Bill Your 'Free Form FM Handi Cyber | Mahwah, NJ USA | 08/12/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is part of that "other" Pink Floyd you buy, after The Wall, Wish You Were Here, and Dark Side of The Moon. Until Darkside broke Floyd in 1973, they were a cult band, and still deciding their sound.
More is one of three soundtracks they did for Europian art films during their gestation period. (The other two are Obscured by Clouds and Zabrisie point) This is filled with psych organ experments, some jazz, and Floyd's best hard rock, "The Nile Song." If Pink Floyd had remained an art band with a small following, this would have been one of their staples.
I like the loose, uncertian expermentalism of 1967-72 Pink Floyd. The sounds were smaller, but the scope of their work was larger: more styles versus more streemlined.
Obviously, with Dark Side of The Moon, Rodger Waters wanted to get the band into American private jets and arenas as opposed to driving around England in a tour truck with Henry Cow and Soft Machine. Smart artsitic and career move. Who can really blame him, especially when Floyd's music remained solid after Dark Side.
But being a cult digger, I'll throw in with the young underground Floyd. More is ample reason why."
Smooth And Hazy
K. Steckfus | Philly | 11/14/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's almost midnight and my girl is asleep. I just found an original, mint U.S. pressing of this album on vinyl at a used record store and am now giving it a spin. I can honestly say this is an excellent nighttime album.......the music is best heard when by yourself and in an introspective mood.
This is an excellent album, despite the fact that I hated it when I first heard it. Then again, when I first attempted to listen to this years ago, I put it on right after playing the first live disc of Ummagumma. None of these songs really capture the same level of energy of those live versions of "Astronomy Domine" or "Careful with That Axe...." In any case, there still is not a weak moment on this album if your in the right mood. The only real weakness if that there is no cohesion between all the great moments on the record.....it swings from British folk to avant jazz in the blink of an eye. But the individual moments are great......"Green is the Color" is a beautiful folk ballad with some very nice acoustic work from Gilmour that is a precursor to "Wish You Were Here." "The Nile Song" is a rip roaring rocker with an abrasive sound that is just great. "Main Theme" shows them at their early avant garde best (this one could have been on "Saucerful of Secrets").
This is not Pink Floyd's best album but it certainly isn't their worst. It's a picture of a band experimenting and attempting to find their sound following Syd Barrett's departure and it is great. If you like their early sound and are in the mood for some moody British pop with some very dark Sun Ra jazz lurking around every corner then don't hesitate to buy this album!!"