Pink Floyd, Atom Heart Mother (1970)
I can’t remember when I first heard Atom Heart Mother – in the scheme of being a Pink Floyd fan – but I fell in love with it as soon as I heard it. I reckon I might have sussed out Meddle first (still a great album) and possibly even Obscured By Clouds – but, anyway, sometime around then, I heard Atom Heart Mother. And that title track blew me away. I was probably 12 or 13 I reckon. I also loved the cover. That sold me on the album. The second half has probably been underappreciated because of that towering side one composition. I really like Summer ’68, a psychedelic pop song that never quite falls in on itself. I love Fat Old Sun and can hear shades of Paul McCartney in it. And then there’s Roger Waters’ song, If. (Ain’t YouTube great – you can listen to the whole album if you like). I bought an LP copy – for the cover as much as anything – a few years ago but it is, though an odd choice perhaps, my favourite Pink Floyd album in many ways. Certainly it’s my favourite to just kick back and absorb. Last year when we saw the great Eru Dangerspiel live show I thought that parts of the arrangements touched (nicely) on Pink Floyd’s Atom Heart Mother. So, after the gig, we returned home, lit a joint and listened to Atom Heart Mother. Seemed the thing to do. Most recently I’ve enjoyed revisiting this because I read a quote somewhere from Waters that suggested the album should be burned and forgotten. I figure when he’s done touring The Wall he’ll probably traipse around the world with an orchestra parping out this album. Also – it bookends so well, I have to mention Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast. Great song.
Sample Track: Atom Heart Mother
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