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Ummagumma

Pink Floyd Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (31 Oct 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000026LDW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,414 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Astronomy Domine (Live) (1994 Digital Remaster)
2. Careful With That Axe Eugene (Live) (1994 Digital Remaster)
3. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (Live) (1994 Digital Remaster)
4. A Saucerful Of Secrets (Live) (1994 Digital Remaster)
Disc: 2
1. Sysyphus (Part 1) (1994 Digital Remaster)
2. Sysyphus (Part 2) (1994 Digital Remaster)
3. Sysyphus (Part 3) (1994 Digital Remaster)
4. Sysyphus (Part 4) (1994 Digital Remaster)
5. Grantchester Meadows (1994 Digital Remaster)
6. Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict (1994 Digital Remaster)
7. The Narrow Way (Part 1) (1994 Digital Remaster)
8. The Narrow Way (Part 2) (1994 Digital Remaster)
9. The Narrow Way (Part 3) (1994 Digital Remaster)
10. The Grand Vizier's Garden Party (Entrance) (1994 Digital Remaster)
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PINK FLOYD Ummagumma (1994 UK 16-track Digitally Remastered double CD set originally released in 1969. The first disc is a live album that contains part of their normal set list of the time while the second contains solo compositions by eachmember of the band recorded as their fourth studio album. Individual cases with their own picture/lyric booklet picture sleeve fold-out artwork poster and housed in a die-cut embosed card slipcase. The slipcase on this copy shows only minorstorage wear whilst the contents are superb)

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142 of 151 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "UMM, PINK FLOYD" said Homer (Simpson) 16 Nov 2001
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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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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"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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not an easy listen, but very rewarding in time 2 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique & amazing - a real classic 27 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the best albums Floyd ever made, a double comprising a live recording and a studio recording make up the 2 discs.
The live recordings hold the greatest appeal to the majority of Pink Floyd fans but the studio recordings are unique and brilliant; each member of the band recorded their own composition on a quarter of the disc each. The Floyd members were not very complimentary about their respective recordings but they attempted to do a similar thing later on in Floyd's career.
The studio album may have been an experimental exercise but it truly is a record of what the band were about at their most raw and self indulgent; remarkably it works and remains as a brilliant record of musical expression that has never been equalled.
Ummagumma remains my favourite album of all time, there is nothing else remotely like this anywhere else on the planet.
If you really like Pink Floyd pre DSOTM then this is a must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Both cd#s
Both cd#s I purchased were absolutely great, good old classic's from fink Floyd good as they were in the original form years ago
Published 1 month ago by Malcolm Duncton
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter S***e, Frankly!!!!
I bought this in the 90's during a Pink Floyd phase where I thought they where genius verging on the word of God! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kevin Halligan
1.0 out of 5 stars depressing
absolutely horrendous,ive heard better,happier,music at a funeral,only fit for the rubbish bin.I love pink Floyd but they must have been having a bad day when they wrote this.
Published 8 months ago by celia dale
4.0 out of 5 stars good
an old album I remember from my youth and glad to have it back in my collection on cd great
Published 9 months ago by Peter Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFULLY WIERD
YET ANOTHER WONDERFULL AND WIERD PINK FLOYD CD ALBUM,NOT QUITE AT THEIR BEST BUT BECOMING GREATS AND LEDGENDERY,AND GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY
Published 10 months ago by gollumanelf63
5.0 out of 5 stars memorable
got to be a cllassic album,added to my growing list of albums,have them all now but some need replacing so on we go
Published 12 months ago by stephen taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 1 fair 2
It's too soon to express an opinion about the whole CD. Buy it for disc 1 live. I wish Amazon would pay their fair share of UK taxes.
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of the early albums
I've been years since last time I've listen to this, but I could remember every note after the first listening. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mauro
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice double CD
During Pink Floyd progession, has some nice tracks....and a unique sound well,,, ahead of their time!!!
Commes in a nice collectable case...
Great Delivery Service...
Published 16 months ago by Steve Q
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Sublime Sublime Sublime Sublime Floyd. I could go on and on and on and on and on and on and on....
Published 16 months ago by Fred P
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