Atom Heart Mother
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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 BartlettSee all Product Description
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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".Read more ›
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!!
The Floyd's most inscrutable album.
Pink Floyd is a strange band. A very strange band. The type of band that when you listen too them, you shake your head and go "How did they ever manage to persuade their record label to actually release this stuff?" No, don't take that as a dig against Pink Floyd, because I'm not slamming them. I've listened to them for years, love their work, but some of their records it's amazing that any major record label would let a rock band be so damned experimental with their work.
ATOM HEART MOTHER, along with the studio/live UMMAGUMMA, is the premier example of Pink Floyd at their most experimental, and, dare I say it, obtuse. For the general consumer, this album is impenetrable, and you won't play it that much if at all. A lot of Pink Floyd albums are comprised of only a few songs, some of which take up the majority of the playing time. This is one of those albums. AHM is over 50 minutes long, with only five tracks. And why is that?
Well, the title cut is a 23:44 minute instrumental, with Pink Floyd backed by a symphony. For my money, this is probably the band's best instrumental track pre-DARK SIDE, and the symphony works quite well with the band's sound. The music is very memorable, and for classical music fans, there is a lot to sink your teeth into. For bootleg fans, there's some recordings of the band going thru the instrumental without the orchestra that is apparently of interest. Overall, however, the general listener may find it rather difficult to get thru all 23 minutes, especially as the middle section drags for those less then sympathetic to progressive rock. Still, the main instrumental section that begins the track is some of my favorite rock/orchestra work of all time.Read more ›
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Atom Heart Mother met my expectations. It has the music I like. The packaging wasn't so great the...cardboard instead of a plastic case. All in all, it was a good investment. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kenneth J. Hoppin
remastered sound torific
sound good as new recording<
great sound enginering job !
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 morePublished on Feb. 27 2009 by SteveReviewer
While Atom Heart Mother is certainly among Pink Floyd's most unique releases, it is not as spectacular as the other reviews indicate. Read morePublished on June 22 2006 by 10/6
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 morePublished on July 10 2004
Yes I fall asleep BIIIIIIG TIME, can a pop record be indeed so boring? Yes it can!
This is UGLY, BAD, STUPID AND DUMB