- 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,316 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Atom Heart Mother
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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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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.
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.
Well this is a hard one to put my finger on, so let me attempt to help clear up a few things. First the gatefold sleeve is an improvement over the jewel case, although I can see why it annoys a lot of folk. It is a bit fiddly getting the cd out, some of these gatefold sleeves can be tighter than others. Same outer image, new inner one-an outtake from the same photo session used for the Meddle album though. The artwork is a halfway house, neither truly inventive nor a faithful tribute to the original, so there is a sense of being cheated. The artwork that came with the last cd version had a menu card and was a solid stapled booklet, all reduced somewhat for this. This is why I have docked it one star.
The sound quality, well this is the tricky part. It definitely sounds better, not sharper, not louder, but more musical overall, more vinyl. In an A/B test it was difficult to actually nail down the difference, I simply preferred the new version. I thought about how to describe it for a while and try and think of an analogy to compare it to. Here goes-the new version has more inner detail, the sounds are no sharper than previously, it is just that the instruments sound more realistic, the acoustic guitars more obviously hollow wooden boxes with vibrating metal strings over them, the cymbals sound more genuinely metallic and rich decaying realistically, the sound of the drum heads is cleaner, Rogers bass has a deeper plummy tone and all the instruments are better separated. I was really impressed with the separation of the voices in the choir and the sound of the brass section, which really zings in this version.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this album it was my introduction to the work of Pink Floyd and still remains a favourite todayPublished 5 days ago by jenny56
I think I wore out two or three vinyl copies of this album, now I have this remixed version on CD. To me it sounds a little different to the original mix, a little brighter and... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a series is brilliant and a smart way to replace your old worn copies or upgrade to a premium version.Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
I saw them play this through in concert, December 1970, about 15 rows from the stage of the Colston Hall - so it has a lot of nostalgia for me! Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. Metcalfe
my first ever Floyd album was meddle over the years have bought loads of others this one is quite good in showing where the group is headingPublished 1 month ago by kelvin
This is not classic Floyd in the way that you might expect, it's pretentious in parts not just in the title track but also in Alan's Psychadelic breakfast, bizarre at best but... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Shrews_Tyke
took me back to my teenage years - and necessary as i was going to a Pink Floyd tribute concert. MemoriesPublished 2 months ago by dilly
Excellent, wanted this cd for years, brilliant value, nice one!!!!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer