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This is my favorite Pink Floyd acid taking album. I mean if I did that kind of thing… past or present or future.
I remember that many (all) of my friends really didn’t like this 2 LP set very much. I know they had come across post DSofM but I (as strange then as now) had owned it before that iconic work was slammed into our psyche(delic) and they were so disinterested originally that they didn’t realize it was the same Pink Floyd. As if.
I mention that loathing to let you know that I recognize this record isn’t everyone’s cuppa. And I should add that it’s not even my favorite Pink Floyd album. But it is my… as mentioned above.
I was in need of some inspiration after a tough day so I knew what I had to do, thus Ummagumma.
In that way that Floyd LPs were, from when Syd was left standing on that street corner until Dark Side, it is mostly instrumental. It gives you lots of time to paint pictures in your mind. Lots of seemingly endless, expansive, time. I sank into it.
A few things of note;
- Roger Waters’ scream right after whispering “Careful with that Axe Eugene.” Uh, you want to be prepared for that.
- SET THE CONTROLS FOR THE HEART OF THE SUN. I can listen to this song repeatedly and… well I do sometimes.
- SYSYPHUS sounds as if Richard Wright may have been impressed with his Zappa meetings. Or loved making orchestral noise.
- GRANTCHESTER MEADOWS is about a visit on a lovely day to a beautiful place. The song has a sadness to it because it is being sung on the next day.
- A very nice man who was well placed at a famous record label calmly explained to me that it was pronounced OOMAGOOMA and had something to do with reproductive practices. So I’ve gone with that because he was so passionate about it.
Added Bonus: I can stare at the album art and design for hours. Usually while listening.
If you are longing for some pre-stadium Floyd and didn’t give this a chance, go for it, it’s good in the brain expansion department.