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Pink Floyd


Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.60 | 4412 ratings

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5 stars How many albums have you got at least four copies of in your collection? Not too many, I'll bet?

Yes, I have at least four copies of "Dark Side Of The Moon" - an original quadraphonic LP pressing I bought in 1975, an original CD issue, the 20th Anniversary CD re-issue, and the 30th Anniversary SACD CD re-issue. (I may still have a pre-recorded cassette tape that I bought in the early 80's, too . I can't quite remember.) And I am thinking of getting the 30th Anniversary LP re-issue I spotted just a few weeks ago as an 'investment' . perhaps. Why? Because this album is a progressive rock icon that deserves to be lauded as the great work that it is.

DSOTM is simply a masterpiece of progressive rock music; probably the first truly great space rock album; an album that has the commercial kudos to have stepped over the boundary from the 'underground' arena of progressive rock, fully into the consciousness of the mainstream music listening public; an album that may well have brought many of you reading this review into the world of Prog!

To my mind, DSOTM is one of the most complete albums around. If any one part of it was missing it would not be what it is. On this album you find Pink Floyd seriously on song, playing at its musical peak as a really cohesive unit. As for the qualities of individual tracks, "Us And Them", "Time" & "Brain Damage" are the standouts. "The Great Gig In The Sky" is also something a little special with the excellent vocal performance of Clare Torry over sparse piano accompaniment. "Money" is a great song that often gets bagged for being 'too commercial' but has its place in DSOTM and lyrically has some very witty moments. If you think "Money" is too commercial, ask yourself this: How many six and a half-minute songs featured on mainstream radio back in 1973-1974? I don't think you will find many others (if any). "Money" was the carrot dangling in front of our faces to pull us in to DSOTM's vortex for the full experience . and a great experience it is!

Do I sound like a bit of a DSOTM fan-boy? Hell, yeah! And I'm proud of it. It is from a great, accessible album like this many are lead to more challenging works by other prog artists. Without question DSOTM gets five stars from me.

T.Rox | 5/5 |


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