Saturday, March 27, 2010

A Saucerful Of Secrets (Ummagumma)

A Saucerful Of Secrets 12:29
     (written by Waters, Wright, Mason, Gilmour)

a) Something Else 3:24?
b) Syncopated Pandemonium 3:05?
c) Storm Signal
d) Celestial Voices

All four parts instrumental.

Lead vocals: Dave Gilmour

The Ummagumma version of A Saucerful of Secrets divided the piece up into four titled parts. The live version seemed much more wildly improvisational than the recorded take, with Dave getting into things more (as opposed to his original reaction, that this piece wasn't 'what music's all about') with crazy guitar feedback effects very imaginatively produced. Something Else, then, is the experimental opening section, Syncopated Pandemonium the manic section with the repeating drum pattern, Storm Signal the short prelude to the Celestial Voices section, which includes the ecclesiastical organ. But Voices, instead of staying quiet and mournful, brings in Nick's drums as a major factor and incorporates a remarkable wordless vocal from Dave instead of the original choir, and generally turns into an uplifting rock piece instead of a requiem.

This is not a truly live take, as part of the recording is taken from the 27 April Mother's gig, and part from the 2 May Manchester concert. Rick comments.

Rick Wright: "We all believed it was going to be one of the best things we'd ever put onto record — which I think it was at that time... Parts of Saucerful on Ummagumma came from the Birmingham gig, which we put together with the Manchester stuff... but the stuff on the album isn't half as good as we can play."

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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