In this section you will find detailed description and collector's information on PINK FLOYD's "Obscured by Clouds". It is the seventh studio album by Pink Floyd, based on their soundtrack for the French film "La Vallée", by Barbet Schroeder.
Pink Floyd’s 1972 album “Obscured by Clouds” is a 12” vinyl LP that marks a transition for the band from the more psychedelic sound of their early years to the more polished and refined sound that would later define their most commercially successful albums, such as “Dark Side of the Moon” and “The Wall.” This album is often overlooked by casual fans but is a hidden gem that demonstrates the band’s versatility and range.
The album was recorded in France in 1972 as a soundtrack for the film “La Vallée” (The Valley), directed by Barbet Schroeder. The band was commissioned to compose and record the music for the film and did so in only two weeks. The album was released a few months later, ahead of the film’s premiere, and contains a mix of instrumental and vocal tracks.
The album’s sound is largely influenced by the band’s experience playing live shows in Europe in the early 1970s, where they experimented with longer, more improvisational pieces. This influence is evident in tracks like “Obscured by Clouds” and “Mudmen,” which feature extended instrumental sections that showcase the band’s technical skill and musicianship.
The lyrics on “Obscured by Clouds” are somewhat sparse and abstract, with many of the songs featuring impressionistic, stream-of-consciousness imagery that seems to be more concerned with mood and atmosphere than with telling a straightforward narrative.
Some copies of the album refer to the film by its English title, The Valley. The LP was released in the United Kingdom on 3 June 1972 on Harvest/EMI and then in the United States on 15 June 1972 on Harvest/Capitol. The album reached #1 in France, #6 on the UK album charts and #46 on the US album charts (where it was certified Gold by the RIAA in March 1994)
The album covers of "Obscured by Clouds" can be found with the variations
The various released of "Obscured By Clouds" listed below and are ordered by name of the release country
|Label & Catalogno||Band/Performers - Album Title|
Harvest 2C 064-05.054
||PINK FLOYD - Obscured by Clouds (1972, France)|
|PINK FLOYD - Obscured by Clouds (1972,France)|
EMI Harvest 2J 062-05054
||PINK FLOYD - Obscured by Clouds(1972, Greece)|
|EMI Harvest SHSP 4020||PINK FLOYD - Obscured by Clouds (UK / Gt Britain)|
Harvest 1A 064-05054 /
|PINK FLOYD - Obscured by Clouds (1972, Holland)|
Harvest 3C 064-05054
||PINK FLOYD - Obscured by Clouds (1972, Itayly|
SW-11078 (Sw 1-11078)
Notice that this American issue of "Obscured by Clouds" has a back cover with a different layout and photos
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