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Released: June 3, 1972

Rating: 3.237 (average of 17 ratings)

Genre: psychedelic rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Obscured by Clouds
  2. When You’re In
  3. Burning Bridges
  4. The Gold It’s in the…
  5. Wot’s…Uh the Deal
  6. Mudmen
  7. Childhood’s End
  8. Free Four
  9. Stay
  10. Absolutely Curtains

Total Running Time: 42:52


sales in U.S. only ½ million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 3 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 46
peak on U.K. album chart 6

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • none

Obscured by Clouds
Pink Floyd
Obscured by Clouds is the soundtrack to the Barbet Schroeder film La Vallée, and it plays that way. Of course, it’s possible to make the argument that Pink Floyd’s music of the early ‘70s usually played as mood music, similar to film music, but it had structure and a progression. Here, the instrumentals float pleasantly, filled with interesting textures, yet they never seem to have much of a purpose. Often, they seem quite tied to their time, either in their spaciness or in the pastoral folkiness, two qualities that are better brought out on the full-fledged songs interspersed throughout the record” (Erlewine).

“Typified by Burning Bridges and Wot’s...uh the Deal, these songs explore some of the same musical ground as those on Atom Heart Mother and Meddle, yet they are more concise and have a stronger structure” (Erlewine).

“But the real noteworthy numbers are the surprisingly heavy blues-rocker The Gold It’s in the..., which, as good as it is, is trumped by the stately, ominous Childhood’s End and the jaunty pop tune Free Four, two songs whose obsessions with life, death, and the past clearly point toward Dark Side of the Moon. (‘Childhood's End’ also suggests Dark Side in its tone and arrangement)” (Erlewine).

“As startlingly advanced as these last two songs are, they’re not enough to push the rest of Obscured by Clouds past seeming just like a soundtrack, yet these tunes, blended with the sensibility of Meddle, suggest what Pink Floyd was about to develop into” (Erlewine).

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previous album: Meddle (1971) DMDB page next album: Dark Side of the Moon (1973)

Last updated January 18, 2009.