I've been a casual Pink Floyd fan for almost a year now. I downloaded the discography and listened to their more popular albums, like The Wall, Dark Side of the Moon, Animals, and Wish You Were Here on and off. I would try some of the other albums, but my ADD took hold and before I knew it, the albums were over and it was back to a familiar one. That was then, this is now. Since Syd Barrett died, I've read up on Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett, listening intently to the early Pink Floyd albums, specifically Piper At the Gates of Dawn and Barrett's solo efforts The Madcap Laughs and Barrett. They are amazing. They're so much different than Dark Side of the Moon and beyond, because they aren't even the same genre. Pink Floyd started out psychadelic, mainly because of Syd. He had a very psychadelic style, which is notable in his solo albums he put out after leaving Pink Floyd. The three days after his death was announced I listened to nothing but Pink Floyd. It was a very good (but also bad) decision. I've gotten a better undestanding of Pink Floyd and am now more familiar with their sound from Piper all the way to the Division Bell. I even know the story and evolution of Pink Floyd. These three days has also been bad, because the effect it has had on my wallet... I wanted the P*U*L*S*E DVD for a long time now and finally got it when it came out. While I was out and my curiosity was peeked and I stopped at a local record store. I had never owned a Pink Floyd album and decided I should support this amazing band (having listened to it all day, this was the day Syd's death was announced). I could have picked up a 70's Floyd album (A Perfect era, every album was incredible, from Atom Heart Mother to The Wall) but decided to pick up the one album with the heaviest Barrett contribution, the only one he was around for the whole time. Piper at the Gates of Dawn. I've listened to it and scrutinized it, and I have grown to love it. It's different, this is my first taste of the psychadelic genre, and it's a good one. I love the whimsical and care-free approach to many of the songs. This is different than later ones, which were primarily written by Waters, which were much darker. Syd's solo albums have the same whimsy as Piper at the Gates of Dawn and to a lesser extent, Saucerful of Secrets. Whimsy in music really makes me happy, which is one reason that The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is tied with Dark Side of the Moon for my favorite album of all time. Dark Side of the Moon has much more subtle whimsy, but it is there, especially in the song Money. The whimsical nature of modern music is severely lacking. Bands tend to whine a lot more and talk about lost girlfriends and lost life. This is a huge reason I've lost faith in modern music and gone backwards to 1980 and earlier. Lack of harmonies is the other. I digress. Anyway, this simple album purchase (the third in my lifetime, only preceeded by Stadium Arcadium and Point #1 by Chevelle, both mistakes) has unleashed a passionate demon from within me. I've told myself, I must now own every Pink Floyd album legit, bar most greatest hits albums and some live CDs. The only live CDs I plan on buying are of course Ummagumma and PULSE, more than likely. I don't really need greatest hits, since if I have the albums, I have all the songs as well. This was my amazon shopping cart as of today: The total came out to be $191. I was close to checking out, but restrained myself. I don't have the money to buy all of these CD's at once, but I will buy them a few at a time, in chronological order. I will scrutinize each CD numerous times until I have a good repoir with the album and expand my balooning Pink Floyd knowledgebase. Who are the other Pink Floyd fans here? I know there are some! And I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it.