ARTIST: Pink Floyd
TITLE: A Saucer Full of Secrets
YEAR RELEASED: 1968
CHART ACTION: #9 UK
SINGLES: Let There Be More Light
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Set the Control for the Heart of the Sun, A Saucerful of Secrets, Jugband Blues
LINEUP: Roger Waters, Rick Wright, Nick Mason. David Gilmour is on five tracks, and Syd Barrett is on only three.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A transitional album full of psychedelic explorations and Syd Barrett’s last Pink Floyd composition that was released in his time.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The story of this album is in its second side. The title track is the only released song that both David Gilmour and Syd Barrett appear on, then there’s a Rick Wright song that it seemed bored everyone, including the author (needed it for the numbers, you know), and then, Barrett’s parting shot “Jugband Blues”.
This album doesn’t stand up to their debut, but how could it given the circumstances? Barrett’s decent into madness left them with an album to complete, and others pressed into duty to write it. Barrett’s chum Gilmour steps in to help, and becomes a full time member contributing greatly to the title track.
What we have is some brilliance, and some mediocrity (“Corporal Clegg” and Wright’s “See-Saw”). The band moves from playful, to more of a heavy-handed approach, and they’d keep that hand for the rest of their career.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They thought that Syd could become a Brian Wilson-like figure, writing songs and not touring – it didn’t work.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No. It was released for a while with their debut in a two-album vinyl set.
GRADE: B+: The highlights are an “A”, but the lowlights drag it down.