|Studio album / Soundtrack album by|
|Released||13 June 1969|
|Recorded||1 February – 31 May 1969|
|Studio||Pye Studios, London|
|Pink Floyd chronology|
|Singles from More|
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. 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.
Recording and songs
More is a psychedelic rock soundtrack album which contains some acoustic folk ballads, a genre that appeared sparsely on Pink Floyd's later works. It also contains some of the band's "heaviest" recordings, such as "The Nile Song" and "Ibiza Bar", as well as several instrumental tracks, featuring their experimental and avant-garde approach.
This is Pink Floyd's first full album without founding member Syd Barrett, who was ousted from the group in 1968 during the recording of A Saucerful of Secrets. It is one of only three Pink Floyd albums to feature David Gilmour as the sole lead vocalist, the others being 1987's A Momentary Lapse of Reason and 2014's The Endless River, and it is also the first album to be produced by Pink Floyd without assistance from Norman Smith. More was recorded at Pye Studios, Bryanston Street, London W1 and engineered by Brian Humphries. It is the only album in the band's discography not to have a lead vocal from Roger Waters during his tenure in the band (1964–1985).
Two songs can be heard in the film which were not included on the album: "Seabirds" and "Hollywood". Those 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. "Seabirds" is not the track heard in the film, but a reworking of "Quicksilver".
Release and reception
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More reached number 9 in the UK and, upon re-release in 1973, number 153 in the US. In 1987, the album was issued on CD. A digitally remastered CD was released in 1995 in the UK and 1996 in the US.
Since 1995, the new edition changed the title to just Music from the Film More (US title: Music from the Motion Picture More). This was the last of three Pink Floyd albums to be released in the United States by the Tower Records division of Capitol Records. The 1973 US reissue was released on Harvest Records. Although the CD restores the original United Kingdom title in all countries, it is represented differently on the spine (Music from the Film More) and label More. For the Pink Floyd Records 2016 re-issue, the name reverted to Soundtrack from the film More which was released 3 June 2016.
More received mostly negative reviews from critics. The Daily Telegraph was favorable towards the album, while AllMusic provided a mixed response. MusicHound and Rolling Stone, however, were less positive with the former giving the album a rating of one out of five.
|2.||"The Nile Song"||Waters||3:26|
|4.||"Up the Khyber" (instrumental)||Mason, Wright||2:12|
|5.||"Green Is the Colour"||Waters||2:58|
|7.||"Party Sequence" (instrumental)||Waters, Wright, Gilmour, Mason||1:07|
|1.||"Main Theme" (instrumental)||Waters, Wright, Gilmour, Mason||5:27|
|2.||"Ibiza Bar"||Waters, Wright, Gilmour, Mason||3:19|
|3.||"More Blues" (instrumental)||Waters, Wright, Gilmour, Mason||2:12|
|4.||"Quicksilver" (instrumental)||Waters, Wright, Gilmour, Mason||7:13|
|5.||"A Spanish Piece"||Gilmour||1:05|
|6.||"Dramatic Theme" (instrumental)||Waters, Wright, Gilmour, Mason||2:15|
- Roger Waters – bass guitar, tape effects, percussion, vocals
- Richard Wright – Farfisa Combo Compact Duo organ, Hammond M-102 spinet organ, piano, vibraphone, backing vocals
- David Gilmour – acoustic, electric, slide, and flamenco guitars, percussion, lead vocals
- Nick Mason – drums, percussion
- Additional personnel
- Lindy Mason – tin whistle on "Green Is the Colour" and "Party Sequence"
- James Guthrie – re-mastering supervision
- Hipgnosis – sleeve design
- Doug Sax – re-mastering
- Brian Humphries – engineering
|Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)||14|
|French Albums (SNEP)||2|
|UK Albums (OCC)||9|
|US Billboard 200||153|
|French Albums (SNEP)||128|
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