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Saucerful Of Secrets

Pink Floyd Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 July 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000024D4U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,980 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Let There Be More Light - Waters
2. Remember a Day - Wright
3. Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun - Waters
4. Corporal Clegg - Waters
5. A Saucerful of Secrets - Waters;Wright;Mason;Gilmour
6. See-saw - Wright
7. Jugband Blues - Barrett

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BBC Review

Recorded over the end of 1967 and early 1968, A Saucerful Of Secrets is transitional record that marked Syd Barrett's final recordings with Pink Floyd and the birth of their 'space rock' direction. It was also the recorded debut of new boy David Gilmour, finding his feet only on the incredible yet somewhat buried solo at the end of "Let There Be More Light".

A Saucerful Of Secrets is not without filler, catching the band regrouping after Barrett's departure – Rick Wright's "See Saw" had the working title of 'The Most Boring Song I've Ever Heard Bar Two', while Roger Waters' "Corporal Clegg", his first oblique rumination on the loss of his father in the Second World War, is fairly unremarkable. Yet when the record hits, it does so extremely well – the frantic, bass driven raga-like "Let There Be More Light" and the final recording the group made with Barrett, "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun" develop the cosmic territory marked out by "Astronomy Domine" and "Interstellar Overdrive" from their first album. "Set The Controls" was as relevant to the underground of 1968 as their earlier material had been the previous year.

Although Barrett plays on three of the tracks, it is "Jugband Blues", recorded in November 1967 that is the most chilling. A song about loss and alienation, its sequencing as the last track really underlines his departure. The Salvation Army Band of North London's improvisation in the middle is cut abruptly short – just like Barrett's period within the group – and then, like a postcard from an outer space colony, he returns for the thirty-second coda, culminating in the lines 'And what exactly is a dream? And what exactly is a joke?' Although the group was moving forward, it was an early demonstration of just how much his spirit would inform them for the rest of their career. --Daryl Easlea

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Space rock meets psychedelia 22 Dec 2006
Format:Audio CD
With Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd's original frontsman) becoming more and more unstable, Pink Floyd seemed on the verge of collapse. After all, he had penned all their singles and all but one song from their debut album, 'The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn'. So, when he 'left' (read sacked) in April 1968, it wouldn't have been unreasonable to think that they wouldn't last long. How wrong they were.

'A Saucerful Of Secrets' did indeed reveal secrets; Roger Waters and Rick Wright could write songs! And great songs, too. Hypnotic beats and bizarre lyrics showcased in one heck of an album, which does feature one Barrett composition, 'Jugband Blues'. New guitarist David Gilmour doesn't contribute any material here, bar a little on the title-track, so you could argue that this is the most disjointed Pink Floyd album, as Barrett, Waters, Gilmour, Wright and Mason can all be heard; the only Pink Floyd album that can boast that.

Let There Be More Light - space rock riff, weird lyrics, great song

Remember A Day - brilliant. Probably the best song on here

Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun - a mouthful and-a-half! But another great song

Corporal Clegg - Decent song, not bad, not great

A Saucerful Of Secrets - actually, this is the best song on here. Betters 'Interstellar Overdrive' as far as I'm concerned.

See Saw - good song, perhaps best appreciated in a cloud of incense and blue smoke

Jugband Blues - goodbye Syd. Very good song with haunting last line ('And what exactly is a joke?')

Not so much for the casual listener as the Floydian. However, 'A Saucerful Of Secrets' delivers everything its cover promises.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars super 19 Sep 2007
By mikey
Format:Audio CD
In a way this is Roger Waters et al trying to be syd barrett, "corporal clegg" superficially with its themes of englishness fulfills this role, but bubbling just below the surface is roger waters bile, and "set the controls" sets the template for the meanderings of pink floyd for the rest of the 60's, cool curio of a album that will appeal to fans of syd as well as fans of the later floyd because this is the album were they began to find their own identity sans syd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What exactly is a joke? 30 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD
One of my personal favourites, not only of the Floyd canon but in general. I've been looking forward to this edition as the previous 'remaster' was very woolly indeed and I can say it did not disappoint. In fact it's made me love it all over again.
Don't want to go on and on about it as I know other people will be more thorough but felt compelled to add my voice to the throng. I must mention though that the coda in 'Jugband Blues' still brings a wee tear to my eye.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Floyd albume.......? 26 Jan 2002
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I must say that, this is one of the best Pink Floyd albums. If you like a little psychedelic touch, this is a " must have"!! I love most of Pink Floyd's work, but there is something special about this album. Maybe it is just the lack of commercial pressure, but there is a sense of peace over the whole creation. Roger Waters`s first song about his spite of the military in "Corporal Clegg" is one of my all time favourite songs performed by Floyd, or anyone else. "Set the controls for the heart of the sun" is a lovely song whit a wonderful melody, and appear both on "Echoes, the best of Pink Floyd" and "In the Flesh" Waters`s last solo album and his world tour. And the opening track "Let there be more light" has a marvellous psychedelic shape witch I love. If you are one of those who just think "Another brick..." is a nice song, and have heard "Whish you were here" in a rap version (crappy, I might add!) you will probably be disappointed, and should by on of the newer Floyd albums first, but for the rest of us this album belongs in the collection.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Sounding Remaster! 30 Sep 2011
By Scott
Format:Audio CD
The sound quality on this remaster is brilliant...the older 1 was great also but this is crystal can hear the tiny details come through...which is awesome on an album like people who say they don't hear a$"!x!I am impressed with these remasters...and pretty much everythin that pink floyd release!I wish people would shut up about the packaging of these re-releases and enjoy the music!
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5.0 out of 5 stars set the controls for the heart of the floyd 6 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD
" A saucerful of secrets" is probably the most neglected mainstream album in the floyd canon, It came after syd left the floyd and follows on from their 1967 psychedelic classic "The piper at the gates of dawn". I won`t go into a track by track analysis of the album because it has already been done in other reviews. What i will comment on is the overall sound and feel of the album, which is still psychedelic but also folky and experimental. Rick wright shines brightly here with his innovative use of the farfisa organ and effects to produce swirling techniclour soundscapes that start to define the floyd sound for years to come. The floyd created an album which was very unusual and innovative in 1968 and also hugely influential (future krautrock musicians such as Klaus Schulze, Edgar Froese, manuel gottsching etc. were taking very careful notes.), most of the space rock genre, not to mention experimental ambient can trace their roots to this album. " Saucerful" was so strange and otherwordly the first time i heard it that i did not know what to make of it, but over the years it has become my favourite floyd album. Later floyd albums are great but none are as interesting as "Saucerful". I just keep returning to it again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love Floyd !!! Every album is different . this album is great . Weird and tuneful .
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One of the best Pink Floyds album. Arrived on time and perfect status. If you like this band, you should buy it
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Band Evolving
It soon became apparent that Syd Barrett's tenure in Pink Floyd would be a short one due to his declining mental state. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Peter Steward
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This is a great product with good price tag! Perfect thank you, I would defo recommend this product to a friend.
Published 6 months ago by Mary
4.0 out of 5 stars another good album
Wasn't too sure about some of the tracks but the more I listened to it the more I liked it
Published 10 months ago by bobscats
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Published 11 months ago by armadillo
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
Published 13 months ago by gollumanelf63
2.0 out of 5 stars Typical early Floyd mixed bag.
I knew this album had a few turkeys on it IMHO.
Wonderful to be able to re-arrange things now if required.
Published 17 months ago by n mills
4.0 out of 5 stars don't like the minibox
It somehow undermined the strong album conception of Pink Floyd, to have it slim and in paper. But the music, of course, is great.
Published 18 months ago by Billy
1.0 out of 5 stars awful
all the middle aged overweight pink floyd fans won't thank me for saying this but the floyd really were s**** after the excellent 1st album. Read more
Published on 29 Jun 2012 by charliemouse
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