"The Dark Side of The Moon": a film with a performance of Pink Floyd at Wembley (1974)
"The Dark Side of The Moon" - group album Pink Floyd, which in an instant lifted them to the Olympus of world fame ... After the release of the record, Floyd became one of the most successful British rock bands in history ... As soon as critics did not praise this work, the listeners have not lost interest in it to this day! The worldwide circulation of "The Dark Side of The Moon" has long exceeded 40 million copies... And it seems that this is far from the limit for the legendary album...
But today we will talk no more about the album, but about the film and live performance Floyd on the Wembleywhich took place in 1974 year. Yes, for true fans of the British band's work it's no secret that Floyd's work is not only amazing music that seems to be floating in the air… No. It is also a well-thought-out visual - clips, album covers, photographs, and, of course, films ... It can rightly be said that Pink Floyd This is art at its best. No wonder the work of this world rock band fascinated both contemporaries and subsequent generations for many decades ...
About the movie
Powerful, vivid and instantly memorable visual effects are another important criterion for creativity. Pink Floyd, which is so adored by fans ... And now it's not just about the covers, although they undoubtedly carry a lot of weight. Take for example "The Dark Side of The Moon" - a laconic picture on a dark background. But how many emotions it evokes... On the front side of the cover, we see a beam of light that passes through a prism, and on the back, the convergence of the spectrum through an inverted prism. For the sake of this masterpiece, the group even donated their earnings, agreeing to a lower fee (which was due to the high cost of registration). Storm Thorgerson - one of the authors of the cover - said:
“It was a time when covers really meant a lot… It was a gift to all Floyd fans…”
But apart from the iconic covers Pink Floyd became famous for their incredible live performances ... Each of their shows meant a holiday for fans and connoisseurs of beauty! And a recording of the speech to Wembley in 1974 year proves their visual commitment. Thanks to the fusion of spectacular on-screen clips, footage and footage of the performance itself, it turned out to be a great musical film! Actually, let's see:
The video begins with an empty and rather gloomy hospital, which evokes mixed feelings - a little creepy, a little lonely ... Soon, bright videos enter the game, which give rise to equally vivid images in the mind of the viewer and force them to draw a parallel between them and the planet, heart, blood, and, of course the music...
Performance at Wembley
The Wembley performance itself was recorded BBC Radio 1 and named "Live at the Empire Pool". It happened during the British winter tour 1974 years at Empire Pool (now Wembley Arena). Actually, hence the name ... This performance deserves attention, at least because it included an early version of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" (yes, then Floyd was performed not only "The Dark Side of The Moon", but today we are talking about this album ...)
Subsequently the show Floyd broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and as part of the program Alan Freeman.
On the success of "The Dark Side of The Moon"
"The Dark Side of The Moon" was conceived as an album about the pressure that the members Pink Floyd encountered during their ascension… Much attention was paid to solving the obvious problems with mental disorders that the former member and one of the founders of the group suffered Syd Barrett… "Dark side of the Moon" explores topics such as conflict, greed, time, death, and mental illness… The cover was commissioned by Richard Wright, who wanted a "simple yet bold" design.
Today "The Dark Side of The Moon" remains one of the most critically acclaimed records of all time! It was this studio work that brought Floyd international fame and fortune: Waters and Wright bought large country houses, and Mason became a collector of expensive cars ... The album topped Billboard, where it has been for more than fourteen years! And its worldwide circulation amounted to more than 45 million copies around the world... In the United States, this 21st the best-selling album of all time... The bold use of effects and dialogue, the soundscapes, there is undeniably something majestic and monumental here. And even while some will say that this is far from the best album of the group, it is he who is associated with Pink Floyd more than any other work.