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(from Atom Heart Mother, 1970)

Their first side-long ex­cur­sion led their first chart-top­ping al­bum. Be­gun as the theme for an imag­i­nary west­ern and de­scribed by ec­cen­tric ar­ranger Ron Geesin (who worked on it in a gar­ret in the sticky sum­mer of 1970 wear­ing only underpants) as “Ar­gu­ment in E Mi­nor For Band and Or­ches­tra”, Atom Heart Mother is de­li­ciously over­wrought with sound ef­fects and Geesin’s or­ches­tral colour­ings, cre­at­ing a kind of wartime stroll in the coun­try­side un­der omi­nous skies. But the band were never too sure about what they’d cre­ated – hence the pathos of the al­bum’s “non-psy­che­delic” sleeve im­age. JI

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