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The Dark Side of the Moon

Pink Floyd

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By condensing the sonic explorations of Meddle to actual songs and adding a lush, immaculate production to their trippiest instrumental sections, Pink Floyd inadvertently designed their commercial breakthrough with Dark Side of the Moon. The primary revelation of Dark Side of the Moon is what a little focus does for the band. Roger Waters wrote a series of songs about mundane, everyday details which aren't that impressive by themselves, but when given the sonic backdrop of Floyd's slow, atmospheric soundscapes and carefully placed sound effects, they achieve an emotional resonance. But what gives the album true power is the subtly textured music, which evolves from ponderous, neo-psychedelic art rock to jazz fusion and blues-rock before turning back to psychedelia. It's dense with detail, but leisurely paced, creating its own dark, haunting world. Pink Floyd may have better albums than Dark Side of the Moon, but no other record defines them quite as well as this one.

© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Speak to Me Explicit
00:01:04

Clare Torry, Speaker - CHRIS THOMAS, Mixing Engineer - Roger Waters, AssociatedPerformer - Pink Floyd, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Guthrie, Mastering Engineer - Joel Plante, Mastering Engineer - Richard Wright, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Mason, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Parsons, Engineer - Peter James, Assistant Engineer - Peter Watts, Speaker - Chris Adamson, Speaker - Jerry Driscoll, Speaker

(P) 2016 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Pink Floyd Music Ltd., marketed and distributed by Sony Music Entertainment

2
Breathe (In the Air)
00:02:49

David Gilmour, Composer, Lyricist, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Waters, Composer, Lyricist, Bass Guitar - Pink Floyd, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Guthrie, Mastering Engineer - Joel Plante, Mastering Engineer - Richard Wright, Composer, Lyricist, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Mason, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2016 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Pink Floyd Music Ltd., marketed and distributed by Sony Music Entertainment

3
On the Run
00:03:36

David Gilmour, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Waters, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Pink Floyd, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Guthrie, Mastering Engineer - Joel Plante, Mastering Engineer - Richard Wright, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Mason, AssociatedPerformer - Roger "The Hat" Manifold, Speaker

(P) 2016 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Pink Floyd Music Ltd., marketed and distributed by Sony Music Entertainment

4
Time
00:07:02

Lesley Duncan, Background Vocal - Doris Troy, Background Vocal - David Gilmour, Composer, Lyricist, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Waters, Composer, Lyricist, Bass Guitar - Pink Floyd, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Guthrie, Mastering Engineer - Joel Plante, Mastering Engineer - Richard Wright, Composer, Lyricist, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Mason, Composer, Lyricist, AssociatedPerformer - Liza Strike, Background Vocal - Barry St. John, Background Vocal

(P) 2016 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Pink Floyd Music Ltd., marketed and distributed by Sony Music Entertainment

5
The Great Gig in the Sky
00:04:44

Clare Torry, Composer, Vocal - David Gilmour, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Waters, AssociatedPerformer - Pink Floyd, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Guthrie, Mastering Engineer - Joel Plante, Mastering Engineer - Richard Wright, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Mason, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Driscoll, Speaker - Patricia "Puddy" Watts, Speaker

(P) 2016 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Pink Floyd Music Ltd., marketed and distributed by Sony Music Entertainment

6
Money Explicit
00:06:20

David Gilmour, Guitar, Vocal - Roger Waters, Composer, Lyricist, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Pink Floyd, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Guthrie, Mastering Engineer - Joel Plante, Mastering Engineer - Richard Wright, Organ, Piano, Background Vocal - Nick Mason, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Parsons, Engineer - Peter James, Assistant Engineer - Dick Parry, Tenor Saxophone - Chris Adamson, Speaker

(P) 2016 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Pink Floyd Music Ltd., marketed and distributed by Sony Music Entertainment

7
Us and Them
00:07:52

Lesley Duncan, Background Vocal - Doris Troy, Background Vocal - David Gilmour, Guitar, Lead Vocalist - Roger Waters, Composer, Lyricist, Bass Guitar - Pink Floyd, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Guthrie, Mastering Engineer - Joel Plante, Mastering Engineer - Richard Wright, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards, Background Vocal - Nick Mason, Drums - Liza Strike, Background Vocal - Dick Parry, Tenor Saxophone - Barry St. John, Background Vocal - Henry McCullough, Speaker - Roger "The Hat" Manifold, Speaker - Patricia "Puddy" Watts, Speaker

(P) 2016 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Pink Floyd Music Ltd., marketed and distributed by Sony Music Entertainment

8
Any Colour You Like
00:03:25

David Gilmour, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Waters, Bass Guitar - Pink Floyd, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Guthrie, Mastering Engineer - Joel Plante, Mastering Engineer - Richard Wright, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Mason, Composer, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2016 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Pink Floyd Music Ltd., marketed and distributed by Sony Music Entertainment

9
Brain Damage
00:03:50

Lesley Duncan, Background Vocal - Doris Troy, Background Vocal - David Gilmour, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Waters, Composer, Lyricist, AssociatedPerformer - Pink Floyd, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Guthrie, Mastering Engineer - Joel Plante, Mastering Engineer - Richard Wright, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Mason, AssociatedPerformer - Liza Strike, Background Vocal - Barry St. John, Background Vocal

(P) 2016 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Pink Floyd Music Ltd., marketed and distributed by Sony Music Entertainment

10
Eclipse
00:02:06

Lesley Duncan, Background Vocal - Doris Troy, Background Vocal - David Gilmour, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Waters, Composer, Lyricist, AssociatedPerformer - Pink Floyd, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Guthrie, Mastering Engineer - Joel Plante, Mastering Engineer - Richard Wright, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Mason, AssociatedPerformer - Liza Strike, Background Vocal - Barry St. John, Background Vocal - Peter Watts, Speaker - Jerry Driscoll, Speaker

(P) 2016 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Pink Floyd Music Ltd., marketed and distributed by Sony Music Entertainment

Album review

By condensing the sonic explorations of Meddle to actual songs and adding a lush, immaculate production to their trippiest instrumental sections, Pink Floyd inadvertently designed their commercial breakthrough with Dark Side of the Moon. The primary revelation of Dark Side of the Moon is what a little focus does for the band. Roger Waters wrote a series of songs about mundane, everyday details which aren't that impressive by themselves, but when given the sonic backdrop of Floyd's slow, atmospheric soundscapes and carefully placed sound effects, they achieve an emotional resonance. But what gives the album true power is the subtly textured music, which evolves from ponderous, neo-psychedelic art rock to jazz fusion and blues-rock before turning back to psychedelia. It's dense with detail, but leisurely paced, creating its own dark, haunting world. Pink Floyd may have better albums than Dark Side of the Moon, but no other record defines them quite as well as this one.

© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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