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MUSIC FROM THE BODY (WITH RON GEESIN)*

Roger Waters

 

Crossover Prog

2.92 | 65 ratings

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octopus-4
4 stars This is still, unfortunately, the only one album featuring Ron Geesin currently on PA. I hope he will be added soon.

Said so, this is more the effort of this ecleptic musician than of Roger Waters and this is, I suppose, the reason of its low rating. Who is looking for Pink Floyd music of any kind will find only "Sea, shell and stone": just two minutes of acoustic Waters in a form that we'll find more than 10 years after on The Final Cut.

This was the soundtrack of a hippy documentary about the human body, featuring all the things that are usually omitted from a normal documentary, including making sex (the Director and his secretary filmed in infrared), shitting, becoming old, birth, death and so on. In this environment the opening track has a sense. "Our song" is made by piano and all the kind of sounds that can be produced by a human body, including farts of course. Everything put into a sort of ragtime. It's followed by the already mentioned "Sea Shell and Stone" which fades out to the real beginning of the soundtrack.

From "Red Stuff Writhe", Geesin's cello starts what can be considered a psychedelic symphony. We are following, in the movie, the evolution of the human body. Each short track is strictly related to the movie, as a soundtrack has to be.

"Chain of Life" is one of the few non-instrumentals. I guess the music was written by Geesin and Waters contributed with lyrics and voice even though some passages may remind to things like "Set the controls for the heart of the sun".

But it's in the instrumentals like "The Womb Bit" that the efforts of both the two authors are evident.

When there is cello or strage choirs like in "More than Seven Dwarfs in Penis Land" it's surely Geesin's stuff. Listen to any of his solo albums and you'll understand why I say so.

The closing track "Give Birth to a Smile" reprises the melody of Sea Shell and Stone, but it's played and arranged by the whole Floyd band. The unique credited effort of the reminders of the band to the album so it deserves a mention.

The album can be enjoyed together with the movie or alone. Only having seen the movie can help to appreciate it more. For me it deserves 4 stars, but requires several listens. For fans of psychedelia and hippyness with more than a touch of eclectism.

octopus-4 | 4/5 |

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