More (soundtrack)

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More
MoreCover.jpg
Studio album / Soundtrack album by
Released13 June 1969 (1969-06-13)[1]
RecordedJanuary – February 1969
StudioPye Studios, London
GenrePsychedelic rock
Length45:00
Label
ProducerPink Floyd
Pink Floyd chronology
A Saucerful of Secrets
(1968)
More
(1969)
Ummagumma
(1969)

More (released in the United States as Original Motion Picture Soundtrack from the film More) is the first soundtrack album and third studio album by English rock band Pink Floyd. It was released on 13 June 1969 in the United Kingdom by EMI Columbia and on 9 August 1969 in the United States by Tower Records.[2] It was the band's first album without any involvement from former band leader Syd Barrett, and is a soundtrack for the 1969 film of the same name, which was primarily filmed on location on Ibiza and was the directorial debut of Barbet Schroeder.

The album was a top ten hit in the UK, but received mixed reviews from critics. Like other Pink Floyd albums, it has been reissued on CD with additional material and outtakes.

Background[edit]

Pink Floyd had already recorded several piece of film music by 1969. In December 1967, they had featured in the BBC show Tomorrow's World, playing along to a light show, and had recorded some instrumental music for the 1968 film The Committee.[3]

The film More featured a young hitchhiker in Ibiza who had succumbed to heroin abuse, with party scenes and drug taking. Director Barbet Schroeder was a fan of the group, and brought a rough cut of the film to London for them to work with.[3][4] Instead of merely having typical background music, Schroeder wanted the songs to feature in the film, such as a record playing at a party. The group also speculated they could branch out into a career as film composers if their recording and touring career did not work out.[3] Drummer Nick Mason later said the film was "ideally suited to some of the rumblings, squeaks and sound textures we produced on a regular basis."[4]

Recording and songs[edit]

The album was recorded at Pye Studios in London, in late January and early February 1969 with engineer Brian Humphries.[5][6] The album was the first to be produced by Pink Floyd without assistance from Norman Smith, who retained an Executive Producer credit, and the first full album without Syd Barrett, who left the group in 1968 during the recording of their second album A Saucerful of Secrets.[7][8]

Pink Floyd worked out most of the music in two weeks, with the material put together quickly and semi-improvised.[9] They did not use a dubbing studio due to budget constraints, and simply timed sequences in the film in a stopwatch so they knew how long the music had to be.[4] Bassist Roger Waters wrote most of the lyrics during breaks between recording backing tracks. Schroeder was impressed by how quickly the group created and recorded the material.[9] Mason and keyboardist Richard Wright co-wrote the instrumental "Up The Khyber", the only time the pair were credited as sole co-composers.[10] Barrett's replacement David Gilmour handled all lead vocals on the album.[11]

More features a mixture of styles. Songs such as "Green is the Colour" were acoustic folk ballads, a genre not often explored by the group.[9] The album also contains hard rock, such as "The Nile Song" and "Ibiza Bar",[9][12] as well as several instrumental tracks such as "Quicksilver" and "Main Theme", featuring their experimental and avant-garde approach.[9] "Cymbaline" criticised the music industry, with lines such as "your manager and agent are both busy on the phone".[13]

"Green is the Colour" was played live frequently after release, as a medley with "Careful With That Axe, Eugene", as part of a live suite called "The Journey". It was a regular feature in the set for two years afterwards.[14] "Quicksilver" was played under the title "Sleeping" as part of the 1969 live show called "The Man", while "Cymbaline" was entitled "Nightmare".[15] The latter remained part of the group's repertoire until the end of 1971.[14] In live performances, the group left the stage partway through the song while the audience listened to a tape of quadrophonic sound effects including footsteps appearing to travel round the venue, and doors opening.[16] "Main Theme" was played live briefly in 1970.[17]

Two songs can be heard in the film which were not included on the album: and "Hollywood" and "Seabirds".[18][19] The latter was published in 1976's The Pink Floyd Songbook.[19] Both songs, as well as two other songs from those sessions," Theme (Beat Version)" and "More Blues (Alternative Version)", were released in 2016 in the box set, The Early Years 1965–1972. The set in which these tracks appear, 1969: Dramatis/ation was made available as a standalone release in 2017.[20] "Seabirds" was an alternative take of "Quicksilver".[21]

Cover[edit]

The album cover was, like A Saucerful of Secrets, designed by Hipgnosis. It featured a shot from the film, with two characters playing around a windmill in Ibiza, that was processed in a dark room in order to make it look like a trip.[9]

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[22]
The Daily Telegraph3/5 stars[23]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music2/5 stars[24]
MusicHound1/5[25]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2/5 stars[26]

More reached number 9 in the UK[27][28] and, upon re-release in 1973, number 153 in the US. This was the last of three Pink Floyd albums to be released in the United States by the Tower Records division of Capitol Records.[29] "The Nile Song" was released as a single in France, Japan and New Zealand around the same time.[30] The track, along with "Cirrus Minor" appeared on the 1971 compilation Relics.[31]

A 1973 US reissue was released on Harvest Records.[29] It was certified gold in the US on 11 March 1994.[29] The album was reissued on CD in 1985, with a digitally remastered version following in 1995.[29] It was reissued on Pink Floyd Records on 3 June.[32]

More received mixed reviews from critics. Record Song Book said the album was "always extremely interesting ... quite weird in parts too".[33] The Daily Telegraph was favourable, describing it as starting to "define experimental instrumental identity."[23] AllMusic provided a mixed response.[22] MusicHound and Rolling Stone were less positive with the former giving the album a rating of one out of five and the latter calling it a "dull film soundtrack".[25][26]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Cirrus Minor"Waters5:18
2."The Nile Song"Waters3:26
3."Crying Song"Waters3:33
4."Up the Khyber" (instrumental)Mason, Wright2:12
5."Green Is the Colour"Waters2:58
6."Cymbaline"Waters4:50
7."Party Sequence" (instrumental)Waters, Wright, Gilmour, Mason1:07
Total length:23:24
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Main Theme" (instrumental)Waters, Wright, Gilmour, Mason5:27
2."Ibiza Bar"Waters, Wright, Gilmour, Mason3:19
3."More Blues" (instrumental)Waters, Wright, Gilmour, Mason2:12
4."Quicksilver" (instrumental)Waters, Wright, Gilmour, Mason7:13
5."A Spanish Piece"Gilmour1:05
6."Dramatic Theme" (instrumental)Waters, Wright, Gilmour, Mason2:15
Total length:21:32

Personnel[edit]

Taken from AllMusic and Martin Popoff:[34][35]

Pink Floyd
Additional personnel

Charts[edit]

Chart (1969) Peak
position
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[36] 14
UK Albums (OCC)[37] 9
Chart (1973) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[38] 153
Chart (2011) Peak
position
French Albums (SNEP)[39] 128

References[edit]

Citations

  1. ^ "1969". Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  2. ^ Povey 2006, pp. 110,343.
  3. ^ a b c Blake 2011, p. 132.
  4. ^ a b c Mason 2004, p. 126.
  5. ^ Mason 2004, pp. 126,129.
  6. ^ Povey 2006, pp. 87,105.
  7. ^ Blake 2011, pp. 114–116.
  8. ^ Mason 2004, p. 119.
  9. ^ a b c d e f Blake 2011, p. 133.
  10. ^ Wild 2017, p. 66.
  11. ^ "50 years Ago: Pink Floyd Moved On From Syd Barrett With "More"". Ultimate Classic Rock. 9 August 2019. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  12. ^ DeRogatis 2003, p. 123.
  13. ^ Mabbett 2010, p. 76.
  14. ^ a b Mabbett 2010, pp. 76–77.
  15. ^ Wild 2017, pp. 67–68.
  16. ^ a b Popoff 2018, p. 41.
  17. ^ Mabbett 2010, p. 77.
  18. ^ Manning 2006, p. 226.
  19. ^ a b Mabbett 2010, p. 71.
  20. ^ Dramatis/ation (Media notes). Pink Floyd Records. 2017. PFREY3.
  21. ^ Wild 2017.
  22. ^ a b Unterberger, Richie. Album review at AllMusic. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  23. ^ a b McCormick, Neil (20 May 2014). "Pink Floyd's 14 studio albums rated". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  24. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780857125958. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  25. ^ a b Graff & Durchholz 1999, p. 872.
  26. ^ a b Sheffield, Rob (2 November 2004). "Pink Floyd: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media, Fireside Books. Archived from the original on 17 February 2011. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  27. ^ Povey 2006, p. 87.
  28. ^ "PINK FLOYD | Artist". Official Charts. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  29. ^ a b c d Povey 2006, p. 343.
  30. ^ Wild 2017, p. 65.
  31. ^ Wild 2017, pp. 64–65.
  32. ^ "Out This Week / on 3 June 2016". superdeluxeedition.com.
  33. ^ Povey 2006, p. 110.
  34. ^ "More – Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  35. ^ Popoff 2018, p. 36.
  36. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Pink Floyd – More" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  37. ^ "Pink Floyd | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  38. ^ "Pink Floyd Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  39. ^ "Lescharts.com – Pink Floyd – More". Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 June 2016.

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