Obscured By Clouds
Obscured By Clouds
Released June 3, 1972
Recorded February 23-29, 1972, Château d'Hérouville, Pontoise, France and March 23-27, 1972, Château d'Hérouville, Pontoise, France
Genre Progressive Rock
Length 40:30
Label Harvest, EMI
Director Barbet Schroeder
Producer(s) Pink Floyd
Obscured By Clouds is a rock album by Pink Floyd based on their soundtrack for the French film La Vallée. The LP was released in the UK on June 3, 1972 on Harvest/EMI and then in the U.S. on June 15 on Harvest/Capitol. The album reached #6 on the UK album charts and #46 on the U.S. album charts (where it was certified Gold by the RIAA in March, 1994).

In 1986, the album was released on CD. A digitally remastered CD was released in March 1996 in the UK and August 1996 in the U.S.

"Free Four" was the first Pink Floyd song to get significant airplay in the U.S., and the first to deal directly with the death of Eric Fletcher Waters, Roger Waters' father. The title track, one of the album's several instrumentals, became something of a Floyd concert staple for a time, often as the band's opening number. The song "Childhood's End" is said to have been inspired by the Arthur C. Clarke novel of the same name.

Obscured By Clouds was the first Pink Floyd album to feature the VCS 3 synthesiser.

Track Listing

  1. "Obscured By Clouds" (Waters, Gilmour) – 3:03
  2. "When You're In" (Mason, Gilmour, Waters, Wright) – 2:30
  3. "Burning Bridges" (Waters, Wright) – 3:29
  4. "The Gold It's In The..." (Waters, Gilmour) – 3:07
  5. "Wot's... Uh The Deal" (Waters, Gilmour) – 5:08
  6. "Mudmen" (Gilmour, Wright) – 4:20
  7. "Childhood's End " (Gilmour) – 4:31
  8. "Free Four" (Waters) – 4:15
  9. "Stay" (Waters, Wright) – 4:05
  10. "Absolutely Curtains" (Mason, Gilmour, Waters, Wright) – 5:52



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