Pink Floyd ‎– Atom Heart Mother

Harvest ‎– SHVL 781
Vinyl, LP, Album, 1st issue, gatefold


Atom Heart Mother
A.a Father's Shout
A.b Breast Milky
A.c Mother Fore
A.d Funky Dung
A.e Mind Your Throats Please
A.f Remergence
B1 If
B2 Summer '68
B3 Fat Old Sun
Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast
B4.a Rise And Shine
B4.b Sunny Side Up
B4.c Morning Glory

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First issue. Distinctive features: A1/B1 matrix, NO boxed EMI logo on the labels, locked runout groove on side B.

Recorded at EMI Studios - Abbey Road.

Text around top of edge (on label) :
The Gramophone Co., Ltd. All rights of the manufacturer and of the owner of the recorded work reserved.

Text around bottom of edge (on label) :
Made in GT Britain.
Unauthorised public performance, broadcasting, and copying of this record prohibited.

Inner sleeve :
Released with a Harvest Records inner sleeve.

Runout groove : the water faucet drip at the end of Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast continues in the runout groove, looping the sound. This is not present in all LP versions.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout stamp side A): SHVL 781 A-1G
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout stamp side B): SHVL 781 B-1G

Other Versions (5 of 255) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SKAO-382 Pink Floyd Atom Heart Mother(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial, Red) Harvest (2) SKAO-382 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
SHVL 781 Pink Floyd Atom Heart Mother(LP, Album) Harvest SHVL 781 Hong Kong 1970 Sell This Version
1 J 064-04.550 Pink Floyd Atom Heart Mother(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Harvest 1 J 064-04.550 Spain Unknown Sell This Version
064 7 46381 1 Pink Floyd Atom Heart Mother(LP, Album, RE) Harvest 064 7 46381 1 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
1 C 062-04 550 n Pink Floyd Atom Heart Mother(LP, Album, Gat) Harvest 1 C 062-04 550 n Germany 1970 Sell This Version

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May 3, 2015
Hi ! I just got a 1970 UK A2G B2G copy but these matrix do not appear in the 2nd UK press. Does anybody have an idea if it is well a 2nd UK press ? It has the EMI box but A2G is sometimes listed as a 1st UK press ?


May 2, 2015
Despite that many say this is the best sounding pressing, I was somewhat unimpressed with my (A-1G/B-1G) version. In a head to head play test on the title track with my SMAS 382 Canadian 1st pressing, the Canadian sounds clearer, less muddied, and crisper throughout.


March 14, 2015
edited 10 months ago
I need some help, my version has the matrix SHVL 781 A-8-1-2 and SHVL 781 3-7-1-1. And is"signed" by the cutter "HTM". Any clues?


October 23, 2014

You can hear Pink Floyd are progressing but there are ideas emerging on this album that are realised much better on Dark Side, Wish You Were Here and Animals. I enjoy the symphonic sounds of Atom Heart Mother and Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast but the folky rock songs they are punctuated by aren't as strong. This is one to listen to after a long, strange night when the sun is coming up, you need to get this is you like Floyd.


May 10, 2014

This was my first LP on vinyl I love this album it is a masterpiece


November 3, 2011

One of my favorite Floyd albums just for the sheer insanity of it. I initially hated it but it became a grower, this is one of those albums that could have only been made in 1970.


September 23, 2011
Apparently I initiated something of a debate with my comments about this album. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that even Roger Waters hates it. He said that he wouldn't perform it live even if offered a million pounds. Can you imagine if they had pursued the direction of the title track? The band would have croaked after making the next album.

The first time I heard Atom Heart was a cassette copy I made in 1995 from my uncle's vinyl copy. After giving up on it, I gave the tape to a friend. Both of us were just getting into Floyd at the time, having started with (and loving) Dark Side, Wish, and the Wall. My friend hated this album as much as me, and I thought it was funny when he said that he didn't know what the hell side one was -- whether it was Floyd or not.

I stand by my review: Atom Heart Mother is Pink Floyd's worst album. Nothing else even comes close.


September 7, 2011
This is how classical and psychedelic pop met in the seventies... Pure musical bliss full of blues influenced melodies and delirious choirs, with full orchestral effect. This has been a blast for the last 32 years, what else can I say?


July 14, 2011
edited over 4 years ago
'Solid proof to me that tastes are different.'
marc24 is right.

For me it's one of their greatest, biggest Lps. A-side is just incredible: these stockhausen chorusses, these hardcore electronic sounds, these smart strings. It's from 1970 !! Some kind of opera.
Who cares about the B-side :-? Even there you find some georgous tracks. Especially the 'Breakfast'.
The gatefold is a legendary cover (no 'mad cow disease' at that time).

What does 'numbingly baffling' mean?


July 12, 2011
To call side one a disaster is just mind numbingly baffling