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Ummagumma Import

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 25 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000002UA5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
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Disc: 1
1. Astronomy Domine
2. Careful With That Axe, Eugene
3. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
4. A Saucerful Of Secrets
Disc: 2
1. Sysyphus: Part One
2. Sysyphus: Part Two
3. Sysyphus: Part Three
4. Sysyphus: Part Four
5. Grantchester Meadows
6. Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict
7. The Narrow Way: Part One
8. The Narrow Way: Part Two
9. The Narrow Way: Part Three
10. The Grand Vizier's Garden Party: Part One (Entrance)
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This was the band’s first double album and has one of their most iconic cover images. One album features Pink Floyd’s then-current live set, while Disc 2 includes solo compositions and performances by each member of the band. Live tracks include Careful With That Axe, Eugene and Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, while studio tracks include Grantchester Meadows and The Narrow Way.

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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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Format: Audio CD
Ummagumma features a live album and a studio recording. They are both excellent. The live recording features 'Astronomy Domine', 'Careful With That Axe Eugene', 'Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun and 'A Saucerful of Secrets' all of which can be found on previous albums. The live rendition however is certainly better than the recorded versions of these songs.
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.
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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.

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John Kelly (Toronto)
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Format: Audio CD
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 just as popular. It's one of those album that has to grow on you but it is well worth it to add to your collection as one of the Classics.
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You can't beat this full group effort. This is Pink Floyd at its best without all the money grubbing egos to distort the project. You can tell each member has their skills not only in writing but in performance. This may in fact be my favourite Floyd album it perhaps the most complete and not as packaged as later albums would prove to be. Some Roger Waters best work is on this album a favourite is Grand Chester Meadows.
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1969's "Ummagumma" is a very good--but very curious--Pink Floyd album. The first half is live material recorded in 1969 in Birmingham and at Manchester College, while the second half is studio material---*solo* material from each of the four Floyds (apparently it was keyboardist Richard Wright who came up with the idea of solo material from each band member). The album's mish-mash presentation of live stuff with Floyd solo stuff is not completely successful, but at the same time, "Ummagumma" is certainly not without it's merits. First, the live stuff: fantastic. Just four songs, but they're all classic early Floyd---"Astronomy Domine," "Careful With That Axe Eugene," "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun," and "A Saucerful Of Secrets," each one rendered by the band with ferocious power (and "Careful With That Axe," especially, sounds even better live than in it's original studio version). To date, these live recordings, along with the live "Wall" set, "Is There Anybody Out There," released in 2000, remain the only vintage live Floyd material with Roger Waters that's available to the masses. Hopefully, the band will release more live recordings from their vaults in the years to come. Surely they must exist!As for the solo studio stuff, it's a real mixed bag. Only bassist Roger Waters really leaves an impression on the listener with his pair of tracks, the fine acoustic number "Grantchester Meadows," and the bizarre sound collage with the equally bizarre name, "Several Species Of Small Furry Animals....", which concludes with Waters doing an off-kilter Scottish rant. I don't know what the heck it all means, but it sure is an entertaining track, I'll give it that.Read more ›
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