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atom heart mother
summer '68
fat old sun
alan's psychedelic breakfast
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Atom Heart Mother
Release date : October 10th, 1970
Recorded at : EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London

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.

TRACKS Authors Time Vocals
Atom heart mother (Mason, Gilmour, Waters,
Wright, Geesin)
23:45 instrumental
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
f. Remergence 03:56
If (Waters) 04:31 Waters
Summer '68 (Wright) 05:29 Wright
Fat old sun (Gilmour) 05:24 Gilmour
Alan's psychedelic
(Waters, Mason, Gilmour,
13:01 Alan Stiles
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
Nick Mason drums
Roger Waters bass guitar, vocals
Rick Wright keyboards, vocals
Alan Stiles vocals
John Aldiss Choir backing vocals
Ron Geesin rearranger and sound engeenering
Alan Parsons sound engeenering