My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Piper was recorded at Abbey Road Studios during the first half of 1967 and released in August of the same year. The initial U.S. release had a different track listing, subsequent releases were the same as the U.K. version.
What I think: There was a period of time that I listened to quite a bit of Pink Floyd, but for about the last fifteen years or so it just hasn’t been my thing. There is something really dark to me about their music that makes me uncomfortable. This album is really different from that Pink Floyd sound I’m used to. Instead of being the dark psychedelic sound of The Wall, it’s a brighter and happier sound more reminiscent of Sgt. Pepper’s (It didn’t surprise me to find out it was recorded at Abbey Road). My favorite track on the album is “Lucifer Sam”, which has that ’60s spy theme thing going alone with a garage rock sound (Although, reading the lyrics to post in my tweet has me rethinking my position on this song, they look like something a five year old would have written).
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I’ve become really aggravated with the saturation of psychedelic rock albums, so I’m surprising even myself when I say that this without a doubt belongs on this list.
Rating (Out of 5): 3.5
Amazon Review (Out of 5):4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes(74/94)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 79%