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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B005NKMKJ6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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76 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Jordan on 6 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This 3-CD release makes all those grumblers about 'another fan rip-off' look a bit daft. Sure - I've owned this album on vinyl, cassette, CD (twice) and STILL wanted this the day it came out. What sold it to me? The great price, the nice packaging . . . but most of all, another excuse to reappraise the music.
The mono version (designated Disc 1) is the definitive disc for me. It just rings out with greater clarity, clearly emphasising each band member, and has better internal balance. The stereo version is fine too of course - especially for that 'demented duck' noise at the end of 'Bike' (though perhaps the swinging from left to right channels at the end of 'Interstellar Overdrive' has always been a bit corny, if fun).
The singles disc is just over half an hour long, so with two copies of the same album (at 42 mins each), you really have bought the value of a double CD. The alternate versions are fascinating, with the always slightly dense 'Apples and Oranges' benefitting from being opened up by stereo.
The packaging is very generous - I see no 'fan rip-off'! It resembles a well-bound book, and has a decent booklet attached, containing lots of interesting band pics and lyrics. There's no essay (just as well, they are usually badly-written and full of errors!!), and sadly no reference to recording dates. But let's face it - the number of books and websites out there make up for it, and it's the music that counts. Slipped in is a Syd Barrett collage booklet, which does add to the 'confectionary' atmosphere. I'm glad to have this on the shelf next to the treasured Japanese-issue mini-sleeve CDs, and hope that EMI consider using the same format for other Pink Floyd albums.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By R Lough on 4 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
When I heard that The Piper at the Gates of Dawn was being re-released to commemorate its 40th anniversary, I was really pleased because this is an album that has stood the test of time for four decades, and in this day and age, that is something of an achievement. The reason why it is so beloved is because of the wealth of classic material on the album from epic tracks Astronimy Domine and Intersteller Overdrive to quirky little numbers such as The Gnome and Bike. This album really shows off the genius of lead vocalist and writer Syd Barrett, who unfortunately did not remain with Pink Floyd beyond their second studio album (A Saucerful Of Secrets).
This new version of the album comes in very attractive packaging - it resembles a red cloth book with a photo on the front of the classic 1967 album cover. The new version contains three discs. The first is the original mono recording, the second is the enhanced stereo version and the third contains Pink Floyd's early singles including the classics Arnold Layne, See Emily Play and Apples and Oranges as well as alternative versions of Matilda Mother and Intersteller Overdrive.
This truly is a great release and is a must for any true Pink Floyd fan.
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82 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Lenny Banter on 10 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Another anniversary of another classic album and once again, a record company decides that it is yet another opportunity to fleece the public. Before I go any further, I should say that this is a great album and an excellent introduction to British psychedelic music. It is also one of the jewels in the crown in the Floyd back catalogue and the only one to feature original guitar player Syd Barrett (who would be ousted from the band he had helped to create due to his ever increasingly unreliable behaviour). It is most probably the only album to feature songs about Gnomes, cats, bikes, outer space or scarecrows. The majority of the songs were credited to Barrett alone and all of these are highlights. It is on the songs which Barret co-writes or had nothing to do with where the album falls down. The two psychedelic instrumental jams (which made up quite a large portion of the Floyd's live set at this time) have not stood the test of time that well and the one credited to Roger Waters is terrible.

As this released is no doubt aimed at the serious record buyer (who more than likely owns this album in at least incarnation already), my earlier comment about fleecing the public should be explained. To be a fully representative special edition of this album and to give the fans what they have been after for many years would be to include songs that have never been commercially available, but have been the preserve of bootlegs. There was so much scope for so many of the songs that Barrett recorded with the band to be have been included but for one reason or another, are not.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lozarithm VINE VOICE on 16 April 2008
Format: Audio CD
Whilst today stereo is the norm, in 1967 it was a small minority market and much more time was lavished on the monaural version than on the stereo mix, which would be done in a day or two, after the mono master had been completed, and was often not released until after the standard mono version. Consequently, there were often significant differences between the two. I can remember spending far too many teenage hours comparing mono and stereo versions of albums by the Beatles, the Pink Floyd and others on headphones using a customized mono record player with a stereo cartridge wired to a second amplifier. To me, a psychedelic record such as Piper cried out for stereo effects, and thanks to the crisp production of the late Norman Smith and the sound engineering of Peter Bown at Abbey Road, I was not disappointed.

It was an exciting time at Abbey Road, too, as the Beatles were ensconced at the same time in another studio working on Sergeant Pepper, and met the Floyd while they were working on Pow R Toc H. The Pretty Things also started work on SF Sorrow there, again with Norman Smith (who also engineered Sergeant Pepper), before the Floyd's sessions were complete.

Piper was the only album that Syd Barrett made in full with the Floyd. He wrote eight of the nine songs and contributed his unique space guitar flourishes to Interstellar Overdrive and the noodly Pow R Toc H. Piper At The Gates Of Dawn is really a benchmark album of the genre now known as psyche. Roger Waters may now dismiss it as juvenilia, but I still listen to it more often than is probably healthy.

The stereo version has been newly remastered for this edition, and sounds superb.
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