[95] To this day, it occupies a prominent spot on Billboard's Pop Catalog Chart. [55] Thomas later claimed there were no such disagreements, stating "There was no difference in opinion between them, I don't remember Roger once saying that he wanted less echo. Gilmour, Barrett's replacement, later referred to those instrumentals as "that psychedelic noodling stuff", and with Waters cited 1971's Meddle as a turning-point towards what would be realised on the album. [12][13][nb 1], Dark Side of the Moon: A Piece for Assorted Lunatics, as it was then known,[3] was performed in the presence of an assembled press on 17 February 1972 – more than a year before its release – at the Rainbow Theatre, and was critically acclaimed. In fact, there were never any hints that they were later going to fall out. The Dark Side of the Moon's lyrical themes include conflict, greed, the passage of time, death, and insanity, the latter inspired in part by Barrett's deteriorating mental state. Following Meddle in 1971, Pink Floyd assembled for a tour of Britain, Japan and the United States in December of that year. Formed in 1965, Pink Floyd initially earned recognition for their psychedelic or space rock music, and, as they evolved, for their progressive rock music. Waters had created effects loops from recordings of various money-related objects, including coins thrown into a mixing bowl taken from his wife's pottery studio; these were rerecorded to take advantage of the band's decision to record a quadraphonic mix of the album (Parsons has since expressed dissatisfaction with the result of this mix, attributed to a lack of time and the paucity of available multi-track tape recorders). [33] Once the recording sessions were complete, the band began a tour of Europe. Mason created a rough version of "Speak to Me" at his home, before completing it in the studio. A foursome of female vocalists was assembled to sing on "Brain Damage", "Eclipse" and "Time", and saxophonist Dick Parry was booked to play on "Us and Them" and "Money". [14], Pink Floyd's lengthy tour through Europe and North America gave them the opportunity to make continual improvements to the scale and quality of their performances. [nb 3][35][36], The sound effects on "Money" were created by splicing together Waters' recordings of clinking coins, tearing paper, a ringing cash register, and a clicking adding machine, which were used to create a 7-beat effects loop (later adapted to four tracks in order to create a "walk around the room" effect in quadraphonic presentations of the album). [41][43] In 2004, she sued EMI and Pink Floyd for 50% of the songwriting royalties, arguing that her contribution to "The Great Gig in the Sky" was substantial enough to be considered co-authorship. Engineer Alan Parsons received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Engineered Recording, Non-Classical for The Dark Side of the Moon, and he went on to have a successful career as a recording artist with the Alan Parsons Project. [7] "Time" features assorted clocks ticking, then chiming simultaneously at the start of the song, accompanied by a series of Rototoms. [3] In an interview for Rolling Stone, guitarist David Gilmour said: "I think we all thought – and Roger definitely thought – that a lot of the lyrics that we had been using were a little too indirect. It just happened that way. Mason received a rare solo composing credit for "Speak to Me". Unsere Redakteure haben uns der wichtigen Aufgabe angenommen, Alternativen jeder Art ausführlichst auf Herz und Nieren zu überprüfen, damit Käufer ganz einfach den Pink floyd alben cover auswählen können, den Sie zuhause kaufen wollen. After a series of dates in North America, the band flew to London to begin recording, from 24 May to 25 June. In 2013, it was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress for being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". She was initially embarrassed by her exuberance in the recording booth, and wanted to apologise to the band – only to find them delighted with her performance. A concept album, the themes of The Dark Side of the Moon explore conflict, greed, time, death, and mental illness. [22] By shifting the scene to an airport, the synthesiser-driven instrumental "On the Run" evokes the stress and anxiety of modern travel, in particular Wright's fear of flying. "[31][32], Returning from the US in January 1973, they recorded "Brain Damage", "Eclipse", "Any Colour You Like" and "On the Run", while fine-tuning the work they had already laid down in the previous sessions. [17] Work on the album was interrupted in late February when the band travelled to France and recorded music for French director Barbet Schroeder's film La Vallée. [7] Roger "The Hat" Manifold proved difficult to find, and was the only contributor recorded in a conventional sit-down interview, as by then the flashcards had been mislaid. All post-2005 pressings including "The Great Gig in the Sky" credit both Wright and Torry for the song, as per her successful court challenge. [123] The album's cover has also been lauded by critics and listeners alike, with VH1 proclaiming it the fourth greatest in history. [34], The album features metronomic sound effects during "Speak to Me", and tape loops opening "Money". [151] David Gilmour and Nick Mason have both denied a connection between the two works, and Roger Waters has described the rumours as "amusing". The record builds on ideas explored in Pink Floyd's earlier recordings and performances, while omitting the extended instrumentals that characterised their earlier work. The success of the album brought wealth to all four members of the band; Richard Wright and Roger Waters bought large country houses, and Nick Mason became a collector of upmarket cars. [135] It was voted number 9 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums 3rd Edition (2000). "[75] Steve Peacock of Sounds wrote: "I don't care if you've never heard a note of the Pink Floyd's music in your life, I'd unreservedly recommend everyone to The Dark Side of the Moon". The mono side had the word "bullshit" removed from the song – leaving "bull" in its place – however, the stereo side retained the uncensored version. [76] In Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981), Robert Christgau found its lyrical ideas clichéd and its music pretentious, but called it a "kitsch masterpiece" that can be charming with highlights such as taped speech fragments, Parry's saxophone, and studio effects which enhance Gilmour's guitar solos. The album reached the Billboard Top LPs & Tape chart's number one spot on 28 April 1973,[80] and was so successful that the band returned two months later for another tour. Why should I be frightened of dying? Meanwhile, disenchanted with Capitol, the band and manager O'Rourke had been quietly negotiating a new contract with CBS president Clive Davis, on Columbia Records. The album was originally released in a gatefold LP sleeve designed by Hipgnosis and George Hardie. The final design depicts a glass prism dispersing light into colour. This image is inspired by surrealist artist Meret Oppenheim’s sculpture … [122], The Dark Side of the Moon frequently appears on professional rankings of the greatest albums. A Nice Pair is a compilation album by Pink Floyd, re-issuing their first two albums—The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and A Saucerful of Secrets—in a new gatefold sleeve. [127][128], In 2006, it was voted "My Favourite Album" by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's audience. [101] The album was released by EMI and Harvest on the then-new compact disc format in Japan in June 1983,[nb 7] in the US and Europe in August 1984,[nb 8] and in 1992 it was re-released as a remastered CD in the box set Shine On. It has been certified 14× platinum in the United Kingdom, and topped the US Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart, where it has charted for 951 weeks in total. Thomas's background was in music, rather than engineering. [93] "Money" has sold well as a single, and as with "Time", remains a radio favourite; in the US, for the year ending 20 April 2005, "Time" was played on 13,723 occasions, and "Money" on 13,731 occasions. [142] The group Voices on the Dark Side released the album Dark Side of the Moon a Cappella, a complete a cappella version of the album. [44][45], Snippets of voices between and over the music are another notable feature of the album. Newly appointed chairman Bhaskar Menon set about trying to reverse the relatively poor sales of the band's 1971 studio album Meddle. With estimated sales of over 45 million copies, it is Pink Floyd's most commercially successful album, and one of the best-selling albums worldwide. Some of the profits were invested in the production of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. [147] Progressive metal band Dream Theater have twice covered the album in their live shows,[148] and in May 2011 Mary Fahl released From the Dark Side of the Moon, a song-by-song "re-imagining" of the album. We knew it had a lot more melody than previous Floyd albums, and there was a concept that ran all through it. [7] The album contains musique concrète on several tracks. [8][9] The album had been given the provisional title of Dark Side of the Moon (an allusion to lunacy, rather than astronomy). (listed as "Breathe in the Air" on the original LP label), This material was later released under the title. [28] "Time" and "The Great Gig in the Sky" were recorded next, followed by a two-month break, during which the band spent time with their families and prepared for an upcoming tour of the US. Any time will do: I don't mind. "Money" became the most commercially successful track, and has been covered by several acts. [29], The first track recorded, on 1 June, was "Us and Them", followed six days later by "Money". Dec 16, 2018 - Explore Doug Howlett's board "Pink Floyd Album covers" on Pinterest. [45], The original quadraphonic mix,[nb 9] created by Alan Parsons,[104] was commissioned by EMI but never endorsed by Pink Floyd, as Parsons was disappointed with his mix. Hipgnosis had designed several of the band's previous albums, with controversial results; EMI had reacted with confusion when faced with the cover designs for Atom Heart Mother and Obscured by Clouds, as they had expected to see traditional designs which included lettering and words. The album ends with "Eclipse", which espouses the concepts of alterity and unity, while forcing the listener to recognise the common traits shared by humanity. One poster bore pictures of the band in concert, overlaid with scattered letters to form PINK FLOYD, and the other an infrared photograph of the Great Pyramids of Giza, created by Powell and Thorgerson. [nb 6] Industry sources suggest that worldwide sales of the album total about 45 million. Jam-rock band Phish performed a semi-improvised version of the entire album as part their show on 2 November 1998 in West Valley City, Utah. [45] Upon a change in methodology in 2009 allowing catalogue titles to be included in the Billboard 200,[96] The Dark Side of the Moon returned to the chart at number 189 on 12 December of that year for its 742nd charting week. [92], In the US the LP was released before the introduction of platinum awards in 1976. [150], Dark Side of the Rainbow and Dark Side of Oz are two names commonly used in reference to rumours (circulated on the Internet since at least 1994) that The Dark Side of the Moon was written as a soundtrack for the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. Nehmen Sie die Pink-Floyd-Hülle zu "Atom Heart Mother": Das Bild mit der Kuh ist ein "Non-Cover". "[4], Generally, all four members agreed that Waters' album concept unified by a single theme was a good idea. They also devised and recorded unconventional sounds, such as an assistant engineer running around the studio's echo chamber (during "On the Run"),[38] and a specially treated bass drum made to simulate a human heartbeat (during "Speak to Me", "On the Run", "Time" and "Eclipse"). [19][20][21], The Dark Side of the Moon built upon experiments Pink Floyd had attempted in their previous live shows and recordings, but lacks the extended instrumental excursions which, according to critic David Fricke, had become characteristic of the band after founding member Syd Barrett left in 1968.