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THE PIPER AT THE GATES OF DAWN

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.88 | 1902 ratings

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Jimsey
5 stars UK Version review:

Mostly, Pink Floyd has always meant 'too easy listening' for me. Colored water, background music, elevators, telephone waiting signal, just.. Boring, really. To put it bluntly. Never really understood what the big fuzz was about. I tried listening to a couple albums, the music went in from one ear and came out the other and afterwards I was always left wondering 'what the hell was I listening to again?' Never left much of an impression. Then I came across this.

Being hailed as a psychedelic epic, my interest was sparked. Fond of all kind of tripped out sonic psychedelia, I decided to give Piper a try. After *ahem* 'acquiring' the record, I put it on and I was definitely suprised. Very interesting, not like any other Floyd I had ever heard (soon after, I learned it was mostly thanks to Syd Barrett - RIP). 'Psychedelic fairytale songs for children' I believe someone called it and I would have to agree with that definition. After I had listened to the record a couple of times, it quickly went to the top of my 'buy'-list. It got the honor of being the first (and currently only) PF album to be inducted into my CD collection.

Bottom line - if you can't find any hooks in Pink Floyd's music, if they come across as nothing but boring to you, give the Piper a listen. Maybe it will change your perception of the band, maybe it won't. It definitely helped open up their music to me a little. And without a doubt, it is that 'psychedelic epic' mentioned earlier. I deem it an essential piece of psychedelic/progressive music making, an excellent addition to anyone's record collection and possibly a good way to introduce Pink Floyd into your musical tastes.

Jimsey | 5/5 |

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