1972 was a significant year for Pink Floyd, with the release of "Obscured by Clouds" in June. This album was a soundtrack for the French film "La Vallée," directed by Barbet Schroeder, and is considered a precursor to the band's more mainstream success. Although recorded in just a few days, the album includes notable tracks like "Wot's... Uh the Deal" and "Free Four," demonstrating Pink Floyd's versatility and their ability to create compelling music under tight deadlines.The band continued to tour extensively, with performances across Europe and North America. Notably, they debuted early versions of their upcoming album, "The Dark Side of the Moon," during live shows. This allowed the band to refine the material before heading into the studio for the final recording.Additionally, Pink Floyd's performances became more theatrical, with increased use of lighting effects, elaborate stage designs, and quadraphonic sound systems. This theatricality laid the groundwork for the band's iconic live shows that would follow in the coming years.