Label: Capitol Records - SLEM-384 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album Gatefold • Country: Mexico • Genre: Rock • Style: Psychedelic Rock, Prog Rock, Symphonic Rock
Ron Geesinwho had already influenced and collaborated with Roger Waterscontributed to the title track and received a then-rare outside songwriting credit. The cover was designed by Hipgnosisand was the first one to not feature the band's name on the cover, or contain Sunny Side Up - Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother photographs of the band anywhere. This was a trend that would continue on subsequent covers throughout the s and beyond.
Although it was commercially successful on release, the band, particularly Waters and David Gilmourhave expressed several negative opinions of the album in more recent years. Pink Floyd started work on the album after completing their contributions to the soundtrack for the film Zabriskie Point in Rome, which had ended somewhat acrimoniously. They headed back to London in early for rehearsals. A number of out-takes from the Rome sessions were used to assemble new material during these rehearsals, though some of it, such as "The Violent Sequence", later to become " Us and Them ", would not be used for some time.
The title track to Atom Heart Mother resulted from a number of instrumental figures the band had composed during these rehearsals, including the chord progression Ο Τέλειος Άντρας - Γιώργος Τσαλίκης - Ο Τέλειος Άντρας the main theme, which guitarist David Gilmour had called "Theme from an Imaginary Western",   and the earliest documented live performance was on 17 January  at Hull University.
Consequently, band members Roger Waters and Nick Mason had little choice but to play the bass and drums, respectively, for the entire minute piece in one sitting.
The other instruments the band played were overdubbed later. Mason recalled the final backing track's lack of precise timekeeping would cause problems later on. By March, they had finished recording the track,  but felt that it was rather unfocused and needed something else.
The band had been introduced to Ron Geesin via the Rolling Stones tour manager, Sam Cutlerand were impressed with his composition and tape-editing capabilities, particularly Waters and Mason. Nobody knew what was wanted, they couldn't read music …"  According to him, Gilmour came up with some of the melodic lines, while the pair of them along with keyboardist Richard Wright worked on the middle section with the choir.
John Alldiswhose choir were also to perform on the track, had experience in dealing with orchestral musicians, and managed to conduct the recorded performance in place of Geesin.
The track was originally called "The Amazing Pudding", though Geesin's original score referred to it as "Untitled Epic". The piece as presented on the completed album is a progression from Pink Floyd's earlier instrumental pieces such as " A Saucerful of Secrets " and even earlier, " Interstellar Overdrive ". The "Atom Heart Mother" suite takes up all of side one, and is split into six parts, individually named.
Geesin chose the opening section name, "Father's Shout" after Earl "Fatha" Hineswhile other names such as "Breast Milky" and Sunny Side Up - Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother Dung" were inspired by the album cover artwork. The album's concept is similar to their previous Ummagumma album, in that it features the full band in the first half, and focuses on individual members in the second half. This is followed by Wright's " Summer '68 ", which also features prominent use of brass in places.
It was issued as a Japanese single in and was the only track on the album never to be played live in concert. The song was reportedly about Wright Sunny Side Up - Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother a groupie on tour, and had the working title of "One Night Stand". According to Mason, Gilmour, having had little songwriting experience at that point, was ordered to remain in Abbey Road until he had composed a song suitable for inclusion on the album. He came up with a folk-influenced tune, " Fat Old Sun ",  which he still cites as a personal favourite.
The final track, " Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast ", is divided into three segments, each with its own descriptive title, joined by dialogue and sound effects of then-roadie Alan Styles preparing, discussing, and eating breakfast.
The original LP ends with the sound of the tap which continues into the inner groove, and thus plays on indefinitely. He occasionally visited his old band's sessions to see what they were doing. The original album cover, designed by art collective Hipgnosisshows a Holstein-Friesian cow standing in a pasture with no text nor any other clue as to what might be on the record.
This concept was the group's reaction 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 had "something plain" on the cover, which ended up being the image of a cow. Also, a pink balloon shaped like a cow udder accompanied the album as part of Capitol's marketing strategy campaign to "break" the band in the US.
In the mids, a bootleg containing rare singles and B-sides entitled The Dark Side of the Moo appeared, with a similar cover. Like Atom Heart Motherthe cover had no writing on it, although in this case it was to protect the bootlegger's anonymity rather than any artistic statement. It was released in the quadraphonic format in the UK,  Germany [b] and Australia.
Critical reaction to the suite has always been mixed, and all band members Sunny Side Up - Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother expressed negativity toward it in recent times. We were at a real down point I think we Sunny Side Up - Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother scraping the barrel a bit at that period"  and "a good idea but it was dreadful Atom Heart Mother sounds like we didn't have Claudio Monteverdi - Deller Consort, Collegium Aureum, Alfred Deller - Ballett Tirsi & Clori / Madri idea between us, but we became much more prolific after it.
In a review, Alec Dubro of Rolling Stone appraised Atom Heart Mother negatively, stating "if Pink Floyd is looking for some new dimensions, they haven't found them here. But at least the suite provides a few of the hypnotic melodies that made Ummagumma such an admirable record to fall asleep to.
The band were initially enthusiastic about performing the suite. Reflecting on this, Gilmour said "some of the brass players have been really hopeless". A later arrangement without brass or choir, and pared down from 25 minutes to fifteen by omitting the "collage" sections and closing reprise of the main theme, remained in their live repertoire into The first live performance of The Dark Side of the Moon suite in Brighton was abandoned partway through; after a break, the band played Atom Heart Mother instead.
Stanley Kubrick wanted to use the album's title track in A Clockwork Orange. In retrospect, Waters said "maybe it's just as well it wasn't used after all".
The performances featured the chamber choir Canticum,  brass and cellist Caroline Dale, who has worked with Gilmour. The second night saw Gilmour join Geesin on stage for the performance, which was extended to 30 minutes. InGeesin produced a book, The Flaming Cowwhich documented his experience with working with Pink Floyd, including the making of this album from his point of view.
Taken from sleeve notes . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the song, see Atom Heart Mother suite. For the Iranian film, see Atom Heart Mother film.
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