|atom heart mother
fat old sun
alan's psychedelic breakfast
Atom Heart Mother
|Atom Heart Mother was Pink Floyd's
first No. 1 record. Up to their ears in avant-garde experimental ideas,
the Floyd teamed up with the electronic composer Ron Geesin to create
the side-long title track, their most ambitious piece of work so far. It
is embellished with horns and a choir.
Nick Mason: "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."
There is also the beautiful song "If" and "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast", with great sound effects. The thing most people remember "Atom Heart" for these days is its spectacular cover, featuring nothing but cows.
David Gilmour: "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."
The album's title was randomly taken from a
newspaper headline. By now the group were producing themselves.
|Atom heart mother||(Mason, Gilmour, Waters,
|a. Father's shout||05:20|
|b. Breast milky||04:49|
|c. Mother fore||05:17|
|d. Funky dung||02:18|
|e. Mind your throats please||02:05|
|Fat old sun||(Gilmour)||05:24||Gilmour|
|(Waters, Mason, Gilmour,
|a. Rise and shine||04:22|
|b. Sunny side up||03:56|
|c. Morning glory||04:44|
|Total playing time :||52:10|
|Syd Barrett||guitars, vocals|
|David Gilmour||guitars, vocals|
|Roger Waters||bass guitar, vocals|
|Rick Wright||keyboards, vocals|
|John Aldiss Choir||backing vocals|
|Ron Geesin||rearranger and sound engeenering|
|Alan Parsons||sound engeenering|