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  • Audio CD (26 Sept. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Catalogue
  • ASIN: B004ZN9ERI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,172 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Pink Floyd’s debut album released in 1967, featuring the original line-up of Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Richard Wright and Nick Mason. The 'Discovery' version presents the original studio album, digitally remastered by James Guthrie and reissued with a newly designed Digipak and a new 12 page booklet designed by Storm Thorgerson.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Chris M. on 22 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
So much has been written about 'Piper' there's not much point in me adding my ha'penny's worth, though it remains one of the great debut albums of all time in my opinion (along with 'In the Court of the Crimson King' and 'Led Zep 1'). But there's a 'but'. There's already much speculation about possible 'Experience' and even 'Immersion' editions of this album (either singly or, in the case of the Immersion ed, paired with 'Saucerful'), so why buy this now? I think enough time has elapsed now that Piper shouldn't be treated as some kind of holy artefact that cannot be sullied with (whisper it) bonus tracks or even a bonus CD. There's an awful lot in the can that could result in a 'Piper Era' package, rather than Piper on its own. BBC Radio 2's 'The Record Producers' programme (2011) gave tantalising glimpses into the 4track originals of 'Arnold Layne' and its flip side, proving they're being investigated. I (and zillions others) would far rather the remaining members of Floyd bury any misgivings they have and allow as much as possible from the band's earliest days to be put out there.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Chris G. on 27 May 2007
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Yes, 'The Piper at the Gates of Dawn' is undoubtedly imbued with the effects of LSD, and is one of the first true paradigms of psychedelic rock, however, for me, this album will always be Syd Barrett's immortalisation of childhood. The 'eccentric' Floyd frontman presents a wonderful array of withdrawn, introspective and seemingly naïve imagery, with lyrics that are dreamlike, unearthly and peculiarly ominous: appositely reflecting the process of childhood and growing up, in my opinion.

Due to this masterpiece, Barrett's first and last Floyd album, he will always remain a childlike genius in my eyes, not the drug-ravaged recluse the media gleefully portrayed him as. This album has made Syd eternal, and has simultaneously encapsulated memories of my own childhood. Songs such as: 'Bike', 'Scarecrow' and 'Lucifer Sam', illustrate the boundlessness of existence when young, yet also creepily depict the portentous nature of one's youth, and this is cleverly echoed in the cacophonous nature of tracks such as 'Astronomy Domine' and 'Interstellar Overdrive'.

Furthermore, this album also showcases Pink Floyd as brilliant musical innovators, in particular, Barrett's creative, dissonant guitar passages, such as those found on the expansive epic, 'Interstellar Overdrive'. Keyboardist, Rick Wright, also contributes significantly, most notably with eerie organ interludes, such as those which punctuate 'Matilda Mother' and 'Scarecrow', accentuating the psychedelic element of the music.

As long as people keep appreciating this album, Syd Barrett will live on forever. The music industry owes him a massive debt for his enterprising, beautifully ethereal work, and he must never be forgotten.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Mancunian Candidate on 26 May 2009
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Pink Floyd were formed in London in 1965, the darlings of the UFO Club, they were at the forefront of the emerging Psychedelic movement coming out of England during the post Beat period. A group of talented musicians, they were led by a charismatic guitarist from Cambridge called Syd Barrett.

On the back of the success of the single, Arnold Layne, in 1967 the band cut their first LP, and as it turns out the only Pink Floyd album to fully include Syd Barrett in its conception and creation. The Piper at the Gates of Dawn was released on EMI during that magical Summer of 1967 and is now heralded in the same bracket as Sgt Pepper as a game changer, an album that changed the nature of music forever, this despite the album appearing on paper to be not very accessible at all.

That said this album is obviously something special, mixing whimsical and fairytale like lyrics with the avant-garde and space rock, creating a sound quite clearly new and dynamic. The album begins with Astronomy Domine, surely one of the most fascinating songs to come out of 1967, it literally has everything you can ask for if you're a connoisseur of space rock or Psychedelia in general.

Following this staggering opener, the album moves to Lucifer Sam, a surprising song for Pink Floyd. The descending riff is actually more akin to Swinging London than it is to Underground London, but Syd Barrett's eerie voice takes the song back into the vibe of the album as a whole.

Track three on this album actually is my favourite song from the LP; Matilda Mother is a song performed by keyboardist Richard Wright. It is naturally a beautiful song, spooky and fairytale like and arranged flawlessly to create a masterpiece if ever there was one.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Scoble VINE VOICE on 9 Nov. 2001
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Space pixie Syd Barrett's crowning achievement was ultimately his first and last album recorded under the banner of Pink Floyd, when he was the driving force. Inspired by the harmonies and guitars of the Byrds' "Fifth Dimension" album of 1966, Syd penned the classic space rock opus Interstellar Overdrive and the album's opener Astronomy Domine. Building on the success of the early singles Arnold Layne and See Emily Play, Syd's songwriting talent came to the fore, and although typifying the whimsical edge of British psychedelia of the mid 1960's, his songs always had something extra that prevented them from degenerating into cheesy pop like many others did. Quite simply Piper was the best album of the era, with the driving, sinister Lucifer Sam and simply transcendant Mathilda Mother among the album's strongest cuts, also featuring the complete nonesense Bike song and the I-Ching inspired Chapter 24 among others. All areas of psychedelia were explored and to my mind never bettered by anyone. I used to love Sgt Pepper, but Piper blows it away making it sound overdone and pompous as if the Beatles were cashing in rather than innovating. Many people at the time of the album's release complained that Piper did not actively reflect the band's live music shows, which were apparently even more deranged. Little matter now. Over 30 years later Piper still sends shivers up my spine and makes me grin deliriously. Nothing will ever come close to this record, and I mean nothing. I've been an ardent fan of psychedelia in all it's forms for the past twenty years so I feel reasonably qualified to say this. As an afterthought, I would recommend this album to anyone, even if they are not fans of the era or style of music; this cd just might change your mind.
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