Atom Heart Mother (17:10)

Cover of Dark Side of the Sky

From Dark Side of the Sky and 68 other releases

“Atom Heart Mother” is a six-part suite by progressive rock band Pink Floyd, composed by all members of the band and Ron Geesin. It appeared on the Atom Heart Mother album in 1970, taking up a whole side of the record. It is Pink Floyd’s longest uncut piece (the later “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”, though longer, was split among two sides of Wish You Were Here.) Pink Floyd performed it live between 1970 and 1972, first touring with a brass section and choir, and later without.

Recording began with the drum and bass parts, recorded in one take for the entire suite, resulting in an inconsistent tempo throughout the song.

The song was the last Pink Floyd composition which was credited as being co-written by someone outside the band prior to 1979 (not counting Clare Torry’s contribution to “The Great Gig in the Sky”, for which she has been retroactively given credit due to a settlement with Pink Floyd).

Stanley Kubrick wanted to use this track for his film A Clockwork Orange; however, the band refused permission.

When Roger Waters heard David Gilmour playing the guitar parts for this track, he said that he thought it sounded like the theme song from the western film The Magnificent Seven.

The working title for this piece changed a few times during the composing and recording process. When the first main theme was composed, David Gilmour called it “Theme From an Imaginary Western”. The first working title for the six-part piece was “Epic”, written in Ron Geesin’s handwriting at the top of his original score. Later it was changed to “The Amazing Pudding.” (This was used as the title of an independently produced Pink Floyd fanzine which ran from the mid ’80s to the early ’90s.

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  • Gabriel_Opeth

    You know why I like music? Because of that

    14 Dec 10:52pm Reply
  • TheMally98

    Pink Floyd don't like this album, they say it's their worst... i don't care, i love this song and Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast.

    26 Oct 2:16am Reply
  • edefakiel

    Like Ennio Morricone on LSD. [2]

    6 Sep 8:10am Reply
  • edefakiel

    One of the best and more underrated songs of all time.

    6 Sep 8:04am Reply
  • nafs007

    e vai tomar no seu cu iago [2]

    28 Aug 7:45pm Reply
  • Zalim_24

    Awesome!... Really Awesome!

    23 May 2:54pm Reply
  • Maglor_T

    KQED version is excelent

    2 May 10:50pm Reply
  • MegaDave89

    Best song ever!

    11 Apr 3:36pm Reply
  • gonetobeach

    This is one of the strangest songs on planet Earth, but I damn sure love it.

    1 Apr 2:34pm Reply
  • Chumsicles

    This song is much better than Echoes, which is a great song in its own right

    22 Feb 3:33am Reply
  • pinkfloydme

    sublime

    6 Jan 12:27pm Reply
  • forgraph

    Adele - Skyfall is too similar with this song, though

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • theytsejamer

    Live Version without Orchestra sounds bizarre! (Smoking Blues version, for example).

    29 Nov 2013 Reply
  • jpzitoleopold

    This is perfection

    22 Nov 2013 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    The lack of lyrics really ruins this song. It's not so much a song as a bunch of nice moments and time-wasting filler shoved in a blender for 23 minutes, failing to really cohere into anything unitary. Getting a whole choir on the song and then not bothering to write any lyrics for them just feels like such a lazy cop-out. This feels more like a dress rehearsal for "Echoes" than a real song; "Echoes" basically does everything this song does, but a million times better: it's actually *about* something, it holds attention all the way through, it has better riffs, it has a more interesting free-form noise middle, it doesn't plod like motherfuck all the way, hell it even does the Funky Dung thing funkier. I don't like to admit this but I really can't get behind all the praise about it being one of Pink Floyd's best songs. "One of Pink Floyd's most bloated songs" sounds more accurate. I guess there always has to be somebody pissing in the punchbowl, and this time it happened to be my turn.

    10 Sep 2013 Reply
  • The_SchizoidMan

    One of their best songs.

    4 Sep 2013 Reply
  • LumenObscurum

    The choir is singing in Klingon, yes. How more awesome can this band get?

    2 Sep 2013 Reply
  • greatezalor

    WTF Did I just hear a Dalek at about 19:10???

    9 Aug 2013 Reply
  • jpzitoleopold

    Best song ever; e vai tomar no seu cu iago

    7 Jul 2013 Reply
  • iagomelo2

    Dormi

    29 Jun 2013 Reply
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