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#1 Posted on
Has anyone ever heard Pink Floyd's "Atom Heart Mother?" I'm a fan of the band's pre-DSOTM and post-Syd Barrett material and I was wondering if AHM is worth a purchase.

Thanks.

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FWIW, from allmusic.com:

AMG EXPERT REVIEW: Appearing after the sprawling, unfocused double-album set Ummagumma, Atom Heart may boast more focus, even a concept, yet that doesn't mean it's more accessible. If anything, this is the most impenetrable album they released while on Harvest, which also makes it one of the most interesting of the era. Still, it may be an acquired taste even for fans, especially since it kicks off with a side-long, 23-minute extended orchestral piece that may not seem to head anywhere, but is often intriguing, more in what it suggests than what it achieves. Then, on the second side, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, and Rick Wright have a song a piece, winding up with the group composition "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast" wrapping it up. Of these, Waters begins developing the voice that made him the group's lead songwriter during their classic era with "If," while Wright has an appealingly mannered, very English psychedelic fantasia on "Summer 68," while Gilmour's "Fat Old Sun" meanders quietly before ending with a guitar workout that leaves no impression. "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast," the 12-minute opus that ends the album, does the same thing, floating for several minutes before ending on a drawn-out jam that finally gets the piece moving. So, there are interesting moments scattered throughout the record, and the work that initially seems so impenetrable winds up being Atom Heart Mother's strongest moment. That it lasts an entire side illustrates that Pink Floyd was getting better with the larger picture instead of the details, since the second side just winds up falling off the tracks, no matter how many good moments there are. This lack of focus means Atom Heart Mother will largely be for cultists, but its unevenness means there's also a lot to cherish here. ó Stephen Thomas Erlewine

That's a great site for album reviews...It got three out of five stars. Does being a fan of the "pre-DSOTM era" mean you didn't like "Animals" or "Wish You Were Here"? "Meddle", which is probably my favorite PF album, is the only one I'll touch from the pre-DSOTM material..."Echoes" has enough of the good early stuff for my taste.



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#3 Posted on
chuckc14,

Thanks for that site address. I don't know how I missed it when I was looking for album review sites the other day. It's a great site too, probably the best site for reviews...much better than Amazon.com, which I was using for this sort of thing.

I love "Animals" and "Wish You Were Here," "Animals" being one of my favorite Pink Floyd albums along with "Meddle" and (I guess one of their least popular albums) "Obscured By Clouds."

"Echoes" (the album) is pretty good and was the reason I bought "Meddle." I just fell in love with the song "Echoes" and I hoped the rest of "Meddle" would be just as great....and I wasn't disappointed. (I love "Fearless," probably one of my favorite songs.)

I guess I'll pick up "Atom Heart Mother." 3 stars is still good and definitely better than 2.

Thanks again.

E
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I've always been curious about "Obscured by Clouds", since (I believe) it was released right before DSOTM and right after Meddle, probably my two favorite albums. I can honestly say the bad review from allmusic.com steered me away from it. Maybe I'll go pick it up now.

BTW, I couldn't agree more with you about "Fearless"! Great song!



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I'm a huge Floyd fan, and I will say that Atom Heart Mother is my lest Favorite album of the Roger Water years. Floyd doing classical only happened once for a reason. "Obscured By Clouds" on the other hand is kind of cool. It doesnít sound like any other Floyd album. The band sound like they're trying to be Bad Company or something, the best song being "Free Four". I would recommend The "More" soundtrack over both of these albums though. The songs "Green is the Color" is one of the best Floyd songs ever.

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Wow. "More" over "Obscured By Clouds." I got both for Christmas and "OBC" immediately grew on me more than "More." It's just a matter of personal taste...I'm not that big on albums that are heavy on instrumentals like "More," but I guess it had to be considering it's a soundtrack.

Everytime I play "Green Is The Colour" (one of the few songs I play off that disc on a regular basis), the beginning guitar intro blows me away. It's so gentle and....I don't know. I wish I wrote that song. It's definitely a high point of that album.

On "Obscured By Clouds" Floyd does sound like another band, but yet they still put enough of their own trademark elements (for example,Roger's lyrics about war and his father in "Free Four" (but it doesn't drown out the song))into the music; it's a bit hard to describe. It has instrumental pieces (because it's a soundtrack, too), but there're only 4 out of 10 and they don't drag like I find most to do (although the last track "Absolutely Curtains" grates on my nerves at times). Some have said that "OBC" is a kind of dry run for the DSOTM material. This may be true, but I think OBC strongly stands on its own.
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E sez:

On "Obscured By Clouds" Floyd does sound like another band, but yet they still put enough of their own trademark elements (for example,Roger's lyrics about war and his father in "Free Four" (but it doesn't drown out the song))into the music; it's a bit hard to describe. It has instrumental pieces (because it's a soundtrack, too), but there're only 4 out of 10 and they don't drag like I find most to do (although the last track "Absolutely Curtains" grates on my nerves at times). Some have said that "OBC" is a kind of dry run for the DSOTM material. This may be true, but I think OBC strongly stands on its own.

DAMN, E, that is one hell of a review. I'm serious, you've got some mad writing talent.

Here, I'll give you this review of "Animals" I've been working on...

"Animals" is good. I like to hear it. Dogs and Pigs and Sheep are cuddly except for pigs because their dirty. Mr. floyd can sing good. - chuckc14

Whaddya think? Rolling Stone material??



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#8 Posted on
Cymbalibe, Cirrus minor, The Nile Song. I'll take any of those songs over anything on OBC. It's not that I don't like OBC it just not the style of Floyd that I like best. I agree the instrumental tracks on "More" can drag, but the songs with lyrics I just find to be so powerful. I guess itís just a matter of taste.
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#9 Posted on
LOL

chuckc14:

"Dogs and Pigs and Sheep are cuddly except for pigs because their dirty." That has to be the funniest thing I've heard today. I don't know if it's Rolling Stone material, but I'd take it.

And thanks for the compliment on my writing. I guess my college degree is actually worth something.

"except for pigs because their dirty..."
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