Fat Old Sun

Fat Old Sun

Name = Fat Old Sun

Artist = Pink Floyd
Album = Atom Heart Mother
Released = October 10, 1970
track_no = 4
Recorded = August 1970 Abbey Road, London
Genre = Progressive rock, folk rock
Length = 5:24
Writer = David Gilmour
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"Fat Old Sun" is a Pink Floyd song written and sung by David Gilmour. It appeared on the album "Atom Heart Mother", and was performed live in a greatly expanded form (often exceeding fourteen minutes), both before and after the album was released. "Atom Heart Mother" was released on October 10th, 1970; live performances of this song date back to July 16th, 1970.

Live performance

The song was performed live by Pink Floyd from 1970-1971. The track was later adopted by David Gilmour for his 2001/2002 tour and the "On an Island" tour of 2006. On stage, "Fat Old Sun" was transformed from a folk ballad into an extended rock jam, leading off from the blues rock solo after the last refrain. Extended jams would usually follow, including free-form drumming, organ solos and revised chord progressions based on the "Sing to me" vocal line.

More recently, it has been performed acoustically in the 2001/2002 David Gilmour in Concert tour, minus the electric guitar solo. Early during the tour in support of Gilmour's "On An Island" album in 2006, the song returned to the setlist. This incarnation was composed of the lyrics followed by the concert's backing singers repeating the "sing to me" chorus, then a bluesy version of the guitar solo closer to the length of the album version (the 2006 incarnation clocked in at around seven minutes). A performance from the Royal Albert Hall is featured on Gilmour's DVD, "Remember That Night". It is also featured on Gilmour's live album Live in Gdańsk.

More information

Gilmour revealed on Johnnie Walker's Radio 2 drivetime show in 2004 that he had made a case for this song to be included on the "" (2001) compilation, however he was out-voted and the album "Atom Heart Mother" goes unrepresented on this album. "Fat Old Sun" is perhaps best described as a pastoral, a hymn of praise to the countryside (as several early Pink Floyd songs were, such as "Grantchester Meadows" from "Ummagumma" and "Green Is the Colour" from "More").


*David Gilmour - vocals, guitar, drums
*Richard Wright - keyboards
*Roger Waters - Bass


* Fitch, Vernon. The Pink Floyd Encyclopedia (3rd edition), 2005. ISBN 1-894959-24-8

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