Remastered re-release of the fifth full-length studio album by legendary British Psychedelic/Progressive Rock band.
Appearing after the sprawling, unfocused double-album set "Ummagumma" (1969), "Atom Heart Mother" may boast more focus, even a concept, yet that doesn't mean it's more accessible. If anything, this is the most impenetrable album Pink Floyd released while on Harvest, which also makes it one of the most interesting of the era.
Still, it may be an acquired taste even for fans, especially since it kicks off with a side-long, 23-minute extended orchestral piece that may not seem to head anywhere, but is often intriguing, more in what it suggests than what it achieves. Then, on the second side, Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Rick Wright have a song apiece, winding up with the group composition "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast" wrapping it up. Of these, Waters begins developing the voice that made him the band's lead songwriter during their classic era with "If," while Wright has an appealingly mannered, very English psychedelic fantasia on "Summer '68", and Gilmour's "Fat Old Sun" meanders quietly before ending with a guitar workout. "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast", the 12-minute opus that ends the album, does the same thing, floating for several minutes before ending on a drawn-out jam that finally gets the piece moving.
So, there are interesting moments scattered throughout the record, and the work that initially seems so impenetrable winds up being "Atom Heart Mother"'s strongest moment. That it lasts an entire side illustrates that Pink Floyd was getting better with the larger picture instead of the details, since the second side just winds up falling off the tracks, no matter how many good moments there are. This lack of focus means "Atom Heart Mother" will largely be for cultists, but its unevenness means there's also a lot to cherish here.
The "Atom Heart Mother" was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London. It was the band's first album to reach number 1 in the UK, while it reached number 55 in the US, eventually going Gold there. It was released in the quadraphonic format in the UK, Germany and Australia. The album is ranked number 990 in All-Time Top 1000 Albums.
The stereo remastered from the original analogue tapes album on heavyweight 180ɢ vinyl in gatefold cover.
1970/2016, Pink Floyd Music Ltd./Parlophone Records Ltd., a Warner Music Group Company (PFRLP5/0190295997083). Made in EU. Pressed in Netherlands.
1. Atom Heart Mother: 23:31
a) Father's Shout
b) Breast Milky
c) Mother Fore
d) Funky Dung
e) Mind Your Throats Please
1. If 4:24
2. Summer '68 5:26
3. Fat Old Sun 5:17
4. Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast: 12:56
a) Rise And Shine
b) Sunny Side Up
c) Morning Glory
Total playing time: 51:34 min.