Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon

The Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd‘s eighth studio album, transformed the band from ambitious art-house hipsters to international superstars. Concurrently it influenced virtually every rock band of the past forty years. Expanding upon the sonic experimentations of their record Meddle, and “Echoes” in particular. They combined blues rock structures with progressive rock instrumentation and jazz flourishes to create a rich blend of atmospheric music. The Dark Side of the Moon is among the most critically acclaimed records in history, often featuring on professional listings of the greatest albums of all time.

This is a unique and unforgettable album that demands uninterrupted listening and hurls you into a timeless and surreal trip. The record also has one of the most iconic titles and identifiable covers. This is embedded in popular culture and perfectly match the spacey and mysterious feel of the music.

Recording

Recorded at London’s Abbey Road Studios between May 1972 and January 1973. It was developed and rehearsed during a series of live performances in the months preceding. The Dark Side of the Moon is the ultimate expression of Pink Floyd’s sonic artistry. It’s an Olympian psychedelic concept album that, despite being very much of its time, still retains the ability to dazzle and astound in the digital age.

The album finds Pink Floyd at the peak of their musical abilities. David Gilmour consistently laying out some of the most spectacular and memorable guitar solos in rock history. Richard Wright’s keyboards builds thick textures to drift around them. Lyric writer, bassist and principal architect Roger Waters also deserves much of the credit for its record-breaking success, as do bandmate Nick Mason (drums) .

Commercial Performance

The album continues to hold the record for the most weeks charted on the Billboard 200 (over 800 weeks!). It was a constant feature on the Billboard 200 from its initial release until 1988. The record returned to the chart in late 2009 after Billboard revised its chart eligibility rules regarding older releases. It is estimated to have sold over 45 million copies worldwide. While its artistic legacy is arguably even greater. In 2013, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress for being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

Critical Acclaim

Dark Side of the Moon frequently appears on professional rankings of the greatest albums. In 1987, Rolling Stone ranked the record 35th in its list of the “Top 100 Albums of the Last 20 Years”. In 2003, the album was ranked number 43 on the magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time. NME readers voted the album eighth in their 2006 “Best Album of All Time” online poll. In 2009 Planet Rock listeners voted the album the “greatest of all time”. The album’s cover has also been lauded by critics and listeners alike, with VH1 proclaiming it the fourth greatest in history.

Tracks

1. Speak To Me

The album’s 90-second long opening instrumental collage perfectly sets the tone for the psychedelic masterwork that follows:

I’ve been mad for fucking years, absolutely years, been
over the edge for yonks, been working me buns off for bands…
I’ve always been mad, I know I’ve been mad, like the
most of us…very hard to explain why you’re mad, even
if you’re not mad…

2. Time

If you’re going to call a song “Time” you’d best have an abundance of clock noises in there. Thankfully, Pink Floyd doesn’t disappoint with the opening salvo of this standout cut exploding into life with a deafening jolt of alarm sounds and chimes. A true collaboration between all four main band members, “Time” alternates between bluesy guitar hysterics and its lighter, soulful bridge sections with aplomb.

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
Fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your hometown
Waiting for someone or something to show you the wayTired of lying in the sunshine, staying home to watch the rain
You are young and life is long, and there is time to kill today
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

3. Money

One of the most famous, most instantly recognisable Pink Floyd songs, “Money” was the only “Dark Side” track to enter the Billboard Hot 100. The song’s lyrics are lent added contemporary relevance through their tongue-in-cheek commentary on greed and capitalism.

Money, get away
You get a good job with good pay and you’re okay
Money, it’s a gas
Grab that cash with both hands and make a stashA new car, caviar, four star daydream
Think I’ll buy me a football teamMoney, well, get back
I’m all right Jack, keep your hands off of my stack
Money, it’s a hit
Don’t give me that do goody good bullshitI’m in the high-fidelity first class travelling set
You know, I think I need a Lear jet

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