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Released in 1969, Ummagumma represents where the influence of departed founding songwriter Syd Barrett began to fade in favor of the rather less whimsical and pastoral visions of Roger Waters. Ummagumma is a double album, divided into live and studio halves. The live cuts--"Astronomy Domine," "Careful with That Axe, Eugene," "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun," and "A Saucerful of Secrets"--established the Floyd's predilection for gloomily atmospheric and faintly preposterous sci-fi bombast that would turn them into such a successful stage act. The kindest that may be said of the studio compositions--by and large interminable avant-prog rambles in search of the lost chord--is that they haven't dated terribly well. --Andrew Mueller
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The 'Discovery' collection: 14 Remastered Studio Albums Since 1967 Pink Floyd have produced one of the most outstanding and enduring catalogues in the history of recorded music. All 14 original Studio albums have now been painstakingly digitally remastered by James Guthrie (co-producer of The Wall), and are reissued with newly crafted packaging and booklets created by the band's long-time artwork collaborator Storm Thorgerson. 'Discovery' albums are designed as an introduction to the artist, with all booklets including full album lyrics. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The Studio album is quirky to say the least.... the track 'Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving With a Pict' says it all! It is a cacophony of sounds that on first listening is bizarre and makes you wonder if Floyd were on acid when they performed it. It does, however, grow on you and does fit in well with the rest of the album. 'The Grand Viziers Garden Party' is well worth a listen as is 'Sysphus' but, by far and away the best track, is 'Granchester Meadows'. This beautifully harmonised piece is an indication of the brilliance to follow with 'Dark Side of the Moon'.
This album will probably appeal more to the die-hard fan of Floyd rather than the casual listener but for that die-hard fan it is well worth the money.
One month later in Philadelphia, I watched Pink Floyd perform, (as we sat on sawdust, on the floor of the Electric Factory) the entire live side of Ummagumma, they then took a break whilst another band did a set, then the Floyd did a second set that was the incredible on-stage performance of the studio record! To this day, I've never seen anything like that. Price of admission $6.50 each! (those were the days). The Floyd were virtually unknowns in the States at that time. That was the Fall of 1969.
I've been a Floyd fan ever since then. I've never missed any of their concert tours either. I've even met the band.
Therefore, the point of my review is this: Ummagumma was not just some junk that the band put together in the studio, it was in fact, an experiment in music that most people weren't ready for in 1969. Listening to it on the record was intriguing to say the least, seeing it performed live on stage was (in the words of those days) Mind Blowing.Read more ›
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The music of Pink Floyd in the late 60's and early 70's at the best for me; it is a good re-production cd and those guy's are amazing with the music and different weird sound. Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2013 by sab
I have been waiting for this for a great long while now, and although I know it is available it is one of those pieces which tend to get left behind when in a retail setting... Read morePublished on Sept. 6 2013 by spigomars
If you enjoy psychadelic rock, this stuff will blow you away! Each member of the band contributes their stuff. Roger Waters' "Several Species.." is freaking amazing! Enjoy!Published on Oct. 25 2012 by Langer
This album is one of the best Pink Floyd ever put out. It was not as popular as Dark Side of the Moon, but I believe that if it was marketed as well as DSOTMoon it would have been... Read morePublished on Oct. 2 2011 by Eric Khambata
The live album is good, really good actually, i originally had it on a low quality cassette tape recorded off an old scratched up LP album so the CD sound is amazing to me. Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2010 by Torie Monaghan
Raymond J Schuck is right on. One of the highpoints (no pun intended) of my misspent youth was seeing Floyd in 1970 in a small (2500 seat) auditorium. Read morePublished on March 16 2006 by Amazon Customer
Ummagumma, A truly magnifnificent album for it's time.For those clued into it's music,Ummagumma represents an escape into the relm of a higher conscienceness, through its musical... Read morePublished on Oct. 30 2005 by kevin reavely
ummagumma the fourth double cd album was very underrated in my opinion and should have recieved a more favourable reviews than it got with excellent renditions of set the controls... Read morePublished on July 10 2004
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