– A SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS –
July 27, 1968 – 11:52
The Top 13 Historic & Classic 1960s Psychedelic Songs Count-Down
is based on ascending order of release dates – not on popularity or chart position.
The only exception is #1
This is #5
This song is truly historic and classic; as it presents Pink Floyd’s creative unity as a foursome without Syd Barrett, and serves as the prototype for what would come. With “A Saucerful of Secrets” we get the first true insight into the depth and scope of classic Pink Floyd.
This is “new” psychedelic music.
Those who made the list did so in true Rock ‘n’ Roll spirit and with the newly found psychedelic power of expanded consciousness on full display. But with this song, Pink Floyd has taken the whole psychedelic music genre to a higher level of evolved music – a level that they own.
I, like many others, am a Space (Rock) Music Freak and have searched the known universe for space sounds for decades; a mania that began and really took off with early ’70s Tangerine Dream imports. This effort paid off with hearing spectacular space music throughout the decades by many excellent bands; a terrific source was from Pat Murphy’s truly great Alien Air Music radio station.
Another source came with the experience as a manager of record stores and as a record and tape rack jobber, both certainly helped to broaden my horizons and expand access to excellent Space Rock Music. So I can say as a professional and a fan; there have been many excellent and worthy Space Rock contenders – but there is only one Pink Floyd.
While I certainly honor Syd Barrett’s vision that got Floyd in gear; it was the evolution of Pink Floyd into the world-class creators of phenomenally excellent “head” music that is previewed with, and within, this song.
Like Hendrix, Pink Floyd could have easily filled the Top 13;
so to be fair they are represented with this classic song to cure all your ills;
in the words of Dr. Floyd;
“World got ya down? Take “A SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS” twice daily.”
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