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David Gilmour - vinyl album & Smile single release Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 24 May 2006

Further to our previous stories about the release of David Gilmour's new single, "Smile", we now have more details for you, including the cover art and the promo video for it, and an update on the vinyl edition of David's album.

David Gilmour - Smile single cover
Smile single cover (above)
David Gilmour - Smile promo video
David Gilmour - Smile promo video
David Gilmour - Smile promo video
Stills from Smile promo video
"Smile" will be released on June 5th in the UK/Europe, following the five dates that David is playing in the UK, showcasing his new album, On An Island, alongside a fluid selection of Pink Floyd classics.

The first of these dates is tomorrow night, at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall, before heading for Glasgow's Clyde Auditorium and three nights at London's Royal Albert Hall (which are being recorded for a DVD coming towards the end of this year).

The single will be available as a 7" single on clear vinyl, and as a CD. Both have the album version of the song, alongside the first commercial release of "Island Jam", a track that was available for a limited time from David's own website around Christmas 2005, and was also given away with initial copies of the album from the US store "Best Buy".

The tracks should also be available around the same date on legal download services, too, and iTunes will have an exclusive of the 'demo' version of Smile.

For those who haven't heard the song, it is a very intimate love song, co-written by David and his wife, Polly Samson. First performed live back in 2002 at the Royal Festival Hall concerts, it is one of the oldest pieces to end up on the album On An Island, and has many devotees.

The promo video for the track has also just been released, and it can be currently seen online over at A beautiful, calm bit of film, it includes various shots back-projected onto a sheet, hanging on a line... a very effective and unusual tactic. A few screengrabs are shown to the right, but be sure to catch the whole thing soon.

The CD single can be pre-ordered through the following special links, for delivery upon its release: Amazon US/International, Canada, UK/Europe, France, or Germany. We should have links for the vinyl 7" edition shortly.

We know many of you are eagerly awaiting the vinyl LP edition of David's On An Island, and David's site has just announced that there's been a slight delay, with it arriving the same day as the single - June 5th. It will be a heavy-weight, virgin vinyl release, including a gatefold sleeve with a new Steve Knee montage, a 33 inch x 22 inch double-sided poster, plus all the lyrics and credits.

The album has been mastered in Los Angeles by Bernie Grundman and Doug Sax, but does include slight edits to the songs on side 2, to optimise the audio quality. As we've noted before, it is a single album, not double - many retailers (online and offline) are still making reference to a 2 LP set, erroneously.

They also noted recently that release plans via SonyBMG for territories outside Europe have not yet been finalised, so there will be more news about those countries in the near future.

If you aren't in the UK or Europe (and cannot wait!), you can still order the vinyl edition of the album through the following special links, as Amazon ship them worldwide: Amazon UK/Europe, France, or Germany. Any item bought through these links at Amazon (not just Floyd items) helps with the running costs of the site, and we really appreciate it.

Our thanks to our friends at EMI and David's management for their help and information.

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