Pink Floyd’s First Album Gets Deluxe Reissue Treatment

EMI Records will celebrate Pink Floyd's 40th anniversary by releasing 2 and 3-CD sets of their debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (Special Edition), on September 4th.

The 3-CD packaging, designed by longtime Floyd collaborator Storm Thorgerson, resembles a cloth-covered book with the original Vic Singh photo on the front, and holds 3 CDs, along with an 8-page reproduction of one of Syd Barrett's notebooks. Newly remastered by James Guthrie, Discs 1 and 2 will contain the full Piper album, represented in both stereo and mono versions. Disc 3 includes bonus tracks, including all of Pink Floyd's singles from 1967 (“Arnold Layne,” “See Emily Play” and “Apples and Oranges”), plus the B-sides “Candy and a Current Bun” and “Paintbox.” Other tracks include an exclusive edit of “Interstellar Overdrive,” previously available only on an EP released in France, and the 1967 stereo version of “Apples and Orange,” which has never before been officially released.

The current single-disc version of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn will be replaced with a new two-disc version that will feature the mono and stereo versions of the album. This package will not include the Syd Barrett booklet or the third disc of extras.

The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (Special Edition):

  • Astronomy Domine
  • Lucifer Sam
  • Matilda Mother
  • Flaming
  • Pow R Toc H
  • Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk
  • Interstellar Overdrive
  • The Gnome
  • Chapter 24
  • The Scarecrow
  • Bike