The previous adoration of all the band members including his 'replacement' so called, his oldest school friend Dave Gilmour, paled as Roger Waters took over the mantle of writing which frankly by 'Dark Side of The Moon was some of the most juvenile and cliche ridden dross I had ever heard. Fun tracks like 'Bike' and singles like 'See Emily...' and the transvestite peon 'Arnold Layne' and his 'strange hobby' made way to 'Money' and by the truly dreadful 'Wall' I was no longer a fan except maybe of Gilmour. 'Saucerful . . ' still had something and 'Set The Controls . . .' was still a musical tour de force but by 'Dark Side' I had left them in disgust . . . .
On this day in music history: June 29, 1968 - “A Saucerful Of Secrets”, the second studio album by Pink Floyd is released. Produced by Norman Smith, it is recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London from August, October 1967 and January - April 1968. The bands follow up to their debut “The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn” is recorded sporadically over a period of eight months, largely because of Syd Barrett’s increasing mental instability due to his excessive consumption of psychedelic drugs. Syd's friend and guitarist David Gilmour is brought in to take Barrett’s place, though they had been working together for a while as Syd deteriorated Dave becoming a permanent member of the band in March 1968. The album features songs such as “Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun” and the title track, both of which become staples of their live performances. The enigmatic cover art for the album is designed by Hipgnosis, making Pink Floyd the first EMI act (besides The Beatles) to have their album covers designed by someone other than EMI’s art department). It is the beginning of a four decade long association with the graphic design company. Reissued on CD numerous times since its first digital release in 1987, it is most recently reissued in 2011. The album is remastered and reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP in 2016, with the album sleeve using a printed version of the original UK “flip back” jacket design, and pressed with the original 60’s era UK Columbia labels. “A Saucerful Of Secrets” peaks at number nine on the UK album chart, and does not chart on the Billboard Top 200.
with thanks to Jeff Harris' wonderful blog 'Behind The Grooves On this day in Music History