Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" turns 40
03-20-2013, 03:25 AM, (This post was last modified: 03-20-2013, 11:07 AM by Tusk.)
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Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" turns 40
In March of 1973, Pink Floyd's Iconic album, Dark Side of the Moon was released.

The album marked Roger Waters stepping up after their band mate and driving force, Syd Barrett, began his slide into insanity due to drug and substance abuse.

A band without it's rudder, the individual band members, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright, found another level of inspiration out of desperation mixed with their own natural musicality and propensity for experimentation.

With this album, Pink Floyd elevated themselves from just another psychadelic band of the 60's, to legendary status, joining the likes of the Beatles, Led Zepplin, the Rolling Stones and the Who as the best of the best export of the UK

The Album cover art of the beam of light being split by a prism endures still today

Quote:It begins with a heartbeat. Released in 1973, The Dark Side of the Moon was Pink Floyd's eighth studio album. It would become one of the best-selling albums of all time, and its iconic cover image still hangs in college dormitories everywhere.

Full Album


Quote:The album was recorded at Abbey Road Studios, in two sessions, between May 1972 and January 1973. The band were assigned staff engineer Alan Parsons, who had worked as assistant tape operator on Atom Heart Mother, and who had also gained experience as a recording engineer on The Beatles' Abbey Road and Let It Be. The recording sessions made use of some of the most advanced studio techniques of the time; the studio was capable of 16-track mixes, which offered a greater degree of flexibility than the eight- or four-track mixes they had previously used, although the band often used so many tracks that to make more space available second-generation copies were made

Pink Floyd Live At Wembley November 1974 - The Dark Side Of The Moon


Quote:The Dark Side of the Moon became one of the best-selling albums of all time, (not counting compilations and various artists soundtracks), and is in the top 25 of a list of best-selling albums in the United States. Although it held the number one spot in the US for only a week, it remained in the Billboard album chart for 741 weeks. The album re-appeared on the Billboard charts with the introduction of the Top Pop Catalog Albums chart in May 1991, and has been a perennial feature since then.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dark_Side_of_the_Moon

A curious legend of Dark Side of the Moon is it's synchronicity with the Movie, The Wizard of OZ. It was said that

Quote:Dark Side of the Rainbow – also known as Dark Side of Oz or The Wizard of Floyd – refers to the pairing of the 1973 Pink Floyd album The Dark Side of the Moon with the visual portion of the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. This produces moments where the film and the album appear to correspond with each other. The title of the music video-like experience comes from a combination of the album title and the film's song "Over the Rainbow". Band members and others involved in the making of the album state that any relationship between the two works of art is merely a coincidence
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Side_of_the_Rainbow



Quote:This synergy effect has been described as an example of synchronicity, defined by the psychologist Carl Jung as a phenomenon in which coincidental events "seem related but are not explained by conventional mechanisms of causality."

Detractors argue that the phenomenon is the result of the mind's tendency to think it recognizes patterns amid disorder by discarding data that does not fit. Psychologists refer to this tendency as apophenia. In this theory, a Dark Side of the Rainbow enthusiast will focus on matching moments while ignoring the greater number of instances where the film and the album do not correspond. Another theory suggests the correspondence may have been assisted by the synaesthetic effects of psychoactive drugs taken by those who then chose to enjoy the album and the film together

Haley performing "Time" from Dark Side of the Moon

The Making of the Dark Side of the Moon Documentary


BTW the engineer who worked on DSOTM (and in this documentary) was Alan Parsons, who had his own impact in music with the Alan Parson's Project. (James Durbin actually has a history with him too....small world huh?)

Notable Alan Parsons Project songs





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03-20-2013, 12:11 PM,
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RE: Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" turns 40
^^^Timely and nostalgic post, Tusk, since I am wearing my DSOTM sweatshirt today... HeartHeartCool
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03-20-2013, 05:33 PM, (This post was last modified: 03-20-2013, 05:35 PM by Tusk.)
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RE: Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" turns 40
Wow, I never would have guessed you for a fan of "The Floyd" Big Grin

I listened to hours and hours of music from these guys Big Grin
David Gilmour is supremely under-rated for his bluesy guitar

I love the behind the music documentaries of these iconic albums. It seems that DSOTM was one of those, everything falls into place, type of experiences.

I was lucky enough to see Pink Floyd in the Kingdome (horrendous audio and without Roger Waters)

and Roger Waters twice (most recently at the Tacoma Dome a couple of years ago, the other, at Key Arena)

One thing for sure, you get your money's worth with the light shows and multi media at their shows. (Waters' production was better than Floyd's ....although hard to tell because the sound was so lousy in the now defunct Kingdome)
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03-20-2013, 08:03 PM,
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RE: Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" turns 40
Yeah, to me if the acoustics are lousy it is not worth spending the time and money to see these concerts no matter how much I like the music. Indoor arenas are usually not artist friendly venues.

Watching documentaries of these 60's and 70's rock albums on Netflix is one of my favorite past times.

DSOTM certainly stands the test of time. When I wear my sweatshirt in public I have so many young people tell me how much they love "The Floyd." They, too, are surprised that I am a fan but I just tell them that great rock is the prescription drug of choice for us old fogies... Cool
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03-22-2013, 01:01 AM, (This post was last modified: 03-22-2013, 02:04 AM by 30CamdenSquare.)
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RE: Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" turns 40
Wow good post, Tusk. It's hard for me to chose one band as my absolute favorite, but if pressed for it, the words that would probably come out of my mouth would be Pink Floyd. My brother & I bought almost all of their albums back in high school plus a few of David Gilmour's & Roger Water's solo albums. The only time I saw Floyd live was at Arrowhead Stadium on their "Momentary Lapse of Reason" tour, which was honestly one of the best concerts I've ever seen, even though, like I said, I saw Floyd but Pink wasn't there.

There's one part where you mention that Syd Barrett had just left the band right before "Darkside" was recorded. Actually Syd was only in the band through the first two albums. "Piper at the Gates of Dawn" & "Saucerful of Secrets" (Which btw was the only album that all five members of Pink Floyd contributed to.) I think that one came out in 68' & Syd was already pretty mentally unstable by then.

The "More" (Soundtrack), "Ummagumma", "Atom Heart Mother", "Meddle", & "Obscured by Clouds" were all in between the time Syd left & "Darkside of the Moon". You can really hear the group developing into what most people know as Pink Floyd (DSOM & after) on "Meddle" & some of the better tracks on "Obscurred" like this one called "Childhood's End"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIt3uO8aziw

I have that "Making of DSOM" video you posted on DVD, and one of my favorite parts is where Rick Wright is talking about his love of jazz music & working a favorite chord he'd heard on "Kind of Blue" into the chord progression for "Breathe". The chord progression still sounded really good had he just used the more standard chord that fit, but adding in the more complex jazz chord, make it sound more Pink Floyd.

There's a longer part, in the bonus material, where he plays & talks about keeping the D as the bass note through the chord changes in the verse of "Us and Them", so it's just "rolling along on the D" which make the changes smoother & more subtle. And I think enhance the effect when the key changes & they hit it hard with that B minor chord, at the chorus on "Haven't you heard it's a battle of words...". I always loved that part.

I didn't expect to talk about Rick Wright so much, when Roger & David were the two biggest forces behind Pink Floyd, (not to mention DG is one of my favorite guitar players of all time), but I liked watching Rick talk about song writing in detail like that.

The main thing I would've wished for Pink Floyd is that they could've gotten along better. They were really at their best w/ Roger as the main song writer w/ plenty of collaboration w/ the other three. By the time they get to "The Final Cut", it's all Roger, and even though there's some really beautiful stuff on there, it doesn't sound like Pink Floyd anymore. It's of the opposite of "Momentary Lapse.." or "The Division Bell". "The Final Cut" is Pink but Floyd is all but out the door.

Wow, this is long. Have I said I love Pink Floyd yet?
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03-22-2013, 02:30 AM, (This post was last modified: 03-22-2013, 04:08 AM by Tusk.)
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RE: Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" turns 40
Content over length, IMO and your comment has both Big Grin
(BTW, you're talking to the wrong guy regarding post length Wink )

I have a friend, a huge Floyd fan and got me into the earlier Floyd, when I was really only interested in Post Dark Side of the Moon, Floyd. I LOVE Meddle..."One of These Days" is a KILLER driving song



(Quick Pink Floyd side story, the year "The Wall" got big, the teachers went on strike outside the Education Offices that was across from our school... At lunch time, we took some glee out of blaring "We don't need no education..." across the street as the irritated educators scowled back at us Blush ..... What did I know, I was a kid, so sue me Big Grin )

The making of documentary is awesome insight into the album like how they got the talking parts from asking people questions ("Did you get in a fight? Were you in the right? (the lady's 'cruisin' for a bruisin' quote is one of my favorites, now there is reference to it Big Grin).

I had no idea the vocalist in "The Great Gig in the Sky" was white (a suggestion from Alan Parsons)? I always assumed the voice was from a soulful black lady! (Funny while the lads were amazed at her vocal, she actually apologised for it LOL Big Grin )

I remember, we always thought anyone could do what they do, just make alot of random noise, clashing cymbals...we had no idea of the musicality, that their sonic experimentation had a cohesion, not just borne of chaotic timpani. These guys were ultra talented and skilled musicians Exclamation

From that doc, it appeared that Rick Wright was the 'classical musician' of the band, and cared deeply about that aspect of their sound. Very underated vocalist too, haunting voice.


May he rest in Peace. Angel

I loved that hearing Haley perform "All Blues" in Vegas, got me to listen to Miles' Davis' "Kind of Blue", then writing the above post made me watch the documentary again....then all of a sudden I got a new appreciation for Wright from that bit about being inspired from that chord he heard from Davis ExclamationExclamationExclamation

RE: Syd Barrett
He was to Pink Floyd as Bonn Scott was to AC/DC in that they were good bands in their own right, but leapt into "Legendary" status after Barrett and Scott were no longer in their respective band.

I guess you could add Terry Kath from Chicago to that unfortunate list of talents. Chicago was great but reached their commercial and financial peak after Cetera took over following Kaths accidental death.

Have you seen the making of "Wish You Were Here" documentary? They went a little further in the story of how Syd's mental deterioration factored into the writing of WYWH
Roger Waters said that WYWH was his "homage to Syd".

I was going to post it from Youtube, but it's incomplete (missing two parts)
(I recommend it for Floyd fans)

I recall the saddest part of the story was when the band members were recording one of their songs for WYWH, they noticed there was this fat, balding man in the corner. It was Syd. They said that he had so deteriorated that they didn't recognise him. Sad

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Found an account of it From Wiki

Quote:One of the more notable events during the recording of Wish You Were Here occurred on 5 June 1975. Gilmour married his first wife, Ginger, and it was also the eve of Pink Floyd's second US tour that year. The band were in the process of completing the final mix of "Shine On", when an overweight-man with shaven head and eyebrows, and holding a plastic bag, entered the room

Waters, who was working in the studio, initially did not recognise him. Wright was also mystified by the identity of the visitor. He presumed that the man was a friend of Waters' and asked him, but soon realised that it was Syd Barrett. Gilmour presumed he was an EMI staff member, and Mason also failed to recognise him; he was "horrified" when Gilmour told him. In Inside Out, Mason recalled Barrett's conversation as "desultory and not entirely sensible". Storm Thorgerson later reflected on Barrett's presence: "Two or three people cried. He sat round and talked for a bit but he wasn't really there.

Waters was reportedly reduced to tears by the sight of his former bandmate, who was asked by fellow visitor Andrew King how he had managed to gain so much weight. Barrett said he had a large refrigerator in his kitchen, and that he had been eating lots of pork chops. He also mentioned that he was ready to avail the band of his services, but while listening to the mix of "Shine On", showed no signs of understanding its relevance to his plight. He joined the guests at Gilmour's wedding reception in the EMI canteen, but left without saying goodbye. None of the band members saw him from that day on to his death in 2006. Although the lyrics had already been created, Barrett's presence on that day may have influenced the final part of the song—a subtle refrain performed by Wright from "See Emily Play" is audible toward the end of the album.
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Here's Pink Floyd's last performance with both Waters and Gilmour in 1985


The latest article from Waters on the matter of a reunion:

Quote:Roger Waters has emphatically ruled out a Pink Floyd reunion once and for all – saying the band “was over” in 1985 when he left

In recent years relations between him and surviving members David GIlmour and Nick Mason have thawed to the point where all three appeared during a performance of Waters’ The Wall in 2011.

But that’s as far as it goes, says the former mainman.

He tells the Sun: “I can’t. I left Pink Floyd for very good reasons, and it was the right and proper thing to do. It was over in in 1985 – and it’s still over.”

But he admits: “I’m having dinner with Nick tonight. He’d jump back in a heartbeat.” Tongue
http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/news/...ys-waters/





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03-22-2013, 03:44 AM, (This post was last modified: 03-22-2013, 04:15 PM by Tusk.)
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RE: Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" turns 40
(03-22-2013, 01:01 AM)30CamdenSquare Wrote: There's one part where you mention that Syd Barrett had just left the band right before "Darkside" was recorded. Actually Syd was only in the band through the first two albums. "Piper at the Gates of Dawn" & "Saucerful of Secrets" (Which btw was the only album that all five members of Pink Floyd contributed to.) I think that one came out in 68' & Syd was already pretty mentally unstable by then.


Have I said I love Pink Floyd yet?

I believe in the documentary, they described that era as when PF did mostly 'soundscapes' and Waters said, without Syd's imput, they played to their strengths, which was sans lyrics, at the time. In this Bio, it said he was officially 'dismissed' in April '68.
Quote:Barrett was dismissed from the band in April 1968 because of his drug-induced personality problems; David Gilmour replaced him after covering for him when he began missing shows.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/artist...z2OGGXJa59

They were still friends though, I think, so watching their friend slowly lose his mind was the impetus for both DSOTM and WYWH... He was definitely an influence if only as the tragic subject of many of the songs, if not the overall tone.

Gilmour said it was around Meddle that they began to coalesce as a band into the direction they were heading leading into DSOTM

Waters and Gilmour were the perfect balance in influence the way Lennon and McCartney were. One personality balanced out the other. Lennons's cynicism and stark reality balanced out by McCartney's pop 'always look on the bright side of light' sensibility. (Illustrated in the lyrics of the song, "It's Getting Better all the time")

Quote:The song's title and music suggest optimism, but some of the song's lyrics have a more negative tone. In this sense, it reflects the contrasting personas of the two songwriters. In response to McCartney's line, "It's getting better all the time", Lennon replies, "It can't get no worse!"

Referring to the lyric "I used to be cruel to my woman/I beat her and kept her apart from the things that she loved/Man I was mean but I'm changing my scene/And I'm doing the best that I can", Lennon admitted that he had done things in relationships in the past that he was not proud of.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Getting_Better

By the time Pro's and Con's of Hitchhiking came around, even though a good album, I wearied of Waters' anti establishment fight against whatever .... I longed for Gilmour's lighter, more melodic touch to temper Waters' edge. On the other hand Gilmour, though I love his guitar work... I don't know, a depth, a weight was missing, it didn't have the grounding that Waters provided ....

Oh well, It was an amazing, preternatural alignment of talent while it lasted, DSOTM, Wish You Were Here, and The Wall were true Masterworks

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04-19-2013, 04:23 PM,
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RE: Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" turns 40
Only months after DSOTM's 40th, the artist who designed the iconic album (and many others) has passed away at the age of 69

Quote:Influential English album cover designer Storm Thorgerson, whose album covers over a 45-year career included work for Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and dozens more, has died after a battle with cancer, his family has announced

[Image: Storm-Thorgerson.jpg]

He did album covers for, among others, Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel, Styx, Megadeath and Muse, but has been mostly known for his work with Pink Floyd, his Pinnacle being the DSOTM prism

His album covers/art:

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And many, many more...RIP to a hugely influential artist in the music industry of the 20th century
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09-26-2013, 05:48 PM,
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Quote:Bianca Minniti ‏@_bonx_ 2h
If the only music I could listen to for the rest of my life was a collection of Pink Floyd concert albums, that would be okay.

Quote:Tusk ‏@HaleysTusk 2h
@_bonx_ I could deal with that Wink
Pink Floyd - Echoes / Live at Pompeii ( full ): http://youtu.be/PGwPSPIhohk

Quote:Bianca Minniti ‏@_bonx_ 30m
@HaleysTusk No. Way. You didn't just post that. That is my favorite Pink Floyd concert, by far. I swear by it.

Gotta love the musical taste of Haley's pals Cool
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