#119 Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon (1973)


I imagine some would be outraged to see such a classic and monumental record only rank #119 on my blog list. There is no dispute on this end what an iconic album Dark Side is. Yes I listened to Dark Side & The Wall many times in my younger, foggy years. I evened owned The Final Cut cassette. But I was never a huge Pink Floyd fan. I respect what they have done and can easily acknowledge their place in rock music history. The album was a groundbreaking musical trip into the mind of someone who is going insane, which is felt by many to be a direct connection with the bands original lead singer Syd Barrett. The band spent time in 2 different studio runs recording the album between May 1972 and January 1973. The recording was done at the iconic Abbey Road Studios in London.  This was the bands 8th studio album and they were no strangers to the art of making an album.Engineer Alan Parsons, who would later form the Alan Parsons Project, was directly responsible for some of the most notable sonic aspects of the album. His contribution to the sound of this record is greatly underappreciated. While the album was quickly a success, even spending a week at #1, it would become even more famous for the records longevity.It subsequently remained in the charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988, longer than any other album in history while selling an astronomical 45 million copies worldwide. Although this album did spawn radio hits that I’m sure we all know (Money, Time, Us & Them,etc.) it is one of those rare works that really needs to listened to in its entirety to fully appreciate its depth and scope. If I had to pick a favorite cut from this offering it easily would be Brain Damage. It has a pace that seems to grow with urgency of the narrator, who is obviously going insane (there’s someone in my head, but it’s not me), and it is interwoven with clips of laughter and spoken word that seemed to capture the lunacy perfectly. Of course there is also the album effect refered to as Dark Side of the Rainbow, which contends that if you start the movie The Wizard Of Oz and the record The Dark Side Of The Moon that they will synchronize together display movie images that fit the music and lyrics of the album. Never tried it myself so I can’t tell you how well it works. I would suggest that you click on the Dark Side link at the top that will take you to the Wikipedia page for the album which you may find to be interesting reading.

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