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Happy Birthday Dark Side of the Moon

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Guess I will be playing this tonight and sipping on some Crown Royal Reserve

The Dark Side of the Moon
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This article is about the album by Pink Floyd. For other uses, see Dark side of the Moon.
For the far or hidden side of the Moon, see Far side of the Moon.
The Dark Side of the Moon

Album cover by Hipgnosis and George Hardie
Studio album by Pink Floyd
Released
1 March 1973 (1973-03-01)
Recorded June 1972 – January 1973
Studio Abbey Road Studios
Genre Progressive rock
Length 42:49
Label Harvest
Producer Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd chronology
Obscured by Clouds
(1972) The Dark Side of the Moon
(1973) Wish You Were Here
(1975)
30th anniversary SACD Re-issue

Singles from The Dark Side of the Moon
  1. "Money" / "Any Colour You Like"
    Released: 7 May 1973
  2. "Time" / "Us and Them"
    Released: 4 February 1974
The Dark Side of the Moon is the eighth studio album by the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd, released on 1 March 1973. It built on ideas explored in the band's earlier recordings and live shows, but lacks the extended instrumental excursions that characterised their work following the departure in 1968 of founder member, principal composer, and lyricist, Syd Barrett. The themes on The Dark Side of the Moon include conflict, greed, the passage of time, and mental illness, the latter partly inspired by Barrett's deteriorating mental state.
Developed during live performances, an early version of the suite was premiered several months before studio recording began; new material was recorded in two sessions in 1972 and 1973 at Abbey Road Studios in London. The group used some of the most advanced recording techniques of the time, including multitrack recording and tape loops. Analogue synthesizers were given prominence in several tracks, and a series of recorded interviews with the band's road crew and others provided the philosophical quotations used throughout. Engineer Alan Parsons was responsible for some of the album's most notable sonic aspects and the recruitment of non-lexical singer Clare Torry. The album's iconic sleeve, designed by Storm Thorgerson, depicts a prism dispersing light into color and represents the band's stage lighting, the record's lyrical themes, and keyboardist Richard Wright's request for a "simple and bold" design.
The Dark Side of the Moon was an immediate success; it topped the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart for one week and remained in the charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988. With an estimated 50 million copies sold, it is Pink Floyd's most commercially successful album and one of the best-selling albums worldwide. It has twice been remastered and re-released, and has been covered in its entirety by several other acts. It produced two singles, "Money" and "Time". The Dark Side of the Moon is Pink Floyd's most popular album among fans and critics, and has been ranked as one of the greatest albums of all time.
 

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Easily on my top 10 list of best albums ever. (Probably top 5.)

I can listen to this album any time, and I always seem to hear something new in it. Which, to me, is the mark of great music.
 

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yeah, hard to argue the importance of this one. It's one of the few albums that's always in my recently played stack, never seeming to get put away.
 

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I posted on FB this am my meager collection of that album. I think I might have an addiction. In case your not on FB here goes I have a large banner of the album cover in my office, regular cd, 24k gold cd made from the original master, SACD, mp3, my copy on cassette died long ago, LP as well as the Immersion Box Set.