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) 23:38 492
2 If (1994 Digital Remaster) 4:29 387
3 Summer '68 (1994 Digital Remaster) 5:28 362
4 Fat Old Sun (1994 Digital Remaster) 5:20 350
5 Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast (1994 Digital Remaster) 12:57 312

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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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  • samiskywalker

    amazing album

    17 Apr 5:03am Reply
  • The_SchizoidMan


    13 Apr 12:10am Reply
  • LumenObscurum

    @Zombienation333 sometimes it's really hard for us listeners to understand how a band feels about their own music. I agree with you, though.

    2 Mar 10:30pm Reply
  • Zombienation333

    How could Gilmoure and Waters say this album is crap? This is one of my favourites without any doubt. This is way better than Wish You Were Here, for example. But that's not difficult.

    15 Jan 10:53am Reply
  • focus992


    14 Dec 2014 Reply
  • soullessmate

    cool tunes, not their best but still worth it

    12 Oct 2014 Reply
  • machine_head_72

    I'm baffled by some of these crap reviews of some early Floyd albums such as this andObscured by Clouds, this is some great stuff. Then again it's Robert Christgau, a guy who rates Black Sabbath a C- and gives Soulja Boy an A-

    9 Oct 2014 Reply
  • muerto14

    Amazing Album.

    18 Aug 2014 Reply
  • menswear2112

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

    13 Jul 2014 Reply
  • prttyvisitors

    love love love

    11 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Knives-to-Show


    25 Jun 2014 Reply
  • omaCore

    I'm flashed.

    2 Jun 2014 Reply
  • kanto_sho

    The last stupid comment is never far away is it?

    31 May 2014 Reply
  • froztfreez

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

    7 May 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • werneckfrehley

    perfect hit!

    6 Jan 2014 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
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