Curious to know what you guys think/like about Pink Floyd's early work

Listening through Pink Floyd's entire studio album discography these days. I mostly know their work from the 70's to 90's. I will admit, I haven't quite connected fully with their early psychedelic years from Piper to Ummagumma yet. I suppose I'm a bigger fan of their "BIG sound" that would evolve later on with David's important guitar riffs, solos, conceptual records, unique production and Waters' lyrics. Those first records honestly do not really delight me always. I'm really open to hearing thoughts, discussing factors and history of these records that could give me a more open perspective, and maybe understand the importance of these works. Why do some of you like them? Is it the history of the band forming? Starting out with Syd? Any documentaries or books that focus on the early years?


I like the stuff with Syd. I like the stuff after Syd. The only version of Pink Floyd I don't much care for is the post-Roger PF.  Also saw Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets, and that was great interpretations of older material....

You might get even more response by posting this under 'Music' as well as 'Misc Audio'. 


@fastfreight  Yes Pink Floyd’s early work is less accessible, with all the comments about Sid’’s style accurate.  But there is some great stuff.  Gems like Arnold Layne, see Emily Play,  Cymbaline  and Careful with that Axe Eugene are great examples of their early work.

This sums it up nicely.


@coralkong THANK YOU. I was thinking along those same lines. I was  deeply influence by the DRUG culture in those days and actually liked the early sound, but when I got my act together I lost all interest and the political influencing found in the later years just sealed my beliefs that much further.

I doubt many casual Pink Floyd fans realize 7 of their 15 studio albums were released prior to DSOTM. Fans of the very early work are likely generational not being able to be completely objective regarding the quality of content. "See Emily Play" their only radio hit prior to DSOTM sounds like a Sgt. Pepper's toss out track with the band lacking little if any original identity.