Piper At The Gates Of Dawn


What a scene at Abbey Road 1967! Picture this: legendary Beatles engineer Norman Smith first discovering, signing then producing the famous first album on EMI from then underground trendies Pink Floyd. Released August 5th, 1967, the original Piper At The Gates Of Dawn was actually preceded earlier that summer by the song that made them a winner from the start, “See Emily Play,” which strangely wasn’t on their Lp debut. High on the list of key singles from the Summer of ‘67, “See Emily Play” is part of 2007, 40th anniversary three CD box set of Piper—with disc 1 featuring the original 9 track mono mix of Piper, a second CD of the stereo version with a third CD containing Pink Floyd’s first three single releases—both A and B sides plus a couple added relics. With the passing of Pink Floyd founder, guitarist and singer Syd Barrett, during the Summer of 2006, this 3 CD box of Piper At The Gates Of Dawn is a fitting tribute to Barrett’s fleeting yet fantastic contribution to the early Pink Floyd canon. In addition to the 3 disc set, EMI is making available a double disc with just the stereo / mono pairing, but the three disc part here remains the essential one as “See Emily Play” and “Arnold Layne” were so key to their early fame.


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