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Obscured By Clouds Tracklist:
Obscured by Clouds is the soundtrack to the Barbet Schroeder film La Vallée, and it plays that way. Of course, it's possible to make the argument that Pink Floyd's music of the early '70s usually played as mood music, similar to film music, but it had structure and a progression. Here, the instrumentals float pleasantly, filled with interesting textures, yet they never seem to have much of a purpose. Often, they seem quite tied to their time, either in their spaciness or in the pastoral folkiness, two qualities that are better brought out on the full-fledged songs interspersed throughout the record. Typified by "Burning Bridges" and "Wot's...uh the Deal," these songs explore some of the same musical ground as those on Atom Heart Mother and Meddle, yet they are more concise and have a stronger structure. But the real noteworthy numbers are the surprisingly heavy blues-rocker "The Gold It's in The...," which, as good as it is, is trumped by the stately, ominous "Childhood's End" and the jaunty pop tune "Free Four," two songs whose obsessions with life, death, and the past clearly point toward Dark Side of the Moon. ("Childhood's End" also suggests Dark Sidein its tone and arrangement.) As startlingly advanced as these last two songs are, they're not enough to push the rest of Obscured by Clouds past seeming just like a soundtrack, yet these tunes, blended with the sensibility of Meddle, suggest what Pink Floyd was about to develop into.
Love that song. Since I first heard it in 1990. A little late but always a favorite. Still have my “Waiting for the Worms” mask handed out at the wall concert in Germany at the gate. So many years ago......
I bought this at a used music store because “live in Pompeii” got me interested in pre-dark side floyd. I was pleasantly surprised. I fell in with this album while riding my bike through the park. I'd listen to this any day over Wish You Were Here or The Wall. I think it might get overlooked because it’s often referred to as a soundtrack but it functions as a bonefied floyd studio album to my ears. It has a nice blend of atmospherics and earthy ballads. It has a nice flow and balance from instrumentals, ballads and rock numbers. If I had to be picky the last track seems a little out of place. I think it might be audio from the movie.
Thanks Kamicosi. Because of your review I am purchasing this album. Never even knew it existed. I now feel the need to dust off my guitar and start playing again. Awesomeness. I wish I could see them in concert just one more time.
Their second soundtrack and is a little more accessible than More and musically flows much better. It is still a band looking for a creative voice but I like this better than the doom and gloom which will carry them from Dark Side to The Final Cut. Here there is still a joyful quailty in the lyrics and music but the Roger Waters obsession with his father's death makes it's first appearence in the otherwise charming song Free Four. Mud Men is a beautifully trippy instrumental. As in More and other albums of this period there are a number of good songs that never get included in any of the "greatest hits" cash grab packages and prefer to recycle the same tunes over and over again. I wouldn't even recommend them to a Floyd novice. I started with The Wall and went backwards into their past. It's hit and miss but I prefer this period of musical exploration and experientation to the doom and gloom which will be the band's sound. This is their psychedelic folk period.
At first I was skeptical about buying this album, but now I am glad I decided to purchase it as this is now one of my favorite pink floyd albums! The first two tracks sound like the expected movie soundtrack songs, but the rest of the albums sounds like a full blown pink floyd album. Personal favorites include "stay," "mudmen," and "wots...uh the deal?," which I think is the best track on the album. This album is a great pick for any pink floyd fan, casual or hardcore. Listening to this you can tell Dark Side of the Moon was right around the corner. Its a shame that nobody seems to know about this album.