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Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast

Song Name: Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast

Artist: Pink Floyd

Album: Atom Heart Mother

Run Time: 13:42 (Some Editions: 13:00)  

Year: 1970

Track Number: 5

Written By: David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Richard Wright, Roger Waters


Pink Floyd - Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast

Pink Floyd - Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast

  • This is divided into three sections:
    • Rise And Shine - This piece consists of piano, organ, steel guitar and electric guitar fed through a Leslie speaker.
    • Sunny Side Up - This piece was written and performed entirely by Gilmour on two acoustic guitars and a steel guitar.
    • Morning Glory - This piece was performed by the entire band (with the exception of Waters). The center instrument is Richard Wright's piano, which was overdubbed three times (one in the left channel, one in the center, and one in the right channel). It features prominent bass, electric guitar, drums (overdubbed twice by Mason), and Hammond Organ.
  • This features Pink Floyd playing in the background as Alan Stiles speaks about the breakfast he is preparing and eating, as well as breakfasts he's had in the past ("Breakfast in Los Angeles. Microbiotic stuff..."). There are significant breaks before the first, and in between all three, instrumental parts where only Alan's muttering and movements, with occasional exterior background noise, are heard. Much of Alan's speech is overdubbed throughout the piece in gradually fading echoes e.g. "Microbiotic stuff" is repeated every couple of seconds, more quietly each time.
  • In addition to the talking, the sounds of Alan making breakfast — such as lighting the stove, cooking bacon, pouring cereal (most likely Kellogg's Rice Krispies, from the sound of the cereal popping), loudly gulping and drinking milk or juice, and loudly and vigorously eating cereal — are clearly audible in the background, which adds a conceptual feel to the track. Alan can be heard entering the kitchen, gathering supplies at the start of the track, and washing up and exiting the kitchen at the end; a dripping faucet is heard during both of these instances. On some vinyl copies, the drip is cut into the run-off groove, so it plays infinitely until the stylus is removed.

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