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Even though Pink Floyd's debut album followed Sgt. Pepper's by a couple of months, nothing could have prepared the world for the magical blend of genius and LSD-induced madness that drove Floyd frontman Syd Barrett's dazzling psychedelic vision. Barrett's cubist guitar riffs collide magnificently with Rick Wright's hypnotic, snake-charmer organ lines amid a dizzying merry-go-round of sound effects. All the while, Syd's equally abstract lyrical approach freely mixes fairytale imagery with cosmic explorations—the ideal soundtrack for journeys through both outer and inner space.

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One of the best debuts ever. End of discussion.


It’s a great debut-I had it on LP. Would like answer to prior question before ordering on iTunes. Will it download?

One of the best albums EVER

If you like Pink Floyd, The Beatles later work, and/or The Beach Boys Pet Sounds (actually if you like good music of any kind) this album is a must have. It's fantastically brilliant and even though I love all of Pink Floyd's albums, this is by far, my favorite.


Formed: 1965 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Some bands turn into shorthand for a certain sound or style, and Pink Floyd belongs among that elite group. The very name connotes something specific: an elastic, echoing, mind-bending sound that evokes the chasms of space. Pink Floyd grounded that limitless sound with exacting explorations of mundane matters of ego, mind, memory, and heart, touching upon madness, alienation, narcissism, and society on their concept albums of the '70s. Of these concept albums, Dark Side of the Moon resonated strongest,...
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The Piper At the Gates of Dawn, Pink Floyd
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Psychedelic, Prog-Rock/Art Rock, Arena Rock, British Invasion
  • Released: Aug 05, 1967

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