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  • Audio CD (26 Sept. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Catalogue
  • ASIN: B004ZN9R6G
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
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In 1972 the band collaborated with filmmaker Barbet Schroeder to create the soundtrack to the film La Vallee, becoming the band’s seventh studio album, Obscured By Clouds. The new 'Discovery' version presents the original studio album, digitally remastered by James Guthrie and reissued with a newly designed Digipak and a new eight page booklet designed by Storm Thorgerson.

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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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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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I bought this during a stint of buying many of the lesser known Pink Floyd albums, and originally I found it hard to get into, because it's basically just an entire album of hauntingly beautiful songs (you know how good their tunes can be): it seemed a bit gratuitous, dare I say self-indulgent. However, after accepting that it has none of the political commentary of "The Final Cut" or the anguished cry about what it means to be human found on "Dark Side of The Moon", I came to love it. It's brilliant for listening to when you're a bit tired, worn out and just want to listen to something lovely and simple (if you could ever sully the Pink Floyd name by calling their music "simple"). Its beauty hits you from the first listen and it's worth the tenner or however much you pay for it. I didn't give it 5 stars because I don't think it really makes you feel how some of the other albums can make you feel: it soothes you, but it doesn't really uplift or comfort you as much as you know Pink Floyd can. It's also got none of the subtle complexities of, say, "Animals" or even "A Saucerful of Secrets". Nonetheless, this is an underappreciated gem. If you liked "Meddle" or "Atom Heart Mother" you will like this.
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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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