Ummagummas a different sort of double album than The Wall
it really is two distinct ideas for an album packaged as a single product
I see no more reason to listen to both halves in one sitting than with A Nice Pair
Be that as it may, they could have released each album seperately...but they didn't. Even if the reasoning is only because niether half would stand on it's own, that indicates a certain cohesiveness (however ill-executed,) to the album as a whole.
It's not two seperate albums released together (as "Use Your Illusions" for an example,) but a double album released as a package.
I think, after abandoning The Man and The Journey, that they were a little lost about what to do for their next release, and had two halfbaked ideas, neither entirely satisfactory, so put them both out together
Right...they put them out together as parts of the same package. Again, however tenuous it might be, they obviously felt that it made sense for the two albums to be parts of the same whole.
the studio record in fact could be looked at as four seperate mini-albums in itself, as the four Floyds didnt worry about what the others were doing when they assembled their bits - to listen to all four parts in sequence a listener would be imposing a narrative upon the four pieces that the individual musicians did not intend
Really? Because I don't see it that way.
One COULD listen to the parts without imposing a narrative on them...in much the same way that one can listen to The White Album without imposing a narrative on it.
Not all albums have narratives, you know...in fact, most of them don't.