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Pink FloydAtom Heart Mother

Label:Harvest – SHVL 781, Harvest – 1E 062 ∘ 04550
Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
Style:Psychedelic Rock, Prog Rock, Symphonic Rock


Atom Heart Mother
Level UpA.aFather's Shout
Level UpA.bBreast Milky
Level UpA.cMother Fore
Level UpA.dFunky Dung
Level UpA.eMind Your Throats Please
Level UpA.fRemergence
B2Summer '68
B3Fat Old Sun
Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast
Level UpB4.aRise And Shine
Level UpB4.bSunny Side Up
Level UpB4.cMorning Glory

Companies, etc.



First issue, first label, variant 1.

Distinguishing features:
A-1G / B-1G matrices in runouts.
First label stock with 'Gramophone Co.' rim text, NO boxed EMI logo on labels, 'Made in Gt. Britain' at bottom center inside ring.
Publishing credit to 'World Copyrights' on all tracks, except B3 to 'Lupus Music'.
Small ℗ on side two label.

NOTE: Other variants on the first label stock:
Variant 2 Atom Heart Mother A1, B4 publishing credit is 'World Copyrights/Lupus Music'; B4 credit over two lines; large ℗ on side two.
Variant 3 Atom Heart Mother moves B4 'World Copyrights/Lupus Music' credit to one line; small ℗ on side two.
Variant 4 Atom Heart Mother B4 publishing on two lines like variant 2; small ℗ on side two; A-2G / B-2G matrices.

Rim text at top: The Gramophone Co., Ltd. All rights of the manufacturer and of the owner of the recorded work reserved.
Rim text at bottom: Unauthorised public performance, broadcasting, and copying of this record prohibited.
'Made in Gt. Britain' on its own line bottom center, inside ring.
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Publishing info:
A, B1, B2, B4: World Copyrights
B3: Lupus Music
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℗ 1970

Recorded at EMI Studios - Abbey Road
℗ 1970
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E.M.I Records (The Gramophone Company Ltd)
Hayes • Middlesex • England
Harvest - regd. trademark of The Gramophone Co. Ltd. - A Company of The EMI Group
Made and Printed in Great Britain
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7010 TPS Printed and made by Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. Patent No. 943,895 SHVL 781

Inner sleeve:
Released with a Harvest Records inner sleeve.

Runout groove:
The water faucet drip at the end of Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast continues into a locked groove at the end of side B. This is not present on all LP versions.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Other: 7010 TPS (Printer / date code)
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side label): (SHVL.781A)
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side label): (SHVL.781B)
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 - A-side runout stamped): SHVL 781 A-1G
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 - B-side runout stamped): SHVL 781 B-1G
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2 - A-side runout stamped): SHVL 781 A-1G 1 AA
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2 - B-side runout stamped): SHVL 781 B-1G 1 RH
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3 - A-side runout stamped): SHVL 781 A-1G GG 1 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3 - B-side runout stamped): SHVL 781 B-1G RT 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4 - A-side runout stamped): SHVL 781 A-1G V 12
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4 - B-side runout stamped): SHVL 781 B-1G AP 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5 - A-side runout stamped): SHVL 781 A-1G RD 1 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5 - B-side runout stamped): SHVL 781 B-1G AG 2

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Atom Heart Mother (LP, Album, Gatefold Sleeve)Harvest1 J 064-04.550Spain1970
Atom Heart Mother (LP, Album, Stereo, 2 issue)HarvestSKAO-382Canada1970
Atom Heart Mother (LP, Album, Gatefold)HÖR ZU, HarvestSHZE 297Germany1970
Atom Heart Mother (LP, Album, Reissue, Gatefold)Harvest, Harvest2C 064-04550, SHVL 781France1970
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Atom Heart Mother (LP, Album, Stereo)HarvestSHVL 781Australia1970
_Obscuremuse_'s profile picture
This album sums up what I wish pink floyd would do more of; wild experimentation. An excellent left field record as grand as it is pastoral.
Mattatall's profile picture
I found this article online about Atom Heart Mother, sums the album up pretty well I think:
'Critical reaction to the suite has always been mixed, and all band members have expressed negativity toward it in recent times. Gilmour has said the album was "a load of rubbish. 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."Similarly, in a 1984 interview on BBC Radio 1, Waters said "If somebody said to me now – right – here's a million pounds, go out and play Atom Heart Mother, I'd say you must be f*ing joking."
dedindi's profile picture
AHM suite is my favorite PF piece. It was arranged by Ron Geesin.
Especially, I'm a big fan of Quadro version of AHM suite due to its really contains some other brass parts while the drums sound more focused.
basplin's profile picture
Edited 2 years ago
Picked up a UK(?) A-2G/B-2G copy of this but there is a sticker on it that says 'Made and Distributed by CBS Israel' on it and it's got the CBS symbol stamped in one runout, similar to the Israeli pressings list here as "Q": No stampers indicated. No boxed "EMI" on the labels. Labels and Sleeve have the normal "Made in UK" markings on them. Never seen a UK pressing with the CBS stamp in the runouts. Anyone have any idea what's going on here?
totallyvinyl's profile picture
This curious release reverts the group name back to the very early days by calling the group 'The Pink Floyd' on the labels, though it is simply 'Pink Floyd' on the spine and inside the gatefold. Strangely this was never corrected on UK pressings right through to the 80s and 90s ! Though 'The' is used on other releases such as 'Meddle' from Spain where it is used both on the cover and labels ! Probably loads of other examples but ....why ?
leonthepro's profile picture
Edited 3 years ago
With a decent 1G/1G UK first press I compared with my other 2016 Grundman reissue of the album.
I used Side B to make things easy, mainly Fat Old Sun as I found it to be quite revealing with the micro dynamics and such.
To spoil things a little Ill just say that this has for me been the first clear cut winner out of the Pink Floyd reissues Ive compared with originals so far, which include WYWH, Animals and Meddle.
The UK most notably has the edge on subtle detail, at least when it comes to string instruments. The reissue seems to favor the vocals to be more present on Fat Old Sun while the original strikes a good balance, still being present, but un earthing more harmonics and presence to the guitar instead. On Summer 68 however the vocals are the ones to have an extra rasp and reverb to them without being any more sibilant than the reissue, something the UK Meddle suffered from.
I thought the bass might be tighter on the original as well but I might be wrong there, its only a little for the most part if anything.
The impact of drums are somewhat favored on the reissue, but its a small difference and one that might not even be superior. The UK already has a great balance to it and might not necessarily need any type of enhancements in that direction.
In the end the original wins out this time, mostly for having some extra harmonic detail to certain aspects. The vinyl is quiet too if you can find a clean copy. Its not a landslide by any means, and Id probably prefer a clean reissue over a rough first press, but it is a little better from my quick comparison.

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Giorgio1985's profile picture
I agree with the rest about noise and the very loud pops and ticks.I was disappointed with this reissue as i have the dark side of the moon and wish you were here from the 2016's series which sound great!I think side A is worse and also the sound seems to be a little bit bassy.
jatkin's profile picture
Looking for anybody who can help/if they have SHVL 781 with the following runout - A= SHVL 781 A-4 PL 3 ; B= SHVL 781 B-5 AO 2 (the A could be an inverted V)
fulviob's profile picture
Hi, the copy I bought in the seventies when I was young has an Italian cover, 3C 062-04550, a German label, SHZE 297, Rights Society: BIEM, a German matrix number on side A, and an UK matrix number on side B, Matrix / Runout, Side A: SHZE 297 A//14349-4-Y, Side B: SHVL 781 B-2G. Has anyone heard about something like this? Thank you
goaskalice1963's profile picture
I have a copy that is like the 1st US issue in every respect but has the title in the grass on the front cover. Matrix/runout says
Side A. SKAO-1-382-A-3; Side A. SKAO-2-382-A-3 (the “AO” on both sides looks like it was written over “ST”(?)). Gatefold, sky is blotchy, stero written on label (Harvest). Has anyone heard of this?