Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (mono - test pressing) 12" Vinyl 11 [no label] (Special purpose label – white labels, self-published releases and other “no label” releases) Scfp 40253 B-3-1-1 7 [none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (mono) 12" Vinyl 11 Columbia Records (EMI-owned 1931-1990, worldwide except US, CA, MX, ES, & JP; largely defunct since Jan 1973) SX 6157 [none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 12" Vinyl 11 Columbia Records (EMI-owned 1931-1990, worldwide except US, CA, MX, ES, & JP; largely defunct since Jan 1973) SCX 6157 [none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 12" Vinyl 11 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) ST 6242 [none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 12" Vinyl 9 Tower (60s Capitol Records subsidiary) ST 5093, ST-5093 [none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (mono) 12" Vinyl 9 Tower (60s Capitol Records subsidiary) T 5093, T-5093 [none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 12" Vinyl 11 Columbia Records (EMI-owned 1931-1990, worldwide except US, CA, MX, ES, & JP; largely defunct since Jan 1973) SCTX 340568, SCTX 340.568, SCTX 340.568 T [none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 12" Vinyl 11 Columbia Records (EMI-owned 1931-1990, worldwide except US, CA, MX, ES, & JP; largely defunct since Jan 1973) SMC 74321 [none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 12" Vinyl 12 Ever Clean Records, Odeon OP-8229 [none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn Cassette 11 Columbia Records (EMI-owned 1931-1990, worldwide except US, CA, MX, ES, & JP; largely defunct since Jan 1973) TC-SCX 6157 [none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 12" Vinyl 9 Tower (60s Capitol Records subsidiary) ST 5093, ST-5093 [none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (mono) 12" Vinyl 9 Tower (60s Capitol Records subsidiary) T 5093, T-5093 [none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 12" Vinyl 9 Tower (60s Capitol Records subsidiary) ST 5093, ST-5093 [none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 12" Vinyl 9 Tower (60s Capitol Records subsidiary) ST 5093, ST-5093 [none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 12" Vinyl 11 Columbia Records (EMI-owned 1931-1990, worldwide except US, CA, MX, ES, & JP; largely defunct since Jan 1973) 1C 064-04 292 [none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 12" Vinyl 11 Columbia Records (EMI-owned 1931-1990, worldwide except US, CA, MX, ES, & JP; largely defunct since Jan 1973) SCX 6157 [none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 12" Vinyl 11 Columbia Records (EMI-owned 1931-1990, worldwide except US, CA, MX, ES, & JP; largely defunct since Jan 1973) SCX 6157 [none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (mono) 12" Vinyl 11 Columbia Records (EMI-owned 1931-1990, worldwide except US, CA, MX, ES, & JP; largely defunct since Jan 1973) SX 6157 [none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 12" Vinyl 9 Tower (60s Capitol Records subsidiary) ST 5093, ST-5093 [none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 12" Vinyl 12 Odeon OP-80281 [none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 12" Vinyl 11 Columbia Records (EMI-owned 1931-1990, worldwide except US, CA, MX, ES, & JP; largely defunct since Jan 1973) SCX 6157 [none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 12" Vinyl 12 Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA) EMS-80317 [none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 12" Vinyl 11 Columbia Records (EMI-owned 1931-1990, worldwide except US, CA, MX, ES, & JP; largely defunct since Jan 1973) SCX 6157 [none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 12" Vinyl 11 Fame FA 3065 [none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 12" Vinyl 12 Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA) EMS-50104 [none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn Cassette 11 Fame TC-FA 3065 [none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn CD 11 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) CDP 7 46384 2 077774638425
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn CD 11 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) CDP 7 46384 2, CP32-5269 4988006609174
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn CD 11 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) CDP 7 46384 2 077774638425
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn CD 11 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) CDP 7 46384 2 077774638425
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn CD 11 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) CDP 7 46384 2 077774638425
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 12" Vinyl 11 Fame FA 3065 5099941306512
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn CD 11 EMI United Kingdom (~1993-1998) 7243 8 31261 2 5 724383126125
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn CD 11 EMI United Kingdom (~1993-1998) 7243 8 31261 2 5 724383126125
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn CD 11 EMI Music Canada, EMI United Kingdom (~1993-1998) 7243 8 31261 2 5 724383126125
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn CD 11 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) 46384, CDP 0777 7 46384 2 5 077774638425
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn CD 11 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972), EMI United Kingdom (~1993-1998) TOCP-8412 4988006701922
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (mono edition) CD 11 EMI United Kingdom (~1993-1998) 7243 8 59857 2 0 724385985720
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (30th anniversary edition) 12" Vinyl 11 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 7243 8 59857 1
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn CD 11 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) SCX 6157, TOCP-65731 4988006791695
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (40th anniversary standard mono / stereo edition) 2×CD 11 + 11 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 503 9232 5099950392322
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (40th anniversary edition) 2×CD 11 + 11 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) 50999 503923 22 5099950392322
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (40th anniversary deluxe edition) 3×CD 11 + 11 + 9 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 50999 5 03919 2 9, 50999-503919-2-9 5099950391929
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (40th anniversary deluxe edition) 3×CD 11 + 11 + 9 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 50999 503919 2 9, 50999-503919-2-9 5099950391929
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (40th anniversary edition) 2×CD 11 + 11 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 50999 503923 2 2
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (“Why Pink Floyd...?” Discovery edition) CD 11 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 50999 028935 2 5 5099902893525
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn Digital Media 11 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) SX 6157
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (“Why Pink Floyd...?” Discovery edition) CD 11 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) 50999 028935 2 5 5099902893525
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn CD 11 Pink Floyd Records PFR1 5099902893525
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (2016 Pink Floyd Records issue) CD 11 Pink Floyd Records PFR1, PFR1 88875170842 888751708426
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 12" Vinyl 11 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Pink Floyd Records 88875184181, PFRLP1 888751841819
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (2016 Pink Floyd Records issue) 12" Vinyl 11 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Pink Floyd Records 0825646493197, PFRLP1, PFRLP1 0825646493197 825646493197
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn Digital Media 11 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) [none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (Japanese paper sleeve reissue) CD 11 Pink Floyd Records, Sony Records International (Japanese TEXTLESS walking eye imprint) SICP 5401 4547366312706
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (RSD remastered mono) 12" Vinyl 11 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Pink Floyd Records 0190295690199, PFRLP26 0190295690199
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 12" Vinyl 11 Columbia Records (EMI-owned 1931-1990, worldwide except US, CA, MX, ES, & JP; largely defunct since Jan 1973) SCX 6157 [none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn CD 11 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) CDP 7 46384 2 077774638425
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn CD 11 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) CDP 7 46384 2 077774638425
Bootleg
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 12" Vinyl 11 Harvest (bootleg producer) 7 031064 429201 9991205048083

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Flaming / The Gnome
Interstellar Overdrive
See Emily Play / Scarecrow by The Pink Floyd
included in: Discovery
part of: Uncut: The 100 Greatest Debut Albums (2006) (number: 14)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 347)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000191309 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/19546 [info]
Wikidata: Q202714 [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/pink_floyd/the_piper_at_the_gates_of_dawn/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/d59x [info]

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For all who know the tragic story of Syd Barrett's meteoric rise and fall in the world of art rock, it's generally agreed that, between the first psychedelic strains of "Arnold Layne" and the mumbled torture of "Late Night", his creative zenith was The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn. Recorded in the run-up to the Summer Of Love in a studio next to the one where the Beatles were putting the finishing touches to Sgt Pepper, this album remains a pinnacle of English psychedelic music. It's filled with the child-poet musings of a mind not yet oppressed, but free to wander between fairy tales and cosmic explorations and still be home in time for tea.

Born to the tail end of the blues boom, Syd's Pink Floyd (originally the Tea Set), were tailor-made for the nascent underground. Free from a (visible) desire to make with the chart success (man), they also had the requisite backgrounds to get them in on the ground floor with the middle class tastemakers. Along with the Soft Machine they forged their sound - stuttering swooping telecasters and eastern-tinged organ wig outs over hypnotic beds of rhythm - in the clubs of West End London. By this point they had wooed EMI into signing them and, following the bad sales ploy of having their first single, "Arnold Layne" banned as it reached number 20, they finally struck top ten territory with "See Emily Play". It was lucky that, by this time, the album was mostly completed, because it was this sudden propulsion into the limelight that was to prove poor Syd's undoing. Enforced 'package' tours with other chart acts (as well as the equally bemused Jimi Hendrix Experience) were to prove too much exposure for the deeply insecure artist.

The first side opens with the outer space chatter of a thousand space missions intoning the names of the stars and we're plunged in to a prime slice of mid-sixties freak-out territory. Syd's guitar is fabulously lithe. There follows a series of tales of cats, silver shoes, unicorns, mice called Gerald, bikes, gnomes, scarecows and the I Ching. Sounds horrible, doesn't it? But in 1967 this was fresh and new, and what's more it's delivered utterly charmingly and with no hint of received American pronunciation merely to be cool. It's been said before, but this is Edward Lear for the acid generation.

Then in the black hole between these tracks we get Syd's other side, the shining, blasted sci fi tones of his guitar rumbling through the extended work out of "Interstellar Overdrive".

This is the paradox with Barrett. He could seemingly write material that was both poppy and deeply out there with ease. Who knows how the Floyd would have sounded had he held on. Definitely different that's for sure. But Piper remains a testament to a mind that, for a brief spell, saw no boundaries...