"Atom Heart Mother" raised huge impression and is in prospect as perhaps the most ambitious attempt to combine rock music and classical music. In this sense, the live performances with orchestra and chorus - the first dating back to June 27, the festival of Bath - were applauded and helped to further increase the interest in the classical arts to the group.
The album is divided into a front side dedicated entirely to the suite composed collectively by the band supported by Ron Geesin and a side where we find three songs written respectively by Waters, Wright and Gilmour and last long track collectively, "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast". This "democratic" track list recalls the studio album "Ummagumma".
Atom Heart Mother
(Father's Shout) The simple and epic overture of the suite, apparently of total paternity of Ron Geesin, is based on the brass section on where they fit even rumble of motorcycles.
(Breast Milky). It is one of the most beautiful movements of the suite, characterized by the famous dialogue between the organ and cello arpeggio, simple but beautiful grounds. On this delicate tissue finally starts the guitar of Gilmour. The guitarist appears around the album particularly inspired and very calibrated in parts. After an orchestral crescendo, the quiet is back.
(Mother Fore). Come on stage the chorus of which shows immediately the remarkable quality. In this movement, alternating moments of high drama and some passages actually a bit boring but the overall result is still fascinating. The impetuous intro of Mason's battery remains a beautiful moment of dialogue between modern and classic sound.
(Funky Dung). It is probably the most successful part of the entire suite. Bass and organ work in counterpoint and upon these starts Gilmour, who performs one of the best solos of his career. But the tension grows further with the addition of voices of onomatopoeic chorus, which interact with the vibrant and powerful organ. Here we are at one of the zenith of rock history. The tension dissolves with wind instruments, liberators, reproduce the opening theme.
(Mind Your Throats Please). On a muddy keyboard sounds, evocations, rumors, according to the tradition of the band, showing in particular the vagaries of humorous "A Saucerful of Secrets" and "Echoes".
(Remergence). From disintegration and chaos the remergence the overture and then the duet between cello and organ. The final is impressive, with a guitar always incisive and with the orchestra and the choirs that punctuate the musical crescendo.
A simple guitar arpeggio, a soft voice whispering words full of melancholy poetry, dreamy guitar in a short musical interludes. This is "If", rightly considered as one of the sweetest songs of Pink Floyd.
It is the contribution of a Wright peak of his, sometimes modest, creativity. If it is true that certain passages seem too pompous for the intervention of the orchestra.
"Summer '68" is simply a successful hymn to the joy of living, the evocation of a love story, a flashback on the unique moments and emotions that can leave us a fleeting summer meeting.
Fat Old Sun
The warm and subtle voice of Gilmour and dreamy atmosphere, almost bucolic, make this song a classic of Pink Floyd production and in line with the production of early years (for example, "Green Is The Colour" from the soundtrack "More" of 1969). The guitar solo closes the song.
This was Pink Floyd’s first number one album although it has since been forgotten with the success of their later albums “Dark Side of the Moon,” “Wish you were here” and “The Wall.” While it’s quality is very much a subjective matter it defiantly stands out as one of the most interesting albums around. With the curious name taken from a newspaper article about a women with a pacemaker giving birth to a baby. Next there is the even more curious front cover with the Cow “Lulubelle III” who was employed to pose on the cover because they wanted it to be as ordinary and un-psychedelic as possible. Finally there is the curious insert giving a recipe for a “Traditional Bedouin Wedding Feast” that serves up to 250 people. While these all seem rather weird they don’t quite match the weirdness that is of the majority of the music on offer.
Side one of the record features the one song in the 24 minute epic title track. Collaborating with Avant Guarde composer Ron Gessin this is the Floyd at their most experimental. The songs features a set of brass instruments played slightly out of time created a weird tune that is strangely beautiful. Along with this the band manage to throw everything in bar the kitchen sink including samples from a lawnmower to a loudspeaker message saying “this is a loud announcement.” The song might not be for everyone as it is quite out there but for the music lover that has broad taste or just loves weird and experimental things is truly is a masterpiece.
Side two of the record sees each Waters, Wright and Gilmour contribute a song each. Waters does a acoustic guitar solo in ‘if.’ Rick Wright contributes the sensational ‘Summer ‘68’ which again features some interesting brass sounds in the mix. David Gilmour then sings on the Beatle reminiscent ‘Fat old sun.’
The album then closes with the 13 minute ‘Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast’ where the band put everything in including the kitchen sink (literally)! The song consists of Pink Floyd roadie Alan Stiles talking about, cooking and eating breakfast all in drummer Nick Masons kitchen with some sweet piano melodies playing in the background. This certainly is Pink Floyd at their very weirdest!
While this is one of the lesser known Pink Floyd records it was defiantly a significant release that shaped their future direction. Ron Gessin’s involvement taught the band a lot about using samples which was to later evolve in the classic “Dark Side of the Moon.”
This is however very much an album where the quality really depends on each individual listener. If you only liked Pink Floyd for the hits such as ‘Wish you were here’ and ‘Another Brick in the Wall (part 2)’ then this might be a bit too weird for you. However if you were won over by the experiential sides of“Dark Side of the Moon” then you will find a lot of value to this album. The music on the album is an acquired taste but those who chose to make the effort and let the music grow on them will be gifted with an album that is truly beautiful and amazing!