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The Flaming Cow: The Making of Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A great book for Pink Floyd geeks, and perhaps as a present for a youngster interested in exploring prog rock...

This book is worth getting for Nick Mason's witty ½ page foreword, especially his very final sentence which explains (tongue in cheek) why Ron Geesin was not credited on Pink Floyd's very first number one record. No, not `Piper at the Gates of Dawn' - Not Dark Side Of The Moon... This book is all about the making of side one of `Atom Heart Mother' a mostly forgotten, but strangely compelling instrumental involving motorcycles, horses, a choir and big brass band...

The book is in coffee table format (hardback, wider than taller) and contains never before seen black and white photographs of Pink Floyd at the Abbey Road recording sessions. And great photos they are too. Silhouettes of David Gilmour, an anxious, focussed smoking Roger Waters, Dave and Rick Wright at the mixing desk, Nick Mason in profile and the John Alldis choir (fully name checked!).

You have, of course, heard that the album was named capriciously after a headline in a newspaper saying "Atom Heart Mother named!" - well here that Evening Standard article is reproduced in full, and the full explanation of why and how it happened is given.

This book is not only very attractive, but it is the only full account (that I know of) by an `outsider' to the Floyd to describe the creative process behind one of their albums in a fair amount of detail and from a jazz/classical composer's point of view.

The book finishes with a description and photos from the 2008 live revival of the piece which included David Gilmour at Cadogan Hal, and the 2012 performance as part of a series of minimalist pieces (including Varese's `Deserts') at `La Theatre du Chatelet' in Paris.

Discounted at just over £10 this is a great buy - you won't be disappointed.

@BrianUkulele
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
It helps if you like that one off composition by the floyds.
Ron tells the tale with tongue in cheek and puns intended.
He should be rightly mad at the four for never mentioning him on the sleeve.
They were in a spot, the record company wanted the new album to be released before christmas sales.
Ron turned their hopeless mess of a compostition into the masterpiece Atom Heart Mother that fills Side A.
Hipgnosis made one of their most remarkable covers and Nick Mason wrote the foreword.
The rest of them kept their silence.
Thanks Ron for sharing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 August 2013
Atom heart Mother was Pink Floyds first number 1 album, this books tells the story of its conception & birth from the eyes of someone who was inside the Floyd camp but never truly all the way in, In the wake of the release of Dark Side, wywh, Animals & the Wall this album has become underrated & overlooked, buy this book & the album, sit back, relax and relive the days when bands could pretty much what they wanted and the record companies said nothing except the occasional groovy man
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on 11 March 2014
This is a nice memento from a bygone age. Where else, but the late 60s- early 70s, could a fellow like Ron Geesin be left to arrange the orchestral performance on 'Atom Heart Mother'. And where else could you have seen Pink Floyd, choir, conductor and orchestra perform in Hyde Park, London, and then haul the whole caravanserai to the middle of the Somerset countryside to perform 'Atom Heart Mother' at 3am, finishing with a massive firework display. Who says we have progressed since 1970. Logistics would make this project Impossible these days; Breaching every 21st Century Health & Safety Regulation, Employment Regulation and Noise Pollution Regulation, Night Assembly Bill, causing a nuisance to the rural population, and no doubt disturbing the wildlife.This is a magnificent story that rivals Fitzcarraldo pulling a steamboat over a mountain in a South American Jungle.
The book also highlights the unspoken tragedy of Pink Floyd. What a shame they have never returned to the innovation and experimentation of 1969-71.
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on 8 January 2015
Just perfect :-)
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 3 October 2013
I might have known, as my fav floyd album jumped at the chance to buy this - wanted a fairy story but got reality - oh well thats life, will stay with me though.
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