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on 6 July 2005
Very under appreciated album.Wright's songs, See Saw and Remember A Day are beautiful.Let There Be More Light is a terrific little song with a great opening and Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun is a total trip.The title track is a little ramshackle but has a choir-like part that is gorgeous.Corporal Clegg and Jugband Blues are both a little goofy but very strong.Most bands would be pleased as punch to produce an effort as listenable as this is, listenable if you have any taste that is.
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on 25 May 2001
A transitional album on which the band moved from Barrett's relatively concise and vivid songs to spacy, ethereal material with lengthy instrumental passages. Barrett's influence is still felt (he actually did manage to contribute one track, the jovial "Jugband Blues"), and much of the material retains a gentle, fairy-tale ambience. "Remember a Day" and "See Saw" are highlights; on "Set The Controls for the Heart of the Sun," "Let There Be More Light," and the lengthy instrumental title track, the band begin to map out the dark and repetitive pulses that would characterize their next few records.
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on 11 July 2006
when people look to get their heads layed.. they choose certain floyd lp's.. as long as they are safe bets like animals or dark side, this is so far out there, the transistion is fabtastic, nothing else like the direction or the sound or visions ever seen at the time or even now, from anyone else. maybe because so many people cant read music they have to compliment on dark side so much as being genius, they have a hard time looking into this lp, and the other early stuff as it makes you think too much... and people dont like to think to much right!?!

this is beyond psyche. this is floyd, a new world, a new coloring book.. a new bus route home...? it makes you look different also, i mean set the controls for the heart of the sun....?! ok.. i set them a few years back and ive been a few times too. still as fresh today as its always been. sonic wise its a pleasure too...!

a very highly rated piece of music and very important for any collection.. friday night2am, saturday night 7pm... what u gonna do with yours.

play music. play it loud and get your heads layed!
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on 18 March 2002
This album has to be one of the most underrated and is definetly one of the FLoyd's finest works. It starts off with the brilliant Let their be Light which is as godd as any opener. Other highlights include Corporal Clegg and Jugband Blues, but the best track by a long distance is the deeply psychidelisc title track. Give this album a chance go and buy it!
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on 9 July 2011
If Ever there was a more moving song - tell me! Remember A Day is the song of my teens, "Why can't we reach the sun? Why can't we blow the years away?" Then - Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun - mind blowing Floyd by Roger Waters. Now we need to pay homage to Jugband Blues - thank you Syd Barrett. Magically a saucer full of secrets. For me their best album. Marlene
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on 9 September 2013
Wasn't too sure about some of the tracks but the more I listened to it the more I liked it
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on 30 June 2008
Without Syd Barrett, it's clear Pink Floyd were struggling to find a new direction. They lacked his brilliant songs, though Rick Wright's Remember a day (on which Syd played) is a fair pastiche, and while Dave Gilmour was a fine guitarist even at the time, he lacked Syd's manic edge.

The result is very much a mixed bag. The attempts to carry on in Syd's style, with such songs as Corporal Clegg and See Saw are, at best, nothing special, while the search for a fresh direction with the title track results in a rather long and padded out piece that's either a brave experiment or the sign of a lack of material, depending on your point of view. Better is Set the controls for the heart of the sun, on which you can hear the Floyd they grew to be. The track that usually makes this an essential buy for Floyd fans, though, is Jugband Blues, Syd's parting shot. It's a moving song in the context of the circumstances of Syd's departure, but the Salvation Army segment simply intrudes, and while Syd's guitar suggests this could have been the basis of an improvised piece and the ending is suitably haunting, this is not really in the same class as the songs on Piper.

There's enough on here to make it an enjoyable album, but it's very much a band in transition; while there are traces of the band that made Piper, the Floyd sound of the 1970s is still a long way away.
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on 7 March 2011
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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on 13 December 2001
Fans of later Floyd may find this a bit of a curates egg. Saucerful of Secrets catches the transition from psychedelia to prog rock. Syd Barret's sole writing contribution - the remarkable 'Jugband Blues'- appears to describe psychological disintigration, assisted by a Salvation Army band. Suffice to say, it sticks out like a sore thumb amongst Wright and Water's psychedelia by numbers (See Saw, Remember a Day) and the songs which would act as a template for their subsequent work (Set The Controls For The Heart of The Sun, Saucerful of Secrets). That said, the contrasting writing styles make a refreshing change from the monomania of later albums. Definitely worth having, but probably not an ideal time purchase.
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Once Syd left the group in early 1968, and David Gilmour joined, the subsequent three records - including this one - are the sound of a band looking for a new direction. "Saucerful Of Secrets" is the only record to feature the five-piece Floyd lineup (albeit briefly), and is a confused artistic mess as Syd audibly untangles and falls to pieces on `Jugband Blues', whilst Roger starts to assume control with the driving (and oft-sampled) `Let There Be Light'. It has some great moments and is an intruiging look at a group in transition.
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