|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.
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..."
Customer Reviews of Dark Side Of The Moon (30th Anniversary) (SACD)
Buy it for the SACD, not the CD tracks7/26/2012
Another customer comments that this remaster does not stand up against the original Harvest UK CD issue. I have not heard that, but I do own the original US CD issue, the 20th anniversary US issue, the Mobile Fidelity gold CD, and a number of LPs, including a French pressing from a pre-Wall "complete" box set. Until I heard this, the best-sounding version I'd heard was a Japanese Mobile Fidelity pressing played on a world-class turntable in an incredible stereo system. Stunning. It's true that the standard-CD version of the album presented here on the 30th anniversary reissue is overly compressed and hyped in the treble and not what I would call faithful to my conception of what the master tape sounds (or ought to sound) like.
great cd and fast del.3/30/2012
fast del. and great cd. thanks!
The Moon's Bright Side!!!3/20/2012
I have some of PF cds but this is what PF is all about! I also have a copy of the vinyl master record of this album. Kudos to PF!
Great experience w/SACD4/24/2007
This is my first SACD, and I'm delighted with the product. I also have DVD-Audio, and I'd say the results are comparable. After all these years, this was like hearing Dark Side for the first time. This material really works well in a multi-channel environment.
Too good to be true, you have to hear it.11/14/2006
I read the comments by one of the other reviewers, and that got me to buy this SACD of The Dark Side of the Moon. The other SACD titles I bought were pretty good, but this album leaps and bounds better than even the original Dark Side of the Moon. The 5.1 seperation of the tracks is right on. You will want to sit back in a dark room and close your eyes to get the full effect. The sound is bigger, bolder, and awesome. Not bad for a 30 year old album that has sold more copies than any other album, and continues to sell. If you are a Floyd fan, you have to have this.
Like hearing it for the first time12/26/2005
I bought the original as an LP when it came out in the 70's and like everyone else I loved this album (and still have it tucked away as a keepsake). When I got my new surround system and SACD player this was my first purchase and I wasn't disappointed. The music was amazingly clear and the multi-channel terrific with Pink Floyd's many sound effects. Be sure to listen to this one at night ....with the lights out!
the best version yet4/9/2003
I own a copy of Dark Side of the Moon on vinyl and also the 20th aniversary, and the don't compare to the first time you sit down and experience it in suround sound. I love the vinyl version the way it fills a room with sound, but it nothing like having sounds come from everywere. If you love Pink Floyd and Dark Side of the Moon, buy this and if yo need to a Super Audio CD system to be totally blow away.