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  • Audio CD (Oct. 25 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002U9W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,906 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard S. Warner TOP 100 REVIEWER on Nov. 14 2009
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By flaming_pie on April 2 2006
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Terrence J. Reardon on May 13 2004
Format: Audio CD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B Gallagher on 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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Format: Audio CD
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 strengths of this album cannot be denied.

The title track has some great moments but I personally find that it does not seem as focussed as some of Floyds better songs. Regardless, it does contain some of Floyds best sounding moments, especially those including the choir. It simply isn't consistent or focussed enough.

Where the intro tried to be big and important, the album follows with 'if', a quiet piece followed with inane yet somehow catchy lines, such as "if I were a swan, I'd be gone. If I were a train, I'd be late." It doesn't go anywhere, but I find that I still feel as though something deeper is trying to be said - what that is, I can't really say.

Summer '68 is perhaps my favorite Floyd song, switching between the wistful vocals and the orchestra sound. Fat Old Sun once again turns the volume down for an attempt at a nice, quiet song.

The closer, Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast, is an optional listen when you listen to this album. The first few times through I loved it because I thought it was hilarious, but the song, overall, lacks the depth of the rest of the album. A novelty, but a good one.

All in all, I'd give this album 4 stars - it really only deserves 3 (4 stars would be Meddle/The Wall, 5 WYWH/Animals), but I'm bumping it up because of Summer '68. Hey, it's my review. I can do what I want.
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