More is the third album proper by Pink Floyd and was released in July 1969 by EMI. The album is latterly more commonly known as Soundtrack From The Film More but this hardly matters.
Dave Gilmour sings whenever there is a vocal and it is the first Pink Floyd album not to feature Syd Barrett. More peaked at Number 9 in the U.K. Album Charts upon release.
Cirrus Minor (Waters) intros with birdsong and floats musically as not one drum or cymbal is hit throughout its five minute duration. Richard Wright echoes the fourth quarter of A Saucerful Of Secrets (the song) and this gives it a similar feel to that track on the bands prededing album.
The Nile Song (Waters) is Pink Floyd almost toying with Heavy Metal. Probably the bands most blunt and brutal song ever it is another favourite of mine and a track we used to cover in the first band I ever played in way back in 1987. I do wish Pink Floyd had a whole album that sounds like the style of this song but hey-ho this will have to do. Listening to it now it is almost Nirvana-esque too, it really is a scorching song.
Crying Song (Waters) at just over three minutes really just floats by. Gilmour offers a sleepy sounding vocal and it fits the vibe of the album / soundtrack.
Up The Khyber (Wright / Mason) is as the songwriting credit suggests a more drum and keyboard inspired jam. For the first time the album does show its soundtrack purpose but it is not far removed from many of the pieces on the second album (which I’m seeing as a good thing).
Green Is The Colour (Waters) is a very pleasant acoustic feeling song. It shows the other side to early post Barrett Pink Floyd that balances out the avant-garde material well and gave the group a wider appeal.
Cymbaline (Waters) is soft again but sounds gently disturbing. The vocal delivery and pace of the music is perhaps a signal of the sound the group would expand upon when they truly blew-up. For a song that is not widely known it is very accomplished.
Party Sequence (Waters / Gilmour / Wright / Mason) is a very short tom-tom-a-thon where we are reminded again that the album is also serving as a soundtrack to a real movie.
Main Theme (Waters / Gilmour / Wright / Mason) and for the first time the soundtrack style and development from A Saucerful Of Secrets welds together. You can hear it fit the opening to the film and set up a great atmospheric vibe and also just be a great stand-alone piece of music. Every element of the band, be it the drumming by Nick Mason, that sliding guitar from Dave Gilmour or the fitting keys from Richard Wright locking to and drifting away from the bass of Waters – just works. Again, for a piece of music that generally is not that well known it is very strong.
Ibiza Bar (Waters / Gilmour / Wright / Mason) sees the style of The Nile Song return. This is no bad thing and I like the sound a lot even if it can be seen as maybe too much of a clone of The Nile Song.
More Blues (Waters / Gilmour / Wright / Mason) does what it says on the tin and see the developing Pink Floyd sound more bluesy than they usually do.
Quicksilver (Waters / Gilmour / Wright / Mason) pulls Pink Floyd back to their darker, more avant-garde side. From rising gongs to leading keyboards showered with unique guitar effects it can be seen as written for accompanying images or just Pink Floyd doing more of their way-out sounds.
A Spanish Piece (Gilmour) is a short (1 minute) spanish guitar break sung by Dave Gilmour in a rasping whisper.
Dramatic Theme (Waters / Gilmour / Wright / Mason) has a pushing forward walking at a fast pace vibe that is guided by the drums, bass and guitar. When the keyboards join it serves to show again what imagery and tones Pink Floyd can conjure up out of nothing.
Although More is guided by the fact that it was a soundtrack it does see Pink Floyd develop further both as musicians and further away from the unique psychedelia of Syd Barret. Although not quite as essential as A Saucerful Of Secrets it is an album that is – but should not be, overlooked…