16 September 2020
Band: PINK FLOYD
Album: THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON – 8th LP
Released: 1 March 1973
Score: 14× platinum in the UK, No 1 in the US
where it has charted for 950 weeks in total. More
than 45 million copies sold (and counting).
Rolling Stone: “I think every album was a step toward Dark Side of the Moon,” keyboardist Rick Wright said. “We were learning all the time; the techniques of the recording and our writing was getting better.” As a culmination of their inner-space explorations of the early 1970s, the Floyd toured the bulk of Dark Side in Britain for months prior to recording. But in the studio, the band articulated bassist Roger Waters’ reveries on the madness of everyday life with melodic precision (“Breathe,” “Us and Them”) and cinematic luster (Clare Torry’s guest-vocal aria, “The Great Gig in the Sky”). It’s one of the best-produced rock albums ever, and “Money” may be the only Top 20 hit in 7/4 time.
Facts to know…
1. Dark Side of the Moon was the first Pink Floyd album
to feature Roger Waters as its sole lyricist.
2. The album was very nearly called ‘Eclipse’.
3. Floyd fans were first treated to Dark Side of the Moon
in concert more than a year before the album was actually released.
4. The original live arrangement of “On the Run” bore little resemblance
to the electronic freakout on the record.
5. ‘Money’ was influenced by Booker T and the MGs.
6. Paul McCartney’s contributions to the album were deleted
but the Beatles made a surprise appearance on the record.
7. ‘Us and Them’ was a reject from the Zabriskie Point soundtrack.
8. An image of the Silver Surfer was originally considered for the album’s cover.
9. Dark Side of the Moon was the first Pink Floyd album to break the US Top 40.
10. Proceeds from the album helped fund Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
More details about these 10 amazing facts right here.
Singles: Money / Us And Them
– MONEY –
– US AND THEM –
“I’ve only ever written about one thing in my life, which is the fact that we,
as human beings, have a responsibility to one another and that it’s important that
we empathize with others, that we organize society so that we all become happier
and we all get the life we really want.” – Roger Waters