Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 347/500!
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is the debut studio album by the legendary Pink Floyd, and the only one made under founding member Syd Barrett's leadership. The album, named after the title of chapter seven of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows and featuring a kaleidoscopic cover photo of the band taken by Vic Singh, was recorded at Abbey Road next door to the Beatles, then working on Sergeant Pepper. The album is mainly Barrett's and is a precious relic of its time, a wonderful mix of the whimsical and weird.
The release of the album in the US was timed with the band's tour of the US. The US version of the album has a rearranged track list. This version omits "Astronomy Domine", "Flaming", and "Bike" and contains the UK non-album single, "See Emily Play". In the UK, no singles were released from the album, but in the US, "Flaming" was offered as a single.
Since its release, the album has been hailed a pivotal psychedelic rock album, with the embryonic elements of what was to become progressive rock. In 1973, it was packaged with the band's second album, A Saucerful of Secrets, and released as A Nice Pair to introduce new fans to the band's early work after the success of The Dark Side of the Moon. In 2012, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn was voted 347th on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time".
• Limited Edition
• Import CD
• Pink Floyd Papersleeve Collection
• 2011 Remaster
• Mini-LP replica sleeve with obi strip faithfully replicating the Japan first pressing edition
• Inner plastic sleeve and inner paper sleeve
• Made in Japan
Syd Barrett, lead guitar, vocals
Roger Waters, bass guitar, vocals
Richard Wright, organ, piano
Nick Mason, drums
1. Astronomy Domine
2. Lucifer Sam
3. Matilda Mother
5. Pow R. Toc H.
6. Take Up Thy Stethoscope And Walk
7. Interstellar Overdrive
8. The Gnome
9. Chapter 24
10. The Scarecrow