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  • Audio CD (10 Oct. 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000026LE3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,918 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Atom Heart Mother (1994 Digital Remaster)
2. If (1994 Digital Remaster)
3. Summer '68 (1994 Digital Remaster)
4. Fat Old Sun (1994 Digital Remaster)
5. Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast (1994 Digital Remaster)

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PINK FLOYD Atom Heart Mother (1995 UK 5-track digitally remastered picture printed CD the fifth studio album by the English progressive rock group lyric booklet picture sleeve CDEMD1072)


In the grand, colour-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. 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". Pink Floyd offers a range of emotion here, from doleful to crazed to humorous (especially the dramatised 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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4.2 out of 5 stars

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Lord Percival Lesmond Bovis III on 18 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
I think that people judge this album a little too harshly in general. There are some interesting ideas on here and some rather lovely "proper" songs . It is very different from the later output so at the risk of offending anyone, it's not for the mullet and denim jacket floyd brigade in general, but I personally love it. Equal parts playful (Alan's pscyhedelic Breakfast) and lush (fat old sun) it serves as something of a curio in it's disjointed layout. Famously the band themselves have dismissed it as rubbish, but perhaps that has more to do with the fact that they are now in their 60's and, like anyone of advancing years, may be slightly embarrased about their more adventurous youthful experimentation. It is also David Gilmour's first really overt contribution to the Floyd sound. I can quite happily listen to this album from beginning to end which is not something you can say about many albums being churned out at the moment, and fat old sun never fails to put a smile on my face. In a word....interesting. Suck it and see.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Martin "Zing Hao" on 7 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD
It may seem unapproachable at first. Listen to it only a second time and you realise that "Atom Heart Mother" certainly has some of the most unique moments in the Floyd's history. The title track is a collaboration with Scottish composer Ron Geesin. It is a piece of beauty, 24 minutes long, experimental albeit its distinctive main theme, incorporating an orchestral brass section and a choir, a bit of a secret masterpiece that never really made it, perhaps because it's not "Just Floyd".

The original B-side is dominated by 3 solo compositions of Waters, Wright and Gilmour. Despite the fact that all three are some of their stronger ones, Richard Wright is the undisputed winner with "Summer 68", perhaps one of the best Floyd compositions ever. Waters' "If" seems like an early template for "Good Bye Cruel World", and Gilmour's "Fat Old Sun" is a lovely, rather sweet tune with his favourite pedal steels. Both, Waters' and Gilmour's tunes have become regulars in their later solo shows.

The album closes with Roadie Alan's "Psychedelic Breakfast" which might have been considered ground breaking in 1970, but these days is at best a piece for the rock museum. The sounds of a geezer frying eggs and praising marmalade just don't do it after sampling of random sounds has become an art in its own right.

Despite its unnecessary finale the "Cow Album" is a great one. It is often forgotten in the praise for classic Floyd albums although it is absolutely awe inspiring, very Floyd in the 70s, and ultimately Abbey Road.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dudley Serious VINE VOICE on 1 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Some may have still lamented the loss of Syd Barrett at this stage of Floyd's career but Atom Heart Mother (AHM) represented a significant departure from the psychedelic rock of early Floyd towards the moonlit majesty of their 'seventies heyday. Themes and signatures appear that would appear in later albums. Travelling between rocky, funky, folky, orchestral, abstract, AHM set the template for the Floyd of the future. Gorgeous as it was, the original (I mean vinyl) release suffered from a slightly deflated production, so that when for example the choir flooded in, it was more of a ripple than the wave intended. This brush-up maintains the integrity of the original plus the tidal wave we always wanted (but didn't know at the time). One might say Pink Floyd came of age with AHM. Now it has a fully realised production to match its innate quality and musical ambition. And the lovely moo-cows on the sleeve remain in full effect. Enjoy this early classic.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Simon T. on 20 Dec. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Atom Heart Mother for me is a real curio amongst the Floyd back catalogue, and is one of those albums that, although far from perfect, is amazingly rich and varied and I still play it fairly regularly. From the sprawling title track (containing one of Gilmours finest guitar solo's) to the mellow but sinister 'If' ('please don't put your wires in my brain..') the gorgeous 'Fat Old Sun' and the franky bizarre 'Alans Psychedelic Breakfast'. This is an album that newcomers to Pink Floyd should approach with caution, but with perseverance you will be richly rewarded.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By czgibson on 26 July 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is a superb album - it tails off a bit with the last track, but really it stands or falls with the epic title track. The band were helped out with brass and choral arrangements on this by (avant-garde composer) Ron Geesin, and I think they succeed brilliantly. I've heard a lot of rock musicians attempt to use orchestral instruments alongside a rock band (e.g. Deep Purple, Zappa, Malmsteen, Metallica etc.) but I don't think anyone has done it as well as the Floyd do here.
The piece has six named sections, but it moves in many surprising directions within those. One of the highlights for me is the long choral section which gradually increases in pace and strangeness until a Hammond organ enters to introduce the "Funky Dung" section and leads into a crystal clear Strat solo from David Gilmour. Funky Dung? Emphasis on the adjective, not on the noun!
The remaining songs seem like something of an afterthought after that giant rock symphony, but they certainly don't let the album down - If and Fat Old Sun are the highlights. So, a great album. Not necessarily the best place to start if you're new to the Floyd (I'd say go for Dark Side of the Moon instead), but a firm fan favourite.
In case anyone's wondering what an "Atom Heart Mother" is, here's the story. The name of the album came about by chance, when the band were phoned by their record company, asking if they'd decided what to call the new album. They hadn't thought of a title yet, but beside the phone was a newspaper with a story about a woman who had had some sort of atomic pacemaker fitted - and there was the headline: "Atom Heart Mother".
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