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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.15 | 869 ratings

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Marquês_Prög
4 stars The first thing you have to remember is that this is a film soundtrack and not a normal album release for the Pink Floyd. Nick Mason was in his prime at this stage in the band's career. On this album he uses pounding bass and snare, tom-toms, bongos, jazz rhythms and hypnotic tribal beats. Dave is obviously gelling with the rest of the band and Roger is writing uncannily effective folk songs and poetic lyrics.Rick adds colour with jazzy piano improvisations and spacey organ throughout. The whole band write some amazing atmospheric instrumentals and experiment like there's no tomorrow.

1. Cirrus Minor - brings Gilmour's easy murmuring to the forefront of a very relaxed tune, complete with the chirping of exotic birds, and ending with an overly modulated Rick Wright keyboard solo. Superb! 5/5

2. Nile Song - is Pink Floyd at their all time heaviest, and could possibly be seen as proto-stoner rock (a direction Pink Floyd would not take, but other bands would). 5/5

3. Crying Song - light and breezy! 5/5

4. Up the Khyber - A strange instrumental piece. 2/5

5. Green Is the Colour - perhaps their strongest ballad ever; its stunning simplicity.Beautiful! 5/5

6. Cymbaline - is a haunting, wonderful,a song that will be revisiting you later on due to its catchiness. Perfect!5/5

7. Party Sequence - is a brief, but effective little psychedelic coda to the original release's first side. 3.5/5

8. Main Theme - the dark and trippy "Main Theme" featuring a spine tingling keyboard melody by Wright, unlike anything else really in PF's catalogue.4.5/5

9. Ibiza Bar - is little more than a re-write of "The Nile Song".4/5

10. More Blues - 3.5/5

11. Quicksilver - is mainly Rick's Farfisa Organ solo and some Gong from Roger. Good! 3/5

12. Spanish Piece - 2/5

13. Dramatic Theme - 3.5/5

Final Note : To those obscure music lovers trying to shed a little of their pretention- curious if anything with real feeling lies in the nooks and crannies of those mega groups they've loathed for so long, this album is a safe bet as far as post-Barrett Pink Floyd is concerned. It has moments of real sweetness and it does a remarkable job of creating a distinct middle eastern, adventurous mood to match the movie's theme-- it is easy to get lost in this movie soundtrack.

5+5+5+2+5+5+3.5+4.5+4+3.5+3+2+3.5 = 51

51: 13 = 3,9

Excellent addition to any prog music collection

Curiosity: The first work of the Pink Floyd without nothing of Syd Barrett was recorded in only one week. The director Barbet Schoroeder needed with urgency of a soundtrack for its against-cultural film that almost nobody was to see.

Marquês_Prög | 4/5 |

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