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PINK FLOYD – A SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS – Tower ST 5131 – June 29, 1968
1968 was a heavy year; 1967’s Psychedelic Rock still reigned, but it was in a cosmic growth spurt. The days of incense and peppermints gave way to a stranger brew; with Pink Floyd’s second album A Saucerful Of Secrets the psychedelic sound barrier was broken and Rock ventured out into space.
This would be the only Pink Floyd studio album with all five members’ involvement and would mark founder Syd Barrett’s exit and baton pass to his art school friend David Gilmour as Syd’s LSD-triggered eccentricities and episodes became detrimental to himself and the band.
Pink Floyd’s live performances featured experimental Psychedelic Art Rock with lengthy jams evidenced by their debut album’s “Interstellar Overdrive”. Along with this album’s title track, “A Saucerful of Secrets”, and tracks “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun” and Let There Be More Light, they captured the essence and foundation that Pink Floyd would build on throughout their career.
ASOS also elevated Floyd from the flock; their distinct ambient sound came from a more serious and darker place. This sense of otherness and psychedelic space exploration was eminent in all of their compositions, including ballads and lighter fare – no matter what Floyd did there was the psychedelic tinge of a good trip that could be heard and felt to the marrow of one’s bones.
A Saucerful Of Secrets Side one: 1. “Let There Be More Light” Roger Waters – 5:38
2. “Remember a Day” Richard Wright – 4:33, 3. “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun” Waters – 5:28, 4. “Corporal Clegg” Waters – 4:13
Side two: 1. “A Saucerful of Secrets” I. “Something Else” (3:57) II. “Syncopated Pandemonium” (3:07) III. “Storm Signal” (1:34) IV. “Celestial Voices” (3:19)” Waters, Wright, Gilmour, Nick Mason Instrumental, wordless vocals by Gilmour, Wright – 11:57
2. “See-Saw” Wright – 4:36, 3. “Jugband Blues” Syd Barrett – 3:00.
For those many music and art appreciators this album’s cover always had a strange mystery about it. It clearly represented hallucinatory over-lapping imagery as space and planets swirl among interwoven mystical tapestries. It wouldn’t be until many years later that proof of what lie beneath was revealed.
The Marvel comic book character Dr. Strange was created in 1967 and a page from the comic (Middle) was used as a vaporous psychedelic imprint. The comic caption to the bottom right of the “Saturn” spiral in the actual album cover (Top) can now be plainly seen. The overlaid images better reveal the “Strange” elements (Bottom).
Pink Floyd’s natural ability for creating amazing soundscapes led to the inevitable evolution of their next album release, “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack from the film More” , and later film soundtrack “Obscured By Clouds ( La Vallee”). And there was the 1972 semi-documentary “Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii”, and 1982’s live action film “Pink Floyd: The Wall”.
They further made Rock and Soundtrack History in 1973 with their own full length film and soundtrack of “Dark Side Of The Moon” presented live on tour in 1975
00individual was there – front row center – three nights!
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