The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
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Pink Floyd 2011 Remasters
While they took their name from blues musicians Pink Anderson and Floyd Council when they started out as an R&B combo in the mid-60s, Pink Floyd's leader, guitarist Syd Barrett, soon began piloting the band through unprecedented sonic excursions typified by the title of their 1967 debut album's most celebrated track--the outsized instrumental "Interstellar Overdrive." Equally adept at composing catchy-sounding, Gothic-themed pop songs such as "See Emily Play," "The Scarecrow" and "The Gnome," Barrett seemed destined for greatness--that is, until psychedelic drugs got the best of him, and he abandoned the band to bassist Roger Waters and new guitarist David Gilmour. The rest, as they say, is history. --Billy AltmanSee all Product Description
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It is a difficult, almost feral, album filled with songs that project a view of the world that is almost childish in its naiivety, and yet, at the same time, maintains a very dark, menacing edginess. It is an album which manages, somehow a very delicate tension between the whimsical and the sinister, a tension which, perhaps, reflects the personal turmoil of Syd Barret himself.
Tough to say what might have transpired had Barret not lost the edge. Perhaps his psychological collapse (brought about by the over-use of psychotropic drugs), was necessitated by the nature of the art he created: a brilliance not made to last, like a star going nova. Conjecture aside, Piper At The Gates of Dawn remains a unique artistic statement, wholly unlike anything that would be produced by the subsequent incarnation of the group following Barret's departure. It is an album which captures, in a very real way, the nature and essence of psychedelic music, and may in fact be the best Pink Floyd album.
[NOTE: for the casual Floyd fan, the incarnation of the band present on Piper At The Gates Of Dawn is the Pink Floyd you know and love in title alone. Consequently, Piper At The Gates Of Dawn make take some getting used to, particularly for those either unfamiliar with late 60's psychedelic rock or those expecting a Darkside-esque album.]
Shine on Syd, you Piper and Painter!
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The opening to Astronomy Domine is the best opening of any track - play it as loud as you can!
This is a great CD
Sure it's different from say - The Dark Side Of The Moon. Sure it's psychedelic and kinda weird. Still, its charm lies there. Read morePublished on July 27 2006 by Katrina Karell
piper at the gates of dwan was one of the greatest debut albums produced by any band which was equalled only by the debut albums of led zeppelin and black sabbath. Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by sanjay verma99
I am a pink floyd fan but I do not like this album or any of pink floyd's early (experimental is I think the word used to describe their early music) albums including PATGOD, ASOS,... Read morePublished on July 5 2004
I had really expected more from this album. The lyrics and style are a little too goofy and exaggerated for my taste. Read morePublished on June 23 2004
If you only buy one CD in your whole life make it this one. I only vaguely framiar with Pink Floyd when I recieved this album and was not a huge fan. Read morePublished on June 15 2004
this is a masterpiece debut album from floyd.please ignore the one star reviews on this page.you should buy this fantastic cd.five stars.Published on June 14 2004 by scorpion expert
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