The Dark Side of the Moon

Pink FloydMarch 1, 1973
Progressive/Art Rock℗ 2016 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Pink Floyd Music Ltd., marketed and distributed by Sony Music Entertainment
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The Dark Side of the Moon is the eighth studio album by English rock band Pink Floyd, released on 1 March 1973 by Harvest Records. Primarily developed during live performances, the band premiered an early version of the record several months before recording began. New material was recorded in two sessions in 1972 and 1973 at Abbey Road Studios in London.
The record builds on ideas explored in Pink Floyd's earlier recordings and performances, while omitting the extended instrumentals that characterised their earlier work. A concept album, its themes explore conflict, greed, time, death, and mental illness, the latter partly inspired by the deteriorating health of founding member Syd Barrett, who departed the group in 1968. The group used advanced recording techniques at the time, including multitrack recording, tape loops, and analogue synthesizers. Snippets from interviews with the band's road crew, as well as philosophical quotations, were also used. Engineer Alan Parsons was responsible for many sonic aspects and the recruitment of singer Clare Torry, who appears on "The Great Gig in the Sky".

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Speak to Me1:05
Breathe (In the Air)2:49
On the Run3:45
The Great Gig in the Sky4:43
Us and Them7:49
Any Colour You Like3:26
Brain Damage3:46
1,986 total

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March 1, 1973
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In April 1973, three years after news broke that The Beatles would not work again as a group, two compilation albums were released. Called simply 1962-1966 and 1967-1970, each became known by the dominant colour in its artwork. Just as their 1968 double LP was soon called the ‘White Album’, the 1973 collections were forever referred to as the ‘Red’ and ‘Blue’ albums. Together, they included the 26 A-sides of The Beatles’ British singles and a further 27 tracks from the catalogue.

The 1967-1970 album includes eleven hit songs plus a single not released in the UK - ‘The Long And Winding Road’ - which became The Beatles’ twentieth and final American number one. Remarkably, so many of the classics featured - ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’, ‘A Day In The Life’, ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, ‘Here Comes The Sun’, ‘Across The Universe’ - had only been available on albums.

The tracks on the ‘Blue’ album were made in the era that followed The Beatles’ decision to stop doing concert tours, which had become musically frustrating and frequently dangerous. After August 1966, they were able to focus all their energies on songwriting and pioneering work in the studio. The first disc released in this new phase of their career was the double A-side ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’/‘Penny Lane’. Its arrival in February 1967, showed the extent of The Beatles’ ambitions in musical and technical experimentation. ‘They didn’t just write songs, they wrote records’, reflected producer T Bone Burnett. ‘That was a first, I think. Nobody had done that before.’

The group’s adventurous work with producer George Martin on the majority of the tracks on the ‘Blue’ album sounded revolutionary when first released. Groundbreaking art and mainstream popularity do not often converge, but did so in 1967 with the critical and commercial success of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. What The Beatles created in a recording studio, changed everything. As Mark Ronson confirms: ‘Everything that we take for granted - they absolutely invented it. It’s because you have the best band of all time with the best producer of all time.’ Producer Rick Rubin agrees: ‘It’s the reference point for everything. It’s the bar that’s set so high that you can never reach it. But thank God it’s there, because we all strive.’
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