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Pink Floyd – A Saucerful of Secrets (Remastered by James Guthrie on 180g Vinyl)

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A Saucerful of Secrets is the second studio album by Pink Floyd, released on 29 June 1968 in the United Kingdom and on 27 July 1968 in the United States. During recording, the mental health of singer and guitarist Syd Barrett declined, so David Gilmour was recruited to complement him; Barrett left the band before the album’s completion.

Whereas Barrett had led songwriting for Pink Floyd’s debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, on A Saucerful of Secrets each member contributed songwriting and lead vocals. Gilmour appeared on all but two songs, while Barrett contributed to three. Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun is the only song on which all five members appeared.

A Saucerful of Secrets reached No. 9 in the UK charts, but did not chart in the US until April 2019, peaking at number 158.

In 2014, drummer Nick Mason named A Saucerful of Secrets his favourite Pink Floyd album: ‘I think there are ideas contained there that we have continued to use all the way through our career. I think [it] was a quite good way of marking Syd’s departure and Dave’s arrival. It’s rather nice to have it on one record, where you get both things. It’s a cross-fade rather than a cut.’

 

Track Listing

Side One

  1. Let There Be More Light
  2. Remember a Day
  3. Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun
  4. Corporal Clegg

Side Two

  1. A Saucerful of Secrets
  2. See Saw
  3. Jugband Blues