A Conversation for Pink Floyd - the Band
Dogster Started conversation Oct 12, 2000
What about Ummagumma? I'm listening to it right now, and it's fantastic stuff!
plato <surfer> Posted Jul 13, 2001
Researcher 225510 Posted Apr 21, 2003
Sounds good at 16 rpm - and you can hear the "hidden message".
Just Justin... (ACE) Posted Apr 22, 2003
Eh? what's this about playing ummagumma at 16 rpm?
Researcher 226943 Posted May 4, 2003
Ummagumma? Half historic live album, half self-indulgent twaddle, almost! Grantchester Meadows is the only listenable track on the studio disc. What about EMI expanding the live half and releasing it on it's on?
Nathan Hogg Posted May 12, 2003
OK, I admit it's not their greatest hour. But the "self-indulgent twaddle" contains some hints of things to come, so Ummagumma is important just for the history. You've got to remember that this was about the same time as Jon Lord's "Concerto for group and orchestra" (Deep Purple), so experimenting was seen as an OK thing to do in itself, whatever the musical "quality".
You're right, though - Grantchester Meadow is probably the only track that really stands up as "playable music" thirty years later.
Itchycoo Posted Jun 9, 2003
What about the album cover showing all that equipment that they have to squeeze in that van? I don't think they had that van for much longer.
Dogster Posted Jun 9, 2003
I would say it *was* one of their greatest hours - the version of "Careful with that axe, Eugene" on Ummagumma is probably one of the best PF songs ever. I don't think there's a bad track on the album.
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