The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is the debut studio album by English rock band Pink Floyd. It was first released on 4 August 1967 in the United Kingdom by EMI Columbia and on 21 October 1967 in the United States by Tower Records. It was the only album made under founding member Syd Barrett's leadership, and is named after the title of chapter seven of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows. The album was recorded from February to May 1967 and produced by Beatles engineer Norman Smith, featuring a kaleidoscopic cover photo of the band taken by Vic Singh.
The album's American release was timed with the band's tour of the United States. In the United Kingdom, no singles were released from the album, but "Flaming" was offered as a single in the United States. The American version of the album has a rearranged tracklist, and contains the UK non-album single "See Emily Play". "Astronomy Domine" and "Interstellar Overdrive" became long-term mainstays of the band's live setlist, while other songs were performed live only a handful of times.
Since its release, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn has been hailed as one of the greatest psychedelic rock albums of all time. In 1973, it was repackaged with the band's second album A Saucerful of Secrets (1968) and released as A Nice Pair to introduce new fans to the band's early work after the success of their critically acclaimed sixth album The Dark Side of the Moon (1973). In 2012, Rolling Stone placed The Piper at the Gates of Dawn at number 347 on its updated list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time".
- Astronomy Domine (4:12)
- Lucifer Sam (3:07)
- Matilda Mother (3:08)
- Flaming (2:46)
- Pow R. Toc H. (4:26)
- Take Up Thy Stethoscope And Walk (3:06)
- Interstellar Overdrive (9:41)
- The Gnome (2:13)
- Chapter 24 (3:24)
- The Scarecrow (2:11)
- Bike (3:21)
- Song rating: 5 / 5
- Overall rating: 5 / 5
- Best song: Astronomy Domine
- Syd Barrett - Vocals, Guitar
- Roger Waters - Bass, Vocals
- Richard Wright - Piano, Organ, Vibraphone, Vocals
- Nick Mason - Drums, Percussion
- Norman Smith - Producer
- Peter Brown - Engineer
- Vic Singh - Cover Photography
- The cover art is the four band members reflected. The back is a silhouette of the members cheering in some way.
- This is the only album where Syd Barrett is the main vocalist (he does have credits for A Saucerful of Secrets, but only for a few songs.)
- It is very different from Pink Floyd's later albums, as the songs sound cheerier compared to albums like Meddle or the second studio album A Saucerful of Secrets.