To celebrate Record Store Day 2019 (Saturday 13 April), Pink Floyd is re-releasing the band’s second album A Saucerful
of Secrets on vinyl. Remastered by James Guthrie, Joel Plante and Bernie Grundman from the original 1968 analogue
mono mix, the release is the latest from Pink Floyd Records, which has supported Record Store Day since the label’s
launch in June 2016.
The limited-edition Record Store Day release is delivered on premium 12” 180-gram black vinyl, with a black poly-lined
inner sleeve, and a faithful reproduction of the original sleeve, including the ‘Columbia’ logo, under which imprint (via
EMI) the early Pink Floyd released in the UK. (The ‘Columbia’ logo has been used by kind permission of owners Sony
Originally released in June 1968, A Saucerful
of Secrets represents a change in line-up and direction. Co-founder and
original songwriter Syd Barrett contributed only one song to the album and his live appearances became more erratic.
So unreliable were Syd Barrett’s live appearances that fellow founder members, Roger Waters, Rick Wright and Nick
Mason decided to draft in David Gilmour, a friend of Syd’s, also from Cambridge. Roger Waters and Richard Wright
contributed for this album four and three songs respectively.
The album reflects this transition, containing a mixture of material, from the almost ‘music hall’ Corporal Clegg through
Richard Wright’s dreamlike and melodic See-Saw and Remember A Day to the title track – an 11-minute, four part
instrumental excursion that both harked back to their UFO freakouts and looked forward to the longer, more anthemic
instrumental sequences that were to become one of their signature elements.
In spite of the band having to wait a further 11 years for a UK hit single, the album reflected Pink Floyd’s popularity by
charting at No. 9 in the UK. Produced by Norman Smith at London’s Abbey Road Studios, it features songs that remained
on the band’s live setlist for many years, such as Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun by Roger Waters and the
title track, composed by Roger Waters, Richard Wright, Nick Mason and David Gilmour. Corporal Clegg features a rare
lead vocal on a studio album by Nick Mason, who otherwise appears with spoken word contributions to One Of These
Days on Meddle, and two tracks on A Momentary Lapse of Reason.
The album’s cover artwork was the first ever sleeve design for creators Aubrey Powell and Storm Thorgerson of the
Hipgnosis design team, and was to lead to a ground-breaking career for them in the visual arts, including of course many
more iconic Pink Floyd album sleeves, amongst themThe Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here.