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PINK FLOYD – OBSCURED BY CLOUDS (LA VALLEE) SOUNDTRACK– June 15, 1972
“La Vallee” screened at Grauman’s Chinese, Hollywood – Filmex ’72 – 00individual was there!
Easily one of thee best gem-filled albums by Pink Floyd!
There was a period when Pink Floyd were composing music for soundtracks such as; “More” 1969, “Zabriske Point” 1970 and “La Vallee” 1972. I don’t know if it was a conscious effort on their part as some of the music seems as though it was lifted from previous or ongoing songs that the Floyd had already been working on as opposed to deliberate film-specific studio album compositions. In any case I really liked this period of their music.
The ” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack from the film More” as it was labeled on the U.S. releases, was an exceptional favorite. It had mostly very short songs but all were intriguing to me and “The Nile Song” was a rockin’ standout.
So when “Obscured By Clouds” was released on July 6th, as with all Pink Floyd LPs, I purchased, or acquired it immediately and usually in the import virgin vinyl mode. This album took the previous soundtracks to a new level, a level that was a prescient form of Future Floyd.
I can seriously state that this is one of my favorite Pink Floyd records; I liked it so much that I went to “Filmex”, the Sundance Film Festival of its day, to see the movie, “La Vallee”, just to hear Pink Floyd’s terrific “Obscured By Clouds” soundtrack music amplified at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard!
Even though the soundtrack LP was not represented that much within the film I still gave a standing ovation when PF’s credits hit the screen!
Each track is just amazing, a real touchstone of Pink Floyd’s development – nearly all compositions from all their future albums can be traced back to this LP.
It’s no wonder that within many Floyd concerts throughout their history they have decided to perform songs from this soundtrack LP as they are easily some of the best songs of their career.
Here is the soundtrack to La Vallee (Obscured By Clouds) in its sublime un-track-separated entirety: Obscured By Clouds and in “single” form:
Obscured by Clouds (Waters, Gilmour) [03:05]
When You’re In (Waters, Gilmour, Wright, Mason) [02:23]
Burning Bridges (Wright, Waters)[3:24]
The Gold It’s In The … (Waters, Gilmour) [03:03]
Wot’s… Uh The Deal (Waters, Gilmour) [05:05]
Mudmen (Wright, Gilmour) [04:17]
Childhood’s End (Gilmour) [04:30]
Free Four (Waters) [04:11]
Stay (Wright, Waters) [04:02]
Absolutely Curtains (Waters, Gilmour, Wright, Mason) [05:51]
(Movie-sounds) Wright, Mapuga tribe Instrumental, chant by Mapuga tribe
About the film: “La Vallee” was a gorgeous, sexy, bohemian-style trippy movie about a group of free-spirited Hippies, (and one hot, Bulle Ogier), who go in search of an unexplored area of Papua New Guinea that is only represented on maps as “obscured by clouds”.
They believe that it is fact a paradise and travel by plane (the opening shot of the film above the clouds with the title track is nothing less than goose-bumps!), then by Land Rover, then by horseback, then ultimately on foot to get to “the Valley”.
The end of the movie has them reach their destination and as they all climb up to the top of a hill the camera turns and faces them as they look down at their “paradise”. We the audience however never get to see what they see or what they experience past that point.
I really liked the ending, but I’m sure that many who want spoon-fed stories with nicely tied-up conclusions did not – but then I’m a huge David Lynch fan!
“The memories of a man in his old age are the deeds of a man in his prime.”
from “Free Four”
Which evokes exactly what 00individual’s weblog is all about!
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