Okay as for the history of this album and background notes, lets forget about all that, you can search that on your own time. 1st of all there is not a single Pink Floyd direction, in fact Pink Floyd has been blown all over the place, example, Waters went one way, Syd went his way, Gilmour went his way, Nick mason did Fictitious Sports, Richard had a Wet Dream (really), and tribute copies all over the map. Tracks 7. Narrow Way, Pt. 1 8. Narrow Way, Pt. 2 9. Narrow Way, Pt. 3 have become my favorite song of all time, still 2 decades +++ this track remains my all time best. Grantchester Meadows in my opinion remains the best name of a song in all time. Ummagumma is a masterpiece album and if you never heard this album before, you dropped the ball. Like 99 % cocoa, you may have to adjust and train a hearing bud to understand, but after this small hearing adjustment you will discover that songs on this album will never exist anywhere else. I relate these songs to a mid Summer feeling. When you hear sounds of summer from sitting outside in the country. I not only own a copy of this album, I bought a second back up copy. You may not enjoy all the songs on this album, sure I don't listen to a few, but there are songs on this album that are amazing. Set the control for the heart of the sun, excellent !!!. Pink Floyd gave us a gift with this masterpiece album, take the gift and listen to this album, DO NOT START THE SONG, THEN SKIP IT, each song must be played in full. Most songs are mixes of everything, parts you may think sound wrong, turn into really great listening. The best way to get personal with this album, take a 5 hour drive at night up a quiet Highway and plug this album in.
Thank you for reading my opinion
John Kelly (Toronto)