ARTIST: Pink Floyd
TITLE: Atom Heart Mother
YEAR RELEASED: 1970
CHART ACTION: #55 US, #1 UK
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: The title track
LINEUP: Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Rick Wright, Nick Mason. The EMI Orchestra and the John Aldis choir was involved as well.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Audacious side-long suite shows the bands ambitions and weaknesses, while the individual songs on side two add a factor of meh to the proceedings.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: There are some folks who think this record is the epitome of Pink Floyd’s early period, and I’d like to know why they think that.
The first side is the 23-minute long mega-suite with a choir and orchestral sections, making it another in a line of rock+orchestra releases from the UK around this time. It’s got some nice pieces and parts but seems bogged down in pretention, especially with the choir.
The other side features a song each from the band (well, everyone is credited with “Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast” but it’s really a Nick Mason joint), and they’re rather disposable songs to be honest – nothing that really excites you or causes you to throw the record away.
I can say the best part of the album is really the cover. Not that this is bad like More, or the solo sides of Ummagumma. It’s just pretension amping up mediocre art.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They tried to tour this bloody thing with brass sections and a choir, but they had to hire the brass on the fly and they lost money all in all.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: C+: Soon, Pink Floyd will find the spark they had from their early days. This is just treading water, though.