Label: EMI - M-YAX-3419 • Format: 2x, Vinyl LP, Compilation Gatefold • Country: Nicaragua • Genre: Rock • Style: Psychedelic Rock
There are a few differences between the US and UK issues on the first disc of this compilation. 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 Hipgnosiswho designed many other Pink Floyd covers, and consists of four grids of nine small images including some 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 pearand 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. Phang's dental surgery on the cover a genuine business photographed in Hammersmith, west London Lucifer Sam - Pink Floyd - A Nice Pair , but Dr. Phang objected because NHS dentists were not permitted to advertise, and the picture was replaced with one of Lucifer Sam - Pink Floyd - A Nice Pair gargling monk. US editions from the s restored both the nudity and the W.
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.
In South Africa, due to the apartheid regime, the cover art was also censored i. Phang photohowever the image of the breasts and the hand holding the pear was replaced with a completely different image of a young woman wearing a bra. The album was the band's next US release after The Dark Side of the Moonand introduced new fans to the earlier psychedelic sound of the Syd Intro / A Million And One Questions / Rhyme No More - Jay-Z - Даёшь Музыку MP3 Collection CD 1 period of Pink Floyd, which contrasted greatly to the style of their more recent work.
All songs by Syd Barrettexcept where noted. Cassette versions in the UK feature Piper on side one and Saucerful on side two. For the US versions, "Bike" was moved to the beginning of side two, due to the longer Lucifer Sam - Pink Floyd - A Nice Pair Michael Rabon And The Five Americans* - Virginia Girl / Call On Me of "Astronomy Domine" on this version.
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