Pink Floyd “A Saucerful Of Secrets – UK Mono Vinyl Rip” (Blue Columbia SX 6258)
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 (39:08)
The second of the succession of Pink Floyd’ s albums and the first without Syd Barrett taking a full role but including new full time member David Gilmore. Recorded at various times between August 1967 and October 1968 at both Abbey Rd. and De Lea Lane studios between tour dates, the LP was released in both Stereo (SCX6258) and Mono (SX6258) mixes on the Columbia label in the UK ( Tower in the US. ) in the days when Mono was still eminently desirable and not everyone was sold on the whole ‘Stereo’ fad.
Here the no label people have chosen a very clean first pressing of the UK mono vinyl for issue. The internet seems to suggest both “Corporal Clegg” and “Jugband Blues” are different to the stereo versions of the LP as opposed to being mono fold downs of the same thus escaping the need for any real tinkering on the producers part.
The main thing you’ll notice is the closeness of all the instruments that the stereo separation affords.
“Corporal Clegg” is missing it’s organ parts while “Jugband Blues” features a longer gap between the freeform part and Syd’s reprise along with other very minor differences.
The main selling point for this CD though is the beautiful production in drawing this from the vinyl. Theres not a single swoosh or crackle that’s heard thats not supposed to be on the recording.
A definitive edition of this rare mono mix.