Pink Floyd Obscured by clouds Album


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Release Date: 06/01/1972
Tracks in Obscured by clouds: Obscured by Clouds, When You're In, Burning Bridges, The Gold It's in the…, Wot's… Uh the Deal?, Mudmen, Childhood's End, Free Four, Stay, Absolutely Curtains

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One of the more under-rated Pink Floyd albums: a transition to the Dark Side | Reviewer: Eugene | 8/27/13

First of all: I am aware that this was a rushed job and probably their mind was on "The Dark Side of the Moon", and probably Roger Waters took a bit of a holiday and was not as domineering in this one. I do not know this for sure, but David Gilmour wrote some remarkably good lyrics in "Childhood's end".

The album starts with a quite futuristic beat "Obscured by clouds"(which would reappear in DSOM) and a slide guitar trademark of Mr. Gilmour. The song feels too short, almost a sketch. They were pressed for time and probably Barbet Schroeder (the director of the movie) thought that it was Ok.

"When you're in" feels again like a nice sketch that could have been developed further, which brings back a rather "heavy rock" feel to Pink Floyd which only appeared before in "The Nile Song" in More.

This album revisits More, Ummagumma, Atom Heart Mother and Meddle. It feels almost as an epitaph to the "Old Pink Floyd" (gongs, experimentation, underground) their last experiment prior to the mega-success.

The compositions are beautiful in this album. "Burning bridges" features warm and soft melodies, great singing. The theme is revisited in "Mudmen" which seems a great showcase of both Rick Wright and David Gilmour.

Roger Waters only penned on his own "Free four" which got quite a lot of airing in the US, very radio friendly. I guess that the dispute of the band with the film company didn't allow it to be a proper single. Which may explain why this album has been so under-rated in my opinion.

I feel this album a quite sad album (despite the energy of "The gold's in the...", again very rocky number and catchy), since is the end of an era. Some could argue that this album and their concert in Pompeii said goodbye to "Careful with that axe", "A saucerful of secrets", to embrace their new successful status.

In fact, "Absolutely curtains" has a similar feel to the very beginning of "Sine on you Crazy Diamond" and ends up with the tribe that appears in the movie.

Not as good soundtrack as "More" was (in relation to the film), but a great album on its own.


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