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UMMAGUMMA

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.49 | 1580 ratings

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hawkbrock
4 stars Disk One.

The flagship album from the pre DSOTM era, and the last live recordings from the band for some time. The Live side was recorded at various venues in early 1969. It generally has a nice 'retro' vibe, yet one presumes that Pink FLoyd were trying to sound technologically advanced. The Wirr of Dave and Rick's echo units in the space section of Set the Controls... suggests otherwise, bt most excellent none the less. This is really a one off, a good quality recording of Pink FLoyd from 1969. Their Concertgebouw performance form later on in 1969 survives in clearer sound quality, and is arguably more experimental, and their Amogies Pop Fesival performance exists in the form of three charming mono tracks. But thats not entirly relevant.

Disk Two.

Wow, here each band member was allowed a little bit more airspace to 'do their thang', and although they sound a little strained to fill vinyl at times (come on Nick, thats just drum noise editted...) the results are pleasing. Water's Granchester Meadows is lush, and the track survived into the concert listings until 1970, they even filmed a performance of it for the KQED channel! Elsewhere Dave comes up with three interesting peices, although all a little repetetive. The first one is basically acoustic, and extends from an original 1968 idea they recorded for the BBC. This track was resurected later in 1969 for the soundtrack of Michaelangello Antonioni's film Zabreski Point, with a much more interesting version recorded.

hawkbrock | 4/5 |

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