|Artist: Pink Floyd|
|The Dark Side of The Moon by Pink Floyd was released on March 24 1973, and since, has become one of the most succesful albums of all time, selling in excess of 35 million copies worldwide. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of this classic and groundbreaking album, The Dark Side of The Moon has been re-issued as a Hybrid SACD combining a remastered stereo version, and, for the first time ever, a mindblowing 5.1 Surround Sound mix.
This Super Audio CD (SACD) features two disc layers. Layer one contains a standard version of the Pink Floyd masterpiece that works on any CD player. Layer two includes high-resolution stereo and a 5.1 surround version that works on SACD-compatible DVD players and home theater systems. Both layers employ SACD's Direct Stream Digital (DSD) encoding process that samples the music 64 times faster than CD for unprecedented fidelity.
The SACD format will also feature updated artwork of this classic album sleeve from original designer Storm Thorgerson.
Today's Rank: 4
Yesterday's Rank: 107
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Pink Floyd: Roger Waters (bass instrument); David Gilmour, Nick Mason , Richard Wright .|
|Personnel: David Gilmour (vocals, guitar); Richard Wright (vocals, keyboards); Roger Waters, Clare Torry (vocals); Dick Parry (saxophone); Nick Mason (percussion); Doris Troy, Lesley Duncan, Liza Strike, Barry St. John (background vocals).|
|Additional personnel: Doris Troy, Lesley Duncan, Liza Strike, Barry St. John, Dick Parry, Clare Torry.|
|Audio Mixers: Gus Skinas; James Guthrie .|
|Recording information: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (06/1972-01/1973).|
|Photographers: Jill Furmanovsky; Tony May.|
|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. The album was celebrating a total of 1,350 weeks on The Billboard 200 and Top Pop Catalog charts in Billboard magazine when Capitol Records released the 30th anniversary edition in 2003. The SACD version, as had previous digital remasterings, added space and definition to the elements of music, dialogue, and sound effects that made up the album, while the 5.1 remix expanded those improvements across multiple speakers. Original designer Storm Thorgerson contributed a new, subtly different album cover and a 20-page CD booklet that was a scrapbook of photographs and artwork associated with the album over the years. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine|
Producer: Pink Floyd; Pink Floyd
Engineer: Alan Parsons Project; Alan Parsons Project; Peter James
Associated Artists and Works
|Release Date : 03/24/2003|
|Original Release Date : 1973|
|Catalog ID : 5821362|
|Label : Capitol|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00724358213621|
- Ranked #43 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "...One of the best-produced rock albums ever..."
- "...The sound is lush and multi-layered while remaining clear and well-structured....a fine album with a textural and conceptual richness that not only invites, but demands involvement....the excellence of a superb performance..."
- 4 Stars - Excellent
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...The subdued, darkly muttering, sombrely somnolent music of DARK SIDE OF THE MOON startles....An achievement of considerable merit..."
- 8 - Excellent - "...although everything your punk rock elder brother said was undeniably true, it doesn't take a great mental leap to achieve the mind-set of the pot-smoking philosophy student and pronounce this album a super-sensory classic..."