Well, the live disc of Ummagumma might be all right, but even that isn't recorded well. Roger and I were quite friendly with Ron. I think I met him through Robert Wyatt.
The thing that Ron taught us most about was recording techniques, and tricks done on the cheap. We learned how to get round the men-in-white-coats and do things at home, like editing. Ron taught us how to use two tape recorders to create an endless build up of echo. It was all very relevant to things we did later. Then we started playing golf. It was a kind of therapy. When Pink Floyd found themselves foundering over their next album, Waters invited Geesin to attempt a musical rescue mission.
They had demoed five untitled instrumentals, strung together as one continuous piece titled The Amazing Pudding. But the band were now off on tour, and clueless as to what to do next on the record. Geesin had started his career in a jazz band in the early 60s.
Still, Geesin was the obvious choice to compose the score. He and Waters were already writing music for a scientific documentary called The Body. Atom Heart Mother would offer a similar fusion of ordinary and extraordinary sounds.
Talking in , Geesin said Pink Floyd had only the vaguest idea of what they wanted. The Floyd then went off to play in America and left me to get on with it. The early s were a challenging time for classical session musicians — it was as if every long-haired rock group wanted cellos and tubas on their records. Now Pink Floyd. I was not a conductor. When Geesin threatened to hit the mouthy horn player, he was told to leave.
On the fourth movement, Funky Dung , the guitar and Hammond organ play lazy tag on what sounds like a precursor to Any Colour You Like. It is rumoured that excellent soundboard tapes also exist, though to this point they have not publicly surfaced.
The festival also suffered from inclement weather on the Sunday night, with Jefferson Airplane being rained off halfway through their set and The Moody Blues not playing at all due to the wet stage.
They took to the stage at about pm, as the sun was setting. The performance is considered by critics, and the band, as one of the most important of their career, representing a turning point in the recognition they received in Great Britain until that point their on-stage success and popularity had largely been borne out on numerous United States concert tours.
It was also one of the largest crowds the band performed to; well over , people were estimated at the time they took the stage. Led Zeppelin played for three hours. The performance featured a complete brass band and 12 strong choir , and took place at 3 am, due to major delays. The band's set list from the show is as follows:. Their performance also marked the first public appearance of Gilmour's Fender Stratocaster , which would later become synonymous with both his image and tone.
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This was a trend that would continue on subsequent covers throughout the s and beyond. Although it was commercially successful on release, the band, particularly Waters and David Gilmour , have expressed several negative opinions of the album in more recent years. Pink Floyd started work on the album after completing their contributions to the soundtrack for the film Zabriskie Point in Rome, which had ended somewhat acrimoniously. They headed back to London in early for rehearsals.
A number of out-takes from the Rome sessions were used to assemble new material during these rehearsals, though some of it, such as "The Violent Sequence", later to become " Us and Them ", would not be used for some time. The title track to Atom Heart Mother resulted from a number of instrumental figures the band had composed during these rehearsals, including the chord progression of the main theme, which guitarist David Gilmour had called "Theme from an Imaginary Western",   and the earliest documented live performance was on 17 January  at Hull University.
Consequently, band members Roger Waters and Nick Mason had little choice but to play the bass and drums, respectively, for the entire minute piece in one sitting. The other instruments the band played were overdubbed later. Mason recalled the final backing track's lack of precise timekeeping would cause problems later on. By March, they had finished recording the track,  but felt that it was rather unfocused and needed something else. The band had been introduced to Ron Geesin via the Rolling Stones tour manager, Sam Cutler , and were impressed with his composition and tape-editing capabilities, particularly Waters and Mason.
Nobody knew what was wanted, they couldn't read music …"  According to him, Gilmour came up with some of the melodic lines, while the pair of them along with keyboardist Richard Wright worked on the middle section with the choir. John Alldis , whose choir were also to perform on the track, had experience in dealing with orchestral musicians, and managed to conduct the recorded performance in place of Geesin.
The track was originally called "The Amazing Pudding", though Geesin's original score referred to it as "Untitled Epic". The piece as presented on the completed album is a progression from Pink Floyd's earlier instrumental pieces such as " A Saucerful of Secrets " and even earlier, " Interstellar Overdrive ". The "Atom Heart Mother" suite takes up all of side one, and is split into six parts, individually named.
Geesin chose the opening section name, "Father's Shout" after Earl "Fatha" Hines , while other names such as "Breast Milky" and "Funky Dung" were inspired by the album cover artwork. The album's concept is similar to their previous Ummagumma album, in that it features the full band in the first half, and focuses on individual members in the second half.
This is followed by Wright's " Summer '68 ", which also features prominent use of brass in places. It was issued as a Japanese single in ,  and was the only track on the album never to be played live in concert. The song was reportedly about Wright and a groupie on tour, and had the working title of "One Night Stand". According to Mason, Gilmour, having had little songwriting experience at that point, was ordered to remain in Abbey Road until he had composed a song suitable for inclusion on the album.
He came up with a folk-influenced tune, " Fat Old Sun ",  which he still cites as a personal favourite. The final track, " Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast ", is divided into three segments, each with its own descriptive title, joined by dialogue and sound effects of then-roadie Alan Styles preparing, discussing, and eating breakfast.
The original LP ends with the sound of the tap which continues into the inner groove, and thus plays on indefinitely. He occasionally visited his old band's sessions to see what they were doing. The original album cover, designed by art collective Hipgnosis , shows a Holstein-Friesian cow standing in a pasture with no text nor any other clue as to what might be on the record.
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 had "something plain" on the cover, which ended up being the image of a cow. Also, a pink balloon shaped like a cow udder accompanied the album as part of Capitol's marketing strategy campaign to "break" the band in the US.
In the mids, a bootleg containing rare singles and B-sides entitled The Dark Side of the Moo appeared, with a similar cover. Like Atom Heart Mother , the cover had no writing on it, although in this case it was to protect the bootlegger's anonymity rather than any artistic statement.
It was released in the quadraphonic format in the UK,  Germany [b] and Australia. Critical reaction to the suite has always been mixed, and all band members have expressed negativity toward it in recent times. We were at a real down point I think we were scraping the barrel a bit at that period"  and "a good idea but it was dreadful Atom Heart Mother sounds like we didn't have any idea between us, but we became much more prolific after it.
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