TDIM - Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' marked its 491st week on the Billboard album chart - 29th Oct
October 29, 2013 @ 19:44 pm
Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' marked its 491st week on the Billboard album chart
On This Day, in 1983, Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' marked its 491st week on the Billboard album chart in the US, surpassing the previous record holder, 'Johnny's Greatest Hits' by Johnny Mathis. When it finally fell off of list in October 1988, 'Dark Side' had set a record of 741 weeks on the chart.
No-one in March 1973 could have imagined that an album released in that month would still be thrilling listeners 38 years later, but it's true.
Pink Floyd, in conjunction with EMI, have undertaken an overhaul of their catalogue, and for the first time, allowed us to see part of their creative process, by compiling a 6-disc box set of 'Dark Side' including various multi-channel mixes, much memorabilia and restored screen films from their live show, but, most importantly, a newly-mixed live concert from 1974 and a disc of alternative versions and outtakes.
Generally regarded as Pink Floyd's masterwork, the qualities of The Dark Side Of The Moon have perhaps been taken for granted in recent years, but a return to it with fresh ears reminds the listener of its strengths. Part of its enduring appeal is the quality of the material, there simply isn't a bad track on it, with a listening experience greater even than the sum of the parts.
As to its subject matter, Roger Waters said in 2003 that it was "An expression of political, philosophical, humanitarian empathy that was desperate to get out." He said it was about "all the pressures and difficulties and questions that crop up in one's life and create anxiety, and the potential you have to solve them or choose the path that you?re going to walk."
The band initially convened in December 1971 and January 1972 at Decca's West Hampstead Studios in Broadhurst Gardens, London and then at a warehouse owned by The Rolling Stones at 47 Bermondsey Street, South London. One of the musical elements, to become Us And Them, already existed, having begun life as a rejected musical sequence by Richard Wright for Antonioni's Zabriskie Point. Another, to become Brain Damage, was a piece of Roger Waters', created in the writing sessions of the Meddle album in January of that year.
In the pre-Internet age, it wasn't too commercially suicidal to preview new material before its release, so Floyd were able to knock the album into shape over several months of road work. The first full-length performance was at the Guildhall in Portsmouth, England, on January 21st, 1972, after which almost the entire year was spent with the band performing Dark Side live, interspersed with visits to Abbey Road studios from May onwards to work on individual songs.
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