(All Album Reviews by Chuck AzEee!)
Originally fronted by the eccentric genius/Lead Singer/Guitarist Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd was a powerful, but yet whimsical psychedelic act that initially started out as a blues act in 1965 (hence where their name is an amalgam of Syd's love for American blues men Pink Anderson and Floyd Council) but with the band dabbling in mind altering substances, Pink Floyd was one of the major innovators in the Psychedelic movement.
Pink Floyd had continued to further their reputation as a great live act, but did not was not issued a recording contract until early 1967 by EMI, when they would go on to record one of, if not the definitive statement in psychedelic rock's history, The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn.
Like most of the music of the era, most of the music did not age well, but yet Piper At The Gates Of Dawn was a remarkable artistic achievement at the time of release, which would introduce the world to four remarkably, innovative musicians outside of The Beatles, and when it came to sonic soundscaping, asides for The Beatles, The Byrds and arguably Frank Zappa and The Velvet Underground, not many could hang with Pink Floyd in that department, especially in band's earlier incarnation, which proved to influential on most of peers as well as bands like Can, Roxy Music and Tangerine Dream to name a few.
For all of the years that Pink Floyd would continue onward, with greater success, Piper At The Gates would prove too much for Syd Barrett, who would become a casualty of his own drug abuse, choosing to live his life as a recluse and leaving the music life behind, which although guitar whiz (and longtime band friend) David Gilmour would take his place in the band, his loss would later prove despite the band's success, a major void.