The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is the debut album by English rock band Pink Floyd, released on 5 August 1967 by EMI Columbia. It is the only Pink Floyd album made under the leadership of founding member Syd Barrett (lead vocals, guitar); he wrote all but three tracks, with additional composition by members Roger Waters (bass, vocals), Nick Mason (drums), and Richard Wright (keyboards, vocals). The album followed the band's early chart success with the 1967 non-album singles "Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play", as well as their influential performances at London's UFO Club. The album was recorded at EMI Studios in London's Abbey Road from February to May 1967 and produced by Norman Smith. It blended Pink Floyd's reputation for long-form improvisational pieces with Barrett's short pop songs and whimsical take on psychedelia. The album made unconventional use of recording effects such as reverb and echo through tools like EMT plate reverberation, automatic double tracking (ADT), and Abbey Road's echo chamber. Part-way through the recording sessions, Barrett's growing use of the psychedelic drug LSD saw his mental state become increasingly debilitated, leading to his eventual departure from the group the following year. The album title was derived from chapter seven of Kenneth Grahame's 1908 children's novel The Wind in the Willows, a favorite of Barrett's. In the United States, the album was released as Pink Floyd in October on Tower Records with an altered track listing that omitted three songs and included "See Emily Play". In the UK, no singles were released from the album, but in the US, "Flaming" was offered as a single. Two of its songs, "Astronomy Dominé" and "Interstellar Overdrive", became long-term mainstays of the band's live setlist, while other songs were performed live only a handful of times. In 1973, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn was packaged with the band's second album A Saucerful of Secrets (1968) and released as A Nice Pair, to introduce the band's early work to new fans gained with the success of The Dark Side of the Moon (1973). The album has been hailed as a pivotal psychedelic music recording. Special limited editions of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn were issued to mark its thirtieth, fortieth, and fiftieth anniversaries, with the former two releases containing bonus tracks. In 2012, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn was placed at number 347 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time", and number 253 in the 2020 edition.Wikipedia
I am in the minority when I say that I saw barely anything worth admiring in Pink Floyd’s The Wall. I found the concept to be uninspiring, the vocals and instrumentals lacking and most songs flat out boring to listen to. After listening to Pink Floyd’s debut, I find it substantially more boring and annoying. The downplayed instrumentally focused parts on Astronomy Doctrine, the sharp whisper on Matilda Mother, the animal sounds on Pow R., the sharp pronunciation of s’s and t’s on The Gnome, a sharp buzz in my left ear cup during the middle and end of Chapter 24, the awful… awful second part of Bike containing distorted bells and a laughing gnome? (I really cannot believe this is enjoyable to some) and the overall lack of harmonious melodies makes this a torturous listening experience. At times, I was checking my headphones whether they were plugged in correctly, because I found the experience to be that atrocious. The only barely redeemable song on the record is Lucifer Sam, as I sort-of like the sinister groove and bass. All in all, this album is an example for me on how to go in the wrong direction at every turn when trying to create a psychedelic and experimental piece of rock music. A 1/5 is fitting.
Day 13 of 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, and today I’ve got the debut album of one of the best selling bands of all time, Pink Floyd. Now, as a kid I always looked at Pink Floyd as being a drug band. Not a lot of kids my age were dropping acid or magic mushrooms when I was coming up, at least not in my areas, so I couldn’t really relate to this band. As I grew older I learned to appreciate their music a bit more when a couple of my cousins, who were really into The Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd and other similar psychedelic music, turned me on to more of their music. In one way it creeped me out a bit (“Hello… Is there anybody in there?”) but it was so different from what I was used to that it was more welcomed than it was when I was a kid. I’m glad that the first Pink Floyd album I’ve received is their first one. I can really start to dig deeper into this band from the beginning. I got really into The Beatles when I was in my twenties and The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn reminds me of Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. It feels very experimental and bound my nobody’s restraints but their own, and even then they seemed to have none. The Beatles, even on Sgt. Peppers, tended to keep their compositions reigned in a little tighter around the choruses, verses and melodies, only allowing the instrumentation and solo’s to go so far. Pink Floyd doesn’t give a shit about a strict song structure, their compositions can get pretty extended on most songs. If I’m being completely honest, which I intend to do on every album, it gets a bit boring for me.. Sure, If I was tripping balls I could see how id get completely lost in the stories that the instruments are playing. No disrespect to Pink Floyd is intended in any way. Its great music and they are pioneers. I’m attracted to choruses, verses and melodies. I didn’t know any songs from this record. The stand outs for me were Lucifer Sam, The Gnome and The Scarecrow. Pink Floyd helped change the game in the 60’s and 70’s for sure. Im particularly looking forward to albums of theirs that I’m more familiar with like The Wall and Dark Side Of The Moon. If you’ve never watched The Wizard Of Oz synced up to Dark Side Of The Moon, it’s a real trip (even if you aren’t on acid). I will leave that topic for when I get to that album though. While I’m not likely to add any songs from this album to any of my playlists any time soon, I am grateful I got to experience it. Please share your thoughts, opinions and memories below!! ✌️
One of the best Psychadelic albums I've ever listened to. Sure, later Pink Floyd releases would sound barely anything like this, but that's what makes this so good. What we have here is the perfect blend of whimsical nonsense and tripped out experimentation from the genius mind of Syd Barret. This is an album that only the Syd led era of Pink Floyd could produce, and for what it is I adore it dearly. Favorites: Astronomy Domine, Lucifer Sam, Interstellar Overdrive, Bike
Vous qui lisez régulièrement la presse savez que j'ai écouté cet album en début de semaine dans le bus 5011. Je vais vous résumer cet épisode le plus succinctement possible. Il est 14h02 lorsque je monte dans le véhicule précité. J'attrape ma carte d'abonnement et la tends au chauffeur qui m'interpelle alors : "robcrémaillère ?!" Il m'avait reconnu. J'enfile alors ma capuche et mes écouteurs, lance l'album des Pink Floyd, et me dirige vers le fond lorsque j'entends le volume de la radio augmenter brutalement. Je me retourne alors et aperçois dans le rétroviseur central le regard du chauffeur me fixant de ses yeux guimauve. Celui-ci se saisit de ce même rétroviseur et l'abaisse lentement jusqu'à ce qu'y soit reflétée sa bouche. "Qu'est-ce que c'est que cette histoire ?" me dis-je. Je parviens soudain à lire sur ses lèvres le mot suivant : "Portishead". Il s'agissait d'un guet-apens. J'appuie alors de toutes mes forces sur le bouton d'ouverture de la porte arrière, enchaîne une série de coups de pied contre celle-ci mais rien n'y fait, elle est bloquée. Le volume sonore continue d'augmenter alors que les autres passagers restent totalement passifs. Sous mon oreille droite commence à couler un fin filet de sang. Après quelques minutes interminables, le bus s'arrête. La porte arrière ne s'ouvre toujours pas à l'inverse de celle avant, par laquelle un individu masqué monte soudain, un ordinateur à la main. Il se poste au milieu de l'allée et ne manque pas d'ouvrir ce dernier devant mon regard incrédule. Sur son écran, un visage apparaît : celui de mon rival et compagnon d'écoute elgutierrez. Il était donc derrière cette mascarade...
Classic. Love Syd.
7/10 - Better then I thought it would be. Sydd could write some songs.
I need to listen to this again. With drugs. Lots and lots of drugs.
3.7 + Not their most accomplished record but certainly distinguished for the time in its sound experimentation and studio mastery. For 1967, they were already well ahead of the pack in exploring psychedelia. “Interestellar Overdrive” drags the middle of the record for me. The second half has some whacky, Syd Barret-y songs with his signature slapdash vocals.
Excelente, mesmo não sendo o melhor deles
I like psychedelia. I think weird and unorthodox music like psych/prog rock is vastly more interesting than anything that's been on the pop charts for ages. I like nontraditional song structures, with strange chord progressions and time signatures. I really enjoy the 1967-1975ish era when rock musicians were really pushing the boundaries of music, creating cohesive mind-expanding albums instead of cheap radio pop singles. Modern popular music bores me to DEATH; it loses my interest quickly. Maybe that's an ADHD thing, who knows. Even though this album is aged it still comes off as much more inventive than anything I knew growing up in the 21st century. I find it fascinating that music like this ever sold, back in the day. It's the opposite of radio-friendly. I will say that this album is not a great intro to Pink Floyd, imo. Their 70s output is definitely the reason they are beloved far and wide. So I hope this album isn't the FIRST Pink Floyd album anyone hears, otherwise they may get frightened by its quirkiness and immediately dismiss the whole band.
Cacophonous and meandering, experimental like a bunch of kids just vibing on pianos. Enjoyed the weird riffs.
Great debut album. Of course, Pink Floyd changed dramatically after Syd was no longer a part of the band, but this album still stands as a landmark in psychedelic rock. 4 stars.
I've also been into Pink Floyd's more popular releases, so it was very interesting to see where those evolved from. I also didn't know this was the only album with Barrett. He was always a name I heard and just associated with the band. Loved the freaky vibes with beautiful harmonies over them throughout this album. "Flaming" and "Pow R. Toc H." are dripping in LSD. Completely nonsensical. Really loved Astronomy Domine. "Take Up Thy Stethoscope..." is a jam! "Interstellar Overdrive," feels like a very accurate bad acid trip representation. Jamming having a good time, then you fall down a deep dark rabbit hole, and then burst back above the surface feeling...decent. I think the press was fair in saying they made music for LSD users. That's only half the album though, and I'd say I enjoyed the goofy romps like "Gnome" and "Bike," even more. They were always a versatile band on the forefront of experimentation.
Sehr experimentell, Doors-Freejazz-Gitartenpop
This is actually the best advert against taking psychedelics I've ever heard.
this is one of the 1001 albums i must listen to before i die? fuck me ragged. this is a total piece of overblown shit, self indulgence at it's finest. why does this band have so many fans? it's absolute dogshit. half of them aren't even songs they're just rambling jam sessions. 'the gnome' is like someone asked the kinks to pretend to be late-beatles and 'don't try very hard'. fuck off pink floyd! FUCK OFF
En muchos minutos solo son ruido.
Definite sound of the time.
psychedelic classic. feels like acid. fav track: astronomy domine
La verdad es que me sorprendió de forma grata la cantidad de psicodelia que hay en este disco. Pink Floyd siempre me había parecido una múscia un tanto aburrida, pero me la pasé re bien escuchando este remolino de sonidos. Me gustó bastante Take thy stethoscope and walk. Mood: dónde tienes el LSD?
already listening to it. Really nice
After putting it aside for a dozen years and getting way into modern psych rock during that period, a return to Piper shows that Floyd not only did it all first, they did it better. Interstellar Overdrive is particularly impressive.
No tengo peros con que hayan puesto este disco de Pink Floyd; sí, es un disco que casi se cuece aparte pero que también es en cierto otro modo el preludio del Dark Side of the Moon. Tiene momentos complicados (como Pow R. Toc H.) pero está lleno de joyas como Lucifer San, Bike, The Gnome y Astronomy Domine que me hace explotar la cabeza al pensar que una banda fue capaz de empezar así su primer disco.
Whimsical, strange, trippy this is British psychedelia at its very best. Sadly Syd with never hit the same highs on his two solo albums.
My first dabble with psychedelia
A must for a Pink Floyd fan and also for the stereophonic-sound-freak 😎 And to read, this is good enough. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Piper_at_the_Gates_of_Dawn
Many Thoughts, I'm Afraid Of Burning Out. AMA LABES.
Syd's influences are obviously most heavy here, but it is crazy to see how deep they affect all the future albums. Incredible psychedelic journey.
Je dirais simplement que c'est un de mes meilleurs albums à vie, de par son originalité radicale, assumée et accomplie dès ce premier album. L'esprit de Barrett, c'est de l'or en barre quand on pense à toutes les musiques dites alternatives qui peuvent revendiquer une filiation avec cet album. Le Pink Floyd qui se développera sans lui est sans doute plus influent, mais avouons-le : malgré son départ prématuré du groupe, Barrett a pu dessiner des balises très claires pour la production ultérieure. Il est en quelque sorte le "5e Pink Floyd" (et le premier). Mieux, j'estime que le groupe, atteignant plus tard des sommets de reconnaissance et de popularité, n'aura exploré que quelques suggestions de son fondateur, avec des bifurcations évidemment. Mais n'est-ce pas une des qualités de ce groupe, la bifurcation, la rupture? Pink Floyd proposait cela dès le départ sous la houlette du "madcap". Chaque chanson est un petit essai, une proposition pour un courant musical. Suis-je assez élogieux? Du génie, tabarnak!
My favourite Pink Floyd album and a glorious dose of madness. Interstellar Overdrive on repeat with the volume loud = heaven
While this album isn't nearly as easily a 5.0 star album as The Dark Side Of The Moon, The Wall or Wish You Were Here would be, but it's still a solid 4.5 that I'll be rounding up. As most psychedelic rock albums, it does have its unpleasant moments. Interstellar Overdrive in particular was a bit challenging at times. But the combination of psychedelia and instrumental mastery is what pushes this one over the top for me.
THE prog rock album
Classic. And so entirely different from the Pink Floyd most people recognize
Sounded a lot like a Beatles album at first but their sound became more distinct as the album went on. Standout Tracks: Astronomy Dominé, Pow R. Toc H., Interstellar Overdrive, Chapter 24
Yeah, it was pretty good
Experimental, trippy, and weird, but in a delightful sort of way.
Psicodélico, tem tocado, maluco, bom demais!
This just doesn't sound like the PF that I grew up with at all! It's very Brit rock, a la The Kinks and Beatles. Immediately after the album finished Dark Side of the Moon played - much more what I think of for PF.
Amazing album, different than their later stuff. Definitely 60s psychedelic jam bad stuff. Cool sounds like. Definitely needs to be listened to in stereo. Only complaint really was some of the effects are over the top. 4.5
This was a lot better than the last pink floyd album
Great debut album. Pink Floyd amazed from the very beginning and I love it.
Solía escuchar mucho éste disco. Sigue siendo la onda
I’d still rather listen to Sgt Pepper’s.
First Pink Floyd album, the only one recorded with Syd Barrett. After this album, Barrett sort of went off the rails and was ousted. He tried a couple solo projects and then became pretty reclusive. Pink Floyd went on to write quite a few songs inspired by him - The Wall, Wish You Were Here, Shine On You Crazy Diamond.
This sure was an experience.
Se ve que les faltaba un pelin aun
Early Pink Floyd at its psychedelic best. Guess fucking Roger Waters wasn't a stupid millionaire communist supporting third world, human rights violating dictators as he does today. I hate him with my guts. Pink Floyd is a great band, though.
I really like Pink Floyd but don’t know much about the early Syd Barrett days. I found myself liking his campy weird tunes like Bike and Gnome more than the others. I feel like this is. 3.5 and I’m torn between rounding down because I didn’t love the music or rounding up because of the weirdness and influence and allowing for more progressive music styles! Fuck it, have a four because I’m biased!
Bueno, no está mal. Le voy a dar un 4 porque son Pink Floyd, aunque no he prestado mucha atención.
De excelente qualidade, gostoso de ouvir mas não o suficiente pra eu ouvir de novo, não é meu tipo.
One of best psychedelic records of all time. Great melodies, textures, oniric passages… Syd Barrett at his very best
Discovered this album in college - dorm buddy had a copy. Pretty cool - I really like “Astronomy Domine” and the funkyish bass line on “Lucifer Sam”. Rest of he album has its moments , not all good. “Bike” still gets stuck in my head frequently, and I walk around mumbling it to myself at the park - that would probably stop if I was on a bike. Would have been interesting to see where Pink Floyd would have gone if Syd Barrett hadn’t melted his mind on LSD. 3.5 stars. Rounding up!
Great sign of things to come from this legendary powerhouse
Incomprehensible? Often. Wandering and over-produced? Every other minute. A work of brilliance? Oh yeah. Listening to this album let's you listen as a music master goes insane. The twists and turns, the straight fire grooves, the bonkers sfx; it's no wonder Syd Barret remained the muse of Pink Floyd despite leaving after the first album. He's a madman, and I love it.
Death grips samples
As usual, I'm going to ignore how massively influential this album is in evaluating it. As I alluded to in my recent review of Dark Side of the Moon, I actually enjoy The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn more, which is not to say that it's a better album. Dark Side of the Moon is near perfect, but I prefer the boundless imagination of Piper. The structures of the songs are constantly surprising and yet tuneful and accessible. I can't think of another pop album this is more true of. Between guitarist Syd Barrett and keyboardist Richard Wright, the instrumental textures are kaleidoscopic, despite the primitive nature of the instruments and effects pedals and studio trickery available at the time. Drummer Nick Mason and bassist Roger Waters give some stability for Barrett's and Wright's flights of fancy. Not everything is successful. There are two outright duds right in the middle of the album, Pow R. Toc. H and Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk, which lack the grace and charm of the other tunes. Interstellar Overdrive squeaks by on the lengthy improvised middle section, despite the limited technical abilities and harmonic knowledge of the musicians, on sheer instinctive musicality. No such reservations need be applied to the album closer, Bike. The idiosyncratic tune gives way to a gorgeous psychedelic instrumental freakout, capped by an ingenious loop of what sounds like Canadian geese. How to rate? Although Barrett and Wright are able to bridge the gap between their technical abilities and their imaginations through sheer instinctive musicality and fearlessness, their limitations in regard to note choices sometimes grate. And two songs are basically a waste of vinyl. But the other songs are often breathtaking in their originality, the lyrics endlessly charming. Despite the technical shortcomings, the atmospherics conjured up by the group are by turns whimsical, ethereal and terrifying. The highs are so high, I'm inclined to cut Pink Floyd some slack.
Syd Barrett take es awayyyyyyy
Big Pink Floyd fan. I got their first few albums years ago and ... they were different than Dark Side of the Moon, Animals, Meddle, Atom Heart Mother.... it really has taken me a long time to appreciate the earlier Pink Floyd. This was their first. The more I listen to it the more I like it. It is definitely an experience. This one is more enjoyable played LOUD with the headphones on. Stand out songs: Astronomy Domine. Matilda Mother Flaming Pow R. Toc H. Intersteller Overdrive. The Gnome Bike
Wild, "out there" space rock; proof that Pink Floyd have been pushing the boundaries since day one.
The album is a little weird - not sure I really "like" any of the songs, but it's so cool to hear Pink Floyd's roots - knowing how they would soon after change rock and roll. It's equal parts British Invasion of the 60s and Psychadelic Rock of the 70s. You can hear them inventing something new on this album - something they would eventually perfect.
This is the first record we've come across that I have listened to many times, and own. People love 70s Pink Floyd. And they should, it's really good. I especially like Atom Heart Mother and Animals. But there was a certain 60s pop sensibility that existed on Piper... that disappeared almost entirely after Syd Barrett left/was excused from the band. Arguably, this set the bad up for their great success. But I love Piper... and A Saucerful of Secrets (not to mention Barrett's solo releases). Highlights: I like it all, but "Lucifer Sam" and "Bike" are great. Another non-album single from this period ("See Emily Play") was great as well.
never heard a pink floyd album all the way through before this was an interesting experience not amazing but pretty good 7.4/10 fav track: The Gnome least fav track: Pow R. Toc H.
Rollicking, British, and fun. Highly enjoyed it.
Актуальная работа до сих пор. Интересные фишки при сведении.
Interesting if a little bit too much whimsy in places
I really like this. Not my fave album by them that belongs to another album that I hope is on this list
Nice! An album I already knew! I prefer Pink Floyd's new stuff over this one, but it's still awesome.
It is not as distinct as their later albums, but still really good.
Up its own ass in an incredibly compelling way
3.5.....but have to give a 4....for invention...start and end of interstellar and others
It's a British psychedelic rock album. I like Bike and Interstellar Overdrive a lot and most of the other songs are decent. 8/10
8/10. Pipe 'er at the Gates of Dawn? I 'ardly know 'er! I really wish they didn't feel the need to give me a headache just because I decided to use headphones. Looking at you, Interstellar Overdrive. Otherwise, has some good songs, and I do kind of like just how extremely weird early Pink Floyd is.
Pink Floyd is one of my most favorite bands of all time. That being said, I am less of a fan of the music they recorded in the Syd Barrett years. On the positive side, I can hear even in this debut album the vision and talents of the band, which became more and more apparent as they progressed away from the heavy psychedelic sound with which they began their performing and recording careers. Although most music in the psychedelic genre generally annoys me, Pink Floyd's take on it contains more art, melody, fun, and originality. Compared with most psychedelic rock, this album is a lot better. This album suffers a little through my listening ears for two main reasons: (1) my overall dislike of the psychedelic sound [so much of it sounds like people tripping playing music they think sounds cool while tripping but doesn't translate to sober ears, or worse, sober people making music they think tripping people would like] and (2) Pink Floyd's later music is just so darn amazing to me that these earlier efforts don't measure up by comparison (this is 100% forgivable, of course). The Syd Barrett story is fascinating, beautiful, and of course as we all know, ultimately heartbreaking and tragic. I cannot hear one of my most beloved Pink Floyd songs, "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," from Wish You Were Here, and not get a little choked up from the sheer beauty of the music, the poetic artistry of the lyrics, and the story behind the song. Back to this album, which has more good tracks on it than I've given it credit for -- picking up a lot more as I re-listen to it all the way through. For example, Pow R. Toc. H has some great keyboard work (descends a bit too much into trippy sound effects later on, though). Interstellar Overdrive is pretty wild. I can imagine how weird and disorientating it all would be live.
Can't go wrong with Pink Floyd, physico rock will change your mind!
Love a bit of Floyd!
Damn fine, lo fi poundshop psychedelica, before the technology kicked in and you to rely on good ol acid only. Really enjoyed this and spent the whole day listening to floyd. Only question is what is it with them 60s dudes and gnomes and pixies and shit.
Embryonic but still enthralling.
it’s a vibe
thought i was a cool teenager for listening to a pink floyd album that wasn't the dark side of the moon or the wall. piper was very important to my high school psych phase and i was infatuated with syd barrett and anything he touched. i had fun revisiting this. great groove. doesn't take itself too serious.
This band seems like they have a promising future ahead
As someone who has a lot of experience listening to Pink Floyd, I've never heard this album or any of it's songs so this is going to be really interesting. This is waaaay different than what I'm used to from this band, their youth and inexperience really comes through but it does give a hint of the levels of experimentation and their ability to pave the way into new territory with music comes from. It definitely is something that I think would be very unappealing to a lot of people, and would be a hard listen. Regardless, to me this was pretty fun and a really interesting peek into the birth of what would become a massively influential band. I also learned that the "Real Eyes, Realize, Real Lies" super deep saying to teenagers came from this apparently?
Oh man. What a fun and whimsical little piece of psychedelia. It's odd and silly but I really enjoyed it. And obviously the debut of an incredible band.
Так вот с чего всё начиналось. Любопытно!
Interstellar Overdrive -> The Gnome remains arguably the funniest song transition whiplashes ever.
If you were going to put out an album in 1967 you had to have a song about a gnome.
Pas mon préféré du band. Dire que seulement 6 ans après ça, ils ont enregisré Dark side of the Moon... Ils en ont fait du chemin. C’est très 60s comme album. Il y a quand même des trucs superbes comme Astronomy domine. Il y a aussi le jeu de basse de Roger Water qui est surprenament hip et technique à quelques endroits. On entrevoit ce qui allait devenir un des plus important band de l’histoire.
Never listened to the early pink Floyd albums in entirety. Love the psychedelic vibes
It’s interesting to think about what Pink Floyd would’ve been like had Syd Barrett stayed in the band.
I wasn't totally convinced to start with but shit gets pretty psychedelic toward the back end of this thing.
Helt kova, mer phonky än annan pink floyd ja hört...
Album mi je inače bio super, međutim nakon knjige koja mi je bila poklonjena od strane prijatelja - koju sam pročit'o, još više mi se svidio, onak ta pozadinska priča, šta se sve izdešavalo da bi se napravio album, a i naravno Syd je ovdje <3. Jaka, čvrsta četvorka i mislim da bi ovaj album s lakoćom stavio u top 5 njihovih. Psychedelic Rock classic i šteta šta taj album neću nikad doživit čuti uživo.
Very British 60's rock and I love it. Of course its not anywhere near as tight as Dark Side of the Moon or Wish You Were Here (my personal favorite), but it brings a full experience of psychadelic sounds and lyrics. This won't be for everyone, but it's definitely for me.
Great album. Sporadic and bizarre.
The production is rough around the edges at times. I get the feeling that the production techniques couldn't quite keep up with the scope of the album. this in combination with the eccentricities that a lot of early psych has makes this album a more difficult listen than the later pink floyd albums. However if you can look past the rough production and try to imagine how the rougher moments were intended you'll find a lot of brilliant writing. Definitely not an album for everyone but i really enjoy it for what it is.
1er album de pink floyd, tres different avec syd barret que david gilmour. Ca se voit sur l lalbum mais le genie crwatif du band estlà et c'est un album d'anthologie. 4.90
Interesting and unique would be the best way to describe it. Loved some of the lyrics. Highlights: "Chapter 24" for the lyrics mostly & "Astronomy Domine" "Bike" is interesting, reminded me of "A day in the life by the Beatles
<3 syd barrett, also pre david gilmour pink floyd. They really were experimental back then, not bad at all.
Mad Syd Barret. Roger Waters. What more do you need? Pink Floyd's first incarnation is arguably the best. Leaders of psychedelic rock and we all know how they went on write and produce other great things (likely also on here). Nothing quite like this though.
👍Pink Floyd 👍
I loved it! I especially enjoyed The Gnome, Lucifer Sam, The Scarecrow and bike. Definitely downloading and would buy a physical copy !!
Connor: it's a mix between the later psychedelic experiences of later Pink Floyd albums with the earlier psych rock they made. I don't think their sound is quite as developed here - it's a fine album, but nothing that stands out on a first listen
Não sou fã da era Syd Barrett no Pink Floyd, mas gosto de várias músicas que estão nesse álbum, quando tocadas live.
A piece of music history, and the beginning of something out of this world. I often wonder how the fuck they ever got a record deal. What’s the opposite of easy listening? That’s what this is. It would have been unreal to watch this album being performed live, but the studio album is not really designed for human ears.
Would be better if they were a tad less bri ish Dunno why pink floyd are lauded for another brick in the wall when clearly “bike” is their best fucking song, what a banger
This was a weird album to break new headphones in with. That said, wasn't really my thing but I appreciated the weirdness on it, I guess. I really did not know what was happening for most of this.
Despite being a big pink floyd fan, their early stuff is just too esoteric for me. Hurts to give Pink Floyd three stars
I liked it but due to all the pastiche pisstakes of the 60's hippie s singing about fairies and trolls it is a little hard to take seriously today
So trippy. I had heard this many times before but it is still just as weird (in a good way). Good album.
Nice to know, from WIKI, Pink Floyd there debut album ‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn’ takes its title from chapter seven of Kenneth Grahame's 1908 novel ‘The Wind in the Willows’, which refers to the nature God Pan. The book focuses on four animals: Mole, Rat, Toad, and Badger. The picture from Mr. Toad triggered the memories of the videoclip of Paul McCartney ‘We all stand together’. This song was/is one of our families songs when we had a long drive in our car we sing along (more shouted along). But back to Pink Floyd. I can remember that as friends, in the early eighties, we came together to listen to Pink Floyd Albums and we loved it. It was so unique to us this psychedelic rock. This music took me down memory lane. I don’t think this is there best album, but it was nice as an suggestion to listen to it.
I find the freshman effort one of the weakest (although comparison for Pink Floyd is a weird game given how radically the band changed over the years). Interstellar Overdrive is self-indulgent, knob-twiddling cacophony; the whimsy that plays well in Bike tips into mawkish silliness in Gnome. The seeds are there though.
Discordant. I didn't know that Pink Floyd went back this far
Kind of interesting but will stick with The Wall and Dark Side as the sound tracks to my cosmic journeys.
This album definitely confirms the stoner vibe for me. ;) It wasn’t bad to listen to, but I still think it’s not going to be something I come back to over and over.
solid 60s debut.
Honnêtement c'est juste trop pour moi. J'aime ça en plus, mais siboire, ont dirait je deviens buzzé juste à les écouter. Il faudrait que je réécoute l'album une autre fois pour vraiment bien jugé, mais je n'ai pas le temps en ce moment. Je me réserve le droit de revenir modifier mon vote dans l'avenir. Mon hit: Flaming. Je pense?
Digno disco de la banda que más se asocia en el imaginario a drogas... Lo escuché por primera vez en la prepa y creo que la última vez había sido en la licenciatura. Pink Floyd a veces me suena genial, pero no es una banda con la que me comprometa (?). Entre sus sonidos místicos, psicodélicos, desconcertantes a veces, de este disco me quedo con "Flaming" y con "Bike", en el caso de lo no instrumental. Qué risa "The Gnome", es de la que más me acordaba de este disco, jaja. 7/10
I knew that Pink Floyd started out as a psychedelic band, so this album wasn't coming out of left field. I'm glad that their tastes evolved.
Fun, trippy album.
Seems like we have been given lots of debut albums recently. I've never really been into Pink Floyd but hopefully some of their later albums pop up here.
“The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” by Pink Floyd (1967) As big a fan as I am of Pink Floyd, I’ve never listened to this, their debut album. So this will be fun. Lyrics have poetic moments, but are a far cry from their later work in quality. One must keep in mind that this is from 1967. The album is chiefly to be valued for its historical significance, clearly demonstrating the development of Pink Floyd toward their monumental works (“Dark Side of the Moon”, “The Wall”, etc.). This music is experimental, while only occasionally becoming random and chaotic—no mean feat in 1967. “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” is much more mature than, say, its contemporary rival “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” by the Beatles (sorry if I’ve offended anyone [not really]). Disciplined performances and tight cohesion, thanks to drummer Nick Mason and bassist Roger Waters (both of whom are too subdued in the mix—this deficiency would be remedied with a vengeance on “Dark Side of the Moon”). A note is appropriate here: The version of this album available on Spotify is the 2011 remastered version. It would be best to listen to the original mix on LP. I can only dream. Longtime fans of Pink Floyd will find this to be an engaging curiosity. Others will be satisfied to remember Pink Floyd for their later (and much better) work. 3/5
Fleming and the note
The only Floyd album I like. Still fairly proggy
Jesli byl juz najbardziej walterowy material, to kolejnym floydowym mateiralem jest jego przeciwienstwo, czyli pierwsza nagrana plyta, w calosci napisana i skomponowana przez najbardziej nieobliczalnego ojca zalozyciela pinkowych floydow, czyli Syda Barretta, dla ktorego to byla pierwszy i ostatni nagrany material razem z banda pod szyldem floydowym, bo pomimo pojawienia sie na dwoch trakach a saucerful of secrets, to juz nie byl oficjalnym czlonkiem zespolu, wiec jest to najbardziej chaotyczny krazek jaki mozna uslyszec w dyskografii floydow, dodatkowo jako debiutancki material pozostawia on wiele do zyczenia pod wzgledem produkcji, kawalki takie jak chapter 24 maja fatalny mix, trzeszczace wokale, ktore sa rzucane po kanalach, bo w tamtych czasach pinki to glownie pod szyldem psychodelicznej muzyki graly, a nie jak w pozniejszych czasach kompozycji wrecz operowych, ale do mnie jakos nie przemawia w ten sposob, nie potrafie sie odnalezc w chaosie jaki tu panuje, tak jest na wiekszosci trakow, pozytywny chaos jak na matilda mother, ktory wynika bardziej w chorkowania i zangazowania wszystkich czlonkow w wokal, tak samo ma sie sprawa z interstellarowym overdrivem, ktory jest jedynym z dwoch, dodatkowym jest pow r toc h, ktory chociaz wokalu slownego nie ma, to ma barretta wydajacego dzwieki przerozne, wylacznie instrumentalnym calej plyty, dodatkowo bedac najdluzszym utworem plyty, liczac 9 minut 40 sekund, na ktorych slychac zalazki przyszlego stylu floydow i epickich kompozycji wychodzacych poza przyjete kanony rokowych gran, ale jak na calosci plyty to rowniez znajda sie na tym traku bolaczki, dajmy na to torturowanie sluchacza na koniec zonglowaniem po kanalach, najwiecej roboty instrumentalnie mial chyba wright, bo syd potrzebowal roznorakcih dzwiekow, a jakos trzeba bylo stworzyc, wiec klawisze sa tutaj roznorakiego rodzaju od klasycznego pianinka przez orgrany po czeleste, no i slychac brak ogrania, zwlaszcza u pana basowego czyli watersa, na plejaka bym wrzucil najbardziej przystepne kawalki, wiec bike i lucifera sama, dobrze ze dwa skrajne albumy floydowe juz sa poza lista, bo teraz zostaje tylko okres przed wrogim przejeciem i po przyjacielskim odejsciem, a moze raczej wyjebaniem, bo jednak sydowi mocno odjebalo czego poczatki slychac juz na tej plycie, chociaz jesli mialbym rankingowac, bo bardziej przemawiaja do mnie jego solowe materialy, w ktorych bardziej slychac go jako teksciarza, ktory otwiera sie swoja muzyka, albo stara sie opowiedziec z czym mu ciezko, bo lirycznosc tego materialu jest jak z generatora randomowosci, a dodatkowo nie zostaje zbyt dlugo w pamieci po wysluchaniu, brakuje jakiejs osobowsci tym tekstom, ale czego mozna wymagac od bandy, ktora po barowym graniu stara sie skleic swoj pierwszy vinylak i jakos go sprzedac, chociaz to raczej sie nie udalo, zwlaszcza po trasie koncertowej jaka odjebali po plycie, ale to jest wlasnie koniec i poczatek pewnego okresu pinkowatosci, bo juz czegos tak psychodelicznie chaosowego nie nagrali juz
I am increasingly a fan of Pink Floyd
Tiene muchas cosas interesantes, alguna canción sobresaliente, pero ni lejos comparable a lo que vendría después.
I can see where Pink Floyd turns into an all time band from this album, but more potential than execution on this. Also big name bands have higher expectations in my book
There were flashes of their peak albums here, but I felt like it was kind of all over the place.
What a trip. Might not be everyone's cup of tea, but taken in context with the psychedelic movement of the 1960s, it's a masterpiece. Would I listen to it regularly? No. But I will listen to it again.
Pretty good Psych Rock. The first two tracks along with Interstellar Overdrive were clear standouts, but the rest sort of breezed along with no real impact. It's good overall though.
Trippy but a bit of an adventure
Sid Barret was obviously ahead of his time, great musicianship, and its cool to see the grittier side of Pink Floyd, but it's definitely not my favorite Floyd album. Too much droning and space rock influence that now seems boring due to age. I did like the jazz elements though
Nunca he sido muy fan, solo conozco las canciones más populares, pero siento que este disco suena muy poco a Pink Floyd, y no que eso sea algo malo, pero será bueno? Igual y solo no es para mí
not really my taste but it was nice
Would be very good high I’m positive. Sober it’s good and some great sounds, a bit experimental/psychedelic for sure.
I'm not the biggest Floyd fan. I've heard it once before.
Another album with a stellar reputation that I feel at times like I'm trudging through. It's a draining 41 minutes with a singer who is constantly throwing curveballs. Barrett of course was approaching an unfortunate burnout with this record, and the music is for the most part unsettled and uneasy. Piper does have some stellar tracks, especially "Lucifer Sam" and "Chapter 24." "Interstellar Overdrive" takes a great riff and then almost immediately decides to test our patience. It turns out 9-minutes of mostly atonal noodling is something I'm not super into. Same goes for "Bike," which, yeah, I'll pass.
Very different to the stuff they are more famous for. I need to give it a few more listens
esta guapo pero si quiero psicodelia m vale con meterme en tuiter
The Piper was an interesting trip. Parts of it had a strong Beatles "Sgt. Peppers" feel. I'd go back and listen but maybe not before their other albums.
I definitely have a strong preference for proggy later Pink Floyd over earlier twee psychedelia Pink Floyd. This was an interesting listen, picking out the elements that would go on to become foundational in some of my favourite albums, but ugh some of these songs were grating, like "Bike" and "The Gnome" 😠 Fave track - "Astronomy Domine", perhaps, or "Interstellar Overdrive"
Not the pinkiest Floyd
Not bad, pretty weird. I'm not a big Pink Floyd fan but this was one of the more interesting albums I've heard from them.
Este tiene que ser uno de los discos más interesantes en la lista, hasta ahora. Para mí fue un shock escuchar a Pink Floyd así, no sólo por la música, sino porque este es un disco "sin tema", con canciones independientes la una de la otra. Su música siempre ha sido "psicodélica", pero este disco es psicodélico y ácido, definitivamente muy 60's. Algunas canciones como Chapter 24 incluso parecen Beatlescas. Creo que Astronomy Domine es la canción que mejor captura la esencia del sonido que vendría después, a partir de Dark Side of the Moon.
Combinación de sonido sesentero (guitarras y tecladito a-go-go) con una visión salida de lo común sin caer en el exceso de Velvet Underground. Es un disco denso y es de los que menos he escuchado de Pink Floyd. Songs: Lucifer Sam, Pow R. Toc
3.5 | Hace bastante tiempo que no escuchaba este disco completo. En realidad es un disco difícil de comparar cuando se toma en cuenta todo lo que vino después. Como tal diría que es un debut bueno, el disco en sí me agrada pero tiene particularidades muy extrañas, algunas buenas otras algo extrañas. Me agrada mucho que es de esos discos que son de verdad rock psicodélico, hay demasiados ejemplos de música que le quieren decir psicodélica y lo único que hacen es poner por ahí una cítara y creen que ya con eso. Aquí se siente en varios puntos esa voluntad de romper barreras y elaborar realmente el género, se siente por un lado en partes influencias hasta casi medio de cosas que venían haciendo los Beatles pero aquí sin límite alguno de hacer música que sea comercial y llevada al extremo. Es psicodelia que de verdad quiere hacer sentir a alguien en un viaje de LSD aunque no haya tomado nada, y lo puede lograr. Astronomy Domine, Lucifer Sam, Por R. Toc H., prácticamente todo ese primer lado es excelente, luego llegan esos puntos medio extraños... Interstellar Overdrive... siempre se me ha hecho como una canción grabada por gente que quería hacer rock experimental pero no tenían mucha idea de cómo o hacia donde llevarlo, tiene un inicio agradable el final es bueno y la mitad se pierde totalmente; termina siendo un gran ejemplo de cómo hasta para hacer "ruido" se necesita saber hacerlo, luego vienen esas canciones de Barrett con letras ridículas mucho más digeribles que lo que se venía en la primer mitad y con un sonido que clarito te deja saber que esto es rock sesentero, en realidad mucho más simples y menos interesantes aunque funcionan como curiosidad. Creo que es un disco que en promedio me ha agradado siempre, definitivamente es un disco que cualquier fan de la banda tiene que escuchar pero no siento que sea el grado de que toda persona lo debiera conocer, quiza un par de canciones. Por cierto falta mencionar See Emily Play que aunque no es parte oficial del track list original es vital creo para conocer los inicios de la banda y es no a mi parecer el mejor ejemplo de estas canciones psicodélicas de Syd Barrett que a veces funcionaban y a veces no, en esta ocasión es excelente y vale la pena buscar las versiones del disco que la añaden a la lista. En general un disco que me agrada bastante pero no veo necesidad de tener en lista. Ahora con su permiso voy a tener una aventura con Grimble Grumble.
Interesting first effort with greatness to come
Le soit disant groupe de petits genies vient nous proposer un album plagia des Beatles, à l'instar de tous les groupes moyens ayant exercé entre 65 et 80. Ma sentence est donc irrevocable, et je me vois leur attribuer la note mediocre de 3/5, synonyme je le rapelle d'album moyen, sympatoche, ne cassant pas trois pattes à un canard. Canard... C'est justement l'animal que les Pink Floyd ont décidé de ramener dans leur studio d'enregistrement afin de finaliser la dernière piste de leur album. Et c'est justement là que le bas blesse. Pour n'importe quel auditeur lambda, ramener un canard sur la dernière piste est anecdotique, mais pas pour une oreille si afutée que la mienne. Car ce canard, il ne vient pas de nulle part. En effet, ce canard a été tout simplement kidnappé par le leader des Pink Floyd, lord de l'un de ses passages au Penguin Cafe. Un acte innomable, qui marquera d'ailleurs un sérieux coup au futur du Penguin Café, qui ne parviendra plus à ramener des clients sans son canard vedette. Le Penguin Café devra mettre la clé sous la porte par la suite, tandis que les Pink Floyd jouiront d'une carrière légendaire, grâce à l'apport de ce bon vieux canard.
eh - i don't think i was in the mood to listen to this today. it's challenging. i think it'd need a few listens, to which i am not willing to commit
Extremely not my thing.
Oke dat was goed maar genoeg over Pink Floyd gepraat...Spotify speelde na dit album gewoon Nights in White Satin af en dat is nu toch wel echt een dikke schijf hé, ik hoop dat dat album nog passeert
Fun poppy psych music but only barely hints at the potential of what was to come. As far as PF releases go this one isn't nearly as essential in my opinion.
Interesting to hear some of their early stuff. I liked Astronomy Domine but the rest of the songs weren't really my jam.
5/10 There are some really cool tracks but way too much of this just sounds like evil circus music
Definitely psych-rock and not what you'd imagine PINK FLOYD sounding like. I liked it more than I thought I would. 3.5/5.
Uno de los primeros discos de Rock psicodélico y de música que escuché en mi vida. Volver a escucharlo es raro. No puedo decir que me encanta, pero siempre va a tener ese no se qué que me va a gustar.
Not a huge Pink Floyd fan. But I still like rock albums more than most other genres
Interesting... not what I expected but not bad either. Pretty psychedelic-y
Was never a fan of psychedelic rock, and Pink Floyd isn't among my favourite bands. I enjoyed this, in general, and might listen again one day. Added, for that one day - whenever it is.
I was too sober to fully appreciate this album.
3/5 Album flows nicely from one song to the other
An odd oddity, oddity odd.
I liked it
Youthful upbeat sound compared to later Waters/Gilmore PF. Reminiscent more of zombies, animals, cream etc just a bit more psychedelic. Already very experimental with voice and recording effects as well as extended clatter (bike) à la money or time intros. Not the cleanest editing with some (intentionally?) choppy cuts here and there. Interstellar overdrive is right. Take up my stethoscope and walk, scarecrow, bike
My stepfather is a huge Floyd fan, so I've been exposed to a lot of their music, but not their early stuff as much. No family road trip was ever complete without listening to The Wall from start to finish (usually twice). This feels different to their later works, as their sound clearly got more distinctive and 'prog rock' as they went on. I'm definitely more fond of their later sound. There's more whimsy and focus on the lyrics in this album I feel. This is still obviously a good dose of psychedelia though. It's probably a very good accompanying album to fellow 1967 release 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'. As they were recorded at the same time at the same studio, that's hardly surprising. My top pick from the album is the opening track 'Astronomy Domine' but I also liked 'Lucifer Sam'. This is more of a 3.5 but I didn't enjoy it enough to be a 4. As an aside - what a cool album title! Thanks Kenneth Grahame.
Okay. Let’s drop some acid and make (or listen to) a record. Never heard this before. I was obviously expecting a lot more guitars. Fun, but Floyd is now Dark Side of the Moon or the Wall for me, so less of this and more of that preferred.
Should've known from the album cover art that this would be an extremely pyschadelic sounding and feeling album. Some good song on here but overall maybe a bit too weird for my liking. The addlibs are a little bit terrifying at times but they definitly feed into the overall vision of the album. Continuous rhythms cut up with odd noises all about the place and unusual guitar motifs make it an unusual listening experience. I'm sure it'd be great to listen to in the right setting but I feel as though today, currently in the library, it isnt the one. Some elements border on lines of similarity with a previous Miles Davis album with similar chaos and unordered noise, which somehow manages to work in creating a sort of auora about it. Very mysterious frequencies. Wrote this about halfway through; Second half is distinctly less musically weird but lyrically very strange still. In a very enjoyable way, almost beatles esque. Not what I expected from Pink Floyd.
Had never listened to early Pink Floyd, and this was a surprise. Psych rock versus prog rock? And did anybody get a “The Who” vibe from this album? Perhaps I should have been stoned before listening. I really enjoyed flashes of it, but other times it started to drag a bit like during Interstellar Overdrive. Between a 3 and a 4. Probably a 3 because the tail end of the album isn’t as good as the start.
I'm much more into 60s psychedelia these days but still struggle a little with Syd-era Floyd. That said, the teetering between lysergic enlightenment and mental illness is drawing me in today.
Not exactly the most listenable overall. I can appreciate it for the influence it had on other bands and on psychedelic rock as a whole, and there are certainly some nice songs, but probably wouldn't revisit.
Odd album, very psychedelic. This wasn't really my vibe but there were some songs that were more listenable and I enjoyed those. Overall probably a good album for someone else.
Early Pink Floyd is not like later Pink Floyd. Barret brought some whimsical songs to the table, some of them good some of them not so.
Not a bad album just not as comparable to their other albums.
Very "experimental 60's"
Skemmtilega quirky plata, mikill Syd í henni.
For Pink Floyd, not great, compared to every other band, good.
Experimental psychedelic rock debut album. Very late 60s. Probably only fully makes sense to a drugged up Boomer.
Classic and wierd