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Overshadowed by 'the big guns' but a true gem...,
This review is from: Atom Heart Mother (Audio CD)
If you were to ask anyone to name a Pink Floyd LP their immediate reaction would no doubt be Dark Side of The Moon or The Wall (- two very superb LPs). However, I can't remember the last time I heard anyone mention this LP, which is a shame...but in that respect it makes Atom Heart Mother a true gem; something that is overshadowed in many ways yet shines through, in my opinion, perhaps more than many other acclaimed Pink Floyd work.
The title track is a 25-minute opus of avant garde rock...from stirring strings, to grunting engines...marching brass...Gilmour throwing in some slide guitar and, at the other end of the spectrum, some pounding drums from Nick Mason. This really is an epic track but, again, overshadowed by, say, Shine on you Crazy Diamond or Echoes. That's not to say that Atom Heart Mother doesn't hold its own - it's certainly my favourite epic Floyd track. At the core of the album are three very delightful songs - the touching "If", Gilmour's idyllic "Fat Old Sun" (great solo at the end...), and Wright's "Summer '68", which contains some great uplifting piano work and melancholic brass!
I must admit that I'm not overly keen on the ending of this LP; it's perhaps a little too 'quirky', yet still very, very Floydian. It's a sort of mish-mash of still-life sounds and synths and crazy guitars. I found that it lingered perhaps a little too long and is a bit of harsh comedown considering the three tracks before it.
Overall, apart from Meddle, I'd say that this is a great starting point for anyone who wants to get into Pink Floyd. I'd almost go as far to say that this is my favourite offering that they've done and is nigh on flawless.
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Initial post: 20 Apr 2008 20:43:51 BDT
Mr. D. A. Goy says:
You can't be serious. Even if we forget about the Barrett-led debut (different, of course), you're talking about a band known by Dark Side, Wish You Were Here, The Wall, and following that, I suppose Meddle and Obscured. All of which a newcomer is going to find a tad more rewarding, accessible and reflective of Pink Floyd in general than this oddity.
Each to their own, of course, but don't you think it's a little irresponsible recommending such a piece of music to others? Man, Gilmour called it "a piece of rubbish" and Waters wants it binned and forgotton! Ugh.
Great that you're musically open - and I can enjoy Faust, ok!? - but that's just a misleading, dumb recommendation. If you want to hear brass bands and some goon eating breakfast, put on Grimethorpe Colliery Band's latest on the player and pour yourself a bowl of cornflakes.
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2008 00:10:22 BDT
Your comment is funny but a little harsh. AHM has some really beautiful passages (as much or more so than any other PF record) and I for one love it and used to love listening to it in a dark winter room in Yorkshire in the 70s. Gorgeous stuff. Artists are not always the best qualified people to dismiss or recommend their output and I think this album is and was rather marvellous and daring.
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Feb 2009 00:37:05 GMT
I agree with Ted, this is a great and overlooked album. I also agree with Goy when he said that this is not one of the best places to enter the PF universe. I think this is a must-have PF album, just like ALL the other Waters-era albums. But maybe this one will only be fully appreciated after going through the classics and the psychadelic initial records... just my gut felling... Cheers!
Posted on 30 May 2010 13:05:13 BDT
M. Costello says:
As a massive Floyd fan I agree that this album is certainly worth listening to, but Goy has a point when he states that this is not a good place to start. In fact, the review recommends in what I would consider reverse order: in my opinion a good starting point would be Dark Side, then The Wall. Other albums have more depth and intricacy to them which could put off new listeners, particularly Atom Heart Mother, which I believe requires a certain understanding of Floyd to fully appreciate. It is deep and beautiful, but also obscure and eclectic in a similar way to Meddle, but an acquired taste
Posted on 25 Aug 2010 12:17:52 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Aug 2010 12:18:32 BDT
When i listen to Pink Floyd,i can see why "Punk".Had to happen!,titter!
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