Poll: How do you rate Pink Floyd's "Atom Heart Mother" album?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Johnny Reb, Jul 15, 2017.

  1. EdogawaRampo

    EdogawaRampo Forum Resident

    I own several copies and enjoy it immensely every time I listen.
  2. Terrapin Station

    Terrapin Station Forum Resident

    NYC Man
    I kind of wish they wouldn't critique their output at all. Too many people seem to think that artists are some sort of authority on critiquing their own output, but I don't know why. It makes no sense when you think about it--if artists were in the best position to critique their own stuff, no one should ever have any material that's less than stellar. After all, they're deciding to write what they write, play what they play, record and release what they record and release. If they're some sort of expert on critiquing their own stuff, nothing should ever be less than great.

    But that goes just as much for artists negatively critiquing their own stuff. Artists are too close to their own work, sometimes they're too interested in distancing themselves from work that's not at all where their head is at currently, etc. There are also all sorts of "political" motivations for artists to talk up or down certain past work. Business reasons, aligning themselves with fans, etc.

    Leave the critiquing to other people.
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  3. Marvin

    Marvin Forum Resident

    I have no problem with artists critiquing their own work.

    It can be interesting even if I don't agree with it.

    If other people want to use it as a basis for forming their own opinion, that's up to them.
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  4. CybrKhatru

    CybrKhatru Forum Resident

    Los Angeles
    I said "so-so", as this was one of only a few Floyd albums I haven't been able to get into.

    That said, I love "Summer '68". And I like the live versions of "Atom Heart Mother" I have heard.

    But the album itself doesn't really move me.
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  5. Mirror Image

    Mirror Image A Day Without Prog Is A Day Not Worth Living!

    What a ridiculous thing to say. There is no ‘true’ Pink Floyd music. That’s only a figment of your imagination. This said, The Wall is my favorite Floyd album with Animals coming in second place.
  6. Mirror Image

    Mirror Image A Day Without Prog Is A Day Not Worth Living!

    I can’t stand Atom Heart Mother. Only with Meddle do things start to gel for me.
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  7. MelodyFair

    MelodyFair Histoire de Melody Fair

    Vancouver BC
    I was introduced to this album after someone gave me an old greek cassette. It was warbly, and extremely lo-fi, I loved it!
  8. KariK

    KariK Forum Resident

    Espoo, Finland
    Their best. :righton:
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  9. Terrapin Station

    Terrapin Station Forum Resident

    NYC Man
    I can see that, but I get annoyed with people behaving like sheep, too.
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  10. jay.dee

    jay.dee Forum Resident

    Barcelona, Spain
    Timeless. The title track is IMO the pinnacle of the band's early (and most interesting) period.
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  11. The Bishop

    The Bishop Forum Resident

    Yes, there is true Pink Floyd music, and The Wall most certainly isn't it.

    And you've got the nerve to call my comment ridiculous.

    Have a word with yourself.
  12. Jose Jones

    Jose Jones Outstanding Forum Member

    Detroit, Michigan
    The Summer '68 track is the albums highlight, IMO.

    They get close to the old magic with Syd there. There are some cool moments in the title song suite too, but like someone else said, it's about 10 minutes too long. The other tracks don't really hold my interest. I never cared for the Psychedelic Breakfast, but it is a good concept.
  13. shnaggletooth

    shnaggletooth Forum Resident

    "Funky Dung" jam is the first time we hear what would become the classic Pink Floyd sound.
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  14. Mirror Image

    Mirror Image A Day Without Prog Is A Day Not Worth Living!

    No, there’s no ‘true’ Pink Floyd music. There’s only their music, which exists in a variety of sounds and colors.
  15. Norco74

    Norco74 Forum Resident


    Why don't you listen to both of them back to back? They would have fit perfectly as a double lp set...

    Sincerely, More, AHM, Meddle and OBC are my favorites and represents a nice tetralogy that I labeled PF MKII phase 1. All differents, all good.

    Perhaps those not liking AHM are also not liking choir and classical music.
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  16. kaztor

    kaztor Forum Resident

    Pretty solid effort.

    It's by no means a gateway album, it's clearly a transitional album but it excists in it's own, mellow-ish and slightly weird universe.
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  17. Chrome_Head

    Chrome_Head Forum Resident

    Los Angeles, CA.
    That one along with "Careful With That Axe, Eugene" and "Come In Number 51,.." for me, which are all great bass-driven Floyd jams.
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  18. no.nine

    no.nine (not his real name)

    Solid effort, worth recommending.

    This is one of my favorite Floyd albums. So why didn't I rate it essential? The answer is "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast". I think it's a pretty weak track, and if I'm being objective, I have to say it prevents the album from being a classic.

    However, the title track is just massive (in substance, not just playing time). Easily one of their greatest accomplishments IMO. The other three tracks also rank as some of my favorite Floyd songs, making this a solid album for me IN SPITE of "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast".
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  19. Octowen

    Octowen Forum Resident

    A pretty solid effort. I think it's their best pre-Meddle album, and I've always thought that the title track and "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast" are two of their best progressive rock suites.
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  20. dsky

    dsky Little Blue Light

    I prefer earlier Floyd by quite a wide margin. This LP doesn't work for me, though. The title track has potential but I hate the orchestra or brass band or whatever it is. I really like this track without the orchestra, though. As I discovered with the Early Years box.

    The tracks on side 2 are okay, I guess.

    I'm constantly amazed people will talk up this LP whilst simultaneously slagging Ummagumma which I find a far more compelling listen

    I gave it a rating of so so.

    Undeniably iconic artwork, though. One of my favourite LP covers of all time.
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  21. Vangro

    Vangro Forum Resident

    I voted Clearly one of their best works - essential listening for Floyd fans, although it clearly isn't one of their best works or essential listening to many people who are bigger Floyd fans than I am. Essential listening for me anyway, although I actively detest "If", boring plodding tuneless self-pitying garbage from the king of boring plodding tuneless self-pitying garbage. Oh and marmalade, I like marmalade and "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast".
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  22. Norco74

    Norco74 Forum Resident

    How much right is he then? I can understand they overplayed it and got fed up of it or simply didn't have much interest playing it in their later years. Doesn't justify to call it crap. If AHM title track was pompous, how do you rate The Trial from The Wall or the whole Final Cut album?

    BTW, the title track has been heavily documented in the Early years box set. I lost count of the video and audio versions of it.
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  23. dkmonroe

    dkmonroe A completely self-taught idiot

    I really wanna call this one, "essential", but I'm going to go with "a pretty solid effort." The first side is super-duper essential, one of the most brilliant and daring compositions of the early Floyd. It gets better with every listen. The quad mix KILLS! However, on Side Two, the only really great tracks are "Summer '68", and "Fat Old Sun", and even "Fat Old Sun" was done much better live on the BBC. "If" is garbage (sorry Rog) and "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast" barely rises above a waste of tape.

    But you really need to hear side 1 if you want to know the Floyd intimately.
  24. mch007

    mch007 Well-Known Member

    Atom Heart Mother is a significant album for me, because my opinion on the this album has changed over the years. I used to think it is their bottom 4, now think it is one of their best. Last week, I got the Early Years Devi/ation with Atom Heart Mother quad.
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  25. kaztor

    kaztor Forum Resident

    Probably my favourite part of the album.
    It's weird, fun and mellow at the same time. The kind of thing no one but Floyd could pull off. (Well, besides Todd Rundgren or Soft Machine, perhaps...)
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