Obscured by Clouds

Release date
3 Mar 2003
Running length
10 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Obscured By Clouds (1996 Digital Remaster) 3:04 325
2 When You're In (1996 Digital Remaster) 2:30 259
3 Burning Bridges (1996 Digital Remaster) 3:29 307
4 The Gold It's In The ... (1996 Digital Remaster) 3:07 251
5 Wots ... Uh The Deal (1996 Digital Remaster) 5:08 258
6 Mudmen (1996 Digital Remaster) 4:17 244
7 Childhood's End (1996 Digital Remaster) 4:32 253
8 Free Four (1996 Digital Remaster) 4:15 250
9 Stay (1996 Digital Remaster) 4:06 228
10 Absolutely Curtains (1996 Digital Remaster) 5:50 264

About this album

Obscured by Clouds is a rock album by Pink Floyd based on their soundtrack for the French film La Vallée, by Barbet Schroeder. Some copies of the album refer to the film by its alternate English title, The Valley. The LP was released in the UK on June 3, 1972 on Harvest/EMI and then in the U.S. on June 15, 1972 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.

At this point in their career, the band were not new to scoring movies. They had already scored the films The Committee, and More, in 1968 and 1969, respectively.

The band were already working on The Dark Side of the Moon during this period, but production was interrupted when the band travelled to France to score the movie. Nick Mason refers to the project: “After the success of More, we had agreed to do another sound track for Barbet Schroeder. His new film was called La Vallée and we travelled over to France to record the music in the last week of February… We did the recording with the same method we had employed for More, following a rough cut of the film, using stopwatches for specific cues and creating interlinking musical moods that would be cross-faded to suit the final version… The recording time was extremely tight. We only had two weeks to record the soundtrack with a short amount of time afterwards to turn it into an album.”

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