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The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

Pink Floyd

1967

The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

Album Summary

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.

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Rating

3.12

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5678

Genres

  • Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
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Mon Jun 07 2021
1

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.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
3

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!! ✌️

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Thu Oct 14 2021
5

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

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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

Classic. Love Syd.

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Mon Sep 27 2021
3

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...

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Thu Jul 07 2022
3

I've always avowed a dislike of Pink Floyd. I love old-school punk, and I've followed the punk orthodoxy that Pink Floyd were the apotheosis of the conceited, flatulent bores that populated prog rock. My attitude since my student days has mellowed slightly, but only slightly. Nowadays I'm not going to act outraged if someone puts Money on the jukebox (though I still think it's cack). But the punk orthodoxy on Pink Floyd carried a qualifier: the enmity towards Pink Floyd should be directed towards the Roger Waters era. It's easy to comprehend why. Roger Waters is clearly one of the most pompous, humourless figures in all of rock. If you said "Knock knock" to Roger Waters, he would glare at you silently for a full minute, his snarl becoming more and more severe as the seconds passed, and then scream in your face that your "Knock knock" statement made you directly responsible for the death of a Palestinian child. But the punks tended to excuse Syd Barrett from the opprobrium. Syd's whimsy and tragic breakdown granted him a pass, to the extent that the Damned asked Syd to produce their second album Music for Pleasure; he couldn't be contacted what with being a recluse, so the Damned asked Pink Floyd's drummer Nick Mason instead (even Pink Floyd's drummer was whiny and melodramatic. The drummer. Chew on that for a while.). The ill-starred album bombed critically and commercially. This was to be expected. Previously, I reviewed Syd Barrett's first solo album, The Madcap Laughs. I gave it one star. It degenerated into studio outtakes by side B, making the whole album seem an ugly exploitation of an unwell man. So logically, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn must represent the full-bloomed talents of Syd. But on listening, I'm obliged to conclude that it doesn't really work. This is not to say PATGOD is bad, per se. Some of the tracks have that pleasing, trippy, rocking playfulness of reputation. But large parts have that most fatal of curses: dullness. The experimentalism of the album just comes across as exercises in cleverness rather than inquisitiveness, of Pink Floyd filling out an IQ test with cribbed answers. More personally, the childlike insinuations to fairy tales and Edward Lear don't appeal to me. The worst trend of our age is the dislodging of serious literature by Harry Potter fans too blinkered to bother with intricate prose, and I am similarly wary over late-60s groups trying to evoke a mythical arcadia where we dance around the meadows as a goat-hoofed pixie plays his flute to summon the fairies and render us all perpetually 12. So, PATGOD manages to be both far too ponderous and far too slight. I can just about recognise why others genuflect towards this, but I still see no reason to revise my antipathy for Pink Floyd. Also, I really don't know what to deduce about the legacy of Syd Barrett. Would his other solo album finally give me my chips? Maybe one day soon I'll listen to it, but not today. As for PATGOD, 2 stars seems a molecule too harsh, but it's one of the most generous threes I've given so far.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
3

7/10 - Better then I thought it would be. Sydd could write some songs.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
3

I need to listen to this again. With drugs. Lots and lots of drugs.

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Sat Nov 27 2021
3

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.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
1

This is actually the best advert against taking psychedelics I've ever heard.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
5

Excelente, mesmo não sendo o melhor deles

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Wed Dec 08 2021
5

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.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

Cacophonous and meandering, experimental like a bunch of kids just vibing on pianos. Enjoyed the weird riffs.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

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.

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Sat Feb 13 2021
4

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.

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Tue Apr 06 2021
2

Sehr experimentell, Doors-Freejazz-Gitartenpop

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Wed Sep 29 2021
1

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

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Wed Dec 08 2021
1

En muchos minutos solo son ruido.

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Mon Mar 15 2021
5

Definite sound of the time.

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Tue Mar 02 2021
5

psychedelic classic. feels like acid. fav track: astronomy domine

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Fri Feb 26 2021
5

doido

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Wed Apr 28 2021
5

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?

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Tue Jun 08 2021
5

already listening to it. Really nice

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Mon Jun 14 2021
5

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.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
5

Loved it.

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Thu Sep 02 2021
5

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.

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Tue Oct 12 2021
5

goat

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Tue Oct 12 2021
5

Psychedelic classic

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Fri Oct 15 2021
5

Ultimate classic.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

Whimsical, strange, trippy this is British psychedelia at its very best. Sadly Syd with never hit the same highs on his two solo albums.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
5

My first dabble with psychedelia

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

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

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Thu Jan 27 2022
5

CLAZZIC

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Wed Mar 16 2022
5

Many Thoughts, I'm Afraid Of Burning Out. AMA LABES.

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Sun Mar 27 2022
5

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.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
5

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!

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Mon Jul 18 2022
5

UOU

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Mon Aug 01 2022
5

5.0

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Wed Aug 10 2022
5

amazing album

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Sun Aug 21 2022
5

My favourite Pink Floyd album and a glorious dose of madness. Interstellar Overdrive on repeat with the volume loud = heaven

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

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.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

THE prog rock album

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

Wonderful. Classy.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
5

Classic. And so entirely different from the Pink Floyd most people recognize

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Mon Oct 17 2022
5

One of the best and trippiest psychedelic albums out there

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Thu Oct 20 2022
5

Already one of my favourites. Best played with alcohol and incense. Would have loved to have been there........ This is 60's psychedelia at it's best and not to be confused with 70's Floyd which was incredible but not this. This is superb.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
5

Un esordio molto distante da quello che saranno i Pink Floyd successivi, frutto del genio di Syd Barrett, ma non per questo meno valido... Anzi. Cinque stelle anche solo per Astronomy Domine e Interstellar Overdrive.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
5

6.5 by far

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Fri Nov 11 2022
5

Excelente audição de psicodelia

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Wed Dec 07 2022
5

Pink Floyd. I don't like them. All my life everyone told me, "Ok Fine, but did you hear Pink Floyd with Syd Barret? It's probably more up your street". Suffice to say I hadn't until now. And this album is actually awesome. Can't believe I can say this about a Floyd album - but here they have some edge, they're fun and playful in the Kinks' vein, way better than when they started to take themselves too seriously and got 'Water-ed' down (ha ha ha). They still have the virtuosity, and the psychedelia - but here it feels genuine. Great album.

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Tue Dec 27 2022
5

This is honestly up there with "Wish You Were Here" and "Animals" for me. I absolutely love the stupid goblin music aesthetic (you know exactly what I'm talking about) and this album gives me so much joy. I like how the songs are blatantly and unashamedly about stupid shit. "Lucifer Sam" is about Syd's cat. People in the 60s thought it was a metaphor for cheating or something, but then Syd literally just said "No, it's about how cool my cat is". "The Gnome" is about a gnome and how cool it is to be a gnome. "Scarecrow" is about a scarecrow and how cool it is to be a scarecrow. "Bike" is about a bike and how cool it is to ride a bike and about a mice named Gerald. Don't look into the lyrics because every "analysis" of this album is wrong. This album is about Syd Barrett writing about things he finds cool. There's no deep message about the plights of humanity and the gnome is not a metaphor for Jesus. Just enjoy the man's lovely voice and the psychedelic effects. Also I can't not mention "Interstellar Overdrive". What a song. Listen to it with headphones - that finale is probably how it would feel to have an eargasm if ears could have orgasms. Roger Waters looks like a horse.

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Sat Dec 31 2022
5

ne plus ultra

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Mon Jan 02 2023
5

Such a cool album that portends nicely to what was to come for Pink Floyd. Enjoyed listening to this piece of history a lot. Favorite track: Matilda Mother

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Wed Jan 11 2023
5

An incredibly fun collection of strange pop pieces, characterized by whimsical lyrics, lazy vocal delivery, a spacey chamber presence (filled up echoes and drawn-out instrumentation), surf rock riffs, and a wide variety of creative and standout instrumentation styles and studio techniques that evokes a ton of wild imagery, pulling from all sorts of genres and in general random sounds you'd encounter in life. They're all memorable, full of rich and colorful melodies. Some exciting but mostly mesmerizing. Every track contributes something unique for a full experience, and never a minute feels wasted. In a lot of ways sounds like Sgt Pepper, from the Beatlesesque harmonious vocals to the experimental stereo mixing, and even that weird tape outro just like A Day in the Life. Favorites: Astronomy Domine, Lucifer Sam, Flaming, Interstellar Overdrive, Gnome, Bike

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Sat Jan 14 2023
5

In my mind the best band EVER and this album while way out there is great.

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Sun Jan 29 2023
5

ONE OF MY FAVORITE ALBUMS OF ALL TIME Oh to have been in Abbey Road Studios when they were recording this and the Beatles were there recording Sgt. Peppers at the same damn time. Fucking hell 67’ is my favorite year for music. LUCIFER SAM, SIAM CAT!! YIPPEE! YOU CAN’T SEE ME BUT I CAN YOU LOOK AT THE SKY, LOOK AT THE RIVER ISN’T IT GOOD? A MOVEMENT IS ACCOMPLISHED IN SIX STAGES AND THE SEVENTH BRINGS RETURN I’LL GIVE YOU ANYTHING, EVERYTHING IF YOU WANT THINGS

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Sat Feb 04 2023
5

Psychedelic masterpiece!

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

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

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Wed Sep 23 2020
4

Yeah, it was pretty good

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

Experimental, trippy, and weird, but in a delightful sort of way.

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Fri Nov 27 2020
4

Psicodélico, tem tocado, maluco, bom demais!

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

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.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

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

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

This was a lot better than the last pink floyd album

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Tue Mar 23 2021
4

Great debut album. Pink Floyd amazed from the very beginning and I love it.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
4

Solía escuchar mucho éste disco. Sigue siendo la onda

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Mon Jul 19 2021
4

I’d still rather listen to Sgt Pepper’s.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

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.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
4

This sure was an experience.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
4

Se ve que les faltaba un pelin aun

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Thu May 06 2021
4

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.

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Sat Feb 13 2021
4

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!

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Sat Mar 27 2021
4

Bueno, no está mal. Le voy a dar un 4 porque son Pink Floyd, aunque no he prestado mucha atención.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

De excelente qualidade, gostoso de ouvir mas não o suficiente pra eu ouvir de novo, não é meu tipo.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

One of best psychedelic records of all time. Great melodies, textures, oniric passages… Syd Barrett at his very best

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

syd barret

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Sat Feb 13 2021
4

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!

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Great sign of things to come from this legendary powerhouse

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Absolute classic

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

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.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

Death grips samples

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

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.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

Syd Barrett take es awayyyyyyy

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Wed Jun 23 2021
4

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

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Sat Jul 31 2021
4

Wild, "out there" space rock; proof that Pink Floyd have been pushing the boundaries since day one.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
4

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.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
4

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.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
4

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.

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Tue Sep 14 2021
4

Rollicking, British, and fun. Highly enjoyed it.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

Актуальная работа до сих пор. Интересные фишки при сведении.

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Mon Sep 27 2021
4

Interesting if a little bit too much whimsy in places

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Tue Oct 12 2021
4

I really like this. Not my fave album by them that belongs to another album that I hope is on this list

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Wed Oct 20 2021
4

Nice! An album I already knew! I prefer Pink Floyd's new stuff over this one, but it's still awesome.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

It is not as distinct as their later albums, but still really good.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
4

Up its own ass in an incredibly compelling way

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Sun Oct 31 2021
4

3.5.....but have to give a 4....for invention...start and end of interstellar and others

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Tue Nov 02 2021
4

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

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Tue Nov 02 2021
4

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.

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Tue Nov 02 2021
4

Funky! 8

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

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.

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