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They don't make 'em like this anymore...,
This review is from: Atom Heart Mother (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".