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|Pink Floyd||Primary Artist|
|Syd Barrett||Guitar, Vocals|
|Roger Waters||Bass Guitar, Vocals|
|Richard Wright||Organ, Piano, Vocals|
|Syd Barrett||Composer, Cover Design|
|Vic Singh||Original Cover Photography|
|Chris Walters||Band Photo|
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|Dezo Hoffman||Band Photo|
Posted January 1, 2012
Pink Floyd has re-issued all of their albums recently with the tag-line "Why Pink Floyd?" Anyone who has an interest in this band will definitely enjoy these re-releases, two in particular. The first one being "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn", released in 1967. It was at this time that the creative driving force of the band was Syd Barrett, their vocalist, guitarist and chief songwriter, who also had a habit of consuming large amounts of LSD. So, listening to this album today is almost the equivalent of an LSD trip: it's sometimes funny, it's something scary and it's mostly incomprehensible. Just the song titles alone were incomprehensible---"Astronomy Domine", "Lucifer Sam", "Interstellar Overdrive", "Take Up Thy Stethscope And Walk", etc. Barrett obviously had a great, loopy talent and you listen to this record and wonder what it must have been like to see Pink Floyd in concert at that time. One might be tempted to give "Piper" a five-star rating just for the fact that it was the only Pink Floyd album with Barrett's complete involvement. But I challenge anybody out there to tell me what "Pow R. Toc H." means. Barrett became more unstable, almost catatonic in concerts. He was soon replaced by the more adept and reliable David Gilmour. Barrett would record two solo albums but he soon withdrew from public life completely. Over the next few years, Pink Floyd soldiered on with bassist Roger Waters taking over as lead singer and songwriter, sometimes using the demented legacy of Barrett as a backdrop for their songs. The band recorded a number of albums like "Ummagumma" and "Atom Heart Mother" (they also recorded the soundtrack of the film "Zabriskie Point"), all of which suffered from a lack of musical direction. That, however, began to change in 1971 when Pink Floyd released "Meddle". The instrumental opening, "One Of These Days", was perhaps the first indication that the band was finally emerging from the shadow of Syd Barrett. However, the album's centerpiece is "Echoes", a 23-minute song filled with long fade-ins, sound effects, guitar and keyboard solos and Waters' moody, airy vocals conveying a sense of societal disconnect. These motifs would be carried over more than well on their next album, "Dark Side Of The Moon", as well as future albums. "Piper" barely saw any release here in America. Few in America knew who Syd Barrett was. Yet, when Pink Floyd became successful in America, particularly on "Wish You Were Here" and "The Wall", it was under the long shadow of that troubled man.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 26, 2012
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