Pink Floyd â€“ Piper At The Gates of Dawn / 2007 Capitol / 11 Tracks / http://www.capitolrecords.com /
Any Pink Floyd fan knows that â€œPiper At The Gates of Dawnâ€ was the first album created by Pink Floyd. Casual fans that just know Pink Floyd from â€œThe Wallâ€ and â€œPulseâ€-era recordings will struggle to find commonality between those albums and â€œPiperâ€. 2007 marks the 40th anniversary of the original release of the album, so what Capitol does here is create a remastered version of the album that showcases some of the arrangements and compositions that may have gained a little dust in the transformation from reel to reel to album, and from cassette to CD. The results are stunning, and what results with this version of â€œPiper At The Gates of Dawnâ€ is something that will give Pink Floyd fans a whole new light into the motivations and desires of the band at this point of their careers.
There are two different versions of â€œPiper At The Gates of Dawnâ€ that fans can purchase. The two-CD set is the introductory level, and provides individuals with two mixes (stereo and mono) of the album. For individuals that want to spend a little bit more in the way of money, the three-CD set includes some extras. The third disc provides individuals with some singles that for whatever reason, were not included on the album. This means that individuals can find the alternate version of â€œMatilda Motherâ€, a French EP version of â€œInterstellar Overdriveâ€, and songs like â€œCandy and a Currant Bunâ€ and â€œSee Emily Playâ€. It is my opinion that both casual and diehard fans of Floyd should opt for the three CD set, just to hear the different interpretations of the songs between the mixes, and the completely different versions of â€œInterstellar Overdriveâ€ that are present.
The production value of the original version of â€œPiper At The Gates of Dawnâ€ was completely solid in its own right. However, the masterful re-production and cleaning up of the discâ€™s sound makes everything that much more impressive about Pink Floydâ€™s inaugural outing. Again, fans of the â€œnewerâ€ Pink Floyd may find it a little hard to get into the works of â€œPiper At The Gates of Dawnâ€, but at least they cannot complain that the recording style or production values were drastically different than anything that they are intimately familiar with. Splurge, buy the extended edition of â€œPiper At The Gates of Dawnâ€, and be shock and awed at how Pink Floyd sounded when they first started.
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