The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

Pink Floyd - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
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Based on 4 reviews
1967 Ratings: #21 / 56
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Based on 447 ratings
1967 Ratings: #23
August 5, 1967 / Release Date
LP / Format
EMI Columbia / Tower / Label
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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 Piper all the more compelling in light of Barrett's subsequent breakdown, and ranks it as one of the best psychedelic albums of all time.

One of the few great bands to exist ever, alongside The Who, T Rex, Led Zeppelin, and wait, that's it. Surprising because there really hasn't been any good music released past the 1980s. Ever since Pink Floyd released the final of their 4 albums in their whole discography, The Wall, music just became bad. Such a shame that I was born in the wrong generation. I still keep my that Dark Side of the Moon poster in my room. Most regular people have no idea what album is it. It's like they never even ... read more
I've came to the conclusion that this is not only a masterpiece in Pink Floyd's catalogue, but it's also a masterwork of music in general. Inventive, strongly influential, game-changing and mind-expanding; every single time I come back to this project, I can't help to feel fascinated and deeply immersed in it's craziness.
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is the purest expression of the immense creativity and genius of Syd Barrett, which leaded into one of the most unique and weirdly introspective ... read more
It's got a basket, a bell that rings and
Things to make it sound good
Has high potential to grow on me. Sonically it's the most interesting PF album I've heard so far though.
While this album had very ambitious ideas, that were really impressive for Pink Floyd who were just an underground psychedelic band at the time, I don't think it's one of their best.

It's pretty hard to get into, especially if you're unfamiliar with psychedelic music. Every track really grew on me overtime though, but there are still quite a few boring moments on here. The album doesn't really have a main focus either, which brings the whole experience somewhat down.

But that may only be so ... read more
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Track List

  1. Astronomy Domine
  2. Lucifer Sam
  3. Matilda Mother
  4. Flaming
  5. Pow R. Toc H.
  6. Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk
  7. Interstellar Overdrive
  8. The Gnome
  9. Chapter 24
  10. The Scarecrow
  11. Bike  
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