Let There Be More Light

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"Let There Be More Light"
Single by Pink Floyd
from the album A Saucerful of Secrets
B-side "Remember a Day"
Released 19 August 1968
Format 7"
Recorded January, March, May 1968 at EMI Studios, London
Genre Psychedelic rock, space rock, acid rock
Length 5:32
Label Tower (US)
Writer(s) Roger Waters
Producer(s) Norman Smith
Pink Floyd singles chronology
"It Would Be So Nice"
"Let There Be More Light"
"Point Me at the Sky"
A Saucerful of Secrets track listing

"Let There Be More Light" is the opening track on Pink Floyd's second album A Saucerful of Secrets.[1][2] It was also released in edited form as the fourth American single by the group.[3]

Writing and recording[edit]

The song is written by Roger Waters. It begins with an iterative bass line before the vocals start. The first, gentler vocals are performed by Richard Wright with Waters whispering, the following, harder refrain by David Gilmour in a Scottish accent. The last two minutes feature for the first time a guitar solo from Gilmour on a Pink Floyd album, featuring his distinctive style of playing single notes treated with effects such as distortion and echo.

Release and live[edit]

A rare US-only single release (Tower 440) contains edited mono versions of this song and "Remember a Day".[3] The single did not chart. Pink Floyd performed the song live from 1968-69, often as an encore.

Planned B-side[edit]

This song was planned as a B-side to an edit of one of Pink Floyd's later songs, "Money", for 7 December 1981, but for unknown reasons, the release was cancelled by EMI.[4]


Musical connections[edit]


  1. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2004). The Great Rock Discography (7th ed.). Edinburgh: Canongate Books. p. 1177. ISBN 1-84195-551-5. 
  2. ^ Mabbett, Andy (1995). The Complete Guide to the Music of Pink Floyd. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-4301-X. 
  3. ^ a b Fitch, Vernon. "Pink Floyd Archives-Tower Records Discography". Pinkfloydarchives.com. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Fitch, Vernon. "Pink Floyd Archives-U.K. 45s Discography". Pinkfloydarchives.com. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Manning, Toby (2006). "Floyd's Finest 50". The Rough Guide to Pink Floyd (1st ed.). London: Rough Guides. p. 187. ISBN 1-84353-575-0. 
  6. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/song/let-there-be-more-light-mt0012248192

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