On August 5, 1967.

Pink Floyd-Piper at the gates of dawn

On August 5, 1967, “EMI” label released “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn”, the debut Pink Floyd studio album. It was recorded February – May 1967, at “EMI Studios” in London, and was produced by Norman Smith. The album, named after the title of chapter seven of Kenneth Grahame’s “The Wind in the Willows”, was the only Pink Floyd’s album recorded by the leadership of Syd Barrett. The album cover featured a kaleidoscopic cover photo of the band by Vic Singh. In 2012, magazine “Rolling Stone” ranked “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” at number 347th on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.

Personnel:

  • Syd Barrett– lead guitar, vocals
  • Roger Waters– bass guitar, vocals
  • Richard Wright– Farfisa Compact Duo organ, piano
  • Nick Mason– drums, percussion
  • Syd Barrett – rear cover design
  • Peter Bown – engineering
  • Peter Jenner– intro vocalisations
  • Norman Smith– vocal and instrumental arrangements, drum roll

Track listing:

All tracks by Syd Barrett, except where noted.

  1. Astronomy Domine
  2. Lucifer Sam
  3. Matilda Mother
  4. Flaming
  5. Pow R. Toc H. – Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Rick Wright, Nick Mason
  6. Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk – Roger Waters
  7. Interstellar Overdrive – Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Rick Wright, Nick Mason
  8. The Gnome
  9. Chapter 24
  10. The Scarecrow
  11. Bike
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