Album

ReleaseArtistFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
A Saucerful of SecretsPink Floyd12" Vinyl7
  • GB1968-06-29
Columbia Records (EMI-owned 1931-1990, worldwide except US, CA, MX, ES, & JP; largely defunct since Jan 1973)SCX 6258[none]
A Saucerful of SecretsPink Floyd12" Vinyl7
Tower (60s Capitol Records subsidiary)ST 5131[none]
A Saucerful of SecretsPink Floyd12" Vinyl7
Columbia Records (EMI-owned 1931-1990, worldwide except US, CA, MX, ES, & JP; largely defunct since Jan 1973)SCXO 6258[none]
A Saucerful of Secrets (mono)Pink Floyd12" Vinyl7
Columbia Records (EMI-owned 1931-1990, worldwide except US, CA, MX, ES, & JP; largely defunct since Jan 1973)SX 6258[none]
A Saucerful of SecretsPink Floyd12" Vinyl7
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)EMS-80318[none]
A Saucerful of SecretsPink Floyd12" Vinyl7
Columbia Records (EMI-owned 1931-1990, worldwide except US, CA, MX, ES, & JP; largely defunct since Jan 1973)2C 064-04.190[none]
A Saucerful of SecretsPink FloydVinyl7
Fame (US EMI budget reissues)FA 31635099941316313
A Saucerful of SecretsPink FloydCD7
  • JP1987-02-25
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CP32-52724988006609204
A Saucerful of SecretsPink FloydCD7
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDP 7 46383 2077774638326
A Saucerful of Secrets (reissue, repress)Pink FloydCD7
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDP 7 46383 2077774638326
A Saucerful of SecretsPink FloydCD7
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)CDP 7 46383 2
A Saucerful of Secrets (Made in Holland, Printed in UK, BIEM STEMRA)Pink FloydCD7
  • GB1994-07-25
EMI United Kingdom (~1993-1998)7243 8 29751 2 0, CDEMD 1063724382975120
A Saucerful of Secrets (Printed in Holland, BIEM STEMRA, ifpi 15xx)Pink FloydCD7
EMI United Kingdom (~1993-1998)7243 8 29751 2 0, CDEMD 1063724382975120
A Saucerful of SecretsPink FloydCD7
  • JP1994-09-28
東芝EMI 株式会社 (record company, do not use as release label - check obi, back or disc for imprint! Ended 2007-06-29)TOCP-82534988006696129
A Saucerful of SecretsPink FloydCD7
EMI Music CanadaE2 7243 8 29751 2 0724382975120
A Saucerful of SecretsPink FloydCD7
EMI United Kingdom (~1993-1998)7243 8 29751 2 0, CDEMD 1063724382975120
A Saucerful of SecretsPink FloydCD7
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)CDP 0777 7 46383 2 6077774638326
A Saucerful of SecretsPink FloydCD7
  • JP2001-05-30
東芝EMI 株式会社 (record company, do not use as release label - check obi, back or disc for imprint! Ended 2007-06-29)TOCP-657324988006791701
A Saucerful of SecretsPink FloydCD7
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)50999 6084412 55099960844125
A Saucerful of Secrets (“Why Pink Floyd...?” Discovery edition)Pink FloydCD7
  • XE2011-09-26
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)50999 028936 2 45099902893624
A Saucerful of Secrets (remastered)Pink FloydDigital Media7
  • XW2011-09-26
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)5099968076559
A Saucerful of Secrets (remastered)Pink FloydDigital Media7
Parlophone (UK)5099968076559
A Saucerful of SecretsPink FloydCD7
  • XE2016-01-15
Pink Floyd RecordsPFR25099902893624
A Saucerful of Secrets (2016 Pink Floyd Records issue)Pink FloydCD7
  • US2016-01-15
Pink Floyd RecordsPFR2888751708525
A Saucerful of SecretsPink Floyd12" Vinyl7
  • XE2016-06-03
Pink Floyd RecordsPFRLP20825646493180
A Saucerful of Secrets (2011 remastered version)Pink FloydDigital Media7Pink Floyd Records825646023578
A Saucerful of SecretsPink FloydDigital Media7Pink Floyd Records5099968076559
A Saucerful of SecretsPink FloydDigital Media7Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Legacy (reissue division of Sony Music Entertainment)886445635881
A Saucerful of Secrets (Japanese paper sleeve reissue)Pink FloydCD7
  • JP2017-11-01
Pink Floyd Records, Sony Records International (Japanese TEXTLESS walking eye imprint)SICP 54024547366312683
A Saucerful of Secrets (mono)Pink Floyd12" Vinyl7
  • XE2019-04-13
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Pink Floyd Records0190295506889, PFRLP290190295506889
A Saucerful of Secrets (mono)Pink Floyd12" Vinyl7
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Pink Floyd Records19075921601, PFRLP29190759216019
A Saucerful of SecretsPink FloydDigital Media7
Pink Floyd RecordsG010003446086I886445613209
A Saucerful of Secrets (2011 remastered version)Pink FloydDigital Media7
Pink Floyd Records5099902983059
A Saucerful of Secrets (around 1987)Pink Floyd12" Vinyl7Harvest (UK based sub-label of EMI, re-activated in 2013 under Capitol Music Group in Hollywood, CA)038-7 46383 1077774638319
A Saucerful of SecretsPink FloydDigital Media7EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)
Bootleg
A Saucerful of Secrets (mono)Pink FloydCD11
  • -2002
OdeonM6898
A Saucerful of Secrets: The High Resolution RemastersPink Floyd4×CD17 + 17 + 20 + 18
[no label] (Special purpose label – white labels, self-published releases and other “no label” releases)SXX 6258106141410123456786
Pseudo-Release
A Saucerful of SecretsPink FloydCD7
  • JP1987-02-25
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CP32-5272

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Let There Be More Light / Remember a Day
included in:A Nice Pair
Discovery
Oh by the Way
Shine On
The Pink Floyd Collection
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/10352 [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/b2f9 [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/pink_floyd/a_saucerful_of_secrets/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000650632 [info]
Wikidata:Q207661 [info]

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Recorded over the end of 1967 and early 1968, A Saucerful Of Secrets is transitional record that marked Syd Barrett's final recordings with Pink Floyd and the birth of their 'space rock' direction. It was also the recorded debut of new boy David Gilmour, finding his feet only on the incredible yet somewhat buried solo at the end of "Let There Be More Light".

A Saucerful Of Secrets is not without filler, catching the band regrouping after Barrett's departure - Rick Wright's "See Saw" had the working title of 'The Most Boring Song I've Ever Heard Bar Two', while Roger Waters' "Corporal Clegg", his first oblique rumination on the loss of his father in the Second World War, is fairly unremarkable. Yet when the record hits, it does so extremely well - the frantic, bass driven raga-like "Let There Be More Light" and the final recording the group made with Barrett, "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun" develop the cosmic territory marked out by "Astronomy Domine" and "Interstellar Overdrive" from their first album. "Set The Controls" was as relevant to the underground of 1968 as their earlier material had been the previous year.

Although Barrett plays on three of the tracks, it is "Jugband Blues", recorded in November 1967 that is the most chilling. A song about loss and alienation, its sequencing as the last track really underlines his departure. The Salvation Army Band of North London's improvisation in the middle is cut abruptly short - just like Barrett's period within the group - and then, like a postcard from an outer space colony, he returns for the thirty-second coda, culminating in the lines 'And what exactly is a dream? And what exactly is a joke?' Although the group was moving forward, it was an early demonstration of just how much his spirit would inform them for the rest of their career.