Sunday, March 14, 2010

Astronomy Domine (Ummagumma)

Astronomy Domine 8:17
     (written by Syd Barrett)

(See Astronomy Domine (Piper at the Gates of Dawn). The lyrics are exactly the same except the first verse is repeated once, and the spoken words are omitted.)

Lead vocals: Rick Wright
Backing vocals: Dave Gilmour (high harmony), Roger Waters (whispering)

The classic Astronomy Domine, performed live in the Spring of 1969. The piece has certainly developed since its inception. This version is much more like heavy rock 'n' roll, and guitar has replaced and augmented the organ in many places where it didn't appear on the album version, most notably in the descending bridge. This version also includes an extended quiet organ solo in the middle, highlighting Rick's previously under-rated contribution to the tune.

Dave Gilmour: "Rick practically refuses to play some things on stage. Astronomy Domine I don't mind because it gets me off, it's like loud rock 'n' roll to me, but some numbers I hate doing."

Roger Waters: "We haven't done many tracks that had anything to do with science fiction at all — we didthree: Astronomy Dominé, Let There Be More Light, and Set the Controls. It just depended what you readinto it."

Disc One
Astronomy Domine
Careful with that Axe, Eugene
Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun
Saucerful of Secrets, A
Disc Two
Grantchester Meadows
Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict
Narrow Way (parts I-III), The
Grand Vizier's Garden Party (Parts I-III), The

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