Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
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surrealshades
November 20th 2006



20 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Okay, so on these forums Piper at the Gates receives almost entirely positive reception. For the most part I agree that this was a landmark, not just for Pink Floyd, but for rock music as a whole. Syd Barret's style has proved influential to many modern alternative acts, most notably, R.E.M. However this album doesn't sound to similar to any of these modern groups, nor any groups of old. BE WARNED FLOYD FANS! If you started with Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, or Wish You Were Here, and eventually migrated to Animals, or even Meddle, you probably will be disappointed. This album lacks any catchy hooks or riffs. Even for someone who has dabbled in psycadelic music, this album most likely will leave you longing for your copy of The Wall. And a piece of my opinion... Barret's playing doesn't hold a candle to Gilmour's.

Rocksta71
November 21st 2006



1023 Comments


^This album kills "the wall" as well as "animals", Barrets guitar playing is execptional, different yes, but still brilliant. I preffer Barrets vocals to Waters' any day. why didn't you rate this album?

BlackDeathMetalJazz or really ANYTHING else please-
November 29th 2006



200 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is better than EVERYTHING in their discography; one of the single most creative albums I've ever had the pleasure of hearing too.

John Paul Harrison
November 29th 2006



1014 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

[quote=new user who will probably never return]This album lacks any catchy hooks or riffs. this album most likely will leave you longing for your copy of The Wall.[/quote]

Perhaps a better way to describe it is that Barret and post-Barret Pink Floyd are two different animals entirely.

That being said, Piper has plenty of catchy hooks and riffs.


Jim
November 30th 2006



5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I agree. I've had Lucifer Sam stuck in my head for entire days :lol:
Fun as hell to play, too.

Bladder
November 30th 2006



204 Comments


^I named my dog "Lucifer sam" cause i love the song so much. Anyone who says piper has no catchy hooks is an idiot, "Lucifer sam" for example has a verse/chorus song structure which I find rather catchy,bike is also rather contagious, just buy hearing someone humming the tune you get it stuck in your head for days.

surrealshades
December 3rd 2006



20 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Okay, okay, I personally like this album a lot, but I stand by my statement that it will leave many running like hell for their copy of the wall. I'd also argue that Barret is much more unconventional than Gilmour, resulting in a sound that will be a major turn off for most casual Floyd listeners. Why else do you think you hear songs on the radio off of every Floyd album but this one? That's the sad truth, most think of Syd's music as being selectively for the stoned, which many of us, INCLUDING ME, know is untrue.

notasnewasyouthink
December 3rd 2006



107 Comments


No, it's true. Only someone stoned out of their mind would enjoy this boring music.

Rocksta71
December 3rd 2006



1023 Comments


^I have never had any drugs in my entire life and I still enjoy this album.
this album is not very radio friendly, along with many of its psychadelic counterparts it is shunned and often forgotten and as a result is not and probably never will be a very accessible album to most floyd fans.

ohcleverhansyou
December 3rd 2006



885 Comments


Accessible and pre-Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd shouldn't be in the same sentence haha. I think a lot of Floyd fans are looking for something a little out there. I really want to check this out, but I'm still working on Ummagumma.

MrKite
January 25th 2007



5020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I want this desperately.
Did Syd only play on two albums?

AnyColour74
January 25th 2007



1054 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Technically, Syd was only in the band for Piper, but the song Jugband Blues on A Saucerful Of Secrets was written and sung by Syd.

MrKite
January 25th 2007



5020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh, really?
Did he leave the band because of that breakdown he had or was that after he left?

samariah
May 13th 2007



109 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ive been listening to Lucifer Sam over and over again. I want to get this album.

Altmer
May 13th 2007



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

No, he left because he was getting incontrollable.

MrKite
May 13th 2007



5020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

So, they threw him out.
This is quite the album. I can tell you one thing; I wouldn't have been sad if they continued on with a sound more similair to this.

dreamlessblood
May 13th 2007



8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I enjoyed this album immensly. Syd at his best. I think this was one of the best albums from that era, with only Sgt. Pepper rivalling it.

My favourite song is The Gnome. Bike was pretty enjoyable too.

All in all though, I find slight flaws that irritated me within your review. It was an okay job overall.

711
May 13th 2007



1342 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is probably my favorite album of all time.

John Paul Harrison
May 13th 2007



1014 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

really truly, or did someone make a funny?

711
May 13th 2007



1342 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

No, I'm very serious. I adore this album more than any other.



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