Music from The Body

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Music from The Body
Soundtrack album by Ron Geesin and Roger Waters
Released 28 November 1970
Recorded January–March, August–September 1970
Genre Experimental music, biomusic
Length 41:28
Language English
Label Harvest (UK)
Import Records (USA)
Restless Retro (1990 CD reissue)
Producer Ron Geesin, Roger Waters
Roger Waters chronology
Music from The Body
(1970)
The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking
(1984)
Roger Waters soundtrack chronology
Music from The Body
(1970)
Monsieur René Magritte
(1978)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Music from The Body is the soundtrack album to Roy Battersby's 1970 documentary film The Body,[2] about human biology, narrated by Vanessa Redgrave and Frank Finlay.

History[edit]

The music was composed in collaboration between Pink Floyd member Roger Waters and Ron Geesin,[2] and employs biomusic, including sounds made by the human body (slaps, breathing, laughing, whispering, flatulence, etc.),[2] in addition to more traditional guitar, piano and stringed instruments. The date of this album places it between Ummagumma and Atom Heart Mother,[2] the latter also featuring Geesin as a collaborator.[2] The album's final track, "Give Birth to a Smile", features all four members of Pink Floyd, plus Geesin on piano, although David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright are uncredited.[2]

The LP features a different track listing to the original film soundtrack, and a 3 sided acetate does exist of the full version[citation needed]. The cover of the album features a Transparent Anatomical Manikin (TAM).[3]

Waters would not release another solo album until 1984's The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ron Geesin, except where noted:[2]

  1. "Our Song" (Geesin/Waters) – 1:24
  2. "Sea Shell and Stone" (Waters) – 2:17
  3. "Red Stuff Writhe" – 1:11
  4. "A Gentle Breeze Blew Through Life" – 1:19
  5. "Lick Your Partners" – 0:35
  6. "Bridge Passage for Three Plastic Teeth" – 0:35
  7. "Chain of Life" (Waters) – 3:59
  8. "The Womb Bit" (Geesin/Waters) – 2:06
  9. "Embryo Thought" – 0:39
  10. "March Past of the Embryos" – 1:08
  11. "More Than Seven Dwarfs in Penis-Land" – 2:03
  12. "Dance of the Red Corpuscles" – 2:04
  13. "Body Transport" (Geesin/Waters) – 3:16
  14. "Hand Dance — Full Evening Dress" – 1:01
  15. "Breathe" (Waters) – 2:53
  16. "Old Folks Ascension" – 3:47
  17. "Bed-Time-Dream-Clime" – 2:02
  18. "Piddle in Perspex" – 0:57
  19. "Embryonic Womb-Walk" – 1:14
  20. "Mrs. Throat Goes Walking" – 2:05
  21. "Sea Shell and Soft Stone" (Geesin/Waters) – 2:05
  22. "Give Birth to a Smile" (Waters) – 2:49

Personnel[edit]

"Give Birth to a Smile" also features a chorus of female singers, who sing in the background while Waters sings his verses but who then take over the refrain as the song continues. The album does not credit them, and neither Waters, Geesin, nor any books on the band have ever mentioned who they were.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Mabbett, Andy (1995). The Complete Guide to the Music of Pink Floyd. London: Omnibus,. ISBN 0-7119-4301-X. 
  3. ^ Transparent Women. Retrieved on 2011-06-23.

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