Yesterday (on the fifth of August) the Pink Floyd band celebrated the UK release of their debut album ‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn’ which was released in the year 1967. At that time Syd Barret was the band’s leader, who was too a co-founding member who supervised the release and the recording process.
The album was released at Columbia/EMI records (UK) and Tower/Capital (US), later on, there were two special editions released to mark the 13th and 14th universities. So maybe we should expect surprises from Pink Floyd, like we have from Judas Priest. This year the album became 347th in the list of 500 greatest albums of all times published by Rolling Stones.
‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn’ is a psychedelic album with some instrumental songs and lyrics about scarecrows, space and gnomes. It was the first year when British architecture students signed a contract with EMI for 5000 pounds as an advance fee. Before they were performing as ‘Pink Floyd’ for two years.
Their first single ‘Arnold Layne’, about kleptomaniac transvestite, was rejected to be aired on Radio London because of the controversy its lyrics carried. Their next singer ‘See Emily Play’ was released the same year on the 18th of May and was number 6 in UK charts.