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    Posted: August 04 2015 at 17:03
I was listening to Obscured By Clouds yesterday and wondering if they played some of the tracks live (or other studio versions), because I think some extended versions would be really good. One track I find frustrating is "Wot's... Uh The Deal", the fade out when the organ solo starts, I'd really like to hear that. I think "Absolutely Curtains" (perhaps their last psychedelic track?) could be longer: when I'm getting into the mood, the annoyingly repetitive vocals appear.
Do you know any "obscure" recording that you think is better than the album version?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 04 2015 at 18:46
I'd like to hear some Obscured stuff live. But given it was a soundtrack, recorded quickly as well, I don't think the band thought that highly of it. Considering they were putting the finishing touches/developing ideas to Dark Side of the Moon as well.
I love Obscured By Clouds so much that for me it's part of their "Three album streak" everyone seems to think ended with Animals. Yeah, Animals isn't bad. But it doesn't sound like a band album like Obscured By Clouds up to Wish You Were Here does.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 04 2015 at 21:59
I don't know about Floyd playing any of it (perhaps I have a vague idea of reading something about Childhood's end, but that may be nothing, really). However, I do know Gilmour played "Whot's Uh... the Deal" live on his On an Island tour, with Wright on keyboards... so that's Floyd enough for me. Plus, he did add some solo, which made the song much more satisfying to me than the original. It's available on the Live in Gdansk live album.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 04 2015 at 22:09
Originally posted by Dellinger Dellinger wrote:

I don't know about Floyd playing any of it (perhaps I have a vague idea of reading something about Childhood's end, but that may be nothing, really).


They did that one a few times but more regularly did only the first two songs from it. They already performed DSOTM in concert before they recorded OBC; DSOTM was their main priority at the time but they already agreed to make another soundtrack. Surprised they never performed the single "Free Four" and "Burning Bridges/Mudmen" would have made a nice mini-epic if they added a little more to it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 04 2015 at 22:28
Oh well, I was just checking out about Whot's uh... the deal with Gilmour, and I don't find it listed on the Live in Gdansk CD... not even on the 3rd disc of the special edition. However, I do have it from that album, perhaps it was one of the songs offered for download when I bought my CD (it was actually the whole 3rd disc, plus one song... perhaps it was this one... still, it's a wonderful version).
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 04 2015 at 22:31
Though it seems it is included on the extra songs from the DVD version of the tour, Remember that Night, of course you can't play it on CD or IPod unless you can rip off the sound.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 05 2015 at 01:19
I have an old tape with a 14+ minute jam of the opening 2 tunes Oscured/When You're In from a Rainbow gig in 1973 but that's all I know they performed from that album.
OBC has been a weaker album for me until a couple of weeks ago when I listened and realised just how good it is
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 05 2015 at 06:10
Thanks for all the information Thumbs Up I found the three tracks you mentioned:





Amazing versions, all of them Clap
I hope Gilmour will surprise us with another OBC version on his upcoming tour, there's a lot of great tunes on that album Approve
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 05 2015 at 06:13
Originally posted by zravkapt zravkapt wrote:

"Burning Bridges/Mudmen" would have made a nice mini-epic if they added a little more to it.
I like to play those tracks that way too. I'm glad it's not just me Smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 05 2015 at 06:42
Absolutely Curtains had potential to be a nicely, jammed-out live favourite. Minus the 'mudmen' chanting, of course. Some stoned-out oooh's and aaah's would've been perfect
In fact, only Free Four is the tune I find average - always have.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 05 2015 at 07:09
The chanting is not a bad idea, it's just way too long.
I agree with you about "Free Four", it's my least favourite track from OBC.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 05 2015 at 07:53
^ I'm thinking that's because it's the most 'straight-forward' track. There is some well-played bass from Rog, though.
The track Stay is very pretty for a ballad. Then most everything else is quite excellent, actually. Almost on-par with Meddle.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 05 2015 at 08:22
I really like "Stay", the piano and Wright's vocals are lovely and Gilmour's guitar work is also great Smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 05 2015 at 22:04
Originally posted by Meltdowner Meltdowner wrote:

Originally posted by zravkapt zravkapt wrote:

"Burning Bridges/Mudmen" would have made a nice mini-epic if they added a little more to it.
I like to play those tracks that way too. I'm glad it's not just me Smile


I don't remember noting that they go well together, but Mudmen is actually my favourite piece from this album. I really love the guitar work on that one. I'll try listening to the couple together again, see if I can apreciate them in a different way.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 05 2015 at 23:20
What an album, not a dull moment anywhere. The bridge between DSOTM and Meddle
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 06 2015 at 05:11
A very informative thread, no idea this material was ever performed live.  I have a bootleg with 'Cymbeline' from More on it, and I thought that was the extent of their live versions of their soundtracks.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 06 2015 at 05:21
^ Cymbaline was a real goodie in live performance. Always loved the blissed-out jam section with Wright's Farfisa solo.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 06 2015 at 14:47
Who the hell are Obscured By Clouds? Wink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 06 2015 at 17:20
Originally posted by Dellinger Dellinger wrote:

I don't remember noting that they go well together, but Mudmen is actually my favourite piece from this album. I really love the guitar work on that one. I'll try listening to the couple together again, see if I can apreciate them in a different way.
Mudmen is like an instrumental version of Burning Bridges. It's my favourite too, very spacey stuff Cool

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Who the hell are Obscured By Clouds? Wink
I know it's a stupid title, but I couldn't come up with a better one LOL
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 06 2015 at 21:34
Originally posted by Tom Ozric Tom Ozric wrote:

^ Cymbaline was a real goodie in live performance. Always loved the blissed-out jam section with Wright's Farfisa solo.


Yeah, they really need to release a live album with Cymbaline and Fat Old Sun included. They were really awsome. There's the live version of Fat Old Sun with Gilmour on his last tour, which was wonderful and sounds more polished like newer Floyd, but the live versions on the 70's had an edge that's missing.
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