Sunday, March 14, 2010

Careful With That Axe, Eugene (Ummagumma)

Careful With That Axe, Eugene 8:35
     (written by Waters, Wright, Mason, Gilmour)

Careful with that axe, Eugene

Vocals: Roger Waters (whispering, screaming), Dave Gilmour (crooning)

The second of four classic tunes on this disc. This is the sixth version of Careful with that Axe, Eugene, but only the second to be released. It is markedly different from the single version, being significantly longer and noticeably more intense. Roger's screams have become even more harrowing and central to the piece. The aftermath section is the most drawn out compared to earlier versions.

Nick Mason talked about playing Astronomy Domine and Careful live.
Nick: "We enjoy playing them and people do like hearing things they're familiar with, but it's important to do some new things. We made Ummagumma in the belief that we wouldn't have to perform those numbers anymore. It's just like The Who's Tommy. For our own good as well as for everyone else's we must start onnew things."

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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