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More early post-Barrett Floyd, remastered to perfection
on 18 February 2015
This pre-Ummagumma film score was written for Barbet Schroeder's `More', a reportedly unremarkable film set in Ibiza in the heyday of the Hippie era which would most likely be consigned to complete obscurity now were it not for the Pink Floyd soundtrack.
The music is similar in tone to that of the `Saucerful of Secrets' album, in that it showcases the emerging writing talents of immediate post-Barrett Floyd and the way the band was starting to gel as a musical quartet. `Cirrus Minor', `Green is the Colour' and `Cymbaline' are all pleasant and rather languid pieces reminiscent of warm summer days. The two exceptional tracks are `The Nile Song' and `Ibiza Bar' which are loud rock songs at odds with the rest of the album, and maybe the nearest Floyd ever came to recording heavy metal. David Gilmour stars on lead vocals even on tracks written by Roger Waters, and begins to reveal what an outstanding guitarist he was starting to become with an instantly recognisable style.
The 2011 remaster is superb, the best-ever of these rarely-performed pieces with warm sound and all instruments in perfect balance. If you like Floyd's music up to and including `Meddle' and have never heard this, check it out (it's also worth seeking out `Obscured by Clouds' which is even better).