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Pink Floyd


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.88 | 2009 ratings

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4 stars Piper was the first album by the band Pink Floyd, but in this period it was more like "The Syd Barrett Experience". Don't expect this to be similar to their later work such as Dark Side Of The Moon because it is very different. Evident of the psychedelic era of the late 60's, Piper is almost a complete representation of the good and the bad that era had to offer.

8 out of the 11 songs on the album were written solely by Barrett. Syd was a genius in a weird way. Songs like "Flaming" and "Bike" have a childlike sense of imagination but carry a dark undertone. Other songs "Pow R. Toc H." and "Interstellar Overdrive" were written by the group and contain many strange noises. Roger Waters has his first solo writing credit on "Take Up Thy Stethoscope And Walk", a song that is short and frantic. The beginning of Floyd's long pieces can be heard on "Interstellar Overdrive". This lead to "Atom Heart Mother" and "Echoes"; side-long pieces that would further experiment with sound.

This debut album captures both sides of psychedelic music: the fairy tale type stories and the drug induced mental breakdowns. Psychedelia can be summed up by The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, so for that it is pretty much a classic album.

thebig_E | 4/5 |


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