Year 3, Day 33: Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon

Year 3, Day 33: Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon

Track List

  1. Speak to Me
  2. Breathe
  3. On the Run
  4. Time
  5. The Great Gig in the Sky
  6. Money
  7. Us and Them
  8. Any Colour You Like
  9. Brain Damage
  10. Eclipse

About the Album

The Dark Side of the Moon is the eighth studio album from English progressive rock band, Pink Floyd. The album was recorded from June 1972 to January 1973 and released early March 1973 to mass critical acclaim. The album topped the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes for a week and remained on the charts for over 15 years (741 weeks). The album has sold well over 50 million(!) copies, which makes it the most commercially successful Pink Floyd album ever and as well as one of the best selling albums worldwide.

Thoughts on the Album

Let me tell you guys something, it’s always an amazing sensation and feeling when we discover a new artist or an artist whose music that speaks to us in some profound way. Whether we find them in a local record store or through the internet or through a music streaming service. It is such an awesome thrill, a surreal experience when we first hit play, and the music comes on and immediately blows us away. For me, discovering these artists and bands that were well before my time makes that feeling hurt even more.

Regardless of whether or not they’ve actually heard Pink Floyd before, everyone knows the band’s name. Most of the time when you mention Pink Floyd one of two albums comes to mind… The Wall and of course, today’s album, The Dark Side of the Moon. Of course regardless of whatever I have to say today about this album, it’s probably has been said millions of times before.

Pink Floyd is an acquired taste. They made some weird and strange music, but at the same time its some unbelieveable music. There is a good reason as to why the album has held up to the passage of time over the last 42 years. One of these reasons is that the songs of this album deal with the problems of life; and the production of this album is well of its time.

Beginning with a 90 second instrumental titled, Speak to Me, the album begins with a gradual fade in of a synthesized heartbeat. The song perfectly sets the tone for the album. It’s a mesmerizing track that is richly layered with a mix of sound effects, maniacal laughter, and bits of speech. The track ends with the pained and soaring vocals of Clare Torry, whose same vocals are found on Great Gig in the Sky.

One of my favorite tracks on the album is the sixth track, Money. The Track seemingly presents a paradox…

Money, it’s a crime. Share it fairly, but don’t take a slice of my pie.

The paradox, is tongue-in-cheek commentary on greed and capitalism. The track is an epic mix of looping cash register, ripping paper money, and coins clinking together with Roger Waters’ rolling blues bass line. The track tempo starts at an unorthodox 7/8 and gradually changes to 4/4. This tempo change sets the tone for what I can only describe as an epic and justly awesome guitar solo from David Gilmour.

Brain Damage, is a track that was inspired by the mental breakdown of Syd Barrett. One could argue that Brain Damage is the culmination of all the songs prior to it. It has a recognizable guitar arpeggio that cascades before the introduction. The song starts off slow and gradually builds to it’s soaring chorus.

Conclusion

A mix of subtle lyrics and brilliant musicianship, The Dark Side of the Moon is a classic. Whether it’s tracks like Money or Brain Damage, or the iconic album cover, the album should be instantly recognizable by everyone, regardless of whether or not they’ve heard it before. It’s tongue-in-cheek commentary of everyday life issues is absolutely brilliant. Everyone can relate to one or more of these issues that songs on this album offer commentary on. Give a listen.

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