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 Dark Side of the Moon  Pink Floyd - cd review

1973

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Dark Side of the Moon  Review

Dark Side of the Moon review

While most albums have a combination of songs, Dark Side of the Moon is more like one long song and story, with a seamless flow. For example, after the band perform a heavy song like "Time," it is followed perfectly with a segue, "Great Gig in the Sky", into the classic "Money." Here the middle track serves not as a stand alone song, but a transition or bridge to tie the moods, textures, tones, to the next song. That structure serves as the framework to this album, and their uncanny compositions are the reason this CD is a masterpiece.  

Several songs from Dark Side of the Moon have gotten significant radio over the years, deservedly so. None more so than their hit "Money" with its tasty bass line, deadly guitar solo, and show stopping saxophone solo. Another trait of Pink Floyds is the dynamics of their writing and playing. For example, the track "Us and Them" begins as a quiet ballad that builds energy taking the quiet start to an energetic conclusion. While these individual songs are great, it is the way the complete album and song sequence that warrants Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon lasting appeal. After all, it is not your everyday album that stays popular since its 1973 release. 

Pink Floyd's classic Dark Side of the Moon deserves its success.   Barry Small ©
Grade  A +

Dark Side of the Moon Song List
Track List

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1. Speak to Me / Breathe in the Air
     (Gilmour / Mason / Waters / Wright) - 4:00
     Vocals by Gilmour
2. On the Run (Gilmour / Waters) - 3:33
    Instrumental
3. Time (Gilmour / Mason / Waters / Wright) - 7:06
    Vocals by Gilmour and Wright
4. The Great Gig in the Sky (Wright) - 4:44
     Vocals by Clare Torry
5. Money (Waters) - 6:32
    Vocals by Gilmour
6. Us and Them (Waters / Wright) - 7:40
    Vocals by Wright and Gilmour
7. Any Colour You Like (Gilmour / Mason / Wright) - 3:25
    Instrumental
8. Brain Damage (Waters) - 3:50
    Vocals by Waters
9. Eclipse (Waters) - 2:04
    Vocals by Waters and Gilmour

The Dark Side Of The Moon - Experience Version

The Dark Side Of The Moon performed live at Wembley 1974 (previously unreleased, CD2 is the same as disc 2 of the Immersion edition). 

 

The Dark Side of The Moon Box set Product Description
Originally released in 1973, The Dark Side of The Moon became Pink Floyd’s first number 1 album in the US, remaining on the chart for 741 weeks between 1973 and 1988. One of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed albums of all time The Dark Side of The Moon also introduced The iconic album cover artwork by Hipgnosis featuring a prism representing the band’s stage lighting, the record’s lyrics, and the request for a ‘simple and bold’ design. The Immersion version features the classic Studio album digitally remastered and presented as a limited edition high quality boxset featuring 6 discs of rare and unreleased audio and video material, plus a new 40 page oversized perfect-bound booklet, a book of original photographs edited by Jill Furmanovsky, exclusive merchandise and facsimile collectables.


DISC 1 – CD 1:

The Dark Side Of The Moon digitally remastered by James Guthrie 2011


DISC 2 – CD 2:

The Dark Side Of The Moon performed live at Wembley in 1974 (2011 Mix and previously unreleased)

DISC 3 – DVD 1, ALL AUDIO:

- The Dark Side Of The Moon, James Guthrie 2003 5.1 Surround Mix (previously released only on SACD) in standard resolution audio at 448 kbps

- The Dark Side Of The Moon, James Guthrie 2003 5.1 Surround Mix (previously released only on SACD) in high resolution audio at 640 kbps

- The Dark Side Of The Moon, LPCM Stereo mix (as disc 1)

- The Dark Side Of The Moon, Alan Parsons Quad Mix (previously released only on vinyl LP/8 track tape in 1973) in standard resolution audio at 448 kbps

- The Dark Side Of The Moon, Alan Parsons Quad Mix (previously released only on vinyl LP/8 track tape in 1973) in high resolution audio at 640 kbps

DISC 4 - DVD 2, ALL AUDIO VISUAL: 

-Live In Brighton 1972:

Careful With That Axe, Eugene (previously unreleased on DVD)

Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (previously unreleased on DVD)

-The Dark Side Of The Moon, 2003 documentary (25 min EPK)

-Concert Screen Films (60 min total):

British Tour 1974

French Tour 1974

North American Tour 1975

Screen films play in stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound 

DISC 5 – BLURAY, AUDIO+AUDIO VISUAL 

-AUDIO: The Dark Side Of The Moon, James Guthrie 2003 5.1 Surround Mix (previously released only on SACD) in high resolution audio at 96 kHz/24-bit

-AUDIO: The Dark Side Of The Moon, Original stereo mix (1973) mastered in high resolution audio at 96 kHz/24-bit

-AUDIO VISUAL: Live In Brighton 1972:

Careful With That Axe, Eugene (previously unreleased on DVD/BluRay)

Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (previously unreleased on DVD/BluRay)

-AUDIO VISUAL: The Dark Side Of The Moon, 2003 documentary (EPK)

-AUDIO VISUAL: Concert Screen Films (5.1 Surround Mix):

British Tour 1974

French Tour 1974

North American Tour 1975 

-AUDIO VISUAL: Concert Screen Films (High Resolution Stereo Mix):

British Tour 1974

French Tour 1974

North American Tour 1975 

DISC 6 - CD3:

-The Dark Side Of The Moon 1972 Early Album Mix engineered by Alan Parsons (previously unreleased)

- The Hard Way (from ‘Household Objects’ project)

- Us And Them, Richard Wright Demo (previously unreleased)

- The Travel Sequence, live from Brighton June 1972 (previously unreleased)

- The Mortality Sequence, live from Brighton June 1972 (previously unreleased)

- Any Colour You Like, live from Brighton June 1972 (previously unreleased)

- The Travel Sequence, studio recording 1972 (previously unreleased)

- Money, Roger Waters’ demo (previously unreleased)



40 page 27cm x 27cm booklet designed by Storm Thorgerson

Exclusive photo book edited by Jill Furmanovsky

27cm x 27cm Exclusive Storm Thorgerson Art Print

5 x Collectors’ Cards featuring art and comments by Storm Thorgerson

Replica of The Dark Side Of The Moon Tour Ticket

Replica of The Dark Side Of The Moon Backstage Pass

Scarf

3 x Black marbles

9 x Coasters (unique to this box) featuring early Storm Thorgerson design sketches
12 page credits booklet
Dark Side of the Moon Musicians
Musicians:       

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Roger Waters - Bass, Guitar, Vocals
David Gilmour - Guitar, Vocals
Nick Mason - Percussion, Drums
Richard Wright - Keyboards, Vocals

Dark Side of the Moon  - Credits
Notes:

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Released - 1973
Label - EMI

Dark Side of the Moon  - Ordering

 

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