David Gilmour’s iconic ‘Comfortably Numb’ solo was the first take

Bob Ezrin says the final guitar solo on the Pink Floyd classic “Comfortably Numb” was David Gilmour’s first take – and it still stirs emotion for the producer.

He added that Gilmour tried again several times as the band worked on the 1980s. The wallbut none matched the original.

“It was so powerful when I heard him and saw him play. It literally brought tears to my eyes – and it’s been repeated many times since,” Ezrin says. total guitar, adding that it “may be the best solo of all time. Even though this is a record that I was part of and which, by all rights, should now be pretty dry for me, this moment is still, for me, one of the most emotional moments of all the music.

Despite “dozens of takes” that followed, the solo “never got better. It was always that first moment of inspiration that produced the magic.

Ezrin then praised Gilmour’s musical approach: “He has an innate musicality that draws inspiration from the blues. So it’s incredibly lyrical and melodic, and all of its melodic structures are built on a blues foundation – and that makes them really moving.

“He has a majesty of tone, and that comes from the combination of his slow vibrato and his very precise picking and how hard he holds the strings, so the notes ring out for a very long time,” Ezrin said. “Add to that an incredible instinct for knowing what will work where, and you have one of the greatest guitarists of all time.

“To me, the main thing about David Gilmour is that you could give him a ukulele and a Pignose amp and he would still make it majestic and beautiful and soulful,” Ezrin concluded. “I’ve had the privilege of working with some really great guitarists in my career, but I have to say that David Gilmour is my favorite of them all, and I’m sure I’m not the only one.”

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