Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
A Saucerful of Secrets 12" Vinyl 7 Columbia Records (EMI-owned 1931-1990, worldwide except US, CA, MX, ES, & JP; largely defunct since Jan 1973) SCX 6258 [none]
A Saucerful of Secrets 12" Vinyl 7 Tower (60s Capitol Records subsidiary) ST 5131 [none]
A Saucerful of Secrets 12" Vinyl 7 Columbia Records (EMI-owned 1931-1990, worldwide except US, CA, MX, ES, & JP; largely defunct since Jan 1973) SCXO 6258 [none]
A Saucerful of Secrets (mono) 12" Vinyl 7 Columbia Records (EMI-owned 1931-1990, worldwide except US, CA, MX, ES, & JP; largely defunct since Jan 1973) SX 6258 [none]
A Saucerful of Secrets 12" Vinyl 7 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) EMS-80318 [none]
A Saucerful of Secrets 12" Vinyl 7 Columbia Records (EMI-owned 1931-1990, worldwide except US, CA, MX, ES, & JP; largely defunct since Jan 1973) 2C 064-04.190 [none]
A Saucerful of Secrets Vinyl 7 Fame FA 3163 5099941316313
A Saucerful of Secrets CD 7 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) CP32-5272 4988006609204
A Saucerful of Secrets CD 7 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) CDP 7 46383 2 077774638326
A Saucerful of Secrets CD 7 東芝EMI 株式会社 (record company, do not use as release label - check obi, back or disc for imprint! Ended 2007-06-29) TOCP-8253 4988006696129
A Saucerful of Secrets CD 7 EMI Music Canada E2 7243 8 29751 2 0 724382975120
A Saucerful of Secrets CD 7 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 7243 8 29751 2 0 724382975120
A Saucerful of Secrets CD 7 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) CDP 077774638326 077774638326
A Saucerful of Secrets CD 7 東芝EMI 株式会社 (record company, do not use as release label - check obi, back or disc for imprint! Ended 2007-06-29) TOCP-65732
A Saucerful of Secrets CD 7 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 50999 6084412 5 5099960844125
A Saucerful of Secrets (“Why Pink Floyd...?” Discovery edition) CD 7 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 50999 028936 2 4 5099902893624
A Saucerful of Secrets (mastered for iTunes) Digital Media 7 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)
A Saucerful of Secrets CD 7 Pink Floyd Records PFR2 5099902893624
A Saucerful of Secrets (2016 Pink Floyd Records issue) CD 7 Pink Floyd Records PFR2 888751708525
A Saucerful of Secrets 12" Vinyl 7 Pink Floyd Records PFRLP2 0825646493180
A Saucerful of Secrets (Japanese paper sleeve reissue) CD 7 Pink Floyd Records, Sony Records International (Japanese TEXTLESS walking eye imprint) SICP 5402 4547366312683
Bootleg
A Saucerful of Secrets (mono) CD 11 Odeon M6898

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Let There Be More Light / Remember a Day
included in: Discovery
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000650632 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/10352 [info]
Wikidata: Q207661 [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/Pink_Floyd:A_Saucerful_Of_Secrets_(1968) [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/pink_floyd/a_saucerful_of_secrets/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/b2f9 [info]

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Recorded over the end of 1967 and early 1968, A Saucerful Of Secrets is transitional record that marked Syd Barrett's final recordings with Pink Floyd and the birth of their 'space rock' direction. It was also the recorded debut of new boy David Gilmour, finding his feet only on the incredible yet somewhat buried solo at the end of "Let There Be More Light".

A Saucerful Of Secrets is not without filler, catching the band regrouping after Barrett's departure - Rick Wright's "See Saw" had the working title of 'The Most Boring Song I've Ever Heard Bar Two', while Roger Waters' "Corporal Clegg", his first oblique rumination on the loss of his father in the Second World War, is fairly unremarkable. Yet when the record hits, it does so extremely well - the frantic, bass driven raga-like "Let There Be More Light" and the final recording the group made with Barrett, "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun" develop the cosmic territory marked out by "Astronomy Domine" and "Interstellar Overdrive" from their first album. "Set The Controls" was as relevant to the underground of 1968 as their earlier material had been the previous year.

Although Barrett plays on three of the tracks, it is "Jugband Blues", recorded in November 1967 that is the most chilling. A song about loss and alienation, its sequencing as the last track really underlines his departure. The Salvation Army Band of North London's improvisation in the middle is cut abruptly short - just like Barrett's period within the group - and then, like a postcard from an outer space colony, he returns for the thirty-second coda, culminating in the lines 'And what exactly is a dream? And what exactly is a joke?' Although the group was moving forward, it was an early demonstration of just how much his spirit would inform them for the rest of their career.