#315Albums is a list of 315 albums that appear on both the Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, as well as the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die book, edited by Robert Dimery. At its best, it is a representation of some of the greatest music ever released; at its worst, it is a journey through the history of music that the majority see as important, influential, and/or relevant. If nothing else, these albums are worth experiencing at least once to get a better understanding of music, which is why we are working to complete all #315Albums.

No. 032

“The band’s debut is all playful, psychedelic imagery and acid guitars – both poppy (‘See Emily Play’) and spaced-out freaky (‘Interstellar Overdrive’).”

Artist: Pink Floyd
Album: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Released: 1967
Label: Tower
Rolling Stones Ranking: 347

I own Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon on vinyl, and love it. This is why I was so excited for this debut album from Pink Floyd. But what this debut is missing that Dark Side has is replayability. The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is unique, solid, interesting, but gives trippy a whole new meaning, and not necessarily in a good way. It feels like the group is forcing the odd, synthetic sounds with no real rhyme or reason, where as their later album feels a lot more natural. Piper is worth a listen, but it doesn’t have any one song on it in particular that will draw me back to the album in the future, unlike Dark Side. I am really interested to hear this band’s other albums as this journey continues to see their growth. I know that the band went through some changes after their first few albums, and it appears that I may like the new sound versus the original a bit more.

Cinefessions’ #315Albums Rating: 61%

Image and quote courtesy of Rolling Stone Magazine.