Atom Heart Mother

EMI Records Group UK & Eire
Release date
3 Mar 2003
Running length
5 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Atom Heart Mother (1994 Digital Remaster) 23:38 446
2 If (1994 Digital Remaster) 4:29 359
3 Summer '68 (1994 Digital Remaster) 5:28 341
4 Fat Old Sun (1994 Digital Remaster) 5:20 332
5 Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast (1994 Digital Remaster) 12:57 290

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Atom Heart Mother is the fourth studio album by Pink Floyd, released in 1970 by Harvest and EMI Records in the United Kingdom and Harvest and Capitol in the United States. It was recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, England, and reached number 1 in the United Kingdom, and number 55 in the United States charts, and went gold in the U.S. in March 1994. A re-mastered CD was released in 1994 in the UK, and in 1995 in the U.S.

The original album cover shows a cow standing in a pasture with no text nor any other clue as to what might be on the record. (Some later editions have the title and artist name added to the cover.) This concept was the group’s reaction to the psychedelic space rock imagery associated with Pink Floyd at the time of the album’s release; the band wanted to explore all sorts of music without being limited to a particular image or style of performance. They thus requested that their new album have “something plain” on the cover, which ended up being the image of the cow. Storm Thorgerson, inspired by Andy Warhol’s famous “cow-wallpaper,” has said that he simply drove out into a rural area near Potters Bar and photographed the first cow he saw. The cow’s owner identified her name as “Lulubelle III.” More cows appear on the back cover (again, with no text or titles), and on the inside gatefold.

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  • muerto14

    Amazing Album.

    18 Aug 1:42pm Reply
  • menswear2112

    Far from the hunk of crap described below. Do people listen with their souls?

    13 Jul 11:58pm Reply
  • prttyvisitors

    love love love

    11 Jul 10:17pm Reply
  • Knives-to-Show


    25 Jun 11:18pm Reply
  • omaCore

    I'm flashed.

    2 Jun 10:05am Reply
  • kanto_sho

    The last stupid comment is never far away is it?

    31 May 8:17am Reply
  • froztfreez

    Sounds quite a bit like a late-era Beatles album, except without good songs.

    7 May 3:20am Reply
  • MisterJunior

    I know the band members have essentially trashed this album in retrospect but I'm still pretty fond of it. Maybe the title track doesn't hold together as well as some of their other epics but I respect the ambition of a rock band putting together a sidelong "20th century classical"-tinged piece. "If," "Fat Old Sun" and "Summer '68" are all good songs, too.

    29 Mar 7:15am Reply
  • Abomination317

    lots of the title track are quite sloppy and the side 2 tracks are... interesting... but it's still quite a good album. Better than Wish You Were Here and A Momentary Lapse of Reason (not that that's saying much)

    22 Mar 11:55am Reply
  • werneckfrehley

    perfect hit!

    6 Jan 5:49am Reply
  • Poisonnation

    Better than The Wall

    30 Nov 2013 Reply
  • dAdriano


    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • CosmicPi

    I can't go when someone is watching... Please moo.

    27 Sep 2013 Reply
  • philbarker

    Best album cover ever? nah, Animals was better [1] ;)

    18 Aug 2013 Reply
  • HugoSls

    Best album cover ever? Possibly. [7]

    15 Jul 2013 Reply
  • nachoriolo

    Awesome album!!!!! :)))

    18 Jun 2013 Reply
  • jonatas_90


    13 May 2013 Reply
  • WeirdGeorge

    Same-named suite from A-Side is the true piece of art, but songs are too primitive for band like Pink Floyd. It's only my opinion, after all

    13 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Artefvcked

    Best album cover ever? Possibly. [6]

    21 Mar 2013 Reply
  • icicletusks

    Both Waters AND Gilmour did not like this album. Waters has been quoted wishing that no one would ever listen to it again. However, I still entirely disagree with both of them. SOME parts of Atom Heart Mother are a bit cringe-worthy (I'm thinking, the 3:30 mark at Mother Fore "ra-ka-ti-ka!", errr...) but most of it is beautiful. As for the other songs, they are largely underrated. Fat Old Sun is one of the most raw tunes I've ever heard Gilmour sing. Absolutely stunning.

    9 Mar 2013 Reply
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