In the 1960s, rock and roll music progressed swiftly, from early Beatles songs to more complex Progressive Rock albums by groups like Jethro Tull. Tull was founded in 1967 in Luton, England by multi-instrumentalist and singer Ian Anderson, and their debut album “This Was” was released a year later. The group went on to become one of the most influential Prog bands of all time, selling an estimated 60 million records worldwide. However, additional popular bands from the music genre existed in the United Kingdom. Pink Floyd was one of them, and they gained great commercial success in the 1970s, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time. Anderson has spoken about numerous other bands, notably Pink Floyd, throughout the years. He also stated which album from the band altered his life and one he adores. The Pink Floyd album that Ian Anderson claims to enjoy. Pink Floyd had already been around for two years when Jethro Tull was created, and their debut album “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” was released the same year.
Nick Mason (Drums), Richard Wright (Keyboards), Roger Waters (Bass), and Syd Barrett (Guitar and vocals) formed the band at the time. That song was well-received, reaching number six on the UK charts. Ian Anderson named that album as one of the records that impacted his life in a 2021 interview with Classic Rock. He claimed that the Floyd album, along with The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (1967), was responsible for the evolution of Progressive Rock music. “In 1967, there were two seminal albums that paved the way for people like me in the progressive pop context.” Of course, one was ‘Sgt. Pepper’ by The Beatles. Pink Floyd’s ‘Piper at the Gates of Dawn’ was a far more bizarre and proggy event. Both albums utilised components from a variety of sources in bright, innovative ways.” Anderson went on to say:
“The Pink Floyd album meant more to me.” Because the Beatles were a pop group, I thought their material was a little manufactured and twee. Floyd’s singer-songwriter element appealed to me more. Syd Barrett’s songs were odd and amusing. They were an excellent accompaniment to the band’s experimental, druggy musical work. “Rather than paintings, you saw pictures and presented them with words and sound,” Ian Anderson remarked. Anderson stated that hearing Pink Floyd’s debut for the first time was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Pink Floyd is most known for their albums “Dark Side of the Moon” (1973) and “The Wall” (1979), although the band’s debut album proved a big effect on other bands. Ian Anderson discussed the album with Hyperlocrian in 2022, saying it was a remarkable experience to hear it for the first time. “There were definitely things that were really groundbreaking back then.
” Listening to Pink Floyd’s first album, ‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn,’ is incredible. Listening to that CD was a one-of-a-kind and novel experience. It served as a guidepost for those of us who aspired to be musicians in 1967. A sign that read, “progressive rock?” This is the way to go. “It was the birth of progressive music,” Ian Anderson explained. During the same conversation, he mentioned how valuable the experience was. However, he stated that he had not heard anything comparable in terms of music in the previous years. He has previously covered a Pink Floyd song. Anderson got the opportunity to cover Pink Floyd on the tribute CD “Back Against The Wall” previously. Other influential Prog Rock musicians appeared on the all-star tribute album. The track “The Thin Ice” was re-recorded by the Jethro Tull leader. He was joined on that song by Tony Levin, Gary Green, Jay Schellen, and Billy Sheerwood.