The name of the album was a citation from the synomynous chapter of Kenneth Grahams's the Wind in the Willows. The pipe aka pan flutes is maded after Pan, the joyful pastol god in Greek myth, the idol of modern youth rebelion, which also echoes by the delightful lyrics and melody that fine-tuned under the leadership of Syd Barrett. Even Syd's voice were so 60s-like heartless that could be comparable to Paul McCartney, Beach boys and Bob Dylan. But with Syd's health deteriorating ,Waters pressed to take over the reign of writing and manly Gilmour emerging as the leader voice of the band( if not too conspiracy-sound), the early joyfulness of Pink Floyd dead away and the darkness that made the band famous for finally kicked in.
Most of tracks like Flaming,Matilda Mother, the Gnome presumably inspired the Beatle's 1969 album Yellow Submarine since Paul adored it greatly. In Take up thy Stethoscope and Walk, Wight's keyboard sounds a lot like the twin of Manzarek of the Doors, its last 30 seconds like a phantom lingering in 窦唯 & 不一定‘s album 一举两得. Lucifer Sam and Interstellar Overdrive were picked up later and even quoted directly by Sonic Youth--for audience like us entering the music world in new millennia cannot help but expect Kim Gorden would serg in when Syd's guitar riff and Waters's bass started from the second one.