Ummagumma

Label
EMI UK
Release date
1 Mar 2003
Running length
16 tracks
Running time
85:50

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Astronomy Domine (Live) (1994 Digital Remaster) 8:27 403
2 Careful With That Axe Eugene (Live) (1994 Digital Remaster) 8:48 401
3 Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (Live) (1994 Digital Remaster) 9:10 357
4 A Saucerful Of Secrets (Live) (1994 Digital Remaster) 12:45 285
1 Sysyphus (Part 1) (1994 Digital Remaster) 1:08 455
2 Sysyphus (Part 2) (1994 Digital Remaster) 3:29 312
3 Sysyphus (Part 3) (1994 Digital Remaster) 1:49 305
4 Sysyphus (Part 4) (1994 Digital Remaster) 6:57 263
5 Grantchester Meadows (1994 Digital Remaster) 7:24 357
6 Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With… 4:58 247
7 The Narrow Way (Part 1) (1994 Digital Remaster) 3:26 303
8 The Narrow Way (Part 2) (1994 Digital Remaster) 2:52 256
9 The Narrow Way (Part 3) (1994 Digital Remaster) 5:56 247
10 The Grand Vizier's Garden Party (Entrance) (1994 Digital Remaster) 0:59 239
11 The Grand Vizier's Garden Party (Entertainment) (1994 Digital Remaster) 7:04 288
12 The Grand Vizier's Garden Party (Exit) (1994 Digital Remaster) 0:38 243

About this album

Ummagumma is a double album by Pink Floyd, released in 1969 by Harvest and EMI in the United Kingdom and Harvest and Capitol in the United States. Side A is a live album of their normal set list of the time, while side B contains individual compositions by each member of the band recorded as a studio album.

The album’s title supposedly comes from a Cambridge slang word for sex, commonly used by one of Pink Floyd’s friends and occasional roadie, Ian “Emo” Moore, who would say ‘I’m going back to the house for some Ummagumma’. However, some band members have since stated that the word was “totally made up and means nothing at all”. In footage of the band rehearsing for a Royal Albert Hall appearance in 1969, one of the band members can be heard, off camera, quietly chanting the word “ummagumma”.

Although the sleeve notes say that the live material was recorded in June 1969, the first disc of Ummagumma was recorded live at Mothers Club, Birmingham, on 27 April 1969 and the following week at Manchester College of Commerce, on 2 May 1969; the second disc included four solo segments, one half-side of vinyl each by, in order: Richard Wright, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, and Nick Mason.

The band had also recorded a live version of “Interstellar Overdrive” (from The Piper at the Gates of Dawn), intended for placement on side one of the live album. The track was dropped at the last minute, some say to maintain the sound fidelity of the record, but numerous test pressings with the original track list were given to friends of the band, including John Peel.

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  • Abomination317

    It's wild experimentation but not all of it quite works. There are some amazing and important things in here though and it deserves credit just for being so incredibly different. Absolutely no way this can be their worst, espeically A Momentary Lapse of Reason exists.

    18 Mar 12:32pm Reply
  • MisterJunior

    @In_A_Hole: Well, the two albums barely sound like the same group so I could see why someone who likes one might not necessarily like the other. I think they're both brilliant albums for different reasons. DSotM is more obviously a masterwork with a consistent theme running through it, while Ummagumma is one of the best bands of all time playing some awesome live tracks and going nuts with experimentation. Apples and oranges.

    15 Mar 2:15am Reply
  • robinofdarkness

    Only just heard this album recently and got to say I love it already, ranks right at the top with Piper at the Gates... The live songs are amazing and the studio work is equal to it. Really trippy, really out there!! Shoutout for several species of small furry animals.. what a track!!

    10 Jan 8:54pm Reply
  • gregcobra

    Love the Artwork !

    4 Jan 8:06am Reply
  • In_A_Hole

    I find it funny that people will worship Dark Side of The Moon yet hate this album.

    21 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Bsloth

    meme-rock

    5 Dec 2013 Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    This was one of the first 5 albums I've ever bought. It took a few years to fully appreciate, but now it's my favorite Floyd album.

    2 Dec 2013 Reply
  • The_SchizoidMan

    I love the title and the artwork.

    10 Nov 2013 Reply
  • mahgeneration

    The Narrow Way is amazing

    25 Oct 2013 Reply
  • MisterJunior

    Love this one too! Live stuff kills and the studio material is out there.

    10 Sep 2013 Reply
  • miamigorob

    my favorite, If i had to choose

    14 Aug 2013 Reply
  • wwmwmw

    several species of small furry animals :3

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
  • zeleny

    Careful with that album)

    25 Jul 2013 Reply
  • JoseDRengifo

    This thing is sick. Didn't expect that. What a psychodelich journey...

    30 Jun 2013 Reply
  • adrianagalbani

    Can't believe someone said "Their worst album"

    23 Apr 2013 Reply
  • idas15

    it's really suprising that Ummagumma has so few scrobbles... especially that it has as many as 16 tracks...

    14 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Dee_Pedro

    Legendary album, and legendary artwork. [2]

    28 Feb 2013 Reply
  • matheus_p94

    Legendary album, and legendary artwork

    21 Jan 2013 Reply
  • NeoShadowDGM

    I just want everyone here to know that tripping shrooms to this version of Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun was the craziest experience of my life.

    15 Jan 2013 Reply
  • darkpretty95

    Terrible underrated masterpiece [7]

    17 Nov 2012 Reply
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