ways. At times it absolutely stepped on the groove in a number of places.

    However, David truly embellished the soul of the song. It is obvious he enjoys playing it. It is a really beautiful song.

  85. [I know little about Jools, and I realize it’s a radio broadcast, but I wish he could have shut his yap a little more and let the music speak for itself. – Meg]

    LOL, I agree. The applause was annoying too.

  86. thanks for the tip, i found myself online about 20 minutes before the live feed and i got to listen in at 4.30 pm cst in texas.

    i’ve always liked albatross, being a fleetwood mac fan, and david’s rendition was excellent. also enjoyed the interview snips but could have stood a longer show with
    more of david’s chat, but i’m sure there will be more later down the road.

    i did get my gdansk/5 deluxe about 3 weeks ago but i’m waiting until i have thoroughly listened/watched/read and investigated all of the offerings in this massive collection before i render my opinion, but so far an a+ is in order.

    gdansk gives me the same enjoyment that drawing a “nutz flush” in texas hold em poker does…bet lite 1st then move all in, it’s a lead pipe cinch that you have a winner. i love it so far.

    take care…….fats

  87. Church will be having a band play Time this coming Sunday. Drop by (First United Methodist Church), Lancaster, PA okay?

    Do you know or have you heard of Fred Chapellier?

    [Nope. – FEd]

  88. I couldn´t listen to it live because I wasn´t in home at that time and now is not available for my country. 🙁

    It would be great to listen to his version of Albatross.

    Regards.

  89. [I don’t suppose you were in the congregation around Floydian Leaf (RIP) that Saturday afternoon? – Ripper]

    We met Floydian Leaf, quite a character! And his wife, we met a lot of fans, crew, odd band members that weekend. It seemed a very relaxed atmosphere.

    [I managed to get a pristine DG poster that day. – Ripper]

    We got posters too, were you following us around?

    Yes, great memories. 🙂

    ash X

  90. [Nope. – FEd]

    Interesting. Chapellier is a French guitarist. Did a tribute album to Roy Buchanan last year. David is one of his favorite guitar players.

    [Fascinating. – FEd]

  91. [Fascinating – FEd]

    Fascinating indeed!! I believe David and Fred would be a great pairing for a special concert.

  92. I missed this, and of course, didn’t try listening until today.

    It’s still available (click my name).

    [Hope you enjoyed it, Will. – FEd]

  93. You can buy a guitar, amp or effect, but there is no shop where one can find talent, feeling and fingers… David was always my favorite guitar player and always will be.

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