The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

Pink Floyd - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1967 Ratings: #19 / 58
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Based on 801 ratings
1967 Ratings: #25
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

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.

rafae_l
80
guys. i'm sorry. i get that 'interstellar overdrive' is incredibly influential, the whole album is. but i'm not going to fucking sit through 11 minutes of random ass instrumentals that have no direction whatsoever.

"oh but rafa! it was an experiment, it's art!"

i don't care.
GeMann
75
A lot of this album is incredible, brain splattering, woozy, psychedelic rock. The other part of this album is mash potato music. Now, I love myself some mashed potatoes, but if you have too much of it on your music plate, then the meal is bound to be shit, unless you're Matt Damon, and that's all you've been eating the past few months. After the iconic intro to Interstellar Overdrive, which was sampled by Death Grips on Exmilitary, (Which is better than this, btw) it kind of dwindles off into ... read more
eliiiiiiii
100
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
MickyT
65
I can describe Pink Floyds debut album 'The Piper at the Gates of Dawn' in many ways, zany, psychedelic, colourful and the word I'd use the most to describe this album, overrated. Now there are things about Piper that I love like the opening track Astronomy Domine which is an incredible song, the experimentation on this album can be creative at times, Syd Barretts charming and colourful songwriting is great and some of these songs have some great structures, but honestly for me a lot of these ... read more
morningsbell
79
Has high potential to grow on me. Sonically it's the most interesting PF album I've heard so far though.
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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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Added on: January 6, 2013