Pink Floyd – The Piper at the Gates of Dawn U.S. mono LP

$695.00

Free U.S. shipping!   A rare original U.S. mono pressing of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn by Pink Floyd, featuring different mixes from the stereo release.

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Offered for sale is an original U.S. mono pressing of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, the first album by Pink Floyd.

The U.S. mono release is far harder to find and has a different track lineup than the relatively common (but still expensive) UK release.  The mono version features significantly different mixes from the stereo release.

About this copy: This copy of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is an original 1967 mono pressing on the Tower label.

The cover is VG, with light general wear, a bit of fraying at the seams, and a worn spot just below the Tower logo on the front where a price sticker has been removed.

This cover has no seam splits and no cutout holes.  The cover has a “6” in the lower right hand corner of the cover, indicating that it was printed at Capitol’s Los Angeles pressing plant.

The disc is VG+, with a few spindle marks and a couple of scuffs from the original paper inner sleeve (included).  It’s quite clean, with no significant marks.   The disc has a triangle with “IAM” in it in the dead wax, indicating that the disc was pressed at Capitol’s Scranton pressing plant.

A nice copy of a very rare Pink Floyd LP.

Background: Released in 1967, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn was the first album by Pink Floyd, which then included Syd Barrett on guitar and vocals.

The album was released in the U.S., UK, and Canada in both stereo and mono in late 1967.  While many UK buyers were still purchasing albums in mono in 1967, most U.S. buyers were choosing stereo releases at that time, and the U.S. mono album was deleted shortly after release, while the UK album stayed in print in mono for several years.

The mono version of the album features significantly different mixes from the stereo version.

While the Canadian pressing had the same track lineup as the UK issue, the U.S. pressing was quite different.

The UK album had 11 tracks, but the U.S. version deleted three of them (“Astronomy Domine,” “Flaming,” and “Bike”) and added “See Emily Play,” which had been recently issued as a single.

The Piper at the Gates of Dawn was one of the last albums issued on mono by Tower Records; the label only released four albums in mono after this one.

UK version has these eleven tracks:

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

The U.S. copy (this one) has these nine tracks:

  • See Emily Play
  • Pow R. Toc H.
  • Take Up They Stethoscope and Walk
  • Lucifer Sam
  • Matilda Mother
  • The Scarecrow
  • The Gnome
  • Chapter 24
  • Interstellar Overdrive

Allmusic.com gave The Piper at the Gates of Dawn a 5 star review:

 The Piper at the Gates of Dawn successfully captures both sides of psychedelic experimentation — the pleasures of expanding one’s mind and perception, and an underlying threat of mental disorder and even lunacy; this duality makes Piper all the more compelling in light of Barrett’s subsequent breakdown, and ranks it as one of the best psychedelic albums of all time.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Tower
Catalog Number:
T5093
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Mono
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Weight 10 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in