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5.0 out of 5 stars A saucerful of undiluted Pink Floyd, 12 Nov. 2005
This review is from: Ummagumma (Audio CD)
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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Initial post: 16 Oct 2009 14:21:50 BDT
Neil says:
"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. "

I'm going to speak for "bands today" here: I would never release an album like this because I would want to create original music that I would actually want to listen to. I don't know how far up your own rectum you need to have disappeared (or how much psychotropics you have to have ingested) to begin to imagine ANYONE in the world would actually want to listen to this crap - let alone actually think it's good - but the Floyd had clearly found out by this point.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2009 11:32:23 GMT
You don't have to imagine anything. Many people clearly do want to listen to it and do think it's good.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2010 17:27:22 GMT
Bubba says:
I, for one, do.

Posted on 1 Nov 2010 16:17:49 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 21 Feb 2011 12:16:01 GMT
So do I

Posted on 11 Oct 2011 14:14:32 BDT
I actually think that The Narrow Way is one of the best Floyd songs ever - well the last bit of it anyway. Gilmour's vocals are so tired and weary that they encapsulate the lyrics perfectly. It is so good, that I am now going to have to dig out my vinyl copy and listen to it immediately.
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