Pink Floyd - Ummagumma

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Ummagumma is the fourth studio album by the British progressive rock band Pink Floyd, originally released in October 1969 via Harvest Records in the UK.

Pink Floyd were founded in 1965 by students Syd Barrett on guitar, Nick Mason on drums, Roger Waters on bass, and Richard Wright on keyboards. They gained popularity performing in London's underground music scene during the late 1960s, and under Barrett's leadership released two charting singles Arnold Layne and See Emily Play, and their successful debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn in 1967. Guitarist David Gilmour joined in December 1967 and Barrett left in April 1968 due to deteriorating mental health. 

Ummagumma is a double album and was released on 25 October 1969 by Harvest Records in the UK and by Capitol Records internationally. The first LP is a live album that contains part of their normal set list of the time recorded in April and May 1969, while the second contains solo compositions by each member of the band recorded as their fourth studio album.

The studio album came as a result of Richard Wright wanting to make "real music", where each of the four group members (in order: Wright, Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason) had half an LP side each to create a solo work without involvement from the others.

Wright's contribution, Sysyphus, was named after a character in Greek mythology, usually spelled "Sisyphus", and contained a combination of various keyboards, including piano and mellotron. Although initially enthusiastic about making a solo contribution, Wright later described it as "pretentious".

Waters' Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict contained a variety of vocal and percussion effects treated at various speeds, both forwards and backwards, and was influenced by Ron Geesin, who would later collaborate with both Waters and Pink Floyd. Waters' other contribution Grantchester Meadows was a more pastoral acoustic offering and was usually played as an opening to concerts over 1969.

Gilmour has since stated he was apprehensive about creating a solo work, and admits he "went into a studio and started waffling about, tacking bits and pieces together", although part one of The Narrow Way had already been performed as Baby Blue Shuffle in D Major in a BBC radio session in December 1968. Gilmour said he "just bullshitted" through the piece.

Mason's The Grand Vizier's Garden Party featured his then wife, Lindy, playing flute, and Mason playing a seven-minute drum solo, which was actually used as part two of his three-part piece.

The artwork was designed by regular Floyd collaborators Hipgnosis and features a number of pictures of the band combined to give a Droste effect.

Although the album was well received at the time of release, it has since been looked upon unfavourably by the band, who have expressed negative opinions about it in interviews.

Ummagumma reached number 5 on the UK albums chart and number 74 in the US, marking the first time the band reached the top 100 there. The album was certified gold in the US in February 1974 and platinum in March 1994.

Check out a couple of tracks from the album:  Astronomy Domine, Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, Sysyphus Part I, Grantchester Meadows, The Narrow Way Part I and The Grand Vizier's Garden Party Part I. 

In May 2016 it was announced that the complete Pink Floyd catalogue would be made available on vinyl for the first time in over two decades, with the first four studio albums being released on 3 June 2016. Special care has been taken to replicate the original packaging. The first batch of releases, mastered by James Guthrie, Joel Plante and Bernie Grundman have been pressed on 180gram vinyl for optimum sound quality.

This Double Album 2LP Record set is the 2016 Stereo Remastered Album on 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl housed in a Gatefold Sleeve, pressed in the U.S.

 

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Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Artist

Live Album:

A1

Astronomy Domine

Pink Floyd

A2

Careful With That Axe Eugene

Pink Floyd

B1

Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun

Pink Floyd

B2

A Saucerful Of Secrets

Pink Floyd

 

Studio Album:

C1

Sysyphus

Richard Wright

C1.1

Part 1

 

C1.2

Part 2

 

C1.3

Part 3

 

C1.4

Part 4

 

C2

Grantchester Meadows

Roger Waters

C3

Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict

Roger Waters

D1

The Narrow Way

David Gilmour

D1.1

Part 1

 

D1.2

Part 2

 

D1.3

Part 3

 

D2

The Grand Vizier's Garden Party

Nick Mason

D2.1

Part 1 - Entrance

 

D2.2

Part 2 - Entertainment

 

D2.3

Part 3 - Exit

 

SKU 888751842113
Record Label Pink Floyd Records
Label / Model # Sony
Catalogue Number PFRLP4
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 03 June 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 25 October 1969
Barcode # 888751842113
Shipping Weight 0.5800kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789m3
Type New
Format Pink Floyd Records 2016 Reissue Series, Stereo Remastered Double Album 2LP Record Set on 180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Progressive Rock
Genre Rock
Genre Psychedelic Rock
Genre Electronic
Format VINYL LP

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