A Saucerful of Secrets

Pink Floyd - A Saucerful of Secrets
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Based on 3 reviews
1968 Ratings: #52 / 66
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Based on 195 ratings
1968 Ratings: #27
June 29, 1968 / Release Date
LP / Format
EMI Columbia / Label
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A transitional album on which the band moved from Syd Barrett's relatively concise and vivid songs to spacy, ethereal material with lengthy instrumental passages. Barrett's influence is still felt, and much of the material retains a gentle, fairy-tale ambience.

While "A Saucerful of Secrets" isn't exactly as wonderful as "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn", it's still a great record with fantastic instrumentation and solid writing from Syd Barrett, who, sadly, left the band shortly after.

Fav Tracks: Corporal Clegg, A Saucerful of Secrets, Jugband Blues, Let There Be More Light

Least Fav Track: Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun

"A Saucerful Of Secrets" is an album showing a band in transition, roaring back to life on one hand, but incinerating the body of a companion on the other. It is tailor made for psychedelic meditations with your lava lamp and all those weird lines on your hand. It is very intense yet peaceful, very introspective and a fantastic listen from back to front!

{{ This review is a far more in-depth analysis of the record. It is perhaps the longest review I've done to date - and I prefer ... read more
I seem to be in the minority who really think this is an improvement on Piper. I really don't get how people seriously think that Piper is better than this in anyway, and it honestly baffles me that there are people out there that consider this one of Floyd's weakest outings.

A Saucerful Of Secrets in the last album to involve Syd Barrett and the first to include David Gilmour. I think it was the best decision ever to bring on David Gilmour as, without mentioning their future ... read more
A Saucerful of Secrets is definitely one of Pink Floyd's most overlooked albums, yes, it maaay feel kinda underwhelming in comparison to their amazing debut, but it's not an album to sleep on, this thing creates great ethereal and meditating atmosphere, it's filled of melancholic tracks, as well as some of the first excellent progressive rock songs that the band ever made. It's a transitional album and it may be a bit a dizzy point for the band with all the Syd Barrett lefting and Gilmour ... read more
It was David Gilmour‘s first album with the band and Syd’s last album with the band. You can definitely tell the changes that went through between this album and TPATGOD. While there’s a lot less creative lyrics than before, it’s made up for this this more prog rocky production and this spacey atmosphere. I also really like the acoustic guitar at the end of Jugband Blues, it really makes for a melancholic ending. There are some moment of the album where it just feels ... read more
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Track List

  1. Let There Be More Light
  2. Remember a Day
  3. Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun
  4. Corporal Clegg
  5. A Saucerful of Secrets
  6. See-Saw
  7. Jugband Blues 
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