Pink Floyd and The Incredible String Band.
This time we continue with David Fricke’s notes in the double CD version of “Zabriske Point”:
“The Floyd spent at least a month in Rome, working 12-hour days unsuccessfully trying to please Antonioni. In Nicholas Schauffner’s 1991 biography of the band, Saucerful of Secrets: The Pink Floyd Odyssey, the group’s bassist Roger Waters is quoted on the experience: “We could have finished the whole thing in about five days…” But Antonioni “…would listen and go – and I remember he had this terrible twitch – “Eet’s very beautiful, but eet’s too sad” or “Eet’s too strong.” It was always something that stopped it being perfect. You’d change whatever was wrong and he’d still be unhappy. It was hell, sheer hell.”
“The third Floyd song (in addition to “Heart Beat, Pig Meat” and “Come In Number 51”) to make the soundtrack was “Crumbling Land“, which Gilmour described in an interview as “a kind of country & western number which he (Antonioni) could have gotten done better by any number of American bands. But he chose ours – very strange.”
” At least 50 minutes of other, presumably unfinished Floyd material, mostly instrumental sketches, were left in the vault. It’s hard to understand what fault Antonioni found in them. The previously unissued pieces in this deluxe edition of the Zabriskie Point soundtrack are not only a vital addition to the official Pink Floyd discography; they are also quite good, even in this early blueprint form.”
This is a good picture from the notes, of Antonioni on the set of “Zabriskie Point”: