A Saucerful Of Secrets (studio album) by Pink Floyd

A Saucerful Of Secrets by Pink Floyd
Year: 1968
Overall rank: 609th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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77/100 (from 1,087 votes)
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Award Top 20 albums of 1968 (11th)
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A Saucerful Of Secrets is ranked 9th best out of 37 albums by Pink Floyd on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Pink Floyd is The Dark Side Of The Moon which is ranked number 2 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 72,823.

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This album is rated in the top 4% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 76.9/100, a mean average of 76.1/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 76.9/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.5.

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From 01/10/2023 20:19
“A Saucerful of Secrets” was teh second and last Pink Floyd album with contributions from original guitarist and lead-singer Syd Barrett. Drug-abuse and illness gradually prevented Barrett in performing with the band and by the time of the album’s release he had been replaced by Dave Gilmour, who also plays on the album.
Whereas Barrett wrote the vast majority of the material for their legendary debut album “Piper at the Gates of Dawn” his contribution to this album is down to one song and he is absent on more of the other tracks.

Generally the album lacks the charm and inventive songwriting of Barrett’s and apart from his own “Jugband Blues” and Roger Waters’ “Corporal Clegg” there is really not much left of the early Pink Floyd approach.

On the other hand the album leaves more space for the other members, not least bassist Roger Waters, and the album has clear indication of what was to come in the future. “Let there Be More Light” almost sounds like an outtake from later albums such as “Dark Side of the Moon” or “Obscured by Clouds”.

Keyboard-player Rick Wright wrote quiet songs for the album. “Remember a Day” is quite a nice tune and by far the strongest of the two. “See Saw” is more or less forgettable. The title track is an extensive 12 minutes instrumental - more or less random sounds that eventually ( app. 8 minutes ) develops into a nice organ chord progression - actually a pretty longwinded wait.

Compared to their debut album, most people probably will find “A Saucerful of Secrets” a disappointment, but the album has its moments, especially when the presence of Barrett shines through. At any rate the album gives a great insight to the musical transition the band went through when Barrett had to let go of his leadership.

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From 06/30/2022 10:16
I do not see the appeal in this record. It feels very dull and there isn't much going on for the majority of the time the record is on. For example, on the title track it is 12 minutes long and nothing really happens. I can understand minimalist music but even that goes somewhere unlike on this track. The rest of the album is pretty similar except for the opening song which I think is great. I am also not a huge fan of Corporal Clegg and it makes me awkward whenever I hear it as it feels so out of place. This record also lacks the experimentation and the colourful instrumentation we receive on other Floyd projects making this feel very monotone and boring. There are obvious glimpses of the bands quality that shine through but it isn't enough to redeem the album for me. Overall, I have listened to this album several times and it always leave me feeling disappointed and in my opinion it is one of the weaker Pink Floyd albums.
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From 04/11/2022 08:33
Love this! Easily the darkest and most haunting Pink Floyd album that's actually listenable on the reg unlike the nightmarish far less reached for album that is Ummagumma. That too is dark/haunting but I rarely listen to it because it's almost too experimental lol. Saucerful and Obscured by Clouds are their most underrated.
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From 01/17/2022 12:57
This is the best Pink Floyd 60s output, some beautiful tracks on here and more accesible than predecessor.
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From 11/28/2021 04:18

No está mal. Simplemente me parece que está por detrás de su album debut. Tiene menos canciones y son más olvidables. Hay algunos experimentos interesantes, como en la canción homónima, A Saucerful of Secrets, donde supuestamente se replica una batalla, pero personalmente no soy muy fan de las canciones instrumentales y peor aún si son tan largas.

Por otro lado, me sorprendieron las primeras canciones. Digamos que pensé que el album iba bien encaminado porque justo coincidió que las 2 primeras canciones han sido mis favoritas. Luego decae, pero no sé, no me ha pegado mucho la psicodelia de este album, al menos a comparación de The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.

Mi canción favorita ha sido Let There Be More Light, seguida de Remember a Day.
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From 01/12/2021 15:26
Great record from their psychedelic period. "Jugband Blues" is haunting
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From 09/13/2020 05:23
This isn't Syd Barrett Floyd. Only one song is.
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From 09/13/2020 04:02
Syd Barrett Floyd is so overlooked. Different from what was to come but it's still such great music. Trippy but in no way disjointed. This album is fantastic from start to finish. Love it
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From 06/09/2020 11:50
As far as I'm concerned, this is one of the greatest albums ever created, and Floyd's best. It blows my mind that Humans made this album. Like, it's just so alien sounding lol. It's bewildering.
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From 05/06/2020 07:02
A great psychedelic album and worth owning for the first three tracks alone. Futuristic and experimental for it's time and it still sounds out as a true classic today. The only track I don't like is Corporal Clegg.
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