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Atom Heart Mother

Pink Floyd Audio CD
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1. Atom Heart Mother: Father's Shout/Breast Milky/Mother Fore/Funky Dung/Mind Your Throats Please/Remergence
2. If
3. Summer '68
4. Fat Old Sun
5. Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast: Rise And Shine/Sunny Side Up/Morning Glory

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In the grand, color-bending tradition of psychedelic experimentalism, Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother takes as its title an inscrutable phrase and under the title launches a similarly inscrutable--or at least dense--musical concatenation. The title suite features French-horn-led brass melodies riffed on by David Gilmour's guitar and the rhythm section, all of which veers into choral passages that recall György Ligeti's vocal works and then almost atonal pulses of keyboards that mask reams of audio snippets swirling underneath. And then there's some moody folk from Roger Waters, an almost Kinks-ish rambler from Richard Wright, then more moody folk (this time from Gilmour) on "Fat Old Sun," and, to close, the spirited melodic runaround of "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast." There's a range of emotion here, from doleful to crazed to humorous (especially the dramatized comments on macrobiotics in the closer). Atom Heart Mother was a spotlight ahead for Pink Floyd, showing the extensions of form the band would engage in so successfully on Dark Side of the Moon just a few short years later. --Andrew Bartlett

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
For the life of me I STILL can't see where people are coming from when they put down Atom Heart Mother! This was a crucial time for the Floyd when they were still finding themselves. And find themselves they did, mates! "Fat Old Sun" is worth the entire album alone, and "Summer Of '68" is one of the few Floyd 'ballads' (even if it IS about a one-night-stand at Woodstock...)
I definately wouldn't recommend this if you are just starting to get to know Floyd, because it may turn you off. Make sure you have The Wall, Wish You Were Here, and Darkside Of The Moon under your belt before you branch off into their other stuff.
This album is ACES!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Atom Heart: The Mother of it All. Nov. 14 2009
By Richard S. Warner TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
"Atom Heart Mother" is, ironically, often the most denigrated of all the Pink Floyd albums, but it is also one of their most important and indispensible. For it is here, on this unlikely looking and somewhat difficult recording that Pink Floyd laid down the template and foundation of absolutely EVERYTHING else they were to achieve in their illustrious, magnificent career.

The band members themselves have been quoted, almost universally, as being embarrased by it and have called it a monumental piece of crap. Sometimes one can be too close to one's own creation to see it clearly, perhaps.

True, nowadays, it sounds a bit dated, and I do mean only a bit. The cover, to me, is still as gloriously controversial as it was when it first appeared. It ranks up there in iconic imagery with Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans in the power of its simplicity and the turning of an apparently, utterly mundane object into a visual koan of paradoxical mystery. Kudos to Storm Thorgerson's visual genius.

If you take everything that followed "Atom Heart" in the Floyd catalogue and go back to this foundational piece of work, you will find that virtually all of it is compositionally and thematically based on the template they laid down here. It is true that David Gilmour looks even further back to the title track to their second album "A Saucerful of Secrets" as being the very first inkling of what was to prove to be their timeless, winning format. But that is only referencing one track. As a full-length album, it is "Atom Heart" that really lays down the major template. Forgetting the two soundtrack albums, "More" and "Obscured by Clouds', you can clearly see how none of what followed could have happened without "Atom Heart".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Pink Floyd's fifth album Atom Heart Mother was released in October of 1970. The album was one of the band's more daring to date and was one their best in their so-called transitional period. I remember first getting this on tape in August in 1987 and was just in awe on how great this album was and still is today. The Floyd's history is really divided in five parts the Syd era (1966-68), the transitional era(1968-70), the classic Floyd era(1971-75), the Waters era(1976-83) and the post-Waters era(1987-today). This album was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and was produced by the band members and engineered by Peter Bown and Alan Parsons. The album begins with the 23 and a half minute title cut which took up the whole of the first side of the original album and combined classical with rock with funk with avant-garde and was split into six parts(Father's Shout(with low E chord going into the track), Breast Milky(with the cello playing alongside Roger Waters' bass and Rick Wright's organ before giving away to some great overdubbed guitar work from David Gilmour and stellar drumming by Nick Mason), Mother Fore(which introduces the choir), Funky Dung(my favorite section of the piece which combined Dave's guitar soloing with the choir doing some off-the-wall chants and worked excellent), Mind Your Throats Please(included some mellotron from Rick and tape effects which predates Dark Side) and the piece concludes with Remergence which was a summary of all of the parts of the album). The piece was written by all four Floyds and Ron Geesin whom wrote the choral and orchestral parts on the track and worked with Roger on his solo debut Music From the Body. The second half of the CD contained four shorter tracks starting with Roger Waters' If which is a great song and he played it live on his Radio KAOS tour. Read more ›
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2.0 out of 5 stars Save this one for last April 26 2004
Format:Audio CD
I've been a Pink Floyd fan for many years - and for a while I was pretty much a fanatic. But there is one album I was never able to get into. And believe me I tried. I wanted to like it -I played it many times, hoping it would somehow click, but it just didn't.
Yes - it is an important album in the history of Pink Floyd. Without Atom Heart Mother, there would probably be no Dark Side of the Moon. It kindof marks the signpost where the early Floyd turned into the fully realized Floyd. If you need to complete your Pink Floyd collection, by all means, get it.
However, if you are new to Pink Floyd, or looking to expand beyond Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall, don't look here. You will be disappointed.
With that said, it does have one of my all-time favorite album covers (for whatever that's worth).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Although the band despises this, I love it June 20 2004
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Pink Floyd's fifth album Atom Heart Mother was released in October of 1970. The album was one of the band's more daring to date and was one their best in their so-called transitional period. I remember first getting this on tape from my dad in August of 1987 and was just in awe on how great this album was and still is today. The Floyd's history is really divided in five parts the Syd era (1966-68), the transitional era(1968-70), the classic Floyd era(1971-75), the Waters era(1976-83) and the post-Waters era(1987-today). This album was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and was produced by the band members and engineered by Peter Bown and Alan Parsons. The album begins with the 23 and a half minute title cut which took up the whole of the first side of the original album and combined classical with rock with funk with avant-garde and was split into six parts(Father's Shout(with low E chord going into the track), Breast Milky(with the cello playing alongside Roger Waters' bass and Rick Wright's organ before giving away to some great overdubbed guitar work from David Gilmour and stellar drumming by Nick Mason), Mother Fore(which introduces the choir), Funky Dung(my favorite section of the piece which combined Dave's guitar soloing with the choir doing some off-the-wall chants and worked excellent), Mind Your Throats Please(included some mellotron from Rick and tape effects which predates Dark Side) and the piece concludes with Remergence which was a summary of all of the parts of the album). The piece was written by all four Floyds and Ron Geesin whom wrote the choral and orchestral parts on the track and worked with Roger on his solo debut Music From the Body. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Floyd's most inscrutable album. Good, but this is a record you...
Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother
The Floyd's most inscrutable album.

Pink Floyd is a strange band. A very strange band. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Mike London
4.0 out of 5 stars Difficult but rewarding
This is not an album that can be fully appreciated in just one or two listens. And while its strongest songs are not the long, sprawing title track or the 'psychedelic' closer, the... Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2009 by Stephen Gazzard
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for a transitional release
While Atom Heart Mother is certainly among Pink Floyd's most unique releases, it is not as spectacular as the other reviews indicate. Read more
Published on June 22 2006 by 10/6
5.0 out of 5 stars great pink floyd cd
this was yet another experimental album from floyd which in my humble opinion was also very much underrated and i still like it after owning this great cd after all these... Read more
Published on July 10 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars I fall asleep!
Yes I fall asleep BIIIIIIG TIME, can a pop record be indeed so boring? Yes it can!
This is UGLY, BAD, STUPID AND DUMB
Published on July 9 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars An experience, to say the least
If you've only heard Dark Side of the Moon, the Wall, and Wish You Were Here, you aren't seeing all of Pink Floyd. Read more
Published on June 28 2004 by James T. Glavin
3.0 out of 5 stars Avoid the Floyd is a Atom Heart MOTHER F*****
What the heck is wrong with you. How do think Pink Floyd could have possibly copied of Janet Jacksons 1993 album when Pink Floyd did Atom Heart Mother in 1970. Read more
Published on June 20 2004 by Mike Sobierajski
4.0 out of 5 stars Highlights Pink Floyd in an early experimental era...
...of course, EVERY Pink Floyd album is experimental in its own way, this album plays around with longer compositions, the A-side (or 1st track) being a classical-type suite, Atom... Read more
Published on June 19 2004 by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended
this is a great album.play no attention to the one star reviews and please buy this cd.
Published on June 14 2004 by scorpion expert
5.0 out of 5 stars an underrated masterpiece
the fifth album from this great rock band during the david gilmour era of the band was an underrated album with an experimental sound and though not that great in the mould of the... Read more
Published on June 13 2004 by crazy aboutfloyd
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