PINK FLOYD : ATOM HEART MOTHER [1970]

Περιέργως, το πιο συναρπαστικό [κατά την άποψή μου] άλμπουμ του συγκροτήματος είναι το λιγότερο γνωστό, ακόμα και μεταξύ των φαν τους…Ίσως γιατί οι ίδιοι οι Floyd, παίρνοντας τη σκυτάλη από “κριτικούς” της εποχής, έχουν πει τα χειρότερα γι’ αυτό.
Η εξήγηση του φαινομένου μου διαφεύγει, όχι κι ότι έχω ασχοληθεί ιδιαίτερα, μια και κανείς δεν έκανε τον κόπο να αιτιολογήσει την αποστροφή του.
Ακούμε το
ομώνυμο επικό κομμάτι.

Oddly, the band’s most
exciting album [in my opinion] is the least known, even among their fans… That’s perhaps because Floyd themselves, taking over from “critics” of the time, have said the worst about it.
The reason for this escapes me, not that I’ve been particularly concerned, since no one has ever made a real argument about it.
We hear the
eponymous epic track.

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8 Comments

  1. trentpmcd December 28, 2022 at 5:23 pm

    OK, Wish You were Hear/Shine on You Crazy Diamond is my favorite Floyd, but this is a close second album/track. It was my very first “adult” album and still one of my favorites. Not listening to the entire thing right now, but listening to a little of it.

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    1. Oannes December 28, 2022 at 6:13 pm

      I was 12 when I first heard this one and it was totally mind blowing and life changing.
      I never understood mr. Water’s menace against it. After all the guy has released the “opera” “Ca Ira” [2005] which is, simply put, indescribable.
      Atom Heart Mother’s side B is somehow weak, but it contains 2 superb songs, Gilmour’s “Fat Old Sun” and the exquisite “Summer ’68” by Rick Wright.

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  2. Resa December 30, 2022 at 10:41 pm

    Fantastic!
    Loved this album long before “The Wall” was released.
    This band is Epic!

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  3. Ken Powell January 3, 2023 at 1:23 pm

    Interesting to see how much you rate this album! I love pretty much all PF albums (Although Piper At The Gates of Dawn pushes that loyalty to the extreme!) but I’m not sure I’d rate this album so highly. While this opening track is brilliant and there are other gems, the whole psychedelic breakfast idea was a bit rubbish and, if I recall correctly, saw the brunt of the band’s criticisms. Still, this is the era of their long play pieces which would eventually morph into the concept albums from Dark Side onwards but so much was lost when individual long tracks ceased. For that reason, I still do enjoy getting the old cow out from time to time!

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    1. Oannes January 3, 2023 at 2:31 pm

      I totally agree about ‘Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast’. I also agree, needless to say, about Atom Heart Mother track’s brilliance.
      My beloved PF albums apart from this are the first two, which I first heard on cassette as a double album [A Nice Pair] without knowing the concept back then – I was about 12. These two and Wish You Were Here.
      Not The Dark Side and, certainly, not The Wall.
      The criticism about AHM to which PF themselves gave in, had to do I suppose with the overall BS about “rock moving away from the grass roots” etc, which was in fashion at the time. Thank you for this comment!

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      1. Ken Powell January 3, 2023 at 6:02 pm

        Ah I see – I’m surprised you’re not an Ummagumma fan then?! The Wall will always be a firm favourite for me simply because it was my first real ‘adult’ album and spoke to my emo teen soul in a way no other music did. As I’ve aged, I find it is Mozart who does the same job now!!

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          1. Ken Powell January 5, 2023 at 3:57 pm

            Ha ha – ok ok, I should have know 😉

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