The ’59 2018 #059: 180228
Pink Floyd – Piper at the gates of dawn (1967)
This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. We’re currently at year 9 – 1967.
Piper at the Gates of Dawn was the debut studio album from Pink Floyd, and the only one made under founding member Syd Barrett’s leadership. The album, named after the title of chapter seven of Kenneth Grahame’s ‘The Wind in the Willows’ and featuring a cover photo of the band taken by Vic Singh, was recorded from February to May 1967 and released on 5 August 1967.
Since its release, the album has been hailed as one of the best psychedelic rock albums. In 1973, it was packaged with the band’s second album, A Saucerful of Secrets, and released as ‘A Nice Pair’ to introduce new fans to the band’s early work after the success of ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’. Special limited editions of the album were issued to mark its thirtieth and fortieth anniversaries in 1997 and 2007, respectively, with the latter release containing bonus tracks.
In 2012, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn was voted 347th on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.