Where do the parts of the 'Atom Heart Mother Suite' start/end?

Reprinted from the Echoes FAQ

The 'Atom Heart Mother Suite' is a side-long instrumental split into six different, named parts. Most of the divisions are marked by a return of the main theme of the piece, played by everybody (group and orchestra).

Beyond this, there is some controversy over where each section starts and ends. The EMI and MFSL versions of the disc have index markers; they are essentially the same on both discs (give or take a few seconds), and are given below. Many echoesians, however, are somewhat unsatisfied with these divisions, and so have developed an alternative indexing scheme. This is also given below, along with an explanation...

Section Title EMI / MFSL Index (end) Echoes (end)
a. 'Father's Shout'
05:20
02:59
b. 'Breast Milky'
10:09
05:22
c. 'Mother Fore'
15:26
10:11
d. 'Funky Dung'
17:44
15:25
e. 'Mind Your Throats Please'
19:49
17:44
f. 'Remergence'
end
end

As you can see, the main argument lies in the question of the lengths of 'Father's Shout' versus 'Remergence.' I guess this just goes to show how subjective some of these things can be.


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