Release Date: Jul 27, 1969
Genres: Album Rock, Prog-Rock/Art Rock, Psychedelic, British Psychedelia
Number Of Tracks: 13
Commissioned as a soundtrack to the seldom-seen French hippie movie of the same name, More was a Pink Floyd album in its own right, reaching the Top Ten in Britain.
apples&oranges, on april 15, 2006 3 of 4 people found this review helpful
Sound: This is a soundtrack to the film "More" by Barbet Schroeder. For a soundtrack album, it really shines and is a pathway to dark side of the moon. You can see the experimental side of the Floyd on this album on tracks such as "Quicksilver" and "Up The Khyber." Very good sound quality and rare material from the Floyds career. Was really David Gilmour's first chance at a breakthrough and thats just what he did. // 10
Lyrics: 01. Cirrus Minor - is a very calm, mellow song. The lyrics are Roger Waters but with a Syd Barrett mentality to them. Very psychedelic lyrical usage. The birds in the begining get boring but it eventually turns into a great track.
02. The Nile Song - is a one of a kind track for Pink Floyd because it is practially the first and only Heavy-Metal song by them. Very cool song and great guitar by Dave.
03. Crying Song - very mellow and calm song just like "Cirrus Minor." Starts off with a Rick Wright keyboard bit and then Dave comes in with catchy lyrics. Great track.
04. Up The Khyber - no lyrics but an idea of what a Nick Mason and Rick Wright album would be like. Only keyboards, piano, and drums on this great instrumental track.
05. Green Is The Colour - the best song on the album in my opinion. Very catchy riff in the beginning. An acoustic song which includes some wonderful lyrics by Dave.Another mellow track. The best.
06. Cymbaline - the second best song on here next to "Green Is The Colour." Beautiful lyrical job by Dave and the chorus: "And its high time, cymbaline, its high time, cymbaline, please wake me" is very haunting. Love it.
07. Party Sequence - very bizarre instrumental track.
08. Main Theme - an instrumental track that has a pretty decent middle section and a creepy beginning.
09. Ibiza Bar - a relative of "The Nile Song" because it is very heavy. Cool lyrics as well. Decent rocker track.
10. More Blues - a bluesy guitar track. Wish it were only longer.
11. Quicksilver - too boring for a Floyd song. Its ok after you get used to it.
12. A Spanish Piece - David Gilmour's first sole written piece for Pink Floyd. Pretty humorous and good natured about a drunken spaniard.
13. Dramatic Theme - a catchy bass riff by Roger Waters in this instrumental. // 10
Overall Impression: Very great album and very underrated for a Floyd album. If it were stolen from me, I would go buy another very soon. Great album if you are deeply into Pink Floyd. Relates to no other Pink Floyd album. Many beautiful songs by Roger, who wrote most of the tracks and many acoustic songs. A relic in its own right. A must have. // 10
someone_not_you, on july 20, 2007 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: In early 1969, and after first frontman left the band, the Floyd were comissioned by Barbet Schroeder to make the soundtrack for the film "More", a stark portrait of the European hippie life on the late sixties. That's why many people complain about this soundtrack, a beautiful listening experience at many times. So, "Music from the Film More" isn't one of the Floyd most praised or known albums, but is sadly underrated, when I find some gems. First, the bad news. Floyd was trying to be metal. Bad move. Both "The Nile Song" and "Ibiza Bar" share the same melody, and they are so stupid. They inspired some other boring "hard rock" songs in the future, but that's another story. Also, hear the Floyd going ambient with the 7-minute pseudo-"space rock" borefest "Quicksilver", that presages the worst moments of Ummagumma's studio album. Just a lot of keyboard nonsense. Well, that were just the bad news. The good news are that, after trying to find his style btween singles and albums, Waters finally finds a sound akin to his lyricism: folk rock. You know, he is a Bob Dylan fan, after all. And here we get a lot of real great folk songs: "Cirrus Minor" (beautiful sequence of chords, great organs), "Crying Song" (with Waters trademark bass line that you can hear clearly on "Careful with That Axe, Eugene"), "Green Is the Colour" (beautiful, great keyboards), and the best song here: "Cymbaline". Yeah, I adore that one, great singing, and nice piano parts. All of these songs receive the usual Floyd treatment, some keyboards, and some ocasional electric guitar. Also, you get some oddities here: the closing "Dramatic Theme" (which ripoffs the bass line from "Let There Be More Light", but it's OK, also, the ending guitar by Gilmour is pretty good), "Main Theme" (a "krautrock" sound collage, combining "Dramatic Theme", some keyboards, and a gong), the amazing blues jam (appropiately titled) "More Blues", some percussion and keyboards highlights with "Up the Kyber" and "Party Sequence". Oh, and the novelty "Spanish Piece", with pseudo-Spanish guitar, and funny pseudo-Spanish phrases ('pass the tequila, Manuel') inserted by Gilmour (it was, in fact, his first composition with the band). // 8
Lyrics: OK, yes, they're just trying to recognize their sound, but just as I said, and for that reason half of the album is instrumental, but the folky ballads are beautiful, they sound Dylanesque at times. Also, it's the first (of three) soundtracks in which the band contributed, so, the lyricism is perhaps influenced by the movie. But only 3 years, the band demonstrated their real potential when they made soundtracks. // 7
Overall Impression: A highly underrated album, is pretty good, perhaps not one of the band's stronger showings, but still, it's overall a very listenable (with three exceptions), and sometimes fascinating soundtrack album. Oh, and I've never seen the movie, but well, with reading the liner notes is more than enough for me. Good luck with this album. It will reward you at some point. // 8