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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic release
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Piper At The gates of Dawn
Item recieved but received wrong item because it only contained one disc and and was not the remastered version. Wrong Description but im very happy with the Cd and price.
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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic release, 6 Sep 2007
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Mr. R. Jordan (UK) - See all my reviews
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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. I'd love an enhanced 'Saucerful of Secrets' done exactly the same way, which would wrap up the Barrett legacy properly.
(Actually, an enhanced 'Saucerful' would surely have to include the legendary unreleased songs 'Scream thy last scream' and 'Vegetable man' . . . not only replacing the easily-found poor quality bootlegs every hardcore fan has, but making lots and lots of money. An artistic and financial coup. Come on, EMI, you know it makes sense!)
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81 of 92 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Album But I Do Have Reservations, 10 Aug 2007
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. These include Scream thy Last Scream, Vegetable Man, In the Beachwoods, She was a Millionaire, Lucy Leave, I'm a King Bee (made when the Floyd was a five piece band), the original lyric version of Candy and a Current Bun (which was entitled Let's Roll Another One) as well as the BBC recordings the band made. The only rarities that have been included are a version of Interstellar Overdrive that was previously only available on an EP in France, and the true stereo version of their third single Apples And Oranges.

The other incentives of buying this collection are it will include all the singles from 1967 as well as their B-sides, as well as presenting the album in both its Mono and Stereo mixes. With the Mono mix, we can only hope that the record company don't make the mistakes they made at the 30th Anniversary. They didn't release same mix as the original album, but included a slightly edited version of Flaming (which was actually the A-Side of a US only single) rather than the full length LP mix. All of the 1967 singles have been made available on CD before as well.

It is a shame when the record buyer is pursuaded to buy items for the inclusion of one or two hard to find or previosuly unreleased songs. The album deserves its four stars (well, it really should be four and a half) but we all pray for the day when major artists such as Pink Floyd give the fans what they want instead of money making exercisies such as this.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great treatment of a classic album, 4 Sep 2007
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R Lough (Sunderland, England) - See all my reviews
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best value edition of Piper, 16 April 2008
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Lozarithm (Wilts, UK) - See all my reviews
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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. A mono version of the album has been out before, but this is apparently the first time the authentic mono mix as on the original vinyl album has been remastered, and it clocks in some seventeen seconds longer than the new stereo re-master. In particular it seems an edit of Flaming (used as an American single which had The Gnome on the flipside) was used in error on some mono editions, though at 2.43 now it is barely a second longer than the 1997 mono CD version that I already had, but though I wonder now in what way the 1997 edition did differ from the original album and why, I certainly have no complaints with the 2007 re-mastering.

The bonus disc is probably the strongest bait to attract the Pink Floyd enthusiast. It is logical that it should contain the five tracks released on singles that year (the sixth, Scarecrow, was taken from the album), and it is good to have them in catalogue again, but many collectors will already have these on the 6-track mini-LP released in 1997 or from the Shine On 1992 box set. They collect in one place all the released material that feature Syd Barrett, apart from the three tracks on A Saucerful Of Secrets.

The real treats here are the final four tracks. The French Edit of Interstellar Overdrive is a substantially re-mixed mono version of Take Two (the one used on the album) of Interstellar Overdrive, unheard since it first turned up on the French EP of Arnold Layne in 1967, and the CD also includes Take Six, a previously unreleased take recorded three weeks later, which shows the extent of variation between performances of this largely improvised piece, and is great to have. There's a rare stereo mix of the extraordinary Apples And Oranges single, too, which is said to be previously unissued but might be the same as the one on the French vinyl LP The Best Of The Pink Floyd; and finally an unreleased early version of Matilda Mother, recorded at their first Abbey Road session. The song was inspired by Hilaire Belloc's Cautionary Tales and this version has lyrics that were changed on the released version, possibly to avoid copyright problems. Obviously missing are the unreleased gems Vegetable Man and Scream Thy Last Scream, although as these were recorded for a potential single for release in 1968, long after Piper had been released, they could just as justifiably be included on an edition of A Saucerful Of Secrets.

The packaging is nice and glossy and has a facsimile of a booklet of Syd's art collage notebook as well as photos and album lyrics. Given that the primary market for a package such as this must be the avid collector, the booklet surprisingly lacks any technical details at all about the mixes, recording dates, sources and so forth.

This clearly is the definitive ultimate edition of Pink Floyd's debut album, until the next re-issue of it, and corrects the shortcomings of previous releases that most of us hadn't been aware of. Cynicism aside, this is an important sixties album for a number of reasons and deserves to be heard in both mono and stereo mixes, and the bonus disc and lavish packaging make it a considerable treat, especially for collectors.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Won fore thee Headz, 3 Sep 2007
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The first thing you notice about this deluxe fortieth-anniversary reissue of Pink Floyd's first album is the packaging. The hard-back cloth binding and gold lettering of the outer sleeve is intended to make it feel and look like a book. It's a shame that this promise isn't lived up to, however, as the handsomely produced booklet within actually contains very little information. Nevertheless, it looks great, with blobby, trippy artwork, full page colour pictures, and even an extra little booklet tucked in the back designed by Barrett himself. It's fun and quirky with some inspired artwork and Beat-like text. As for the music itself: the new digitally re-mastered version of the album is just as mind-blowingly crystal clear as you'd expect, cutting a sharp contrast with the rough-edged mono disc. The mono mixes of "Lucifer Sam", "Flaming" and "Pow R Toc H" are particularly ridden with tape noise, but over all the quality is okay with a slightly harder, more garage sound. There are many noticeable differences, with Syd's voice and guitar more prominent throughout and some extra little bits of spooky effects which, although most likely present on the stereo version, are lost in that more layered production. There's also quite a bit of studio chatter going on in the background. Once you've got over the disappointment of "Vegetable Man" and "Scream Thy Last Scream" not being included, the third disc makes an interesting listen. The early singles are all here, in never-heard-before super-dooper quality ("Paintbox" seems to have particularly befitted from the treatment) but the real treats are the two alternative "Interstellar Overdrives", the stereo mix of "Apples and Oranges" and the alternative version of "Matilda Mother." The last of these is very different from the album cut, with extra instrumentation and totally new lyrics on all verses. The stereo "Apples" has an unfinished feel to it, which is odd, because the production is extremely good. The French edit of "Overdrive" is shorter and with more emphasis on the keyboards, revealing melodic undercurrents totally eclipsed on the UK edit. And finally: the alternative version of "Overdrive is even more spaced out than the one we're used to and will I'm sure prove a huge success with Heads everywhere. All-in-all, this edition of the most widely respected psychedelic album not recorded by the Beatles is well worth purchasing, especially considering the very reasonable price.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back Apples & Oranges, 6 Sep 2007
Piper at the Gates of Dawn is without doubt a psychedelic classic of the very English variety. But for me the main attraction of this very appealing re-issue is the availability, in a good version, of Syd's lovely and underrated Apples and Oranges. A superb if wacky song that's been unavailable for too long.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lavish three disc box set of a classic album , but is it really necessary?, 1 Sep 2007
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russell clarke "stipesdoppleganger" (halifax, west yorks) - See all my reviews
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Recorded at Abbey Road studios at the same time as The Beatles were recording "Sergeant Pepper" , Piper At The Gates Of Dawn is actually the more ambitious and revolutionary work but that has been lost in the myth and hyperbole surrounding Sgt Pepper. The Beatles album undoubtedly tip toed the tightrope between the on rushing upheaval of the psychedelic era and conventional song writing better than Pink Floyds debut album which is why it sank into the public consciousness easier but Piper At The Gates Of Dawn goes rushing gleefully into that sunset of new possibilities leaving virtually everyone else sucking on the fumes from their last joss stick.
This re-issue is lavishly packaged with a cloth outer cover and a twelve page reproduction Syd Barrett notebook, a slightly superfluous item but real Syd-ophiles will love it. The album is presented re-mastered by James Guthrie in both stereo and mono versions while a third compiles bonus tracks : all the Pink Floyd singles from 1967, ("Arnold Layne", "See Emily Play", and Apples And oranges"), plus the B sides "Candy And A Currant Bun " and "Paint Box". Other tracks are a version of "Interstellar Overdrive" - Take 2 of the original recording sessions, previously only available on an EP in France - and the 1967 stereo version of "Apples and Oranges". Plus an alternate "Matilda Mother(at their first EMI session in February '67, Pink Floyd recorded a 4 minute version of Matilda that had vocals). Plus another alternate Interstellar Overdrive from a session in which they did six alternate version's.
The album is primarily the work of Syd Barrett , there is one Roger Waters song "Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk" which is pretty awful truth be told and some songs are co-credited ;"Interstellar Overdrive" ( the one track that comes close to approximating their live sound with its powerful "Space rock") and "Pow R Toc H" are all credited to the entire band. Rick Wright shares vocals on two tracks -"Astronomy Domain" and "Matilda Mother". Otherwise its Syd,s show , one of the reasons it's probably looked back on with such fondness. Syd left midway through the recording of their next album "A Saucerful Of Secrets" and passed into rock mythology .
Syd had an unequivocal English take on his subjects, an eccentric fascination with ephemera and everyday objects like bikes, gnomes and errr scarecrows where he evinced a sort of child like wonder at the everyday world around him . But songs like "Lucifer Sam" ,a song about a cat , also had a sense of foreboding and danger which prevents them from veering into sickly sweet concoctions or mere whimsy. The album is generally accepted as a psychedelic milestone and indeed it is. It's also a pretty good pop album at the same time -some of the time , showcasing that if Barrett hadn't succumbed to his mental demons he could have been a pop star , but then he would never have been willing to make the commercial sacrifices required for continued marketable success. He was also an innovative guitar player using esoteric sounds and textures and feedback something that really hit the zeitgeist in the 80, with bands like The Jesus And Mary Chain
Piper At The Gates of Dawn is a landmark album but it's hard to shake of the feeling that this latest re-issue , though marking the albums 40th anniversary ( it was actually released on August 5th 1967) is a bit of a cash-in. If it had compiled material till now , only available on bootlegs on a fourth disc then it would have been a truly worthy release. As it is only true Floyd completists or those investigating this album for the first time should be tempted to part with their money .
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, 28 Oct 2007
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Christopher K. Lenox (New Orleans, la.) - See all my reviews
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This is THE version of Piper at The Gates of Dawn to own. Possibly Pink Floyd's greatest album among a long list of perfect albums. Syd Barrett's Mono mix is so different from the stereo that one could say that you haven't listened to the album until you listen to this mix. The remastering is perfect and the packaging is exceptional. An absolute MUST for any Pink Floyd enthusiast or anyone who is curious about what all the fuss about Syd Barret was.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The missing part in the puzzle, 20 Nov 2013
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I knew what I was ordering. This cd is nowhere for sale here in Iceland. Was the only disk that I didn't have with this band.
Happy to be able to listen to this unique music
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5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT ALBUM, 15 Jun 2013
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THIS IS A SUPERB WONDERFULL CD ALBUM BY THE LEGENDARY PINK FLOYED AND AT GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY,SWIFT SPEEDY DELIVERY,ACE PLUS
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