Pink Floyd ‎– A Nice Pair

Harvest ‎– SABB-11257
2 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Reissue, Gatefold

Tracklist Hide Credits

The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
A1 Astronomy Domine
Written-By – Barrett*
A2 Lucifer Sam
Written-By – Barrett*
A3 Matilda Mother
Written-By – Barrett*
A4 Flaming
Written-By – Barrett*
A5 Pow R. Toc. H.
Written-By – Mason*, Wright*, Waters*, Barrett*
A6 Take Up Thy Stethoscope And Walk
Written-By – Waters*
B1 Interstellar Overdrive
Written-By – Mason*, Wright*, Waters*, Barrett*
B2 The Gnome
Written-By – Barrett*
B3 Chapter 24
Written-By – Barrett*
B4 Scarecrow
Written-By – Barrett*
B5 Bike
Written-By – Barrett*
A Saucerful Of Secrets
C1 Let There Be More Light
Written-By – Waters*
C2 Remember A Day
Written-By – Wright*
C3 Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
Written-By – Waters*
C4 Corporal Clegg
Written-By – Waters*
D1 A Saucerful Of Secrets
Written-By – Gilmour*, Mason*, Wright*, Waters*
D2 See Saw
Written-By – Wright*
D3 Jugband Blues
Written-By – Barrett*

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A re-release of The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn and A Saucerful Of Secrets with a new cover. Piper At The Gates Of Dawn was released in 1967 and A Saucerful Of Secrets was released in 1968.

1975 reissue with "ALL RIGHTS RESERVED" on the labels.
Some copies were censored with a hype sticker over the nude pic.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Area Side A): SABB-1-11257-F-11. MASTERED BY CAPITOL
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Area Side B): SABB-2-11257-H-10. MASTERED BY CAPITOL
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Area Side C): SABB-3-11257-F-3. MASTERED BY CAPITOL
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Area Side D): SABB-4-11257-F-3.. MASTERED BY CAPITOL
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Area Side A Variant): SABB-1-11257-G-14. MASTERED BY CAPITOL
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Area Side B Variant): SABB-2-11257-H-10. MASTERED BY CAPITOL
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Area Side C Variant): SABB-3-11257-F-12. Wayne MASTERED BY CAPITOL
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Area Side D Variant): SABB-4-11257-G-19.. MASTERED BY CAPITOL Wally

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SHDW 403, 0C 148 ◦ 50203-4 Pink Floyd A Nice Pair(2xLP, Comp, Pha) Harvest, Harvest SHDW 403, 0C 148 ◦ 50203-4 UK 1973 Sell This Version
M-YAX-3419 Pink Floyd A Nice Pair(2xLP, Comp, Gat) EMI M-YAX-3419 Nicaragua 1974 Sell This Version
2C 156-50203/4 Pink Floyd A Nice Pair(2xLP, Comp, RE, Gat) Harvest 2C 156-50203/4 France 1978 Sell This Version
5018 Pink Floyd A Nice Pair (Un Buen Par)(2xLP, Comp) EMI 5018 Venezuela 1985 Sell This Version
SHDW 403 Pink Floyd A Nice Pair(2xLP, Comp, RP, Mon) Harvest SHDW 403 UK 1974 Sell This Version



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June 28, 2016

A Nice Pair is a compilation album by Pink Floyd, re-issuing their first two albums - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and A Saucerful of Secrets - in a new gatefold sleeve. The album was released in December 1973 by Harvest and Capitol in the United States and the following month in the United Kingdom by Harvest and EMI. It reached number 36 in the US Billboard album charts, and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
in March 1994.
There are a few differences between the US and UK issues on the first disc of this compilation. In the US Harvest Records and its distributor Capitol Records reconstructed their edition from tapes that had been previously altered for the debut 1967 US album Pink Floyd (the original U.S. title for Piper) and other recordings, which were cut from the UK version. As explained in a note on the back cover of the US edition of A Nice Pair, songs dropped from the US 1967 Pink Floyd album, "Flaming", "Astronomy Domine" and "Bike", are restored for this re-issue.
However, some of the restored songs appear in versions that are different from the UK Piper release: the eight-minute live Ummagumma recording of "Astronomy Domine" replaces the original four-minute studio recording; "Interstellar Overdrive" fades out slightly early (as it did on the US debut album) and adds a few seconds of silence before "The Gnome", rather than using a segue between these songs as found on the UK version; and "Flaming" is an alternate mix and edit which previously appeared on a US single, and the only track to appear on this album in mono. In later pressings, the correct stereo version of "Flaming" was restored, while the other songs continued to appear in the versions described here. The US version of this album was also released in Canada.
The cover is by the Hipgnosis group, who did many other Pink Floyd covers, and consists of 4 grids of 9 small pictures of proposed but previously unused album cover designs. Several images depict a well-known phrase or saying in the form of a visual pun; for instance, the centre right-hand panel on the front depicts "a fork in the road", while the bottom right represents "a fine kettle of fish". Another picture presents two puns on the album title: a nice pear, and an image of a woman's pair of breasts; the latter is censored with a black bar on some copies, while other US copies opted to cover it with a purple and white sticker over the shrink wrap. Initial copies had a picture of a Mr. W.R. Phang's dental surgery on the cover (a genuine business), but Dr. Phang objected because dentists were not allowed to advertise, and the picture was replaced with one of a gargling monk. US editions from the 1980s restored both the nudity and the W.R. Phang photo. The selection of band photos on the inside cover also varies, with some copies including a photo of a shirtless, disturbed-looking Syd Barrett from the Madcap Laughs cover photo session, while others replace it with a photo of a smiling Barrett sitting by a car.
The album was the band's next US release after The Dark Side of the Moon, and introduced new fans to the earlier psychedelic sound of the Syd Barrett period of Pink Floyd, which contrasted greatly to the style of their more recent work. Following the worldwide re-issue of the original two albums on CD, including the original UK version of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, A Nice Pair is now out of print.