"Obscured by Clouds”
This studio album was released in 1972
Cat No. SHSP 4020
Genre: Soundtrack, Psychedelic Rock, Prog Rock
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PINK FLOYD – OBSCURED BY CLOUDS.
THE WEB SAYS
In June, 1972, Pink Floyd released their seventh studio LP. Obscured By Clouds was written to accompany a French film and is in essence a soundtrack.
The album is less fierce than the preceding Meddle and is quite atmospheric if not a tad samey. Although a less essential album it is worth a listen. If Pink Floyd can knock this kind of record up in a very short space of time it only serves to show that their following album was to be something very special indeed.
Obsured By Clouds (Waters / Gilmour) sounds immediately like soundtrack music. Moody and evocative it has a nice dark feel. One thing becomes apparent – musically Pink Floyd do sound like the finished article.
When You’re In (Waters / Gilmour / Wright / Mason) reads a similar path to the album opener. Repetitive but always interesting the track waves and laps away.
Burning Bridges (Waters / Wright) is soft and subtle. The duel vocal from Roger Waters and Dave Gilmour sounds like the very familiar second wave of Floyd.
The Gold It’s In The… (Waters / Gilmour) is a more urgent sounding song It is very well produced and solid throughout.
Wot’s… Uh The Deal (Waters / Gilmour) returns to a softer sounding rock song. It is a pleasant listen and has a lovely sounding chorus.
Mudmen (Gilmour / Wright) begins with leading keybaords and a low sharp drum beat. It spans out to another moody soundscape that gives way to lead guitar solos from Dave Gilmour.
Childhood’s End (Gilmour) also has a moody into. This rises to a full band song that too gives way to quite a refreshing sounding solo. Gilmour delivers a great vocal on the track too and it is one of the album stand out songs.
Free Four (Waters) if anything raises the bar from the previous song. It has a familiar feel instantly and features a nice boomy sound. Somehow it manages to have a prog Beatles feel and is an accessible piece of music that most people will enjoy.
Stay (Waters / Wright) is a mild tale of debauchery that kind of misses the mark for being a tad self obsessed. That said the song does have a very nice sound.
Absolutely Curtains (Wright / Mapuga Tribe) is more experimental even though it is a tamer Pink Floyd than the group had previously ventured on preceding albums. Largely driven by the keyboard it gives way to a tribal chant that closes the album in a charming way.
Obscured By Clouds peaked at Number Six in the U.K. album charts. It is a nice album but nothing more. It does have a slightly rushed feel (a bit like this review) which the band were to correct on their following album which would re-write the record books and become one of the most successful albums of all-time…
David Gilmour –
guitars, vocals, pedal steel guitar, VCS3
Nick Mason – drums,
percussion, tape effects
Roger Waters – bass
guitar, vocals, VCS3, tape effects
Richard Wright –
keyboards, vocals, VCS3
Obscured by Clouds is the seventh studio album by
English progressive rock band Pink Floyd, based on their soundtrack for the
French film La Vallée, by Barbet Schroeder. Some copies of the album refer to
the film by its English title, The Valley. The cover of Obscured by Clouds is
an out-of-focus film still of a man in a tree. The lyrics and music tell the
story of one's journeys. The album includes many over looked songs from Pink
Floyd's catalogue such as Childhood's End, Free Four, The Gold It's In the...,
and Wot's...Uh The Deal. The album was released in the United Kingdom on 2 June
1972, and a few weeks later in the United States, by Harvest, reaching number 6
and number 46 respectively. A single, "Free Four" was released in the
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