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A SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.63 | 1163 ratings

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friso
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4 stars Pink Floyd - A Saucerful of Secrets. 1968.

There was still so much progression to be made in the music industry. The Moody Blues has just invented how to use the Mellotron, Procol Harum invented the multi-part sidelong progressive song and Pink Floyd was busy installing the space/psychedelic scene. Where their debut was still a song driven album, referred to as psychopop, this a fully psychedelic album with very little commercial tendencies. Which is good in my opinion!

Let there me more Light is clearly a composition made by Roger Water intended to resemble the great Astronomy Domine. Though I still prefer the latter, this is a great Pink Floyd song. I wished they played material like this on their live dvd's! Spacey, vocals of Water and Gilmore and with a punching beat this is a great progressive achievement. Remember a Day is great song of Rick Wright. Beautiful chords and lyrics are the basis of this classic song. Set the Controls for the heart of the sun is a good example of Pink Floyd heading into psychedelic depth. The song became a live favourite by the fans. It was so played so often that the song grew to a masterpiece on the Live at Pompeii film (now on dvd!). The original is nice, but sounds still a bit incomplete. Corporal Clegg has been blamed for ruining the album, but I disagree. It has nice melodies and the stupid part in the middle is part of the psychedelic search. On side two A saucerful of secrets is the dark (no completely black) opener. Dark progressive soundscapes are introduced here by Pink Floyd. This is somehow the Pink Floyd I like most. The somehow spiritual vibe of psychedelia, the devotion of four man playing their instruments like they we're never used before. This ain't easy listening nor soothing, but it touches my very soul. Great! See-Saw and Jugband Blues are great songs ending the album with the last vocal lines of Syd Barrett. His presence has been unnoticed until this last song. I think it's better to place this record in the Water-Gilmour-Wright period then in the Barrett period.

A great ground-braking psychedelic record of the second classic Pink Floyd formation. Waters-Gilmour-Wright continued the songwriting duties Barrett had left and succeeded to make a worthy second record. Four Stars!

friso | 4/5 |

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