Pink Floyd - Obscured By Clouds

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Rate This Album

5 - Best
13
14%
4
46
49%
3
25
27%
2
7
8%
1 - Worst
2
2%
 
Total votes: 93

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Re: Pink Floyd - Obscured By Clouds

Post by nat » Sat Feb 04, 2012 7:54 pm

Agreed... While Obscured doesn't make my top 4 favorite PF albums list, it's a very highly underrated album. It differs from my favorites (WYWH, Animals, Wall, TFC) in that it lacks a cohesive trademark PF 'concept;' the tracks are kind of all over the spectrum. The songs are mostly all really good, though, and the musicianship is outstanding. Songs like Mudmen really foreshadow what was coming a year later on DSOTM. I've always viewed Obscured as sort of a DSOTM 'rehearsal.'

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Re: Pink Floyd - Obscured By Clouds

Post by RonToon » Sun Feb 05, 2012 3:14 pm

For years I dismissed More and OBC but now I'm really into them. I like all eras of Floyd and I regard the soundtracks as a category as well. Both soundtracks are stripped down song cycles and there are hidden gems on each. These days when I reach for a Floyd album there's a good chance that I'll listen to both of these back to back... that is when I'm not listening to a boot. <ii>

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Re: Pink Floyd - Obscured By Clouds

Post by ricky66 » Tue Jul 31, 2012 11:47 am

Sonic Destruction wrote:
J Ed wrote:I would guess the opposite is also true
Childhoods End has a similar energy and groove to the studio version of Time
but we can hear from 1972 shows, eg Best of Tour 72, that originally Time was a very sleepy number, sounding something like Space Oddity
so I think they decided to make Time sound a little more like Daves new song, which may also be why Childhoods End disappeared from the setlist so fast
That could well be true. Either way, both Dave's song and "Time" are awesome, and ended up sounding quite different from each other (to my ears). Perhaps any similarities can be put down to "conceptual continuity"?

Grab ur guitar and bash out the intro to Childhoods End, then crank into Have a cigar, there's your recycling in full swing.

I love to play through the (short and) very sharp solo in Childhoods End, sometimes without the catch on the G left in the studio performance! I love this track, more than anything else in the PF catalogue. Who copied who with the lyrics? Don't really care, Time and CE are so far apart it doesn't matter, but if I was to guess, based on the fact that RW didn't demand a writing credit, it's all down to DG. :roll:

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Re: Pink Floyd - Obscured By Clouds

Post by rememberaday » Fri Sep 21, 2012 1:44 pm

Pink Floyd has taught us one thing - NEVER UNDERESTIMATE SOUNDTRACKS!! <ii> <ii>

Along with More, one of this strongest efforts as a group. I give it a high 4.

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Re: Pink Floyd - Obscured By Clouds

Post by thefinalcut » Tue May 14, 2013 5:37 pm

It´s a nice album, but sort of overrated in some way...
Free Four is the worst track.
Really love The Gold Is In The...

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Re: Pink Floyd - Obscured By Clouds

Post by FreeFour » Tue May 14, 2013 9:14 pm

A solid 4/5

Not a well known album to the casual Floyd fan, but those who know it, know it well.

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Re: Pink Floyd - Obscured By Clouds

Post by Massed Gadgets » Thu Jun 27, 2013 7:54 pm

Yes, 4 out of 5 works well for this album. A real hidden gem in the Floyd collection. Some great songs on this album.

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Re: Pink Floyd - Obscured By Clouds

Post by Morty » Sat Nov 15, 2014 6:36 pm

Not a bad album at all, but a strong 3 from me. It has its ups and downs, but I do put it on now and then. My main problem is the mix, it sounds very flat.

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Re: Pink Floyd - Obscured By Clouds

Post by OBYKA » Tue Jan 27, 2015 4:34 pm

Definitely a step back after Meddle. Only Wots Uh the Deal and Childhoods End are worth a listen and are solid tracks.

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Re: Pink Floyd - Obscured By Clouds

Post by mabewa » Mon Oct 28, 2019 8:28 am

I'd give it a solid 4, and definitely think it's overlooked. It's a laid-back, unadorned album, but has a few minor classics (Childhood's End, Free Four, Burning Bridges, Wot's the Deal), and there are no stinkers. It's quite interesting that the sound is similar to that of DSotM, but much more stripped down and less produced.

The only 2 songs that I could kind of take or less are 'When You're In' (nice riffs but doesn't really go anywhere) and "The Gold It's in the...' The latter is a seriously odd song by Floyd standards, as the lyrics and music sound like typical early 70's hard rock--really no hint of progressive elements. I'm assuming that Roger wrote those lyrics, but they sound sound like him at all. They are even less typical than something like 'San Tropez.' Normally, I like it when Roger writes less-serious stuff, but these lyrics are too generic.

But nothing really offends me, the other instruments all have nice moods, 'Stay' is pretty good,' and the 4 tracks above are great, so it's quite a good album overall in my book.

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Re: Pink Floyd - Obscured By Clouds

Post by theaussiefloydian » Tue Oct 29, 2019 2:29 pm

I would ordinarily give it a 3.5/5, but since that's not possible I feel it's closer to a 4 than a 3 to that's what I clicked.
I agree with Nick Mason's assertion that this is a really good LP. Is it Pink Floyd's best? No. But it is highly listenable, and flows extremely well, much better than a lot of pre-Dark Side Floyd albums. There aren't any songs that actively strike me as a lesser effort (except maybe "Stay", but even that one isn't bad per se, just more not my cuppa tea), and it's clear that more than anything else Pink Floyd were enjoying recording this album. The closing track also has a surprisingly creepy feeling to it, which I totally dig. From the glam rock fun of "The Gold It's In the..." to the calmer tones of "Wots... uh, the Deal?" to the tonal dissonance between the music and the lyrics on "Free Four", I can't find anything on this LP to take drastic issue with.