Obscured by clouds

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Obscured by clouds
Pink Floyd studio album


3rd June 1972

Label (s) Original albums:

New editions:

  • Capitol Records (USA)

Format (s)


Genre (s)

Art rock

Title (number)


running time

40min 30sec



Pink Floyd

Studio (s)

23-29 February & 23-27 March 1972, Château d'Hérouville, Val-d'Oise, France

Obscured by clouds The Dark Side of the Moon

Obscured by Clouds is the seventh studio album by the British band Pink Floyd , based on their soundtrack for the French film La Vallée (director: Barbet Schroeder ). Recorded in the Château-d'Hérouville studios near Paris in just two weeks, some songs sound rather rough and spontaneous for Pink Floyd 's standards . The album was released on June 3, 1972 and represented the band's greatest commercial success in the USA up to that time. The song Free Four became a single hit in the USA, the songs Obscured by Clouds and When You're In made it into Live program of the band.

With this album, the band also used synthesizers for the first time ( EMS VCS 3 ).

According to the band, the song Childhood's End is inspired by the novel of the same name by the author Arthur C. Clarke .


  1. Obscured by Clouds (Waters — Gilmour) - 3:03 min
  2. When You're In (Waters — Gilmour — Mason — Wright) - 2:30 min
  3. Burning Bridges (Wright — Waters) - 3:29 min
  4. The Gold It's in the ... (Waters — Gilmour) - 3:07 min
  5. Wot's ... Uh the Deal (Waters — Gilmour) - 5:08 min
  6. Mudmen (Wright-Gilmour) - 4:20 min
  7. Childhood's End (Gilmour) - 4:31 min
  8. Free Four (Waters) - 4:15 min
  9. Stay (Wright-Waters) - 4:05 min
  10. Absolutely Curtains (Waters — Gilmour — Wright — Mason) - 5:52 min


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