Pink Floyd (Pink Floyd) - Dark Side of the Moon (Other side of the Moon) - 1973

The most legendary of all the most legendary ROCK albums!

Pink Floyd Album Story - "Dark Side of the Moon" (1973)

Dark Side of the Moon was released on March 1, 1973. The album was recorded at Abbey Road in London, and the most modern technologies were used in its creation: multi-channel recordings, magnetic tapes, synthesizers ...

According to many, the album lacked the long parts that were characteristic of Syd Barrett, but this time the band abandoned them. Gilmour later called them "psychedelic and silly things".

Concept and release of "Dark Side of the Moon"

The main concept of the album is the idea that life in society, no matter how beautiful it is, leads to madness. The eternal race for goods, the struggle for life lead to the loss of reason. Namely, these thoughts turned out to be popular both among the youth of the 70s and today.

In 1983, the album set a record, lasting 491 weeks on the Billboard chart ...

The Dark Side Of The Moon became popular immediately upon release and stayed on the charts for 741 weeks, from 1973 to 1988, more than any other album in the history of music. With over 50 million copies sold, it became the group's most successful album and one of the world's best-selling albums, right behind Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and AC/DC's "Back In Black". Two singles were featured, including "Money" and "Time". And despite the commercial success and the number of records sold, even the most grouchy critics agreed that this is one of the coolest albums of all time. The album cover by Norwegian designer Storm Thorgerson (who has collaborated with the likes of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Bruce Dickinson) is by far the most recognizable artwork of all time, while artists and fans around the world constantly building on the concept of the cover, creating new images, paying tribute to gratitude for this masterpiece.

“And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes
I'll see you on the dark side of the Moon”

A short story about Syd Barrett. Many Pink Floyd hits are dedicated to him. In the 60s, he was heavily addicted to drugs. The use of LSD led him to play the same chord for entire performances, upsetting it and changing the key. The audience loved it, but the band was furious.

The band tolerated his antics, as he was the one who composed most of the arrangements. When Barret showed the last song he had thought up, he tried to do it for about an hour ... The guys did not understand him ... He went crazy. Before the next rehearsal, the team decided not to pick him up ...

Syd Barrett
Syd Barrett

Album structure

The album is 43 minutes long. 10 songs divided into two parts...

In the first part, each song reflects a certain phase of human life, starting and ending with a heartbeat, exploring the nature of human experience and empathy - "Talk to me" and "Breathe" Together they form an integral composition. "On the run" expresses the stress and nervousness of long journeys, especially the fear of flying. "Time" reveals the problems of time and life. The first part ends with the song "Great Concert in the Sky" as a metaphor for death.

The second part begins with the sounds of treasures and coins - the introductory part of the song "Money"which condemns greed. It is also the most successful commercially, despite all the cover versions. "Us and them" describes the problem between the rich and the poor, while "Brain Damage" shows the madness caused by fame and success. In fact, the song is dedicated to Syd Barrett, a deranged band member (1964-1968). In the line "and if the band you (play in) starts to perform out of order, then I will see you on the dark side of the moon" they remember him. The album ends with the song eclipse, in it the listener recognizes the features characteristic of all mankind.

This masterpiece of death, madness, greed and all human vices in general appeared more than four decades ago. So far, the relevance of the album is at its peak. With a new day, each line takes on a new meaning. Oddly enough, today's youth like it no less. Maybe because society is not getting better? ..


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