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Atom Heart Mother
Atom Heart Mother cover
Studio album by Pink Floyd
Released 10 October 1970
Recorded March–August 1970 at Abbey Road Studios, London
Genre Progressive rock, folk rock, experimental rock
Length 52:44
Label Harvest, EMI (UK)
Harvest/Capitol, Capitol (U.S.)
Producer Pink Floyd
Norman Smith (executive producer)
Professional reviews
Pink Floyd chronology
Ummagumma
(1969)
Atom Heart Mother
(1970)
Relics
(1971)

Atom Heart Mother is a 1970 (see 1970 in music) progressive rock album by Pink Floyd. It is named after its title track, which was originally titled "The Amazing Pudding". The song's name was changed after the band came across a newspaper article about a woman with an atomic pacemaker with the headline "Nuclear drive for woman's heart." [1] The album was recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, England. It reached number 1 in the UK and number 55 in the U.S. charts and went Gold in the U.S. in March of 1994. A re-mastered CD was released in 1994 in the UK and 1995 in the U.S. Image File history File links AtomHeartMotherCover. ... A studio album is a collection of studio-recorded tracks by a recording artist. ... Pink Floyd are an English rock band that initially earned recognition for their psychedelic rock music, and, as they evolved, for their progressive rock music. ... is the 283rd day of the year (284th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 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The original album cover shows a very ordinary cow standing in a very ordinary pasture, with no text nor any other clue as to what might be on the record. This is, in fact, due to the psychedelic-"space rock" imagery associated with Pink Floyd at the time of the album's release; the band wanted to explore all sorts of music without being limited to a particular image or style of performance. They thus requested that their new album have "something plain" on the cover, which ended up being the image of the cow. Storm Thorgerson, inspired by Andy Warhol's famous "cow-wallpaper", has said that he simply drove out into a rural area near Potters Bar and photographed the first thing he saw[1]. The cow's name is Lulubelle III. COW is an acronym for a number of things: Can of worms The COW programming language, an esoteric programming language. ... Psychedelic rock is a style of rock music that attempts to replicate the mind-altering experiences of hallucinogenic drugs. ... For space rocks, see asteroid. ... The iconic cover of Pink Floyds album The Dark Side of the Moon. ... Andrew Warhola (August 6, 1928 — February 22, 1987), better known as Andy Warhol, was an American artist who was a central figure in the movement known as Pop art. ... Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, looking north towards the railway bridge Potters Bar is a town in the Hertsmere borough of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom,[2] located 16 miles (25 km) directly north of London. ...


The longest two tracks are a progression from Pink Floyd's earlier instrumental pieces such as "A Saucerful of Secrets"; the Atom Heart Mother suite is split into six parts and features a full orchestra while there are three distinct segments of "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast" which are joined by dialogue and sound effects of then-roadie Alan Stiles preparing, discussing, and eating breakfast. A Saucerful of Secrets is a multi-part instrumental by the rock band Pink Floyd from an album of the same name, released in 1968. ... Atom Heart Mother is a six-part suite by progressive rock band Pink Floyd, composed by the whole band and Ron Geesin. ... For the song titled Orchestra, see The Servant (band). ... Alans Psychedelic Breakfast is a three-part instrumental track from the 1970 Pink Floyd album Atom Heart Mother. ...


The original LP ends with the constant sound of a dripping tap in the inner groove. Also included are three five-minute songs: one by each of the band's three resident songwriters. Roger Waters contributes a folk ballad called "If" which he would play frequently at live shows in support of his Radio KAOS album. This is followed by Rick Wright's brass-heavy "Summer '68", a critique of the "rock 'n roll" lifestyle that would soon become characteristic of Pink Floyd. Finally, there is David Gilmour's "Fat Old Sun", which spent two years as a key part of the band's live set and is a staple of Gilmour's various solo tours. George Roger Waters (born September 6, 1943) is an English rock musician; singer, guitarist, bassist, songwriter, and composer. ... If is a song by Pink Floyd on their album Atom Heart Mother. ... Radio K.A.O.S. is a 1987 concept album album by former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters. ... Richard Wright, also known as Rick Wright (born July 28, 1945), is the keyboard player of Pink Floyd. ... Summer 68 is a song by Pink Floyd on their album Atom Heart Mother. ... David Jon Gilmour CBE (born March 6, 1946 in Cambridge) is an English musician best known as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter in the band Pink Floyd. ... Fat Old Sun is a Pink Floyd song written and sung by [[David Gilmour. ...

Contents

Track listing

Side one

  1. "Atom Heart Mother" (David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Rick Wright, Nick Mason, Ron Geesin) – 23:44
    • "Father's Shout"
    • "Breast Milky"
    • "Mother Fore"
    • "Funky Dung"
    • "Mind Your Throats, Please"
    • "Remergence"

Atom Heart Mother is a six-part suite by progressive rock band Pink Floyd, composed by the whole band and Ron Geesin. ... David Jon Gilmour CBE (born March 6, 1946 in Cambridge) is an English musician best known as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter in the band Pink Floyd. ... George Roger Waters (born September 6, 1943) is an English rock musician; singer, guitarist, bassist, songwriter, and composer. ... Richard Wright, also known as Rick Wright (born July 28, 1945), is the keyboard player of Pink Floyd. ... Nicholas Berkeley Nick Mason (born January 27, 1944 in Birmingham, England) is the drummer for Pink Floyd. ... Probably best known as the co-author of Pink Floyds Atom Heart Mother in 1970, composer, performer, sound architect, writer, lecturer, broadcaster and interactive designer Ron Geesin also collaborated with Roger Waters on the innovative Music from the Body in 1970, a recording that employed organic sounds as instruments. ...

Side two

  1. "If" (Roger Waters) – 4:31
  2. "Summer '68" (Rick Wright) – 5:29
  3. "Fat Old Sun" (David Gilmour) – 5:24
  4. "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast" (David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Rick Wright, Nick Mason) – 13:00
    • Instrumental
      • "Rise and Shine"
      • "Sunny Side Up"
      • "Morning Glory"

If is a song by Pink Floyd on their album Atom Heart Mother. ... George Roger Waters (born September 6, 1943) is an English rock musician; singer, guitarist, bassist, songwriter, and composer. ... George Roger Waters (born September 6, 1943) is an English rock musician; singer, guitarist, bassist, songwriter, and composer. ... Summer 68 is a song by Pink Floyd on their album Atom Heart Mother. ... Richard Wright, also known as Rick Wright (born July 28, 1945), is the keyboard player of Pink Floyd. ... Richard Wright, also known as Rick Wright (born July 28, 1945), is the keyboard player of Pink Floyd. ... Fat Old Sun is a Pink Floyd song written and sung by [[David Gilmour. ... David Jon Gilmour CBE (born March 6, 1946 in Cambridge) is an English musician best known as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter in the band Pink Floyd. ... David Jon Gilmour CBE (born March 6, 1946 in Cambridge) is an English musician best known as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter in the band Pink Floyd. ... Alans Psychedelic Breakfast is a three-part instrumental track from the 1970 Pink Floyd album Atom Heart Mother. ... David Jon Gilmour CBE (born March 6, 1946 in Cambridge) is an English musician best known as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter in the band Pink Floyd. ... George Roger Waters (born September 6, 1943) is an English rock musician; singer, guitarist, bassist, songwriter, and composer. ... Richard Wright, also known as Rick Wright (born July 28, 1945), is the keyboard player of Pink Floyd. ... Nicholas Berkeley Nick Mason (born January 27, 1944 in Birmingham, England) is the drummer for Pink Floyd. ...

Personnel

David Jon Gilmour CBE (born March 6, 1946 in Cambridge) is an English musician best known as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter in the band Pink Floyd. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... A sunburst-colored Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... A drum kit (or drum set or trap set) is a collection of drums, cymbals and sometimes other percussion instruments, such as a cowbell, wood block, chimes or tambourines, arranged for convenient playing by a single drummer. ... George Roger Waters (born September 6, 1943) is an English rock musician; singer, guitarist, bassist, songwriter, and composer. ... A sunburst-colored Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... Acoustic guitar can refer to the following musical instruments: Nylon and gut stringed guitars: Renaissance guitar Baroque guitar Romantic guitar Classical guitar, the modern version of the original guitar, with nylon strings Flamenco guitar Steel stringed guitars: Steel-string acoustic guitar, also known as western, folk or country guitar Twelve... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... Richard William Rick Wright (born July 28, 1943 in Hatch End, London, England) is a self-taught pianist and keyboardist best known for his long career with Pink Floyd. ... Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ... A short grand piano, with the lid up. ... Orchestration is the study or practice of writing music for orchestra (or, more loosely, for any musical ensemble) or of adapting for orchestra music composed for another medium. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... Summer 68 is a song by Pink Floyd on their album Atom Heart Mother. ... Nicholas Berkeley Nick Mason (born January 27, 1944 in Birmingham, England) is the drummer for Pink Floyd. ... A drum kit (or drum set or trap set) is a collection of drums, cymbals and sometimes other percussion instruments, such as a cowbell, wood block, chimes or tambourines, arranged for convenient playing by a single drummer. ... Percussion redirects here. ... In Music, Audio editing is the process of taking recorded sound and changing it directly on the recording medium. ... Alans Psychedelic Breakfast is a three-part instrumental track from the 1970 Pink Floyd album Atom Heart Mother. ...

Additional personnel

  • John Aldiss Choir – vocals
  • Alan Parsons – engineer
  • Peter Bown – engineer
  • Ron Geesinorchestration and co-composition on title track, cello
  • Alan Stiles – voice on "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast"
  • Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
  • Abbey Road Session Pops Orchestra – brass and orchestral sections
  • James Guthrie – 1994 remastering

Alan Parsons (b. ... Probably best known as the co-author of Pink Floyds Atom Heart Mother in 1970, composer, performer, sound architect, writer, lecturer, broadcaster and interactive designer Ron Geesin also collaborated with Roger Waters on the innovative Music from the Body in 1970, a recording that employed organic sounds as instruments. ... Orchestration is the study or practice of writing music for orchestra (or, more loosely, for any musical ensemble) or of adapting for orchestra music composed for another medium. ... Musical composition is a phrase used in a number of contexts, the most commonly used being a piece of music. ... James Guthrie is a British record producer best known for his work with the band Pink Floyd. ...

Quotes

Atom Heart Mother is a good case, I think, for being thrown into the dustbin and never listened to by anyone ever again! [...] It was pretty kind of pompous, it wasn't really about anything.

- Roger Waters - Rock Over London Radio Station - March 15, 1985, for broadcast April 7/April 14, 1985.

Some of it now, like Atom Heart Mother, strikes me as absolute crap, but I no longer want or have to play stuff I don't enjoy.

- David Gilmour - November 1994

"What do you think of your early records like Atom Heart Mother and Ummagumma today?"

I think both are pretty horrible. Well, the live disc of Ummagumma might be all right, but even that isn't recorded well.

- David Gilmour - German news magazine "Der Spiegel" No. 23 - 5 June 1995

It's an averagely recorded album but a very interesting idea, working with Ron Geesin, an orchestra and the Roger Aldiss choir. Roger and I were quite friendly with Ron. I think I met him through Robert Wyatt. The thing that Ron taught us most about was recording techniques, and tricks done on the cheap. We learned how to get round the men-in-white-coats and do things at home, like editing. Ron taught us how to use two tape recorders to create an endless build up of echo. It was all very relevant to things we did later. Now I listen to it with acute embarrassment because the backing track was put down by Roger and me, beginning to end, in one pass. Consequently the tempo goes up and down. It was a 20-minute piece and we just staggered through it. On the other side, Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast was another great idea -- gas fires popping, kettles boiling, that didn't really work on record but was great fun live. I've never heard Roger lay claim to it, which makes me think it must have been a group idea. is the 156th day of the year (157th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ...

- Nick Mason

At the time we felt Atom Heart Mother, like Ummagumma, was step towards something or other. Now I think they were both just a blundering about in the dark.

- David Gilmour

I didn't have anything, really, to do with the start of Atom Heart Mother, and when I asked them what it was about, they said they didn't know themselves. It's a conglomeration of pieces that weren't related, or didn't seem to be at the time. The picture isn't related either; in fact, it was an attempt to do a picture that was unrelated, consciously unrelated.

- Storm Thorgerson - Guitar World - February 1998

"I think Atom Heart Mother was a good thing to have attempted, but I don't really think the attempt comes off that well," Two issues of Guitar World featuring Jimmy Page, and Jimi Hendrix on the covers, and the accompanying CDs (May 2005, October 2005) Guitar World is a monthly music magazine devoted to guitarists. ...

- David Gilmour - Rolling Stone Magazine - November 2001

This article is about the music magazine. ...

Charts

Album

Year Chart Position
1970 Billboard Pop Albums 55
1970 UK Albums Chart 1

It has been suggested that Billboard be merged into this article or section. ... The UK Albums Chart is a chart of the sales positions of albums in the United Kingdom. ...

References

  1. ^ Atom Heart Mother - Trivia and Quotes, Pink Floyd Co.

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Atom Heart Mother - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (743 words)
Atom Heart Mother is a 1970 progressive rock album by British band Pink Floyd.
The song's name was changed after the band came across a newspaper article about a pregnant woman with an atomic pacemaker with the headline "ATOM HEART MOTHER." The album was recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, England.
Atom Heart Mother is a good case, I think, for being thrown into the dustbin and never listened to by anyone ever again!
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Atom Heart Mother is a six-part suite by progressive rock band Pink Floyd, composed by the whole band and Ron Geesin.
It appeared on their Atom Heart Mother album in 1970, taking up a whole side of the record.
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