Pink Floyd ‎– Obscured By Clouds

Harvest ‎– SHSP 4020, Harvest ‎– 1E 062 ○ 05054
Vinyl, LP, Album

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Obscured By Clouds
Written-By – Gilmour*, Waters*
A2 When You're In
Written-By – Gilmour*, Mason*, Wright*, Waters*
A3 Burning Bridges
Written-By – Wright*, Waters*
A4 The Gold It's In The ...
Written-By – Gilmour*, Waters*
A5 Wot's ... Uh The Deal
Written-By – Gilmour*, Waters*
A6 Mudmen
Written-By – Gilmour*, Wright*
B1 Childhood's End
Written-By – Gilmour*
B2 Free Four
Written-By – Waters*
B3 Stay
Written-By – Wright*, Waters*
B4 Absolutely Curtains
Written-By – Gilmour*, Mason*, Wright*, Waters*

Companies, etc.



1st UK issue.
Harvest labels.
Textured sleeve with rounded corners.
It comes with an Harvest/EMI inner sleeve.

Text around top edge :
The Gramophone Co.Ltd. All rights of the manufacturer and of the owner of the recorded work reserved.

Boxed "EMI" logo
℗ 1972 The Gramophone Company Limited
World Copyrights Ltd.

Text around bottom edge :
Made in GT Britain.
Unauthorised public performance, broadcasting, and copying of this record prohibited.

E.M.I Records (The Gramophone Company Ltd)
Hayes • Middlesex • England
Made and printed in Great Britain

Harvest - Regd. Trade Mark of The Gramophone Company Ltd - A Company of The EMI Group

7206 TPS Printed and made by Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd

Subtitle (backcover):
Music from La Vallée

First cut (end of runouts A-1 B-1) was quickly rejected because of too much high-end eq (see "Pink Floyd in Pompeii" film).

Some early copies and later re-releases had a pink/flesh colored sticker normally in top right hand corner. "Obscured by Clouds, Music from La Valee - Pink Floyd". Sticker clearly designed by Hipgnosis.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label side A): (SHSP.4020A)
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side B): (SHSP.4020B)
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 - Runout side A, stamped): SHSP 4020 A-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 - Runout side B, stamped): SHSP 4020 B-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2 - Runout side A, stamped): SHSP 4020 A-1 2 AT
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2 - Runout side B, stamped): SHSP 4020 B-1 PM
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3 - Runout side A, stamped): SHSP 4020 A-1 OA
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3 - Runout side B, stamped): SHSP 4020 B-1 OH
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4 - Runout side A, stamped): SHSP 4020 A-2 A M 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4 - Runout side B, stamped): SHSP 4020 B-2 M L 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5 - Runout side A, stamped): SHSP 4020 A-2 GR 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5 - Runout side B, stamped): SHSP 4020 B-2 GR 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 6 - Runout side A, stamped): SHSP 4020 A-2 CT 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 6 - Runout side B, stamped): SHSP 4020 B-2 AH C
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 7 - Runout side A, stamped): SHSP 4020 A-2 PD 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 7 - Runout side B, stamped): SHSP 4020 B-2 TR 3
  • Other (Printing date, back cover): 7206

Other Versions (5 of 277) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SW108-2 Pink Floyd Obscured By Clouds(CD, Album) SomeWax Recordings SW108-2 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
PF 111007 Pink Floyd Obscured By Clouds(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Unofficial, Gol) Golden Anniversary Records PF 111007 UK Unknown Sell This Version
SHSP 4020 Pink Floyd Obscured By Clouds(LP, Album) Harvest, Portrait SHSP 4020 Israel Unknown Sell This Version
CDP 7 46385 2 Pink Floyd Obscured By Clouds(CD, Album, RE, PDO) Capitol Records CDP 7 46385 2 US Unknown Sell This Version
SHSP 4020 Pink Floyd Obscured By Clouds(LP, Album) Harvest SHSP 4020 India 1972 Sell This Version


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November 8, 2018
It seems as if there are two different "bands". One before and one after the Dark Side of the Moon. So different yet so marvelous both of them. Obscured by Clouds is a superb album.


June 4, 2018

This is my first post on here, but I have a UK first pressing of the title with matrix numbers that are 4020 A-1/B-1 and its a factory sample that is in NM condition, but the most odd thing of all is that IT HAS NO MOTHER STAMPERS AT ALL ON ONE SIDE! Has everyone heard of this?


December 29, 2017
edited 11 months ago
At first glance, Pink Floyd's Obscured By Clouds kind of seems bland but once you look below the surface, it's actually a nice listen. Obscured By Clouds is often overlooked in Pink Floyd's brilliant discography as it was sort of just released in 1972 without that much attention and it was released in between two more popular pieces (Meddle, 1971 and The Dark Side of the Moon, 1973). Obviously everyone knows Dark Side was and still is a critical success and phenomenon. The band were already working on Dark Side when they were asked to record a soundtrack for an upcoming film by a director named Barbet Schroeder for the second time after they did one for his other film "More", which came out in 1969 and the album was released with the same name. Although this time, the band had a falling out with the filmmaking company so the album was just titled Obscured By Clouds and it was just written on the back of the cover that it was the soundtrack for "La Vallée".

The album starts out with two back to back instrumental tracks that tie into each other, the title track "Obscured By Clouds" and "When You're In". Then moves into a slower pace track called " Burning Bridges" with David Gilmour and Richard Wright on the vocals, first singing separately then in harmony and it's beautiful. After that is "The Gold It's In The...", not much to say about this one as it's not one of my favorites. Then comes another slower paced "Wots... Uh The Deal" which again, is really a good track. It flows into another slower instrumental titled "Mudmen" which, if you're listening on vinyl, closes out Side 1. Side 2 opens with a criminally underrated track called "Childhoods End" which is a brilliantly cynical track that almost sounds like floor plans for an album that Pink Floyd would release 5 years later titled "Animals", which is my favorite album by them. Then, it's a dark humor song titled "Free Four" and it's just a made to look happy sing along song that has lyrics that are too dark for a sing along. "Stay" is a track written and sung by Richard Wright, and is basically a odd-end love song that first sounds like the non-christmas version of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" but then it sounds like a one night stand song. But nonetheless good. The album closes with "Absolutely Curtains" which starts out with a few minutes of instrumental music (different from the beginning of the album) then fades into singing by a large group of people, possibly from the film.

Overall, it's easy to dismiss or overlook this album but it's that type of music that needs a second or third listen to really get a good view of it. I think it's quite a good piece by the band and I recommend that of you're a fan of Pink Floyd and have never heard this album, that you might check it out. It may surprise you.


May 31, 2017
I just obtained this variation side 1 SHSP 4020 RL...
Side 2 SHSP 4020 UC. Any help what pressing this is appreciated.


February 11, 2017
Oddball issue was also issued using a USA pressing { see also Meddle UK mad} presumably some supply problem in the UK probably with the vinyl as there was an oil shortage in 73. It is pressed in a similar way to the 'Meddle' USA/UK pressing with the slightly blurred UK style rim printing and the curious 'in the USA' added. Similarly the UK matrix #s are hand-etched.


October 18, 2016
"Obscured By Clouds" is Floyd's best non-Syd album, in my opinion. That and "More". I think it's the fact they were both knocked up really quickly as soundtrack albums so they both have a more spontaneous feel.


March 12, 2016
I consider this the most underrated Pink Floyd album. Seems to rarely get any recognition by the band along with More. It was recorded as a soundtrack album for the film "La Vallee" but it's got some great songs.


February 17, 2016
My copy has:
Matrix / Runout (Side A, label): SHSP 4020 A - 4 GMR
Matrix / Runout (Side B, label): SHSP.4020 B - 4 CLD
Sleeve with rounded corners and SHSP 4020 (IE 062 - 05054) STEREO
Any help?


August 13, 2015
Found this in Love Vinyl, London for £25. Record is in superb condition and playback is almost flawless with the faintest of surface noise during the quieter moments. Really dig this album it is up there with WYWH and Meddle.


July 22, 2014
When I first got into Pink Floyd at the end of the seventies, I was listening to DSOTM, Animals, & WYWH. Eventually i started working my way backwards through thier catalog. Meddle has become my most beloved Floyd album with obscured by clouds and dark side filling the other two top spots. Obscured by clouds is the "newborn" child of the entity that would become known as the "Pink Floyd sound". In my opinion, atom heart mother and back were the experimental stage where the band was still inside of their "creative womb" and that music did nothing for me. It was however, important, as much was learned in these formative years....