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This is a review for the discovery edition cd. When I was ten my great aunt gave me a load of my cousins old singles. One of them was a very scratched See Emily play. The b side was scarecrow. At that age it made quite an impression. That Xmas I got a nice pair on cassette. Those were the days of small cassette players with a tiny speaker. On boy I'd heard nothing like the music that double album. Over 40 years later I've now got the beautifully remasters pink Floyd debut. It' still makes an massive impact. The sound quality is simply stunning almost as good as the Beatles remasters. Yes it is that good The content is outstanding and way ahead of its time. It's way ahead of Sargeant Peppers. Maybe that's an unfair comparison as the Beatles played a different kind of psych. Piper at the gates of dawn is very radical for the time. It is still radical by today's standards. Every track is a gem and different in some way. Pink Floyd were never this experimental again. But they had made their point. Their live shows at the time were just long sessions of spaced out rock. It's a real pity that there aren't any good recordings fm that those gigs. Those that I've heard are unplayable. Piper at the gates of dawn is pink Floyd playing safe. Piper at the gates of dawn is one of the most radical albums of all time. That just shows how far ahead of the field they were. Avoid this album at your peril
Piper at the Gates of Dawn was the first commercial album released by Pink Floyd. This CD re-mastered in 2011 has excellent sound quality, especially when replayed through my
5.1 sound system
that can synthesise a surprisingly good surround effect from proper stereo.
Some of the tracks are dated and naive and definitely not to modern tastes, but others are timeless and the greatly improved quality on this re-mastered CD has made it an essential part of my collection. I no longer mind that my original piece of vinyl has succumbed to old age.
I bought the vinyl version a few months after seeing them in the Bristol Corn Exchange on 28th March 1967, but played on my then Hi-Fi it could not recapture the live experience with the light show and general atmosphere. Today, more than fifty years later this CD with the surround effect comes very close to achieving it, and the memories are still there if I close my eyes while listening.
Pink Floyd's debut studio album (not the first time the band was professionally recorded, as live-on-stage material exists from 1966) was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and released to an unsuspecting world in August 1967, the famous "Summer of Love."
The core theme of `Piper' revolves around singer-guitarist-frontman Syd Barrett's psychedelic journey back into childhood. Of the 11 songs on the UK release 8 are from Barrett's poetic but bizarre LSD-inspired mind, full of dreamlike imagery and unlike anything else from this time: whimsical, humorous, occasionally dark-edged, and very musical in the way of traditional songs. The mix and running order of the slightly later US release differed, and featured the single `Arnold Layne'.
Of the remaining three tracks `Astronomie Domine' and `Interstellar Overdrive' are longer space-rock numbers destined to become live-on-stage standards for the band up until 1973, growing progressively lengthier and louder with the passing years. The final song `Take up thy Stethoscope and Walk' is Roger Waters' first recorded composition, an indifferent and forgettable piece displaying little indication of the truly great lyricist he was within a few short years to become. Rick Wright's keyboard work and eerie space-rock sound effects contribute in no small measure to the album's quirky 1967 character.
`Piper at the Gates of Dawn' (the title of Chapter 7 of `The Wind in the Willows') remains an enduring monument to Syd Barrett's eccentric genius. It's a one-off, a real psychedelic classic. The follow-up album `A Saucerful of Secrets' with the more professionally grounded Dave Gilmour replacing the by-then-mentally-unstable-and-unreliable Barrett retains much of the same groove, whilst moving Pink Floyd on from being The Syd Barrett Band into a functional quartet of more-or-less equal creative professional musicians.
Sonically The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn was engineered perfectly, so it is a joy to listen to instruments sounding live and direct, as if the listener is sitting in the control room whilst it is being recorded. A taste of avant garde scales, harmonies and experimental sounds brought to a world of grounded rock riffs, chord progressions and drum patterns, and surprisingly unspoilt by postproduction and mastering. So, If you are into sound, this is a reference album.
The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn is still a fantastic album by any standards, Its great to hear Syd Barrett remastered and 50 years on it remains a gold nugget in the musical world. Play this to to nowadays youth and some may think it corny or even comical but back in the late 60's it was compulsive listening drugs or no drugs. The sound effects have been bought up to date which makes this album a peach for any collection!!!!!
From the visionary to the whimsical this is a real trip. Take Scarecrow, i mean its so profound about accepting emptiness of mind and simply being! Its like Syd was trying to tell us something but in a beautiful whimsical way. The only mediocre song is Take up thy stethoscope which Roger Waters wrote (funnily enough). If youve never heard this album let me tell you buy it now! Its so charming and unique. Syd Barrett was the most gifted artist of the psychedelic movement.
Good quality vinyl and reproduction sound. Not their best album but a 'must have' in a Pink Floyd collection. Just a pity my original copy was damaged, as a shame I had to go across the pond for a quality replacement.
Sixties avant-garde music at its best! This album is a real classic of the short lived British Psychedelic era and easily up there with Sgt Pepper. It's been great to hear it again after so many years....