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THE PIPER AT THE GATES OF DAWN

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.90 | 1379 ratings

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arcane-beautiful
4 stars Pink Floyd?A monument in history if anything. Yes, back in the day, these old farts used to make music. And was it good. Yes, very good indeed (in a Ziltoidian accent). When Pink Floyd first started out, they were quite unique. The psychedelic sound was just taking off, turning jazz, into improv jazz blues into this basically. This album is also quite unique because it was recorded in the same studio, at around the same time, that the Beatles we're recording Sgt. Peppers. I wonder did they know that 2 landmark albums were being made at the same time?no, they were all pissed on drugs?obviously. This album was a landmark album?but is it any good. Yes, it is. To be honest, it is quite hard to grasp, but it does grow on you. There are some almost filler songs, but to be honest, they're more random pieces of music really.

1.Astronomy Domine ? If the whole album sounded like this. It would be a force to be reckoned with. The vocals are amazing and very dreamy. The lyrics are very loony. The music is very chromatic at times, but the occurring themes are presented really well. The live version on Ummagumma is also very enjoyable as well.

2.Lucifer Sam ? This song is very amusing and very catchy. Syd at times could write a great catchy pop song, and this is one of them.

3.Matilda Mother ? A bit filler to be honest.

4.Flaming ? This song is very laidback and is very unique. Great melodies provided by Syd.

5.Pow R. Toc H. ? A weird instrumental with loops. Apparently, this song was inspired by Lovely Rita by the Beatles.

6.Take Up Thy Stethoscope & Walk ? I love the biblical avant garde references. This song is very weird but very enjoyable.

7.Interstellar Overdrive ? A friend of mine told me that this is the greatest piece of improvised music ever. So is it! It is quite good, but I think A Saucerful Of Secrets could easily beat it. My opinions?don't hurt me!

8.The Gnome ? A weird folk like tune. Enjoyable and fun.

9.Chapter 24 ? A weird song on behalf of Syd. Quite dark and ominous. Maybe this was before the mentalness started to happen.

10.Scarecrow ? A bit like the gnome?a cabaret like song for kids basically. But who doesn't love them.

11.Bike ? How could you not love this song. It's just so fun to listen and sing along to. Shadow Gallery also do a great version of this song on the bonus disc of Room V (Floydian Memories).

Conclusion: This album was a good album, it wasn't as great as I would have hoped it to be, but as a first album, you would be proud of this achievement.

arcane-beautiful | 4/5 |

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