Pink Floyd and The Incredible String Band.
Umma Gumma ends with the contribution from the drummer, Nick Mason. Again, it is a three part thing, and is titled “The Grand Vizier’s Garden Party”, which curiously does fit the music very well. Uniquely on the album, each of the three parts is named; Part 1 is “Entrance”, Part 2 is “Entertainment”, and Part 3 is “Exit” (a most apt title for the last track on the album). However, unlike the other “divided” pieces, in this one it is quite impossible to say where one part ends and another begins. I suspect this may have been deliberate, perhaps indicating that in true Eastern tradition, the Party was a little disorganised.
The piece opens with a soft, gentle, but distinctly eerie flute solo, or possibly an organ solo made to sound like a flute. This is followed by an extended drum roll which elides into a burst of staccato drumming on the congas; this develops by the addition of weird noises from the rest of the group. Then there is a short melodic instrumental bit, which is most attractive. After that, there is a section which I can only describe as sounding like demented Morse code. This is followed by a short, and extremely competent, conventional drum solo, which builds into a crashing crescendo. This ends abruptly, and the opening flute/organ solo returns, but now sounding urgent rather than eerie, and the album comes to its conclusion.
It will be recalled that the inside of the cover shows a single large picture of each of the other three members of the group; not so with the drummer, who gets a lot of little ones: