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Pink Floyd — Fat Old Sun
Album: Atom Heart Mother
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Released: 1970
Length: 5:02
Plays (last 30 days): 1
When that fat old sun in the sky is falling
Summer-evening birds are calling
Summer Sunday and a year
The sound of music in my ears
Distant bells, new-mown grass
Smells so sweet
By the river holding hands
Roll me up and lay me down

And if you see, don't make a sound
Pick your feet up off the ground
And if you hear as the warm night folds
The silver sound from a time so strange,
Sing to me, sing to me

When that fat old sun in the sky is falling
Summer-evening birds are calling
Children's laughter in my ears
The last sunlight disappears

And if you see, don't make a sound
Pick your feet up off the ground
And if you hear as the warm night folds
The silver sound from a time so strange
Sing to me, sing to me

When that fat old sun in the sky is falling
Summer-evening birds are calling
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 jagdriver wrote:

What the h3ll do either of those blokes know?


 
Is there a better way to wake up?  Great guitar solo!
I listen to RP at work.  It is often pushed to the background in my mind.

The solo in this song, (both studio and live) immediately grabs my attention every time.
Not listened to this album before, sounds good. You're going to hate me but I thought it may have been Travis {#Cheesygrin}
 rocklandlove wrote:
An eternal favorite. Gilmour at his early best. This (between Syd and Dark Side) is still my favorite PF period. There is a special quality to these songs.

 
I'm with you on this. Not to take anything away from DSOTM and the other large scale albums but Atom Heart Mother and Meddle are personal favorites for me.
I don't like Pink Floyd
I like this 
 sirtezza wrote:
TOO MUCH PINK FLOYD HERE!!!

 

TOO MUCH DINKY FLOP HERE!!!
Ahh...the precursor to Radiohead... Cant go wrong with Pinky...Go on Maggy!
 coloradojohn wrote:
I have many memories of this from High School and E-School days, but for me, the most vivid association that I still get is me having this cranked to the max in my pad at the top of Varsity Townhouses behind Alfalfa's Market in Summer of '83 — and both of these places are still here in this changing and eternally magical town — and going down to get my mail from the mailboxes at the far end of the courtyard and hearing the jamming solo reverberating off the whole complex...when I came back up, almost every single one of my neighbors was whooping and clapping and calling for more!  I LOVE hearing Timeless Tunes like this on Time Machine RP!  Thanks!

 
Turn that shit down!  {#Cheers}
I have many memories of this from High School and E-School days, but for me, the most vivid association that I still get is me having this cranked to the max in my pad at the top of Varsity Townhouses behind Alfalfa's Market in Summer of '83 — and both of these places are still here in this changing and eternally magical town — and going down to get my mail from the mailboxes at the far end of the courtyard and hearing the jamming solo reverberating off the whole complex...when I came back up, almost every single one of my neighbors was whooping and clapping and calling for more!  I LOVE hearing Timeless Tunes like this on Time Machine RP!  Thanks!
I was literally just humming this song to myself before i turned RP on.
Further proof that Bill is psychic.


Hearing this song (on a bootleg) in the 70s is when I fell in love with this band.
Stone the unbeliever!

sirtezza wrote:
TOO MUCH PINK FLOYD HERE!!!

 


TOO MUCH PINK FLOYD HERE!!!
 rjewyo wrote:
After listening to RP for several years, {#Kiss}.....I'm getting the idea that Bill really LIKES Pink Floyd!!!

 
Yes, and the same goes for Dire Straits!
Yes!  More of this, less of The Wall.
Atom Heart Mother: The first emoji-named album.
And a GREAT album this is!

(Although the band didn't think so as they look back at their discography.)
An eternal favorite. Gilmour at his early best. This (between Syd and Dark Side) is still my favorite PF period. There is a special quality to these songs.
Ahhh...music to chew the cud by...{#Sunny}


Truly stunning, the guitar in this, the vocals, the lyrics, the arrangement, the overall effect. Always hits me like a Fat Old Sun at sunset!
One of the few early attempt of Gilmour to write his own song within Pink Floyd. I really like this, the arrangement, the feeling the drummer has, I give this 9 of 10, and is on my top 10 of favorite laid back Pink Floyd
Good song for a chilly southern hemisphere day.  Think I should put on another jersey and drink a holstein of beer.
It moooooooves me.
 calypsus_1 wrote:

David Gilmour - "Fat Old Sun" Live at Royal Albert Hall (2006):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0YANM9lz4c

"(c) David Gilmour Music Ltd"

Released by EMI Records on Monday 17 September, the double DVD contains over five hours of viewing, including an on-the-road documentary and guest appearances by David Bowie and Robert Wyatt.

One critic described David Gilmour's 'On An Island' Royal Albert Hall concert, as 'a near-perfect gig, where the magic kept coming, as did the surprises'. Now music fans, who may have missed the 2006 tour, get a chance to share in that magic, with the release of this double DVD, lasting more than 5 hours, which includes the rave reviewed London concert with special guest appearances from David Bowie, Robert Wyatt, David Crosby and Graham Nash as well as 2 hours and 40+ minutes of extras, notably an amazing fly on-the-wall documentary following Gilmour and his band on tour. A 20-page booklet accompanies the DVD.

The two and a half hour concert features band members Richard Wright of Pink Floyd, Phil Manzanera of Roxy Music, new boy Steve DiStanislao on drums, plus Pink Floyd regulars Dick Parry, Guy Pratt and Jon Carin.



 
was lucky enough to see this live, FOS was one my favorite, right after the amazing 23 minute perfect rendition of Echoes.  His attack on the closing solo was fantastic

After listening to RP for several years, {#Kiss}.....I'm getting the idea that Bill really LIKES Pink Floyd!!!
HAY!  I hate to HORN in here, but let's MOOve along, please.  That's enough for today.

 drews wrote:
At least nobody's making "mad cow" comments as that would be scrap(ie)ing the barrel
 
It would be milking the subject, right enough, and be udderly ridiculous :o)

I'll get me coat...


 drews wrote:
At least nobody's making "mad cow" comments as that would be scrap(ie)ing the barrel

 

 
What does a mad cow say?  "MOO DAMMIT!"


not pink by ~thewho78
aimi mine  ©2007-2010 ~thewho78

to kristine sixteen
from patrick joy batain

ballpen


MAD? If you had a Mad Cow it might lead you to a "Raging Bull".....(egg on face now which brings up a whole other subject)
 
drews wrote:
At least nobody's making "mad cow" comments as that would be scrap(ie)ing the barrel

 
SweTex wrote:


Shouldn't that be "mooray"?
 
 


At least nobody's making "mad cow" comments as that would be scrap(ie)ing the barrel

 
SweTex wrote:


Shouldn't that be "mooray"?
 


Funny, all the elements of later PF material are here.

 

Enjoy this even if the band feels a tad embarrassed.


 Phlegmaticman wrote:
Hooray for old Pink Floyd songs!
 

Shouldn't that be "mooray"?
https://www.marlerblog.com/uploads/image/dairy_cows_lead_wideweb__470x312,0(1).jpg
The further adventures of the Atom Heart Mother cow.

Bill's been MILKING this song for a long time. But I don't mind at all!
 stkman wrote:

Some of it now, like Atom Heart Mother, strikes me as absolute crap, but I no longer want or have to play stuff I don't enjoy.

- David Gilmour - November 1994          LOL I kinda liked it then and now just thought those were interesting quotes and it was a Gilmour song from what I understand

 
I'm guessing it's cuz he was still being pressured to play (and write) like Syd Barrett at this point.  I think he's done a remarkable job of impersonating Barrett on this track.  But Gilmour certainly has a very distinct and impressive guitar sound, so I can see why music from his early involvement with the band would not be his favorite.


David Gilmour - "Fat Old Sun" Live at Royal Albert Hall (2006)
"(c) David Gilmour Music Ltd"

Released by EMI Records on Monday 17 September, the double DVD contains over five hours of viewing, including an on-the-road documentary and guest appearances by David Bowie and Robert Wyatt.

One critic described David Gilmour's 'On An Island' Royal Albert Hall concert, as 'a near-perfect gig, where the magic kept coming, as did the surprises'. Now music fans, who may have missed the 2006 tour, get a chance to share in that magic, with the release of this double DVD, lasting more than 5 hours, which includes the rave reviewed London concert with special guest appearances from David Bowie, Robert Wyatt, David Crosby and Graham Nash as well as 2 hours and 40+ minutes of extras, notably an amazing fly on-the-wall documentary following Gilmour and his band on tour. A 20-page booklet accompanies the DVD.

The two and a half hour concert features band members Richard Wright of Pink Floyd, Phil Manzanera of Roxy Music, new boy Steve DiStanislao on drums, plus Pink Floyd regulars Dick Parry, Guy Pratt and Jon Carin.




Hope I'm not ungu-late to the pun party...
Check out the guitar solo on the DVD/BR of Live At The Royal Albert Hall.
It's awesome - I was just watching it last night.

Cow joke goes here.


Okay I'll add to the list:

It's udderly fabulous.

That was painful. Sorry.
Edit: Aw shoot, it's already been used. I'm such a hack.
I have no beef with this one. {#Cool}
Who mooooo?  RP listeners are gangsta punstas!  {#Notworthy}

 Taraincognito wrote:
The Best Floyd Album Heifer!
 
This one really mooooves me.

Hooray for old Pink Floyd songs!
Still love this song!
I love this song! Thanks Bill! I am glad I happened to be listening now. I have been asking our local radio station to play this for three freakin' years! I love the guitar - a pretty simple solo but so soulful...
I had Atom Heart Mother on a reel of tape around 1971-1976, recorded from the album owned by a Dutch exchange student who enlivened my parents' house for several months, Jan Ryn Pruntel, I think he spelled it. (Are you out there, Jan?) Fifteen years later I bought it on a CD. I don't listen to it a lot, but when in the right mood it's still sublime. The experimental rock symphonic piece occupied side one of the album; on the flip side were three songs ("If," "Summer '68," and this one), followed by the sonic story "Alan's psychedelic breakfast."
The Best Floyd Album Heifer!
 CamLwalk wrote:

This thread is really milking the cow jokes.
 
and it will continue to, until the cows come home
My favorite Pink Floyd song....
Its still a beefy song it is
Definitely the cream of the crop...
 peter_james_bond wrote:
I agree, it should end, with all the tired old jokes. It's not like this thread has been outstanding in the field of commentary.
 
This thread is really milking the cow jokes.

 djengs wrote:
Only when you are in the Mooood though.

Cud you stop with the cheesy comments? They are udderly useless .


  I agree, it should end, with all the tired old jokes. It's not like this thread has been outstanding in the field of commentary.


 Poacher wrote:

 FrankMc wrote: I'll have to ruminate upon it before I whey in.

 
peter_james_bond wrote:
Now you're milking it!  
Only when you are in the Mooood though.

Only when you are in the Mooood though.

Cud you stop with the cheesy comments? They are udderly useless .



{#Mrgreen}
cow contemplating the void


 annanyc wrote:

I know many people who are of that opinion... interestingly, they are all musicians or intense music biz people.  I'm still absorbing that album...
 
...that's a curious observation which i've never noticed - it applies to myself, at least...
 FrankMc wrote:
I'll have to ruminate upon it before I whey in.

 
peter_james_bond wrote:

Now you're milking it!
 
 
Only when you are in the Mooood though.
Cow Music!!  

{#Bounce}{#Notworthy} 
 FrankMc wrote:
I'll have to ruminate upon it before I whey in.

 
peter_james_bond wrote:

Now you're milking it!
 

 
Love how RP listeners gravitate from the great music to the album art with such reckless abandon!


I'll have to ruminate upon it before I whey in.

 
peter_james_bond wrote:

Now you're milking it!
 

 jagdriver wrote:
Udderly!
 
Now you're milking it!
 gabbadar wrote:
This is such an underrated disk.
 

Udderly!
This is such an underrated disk.
 stkman wrote:

Atom Heart Mother is a good case, I think, for being thrown into the dustbin and never listened to by anyone ever again! <...> It was pretty kind of pompous, it wasn't really about anything.

- Roger Waters - Rock Over London Radio Station - 15 March 1985, for broadcast 7 April/14 April 1985.

Some of it now, like Atom Heart Mother, strikes me as absolute crap, but I no longer want or have to play stuff I don't enjoy.

- David Gilmour - November 1994         
 
What the h3ll do either of those blokes know?


Sure 9...little when we're talking bout the sun

Brings back memories of 8 tracks and riding around all night on the back roads.. Saw the sun come up listening to this song several times back then.



Take it easy on Sol, he's not fat, he's just big boned. He's not old either, 5 billion years is not old in stellar years.
effing beautiful

Haven't heard this one in a while.  Nice.

BTW, no confusing with Radio Head.


 aurora1957 wrote:

Yet oddly enough "Fat Old Sun" is found on Gilmour's Live at the Royal Albert Hall DVD
{#Angel}
 
And on the more recent Gdansk show.  Chances are he wasn't referring to this track.

 lmic wrote:
First I thought it was Radiohead. Then I thought it was Paul McCartney jamming, inexplicably, with the Kinks.
 

Yeah, I've been listening to RP with the sound low this AM and first thought this was an early Radiohead song that I know nothing about...
 shawshank wrote:
Sounds like Paul McCartney...{#Stupid}
 
These guys were a Beatle influence...weren't they?

 mandolin wrote:
...while it's not as readily accessible, i posit that the final cut is one of the greatest albums of all time; a true masterwork...
 
And oddly enough, its the only piece of studio Floyd I'm missing.

 stkman wrote:

Some of it now, like Atom Heart Mother, strikes me as absolute crap, but I no longer want or have to play stuff I don't enjoy.

- David Gilmour - November 1994         

 
Yet oddly enough "Fat Old Sun" is found on Gilmour's Live at the Royal Albert Hall DVD
{#Angel}


jagdriver
(The aptly-named Grass Valley, CA)
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 milchschnitte wrote: don't like the sid-era very much. it's too beatle-esk for me.

 
This ain't Syd, my friend. He only appeared on their first LP, Piper At the Gates of Dawn. And pass the marmalade...


Breakfast in Los Angeles...macrobiotic stuff.....
 RadioDoc wrote:
This one could have been recorded today. 
  First I thought it was Radiohead. Then I thought it was Paul McCartney jamming, inexplicably, with the Kinks.

Atom Heart Mother is a good case, I think, for being thrown into the dustbin and never listened to by anyone ever again! <...> It was pretty kind of pompous, it wasn't really about anything.

- Roger Waters - Rock Over London Radio Station - 15 March 1985, for broadcast 7 April/14 April 1985.

Some of it now, like Atom Heart Mother, strikes me as absolute crap, but I no longer want or have to play stuff I don't enjoy.

- David Gilmour - November 1994          LOL I kinda liked it then and now just thought those were interesting quotes and it was a Gilmour song from what I understand

Sounds like Paul McCartney...{#Stupid}
It's an alright Pink Floyd song, Syd or no Syd. It's alright.
andrewimft wrote:
This band hasn't been the same since Bob Klose left. (snark) David Gilmour just has a beautiful gift for melody from the beginning to the present.

Ha I just read a funny quote from Bob Klose:

"You heard the early things, you thought maybe it's the Stones... and you recognize Syd's voice, but it's not Pink Floyd sound yet. It needed me to leave to do that. You know, that was quite an important step."
I taste a little irony in that.

I agree. This has had great influence on many modern bands.
hello travis, and queen.
This one could have been recorded today.  Just listen to all of the bits which influenced dozens of bands to come later.

Pretty much the definition of excellence.
 milchschnitte wrote:
don't like the sid-era very much. it's too beatle-esk for me.

 
This ain't Syd, my friend. He only appeared on their first LP, Piper At the Gates of Dawn. And pass the marmalade...


Wow, I have to pull this out and play it again.  Nice Bill!  Thank you!
I clicked in here to see what kind of crap was playing. I am aghast that it is Pink Floyd.
don't like the sid-era very much. it's too beatle-esk for me.

Gilmour performed a very nice version of this on his recent "Remember That Night" DVD.  That and a fantastic performance of "Echoes" made the DVD worth buying, to me.
window wrote:

This song was penned by Roger Waters. Syd left many years before this album.


Incorrect. The song is written by Gilmour. Waters opposed having it on Echoes (The best of..).


 Marley wrote:
I love Syd-era Floyd. It was all downhill after he left....
 
This song was penned by Roger Waters.  Syd left many years before this album.

 Marley wrote:
I love Syd-era Floyd.

 

{#Yes}
the sound of music in my ear
 mandolin wrote:
...while it's not as readily accessible, i posit that the final cut is one of the greatest albums of all time; a true masterwork...

 
I know many people who are of that opinion... interestingly, they are all musicians or intense music biz people.  I'm still absorbing that album...

gilmour, waters, barrett, wright, mason Its Pink Floyd. Period. Pink Floyd, like many great collaborations, is, was, and always will be greater than the sum total of its parts. Its pointless so say which incarnation of Floyd was better. Suffice to say, these very different people got together and created magic. The Pink Floyd that spoke to me the most was "Meddle" For you, maybe not. Its all good. But our lives would be less full without their music.
kcar wrote:
And how many of us remember any songs from the album that came after "The Wall", let alone its name?
...while it's not as readily accessible, i posit that the final cut is one of the greatest albums of all time; a true masterwork...
...nice segue from the cinematic orchestra - the first time i listened to atom heart mother was back-to-back against patrick watson's close to paradise and i couldn't tell where one ended and the next began...
Limpopoking wrote:
Downhill is good!... beats the hell outa uphill ... but I did enjoy syd, i did, i did. Syd did get my bid, till he was rid from Floyd's starting grid
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: OMG!! Thanks for the giggle!
kcar wrote:
The band certainly got less interesting as Roger Waters took more and more control. I can remember the excitement and furor that "The Wall" generated when it came out, but I don't think it stands the test of time as an album. And how many of us remember any songs from the album that came after "The Wall", let alone its name?
I absolutely agree with this. Dark Side was excellent, bordering on great, I don't care for a thing after that except for, maybe, "Comfortably Numb." For me, Floyd peaked with "Meddle," but I like all their work prior from "Dark Side" back to the beginning.
Limpopoking wrote:
Downhill is good!... beats the hell outa uphill ... but I did enjoy syd, i did, i did. Syd did get my bid, till he was rid from Floyd's starting grid
Wow. Easy on the coffee there dude!
kcar wrote:
The band certainly got less interesting as Roger Waters took more and more control. I can remember the excitement and furor that "The Wall" generated when it came out, but I don't think it stands the test of time as an album. And how many of us remember any songs from the album that came after "The Wall", let alone its name?
Deadwing wrote:
I couldn't agree more. I am and always have been a huge Gilmour fan- Waters... not so much.
I have and like this album, but I would say classics like dark side, wish you were here, animals and the wall are even better. Wether you like Waters or not, his influence has made a significant influence in a great direction.
The band certainly got less interesting as Roger Waters took more and more control. I can remember the excitement and furor that "The Wall" generated when it came out, but I don't think it stands the test of time as an album. And how many of us remember any songs from the album that came after "The Wall", let alone its name?
I couldn't agree more. I am and always have been a huge Gilmour fan- Waters... not so much.
:daisy:
Just can't relate to Sid and since a majority of their music came after Sid, I feel his participation in Pink Floyd other being a founding member is pretty irrelevant.
alph wrote:
You're joking, right? Yeah, you're joking.
No, no, I'm not. It's just my opinion. You don't have to agree with me. I guess I like more psychedelia than prog rock type stuff. I grew up to classic rock radio and the overplaying of Dark Side of Moon was a BIG turn off to Floyd for me. And drugs didn't help make it sound any better. lol. To each his own I say... It's all good.
Marley wrote:
I love Syd-era Floyd. It was all downhill after he left....
Downhill is good!... beats the hell outa uphill ... but I did enjoy syd, i did, i did. Syd did get my bid, till he was rid from Floyd's starting grid
This band hasn't been the same since Bob Klose left. (snark) David Gilmour just has a beautiful gift for melody from the beginning to the present.
stereo man guitar solo playing in my right ear thats my good ear!
:bounce:
Oh yeah! One of my favorite old Floyd albums. Thanks, Bill! :-)
kcar wrote:
The band certainly got less interesting as Roger Waters took more and more control. I can remember the excitement and furor that "The Wall" generated when it came out, but I don't think it stands the test of time as an album. And how many of us remember any songs from the album that came after "The Wall", let alone its name?
true!
alph wrote:
You're joking, right? Yeah, you're joking.
that poster isn't joking and niether am i. after syd left, the band was still great. especially on more commercially-acceptable (but still wonderful) roger waters and david gilmour stuff. but syd's pink floyd was WAY better on a different level. personally, my favorite pink floyd songs are "see emily play" and the original SYD version of "astronomy domine."
alph wrote:
You're joking, right? Yeah, you're joking.
The band certainly got less interesting as Roger Waters took more and more control. I can remember the excitement and furor that "The Wall" generated when it came out, but I don't think it stands the test of time as an album. And how many of us remember any songs from the album that came after "The Wall", let alone its name?
:sunny:
Marley wrote:
I love Syd-era Floyd. It was all downhill after he left....
You're joking, right? Yeah, you're joking.
Always up for Floyd :bounce: