Sunday, March 14, 2010

Rain In The Country

Rain In The Country  7:09
Studio recording December 1969 

* Unreleased
     (written by Waters, Gilmour, Mason, Wright)

Recorded in Rome, Italy
Recorded over two weeks in December 1969
Recording supervised by Michaelangelo Antonioni
Produced by Pink Floyd


A good instrumental, undeservedly rejected for Zabriskie Point and never released. Rain in the Country's acoustic guitar reminds the listener of Baby Blue Shuffle in D Major (or The Narrow Way part I), and Dave plays a sort of duet with himself as he blends his electric guitar with the acoustic beautifully. Just under halfway through, the bass and keyboards come in for a jam session that seems like a precursor to the Funky Dung section of the Atom Heart Mother Suite, which was probably being conceived at this time or shortly thereafter. Finally, the song returns to the guitar duet to close the piece.

Unfortunately, this song (like the other Zabriskie outtakes) never received the final studio polish that might have allowed it to be released later. The sharp-eyed reader will notice that all the Zabriskie Point songs received the same writing credit of 'Waters, Gilmour, Mason, Wright.' This may well have been done for financial reasons, as the group was being 'lent' to MCA/MGM records courtesy of Harvest. We will probably never know the actual input from every member of the band, but it's safe to assume that where a particular instrument is dominant, the player of it should deserve primary credit (for example, Rick on Oenone, Dave on Rain in the Country, Nick on Heart Beat, Pig Meat, et cetera).

TRACK LISTING (only Pink Floyd contributions)
Heart Beat, Pig Meat
Crumbling Land
Come in Number 51, Your Time is Up

The following tracks were recorded for Zabriskie Point but were not used in the film or soundtrack:
Fingal's Cave
Rain in the Country
Violent Sequence, The

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