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Obscured By Clouds

Pink Floyd Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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Obscured By Clouds + Meddle [Discovery Edition] + Atom Heart Mother [Discovery Edition, digipak]
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  • Audio CD (26 Feb 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000024KVO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,276 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Obscured By Clouds (1996 Digital Remaster)
2. When You're In (1996 Digital Remaster)
3. Burning Bridges (1996 Digital Remaster)
4. The Gold It's In The ... (1996 Digital Remaster)
5. Wots ... Uh The Deal (1996 Digital Remaster)
6. Mudmen (1996 Digital Remaster)
7. Childhood's End (1996 Digital Remaster)
8. Free Four (1996 Digital Remaster)
9. Stay (1996 Digital Remaster)
10. Absolutely Curtains (1996 Digital Remaster)

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118 of 124 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Obscured By The Dark Side Of The Moon 11 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
UPDATE 2013. Finally come across a DISCOVERY edition for 7.50. So as this is one of my fav Floyd albums I thought I would risk the purchase, having already got the 1994 remaster, to hear if there was any difference in sound quality. OMG yes. I was surprised by the quality improvement of "THE WALL" when I heard the 2011 over-haul and "Obscured by Clouds" is justly refreshing. My original review concerned the 1994 digital remaster and it's packaging. This new cd's booklet is similar (only 8 pages) with lyrics but no synopsis. The only negative point of having an improved sound is the extra clarity given to the audio glitch on "The gold it's in the..." at about 2mins40sec (also present on 1994 remaster).

Here is my original review from 2001...

This album was recorded and released between sessions for The Dark Side Of The Moon. If that makes it sound like it was a rushed job then you are mistaken. OBC was the second soundtrack provided for Barbet Schroeder. The first was More for the 1969 film More. Now Schroeder wanted music for his latest movie La Vallee (The Valley).

I personally love this 40 minute album. It is one of the most musical of any of the Floyd's albums. (For example The Final Cut had great lyrics but not such great tunes; and Meddle had great tunes but maybe some of the lyrics were weak). This welds both together to create an album that borders rock to soft rock. Much in the same way David Gilmour achieved on his 1978 stunning solo album David Gilmour (I also rated that 5*).

If you have only recently discovered Pink Floyd through the outstanding compilation Echoes then you will not be familiar with any of these titles. However, don't let that put you off purchasing this much underrated Floyd classic.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just My Review..... 25 May 2001
Format:Audio CD
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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked slice of the seventies 8 Sep 2000
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Format:Audio CD
This is a strange one - it never appears in retrospectives of the band's work, being a soundtrack, but actually stands up well as an album in its own right.
The band certainly thought some of the tracks stood alongside the rest of their material - the two opening songs appear on several bootlegs and in fact are very much of the 'shine on' mode of stadium psychedelia.
Musically the album forms a natural bridge between 'Meddle' and DSOTM with the band learning to write shorter songs that don't descend into whimsy.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Obscured by Moon 12 Jun 2005
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Probably the most underrated album in the Pink Floyd catalog. This is the one that came after 'Meddle' and before 'The Dark Side of the Moon'. In comparison to these two, 'Obscured by Clouds' was somewhat of a step backwards to the 'More' and 'Ummagumma' era, with hardly any easily identifiable signs to the masterpiece that was about to follow.
Even as a massive Pink Floyd fan, this was the album I discovered last in their discography. No one ever seems to talk about it or mention it in great details when covering the band's legacy. Indeed obscured, if not by clouds than definitely by Meddle and Dark Side. However, it is a fact that I still find myself listening to it quite a lot, more than any of their offerings from the 60's or 80's.
Most of the songs here are in a similar style to the 4-5 minutes long songs in 'Meddle' and 'Atom Heart Mother', just with a slightly different sound, and a more prominent electric guitar. But though you can say that all the songs are "small" or simple, with none of the grand features of Floyd, they are all, nevertheless, excellent.
Not even one track is out of place or weak. 'Absolutely Curtains' is a hidden classic, 'Childhood End' and 'The Gold Is In The...' are typically brilliant Gilmour rock stompers, while 'Stay' and 'Wot's... Uh The Deal' are two beautiful ballads. If anything, this album just suffers from bad titles (Wot's the deal?). Interestingly enough, it also features possibly the "driest" sound they ever made.
It is Pink Floyd's most humble record, but you're gonna to love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great listening
This is relatively early Floyd but still has all the elements that put them in a class of their own.
Published 5 months ago by RAZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Laid-back psyche trip with the Floyd
Having been a long term fan of Dark Side of the Moon and the Floyd in general I was eager to hear more of their extensive back catalogue. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr R P Thomas
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Good service, it's pink floyd so what more needs to be said, gets annoying being asked for extra words on these reviews !!!!!!
Published 6 months ago by K.R.SCOTT
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good tracks
But not the one I would choose if I could pick one of the Floyd albums again, good but not one of their best
Published 9 months ago by David_Liverpool
5.0 out of 5 stars EARLY FLOYD
Published 14 months ago by gollumanelf63
4.0 out of 5 stars Obscured was never clearer
Another one of the recent batch of Pink Floyd remasters that has proven itself to be a definitive statement of sonic excellence. Read more
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