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 liquid grace of the band’s melodic ideas and performances are a revelatory preview of the lush, refined soundscape on the next two Floyd LPs, Atom Heart Mother and Meddle. “Country Song” in particular, is cut from the classic Floyd-ballad mold [sic]: a potent Waters vocal, the stately pacing of drummer Nick Mason, Gilmour’s meaty guitar outbursts. A nice extra touch is the fit of uncharacteristic, honky-tonk piano by Rick Wright under Gilmour’s long, climatic solo.
” “Unknown Song” (the makeshift titles of the unissued tracks hint at the state in which the band left the music after splitting with Antonioni) is characteristic of the instrumental fantasia that typified Floyd’s turn-of-the-70s shift from the burnt-nerve-ending psychedelia of Syd Barrett to a lusher melodicism. In fact, “Unknown Song” is hardly a song at all. It is a shimmering blend of acoustic strumming, skittish electric picking, and the metallic skidding of Gilmour’s slide guitar. Note, however, the slight country-funk undertow of the piano and congas and the way the track goes a bit atonal at the end, as if the guitars and Wright’s piano are working at cross purposes.”
Wow. More from these notes next Pink Floyd time.