Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother

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Re: Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother

Post by jmoog » Mon Aug 29, 2016 2:09 pm

danielcaux wrote:I think that had the band spread the three parts of Alan's Breakfast all over the album, like a conceptual thread running all over it, AHM would be rated as good an album as Meddle by most people, even better.

It would look something like these:

Atom Heart Mother
If
Rise and Shine
Summer '68
Sunny Side Up
Fat Old Sun
Morning Glory

That way people would actually LISTEN to how good the music of APB is (not great, but good still) and would stop focusing only on the 60 seconds of concrete breakfast SFXs.

All three parts are definitively a lot better than San Tropez or Seamus :smt102
I agree with you 1001%.

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Re: Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother

Post by Phantom Turnip » Mon Aug 29, 2016 5:08 pm

Dude, that's a brilliant idea! Once you get past the sound effects and look at the actual music, APB is a great track.

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Re: Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother

Post by twcc » Wed Aug 31, 2016 8:33 pm

Game on, I've dug out the AHM CD (and a copy of the Trance Remix), plus I've rounded up 1 medium camel, 1 medium North African goat etc and I'll see what the new running order sounds like when combined with a bottle of Merlot

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Re: Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother

Post by jtull » Mon Sep 12, 2016 6:40 pm

I never had "Atom Heart Mother" album on the vinyl, so I didn't know this thing about Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast:

"On some copies of the vinyl version, the dripping tap at the end of the song is cut into the run-off groove, so it plays on infinitely until the listener removes the stylus from the album, an effect obviously lost on the CD release, though the dripping continues for approximately 17 seconds after all other sounds have ceased."

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Re: Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother

Post by Massed Gadgets » Mon Sep 19, 2016 7:07 am

Yep, my old vinyl copy of AHM does that. I always that was cool. 8)

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Re: Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother

Post by jtull » Mon Sep 19, 2016 3:53 pm

This is an interesting recollection which describes Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast live performance:

"It was at the Manchester show and I still have hazy memories of the performance. Part (all?) of the stage was set up as a kitchen. There was definitely a huge (maybe 6+ feet high?) box of Kelloggs Cornflakes and I seem to think everything else might have been oversized too - a bottle of ketchup, a radio, a bowl and spoon, maybe the table and chairs too?"

I seems to remember a picture of Roger Waters playing on stage surounded by two huge boxes of Kelloggs Cornflakes and a big bottle of ketchup. I saw it picture years ago (probably in a some book..?) and I remember I was really puzzled thinking what the heck it's all about?? 8)

Does anyone else have seen this picture too?

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Re: Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother

Post by MoreOrLess » Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:33 pm

Phantom Turnip wrote:
Mon Aug 29, 2016 5:08 pm
Dude, that's a brilliant idea! Once you get past the sound effects and look at the actual music, APB is a great track.
I'd agree it is, it plays on Floyds ability to play these kinds of slightly folky, slightly jazzy instrumentals that whilst their not that complex are both very catchy and do have a certain strangeness to them. Honestly though I'm not sure it needs to be any longer than it is, each theme gets enough time for me and the concept doesn't wear out its welcome.

As far as the album as a whole goes honestly my feeling has always been that the title track of ATom Heart Mother is spread a little bit thin across an entire side. For me the form it took as a band only performance was more playing to its strengths, not that the orchestra didn't add something, the choral section especially I think clearly does but the "Mind your throats please" Geesin section doesn't really come off and a third return to the main theme is just too much IMHO. Its a shame really it seems like 90% of what you here talked up the track is the main theme and Geesin when the choral buildup and spacey jam section are up there with the bands very best work for me.

Not sure what else they could have filled up the space with, maybe The Embryo? I'd say that would have matched the tone of the album quite nicely.

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Re: Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother

Post by theaussiefloydian » Thu Sep 05, 2019 3:03 pm

It's been a while since I've listened to this album, but I would still rank it as a pretty decent album. Floyd has been really hard on themselves concerning that LP ever since it released - hearing Gilmour describe it as "complete rubbish" is kind of sad.
Atom Heart Mother - the track has always fascinated me. My brother and I have joked before that the first section "Father's Shout" would make a great theme track to a silly throwback TV show. All in all it's a fascinating piece, and the sections "Mother Fore" and "Funky Dung" are some of my favourite Floyd moments, especially the latter - always love a good Gilmour/Wright jam! 3.5/5
If - Unremarkable really, but it's rather nice to listen to so I like it. 3.5/5
Summer '68 - Rick Wright's contributions have a habit of being on the goofy side, and this one is no exception. Which isn't to say I don't like it. The brass section is a bit much though. 3/5
Fat Old Sun - One of Floyd's lovelier compositions. Goodness, I want to listen to this one again now. 3.5/5
Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast - my feelings on this one are a mixed bag. I would definitely agree with everyone else that splitting it up across Side 2 to create a through line might have been a better move, but as it exists... I can definitely jive with the actual music. Most of it doesn't really go anywhere, but it's nice enough to listen to. But those godawful sound effects, especially in "Sunny Side Up"... could that man eat his breakfast any louder? 3/5