For the first time in more than two decades, Pink Floyd Records — along with Sony Music and Warner Music Group — will begin the reintroduction of the band’s classic catalog on vinyl. The first four records to be released in June 2016 include The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, A Saucerful Of Secrets, the soundtrack from the film More and the two-LP set Ummagumma. Pink Floyd Records will reproduce the vinyl catalog throughout the year with release dates being announced at regular intervals.
Special care has been taken to replicate the original packaging. The first set of releases, mastered by James Guthrie, Joel Plante and Bernie Grundman, will be pressed on 180-gram vinyl for optimum sound quality.
1967’s “The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn” is the one that started it all for Pink Floyd, back in the early days when bassist Roger Waters, keyboardist Richard Wright and drummer Nick Mason were led by the genius, but doomed singer/guitarist Syd Barrett. The title of Pink Floyd’s debut album is taken from a chapter in Barrett’s favorite children’s book, “The Wind in the Willows,” and the lyrical imagery of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is indeed full of colorful, childlike, distinctly British whimsy, albeit filtered through the perceptive lens of LSD, writes AllMusic. Barrett’s catchy, melodic acid pop songs are balanced with longer, more experimental pieces showcasing the group’s instrumental freak-outs, often using themes of space travel as metaphors for hallucinogenic experiences — “Astronomy Domine” is a poppier number in this vein, but tracks like “Interstellar Overdrive” are some of the earliest forays into what has been tagged space rock.
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