Pink FloydThe Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

Label:Columbia – SX 6157
Vinyl, LP, Album, Mono
Style:Psychedelic Rock, Experimental


A1Astronomy Dominé
A2Lucifer Sam
A3Matilda Mother
A5Pow R. Toc H
A6Take Up Thy Stethoscope And Walk
B1Interstellar Overdrive
B2The Gnome
B3Chapter 24
B4The Scarecrow

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Front Cover: Laminated, flip-back sleeve design.

Back Cover: The top right part of the flip-back is blank. It does NOT read "File under POPULAR : Pop Groups". A cover containing this is a repress. Back cover includes title, credits, and song listing. Catalog number in upper right corner. Un-laminated.

Labels: Black Columbia labels with silver text, and a blue "Columbia Records Magic Notes Trademark" at the top, and a blue "Columbia" in the center. A specific font is used with the first pressing. Please compare with the photos on this release to confirm the correct label. Track 1 on Side 2, (including all writing credits), should read across one line only. If the artist credits extend to a second line, it is the repress.
Underneath the blue "Columbia" it reads "Sold in U.K. subject to resale price conditions. See price lists." On most copies, the Tax Code letters "K" and "T" are stamped on the label (on either on side 1 or 2) on each side of the spindle hole.
Text around the bottom edge of the label starts at 10 o'clock and says:

Disk: plate markings are a stamped number at 9:00 and a letter at 3:00, relative to the matrix stamped at 6:00 of the dead wax.

Inner Sleeve #1: Cream colored inner sleeve. On the front is an EMI logo at the top center, with "Add these outstanding LPs to your collection" at the top, 16 LP covers pictured in the middle including Both Sides of Herman's Hermits, and "Remember-the new Emitex cleans and preserves your records," and "Patents applied for" at the bottom. On the back is an EMI logo at the top center, with " - the greatest recording organization in the world" at the top, 16 LP covers pictured in the middle including the Beatles-Revolver, and "E.M.I. Records (The Gramophone Company Ltd.) Hayes - Middlesex - England, Made and Printed in Great Britain" at the bottom.

Inner Sleeve #2: Reddish brown printing on cream colored paper. On the front side is the EMI logo at the top center, with "Add these outstanding LPs to your collection" at the top, 16 LP covers pictured in the middle including The Beatles-Sgt. Peppers, and "Remember-the new Emitex cleans and preserves your records," and "Patents applied for" at the bottom. On the back side is the EMI logo at the top center, with " - the greatest recording organization in the world" at the top, 16 LP covers pictured in the middle including Pink Floyd-Piper at the Gates of Dawn, and "E.M.I. Records (The Gramophone Company Ltd.) Hayes - Middlesex - England, Made and Printed in Great Britain" at the bottom.

Promotional copies are marked on labels with a lozenge-shaped red and white sticker, reading "FACTORY SAMPLE / NOT FOR SALE"

The Gramophone Co., Ltd. All rights of the manufacturer and of the owner of the recorded work reserved. Unauthorised public performance, broadcasting, and copying of this record prohibited.

Runouts are stamped

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Other (Tax code, side A spindle): KT
  • Rights Society: BIEM
  • Rights Society: Mecolico
  • Rights Society: NCB
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side A): XAX.3419
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side B): XAX.3420
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 1): XAX 3419-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 1): XAX 3420-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 2): XAX 3419-2 R 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 2): XAX 3420-1 M 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 3): XAX 3419-2 P 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 3): XAX 3420-1 G 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 4): XAX 3419-2 G 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 4): XAX 3420-1 G 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 5): XAX 3419-2 M 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 5): XAX 3420-1 G 1

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (LP, Album, Stereo, 1st Issue)Capitol RecordsST-6242Canada1967
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The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (LP, Album, Stereo)Columbia, Columbia, ColumbiaSCTX 340.568, SCTX 340.568 T, SCTX 340568France1967
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The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (LP, Album, Mono)ColumbiaSX 6157UK1967
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The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (LP, Album, Stereo, Scranton Pressing)Tower, TowerST 5093, ST-5093US1967
The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (LP, Album, Stereo)ColumbiaSMC 74 321Germany1967



  • Records-Everywhere's avatar
    Edited 10 months ago
    Pink Floyd released their debut album in 1967, and while their later records would secure them international acclaim amongst the greatest rock artists of all time, many collectors insist that Piper -- created with the group's original guitarist and songwriter Syd Barrett -- is their crowning musical achievement. It speaks volumes that tracks like "Astronomy Dominé" were still performed live by the band several decades after their initial release. Piper truly is an experimental rock masterpiece brimming over with creativity, attributed in no small part to excellent production as well as the heroic doses of LSD that were consumed in its creation. This album reached spaces unheard at the time, and tracks like "Interstellar Overdrive" transcribed the psychedelic experience in musical form better than any acidheads had managed before, or since. The lyrical inspirations are far-reaching, with simultaneous references to children's literature ("Matilda Mother") and the I Ching ("Chapter 24"). It's hard to believe that an album this diverse was created on meager 4-track analog equipment in the late 1960s.

    Like most albums of its era, Piper was released in both mono and stereo formats. The mono version included several overdubs which were missing from the (widely-panned) stereo mix. While the mono mix is now typically considered collectors' preferred version, as mono releases were curtailed by the end of the 1960s, it became obsolete. Several mono reissues have now been released, but the stereo mix remains the most readily available variant.

    The earliest UK pressings (1967 - ca. 1974) were all sourced from a single lacquer master, which was used to create several mothers and then hundreds of stampers. This mastering is denoted by -1 / -1 endings on the matrix numbers stamped in the runout grooves. For both the mono and stereo releases, these masterings were relatively lo-fi, with a treble roll-off starting around 13-14 kHz, and had reduced channel separation on many of the widely-panned stereo tracks. A new lacquer, denoted by -2 / -2 runout stamps, was created ca. 1978 for the fifth UK issue, which offers a significant improvement in fidelity over the original (stereo) pressings. For some tracks, this new mastering more than doubled the channel separation, and completely restored the high end missing from the originals. In 1983, the budget Fame label manufactured several variations, which sound nearly as good as the Columbia/EMI discs that used -2 / -2 stampers, but with a bit more tape noise and less clarity, likely using a good analog tape dub.

    The earliest CD mastering from 1987 remains the best-sounding digital (stereo) variant available, despite a few tiny spots of clipping on one or two tracks. The later Doug Sax remaster (1994) has no clipping, but seems to have used a bit of light compression to bring down the peaks. The 2011 remaster is more compressed than both of the above, but still listenable. For the mono mix, the 2007 remaster (3CD 40th Anniversary Edition) has good sound, and surprisingly is much less compressed than the earlier 1997 remaster (30th Anniversary). The mono mix was also pressed on vinyl in 2018 for a deluxe RSD package, which was mastered by Bernie Grundman and has been praised for its sound quality: in particular, it has a much better high-end response than the original UK mono LPs.

    Much like The Beatles' LPs, this record suffered from significant edits and track reordering when released stateside on the Tower label (a subsidiary of Capitol Records). Nonetheless, this version might be preferred by some due to the inclusion of the excellent, trippy, & catchy single, "See Emily Play."
    • _sonomusic's avatar
      Like many people have said, you pay for the condition over any other aspect of this release. The 1st mono versions absolutely trump any other stereo mixes, but requires somewhat quiet + clean audio to feel the full effect. Completely fills the room, a classic piece of musical history.
      • Monsterhead's avatar
        I'm not old enough to remember mono and this is the only album I have really listened to in mono but I have to say that in stereo I thought it was just another silly novelty album but hearing it in mono really hits home. It's absolutely fantastic and fills the room. I'm listening to the 1997 CD not the new vinyl edition but still, I'm now absolutely sure that this album is a classic and not just a collection of daft noises. I'm wondering now what Dark Side would sound like in mono. I could get a quad copy and put all the speakers in one corner! hahaha.
        • THISISTHEEND111's avatar
          Edited 2 years ago
          Spot on! The "File under" to the flip back does not make this a 2nd pressing. Anyone would think E.J Day only had one printing press running for the multitude of sleeves that were being printed each week! Much more likely that one press was set up omitting the "File under" script and ran for a short period before being corrected as the vinyl itself is identical across the "variations"!
          • mhinojos9's avatar
            Who would have thought a simple “file under popular” would be the devalue version. I wish I wasn’t so obsessed with collecting these tiny pressings because it doesn’t change the music whatsoever. I wish I could find the blame on why I’m so picky about getting valuable pressings with dumb differences. I’m a monster!!! ):
            • floydvinyl's avatar
              Edited 3 years ago
              This information is wrong.
              The sleeve does not determine the issue.
              There are 2 variations of sleeve, inner sleeve, and labels for the first issue.
              The no "file under popular" variation is just the earliest sleeve.
              All Blue and Black Columbia issues are considered first issues
              The second issue is the One EMI Box Silver and Black - But audio wise, they are the same masters, and you can still find really early mother and stamper codes on the second issue, so you are often paying for the earliest variations of the original label and sleeve with the Blue and Black issues.
              Condition is everything... the decline in condition and price is rapid.
              • d-niceguy15's avatar
                Further to my comment, my original blue Columbia label first press has the Ernest J Day flip back sleeve. The top right on the reverse of the cover states “SCX 6157 stereo” but at the bottom next to the Columbia EMI labels it states “This mono record has been produced....” etc. The very bottom of the reverse side of the cover (on the flip back) states “6709 TPS Printed and made by Ernest J Day & Co. Ltd., London SX 6157/SCX 6157”. The label on the record states a cat. no. of SX 6157, and the matrix no’s are XAX 3419-2, 3420-1, which is obviously a mono pressing. Is this a hybrid pressing due to a dual format cover but a mono lp?
                • RachaelTyrell's avatar
                  God how I loved this record back in the mid 70's!

                  But I was never a Floyd fan, I turned down the offer to see them at Earls Court in 73 because, as a teenage 'krautrocker' honed on Faust and Can, Floyd seemed pretty tame. Faust were the first band I saw live .... go figure.

                  But in 1978 when I had grown tired of the Clash and Pistols I remembered Syd Barrett was responsible for some great pop records, so I amazed all my friends by buying Piper. Here was some pretty essential proto punk - along with late the period Yardbirds - The Pink Floyd had made some fine pop singles and inadvertently sullied forth into the territory a few years ahead of punk rock proper. So Lucifer Sam rubbed his Science Friction shoulders with XTC's 3D EP on my crappy Garrard SP25. Of course a bit later it came out that a lot of punk era bands held Mr Barretts Pink Floyd in high esteem, as they rightly should.

                  Barrett was a far far better guitarist than he is given credit for, he was doing the slide with the echo years before his replacement copied him. His choppy rhythm playing is breathtaking, his sense of timing immaculate. Hell his bandmates owed him a huge debt, from the Jugband Blues brass band on Atom Heart Mother through to Waters' drawing most of his subject matter from 'what happened to Syd' the debt is openly obvious.

                  But Waters never had Barratts' gift for putting words into simple binary juxtapositions - Moonshine Washing line ... See-through, baby blue ...Doors Bang - chain gang - this is the stuff of genius. What Barrett brought to the group was his ferocious energy, Astronomy Domine, Lucifer Sam, Arnold Layne they all rocket along at the speed of life!

                  Post Barrett they became a lot more laid back and dreamy, the slightly burnt out feeling you got coming down off the acid instead of the kick of it coming on.

                  • jrsmusic's avatar
                    Let's just say I know people.... I picked the RSD MONO LP today, and I'm impressed. This is the psychedelic record that blew the minds of countless future hero's. I own five copies of this from various era's. This mono edition sounds like a 60's record. It's loud, moody, and distorted in spots as I can assumed was intended. The vinyl is relatively quiet. The packaging is cool too, flip open box contains poster and retro style lp fold/glued sleeve, record is given a gold label and comes in a rice paper sleeve. It's rumored this is the one and only run of this pressing.
                    • black-shuck's avatar
                      just in case anyone doesnt know this- the title Piper at the Gates of Dawn is taken from the chapter of the same name in Kenneth Grahames masterpiece The Wind in the Willows, Graham was a slow writer who confessed to finding the writing process difficult, but suddenly in this book the chapter in question unfolds like an astonishing, sublime prayer of breathtaking beauty, Ratty and Mole are on the river at night and hear an unearthly music, eventually they attune to it and follow the sounds through the wilderness, and come into the presence of the great Horned God, who is protecting a lost character, it is one of the most profound pieces of writing, its about the spirit of nature, the essence of albion, actual beauty, and the god is Pan. its something extraordinarily precious, a masterpiece, everyone should perhaps read it. its better than the lp and torn from Grahame's soul.


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