Pink Floyd and The Incredible String Band.
This time we continue with David Fricke’s notes in the double CD version of “Zabriske Point”:
“Apparently, the Floyd tried damn near everything to come to grips with Antonioni’s vision for the desert sex sequence. At over seven minutes, the Floyd’s “Love Scene – Version 6” is an atypically straightforward – for the Floyd anyway – blues jam, albeit with plenty of room for David Gilmour to show off his silvery, stabbing attack and taut phrasing. “Love Scene – Version 4” is an entirely different approach, a languid exercise in galactic-lounge jazz performed on piano and what sounds like a vibraphone – closer to the Modern Jazz Quartet than A Saucerful of Secrets. An even earlier take, not included here, is a long blue-water stretch of humming keyboards and guitar dreaming, marked at points by the tidal wash of Mason’s cymbals and moments when Gilmour’s guitar sound like a flock of agitated seagulls.
“In the greater context of Pink Floyd’s long career, these newly discovered pieces are transition music. But if they are incomplete, they are certainly not inconsequential. Antonioni’s quality-control instincts definitely failed him when he overlooked one ravishing piece of music from the Floyd’s Rome sessions, a six-minute piano hymn played by Rick Wright for, of all things, the campus riot scene. It’s fascinating to think of how the Floyd were trying to upset, in their way, conventional notions of soundtrack scoring (action equals frantic music; love scene equals soft music). Even more interesting is the fact that the Floyd didn’t waste the piece themselves. “Riot Scene” was later transformed by the band to superbly enriched effect in the song “Us And Them” on 1973’s Dark Side Of The Moon.”
This concludes the “Pink Floyd” section of the notes
This a blurred image of Antonioni on the film set:
And this is how the band looked at the time: