As has been said endlessly since its release in 1980, Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” is one of the most influential songs in modern rock & roll, not least because of its iconic guitar solo, courtesy of David Gilmour. But what if you could listen to this glorious sequence, without all the background noise? It is possible thanks to the contribution of @DanielRamirezwho uploaded a semi-isolated version of the solo to his YT channel.
The history of “Comfortably Numb” dates back to 1978, when David Gilmour he recorded an unnamed demo for his first solo album. Roger Waters listened to the demo during the sessions of ‘TheWall’but was reluctant to use it because he wanted to be solely responsible for the composition of the album.
Recognizing the quality of the material, the producer Bob Ezrin urged waters to reconsider his position, and he agreed that the mock-up of Gilmour it had to be enlarged. Subsequently, waters wrote another chord structure for the verses and added lyrics inspired by an experience in which he was injected with tranquilizers for stomach cramps before a 1977 performance on tour In the Flesh.
To write the two guitar solos, Gilmour he pulled together elements from other solos he had been working on, marking out his favorite segments for the final take. He used a distortion Big Muff and delay effects.
It is worth noting that the 5.1 mix shared by @DanielRamirez comes from the documentary film ‘TheWall’ (1982), in which the producers changed some effects and parts of the original cut.
This semi-isolated track doesn’t deliver the true sound of the solo at its finest (since the mix plays a key role), but it’s still a golden opportunity to enjoy the genius. David Gilmour in its most natural state.