Ummagumma – Pink Floyd

When I was a kid I would listen to this album and stare at the cover for ages, especially the back cover with all their equipment displayed (that is how we rolled pre You Tube). Which makes me wonder if One Direction ever did that would they just have a mic and an autotune box?
This was one of the first Floyd albums I owned and because of this the live versions of Astronomy Domine and Careful With That Axe Eugene (brilliant title, and whenever anyone is using an axe in my line of sight I still refer to them as Eugene, and ask them to be careful) are my definitive versions. My friend first heard the Sex Pistol’s Pretty Vacant on a Top of the Pops covers album, to this day it has lodged itself in his subconscious as his definitive version, he now earns his living playing in a covers band.
The second album is a bit more of a challenge, ranging from the sumptuous (Granchester Meadows) to Nick Mason tuning his drums for seven minutes.
Hidden gem; The stomach churning scream on Careful With that Axe Eugene, then the proceeding five minute space jam, fantastic stuff.

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Atom Heart Mother – Pink Floyd

This is another Storm Thorgerson tribute listen. I haven’t listened to this for years, but I have to say the title track is sounding really good tonight. This was an odd album cover even in 1970, when my daughter saw the cover tonight, she burst out laughing and asked if it was an album about cows, I said it was, hey who knows?
I really can’t believe both Waters and Gilmour are so down on the title track, the first 10 minutes are great, around the 11 minute mark does remind me a bit of Echoes, but it is no less inferior. I do miss 23 minute tracks though, there was always something great about a track that would take up the whole side of a vinyl record. CDs sort of closed the book on that concept, to be honest as much as I miss 23 minute tracks, I don’t fancy listening to 74 minute tracks.
Listening to Fat Old Sun, while the fat old Sun is shining is wonderful, for me one of Gilmour’s best moments, beautiful.
Hidden dud; I have always found Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast a bit pointless, I still don’t like it much.
Micro review; Dark Side of the Moo