The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

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The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Studio album by Pink Floyd
Released 5 August 1967
Recorded February – July 1967
Genre Psychedelic rock, space rock
Length 41:52
Label Columbia/EMI (UK)
Tower/Capitol (U.S.)
Producer Norman Smith
Pink Floyd chronology
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
(1967)
A Saucerful of Secrets
(1968)

The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is Pink Floyd's first album. Many people think it is one of the most influential albums in history. It had a very big influence on the psychedelic rock scene of the time, and also on the music that people made afterward. It is the only Pink Floyd album with Syd Barrett as the leader, although Barrett was on some of the next album, A Saucerful of Secrets.

The lyrics for Piper were mostly written by Syd Barrett, and are often whimsical, playful, or childlike. The album has songs about space, scarecrows, gnomes, bicycles and fairytales. Some parts of the album, like "Interstellar Overdrive", are instrumental and have no singing on them.

Special limited editions of Piper were released to mark its 30th anniversary in 1997, and its 40th anniversary in 2007.

Track listing[change | edit source]

All songs written by Syd Barrett, except where noted.

British release[change | edit source]

Side one
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "Astronomy Domine"   Barrett and Richard Wright 4:12
2. "Lucifer Sam"   Barrett 3:07
3. "Matilda Mother"   Wright and Barrett 3:08
4. "Flaming"   Barrett 2:46
5. "Pow R. Toc H." (Barrett, Roger Waters, Wright, Nick Mason) Barrett and Waters 4:26
6. "Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk" (Waters) Waters 3:05
Side two
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "Interstellar Overdrive" (Barrett, Waters, Wright, Mason) Instrumental 9:41
2. "The Gnome"   Barrett 2:13
3. "Chapter 24"   Barrett 3:42
4. "Scarecrow"   Barrett 2:11
5. "Bike"   Barrett 3:21

American release[change | edit source]

Side one
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "See Emily Play"   Barrett 2:53
2. "Pow R. Toc H." (Barrett, Waters, Wright, Mason) Barrett and Waters 4:26
3. "Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk" (Waters) Waters 3:05
4. "Lucifer Sam"   Barrett 3:07
5. "Matilda Mother"   Wright and Barrett 3:08
Side two
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "Scarecrow"   Barrett 2:11
2. "The Gnome"   Barrett 2:13
3. "Arnold Layne"   Barrett 2:52
4. "Interstellar Overdrive" (Barrett, Waters, Wright, Mason) Instrumental 9:41

40th Anniversary Edition[change | edit source]