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5.0 out of 5 stars Space rock meets psychedelia
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...
Published on 22 Dec 2006 by Brian O'Hanrahanrahan

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3.0 out of 5 stars Floyd in search of direction
The patchwork nature of "A Saucerful of Secrets" reveals a band in a quandary over the mental demise of their erstwhile frontman, Syd Barrett. Roger Waters hadn't yet seized the role of band visionary, but did contribute three songs to Rick Wright's two.
As on their debut album, Pink Floyd journeyed into space, but whereas Barrett's space twinkled with cosmic...
Published on 1 Nov 2005 by D. J. H. Thorn


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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT, 15 Jun 2013
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ANOTHER EARL CD WORKS BY THE PHENOMINAL GROUP PINK FLOYD,YET AGAIN THEIR EARLY TRACKS BUT A MUST FOR ANT FLOYD FAN
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4.0 out of 5 stars don't like the minibox, 17 Jan 2013
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It somehow undermined the strong album conception of Pink Floyd, to have it slim and in paper. But the music, of course, is great.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Seeds (and small green shoots) of a new greatness, 7 Mar 2011
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A transitional album, with only one Barrett contribution, the slender and unsettling Jugband Blues. Saucerful is NOT one of the great Floyd albums, containing some rather wishy-washy Wright songs (by the way, Wright felt the same way about them...) and the rest of the band, including new recruit Dave Gilmour, very much feeling their way though unfamiliar territory without Barrett to guide them. Waters makes two contributions - Corporal Clegg is a strange and raucous track, though it is notable for being the first time his obsession with war (futility of) is expressed in song.

Whilst it's unsatisfying as a whole album, there are brilliant highlights - the real reasons to get Saucerful Of Secrets are the title track and Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, which is every bit as good as its wonderful title suggests it will be. One of the key Floyd space-rock tracks, present here in a brief five-and-a-half minutes, later live versions sprawled over as much as 13 minutes. It's worth seeking out the many live versions of this track out there to see how it evolved - look out for the Hollywood Bowl 1972 version. The album's title track begins with 8 minutes of often frenzied improvisation and ends with a measured and beautiful Wright organ chord progression over which a choir of multi-tracked male voices ahhhh wordlessly. Truly magical.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Typical early Floyd mixed bag., 12 Feb 2013
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I knew this album had a few turkeys on it IMHO.
Wonderful to be able to re-arrange things now if required.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Saucerful of Secrets, 26 Aug 2011
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A must for anyone who likes Pink Floyd's early stuff.
Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun.
All Lyrics are printed in the inlay in the CD case.
Saucerful of Secrets, itself, is an instrumental.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Saucer full of secrets, 7 May 2012
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The album is great, but I just hate it when CD's come in those cheap cardboard sleeves. I like to be able to look at the album title when it's on my shelf.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A dissapointing follow up to piper, 18 Feb 2006
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This album is very different from the floyd's previous effort, the piper at the gates of dawn. The whole album revolves around a very long, indulgent title peice that only really works nearer the end in the celestial voices section. However, you can really see where the floyd are going in this album and it defines what they would eventually become. The real highlight has to be set the controls for the heart of the sun. It sounds incredible on this album and is very ahead of it's time, and in hind sight it is one of the best floyd songs of the pre-70s era of the band. Again, like piper, the album is patchy and the other tracks still reek of the influence of Barrett. Remember a day by Richard Wright is pleasant enough, but it sounds like a song Syd would have wrote. But the one song to keep real clear of is Roger's corporal clegg - it's utterly ridiculous. This album does however have one of the most poignant ends to ever grace a floyd album - Syds jugband blues. Overall Pink Floyd are getting closer to the sound that would ultimatly define them, but there not there yet.
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1.0 out of 5 stars awful, 29 Jun 2012
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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. syds rather clever vacation from the hassle of the music industry really pissed the other less talented members off.... so this album with it's dull dreary and badly recorded sound just shows how bad a musician roger waters really is. however i can't deny the enormous influence this album had on the spacerock scene . hawkwind amon duul ash ra tempel etc.... all owe a saucerful of secrets a huge debt.. they also did it better.
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