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The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (2011 Remastered Version)

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The title of Pink Floyd's debut album is taken from a chapter in Syd Barrett's favorite children's book, The Wind in the Willows, and the lyrical imagery of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is indeed full of colorful, childlike, distinctly British whimsy, albeit filtered through the perceptive lens of LSD. Barrett's catchy, melodic acid pop songs are balanced with longer, more experimental pieces showcasing the group's instrumental freak-outs, often using themes of space travel as metaphors for hallucinogenic experiences -- "Astronomy Domine" is a poppier number in this vein, but tracks like "Interstellar Overdrive" are some of the earliest forays into what has been tagged space rock. But even though Barrett's lyrics and melodies are mostly playful and humorous, the band's music doesn't always bear out those sentiments -- in addition to Rick Wright's eerie organ work, dissonance, chromaticism, weird noises, and vocal sound effects are all employed at various instances, giving the impression of chaos and confusion lurking beneath the bright surface. The Piper at the Gates of Dawn successfully captures both sides of psychedelic experimentation -- the pleasures of expanding one's mind and perception, and an underlying threat of mental disorder and even lunacy; this duality makes Piper all the more compelling in light of Barrett's subsequent breakdown, and ranks it as one of the best psychedelic albums of all time.
© Steve Huey /TiVo

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1
Astronomy Domine (2011 Remastered Version)
00:04:11

Peter Bown, Recorder - Roger Waters, Vocals, Bass - Peter Jenner, Vocals - Syd Barrett, Composer, Guitar, Vocals - Pink Floyd, MainArtist - Norman Smith, Producer - James Guthrie, Masterer - Joel Plante, Masterer - Richard Wright, Organ, Piano, Vocals - Nick Mason, Drums

2016 Pink Floyd Music Ltd. 1967, 2011 Pink Floyd Music Ltd., marketed and distributed by Parlophone Records Ltd., a Warner Music Group Company

2
Lucifer Sam (2011 Remastered Version)
00:03:07

Peter Bown, Recorder - Roger Waters, Vocals, Bass - Peter Jenner, Vocals - Syd Barrett, Composer, Guitar, Vocals - Pink Floyd, MainArtist - Norman Smith, Producer - James Guthrie, Masterer - Joel Plante, Masterer - Richard Wright, Organ, Piano, Vocals - Nick Mason, Drums

2016 Pink Floyd Music Ltd. 2016 Pink Floyd Music Ltd. / Pink Floyd (1987) Ltd., marketed and distributed by Parlophone Records Ltd., a Warner Music Group Company

3
Matilda Mother (2011 Remastered Version)
00:03:08

Peter Bown, Recorder - Roger Waters, Vocals, Bass - Peter Jenner, Vocals - Syd Barrett, Composer, Guitar, Vocals - Pink Floyd, MainArtist - Norman Smith, Producer - Hilaire Belloc, Composer - James Guthrie, Masterer - Joel Plante, Masterer - Richard Wright, Organ, Piano, Vocals - Nick Mason, Drums

2016 Pink Floyd Music Ltd. 1967, 2011 Pink Floyd Music Ltd., marketed and distributed by Parlophone Records Ltd., a Warner Music Group Company

4
Flaming (2011 Remastered Version)
00:02:45

Peter Bown, Recorder - Roger Waters, Vocals, Bass - Peter Jenner, Vocals - Syd Barrett, Composer, Guitar, Vocals - Pink Floyd, MainArtist - Norman Smith, Producer - James Guthrie, Masterer - Joel Plante, Masterer - Richard Wright, Organ, Piano, Vocals - Nick Mason, Drums

2016 Pink Floyd Music Ltd. 1967, 2011 Pink Floyd Music Ltd., marketed and distributed by Parlophone Records Ltd., a Warner Music Group Company

5
Pow R. Toc. H (2011 Remastered Version)
00:04:26

Peter Bown, Recorder - Roger Waters, Composer, Vocals, Bass - Peter Jenner, Vocals - Syd Barrett, Composer, Guitar, Vocals - Pink Floyd, MainArtist - Norman Smith, Producer - James Guthrie, Masterer - Joel Plante, Masterer - Richard Wright, Composer, Organ, Piano, Vocals - Nick Mason, Composer, Drums

2016 Pink Floyd Music Ltd. 1967, 2011 Pink Floyd Music Ltd., marketed and distributed by Parlophone Records Ltd., a Warner Music Group Company

6
Take Up Thy Stethoscope And Walk (2011 Remastered Version)
00:03:06

Peter Bown, Recorder - Roger Waters, Composer, Vocals, Bass - Peter Jenner, Vocals - Syd Barrett, Guitar, Vocals - Pink Floyd, MainArtist - Norman Smith, Producer - James Guthrie, Masterer - Joel Plante, Masterer - Richard Wright, Organ, Piano, Vocals - Nick Mason, Drums

2016 Pink Floyd Music Ltd. 1967, 2011 Pink Floyd Music Ltd., marketed and distributed by Parlophone Records Ltd., a Warner Music Group Company

7
Interstellar Overdrive (2011 Remastered Version)
00:09:40

Peter Bown, Recorder - Roger Waters, Composer, Vocals, Bass - Peter Jenner, Vocals - Syd Barrett, Composer, Guitar, Vocals - Pink Floyd, MainArtist - Norman Smith, Producer - James Guthrie, Masterer - Joel Plante, Masterer - Richard Wright, Composer, Organ, Piano, Vocals - Nick Mason, Composer, Drums

2016 Pink Floyd Music Ltd. 1967, 2011 Pink Floyd Music Ltd., marketed and distributed by Parlophone Records Ltd., a Warner Music Group Company

8
The Gnome (2011 Remastered Version)
00:02:13

Peter Bown, Recorder - Roger Waters, Vocals, Bass - Peter Jenner, Vocals - Syd Barrett, Composer, Guitar, Vocals - Pink Floyd, MainArtist - Norman Smith, Producer - James Guthrie, Masterer - Joel Plante, Masterer - Richard Wright, Organ, Piano, Vocals - Nick Mason, Drums

2016 Pink Floyd Music Ltd. 2016 Pink Floyd Music Ltd. / Pink Floyd (1987) Ltd., marketed and distributed by Parlophone Records Ltd., a Warner Music Group Company

9
Chapter 24 (2011 Remastered Version)
00:03:42

Peter Bown, Recorder - Roger Waters, Vocals, Bass - Peter Jenner, Vocals - Syd Barrett, Composer, Guitar, Vocals - Pink Floyd, MainArtist - Norman Smith, Producer - James Guthrie, Masterer - Joel Plante, Masterer - Richard Wright, Organ, Piano, Vocals - Nick Mason, Drums

2016 Pink Floyd Music Ltd. 1967, 2011 Pink Floyd Music Ltd., marketed and distributed by Parlophone Records Ltd., a Warner Music Group Company

10
Scarecrow (2011 Remastered Version)
00:02:11

Peter Bown, Recorder - Roger Waters, Vocals, Bass - Peter Jenner, Vocals - Syd Barrett, Composer, Guitar, Vocals - Pink Floyd, MainArtist - Norman Smith, Producer - James Guthrie, Masterer - Joel Plante, Masterer - Richard Wright, Organ, Piano, Vocals - Nick Mason, Drums

2016 Pink Floyd Music Ltd. 1967, 2011 Pink Floyd Music Ltd., marketed and distributed by Parlophone Records Ltd., a Warner Music Group Company

11
Bike (2011 Remastered Version)
00:03:21

Peter Bown, Recorder - Roger Waters, Vocals, Bass - Peter Jenner, Vocals - Syd Barrett, Composer, Guitar, Vocals - Pink Floyd, MainArtist - Norman Smith, Producer - James Guthrie, Masterer - Joel Plante, Masterer - Richard Wright, Organ, Piano, Vocals - Nick Mason, Drums

2016 Pink Floyd Music Ltd. 2016 Pink Floyd Music Ltd. / Pink Floyd (1987) Ltd., marketed and distributed by Parlophone Records Ltd., a Warner Music Group Company

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The title of Pink Floyd's debut album is taken from a chapter in Syd Barrett's favorite children's book, The Wind in the Willows, and the lyrical imagery of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is indeed full of colorful, childlike, distinctly British whimsy, albeit filtered through the perceptive lens of LSD. Barrett's catchy, melodic acid pop songs are balanced with longer, more experimental pieces showcasing the group's instrumental freak-outs, often using themes of space travel as metaphors for hallucinogenic experiences -- "Astronomy Domine" is a poppier number in this vein, but tracks like "Interstellar Overdrive" are some of the earliest forays into what has been tagged space rock. But even though Barrett's lyrics and melodies are mostly playful and humorous, the band's music doesn't always bear out those sentiments -- in addition to Rick Wright's eerie organ work, dissonance, chromaticism, weird noises, and vocal sound effects are all employed at various instances, giving the impression of chaos and confusion lurking beneath the bright surface. The Piper at the Gates of Dawn successfully captures both sides of psychedelic experimentation -- the pleasures of expanding one's mind and perception, and an underlying threat of mental disorder and even lunacy; this duality makes Piper all the more compelling in light of Barrett's subsequent breakdown, and ranks it as one of the best psychedelic albums of all time.
© Steve Huey /TiVo

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