Remastered re-release of the debut full-length studio album by legendary British Psychedelic/Space Rock band.
The album, named after the title of chapter seven of Kenneth Grahame's "The Wind in the Willows" (Syd Barrett's favorite children's book), and featuring a kaleidoscopic cover photo of the band taken by Vic Singh, is the only one album made under founding member Syd Barrett's leadership.
Since its release, the album has been hailed a pivotal Psychedelic Rock album, with the embryonic elements of what was to become Progressive rock. Lyrical imagery of "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn" is indeed full of colorful, childlike, distinctly British whimsy, albeit filtered through the perceptive lens of LSD. Barrett's catchy, melodic Acid Pop songs are balanced with longer, more Experimental pieces showcasing the band's instrumental freak-outs, often using themes of space travel as metaphors for hallucinogenic experiences. But even though Barrett's lyrics and melodies are mostly playful and humorous, the band's music doesn't always bear out those sentiments - in addition to Rick Wright's eerie organ work, dissonance, chromaticism, weird noises, and vocal sound effects are all employed at various instances, giving the impression of chaos and confusion lurking beneath the bright surface. "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn" successfully captures both sides of Psychedelic experimentation - the pleasures of expanding one's mind and perception, and an underlying threat of mental disorder and even lunacy; this duality makes "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn" all the more compelling in light of Barrett's subsequent breakdown, and ranks it as one of the best Psychedelic albums of all time! The album is hailed not only as a Psychedelic masterpiece but LSD is named as a direct influence...
The album was ranked 40th in Mojo Magazine's "The 50 Most Out There Albums of All Time" list. In 2000, Q Magazine placed "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn" at the Gates of Dawn at number 55 in its list of the 100 greatest British albums ever. In July 2006, Billboard described "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn" as "one of the best Psychedelic Rock albums ever". In 2012, "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn" was voted 347th on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time".
The stereo remastered from the original analogue tapes 180 g vinyl. Comes with a stickers on the front of the shrinkwrap.
Pink Floyd Music Ltd./Parlophone Records Ltd. a Warner Music Group Company, 1967/2016 (PFRLP1 / 0825646493197). Made in Germany.
1. Astronomy Domine 4:10
2. Lucifer Sam 3:04
3. Matilda Mother 3:05
4. Flaming 2:43
5. Pow R. Toc H. 4:24
6. Take Up Thy Stethoscope And Walk 3:04
1. Interstellar Overdrive 9:41
2. The Gnome 2:11
3. Chapter 24 3:38
4. Scarecrow 2:08
5. Bike 3:24
Total playing time: 41:32 min.