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I am gradually building up my reviews of historic albums from America to U2

 

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The Music Years - 1968

The following albums were released in 1968 and have been reviewed thanks to the following legal music sites:

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Pink Floyd - A Saucerful of Secrets - 6.5

Let There Be More Light/ Remember a Day/Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun/Corporal Clegg/A Saucerful of Secrets/See-Saw/Jugband Blues 

It soon became apparent that Syd Barrett's tenure in the band would be a short one due to his declining mental state. Dave Gilmour was brought in and essentially the band evolved with Barrett finally leaving both for his own good and that of the bands. So is this a transitional record? Well in many ways the answer is yes. Its intent soon becomes evident on Roger Waters' opening track Let There Be More Light which immediately has a more progressive rock feel to it than anything on Piper. Remember a Day was written by Richard Wright and  has a nodding acquaintance with psychedelia but then Waters weighs in with one of the group's most endearing and moody pieces "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun. Corporal Clegg sees Waters turning to the military stage - somewhere he would inhabit many times in the future. The title track lasts for almost 12 minutes and gives Gilmour his first co-writing acknowledgement. It's a strange concoction of sounds, almost experimental in nature but with some strongly layered textures and an impressively understated choral ending. The album concludes with another Wright composition "See-Saw" and Barrett's "Jugband Blues" - his final effort for a band that was growing up fast.