The Piper at the Gates of Dawn went on to become a top 10 album in the UK on its release, climbing to No. 6. It has gone on to become a classic of 1960s psychedelia and a cherished LP from the band, especially due to Syd Barrett’s input. At the time the Record Mirror said, “the psychedelic image of the group really comes to life on this LP, which is a fine showcase for both their talent and the recording technique. Plenty of mind blowing sound, both blatant and subtle here, and the whole thing is extremely well performed.”
Writing about the album in 1999 Rolling Stone noted it was “the golden achievement of Syd Barrett”. They also included it as number 347 in their 500 greatest albums of all time.
Since the album debut it has had a few re-releases, most notably in 2007 for the 40th anniversary when EMI released a deluxe 3-CD edition of the album. It's a must for fans and features stereo and mono mixes of the album, along with a bonus CD of the band's early singles and two unreleased alternate takes, one of "Matilda Mother" and "Take 6" of "Interstellar Overdrive".