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Pink Floyd


Psychedelic/Space Rock

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5 stars Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother (1970)

This is perhaps my favorite Pink Floyd record and one of the finest records of 1970. The Atom Heart Mother suite on side one of the vinyl record is one of the most magical prog achievements. It's purely atmospheric approach on epic-writing and abstract sound, it's sum of innovative ideas and great listening experience remains un-matched. Side two is a mixed bag with both good songs and some less interesting tracks.

First something more about the title track. Pink Floyd found a way to combine dissonant wind-sections in the opening section, symphonic rock in the main theme, guitar-ring solo's on nostalgic classical themes, male and female choirs on a atmospheric Hammond sound, tape-manipulations on the comeback (the best I ever heard!), dark avant-garde music with a story-line and some great comebacks of the main theme. The choir and orchestra play an important role throughout the track and that gives the epic a diverse sound. The atmosphere of the whole piece is hard to describe, but I'll try anyway.. magical, nostalgic, abstract, dark, psychedelic, bombastic and perhaps some Roman empire Wind-section sounds in the intro and ending.

On side two If is an intimate song with nice lyrics and warm classical guitars. Summer '68 and Fat old sun are both good psychedelic tracks with some nice ideas. Alan's psychedelic breakfast is an fragmentary song with some breakfast sounds.

Conclusion. OK, this genius of this record is perhaps based on the amazing first side rather than on the mediocre second side. The title track is however one of the finest achievements of the progressive movement and thus this record is a masterpiece. Five stars!

friso | 5/5 |


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