I’m gonna start by saying this album (studio portion) is not good, however i feel i need to look at it critically and open mindedly. Dunno why i found myself listening to this but i did and i have 30 minutes till work so here is a brief review of the album. Please note that i won’t be looking at the live portion of the album.
There is nothing wrong with experimental music, i have listened to some pretty weird shit and own some weird music in my collection. A good example of experimental/avant-garde done right for me personally would be Gentle Giants eponymous debut LP with a good mix between the more conventional rock and also experimental music.
This area of music was not new though to the Floyd with works such as a Saucerful of Secrets, which i personally see as a masterpiece, and also Interstellar Overdrive. It can be done right by them but i feel that it must be done right together. The way i see it, Ummagumma is like if you took a Saucerful of secrets and separated it into all the creative inputs from each member and had them as separate tracks. This is album is the biggest piece of evidence to prove that Pink Floyd really were a sum of its parts.
I’m not saying the album is not worth owning though. A couple of standout tracks being “Grantchester Meadows” and “The Narrow Way Part 3” being decent enough tracks from Roger Waters and David Gilmour, which makes sense due to their successful solo careers, and also the live portion of the album. Ummagumma is definitely a quintessential album for the Floyd fan.