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For many years, this double LP/CD was one of the most popular albums in Pink Floyd's pre-Dark Side of the Moon output, containing a live disc and a studio disc all for the price of one (in the LP version). The live set, recorded in Birmingham and Manchester in June 1969, is limited to four…  See more details below


For many years, this double LP/CD was one of the most popular albums in Pink Floyd's pre-Dark Side of the Moon output, containing a live disc and a studio disc all for the price of one (in the LP version). The live set, recorded in Birmingham and Manchester in June 1969, is limited to four numbers, all drawn from the group's first two LPs or their then recent singles. Featuring the band's second lineup (i.e., no Syd Barrett), the set shows off a very potent group, their sound held together on-stage by Nick Mason's assertive drumming and Roger Waters' powerful bass work, which keep the proceedings moving no matter how spaced out the music gets; they also sound like they've got the amplifiers to make their music count, which is more than the early band had. "Astronomy Domine," "Careful with That Axe Eugene," "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun," and "A Saucerful of Secrets" are all superior here to their studio originals, done longer, louder, and harder, with a real edge to the playing. The studio disc was more experimental, each member getting a certain amount of space on the record to make his own music -- Richard Wright's "Sysyphus" was a pure keyboard work, featuring various synthesizers, organs, and pianos; David Gilmour's "The Narrow Way" was a three-part instrumental for acoustic and electric guitars and electronic keyboards; and Nick Mason's "The Grand Vizier's Garden Party" made use of a vast range of acoustic and electric percussion devices. Roger Waters' "Grantchester Meadows" was a lyrical folk-like number unlike almost anything else the group ever did. In 1994 the album was remastered and reissued in a green slipcase, in a version a lot louder and sharper (and cheaper) than the original CD release.

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Performance Credits

Pink Floyd   Primary Artist
Roger Waters   Bass,Guitar,Gong,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Tape
Nick Mason   Percussion,Drums,Timpani,Tape
Richard Wright   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Mellotron
David Gilmour   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Drums,Vocals,Mellotron
Lindy Mason   Flute

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Roger Waters   Composer
Nick Mason   Composer
Richard Wright   Composer
Pink Floyd   Producer
David Gilmour   Composer
Brian Humphries   Engineer
Peter Mew   Engineer
Norman Smith   Producer

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Ummagumma 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very good album i listen to it often. The live album is what caught my eye. The live version of set the controls for the heart of the sun is awesome. Also i like the narrow way buy david gilmour on the studio album. This is good floyd album but its not he best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are lots of pinkfloyd albums that are under-valued. With all my respect to The Wall, and The Dark Side of the Moon, they didnot contain this full intensity of drama in the music that this album carried ."Be Careful with that axe Eugene" has very gloomy sounds created by Roger waters's screams. Also Richard Wright has added more dramatic influence in the closing of "A saurceful of secrets", hand in hand with the chorus effect in the song..This album is so rich of elonogated musical parts that stretches over 10 mins which made each song a masterpiece in itself. Some of the songs i even beleive are classics that they should live for decades and decades.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of Pink Floyds greatest Projects ever released. The live version of these songs were originaly intended to be a sort of farewell to these songs, but by popular demand the band kept playing them for years to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With the departure of Syd Barrett, the remaining members of Pink Floyd welcomed new member, guitarist David Gilmour, into the band and promptly set out for the studio and the road. The result is their most ambitious effort yet: a double record set of studio and live material. Fans of the impishly weird Barrett will be satisfied with the technically proficient but adventurous Gilmour. The sonic solo in "Astronomy Domine" will make anyone a believer. The Floyd also injects it signature psychedelia with "Various Species of Small Furry Animals", while displaying lovely melody in "Grantchester Meadows". Much ot the disc is for Floyd freaks only, but the rest should win new listeners.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is Pink Floyd at their experimental best. There is so much psychedelic strangeness on these CD's that you really don't need to wonder what the available refreshments were at the time they were creating this. If the live disc doesn't induce flashbacks, you obviously (to para-phrase David Crosby) did not LIVE the 60's! Having said that, this still a sonic wonder. Listen to Grantchester Meadows. It sounds nice enough until you realize that this was recorded in 1968 and NONE of these noises are real. Only The Moody Blues and Pink Floyd were able to use the Mellotron so successfully back then. This is one of the best experimental albums of all time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this album very much. I usually listen something like metal or hard rock, but I still like Pink Floyd very much... particularly this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Ummagumma Studio Album is intriguing, and probably underrated. The Live Album is essential Floyd. In the mid-70s it spent as much time on my turntable as Dark Side and Wish. Any new Floyd fans who have not heard the Live Album must give it a listen!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Ummagumma Studio Album is intriguing, and probably underrated. The Live Album is essential Floyd. In the mid-70s the Live Album spent as much time on my turntable as Dark Side and Wish. Any new Floyd fans who have not given it a listen must do so!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best Floyd-album for me. I love it, it´s perfect to SMOKE and drink to. I hear the CD in my player when i sleep, hear it in my discman when i´m away from home, but hear Meddle;echoes when i have to relax to homework. I´m just a great fan of Pink Floyd, and when i listhen to Ummagumma, i see the Band in front of me in my living-room, i´m in a world of my own. No other Record have touched me that much since the ''Interstellar Overdrive''-track
Guest More than 1 year ago
ummagumma is an essential album and any floyd fan should want to get it. The live cd is amazing especially the version of careful with that axe eugene.... the scream is more terrifying than ever... Now the experimental cd is one of the weirdest therefore best peices of work pink floyd has done.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ummagumma...excellent. Complete insanity never was so beautiful. For live pink floyd I prefer Pompeii, but the studio album is better than many pink floyd albums, including wish you were here, which I did not enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for pop songs, you won't find any here. But, if you are looking for the ultimate psychedelic party album, look no further. Ummagumma combines one LP of spacey live music with one album of experimental solo projects from each band member. It starts out with a mellow extended version of 'Astronomy Domine'. Side one then transists into 'Careful With That Axe, Eugene'. With spookey screams you might think that that women is really there, running away from an axe-murderer. Side two starts out with an extended version of 'Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun'. Like the rest of the album, the material is very tripped-out. Side two ends with 'Saucerful Of Secrets', which is twleve minutes in length. It starts with spookey sounds, then transends into haunting sound effects. 'Saucerful Of Secrets' ends with, in my opinion, one of the best vocals I have ever heard in a live performance. Side three begins with Rick Wright's 'Sysyphus' which is divided into four (or five) parts. It is a tripped-out concept which will make you jump, I gaurantee it. After you wet yourself you will be releaved with the sounds of Roger Waters' 'Grantchester Meadows'. 'Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict' will make you swear you are going insane with animals chipring and a raving scotsman. 'Several...' ends side three. Side four starts with David Gilmour's 'The Narrow Way'. It is divided into three parts, and is one of Floyd's most tripped out songs ever. Side four ends with Nick Mason's 'The Grand Viziers Garden Party' also divided into three parts. 'Garden Party' is mostly percussion and has a far-away sad feel to it. All in all Ummagumma is the ultimate party album. I highly recommend it if you even remotely enjoy 70's rock or trippy music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I esspecially love the live album. Very pschedelic. My two favorites are Careful With That Axe Eugene and Astronomy Domine (which is A thousand time better than Syd Barrett's version. A timeless classic.
Gonzo84 More than 1 year ago
Pink Floyd was on the verge of releasing some of the finest and commercially successful albums of all time with Meddle and Dark Side of The Moon and Wish You Were Here, but before those wonderfully composed albums came Ummagumma. Nevermind the studio tracks on Disc 1, which are mediocure in my mind, the second Disc is where the action is at. Only four wild and crazy psychedelic songs that will blow and bend your mind at the same time. This has to be my all time personal favorite tracks from this band or any band for that matter. It's a clear departure from what Syd Barrett had brought to the table and a wonderful introduction of what David Gilmour's talent consists of. Barrett's style was more wymsicle and free whereas Gilmour is more perfection and tight. From the first track "Astronomy Domine" which is a great throwback and tribute to Barrett and played in the same original style, this song has a nice melody and hook to it and carries the listener to lengths that Floyd intends. This song like all the songs are lengthy psychedelic jams that last for 10min apiece, but this is the only one with excessive lyrical content, whereas the others are more harmonies and strong powerful ambient psychedelic compositions. An experimentation that seemed to go right. It's not til the second song "Careful With That Axe, Eugene" where the listener becomes quite aware of the Floyd's sheer raw intensity. The song starts out soft and slow and builds up to something loud, hard and cruel. Usually this is a song I play for those whom aren't aware whom the Floyd really are, cause this song makes even fans cringe, since the hook is so powerful like a lightening bolt. I've even had the pleasure of witnessing this song performed live by the great Austrailian Pink Floyd and they played the song very well. You can only imagine what it would've been like to be in a theatre or concert hall listening the sounds of Pink Floyd. Which is funny, cause by this point, they were already well known and didn't have much to prove, but they definitely expanded on their talent and sound over the years, much more than many of the bands of their time and ours. The third song jumps into a more darker tone and somewhat spacious and somehow even more psychedelic "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" this is where the band gets much more crazier and definitely a lot more experiemental. The guitar and organ playing by Gilmour and Richard Wright are definitely mindbending and mind altering, this is one of those rare albums that space the listener out without the use of any kind of mindaltering substances. The drumming of Nick Mason is exquisite and fits perfectly with Roger Waters powerful bass riffs. Then comes the final song "A Saucerful of Secrets," yet another powerful strong psychedelic jam that's from the Album of the same name. This song is much like the two songs before it and shines with so much intensity. I would say that if you're a big fan of the Meddle album and even Dark Side of the Moon, then this is the one for you, it will definitely put a scare in you and creep out any of your friends hanging out in a dark room. Like I said though, this to myself, is the Greatest Acheivement to Live recording. I've never heard anything like it and I'm a huge Deadhead, so to say that this is better than all of my other live recordings of many other bands, that says a lot. So sit back, tune in and drop out!
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