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Don't skip this one!

The other reviewer said this is an "album you should definitely skip". Well, mind you that this is my favorite Pink Floyd album, just above Meddle and Piper At The Gates of Dawn. That might instigate to you that I'm a Syd Barrett kind of guy, which I am, but I also adore The Wall, Wish You Were Here, Animals, and Dark Side (only when I'm high for Dark Side). I think early Floyd is definitely more adventurous and can occasionally rise to the level of the greatest music ever. Ummagumma is their most colorful and psychedelic album. You've definitely got to have an open mind to experience it, considering how abstract it gets in the studio parts. Obviously, as you've probably already heard, the live part of the album is absolutely great. This particular version of "Careful With That Axe Eugene" is definitely a high watermark of Pink Floyd. This is the last Pink Floyd album for this era of Floyd, which is my favorite, considering it's original and psychedelic to the bone. It's not going to be as easy to listen to, it's not going to sooth you, but it will take you on an adventure like no other.

Some good – some bad.

Long-ago, this was my favorite album of all. However, I progressed beyond altered states of consciousness. So, I must view this is a more objective light. As others have said, there is some painful over indulgence on this album. This is true for both the live album and the studio album. However, what is good is very good. Astronomy Domain is unbelievably good. So is Grandchester Meadow and The Narrow Way. I find Careful with that Ax Eugene to be a bit immature and tedious. Some of the work is quite pretentious. But, it is nice to hear Pink Floyd as the maturing band they have become on this album. It is clearly the best album of their early period – caveats above aside.

Sonically, the remastering is very good. I have both the original album and a European CD pressing. This remastering is better than either of them. The clarity is improved as is the lower end and the overall depth. Not bad givin the quality of the original material.

Conclusion – this album is clearly not for everyone. Even the members of Pink Floyd have discussed the overindulgence in various interviews. However, for some of us, the good outweighs the bad. I will cherish the tracks that I think are the best and ignore the ones that aren't.

Five stars for the live album, two for the studio album

Disc one of "Ummagumma" demonstrates for the first time that Pink Floyd had become a vital, essential band in their own right, apart from Syd Barrett. It's an amazing four-song live set (a rarity in its own right, as the band was oddly not given to live albums throughout much of its career). One of the best things the Floyd ever released prior to "Dark Side of the Moon". ...Then there's the second disc, which seems determined to destroy every ounce of goodwill generated by the first one. You can listen to it if you want, but you won't gain anything from it. (The sole exception being "Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving With a Pict", which is even weirder than its title suggests and which may induce either fits of laughter or thoughts of suicide.)

Biography

Formed: 1965 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Some bands turn into shorthand for a certain sound or style, and Pink Floyd belongs among that elite group. The very name connotes something specific: an elastic, echoing, mind-bending sound that evokes the chasms of space. Pink Floyd grounded that limitless sound with exacting explorations of mundane matters of ego, mind, memory, and heart, touching upon madness, alienation, narcissism, and society on their concept albums of the '70s. Of these concept albums, Dark Side of the Moon resonated strongest,...
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  • Genres: Rock, Music, Psychedelic, Arena Rock, Prog-Rock/Art Rock
  • Released: Oct 25, 1969

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