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Pink Floyd - The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn CD (album) cover


Pink Floyd


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.88 | 1829 ratings

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5 stars Let's talk 1967, here. There were two big cities: London and San Francisco. 'Frisco had the Doors and Jefferson Airplane, while London had the Beatles, the Pretty Things, and the infantile psychedelic group Pink Floyd. Now, if we were to say, take three albums from this era that epitomize this era, which three do you choose? Well, that's easy. Jimi Hendrix's Are You Experienced?, the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and, of course, Pink Floyd's the Piper at the Gates of Dawn. It exhibited the earliest echoes of Canterbury scene music, what with Syd Barrett's almost hypnotic, high-pitched-sounding-but-not-actually-high-pitched voice, the quirky lyrics, the space-y guitar, the kooky keyboards, it really paved the way for groups like Gong and the Soft Machine (whose first album sounds strongly impacted by the Piper).

The music isn't even remotely evocative of their later material; really, even the long, loony tracks like "Interstellar Overdrive" aren't similar to their '70s music. If you asked a Floyd novice if "Astronomy Domine" was by them, they'd undoubtedly say 'no'. They're two different bands, in essence.

This album isn't progressive. Not by a long shot. But it's a great outing...I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys psychedelic rock.

classicprogsovereign | 5/5 |


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