Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (mono - test pressing)12" Vinyl11
  • GB1967-07-07
[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" Vinyl11
  • GB1967-08-05
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 Dawn12" Vinyl11
  • GB1967-08-05
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 Dawn12" Vinyl11
  • CA1967-10-02
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)ST 6242[none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn12" Vinyl9
  • US1967-10-21
Tower (60s Capitol Records subsidiary)ST 5093, ST-5093[none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (mono)12" Vinyl9
  • US1967-10-21
Tower (60s Capitol Records subsidiary)T 5093, T-5093[none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn12" Vinyl11
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 Dawn12" Vinyl11
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 Dawn12" Vinyl12
Ever Clean Records, OdeonOP-8229[none]
The Piper at the Gates of DawnCassette11
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 (mono)12" Vinyl9
Tower (60s Capitol Records subsidiary)T 5093, T-5093[none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn12" Vinyl9
Tower (60s Capitol Records subsidiary)ST 5093, ST-5093[none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn12" Vinyl9
Tower (60s Capitol Records subsidiary)ST 5093, ST-5093[none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn12" Vinyl9
Tower (60s Capitol Records subsidiary)ST 5093, ST-5093[none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn12" Vinyl11
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 Dawn12" Vinyl11
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" Vinyl11
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 Dawn12" Vinyl11
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 Dawn12" Vinyl9
Tower (60s Capitol Records subsidiary)ST 5093, ST-5093[none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn12" Vinyl12
OdeonOP-80281[none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn12" Vinyl11
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 Dawn12" Vinyl12
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 Dawn12" Vinyl11
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 Dawn12" Vinyl11
FameFA 3065[none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn12" Vinyl12
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 DawnCassette11
FameTC-FA 3065[none]
The Piper at the Gates of DawnCD11
  • US1987-01-23
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDP 7 46384 2077774638425
The Piper at the Gates of DawnCD11
  • JP1987-02-25
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDP 7 46384 2, CP32-52694988006609174
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (EMI Swindon pressing)CD11
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDP 7 46384 2077774638425
The Piper at the Gates of DawnCD11
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDP 7 46384 2077774638425
The Piper at the Gates of DawnCD11
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDP 7 46384 2077774638425
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn12" Vinyl11
FameFA 30655099941306512
The Piper at the Gates of DawnCD11
  • XE1994-10-17
EMI United Kingdom (~1993-1998)7243 8 31261 2 5724383126125
The Piper at the Gates of DawnCD11
  • GB1994-10-17
EMI United Kingdom (~1993-1998)7243 8 31261 2 5724383126125
The Piper at the Gates of DawnCD11
EMI Music Canada, EMI United Kingdom (~1993-1998)7243 8 31261 2 5724383126125
The Piper at the Gates of DawnCD11
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)46384, CDP 0777 7 46384 2 5077774638425
The Piper at the Gates of DawnCD11
  • JP1995-01-18
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972), EMI United Kingdom (~1993-1998)TOCP-84124988006701922
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (mono edition)CD11
  • GB1997-08-04
EMI United Kingdom (~1993-1998)7243 8 59857 2 0724385985720
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (30th anniversary edition)12" Vinyl11
  • GB1997-08-18
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)7243 8 59857 1
The Piper at the Gates of DawnCD11
  • JP2001-05-30
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)SCX 6157, TOCP-657314988006791695
The Piper at the Gates of DawnCD11
  • JP2006-09-06
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)TOCP-538034988006846548
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (40th anniversary standard mono / stereo edition)2×CD11 + 11
  • XE2007-09-03
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)503 92325099950392322
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (40th anniversary edition)2×CD11 + 11
  • US2007-09-04
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)50999 503923 225099950392322
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (40th anniversary deluxe edition)3×CD11 + 11 + 9
  • XE2007-09-11
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)50999 5 03919 2 9, 50999-503919-2-95099950391929
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (40th anniversary deluxe edition)3×CD11 + 11 + 9
  • US2007-09-11
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)50999 503919 2 9, 50999-503919-2-95099950391929
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (40th anniversary edition)2×CD11 + 11
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)50999 503923 2 25099950392322
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (“Why Pink Floyd...?” Discovery edition)CD11
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)50999 028935 2 55099902893525
The Piper at the Gates of DawnDigital Media11
  • GB2011-09-26
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)CD11
  • US2011-09-27
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)50999 028935 2 55099902893525
The Piper at the Gates of DawnCD11
  • XE2016-01-15
Pink Floyd RecordsPFR15099902893525
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (2016 Pink Floyd Records issue)CD11
  • US2016-01-15
Pink Floyd RecordsPFR1, PFR1 88875170842888751708426
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn12" Vinyl11
  • CA2016-06-03
  • US2016-06-03
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 Records88875184181, PFRLP1888751841819
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (2016 Pink Floyd Records issue)12" Vinyl11
  • XE2016-06-03
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 Records0825646493197, PFRLP1, PFRLP1 0825646493197825646493197
The Piper at the Gates of DawnDigital Media11
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)[none]
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (Japanese paper sleeve reissue)CD11
  • JP2017-11-01
Pink Floyd Records, Sony Records International (Japanese TEXTLESS walking eye imprint)SICP 54014547366312706
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (RSD remastered mono)12" Vinyl11
  • XE2018-04-21
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 Records0190295690199, PFRLP260190295690199
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn12" Vinyl11Columbia 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 DawnCD11EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDP 7 46384 2077774638425
The Piper at the Gates of DawnCD11Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)CDP 7 46384 2077774638425
Bootleg
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn12" Vinyl11
  • BR2006-02-16
Harvest (bootleg producer)7 031064 4292019991205048083
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn: High Resolution Remasters4×CD20 + 22 + 23 + 27
Stethoscope Records & TapesSTR567[none]

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Flaming / The Gnome
Interstellar Overdrive
See Emily Play / Scarecrow by The Pink Floyd
included in:A Nice Pair
Discovery
The Pink Floyd Collection
part of:Uncut: The 100 Greatest Debut Albums (2006) (number: 14) (order: 14)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 253) (order: 252)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 347) (order: 347)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/19546 [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/d59x [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/pink_floyd/the_piper_at_the_gates_of_dawn/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000191309 [info]
Wikidata:Q202714 [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...