Classic Album: Dark Side Of The Moon
Written by RockSport on March 9, 2018
DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
It was the 8th studio album by English rock band PINK FLOYD, released on 1 March 1973. The album built on ideas explored in earlier recordings and live shows, but lacks the extended instrumental excursions that characterised their earlier work. Its themes explore conflict, greed, the passage of time, and mental illness, the latter partly inspired by the deteriorating mental state of founding member and principal contributor, Syd Barrett.
Developed during live performances, an early version was premiered several months before recording began; new material was recorded in two sessions in 1972 and 1973 at Abbey Road in London. The group used some advanced recording techniques at the time and snippets from recorded interviews with Pink Floyd’s road crew and others provided philosophical quotations throughout. Engineer and studio guru Alan Parsons was responsible for many distinctive sonic aspects and the recruitment of singer Clare Torry. The album’s iconic sleeve was designed by Storm Thorgerson; following band member Richard Wright’s request for a “simple and bold” design, it depicts a prism spectrum, representing the band’s lighting and the record’s themes. [ see picture below ]
A commercial and critical success. DARK SIDE OF THE MOON topped the BILLBOARD top LP’s chart for a week and remained in the chart for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988. With an estimated 45 million copies sold, it is Pink Floyd’s most successful album and one of the best selling worldwide. It has been remastered and re-released several times, and covered in its entirety by several acts. It produced two singles, US AND THEM and MONEY. It is often ranked as one of the greatest albums of all time.
Money was an unexpected hit in the US on the singles chart.