A Saucerful of Secrets

Pink Floyd - A Saucerful of Secrets
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Based on 5 reviews
1968 Ratings: #54 / 71
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Based on 336 ratings
1968 Ratings: #42
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June 29, 1968 / Release Date
LP / Format
EMI Columbia / Label
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It’s a transitional album, made by a band developing at an ambitious rate yet still trying to figure out exactly what this adjusted line-up can do.

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.

I started wildin' out when I first heard the kazoos on Corporal Clegg, but otherwise, this is kind of a meh Pink Floyd record, it feels more like throwaways from their debut album which I should probably get around to listening to đź‘€
Pink Floyd bring in David Gilmour and basically completely change their sound to a more spacey and progressive sound then their debut, arguably bringing in even more atmospheric and beautiful soundscapes than their debut. On one hand, that's great that they're transitioning their sound to something more progressive and slowly making their way into what would become their most iconic era yet. But... if only it were actually memorable most of the time.

While it has some great stuff like Let ... read more
Coming right off of the success of their debut album “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn”, Pink Floyd returned to record an album entitled A Saucerful of Secrets. Syd Barret still fronted the band with his iconic vocals but after this album he would step down as lead vocalist and in my opinion allow the band to spread their wings and finally show what they really had to offer. A saucerful of secrets is another endeavor into 60s rock which is similar to their debut but is slightly more ... 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
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

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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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Added on: January 6, 2013