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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 195 customer reviews
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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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"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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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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Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother
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.
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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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