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Pink Floyd: Obscured by Clouds

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Label: EMI Records
Released: 1972.06.03
Category: Pop/Rock
Producer(s): Pink Floyd
Rating: ****...... (4/10)
Media type: CD
Web address: www.pinkfloyd.com
Appears with: David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Richard Wright
Purchase date: 1997
Price in €: 4,99

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[1] Obscured by Clouds (Gilmour/Waters) - 3:05
[2] When You're In (Gilmour/Mason/Waters/Wright) - 2:30
[3] Burning Bridges (Waters/Wright) - 3:30
[4] The Gold It's in the... (Gilmour/Waters) - 3:07
[5] Wots...Uh the Deal (Gilmour/Waters) - 5:08
[6] Mudmen (Gilmour/Wright) - 4:20
[7] Childhood's End (Gilmour) - 4:32
[8] Free Four (Waters/Wright) - 4:15
[9] Stay (Waters/Wright) - 4:05
[10] Absolutely Curtains (Gilmour/Mason/Waters/Wright) - 5:52

 A r t i s t s ,   P e r s o n n e l

ROGER WATERS - Bass, Guitar, Vocals
RICHARD WRIGHT - Keyboards, Vocals
DAVID GILMOUR - Guitar, Vocals

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1972 CD Capitol C2-46385
1972 LP Harvest ST-11078
1972 CS Capitol C4-46385

Recorded at: Chateau d'Herouville, France

Like "More" three years earlier, "Obscured By Clouds" was a Barbet Schroeder's film soundtrack which saw the group eschewing their usual approach. Gilmour's grinding "Childhood's End" and Waters' deliciously cynical "Free Four" are worthy of real attention. OBSCURED BY CLOUDS is the soundtrack to the movie of the same name. Directed by Barbet Schroeder and starring Bulle Ogier and Jean Pierre Kalfon, the movie was originally known as "La Vallee".The new repackaging of OBSCURED BY CLOUDS includes an expanded booklet with many rare photos, lyrics and revised front cover artwork. All songs written by members of Pink Floyd.

Like More, Obscured By Clouds was a soundtrack album Pink Floyd threw together quickly for a film by Barbet Schroeder. Songs like "Free Four" show Roger Waters developing the songwriting skill that would catapult Pink Floyd to mass stardom with its next new release, The Dark Side Of The Moon.

William Ruhlmann - All Music Guide

Obscured By Clouds is the soundtrack to the Barbet Schroeder film La Vallee, 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 Side in 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.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine -  All Music Guide
© 1992 - 2001 AEC One Stop Group, Inc.

Commissioned as the soundtrack for Barbet Schroeder's 1972 film The Valley, Obscured By Clouds actually holds up rather well on its own terms. The title track is a trippy, cinematic instrumental that features some searing guitar work from David Gilmour, but full-fledged songs like "Free Four" (which sounds like a morbid inversion of Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky"), and the folksy "Wot's...Uh the Deal" are the real highlights of the set. Essentially a transitional work, Obscured By Clouds has long been dwarfed by Dark Side of the Moon, the album which came immediately after it. In fact, the funky "Childhood's End" and the ethereal "Burning Bridges" could well be dry runs for the Dark Side tracks "Time" and "Breathe," respectively. In all, it's a priceless snapshot of a band on the verge of immortality.

Dan Epstein - Amazon.com

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Obscured by Clouds


When You're In


Burning Bridges

Bridges burning gladly,
Merging with the shadows,
Flickering between the lines.
Stolen moments floating softly on the air,
Born on wings of fire and climbing higher.
Ancient bonds are breaking,
Moving on and changing sides.
Dreaming of a new day,
Cast aside the other way.
Magic visions stirring,
Kindled by and burning flames rise in her eyes.
The door stands ajar,
The wall that once were high.
Beyond the gilded cage,
Beyond the reach of ties.
The moment is at hand.
She breaks the golden band.

The Gold it's in The...

Come on, my friends,
Let's make for the hills.
They say there's gold but I'm looking for thrills.
You can get your hands on whatever we find,
Because I'm only coming along for the ride.
Well, you go yuor way,
I'll go mine.
I don't care if we get there on time.
Everybody's searching for something, they say.
I'll get my kicks on the way.
Over mountains, across seas,
Who knows what will be waiting for me?
I could sail forever to strange sounding names.
Faces of people and places don't change.
All I have to do is just close my eyes
To see the seagulls wheeling on those far distant skies.
All I want to tell you,
All I want to say is count me in on the journey.
Don't expect me to stay.

Wots...uh the Deal

Heaven said the promised land
Looks allright from where I stand
Cause I'm the man on the outside looking in
Waiting on the first step
Show where the key is kept
Point me down the right line because it's time
To let me in from the cold
Turn my land into gold
Cause there's chill wind blowing in my soul
And I think I'm growing old

Flash the readies wots...uh the deal
Got to make to the next meal
Try to keep up with the turning of the wheel.
Mile after mile
Stone after stone
Turn to speak but you're alone
Million mile from home you're on your own
So let me in from the cold
Turn my land into gold
Cause there's chill wind blowing in my soul
And I think I'm growing old

Fly bright by candlelight
Up out of my sight
And if she prefers we will never stir again
Someone said: "The promised land"
And I grabbed it with both hands
Now I'm the man on the inside looking out
Hear me shout:
"Come on in,
what's the news and where you been?"
Cause there's no wind left in my soul
And I've grown old



Childhood's End

You shout in your sleep.
Perhaps the price is just too steap.
Is your conscience at rest
If once put to the test?

You awake with a stars
To just the beating of your heart.
Just one man beneath the skies,
Just two ears, just two eyes.

You set sail across the sea
Of longpast thoughts and memories.
Childhood's end,
Your fantasies merge with harsh realities.

And then as the sail is hoist,
You find your eyes are growing moist.
All the fears never voiced
Say you have to make your final choice.

Who are you and who am I
To say we know the reason why
Some are born; Some men die
beneath one infinite sky.

There'll be war, there'll be peace.
But everything one day will cease.
All the iron'll turn to rust;
All the proud men'll turn to dust.

And so all things, time will mend.
So this song will end.

Free Four

The memories of a man in his old age
Are the deeds of a man in his prime.
You suffle in gloom in the sickroom
And talk to yourself 'till you die.

Life is a short, warm moment
And death is a long cold rest.
You get your chance to try
In the twinkling of an eye:
Eighty years, with luck, or even less.

So all aboard for the American tour,
And maybe you'll make it to the top.
And mind how you go.
I can tell you, 'cause I know.
You may find it hard to get off.

You are the angel of death
And I am the dead man's son.
And he died like a mole in a fox hole.
And everyone is still in the run.
And who is the master of fox hounds?
And who says the hunt has begun?
And who calls the tune in the courtroom?
And who beats the funeral drum?

The memories of a man in his old age
Are the deeds of a man in his prime.
You suffle in gloom in the sickroom
And talk to yourself 'till you die.


Stay and help me to end the day.
And if you don't mind,
We'll break a bottle of wine.
Stick around and maybe we'll put one down,
Because I wanna find what lies behind those eyes.
Midnight blue burning gold.
A yellow moon is growing cold.

I rise, looking through my morning eyes,
Surprised to find you by my side.
Rack my brain to try to remember your name
To find the words to tell you goodbye.
Morning dues.
Newborn day.
Midnight blue turn to gray.
Midnight blue burning gold.
A yellow moon is growing cold.

Absolutely Curtains


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