Bob Ezrin says the closing guitar solo on Pink Floyd traditional “Comfortably Numb” was David Gilmour’s first take – and it nonetheless stirs emotion for the producer.
He added that Gilmour tried once more a number of instances because the band labored on 1980’s The Wall, however none matched the unique.
“It was so highly effective after I heard it and noticed him play it. It actually introduced tears to my eyes – and it has many instances since then,” Ezrin tells Total Guitar, including that it “could also be the very best solo of all time. Despite the fact that this can be a report that I participated in, and by all rights by now must be pretty dry for me, that second continues to be, for me, one of the crucial emotional moments in all of music.”
Regardless of “scores of takes” that adopted, the solo “by no means obtained higher. It was at all times that first second of inspiration that produced the magic.”
Ezrin went on to commend Gilmour’s method to music: “He has an innate musicality that is knowledgeable by the blues. So he’s extremely lyrical and melodic, and all his melodic buildings are constructed on a blues basis – and that makes them actually soulful.
“He has a majesty of tone, and that comes from the mix of his sluggish vibrato and his actually exact choosing and the way strongly he holds the strings, in order that the notes ring an extended, very long time,” Ezrin mentioned. “Add to that a tremendous intuition for what’s going to work the place, and you find yourself with one of many biggest guitar gamers of all time.
“For me, the underside line about David Gilmour is you may give him a ukulele and a Pignose amp and he’d nonetheless make it sound majestic, lovely and stirring,” Ezrin concluded. “I’ve had the privilege of working with some really nice guitar gamers in my profession, however I’ve to say that David Gilmour is my favourite of all of them, and I’m certain I’m not alone in that.”
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