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Did you know that on the Radio KAOS album Roger Waters cites Prague among places where people “feel at home”? Did you know that Roger Waters accused A. L. Webber from ripping off Echoes for the Phantom Of The Opera main theme? Did you know that the band never played In The Flesh? live? At The Wall concerts it was always played by a substitute band and no other Pink Floyd gigs included the song.
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Obscured By Clouds

Obscured By Clouds

A throbbing instrumental song that starts with a keyboard riff later used in a shaving foam ad in the mid 1980's...

When You´re In

This song (also instrumental) sounds very much like Obscured By Clouds, but with much more prominent drums. Both songs were performed as one on the 1973 tour.

Burning Bridges

The song, sung by Gilmour and Wright, is a simple and kind ballad about leaving a beloved place. The song is known for its outstanding guitar part, which is slightly different from what we are used to from Gilmour. It is one of the 3 songs that were written by Wright and Waters together (the other two are Stay and Us And Them).

The Gold It´s In The...

This raw rock song sung by Gilmour was meant to bust the myth that Pink Floyd would be nothing without studio tricks.

Wot´s... Uh The Deal

In the first half of the song, Gilmour sings accompanied by simple acoustic guitar, and later also drums and bass guitar. Further into the song, Wrights plays a piano solo and Gilmour a guitar one. Since Pink Floyd were obsessed with sound effects, this song which features almost none and still sounds very "floydian" is a real pearl.


Apart from Cluster One and The Division Bell, this song is the only one to be written only by Gilmour and Wright. Mudmen is an instrumental song which contains many keyboards and guitar, including two solos, which mark the beginning of Gilmour's inimitable style from the 1970's and 1980's, which he also used in numerous collaborations and on the last two Pink Floyd albums.

Childhood´s End

Another song that directed the band towards Dark Side and also the last one written by Gilmour until Waters left Pink Floyd.
It is supposed that the name was borrowed from the book by Arthur C. Clarke.
This song is instrumentally very Gilmour-like and Wright's organ as well as Mason's drums create enough of a backing for it.
During the 1972 and 1973 concerts, Mason used to slow the tempo down in the middle of the song, so that it resembled the song Time.

Free Four

Another song with prominent guitar. The name was derived from the jokey "one, two, free, fowah!" It was released as a single almost worldwide, except Britain. The lyrics mention the death of Waters' father for the first time, which later reoccurs on The Wall and The Final Cut. Roger also mentions his dissatisfaction with the recording industry and especially his own boredom and tiredness he felt everytime he was "forced" to go on "another American tour".
The lyrics the song had in the film La Vallée, the soundtrack to which this album is, are slightly different and mention "taking a slice", a theme we know from Money. There are some other minor differences.


This song, sung by Wright, is a lyrical song about love and unfulfilled ideals, which does not really follow the Pink Floyd style.
However, even here we can find signs of the Pink Floyd spirit, such as the disappointment with life, when the narrator can't remember the name of the girl he wakes up next to and wishes she left.

Absolutely Courtains

Pink Floyd made use of new, previously unknown studio equipment, and so Rick Wright could use something that sounds like a harp instead of his usual organ and Mellotron. The two last minutes of the song (and the album) feature the native inhabitants of New Guinea singing their sacred songs. This part was taken from the film.


English version by:
Vít Benešovský, Jan "Johnny" Petrus

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