THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon-Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London between June 1972 and January 1973
-Over 45 million copies of album sold worldwide; ranks at #2 in all time sales, behind Michael Jackson's Thriller
-Spent 741 weeks (14 years) on US Billboard 200 Album Chart
-Was on the leading edge of the new generation of electronic music
-Noted for its innovative recording techniques and high fidelity sound, even by modern standards
-Rated as 43rd greatest album of all time by Rolling Stone in 2003
-Album cover (pictured below) rated as 35th greatest of all time by Rolling Stone, 2003
Founded in 1965, the psychadelic rock band Pink Floyd found popularity in London's underground music scene in the late 1960s. Their first album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967), was a success, but it was The Dark Side of the Moon that brought the band international recognition.
Dark Side of the Moon was the band's first concept album, revolving around such themes as madness, violence and death. Interviews with various persons regarding these themes were recorded and used as background conversations in the album. Parts of these interviews can be discerned while listening to the album; for example, at the beginning of "The Great Gig in the Sky" a voice can be heard saying: "And I am not frightened of dying . . . anytime will do . . ."
Band MembersDAVID GILMOUR: lead vocals, guitar, VCS 3 synthesiser
NICK MASON: Percussion, Tape Effects
RICHARD WRIGHT: Key boards, Vocals, VCS 3 synthesiser
ROGER WATERS: Bass Guitar, Vocals, VCS 3 synthesiser, Tape Effects
Founding member Syd Barrett had left the band before this album was produced due to mental illness, and the album, whose theme deals with mental illness, was in part dedicated to Barrett. Besides the four members of the band, there were many significant contributions to this album by other persons, notably Clare Torry, who does the lead vocals for "The Great Gig in the Sky." An important contribution was also made by sound engineer Alan Parsons. Parsons is often credited with the technical excellence of this recording, and the use of innovative recording techniques such as quadraphonic sound.BELOW: The original LP included two posters: one was of the band in concert; the other was a picture of the Great Pyramids of Giza shot on infrared film.
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ROGER WATERS INTERVIEW: http://utopia.knoware.nl/users/ptr/pfloyd/interview/dark4.html">
Dark Side of the Moon and 2001: A Space Odyssey
Some people have noticed that DSotM seems to be synchronized to the 1939 MGM movie The Wizard of Oz, in what is often referred to as Dark Side of the Rainbow. This particular sync may be just coincidence, and if we want to gain some insights into what the band was thinking, we should look at another movie, which the band may have synchronized the album to, and is more consistent with the themes we find on DSotM.
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