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  • Original Release Date: 26 Sep 2011
  • Release Date: 26 Sep 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI UK
  • Copyright: 2011 Pink Floyd Music Ltd/Pink Floyd (1987) Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2011 Par
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  • Total Length: 1:26:26
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  • ASIN: B005NNZM2A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,975 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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145 of 154 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Nov 2001
Format: Audio CD
The word Ummagumma was a slang word for sex, now there is good sex and there is bad sex. Ummagumma certainly lives up to that for me. The package is made up of 2 CDs. The first CD is four long compositions performed live. This one disc is essential Floyd. Astronomy Domine is nothing like the versions found on 'Piper at the Gates of Dawn' (Floyd's first album), 'Echoes' and 'Pulse' (the 1995 live album). There is no narration of the solar system at the beginning, just quiet keyboards. The keyboards return during the mid section of this 8.30 minute version. (Mike 'Tubular Bells' Oldfield stated that he was heavily influenced by that keyboard break, when he chose the track on BBC Radio 1's "My Top 10". Circa 1983. Listening to his 70's albums one can hear that influence).
Careful With That Axe, Eugene' is next up. At just under 9 minutes it is a very similar version as to the one found on 'Live In Pompeii' video. There is one important difference though. The scream actually gives the impression that someone is being cut into little pieces (and it's not Jimmy Young!). I love this piece and is played live by The Australian Pink Floyd Show to a rousing reception. It is a very moving instrumental which builds to a murderous mid-section and then dies away, slowly. A classic.
Another classic, and again the best official released version is found in 'Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun'. 9 minutes long here, it knocks the excellent studio version into touch.
A Saucerful Of Secrets' completes the disc. It is similar to the studio version except for Gilmour's more pronounced vocal on the 5 minute outro. (The same finale as to 'The Man and the Journey').
The studio album could have pages written about it. It was going to be an experiment using household utensils.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By The Kevster on 3 Nov 2011
Format: Audio CD
"Ummagumma", a half-live, half-studio double album released in 1969 is one of the band's most underrated efforts - apparently the band don't think much of it. However it's wonderful.

The live tracks are atmospheric and show why the Floyd were such a highly-regarded live act in 1969 - they're nothing short of awesome here.

The studio album - half a side for each band member - is the bit that causes people problems - many regard it as unfocussed and self-indulgent. One reviewer once memorably described it as "four middle class boys trying to be avant-garde in their Sunday best". I prefer to look at it as the Floyd at their most experimental, a record that's sometimes a bit short on catchy tunes but one which rewards repeated listening.

This is an impressive remaster, with a lot of hitherto unheard detail subtly revealed. Not a good place to start for Floyd newbies perhaps, but a great album nonetheless.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Guevara on 2 Jan 2009
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The short story:

Ummagumma is not an easy-listen. It's also a very insular album, not the kind you play when others are around, but the kind you listen to on your own at night intently. There are a few tracks that might as well never have been recorded, like Mason's 'Grand Vizer' and Waters' 'Several Species...' (although it is very, very amusing, it's not music). BUT, the good tracks really make it an indispensible record for any Pink Floyd Fan, like the 'Grantchester Meadows' and 'The Narrow Way'.

The long story:

The live recordings are of incredibly good quality. I personally prefer them to the original studio recordings, because the rawness and immediacy of the sound I think makes the music more tangible, more real, and more urgent. The performance of 'Careful With That Axe, Eugene' is chilling. Every time I listen to it, it scares me without fail, and that's partly to do with how well delivered the live performance is. In short, the live part of the album gets a 10 out of 10.
The studio part of the album, admittedly, has a couple of shortcomings - most notably, Nick Mason's final 'Grand Vizer's' compositions are rubbish. Truly. The little melody there is, is boring, and conceptually it's flat.
While some parts of Rick Wright's 'Sysyphus' are unlistenable, it pays off to focus on the good bits, because they really are very, very good. It also pays off to bear in mind that the evolution of the music, which seems random, is actually a very calculated depiction of the myth of Sysyphus. And if you have the picture of the myth in your mind while listening to it, it's amazing how on a track with no lyrics, Rick still manages to convey a story with such detail, if only you use your imagination a bit.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By AGC2070 on 12 Nov 2005
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When I first bought this album, I didn't like it. There are only two studio songs with lyrics and at first it is certainly an uncomfortable cacophony. However, the more I listen, the more I like it. The wierdness is composed and put together with the care of a classical composer. From Richard Wright's pseudo classical piano doodlings, to the mellotron and running water interlude that lulls you into a false sense of security before the massive mellotron chord and drum-roll that sounds as though it was taken straight out of a horror film. Several species... is really the dark side of Grantchester Meadows. The Narrow Way begins with an ethereal acoustic jam and ends up as a full blown rock anthem, with Nick Mason displaying drumming of a similar standard to The Nile Song on 'More'. Then he comes into his own messing about with drum loops in the Grand Viser's Garden Party, neatly bookending this madness with a motif on the flute!
Then you have the live album to go. Astronomy Domine has a far more menacing effect than Barrett's version on the first album and the vocals at the end of A Saucerful of Secrets are a true feat, plus Nick Mason really belts those skins again on this one!!
Bands today would never realease an album like this 1) because their money-minded managers would never allow it and 2) they probably wouldn't know how anyway. True creativity in music is clearly not what it used to be.
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