HERTFORDSHIRE FARMER FONDLY REMEMBERS ATOM HEART MOTHER COW AS ‘TENDER, SUCCULENT’ Actual Album, However, Called ‘Fair, Middling’
(Potters Bar, Hertfordshire) – Her name was Lulubelle III and she was “simply delicious”.
So says Hertfordshire farmer Ian Higson of the famous cow on the front cover of art rock band Pink Floyd’s fifth Lp Atom Heart Mother. Higson claims he personally butchered the “tender, succulent” Lulubelle III and served her in “about eighteen” different ways.
“The Rib-Eyes were the best,” he said, licking his lips. “We ate those with roast potatoes and carrots. Jesus, that was good.”
Higson was less impressed with the actual Lp itself, calling it “a transitional album that betrays its casting-about-for-direction a little too desperately.”
In exchange for allowing album designer Storm Thorgerson on his property to take pictures of his herd, Higson said the Hipgnosis photographer brought him a copy of the album when it came out. “We had a listening party on the Hi-Fi that Friday night, got a few beers in, you know,” he recalled. “I thought [the music] was ambitious, especially Ron Geesin’s orchestration. For me, only ‘Fat Old Sun’ stood out.”
According to Higson, gone was all of founder Syd Barrat’s “psychedelic whimsy” as well as (“mercifully”) the “extended improvisation and pretentiousness” of the previous year’s Ummagumma, to be replaced with a “pastoral inclination” which he said was reflected in the sleeve. He cited keyboardist Richard Wright’s “Summer ’68” as “typical of the album. It’s pretty good, and you can hear snatches of melody and techniques put to better use on later, more cohesive albums; there’s just something missing.”
“Frankly, I don’t see how it got to number one in the UK.”
“But the Lulubelle III,” he joked of the slaughtered bovine. “She was number one with a bullet.”