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The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

Pink Floyd

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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
00:04:11

Peter Brown, Recording Engineer - Roger Waters, Other - Peter Jenner, Other - Syd Barrett, Composer, Lyricist, Other - Pink Floyd, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Smith, Producer - James Guthrie, Mastering Engineer - Joel Plante, Mastering Engineer - Richard Wright, Other - Nick Mason, Drums

(P) 2016 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Pink Floyd Music Ltd., marketed and distributed by Sony Music Entertainment

2
Lucifer Sam
00:03:07

Peter Brown, Recording Engineer - Roger Waters, Other - Syd Barrett, Composer, Lyricist, Other - Pink Floyd, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Smith, Producer - James Guthrie, Mastering Engineer - Joel Plante, Mastering Engineer - Richard Wright, Other - Nick Mason, Other

(P) 2016 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Pink Floyd Music Ltd., marketed and distributed by Sony Music Entertainment

3
Matilda Mother
00:03:08

Peter Brown, Recording Engineer - Roger Waters, Other - Syd Barrett, Composer, Lyricist, Other - Pink Floyd, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Smith, Producer - James Guthrie, Mastering Engineer - Joel Plante, Mastering Engineer - Richard Wright, Other - Nick Mason, Drums

(P) 2016 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Pink Floyd Music Ltd., marketed and distributed by Sony Music Entertainment

4
Flaming
00:02:45

Peter Brown, Recording Engineer - Roger Waters, Other - Syd Barrett, Composer, Lyricist, Other - Pink Floyd, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Smith, Producer - James Guthrie, Mastering Engineer - Joel Plante, Mastering Engineer - Richard Wright, Other - Nick Mason, Other

(P) 2016 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Pink Floyd Music Ltd., marketed and distributed by Sony Music Entertainment

5
Pow R. Toc H.
00:04:26

Peter Brown, Recording Engineer - Roger Waters, Composer, Other - Syd Barrett, Composer, Other - Pink Floyd, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Smith, Producer - James Guthrie, Mastering Engineer - Joel Plante, Mastering Engineer - Richard Wright, Composer, Other - Nick Mason, Composer, Other

(P) 2016 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Pink Floyd Music Ltd., marketed and distributed by Sony Music Entertainment

6
Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk
00:03:05

Peter Brown, Recording Engineer - Roger Waters, Composer, Lyricist, Other - Syd Barrett, Other - Pink Floyd, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Smith, Producer - James Guthrie, Mastering Engineer - Joel Plante, Mastering Engineer - Richard Wright, Other - Nick Mason, Other

(P) 2016 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Pink Floyd Music Ltd., marketed and distributed by Sony Music Entertainment

7
Interstellar Overdrive
00:09:40

Peter Brown, Recording Engineer - Roger Waters, Composer, Bass - Syd Barrett, Composer, Guitar - Pink Floyd, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Smith, Producer - James Guthrie, Mastering Engineer - Joel Plante, Mastering Engineer - Richard Wright, Composer, Other - Nick Mason, Composer, Drums

(P) 2016 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Pink Floyd Music Ltd., marketed and distributed by Sony Music Entertainment

8
The Gnome
00:02:14

Peter Brown, Recording Engineer - Roger Waters, Other - Syd Barrett, Composer, Lyricist, Other - Pink Floyd, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Smith, Producer - James Guthrie, Mastering Engineer - Joel Plante, Mastering Engineer - Richard Wright, Other - Nick Mason, Other

(P) 2016 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Pink Floyd Music Ltd., marketed and distributed by Sony Music Entertainment

9
Chapter 24
00:03:42

Peter Brown, Recording Engineer - Roger Waters, Other - Syd Barrett, Composer, Lyricist, Other - Pink Floyd, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Smith, Producer - James Guthrie, Mastering Engineer - Joel Plante, Mastering Engineer - Richard Wright, Other - Nick Mason, Other

(P) 2016 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Pink Floyd Music Ltd., marketed and distributed by Sony Music Entertainment

10
The Scarecrow
00:02:11

Peter Brown, Recording Engineer - Roger Waters, Other - Syd Barrett, Composer, Lyricist, Other - Pink Floyd, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Smith, Producer - James Guthrie, Mastering Engineer - Joel Plante, Mastering Engineer - Richard Wright, Other - Nick Mason, Other

(P) 2016 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Pink Floyd Music Ltd., marketed and distributed by Sony Music Entertainment

11
Bike
00:03:22

Peter Brown, Recording Engineer - Roger Waters, Bass - Syd Barrett, Composer, Lyricist, Other - Pink Floyd, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Smith, Producer - James Guthrie, Mastering Engineer - Joel Plante, Mastering Engineer - Richard Wright, Other - Nick Mason, Other

(P) 2016 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Pink Floyd Music Ltd., marketed and distributed by Sony Music Entertainment

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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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