Pink Floyd ‎– The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn - Stereo vs. Mono?

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  1. sharedon

    sharedon Forum Zonophone

    Must have both, but the stereo is my go-to. I have two ears, albeit aging ones, and the stereo mix is as vivid and wild today as it was in its time.
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  2. dkmonroe

    dkmonroe A completely self-taught idiot

    Yes, but I don't think that you do. For one thing, mono mixes ruled the psychedelic era, stereo was a novelty and most people didn't bother with it. Stereo was more a 70's head music thing. For another, that panning gimmick is, as I said, just jarring and unmusical. It literally brings to mind a teenage kid sitting in his room with headphones on, blissed out on his music, and his kid brother comes in and whips the balance knob back and forth, causing teenage kid to panic and spill bongwater in his lap. :laugh: Furthermore, I'm not aware of any other mix of the psychedelic era where the engineer just panned everything left to right like that, so the gimmick doesn't really define anything.

    But anyway, to be clear, I'm not saying it's the worst thing ever or that it ruins the stereo mix, but I surely cannot agree that it's a defining moment of psychedelia and that if one doesn't like it, one somehow doesn't understand psychedelia. That's investing it with far more importance than it has.
  3. tug_of_war

    tug_of_war Sassafras & Moonshine

    The mono mix has much more psychedelia...
  4. spieg16

    spieg16 Well-Known Member

    Brooklyn, NY
  5. ggoldenage

    ggoldenage Forum Resident

    Stereo mix is completely unlistenable. Like many stereo mixes from that era, you forget your listening to a rock band. Mono has way more punch, is incredibly balanced, and does away with all ridiculous gimmicks.
  6. ILoveLucille

    ILoveLucille The infernal desire machines of Steve Hoffman

    Savior's Compound
  7. LitHum05

    LitHum05 El Disco es Cultura

    This may be true but I bet most people know this record from the stereo mix. It was hardly unlistenable back then. Same with sgt pepper.
  8. EdogawaRampo

    EdogawaRampo Senior Member

    I'd be willing to bet most people, like me, came to know it from the A Nice Pair two-fer.
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  9. Cool Chemist

    Cool Chemist Forum Resident

    Bath, England
    The critical consensus was always this was a bit better in mono, hence the high levels of recent interest in the RSD Mono LP, as the original goes for silly prices now.

    Both have their charms, both are essential for Pink Floyd fans.
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  10. Neonbeam

    Neonbeam All Art Was Once Contemporary

    Planet Earth
    There are albums where I'm having a certain preference - not a fan of The Doors in mono - but this isn't one of them. Both mixes are fine. And since it's a great record it's perfectly valid to enjoy both.
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  11. fallbreaks

    fallbreaks Forum Resident

    It’s shocking that the engineer of Rubber Soul produced such a poor sounding LP for Pink Floyd, but it’s not surprising that he gave us a crummy stereo mix. Mono all the way.
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  12. Future Nostalgia

    Future Nostalgia Host of Sending Signals podcast

    My introduction to the Interstellar panning was on the Relics cassette I bought when I was about 9. Even on portable tape deck it…erm…caught my attention. I think I probably thought it was kinda cool, but I was literally a child and it’s how I would have mixed it probably :)

    I know they’re different formats but any opinion on 2007 mono cd vs RSD mono? Wondering whether I can justify getting the new vinyl version.
  13. Cool hand luke

    Cool hand luke Play it cool, and Saran Wrap all you can

    That's me...I had a cassette copy, bought during my initial Floyd obsession in the mid 80's. It had the Ummagumma version of Astronomy.
  14. Mr-Beagle

    Mr-Beagle Sweet Scarlet

    On balance I prefer the stereo although the mono is an interesting listen. Same for Sgt. Pepper
  15. OobuJoobu

    OobuJoobu Forum Resident

    Yorkshire, UK
  16. hoggydoggy

    hoggydoggy Forum Resident

    As with Sgt Pepper, the stereo version is Pop, the mono version is Rock.
  17. M2225

    M2225 Nebulus 7 intergalaxy eclipse

    Helsinki, Finland
    Had the original stereo cd 20 years until I discovered the mono. Now I only listen to the mono version but the stereo is essential.
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  18. elaterium

    elaterium Forum Resident

    I bought it when first released on Tower Records. Didn’t find out till years later that it differed from the UK release.

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