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Pink Floyd


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.87 | 2247 ratings

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4 stars This is one of prog rocks most essential records. And one of my favorite debut albums of all time. If this album had not been made some of the other bands we love today would not make the stuff they do... AND it got one of the biggest prog/rock bands of all time started, thats also a very important factor.

This albums uses extreem stereo as I like to call it, but it fits very well with the music because of all the strange sounds. The vocals are over all very high in the mix, but again it kinda fits the music well.

The cover is kinda, how should I put it... ugly. But I like the dancing people stuff on the back of the cd and in the bookleg. That is just sooo 60's and again that fits very well with the record.

This is really an underrated album in the Pink Floyd catalogue. Syd Barrett is not everyone's cup tee and I guess that's the reason. This album is true psykedelica and Syd was one of the godfathers of that genre. The album contains of some really well written songs with great humor, mood and depth. A real trademark in rock history if you ask me.

The first 4 tracks Atronomy Domine, Lucifer Sam, Matilda Mother and Flaming are all flowing very well and are all great prog/rock material.

The Pow R. Toc H. is more on the experimental side, but still a nice track if you ask me.

Then you have Take Up Thy Stethoscope And Walk which is really out there, but really cool. It's Roger's first contribution to the album. I really like the stereo effect towards the end. Really a rocking track.

Interstellar Overdrive is one of the most important peices of music to apear in prog. This track really sat the standards of what you could do in 1967. Sooo many artist must have been influenced by this piece of music, be it live or on the record. The rocky opening riff is really great. Then you have the far out part which is really confusing when you hear for the first time, but after several listens your ears gets used to it and you hear a lot of melodies and rythm stuff in that part which is amazing. The build up to the riff again freaks out in stereo... really cool. Overall a fantastic track that really sat the boundaries of prog.

Then we have the last 4 songs The Gnome, Chapter 24, Scarecrow and Bike. These song are all far out, but still more regular in a way than the last 3 songs. It's kinda like the album (cd version that is) starts out and ends with 4 songs that are more regular, but I know nothing is regular on this record. In between we have these 3 songs that really stands out imo on the really experimental side. Bike is one hell of a track, easily one of my favorite Syd tracks. The ending of it is just mind fucking and totally inventive.... true genius from Syd going on there.

Devnoy | 4/5 |


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