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DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

Pink Floyd

Psychedelic/Space Rock


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thorsten.ill@
4 stars Pink Floyd's step from the underground to the more pop oriented business. This is still progressive, but kind of for the masses ... and the masses bought it. Many of these songs are still state of the art ("Breathe", "Time", "Money", "Us and them"). No one makes this timeless music nowadays.
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Posted Sunday, December 14, 2003 | Review Permalink
maani
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5 stars What exactly led to the almost unspeakable success of this album? There is probably no definite answer, but rather an indeterminate zeitgeist at the time of its release. The Apollo moon missions had just ended in 1972, Nixon had just been re-elected, the anti-war movement was at its peak, the "acid" culture was still thriving, and America was in the throes of a post-60s re-self-assessment and as "polarized" as it had been in quite some time. Most importantly, as was true immediately after the assassination of JFK - when the youth of America was looking for something "upbeat" to "fill the hole," and The Beatles materialized almost magically to fill that void - the youth of America in 1972 was looking for something to latch onto. Dark Side became that "thing," for reasons which may never be understood. Yet even bearing the burden of so powerful a "symbol," Dark Side stands on its own as a musical and production achievement with few equals, either then or since. For prog-rock to become not only cross-musical but cross-cultural was something none of us who were around at the time could ever have conceived of. Yet happen it did. Was it just the "commercial" quality of some of the "songs?" Personally, I doubt it. There was an "experience" in listening to Dark Side in toto that could not be gleaned, even minimally, from hearing "Money" or "Us and Them" on AOR radio. What made it so "special" was that it was a "shared" experience - like the first time we listened to Sgt. Pepper, Electric Ladyland or other "shared" musical experiences in the 60s and early 70s. Ultimately, Dark Side has both a "metaphysical" quality to it - vis-a-vis its place in time - and a broad-based compositional-musical quality that all but defined much of the music of its time. And although one can quibble over its internal flaws (assuming it has any, which I do not believe), or its place in Floyd's oeuvre - especially its alleged "commercial" qualities - it is the very impossibility of pinning down its brilliance that makes it a "masterpiece," and, along with Pepper and Court, one of the three absolutely quintessential albums of the genre.
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Posted Tuesday, January 06, 2004 | Review Permalink
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3 stars DSOTM is, as i´ve always thought of it, very enjoyable album. I think it´s overated everywhere and in many ways. First of all, i can´t seem to find any real progressive element on it. I mean , compared to say, Foxtrot or Octopus DSOTM becomes nothing but a generic rock album, avant gard if you may, but nothing else. Preconceptions on Pink Floyd make listeners ignore their music is ussually very simple depending on simple "time progressions" and atmospheric but rather simpistic melodies everywhere. Songs such as "21st. century ..." consist of twice as many musical ideas as all seventies´ Pink Floyd outputs. In the end, this album is enjoyable, with some musical details here and there to grab on, but nothing impressive whatsoever, unless you try hard and make use of all preconceptions on this album, that is.
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Posted Thursday, January 29, 2004 | Review Permalink
Sean Trane
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5 stars The Bright Side Of The Sun

What can one possibly say about this superlative album, the reference of the rock culture for now almost 40 years, the album whose perfection is constantly brought back to measure each and all other prog rock albums mercilessly pitted against it, to the point that it became THE reference in Hi-Fi stereo stores. This is also the album that will propulse Floyd's relative small fame in counterculture circles to international (but faceless) superstardom and push the rock industry to new heights, not only in sales expectations, but also in technical sophistication both in the studio and on tour; both in terms of sonic progress as well as the visual aspects, with an impressive lightshow and animation and other props.

The quartet themselves started to realize that they were working on something that would be quite special and bound to success, but not quite to this extent. The album's genesis was not as laborious as expected, as Floyd took some old ideas and reworked them. Water's Brain Damage was written at the time of Meddle and Wright's Us And Them's basic idea had been rejected by Antonioni for the Zabriskie Point soundtrack. While most of the album's frame was presented or tested during the early 72 tour, the album would finally see its release in March 73, but Floyd had been working on different projects in beteen - including the Pompeii show/film, the La Vallée film soundtrack and the music for Roland Petit's ballet.

The album's general concept is a fairly depressive (but unfortunately very lucid) look at humanity, underlined Roger Water's awesome and beautiful lyrics; and it is often viewed by fans as a first appearance of Syd Barrett's spectre in Floyd's preoccupations ("And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes"). Musically DSOTM is a bit of a change: lots of shorter more standard songs (everything being relative, of course) and unusually wordy (for Floyd) and not really allowing lengthy instrumental passages like Echoes or Eugene's Axe. The album's black cover relates to the Dark Side (the reverse of the medal) and the Any Colour You Like light spectrum being transformed by Hypgnosis in the inner gatefold into the heartbeat of Speak To Me. The vinyl came with posters and stickers of pyramids (the prism of the cover) to really create a world that was fascinating to enter and dreading to exit it.

The A-side seems concentrated on man's relation with time and its alienation in fulfilling its happiness. The album opens a highly symbolic heartbeat to verse on the album's weakest track, Breathe. As time goes on through that fantastic stereo effect of On the Run (isn't that what most of us are always doing?) with Mason's tape effect and the group's use of VCS-3 or the amazing alarm clock sequence leading to the flabbergasting roto-drums passage or a bit later some blood-curdlingly beautiful lyrics of Time (the first peak of the album) and the race against lost time. This lost-in-advance race of course can only end up in death and Wright's immense piano in the Sky Gig is accompanying a moving female improvised vocalizing that symbolizes the eulogy and pain of the departed's family. Simply awesome first side.

The other half concept fills up the flipside is concentrating on man's greatest flaws (Waters' future obsession) including greed and materialism (Money and its 7/4 time sig), violence (Us And Them), inconsequence (Any Colour You Like) and authoritarianism and its condemnation of deviancy from the "norm" (Brain Damage, the second peak of the album and Waters' only ? but poignant - vocals), provoking mental reclusion from society (the superb finale Eclipse) for the most fragile of us. No less awesome than the A-side. Musically Floyd also evolved, adding a now-famous sax and female vocals, but the most spectacular is Rick Wright's role: he's the album's unsung hero. In previous albums, he played mainly piano, Farsifa organ and sometimes a mellotron, this album is filled (but not over-flooded) with his new array of synthesizers such as clavinet, minimoog, VCS-3 and finally the great Fender Rhodes lectric piano.

This stupendous album was not only perfectly written, but also masterfully produced by Alan Parsons (who would build a career on that album alone); it hasn't aged at all (especially lyrically) and it is little wonder it spent some 20 years on the US billboard top 200 charts, sometimes popping its head inside in the following 20 years. Speaking of 20, avoid the XXth anniversary remaster, coz it's pretty over-mastered and catastrophic. Go for the 35th 5.1 version.

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Posted Tuesday, February 03, 2004 | Review Permalink
5 stars It took a few years for the musical success that was Pink Floyd to generate into the commercial success that was Dark Side of the Moon. They had experimented in Meddle (1971) with the side-long "Echoes", but now were prepared to have an entire album evolve from the one theme.

Quite easily the most recognisable cover or as David Gilmour put it, "It'll look great in shop windows." was to become one of the most memorable concept albums of last century. What first sounds like the trials and tribulations of going through life (Speak To Me, Breathe and Time) becomes the merciless journey of a rock band (The Great Gig In The Sky, Money and Us And Them). Pink Floyd had survived the madness of Syd Barrett, whose influence still resides in "Brain Damage" and the follow up album, Wish You Were Here (1975).

Within a short time radio embraced "Money", but the prog listener embraced the album. It held the artistic quality of young artists but at the same time tackled music with the maturity of a band like Pink Floyd. Where in six years time the sense of unity and musical/artistic symbiosis was to be lost between Roger Waters and David Gilmour after The Wall (1979) hit the markets, The Dark Side of the Moon overcame the ambitious dreams of less established bands and embarked upon a journey of telling a story in under 43 minutes.

Clare Torry adds an unforgettably free-flowing and impromptu sounding addition on "The Great Gig in the Sky", while Alan Parsons engineering effort on the entire album created a smooth interchange between tracks and helped define Pink Floyd as audio experimentalists of great talent, if not genius.

Regardless of its supposed playability with The Wizard of Oz, Dark Side of the Moon has a great playability within any household. The audio listener's seventh heaven overcomes a great mental block after this album has been played.

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Posted Tuesday, February 10, 2004 | Review Permalink
3 stars sterile? that's ok. Lack of mood? No way! so why this is not one of my favorite Floyd's albums? actually great sound and the mood don't work if there's not enogh good ideas, although we have here few excellent moments, but only few.
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Posted Friday, February 27, 2004 | Review Permalink
shihan_titoS@
5 stars The greatest album to grace the populous...everyone likes it. Most bands base their music on the workings of the Floyd, such as this. The techniques at the time of recording weren't very advanced, so it was a wonder they made the album sound so perfect.
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Posted Friday, March 12, 2004 | Review Permalink
loserboy
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5 stars This has always been one of my richest music treasures in my collection. This album lives and breathes Progressive Rock all the way through. Dark and conceptual, "The Dark Side of the Moon" delves into the vast regions of the human brain leaving lots up to the imagination of the listener. FLOYD deploy a wide range of moods here from the tranquil beauty of "Breathe" to the stunning and operetic "The Great Gig In The Sky". This is one of the most influential and essential prog recordings of all time... never to have been duplicated since.
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Posted Sunday, March 14, 2004 | Review Permalink
scotto'connor
5 stars It seems that people have read into the track Money wrong. This song in no way supports capitalist views, quite the opposite. If people knew some of Waters beliefs and ideas beforehand they might know this. This album is genius. On eof my favourites but there outlook on the world is more gloomy than my favourite Genesis and Gabriel. It's good to see a band writing a song about illness (brain damage), gives something different to the album. Quality from Pink Floyd.
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Posted Friday, March 19, 2004 | Review Permalink
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5 stars The best rock album of all time ( for me off course ) . DSOTM is an album that can touch our deepest sensations , our heart and our love for music and off course our love for life . I think that the secret in the success of this album can be understended only if you listen to it lying on the floor in relax ( without taking any drug :P ) , closing your eyes and let the music transport you in another dimension .. it's not necessary to take a Space Shuttle to discover the space , you have just to go to your favourite Music Shop and buy DSOTM !
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Posted Friday, March 19, 2004 | Review Permalink
greenback
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4 stars This record contains more or less mellow spacy/experimental progressive rock tracks. Many people from any social class like or love this record. Actually, maybe it is the most popular progressive album. With the help of Alan Parsons, Pink Floyd was able to produce one of the most state-of-the-art recording in the progressive music history. The tracks are not fast nor complex; the catchy airs are addictive enough to please many people. The record contains MANY delightful sounds, like old man voices in the background, existential laughs, mechanical clocks, ringing clocks, heartbeats, cash machine operations... There are some excellent catchy female backing vocals, like on "Time". David Gilmour plays some excellent guitar solos like the sluggish one on "Time" and the VERY heroic & flashy one on "Money", even sounding better than the best Jimi Hendrix's solo! David Gilmour's lead vocals are, as always, EXCELLENT. Dick Parry plays a moaning sax solo on "Money".

The album starts with a desperate human cry, followed by the smooth and relaxing "Breathe", having some Hawaiian guitar soundscapes. "On the run" is the weakest track of this record: there are very repetitive and experimental keyboards, sounding a bit like the Vangelis' Spiral track: it ends with crazy laughs before a plane crash! "The great gig in the sky" has an OUTSTANDING hysterical female vocals performance, well supported by a visceral floating organ, followed by a tender combination of rhythmic piano and the same but less intense orgasmic female vocals, performed by the enigmatic Clare Torry. "Us and them" is the relaxing one, which should relieve your bad emotions: Gilmour's soothing voice and delicate guitar notes, Parry's tender/brutal sax parts, Wright's uninterrupted background organ, everything form an unforgettable song, universally accepted as a classic one, even among non prog communities. "Any color you like" has Wright's psychedelic moogs and Gilmour's guitar sounding like a dirty organ. "Brain damage" and "Eclipse" have excellent female backing vocals, visceral & dirty organ textures and clean guitar notes. Some unnecessary experimental parts justify the removal of 0,5 star.

Rating: 4.5 stars

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Posted Wednesday, April 14, 2004 | Review Permalink
Easy Livin
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5 stars Seminal

"Dark side of the moon" effectively introduced prog rock to the masses. It is all too easy 30+ years later to forget the impact this album had at the time of its release.

My own recollections are that I first heard side two of the album late at night on BBC radio one. While at the time, I enjoyed "Meddle", I found "Ummagumma" and "Atom heart mother" a bit too challenging for my teenage ears. I was however optimistic that I would find something to enjoy on "DSOTM".

I, along with the rest of the population, was not however prepared for the masterpiece Pink Floyd had created. The first thing I heard was the opening jingle of the cash register on "Money", probably the most commercial (sic) track on the album. This was not Pink Floyd as I knew them, this was wonderful. Somehow, the album got even better as it went on through "Us and them", "Any colour you like" and "Brain damage" to the sensational "Eclipse" finale. I had never heard music like this before, and I was just amazed.

The music on "Dark side of the moon" is the most accessible Pink Floyd have ever created. There are strong beats, sing-a-long songs, and wonderful synthesiser soundscapes. There are sound effects, a virtuoso female vocal performance, and beautiful sax.

"Dark side of the moon" created a template which many others have used since to create there own Magnus opuses (opi?). It stands as a turning point in the history of prog, and in fact music in general.

The "Classic albums" series DVD on the making of this album is essential viewing too, there are many interesting stories about how the sounds and music came into being. The "Director's cut" of the "Live at Pompeii" film also has some early recordings of tracks from DSOTM.

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Posted Wednesday, April 28, 2004 | Review Permalink
daveconn
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars Heartbeats, mad laughs, machines and screams. Such are the opening moments of "The Dark Side of the Moon", ushering in a unique musical world where strange sounds, mellow music, bits of biting guitar and ROGER WATERS' cynical observations coexist in a disturbingly natural setting. Unlike "Meddle", which separated the actual songs and instrumental music by "Sides", "Dark Side" mixes them together, songs encased in instrumental sections that glue everything together into a solid, powerful mass. It's a great leap from their last studio album, calculated as commentary rendered in a dream state, from WATERS' laconic lyric delivery to RICK WRIGHT's spacey keyboard passages. The record opens with "Speak To Me", featuring the voices-in-your-head dialogue for which the album may be best remembered. The sleepy, subdued "Breathe" follows, the first of several songs from here that remain classics in the Pink canon. "On The Run" is an instrumental tunnel (similar to TANGERINE DREAM's music) that takes us to "Time", in which the music seems to crystallize around DAVID GILMOUR's guitar work, closing with a vocal workout from guest CLARE TORRY on "The Great Gig In The Sky." Side two opens the wallet for an honest-to-goodness hit single, "Money", with Waters' wit as cutting as ever. "Us And Them" returns to the dreamy world of "Breathe", with only DICK PARRY's saxophone to rouse listeners from its sleepy calm. "Any Colour You Like" is mostly a guitar-led jam built off of the last song (the kind of music that went unnamed on Animals), leading into the chilling resignation of "Brain Damage" and "Eclipse", which in effect brings the album full circle from the momentary madness of "Speak To Me." Dark Side of the Moon is PINK FLOYD's milestone, a musical spacestation that served as a launching point to artistically adjacent works like "Wish You Were Here", "Animals", "The Wall" and "The Final Cut". Though it is one of the great musical achievements of the 20th century, its influence was of an indirect nature (save for ALAN PARSONS PROJECT), a concept album where the concept was the music rather than a particular storyline. That the album remained on the Billboard 200 charts for 741 weeks (yes, almost 15 years) is incredible, but perhaps more a testament to a thriving drug culture (albeit one underground) than any far-reaching musical vision the band might have had.

It is the quintessential PINK FLOYD album, handily one of the ten greatest progressive rock albums ever recorded. Due to its popularity and pristine feats of engineering, the albums has since been issued on myriad occasions, including original master recordings from Mobile Fidelity and, in 1993, a 20th anniversary edition.

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Posted Monday, May 03, 2004 | Review Permalink
Ivan_Melgar_M
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5 stars Masterpiece that proves it's possible to combine good music and commercial success, Dark Side of the Moon is still one of the best sold albums in history, and it's amazing because it's not a piece of cake for everybody.

Floyd was starting to leave behind the very complex and ultra aggressive early sound when they decided to do something special, softer but musically complex and transcendental, a space album oriented, full of sound effects with reminiscences of the late 60's sound and explosions of madness typical of British psychedelia, a perfect combination of modernism and melancholia.

The band is perfect, Gilmour's voice is precise for the album and his guitar is outstanding, he creates a dark mysterious atmosphere much more common in very early Genesis than in Pink Floyd, but also aggressive is some parts. Waters is also perfect, his bass is strong but delicate when needed.

Wright works in team with Gilmour because his keyboards help to create the atmospheric sound I mention before, last but not least Nick Mason, never before so powerful as in this album, the drums at the opening of Time are amazing, in a low tone but with a strength that is unique.

Who deserves a special mention is Alan Parsons, his work as a producer is impeccable, there's not a single mistake or weak point in his area. Also must recognize the good vocal work in "The Great Gig in the Sky" by Claire Torry very well backed by Doris Troy, Leslie Duncan, Leslie Strike and Barry St. John.

The first four songs "Speak to Me/Breathe in the Air", "On the Run" , "Time" and "The Great Gig in the Sky" form a semi epic, the strongest section of the album.

The next track "Money" is IMO the weakest of the album (without being bad), sounds very different to the rest of the album. The jazzy "Us and Them" with a melodic saxophone and a beautiful piano section is another highlight. It's followed by "Any Color you Like" in which the keyboards are weaker than in the rest of the album, but possibly the only almost pure psychedelic song in this album.

"Dark Side of the Moon" is closed by "Brain Damage" supposedly dedicated to the politicians even when some people believe it's a tribute to Syd Barret and the splendid but somehow depressing "Eclipse".

Still I'm not sure if Dark Side of the Moon is a concept album, or if the first four songs are a long epic instead of separate tracks, but....Who cares? It's a masterpiece that has to be in a preferential place in any musical collection.

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Posted Tuesday, May 04, 2004 | Review Permalink
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5 stars Roger Waters wrote this album about mundane, everyday things. So how does it work? Pink Floyd ofcourse, the jazz, the neo-psychadelic art/blues rock played with precision & gentle pace creates a unique atmosphere for this record. Add to that some strange laughing & interviews with random people about life, and you get a (slightly twisted) brilliant record that, although not wonderfully recieved at the time, has stood the test of time magnificently. Great music does that. Try to get the surround sound SACD of this album, it is superbly mixed and really brings out the best in this album. 10/10
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Posted Sunday, May 09, 2004 | Review Permalink
richardh
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3 stars So album sales give a strong indication of how good an album is,right? No, wrong! I have this and listened to it many times to try and understand the obsession or fixation people have with this album.I'm afraid I don't get it at all.What I hear is a nice easy middle of the road rock album with some pretensions of prog and lyrics about how terrible life is and the like.To me though it lacks any real drive or passion and it is very easy to drift off to sleep when it on.In my view it's just an intellectual exercise in being clever and nothing more.But Gilmore can really play a guitar and that my friends is the only reason for getting it.I'm sorry but I just have to provide a dessenting voice but no doubt there will be several reviews to follow saying what a great masterpeice it is.
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Posted Sunday, May 09, 2004 | Review Permalink
vinicius_soar
5 stars The Dark Side Of The Moon without a doubt none is the compact disc most classic of the Gradual, indispensable Rock for any fan of the style! The compact disc starts with the agitations of Speak You, giving to beginning the excellent Breathe to Me, following with the traveller On The Run. and ai comes a burst of alarm-clocks, is the great classic Teams, with one ground eletrizante of David Gilmour! One of made ground prettiest already... Later we see the great workmanship of Rick Wright, "The Great Gig In The Sky" that makes all to cry with the voice of Clare Torry! Money, great blues/rock n'roll, with great ground of Sax and Guitarra all shows the rockeiro side of the Floyd, has US and Them, a emotive music that if follows with Any Colour you like, a beautiful instrument. To finish the perfect Brain Damage that if it finishes with Eclipse. A great album without doubts. I ask for the excuses to all, therefore my English is not of the best ones! But I promise to improve!
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Posted Friday, May 21, 2004 | Review Permalink
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5 stars Many words have been written, many ears have been heard... since 1973 until today, the music industry has been touched by this record, in any aspect of it, from music to design, there is no surprise that this has been the only record to be featured 3 times in an anniversary edition, and two times has been redesigned the cover and the inner art.

The music is fantastic, at least 10 million plus, persons have heard this album at least once, and at least 2 million love it, this is not a regular album, is the perfect blend in between concept and comercial, the perfect place to start and end, the neutral place in music to hear how good a band can be mixing popular sounds with complex rhythms and ideas. Is not a common record, because is like a long song, even if the singles and pieces by their own are perfectly intense by themselves, but, is a story, a moment, a thought, watching this thing in a live situation is to fly directly to the moon and beyond, the force of the album breaks all of the statements. That's why this is a masterpiece, beacuse they knew at that time that "time" & "money" were a good couple, even facing an "eclipse" through a "breathe" in "any colour you like", in between "us and them".

I'll be expecting anxiously the 40th, 50th and 60th anniversary re-issue of this record

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Posted Sunday, May 23, 2004 | Review Permalink
[email protected]
5 stars This is one of the great albums of the history, I think. It introduce you to another kind of music and mix the experimental sounds with the real good rock music. Huge chorus and an magnific David Gilmour's electric guitar. If you wat to buy your first progresive album you must go for this first...really good one.
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Posted Wednesday, May 26, 2004 | Review Permalink
James Lee
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5 stars Has anyone mentioned that the lineup includes the same Doris Troy who gave us the classic pop soul hit "Just One Look"? Anyway...

Even at my most critical and objective, it is difficult to understand those who do not see how important this disc is; when I was deepest into my punk-rock anti-prog period I could still recognize the once-in-a-lifetime achievement this album represents. The contrarian impulse is difficult to master sometimes; it's pretty tempting to criticize something that is popular or well-loved to counter your own misgivings about your individuality and uniqueness. It's also easy to mistake evaluation with opinion- you can say that James Joyce's "Ulysses" sucks rather than reading it and saying "wow, that was really something special, but not how I want to spend my reading time". "Dark Side" does suffer from the same ubiquitousness as "Sgt. Pepper"- when everyone tells you how much of a revolutionary classic it is, you get tired of it and pretend they're mistaken. This says more about you as a person than it does about "Dark Side of the Moon" as an album, and perhaps it's that kind of attention that you want.

I agree that, after "The Wall", this is the most over-played album; unlike the later work, however, it generally stands the test of time due to the wider range of textures and ideas expressed. I also agree that this is not anywhere near as 'progressive' as many other works out there- the band sticks with stright time and key signatures throughout (ironically, the most heard single "Money" is one of the few songs on any PF album to stray from this, featuring a 7 beat bar). The real exploration on this album is not in the intricate musicianship, but in its meditations on personal sanity coping with the weight of social, political, and economic influences. There are a number of PF works which I could criticize for lack of emotion, but never "Dark Side". I do NOT agree that "Us and Them" goes on too long; the beautiful piano playing, saxophone solos, and vocal harmonies have just enough time to establish the full dynamics of the piece. My only misgiving is "Any Colour You Like", which seems like a jam they liked enough to fill some space, except it does make a necessary transition between the laidback-but-intensely emotional "Us and Them" and the neurotically mischievous "Brain Damage".

The simple truth is that this album (even if you don't personally care for it) belongs on the extremely short list of history-making rock discs, as well as being one of the fundamental works of the progressive genre (even if you think there are better prog albums). I could see dropping a star because it doesn't achieve as much within the genre as other albums, but to rate it below four stars is a contrarian expression of willful denial of its rightful place in the history of music and the prog genre.

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Posted Sunday, June 06, 2004 | Review Permalink
frenchie
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars Here it is lads, the masterpiece, the bestselling british album of all time and the most difficult of pink floyds album to review (because i have reviewed all the ones before this). Dark Side of the Moon is the most memorable album by the band but it is NOT the best album as many floyd fans would agree. Still it is probably the most inspirationable and easiest to get into.

This album can also introduce people into prog rock and concept albums. The lyrics, although simplistic at times, are flawless and Roger has started to show that he can write about deep feelings and emotions and subjects that really matter rather than having lyrics about bikes, a dog named seamus and corporal clegg. The album shows ways of life, different emotions and fears, society and fame and lots more. These are most evident in songs like "Breathe", "Time", "Money" and "Us and Them". Another reason why many people including myself love this album is at sums up how boring and deppressing the british people("Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way"), and the band can be. And i would know! The album represents the flaws we make as humans and the dark side of life, the dark side of the moon. This is evident musically and lyrically and shows off some of the best guitar skills, uses of synthesisers, progressions, concepts, you name it, this album has it. Now to look at each track individually.

"Speak to Me" is an introduction to the album that is an allusion to the rest of the album by combining snippets from each track (The heartbeat from eclipse, the clocks from time, the laugh from brain damage, the mad man from on the run, clare torry's voice from great gig in the sky and the cash register from money). If you loop the album over the heartbeat carries on perfectly in time. This explodes beautifully into some of Gilmours best guitar work which feels like heaven as the short but sweet "Breathe" comes into play (some versions have speak to me and breathe as one track whilst others have them separate). Breathe is similar to time but good enough not to be too alike to it.

The next track, "On the Run" is very trippy and appropriately titled as the rushing sped up sounds and explosions feel as if you are travelling at high speed and can be a challenging rush for your mind to take in, and great for the stoners. This is very futuristic and some could say it paved the way for techno a decade or two later. Never mind, it's still great stuff.

"Time" is the first progressive piece here (although it is technically just a progression from the previous tracks). The classic introduction can confuse and destroy your mind as the rush of "On the Run" leads into an explosion and an alarming array of chiming clocks. This is brilliant stuff. The "Breathe (Reprise) manages to blag on at the end of time and is pretty sweet to see the third verse of the song.

The end of side one see's one of the most powerful and moving instrumentals of the bands career, "The Great Gig in the Sky". Here Clare Torry's improvisated overblown vocals weave in an out of a stunning piano piece by Richard Wright. Pink Floyd have once again shown the best in experimental and emotional music.

Side two kicks off with the most famous floyd song (or is it another brick in the wall?) "Money", which has the classic bassline and the lyrics are a real treat from Roger. He did very well here. Dick Parry's saxophone solo is the real wonder here as it bridges between the brilliant basslines and Gilmour's guitar solo.

"Us and Them" delivers beautiful piano pieces and gilmours best vocals since Breathe earlier on. This is an epic on the album and another masterpiece that flows gently and progressess superbly. "Any Colour You Like" is just a filler guitar solo and perhaps the worst song on the album but then its not expected to be a masterpiece and it is a rather good (and colourful) guitar solo. "Brain Damage" uses acoustic guitars and refers to "loonies" which is always good to hear. This is a brilliant piece which leads into one of the best outros on any album ever made "Eclipse" which sums up the whole album and shows power in music, words and vocals.

So does Dark Side of the Moon deserve to be one of the bestselling albums, most influencial and one of the best albums ever made? in a word...yes! in two words, [%*!#] YEAH!

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Posted Saturday, July 03, 2004 | Review Permalink
The Prognaut
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars Everything regarding this masterpiece has already been said. Every possible critic surrounding the inner context of this almost mid-seventies gem has been made already. Every imaginable review, article or headline has already been written and read. There's nothing left to be added up to the list of incommensurable wonders and never-ending fantasies that describes the complexity of "The Dark Side of the Moon". Nothing but the journey from inside out your mind transformed into vivid experiences when discovering this thirty years old creation. Mine was absolutely revealing not only because "The Dark Side of the Moon" was my first prog album ever, but for the way it turned my perspective upside-down making me understand much of what surrounded my environment back then. It was 1990. I was barely 12 years old and supposed to be riding a bike, kicking a soccer ball, acting mischievously strange and doing some homework. Instead of doing so, I used to spend many hours sat in front of the record player listening to disturbing odd sounds of hearts pounding incessantly and clocks ticking aguishly, to intriguing clattering drums and hypnotizing voices, all coming out from the same record.

Without considering the wit or the abruptness disseminated all along this album, every single composition contained in here deserves to be described with such overwhelming eloquence that all the possible words to be written would be incomplete and indescribably erroneous, and the resemblance to perfection will always lack of greatness. So, instead of looking through the entireness of the track listing featured and performed on "The Dark Side of the Moon", I'd like to dig up the verisimilitude emerging incessantly from within.

"The Dark Side of the Moon" is the determinant pinnacle of prog rock. Not that I'm comparing the accomplishments carried out by KING CRIMSON or FRANK ZAPPA in the early years of prog with such things as "In the Court of the Crimson King" or "Freak Out!" to what the English band achieved in 1973 with "The Dark Side of the Moon", I'm just saying this is the best prog rock album ever made. Ever. A successful album is not conformed of a hit that stands up for the rest of the recording; a remembered breakthrough album is the one arranged so majestically and intrepidly that combines not only the best saxophonist and the world's most acclaimed bassist of the time, but the one that contains the essential structure (art work, instrumentation, interactive lyrics) to be considered as a mythical point of comparison to tell an era from another. PINK FLOYD went to the moon and back with this musical relic in such biblical proportions.

There will always be a proghead rocking to "Money" from the intro bass twanging off superbly to the last tune of the song, there will always be a helpless self-questionable person arguing whether "Breathe" is a reprise of "Time" or not, a nice pair falling in love while the smooth sax of Dick PARRY on "Us and Them" lingers inside of them to the dance floor and a true mental case represented from head to toes in "Brain Damage". To my concern, "The Great Gig in the Sky" is the most relaxing and exuberant suite I've ever lent ears to in my life. The backing vocals by Clare TORRY are the reminiscences of a simpler time, accompanied marvelously by Rick WRIGHT's piano. "The Dark Side of the Moon" is indeed a spotless masterpiece, impeccably executed and amazingly instrumented. The lyrical interpretation by Roger WATERS will always remain as one of his finest works ever orchestrated.

An outstanding album that needs no recommendation at all since it entirely speaks for itself. A recognizable milestone that could easily take on thirty more years. A definite must to any respectable progressive rock collection.

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Posted Saturday, July 10, 2004 | Review Permalink
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5 stars There is simply no way to describe this album...it is just simply a masterpiece. I have and still can listen to this album atleast 11 times in a row and not get tired of it. All of the incredibly written music along with all of the crazy effects, such as the voices, machine noises, laughing, and footsteps put you on a ride of a lifetime. Taking this album, some incense, and turning the lights off seems to be one of the most relaxing things you can possibly do. This really and trully is a remarkable album. If you don't have it, i suggest that you get it.
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Posted Friday, July 23, 2004 | Review Permalink
Fitzcarraldo
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5 stars Unless you've been in a coma or living a hermit's existence on some mountain in Outer Mongolia for the last 32 years, it's almost certain that you have already heard some or all of the music on "Dark Side Of The Moon". What more can be said about an album that spent 11 consecutive years in the Billboard Top 200 and has sold tens of millions of copies since its release in 1973? Well, I'll try anyway.

In my opinion "Dark Side Of The Moon" marks the pinnacle of the FLOYD's career musically; their previous albums almost seem to have been a subconscious preparation for this one. This album is where the FLOYD lost their rough edge - which I happened to like, by the way - and produced a polished, commercial oeuvre which turned them from a psychedelic avant-garde rock band, known to the longhaired youth of the 1970s (and their elder brothers and sisters of the 1960s), into worldwide superstars. In an age before the Internet, for the band to become a household name on the basis of this one album makes it all the more of an achievement. This is where the band got just about everything right - it's as if they discovered the music on this album, rather than created it. Even the album's minimalist cover has become an icon. The tinkering with the front and back covers for the re-mastered CD was unnecessary in my opinion, particularly the overkill on the new back cover: the original, simpler, back cover of the LP was superior.

The music *is* good. It's all very melodious and very professionally produced (engineered by Alan Parsons, who went on to cut a few albums of his own and make a name for himself). There is a sort of theme running through the album, which I read as the madness of the modern world: commercial and time pressures (on the band?); the Church; politics; State aggression. But I wouldn't say this is a strongly cohesive concept album in the same way as, say, LE ORME's "Felona E Sorona" or BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO's "Darwin!".

Apart from the music sounding more commercial than their previous albums, "Dark Side Of The Moon" also marked a noticeable change (at least to me) in the band's musical style, and was the last PINK FLOYD album that I found interesting and pleasing enough to own. Although I'm sure most will vehemently disagree with me, I do not like sufficiently to buy them any of the FLOYD's later albums. To me, it was downhill from hereon in.

Now, for those of you who have just emerged from your 32-year solitary confinement on that mountain in Outer Mongolia, here's a brief summary of the album's tracks, all of which flow one into the other to the extent that the album could almost be considered to be one long single track.

The introductory 'Speak To Me' is a short instrumental, starting with a heartbeat and some maniacal background talking and laughing, clocks ticking and machines clattering, leading into some dreamy guitar and organ, very much in the FLOYD's trademark twangy guitar style, to start off 'Breath'.

'Breath' is a melodic, subdued song segueing into the hyper 'On The Run', a frenetic electronic piece complete with PA announcement, pulsing synth emulating the Doppler effect as it crosses speakers, maniacal talking and laughing, culminating in what sounds like an air crash followed by sounds of panting and running, introducing...

'Time', with ticking clocks striking the hour, tick-tock beat and an existential ballad with depressing lyrics that remind me of the lyrics of 'Free Four' on "Obscured By Clouds". 'Time' has the FLOYD's trademark twangy guitar (bliss): air-guitar music par excellence, but - as is the case for all the tracks on this album - I must not fail to mention Roger Waters' solid bass holding it all together and Nick Mason's understated drumming.

Then comes 'Breath Reprise' with its calming melody and soothing yet cynical ending: "Far away across the field, the tolling of the iron bell, calls the faithful to their knees, to hear the softly spoken magic spells." which in turn segues into 'The Great Gig In The Sky' with the famous improvised vocalisations of Clare Torry (my wife thinks it's just wailing but I think it's just amazing!). I love the track - particularly Wright's piano playing (which is good elsewhere on the album too). To me, Torry's vocalisations have an almost Afro-American sound, which I like very much.

Then comes 'Money', the most famous track on the album (possibly ranking amongst the most famous rock tracks of all time?). It's funky, upbeat and melodic, even if the lyrics are cynical. In my opinion the lyrics are facile and the first part of the track is not that great, but the second part has some funky sax playing by guest saxophonist Dick Parry plus some fabulous guitar work by Gilmour (get your air-guitar out again), which more than rescues the track. The superimposed chatter at the end of the track spoils it somewhat for me ("I certainly wasn't raped"; ".cruising for a bruising"; "I don't know if I was really drunk at the time", etc.): it's just superfluous in my opinion, even given the album's theme.

Then comes the calm, existential ballad 'Us And Them' with Dick Parry's mellow sax and some good backing vocals .and depressing lyrics. The short burst of superimposed chatter between the two verses again irritates me - it detracts from the music in my opinion. A bit of useless information: 'Us And Them' was originally composed in 1969 for the 1970 counterculture film Zabriskie Point, but was not used (although other PINK FLOYD music was used in that film).

The guitar and bass on the instrumental 'Any Colour You Like' are both excellent (but then the synth and drums are great too!). This is also one of my favourite tracks on the album, and segues perfectly into the song 'Brain Damage' which apparently comments on the madness of it all (life, the Universe and everything, I suppose). Such a good song and, again, good backing vocals. Given the song's title and the lyrics, the superimposed laughing and chatter in the background *are* appropriate on this track. 'Brain Damage' leads straight into the final song 'Eclipse', which also has great backing vocals. The track finishes with the heartbeat that started off the album, and a little more inane chatter (if you turn up the volume).

By the way, the guest backing vocalists on some of the tracks remind me just a little of an American gospel choir. Nice.

I was already a FLOYD fan and had most of their LPs by the time "Dark Side Of The Moon" was released. Needless to say I added it to my LP collection as soon as it was released. I can remember playing it for the first time and thinking how polished and how different it was to the FLOYD's earlier albums. I also remember wondering how on Earth they could top it. I bought the re-mastered CD some years ago, and it gets played from time to time and I still enjoy the music. Perhaps the album has suffered from overexposure, or perhaps it's just that I've changed over the years, but it no longer sounds quite so exciting to me now: I find tracks such as 'Echoes' ("Meddle") and most of "Obscured By Clouds" give me more of a thrill. It's almost as if the music on "Dark Side Of The Moon" is just a bit too polished. I sometimes wish that I were hearing this album again for the first time to see if I would feel the same way. Anyway, I feel I can criticise a little an old friend without dinting its status, and it's still unquestionably a masterpiece of rock music, let alone Progressive Rock (how many albums do you know have their own official Web site?).

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Posted Friday, July 30, 2004 | Review Permalink
stet_friction
5 stars A lot of people say that this album is overrated. I'm not exactly a huge Pink Floyd fan boy, but I don't think that it's overrated at all. It was carefully crafted to achieve a certain effect, and I think they crafted it brilliantly, lyrics and all. It's not just about how much life sucks (as a previous reviewer said), in fact, it's not really about how much life sucks at all. As Roger Waters himself said, it is cheifly about whether or not the human race has the ability to be humane. As a result, I find DsotM to be a very provocative concept album that was revolutionary at the time, and is still very original. And, at any rate, I'm still not tired of it. I've probably never listened to an entire album as much as I have DsotM, and I still enjoy listening to it. Long live Pink Floyd!
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Posted Tuesday, August 03, 2004 | Review Permalink
penguindf12
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars The most famous album of all progressive rock. When I first listened to it I was immediately captured by the cautious madness and ambience of "Speak to Me," which built into the soft, sighing music of "Breathe." This album is about things that make people go mad. "Breathe" is about life itself and the work that comes with it. Brilliant.

Next up is "On the Run," a high-tech song for its time but now is less amazing, but is just as musically entertaining as it was back then. This is the travel portion of the album, showing the rushing stress of today's world. Then its "Time," which is the song I best recognized from the radio, and also one of the best. The ticking pendulum synched with the heartbeat and the warning bass brings to mind a death clock ticking, shifting its focus from victim to victim of time.

Then it's "Great Gig in the Sky." The religion/fear of death track. If you dwell on that too long, you will go mad. But the song is different. The vocals of Clare Torry are amazing and they are the heart of the song, backed by the airy, spaced country chords on the guitar. Then "Money" comes in with the cash registers and bass line in the weird time scale. Another song I heard on the radio long before I knew what Pink Floyd was. It's very good, a great single for radio, but not my absolute favorite. The bass line is great for practicing bass with.

"Us and Them" seemed like a boring song at first, far too slow. But as with most very good songs, it required more listening to understand. It's about war, divisions, hatred and differences. All of these are the most likely to drive you mad. Then it enters the nice, jazzy instrumental "Any Colour You Like."

But my favorite song is "Brain Damage." It's the first acoustic song I learned, about "defending the notion of being different" as Waters put it on the Classic Albums DVD. The lyrics are amazing, peaking at the chorus. By "lunatic" in the lyrics, it means one who is different. Society molds "lunatics" into sane people through school, TV, and anything else it can. This topic is revisited on "The Wall."

Finally, it closes with "Eclipse." Another masterpiece song to end a masterpiece album. The heartbeat closing is the first of Waters' many cycles. If you put the album on repeat, it'll just keep going and going, a cycle of madness and vice that will never end.

Overall, this is the best album to use if you want to introduce someone to prog. If they don't like this after a few listens, then prog is not their thing.

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Posted Wednesday, August 11, 2004 | Review Permalink
slack4justice
4 stars "Dark Side of the Moon" is noted as the best progressive album of all time, to many critics, next to to In the Court of the Crimson King. If you expect great instrumentation, and impressive virtuosity in the music, pass this up. If you want the quality of songwriting, relaxation, and maybe even some psychedelia, Dark Side of the Moon is for you.

"Speak to Me", Nick Mason's creation, starts off with a heartbeat, mad laughing, and sounds to me like either a typewriter or a poor representation of a gun. Crescending into...

"Breathe" starts with a mellow slide guitar sound and a slow tempo, followed by vocals that are mostly monotonous. The beginning of the overall mellow sound of the album. I don't really know what the song is about, it looks to me like it's about telling someone not to kill themself.

"On the Run" keeps a quicker pace, and really points out why Pink Floyd is sometimes referred to as space prog, or space psychedelia. Nick Mason's closed hi-hat beat and Richard Wright's looped keyboard vibrato lick makes the song. There is vocal tracks and wind throughout the ending, it's an instrumental that gets your heart racing. Probably the most psychedelic song on the album.

"Time", the only sog on the album written by each and every member of Pink Floyd, kind of sounds like maybe what you'd hear walking through a space jungle in the beginning, that's as much as I can pinpoint it. The singing is a bit more powerful, I'm pretty sure it's about wasting time in life, and not being able to get it back, but then finding solace in the end. The solo by David Gilmour is very fitting, which makes "Time" a very solid performance.

"The Great Gig in the Sky" is pretty much keyboards, and vocals by Clare Torry. It hits an exhilirating climax towards the end.

"Money" contains the famous bassline, and is the most jazzy song on the album, with Dick Parry's sax solo streaming into Gilmour's guitar solo beautifully. The song is about trying to get money, but finding it hard, but necessary.

"Us and Them" starts with a quiet sax, and reaches a few climaxes, keeping a pace, but becoming powerful at moments. A melodic song, it reaches a few moods during the whole thing. Also contains talking vocal tracks, like many others on the album, to make it have it's very own flavor, and a sense of is anybody listening?

"Any Colour You Like" is an instrumental showing off the more instrumentational side of the band with a keyboard and guitar duo that sounds great.

"Brain Damage", a tribute to Syd Barrett, who had Gilmour's old spot. Yet again a good song, but not as good as Time, Us and Them, or Money in my opinion.

"Eclipse", I just see as the second part of Brain Damage, but with a more accessible message than it considering the topic of Brain Damage. It closes out the album with the heartbeat.

This is the Floyd album to have, and an excellent addition to a prog-rock collection, not very essential, but a very excellent one, considering what it's done for rock, and the quality, and different nature of the music.

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Posted Wednesday, August 18, 2004 | Review Permalink
Chris S
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Honorary Collaborator
5 stars I find it amazing when one reads negative reviews on Dark Side of the Moon. Clearly those people are lacking something..period! Sure we all have difference of opinions that is what makes this site such a refereshing place to be BUT when we are talking DSOTM I personally have to draw the line and implore those people to revisit this ageless masterpiece. The fact that it remains as one of the biggest selling albums of all time must speak volumes for the masses out there. I never reeally got into earlyJethro Tull but thanks to this site I am now enjoying some great ' NEW' prog rock. Give DSOTM more respect you will not be disappointed. Most of the reviews have done an excellent job reviewing this album but I will say the best songs IMO on DTOTM are ' The great gig in the sky' ' Us and Them' and ' Breathe, Time/Breathe reprise'. It is though a conceptual miracle in it's entirety.
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Posted Sunday, September 05, 2004 | Review Permalink
[email protected]
5 stars The album is a masterpeice, and to me is no doubt the best rock album ever. (I know I might be upsetting some Beatles lovers). Everything about it makes this album artistic. The arrangement is genious; grooving melodies by David Gilmour and of course Roger Water's straightforward but amazing lyrics. The band was no doubt at their pinnacle when they were making Darkside.

The album is a musical journey. "Speak To Me/Breath" is a great opener to the album, the heartbeat and the sense of relaxation. "On the Run" is great instrumental with synthesizers and flows right from breath and into "Time", one of Floyd's best works. David Gilmour shows the power of long sustain on warm distortion to in his solo, and the haunting keyboard in the beginning with the percussion... amazing. "The Great Gig in the Sky", simply a wonderful vocal solo and a masterpeice of Rick Wright on keyboard. On to "Money", the most pop sounding song on the album, but no doubt a classic. Next is "Us and Them". What else is there to see. Water's lyrics are ever powerful and the saxaphone and the general mood of the song is genius. Flows right into a great instrumental "Any Colour You Like", which is brilliantly arranged with especially cool sounding keyboard, and a jam out session where Gilmour lets it loose and then right into "Brain Damage" we go. The chorus is amazingly soothing, and finally you hear that organ and you know you're heading into "Eclipse", the finale song. The album winds down leaving the listener wishing the album was only longer. Then album needs not be longer; It is perfect the way it is.

Listen to the whole thing through, and it requires a few listenes before you can truly appreciate the album. With every listen reveals more of the beauty behind this album.

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Posted Thursday, September 16, 2004 | Review Permalink
[email protected]
3 stars A very overrated album in my opinion. I don´t say It´s bad, but it´s not AS good and inspring as other Floyd albums (WYWH, AHM, Saucerful). The songs are very variated in quality and I think some of it are very over-produced.

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Posted Thursday, October 07, 2004 | Review Permalink
el böthy
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars I like this album...I don't love it, but I like it. I do find it to be slightly overrated; due to its massive success, but at the same time I think it deserves all the press and fame it has. Personally I don't consider it to be that groundbreaking either, musically speaking, because if we should talk production wise. then it's not just groundbreaking, it´s a "before and after". Getting back to the music, it seems Floyd got less epic than their previous "Meddle" and the change is for the best, as I don't think they where mature enough to try such epic stuff, they needed of this album to "find themselves" in that sense, which of course would bring the marvelous "Wish you where here" and the dark "Animals" long tunes. Floyd really needed this album, to be able to expand latter on. In a way, this is a transition album, it´s not quite there with "WYWH", but it's a strong step in the right direction.

An absolute classic and a MUST have in any album collection, be it for prog fans, straight rock fans or whatever, this album can not not be in your collection!

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Posted Sunday, October 24, 2004 | Review Permalink
5 stars Probably one of the most powerful piece of rock music - I think we should find a world above "masterpiece"... This is an incredible timeless music...each track is wonderful. I LOVE "Darkside of the moon" because my interest for progressive music started with this record...

As I have too much repect for Pink Floyd. So I cannot say if "dark side of the moon" is the best record of the group...I enjoy "Meddle", "Wish you were here", "Animals" and "The Wall".And I wouldn't forget Syd Barrett's era...Nevertheless I think that there is an incredible balance between music and lyrics - this fact is less and less obvious in the next records..."too lyrics" with Roger Waters..."too music" with Gilmour. That's why I think every fan of ROCK music HAVE TO buy "Dark side of the moon" : unlike the wonderful "The Wall", "Darkside of the moon" is easy to listen - easy for any public...

To my mind, the best tracks on this album are "The great gig in the sky" - my Pink Floyd's prefer song with "confortably numb"... -, "Us and them" and "Breathe"...

I don't really like "Money" - maybe it is too famous...overestimated?

Pink Floyd is simply the best group of progressive rock - with Peter Gabriel's, Steve Hackett's Genesis and King Crimson...

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Posted Saturday, October 30, 2004 | Review Permalink
5 stars How can I, poor, little mortal man, review this masterpiece? The greatness of Pink Floyd is insite in this magic work, the work who made Pink Floyd one of the best band ever listened in rock-psichedelic-prog world. This album is been for 15 years in the chart and is gone out because new rules contemplate that a work may be in the chart only for 10 years. BUY IT.
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Posted Wednesday, November 17, 2004 | Review Permalink
[email protected]
5 stars For about thirty years, I thought this was a really great sounding album. Then this past summer, I bought the DVD which used snippets of interviews and re-collections by the band members and other integral personel (mostly Alan Parsons) involved in the album's creation to give an insight into how this concept album came to be. It was cool to watch some of the Floyd perfom pieces and explain the techniques used and how the songs evolved from demo to finished work. Nick was the only one who did not perform for the DVD although he did give some of his thoughts about the project. The DVD even included the famous story about how Clare Torry went in to do the vocal for Great Gig and was so apologetic after her "awful" performance when everyone else in the studio was actually in awe of what she had just done. I too often thought Us and Them was a little too slow until Rick explained how the chord work originated and later evolved in the studio. After listening a few times again, there is a new appreciation for this segment.

The mastering of the album must have been a performance to see with everyone running around on hand signals to cue the tracks. With all the multi-track computers and noise generators used in today's "music", the art of mastering has almost faded away. I haven't heard the re-mastered Dark Side but some of it must have been used in the DVD since some of the instrumentation on the DVD was cleaner than what I remembered hearing on the original. Or maybe my hearing has just gone bad from listening to the roto- toms on Time at a high volume on the headphones a hundred thousand times.

After viewing the Dark Side DVD, now I think this album is a really, REALLY, great sounding album. Long live the Floyd.

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Posted Monday, November 29, 2004 | Review Permalink
[email protected]
5 stars Listen to Dark Side of the Moon once and you'll be trapped in it forever. Believe: it'll never grasp you off. From madness to heart's beating this work sounds terrific. Have a look on "Breathe" and "Any Colour You Like" aren't they impressive? Of course is pointless talk about the superb "Time", "The Great Gig in the Sky", "Money", "Us and Them", "Brain Damage"... all of its tracks are great! Besides the sound effects, the great lyrics, guitar, and keyboards, you HAVE to check out Dick Parry's Sax, it's one of the album's peaks.
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Posted Wednesday, December 01, 2004 | Review Permalink
[email protected]
5 stars If mankind had to select a single piece of popular music to represent us as a kind of planetary cultural attache then, surely, this would be it. The unifying attraction of this album is that it lays open what is like simply to feel human. There is not just great music here. There is poetry and philosophy blended in such an organic way that is feels like DSOTM was grown rather than written, re-written, spliced, produced. This is not my favourite album (it's not even my favourite FLOYD album), but what I love about DSOTM is that, for once, something that became immeasurably popular and well-known did so simply because it was definitively great. There have been some comments on these pages that this is not a progressive album. I think it's a mistake to regard 'progressiveness' as relating only to musical structure. Clearly the concept and execution here was progressive way ahead of its time. Alongside Crimson's ITCOTCK this is THE definitive prog album.
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Posted Thursday, December 16, 2004 | Review Permalink
mediachiefrhc
5 stars Something happened after 1972, in same time as pompei recording 1972, pf grown up as a band. Some great themes are opened here. Album is story critic for a world. Insanity, loneliness, short life, people faith & life, paranoia and monotonia. 1. Speak to me (1:16) Heart beat as intro, voice seaking of madness, mad laughter 2. Breathe (2:44) Pesimism of life, great part, lyrically very good. Speaking about life 3. On the run (3:32) Electronically song, theme is paranoia of being late. Techno style 4. Time / Breathe (reprise) (7:06) One of the best, beautiful song, great bass & drums, guitar solo, lyrically genial 5. The great gig in the sky (4:44) Song about death, piano & great female vocal, without lyrics 6. Money (6:32) One of the famous songs of pf. Great bass, jazzy rock tune, +saxophone, tune bout greed and wealth, wage & stealing, theme: money is important 7. Us and them (7:40) Song about very different worlds, very easy song, beatiful tune 8. Any colour you like (3:25) Instrumental made without Waters, whole 3 others made this one. Great space rockish song, good tune for trip with screensaver 9. Brain damage (3:50) Song about mad politicans who rule the world, great lyrics 10. Eclipse (2:04) again waters counting lyrics, about life!great outro.
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Posted Monday, December 20, 2004 | Review Permalink
FloydWright
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars There is a good reason that Dark Side of the Moon is considered one of the best rock albums of all time. At the same time, the band gives us both excellent music with input from all members, and also provides an accessible, universal concept. That is what sets Dark Side apart from all of the concept albums that would follow this one in the PINK FLOYD catalogue--while the others grew more and more specific to one man, ROGER WATERS, the themes of Dark Side are something that everyone can identify with easily: time, death, money, war--all of these are a part of the total human experience that all of us are living. And, while the lyrics here are related to each other, there is enough room for the listener to interpret, imagine, and take from this album what he or she wishes. That, more than anything, is what sets Dark Side above all of PINK FLOYD's other concepts.

The music of Dark Side is nothing short of superb, and incredibly innovative for its time. The warped synth piece "On the Run", in fact, was the song that first signaled to me that something about this band was different, and drew me into the work of PINK FLOYD. There is input from all four members, including the marvelous roto-tom solo from drummer NICK MASON at the beginning of "Time". Guitarist DAVID GILMOUR has wonderful vocals and guitar playing to contribute--for the former I suggest "Money", and for the latter, "Breathe". Lyric writer ROGER WATERS has a part in the music, too, including vocals on "Brain Damage" that suit the song very nicely. But the album's most stunning songs, from a musical perspective, were either authored by or influenced by ROGER WATERS, who in many ways is probably PINK FLOYD's greatest "composer".

"The Great Gig in the Sky", also featuring superb vocals from Clare Torry, has a strange, mesmerising, but still very listenable chord progression, and is probably among WRIGHT's greatest accomplishments as a music-writer. "Breathe" is another song where he had input, as proven by his comments on the recent DVD where the band is interviewed about this album, contributing some of its most distinctive chord changes. "Time" and "Us and Them" both feature WRIGHT's fascinating vocals--the last that PINK FLOYD fans would hear until "Wearing the Inside Out" on The Division Bell. But it is "Us and Them" that is perhaps one of the greatest masterpieces in the PINK FLOYD catalogue. This is the only other appearance of the powerful WRIGHT-WATERS songwriting team heard on Obscured by Clouds, Dark Side's painfully underrated predecessor. Some of the most majestic music RICK WRIGHT has ever created, coupled with the lyrics of ROGER WATERS, make this song completely unforgettable. There is simply nothing like it.

In modern times one can no longer rely on popularity as a measure of quality...except perhaps in the inverse: "The more popular it is, the lower the quality is." Back when Dark Side was released, though, it was the other way around. Believe me when I say this--this album stayed on the Billboard charts for as long as it did for very good reason. If your record collection is missing this masterpiece, you need to put that right immediately.

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Posted Thursday, December 23, 2004 | Review Permalink
5 stars This is a no-brainer that this is Pinkfloyd's best album.Some people like the older albums but to me there not as good.This album has great sound effects, guitaring,lyrics,vocals and more.This album is a masterpiece!Every song on the album is incredible.My favourite song is Time because of the lyrics, it's guitar solo in about the middle of the song, the lyrics and evrything that was put into it I love. I like all of Pink floyd's work but The Darkside of the Moon is my favourite!
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Posted Sunday, January 02, 2005 | Review Permalink
davidlevinson
4 stars This album is definitley their most influential. On a Musicianship level and productionwise. I do admit they do have better but thats probably due to the fact that this is the most overplayed album, However, all the Prog-rock elements are right on this disc and should not be ignored.
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Posted Sunday, January 02, 2005 | Review Permalink
3 stars I am going to commit a sacrilege - and say that this album is way overrated. It is a darned good rock album, even inspired, but that's it - definitely not a masterpiece everyone says it is. Masterpieces are not measured by how much money they ring up at the registers, or how much buzz they generate. They are measured rather by the quality and richness of the music itself, and in this department this album does not make the mark. The lack of musical sophistication cannot be hidden behind glossy production and lots of hype. That to me is not the way masterpieces are made.
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Posted Monday, January 03, 2005 | Review Permalink
5 stars IMHO this album is not only a masterpiece of prog, but the greatest album of all-time. Ladies and Gentlemen, I do not mean to sound brash, but this opinion is coming from a very tough critic (I don't just hand out five-star ratings left and right, in fact I would say only three other records would deserve this rating). Now on to my point: Many people dislike this album because of the "production" and it being "overrated" and the mass amount of money made from it. My friends, it is not the albums fault people bought it, and this doesn't even make it a commercial album anyway because a big reason it sold so much is due to the friggin' drug market. Also, the production only adds to the experience of this record, it doesn't serve to hype it up. Upon listening to this album, one must think of it as a single song or unified cocept, not as 10 random songs. It has a brilliant theme to it-- stress and everything (money, death, lonliness, etc.) causing one to go insane. What I just mentioned is the obvious part, now if you really actually listen there are many deep meanings that you can interpret for yourself.....I will only say that the fact that stress causes madness (according to this record) is Roger Waters way of pointing out that maybe it's not the madman's fault that he is mad, it is the worlds(and us, the people around him) to some extent. There are many things that you the listener can interpret yourselt from really listening to this masterpiece that I will leave to you......Maybe I only like this album so much because I can relate to it and really understand what is behind it, but you can too, because the concept is universal (especially if you're "crazy" like me). I really have been avoiding a review on this album for quite some time, but I had to voice my opinion........Anyway, sorry for such a long ramble, and I don't mean to sound preachy, but just really give this album a listen, and think about it (apply it to your own life), and if you don't already have it, buy it for cryin' out loud!
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Posted Monday, January 03, 2005 | Review Permalink
5 stars A work of art! Music doesn't have to be very complex to be progressive. It's perfect as it is. Slick production also doesn't make the album sound overproduced but it adds to the richness. When I listen to the album I sense a lot of care put in the music. Sophisticated!
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Posted Monday, January 03, 2005 | Review Permalink
5 stars This is an album that suffers from its own success. Overproduced it may be but progressive rock is about being 'progressive' and adding colour to the compositions and a little experimentation is always welcome. Back to the music. The album like WYWH flows as one piece of music with strong compositions from start to finish with a sumptuous finale. This really is a must listen but it may take a few listens to hit the mark.
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Posted Monday, January 10, 2005 | Review Permalink
tomtoocool206
5 stars Let me put it simply. There are two albums I believe everybody MUST hear before they die. The first is Led Zeppelin's fourth album. The second is this. Those are the albums to end all albums, nothing has ever come close to them, nothing ever will. There is absolutely no weak spot in this album. It's absolutely a steal that you can get this CD new for the same price as any other CD. Do yourself a favor and buy yourself a truly incredible piece of artwork. And do it NOW.
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Posted Saturday, January 15, 2005 | Review Permalink
4 stars This is the most succesful album of Pf. However it´s not my prefer. As a concept album is great and the sound quality is one of the most perfect recordings in 70s. Speal To me/Breathe (8/10) Great Starting On the Run (6/10) It would be good as a sound track of a film, but here i think is too long Time(8/10) Another Great song but with too many clocks at the beginning. First Breathe Reprise Great Gig (7/10) A great voice i agree but isn´t it a Breathe Reprise 2? Money (9/10)The best track in the album, drums bass guitars and Sax are perfect mixed Us and them (8/10) Another Beautiful one, but, it would be perfect if it was shorter Any Colour You like ( 7/10)Breathe Reprise 3, i think is more interesting than Great Gig Brain Damage/Eclpise (9/10) A great End to a good album that was overrated because of its sales
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Posted Friday, January 21, 2005 | Review Permalink
Bj-1
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Honorary Collaborator
5 stars One of those albums you HAVE to have in your collection to make it perfect. This is a milestone of modern music, and definietly the most essential Pink Floyd album besides Wish You Were Here, which is nearly as good. This album features such amazing production techniques for it's time that it turned out being far before it's time, and musically it flows well without losing energy and keeps the listener interested throughout the whole album in a way rarely experienced before to me. A very unique and great listening experience, use your best speakers or headphones for this one. Highly recommended!
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Posted Sunday, January 23, 2005 | Review Permalink
[email protected]
5 stars I agree with all of you that this is indeed an essential album not just for prog fans but for music enthusiasts in general. I prefer earlier stuff by Pink Floyd, it being more experimental, phsychedelic, crazy and dissonant. But this album has a great balance between normal music and strange noises. But as many of Pink Floyd's albums, this one has something hidden, something that some people think it's coincidence, but I really dont think so, being it a LOT of coincidence. And that is, the great similarity the order of the music in this album to the chronological order of the movie: "The Wizard of Oz". If you dont believe me, play this album along with the movie...you have to start until the MGM lion roars for the second time at the introduction (or third, I dont quite remember), and you'll find lot's of things that make you think what was going on with this guys' heads. One thing really amazing is the part of "The Great Gig in the Sky", this is the part of the great tornado that hits Dorothy's house. The tornado is the Great Gig in the Sky, and also when the song is about to finish, so is the tornado, you hear Clare Torry's voice calming down and so is the tornado. There another part where you hear helicopters from the record and you can see Dorothy looking up at the sky as if lloking for the helicopters!! This is quite something, I dont really think its a coincidence but, try it and see what you think.
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Posted Monday, January 31, 2005 | Review Permalink
three_of_a_pe
5 stars With Dark Side of the Moon, nearly everyone is an ignoramus. This album IS a masterpiece, possibly THE best album ever produced, and this is not just me liking Pink Floyd to say this. If there is only one album one shoudl ever buy, its DSotM. I do take this consideration very seriously as I considered not only Prog rock, but every genre in music. This album is beautifully put together. Everything on this album sounds amazing, and nothing was left to spare on this album. Sure people will say it isn't such a great album, and everyone should stop praising because its not the best, but thats full ignorance. I'd like to see ANYone else make something as beautiful as this. It has amazing sound, great lyrics, great soloing, and one of the first conceptual albums ever (not THE first, for those who can't read). Everyone should own a copy of this if they like music, and really like their music. I'll end by saying this album IS perfect and go and buy, and I don't know why you wouldn't have it in the first place. This is essential to an album collection, even if it contains two albums. Not even people who like this album can understand how great it is.
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Posted Wednesday, February 09, 2005 | Review Permalink
Cluster One
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars Yet another review of 'Dark Side of the Moon'? . Whatever can be said about this seminal work of progressive rock has already been said.

The best way to describe what the FLOYD accomplish here is: 15 years. For 15 years this album was continuously on the Billboard charts, that has to tell you something! Commercial success in terms of units sold is NOT indicative of quality. Case in point: (insert modern pop artist here). Longevity is what is important, and in these terms 'Dark Side' is eternal.

This album probably has a lot to do with you being on this site in the first place. Whether because you grew up listening to it, or maybe your parents did, or because it influenced not one, but more like two subsequent generations of musicians to come. 'Dark Side of the Moon' transcends musical genres, defies labelling, and is the best starting point for any lover of music to begin his/her collection. This is where prog really crossed over into the mainstream. In a word: revolutionary.

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Posted Friday, February 11, 2005 | Review Permalink
theinfiltrate
4 stars OVERRATED! Yeah, it took me a while to decide between 4 and 5 stars: a part of me tells me "this is overrated, worse than Meddle, WYWH and Animals, without great classics, even it's best song (Time) is flawed, with that eternal intro and those bothering clocks", while other says "this is a perfect sensual well-thought masterpiece". The truth is, since it received so many 5 stars (and so much hype), and since no song here is as good as "Echoes", "Shine On...", "Dogs" or "Pigs", I have to punish it. It is very flawed: it's an album where every second (including all the silence) is there exactly where it should to have a "perfect" flow...but it doesn't completely work. "On The Run" is nothing but a bunch of sounds, "Time" (as I mentioned) is the best song but it takes 2 minutes until one realizes why, "Money" can bother me at times (while it's good), the other songs are good (but not great), and I really have to be on the mood for it. If you are getting into this band start right here, but I warn you: you might end up very dissapointed if you are expecting a perfect album. I could give it 5 stars but I won't: this one gets too much attention. "Meddle" is better.
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Posted Monday, February 14, 2005 | Review Permalink
5 stars This album is indeed a rock classic. From the opening heartbeat sound and speach of speak to me to the end of eclipse. Highlights for me include the stunning keyboard work of Rick on 'great gig in the sky' and the soothing 'breath'. An album of sheer beauty that should be heard by prog and music lovers in general. Still sounds great today.
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Posted Wednesday, March 09, 2005 | Review Permalink
5 stars It's almost pointless writing a review for this album, seeing it's one the 20th Century's best sellers, and definitely the most popular Prog album in the world (so good, even non-Prog fans love it). It's the apex of the band's psychedelic, space-ish sound before they opted for a change in albums such as Animals and The Wall. As has been said before, it's a concept album, but to me, the fact that it's an album, a body of music, which is the central theme. Moody, dreamy and avant-garde. Fantastic music, and definitely going to be considered 'classical' in the 22nd Century!
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Posted Friday, March 11, 2005 | Review Permalink
5 stars There are very few recordings released that achieve the rarified stratospheric status of this album, so that the mere mention of their names evoke a knowing nod of recognition in almost everyone-a recognition that implies not only a familiarity of the music, but also a familiarity its profound aesthetic impact on the psyche.

Rather than embark on a lengthy song-by-song critique, I only want to say that DSOTM was really the first album of its kind to produce a sonic experience in which the listener feels almost hermetically sealed. And in that isolation, the listener undergoes a mind-bending psychedelic experience that makes him/her feel the despair, sadness, and frustration of Water's Syd Barrett-inspired lyrical persona.

In addition to the masterful instrumental work by all four musicians, the sound engineer and producer really should be given credit for creating a soundscape has a real spatial sense to it, the aural version of three-dimensionality. That's why listening to this album on headphones is so powerful because through the music, your mind perceives a sense of depth and space in which all this crying, and screaming, and footsteps running, and overlapping voices talking really begin to freak you out. Then add in Waters, Gilmour, Wright and Mason and the tracers really start to streak across your mind's eye.

Essential prog rock masterpiece? Without a doubt.

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Posted Friday, March 11, 2005 | Review Permalink
Man With Hat
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Jazz-Rock/Fusion/Canterbury Team
5 stars This is one of the great albums of our time. I really cant write anything new that my fellow reviewers havent mentioned. The best songs are: Time, money, Brain Damage, Eclipse, and Us and Them. All of them are solid but those are the best. Experiemental, rocky, spacy...everything about Pink Floyd is in this record. They certainly knew what they were doing on this one. One of thier best, even if its a little less proggy than previous efforts. Certainly to be owned even if just for the historical sense.
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Posted Saturday, March 12, 2005 | Review Permalink
5 stars Its all been said before by the numerous other reviewers here. One of the greatest prog albums ever, and maybe the most important. In the spring of 73, I was very much into Floyd, and bought this album as soon as it came out. I saw them perform it live a few months later. When I finally bought a CD player in 1988, it was one of the first vinyl I duplicated with a CD. Thirty two years later, it is still an often visitor to my player. Maybe their most approachable album. Absolute brillance.
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Posted Monday, March 14, 2005 | Review Permalink
con safo
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars Pink Floyds most successful album of all time, Dark side of the moon was a turning point for Pink Floyd, with David Gilmour taking a front seat in the creative process. Alongside Roger Water's Brilliant writing, David Gilmours guitar work shines throughout, exceptional on tracks "Time" and "Money." Their first conceptual floyd album, and argueably their finest work. Its unexplainable success (staying on the billboard charts for close to 15 years) shot Pink Floyd into the heart of the mainstream. It has stayed one of the highest selling records of all time, and its success is no mistake. Quintessential to any fan of Prog, it is one of the most important albums since the genre's conception.
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Posted Tuesday, March 15, 2005 | Review Permalink
vladimir.leks
3 stars Let me do an intro. In the course of recent months I have used to take something what I may call a albumhearing of my old long forgotten discoteque and I have found that I still like Genesis as I did as a teenager, I like Yes even much more, understand it better now and I like Rush as much as to gather all the missing albums of them. And now it is coming, I have to admit, that my attitude to the one of my most teenage beloved Pink Floyd has definitely changed. I still like WYWH but I have problem with the DSOTM and some other stuff. One has to say that it is a perfect work with no shortcomings. Here they simply drove they style to the absolute purity. But I lack any emotion and warmth. It is for me, yet perfect, however cold and sterile music. I am sorry about it.
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Posted Tuesday, March 15, 2005 | Review Permalink
[email protected]
3 stars I could not have said it better than the previous reviewer. This music, for all it's perfection is exactly that - is somewhat sterile, and lacks what I would call imagination. And yes, it's true too that it has not aged as well as Genesis, Yes and King Crimson. I find that I cannot listen to it at 40+, whereas I was a fanatical follower in my 20s.
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Posted Tuesday, March 15, 2005 | Review Permalink
Guillermo
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars IMO, this is the last "real" album by the Pink Floyd`s quartet of Gilmour, Mason, Waters and Wright. It is their last album which has songwriting credits for the 4 members. IMO, again, it was Pink Floyd`s peak. With all lyrics written by Roger Waters with a concept: "the tensions caused by everyday life in human beings and the ways people try to live it". In this album, the years later underrated Rick Wright shines with his keyboards and also in the songwriting credits. David Gilmour sings almost all the lead vocals (with the exception of "Brain Damage" and "Eclipse" which were sung by Roger Waters, and two verses of "Time" which were sung by Rick Wright, plus the vocals of Clare Torry for "The Great Gig of the Sky").Waters had the idea to interview some people and to include their answers in this album, so there are some voices and laughing in the background. The lyrics are very good, maybe the best lyrics that Waters wrote for the band. Nick Mason plays the drums very good. David Gilmour sounds inspired with his guitars and his vocals. The recording of this album is very good too, done by Alan Parsons.Every song in this album is very good, but my favourite are: "Breathe", "Time", "Money" and "Us and Them". I have two versions of this album: the old L.P., and the "20th Anniversary Edtion" CD from 1993. The CD version is very good. This album is the best example of Pink Floyd AS A BAND, with every member giving their best to an album with an unified vision. This album also is one of their most accessible albums.
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Posted Wednesday, March 30, 2005 | Review Permalink
Tony Fisher
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars This is probably one of Floyd's most consistent albums in that all the tracks are worthwhile and some (Breathe,Time, Us and Them, Money) are classics. There's a huge variety of styles from the synth sound effects on On the Run to the glorious female vocal effects on The Great Gig in the Sky. VCS3 synths are used widely and to good effect. The sound quality is superb too; the chiming clocks at the start of time are a test for any hi-fi. The only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is that the whole album has a slightly emotionless feel about some of the tracks and it doesn't quite engage you as it should; there is a certain sterility about it as if it was recorded in an operating theatre. Certainly it isn't the best album of all time, nor even of 1973 for that matter (Wishbone Ash's Argus took that by a country mile) but it is still a very important album in the history of prog rock and really should be in everyone's collection.
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Posted Thursday, March 31, 2005 | Review Permalink
Eetu Pellonpaa
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Honorary Collaborator
3 stars The most classic of the classics, but still the weaker album than "Wish You Were Here" or "Animals". A worthy investment still, pleasing both fans of proggressive and classic rock music. My favourite track is "Time", as it has so great intro and a pretty guitar solo. "Money" is a bit duller hit then in my opinnion. Some people find a deeper meaning by listening this and watching "The Wizard of Oz" simultaneously (?!).
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Posted Friday, April 01, 2005 | Review Permalink
5 stars This is probibly the best album made of all time. It starts out with the quiet soft pulse like drums then goes into BREATH. wat a great song cool vocals and lyrics and cool everything. then the album goes on. The songs lead perfectly into one an other. One of my favorite songs on this is probily TIME. my lord it has great guitar in it. BRAIN DAMAGE is another great one. Buy this album. You will like it. No one had ever done an album like that before and no one will ever make one like Dark side of the moon ever. Enjoy
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Posted Tuesday, April 19, 2005 | Review Permalink
5 stars Dark side of the moon is PF's most popular album. It touched the public and progressive fans, just enough to make it be the best seller album of all time. Almost everyone say that that album is PF better, but if you have a bit of judgement, you'll cleary see that WYWH is even more composed and real than DSOTM. Even dough, this is a real masterpiece. Nick Masons's sounds are fabulous from the beginning to the end. In 1973, there wasn't so much electronic sound, except ELP, Yes, and all the progressive world, but no one had that psychedelic sound. The same one that Alan Parsons used also a couple of years later in his project.

The arrangements on the firts two songs advise us that we're going somewhere else. Then, the serie of four fabulous song. First, Time, with a wondeful guitar solo, not very long like previous Gilomour's guitars. Then, Gig, with the no text context, is greatly interpreted by a feminine voice. It surprises us from PF. After, the very popular Money, with its Jazz side and a very timed saxophone solo. Finally, Us And Them, a light song with a cool chorus that touches a little intensity. To finish, you leave the album with those three songs that reput you on Earth.

The new sounds, the saxophones, the good vocals and, very important, Gilmour's guitars make of this album a masterpiece that brought news in the prog world. To buy, absolutely.

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Posted Tuesday, April 26, 2005 | Review Permalink
Cygnus X-2
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Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Essentially the gateway album to progressive rock. The younger generation love to start their progressive journey with this album. Now, I like this album, I can listen to it, but that's it. There is filler in between the meatier tracks, filler like On the Run and Any Colour You Like (But I like it).

The album starts with heartbeats and the lunatic who's saying, "I've been mad for f***ing years." Then all of a sudden, the mellow sound of Breathe kicks in. With it's slide guitar and mellow keyboards, anybody can doze off during the somber sounds. As Breathe comes to an end, the next track "On the Run" begins. This track is unfitting for the album, I really dislike it. It doesn't add anything exciting and it doesn't sound too good, too. But after the 3:30 of nonsense comes one of the highlight tracks "Time". Opening with ticking clocks that all go off at once, the guitars then come in, and Nick Mason unveils some of his drumming skills. Soon the song kicks into full gear, and Gilmour unleashes one of his most memorable solos. As the song winds up, the Breathe Reprise comes into the speakers. After the 7:00 minutes in heaven, the Great Gig in the Sky comes. This Rick Wright driven piano tune is another highlight of the album. Female backing vocalist Clare Torre also gives an A+ performance giving one of the greatest vocal solos I've ever heard. The 2nd side opens with the most recognizable Floyd tune, Money. Now after hearing Money so many times, you get tired of it. It is one of the most overplayed songs I've ever heard. After Money, another Rick Wright driven tune plays, Us and Them. After Us and Them, comes the instrumental Any Colour You Like, which has many textures to it because of another stellar Wright performance. After this last instrumental, the two best tracks on the album come. Brain Damage and Eclipse sum up what is known as the greatest album of all time. With it's organs and it's stellar vocals, the entire theme of the album is summed up in 5 minutes of unforgettable music.

Overall, the album is very good. The production is great, the lyrics are great, the music is great, the musicianship is awesome. It is such a great album, marred up by mindless filler. 3.5/5.

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Posted Tuesday, April 26, 2005 | Review Permalink
[email protected]
5 stars Dark side of the moon the greatest album ever the album marks the beginning of space psychedelic rock though there is only one band in the world can make a such a album Pink Floyd. Songs on this album are closely related to each other its a album everyone should buy its a must TIME is one of my favourite song on this album. DSOFTM IS A FULLY ORCHESTRATED ALBUM PINK FLOYD has used all the instruments and they have put into one album which they were in previous albums like vcs3, synths, tape effects, female vocals and many more after 30 yrs of its release no one has come up with answers why this album doing so well? Even now the album sells 8000 copies in U.S per week and its sales has crossed 40 million and still counting surpassed the sales of Michael Jackson's thriller. I think album talks to about human life and it can be related to our lives .Pink Floyd made this album on such issues which I s deep, how time is imp in our lives, life war and death. Richard Wright piece the great gig in the sky is a gem. the concept of this album is like a fairy tale related to humanity . I mean it talks about a girl name Dorothy who is all alone and she falls from a fence and injured herself .in song on the run there's a thunder in the sky but doest mean that her house in heaven. In the song eclipse she meets the tin man and she hears the heartbeats and that's how album ends however waters says sun is eclipsed by the moon . This kind of concept album is very rare to find and people who listen to the music of ac/dc , sex pistols ,Aerosmith, guns and roses ,my advice to them is listen to some sensible music and forget all those bands . Dark side of the moon will be remembered for centuries to come .and this one of the most enduring album of all time there is no album like this . Highly recommended
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Posted Thursday, May 12, 2005 | Review Permalink
5 stars How do we evaluate music? What lends itself to musical greatness, the likes of which have not been seen for many years? Is it elitist to believe in musical greatness? How does one go about creating the perfect album?

My guess is, David Gilmour and Roger Waters sat around and had a good talk about these questions before they embarked upon Dark Side. What makes this album so great? The atmosphere. You can sit down and listen to DSOTM without ever leaving your chair or state of mind. Contingencies flow between tracks to anchor a specific sound down, as is true of most great concept albums. Based loosely around a blues rock framework, most of this CD has the ability to alter your consciousness more than any chemical aid. There is not really anything that I can say that hasn't already been said before. On that note, this is one of the greatest albums of all times, in any genre.

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Posted Friday, May 13, 2005 | Review Permalink
[email protected]
5 stars Time and again, I always come back and listen o "Time" on this album, never tiring of it after all these years. The dynamics of David Gilmour's guitar are simply out out of this world, the solo truly memorable and unforgettable.

While not being a guitarist myself, I have always wondered which effects he used to achieve such a powerful and lovely sound.

I think the success of this album owed a lot to the engineering of Alan Parsons.

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Posted Wednesday, May 18, 2005 | Review Permalink
5 stars This was my first Pink Floyd album and I rally liked it. It's an excellent almub. It has all that a good album should have. The solos of the genius David Gilmour are great and very inspiring. This is maybe the most creative record I have ever heard. Time (track number four) is an excellent unique piece, and Money (number 6) has a incredible sound and the intro is unforgetable and the 7/4 timing also. The lyrices are very goood but above all the concept and the sound are great. The psychedelic rock idea comes to change the progressive rock and they way to look at it.
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Posted Wednesday, May 18, 2005 | Review Permalink
[email protected]
5 stars Well, what's the point in subscribing another review about DARK SIDE? I think you guys already put it well. But here it goes anyway: Though NOT PERFECT, an absolute CLASSIC from start to finish. The wole concept it's remarcable, the sound quality it's excellent (at least on CD; I've never heard the LP), songwriting is fabulous. From my view, the only mistake here it's that Pink Floyd could have made songs a little more complex, like they did on MEDDLE or ATOM HEART MOTHER, but I'm not gonna conplain about that. An obligatory album for anyone into any kind of music; DARK SIDE didn't stayed just in the Prog stile: It's a classic everyone should have, even hard rock or heavy metal fans. Of course, I still preffer ACQUIRING THE TASTE from Gentle Giant, but in therms of landmarks, DARK SIDE will always be one of my favourites.
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Posted Friday, May 20, 2005 | Review Permalink
[email protected]
5 stars Simply , a album that has openned a door in Music, not only Rock. Lyrics and sound rise from so much quality. It brings human life characteristics from deep and new. In any mood, always a pleasure to listen to.
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Posted Saturday, May 21, 2005 | Review Permalink
chessman
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars This album is so well known that I won't even try to review it track by track. People who know it will have their own opinions, those who haven't heard it should beg, steal or borrow it and find out what all the fuss was about. For its age, it is still remarkably fresh sounding, not dating, for instance, in comparison to Crimson's early music. The remaster is well worth having and is one of the few cds I would say should be in every prog fan's collection. Easily one of the best three Floyd albums, along with Meddle and The Wall, it flows effortlessly from start to finish, with exceptional, pyschedelic melodies, and interesting if, at times, off the wall lyrics. Gilmour in particular shines here, but the whole band play as one solid unit. This was the last album they did before dissention set in, and it shows. They are actually enjoying themselves here! No stand out tracks for me, as they are all of a high class, although I have always had a soft spot for 'Any Colour You Like'. One of the yardsticks of the genre, and deservedly so. I still don't know if it is my favourite by them though! That one is a hard choice!
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Posted Sunday, May 22, 2005 | Review Permalink
5 stars This is my number one album of all time, if some one ask me what album is the best ever this album i whuld tell em is the greates ever. The music on this disc is yust not from this world its to perfect, this can not have been made by humans... but still it has and its the greates thing to ever have come out of 20century popular music, this is the album of the century if there whuld come small green men walking out in my garden and ask me to play some great earth music this is what i whuld play and there small heads whuld all explode from the power of this CD.
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Posted Sunday, June 05, 2005 | Review Permalink
johnyenglish1
5 stars It's easy to come to the true value of this album. you just have to listen to "the great gig in the sky". but turn it on loud. sit alone in front of your hifi. and let the song flow through you. feel the emotions. feel the atmosphere. the sound of pain, delight, sorrow.. i would only like to have this song played on my funeral. it would make people cry....
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Posted Sunday, June 12, 2005 | Review Permalink
erik neuteboom
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars This album has often been called an 'audiophile's wet dream' or 'hifi for snobs' and it's known as the best selling progrock record ever! For me this is an album that still manages to sound exciting after all those years and after hundreds of sessions on my hifi-set: the spectacualr work on the VCS-3 synthesizer during "On the run" (watch that great dvd from the classic albums serie about Pink Floyd and this album), the stunning femail 'voice solo' in "The great gig in the sky", the raw but compelling sound in "Money", etc., etc. In fact I can mention all the tracks because this album has no flaws. Especially late in the evening, while drinking a good Belgian beer and eating some nice French cheese, this is progrock heaven!
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Posted Tuesday, June 14, 2005 | Review Permalink
Camilalikevan
3 stars Not a bad work. The album flows very smoothly to create a gloomy atmosphere. I personally prefer Atom Heart Mother but this album is worth listining to. I would give it a 4 but i did not enjoy the sound mixing in the remaster (Vocals overshadow the music) which seems compressed.Not the masterpiece I expected but I do recommend this album. 3.5 stars
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Posted Wednesday, June 15, 2005 | Review Permalink
ttaylor102003
5 stars This is a dynamite album right here. It rocks at times, though its mostly ambient stuff. It starts off perfectly with Speak to Me which segues directly into Breathe, an excellent track from Pink Floyd. This segues into On the Run, which I find to be so weird and awesome, with all of its strange effects 'chasing' the running guy. It segues into one of my all time fav PF songs, Time. Great lyrics, great riffs, Great SOLO, one of my all time favs in fact, and I love how it ends with Breathe (reprise). Then comes the Great Gig in the Sky, a semi instrumental which features some lady wailing. It's pretty good but it doesn't really do anything for me.

Side Two starts with Money, what I find to be one of PF's most overrated songs. It really ruins the flow of the album. Its a good song, but it doesn't really fit with all the other ambient stuff. Us and Them is a great ambient piece of music, with some good saxophone. Any colour You Like is a nice instrumental, with some great use of effects by David Gilmour. Then comes Brain Damage, another hit single off this album. It has some pretty cool lyrics about going insane and stuff, and a nice relaxing ambient guitar line. This song segues via the organ into the epic sounding Eclipse. Great lyrics, great chord progression, just all in all a great song. So ends an excellent album, whose high points include Breathe, Time, Us and Them and Brian Damage/Eclipse, although all tracks are great.

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Posted Thursday, June 23, 2005 | Review Permalink
5 stars What else is there left to say after 165 reviews on this album? Probably nothing outstanding important, except maybe for a few personal facts that are important to myself. First of all, this album was released in the year I was born, and although then I didn't have the slightest clue about moons, ticking clocks or ringing cash registers, let alone way-out psychedelic rock bands, I really do think that this is the very album that has accompanied my life ever since. When I first came to listen to the LP at the age of nine, it was because my elder brother gave it to me and got himself the "Original Master Recording" issue, which was the "digitally remastered" equivalent in times before the CD age. Anyway, I started listening and wondered what strange kind of music that was, never heard anything like it before (or after), and I think at that time began my personal relationship with this album. What impressed me most? The beginning of "Breathe", maybe. Or the ringing alarm clocks of "Time". Or was it the all-round sound of "Any colour you like"? Or the ending of "Eclipse"? I don't remember. Most likely it was the whole thing, the concept album, although I didn't know what a concept album was back then. This is not important anymore. Important is that I felt that this was something special, and this feeling has never changed. As a teeneager I began to understand the music more detailed and in-depth, and finally I was able to understand the lyrics which additionally became very important to me at the age of sixteen, when I was a devoted Pink Floyd fan and got to know all their records. Quite impressed by British black humour lines like "The sun is the same in the relative way but you're older / Shorter of breath and one day closer to death", I started to write them down into my English exercise book, just to find out that my English teacher was an absolute Dark Side of the Moon fan. So this was something I had in common with my English teacher and brought me some good marks . Who ever has listened to a DSotM bootleg will be aware of the great influence engineer Alan Parsons had on the sound of this album. Some people, especially fans of the early Pink Floyd, think DSotM being too commercial. Others regard it simply as a masterpiece. As for me, I can only say that Pink Floyd have never achieved anything like it before or afterwards, and neither has any other band in the history of music. It is something without equivalent, last but not least because of its inimitable atmosphere which is more than just the sum of the ingredients "sound engineering", "concept", "lyrics" and "composition". Of course this is the album I would take onto the famous isle, and will still listen to at the age of eighty. Presumed I get that old.
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Posted Saturday, June 25, 2005 | Review Permalink
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5 stars IMHO this is the best ever Pink Floyd album by a mile (& then some more), with barely a weak moment right throughout the album. Bound together by surreal vocal interludes which Roger Waters described as 'slices of ordinariness', this album would not sound out of place in any era, which considering it was made in 1973 & with that days technology makes it an even more remarkable album. Probably the only Pink Floyd album where each member of the band had a largely equal input, this album should be in everyone's collection.
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Posted Friday, July 01, 2005 | Review Permalink
5 stars This Is Pink Floyd´s when they Are best. This is good Rock. Money. Breathe. Us and them. Thats Just Classics. I have it On LP. and CD. the Sound on the CD is to Hard. If you can play Vinyl. Buy it on LP. It is Unbelieveble that is have sold over 37 Million Coppies. Pink Floyd. is The Best.
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Posted Tuesday, July 05, 2005 | Review Permalink
Alucard
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4 stars DSOTM was one of the first LP's I listened too.A friend of mine got it as a birthday present from his older brother and we listened to it over and over again. I always liked DSOTM, but it has never been one of my favourite Floyd records.Now, looking back I would say it was the first Floyd record where the production became more important than the music itself. The songs are nice, but the sound is too 'perfect'.I have some Boots of the Tour and IMHO the same songs are more interesting on these boots, with a rougher edge.Gilmour plays interesting solos, Wright plays more funky, the entire band is tighter.Alan Parsons did a great job on this record (BTW, DSOTM served in many shops as show-record for HiFI systems),but some of the spontaneity got lost on the way.
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Posted Thursday, July 21, 2005 | Review Permalink
Zitro
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5 stars It is impossible not to give this album 5 stars. It started a revolution in music, and it is also impressive on its own.

1. Speak to me : I never understood why this is included, but oh well.

2. Breathe : 9.5/10 : It is short, but so beautiful and warm that you can't help but love it.

3. On the run : 7.5/10 : Might have been better on the past for its originality, but now, I've heard better instrumentals like this one by Vangelis. It still is a very fast electronic piece that sounds exactly what the title says.

4. Time / Breathe 9.5/10 one of my favourite Pink Floyd songs. The introduction with its electric percussions show Nick's best performance. The rest is also impressive, with female backup singers, a mesmerizing guitar solo, top notch instrumentation, and some of the best lyrics I ever heard in a song. The 'Breathe' theme is reprised later in the song and sounds great. My only problem with it are the clock sound effects that kills any flow the album had and is disturbing to my ears.

5. The great gig in the sky 10/10 : Can you actually find criticism of this song? It is a perfect short piece showcasing a great female vocalist with a perfect piano counterpoint.

6. Money 8.5/10 : The song is very solid, with its catchy bass line, great saxophone, great lyrics about greed, and a amazing guitar solos.

7. Us and them 10/10 : Another perfect song, much mellower and longer than the rest. The echoey Vocal style is very unique, and as always, the band creates great instrumentation making this song a gem. The song ends with one of the best keyboard solos of Wright. 8. Any colour you like 10/10 : Well, its basically the band showcasing their talents without sacrificing melody nor sounding pretentious. 9. Brain damage/Eclipse 10/10 : Containing beautiful Chord Progressions and vocals, this song is also a highlight in the album. Eclipse is the ending of it which sounds majestic.

Go and Get it, so that you can realize that commercial prog can also be good! This is not mainstream! (except for maybe 'money')

My Grade : A+

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Posted Wednesday, July 27, 2005 | Review Permalink
5 stars This is the mkost wonderfull prog album, PF maked a masterpiece here, why?, because they used the voice more like an instrument than the principal part of the songs, the women who was singing inj "The GReat Gig in the Sky" has the most beautifull voice of the music, she used his voice like Ella Fritzsgeral used to do. I don`t understand the people whoe give less than 5 star to this album: It was 17 years, all the week of those 17 years like the more seld album, it's a record!!!!, why?, because it is the best (prog, rock, o wethever else) album of the hsitory!!!!!
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Posted Wednesday, August 10, 2005 | Review Permalink
Gatot
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5 stars A Phenomenal album!

Why bother reviewing this album where there have been 182 reviews in this site? Couple of reasons:

1. The album has been part of my life since I knew it at the first time sometime in 1975 when I was at my 9th grade. Looking back those days, it seems funny now about the situation when I knew this album with all other classic rock groups like Black Sabbath, Bad Company, Queen and Bachman Turner Overdrive (BTO). Yes I think those were the days when I was searching rock music without any category whether it's prog, hard rock or what. I just enjoyed the music. In fact, at that time my favorite rocking song was "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath", "Snowblind" and Queen's "Tenement Funster". When I listened to Pink Floyd "Dark Side of The Moon" I could only enjoy were "Time" and "Money" because they rock! I did not even enjoy "Us and Them" or "Brain Damage" because of slow in beat. Pink Floyd was not my favorite band and I was more inclined toward Genesis "Nursery Cryme", "Selling England By The Pound", Yes "Fragile" , Jethro Tull or Led Zeppelin. But with the passages of time I could finally enjoy the album in its entirety and it took me roughly two years to absorb it. It's not because the music is complicated even I had the opinion that the music was too simple. Of course I had that conclusion because I played it from cassette using National Panasonic (mono) cassette player. What do you expect with this kind of equipment enjoying the soundscapes of Pink Floyd music?

2.) The recent edition of Guitar World magazine has a special feature on Classic Rock Special that covers the making of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of The Moon" album. The article is excerpted from the book by John Harris: "The Dark Side Of The Moon - The Making of The Pink Floyd Masterpiece" copy right 2005. Man. I tell you honestly: I have been reading some books about the band, including the one by Nick Mason titled "Inside Out" and also "A Saucerful of Secret - The Pink Floyd Odyssey" (which I already reviewed in our national newspaper Koran Tempo - thanks to mas Pur for allowing me to put some words about the book and the band). But, when I read the article last night, my pulse was racing very rapidly and I had a bit of tears in my eyes .. It's not about the glossy and wonderful pictures of the band (in full colour) nor the music (because when I read it I was not listening to the album). It all boils down to one thing: emotion! Yup, it sounds silly but that's true - that what really happened. I don't make up story or exaggerate the thing to make you read my writing. No man . The emotion that I experienced last night was like a thunderstorm. It's a blend of many things: passages of music the band create, my 30 years walk of life with the band's music, the joy of enjoying this album, all of them lumped together into that emotion. Especially when it's combined with the following fact (reason no 3 below) ..

3.) Yesterday (11 Aug 2005), I received two short messages in my mobile phone informing me about the defunct of the only one classic rock radio station we have in our country: M97 Classic Rock Station by next week 17 August 2005. What a sad news really. The radio has been the only one that I regularly tune in my car and I never switched to other station. In about couple of days they will change their format due to change of ownership. And the new owner is not willing to serve the classic rock segment. This is the death of classic rock media in Jakarta. What a sad story. So . what is the relationship with Pink Floyd "Dark Side of The Moon"? There is a strong relationship - for me personally and for some prog mates in my country. I knew the radio station the first time sometime in 1995 when my rock mate Riko informed me about the radio. I was surprised that the radio aired Dark Side of The Moon regularly in their play list. So, I was so happy with it. It's a joy. But now, I'm facing tears as the radio will close down the business with classic rock. Yes, I can play my CD but I can no longer send messages to my progmates about tune being aired at the radio and check whether he is listening also or not. The radio is also my media to promote prog music to other friends who are new to prog music.

So, with all the three reasons, it suffices to say how phenomenal the album is - at least for me personally as the band has been thirty years (wow! in coincidence with UK's beautiful track :"Thirty Years" - ehm, I'd better play it now to commemorate) with me through my walks of life: the ups and the downs. For musical review, you can pick some of the excellent reviews by the other 182 reviewers in this page. Sorry for being too personal because at the end of the day is we, individually, that can sense the pulse of the music. Last night I also enjoyed "the making of" DVD for this album which I wrote a long review right a way. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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Posted Friday, August 12, 2005 | Review Permalink
5 stars There's not much to say. One of the greatest albums in the music history. All the songs are excellent and good engineered (Thanks to Alan Parsons). Maybe they made better albums or songs, but there is not another album that describes Pink Floyd and their music as much as it did. Highlights are "Breathe", "Time", "Money", "Us And Them" and "Any Colour You Like". It's a real masterpiece lyrically and musically.
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Posted Tuesday, August 23, 2005 | Review Permalink
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5 stars Excelent. A masterpiece. Even when I hear it seem like I inspire, like being "high" without the dope. An excelent use of harmonics, everything is where it should be, all the instrumentals voices. All fit perfectly and harmonius. No doubt, this is the best Pink Floyd album.
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Posted Sunday, September 04, 2005 | Review Permalink
Seyo
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5 stars Should I really say anything...?

OK, but I don't think I can come up with any revolutionary statement. One of the all-time classics of the popular music and the contemporary music of XX century that can go alongside the classical music of the past ages. If you never heard it, you are probably an alien of outer space stumbling across this web site. One of top 5 music bestsellers of all time! Alan Parsons was sound engineer here and he did a marvelous job so as to skillfully emulate the sound of this album, making just a thinner texture and cheesy production, for his subsequent ALAN PARSONS PROJECT releases. Do I need to recommend "Dark Side of the Moon" at all?

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Posted Monday, September 12, 2005 | Review Permalink
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5 stars Pink Floyd's 1973 The Dark Side of the Moon

Like many other reviewers, what can be said about this album that has not already been said? I will again say what has been said over and over, and will still be said over and over for a life time to come. This album is a flawless masterpiece. It is the most brilliant and greatest album of our time and of all time. This is the percect album. From the fade in of the heart beat, to the fade out of the heart beat and everything inbetween and before and after this album is perfect. The anticipation of when you first put the cd on of the thought that "I'm about to listen to the Dark Side of the Moon and then you hear the heartbeat come in and as it flows into breathe, you have embarked on a rollercoaster ride of great emotion as you run through On the Run, and come to the albums greatest song, Time. Time is Pink Floyd's best song, and is one of the greater song's out there if not the greatest song. The lyrics are unbelievable and how the whole song carries you through different emotions is amazing. When the song is over, we are now into the Great Gig in the Sky. The beauty of this song cannot be expressed through words. After this song is over there is the first sound of silence for the first time in the record but that is quickly over before the sound of the cash register come in followed by of of the greatest and catchy bass beats ever. During the middle of this song we are at the most rocking part of the album, right in the heart of the album when everyone is soloing. Dick Parry's sax solo is unbelievable as always, Gilmour's rockin it, Water's bass is a killer, Nick Mason and Wright are both unbelievable aswell.. and this this song finishes we slide into Us and Them... probably the deepest part of the album, the song slows right down and turns in the opposite direction of Money. Listeing to this song feels like there's no worries in the world along with the 100 different feelings you could be feeling at the time. Perfect. Any Color You Like, its the perfect transition between Us and Them and Brain Damage. It's a wierd song, It's the start of the end of the album, it's difficult to figure out it's meaning, but I'm sure everyone has their own meaning of this little instrumental, and that's why I love it. Finally we are at Brain Damage. With the brilliant starting, brilliant lyrics, much like the rest of the album, it's dark and it's deep. You know your coming to the album's end, but it's not quite over yet, the good bye's are set into motion, "I'll see you on the darkside of the moon." Then you come to Eclipse, the albums grand finale. Everything you have just heard, all the emtions you've felt, and everything you've done during the time of listening to this album and the album its self all falls back onto each other during this song, "All that you touch, all that you see.......and everything under the sun is in tune, but the sun is eclipsed by the moon." and then the heartbeat fades out and you are left sitting there with nothing but silence. The pefect ending to the perfect album.

There's a reason why this album spent countless weeks on the charts, and why it's still being rediscovered today. I'm only 22 and have been into Pink Floyd and Darkside of the Moon for roughly over two years now, and te band and this album has single handly changed my life and the outlook I have on it. This album is everything the Human Race stands for and goes through, it's a brilliant concept, and every single person in this world can relate to this album. In the start and end, we all relate to Breath and Eclipse... and then On the Run, Time, The Great Gig in the Sky, Money, Us and Them, Any Colour You Like and Brain Damage are all factors in our life aswell. This album is unbelievable, it's perfect, and I love it. I'll See you on the Dark Side of the Moon.

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Posted Monday, October 10, 2005 | Review Permalink
Prognut
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5 stars The following 3 albums in PF life are their pinnacle IMHO!! Tis one, in spite of achieving worlwide success, and be the most selling album of all times...is not my favorite. I do have a soft spot for Time!..since it guided changes in my life of amazing personal significance...I still listen to it very frequently and will do so, for years to come until the day I die.... I do not know Why?, but I prefer to listen this album on rainny days..... 5 solid stars!!
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Posted Thursday, October 13, 2005 | Review Permalink
5 stars Although this is not my most favourite Floyd album I cannot give it less than five stars. It is impossible to overestimate its influence on all other 70's prog/rock albums... Production is superb for 1973 and still is a standard for other albums... Best tracks: Breathe, Time, Money, Us & Them Overall rating: 9.5/10 Summary: essential prog-rock gem
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Posted Monday, October 17, 2005 | Review Permalink
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3 stars I'm sorry but I simply must disagree with the vast bulk of reviewers for this album. This is quite possibly my least favorite Floyd album, mostly because I find the tunes to be overly bland. Don't get me wrong, there's certainly nothing musically offensive in any of the tunes, they simply fail to excite. "The Great Gig in the Sky" and "Us and Them" are perfect examples of the failings of this album in my opinion. A sign of a great prog album to my mind is a 20-25 minute track that feels like 7 minutes. A sign of a listless, dull prog album is a 7 minute song that feels like 20-25. And that's exactly what we have in those two tracks. The rest of the tracks just don't raise the bar much higher. What really astounds me is that this album rates so much higher than the truly great Floyd albums, Meddle and Animals. Both of which are light years beyond this in almost every respect. I'm not up on Floyd history, but the only thing that this album may have over those others is that Alan Parsons worked on the production. That's pretty darn cool. But he may have worked on other Floyd albums as well which I am not aware of.

Overall this rates as a slightly boring, barely progressive venture from Floyd. Ordinarily I'd give this a 2-2.5 star rating, but considering the (in my opinion undeserved) reputation of this album, people may look at you funny if you don't own this one, so...3 stars.

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Posted Tuesday, October 18, 2005 | Review Permalink
2 stars After playing this CD hundreds of times (many stoned) I have come to the opinion that its over rated yes ... brilliant perhaps compared to great CD`s like Yes ...Close to the Edge or King Crimsons ..Court of the Crimson King, Dark side probably falls short however that said its still enjoyable my only problem with it is its to commercial and its the engineering that makes its so popular not so much the material (pink floyd are not progressive rock thats a joke) they are a glorified blues band with simple time signatures and depressing lyrics (not very profound) but still I prefer these guys to the beatles anyday!
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Posted Wednesday, October 19, 2005 | Review Permalink
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4 stars You know, if I had been reviewing this album 15 years ago, I would not have hesitated to give it 5 stars. It deserves at least 4 for the historical significance alone. Personally, I have not been able to listen to this album for a number of years, as I have just gotten burnt out on hearing it. 10 years ago I saw Floyd on the Division Bell tour playing this album in its entirety. That is probably the last time I enjoyed hearing it, and that as much for the visual experience as the audio. But in fairness to the legendary status (deservedly so, I should add) of this album, I will say that is was without a doubt the best produced album of the entire 70's decade and certainly the only prog (or prog related) album to have such unprecedented commerical success. The music is, like most Floyd, fairly simplistic and spacey. But this release marked the beginning of more sophisticated music from them, as well as very cohesive concepts. This album flows better as a whole than anything they had done up to that point, but IMO future albums would out do it in composition and performance. Still, a legendary album that everyone who likes rock of any genre should hear at least once.
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Posted Saturday, October 22, 2005 | Review Permalink
5 stars Perfect. Absolutely perfect. Never before, or ever since, has there been a better album at displaying excellence, actively forwarding the progressive genre and showing just how purely talented a band can be. At several points in this album I find myself completely enthrawled and excited to be listening to something that just... has no... FLAW! It is awesomely orgasmic.
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Posted Monday, October 24, 2005 | Review Permalink
5 stars Although I always say I'm unsure of my favourite Floyd Album I must admit that the only album I ever put on and then lie around listening to is Dark Side.

The album is remarkable considering the time. Blues Rock dominated the day (and quite possibly for good reason) and yet Pink Floyd remained progressive. To be honest, I'm not sure if everyone considers them 'prog rock' as the connotation. It's important to remember that Floyd's music migrated far past the boundaries of just prog listeners. Their albums sold incredibly well. No other prog band even begins to rival Floyd in album sales. That statistic isn't intrinsically important but it is a testament to Dark Side's monumental appeal.

One hallmark of the album is that Floyd never compromises their vision for more flashy music that lacks the grace and melody so purposefully targeted on Dark Side. I think other prog bands' virtuosity may have been an unintended vice as they ignored the subtle yet vital production nuances that stamped Floyd's work. It is not surprising that Floyd took two years in between their most famous albums; the energy and discipline required for completion actually took over a single year.

The album's quality is almost surreal - until you conscientiously listen carefully and detect the traces of supreme refinement and craft. It's hard, though; few songs have a easily recognizable riff or bassline to immediately grasp ('Money' is a counter example). Rather the music is finely layered atop itself and then beneath itself, and once again atop. Gilmours soaring guitar will play in relation to Wright's keybooard and also allow Wright to play off the guitar. For a literary analogy the production of the album exhibits hermeneutic circle tendencies. You can also listen for the construction and in-studio ingenuity necessary for the cash register intro or the clocks intro or heart beat.

However, I prefer to lie peacefully listening to Dark Side of the Moon in the surreal state that was so laboriously crafted by Pink Floyd and generously offered to us listeners.

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Posted Monday, October 24, 2005 | Review Permalink
Raff
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5 stars DSotM is not so much a record as a part of my life. Though it's not my favourite Pink Floyd album, I cannot fail to recognise that it is a landmark in the history of rock music, nor forget that it was the soundtrack of many happy moments in my past. How times have changed... When I was a teenager, back in the '70s, we used to dance to the tune of "Us and Them". This might mean that the album was (and still is) seen as more mainstream than progressive (after all, no one danced to "Epitaph" or even "I Know What I Like"!) - but for a record such as this there are many other levels of interpretation.

For one thing, it shouldn't be forgotten that DSotM was groundbreaking at the time, for its use of various kinds of noises, for its state-of-the-art production, even for its minimalistic cover which did not mention either the band's name or the album's title. Then, it will forever be associated with a very particular historical period, that of the 'conquest' of space by humans. It may be true that the music is at times much closer to mainstream pop- rock than to other Floyd records, which is obviously one of the explanations for the album's enduring popularity. However, the lyrics are much darker than anything the music may suggest, dealing as they do with madness, death, violence and (of course) the power of money. The beautiful "The Great Gig in the Sky", with Clare Torry's soaring vocals (unequalled by any other vocalist who's ever performed on this track) and Rick Wright's romantic piano, is a wordless hymn to death. "Time", introduced by the sound of a ticking clock, boasts one of the best-ever lyrics by Roger Waters, with the immortal, all too true closing words "The time has gone, the song is over - Thought I'd something more to say."

The individual members of Pink Floyd may not be as virtuosic as their counterparts in, say, Yes or ELP, but they make the most of their instruments and of the technology at their disposal. The success of DSotM is also a question of chemistry, of the perfect blending of many elements. Two years later the band would go on to record what is perhaps their masterpiece (and my favourite), "Wish You Were Here". However, for those who are not familiar with PF's output, I think DSotM is an excellent starting point - provided one is able to go beyond the surface of an album that may sound easy on the ear, but is definitely not easy on the mind.

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Posted Wednesday, October 26, 2005 | Review Permalink
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5 stars That was the album that introduced me to the pleasures of progressive rock, back in 1988, when I was a teenager. I bought the record LP; here in a record store in my hometown, and immediately a brought it home to hear with my friends. One of them ask me immediately to record it on a cassette tape. About the album, I must say that is absolutely superb. The quality of execution, the care with the arrangements, and the immaculate production by Alan Parsons are absolutely marvellous! The special effects, the ambient of tranquillity, the good taste of the composition, everything is in perfect tune, along with the album cover itself. So many years passed, but DSOTM is present in my life with all the freshness of the beginning. That is a masterpiece, and the very first "guilty" act of my prog-mania!
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Posted Wednesday, October 26, 2005 | Review Permalink
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5 stars Dark side of the moon......lets see thats the one that caused the space rock revoulution it made prog rock "COOL" in america..EVERY single song in this album (exept mayby on the run) is beautiful and flawless. it is and always will be the number one prog album.. though maybe as lyricly good as WYWH,animals,thewall,or TFC. it is the number one. Way to go Pink Floyd and way to go Darkside of the Moon
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Posted Wednesday, October 26, 2005 | Review Permalink
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5 stars This has to be damned close to being the No.1 essential album of anyones collection from a collectors point of view. The first time I ever got 'stoned', this was the one playing at the party. Along with 'To our children's children's children' by the Moody Blues, this one, I played constantly over the next 'blown away' year. The sound effects at the time seemed light years ahead, and salesmen who wanted to flog stereo's used this as their demo. However, I don't play it much these days, it's hard-wired into my brain, so pointless ("I certainly was in the right...").

It spent many years on Billboards chart, so somebody must have liked it.

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Posted Saturday, October 29, 2005 | Review Permalink
5 stars Dark Side Of The Moon it has nothing to do with drugs, it has to do with magic. Magic that enable listeners to know every world, drum beat, and guitar riff. That is what Dark Side is about. It was Pink Floyd's way of connecting to those who would listen. And alot of people have listened. It's easy to identify with, after all it is about human life and what we all experience everyday of our lives. That is why it is the greatest music ever, because its about humanity, something all know a lttle about.

Between the cardiac strokes that that open and close the album representing the cycle of the life. The album focuses on the certain pressures/neurosis the human´s encounter in his/her life: Alienation (Breathe) , Stress (On The Run) Anxiety (Time), Isolation and Division (Us and them, Any Colour You Like ), Ambition (Money), Death (Great Gig In The Sky) and the insanity as only real exit (Brain Damage and Eclipse). The Dark Side of the Moon represents the obscure soul human being and madness is explored under a rationality mantle used for construction of a full workmanship of tragic humanism.

1. Speak To Me/Breathe 5/5

2. On The Run 4,8/5

3. Time 5/5

4. The Great Gig In The Sky 5/5

5. Money 4,5/5

6. Us And Them 5/5

7. Any Colour You Like 5/5

8. Brain Damage 5/5

9. Eclipse 5/5

Final Note: This is probably Pink Floyd's best-known work, and it's an excellent place to start if you're new to the band.

5+4,8+5+5+4,5+5+5+5+5 = 44,3

44,3 : 9 = 4,92

Essential - A masterpiece of progressive music.

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Posted Saturday, November 05, 2005 | Review Permalink
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5 stars i really like Pink Floyd because it is very diferent to all the modern music i'm used to. On the run is good because it really scares you at the begging! and i like all the cash machine sounds! Time is good because when it starts it makes you feel like nothings happening and then RRRRRRIIIIIIIING!!!! My favorite is on the run because i like the way its all put together. so - i would acctually give it 4.75 stars - not 5, but 5 is closest. i give it 4.75 because it is REALLY good and origional, but some of the songs don't make sense.
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Posted Saturday, November 05, 2005 | Review Permalink
Carl floyd fan
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4 stars Defiantly an excellent album but not quite the classic most people make it out to be. Speak to me opens with memorable lyrics before sending you into a dizzying cycle of spaciness in On the run. Don't relax because the alarm clocks on the track "Time" send you spiraling back to earth where some of the best vocals in floyd history await. For me the great gig in the sky was a let down and I found the female guest vocals offensive to my ear and quite annoying, which is where the album loses half a star. Fair enough..nine tracks..each track about a half star each. Money is a classic song once it gets going, not digging parts of it but overall, once you get to the guitar solo it is amazing. US and them seems like filler which is where the album is forced down to 4 star territory. It was simply a boring song for me. Though the climax at the end earns it some points. At this point the album closes with 3 very touching/psychotic (however you want to look at it) tracks and a perfect climax One of These Days, one of the best closing songs ever. I can see why many people would give this 4.5 or 4.75 or even 5 stars. I remain firm in my 4 star rating and even explained myself a little. Still, pick this album up folks!
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Posted Wednesday, November 09, 2005 | Review Permalink
5 stars Where to start with this album? Probably one of the best known albums or all time, whether you're a fan of prog or not. Constant plays on the radio have somewhat dumbed the album down, but when you sit down, and take your time to actually LISTEN to it, it becomes one of the most important experiences in a person's life.

A slow, quiet heartbeat starts off the album, with random sounds that make no sense at the time. Money chinging? Clocks ticking? People talking? What could this all MEAN? Suddenly the sonic landscape bursts into flames of colour and emotion with Breathe, the first of the many space rock tunes on the album. "Breathe/Breathe in the air/Don't be afraid to care" coos guitarist David Gilmour as he slides his guitar to and fro in front of Roger Waters's quick hits of bass.

As the song nears it's end, it suddeny takes a complete turn and goes from a soothing, relaxing tune to one of worry and pressure, On the Run. What can be considered an early version of a techno song may very well be one of the greatest uses of early synthesizers ever recorded. The VSC3 hums and murmurs as sounds of quickly walking people whiz by in a cacophny of quickness and urgency.

As if the sonic attack on one's ears through feet and synthesized helicopters were not enough, the song tricks you into thinking it's over, yet comes back in full force with a blitz of clocks all ringing at once! David Gilmour sings about the pressures of life and how we have no time in our lives left to do everything we need until we die. He tops it off with an amazing guitar solo that truly show that Pink Floyd were at the top of their game, and it was just begining. The song reprises Breathe, and it seems to fit in perfectly with the song as it flows to the soaring The Great Gig in the Sky.

Rick Wright's piano starts us off slow with beautiful sounds from his ebony and ivory keys. Sounds of people talking aobut dying start of the song "I am not afraid of dying" claims one. Suddenly, Clare Torry's voice bring the song to atmospheric heights and sooths back down.

The only time the music stops is at this point, due to the two-sidedness of records.

Now the sound of money chinging makes sense. Money starts off with this sound and layered on top of it is a brilliant Roger Waters bass line. David Gilmour once again sings here, saying how money will corrupt you but everyone needs it. Not one but TWO guitar solos mark this track, and Gilmour handles them with blazing mettle.

Of all the Pink Floyd one-two punches, there is none more potent and beautiful than this. Us and Them and Any Colour You Like. Us and them is a brilliant song with some of the best lyrics you'll ever hear in music. "Forward he cried from the rear/And the front rank died/The General sat and the lines on the map/Moved from side to side" sing Gilmour and Wright in beautiful unison. Then it's off the the even more brilliant Any Colour You Like, which showcases each member's individul talents. If you havent heard these tracks before, you must do it. It's more important than you think.

Fnally, we end with the most birlliant ending to a Floyd album, Brain Damage/Eclipse. Roger Waters sings about insanity caused by the pressues mentioned throughout the album, and on Eclipse the album builds and builds and builds and reverts back to that heartbeat, completing the cycle.

Thus ends one of the most brilliant and influential albums of all time. And there were more to come.

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Posted Thursday, November 10, 2005 | Review Permalink
4 stars Ah, the fabled DSOTM. Referenced by all forms of media, heard and owned by millions, yet somehow... prog! Our favourite subgenre's most famous album, even. Does it deserve such a distinction? Well...

Speak to me: Many often complain about the filler in other albums, but this piece of junk seems to be praised everywhere. I don't understand that at all. Sure, the heartbeat at the start is a nice little intro, but I can't say I care for the sound effects used over the course of the album all mashed together. I'm not saying it's Seamus-esque, but it's certainly not worthwhile either. 2/10.

Breathe: This is a very good song and what I wish had kicked the album off. "Breathe! Breathe in the air!" is a fabolous opening lyric and the instrumentation displayed over the song makes it useful. Not fantastic, but again, very good. 8/10.

On the run: Out of all of the songs on this album, this seems to be the one that people pick when they have to pick one they dislike. I have to disagree with that, I think this is a nice little transition between Breathe and its sister song. Repetitive? Certainly. Still good? Again, certainly. 8/10.

Time: This is where the album kicks into overdrive. I find the clocks at the beginning very annoying, but once you get past that (about thirty seconds in) the song is pretty close to perfection. I love the build up to the lyrics, the following part and the reprise of Breathe at the end. In my opinion, the best song on the album. 9/10, would be a 10 if it didn't have those annoying clocks.

Great gig in the sky: Time's closest rival for the title of "best", in my view. I can imagine that by themself, the vocals would be pretty plain and American Idol-esque. Yet somehow, the band has created a fantastic backing for them and turned it into a wonderful song. 9/10, as the first side comes to a close.

Money: No word on if we're in colour yet. The wildly popular single is a very good song, aside from the fact that it seems to drag on at some points. I love the Parry saxophone and just about everything about this track. 9/10.

Us and them: The album's longest song takes over where Money left off and provides some nice spacey sounds. Again, I like the saxophone, but not as much as on the previous song. The loud part that comes in at about 5:55 and ends at 6:20 may be the best short stretch on the album, beating out the similar stretches earlier and later on due to the lack of vocals. I like the vocals, I just like the other part better. 8/10.

Any colour you like: More nice spacey sounds as the album heads down the home stretch. Wright shows off a bit here, much like he did in backing on the last track of the first side. 9/10.

Brain damage: "I'll see you, on the dark side, of the moon". Such a great line. The lyrics are nice... but hey, lyrics don't make a song good. Music does... and the music here is kind of bland. 7/10.

Eclipse: Essentially the second part of "Brain damage", but with a slightly different tone in lyrics. What was nearly the title track provides a bland ending to the album... though I do like the heartbeat, again. 7/10.

Overall, like few others, I don't see what all the fuss is about. Yeah, it has some very nice parts, but to call this an automatic masterpiece (or their best album) is just lunacy to me. I'll give it four stars and that's a slight stretch. It's probably more like 3.5... but the site doesn't allow for such a thing.

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Posted Tuesday, November 15, 2005 | Review Permalink
1 stars Scientists around the world should quit researching stuff like genetic engineering and come up with a proper explanation of why this album is so (annoyingly) popular. I like Floyd - they don't have the musicianship of bands like Genesis, but I can see what people like about The Wall, Wish You Were Here, even Division Bell. However , I cant see anything special about "Dark Side..." at all. Maybe they cover every CD, vinyl or cassette copy with some hallucinogenic substance that makes everyone a fan upon contact (which would explain why I don't like it as I have a burned copy). Seriously, almost nothing about this album interests me : not the music (the songs are very simplistic, usually based on some common chord progression that lasts throughout the track), nor the concept (we all know war and money is evil, get over it). The only stuff that kept my attention was "Us and Them" ( nice sax solo by Dick Perry) and a couple metaphors in the lyrics I liked. And did I mention this ain't even prog?
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Posted Sunday, November 20, 2005 | Review Permalink
5 stars Dark Side of the Moon is unquestionably one of the most important and inspiring rock albums of all time. Every song is incredible and it all fits together flawlessly. No music collection is complete without this one. Maybe the best album of all time along with In the Court of the Crimson King. From the opening heart beats to the closing heartbeats Dark Side lacks absolutely nothing.
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Posted Sunday, November 20, 2005 | Review Permalink
Marc Baum
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5 stars "Dark Side Of The Moon" by Pink Floyd isn't only one of the top achivements of progressive rock to this very day, but for music in general. I've waited long to give a review to it, what I consider to be my favourite record of all time, now as I've seen the misplaced one star review by this strange guy I decided to give a statement.

"Dark Side..." is the album, that changed the whole music world. A brilliantly produced concept album, which contains not only music, it's an experience to remember to the rest of your life. The definitive soundtrack to the galaxy, the sun- system, the inner self of the human nature and our material world. Mastermind Roger Waters wrote all of the lyrics, and composed a big part of the pieces, that seem to be like a musicianal tour-de-force dedicated to the moon and the universe. About the single pieces on the record I think I don't need to say anything more, that was already done by some of other collaborators. I only want to add, that this album inspires whole generations of young musicians and those, who are abled to make it big. For my personal situation, the record is a part of my life since I was a little child, it introduced me to become a highly interested person to the big world of rock music. I know that I'm not the only one, who feels the same about this experience of an album. Still today this record introduces young people to "real" music, who don't give a s**t to the nowadays chart oriented, cloned and more and more often casted plastic-pop crap, which is played in radio and music television (hello MTV, how are you?) on a wide base. I feel, that I am getting very direct and concrete in this, so please understand my point as a reaction to the lost sense of innovations in the music world of today. Music is still about personal taste, so it's for anybody the decision to make, what wants to be heard. I know, that there never will be a band again like Pink Floyd, which sets such innovations and standards for the whole music scene. Specially a group of musicians, who makes progressive rock music on such a huge floor. The boys of Pink Floyd made progressive music with "Dark Side Of The Moon" fit for society back in '73, which still has huge impact on this very day. How important the music of "Dark Side Of The Moon" is, shows the bound it makes between the people. Listen to a song like "Us And Them". Who doesn't feel belonged together with the nearest people in her/his life on a emotional side by listening to this and also understands the lyrics, can't be helped.

If there is only one cd I could take with me on a desert island, this would finally be it. Harsh but true! That this album is flawless for what it is, mustn't be said again. No other music album stands higher in my humble oppinion, not even "Sgt. Pepper" or "The White Album". My highest recommendation to all people who have ears, that can listen (and for addition a heart to feel and a brain to think).

10/10 points = 100 % on MPV scale = 5/5 stars

point-system: 0 - 3 points = 1 star / 3.5 - 5.5 points = 2 stars / 6 - 7 points = 3 stars / 7.5 - 8.5 points = 4 stars / 9 - 10 points = 5 stars

Essential: a masterpiece of progressive music

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Posted Sunday, November 20, 2005 | Review Permalink
5 stars Well, I think there's little I can say about this album that has not been previously mentioned before. My father was a big Floyd's fan back in their days and I didn't pay attention to them until recently (which I think it is shame but anyway). He had this record on tape and he claimed it was one of the best records of all time. And man, how right he was. This album was one of the biggest success that came out in the seventies and one of the cornerstones of prog music and music in general. Every single song of this record is a masterpiece and something unique, and anyone who is interested in space rock and psychedelic melodies should, no, must take a listen to them

The album starts with a heartbeat and some other sounds that are yet to be present in the rest of the album in "Speak to me". Then we arrive at "Breathe", one of my favourites of the album, in this incarnation and the next mixed with "Time". Excellent vocal and guitar work in both ocassions. Then we have "On The Run", a song that introduces an electronic psychedelic tune that could have been perfectly used in a composition of our years. Incredible. Then we have "Time" along with the "Breathe" reprise, with the funny sound of clocks at the begining. An emotive piano arrangement introduces us into "The Great Gig in The Sky", accompanied with an excellent vocal work performed by who I think is Clare Torry. "Money" is the big classic hit, and I don't think that anyone on Earth has not listened this song at least once in his/her life. Not to mention it is a very good song. Afterwards, we can listen "Us and Them", the most spacy and, in my opinion, elegant song of the album. Five stars. "Any colour you like" focus on the synths, and it is a good piece considering we are in the early seventies. And finally "Brain Damage" and "Eclipse" make their purpose as the closure of the album.

So, I have enjoyed this album very much, song by song, and that is not something that every band can achieve in my case. So, now I understand why Pink Floyd are always mentioned as one of the biggest bands from the seventies (along with their symphonic brothers, "Yes" and "Genesis", of course)

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Posted Wednesday, November 30, 2005 | Review Permalink
Atkingani
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4 stars And here we go... the most known, popular and probably well succeeded (comercially speaking) work of the entire porgressive universe (ufff!!!). Dozens of people say they like prog-rock or that they are prog-fans only for counting with this LP/CD in their collections. Among prog-fans passion flows (and sometimes blood too) with fierce defenders and phleugmatic critics placed in opposite sides (not of the Moon, indeed) and the moderate ones being fired by both contenders in several occasions.

Unquestionably a great work and the success it gets is really deserved but after hearing works from many other prog bands including Pink Floyd there is a certain feeling of pretentiousness or even affectation. The album was made as if it were a conceptual work but songs seem much more a bunch gathered randomly with few connections among them except for the duo 'Time/Breathe'.

The songs:
1) Speak to me & 2) Breathe - not a spectacular opening but the seesaw effect between the afflicted crying and the calmness that follows calls for our attention.
3) On the run - only a synth experience - no singing, no playing; it smells like a filler.
4) Time/Breathe (reprise) - here things start to happen and in a great mood; one of the album's peaks. The fusion between two different tunes ('Time' & 'Breathe') does a connection that even not intentionally makes the songs a kind of xyphopagus siblings.
5) The great gig in the sky - another peak; a marvelous one undoubtedly.
6) Money - musical time changing is worhty; singing and playing are outstanding.
7) Us and them - best track in the album, one of the best Floyd's songs. Saxophone (an instrument I don't like too much) supplies a perfect backing and impressive solo segment.
8) Any colour you like - a relax after the emotional previous track.
9) Brain damage - dramatic and funny too, a very amusing song.
10) Eclipse - an ok ending, a sum of all album effort.

A great production, clearly an excellent addition to any prog (or music) collection. Total: 4 stars.

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Posted Monday, December 19, 2005 | Review Permalink
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5 stars What needs an album to be called "Timeless"? In my humble point of view I think an album is timeless when you can hear it at any period of time in your life and you still find the music as fresh as the same time you heard it for the first time. And that's what happen to me when I hear this album.

And it has other points that makes it even more remarkable. Perhaps with the expection of some Beatles albums, no other album has being talked as much as this one, even in some very unusual topics. The lyrics are stunning, marvelous, and can be discussed by anyone in any period of time and mostly, they are human. In some moment in our lives we can relate to them. They fit perfectly in the certain emotions on the human condition and you connect with them without counting which part of the world you live on.

It has the most known cover than any album ever. Wherever you are, you will find this cover somewhere and always as a symbol of something beyond our reality. Something bigger than us.

And what about the urban myth about you can synchronize the album with the "Wizard of Oz" movie? Even if the same Waters or Gilmour denied this, It still a hot topic in the fan community worldwide.

It's an album full of emotion, in the concept as in the mood of the band's members. Roger Waters has always said that this album (and the later ones after this) was mostly his brainchild. Everybody knows about the "who made who" feud between the members specially Waters and David Gilmour. But as far as they say or go, I think this album is the sum of all the parts of four very talented musicians.

It has live by itself. And you can feel it only by hearing "Speak To Me", the pounding, the feeling of something growing. And what you can say of the roto-toms beginning of "Time" by Nick Mason? It's simply stunning.

I remember in a documentary the story behind Clare Torry's vocal recording of "The Great Gig In The Sky" (Only the title is incredible!!!) about how she left the studio ashamed after she did her part because she thought she did some awful job... little she knew she was doing rock'n'roll history!

Who can't relate with "Money"? The catchy 7/4 intro is already a classic. I invite you to show "Us and Them" to any person, young or old, and dare him or her to tell you the song is not a beautiful opus.

It is said "Brain Damage" is some kind of tribute of Roger Waters to Syd Barret. I don't really know, but who in anytime of the day don't want to be the lunatic on the grass waiting to be at the Dark Side of The Moon?

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Posted Tuesday, December 20, 2005 | Review Permalink
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5 stars This is one of the most important and incredible album of contemporary music.. In my opinion it's essential, absolutely a masterpiece. As you can listen from "Time", "money", "us and them", masterpieces of whole rock music, and the marvellous "breathe"...The magic power of this album manage to led you in a surrealistic world and after all, when your head will explode, then I'll see you on the dark side of the moon...
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Posted Saturday, December 24, 2005 | Review Permalink
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5 stars I first got into Pink Floyd as a teenager when Another Brick in the Wall was released - this was when I was into Punk Rock! I subsequently bought a number of other Floyd albums - like Meddle and Obscured by Clouds - on repeated listenings (as with all Floyd stuff - you need to give it 4 or 5 times before it starts giving you goose-pimples!) I grew to love these. I then later bought Dark Side. At that age I absolutely loved Money first and foremost, then TIme, then Them and Us. But I didn't really get into the rest of it, and if asked then I may have only given this 3 or 4 stars - that is I was a little disappointed, considring all the hype. In recent times, however, no longer able to play vinyls, I acquired the CD - now knowing the whole Pink Floyd story - Syd Barrett's plight and Roger Waters concept of madness, it gave it all a brand new meaning. It suddenly became awesome throughout. I now understand. Then I only listened to Pink Floyd - now I can HEAR it. This surely amongst all Prog (sorry dirty word) albums is the greatest - most experimental, most diverse, most simple, yet most complicated, and more approachable than any other. But please listen seeral times - and preferably late at night when you are somewhat tired. Looking at your list of Top 100 Prog albums of all, I couldn't understand why this isn't No1. After all, ask someone on the street - have they heard of 'Close to the Edge' or 'Selling England' - not likely - but Dark side of the Moon - no doubt. However, last week I had a conversation with a friend of mine from my teenage years, and I mentioned Pink Floyd and Progressive rock. 'Thye're not Prog rock!' he gasped - that's stuff like Yes and Genesis he said. I said - Space Rock then - at that he laughed in more agreement.

I guess he's right - at least to an extent. I'd never heard the term 'Prog rock' until a couple of years ago. When asked what sort of music I lied (when younger), I would say (amongst other stuff), oh 'stuff like Genesis, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull and Gong' - I didn't know what to call it (a little frustratingly). I was almost pleased when I heard the term.

I suppose Pink Floyd isn't like Yes and early Genesis - it is a whole lot simpler, and actually more approachable (if you play the right albums) - but can't you see that's makes it so utterly brilliant. I guess therefore in terms of 'Prog rock' then I might forgive putting 'Close to the Edge' as No1. But as an album from any genre, Dark Side of the Moon is far greater - and correspondingly much more famous. I apologise to all you Yes and Genesis fans - don't get me wrong I do like their music too (particularly Genesis, as I don't like Jon Anderson's voice (sorry), but to me Pink Floyd are the and always will be the greatest - and this - Dark Side - is the most sublime of all.

The testiment to this, is when a teenage friend of my sons drew the pyramid in the sand on a beach holiday. Another wore a Dark Side T-shirt, and yet another was air- guitaring to TIme. This is a new generation, and they like it. I don't think they'll understand Close to The Edge (sorry Yes-men - by the way I really appreciate Rick Wakeman's Christian Faith).

For the guy who thought it was cold and only gave this 3 stars - don't play it for a year or two, read the story of Syd Barrett and how Pink Floyd then went on to develop this - understand it all, then try again - maybe it won't sound so cold anymore.

This truly is THE masterpiece (although most of the Floyd albums are, except perhaps Ummagumma). Please could I give it 6 stars?

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Posted Thursday, December 29, 2005 | Review Permalink
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2 stars *pling ploing* Really Mr. Floyd. Playing with a cash register? Didn't you get this out of your system on the ridiculous Ummagumma? My dear friends, only Frank Zappa can get away with something like this, you however can't. This is inexcusable silliness of the highest order. The funny thing is that this album is still a sell out of sorts even with the cash register moves these lads are trying to pull. The whole thing is so lightweight that it comes as no surprise that this album has sold so much. Of course the Floyd had been wandering aimlessly in the darkness for several years in search of some substance and they wouldn't find it until Wish You Were Here. The album isn't totally disposable though it's worth hearing at least once to know why Pink Floyd are still so famous (hint Piper at the Gates of Dawn and not the *pling ploing* of this record).
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Posted Friday, December 30, 2005 | Review Permalink
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5 stars This is a classic album by Pink Floyd, and one of the best album ever!

Speak to me: Star with heartbeats and some voices, great introduction!

Breathe: Some girl screams and Breathe come. Nice instrumental part on the beginning, and beautiful voices saying: "Breaaaath, breaaaath in the aaiiiir", very nice and simple lyrics.

On the run: The first time i heard this song, i get scared! A very sinister song. Contains a nice drum all time, and some airplane noices. This song talks about the rush of the humanity. You can hear too some airport noices and a man running. Very good instrumental song.

Time: I believe this is one of the bests song done in the history of all music. Just an amazing song, with a powerful lyrics. She stars with clock doing ticktock and with bells. I can't say more.. forgive me, but you need to listen to this song. It's just perfect!

The Great Gig in the Sky: This is one of the most beautiful songs ever. Have a nice work of piano by Wright, and a beautiful voice of woman in all the song, he scream so good! It's so good to hear her voice, it makes you relax.

Money: Just a classic song! But a very good song too of course :). This song talks about money, obviously. Have a nice instrumental part in the middle of music. Very Good!

Us and Them: "Us.. and them.. , and after all... we're only ordinary men.." I don't know what the lyrics talk about, but it's sounds beautiful anyway. This is the bigger song of the album with 7 min, with a very good saxophones. Another classic song that you should listen! :)

Any Colour You Like: Another instrumental song, sounds very good, have a nice work of Gilmour's guitar. When you listen his solo, you think he is screaming with the solo, but he don't. It's just the guitar. Strange but very good song.

Brain Damage: One of my favorites from the album, have some laughs of men in it. And after Brain Damage comes the last song Eclipse.

Eclipse: I believe this is the most beautiful end of an album in the history of music. All lyrocs are: "All that you touch, all that you see .. ", this song says EVERYTHING! it talks about all you ever do. And the end of it is just beautiful with nice work of Waters, Gilmour and and.. oh the whole band! :)

This album is a masterpiece of progressive and world music. TOTALLY RECOMENDED!

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Posted Saturday, January 07, 2006 | Review Permalink
Eclipse
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5 stars One of Pink Floyd's greatest works, DSOTM shows how this band deals with the human emotions on the great lyrics written by Roger Waters in a concept album that marked PF's carrer forever. Musically and lyrically mesmerizing, this album managed to atract a huge audience from all over the world, which is explained by the simple fact that it is one most sold albums ever. Prog or not prog, it doesn't matter. What matters is how it touches you, how it makes you think about your life in general. This is what music is about. I won't comment the Oz thing here, but if Floyd managed to make such a synch, then all i can say is "they are more geniuses than i thought". One can recognize how hard it is to produce an album this consistent and great and make it synch with a movie being played three times, right? Absolutely essential, but they still managed to make even better stuff!
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Posted Sunday, January 08, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars You could believe that this was made at 90's, if sounds are better. So many unbelievable solos and ideas in these songs. Before when i was younger i think that who could like music like Pink Floyd? it's so OLD! But i was wrong, it sounds like brand new!

I specially like guitarsolos and simple and weird keyboardlines in this album. Can't say any bad things, it's just so good!

PS. Compare construction of this album and Dream Theater: Metropolis Pt. II. there's much similarity!

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Posted Tuesday, January 10, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars Everything about this album was alredy said. Everybody know this album. Some love it, some don't. But here's my voice. Released in 1973 is one of the best selling album ever. No wonder why. It's prog rock masterpiece. It is very good musically and of course lirycally. One of my favourite lirycs are Time and Eclipse. So true and real. There is so many good melodies, so many moods and great athmosphere. It also contains great guitar solos on Time and Money, great keyboard work on The Great Gig In The Sky and Any Colour You Like.

This album is a basic part of every progressive (and not only) rock collection.

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Posted Wednesday, January 11, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars I can't understand who gives 3 or 4 stars to this masterpiece...(and I can't stand who gives 1 or 2....impossible to believe..)Meddle is a prelude to this one, and the psychedelic sound of the origins has now maturated. The lisergic roots are now more evidents and very near to the progressive sound, (Brain Damage, Brethe, on the run), and what we can say about Time? one of the greatest song ever written. ...and what about the voice of "the great gig in the sky"?nothing to say...just some serious note of respect! ...the dark side of our soul, the misterious link between human beings and the Moon, the allucination which enslave human mind... ...and after all you can just sit upon the grass and, feeling your head while explodes, see you on the dark side of the moon...
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Posted Thursday, January 19, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars Being in a band, I like to study other musicians trying to pick up on what everyone is doing and hopefully some of it would rub off on me. I listen to band such as Yes, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Genesis, and Gentle Giant and there comes a point where I say to myself, well, I can't do that. But when I listen to Pink Floyd, I can say, Hey, I can do that! Yet, when I try, I can't. If you listen carefully to the Dark Side of The Moon, you can hear why some people say that it's overrated. The beats and the melodies are so slow and so simple, but, that is where people get stumped. Pink Floyd had the patience to make such slow and ambient music and I say that that is the secret. Patience! Everyone else wants to show off with their instruments in other bands and in the end they never sound like Pink Floyd for the lack of patience when making their music. My only criticism about the Dark Side is "Money". Not that it's a bad song, but it just doesn't belong with the rest of the Album. In order to stay in the same continuous mood when listening to the album, I always skip "Money". Again, it's just not the right mood.
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Posted Sunday, January 22, 2006 | Review Permalink
belz
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4 stars 4.3/5.0

This is a great album, a milestone of music in the seventies. That said, I don't believe it is a progressive masterpiece as I don't even think this is pure progressive music. The album is good, with great songs, however "Money" just isn't prog music: this is rock, or maybe pop-rock. It does not mean it is bad, no... It just isn't prog.

The great thing about "Dark Side of the Moon" is probably the fact that it is aging so well. It was recorded more than 30 years ago, still the music is somehow very 'modern'. I can understand that many people say this is a masterpiece and put 5/5, and I would agree if we were only rating the importance an album had on its era, however I believe there were much better albums, musically speaking, than this one. 4.3/5.0 seems fair to me.

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Posted Monday, January 23, 2006 | Review Permalink
Jacques.Jeuri
5 stars What can be said about this Album ? Untouchable,like God.The best record ever made,by the best band ever.Essential.A classic.An absolute masterpiece,just PERFECT.It changed radically the way music would be composed and lyrics would be written for ever.I know DSOTM since it was realeased in 1973 (I was 16 than),and I'm still not tired of it,even if I listen to it 10 times in a row...It's already music history,and people within a few centuries will listen to it as a piece of Art it really is.Buy it,copy it,steal it,but AFFORD it a way or another,listen to it and be amazed.A MUST HAVE.5 BIG stars.I would give it even 50 if it was possible.
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Posted Tuesday, January 24, 2006 | Review Permalink
kendernay.att
5 stars This is my favourite Pink Floyd's album and one of my favourite prog rock album. Excellent songs with great sound effects. It contains psichedelic, progressive and popular rock elements. Timeless prog rock composition, if you didn't listen to this album, you should buy it. Recommended for all prog rock fans.
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Posted Tuesday, February 07, 2006 | Review Permalink
4 stars "Dark Side Of The Moon" is probably the best Pink Floyd album considering songwriting. It's the last album featuring songwriting from all members of the band too. The music is well balanced between space rock and pop rock, the production is awesome, Roger Waters is at his best vocally. Each song continues to the next one so there is no time to breathe between songs. A truly great album.

"Speak To Me/Breathe" opens the album very slowly with a relaxing feeling. "On The Run" continues with a spooky atmosphere. "Time" brings back the smoothness again - one of the best Pink Floyd songs. "The Great Gig In The Sky" is again an outstanding song - great vocals, great piano. "Money" is probably the best known song from Pink Floyd (with "Another brick in the wall Pt 2") - very pop oriented, nice to hear live in an extended format. "Us And Them" is maybe the reason why I wouldn't give five stars to this album - this song sounds much too cheezy compared to the rest of the songs on the album. "Any Colour You Like" is a nice instrumental which leads to the final part with "Brain Damage" (a classic again) and "Eclipse", two pure Waters tracks giving a good preview of next Pink Floyd albums. Rating: 86/100

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Posted Tuesday, February 07, 2006 | Review Permalink
[email protected]
2 stars A masterpiece of rock, although I cannot say that for it's prog elements. I think the plethora of forum topics discussing how prog this album really is has gotten to me. I think the songs are great. I particularly love 'Us and Them' but I cannot in good conscience consider this a staple of prog rock.

Lots of it is straightforward melody lines that are beautiful, well layered with other intruments, and well produced, but none the less they fall into pretty regular confines. I think the immense accessibility of the album generates some of my feelings. I know a handful of their fans - ney, a majority - who would never consider the music prog. They'd think we prog-heads are trying to assume some relevance where very little exists.

Again, this isn't to say I don't love Pink Floyd, but it's for fans only (albeit they have more than all other prog acts put together).

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Posted Tuesday, February 07, 2006 | Review Permalink
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5 stars Needless to say, this album is iconic. I first acquired it back in the early 1970s. It was a great place to start my progressive rock collection. It has all the elements, odd meters, multi-track layering, inspired lyrics, great ensemble playing and a truly well though out concept. Yet, it is accessible. This album is one of ten, to which I would grant a five star rating. It is truly essential.

To me this album ends the golden age of progressive rock, which started with the Beatles Tomorrow Never Knows. This song opened up a new perception and emphasis in popular music with the lyric, "Turn off your mind, relax and float down stream." British popular music now tackled social and spiritual issues. The closing words of Eclipse answered this request with the response, " Everything under the sun is in tune but the sun is eclipsed by the moon." From its opening, this album questions the naivete and innocense of the '60s counterculture in its desire to change the world. It ends with a reminder that finding answers in life is not as easy as tuning out or separating oneself from the realities of life.

This album is an attempt to addresss contemporary issues in a mature light and in that sense it is Floyd's Sgt. Pepper, their coming of age. I cannot imagine that anybody has not heard most of this album, either on the radio growing up in the 1970s or in their parent's car growing up in the 1990s. Its popularity should not detract from the fact that this is a classic and exceptional album. It is well done from song to song with interesting tempos, sounds and instrumentation that create varying moods and provocative subject matter.

The songs ask one to examine ones life before it is too late, in order to lead a meaningful life. Such a topic is very deeply thought for such young men and its timeless theme is part of its timeless success. I have know doubt that it will continue to be the quintessential representation of music in the 1970s even one hundred years after its release.

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Posted Tuesday, February 07, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars This album is a masterpiece from beginning to end. Accessible yet progressive it will stand out in 100 years time as one of the rock genres great pieces. Some have said the lyrics let it down, being too reminscent of the lower sixth form. Well the retort to that is rock at its best should possess the sensibilities and perspective of youth. Good as subsequent Floyd albums are, this is their high water mark and maybe prog rocks also, incredibly influential at the time and certainly as important as Sgt Pepper. My favourite track? Time without a doubt but you need to turn up the volume, take a couple of drinks and let it take you away.
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Posted Saturday, February 11, 2006 | Review Permalink
Kotro
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5 stars This will be a quick review, on which I will not dabble about describing each song and what instruments are played and how, but on my general view of this album. Dark Side of the Moon took some time to grow on me, having heard before all albums that followed it. At first I did find it flawed, with periods of perfection inbetween what looked like helpless fillers. A few years after listening to it, and with time to grasp it's full meaning after being explained like a 6-year old what it was all about, I cannot cease to praise it's brilliance. Dark Side of the Moon is a masterpiece of studio production, with dozens of people involved in its conception, all of which did a superb job. Such a symbiosis of brilliant minds working towards the goal of becoming rich and famous, leaving, as a bonus, a masterpiece not only of prog, but music in general. With this album, Pink Floyd and Company own nothing to other prog giants, or, for that matter, to the great musicias troughout History.
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Posted Tuesday, February 14, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars If you think what is the most important prog album, the one that bring lot of people in the prog range, THAT is the one! I remember my young days, how DSOTM blow my brain. Fantastic memories!

It's not a good thing that this album was so often played in radio, 'cause it need a bit of effort to find always the right taste,... for something you taste neerly every day.

Too much listenings kill the magic.

But... if you forget this album for a year or more... Listen it once again. The mzagic is still there.

Probably the perfect engenired album ever recorded. Listen to the 5.1 SACD album and you will understand! By the time, thanks to company who remaster in that format.

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Posted Saturday, February 18, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars Dark Side.. cliche, I know, but I have to say that this is my favorite album. The question why doesn't even need to be asked.

Now I don't mean to sound conceited or anything, but I listen to a lot of music, and I do get a bit carried away when I find something new. Dark side is the thing I listen to when it comes for me to stop being obsessed with whatever. It's the musical standard, that everything else is judged on. There's no other album I can think of that's more dynamic in every field imaginable than Dark Side- the amount of people it inspired, the unique sound it produced. Each and every track flows perfectly into the other (well.. with the exception of Great Gig going into Money).

Speak To Me/Breathe is an amazing song, captivating you from the beginning with the guitar and bass that just work so well together. the drums, though not the best, are simple and flow well with the other instruments. The singing is amazing, as are the lyrics. The song then slowly, but perfectly, goes into..

On the Run, which is a great instrumental. Though many believe it can't compare to Pink Floyd's other instrumentals (Careful With that Axe, Eugene, Atom Heart Mother), it's still a great track. The music makes you feel as if you're moving, and goes into one of the best songs of the album..

Time. UGH Time! The song is just so great. It's the first Pink Floyd song I heard, and truthfully, my first taste of good music, except for Radiohead. I guess you can say that the alarms ringing in the beginning woke me up. The lyrics are just so powerful, and everything works so well, that you can't help but appreciate the song. The breathe reprise, too, is great, and the two together can easily be considered one of my favorite songs. The song it leads, into, though..

The Great Gig In The Sky, is just truly a work of art. The piano playing has a really bluesy feeling in it, and the singing. Oh my god, the singing! Not much can be said, besides the fact that I don't think there's anything more hauntingly beautiful I've heard in my life. To me, this marks the end of the first half of the album, and if I ever have to stop the album, this is the only time I could get myself to do so.

The song starts off with a cash register, then that legendary bassline comes in. Money, in my opinion, though a great song, is probably my least favorite on the album. It seems a bit too poppy in my opinion, and doesn't have as much space for the listener as the rest of the music on the album does, but that doesn't mean I don't like it. A truly excellent, unique song, it's great for what it is and leads perfectly into the next song..

Us and Them. A great song, that has a message that people still have yet to learn today. Great words, entrancing guitar, bass that you can feel, foaty singing, just an overall great song. I don't have anything against it, really, but to me, it just doesn't seem to have that umph.

Any Colour You Like- an instrumental, and a great one, at that. The music flows, and, though it doesn't have any words to say what it means exactly, you can still get the feeling of what they're trying to say with it. A nice, jazzy kinda song for the most part, it takes a more serious turn at the end, to become..

Brain Damage. The song, in my opinion, is really great. The overall creepiness is just so.. great! The song is simple through the verses, with an over the top chorus that relays the message amazingly. The female vocals in the background through the second half of the song, too, are just.. amazing. And the laughing.. ugh the laughing. Well, the song gets to the end, and it goes into the finale, known as

Eclipse. The song is a last effort, putting everything into one in a magnificently splendid way, ending in an overwhelming sort of melancholy triumph. The transition into it from Brain Damage is amazing, but I think that it was meant for When the Tigers Broke Free when it was used in the orchestral maneuvers cd. ANYWAY, the whole album is amazing, and I could go on for hours about each and every track. Just.. yeah, this album, more than any, deserves a 5.

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Posted Sunday, February 19, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars Ah, yes. Dark Side of the Moon. A classic from Pink Floyd and one of the greatest records possibly ever produced by the talented hands of Alan Parsons. Even after listening to it for so long, it's still a sensation to the ears and mind; with its interesting theme about the major problems with humanity and the worries of the thoughts. Pink Floyd was not only musical but thoughtful as well, by releasing such a record that shaped the life of art.

Starting off with Speak To Me, you get the feeling of something big coming as the sound of gears and voices enters in until the ululation of Clare Torry appears and the transition into another reality is made.

Breathe comes in like a breath of fresh air, and it seems to express someone walking down a lonely road in a desert with the moon hanging over their head while they walk a lonely path. David's voice comes in an almost hypnotic quality, asking for the person to breathe and not be afraid of the fears with them. To leave but keep memories of the past and keep making more impressions on the world. And it finishes with the message of youth, to race to see who'll go first.

On the Run further explores the message of the race of life... as being on the run is a symbol for life, I believe that this song is the best one for the job, with the projects of someone running for their lives before they're late on the next plane or bus. Travel is shown as one of the themes.

Time, one of the greatest songs on the album, comes in slowly with the enchanting ring of clocks; almost as if the person was dreaming and this was the real reality. The first two minutes and thirty seconds explore the morning and the rise of the sun, until Dave's voice comes in to tell of the worrier's worry of time itself. With a beautiful feel of harmony, you can hear the worries and elegance of this song with the back up singers and the amazing guitar solo by Gilmour.

Ah, a reprise of Breathe comes to the mind... almost as if the person on the go starts to remember some of his/her dream and thinks of how entrancing it was.

The Great Gig in the Sky develops out of the blue with one note from the organ and into the piano. A very relaxing scene indeed, the person seems to be in good thought now after worrying about the day that's ahead of them; until Clare Torry comes in with the voice of an angel and a mad lass, shrieking in parts while others are shown with a beautiful landscape of sound and melody. The sound decreases while Torry goes on with Wright playing and ends off with on almost a note of question, as if the an event of tragic proportions has impacted the worrier and has made him/her feel sad and yet in a questioning state of mind as to how it has happened. (The event to me would be suicide. The song name not only describes it, but the music itself to the last note almost feels like it as well, even if the theme is more generalized than that.)

The most commercialized song emerges now, Money as it may seem is the new topic in the worrier's head. As the lyrics continue to express the mind of someone who's been made sick from the evil clenches of money, it goes into a motif of a chase scene. Like cops chasing bank robbers; it continues on until the lryics become complete with the talk of currency's evils. Voices flood in; they sound like the voices of people being questioned about the robbery.

Us and Them appears to be the battle of the robbers against authorities. While very mellow, the song goes into the futility of war. Almost as if the robbers were battling and in the end they finally gave up, even if death occurred. (The old man died.)

Any colour you like goes into the theme of themes... yet only a jam session, it symbolizes the many colours of humans themselves... whether it to be the worrier, the criminal, or the old man.

Brain Damage comes in with a sudden flash, the lyrics seemingly talk about lunatics and insanity... one guesses this at a first glance but only realizes after many listens that insanity is only a secondary theme to it. Since the robbers have been arrested, the news had to come somewhere to get the full picture, and that's expressed here. The lunacy of the spread of communication, the news. Imprinting the major events of the day in your head and much else too. The worrier must be watching after all... he's the only who could call it a lunatic.

And Eclipse... It isn't the end of the day as we all realize because life itself doesn't really have an ending. All of the emotion and thoughts are wrapped up into a bow and put on the present in this piece, as it explains the philosophy about life and how it all happens under the same glare... with a twist. The ending doesn't come... but the moon does. The moon symbolizes what this ending truly is... when the glare of the sun becomes blocked by the moon; it can only mean that the worrier's gone bonkers in his thoughts. The colour of red can be seen and the Dark Side of the Moon fully comes into view. The insanity is shown and all becomes clear. It ends with the realistic view, that there is no dark side because it was all dark in the first place. For me, this was when the worrier went to sleep... for the new world he came to was one that no light existed and therefore, the ending message would make sense... and of course, the heartbeat symbolizes the fading pulse of life. Reality slips away.

Too many words describe this album, whether it be a work of genius or just plain weird. All in all, it's life described in forty minutes. Amazing really. Then again, it's up to you to decide that.

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Posted Monday, February 20, 2006 | Review Permalink
4 stars 4.5

I was considering to give this album 5 stars, but then I came to the conclusion, that this album has some weak points. And seeing as 5 stars is the highest, any album that I give 5 stars, I claim to be a (perfect) masterpiece. It wouldn't serve Wish You Were Here justice, if i gave Dark Side of the Moon 5 stars, as WYWH is a better album, in my opinion. That put aside...

1. Speak to me: The album starts as any typical Floyd album, with noice and voices hovering getting louder and louder, paving way for the next song. This creates a great atmosphere. This is not really a song, so I won't give it a rating...

2. Breathe: A great opener and also one of the most memorable Floyd songs ever. Very simple chords and a simple melody, but the simplicity does the trick. Very nice lyrics... 4.5/5

3. On the run: The weakest point of the album. I usally skip this song. Don't get me wrong, I am a very pretentious guy, but this tune gets very annoying after a few listens, and I'm not the biggest fan of electronic music either. Must have been an special song back in the seventies though... 2/5

4. Time: A very nice tune. Here, the Pink Floyd find the perfect balance between rock and... err... soft rock. And the conclusion of this track is the "Breathe Reprise" that comes at the end, and it is probably the most "progressive" effort of this album. This insures this track as my favorite of this album. 5/5

5. The great gig in the sky: This is easily the most melancholic song on the album. It features Clare Torry, with her amazing voice, simply improivising over, some relaxing chords provided by Wright. It has some nice slide guitars too... 4.5/5

6. Money: A great tune, and probably the most popular song with an unusual time signature out there. It has some nice soloing.... 4/5

7. Us and them: This song probably has the best lyrics on the album. And it is definetly a stand-out track. It features vocals from both Gilmour and Wright... 5/5

8. Any colour you like: Not really anything special about this song. An instrumental featuring synthezisers. This is a filler but still a rockable tune... 3/5

9. Brain damage: Love this track. It has one of Waters's best vocals ever, exluding Shine On You Crazy Diamond. Confusing lyrics. The chorus features some nice choir singing, and still Pink Floyd's simplicity amazes me... 5/5

10. Eclipse: This is a perfect outro song. Words cannot describe... 4/5

I don't consider this album to be overrated, but I don't consider it to be the best in Pink Floyd's discography. It probably has the best lyrics written by Waters though.

Stand-out tracks: Time, Us and Them and Brain Damage.

Kleynan

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Posted Saturday, February 25, 2006 | Review Permalink
sebastien_maz
5 stars I don't think that one can consider this album track by track. The 9 songs (for me, Speak to me is the beginning of Breathe...i have a problem, because on my hi-fi device, I remember exactly "Time" as the third song, so....9 songs, and not 10...perhaps is it a matter of standart...CD album or tape or vynil) are the parts of a perfect structure, and take a track away is not possible. So, I always listen to DSOTM entirely, during (about) 45 minutes. Except when I try to play piano with the sound of songs ("The great gig in the sky" and "Us&Them" above all, perfectly composed by Rick Wright, I notice this fact every time I play it on piano). In fact, I've always been a huge fan of Pink Floyd. I've listened to all their records, I've read a lot of books, i always try to be aware of the news about them (live 8....ultimate concert...and last one?) and, even if some other songs are objectively better than the songs of DSOTM ("Shine on" better than "Time"?), DSOTM is more than an anthology of songs. The listener change his mind when he listens carrefully, when he is completely focused on what he hears. Because the DSOTM experience lasts 45 minutes, and because the songs are linked (no cut between the songs). It sounds crazy (I read my word), but, I mean it. I can't listen to this album too often. I choose the moments to be completely open, and available, to enjoy entirely this experience, because I don't want to waste this kind of moment. And i think that this is the difference between a good album, and THE album. I like very much "In the court of the crimson king", but I prefer listening to a precise track or another; same thing for "Red" (always King Crimson? no...coincidence) or "Close to the Edge", or "Spawn Hearts". DSOTM is so good because of the line drawn by the songs. And "Money" could not have been before "The great gig", and it's so wonderful to follow this line...and stay quiet...

(Sorry for the possible mistakes...french fan...and very good website, discovered by one of my friends)

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Posted Tuesday, March 07, 2006 | Review Permalink
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5 stars this may not be the best pink floyd album musically speaking, may not even be the one with the stronger songs, or the one with deeper feeling.

but please do this exercise:

put the maximum volume your equipment can afford without spoiling your speakers... close the door, turn off the light...have a drink at hand, or weathever you want or need, dont make anyone interrupt you... close your eyes, resist yoursef and dont even sing the lyrics..., listen every detail, every layer of sound, every noise at the background (steps, laughs, conversations), every clock ticking, everything... this is better if you have a quadrafonic sound sistem. you will have an experience that you will never had before, something that a few records in history can achieve.

So.. maybe Wish You Were Here is better musically, Animals is stronger, The Wall have more comercial and known songs, buy the magic, the charm, the mith, and everything that surrouns Dark Side of the Moon is completely unique.

Dont make a mistake, do not listen to this album separatly, and dont skip any song, this album should be listen from beggining to end.

5 stars without doubt, this is a must on every collection, without exeptions or excuses

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Posted Wednesday, March 15, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars Dark Side Of The Moon was the first Pink Floyd Album that i ever listened to. This album was my first introduction to progressive rock, so maybe my opinion is a bit biased,but ill try to be objective in my review.

All the tracks are excellent. The only one that takes some effort for me to like is "The Great Gig In The Sky". For some reason I sometimes like the song some times I don't. The vocals are awesome, It just does not always appeal to me. The rest of the album is amazing. The vocals are great and go exceptionally well with the mood of the and the spacey instrumental effects. The last two songs are a great way to end the album.

DSOTM, in my opinion has got to be one of the best Pink Floyd album and Prog rock albums yet.

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Posted Tuesday, April 11, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars Dark Side of the Moon, originally released in 1973, is one of those albums that is discovered anew by each generation of rock listeners. This complex, often psychedelic music works very well because Pink Floyd doesn't rush anything; the songs are mainly slow to mid-tempo, with attention paid throughout to musical texture and mood. The sound effects on songs like "On the Run," "Time" and especially "Money" (with sampled sounds of clinking coins and cash registers turned into rhythmic accompaniment) are impressive, especially when we remember that 1973 was before the advent of digital recording techniques. This is probably Pink Floyd's best-known work, and it's an excellent place to start if you're new to the band.
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Posted Monday, April 17, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars What's left to say about this wonderful, brilliant album that hasn't already been said? The Dark Side of the Moon is one of the greatest and most legendary albums in Pink Floyd's oeuvre and even in all progressive rock ever made. From the simple, but touching vocals of "Breathe" to the magnificent "Time". Followed by the beautiful piano and vocal song, opening with a beautiful, quiet piano piece, followed by the great, powerful vocal parts of Clare Torry, a wonderful song. After this, "Money" sets in. A nice song with a nice melody (and nice lyrics too), the single of the album. If you think this album was already beautiful up 'til now - which it is - you're about to be surprised, because the best is yet to come. After "Money", we hear a sound getting louder. It gets louder and louder and BANG! The simple but brilliant and dreamy melody of "Us and Them" begins. A saxophone sets in for even more atmosphere in the music. Roger Waters starts singing a nice and quiet verse up until the chorus, where all instruments harmonize and unite in a sound that is simply wonderful! Absolutely my favourite song of the album. After "Us and them" there's the instrumental song "Any Colour you like". It sounds sort of improvising, like the band is just jamming, but the effect is nice. However, I always get impatient while listening to this track, because it is followed by "Brain Damage". Great, slow song with nice verses and a very catchy chorus. After that, we get the closing track "Eclipse". This is the ultimate album closer. Some people say that it's too simple, but I personally really like it and it puts a great ending to a great album. All and all, after a few listens, I can definitely say that this album is worth your money ten times and a MASTERPIECE in progressive music!
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Posted Wednesday, April 19, 2006 | Review Permalink
4 stars Dark Side Of The Moon really receives more hype than it should. Of the big 4 Floyd albums this is the weakest, now that shouldn't be perceived as an insult of any sort given the quality of Floyd's output.

The most striking aspect of the album, besides it's production, has to be the atmosphere. Perhaps more than any other album, Dark Side sucks you in with it's rich and dense atmosphere created mainly by Rick Wright. Even when the album reaches its weaker moments in "Money" and "Great Gig In The Sky" the atmosphere refuses to let you go. This album offers little in terms of technical showcasing; the depth really comes in the layers of symphonic sound present. As such, it offers a great springboard into prog for newer fans.

At times the clamor of cashier registers and other everyday sound effects tend to grow on my nerves, and Gilmour's vocals, while fitting the music very well, always carried a monotonous and emotionless sound to me, limiting my enjoyment of the album. This is the last Pink Floyd album that would really be a band collaboration. The sound of old Floyd was changing as, for better or worse, Roger Waters took more control of the band and geared it towards his ambitions.

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Posted Monday, April 24, 2006 | Review Permalink
Oler_Than_i_L
5 stars One in every 20 people under the age of 50 in the United States owns a copy of this album Dark Side remained on Billboard's 200 album chart for an amazing 15 years straight and then for another two when it was remastered back in 1994 It is currently the most successful album ever with upwards of 40 million copies sold world-wide.

*THIS IS PROGRRESIVE ROCK*

Once in a while, a rock band or other musical entity puts out an album that, quite simply, changes the face of music history. And yet, Pink Floyd was a rather unlikely group of musical innovators: An excellent singer/guitarist(David Gilmour) who was, until the release of this album, best known merely as "Syd Barrett's replacement," (Barrett, still regarded by many fans as the band's true musical genius, had recently taken leave of his senses and was apparently holed up somewhere watching the floor relate to the walls); a fine bassist/writer/singer/perfectionist (Roger Waters) still tortured by his fatherless upbringing; a low-key keyboardist and rather good singer and writer (Rick Wright) who stayed in the background as much as possible; and finally, a rather thoughtful percussionist and sound-effects wizard (Nick Mason), whose most lasting claim to fame would be as the man who vocalized the chilling spoken word threat in the band's classic "One Of These Days". An unlikely band of innovators, to be sure. And yet, Pink Floyd was properly positioned in the right place at the right time with the right sound. The year was 1973, the musical revolution started in the sixties was still in full swing, FM radio was in it's infancy (Recently taken over by hippie-types who longed for hours and hours of nice, spacy, commercial-free programming). In a word, rock music was the touchstone of our generation, just as television had been the touchstone of our parent's generation, and computers would be to our childen's generation. Those of us in high school or college spent hours every night and weekend, gathered around the stereo in someone's apartment or room, getting high, drunk, or just daydreaming, pondering such important questions as "What makes Teflon stick to the pan?" (Thank you, Gallagher!) In many of these listening spaces, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of The Moon was the album of choice, sometimes listened to over and over again. The mad mutterings of "Speak to Me," the celestial swirl of "Breathe", the jet-propulsive paranoia of "On the Run," and "Time," a favorite subject of young questers everywhere (along with madness, death, and pizza), "The Great Gig in the Sky" (with Claire Torry's incredible vocal-cries of universal anguish, "Money", first-rate blues rock, "Us and Them", hypnotic yet thought-provoking, "Any Colour You Like," sheer beauty, "Brain Damage", the madman inside all of us, and "Eclipse," the perfect thematic coda. All received by us, the grateful listeners, in our various states of consciousness (altered or otherwise), and then purchased, time and again, from music stores. Dark Side of the Moon was the ONE ALBUM that every rock fan (and many wouldn't otherwise be caught dead listening to rock music) had to own. Why??? After thirty years, I can offer only a tentative answer: Most people cannot stand to ruminate for long about ourselves and our place in the universe, yet every human being on the face of this earth will at sometime wonder: Why are we here??? The Pink Floyd, through this classic masterwork, holds no answers for us, yet it is as if they are offering to accompany us as we journey toward self-discovery, making the transition easier, soothing the pain, quieting the hurt even as they force us to see inside ourselves. Thanks, guys, from all of your fellow voyagers. I think I can safely speak for many when I say the road to self- awareness would have been much bumpier if I had not traveled it in your celestial vehicle. I say once, and I say again, SHINE ON, YOU CRAZY DIAMONDS and rock on, even unto the darkest part of the dark side of the moon.

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Posted Friday, April 28, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars Now that I think about it, it's not that overrated.

Most of the songs on this album have the same mood, but that's a problem I have with most Floyd albums, so I can't listen to them too often. The mood is just fine, but I really dislike that it's interrupted by the freaking clock alarms in the middle of the record, it would have been much more interesting withouth the mood screw up, because you could be driven thoughout the whole record without messed up by the alarms.

I've played this album more than a couple of times and I don't think it lives up to the standard that every prog rock fan, and even those people who aren't into prog that recommend it say it's great. It is good, but it's not a masterpiece. Maybe I just don't get Floyd, maybe that's the problem, I do get Porcupine Tree and Mars Volta though and many people say they're sound is very Floydian.

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Posted Monday, May 01, 2006 | Review Permalink
2 stars When I was young this album was one of my favourites. Time passes and now looking backwards and with all the music that I know now this albums looks so simple and even bored...

I will not discuss the fact that DSOFM is one of the greatest album of all history. That's ok but musically none song of this album make sense to me. "Speak to me" looks like a common psychdelic intro. Guitars on "Breathe" sounds poor and the lyrics are so naif... "On the run" it's ok as an experimental piece but "Time" returns the album to a constant line of repetitive riffs and (again) naif lyrics. Then "The great gig in the sky" maybe one of the greatest songs made by PF with superb vocals by Clare Torry and the beautiful piano of Mr. Rick Wright.

Them we arrive to "Money" a simple pop song disguised as a "psychedelic" song... "Us and them" is another high point on the album with interesting lyrics and a floating rhythm... After this, "Any colour you like", "Brain damage" and "Eclipse" sounds totally unnecessary. Ok, maybe they are good songs but there's is something missed... maybe too much Water's inffluence, maybe the lyrics (too repetivive) maybe the guitars...

Well, it's my opinion. If they sold millions of albums something good it's has to be in that songs but for me it's just another regular release of the 70's...

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Posted Friday, May 05, 2006 | Review Permalink
4 stars 4.0 (Fully on MUSIC, not commercial impact.)

This album is a hard one to review, as it is such a mixed bag. Generally, the music is not progressive and can be boring (yes, BORING). A real prog rock album would never receive the acclaim from so many music ‘hearers’ as this did. Although some brilliant atmospheres are created, the most part of the album is 70’s rock. The lyrics are annoying, and I can’t help but pull a sarcastic face when listening. Floyd are musicians, not poets! Their attempts are feeble and the persistent melancholy is futile, the majority of British society doesn’t care whether money is evil and, yes, everyone dies one day. Get over it.

Tracks one, three and seven are brilliant, and the others are good. This is an excellent addition to your collection, whether it is truly prog or not.

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Posted Saturday, May 06, 2006 | Review Permalink
3 stars Wow! there's a lot of review for this one, so i'll tried not to repeat what others have said about this album. The first time i heard that album was in 1975 i think, i was 3 years old and i've just return for the hospital for a hear operation, my father was listening to the album and all the background noises made me re-think of the hospital and my operation so, for years, every time i was listening to Dark Side, it reminded me of that not so good experience with the hospital. But, around my 18th birthday i got through that and gave a real listening to the Drak Side of the Moon. Wow! for me the production of it deserves 5 stars, one of the best produced album of all time but... the music is not as good as Animals for instance. The highlight of the album? The great gig in the sky! one of the best, if not the best, tracks Pink Floyd ever recorded. Every time i hear it, the emotions comes in and i get tears in my eyes. For the rest... Time, Us & Them are good too but thats it. The rest of the album is not bad but not as good as a lots of stuff i'm listening now. So 5 stars for production, 3 for the music, for a grand total of 3.5 Stars.
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Posted Saturday, May 06, 2006 | Review Permalink
3 stars Despite this being arguably the most revered prog album of all time, I find that I rarely listen to it. I do listen to other Floyd albums like Animals, WYWH, and Meddle, with regularity. The only thing I can think is that it embodies two extremes: very accessible and much less so. There is no in between. Money and Time are very conventional (although the guitar solo in Money is one of the best ever), but also very overplayed. The balance of the album is very atmosheric and rather interesting, but just not complelling. It may have been very unique at the time, but this is not enough to get me to listen regularly. As a result, I just don't view this in the same league with some other Floyd albums.
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Posted Monday, May 15, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars Due to the existence of nearly 400 reviews of this album, by now it is unessary to do a highly detailed dissection of the album. If, after reading these reviews (by the way, only 13% of the reviews have rated this album 3 stars or below), one does not understand that this album should be heard at least one time, you shouldn't bother with this review.

Why then, am I writing this? DSOTM is by far my favorite piece of work, so I have to give my opinion on it

From the start, with heartbeats fading in to the opening line "I've mad for F***ing years..." it is quickly clear that this album is about insanity, not just of oneself but of society in general (it's in the album's title). 43 minutes later, you hear one of the most iconic phrases in rock music: "There is no dark side of the moon really, matter of fact it's all dark". This line perfectly sums up the great music that came before it.

While, alone, many of these songs cannot stand up by themselves, in context with the album, they are amazing. First, you have the heart beats fading into hearing range, mad ramblings and then noise of clocks, cash registers, and inasane laughter that build up before suddenly the guitars take over and the intro flawlessly blends into the opening track. There can be no better way to start an album

After the end of Breathe, the music picks up pace and carries you through the instrumental "On the Run" a song which, to me, represents how we rush through our lives trying to get from place to place (the footsteps and departure announcemnets), only to die in the end (explosions). As all the songs do, On the Run flows into the the ringing bells of "Time" which contain the best lyrics and guitar solo ever.

Sven minutes later comes the astonishing vocals in "The Great Gig in the Sky", which closes the first side and is the only time thre is a break in the music. This 2 second silence still works as a transition to the next song, as "Great Gig in the Sky" is about death, and the vocals represents the dying. The silence is as if to say "you are now dead", and the the CHA-CHING! of "Money" is saying "..but oh well, life goes on"

"Money" is another great track and has been preformed over 800 times by Pink Floyd. Coming off of this song is the wonderful ballad about war "Us and Them", which doesn't really end but seamlessly transforms into "Any Colour You Like", a great instrumental perfectly bridging the musical gap between "Us and Them" and "Brain Damage"

The final two tracks, talks of one's own insanity, and is another one of PF's best songs. The final climatic ending of "Eclipse" and the heartbeats fading out the end is a great way to end an album. End where it began, a perfect circle.

While not containg the ten best songs ever written, it contains ten songs that when pieced together, form the greatest album of all time

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Posted Friday, May 19, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars Well my favorite album has always been WISH YOU WERE HERE but dude you can't forget your first love cause DARK SIDE OF THE MOON was definitely the CD that made me such a Pink Floyd fan not to mention an up growing fan of progressive music. Well i dunno i mean there are some commercial stuff about the cd mainly the length of songs but there is some proggy psychedelic stuff that will crave you for more. I've always love this Cd and for years my art teacher would play this cd when i was in High School and i loved every minute of it but for some reason my stupid self wouldn't get this album well now i finally have it in my collection and it has brought back so many fond memories. The journey starts of with a little side effect intro of the album with SPEAK TO ME then he automatciallys changes into the relaxing BREATHE which also automatcially changes to ON TO RUN which is a basic electronic instrumental but its not bad as it kinda gives an intro to TIME a very great song plus it starts with one of my favorite secions of DSOTM. This song is just awesome as it starts slowing with a nice keyboard sound/bongo beat then it explodes into a great riff with an amazing guitar solo by the oh so great DAIVD GILMOUR. i also love the BREATHE REPRISE its just so relaxing. Then comes the very awesome THE GREAT GIG IN THE SKY as to whoever can sing with pipes like those can really sing. Next is my second favorite PF song (first is obviously COMFORTABLY NUMB) MONEY!!! man this song rocks with the booming bass lines, crazy sax solo, cool keys sound, groovey drums, and fabulous GILMOUR CRAZY SOLOS ooooh this is just too good. then next comes the very relaxing US AND THEM i love how much this song is just so relaxing with great vocals, awesome background choir, not to mention another cool sax solo, then it changes automaticall to another nice instrumental with ANY COLOR YOU LIKE as this song really shows off some skills with WRIGHT and GILMOUR. then the cd concludes with two last tracks of BRAIN DAMAGE and ECLIPSE which i admit i'm not a big fan of but its not bad with some nice choir in the background. well definitely a great album i dunno if it can top WISH YOU WERE HERE but it is one fine album. Plus the musicians are great Richard Wright with his very spacy effects on keys, Roger Waters with his great booming bass and good lyric writing, Daivd Gilmour with some awesome guitar solos and a great, and Nick Mason just kicking back and letting the beats fly. now if you want to have a superb old prog collection this Cd is a must have so get some money and buy, buy, BUY!!!!
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Posted Tuesday, May 23, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars This is the first review I post so I will try to make it as expressive and eloquent as I can. First of all, I will remark on music in general, so as to explain the passion, the utter worship, that I harbor for this particular album. Music is an intrical part of my life; I have been editor and writer for a few aficionado magazines since highschool, I play a mean percussion, some guitar and violin, and have recently taken up bagpipe. My experience with progressive rock is relatively recent, having only discovered its full scope in my late teens, but I have been a Pink Floyd fan, literally, since before I was born (my father used to play his copy of "The Wall" at full blast several times a day during my mother's pregnancy of me). One of the life-lessons that I cherish most dearly about my dad is that he was the one who once told me that "Dark Side of the Moon" was the greatest composition ever made in the history of western music, even eclypsing Beethoven's Ninth or Bach's chamber pieces. I rather agree with him. Track by track, octave by octave, note by note, it is absolutely flawless. As a whole, it has the modulation of a grand symphony the likes of those by the earlier romantic composers, the ones that keep the beginning of each movement full of a tingling anticipation, and the climax of each movement with a burst of audible euphoria. One article in one of the magazines I've been part of even suggested that the entire album obeys the mathematical order of fractals, each chord being the basic block of construction for the next module, and each song being at the same time a super- module and a building block for the entire work. I regret to say that I did not come up with this theory but when I read it I was enthralled with the awe of it's logic, and, of course with the recognition of the beautiful logic in the album itself. Several of the songs have lyrics that could very well become the anthems of the generation to which the band belongs. Take "Time", for example; it describes perfectly the experience of having your perspective of life changed entirely by the mere power of ageing. Or "Money", an inspired critique on the hipocrisy of an entire generation that proclaimded the evils of money while at the same time being totally preoccupied by the pleasures that only money can surely supply. Musically, this superb work of art has something to offer to every listener. The fast- paced experimentation on behalf of Roger Waters with the Moog synthesizer in "On the Run", its second track, has a valuable example to give to any DJ or electronic musician of today, as does the sampling and mixing of thunder, clocks and bells in the beginning of "Time", or the cash registers and bill-counting machines in "Money". The saxophone in "Any Colour You Like" and "Brain Damage" would curl the back-hairs of any fan of Charlie Parker. Gilmour's guitar is at its best, with chilling harmonies and not-incredible but indeed masterful riffs throughout the album. It is a grand masterpiece if there ever was one. To fully appreciate the entire experience that this album was for the band, I suggest that the listener also look up the live bootleg "Live in Hokkaido", from their Japanese tour of 1972, and also from that year, may be found on dvd or videocassette, the film entitled "Live at Pompeii", which shows Floyd recording a number of tracks, including some that later influenced the ones present in "Dark Side of the Moon", with the help of the accoustic engineering of Roman architects in the ruins of an amphitheatre in the city of Pompeii, southern Italy. No audience, no modern sound-isolation materials, just the instruments, the guys, and microphones at the top of the seats. To answer the question of whether this album deserves the rating of "Essential for a prog collection", I have to reply "more than that, it needs to be called a masterpiece of human achievement, essential to the collection of any person who appreciates true art and cherishes the genius inherent in the capabilities of mankind."
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Posted Sunday, May 28, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars How to describe Dark Side of the Moon? Well, it's hard to summarize such a great work of art. Hmm... Dark Side of the Moon was the first Floyd album I ever listened to, and "Brain Damage" was the first Floyd song I ever heard. When I actually listened to the whole album, I experienced a musical epiphany that I have not experienced since I listened to In The Court of the Crimson King for the first time. All these feelings and emotions just rushed at me, from the dreamy, floaty "Breathe (In The Air)", to the tightly written and totally rocking song "Time", to the wonderfully trippy "The Great Gig In The Sky", which advanced into "Money", which cramped my mind with no place to roam until it let me go again at "Us and Them", and my mind was allowed to float, continuing to float throughout "Any Colour You Like" and "Brain Damage" and finally climaxing in the intense but uplifting "Eclipse". What a beautiful album. I love this album so much, I have at least two formats of it at all times. Listen to it. It is a masterpiece of progressive rock, with maybe only Wish You Were Here topping it because of slightly tighter writing. (I like every Pink Floyd album for what it is, though)
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Posted Wednesday, June 14, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars It took me quite a while to get this album. After about 6 months (a huge amount of time for me to get an album!) I listened to it (rather watched the whole album on my new Pulse DVD) and realized what a masterpiece this album is. This album is a prog album that is one of the best selling albums of all time. A PROG album, how Ironic!

I finally realized that all the ambient sounds and such as purposeful and give such a great texture to the album. Definitely 5 stars for this album. Even If I don't enjoy it quite as much as Wish You Were Here or Animals, It's definitely on the list of albums every prog fan should get.

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Posted Monday, June 19, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars 1. Breathe (In The Air) - A very well written song with exellent Gutair and tape effects.

2. On TheRun - A very intersting song with good tape effects.

3. Time - A song with a long introduction put wen it gets into the verses it is definitly worth the wait.

4. The Great Gig In The Sky - It has a very good keyboard introduction and a VERY good vocal solo.

5. Money - The song has a well writen bass line that is well regignised when it comes on any where and the words are very good.

6. Us And Them - it is an amazing song and it is probably the best on the album.

7. Any Colour You Like - A very good song even though it is an instrumental you can still know it is about colours.

8. Brian damage - A great song the first few bars was enough to sell it to me.

9. Eclispe - This is a great finishing song to the album and the the backing vocal solo is great.

The Dark Side Of The Moon is definitly one of the best albums ever made. You only get an album like this every 15 YEARS!!! If you like music this is the album for you.

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Posted Monday, July 03, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars It seems like everything possible has been said about this album. Perfect, a work of a genius, immortal as the moon, dark as the night. What haven't been said about the brilliant production, the perfect tunes, the efficient effects & the strict finish. After hearing every compliment possible, PF really don't need me to be their criticizer, but still - here are my two pennies:

"Dark Side Of The Moon" is a soundtrack of a lifetime. As the time ticks out, the money that we chase, the insanity that we fear of, the forlorness of the human excistence inside this wide space. Waters' writing is surely sharper than ever and the production is planned till the last bit. Some components of this album are so imprinted in our memory, such as the clock ticking, the cashier effect (that became so popular, ironically, in economy shows...), Claire Torry's shouts, the crazy laughters of some studio engineers - all of them are soaked in the collective memory of PF & music fans throughout the world. This is surely the most famous prog record, and i can say that "DSOTM" was a turning point in the evolution of the music industry, in Great Britain as well as in the world.

Listening to "Money", the greatest hit from the album, it's pretty ironic - when you think about the way that Gilmour protests against the same things that he stands for today: cause in 1973, it's easy to protest against the system, but i guess that after so much years of success and packed stadiums, you can easily became of the same system; considering that these revolutioners are now having car collections (like Nick Mason) and spending their time on Yachts & concorde planes. Although it is still a marvellous album it's still hard to see that those great artists don't stay comitted to their statements & beliefs.

My favorite tracks are two: First - "Us & Them", a song that fits incredibly to everyone's soundtrack, and is still on mine. Great text by Waters, that is simple but yet so exact. A great track musically as well... My second favorite is without a doubt "The Great Gig In The Sky" - which is, like "us & them", a great musical track, brilliant chords used by Richard Wright. I think that both of these two are definitely symphonic prog that are typical on this album and also on some parts of "Wish U Were Here" & "The Wall".

So even though the money wasn't so good for the Floyds (aspecially during "The Wall" era), and they behave today like braggart dinosaurs (specially Waters). Even though the relation to the album has gone way out of proportion, Even though it's still hard to explain why so many people are still connected to this album so deeply, considering that it still sold in the original price (33 years after the first release!!), Even though Waters is still making good amount of money from this album (In worldwide tours), And even though some claim that is not a prog record (Well, i guess when a record is successfull, it's not prog anymore, huh?..), and even though many people has said it before - il'l give it 5 stars. just because it worth it.

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Posted Monday, July 10, 2006 | Review Permalink
imoeng
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars Dark Side Of The Moon

It is funny that the ratings of Pink Floyd's albums are the same with my likeness, this is my second favorite album after Wish You Were Here. Dark Side Of The Moon was released in 1973 and is Pink Floyd's eight studio album. Also, I'm happy that seems my favorite band has the same taste with mine, since Dream Theater has recorded their Dark Side Of The Moon : ).

I will serve you with some other facts related to this album to show the greatness. The first one is Dark Side Of The Moon was on the Billboard 200 for 714 weeks, that equivalent to 14 years. Just imagine, 14 years on the list, at which my dad listen to this album when it was released for the first time. So its like a generation to generation album, lets hope it to stay popular longer. The second is, Dark Side Of The Moon has 15 platinum, yes that is 15, and its not gold, but platinum, such an amazing album. Last but not least, the cover for the album is considered as one of the best CD cover of all time, there is no doubt for me.

The unique thing about the album is, Pink Floyd used many different varieties for the sound effects, from On The Run's scary sound to Money's money "clinging" sound, of course. The album is considered as a concept album, tells us a story about human and the relation with others, other humans and things around us, like Time and Money.

The songs are not that long, in fact, many of them are in "radio length" song, about 3 to 5 minutes. This is probably what made this album so popular, that the songs were (maybe they are still) played on the radio. Other thing to notice is, and just like I have said above, is the use of synthesizers, which is really great at that time, 1973. One of the best song with a synthesizer is On The Run. The sound supposed to be like an airplane crash in the end of the song, and it represents the human's fear about flying. Other thing is, the guitar solos are quite obvious on the songs, and pretty dominate the songs. The style used was kinda blues and jazzy with (of course) progressive rock element.

I just want to highlight some songs here as the songs on this album are rather similar one another, yet each one has different story. On The Run, is the song which has the most sophisticated synthesizer I reckon, an instrumental song, ended with a sound like an aircrash. Time is absolutely a great song, with a really deep feeling, not my number one favorite though (my favorite is The Great Gig In The Sky). The song has a choir sound, and a very beautiful guitar solo with cool drum lines. The Great Gig In The Sky, really a beautiful song, Well its just an instrumental song with a beautiful choir-like vocal, just like Dream Theater's "John And Theresa Solo Spot", but its just simply beautiful and amazing. Us And Them, is pretty a calm song, with a nice sax passage for the intro. "Us, and them. And after all, we're only ordinary men", really nice lyric.

Five stars for this "more than incredible" album. And I believe I don't have to explain it again (read the whole review!! : ). )

Keep On Proggin' In The Free World!!!

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Posted Wednesday, July 19, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars What can i say that hasnt already been said about this album, of course its a masterpiece from a to z, and the soud quality is much better than on the other cd versions made of this classic album (maybe better than the vinyl version too) For all people really, and if you are a floyd fan and got the other cd version, you should really buy this one as well!!
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Posted Friday, July 21, 2006 | Review Permalink
OpethGuitarist
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3 stars I've felt in my time here that thisis by far the most overrated album on this site. That being said, it's still a great album and certainly doesn't need any kind of title to it, because everyone already has it or has heard of it in some form. Many people consider WYWH a step down, while I consider it a great leap.

So much of this album screams "fake" to me. Fake not as in they didn't write the music, but rather cheesy with the often disdainful lyrics, no matter how "real" people may perceive them to me. It's not a very complex and in depth album, and only seems to explore things on the surface. While the exploration on the surface is great, it's not enough for me. I don't even know why I would bother to explain the music, as everyone who's on this site has heard it before, but here goes anyway.

Lot's of samples are found from everday life, from ticking clocks to cash registers. This usually servers more as a "side attraction" and is not the central focus of the music. Gilmour plays pretty bluesy in many areas, but the vocals are top notch. And of course, what hasn't been said about the producion, which was so far ahead of its time.

A great album, essential in the sense that every person in the information world has heard about it, but not a great prog album, and certainly not Floyd's best work.

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Posted Saturday, August 05, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars Dark Side of the Moon- This is obsviously one of the best albums of all time because of its musical content and its sales. This album is a complete masterpiece that leaves nothing to be desired afterwards. It fulfills all of your expectations. This album is a collaboration between the whole band and really expresses all of the band's individual and communal talents. Although in my opinion this album is not Floyd's BEST. I think Wish You Were Here is the BEST. But DSOTM is still a masterpiece. The music is beautiful and creepy at the same time. The band does s great job with the madness theme through some wicked sound effects and that funny but creepy as hell laugh on brain damage and the opening track. Im not going to outline every song like my predecessors have but im here just to contribute my overall opinion and to add yet another 5 star rating to this albums surfeit. This album is a masterpiece and is definately deserving of its place in the top five best prog albums of all time.
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Posted Thursday, August 10, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars The thought that anyone could give this album anything but 5 stars is completely beyond me. This album is quite possibly the best ever made. Nothing is quite as powerful as hearing eclipse at the end of this album, wrapping up how humans care more about things than others, themselves or the earth. Definately one of the best albums for mr. gilmour (with the obvious exception of WYWH) This is a must have for any collection, not just prog. ps, if you want to experience the album in a new light, do the dark side of the oz thing. it works surprisingly well, and enhances it incredibly!
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Posted Friday, August 18, 2006 | Review Permalink
4 stars Passing recently by one audio store I've noticed in the storefront one familiar sleeve that immediately catched my attention. Namely, it wasn't CD but vinyl sleeve - 30th anniversary vinyl issue of 'The Dark Side Of The Moon' in original packaging,with stickers and posters, so I simply couldn't resist! Even the opening of this whole package was ceremonial procedure as in those good old days; and the feeling was fine. I haven't spin this record ever since mid seventies and listening to it now has been pretty exciting, especially when needle has come to my favourites like 'On The Run' , 'Any Colour You Like' and particulary 'Us And Them' with that subtle Dick Parry saxophone line. However, personally I don't consider DSOTM as the best Pink Floyd album, moreover I think that it is a bit overrated, but certainly it is a high moment of prog rock.
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Posted Sunday, August 20, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars BEST ALBUM EVER. Why? here are just SOME of the reasons. Because:

1.- Marks a breaking pattern that even when it was released more than 30 years ago, still forms part of the GREATEST and more INSPIRAL albums in today´s bands. It hasn´t been surpassed by any other stuff released later. Not for nothing, it still has the record of 714 weeks on top of music rankings. 2.- Has a concept. Maybe if you´re not a PF fan, you wouldn´t get it, but I think that even if you´re not, you are able to. You just need to sit down, have a deep breath, calm down...and listen the whole thing. Just after that, make your opinion. 3.- Has an ART concept. Storm Thorgeson took care about that and got as a result one of the bestand most recognized icons of rock music 4.- Has the first "syntethized" song, and the one that proudly can be named as the proto-electronic music that today reigns in every place. ("On The Run". Despite you like it or not). 5.- Has in "Money" the FIRST rock single ever that was written in 3/4. (for those who still want to criticize this song) 6.- The "BRAIN DAMAGE/ECLIPSE" end, is one of the greatest and more expressive ends I´ve ever heard. (including the last off voices) 7.- Its nearly perfect from the first song till the end.

etc... etc... etc...

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Posted Tuesday, August 29, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars Dark Side of the Moon certainly takes on an imposing musical task. By taking song titles like "Money" and "Time", Pink Floyd took the duty of producing definitive musical verisons of those concepts. If they failed, it would have been the biggest blunder in nearly all of popular musical history. Lucky for us and them (no pun intended), they succeeded. Dark Side of the Moon is a metaphor for life and death in all their aspects and an incredibly powerful piece of work.

The album begins with Speak to Me, not so much a piece of music as an immersion experience in the world of Dark Side. It starts with a heartbeat, the symbol of life's start. Other sound effects from throughout the album are phased in, along with some of the dark, atmospheric narration that punctuates the points of the work. There is then a flawless transition, as there is between every track, from Speak to Me to Breathe. Breathe's theme is an invitation to life, with the soothing voice of Gilmour exhorting the listener to live life without fear. But this wonderful dream is crushed with the tense, driving synth of On the Run. The listener must strain to hear the muted announcements of plane arrivals but is overwhelmed by the proto-electronic/techno sounds of the track.

A complete musical contrast but tied in thematically is the next song, Time. It has a kind of jazzy feel, and the vocals seem kind of... disgusted with the person the lyrics address. The reprise of Breathe is perfect, an invitation to give up the rush and take back enjoyment of life. But Money shows how that invitation is rejected. The bass work at the start also has a jazzy feel, and the lyrics are dripping with sarcastic anger. Some may discount it as a popular work, but I believe it is more the establishment adopting the song than Pink Floyd making the song for popular consumption. Great Gig in the Sky is perhaps the best song on the album. The stately, dignified voice of an elderly person about rejecting the fear of dying gives way to the atmospheric wail of Clare Torry. It reflects, in some incredible way, at the same time, death throes and the ecstasy of heaven... truly something that must be heard to be believed.

Us and Them shows the separation that can occur when one's life is devoted to the mad rush for wealth. It lyrics are provocative, and although the song lacks the real technical brlliance of Money or Great Gig, its atmosphere makes up for it. Any Color You Like brings back the techno stylings of On the Run, focusing this time a bit more on guitar. And finally is the chilling end duo of Brain Damage and Eclipse. Brain Damage's kind of sing-song feel accentuates the theme of insanity very well.... And Eclipse is amazing. It is one long series of conjunctions leading to a very depressing, moving climax. "There is no Dark Side of the Moon, really.... As a matter of fact it's all dark..."... Incredibly emotional. So ends a brilliant piece of progressive rock, a chronicle of the meaningless style of life in the middle 20th century, and a five-star album. Buy it. You can't regret it.

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Posted Wednesday, August 30, 2006 | Review Permalink
Mellotron Storm
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5 stars Interesting to note is that the first time the band played "The Dark Side Of The Moon" without technical difficulties was on January 21st 1972 at the Guildhall in Portsmouth. By the time the album was released some 14 months later the bootleg for that live concert had already sold 120,000 copies. The very first time I remember hearing about PINK FLOYD was when I was about 12 years old and in school. One of the guys in my class had a "Dark Side Of The Moon" sticker on his binder. The last name of this student happened to be Floyd, so i figured that was why he was into them. I never even heard their music until I was in high school, and it was this record that began my journey with PINK FLOYD. This was an album that most parents could actually tolerate, unlike the music from LED ZEPPELIN, BLACK SABBATH etc. They may have thought it was weird, but the dreamy sounds were easy on their ears. Of course this music has always been associated with drugs. I remember a guy in his fifties with Elvis-like side burns, scoffing at my "Dark Side Of The Moon" t-shirt I was wearing, and implying I must like getting high. Whatever dude. The album really plays out like one long piece, with the songs blending together. Roger had approached the band about doing a themed album about mortality, madness and the need for universal human empathy. He proposed writing emotionally direct lyrics in suitable simple language.This album was Roger's idea and he was responsible for all the lyrics. He admits that Gilmour's input was crucial as David created almost all the music with Wright also helping out too. So like the "Meddle" album this too was a band effort. It was Roger's idea to record samples of people speaking and sprinkling them throughout the album. Roger asked questions to random people on Abbey Road and in the Abbey Road Studios for hours, all the while taping their answers. I'm surprised that after all these years Syd barrett is still on the band's minds as the title of the album comes from something Syd said after the band let him go as in "They've left me on the dark side of the moon". And also the song "Brain Damage" which unfortunately was inspired by Syd's mental problems. Maybe i shouldn't be surprised though as Syd was their leader and an incredible talent. There are two significant guests on this record, Clare Torry of course with her amazing vocals on "The Great Gig In The Sky", and Dick Parry who adds some very important sax melodies on this recording.

"Speak To Me" opens with the sound of a heart beat as mechanical and vocal samples join in. "Breathe" is like a dream. Wright and Mason lead the way before the vocals join in before 1 1/2 minutes. Love the organ work after 2 minutes. It blends into the instrumental "On The Run" which is so cool. It's like we're running from something and there's that feeling of panic. The sound builds and collapses all the while we keep running. An explosion comes in late but we're still on the run. It blends into "Time" where we can hear the clock ticking in the distant so we turn it up louder and then boom ! It's like a thousand alarm clocks just went off ! I love the drumming and organ work that follows. Aggressive vocals come in after 2 minutes that we're so unlike FLOYD back then. I like the guitar work of Gilmour here. The spacey section after 2 1/2 minutes is incredible, followed by Gilmour just lighting it up on his guitar. Fantastic solo ! It's spacey again after 4 minutes and again a minute later. Nice. The lyrics are so true. "Breathe Reprise" comes in before 6 minutes. Wright offers up some great spacey organ late.

"The Great Gig In The Sky" is an instrumental except there are those female vocal melodies from Clare. She puts on an incredible show here. This is just so emotional. Piano and a spacey soundscape as she comes in vocally. Organ joins in too. The drumming is worthy of a mention here as well. A calm 2 1/2 minutes as piano comes back to the fore. "Money" opens with those cash register sounds followed by bass and a full sound. Vocals follow and check out the sax solo 2 minutes in. Guitar follows that up with a solo as well. Ripping guitar 4 1/2 minutes in followed by vocals and samples to end it. It blends into "Us And Them" the longest song on the album and my favourite PINK FLOYD song. Thankyou Richard Wright ! Organ to open as sax comes in. It's all so laid back as the reserved vocals come in. The lyrics are so emotional as he sings "Forward he cried from the rear and the front rank died." It blends into "Any Colour You Like" which is a spacey, psychedelic jam. An outbreak of sound before 1 1/2 minutes, and it later blends into "Brain Damage". Great lyrics on this one too. It kicks into gear after a minute. Love the crazy laughter before 2 minutes and later 3 1/2 minutes in. "Eclipse" features some great organ runs from Wright early on. It ends as the album began with heart beats.

In my opinion this is the greatest recording ever made, and the only album I would give a perfect score to. 14 years on Billboards album charts means that it is the most popular progressive album ever made, and I know we've all played it to death but...this is the holy grail of music.

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Posted Sunday, September 03, 2006 | Review Permalink
rogerthat
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5 stars This album's been discussed over and over, let's do it one more time. BEST Pink Floyd album? On the odd day, I might prefer Meddle (for Echoes), Animals (for Dogs), The Wall (for being such a weird creature of an album) and even Atom Heart Mother(for influencing Pink Floyd's sound in their subsequent albums). But 9 out of 10 times, I would say without a blink, Dark Side of The Moon.

It's the one Pink Floyd album that blends variety with unformity. There's the mid-tempo pensive rocker-turned-ballad Time, there's the catchy-as-hell Money, candlelight dinner table mood of Us and them and the brooding finality of Brain Damage and Us and them. Each of these songs entirely different moods and at the same time seem to flow from and into each other. Why, even the 'vocal instrumental' The Great Gig in the sky and the Gilmour-Wright jam session Any colour you like blend perfectly with the overall atmosphere of the album. Needless to say, all members of the band are in full flow, though they have had their best moments in different albums and at different times. Roger Waters gets his point across without any of the bombast and self-importance of The Wall and still sends shivers down the spine when you actually stop floating in the pleasant music and take a deeper look at the lyrics. All in all, it's as perfect as Floyd can get.

This impossible perfection of the craft in turn has brought with it the commercial labelling. I would label WYWH commercial, so too Division Bell and even The Wall (sure the topics are too depressing for the average pop buff, but Another Brick in The Wall Part-2 was written for and only for the charts). But this? Naah! The musical concept and execution of it are just pristine and precise. The fact that it was accessible to a mainstream audience doesn't make it commercial-oriented. I like to think it was one of those few moments in the annals of rock music when genius won the day and great music managed to win the selling game as well. I would give anything for those times to come back again - when stuff like Dark Side and Led Zeppelin IV actually won over both armchair critics and the general public and it wasn't necessary to do pop to rule the charts. After all, a band has to feed itself at the end of the day and the only way to do it is to push the copies off the shelves fast and for as long as possible.

Dark Side has achieved that by continuing to sell more copies to this day. And when an album of a bygone era wins new fans for itself and the band, I believe it cannot be due to its 'commercial' qualities - anything commercial has a woefully short shelf life. Just as bookworms dig out classics written centuries ago, prog fans of times to come will continue to discover Dark Side and in turn Pink Floyd.

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Posted Sunday, September 10, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars ¿What more can it be said about this album? It's just perfect. Sublime production, marvelous songs, great quality lyrics and a fantastic artwork. One of the most popular recordings of all time by the only band that -from my particular point of view- got close to take The Beatles off the title of the best band of all time. They could have done it but they made a mistake: they didn't split after The Wall.

Favorite songs: The whole album. It's a single song divided into nine tracks.

Rating: 5 bloody stars!

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Posted Friday, September 15, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars I'm not going to write a long review for this one because there are hundreds of reviews already here that will probably say the same things that I would have said. I bought this album when I was in eighth grade, not knowing anything about it really. I had only heard references to the album saying that it was one of the greatest albums of all time. Of course, I had heard Money and Us and Them on the radio, but in the context of this album these songs were so much more. The first time I listened I was blown away. The lyrics are strong, the musicianship is top-notch, and the song structures are superb. Even the way the songs are linked is ingenious. There are no throw away tracks here. Even though you probably wouldn't just listen to On The Run by itself, it fits perfectly into the album. Everything you've heard about this album is true, it really is that good. My personal favorite track is Time, which has one of my all time favorite guitar solos. Definitely an essential album of progressive rock.
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Posted Saturday, September 16, 2006 | Review Permalink
4 stars Dark Side of the Moon, great album from Pink Floyd. A band that has given some of the greatest bands influence. Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon is an album unlike any, it's unique and very melodic and, of course, psychedelic. Dark Side of the Moon has some of my all time favorite songs such as "Us and Them", "Breathe in the Air", "The Great Gig in the Sky", "Money", and "Brain Damage". Pink Floyd inserts some incredible music. This album is really good and I listen to it quite often. The only reason I make it 4/5 stars instead of 5, is because of "On the Run", "Speak to Me", "Eclipse", and "Time". Those are the songs I really don't care for. But put aside that this album is awsome and would be an excellent addition to your music collection.
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Posted Sunday, September 17, 2006 | Review Permalink
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5 stars Originally released in 1973, is one of those albums that is discovered anew by each generation of rock listeners. "Dark Side of the Moon" is noted as the best progressive album of all time, to many critics, next to to In the Court of the Crimson King. If you expect great instrumentation, and impressive virtuosity in the music, pass this up. If you want the quality of songwriting, relaxation, and maybe even some psychedelia, Dark Side of the Moon is for you. This is one of the great albums of the history, I think. It introduce you to another kind of music and mix the experimental sounds with the real good rock music. Huge chorus and an magnific David Gilmour's electric guitar. If you wat to buy your first progresive album you must go for this first...really good one.

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Posted Sunday, September 17, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars There had to be something in the air in the late sixties, and seventies, when such giants as Floyds and Purples appeared. I remember that my dad used to say, that in nowadays music such jewels simply cannot be found. Then I considered it to be a typical case of nostalgia for youth, since in nineties there were many bands that I found to be pretty good - as Oasis, The Verve, Radiohead ... But the more I explore the rock music of his youth, the more I'm convinced he was right. Conceptuality, the strength of ideas, arrangements, and using allegories in Floyds' work make them truly outstanding, comparing to anything else that was produced, not only in their most remarkable era around the mid of seventies. I think they'll be considered to be Mozarts of our time. DSOTM is undoubtedly a great album, although I don't find it really much better than their others, namely Animals and The Wall I like a bit more. So, comparing inside PF works, it wouldn't maybe get five stars, but in comparison to the total majority of works, that I've ever heard, it definitely deserves them.
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Posted Wednesday, September 27, 2006 | Review Permalink
4 stars A great introduction to Pink Floyd. I was put off by this album for a long time due to it's obnoxious popularity. I swear I see at least 5 Dark Side t-shirts a day. It is definatly over rated, but give it a listen anyway and you won't be disappointed While not their best, their are some true gems, including The Great Gig in the Sky, my favorite keyboard performance ever. Also worthy of note are Breathe, Time, and Us and Them. Money's cool, but it's seriously been done to death. All in all, it isn't the true masterpiece that it's worked up to be, but their is plenty of top notch production value and some memorable songs. I think this should be everyone's first Floyd album, as it is very accessible to even the most casual of listeners. If your looking for the pinnacle of the Floydian experience though, give Wish You Were Here a listen, it is clearly their best.
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Posted Monday, October 02, 2006 | Review Permalink
4 stars I've heard this album so many times. I grew up on it. In fact, I've heard it so many times, it's hard to be moved by any other track than Us and Them. I have to focus, and really get into the songs in order to get anything out of the listening. But the songs are really great when you get into them. Many dub this Pink Floyd's crowning achievement, but I think it's quite on par with a few of their others. It's got head banging rockers, colourful keyboard driven songs, and touching organ led moments. Overall, it's really great.
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Posted Thursday, October 05, 2006 | Review Permalink
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5 stars Dark Side Of the Moon is almost without a doubt the most enduring and popular progressive rock album of all time, and perhaps even all rock. The album originally charted number one in the US and 2 in the UK and only remained #1 in America for a week, but that was only the beginning. The album went on to remain on the US charts for over 730 weeks, that's 14 years breaking all records by over three-hundred weeks. The album has gone on to sell over 25,000,000 copies which makes it one of the highest selling albums ever behind albums such as 'Led Zeppelin IV' and 'The Wall' (also by Pink Floyd.) I didn't need to know this to find "Dark Side of the Moon" a very good album. I knew it was popular but I had no idea it had sold 25 million copies, so it was a new experience for me, needless to say I had high hopes for it. Strangely enough at first I really disliked it, and I remember getting to "The Great Gig in the Sky" and just giving up. The album slowly grew on me, and it is now one of my favourite albums.

"Dark Side of the Moon" was not only the breakthrough album for Pink Floyd, but it also helped define Psychedelic rock through sonic experimentation and the use of tape effect which are spotted throughout the entire album. For these reasons "Dark Side of the Moon" is one of the most influential albums ever released and many bands have taken a page for Pink Floyd's book.

The album opens with "Speak to Me/Breath" which begins gradually with a heart-beat that builds in intensity until a mellow tune comes in. With this tune comes the second section of the song "Breath." The song is very mellow and features some nice synthesizer effects and guitar as well as vocals from Waters.

Next is "On the Run" which is a classic Pink Floyd psychedelic experience, complete with tape effects and everything. The song features tape effects of, someone running from aliens probably. This is one song that really grows on you and will probably be the last song to click. Unbeknown to the members of Pink Floyd, this song and related songs would eventually lead to the creation of disco.

The fantastic "Time" is next which opens with the sounds of many cloaks ticking, before they all hit mid-night (at different times) and many bells begin to ring. This section is followed by an eerie ticking sound backed by other instruments. The song really begins after this when the vocal section and best of all the guitar solo which is one major highlight of the album. The song winds down well and makes as a good introduction for the next song.

.Speaking of which, the next song is called "The Great Gig in the Sky" and is, from what I've heard the most hated song from the album. I too hated it but eventually got used to it. The song consists of a mellow piano tune with tape effects, until the scream- singing begins which is what deters people from the song. Seriously though it just takes a little getting used to, trust me.

"Money" is next which since the release of "Dark Side of the Moon" has become one of the most famous Pink Floyd song. It begins with sounds of a cash register and money being thrown around before moving into a very catchy rhythm spearheaded by the bass and drums. There is an especially good instrumental section which begins at around minute 2 with an excellent saxophone solo which is immediately followed by a guitar solo from Gilmour. The song gradually gains intensity until about the 5th minute when the closing set of memorable vocals chime in.

"Money" eventually leads on into "Us and Them" which is about humans (us) and aliens (them.) The song is quite mellow, but features some louder sections and great saxophone by Dick Parry who, for me really makes this song great. The song opens with a mellow organ played by Wright which is soon accompanied by a soft drum beat and arpeggioated (is that a word?) chords from Gilmour. The vocals and blending piano chords come in and the philosophical lyrics take over until Dick Parry comes in with the sax and a loud part takes over. Rick Wright has, what I think to be a very good piano solo during the song which is followed by a sax solo which eventually leads to the next number.

.which is called "Any Colour You Like" and is 3 minutes of top-quality of instrumental music. It opens with very fantastical layered synthesizers with band backing. Soon after the synthesizers comes the guitar solo from Gilmour which is again fantastic and really makes for an excellent listen. The three minutes the song runs for seems to pass way too quickly as the next song beings.

The penultimate track to "Dark Side of the Moon" is "Brain Damage" which is yet another all-time classic. The song is written for all the lunatics in the world and during live Pink Floyd shows world leaders are shown smiling on the big screen. This gives the song a comical feel, but in truth the song addresses a serious issue. The song is similar to "Us and Them" in that it varies in loudness.

Last of all is "Eclipse" which is really the icing on the cake for me and ends the album on a truly legendary note as its lyrics are very moving and gives one the impression of seeing the moon, if you understand what I mean.

1.Speak to Me/Breath (4/5) 2.One The Run (3/5) 3.Time (5/5) 4.The Great Gig in the Sky (4/5) 5.Us and Them (5/5) 6.Any Colour You Like (5/5) 7.Brain Damage (5/5) 8.Eclipse (5/5) Total = 36 divided by 8 = 4.5 = 5 stars!!!!! Essential: a masterpiece of progressive music

"Dark Side of the Moon" is one very essential album, everyone must own this album, it's easy to acquire so get it if you don't already have it! This album sums up all that is Pink Floyd and psychedelic rock in 40 minutes of bliss, great stuff right here.

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Posted Thursday, October 12, 2006 | Review Permalink
4 stars "I'll see you on the Dark Side of The Moon"

Dark Side of the Moon is Floyd's Everest for many. Wonderful album with great athmosphere and lyrics. But yes, there are weak spots!

Loved by many, bashed by few. This album starts with the magnificent "Speak To Me/Breathe", starting with human scream and goes to a nice spacey tune. "On The Run" is quite funny, I suppose it is reflected to fear of flight, this one should not be skipped, cause it keeps the athmosphere together before "Time", which is a wonderful song, too short but wonderful. One of the best vocals and lyrics from Waters, and the guitar solo...!!

The Great Gig In The Sky is funny one. First timers usually don't like it. I didn't, but after few listenings I found it quite nice, the female vocals are insane! Well then comes "Money" a streched poppish but a nice PF tune with great vocals. The bassline is nice!

"Us And Them" is nice, I don't know what the song is about (should read more!) but it's great, nothing really ultraspecial but I like it. Followed by the most boring song on the album "Any Colour You Like", if you skip some song, skip this. "Brain Damage" is my favourite, the chorus is so wonderful that I almost die if I don't listen it once a day. This album then closes to "Eclipse" which keeps the wonderful athmosphere of Brain Damage and ends beautifully.

This is really a must have for everyone, because of certain songs and the athmosphere that goes through the whole album. It's not the best Floyd offered us, and it's not a fulltime masterpiece. But it is a must have! Love the artwork. 4+

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Posted Friday, October 13, 2006 | Review Permalink
evenless
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5 stars Pink Floyd - DSOTM

Almost everything has already been said and written about this album, so I'll keep it brief. This is probably one of the most influential albums in progressive music ever and it is my personal favourite Pink Floyd album together with "Wish You Were Here". It's difficult to argue which one of those two albums is better, if there is one?

Pink Floyd got me interested in progressive music. Before that I was listening more to The Beatles, U2, Radiohead and more "mainstream" music. I think by discovering Pink Floyd I discovered progressive music! Now at least half of my CD collection consists out of prog- rock albums. Why this little "of subject" note here? I just want to make clear that Pink Floyd has not only influenced a great number of other bands, it has also influenced my taste in music! And I think only for the better.

Despite a few flaws in the album (I particularly don't really like the poppy track "Money" which sounds a bit like they were trying to make a hit single) I give this album the full 5 stars that it deserves because of its great importance on the entire progressive rock scene!

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Posted Friday, October 13, 2006 | Review Permalink
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5 stars Absolute Masterpice

Its all been said before by the numerous other reviewers here. One of the greatest prog albums ever, and maybe the most important. In the spring of 73, I was very much into Floyd, and bought this album as soon as it came out. I saw them perform it live a few months later. When I finally bought a CD player in 1988, it was one of the first vinyl I duplicated with a CD. Thirty two years later, it is still an often visitor to my player. Maybe their most approachable album. Absolute brillance.

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Posted Friday, October 13, 2006 | Review Permalink
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3 stars Not sure what the point is of reviewing one of the most famous albums of all time but perhaps I feel a need to balance all the superlatives and praise heaped on this album with an alternative viewpoint.

I've been buying music for over forty years and was into Pink Floyd right from the early days. By the time DSOTM came out I was a student and very much into the prog scene with bands like Genesis, Yes, Van der Graaf Generator and King Crimson among my favourites plus, of course, Pink Floyd who for me reached their zenith with "Echoes" on the "Meddle" album. With the possible exception of "Shine on .." they have done nothing to match it since.

In fact DSOTM was the first Floyd album that I didn't buy. This was no crass desire to be different just because it was so popular because I knew disliked it before I knew how popular it was to become. My room-mate bought a copy as soon as it was released and played it frequently. I sat down to listen to it with him the first time with great expectations and as the album progressed I became more and more disappointed. The problem being that it just seemed to be a collection of middle of the road songs with mass market appeal, hence the popularity. A great move forward for them financially but a backward step musically. David Gilmour has said that he was "falling out of love" with the sound collages they had been doing prior to DSOTM - well I wasn't and still haven't.

I have several newer Floyd albums but still don't have proper copy of DSOTM, the nearest being the live album "Pulse" which is pretty good and includes the whole of DSOTM on disc 2 but I play disc 1 mostly.

I don't propose to describe the tracks, you know them, but if you're into essentially conventional lyrical songs but with rather more about them than you're average chart hit then this album will satisfy you as all tracks (apart from "on the run") pretty much fit this description. It's pleasant enough but, for me, does not rise above that level.

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Posted Monday, October 16, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars There is little to say about this album that hasn't been said already. However, I think the one thing that is important is how groundbreaking it was given the technology of the time. The way in which samples and loops were used and matched to the varying time signatures of the tracks is astonishing - no computers, just painstakinglly spliced tape and strategically placed mike stands. Like it or not, this album set a benchmark for pretty much everything that was to come.

The other astonishing thing is that the album still sounds as fresh today as it did in 1973. It was a break from all that Pink Floyd had done before and it was an important break. It certainly made them more successful, perhaps it made them more mainstream but I don't think so. What it definitely did was unleashed a creative force that is still one to be reckoned with all these years later. Actually there are now two creative forces to be reckoned with in the separate Waters and Gilmour strands :-)

Anyway, there is no doubt that this is an essential masterpiece of progressive rock. Every track is outstanding and in combination form the greatest album of all time.

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Posted Tuesday, October 17, 2006 | Review Permalink
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3 stars Pink Floyds 'Dark Side of The Moon' is quite difficult to review in my opinion as what else is there to say about this album what hasnt already been said.

. I have to be honest and say that the album is slightly overated compared to the great work of Wish You Were Here or Meddle (in my opinion!)

Having said that I think it is a very good effort from the floyd and there are some wonderful tracks included on the album when the masterful partnership of Waters,Gilmour and Wright were at there brilliant best before Waters took full control and slowly dismantled the band.

Standout tracks include the brilliant 'Us and Them' which questions us as human beings and our behaviour towards others. Rick Wrights piano is excellent and the subtle gentle start to the track to the explosion of vocal and sound halfway through the song 'Forward They Cried from the rear and the front rank died' is excellent and moving.

Breathe is a lovely lazy tune with classic Dave Gilmour vocal with a lovely blusy feel which just makes it such a joy to listen to over and over again and is one of my favourites.

Great Gig in the Sky is just another gem from Rick Wright which just makes you wonder why the hell Roger Waters was allowed to sack him from the band later on. The piano is stunning to listen to and the emotional vocal from Claire Torry is just outstanding and moving.

In my opinion the albums letdown is that they is too much sampling and sound effects which include 'On The Run' and 'Speak to Me'. However I cant fault the standard of tracks produced for this album which include the pop orientated 'Money' and the Gilmour inspired guitar on 'Brain Damage'.

In conclusion a very good floyd effort but not my favourite by any means.

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Posted Monday, October 23, 2006 | Review Permalink
Chus
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2 stars The female vocals are the highlights, really...

Special sound effects and atmospherics were their forte, not the composition ability nor the soloing. Each member provided a minimalistic yet effective effort, whilst they never did merit all the high praising nor the top 10 categorization this album gets among other progressive monsters.

The album stars with special effects (what did I tell you) and thus begins, taking you to a tour through the entire album in just 45 seconds. Then a song begins. "Breathe" is the typical Pink Floyd song, in the vein of Graham Nash. On the run is an interlude of yet pure special effects. "Time" is highly overrated, but not so horrible; it begins with sordid clocks and bells and the chorus is the best part of it, with female vocal harmonies in the background and interesting melody. "The Great Gig in the Sky" is another overrated song, with rather simplistic piano chords which are supposed to be Rick Wright's spotlit moment; without Clare Torry's wailing the song would have a good place in the trashbins; it's just an average piano chord exercise. "Money" is the break from the constant 4/4 meter that's abundant and crosses it with 3/4; the sum is a 7/4 song, but apart from that, this is another banal blues rock song with special cash register effects. "Us and Then" is a simplistic ballad, very andante, and a bit overlong; followed by "Any Colour You Like" which is yet another reprisal of the "Breathe" theme to bring the idea of a concept album. "Brain Damage" is the epitaph of what would be "The Wall" with Waters and his psyco-obsessed imagery, as usual. "Eclipse" is nothing more than a childish poem dubbed on an anthemic yet non-memorable instrumental track; but any other closer would be uneven, so the best way to end it is with another simplistic track.

To put this album in the Top 10 is a joke, apart from the commercial success this one generated. 2.5 stars really, because it's probably the most creative thing that Pink Floyd could had done.

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Posted Saturday, November 11, 2006 | Review Permalink
1800iareyay
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5 stars Dark Side of the Moon is one of the top ten albums in music. End of discussion. Every song is a gem of psychedelia. Dave Gilmour plays his guitar with as much emotion as any Mississippi Delta bluesman, Roger's bass is solid, Rick's keyboards give trhe album a lush texture without taking center stage like they do with Yes or ELP, and Nick's drum complement Roger's bass to cement a great rythmn section. This album stayed on the Billboard Top 200 for over a decade. That is simply stunning. The album goes from paranoia to hilarity at the drop of a hat. The album is a concept piece that chronicles a man's devolution to insanity. It is partly inspired by Syd Barret's burnout (the follow up, Wish You Were Here, also touched on their fallen comrade).

Speak To Me/Breathe opens with a scream and the standard spacey fare. It sets the mood for the album.

On the Run is an amusing track that cobines serious parnoia with a light hearted mission to catch a plane.

Time leads in with a cacophony of clocks chiming. The lyrics are, in my opinion, Waters' best. David Gilmour's solo is breathtaking.

The Great Gig in the Sky follows up on the plane that the character missed. It crashed, which only adds to his paranoid nature. Fantastic guest vox from Clare.

Money is one of the most played Floyd tracks on radio. It has great lyrics, an infectious bassline, and a fantastic solo.

Us Or Them is a unique anti-war song for the time, because it it presented throught the eyes of a soldier. He doesn't understand his orders, doesn't particularly want to carry them out, but end the end does so because it is his "duty"

Any Colour You Like is a great instrumental piece

Brain Damage marks the slip into insanity. Whereas Shine On seemed to immortlaize Syd Barret, this song does the opposite by indirectly attacking him for quitting just becasue the band wanted to experiment, which is how they got started in the first place.

Eclipse is a great outro with its haunting heartbeats to close the album. The only creepier sound effects I've heard is the hospital noises and spoken word on the intro to Queensryche's Operation Mindcrime.

DSOTM is essential for any fan of music. It, like AC/DC's Back in Black, is an album that belongs in your CD collection and probably already does. Simply stunning.

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Posted Tuesday, December 05, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars Ah, Dark Side of the Moon. The album which essentially introduced me to progressive rock. In my opinion, there's no better starting place. There has been a lot said about it in the previous reviews, so I'll try to add my personal experiences to the review as well.

Often defined as a concept album, the genius of the concept is that it's fairly ambiguous, and allows us to make our own interpretations of what the concept might be. My favourite interpretation is that it's a journey through life; from birth ('Speak to Me/Breathe') to death ('Eclipse') - And all the things along the way which can drive us to madness (Time passing us by in 'Time', the pressures of money-driven capitalism in 'Money' and our high speed world in 'On the Run'.)

Lyrically, this album is among the best. Waters really established himself with this album, writing thought provoking lyrics which anybody could relate to. Particularly 'Time' stands out lyrically, a memento mori which reflects on our existence beautifully. Gilmour's solo in this song is utterly spine-chilling and among his best. This song particularly is special for me, as it was probably amongst the first prog songs that I heard, and to this day remains as one of my all-time favourite songs.

A masterpiece. If you don't already own it, you certainly should.

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Posted Wednesday, December 06, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars Who DOESN'T own this album? Honestly, what can I say about this masterpiece that hasn't been said by somebody somewhere at some point in time? Except that: we just had a nationwide TV poll conducted hear in Australia to find the nation's favourite album. And guess what came in at number one? and this is from a country partly responsible for Abba's continued popularity. Now that's staying power! PS- 'Close To The Edge' came in at number 60-something. Sweet.
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Posted Wednesday, December 06, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars I had to grow up to fully apreciate this one, but that's normal with Pink Floyd. Ok, it's not as marvelous as Anials or Wish you were here but nothing is. At first listening Dark side may appear as a quite ordinary album. Tere are two radio hits - Time and Money and few less known pieces. Nothing special. But when you listen to it time by time again you realize it's something more. And then, at some point it explodes and you can at last hear what is it all about. The pieces of the puzzle start to fit to each other, every track starts to be coherent to another, lyrics become a story... This music is not very complex, there are no twenty minutes long solos (but who doesn't love Gilmour's play in Money?), but that's Pink Floyd. The power of their music lays somewhere deeper. The music is only the effect of the brilliant idea of composers (not only Roger). And besides all that, it's one of the best known albums in the history. A good way to start your adventure with prog.
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Posted Thursday, December 07, 2006 | Review Permalink
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5 stars This will be a quick review, on which I will not dabble about describing each song and what instruments are played and how, but on my general view of this album. Dark Side of the Moon took some time to grow on me, having heard before all albums that followed it. At first I did find it flawed, with periods of perfection inbetween what looked like helpless fillers. A few years after listening to it, and with time to grasp it's full meaning after being explained like a 6-year old what it was all about, I cannot cease to praise it's brilliance. Dark Side of the Moon is a masterpiece of studio production, with dozens of people involved in its conception, all of which did a superb job. Such a symbiosis of brilliant minds working towards the goal of becoming rich and famous, leaving, as a bonus, a masterpiece not only of prog, but music in general. With this album, Pink Floyd and Company own nothing to other prog giants, or, for that matter, to the great musicias troughout History.
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Posted Friday, December 15, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars The power and briliance of this enduring classic was a break through in the combining of art and technology, and it is still relevant and meaningful as the day it was produced . You should "Dark Side of The Moon" on CD and listen to it often through headphones and every song will make you review your present, your past and your possible future. And more important your conception about life meaning. A deep, phylosophical and a musical masterpiece! Essential!

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Posted Monday, December 18, 2006 | Review Permalink
TRoTZ
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5 stars For those who know a little bit of history, those will know that this album has changed completely the world music panorama. This album has put progressive rock music and experimentation where they never would be again - it has made people to love and respect progressive music. And for almost 10 years progressive music was at every people's mouthes, this album marked deffinitely the beginning of a new era.

What Pink Floyd did, particularly producer Alan Parsons, was transforming the band's experimental ideas in the form of superbly produced sofisticated songs. In fact, the album is so well produced that is astounding, almost unbelievable, to know it was edited in 1973 (!). The album shows so many variations, from all sorts of atmospheric sounds to gospel overblown singing, blended in a very delicate and high sensible way, creating a magnanimous piece of art - a true movie for the ears - with its several different pieces. Pink Floyd surely have moved towards pop, in the sense they put a fantastic effort in a way people would not find difficult to accept it. But in no way this is pop music. It influenced and still influences hundreds of bands, one of the most influentional albuns of all times!

Every progressive rock fan should have this in his/her collection. A classic.

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Posted Saturday, December 23, 2006 | Review Permalink
2 stars In the certain knowledge that my own rating will not affect the overall standing of this album whatsoever I prepare to write the unthinkable...

First of all, Pink Floyd are not a favourite of mine at all. I dislike the early stuff and find their output from Dark Side onwards (with a few notable exceptions) fairly unremarkable.

Where this album excels is in the state of the art production values for the time, at a time when stereo systems were becoming much more available. It captured the possibilities and I'll admit the sounds is still excellent. I just don't find anything to stimulate me in the music. This despite that Gilmour is one of my favourite guitarists.

I give it 2 stars, for fans only, but am fully aware that there are legions of Floyd fans out there. It didn't convert me to fanhood. The album that followed very nearly succeeded though!

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Posted Sunday, December 24, 2006 | Review Permalink
Chris H
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3 stars Let me start off by saying that I much prefer the Barrett era of Pink Floyd, seeing as how my favorite track is Vegetable Man which was recorded in 1966 and never released! Most of the Floyd fans nowadays would look at me like I'm crazy. Posers.

Now onto music! This really didnt do much for me. I felt that "The Great Gig In The Sky" was the best on the album, as Clare Torry's vocals sound tortured and helpless yet they remain majestic at the same time. "Us And Them" is a good mellow track with nice brass section touches.

Now onto the bad. "Breathe" is twisted and demented and 'Money" is a pointless childrens poem read over rather interesting time structures. I did enjoy "Any Colour You Like", however I wish they had made it a smidgeon longer. Also whether he knew it or not at the time, Storm Thorgensen had created the biggest poser symbol in the history of the planet with this prism design. People that wear Pink Floyd 1973 tour tee-shirts have probably never even heard of Syd Barrett or any Floyd music as a matter of fact.

Yes, Roger Waters used to be the rythm guitarist! Rick Wright used to play chimes! Bob Klose was the lead guitarist! and Chris Dennis was the lead singer! Clive Metcalfe was the bassist! Hahaha take that kids =]

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Posted Sunday, December 24, 2006 | Review Permalink
4 stars Overrated. WAY overrated. Yes, it's very well crafted. Great moments. Great cover (which they spent 10 seconds choosing, they went to Hipgnosis and went "That one" and left) Great ambiences & production. The soundtrack of many people's lives, blah, blah. But RW's lyrics and vocals are always neurotic, deppressing and unnecessarily dark. Musically, DG's guitar stands out- no more. WYWH is a much more complete and way less deppressing than this one. Still, it's well crafted and a lot of work went into this, so I give it a 4****.

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Posted Friday, January 19, 2007 | Review Permalink
Joolz
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5 stars One of the biggest selling rock albums of all time, a pioneering and innovative album in many ways and the moment it all finally came together for the Floyd after a few years thrashing about looking for the key. Who is not already familiar with the sound of the heartbeat, or cash-registers picking the beat for Money, or Clare Torry's orgasmic vocal performance on Great Gig In The Sky. Or the iconic album cover from Hipgnosis. Or Roger The Hat's "Live for today, gone tomorrow, that's me" and others. A favourite to make love to, but if you'd rather just listen, well that's perfect too. This album set a new standard for rock musicians to aspire to and its effects are still felt today. Undoubted masterpiece.
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Posted Friday, January 19, 2007 | Review Permalink
ZowieZiggy
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5 stars Almsot 500 reviews for this one. Is there anything more to say about it ? I quickly scanned those reviews and I decided to present this album with an different insight than usual. Let's see (and hear).

The genesis of this jewel started as soon as end of 1971 in Nick's kitchen. Fortunately they will produce something else than "The Psychedelic Breakfast" ! Roger started with the lyrics while Rick and David concentrated on the music.

Roger will say : "It had to be quick, because we had a tour starting. It might have been only six weeks before we had to have something to perform. We went somewhere in W. Hampstead for a couple of weeks and we got a lot of pieces together."

The first name for it was "Eclipse" because a band called Medicine Head had released an album titled "Dark Side of the Moon" in late 1971... so the planned title was changed to "Eclipse". When the Medicine Head album flopped, the original title was revived by Pink Floyd.

The Floyd started a pre-DSOTM tour as early as January 1972. The first attempt to play it as a whole was at Brighton (January 20, 1972). They had to stop at "Money" due to some technical problems. During their first short UK tour (one month - 16 dates of which one was cancelled (in Manchester) after twenty-five minutes. They will reschedule it in March. The whole pre-tour featured ninety-four concerts while the effective tour will only have 35 dates. They will go on playing it in full lenght during the WYWH tour.

Four of those concerts took place at the Rainbow Theater in London. One has been recorded brilliantly and is available. Apparently it is the the last one on February 20, 1972 - which makes sense since they had performed it already several times).

It is a wonderful document because it shows how the project has evolved between January 1972 and March 1973 (date of release).

"Breathe" is only one track (combined with "Speak To Me") There is still no sign of "On The Run" (instead we have a track called "The Travel Sequence" which is also an instrumental but longer - over six minutes) "Breathe Reprise" has been called "Home Again" later on in this tour (during the second leg of their North American tour) and then will return to its original name. "The Great Gig" has of course nothing to do with the wonderful final version we all know (the music is already there though).

B-side of the album was really close to the final one although "Us & Them" has been seriously cut (but I think it was due to ... a technical problem more than anything else).

The pre-tour featured the whole rendition of DSOTM (with no words nor aplause as usual). They played it in the first half of their set. After a break, they played "One Of These Days", "Set The Controls", "Careful", "AHM" (very few times), "ASOS" and "Echoes". Not all of these tracks were palyed at the same venue but it was the core of songs they had chosen for what was called "A Best Of Tour". I bet you !

Rick will say the following about the tour, I quote : "Sometimes I look at our huge truck and tons and tons of equipment and I think 'Christ, all I'm doing is playing an organ" !

Sorry to have been a bit extensive so far, but I thought it might be of interest to know these details (you know, I like details and I spend endless hours to do research to find these).

So, finally, let's go back to the original album (and a more classic approach of this marvel).

Oh boy ! How many times did this one spin on my pick-up ? Can't tell !

They recorded it at the Abbey Road studios with Alan Parsons as engineer (he will definitely do a superb job). It will miss the Nr. 1 in the UK charts (peaking at Nr. 2) but will do it in the US (only for one week). In total it will remain 724 weeks in the Bilboard Top 200. They sold more than FORTY (40 ) million copies of it.

About the success of the album Rick tells us : "No idea at all, after we'd made it, actually sitting down listening to it for the first time in the studio, I thought 'This is going to be big. This is an excellent album'. Why it goes on and on selling, I don't know. It touched a nerve at the time. It seemed like everyone was waiting for this album, for someone to make it."

DSOTM is the type of album that you mostly listen to in its entirety than highlighting some tracks out of it but still, one song left me breatless at the time of release and purchase (in 1973) : "Time". It is still one of my all time Floyd's fave. The intro is just fabulous : the clocks in the intro of were originally recorded at an antique store by Alan Parsons. A great, great piece of music. Powerful and catchy. Great guitar solo from Dave (lots of more to come, fortunately).

"On The Run" on the contrary is probably the sole filler (although that the last two numbers are also weaker).

What to say about "The Great Gig" ?

One take man ! Clare Torry does a stunning job although she was not quite satisfied of her performance and was willing to do it again. It was, of course, not necessary. In 2004, she sued Pink Floyd and EMI for songwriting royalties, on the basis that her contribution to "The Great Gig in the Sky" (she "wrote" the "vocal" parts). She was paid 30 £ (Sunday studio work basic allowances) for the recording! She won the trial in 2005 but the terms of the settlement were not published. It won't be the unique trial of that type (the school boys from "The Wall" will do the same ... and win again).

Their hit "Money" is not my fave but the sax and guitar solo are quite nice (it is the most played song in their live sets : more than eight hundred (800) times so far ! (Dave and Roger still playing it during their tours).

Same fabulous sax effort from Dick Parry on "Us & Them" : very emotional track. With the years passing by, I appreciate this song more and more (specially live).

"Brain Damage" was written during the "Meddle" sessions (the suggested title at that time was ... "The Dark Side Of The Moon"). It is also said that this song refers to Syd. Madness will be one of the DSOTM's theme. Nick will say : "The album was intially about the pressures of real life-travel, money, madness-and then it broadened out a bit."

The whole album flows so easily from one number to the other that when it comes to end, one says : already finished ? My only regret is that there should have been a grand and epic finale for this masterpiece instead of "Eclipse". This album will create the Pink Floyd sound for the rest of their carrer (up to "The Division Bell"). I would not say though that this is the best prog album ever (even not the best Pink Floyd one). But this album definitely deserves five stars of course.

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Posted Sunday, January 21, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars THE MOST AWESOME TRIP TO THE MOST MAGICAL MOON

What happens when you join 4 musicians with thirst of success and one of the most talented audio engineers? The result is this. One of the Best-Sellers in Music History. One of the most influential albums of all time. Overated or not, this is one of the most important works not only for Prog, but for Rock & Roll History too. Who has not heard The Dark Side of the Moon at least once? But, let's leave all the praises and let's get to what we care.

At the time when this album was written, Pink Floyd was on a tour and they wanted to create the biggest album ever, but at the same time they wanted to be rich and famous, and they did both.

The album, in a very moody way, starts with a long silence that slowly fades in, the sound of heartbeats, clocks, machinery, and voices get in the scene while a growing scream explodes to introduce the first track. "Breathe" is a song about the pains of growing and the lessons you have to learn to survive in this cruel world. The Slide- Guitar of David Gilmour adds the perfect touch to the song. Of course, Roger Waters's intelligent lyrics and excellent bass playing complete the mix. Every single element, the keyboards by Rick Wright and the Mason's drums are in the best play, bar by bar this song is the best way to start this space launch.

"On the Run" adds some drama to the album, the feeling of chasing and the paranoia is growing and suddenly it fills your room, silent voices whisper to your ears, it's the sound of death that meets you at the end of the song with an airplane crash.

Now, you're closer to death, and "Time" takes you a reflection through all the moments of your wasted life, remembering all those great moments when you were sitting at home watching the falling rain, in my opinion this is the most magnificent song in the album, the lyrics are awesome, and Gilmour sails through all his musical boundaries to print on each second his place in the Music History as one of the most emblematic guitar players. The reprise of "Breathe" is idea of Roger Waters, and it really fits to have a rest of the intensity of what this wonderful song makes you feel.

We are now in "The Great Gig in the Sky", which is clearly the gateway to paradise, the voice of Clare Torry lifts you up and takes you to the sky, the song increases and decreases as she wants, she went for it and this is what makes this song one of Pink Floyd's Classics .

"Money" is the most poppy or commercial song as you want to call it, a song that starts in a 7/4 bar, a very catchy bass riff that traps you immediately, once again the collaboration of the guest musicians is excellent, Dick Parry leaves his lungs in his Tenor Sax and makes us enjoy one of the best saxophone solos in a Rock Song, he leaves the song in the hands of David Gilmour to make one of the best guitar solos ever. The message is very clear, the money as the root of all evil, unfortunately this phrase would reach the band and break their relationship.

"Us and Them". A song originally written for the Zabriskie Point, that Roger wanted to release. The sax and the choirs in a very Gospel Style make of this song one of the best achievements on this album.

"Any Colour You Like" is an instrumental theme that let Rick Wright explore with his synthesizer and make a duel with David Gilmour, when one speaks, the other one answers. The song goes up and down and then is slowed for the beginning of "Brain Damage", which is obviously a tribute to their prior front man, the enigmatic and mystical Syd Barrett; this is also the only song when they make reference to the Title of The Album. I'LL SEE YOU ON THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON.

"Eclipse" announces the end of this magical experience since the beginning, everything you are and you have it's over now. And the beating sound of the heart fades out for a magnificent ending.

Overated or not, this is a masterpiece and essential on every progressive collection. This album deserves no less than 5 stars.

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Posted Sunday, January 28, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars Recently I discovered the reason for so that this conceptual disc he is so popular, in fact is so popular east disc that is the icon of the progressive rock, are possible to be said infinity of things of this disc, from the chances with the film "the Magician of Oz", the coincidences of more essential opinions, the connotations and landmarks, hundreds of tributes and supposed covers of this have been listened to everywhere, the image of the always remembered cover in where a prism separates the primary colors of a light ray, almost all the people that knows it put it as the best disc never created, sadly him it has mentioned the inspiration to Syd BARRETT being that this disc never had been obtained of the salary remained in the band, is more PINK FLOYD is the mixture of MASON, WRIGHT, GILMOUR and WATERS, in fact Roger WATERS is the fundamental one to pound of this disc, demonstrates par excellence to be the composer, but that if with the power to have the endorsement of so good and huge musicians as same, the concept that really is very good, that it made me doubt during some time so that a conceptual disc could have been as much successful, but platicando with a friend I realized so that, it is a disc that has many emotions, I even have if one does not have music creates it as if outside it enchanted layers to do that, but I realized that that are, the sound effects, that interpretation is without a doubt the perfect mixture that causes that any person can put attention in the music and easily absorbed by a concept of such dimensions, in spite of that I consider that many people do not personen it with the sufficient power that has the disc, because of being therefore progressive serious more than a variant of cult as it is it at the present time, because there are pieces that the sufficient greatness like for has to compare itself with this, but clear this never to equal itself because they are very different quality that even has their later predecessors and to, in this disc you found full loads of emotions, from the simplest landscapes created by sintetizadores to complex full adjustments of emotions which they will make sentirte happy, cheers, sad, pensativo and magical, like all masterful piece of the progressive one.
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Posted Saturday, February 10, 2007 | Review Permalink
ClemofNazareth
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5 stars Hey everybody, look at me – I’m writing a Pink Floyd review! Go figure.

This is one of those albums where the memories and social and cultural significance probably matter as much as the album itself. It’s hard to imagine that anyone who is reading this right now does not have many, many fond memories of special events or times of their life or relationships or epiphanies where this album played a part. It’s been re-released God knows how many times in different formats and on different media. It set an unbreakable mark of more than fifteen years on the Billboard top- selling albums charts. Let’s put that in perspective: when this album released and first hit the charts it was the spring of 1973. I was just approaching puberty and hadn’t yet discovered facial hair or girls. By the time it finally dipped just below the charts, I had been through college, a tour in the Marine Corps, married, and brought my first son into the world. And that was nearly twenty years ago. It is still one of the top-selling albums for EMI and on Amazon.

We had gone from Richard Nixon being reelected U.S. President to George H.W. Bush succeeding Ronald Reagan in that post. The Vietnam War was winding to a close in 1973; by 1989 the Soviets were rolling out of Afghanistan and the Americans were rolling into Iraq (the first time). The week after this album released the World Trade Center officially opened in New York City, and the U.S. and China had just agreed to establish formal relations. Today the towers are gone and the U.S. and China are the largest trading partners in the history of the world. The laptop computer I’m typing this review on is 1,200 times more powerful and has 1,000 times more storage capacity than “supercomputers” used by NASA in 1973 that took up an entire floor of a building and required a whole team of engineers to maintain it (and which are now on display in the Smithsonian Institute’s science museum). Bruce Lee was still alive, and Sam Tyler had appeared.

In the latter seventies my friends and I flocked to “laser-light” shows at our local planetarium, which were nothing more than crappy laser lights fixed to an analog turntable and spun around while being flashed through paper plates with oddly-shaped holes cut in them, all while we sat in the dark and listened to this album being blasted over the P.A. system. This was high art, in every sense of the word. (I'm a first-roar guy myself, by the way - it's much more clear than the third one).

I still have my old Harvest vinyl edition, purchased in the summer of 1973 as a daring challenge to my Anabaptist parent’s authority. I kept it hidden in the garage for the most part, and mostly only got to listen to it when I could sneak it over to a friend’s house. There was no way in hell Pink Floyd ever heard of Montana, U.S.A., let alone ever considered touring there, so this was as close as I would get.

The foldout cover has held up well all these years, wrapped in a sturdy plastic sleeve and carted around these thirty-four years through family moves across the Midwest; back across the Heartland when the time came for college; into my brother’s closet while I toiled through boot camp; in a footlocker during a twelve-year military career; and across five states and three moves nestled in an apple crate since then. I’m playing it now for the first time in years, although the Mobile Fidelity CD version I purchased several years ago gets rotated a fair bit, especially on driving trips. That son who was born around the time this album left the charts? He’s now off to college himself, and has his own copy tucked away in his collection. The next son after him has it on his iPod, and the little one will get his copy soon. How many albums can you say that about?

This music requires no introduction – every single soul reading this knows it by heart. My favorites? There’s no such thing with this album. But I know that “Us and Them” changed my life when it opened my smoke-filled eyes to the possibilities in the world around me more than thirty years ago. Is this an anti-war song, or something more? Yes and no, of course; it’s what you make of it, as is the rest of the album.

“Brain Damage” is almost certainly Syd Barrett-inspired, and it introduced a whole generation of us naïve suburban-types to the concept of strife and anguish and madness. And we thought everything was fine beyond our trimmed green lawns…

But “Time” is the one that blows me away still. The others were larger than life when they were new, helped of course by plenty of testosterone and adrenaline and recreational stimulants. They’re still amazing, especially when compared not only with their contemporaries, but also against anything being put out today. There is no comparison. But “Time” is still as relevant and poignant and powerful and thought- provoking to this middle-aged dreamer as it was to a barely-teenaged dreamer all those years ago. Maybe the “dreamer” part accounts for the continuity. It’s probably even more relevant today, as time has become so much more significant then back when there was plenty of it to spare. David Gilmour is freaking amazing on this song, by the way.

And “Breathe” pretty much wraps up the story for all of us. Kind of makes you wonder what kept these guys inspired to go on with the rest of the album after summing things up on the first track.

I don’t need to actually state where this album ‘ranks’. Just everyone who reads this go look in your collection. Then go look in the collection of everyone you know. If any of those people doesn’t have this album, check them for antennae and green blood. Maybe suction cups on their fingertips. They are not one of us.

peace

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Posted Wednesday, March 21, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars You can not listen to just one song from this awesome album, you have to listen to the whole thing to truly appreciate it. To the average mainstream pop fan this may prove boring, but this band really broke through their own unique genre; the song writing and feeling is felt in every song..I'm actually pausing listening to the album right now!! The musicianship is perfectly put together for the sub-genre or whatever you want to call it...Only song I skipped was Great Gig in the sky because there's a little opera singing that became unbearable after the 2nd time I listened to it. just LISTEN to IT and you'll love it!!
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Posted Wednesday, April 11, 2007 | Review Permalink
4 stars Ah, Dark Side of the Moon, commonly believed to be Pink Floyd's masterpiece and one of the best selling albums of all time. But this is about my opinion, and I will say that this album is a little overrated, though it is still very good nonetheless. It took me a while to get into Dark Side. It didn't click at first, and I couldn't see what was so amazing about it. But it has gradually grown on me and I enjoy it much more than I used to.

Dark Side opens strongly with the psychedelic "Speak to Me" and "Breathe". "On the Run" is an OK song, but it doesn't seem to have a lot of variation. "Time" is one of the best songs on the album. It's followed by "The Great Gig in the Sky", with very enthusiastic vocals by Clare Torry. "Us and Them" is the highlight here and my favorite song off of the album. It's a beautiful, spacey and atmospheric song. "Any Colour You Like" has some great keyboards in it. The ending songs "Brain Damage" and "Eclipse" combine for a very good finale to the album. I'm thankful I was never overexposed to any songs on this album, since I rarely listen to the radio and none of my family ever listened to it a lot (although I did borrow it from one of my brothers).

Well I guess if you're a fan of music in general, Dark Side of the Moon is required listening and you should get it (if you don't already own it, which many people do in some capacity). I just don't find it to be quite up to the level of a masterpiece. Still it is a great album.

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Posted Friday, April 13, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars Although not my favorite Pink Floyd album, this is the album that initially got me into the band. While many others found their path to Floyd via "The Wall" or WYWH, this was my gateway. From heartbeat to heartbeat, the scope of this recording is awe-inspiring. From 1973-1977, Floyd were on a level no one else could touch. It's hard to pile on more comments above what has already been said. There are fewer people out there who don't have this in their collection than those who do. I think its accessibility to the 'mainstream' listening public is another positive aspect of the album. It's one of those very rare occasions where the mainstream got a taste of all that is good about art-rock/prog-rock.
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Posted Friday, April 13, 2007 | Review Permalink
Chicapah
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5 stars So, as I understand it, Rick, Nick, David and Roger were sitting around in the den one night watching "The Wizard of Oz" on TV, trying to find inspiration for their next album. True story. Okay, okay, I'm just yanking your chain. So sue me. But seriously, folks, how does one go about writing a fresh review of the record that spent an unimaginable 741 weeks on the Billboard Top 200 album chart? That introduced songs heard countless times by everyone alive in the civilized world and probably a couple mil in the uncivilized one? In this it's-all-been-said-before situation I can only give you my personal impressions as I focus on the insightful lyrical content and reverently give homage to the work of art that gave progressive rock respect for all time to come.

Taking the project as a whole, the true secret to its astronomical success is found in its patient, never-in-a-rush attitude that is so very rarely experienced in modern music. The entire album flows so easily, so naturally and you probably can't even recall the first time you heard each individual song. Like many of the Beatles' tunes, it's as if they've just always existed.

The album is about being alive and "Speak to Me" appropriately starts things off with a mini overture of sound bites discretely suppressed underneath an overriding heartbeat. The words to "Breathe" simply state that whether or not you asked to be born you are here nonetheless and "for long you live and high you fly/and smiles you'll give and tears you'll cry/and all you touch and all you see/is all your life will ever be." That may be simplifying a very complex philosophy but it is the basic truth of existence. Next is "On the Run," a somewhat old school programmed synthesizer piece and the most dated segment of the album. However, if fairly judged with perspective, it was a lot more compelling in 1973 when that instrument was still a novelty. The message of "Time" is as relevant to the youth of today as it was over three decades ago. For it is during your twenties that you have the freedom to explore the planet, take intelligent risks and go on adventures. But laziness and unfounded fear are disabling afflictions that can put you in the position of endlessly "waiting for someone or something to show you the way." Immaturity and short-sightedness will mislead you into believing "you are young and life is long/and there is time to kill today" but "then one day you find/ten years have got behind you/no one told you when to run/you missed the starting gun." (Be bold; don't let this happen to you.) Rick Wright's "Great Gig in the Sky" is a beautiful piano/guitar-based tune that demonstrates the growth and maturation of Pink Floyd as they ventured outside of their own membership to utilize the utterly orgasmic voice of guest vocalist Clare Torry. It was a stroke of genius as she gave the song its soul.

Whether you are an elite businessman or an aborigine in the outback "Money," in whatever forms it takes, will be a huge factor in everyone's life. Roger Water's sarcastic lines have become modern catch phrases about the subject with "I'm alright Jack/keep your hands off my stack" and "don't give me that do goody good bull[&*!#]." Shun it or idolize it, money will be a necessary evil you must deal with on a regular basis. Your role in society is addressed in the serene yet poignant "Us and Them." No matter which country you live in it will insist that you take their side on every issue even if it means going to war because "down and out/it can't be helped but there's a lot of it about/with, without/and who'll deny that's what the fighting's all about." Another instrumental, "Any Colour You Like," serves as a pleasant bridge leading to the last two songs. It features some excellent synthesizer work from Wright and guitarist David Gilmour shows that as of this album he had joined his peers on the A list of rock guitarists. "Brain Damage" raises the sensitive topic of mental illness or, as the late great writer Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. expressed, being born a "bad machine." As he does in other tunes before and since, Waters seems to be speaking to his dear friend Syd Barrett as he sings "and if the dam breaks open many years too soon/and if there is no room upon the hill/and if your head explodes with dark forbodings, too/I'll see you on the dark side of the moon." To me they saved the best for last, though, with "Eclipse" wherein the operative word is "All" as in the key to happiness lies in your willingness and courage to fully embrace and experience "all that you touch/all that you see/all that you taste/all you feel" throughout your life. This includes "all that you love/all that you hate/all you distrust/all that you save/all that you give/all that you deal/all that you buy, beg, borrow or steal." It's the sagest advice you'll ever hear.

There will always be differing opinions about which album is this band's greatest but nothing will ever convince me that this is anything less than a masterpiece. Yes, I have long since grown tired of radio's insistence on playing "Money," "Time" and "Us and Them" ad nauseum but I still have to stand in awe of the universal adoration of this record that doesn't fade away. As I alluded to earlier, because of this album we proggers can instantly enlighten anyone on earth if they ask you what progressive rock is, exactly. You simply say "Dark Side of the Moon." They will understand without you having to say another word.

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Posted Sunday, April 15, 2007 | Review Permalink
2 stars seriously, i think floyd is a good band, and gilmour is a killer player. But for me they don't really stimulate me all that much. The sax sections are cool, but ive never understood why this album is so highly regarded unless you where one of those people listening to it on lsd or some other sort of drug. In my opinion floyd is a very spacey, somewhat original, somewhat talented band, with many almost boring songs, and an almost obsessive focus with euphoria in music.

Yes, they are a good band, but in my opinion dark side is nothing super special. I would consider myself a bigger fan of gilmour than the band itself.

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Posted Tuesday, April 17, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars Identifiable unique distinct signatureAlthough they are not progressive in the sense that their music was almost impossible to hum to oneself (for example, "Sound Chaser", of Yes's Relayer album) but that Pink Floyd's breakthrough album, released March 24, 1973 utilized state of the art production techniques and introduced soul to psychedelia, forever changing the face of music. If that is not progressive, then what is? Nick Mason's distinct drumming style along with David Gilmour's signature spact guitar create the perfect atmosphere, backed up by Rick Wright's keyboards and the occasional soulful female back-up vocals.

While only the tracks "Money" and "Us and Them" deserve a 5 out of 5, what makes this album so spectacular is how solid it is as a whole. Every other track, save "On the Run" and "Eclipse" is worth at least a 4.0 out of 5. Every song flows into the next, and each song is original and inventive, as well as trippy and just awesome.

Bottom line: This album is ESSENTIAL, easily in the top 4 (including Meddle, WYWH, Animals, and The Wall). Consider this: Outstanding production quality, great instruments and effects, profound lyrics, catchy and memorable tunes, and it just gets better once you can sing along with it!

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Posted Tuesday, April 17, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars What can I say that hasn't already been said before about this album?

I will just add up some reasons to encourage those that haven't still listened to it to do so.

1. It has changed many people's lives 2. It has marked a milestone for generations of listeners and composers 3. There IS genious in it 4. If it has sold millions of copies worldwide is not because it is for ignorant-listeners-only, but because the genius that has been put in it is so evident that even the most ignorant listener could recognize that after having listened to it from beginning to the end 5. Any kind of listener can approach this album 6. The first thing that will come to you after having listened to this album will be: "how can it be that i could ignore something like this for so long?" 7. It costs much less than what most people that know this album would be willing to spend to own it

First and last recommendation: LISTEN FROM THE FIRST HEARTBEAT IN TRACK ONE UNTIL YOU HEAR THE SENTENCE

"There's no dark side in the moon, really, as a matter of fact it's all dark"

Enjoy BR1

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Posted Saturday, April 28, 2007 | Review Permalink
Rivertree
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4 stars Pink Floyd on the dark side?

A great effort, yes indeed! Skillfull because it is open for both directions, moving on the border between Space/Psychedelic and Mainstream Rock with great safety. So PINK FLOYD manages to get many people closer to the Progressive Rock genre (and not only with this release). This must be credited to Gilmour, Waters and Co by all means.

Breathe in the Air, Time and Any Colour You Like are in a wellknown PF mood with psychedelic ingredients of former times. Money for example has a strong hit character and mainstream rock fans also can enjoy this one very much. The Great Gig in the Sky is my prefered song because it contains incredible female vocals combined with excellent piano/keyboard playing by Richard Wright.

This might be the most successful album of PINK FLOYD - not my favourite, but an excellent addition anyway.

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Posted Saturday, May 05, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars That's a MasterPiece of all the times. Classics as Time,Money,Us & Them(the best) and Great Gig In The Sky are perfect examples of a Progresive Rock mixed with Comercial Sound and works as nobody. Sadly, Since that Album Pink Floyd becames in a band of cult arround the world but some of his members begin to dedicate to our own solitaire careers and Waters take most of the control of the Band. TDSOTM Rules!!!
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Posted Friday, May 11, 2007 | Review Permalink
Finnforest
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5 stars Waters was pissed.

After trying his best to deliver more direct, straightforward, and meaningful lyrics people were still calling his music "space rock" and music for stoners, the latter especially ironic since the Floyd were not druggies in those days (Gilmour and Wright admitted to occasional weed, but aside from two sixties acid trips, Roger was not into drugs. Nor was Mason. They were drinkers during this period.) He wanted to confront more human issues like death, madness, relationships, compassion, poverty, war and peace. But the Floyd would be cast as stoner party rock and it's easy (for me) to understand how this frustrated Waters to the point where he disliked doing the shows. Imagine trying to lay down a quiet piece about life and death only to have a bunch of drunks screaming "play Money, man!!!!"

I think we all tend to take DSOTM for granted because it's so familiar to us and it's always on the radio. But if you sit and pay full attention to what you're hearing it becomes obvious that this is Floyd's second masterpiece after Piper. I'm pretty reserved on what it takes to be a true "masterpiece," I don't make a habit of awarding 5 stars to albums that have been out for 15 minutes. Lyrically and musically I cannot deny Dark Side. From "Breathe" to "Time" to "Us and Them" it is just simply so easy to be seduced by this music.

Near the end of the recording Waters came up with another brilliant idea. They wrote up questions on cards and presented them to a bunch of people to get them to speak about their lives and the underlying concepts on the album. The best pieces of the interviews were laced throughout the songs to give them a very real sense of humanity. When you hear these voices, they are not the planned lyrical content of Waters but rather the off the cuff conversation of just about everyone who was present at Abbey Road on a given day: janitors, roadies, musicians, etc. One of the most memorable came from a cantankerous old janitor named Gerry O' Driscoll who was asked "Are you afraid of dying?" He replied "I am not afraid of dying. Any time will do, I don't mind. Why should I be afraid of dying? There's no reason for it-you've got to go sometime." When asked "Do you ever think you're going mad?" he replied "I've always been mad. I know I've been mad like most of us have. Very hard to explain why you were mad, even if you're not mad." But most famously, when cajoled by Waters to explain what the DSOTM means, the old Irishman said "There is no dark side of the moon really. As a matter of fact it's all dark. The only thing that makes it look light is the sun." Another character Roger Manifold was speaking about fighting when he famously answered "if you give them a quick, short, sharp shock, they won't do it again. Dig it? I mean, he got off lightly 'cos I could have given him a thrashing-I only hit him once!" These conversational nuggets interject a sense of reality and authentic intimacy to the music beyond the limits of Waters' lyrical pen, an absolutely perfect way of connecting to the subject matter of the human condition.

As Chris Thomas was finishing the mixing, they still felt that "The Great Gig in the Sky" was missing something. Alan Parsons suggested having Claire Torry come in to sing over the piece. She found the band members rather dry and was pretty indifferent about the session. After negotiating her fee of about $50 bucks she tried a few runs and was not getting much from enthusiasm from Gilmour. She was about to split when she had the thought of singing "as if she were a musical instrument" and the rest is history. She claimed she didn't even realize they used her part until buying the album months later and listening to it at home. Upon retiring a few years back Ms. Torry proceeded to sue the Floyd for partial credit of the track. She won an undisclosed sum of money and a partial songwriting credit for Great Gig.

When it was complete Dave listened to the entire album and was quoted "My God, we've really done something fantastic." Roger brought a copy home for his wife: "My strongest memory of listening to it is when I played it to Judy. She listened to it all the way through, and when it was finished, she burst into tears. She was very moved by it. I thought that was a very good sign. We've definitely got something here."

All the Floyd have commented over the years that they felt things went downhill after Dark Side. Waters: "The DSOTM finished off Pink Floyd once and for all. To be that successful is the aim of very group. And once you've cracked it, it's all over." Gilmour expressed similar feelings: "After that sort of success.you hit that strange impasse where you're really not very certain of anything anymore. It's so fantastic, but at the same time you start thinking, what on earth do we do now?"

Isn't it funny that guys who think it was over with Dark Side would go on to create WYWH, Animals, and The Wall? Not bad output for lads who considered things over!

The excellent book by John Harris focuses specifically on the making of this album and what led up to it. While I did not copy John's text in this review, I did use it as the resource for the stories in this review and for quotations of what the band members said. So I credit John for assembling this great information and thank him for informing this review. Please look for his book: "The Dark Side of the Moon: The Making of the Pink Floyd Masterpiece" by John Harris.

And so.....Dark Side of the Moon is the definition of an album deserving 5 stars. It was a grand achievement all those decades ago and more importantly, it remains incredibly poignant to this day. When you look at the bands on this site and ask yourself how many will be remembered or cared about 100 years on, my guess is that the Floyd doesn't need to worry about being challenged in the legacy department.

I see a few folks give this two stars and complain that it's over-rated and simplistic. I can't entirely disagree with some of those sentiments but keep in mind two things. First, progressive music doesn't necessarily *have* to be ultra-complex, sometimes simple slow chord progressions are perfect for the material. Second, the accessibility of DS is what drew so many people in over the years and opened their eyes to progressive music and other bands-not exactly a bad thing, is it?

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Posted Sunday, May 20, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars It's almost pointless writing a review for this album, seeing it's one the 20th Century's best sellers, and definitely the most popular Prog album in the world (so good, even non-Prog fans love it). It's the apex of the band's psychedelic, space-ish sound before they opted for a change in albums such as Animals and The Wall. As has been said before, it's a concept album, but to me, the fact that it's an album, a body of music, which is the central theme. Moody, dreamy and avant-garde. Fantastic music, and definitely going to be considered 'classical' in the 22nd Century!
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Posted Wednesday, May 30, 2007 | Review Permalink
3 stars I bought this with huge enthusiasm in 1973, having seen the enormous potential of Atom Heart Mother, and then the wonderful Echoes gave me hope that Pink Floyd would be the biggest band ever... And of course they became the Biggest Band Ever in terms of album sales, but to me that was at the expense of the music. This is a good, solid album, with some very good catchy songs, clever use of the 70s equivalent of sampling, superb production - they could afford the best at this stage in their career - and almost no prog at all! Gilmour's guitar-playing aside - and I acknowledge that he is a tremendous player in terms of emotion - this is a deeply average album. I was so disappointed when I first heard this album. I expected so much more, but I now feel that PF were just not up to it; their work is forever condemned to being second-string, blues-rock based, occasionally enjoyable music. With, of course, Roger Waters' "meaningful" lyrics... I understand that many people on this site believe this to be the pinnacle of progressive rock, and maybe I'm missing something, but I've had nearly 35 years to come to the conclusion that for me at least this is no more than pleasant, undemanding stadium rock with sound effects.
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Posted Wednesday, May 30, 2007 | Review Permalink
4 stars Dark Side of the Moon is a classic album, but I find it to be very over rated when compared to the level of musical quality of their other albums.

The songs are decent quality, but the best part of this album is that it had the absolute best sound quality you could ever imagine. If you have a SACD player, then I would highly reccomend buying the SACD version of this album. it makes the album come alive in an entirely differant way. This is an album best listened to late at night on a pair of good quality headphones. It really adds to the overall experience of the album. The sound effects and phasing from one channel to another are very well done. Its a great psychadelic experience

This is certinely Pink Floyd's most popular album, but not my favorite.

For the music itself, I would give a 3out of 5 stars, but the production is so incredibly great that I will give it an extra star just for that. Its a masterpiece of production, but just mediocre musically.

I highly reccomend the album to any fan of psychadelic music.

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Posted Monday, June 04, 2007 | Review Permalink
kenethlevine
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3 stars This album captured the zeitgeist of its time, but perhaps cannot be effectively removed from that time, from a composition perspective. Sure it's a concept album in which songs flow into each other, and a certain bit of filler is to be expected, even condoned. But so much dross! I can only conclude that this must have been, and probably still is, good music to which to indulge in the illicit, because with very few exceptions, it doesn't pass muster with the sober mind. It also manages to be intransigent in its negativity yet devoid of genuine anguish, but I'm quite sure that's not a plus. See substances above

Only one great song, that being "Time"; a few average ones at best - "Money", which was reworked far more effectively as "Have a Cigar" on the next album, and "Brain Damage"; and one supposed classic that is nothing but a simplistic dirge - "Us and Them". The rest is best forgotten if possible, which it isn't. I suppose I should give the equally interminable "the Great Gig in the Sky" some credit for inspiring more listenable feminine wails for the next quarter century, and for that the album gets rounded up from 2.5 stars.

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Posted Monday, June 04, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars Of Course, this is a masterpiece; this album defines the genre "Space Rock" that Pink Floyd created...Now let's get to the review:

Speak To Me/Breathe: 4 stars: Well on one aspect this may be somber and boring, it delves deep into the muscians feelings (as with the whole album).

On the Run: 4 stars: An Instrumental Spoof.

Time: 5 stars: Starts off with clocks and grows into one of their greatest songs.

The Great Gig In The Sky: 3 stars: The singing killed it for me.

Money: 5 stars: Has that poppish grooved to it, but it's a song that speaks for itself.

Us and Them: 4 stars: The song is a bit excessive, but it is space rock....

Any Colour You like: 3 stars: A prelude to the awesome ending.

Brain Damage: 6 stars!!!!!: My favorite song!!!!! It's really some of their best work...

The same is to be said with Eclipse!!!!

All in all, a great album; there's no real low point in it, though this music can be viewed as dull....It's a lot more...

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Posted Monday, June 11, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars Dark side of the Moon is the best album i have ever heard. It has all these points that make it classical, but it also remains always new and modern. The album's LSD atmosphere is everywhere through the songs that Waters, Gilmour and Wright have written. But, you can feel it without taking any drug. Best song in my opinion is "Us and Them", which is a very good try to understand life by a philosopher's view and also its music is a great example how a ballad can be so strong and hard. Gilmour's and backing vocals are really psychedelic and create the best atmosphere to catch the song's feeling. The saxophone's solo is the best part of the song, when plays the lyrics' melody and song becomes stronger and stronger.. "Money" is the greatest example how sounds whe listen to every day in our life can become a music theme (Money's intro). Saxophone plays a great solo in "Money" and the guitar's effects are funky. Gilmour plays also a very good solo,using his effects and his blues' knowledge. "Time's" intro, when Waters' bass plays the clock's sound is a very good part in this album. Guitar's solo and lyrics make "Time" as one of the best Floyd's songs. The main theme in this album is "Breathe's" theme, which exists in three of the tracks. A spacey theme.... The production is very good, unexpectable for a 70's album. Floyd's effects are the answer in the question: "How modern can be an album written in 1973? " Let's try to give songs stars:

Speak to me / Breathe: 5 stars. Great music , really inspired lyrics. "Run, rabbit, run, dig that hole, forget the sun"

On the run: 4 stars. Very good instrumental, brilliant effects.

Time: 5 stars. The hardest song in this album (one of the hardests Floyd's songs) 'And you run and you run to catch up withe sun but it's sinking"

The Great Gig in the Sky: 4 stars. Great vocal song.

Money: 5 stars. A prog-jazz song, played in 5/4, inspired by real life's sounds. "Money, get away, get a good job with more pay and you're OK!"

Us and Them: 5 stars. The best track in this album. Psychedelic sounds. Lovely melody. "Black and Blue, and who knows which is which and who is who..."

Any colour you like: 4 stars. Very good instrumental. Helps us remember Syd Barrett...

Brain Damage: 5 stars. "And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes, I'll see you on the dark side of the moon..."

Eclipse: 4 stars. Offensive song. Could be longer! "Everything under the Sun is in tune, but the Sun is eclipsed by the Moon!"

Progressive and Psychedelic Music is richer since 1973, when Waters, Gilmour, Wright and Mason created this really excellent album. "the Dark Side Of The Moon" is the classic Floyd album that includes nine of their greatest songs. You cannot get bored nowhere (as you maybe can in a few "Wall's" or "Wish you were here" tracks (which are the other great albums of the 'Floyd 70's trilogy'). It is the most well-completed album which you can listen to every day! With this album Pink Floyd became one of the world's rock top-five and belong to world music, not only to progressive (where they are the No 1).

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Posted Saturday, June 16, 2007 | Review Permalink
4 stars Hmmm what more is there to say?? 4.3 stars really!

It's an overall excellent album that anyone is worthy of having in his collection. I just think that it is a tad overrated. Since this album has become an icon more than anything else, some people only know "Dark Side" from the Floyd and not much more. I just find that there is mor einteresting stuff in the Floydian catalogue. All tracks are worth the detour, not the proggiest release from the band but still a milestone in musical history. Take notes wannabes and listen to this album! You got a lot to learn...but you want better? Go to the next album....

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Posted Thursday, June 21, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars A proG album that sold over 40 million copies and spent a record breaking 741 weeks in the billboard charts. 'Dark Side Of The Moon' is considered a classic for many reasons. Commercial and critical acclaim aside what makes this album so admired and popular is the absolute creativity of the music inside. The album relates to many subjects including the reality of death in 'Time', the evils of power and greed in 'Money'. Even the mental breakdown of former member Syd Barrett is approached in the simplified yet emotional song 'Brain Damage'. A psychedelic combination of lyrics and music combined to produce a monumental example of what a ProG masterpiece is.
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Posted Friday, June 22, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars With Dark Side of the Moon, nearly everyone is an ignoramus. This album IS a masterpiece, possibly THE best album ever produced, and this is not just me liking Pink Floyd to say this. If there is only one album one shoudl ever buy, its DSotM. I do take this consideration very seriously as I considered not only Prog rock, but every genre in music. This album is beautifully put together. Everything on this album sounds amazing, and nothing was left to spare on this album. Sure people will say it isn't such a great album, and everyone should stop praising because its not the best, but thats full ignorance. I'd like to see ANYone else make something as beautiful as this. It has amazing sound, great lyrics, great soloing, and one of the first conceptual albums ever (not THE first, for those who can't read). Everyone should own a copy of this if they like music, and really like their music. I'll end by saying this album IS perfect and go and buy, and I don't know why you wouldn't have it in the first place. This is essential to an album collection, even if it contains two albums. Not even people who like this album can understand how great it is.
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Posted Saturday, June 23, 2007 | Review Permalink
NJprogfan
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5 stars Not much to add to the plethera of reviews for this landmark album. I will say that I've listened to this album many, many times and it STILL gives me chills in spots; Gilmour's guitar explosions during "Money", Torry's moaning during "The Great Gig...", the lyrics in "Time", just endless remarkable music. It can be a bit sterile and unearthly, but that's what makes it unique. Also, and I think this reason is paramount, it one of the very few prog albums that cuts across age groups. The band, per se, is so influential it goes without saying. Are they actually prog in the true sense? Maybe not, but don't forget what category this band is placed under. As such, they are at the top. And for me, this album and the following two are at the apex. A triumvirat of excellence. "Dark Side Of The Moon" is the definition of masterpiece. One of the absolute must haves! BTW, I own the 30th anniv edition and its the ONE to own.
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Posted Monday, June 25, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars Ah, The Dark Side of The Moon. This is my favorite Album of all time, to be honest. The absolute pinnicale of human musical achivement, prog or otherwise. This is the album where all of the features are timed and preformed just right. This album has spent 1,500+ weeks on the bilboard 200, nearly half consecutivaly. That is the ultimate statement of it's superiority.

The album starts out with Speak to Me, the tape collage. It transitions directly into Breathe, the airy (no pun intended) and relaxing track with many interpretations. After this awsome introduction, we fall into On The Run, an instrumental. All the beeps and boops carry this darker song. Next is Time, my favorite song on the album. After its alarms at the begining, it gets rocking with an amazing guitar solo plus great bass, drums, and Keyboarding to accompany, before going into a Breathe reprise. Great Gig In the Sky is good, but is the only part that can get annoying at times after repeated listens. No we have the only break in the songs in the album before Money, the hardest rocking track that kills the flow from before. Us and Them, last of the 3 long tracks, is great commentary on war, and very spaced out. From here we hit the transition instrumental Any Colour You Like before we reach the culmination of Bran Dammage/ Eclipse, some of the most meaningfull lyrics to grace these ears.

This album is essental. I don't care what your tastes are, you should own this album. It could be centuries before this kind of greatness is achived again.

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Posted Saturday, June 30, 2007 | Review Permalink
ghost_of_morphy
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5 stars Dark Side of the Moon is a milestone in the development of progressive rock and a true masterpiece. Pink Floyd dropped the psychedelia and the more experimental parts of the space rock sound to bring us the definitive Floyd sound. While I'll always love songs like "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun" or "Careful With That Axe, Eugene," on this album all of that expansiveness is concentrated into tracks about half as long and then unleashed on the unwary listener, with the result of bringing even the casual listener to an awareness of the beauty of Floyd's sound. This is one of the few albums I've heard where I find it impossible to point at a weakness. After listening to it for so many years, I find that I sometimes wish that those cute sound effects like the cash register and the alarm bells would disappear so that I can get to the music quicker, but you can hardly call that a flaw, can you?

Anyhow, 5 stars for this album. If you haven't heard it, you are missing out on hearing one of the true cornerstones upon which progressive rock was built.

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Posted Monday, July 02, 2007 | Review Permalink
T.Rox
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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.

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Posted Tuesday, July 03, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars One of the greatest Rock albums period, ranking up there with the greatest musical efforts of all time! Send it off to outer space in your time capsule, so as to let the heavens enjoy this seamless, perfect, musical masterpiece.Personally, I cannot understand how some could find fault( Perhaps due to being overplayed) with what surely is Pink Floyd's greatest effort. A marked maturity over Meddle ( As much as I love Echos) and a seamless, perfect flow that not only the grand Wish You Were Here was able to duplicate ( As much as I love Shine on You Crazy Diamond) From heartbeat to heartbeat the grand themes of mankind are handled in this gorgeous piece of popular music history.Masterpiece? Without question.
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Posted Wednesday, July 04, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars Dark Side of the Moon was my first taste of The Floyd, and my first taste of prog outside Genesis. I credit this album for sparking my interest in the prog genre, of which I knew nothing about at the time. Dark Side of the Moon is a concept album about life's major stressors (money, war, religion, the fear of death). Rager Waters is at his lyrical best here, and the overall atmosphere created by the music is very dark and foreboding. Though you will not find any epics here, a typical minute of Dark Side of the Moon is more complex and ingenious than many 20-minute pieces.

Highlights: The Great Gig in the Sky: A Beutiful piano piece followed by Intense and Mesmerizing singing Time: Great lyrics and a legendary guitar solo by David Gilmour

Lowlights: On the Run: Very tedious and Repetitive

The Verdict: 4.5 stars: The best Floyd album and a great starting part for prog newcomers

Report this review (#128079)
Posted Wednesday, July 11, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars I was wondering about the value of another review of this album. I mean that almost everybody who visit this page know it and have an opinion, but I want to vote: I think is a masterpiece.

Although I prefer Wish You Were Here over Dark Side Of The Moon, I think that in this album we find the best lyrics that Waters have ever written, especially "Time" that reflects the limitations of our existence as human beings: "And you run and you run to catch up with the sun, but it's sinking/And racing around to come up behind you again/The sun is the same in the relative way but you're older/And shorter of breath and one day closer to death".

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Posted Thursday, July 12, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars The "Dark Side Of The Moon" was one of my first albums. I inherit "DSOTM" and "Made in Japan" from my parents. And that's the way I started listening to all the music I listen to now. Probably is the album I've listened the most. Some persons thinks this album is boring and too relaxing (and WYWH as well) but that's the reason why I love so much these albums. I love laying on the bed while I'm listening to these great albums and relax while I'm smoking a filter.

I love all tracks from this CD but my favourite are "the great gig in the sky", where Clare Torry does such a beautiful vocal performance, and "us and them" which is other relaxing song.

I can't say anything new about this album that we don't already know. So I'll give five stars to this great album that has made me star to listen to similar music and know all the music I know today.

By the way, sorry for my simple vocabulary, I'm Spanish and I can't express very well, al thought I think you all have understood my review.

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Posted Monday, July 16, 2007 | Review Permalink
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5 stars 5 stars of course, you all know the greatness of this album and its extensities...(Is that even a word?) This is the best album released by Pink Floyd in my opinion. Most of the album is quite relaxing and somber, I love to listen to it occasionally. For a while I was addicted to this album; I listened to it 20 times in 1 week!!! After that I just started listening to my favorite songs off the album being "Brain Damage", "Eclipse", "Time", and sometimes "Speak to Me/Breathe". After I saw these guys live on a YouTube video performing some of this album when they came back together (when they were all old) it killed it for me, I couldn't listen to this album for the life of me, but now since I've listened to some of the stuff from "Wish You Were Here" I've warmed back up to it though I generally can't listen to it anymore...Don't watch the reunion, you'll think low of them; it's like still thinking the rolling stones are awesome when they're older than sin.
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Posted Monday, July 16, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars If mankind had to select a single piece of popular music to represent us as a kind of planetary cultural attache then, surely, this would be it. The unifying attraction of this album is that it lays open what is like simply to feel human. There is not just great music here. There is poetry and philosophy blended in such an organic way that is feels like DSOTM was grown rather than written, re- written, spliced, produced. This is not my favourite album (it's not even my favourite FLOYD album), but what I love about DSOTM is that, for once, something that became immeasurably popular and well-known did so simply because it was definitively great. There have been some comments on these pages that this is not a progressive album. I think it's a mistake to regard 'progressiveness' as relating only to musical structure. Clearly the concept and execution here was progressive way ahead of its time. Alongside Crimson's ITCOTCK this is THE definitive prog album.
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Posted Monday, July 16, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars How do we evaluate music? What lends itself to musical greatness, the likes of which have not been seen for many years? Is it elitist to believe in musical greatness? How does one go about creating the perfect album?

My guess is, David Gilmour and Roger Waters sat around and had a good talk about these questions before they embarked upon Dark Side. What makes this album so great? The atmosphere. You can sit down and listen to DSOTM without ever leaving your chair or state of mind. Contingencies flow between tracks to anchor a specific sound down, as is true of most great concept albums. Based loosely around a blues rock framework, most of this CD has the ability to alter your consciousness more than any chemical aid. There is not really anything that I can say that hasn't already been said before. On that note, this is one of the greatest albums of all times, in any genre.

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Posted Monday, July 23, 2007 | Review Permalink
SoundsofSeasons
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars Hmm...lets see. Been said...been said...been said... WAIT!...nope. (insert your own words that pretty much mean its a great album) Yes, its really fantastic. My favorite tracks are Time, The Great Gig in the Sky, Money, and Eclipse. Two things that set this album apart from the norm are, 1. The sound effects and all that & 2. The Saxaphone, almost makes me feel high listening to it. Not literally high though, i wasnt around in the 70's like the rest of you...

The production is flawless. The songs are so good that most are staples heard daily on rock radio stations. This is the album that set the world on fire. You probably own it already. If you don't... something like 1 out of every 5 people in America owned it so just go ask a neighbor for it.

A Masterpiece of Progressive music. 5 stars.

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Posted Friday, July 27, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars A genre defining album that also defines Pink Floyd as a whole. This is Pink Floyd's best work, this is their pioneer of "Space Rock". To fully appreciate this album you have to listen to the whole thing, as it is one entity, "The Dark Side of The Moon". From start to end this album is pure brilliance. If you want to get into Pink Floyd this is the album for you, on the other hand, if you don't like slow music, then your going to have to keep an open mind and not let ignorance infiltrate your mind. Without a question, 5 Stars.
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Posted Wednesday, August 08, 2007 | Review Permalink
progaardvark
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars What could I possibly add to an album that has over 500 ratings (as of August 2007) on Prog Archives? Like others have said, this was Pink Floyd's ultimate breakthrough into stardom. The Dark Side of the Moon became one of the biggest selling albums of all time and is likely to have sold more than any other progressive rock album that I am aware of (I could be wrong). My best guess is the success of this album is chiefly in its messages about life (and the fact that it is truly radio friendly, but in a prog rock kind of way). Roger Waters of course can explain it much better than me, so I must refer you to texts of his interviews if you want to dig deeper. I would also recommend reading John Harris' book "The Dark Side of the Moon: The Making of the Pink Floyd Masterpiece" (Da Capo Press, 2006).

The group chose an entirely new format, a group of shorter tracks all tied together in a much larger concept. This is one of the albums you go to if you want to know what concept albums are all about. Musically and lyrically this album surpasses all previous works by the band. The production (Alan Parsons as engineer) is vastly improved. This is also the album in which Roger Waters pretty much becomes the driving force behind the band as much of the material is written solely by him. For many listeners, this was their first venture into progressive rock. Historically important, musically a masterpiece, and an essential must have for not just progressive rock fans, but all rock fans.

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Posted Tuesday, August 14, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars What hasn't been said about this album? It is probably one of the most notorious albums of all time. The album cover, also probably the most famous ever. How could I possibly add to the glowing praise that has been lavished on this? I'm not too sure how I could do this, but I shall try.

This is one of the first albums I can remember. It is in my Dad's collection of old vinyls, and is by far, the most battered, well- worn album in the collection. It was one of the first songs our family got on CD (I think it was a birthday gift to my mother), and when I started to get into music, I found it in our CD collection. At the time, I was into some of the most god-awful ear-tripe I could contemplate (not even able to be deemed music), and here I saw what I though looked like an odd album cover. I just passed it by again, though it kept popping up.

One day, while looking through the collection I finally decided to pop it in (my taste in music had gotten marginally better) and I waited. And waited. And waited. "Where's the music", I thought to myself. Little did I know, that it was only a minute and a half, but that seemed like an eternity as opposed to "conventional" music which kicks in in a matter of seconds. Then, things started to become audible. It got louder, and louder and louder, until what feels like the loudest thing I'll ever listen to, comes in. It is reminiscient of an explosion, which explodes into the guitar part. The opening guitar has a surreal, dream-like quality to it and seemed anticlimactic at the time. The next 40 minutes seem like a haze to me, to this very day, and I'm not entirely sure what happened. "Eclipse" ended, and I realized that I had been listening to nothing but the whirring of my CD player for almost 5 minuites. I tried to remember the album, and I remember it sounded amazingly weird. All those sound effects, the chiming clocks, the rhythmic cash registers, it was hard to remember when a song began or ended, but then I remembered one song. The guy was talking about money and it was hard-rocking enough for me to go back and play it again. I checked the back of the album and surmized I was thinking about the song "Money". I went back and loved the song so much, I listened to it 5 times in a row. In time, I grew to appreciate each song on the album, and so it began...

Each song on the album is stellar, and segue into the next flawlessly. It is hard to rate each song, though favorites of mine are "Time", "Us and Them", and still "Money". My least favorite song on the album is "The Great Gig in the Sky", though it is still a very good song.

I still bought myself a copy of the album, though I could've just burned a copy of it from the CD, but it just wouldn't have felt right. I went out and bought it at the A&P grocery store along with Wish You Were Here for $10 a piece. "Money" was also one of the first songs I learned on the bass when I got it, and I felt very proud of myself when I first was able to sync up my playing with Water's on the album. This album has had a monsterous impact on me, and my musical taste. As it had on everyone's music taste. Not only is the album essential for a progressive music fan, it is essential for everyone. This album could get a five star rating on either cultural impact or just overall skill and talent alone, but it has both. Shame on you if you don't have it.

There is no dark side of the moon really. Matter of fact, it's all dark.

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Posted Wednesday, August 22, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars Millions of people all over the world talked and wrote about this album, loved it or simply know it. It is one of the most popular works ever written in music. So I really don't know what to add about the "Dark side of the moon", where the word MASTERPIECE is not abused. I add my votes to the tracks, even if I know this is finally ONE track.

Speak to me/Breathe: 8,5
On the run: 8
Time: 10
The Great Gig in the Sky: 10
Money: 9
Us and them: 9,5
Any colour you like: 10
Brain damage: 9
Eclipse: 9,5

In the end, there's no doubt this is a full-5-stars album, simply because it changed the whole rock genre, and influenced thousands of prog groups.

"The" must.

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Posted Sunday, September 16, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars This has always been one of my richest music treasures in my collection. This album lives and breathes Progressive Rock all the way through. Dark and conceptual, "The Dark Side of the Moon" delves into the vast regions of the human brain leaving lots up to the imagination of the listener. FLOYD deploy a wide range of moods here from the tranquil beauty of "Breathe" to the stunning and operetic "The Great Gig In The Sky". This is one of the most influential and essential prog recordings of all time... never to have been duplicated since.
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Posted Monday, September 17, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars Everything about this album was alredy said. Everybody know this album. Some love it, some don't. But here's my voice. Released in 1973 is one of the best selling album ever. No wonder why. It's prog rock masterpiece. It is very good musically and of course lirycally. One of my favourite lirycs are Time and Eclipse. So true and real. There is so many good melodies, so many moods and great athmosphere. It also contains great guitar solos on Time and Money, great keyboard work on The Great Gig In The Sky and Any Colour You Like.
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Posted Thursday, September 20, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars This album is in my opinion the best Pink Floyd if not the best prog rock album ever. The songs blend seemlessly into each other. This album makes great use of the standard Pink Floyd trippy music and delivers in every way. There is not one bad song on this album. From begining to end this album is perfection. Every music fan should have this album in their collection if they don't already.
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Posted Monday, September 24, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars Being in a band, I like to study other musicians trying to pick up on what everyone is doing and hopefully some of it would rub off on me. I listen to band such as Yes, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Genesis, and Gentle Giant and there comes a point where I say to myself, well, I can't do that. But when I listen to Pink Floyd, I can say, Hey, I can do that! Yet, when I try, I can't. If you listen carefully to the Dark Side of The Moon, you can hear why some people say that it's overrated. The beats and the melodies are so slow and so simple, but, that is where people get stumped. Pink Floyd had the patience to make such slow and ambient music and I say that that is the secret. Patience! Everyone else wants to show off with their instruments in other bands and in the end they never sound like Pink Floyd for the lack of patience when making their music. My only criticism about the Dark Side is "Money". Not that it's a bad song, but it just doesn't belong with the rest of the Album. In order to stay in the same continuous mood when listening to the album, I always skip "Money". Again, it's just not the right mood.
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Posted Tuesday, September 25, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars Well, unsuprisingly this is one of the most reviewed albums on the website, and for good reason. The albums immense popularity calls for many people to claim it overrated, but I've never really felt that about this album.

There may not be any huge 10 min + epics, constantly switching time signatures or big arrays of instruments here, but there are a couple of things, besides the incredible songwriting that make this a masterpiece for me.

Firstly, the way in which the album covers many moods (Mellow, Tense, Beautiful, Powerful, Hard Rocking, Psychadelic) yet maintains unity through the use of melodic sound effects (musique concrete) to the spoken word sections, the saxophone and most especially the gospel style backing vocals.

Secondly, the restraint shown. Theres very little flashy, fast playing, and each member of the band gets their moments, Mason's atmospheric drums in the intro to Time, Wright's keyboards in Great Gig, Gilmour's amazing solos in Money and Time, Water's bass intro to Money, Parry's amazing sax & the stunning improved vocals by Clare Torry. The writing is tight and all the songs flow well without becoming overblown or overlong.

Speak to Me/Breathe (9/10) On the Run (9/10) Time (10/10) The Great Gig in the Sky (10/10) Money (10/10) Us and Them (10/10) Any Colour You Like (9/10) Brain Damage (9/10) Eclipse (9/10)

Without question, five stars.

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Posted Monday, October 01, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars It is hard to explain in a few words why this album is so good. I think that the simplicity of this album takes it to a high level, and then the sound effects, the female voices on "the great gig in the sky", the saxophone, "on the run", an Gilmour do the rest and takes it to a much higher level. Anyway, I have listened this one tons of times, and I still get the chills when "speak to me" gets into "breath", and so with a lot of another moments in the album. Definitively five stars.
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Posted Tuesday, October 02, 2007 | Review Permalink
Prog Leviathan
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars Not much else to add, except that I began dating my future wife because I heard her singing along to "Us and Them" one day when we were still co-workers... such is the relevance "Dark Side" has had on lives and music from the time of its release. Utterly unique and ambitious, it belongs in every rock-lover's library. In my opinion this is the most enjoyable Floyd album, and features their finest songs and performances-- despite it not having the complexity found in other albums.
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Posted Wednesday, October 17, 2007 | Review Permalink
FruMp
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars One of the all-time great albums - prog or otherwise.

Dark Side of the Moon, is there a person in the western world who hasn't heard of it? It is the archetypal rock classic topping 'best album ever' lists even to the current day. Dark Side is not nearly as progressive as many of Floyd's other works and many including myself don't even consider it their best. But what it lacks in progressiveness it makes up for in sheer cohesiveness and accessibility. It is this cohesive and clear message that what set the bar for creative mainstream rock indefinitely and led to the exponential success of the Pink Floyd brand. It has been discussed in depth before that this album had an almost tangible and measurable social impact, probably a handful of artists throughout history could lay claim to such an accolade.

This is one of those essential albums that every modern music fan must own, if only for historical importance.

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Posted Sunday, October 21, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars What can anyone ever say that has never been said before? Surely the greatest masterpiece of space rock of all time. Pink Floyd are the greatest. The nice thing is that so many understood and appreciated it, to a level that I can never quite understand (in terms of how many it sold and kept on and kept on selling). The sad thing is that there are a few modern bands who are working so so hard and producing fantastic music - that was inspired by this masterpiece - but is left unheard by so many millions these days (whom just prefer to listen to all that empty indie rock which has no depth and all sounds the same).

If you don't have this album you are not a prog-head. Come on..... It is the culmination of all that all those great musicians were trying to reach. The funny thing is that they didn't even know they were doing it - to them it was just their next album!

No-one has ever been able to match it and it's by far the most famous - everyone has heard of it. Can you say that about any other album??

A clue for the modern bands - Pink Floyd developed this on the road - actually developing it while playing it live!

The greatest.

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Posted Sunday, November 04, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars What can I say about this album? Oh, it is great, the greatest album ever. I vote it 5 stars. The only weak song on this album is On The Run, but it is not a song, it was an experiment. It's hard to say anything else, but I'll say that I like Gilmour guitar part in Breathe (synth sounds and quiet guitar playing). The Time intro is great, it has three good leads: bass, synth and drums.
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Posted Wednesday, November 07, 2007 | Review Permalink
4 stars When I first listened to this album I thought it was OK but forgettable and I kind of put it aside for a while. Some time has passed and I've been listening to it a lot lately. I really like it, but I don't love it as much as most folks.

Obviously this was and still is an important album in the history of modern music, so it certainly gets credit for that. As for the music, it's nicely textured and atmospheric and the playing and production are masterful, but I've got a couple of gripes. On the Run overstays its welcome by a couple of minutes, and although the gospel-esque singing on Time and The Great Gig in the Sky works beautifully, I think it's a bit unwelcome during Brain Damage and Eclipse.

Maybe I'll grow to cherish it someday, but for now Dark Side of the Moon strikes me as just being a good album. It's certainly worth listening to, and I'd say that anyone who hasn't heard it ought to just blindly buy it.

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Posted Saturday, November 10, 2007 | Review Permalink
russellk
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars There are a few events in every generation that assume an importance far above their merit. The death of Princess Diana was one such: many people can still remember what they were doing when they heard she had died. The only such 'event' in ProgArchives is PINK FLOYD's 'Dark Side of the Moon'.

It was the album of a generation, the record everyone had to have, the vinyl that justified the purchase of that shiny new stereo. Recent listeners may well wonder what all the fuss is about: after all, it's merely a sequence of competent, unadventurous songs spliced together into a quasi-concept album. Its production values have been surpassed now as a matter of course. So what is the big deal?

'Dark Side of the Moon' is the perfect example of a holistic album, where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Every note, every noise has been engineered to add to the concept. There's no padding. What you've got here is four musicians and a sound engineer making the very best of what they have, and in the process making the biggest-selling record in these archives.

So of course you should get it. You already have it, I'm sure. But the purpose of reviews of well-known albums is to relive the experience, to share the excitement, and that's what I'll try to do.

The album fades in on a heartbeat. Not merely a real one; this is larger than life, deep thudding bass. Copied endlessly, never bettered. Then the mysterious voices start up, ruminating on the mysteries of life. We know that WATERS went around recording answers to pre-set questions - a prosaic method to achieve such an impressive result. The ramblings of FLOYD's roadies tie the album together, acting as the ultimate segue, warming the record with the human voice, while edging it with uncertainty and fear. Brilliant idea.

'Breathe' is a gentle start. PINK FLOYD set out their stall: they are still writing music similar to that from AHM, Meddle and Obscured by Clouds; that is, simple blues/rock. But on this album they begin to elongate the sounds, finally having discovered that they can marry their newer rock sensibilities with their former psychedelic tendencies to create something wholly different. On to 'On The Run', where the psychedelica is more obvious, but with shiny new synthesisers and wonderful stereo effects Bang! Crash! Who hasn't imagined a plane crash scenario to go with these tape loops? And whose are the running feet?

Chiming clocks lead us into 'Time', and the album lifts a notch. GILMOUR and WRIGHT sing with vigour and a growing confidence: PINK FLOYD vocals have always been restrained, taking second place to the music, but here they flow. And now we get GILMOUR's first truly defining guitar solo: the solo centerpiece of 'Time' is a stunner, sucking us up into a tornado. The best solos are set up by what precedes them, and this is no exception. GILMOUR gets his guitar to scream and wail, then drops us back to earth, wrung out, half-deaf and unsure of how much time has passed, the last notes leading back into the relentless lyrics. Ten years?

Another moment of genius: 'Breathe' is reprised. The music slows, we are being encouraged to reflect on what we've been told. Thought you'd something more to say? You've said plenty already. Clearly we are being prepared for something ...

Then it's off to the 'Great Gig in the Sky' - death, in other words. This track is beyond a masterstroke and into the realms of serendipity. CLARE TORREY's voice winds its way into my soul, yanks it out of my chest and hurls it into the heavens. This is music that hurts to listen to, so powerful is it. And PINK FLOYD know it: WRIGHT's beautiful denouement to this track lets me down gently. How fortunate they were to get far more than their money's worth (they paid TORREY £30).

See, this is the genius of the album. So few chords, such simple time signatures, yet the clarity and intensity of the musicians constantly grabs me, lifts me up and then sets me down. They do it in 'On the Run'. They do it in 'Time's guitar solo. They do it in 'Breathe Reprise'. They do it in 'Gig'. The music doesn't have to be complex to soar: it can be as simple as the cry of the gull. Yes, musically the album is rather lightweight compared to much in these archives, but that only enables it to soar more easily, unencumbered by pretension.

'Money' and those fabulous cash register effects, that trademark bass run and GILMOUR letting rip with not one, but two scorching solos. And there's a fabulous sax solo. Equally impressive is GILMOUR's vocals - is this the same man who whispered his way through 'Fat Old Sun' barely two years previously? And, most impressive of all, WATERS let him sing it. You can bet your war memories the WATERS of 1983 wouldn't have surrendered those vocals to GILMOUR. And that is what marks this period as PINK FLOYD's best: they let nothing get in the way of making the best music they could.

'Us and Them' is the nearest the record gets to the songwriting of 'Meddle' and 'Obscured by Clouds'. It's a longer, reflective piece, embellished by PARRY's saxophone work. 'Any Colour You Like' is not generally considered a highlight of the album, but I beg to differ. It's a third cast of 'Funky Dung' (following the original and the funk on 'Echoes'), and might be the best of the three, with a splendid duel between GILMOUR and WRIGHT.

WATERS brings the album home to its subtle climax. Not musically: apart from the driving climax that is 'Eclipse', we've had the best music. But lyrically the album is drawn to a close. So it is only right that he sing these last two songs.

This is why the album succeeded. It sounded so crisp, like crunching into a freshly-picked apple. It made the young listener think about important and timeless things. It was weird and startling enough to be a prerequisite for drugtaking. It gave the listener an emotional high. And, most importantly, it was compositionally flawless: all the parts in the right place, a believable concept, a song cycle one can listen to again and again.

Fade out to the heartbeat, and the inevitable closing quote ...

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Posted Sunday, November 11, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars There's nothing i can say to really add to how great and revolutionary this album is. If any album deserves 5 stars, Dark Side does without any questions or doubts! It has changed my life, and millions of others...including many of the bands on this site. almost perfect
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Posted Monday, November 19, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars I KNOW. I KNOW. I KNOW.... YET ANOTHER REVIEW OF THIS RECORD. Yet, in my own mind and conscience, I simply could not consider myself a true fan of progressive rock without having this record and then formulating my opinion on it. I would in my own conscience be doing potential progressive music fans a disservice keeping my opinions on this matter to myself. Apparently, though, given the number of reviews, that's the way it should be .... GET THE WORD OUT THERE, MAN! THERE SHOULD BE A MILLION REVIEWS OF THIS RECORD. OR A BILLION. OR A GOOGOLPLEX. Conceptually brilliant from beginning to end, finely polished and glistening, this Pink Floyd gem features brilliant guitar work and great singing by David Gilmour and some of Richard Wright's finest moments at the piano/organ/synthesizer. It is chock full of superbly written lyrics by Roger Waters and the music is cohesive throughout. Clare Torry's vocal on Great Gig in the Sky is one of the most heartwrenching moments in music. Parry's saxophone on Money is superb. Nick Mason's colorful percussion work on Time is his moment of glory. If the human race still exists in 200, 500, 1000 years and if music history is preserved, it will be THIS record and a handful of others that will be the representative voice of music in our time.
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Posted Monday, November 19, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars Dude. One of the greatest albums of all time, Floyd's best. It's hard to even say anything about it; it's so epic. Speak to Me / Breathe is a very relaxing track with some epic lyrics, "All you touch and all you see, is all your life will ever be. Run, rabit, run. Dig that hole, forget the sun, and when at last the work is done, don't look up it's time to dig another one". On the Run is a pulsating track that leads into one of the greatest songs of all... Time. For a long... Time (ok, ok) it was my favorite song. The lyrics and music are super epic and Gilmour's guitar is some of his greatest ever. The Great Gig in the Sky has some of the best wordless vocals ever. I can just picture the guys from Floyd bringing some unsuspecting girl into the studio and... making her sing like that... no just kidding, but what'sherface who tried to sue the band did a good job faking orgasm for that epic track. Money is one of the funkier Floyd tracks and contains one of the greatest sax solos ever recorded (sorry Trane, no, just kidding; Trane owns). Us and Them is an epic Floyd ballad and has some great lyrics. Any Colour You Like is one of my favorite instrumentals ever. Not an overstatement. This track is so catchy and euphoric; one of the best moments on the album. Brain Damage is a great insane sounding song with the epic title chorus, "I'll see you on the Dark Side of the Moon, ooooo, ahhhhhh". Eclipse is the epic ending and brings it all around and resolves everything ever. As in, essential to everyone ever.
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Posted Thursday, November 22, 2007 | Review Permalink
progrules
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars I will try to show every respect to this all time masterpiece by Pink Floyd but I will warn in advance. This is not my thing despite the fact that I'm a Pink Floyd fan but only concerning a few albums and certainly not early PF. I believe this is the last convulsion of early PF, that is for a (big) part of the album. It was replaced by a much more melodic Pink Floyd and that's the Floyd I love. This is shown in the famous tracks Time and Money. These tracks contain mr. Gilmour at his best doing brilliant guitar passages. Special thing about Money by the way is that I heard this song far over a hundred times by now and it still makes me go into raptures. That is a tremendous compliment for the song because I can easily get fed up with songs when I hear them too often. But not Money and same goes for Time, a less popular track played not that often on the radio but that doesn't bother me. The guitar solo is more extended on this track, slower too but almost as fantastic as the three on Money. Another nice song is Us and them, also slow but really beautiful.

Then there's the other side of the album and really I don't know what people see in that. That's a clear case of taste I think because there are obviously a lot of people loving the spacy short tracks at least as much, if not more. Good luck to them but I don't like it at all and I am glad Pink Floyd decided to head in another direction (Wish you were here, Animals).

So how about the final rating. I think I can say Money and Time save Pink Floyd from two stars but since the spacy side of the album is dominant to me I can only give three stars.

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Posted Friday, November 23, 2007 | Review Permalink
1 stars There was a time when I thought this was a good album. But that time has passed. This is passable at best, and for the most part, more prog related than prog. The popularity of this album is understandable, as it is essentially prog watered down to a place where it is neither beautiful nor challenging. Sections like On the run and Any colour you like are largely pointless, Money is a boring rock song (Pink floyd can't even tell what time signature they are in: 7/8? I don't think so.), Us and them is dull as hell, and so on. Overrated tosh. I'd much rather listen to Tales of topographic oceans, and I gave that 1.
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Posted Thursday, November 29, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars I wont say too much on this as a lot has been said, but I will try to review the album as an album, and not a collection of songs. Dark Side of the Moon has several main concepts that people theorize about. One is that is a tribute to Syd Barret, talking about all the different parts of insanity and what it entails. another theory is that its telling people how to grow up and be adults, talking about different responsibilities, and warning us about death and insanity. I tend to agree with the latter, as the Syd Barret tribute came on the next album. This album has stood the test of time, innovated the hell out of everything that had been done before it, and paved the way for many new things in the future. The true power of this album is shown when, prior to releasing it, the Floyd played it for Gilmour's Wife, and by the end she was in tears. So deeply have I been moved by this album that I cannot imagine music or life without it. One of the greatest albums in history, and certainly the best of the Floyd masterpieces.
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Posted Thursday, December 06, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars One of the most famous albums of all time, and my first Floyd. Dark Side earns its 5-stars because of the beautiful and seamless way the songs ajoin one another. But if we rate the songs individually, they are not all masterpieces:

Speak To Me/Breathe - 7

A fascinating beginning: atmospheric heart-beat drives a valley of different sounds, voices and samples before crescending into the beginning of a song. Breathe isn't that amazing as a song on its own but as an opener, it is perfectly judged.

On The Run - 9

I remember very well the first time I heard this, my ears were agog: I knew as I sinked into that hi-hat sound, that speeded-up arpeggiated synth loop, the running man, the announcer, the aaaahs, the filter sweeps....I knew this signified a defining moment for me and my love of music...confirmed by a later obsession with lock techno and darkpsy music.

Time - 7

A brilliant first couple of minutes: the shock of the alarm clocks still make me jump even after 13 years of knowing they are imminent. We also have a well-played conga drum playing over tidy red rhythms before Time starts proper. And when it does start proper, it reveals itself to be quite the chugger: I don't get too excited by it and for me it lacks those moments where music is so powerful it controls you.

The Great Gig In The Sky - 10

Now this one has those moments! In fact, the entire 5 minutes is a moment of complete surrender to the music: iconic piano plays with the most spectacular oral orgasm anyone has ever heard.

Money - 10

And another! Pink Floyd's danciest song, again with an iconic beginning: this time with cash till register sounds looped into a funky rhythm...but Money just gets better & better, culminating into an all-out party...wonderful.

Us & Them - 7

After the absolute cream of what went before, the album tails off a mite. Us & Them is full of aural dramatics but the backing vocals and sax play used appear textbook, rather than magic. The song is simply a little boring.

Any Colour You Like - 9

This is the Pink Floyd Sound I wish there was more of: futuristic and funky space jams with gorgeously fat keyboarding and complementing guitar. This piece is too short but is packed with all the colours of the rainbow.

Brain Damage - 7

The maniacal laugh from the opener returns...Brain Damage is short and infectious but doesn't really ever let you get into it.

Eclipse - 6

Another very short song...and the album ends. This is possibly the weakest song here: like Us & Them, it seems to pull musical feeling out of a textbook.

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Dark Side Of The Moon ends fairly unspectacularly (although it thinks it it ends perfectly). Time with Us & Them can wear a little. But as a whole the expererience of this album is incomparable. It must also be up there as one of the best-produced albums of all time.

Pink Floyd are my favourite band, and Dark Side rates in at number 4 in my top albums from them.

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Posted Monday, December 31, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars PINK FLOYD make truly beautiful music, full of amazing atmospheres, which are best showcased in their famous Dark Side of the Moon. When comparing this to their other works, I put Dark Side of the Moon second only to Wish You Were Here, but that is a different matter.

The album starts off with the beating of a heart, with the sounds of cash registers and people talking setting the mood. Speak to Me, the first track, is a perfect crescendo into the first song with singing, Breathe. The third track, On the Run, is probably my least favorite song on the album, because it doesn't do musically what the other songs accomplish. On the Run leads perfectly into the ringing of alarm clocks, which marks the start of Time, a beautiful song with some of my favorite lyrics on it. Side 1 of the album then ends off with The Great Gig in the Sky, also one of my lesser favorites although it is still quite good.

Side 2 is started out with Money, the 7/4 rocker about greed and money. The album then moves into the 4 last songs, all of which help finish off the album perfectly. I love PINK FLOYD for that sound they've made that's truly theirs, and that can only be cheaply imitated, but never beaten. A masterpiece, 5 Stars.

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Posted Monday, December 31, 2007 | Review Permalink
CCVP
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5 stars Dark Side of the Moon ages, in figurative speaking, like fine wine: the older it gets, the better. However, unlike fine wine, Dark Side of the Moon can be taken out of its bottle several times without becoming vinegar and, also unlike fine wine, can be drunk many times. In fact, the only characteristic they have in common is to never loose their magic, their beauty, their capability to amaze, and so on.

Maybe because of its ability to amaze people, and its enormous commercial success, Dark Side is considered by some as not a progressive rock album. Do not be fooled my friends, it is progressive rock, ant at its best. The problem is that here we have some unusual stuff, like a techno music, which is in fact a composition of a music of the future, what they though music would be in 30 or 40 years in time (and they were absolutely right, that kind of music does exist today) or the lack of experimentalism that people expect from progressive rock today or the lack atonality or dodecaphony, present in other kinds of progressive rock, or even the lack of virtuoso, since their music was more about mood and feeling.

The bottom line is that Dark Side of the Moon is a true masterpiece, looking from many different angles: breakthrough compositions, usage of top technology for sound producing and creation of technology for sound production and mixing, among many other aspects. No matter the angle you look, Dark side was, is and will always be a progressive rock masterpiece.

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Posted Tuesday, January 15, 2008 | Review Permalink
clarke2001
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2 stars Dark Side Of The Moon? No thanks, I prefer the side from where I can see my lovely little planet.

I'm struggling really hard to focus my review on those small particles of something I can attach my attention to: it's really difficult when you're surrounded with big black nothingness.

Is that too rude? Well, this record is offending me every time I hear it, hundreds of times I was slapped in the face with this look-we-are-artists attitude, while there's nothing interesting going on under the surface.

The sad thing is, these guys ARE artists, and they had great albums in their careers - before and after this one.

Clever guys, Waters & Co. This was a huge commercial success. But how on Earth it happened? It offers nothing. There are few things it offers actually, but no, thank you.

Listening carefully to Meddle, it's more then obvious this thing is borrowing a lot from its predecessor. Guitar is slightly more chorused. Then we have the most pathetic AOR songs and the sleaziest night club sax solo. Please give me Marvin Gaye instead anytime. Lot's of ambient sounds that will fit in the producers CV.

However dishonest it might be, this record is still a rock record. I can go that far and say this is mildly artsy fartsy rock...and that's the best I can say about it, and I tried really hard to appreciate it.

Why it exists? Bands were playing progressive rock at the time (Symphonic), or boogie, or glam, or space rock or AOR, or... This one fits nowhere. Perhaps it might fit into the same artsy/simplistic drawer where VELVET UNDERGROUND are, just with much better (or snobbish) production. This is really unique record, and that's because it's so horrible. On the other hand, I see listener either love or loathe this one, there's rarely gray area.

One things stands out though, and that's the reason why I'm giving an extra star to the record. It's called On The Run and it's perfect piece of electronic music, perhaps the best non-German piece of that genre from the 70's under the 4 minutes. I can go into deeper description of the piece because I'm disgusted by its surroundings, sorry.

I'm kindly asking all the folks ready to use you-just-don't-get-it phrase to dissolve into thin air instantly. Thank you.

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Posted Tuesday, January 15, 2008 | Review Permalink
Gooner
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars It would be easy to dump all over this album for its commercial success, but comercial it is not(with the exception of the single Money). Definitely an album that must be listened to in one sitting to appreciate its masterpiece status. I used to think this album was OK, but that was due to the first pressing of it on Compact Disc which I found tinny and hollow sounding. The latest 5.1 surround sound/SACD release sounds bright, round and ethereal. Us And Them/Any Colour You Like is the highlight here. Pretty much the blueprint for all good things Camel(the prog.rock group, from the albums Camel to Rain Dances).
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Posted Tuesday, January 15, 2008 | Review Permalink
5 stars This is my first album review, and I thought it would be fitting to review the album that is first on my favorite progressive rock list. When I went to the review page I immediately clicked 5 stars, and was a little offended by that pop-up screen telling me to think carefully when choosing a 5 star album. Common, it's Dark Side of the Moon. There have been some fantastic reviews of the album, so I have little to say about it other than if you have a problem with it, listen to it again. And if you still have a problem with it listen to it again. And if you still have a problem with it, listen to it again, ad infinitum, until you do get it, because you will. I listen to music in phases. I get stuck on bands. For a long time it was Led Zeppelin, then Pink Floyd, then Black Sabbath, then Dream Theater etc. etc. However, once I discovered Dark Side, I can truly say that it is the only album that I listen to with regularity for the past 6 years (by regularity I don't mean once a month, I mean 2-5 times a week). It is flawless, it is brilliant, it is, in my opinion, the pinnacle of song writing, scratch that, album writing of all time.
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Posted Tuesday, January 15, 2008 | Review Permalink
4 stars I am currently listening to Dark Side of the Moon for the first time in ages. I feel that I have somehow insulted this album. I remember that immediately after playing it for the first time, I restarted it and listened again. That is about the highest compliment I can pay an album when I first get it. Unfortunately, as I moved on to other PF albums, I seemed to disregard it somewhat. It is the most publicized Floyd album, and I think that might have been part of the reason why it fell out of my favor. It got watered down for me by hearing it on the radio and seeing that prism on everyone's t-shirts. I liked various other Floyd albums more that it, and DSOTM seemed more a shell in my past than anything else.

It is still not one of my favorite PF albums (though that is far from an insult), but, listening to it again, I think I see a great deal of what originally made me so entranced with it. Water was truly in rare form (perhaps it's not so rare for him). In the lyrics, the exploration of social themes is truly thorough and brilliant. Breathe relates the story of the working man's life: work, sleep, do it again. Time is a near-perfect description of the mortality of mankind and the tragedy of the way time moves more quickly as we age. The Great Gig In The Sky is an instrumental lament for death and the fear of it. Money, of course, is everything we hate about the greedy, materialistic world we live in. Us And Them is a view of the balance of power in different social classes. Then, Brain Damage finishes the album by delving into a mind that has lost its sanity (as we might feel inclined to do after hearing the sadness and reality inherent in this album).

But what about the music? It is diverse, ranging from the trippiness of Brain Damage to the soft saxes of Us And Them. Money provides a heavier, more mainstream rock theme, while Time is a wailing symphony. There is enough variety here for any prog fan and enough quality for any music lover. Gilmour has a more mellow sound here than on the later albums, and from the style perspective, it could be considered one of his best performances.

It still seems somewhat of a forgotten album for me, despite its popularity. Perhaps its that popularity that has made me forget it. It dulled me to it excellence. Regardless of the strange view of it I have, DSOTM is still a cornerstone of prog rock. It still isn't one of my very favorites in the Pink Floyd catalog, but, as I said earlier, that is far from an insult.

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Posted Wednesday, January 30, 2008 | Review Permalink
crimson87
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5 stars This is the record that put Pink Floyd into mainstream, and becouse of this reason is often mistreated by die-hard proggressive fan.But as far as I`m concerned it´s simplicity does not become a major flaw on the album. This album was an amazing success becouse Roger Waters lyrics talked about issues that everyone , from the most trained musician to; lets say your neighbour,could recognoise himself . Issues like materialism , the way you use your time in life , madness , alienation etc.When it comes to the musical aspects , one can`t just recognoise a couple of songs over others, the record itself is incredibly cohesive.And lets face it progressive rock is not about who has the longest epic it is about doing something that was never done before, this is what the dark side is all about.
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Posted Monday, February 04, 2008 | Review Permalink
5 stars ~Review No. 1

So for my first review, I chose "The Dark Side Of The Moon". Even though I know you're thinking that this doesn't make it special anyway, it's still special to me and I'm glad to make my first review about it. Anyway, let's go back to the subject. I'm not here to draw an historical background or any witty conclusion or deduction - I'm sure many other reviewers made it before me - but to give my opinion, so we'll go directly to the point.

Hmmm. The dark side of the moon. Pretty poetic! I like the name, the front cover, it's intriguing, let's listen. First song, "Speak To Me". I don't know it yet, but I'm getting a little teaser of what there will be in the album. Heartbeats. I should recognize the clock noise from "Time", the coin noise from "Money", the typical laugh from "Brain Damage" and Clare Torry's crazy voice from "The Great Gig In The Sky". The atmosphere is set, and oh yes it's mysterious. The next two songs, "Breathe" and "On The Run" are not really good for what they are or how they sound but for what they do. They're putting you in this Pink Floyd's typical space, floating mood - but hey, it's normal, we're talking about the moon - and therefore you know that the following is going to be really good. And the following is actually really good; clock sounds, it's "Time". Now where getting in the heart of the album. The song is good, very balanced: good vocals, guitar, drums and everything else. For me, this is the moment in which I started to get this wonderful, dreamy and pleasant feeling that only masterpieces can provide; and this feeling doesn't let got until the last seconds of the album. So just to warn you, once you're that far, you'll have to listen until the end. No more laughing, now it's getting serious: Richard Wright takes the piano and Clare Torry the microphone (even though I'm sure she could do it without it, seeing the power of her voice): it's "The Great Gig In The Sky". The song is simply euphoric. I don't have any more words to describe it so just listen to it. About the first time I listened to it: my mp3 player was on shuffle mode, I was lying down outdoors on a banch by a sunny afternoon and it was the first day of vacation. At this moment, I have this feeling that you only get when everything you had to do is finally achieved, and "The Great Gig In The Sky" comes up. Well, luckily for me, I think this is the best way it could happen. Maybe that's why I like the song so much. but my favorite one is later in the album. Coin sounds, it's "Money". Maybe the most famous song in the album, famous for its bass riff or its epic beginning. Not a lot to say about it now, there's been too much said about it before. I like the song, great solos (guitar as well as saxophone), very balanced again, very complete. Unlike "Money", "Us And Them" is softer, calmer. The song is original, the saxophone track is great, but what I really like is its shape: the main theme is smooth, but sometimes it is breached by brief peaks where all tracks come together and give a very intense moment. You can find the same shape on other songs like "Brain Damage" or "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" (not in this album). We're reaching the end of the album now. "Any Colour You Like" prepares us for the last part, "Brain Damage" and "Eclipse". The song is once again balanced, but that doesn't make it less good or less important. It's just that it is more like a transition to me. Finally, the last but not the least part (I hate this expression, but this is a good case to use it, so.): "Brain Damage" followed by "Eclipse". "Brain Damage" is great and just crazy with Clare Torry singing in the background at the peak moments (same song shape as "Us And Them"). But this song - I like to think of it this way - is just the introduction of the. Apotheosis. This IS the epic moment of the album, its peak. it's "Eclipse". It's also definitely my favorite song of the album and maybe of Pink Floyd's whole discography. Why is that? For its strength, mostly. What we usually consider weaknesses is what makes the song powerful: it is brief, but that only makes it more intense, concise and dense; the lyrics may be repetitive, but that gives the song an insistent side, a form of everlasting restart, just like the moon cycle (coincidence? No, I don't believe in that)!

Overall, this album is clearly a masterpiece. I've been listening to it for a long time and I still enjoy it as much as the first time. You should have noticed that all songs match perfectly so they can form a whole great song, and you can - no, you have to - listen to it continuously. An album to own, to keep, and to listen. again and again. And what I really like is in the end, the last seconds: there is no more music, just heartbeats like in the beginning (moon cycle again!) and the "narrator" that we hear all along the album, saying (very quietly, so increase your volume):

"There is not dark side of the moon, really. As a matter of fact, it's all dark."

~Artic

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Posted Sunday, February 10, 2008 | Review Permalink
Sinusoid
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4 stars An album that has found its way into many a household in its 35+ years of existence. Unless you're young and not into hard rock or prog rock, then virtually everyone has heard DARK SIDE OF THE MOON at least once in their lives. It's a seminal classic of rock music...heck, it's a seminal classic of RECORDED music.

Unfortunately for me, it's TOO classic. This is more of a Sinusoid problem than a general problem as I feel the same way towards other albums like MASTER OF PUPPETS, MOVING PICTURES, PARANOID, etc. That's the main reason why I dock a star as both radio and personal airplay kind of killed repeated listenings these days.

But, it's an album that anyone can instantly get into an it'll stick in their memories for YEARS. The middle four songs (''Time'' through ''Us and Them'') are pretty much essential listening for getting into this album/Pink Floyd. The lyrical themes are very well done, a rare praising from me as I usually am not a lyrics person, and the songs segue into each other perfectly giving DARK SIDE OF THE MOON a sense of cohesion.

One of those albums necessary to call yourself a music fan, even if the classic-ness wears out.

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Posted Thursday, February 14, 2008 | Review Permalink
friso
PROG REVIEWER
2 stars I am one of the lonely guys in this universe who don't like Dark side of the moon. For its almost horrible slowness, the boring songs and the lean-back musicianship. Was Pink Floyd getting lazy? I still don't understand why this album became such a succes. There are a few beautiful songs on side 2, such as 'Us and them'. This gives a small reason for someone to listen to this album.

Some of the other songs are songs you just can't get away with, as a progband. This isn't much of a progalbum anyway. No real progressive songs were written for this record. Pink Floyd made a lot of album that are better then this one. Piper at the gates of dawn, Atom Heart mother, Meddle, Animals and my favorite Live at Pompeii. Just a few years later, after this tremendous gig Pink Floyd must have had some slow period.

This album just doesn't deserve its reputation, two stars. It should be for the real fans, but not for all the progfans with a wide variety of music.

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Posted Sunday, February 17, 2008 | Review Permalink
4 stars So many people reviewed this album here so I will keep my statement short.

I daresay this record was the last time PF could really do what they wanted to without having an eye on the public demand - although Animals seems to have been a fruitless effort of tearing at the chains (by fruitless I mean the general dislike for Animals by the non-prog community). The mostly banal tunes of Wish you were here were clearly aimed at the public taste - successfully, no one can deny that. I have the distinct feeling that Dark Side... is a much more honest record. The production is great as well as the whole concept. Concerning the music - there are a few fillers but they fit in the concept and suit well the more important songs (TIME; GREAT GIG IN THE SKY; MONEY; US AND THEM). So I'm much more on friendly terms with this record than with WYWH - do you know why? You have fillers here - but no cheese. And that's all important, at least to me. A very good record - not overwhelmingly good, though - with four well-earned stars.

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Posted Sunday, February 24, 2008 | Review Permalink
5 stars I've been familiar with this album for a long time, but have only recently purchased myself. It has to be said it is a solid album, but may be a bit overrated. Still a masterpiece though, nonetheless.

'Speak to Me' is a mosaic of sound effects and voices to prepare us for what is to come. 'Breathe' is a pretty little song, witha great melody. 'On the Run' is an unsung highlight of this album. It is obviously an attempt at something along the lines of 'One of these Days' form Meddle, but is more forward thinking and futuristic. I do, however, prefer 'One of these Days'. 'Time' is one of the masterpieces of this album with lyrics that ring very true. The lyrics reflect the nature of English life very realistically. This song segues into a reprise of 'Breathe' which combines the lyrical subject matter of 'Time' in a very poetic manner. The enigmatic 'The Great Gig in the Sky' is next, and is mesmeric in both composition and execution. What a brilliant vocal fom Clare Torry. 'Money' introduces us to the next half with those familiar noises, and one of the best bass lines to ever grace the ears of mankind. Again the lyrics are true of the average man dreaming of wealth (which of course the slightly hypocritical Floyd must have had at this time). The saxophone solo is superb. 'Us and Them' is another masterpiece of a song, with some of my favourite Floyd vocals. This one also includes brilliant use of saxophone. 'Any Colour You Like' is not a particularly interesting instrumental, but is a good way to bridge the gap between 'Us and Them' and 'Brain Damage', often misnamed as the title track. 'Brain Damage' is superb, and indicates mentally breaking up, a subject which the bands were probably experts on due to the decline of Syd Barret. This track is very beautiful and I can hear that their heart is in it more than the other tracks on this album. 'Eclipse' brings things to a close and is the second song by the Pink Floyd that I heard (after 'Another Brick... Part 2). This is a perfect closer and is very grandiose by Floydian standards.

Even though I own a rather inferior remaster edition, I can not dispute this album's masterpiece status. Sometimes I feel I am two generous with 5 star ratings, but who am I to deny this its rightful rating?

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Posted Tuesday, March 18, 2008 | Review Permalink
Queen By-Tor
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5 stars Prog's greatest hit. (Okay, so the Wall was more successful... whatever)

[Unrelated side note] Looking through my own list of reviews this evening I noticed two things. 1) I've barely reviewed any Pink Floyd and 2) I have very few five star reviews. This is likely for the same reason -- these albums are predictable to review. So here we go, time to tear off the band-aid and get it over with. Everything has already been said about this album... so I'll try to add /something/

Dark Side of the Moon has become one of those albums that is so much the epitome of something that it becomes almost cliche. Being one of prog's highest selling albums and even staying on the billboard charts for a ridiculously long time there's no wonder that this is the album that most people know the band and indeed, the whole genre of prog rock by. This could also be the reason for the flak that's directed at it, many people thinking that it's too commercial or that Pink Floyd sold out. While others still may simply be frustrated that an album so highly regarded simply isn't their taste.

Such was almost the case for me. I'll never forget the first time I heard this album. After a Nightwish and Gamma Ray listening spree I decided to give this album a spin. My reason - I was tired of the band's I had brought with me on my trip to Sweden (to instruct hockey off all things) and I wanted something else. So, sitting on a foam mattress in Fredrick Norena's (yes -- I am referring to the NHL Blue Jacket's goaltender) attic in a city called Linkoping, I nabbed my brother's copy of this ''legendary'' album and threw it into my cd player which had about enough juice in it to spin one more album.

What the...? What was this...?

The metal head in me was immediately torn in two. I liked this music a lot... and I mean a LOT. But it simply wasn't my thing at the time and I almost denied liking it... until the next day when I felt the overwhelming urge to listen to it... and so I did... and soon I needed my daily dose of Dark Side just to get me through the day.

So what do they put in there? Nicotine? Crack??

Something. That's for sure.

Anyways, my liking for this album was not any kind of coincidence. The music on Dark Side Of The Moon is fantastic. From the opening riff of Breathe strait through to the closing moments to Eclipse this is an album that epitomizes everything that Pink Floyd does, if in a more accessible (commercial) way. While the tracks are much shorter and there's no 22-minute Echoes on here the music none the less runs together quite well to form one giant composition in itself. A concept album from start to finish, Dark Side Of The Moon is all about death, evolving the themes originally put forth on Obscured By Clouds on the track Free Four.

While at the time I was somewhat used to shorter tracks and at first tried to take in each song individually (something not easily done with this album) there are a number of songs that still work well as separate entities. BREATHE on it's own is a spaced out wonder-track that turns one's mind into mush at the sheer sound of it. TIME is a great rocker that will deafen you the first time around when you turn up your record player before the bells chime because you can't hear it (guilty). Likely the rockiest song that Floyd has done, this one's great. It also happens to reprise BREATHE on it. How very progressive of them! MONEY is another song that stands out on its own, but most people know this because its most common appearance is as a single on radio stations and teenager's iPods world-round.

Of course, everyone knows that the strength of this album does not lie in it's individual tracks. It's the whole that matters.

And it's well linked. Every song is connected to every other though intro-outro tracks like ON THE RUN and ANY COLOUR YOU LIKE or even GREAT GIG IN THE SKY. As mentioned before, the metal head in me before liked the individual tracks, but the prog-head that I am now discovered that Time does, in fact, reprise Breathe and therefore all of side one could be seen as one side-long track! Money becomes it's own entity and the rest of side two becomes combined (in my twisted mind anyways). Now that would be interesting. Who knows if that would have been as successful as the album as it was released?

Anyways, the point of that whole blurb was simply to state that while constructed out of shorter songs the album is still great as a whole. Dark, moody and incredibly well performed there is absolutely nothing else to say about this album that hasn't been said before.

5 stars. This album certainly deserves it for it's impact on the prog world (for better or worse as some may claim), its impact on the commercial world and simply in it's replay value. This is essential and really if you're reading this and haven't heard the album I beseech thee to go out and buy this album now. Everyone else already knows what I'm talking about.

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Posted Thursday, March 27, 2008 | Review Permalink
octopus-4
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5 stars I wanto to avoid speaking about the incredible success of this album, so I'll try to review it forgetting that it has been a milestone in the world's music history.

A heartbeat grows. Every little sound effect is in the right place. A vocalist is the connection between the heartbeat and the bass on BREATHE.

Eminor-A thos two chords are nothing special, but the combination of sounds and effects makes this song unique. Also the sound quality (in 1973) is incredible. The lyrics are very inspired. ON THE RUN is a rare example of electronic music and it's probably the origin of the typical FLOYD's style in mixing keyboard and sound effects that has its top in The Wall. It's possible to see the birth of this piece in the extended version of Pink Floyd at Pompeii.

This introduces TIME, that starts with Clocks and rings, then a tic-tac is covered with Roto-toms and percussions in a long introduction to a song that has one of the most dramatic lyrics in Floyd's story, then the BREATHE REPRISE closes the circle and finish with an unusual chord sequence that brings to the Bminor of THE GREAT GIG IN THE SKY. The legend (but Nick Mason confirmed it in his book INSIDE OUT) says that Clare Torry went to an audition and sang on the base so well that the first recording was also the last !

The second side of the Vinyl begins with Money. I remember a review in 1973 that described this song as a hard-rock piece very unusual in Floyd's music. The reviewer didn't know THE NILE SONG.... The Bass base is the most characterstic thing in this song, but what is remarkable is the strange vibrato effect combined by keyboard and guitar. Unforgettable is the SAX riff in the middle.

Dick Morrisey's sax on US AND THEM makes it special. This is another unforgettable song.

The final part is in my opinion the weakest. ANY COLOUR YOU LIKE, BRAIN DAMAGE and ECLIPSE are good songs, but normal compared to the exceptional quality of the rest.

After 35 years I still have to find another album like this

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Posted Thursday, March 27, 2008 | Review Permalink
4 stars You know, this is a great ROCK album, it's not really progressive rock. Stringing a bunch of songs together in a loose concept is not progressive. It's fun and it's a great album, but not prog.

Having said that, if you wanted something prog off this album, you could grab Money. It's in an odd time signature. Any Colour You Like can give you some good spacey prog. Time with the Breath reprise gives you a slight progness due to the oddity of having a reprise. All three songs are very good as well.

Also, very good songs are Breath, On The Run if you can handle some early techno (<---that's a joke), Us and Them, The Great Gig In The Sky and the ending Eclipse. All of these are really good rock songs. Only Brain Damage is the loser song on this album, which falls flat after so many good songs up to that point.

Great rock album (5 star), but not prog, giving it 4 star.

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Posted Thursday, March 27, 2008 | Review Permalink
5 stars An essential album to ANY music collection.

For almost all my life I have heard how incredible this album was. Most people, from those who are musically articulate to those who are into the most god-awful mainstream music, love this quite artistic album. I had heard little bits and pieces of it, but only in the past few months have I took the time to fully absorb it and analyze it, and it is certainly a masterpiece, flesh to bone, note to note, song to song. From my understanding, the album is sort of a commentary on English society and its varying types of people and mentalities. It is both accessible on the surface and full of underlying genius in its structures, chord progressions, bass lines, etc. It is astounding how so much can be found in such a gradual album, and how much variation in sound there is, all of the songs have so much individual quality and work so well as there own entities, yet come together in an incredible unifying theme so perfectly. It is also one of the few albums that I can say I thoroughly enjoy the vocals. A perfect piece of art, and to any nay-sayers regarding the album's progressiveness, this album is nothing but prog, or at least in a compositional sense, not so much in the obvious sense with odd time signatures and showy musicianship. Progressive in my perception is music that strives for artistic achievement and quality in an intellectual sense, and that definition incorporates both sides of the spectrum, and captures the mentality of prog quite nicely, I think. With that in mind, this is completely progressive. As well, in a perfect music world for me, every album is a concept album, and this is THE concept album to have, and if you don't have it yet, you're really missing out.

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Posted Friday, March 28, 2008 | Review Permalink
5 stars I have been lurking here for about a year and I thought it was time to add something to this great site. Since this is my first review, I figured that I would start at the top of the pyramid. The Dark Side of the Moon is it. A concept album based on madness and the pressures of modern life , with state of the art production that still stands up today, huge but leasurely paced and tasteful guitar solos, wonderful piano on some tracks and otherworldly keys in others. Big drums in places, wordless vocals and a mountain of special effects placed to make the album seamless from song to song. Not a wasted or excessive note to be found.

For a while I thought that there may be albums that are as good but the proof is in the amazing pudding. Whenever I hear a song from Dark Side on the radio, I never turn the station. I don't tire from any of it. Even after all of these years and it endless play. If someone has the cd spinning, I listen. I still pull it out to play.

It is the best...the line forms to the right.

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Posted Sunday, April 06, 2008 | Review Permalink
5 stars My second review of the Dark Side of the Moon is only a general observation ... If i am a movie producer , and got one chance to make a movie about the space ,the moon , and other dimensions , i'll just go for it . my soundtrack recordings will be surely DSOTM . This album particularely , gave the progressive rock in 1973 a new dimensions . Who's gonna believe what a huge impact did this album at that time in the music markets . Few of you proggers witness this amazing turnover . Many good bands were involved in producing space music between 70 & 73 . But none of them were capable to have a worldwide recognition indeed . Progressive music was on a crossroads at that time , in fact me too , this album in addition to Thick as a brick & selling England , gave a young teenage the right steps to walk into progressive world . So , i'm not reviewing all the tracks in here , many of you did a great satisfying & thanksful job . Humble , Smooth , Gets into your heart quickly without permission , A well crafted harmonies & lyrics by Wright & Waters . wonderful females vocalists , Gilmour as always in excellent shape , good and satisfying sound production ( engineered by Alan parsons ) , acceptable passages between the main tracks , professional job in mixing between all instruments involved in the project , Mason is always there with his drum kit . A good combination of prog & pop in few tracks without harming the idea of this concept . N.B = Best selling album in 1973 , best concept cover , best group , best sound production & engineering . In ( Music magazine ) of Lebanon . Tracks Toni
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Posted Tuesday, April 15, 2008 | Review Permalink
LinusW
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3 stars Let me begin this review by stating that I've never been a big fan of Pink Floyd. Sorry, but that's how it is. I've had my battles trying to fall in love with what so many call masterpieces of progressive rock. Dark Side Of The Moon isn't just like any other Pink Floyd Album, there's no denying to that. It's a monumental album that every generation following its release have encountered, heard and often even acquired. For many it's the definite Pink Floyd album, but most importantly, for the great deal of the population it is the quintessential prog rock album, acting as a gateway to a very different kind of music compared to what kids of today usually listen to.

And while I won't try to challenge that, when putting DSOTM in its context I just can't find the qualities necessary in making this a masterpiece. It's far from bad all the time, but where is the excitement? Where are the challenging instrumental passages? And most importantly: where is the passion? Mellow and sweet melodies, warm atmospheres and almost always pleasing and relaxing input from all the instrumentalists. Sure. I understand why some consider this great. I really do, believe me. But for me the end result is just an album that lacks edge. A lot of edge. I've used this album as a sleeping pill quite a few times. Pretty standard, slow, ambience oriented rock and thus great for that. I've felt like that since I heard the album for the first time, and I still feel that way. The same favourites I had back then remains favourites today.

Time is an amazing track, where the use of sound effects and the band's knack for creating powerful atmospheres form a perfect bond. Everything is just right. The delicate bell sounds, the lonely drumming and the space that gives every single note something extra. Now that's just the intro, and the rest of the song is just as good and I really wish that the rest of the album was of the same high quality. This is where the edge is found. On Time and on The Great Gig In The Sky, an enchanting piano/organ driven song, with a passionate, almost primal wordless vocal performance by Clare Torry. Blew my mind the first time I heard it. These two songs are almost good enough to carry up the rest of the album, but naturally, they don't. I really wish that the rest of the material had the same passion and glow. That would have been a masterpiece.

But this is what we've got, and three stars is what it gets.

//LinusW

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Posted Sunday, April 20, 2008 | Review Permalink
ExittheLemming
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars Half a Page of Scribbled Lines

Listening to this record again after a gap of some 20 years, I was immediately struck by three things:

1 - How conservative the music is even by the standards of 1973

2 - How good and candid the lyrics are

3 - Why its detractors deem that a very good, but 'plain vanilla' rock album is less worthy than a very bad progressive rock one?

It is very hard to get a handle on what exactly all the fuss is about surrounding this cultural artifact (and let's face it, this thing is now assimilated as such in our collective unconscious after some 30 years of unremitting sales) but we can at least ask ourselves some pertinent questions to avoid a spurious and tiresome debate that seems to have waged forever:

Yes, the song-writing is strong and the melodies and lyrics are memorable but....

No, Pink Floyd had long abandoned the pursuit of a technical virtuosity and subversive agenda, as its deployment would not further their aim in continuing to create what became an avowedly accessible art form of their own design.

Love him or loathe him, Waters is a very perceptive man, and he realised early on that the confrontational elements of Floyd would result in being afforded only cult status within an ever increasingly isolated ghetto from within whose walls the masses (and his intended establishment targets) would be forever out of reach.

The music presented herein is mostly gentle and soothing and free of the habitual 'shock' tactics so beloved of traditional purveyors of the demi monde we have come to expect, so where's the big hook?

I honestly think that we have to look to the lyrical content to explain the enduring fascination of this phenomenon to people from every conceivable social, political or philosophical persuasion.

There is an existential melancholy and private despair contained in these songs that is recognizable (but not necessarily acknowledged) by everyone who is familiar with them and the genius in their presentation is that they bypass any cerebral or intellectual barriers to understanding and pass 'straight through' to a part of our psyches intuitively sensitive to their prompting.

Personally, I will be forever haunted by the refrain in Time that encapsulates this shared latent dread so succinctly:

Every year is getting shorter never seem to find the time. Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way The time is gone, the song is over, Thought I'd something more to say.

If Sgt Pepper is claimed to have 'turned people on' then Dark Side of the Moon somehow delivers some of the worst news we will ever hear in our lives without ever appearing to turn us off.

Miraculous and paradoxically life affirming. (but beyond the scope of classification by this site)

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Posted Tuesday, May 06, 2008 | Review Permalink
fuxi
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars I hesitated a little before I awarded this album a full five stars. Let's just confess the truth: it's so terribly well-known! You wouldn't tell the world that THRILLER or even AQUALUNG was one of your favourite albums, would you? As a critic, you ought to sound a LITTLE sophisticated...

But such objections are useless. No matter how I look at it, DARK SIDE is perhaps the most perfect masterpiece in prog history. Other albums, by different artists, may mean more to me, but I can think of no other sequence of songs in prog that is as famous as this and yet so flawless and gripping. As any Floyd fan will tell you, this is the album the band had longed to make ever since Syd Barrett's early retirement. Not a second is wasted; all the VCS3 synths and funny sound effects are just right (back in the seventies, DARK SIDE demonstrated the virtues of hundreds of thousands of stereo systems); the lyrics are meaningful without sounding silly (in prog, a comparative rarity); Dave Gilmour's guitar solos are majestic (particularly the one on 'Time'); and those vocals - there's no need to list them all, since each and every one of them is a delight.

I doff my hat. Classics just don't come any more classical.

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Posted Wednesday, May 21, 2008 | Review Permalink
4 stars Speak to me:I consider this piece(with Breathe)as an introduction to the album,as a summary in a book,one hear heartbeats there to begin,who become more marked,then what characterizes the main pieces of album:a clock forTimea machine has under and laughs formoneyand a feminine voice which sings(or rather shouts)forthe great gig in the sky.

Breathe:Inseparable of Speak to me,it is a afterintroduction,its a rather slow piece which makes begin the album gently.

On the run:Only instrumental Piece,one hear there whole sound heap of effects,man who run on a quay of railway station,a woman who speaks in the loudspeaker of the same quay,a reactor of plane EMS VCS3(synthesizer)is very used here,to produce ratherroundsounds.

Time:They enter finally in the deep of subject!An introduction or one hear only sound effects,the man who runs in One the Run,a clock which sounds see very extremely even too very much and that contributes has make a sweltering title of this piece.Always these heartbeats that one hear little on the disc everywhere.The inquisitive voice of Waters makes then its appearance,and sings words which do not leave uninterested.You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today for instance;then passage in the guitar,to railleur incredibly,which goes up as high as the voice of Waters.The resumption of Breathe is rather airplane with a very slow battery and a jerky rhythm.

The Great Gig in the sky: One might as well say things with frankness,as soon as this piece passes under the diamond of my record player,I change face.Its absolutely impossible to me to listen Clare Torry to make its singing exercises throughout this piece,I read that this last was being supposed to do represent death,fright.I really do not see or it fulfils this role. A piece without emotions.

Money:They arrive finally there,the very big,inevitable Money,the interplanetary tube,probably the word which comes has the mind of many people when they announce Pink Floyd...Rightly or wrongly,each has its opinion,for me it is a very good piece, too much mediatized I find... For the similar title,what of better than a machine has under?The similar to clocks inTimeor to sheep of Sheepthis particular style to alloy sound effects and words is clean to Pink Floyd,they find it in no other group!The rhythm of low at the beginning of the piece is absolutely unforgettable,incomparable which were never put forward so much in any other song of period!It is besides the one who makes rhythmics,no guitar here,then come to come along on top the synthesizer of Wright, then the sarcastic voice of Waters and his words always so much in the deep of subject.Come then this nice and long solo to the saxophone which they owe to Dick Parry,the end of this one leaves place in the solo in the guitar of Guilmour,which it that is not common plays rather fast.Useless to specify it once again,a sumptuous solo ;-) all that continues by a new stage of descent or peace returns some instants,to announce once again has the shrill guitar,and Waters which finishes the party in the singing with noise of a person probably transferred which one hear behind.

Us and them:True hymn,this song is a concentrated solution of emotions,at the same time very airplane with these echoes that they hear in every sentence pronouncement,and the voice of Waters which leaves in shoe polish,then this refrain,of an unconvincing potency or Waters all goes out that it has in tripes,triumphal,very.They can really to use word hymn to define this song,with undoubtedly remarkable Dick Parry.To listen this song close your eyes,lengthened preferably,in peace and with words in front of eyes to understand the message which wants to get this song ;-)

Any colour you like:Another instrumental piece,which I consider to be the distinctly upper in others of this album,very technical piece,which asks for a perfect synchronization of instruments,what is perfectly case here,or once again EMS VCS3 is very used.

Brain damage:Title speaks about itself,this one is agreed a homage has Syd,earned by madness 5 years before.They determine of course likeness between this piece and the problems of Syd (Paranoia, Schizophrenia)and sentenceTheres someone in my head but its not mesums up this situation.

Eclipse:This piece represents the end of the album very well,it is of rather special composition since it is made as a whole, as a poem which they recite,the album ends as it began,such a book which closes again,with the heartbeats of a heart and by this quotation which marked the band:There is no Dark Side of the Moon really.. Matter of fact; it's all dark

In summary,veils a good album of Floyd,there were the worst but also the best.Difficult however to criticize this album when they know that it is even the 5th album most sold by all time and this worldwide today with about 800 weeks in top 200 U.S and around thirty million sold albums.Its really the album that revelate to the general public Pink Floyd and title Money is the representative.There remains for me a very overrated album,others are much better but did not have this success...

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Posted Wednesday, June 11, 2008 | Review Permalink
5 stars This being my first album review here on PA I feel I should start by doing homage to the first progressive album that I can remember listening to. That lead me to Dark Side which I purchased about 8 years ago when I was in high school. Id never heard of prog at the time, the only reason I picked the album up was because I figured If umpteen million people on the planet have listened to this and enjoyed it there must be something to it. So I bought it, listened to it and enjoyed it although at the time I didnt appreciate its progressive character, me being only interested in the seminal arena hard rock bands of the 70's like Led Zep, AC DC etc.

However, now, after I've allowed Dark Side to peculate in my speakers for years, I can say that this album as a whole is the greatest artistic statement ever made by a group of human beings. A very tall order I know and one that can certainly be argued, but what I mean is that it is the ultimate description of the human condition. It's so simple, we're born, we live a little while, we disappear and PF says it all in 3/4 of an hour. Along the way we deal with the problems of Time, Money, Government and ultimately Death, all of which are encased in the groves of this disk. As a concept Dark Side focuses much of its attention on the enigmatic beauty of life itself, like light being refracted by a prism, and the music begs the listener to enjoy this great gift and not take it for granted. We also have to deal with issues beyond our control like Insanity (poor Syd) and the music also reminds us that we are never in complete control of our destiny. Life is something that we cannot hope to understand, as mysterious as the Dark Side of the Moon. But I digress, i guarantee that's the most philosophy ill put in a review!

Musically, Dark Side forms the bridge between the psych heavy material of the group's early years and the Water's obsessive material of their later years. That being said, I think this is the best Floyd album (apart from Piper but thats another story). Its certainly the most accessible prog album as evidenced by its astronomical sales, something that has to do with the universality of its message. The music itself has been discussed ad nausium above so ill simply point out my fav tracks: Time (great guitar bridge), Money, Us and Them, Any Color You Like (I love the opening keyboard wash) and the uplifting Brain Damage-Eclipse suite.

This album certainly isnt my favorite but I have to give it 5 stars for being conceptually perfect. Who needs therepy when you have Dark Side of the Moon!

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Posted Friday, June 20, 2008 | Review Permalink
5 stars Pink Floyd's big prosperity...

This album, released in 1973, was Pink Floyd's first very successful album. It is one of the most successfull album in rock history. Everything here is a mark for its status. It has a great cover, very good lyrics and spacy music. You will know songs like Money and Time, already but every song is great. The Dark Side of the Moon is the best album to start listening to Pink Floyd because it is so constant good. I think that David Gilmour and Roger Waters did nothing better in their lifes than this album. Ok, Wish you were here is also a really great album but I like Dark Side of the Moon a little bit more.

Buy this album or you will miss one of the most influental album ever in rock history.

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Posted Sunday, June 29, 2008 | Review Permalink
5 stars It's almost pointless writing a review for this album, seeing it's one the 20th Century's best sellers, and definitely the most popular Prog album in the world (so good, even non-Prog fans love it). It's the apex of the band's psychedelic, space-ish sound before they opted for a change in albums such as Animals and The Wall. As has been said before, it's a concept album, but to me, the fact that it's an album, a body of music, which is the central theme. Moody, dreamy and avant-garde. Fantastic music, and definitely going to be considered 'classical' in the 22nd Century!
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Posted Sunday, July 13, 2008 | Review Permalink
SouthSideoftheSky
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3 stars This is probably the most overrated album of all time. It is a good album but I think it is not an essential addition to any prog collection. I just cannot see why anyone would want to mention this album (or any album by this band) in the same breath as Close to the Edge, Selling England by the Pound, In the Court of the Crimson King or other classic prog albums.

I think that the track On the Run is pretty representative of what I don't like about this album. What is the point of this track? It sounds a bit like a predecessor to modern dance music, with it's repetitive beat and programmed electronic meandering. I prefer the tracks where they actually play their instruments instead of relying on programmed patterns.

Another annoying think about this album is the samples; senseless spoken word passages, cash machines gone wild, insane laughs etc. I don't see the point of any of that, I'm afraid.

Dark Side of the Moon is good but hardly a masterpiece of progressive music.

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Posted Sunday, July 20, 2008 | Review Permalink
poslednijat_colobar
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars Although,it's not my favourite progressive album,I think it's the most important one.Except its musical perfect quality, it is something the world will remember forever.The data about this album is unachievable for everything else in music history.Dark Side Of The Moon has sold over 42 million of copies worldwide(second only to Michael Jackson's Thriller).Since 1991 is has sold over 7.5 million of copies.Every year is sells 0.5 million of copies.You can count yourself how much copies it will sell until 22nd century.That's not all.Furthermore,It spent a total of 741 consecutive weeks, approximately fourteen years, on the Billboard list only to be removed by a rule change.Its overall chart time is almost 29 years,the first in that terms.The second album is twice less. The other side of the...story is the supremacy of this miracle called Dark Side of the Moon.It's not good album when you hear it for the first time.It became better and better with every next time.It concerns about topics we need to know what the world is,so universally!Dark Side of the Moon is flowing like the life,the natural disasters...like the time,the money,the insanity of mankind. Everything of this will help us to defeat the pop music and the foolishness.
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Posted Tuesday, July 29, 2008 | Review Permalink
5 stars A legendary album by a legendary band. When you here speak to me flowing into breathe, everything you see seems almost different, it's like a short hallucination moment. Waters and Mason came up with more non-musicly psychedelic sounds (as shown in breathe or the intro of money). Gilmour and Wrieght, are more rock influenced members of the band. This contradiction caused a lot of dispute, but this contradiction makes their music also very interesting. On the run is some great psychedelics, with footsteps, helicopters and an explosion. Time is a great song, and starts really present with all the ringing. The great gig in the sky features great dynamics, vocalism and instrumentalism. Money is a magnificent song with a great intro and a great 7/4 staff. Also a nice song to play on bass. Us and them is really a gem with great dynamics. The chorus and chorus solo really explodes in great waves through the speakers. It will go on to any Color you like, which is a great psychedelic instrumental. Brain damage is one of the best songs which reflects Waters' weird hallucinations.

Five stars, no need to explain any further.

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Posted Thursday, July 31, 2008 | Review Permalink
5 stars first of all.. I saw people call posers to fans that prefers this to the Barret era.. wtf?

this its one of the greatest albums in history of rock music, great instrumentation composition and lyrics, the first album in years that really touched me, the one that opened me the doors of progressive music along Dream Theater's debut album, and the first album that made me cry for listening to a song.

I recognize it doesn't have a lot of complicated progressions, but the solos, the in between electronic songs, the mood everything, this album doesn't have one wasted momment, even the case is great, one of those albums that leaves you want more and more and more...

and that's it beacause I'm not an expert just a fan..

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Posted Wednesday, August 06, 2008 | Review Permalink
5 stars This album is truly a masterpiece. The songs all have a great concept, and are full of great jazz chords and atmospherics.

Speak to me/Breathe starts the album off, quietly and slowly. It's almost as if Pink Floyd was assured of the greatness of the album so they didn't have to start off with a killer track (though this is a five star song, make no mistake). Nice and mellow.

On the Run is a soundscape of sorts. Very experimental. I love the way that at the end the airplane crashes and the explosion segues into Time.

Time is very much like Breathe. Quiet and reserved, but unlike the opening track it has a great mysterious intro filled with some sweet glockenspiel like sounds and sparse drums. This is a rather sorrowful song, probably a song that defines the Pink Floyd sound almost perfectly. It has an awesome guitar solo, and a bit after that it goes into a Breathe reprise.

After that is The Great Gig in the Sky. Absolutely beautiful. As the gospel vocals soar, the backing instruments use some great chords and transition keys seamlessly. One of the most gorgeous pieces of music ever created, and it represents the idea of death nicely.

Once that fades away, Money pings, chings, and zips on. This is a funky song, and it's most famous for its 7/4 bass riff. It has some intelligent lyrics, and after the first couple of verses a killer sax solo, and once that finishes up, it turns into a driving swung 4/4 guitar solo. The guitar just screams and screams, and its definetely one of the best Pink Floyd solos ever created.

Next is Us and Them. This is a very quiet and slow song. This song seems to be musically reserved so the listener has a chance to focus on the strong anti-violence/war message. The into is atmospheric, and has some wonderful saxophone worked into it.

After that is Any Colour you like. This is a sweet, funky, psychadelic jam with some very interesting keyboard sounds. This one is totally instrumental, and this is a pretty experimental piece of work, though On the run outdoes it in terms of experimentation. This one, in terms of music, beats out On the run though.

After that is the fun little track Brain Damage. It's got a bit of a bounce to it, and has some almost Syd Barret type lyrics to it. There are some great chords on this one, and it's always fun to listen to.

After that, Eclipse seems to sum up the epic album, touching on all the lyrical themes through the album, also containing some great keyboards and gospel vocals from Gig in the sky. This is a fantastic ending to a fantastic album. There's no dark side of the moon really. In fact it's all dark.

If you're a fan of prog rock, classic rock, or any type of rock I'd reccomend this to you. Any classic rock head already knows the impact this album has on music today. It may be a tad overrated, but it definetely has a reason for that. If you don't already have this, then get it.

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Posted Sunday, August 24, 2008 | Review Permalink
Cesar Inca
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5 stars This is the emblematic album for Pink Floyd's entrance into the stylization and refurbishment of their psychedelic rock standard, in this way, leaning a bit closer to the paradigm of art-in-rock that settles and affirms the core ideology of prog rock. Looking through various bootlegs previous to this studio effort's release but with the whole musical concept already written and presented to audiences, Pink Floyd was still convincingly focused on its blues-infected, spacey-oriented psychedelic art-rock, and even the earlier versions of the 'On the Run' section was basically a heavily lysergic bluesy jam that precisely echoed the Floydian aspect of most krautrock bands (Amon Duul II or Agitation Free) - really, that's how that sounds to me. Anyway, once the concept was translated into the studio environment, this piece's definitive version was reinstated as a cosmic multi-synthesizer journey of loops and layers on VCS3, plus multiple sounds effects eventually leading to the final crash. This mention is meant to indicate how strong were the band members' convictions to redefine its own progression and not repeat the formulas of "Meddle" or "Obscured by Clouds": with "Meddle", the band had reached a certain creative peak, and during the time that the band was writing the second soundtrack of its career (the first being "More"), the urge to renovate the Floydian rock was in the air. The pulsating heartbeat-like bass drumming by Mason that conforms 'Speak to Me' (those conversations, that helicopter, that manic weed-induced laughter, a pure classic album intro) gets things started for the introspective mood of 'Breathe', whose concept will be further explored and augmented by the more cynical manifestation of moral disappointment in the majestic 'Time'. The installment of the synthesized 'On the Run' serves as a proper intermission between the introspection and the cynicism. Once the last sung lines of 'Time' state a portrait of sad, resigned calmness, the stage is clear for 'The Great Gig in the Sky': led by the piano and ornamented by a soaring slide guitar and a dynamic set of organ harmonies, it is Clare Torry's vocalizations emulating an energetic jazz horn section that steal the limelight, even adding an actual creative input despite the fact that she had only been hired to sing some improvised backing vocals according to the piano chords progressions. Her impromptu decision to do something more impressive has meant a lot to the world of prog rock and the crowds of prog lovers through the years. cheers Clare! The album's last section starts with the catchy 'Money' (half-jazzy, half-bluesy in its basic rock scheme) and the moving 'Us and Them': guest sax player Dick Parry brings pertinent colors to both tracks, especially the latter. The sequence of tracks 8-10 brings the album the epic finale it deserves. The constraint instrumental explorations comprised in 'Any Colour You Like' exemplify perfectly a transitional symbolization between the current PF and the 69-71 one: the synth leads are awesomely evocative, while Gilmour gives us some more of his trademark style. 'Brain Damage' has a mood very connected to the aforesaid instrumental, and as fine as it is, I wish it had included some guitar lead shining in the spotlight (a documentary shows that Gilmour had a few good ides for it, but they didn't make it to the album). No complaints at all about the reflective coda 'Eclipse', which completes the album's concept and sonic strategy marvelously. While I don't find this album as accomplished as "Animals" (my all-time Floyd item), "Dark Side of the Moon" must be considered as a prog masterpiece. The best tribute that PF could pay to the good work done up to the "Meddle" album was to look beyond it.. and in this album, the band really did it.

[I dedicate this review to my good Floydian friend Marcos S. N.]

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Posted Wednesday, September 10, 2008 | Review Permalink
5 stars THE BRIGHEST SIDE OF THE PROG. As many people have said in this site, there is not much else to add. This album has extensively commented here and the only thing I can do is share and express my personal appreciation instead of a deeper analysis. Fortunately for me, this was the first prog album I heard about 30 years ago, since then I have not stopped to play it over and over at least once a month. When I have young friends looking for some good old good rock, I recommend to them this album and they come back to me for more of this music. Without any objection this is a real five star essential master piece of the prog catalog.
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Posted Monday, September 15, 2008 | Review Permalink
The T
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5 stars This is a case of hype worth believing in.

We all had heard how wonderful this album was before we actually heard it. With the exception of people who were around when the record was actually released, back in 1973, everybody has been told by somebody else that PINK FLOYD's "Dark Side of the Moon" is the one album we can't die without listening to, at least once. I'd say that only THE BEATLES' "Sgt. Pepper" beats this recording in terms of universal acclaim and hype. And while I have to really force myself to surrender and agree with the general opinion in the case of the latter, I gladly follow the hordes that proclaim "Dark Side of the Moon" as one of the pinnacles of rock of all time. Even if it took me a long time and a lot of listens to actually do it.

There's no need to give much in the way of arguments in favor of what I just said. Pretty much every person that likes anything else than consumable popular music has listened to this record. And we all know the facts: Alan Parsons' production is superb, the cover is iconic, the lyrics are captivating, but in the end, all of this would be nothing if the music wasn't as excellent as it is.

And the most special of all details: it is great, simple intelligent music. No odd time signatures (with perhaps a not-so-minor exception) or dissonances or "avant-garde" feats here, no fusion, no jazz, no displays of fireworks. All it took to create this monster is the talents of a bunch of musicians who knew how to create unique sounds, music that has never since been replicated, even though it has been emulated a million times. Waters and his precise bass and voice, Gilmour with the most psychedelic colors, Wright and Mason just where they should be. All clicked. That's all we can say.

The album opens with a hiss. With a heartbeat, a living pulse. The noise gives way to a fantastic entrance of the quiet, sedated music of "Breathe". How simple yet necessary Gilmour little figures in guitar are, how everything is one simple cloud of fumes, poisoned air. Suddenly the atmosphere changes and electronic/psychedelic waves inundate our space; the production is spectacular, try listening to it with high-end equipment and you'll notice how crystal-clear every frequency-level really sounds, and how perfect the balance between them is; we travel several miles until we crash; then clocks and alarms re-start the voyage, and a pace-maker leads us through our dream to a distant place; just when we start to feel like we're really in another plane, we arrive at another beautiful place; we don't know where we are, but it's great, and we don't want to leave, even though "Time" will ultimately pass and we'll have to; after probably the best song in the album , with the best Gilmour-solo in "Dark Side of the Moon", we reach a state of mental ecstasy when even a female voice appears to help us fly the whirlwind of colors; the magic is interrupted by the greedy sound of a cash register, and we are greeted by one of the most famous odd-signature songs ever. After such a dirty moment, only a track like "Us and Them" could follow, with a great melody, a majestic chorus, we feel like we've been given some substance that we're not supposed to take, as no waking state ever feels like this; we're even shown all the colors of the spectrum in the next instrumental section; after all of this, maybe we may be suffering "Brain Damage" after all; nothing else would explain the sensations.

We finally reach the key to the enigma: we're in the other side, the one that we never see. The dark side. Our subconscious, for those ready to interpret it this way. That is how I personally feel after listening to this masterpiece. Everybody will have their own versions of what all of these means. I only can say one thing: for 42 minutes and 53 seconds, I was in another place, in another plane, dimension, in a higher level. I traveled through time and space. And all I needed was what 4 British guys decided to record one day when colors and music decided to marry together.

5 stars. It's the only possible rating. And if you start playing different tunes, I'll see you in the dark side of the moon.

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Posted Tuesday, October 07, 2008 | Review Permalink
Tarcisio Moura
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5 stars What to say about this album that hasn´t already been said? I guess anyone who was living in the the early 70´s had a chance to feel the importance of this album first hand. That was my case. And a lot of people loved it, some just like it, a few hated, but none could really deny its importance. It was a grounbreaking work, like it or not. Personally I always had mixed feelings about it. I guess I heard it so much at the time I got a little fed up with it. My sister and and her friends were playing it non stop before I was hooked to music forever.

Looking back I see it as a very impressive work of art. The recording enginnering, the mixing and the production were so perfect is hard to believe. But let´s face it: it all woundn´t ever worked if the music inside was not as strong and inspired. And indeed I found it very strong and inspired. Probably the last album to see Pink Floyd working so well together (Waters was taking over alright, but it didn´t show yet). I guess it was their peak, although they did produce very good albums after this one. But even with all the fame and fortune and controversity The Wall produced at the time, it was no match for what The Dark Side Of The Moon did in rock´s history.

If you want to know about prog music, its roots, its importance and its best records ever made, this one is a must have. It´s timeless music and stands so well after all these years... I really think the lyrics are as important today as they were at the time (maybe even more so). Everything worked: from the cover to the last notes of Eclipse.

So, even if I don´t play it so much today (you see, I REALLY heard it too much), even if now I absorbed every note, I still get the chills when I put in on and pay atention to it. It is that good.

One of the best records ever made, rock or otherwise.

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Posted Friday, October 24, 2008 | Review Permalink
MovingPictures07
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3 stars This really is a hard album to rate. Possibly the most influential rock album of all time, nearly everyone has heard this album at least once in their lifetime. Does it really deserve the attention that it receives?

In my opinion, no.

1. Speak to Me- Interesting prologue, but nothing more. It sets the tone for the theme of madness on this album. A difficult song to rate, really, since it contains hardly anything. 5/10

2. Breathe (in the Air)- A decent entry song, yet doesn't accomplish much. Good lyrics, but instrumentally not much is going on here. Definitely necessary for the grand scheme of the album, that is true and I won't deny it, but as a song it's not really too innovative or interesting. 3/10

3. On the Run- Better than the previous song, this has some really interesting psychedelic effects to it. It can get monotonous though. What is it trying to accomplish? 4/10

4. Time- I like the clock opening and how this song builds. Towards the end of the song the structure can get boring, but I can't complain too much here after the previous songs. This song's not absolutely perfect, but it's a really good song nonetheless! There are wonderful lyrics as well, and the instrumentation is actually noteworthy for the first time so far on the album. 7/10

5. The Great Gig in the Sky- Decent song, I'll give it that. Great piano chord playing and vocals, but it doesn't strike a particular chord with me as being something that is outstanding. The vocals can get a bit overblown for my taste though, particularly towards the ending, and it would have worked better as an instrumental song if they had composed it differently, I think. Meh. It's decent, just not THAT good and doesn't really cut it for me. 5/10

6. Money- Who hasn't heard this song? Despite the fact that it's the main reason I decided to take a break from listening to PF for a while, it's still a good song and one of the better ones on here. It's really nice to hear the upbeat saxophone playing after the half-asleep mood of the first half of the album and that definitely helps the rating of this song in these reviewer's eyes. I also like the feel to this song, especially the second half where it actually gets some instrumental steam going. I could easily go the rest of my life without hearing this again, however. 6/10

7. Us and Them- Good song, but it continues the coma-like atmosphere of this album that bugs me. Why does nearly every song on this album have to be a slow song which doesn't cover any new ground and can easily induce sleep? Anyway, the sax is good here and the piano playing isn't bad either. 6/10

8. Any Colour You Like- My favorite song on here by far. Am I crazy? Well, yes. Upbeat, wonderful instrumental song with great psychedelic keyboard playing. I wish there were more songs like this one! 9/10

9. Brain Damage- Good song with a fitting mood and the dynamics work better here than in most of the previous songs. The vocals are put to better use here as well. Enjoyable. 7/10

10. Eclipse- Wait. the album isn't over? Why not? Besides the amusing line to conclude the album, this doesn't do much besides continue the previous song. 6/10

This is definitely NOT a masterpiece of progressive rock nor is it an excellent addition to any progressive rock collection. What is it that everyone sees in this album? It's good, but not perfect at all, and a bit too uninteresting for me to hear more than once every year or two.

Good, but FAR from essential. This should not be the most well-known progressive rock album, as it is not representative of the movement; it is a rock album.

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Posted Sunday, November 30, 2008 | Review Permalink
J-Man
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3 stars There are tons of long reviews, so I'll just write a short one. This album is very tough to score. It's PINK FLOYD'S most successful album comercially and critically, called the most important rock album ever, but somehow I think it's not their best work. The production of the album by Alan Parsons is incredible, but I'm not loving all of the sound effects. Some of them are cool, but some of them are way too long. The music itself is not Floyd's best, although parts are awesome. If you're just getting into Floyd start with WISH YOU WERE HERE or THE WALL. Don't get fooled by the reviews. It's a great album, but is not the best of PINK FLOYD'S and is a little overrated.

3 stars.

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Posted Saturday, December 06, 2008 | Review Permalink
AtomicCrimsonRush
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5 stars "A short sharp shock" to prog rock. Review #763 - 1097 words

Inspired by the mental collapse of Syd Barrett and often cited as the greatest album of all time, DSOTM is a bonafide masterpiece that has been more influential to prog than perhaps any other album of the 70s. The music is a soundscape of soaring mellotron, awesome lead guitar and pulsating bass and percussion. It's the ultimate prog album and has managed to transcend music itself with its heavy concept of time, money, death, renewal, and descent into madness.

"Speak To Me" begins with the heartbeat and vulgar phrase of madness and it builds to a crescendo of a screaming lunatic that finally releases into a wash of sliding keyboards and clean guitar strums. All this in the space of a couple of minutes. We hear the clock ticking as if life is slowly ebbing away, or it may be the mind becoming bereft of sanity, lapsing to madness. Bleak concepts, but the album has an optimistic, uplifting ambience throughout.

"Breathe" is a gem that packs beauty and life into the soundstream. The lyrics focus on the pointless frustration of pursuing goals but then missing out on appreciating abundant life to the full.

"On the Run" is the techno-machination sound of industry and manic laughter, signifying the lunatic brainwashed by social systems. Does industrial society mechanize us, change us into machines, or are we in control? We are on the run due to a paranoia of technology. The fear of flying is also a theme, encapsulated live with the doomed airplane as it explodes into a ball of flame in to the speaker stacks; this is a running theme in much of later PF works (notably "Learning to Fly").

"Time" is one of my favourite tracks with an excellent melody and amazing instrumental work. The clock chimes signify the alarm call where madness waits at the door, but time is wasted and we have achieved nothing. The reprise to "Breathe" is welcome and brings us back to where the album began preparing us for the masterpiece and most talked about track on the album.

"The Great Gig in the Sky" is an astral journey to the realm of death. Clare Torrys' wailing is like the moans of childbirth or in this case rebirth as we cross over to the plain of non existence into the next life, which feels like heaven mid way through the track as Torry evokes softer nuances, with angelic tones that sends shivers up the spine. Her howls and moans expressed in full voice signify the ecstasy of freedom and the agony of death. In concert three ladies took up the task of the three segments to showcase their incredible talented voices, but on the album Torry masterfully improvises the life and death pangs in such an emotive style, it is astounding. Thus ends the brilliant side one.

Could it get better? Indeed. "Money" begins side two with the ka-ching of cold hard cash, the root of all evil. This is my favourite track with one of the best bass lines in rock history, and played in a 7/8 time signature. The riff is disconcerting, complex and Gilmour's jangly guitar splashes complement the bass perfectly. The lyrics speak of money as the corruptible force that causes the filthy rich to blow millions on cars, leer jets, football teams and diamonds. The lyrics are ironic with a dark, satirical nature, but the effects of money and its misuse have never been more eloquently stated. The lyrics were read out by the school Master to tease the little boy on "The Wall" movie. Of course these lyrics and the song provided millions for the band. The money corrupted Pink Floyd too, their beliefs and values, the very thing the song was protesting. The saxophone solo is utterly brilliant and the way the song changes time signature is inspirational.

The pace slows considerably on "Us and Them" a song about belonging in a world that treats you as an outcast unless you can fit into the mould that society creates. The track relies heavily on clean guitar and mellotron and seems to float along like a stream of sound. The song's lyrics speak of those who are on the street because they cannot cope with the world, and those who are able to cope and therefore off the streets and safe in the cookie cutter mould of social integration. The song has political connotations seen in the live footage played in concert with images of famous presidents such as Thatcher and Bush.

"Any Colour You Like" has some wonderful shimmering Hammond and is a beautiful instrumental - one of PF's best. The track was named based on Ford advertising campaign 'Ford's are available in any colour you like, as long as it's black.' The album's black cover with colour prism strips could be a reference.

"Brain Damage" is about Syd, the PF relic that burned out to madness. The lyrics suggest the lunatic is within us but we manage to keep it locked up somehow, but it's like an animal that may escape its cage if we don't manage to keep a leash on our sanity.

The finale is "Eclipse" . The music soars as Waters muses about 'all that we touch', see and feel is eclipsed by the moon. The image of the dead moon, the dead conscious, is blocked out by the huge sun, the life force; the intelligence eclipsed by insanity. But there is an optimistic note amidst the dark side; everyone shares the feelings of hope amidst despair, and we can conquer over our hopelessness by embracing each other: 'There is no dark side of the moon, a matter of fact, it's all dark'. And the heartbeat that we heard at the beginning pounds and finally subsides. The heartbeat brings the album full circle and we can begin the album again and it blends seamlessly like a never ending cycle. And thus ends the penultimate prog classic that may well be the greatest album of all time. It peaked in the top 100 UK releases, the top 40 prog list in MOJO magazine and indeed on a recent television special the top Australian album of all time.

The album can be played while watching 'Wizard of Oz' and somehow works perfectly synchronized to the visuals in uncanny fashion. For more on this see the websites Darkside of Wizard of Oz. In any case, the album is the penultimate prog classic and will never be bettered for sheer volume and impact upon the prog scene. 5 stars without doubt.

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Posted Wednesday, December 10, 2008 | Review Permalink
4 stars An Overplayed Masterpiece

For those who have been hiding under a rock for the past four decades or so Pink Floyd`s masterwork Dark Side Of The Moon with it`s immediately recognizable cover of light refracting through a prism has become one of the most prolific rock albums ever released and is as enduring as anything ever penned by Lennon & McCartney and will continue to be discovered and re-discovered by successive generations of rock music fans.

The album was a result of a brainstorming session of the collective pet peeves of band members who were virtually invisible to the public at large at the time. Despite being hauntingly melodious the album was basically a sonic collage that alluded to the individual themes of money, time, madness and death and it wasn`t the music but rather the financial backing and publicity their record company EMI threw behind the record which finally broke them into the North American marketplace, at the same time setting it up to be one of the best selling rock records of all time with sales hovering at roughly 34,000,000 at last count. This includes a stupendous amount of repackaging as anniversary editions, picture discs, quad discs in every form of audio presentation immaginable from 8 tracks to laser discs. Posters, stickers and picture cards included also varied from country to country and one could spend an eternity collecting Dark Side Of The Moon merchansise and memorabilia. Oddly enough, the album never made it to #1 on the UK charts and only stayed at #1 for a very brief one week on the North American charts.

Musically, the album brought the group to new creative plateaus, putting to rest once and for all the convictions that they couldn`t match the creative level they had attained with Syd Barret on their debut Piper At The Gates Of Dawn. In fact, much of the material on the album was taken from leftover music from the period of `71-`72 in addition to a track ( which became Us & Them) from an abandoned `69 film project that keyboardist Richard Wright was working on. Originally entitied Eclipse: A Suite For Assorted Lunatics, the band played fragments of the work live on tour throughout the first half of `72 before commencing recording at Abbey Road studios in June `72. By the time budding engineering wizard Alan Parsons was finished with the master tapes effects included all kinds of voice samples and tape loops which deepened the album`s recurring atmospheres of delirium earning it a `74 grammy nomination for best engineered album. Although the band would continue to churn out imposing albums throughout the seventies culminating with The Wall in 1979, Dark Side Of The Moon remains their tour de force, if not musically but certainly by the numbers and certainly not their best overall effort by a long shot and I personally prefer Animals or Meddle as albums on the whole.

Unfortunately the omnipresence of Dark Side Of The Moon in the media has overshadowed the some of album`s moments of shear brilliance and essence and it is up there in the overfamiliarity club along with the likes of The Eagles` Hotel California, Fleetwood Mac`s Rumours and Led Zeppelin`s Led Zeppelin IV courtesy of FM radio. So the best thing to do is buy a copy, listen to it, cherish it for a while and then file it away in some dark recess in your record collection and try and forget about it because after all " there really isn`t a dark side of the moon really. In fact, it`s all dark." A classic tarnished by over exposure.

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Posted Sunday, December 21, 2008 | Review Permalink
5 stars Certainly one of the greatest albums of all time, Pink Floyd was chastised by fans back in the day for selling out and Going commercial, but by doing so, Pink Floyd introduced themselves to a much larger world audience and so much radio airplay that even Elvis knew who they were. This (along with Michael jacksons Thriller) is one of the worlds best selling albums, it has been released and re-released in every format known to man. It is as much a landmark as it is a stepping stone for millions of bands that came around after hearing it.

If you smoked weed in the 70s this album became a fast companion. Mine was full of grubby teenage fingerprints, it was ceremoniously dropped down from a stack onto my crappy BSR turntable before Led Zeppelin, King Crimson and Hawkwind... even before Black Sabbaths Paranoid. Soon an entire industry was built around it. Dark side of the moon laser shows ran for years at the Griffith park observatory in Los Angeles and other venues. T- shirts, mugs, caps, buttons, all depicting the rainbow with the missing color emanating from the prism could be found just about anywhere you went.

It's a spiritual album with no preachy message other than relax and trip on this... It eloquently put times passing into our heads clutch for a few minutes. It gave our young minds ideas about the unseemly importance of money and all the evils inherent. Insanity and hallucination, isolation, fear, and the beauty that could be derived from all these things through even the simplest music... A heartbeat, a vision, a daydream, life and death. Dark side of the moon may very well be one of mankinds greatest masterpieces, stamped over and over and over again onto a lowly piece of vinyl, and is still being distributed throughout the world today and still making a ton of MONEY!.

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Posted Wednesday, December 31, 2008 | Review Permalink
Epignosis
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5 stars The music here is some of the best and most coherent music Pink Floyd has to offer. Everything flows despite the bleak themes. What's more, every musician gets ample time to shine without being "soloists" necessarily. The bass stands out on "Breathe" and "Money," the guitar on "Time" and "Money," the keyboards on "Us and Them" and "Any Colour You Like," and the drums on "On the Run" and "Eclipse." The vocals are great all over the place, despite two instrumentals, including Clare Torry, who takes on an amazing presence in "The Great Gig in the Sky." Despite their progressive nature, almost all of these songs found their way onto mainstream radio, and I never fail to delight in hearing it whenever I put it on. It's a phenomenal work from start to finish.

"Speak to Me / Breathe" The album opens with a heartbeat, then a clock, then a madman, then a till, then laughter, then the upward section of a roller coaster, then maniacal screaming- then music. "Breathe" retains psychedelic elements of former years, but incorporates steel guitar, swampy electric guitar, a good bass riff, jazzy drumming, and Gilmour's vocals. Rick Wright's organ during the second verse is some of his best.

"On the Run" This is the most psychedelic track, featuring electronic sounds, rapid hi-hat, and the sound of an airport terminal. The voices and sound are spooky at times, probably enough to send a small child to tears. This track gave me trouble at first, but now I appreciate it precisely for what it is.

"Time / Breathe Reprise" The next song has a lengthy introduction, initially with various clock sounds, not the least of which are many cacophonic alarms. Other than that, this is an easy song to follow. Wright has one of his few vocal solos here, and he sounds amazing- it's sad he was not frequented in this capacity. The guitar solo during the first part is wild, but during the second part, it's reserved and restricts itself to the music

"The Great Gig in the Sky" This piece is Wright's major contribution to the album. It starts with introspective spoken word, piano, and steel guitar, then dives right into Clare Torry's dramatic vocal performance. She emulates the funeral wailing heard in many parts in the world, such as Africa, crying out for the recently deceased.

"Money" As bluntly as possible, this song reminds us (based on what came before) that time is money. The song starts with cash registers and that iconic bass line in 7/4. After a couple of verses, there is a great saxophone solo, followed by the most rocking guitar solo Gilmour has ever performed.

"Us and Them" A highlight of this album, this may be a simple and lengthy song, but it's absolutely amazing, full of great, thoughtful lyrics, and possessing excellent music throughout. As with earlier selections, there's some spoken word that may take some sort of source to determine what's being said. The saxophone solo is perfect, going right into the chorus, producing a powerful effect.

"Any Colour You Like" This is definitely Wright's moment to blow the listener away, and that he does, as does Gilmour. This instrumental section uses all manner of effects over a solid rhythm section.

"Brain Damage" This song features guitar on the verses, but organ during the choruses. The lyrics are closer to the more mysterious side. The background vocalists are in top shape once again. This song does make one think of madness, as is the intended effect- everything from the lyrics, to the laughter, to the synthesizer solo achieves this effect.

"Eclipse" As many of the songs before have done, the previous track runs right into this climatic ending. The lyrics sum up what this album is about, leading to some spoken word at the end.

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Posted Saturday, January 03, 2009 | Review Permalink
horsewithteeth11
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3 stars If someone asked me what the highest-selling prog album of all time in the United States was, I wouldn't be surprised if this is the one. Everyone I know who is into rock music of any kind has heard this album at least once. However, while I do find it a good album from time to time, I still find this to be one of the most overrated rock albums of all time. To me, nothing in this album really strikes me of masterpiece quality, except for Time and Us and Them. Money and Brain Damage/Eclipse are good songs, but I've heard them played so incessantly on the radio over the years that they've unfortunately lost any and all appeal that I would have for them.

I by no means think this album isn't a masterpiece simply because of its popularity however. It's just never struck me in the same way that other Pink Floyd albums have, such as Animals or Meddle. I'm keeping this review shorter than the ones I usually do because I don't want to go off on a tangent and make people think I actually dislike this album. I don't. This just isn't the first Floyd album I go to when I want to listen to them. 3 moon craters out of 5.

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Posted Thursday, January 15, 2009 | Review Permalink
5 stars I actually rated this album with 5 stars about two years ago, and recently I realised it was the only album I've rated here for which I never wrote a review. So I felt compelled to chime in with some kind words about this wonderful album.

This is definitely a concept album, but the tracks are completely capable of standing on their own. "Time", for instance, is the song which turned me on to progressive rock years ago! I heard it outside of the context of the album, which did not hinder the experience whatsoever. I won't bother to describe the music, because I'm sure anyone who is interested has heard it, but I will say it features *fantastic* lyrics and singing, and one of the most majestic guitar solos of all time.

The instrumental "On The Run" is another standout with a bizarre combination of effects blasting from one speaker to the other, though always remaining pleasurable to listen to. When I had the pleasure of seeing Roger Waters (twice!) on his most recent world tour, he played this album in it's entirety and "On The Run" blew my mind.

Throughout the album the band lays down a solid framework which they embellish with synthesizers, sound effects and spoken voice tapes. The sound is lush and multi-layered while remaining clear and well-structured. What else can be said? This is highly professional, well composed, well recorded, well played and just well, fantastic!

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Posted Friday, January 16, 2009 | Review Permalink
5 stars I know that must do not really agree on if this can be called Prog or not, or if it even belongs in this category but for most of us this album was the first stop when it comes to our first stop in Prog. I for example never doubted or raise the question if Pink Floyd should be regarded Prog or not. Im sure that they will all agree or ask...Yes, why do you think, not ? And till I became to write reviews and follow certain threats on the forum of this site that I began to realize that maybe there are some legitimate arguments why indeed not. But lets not get into this here and asume it indeed a prog album. And its by far the most famous album by the most far the most famous prog band. The album that sold millions and millions. I read once that 1/3 households in the UK owns this album. Literly admired by fans around the globe that hailed PF and Roger when they began to anounce that they were about to play this album in its complete. This choice....always sounded to me as odd, especially for PF to play it live, since this is such a Roger album, especially the lyrics. However its also the album that brought great fame to this band. Although live back in the old days....it was never an easy task to perform the album live and already with its first try they had to give it up and did not play the last couple of songs (this still can be heard on several bootlegs).

However this great admiration is also something that I never understood. And for long I thought it was an album who's quality was way too overstimated. I always was much more into Meddle, WYWH, Animals and The Wall which are standing out as the real hallmarks of good music. Having said that....I cannot deny that DSOTM has his moments....and some of the most piercing, realistic and confronting lyrics ever writen by any musician....Lyrics that substantially changed my life and the way I look at the world and soceity. Musical highlights are Us & Them, Time and the last 3 songs of the album. But the album also knows a few songs that totally destroy the mood of the album like Money for example (altough the lyrics are extremely good), the music remained to me as one of the most terrible they ever composed. So Money ultimatly really is destroying the album and so does The Great Gig In They Sky.

Apart from that there cannot be any doubt that DSOTM was one of the poinering works in the history of music. The use of effects, voices, the famous clock, the clattering of money and the effects during on The Run....which was nothing short of stellar during the 1994 PF tour in quadrophonic sound....in the stadium....It eventually was not the beginning of a concept album but it most certainly popularized it extremely.....so many bands keep on refering to DSOTM as one of thier major insprirations and therefor I can only agree to reward this album indeed with 5 stars.

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Posted Wednesday, January 21, 2009 | Review Permalink
Negoba
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5 stars This is definition of masterpiece. It is not the proggiest of the masterpieces on this site, but it is a near perfect album. Like Close to the Edge there are no lulls, no off moments. (as Genesis' best albums do, though they probably have higher high moments) It set standards in sound, concept, what an album could be as no other album besides perhaps Sergeant Pepper's. It is the climax of the first Gilmour-led Floyd era, and what a climax it is. Amazing guitar work, huge sound, sax, choruses, and more sound effects than the general public were to likely hear before or since. It sold a gazillion albums and people still talk about with fondness from ages 16 to 60. More people, both sober and not, have lost themselves into the other world that is this album than any other, including the White album. And what a wondrous world it is out on the Dark Side.

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Posted Saturday, January 31, 2009 | Review Permalink
Conor Fynes
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5 stars 'Dark Side Of The Moon' - Pink Floyd (9/10)

Once again, Pink Floyd demonstrates their uncanny, unreplicated ability to keep dishing out masterpieces. From 'The Piper at the Gates of Dawn' to 'The Wall', a saga of remarkable music was fashioned from the creative spirits of a few young men from Britain. Of all of their works; although not my favourite, Dark Side of the Moon is admittedly their most cohesive, best 'put-together' album they have ever made.

Quite honestly, for the first two years or so I had this album, I thought it was incredibly overrated, and not worth the recognition it got. It took me a long car ride, with only the Dark Side CD at hand, to finally get me to realize all the brilliance I had been missing out on. I consider myself corrected.

To truly appreciate the nuances and genius of this album, it's absolutely necessary to play it from start to finish. Unlike some albums where songs can be enjoyed fully on their own, Dark Side is more of a 40 minute epic; each song flows into the next. By means of comparison, Dark Side of the Moon can be considered a more mellow version of Rush's '2112' epic, nonetheless twice the length.

Despite the albums generally laid back feel, there are some moments (The Great Gig In The Sky, Any Colour You Like) that get incredibly intense. The lyrics fit in perfectly to the musical feel as well.

This is an album you can either put on as background music, or delve deep under the layers of it's musical mystique and take a true journey through space and time.

Will be remembered forever as one of the greats.

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Posted Wednesday, February 11, 2009 | Review Permalink
5 stars I probably need not explain so much, because everyone knows this album, even those not so into prog... but regardless it's an extremely important one, and gets a 5 without a doubt.

Just listening to it for the first time, it has its weird progressive moments between its awesome classic rock moments. Sound effects, spoken phrases and experimentation lead into nice classic radio friendly songs that non progressive people can still appreciate. In fact, this album is a good bridge to introduce ordinary classic rockers into the progressive genre.

Speak to me is basically an overture of the album made up of different sound effects throughout, leading into Breathe, a soft and quiet song that's relaxing. Following this, it suddenly goes into a synthesizer part, and gets quite electronic and experimental, with sound effects being played over it. I remember listening to it for the first time and looking back at the timer to be surprised that it was already halfway through the 3rd track. After an explosion, the soundeffects gradually turn to ticking clocks which ring loudly and wake up the listener with chimes and alarms, letting you know that the next song is about to start.

Time begins with in interesting drum part and leads into a classic rock song with beautiful female backing vocals, nice keyboards, and a reprisal of breath. This leads into a piano solo called the Great Gig in the Sky featuring beautiful soaring female vocals singing without words and yet still representing something through the sound only. The song is about death. This part is amazing, and just the fact that the music has never stopped so far and now this climactic song is being played beautifully is wonderful.

After it ends, Money sound effects come in and a memorable bluesy classic rock song is introduced, and everyone knows money, so I don't need to say anything except that there's an amazing saxophone solo and guitar solo in it.

Us and them is a very epic sounding song that is mostly pianos with sevearl saxophone solos and epic choruses. It's around 7 minutes long, and is a nice song to listen to.

It leads to any Colour you Like, which is an instrumental showcasing the keyboards mostly. This leads into Brain Damage, a song about lunatics which sounds a little odd to the casual listener, but completely normal to Pink Floyd fans. It has wonderful female vocals, and leads into the epic climax Eclipse, which is a long list of different experience of being a human. It ends dramatically, with another voice saying there is no dark side of the moon really... matter of fact it's all dark, and a heart beat. Also, if you can listen very carefully, you can hear very quiet music in the background... some say it's part of the Beatles, who were recording next door, but I'm not totally sure.

Like many Pink Floyd albums this goes full circle like the wind from meddle, the 2 parts of shine on you crazy diamond from wish you were here, the two parts of Pigs on the Wing from Animals, and the Isn't this where we came in phrase from the wall. It's an amazing album, and I probably didn't even need to write all that, as most already know about it, but oh well.

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Posted Sunday, March 15, 2009 | Review Permalink
Marty McFly
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5 stars This is my first review here, It's quite terrible and I'm aware of that. But I'll keep it, just for historical value (valuable only for me, but still - you know). Anyway, who needs helping with THIS album :-D

EDIT 2: I quite a like "On the Run now, or at least I'm trying to

From the first flashes of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn days to last breath with The Division Bell (not to mention early London times), Pink Floyd are on of the greatest bands of all time. Epic, truly epic songs. This one is masterpiece. Two of their albums are on the similar side for me. Dark Side of the Moon and DSot Sun, or The Wall if you want. The Moon is optimistic, beautiful and mostly positive. The Wall is negative side of same coin. And on the top of both is Waters, simply genius. Power overwhelming, huh, we all know how it has ended. But back to the 1973, with still-quite-well-getting-along-together. I have to say it now, because it can't remain unspoken. I hate

----------ON THE RUN. It's really terrible song, absolutely different from the rest of album and when I listen this album, I always skip this song. My brother keeps telling me that I'm fool, that it's part of the album and gap between second and fourth one. Yeah, there is, but better than listen to (for me) disgusting song. It's pure electronic, nothing more. Most of you will probably disagree, but I can't resist myself to compare this one with the rest of album. And as it is, this song fails for me. Anyway, first song,

----------SPEAK TO ME is quite intro-istic, just parts later presented on album blended together into short song. Due to this, this song doesn't quite interest me, themes are not finished, only glimpses of later finished ideas. So let's move to

----------BREATHE, poor brother of Time. This one has in fact same melody as Time, but different lyrics. As I listen to this song right now, I can hear it loud and clear. These songs have connection, are together (forever). Anyway, if I skip Speak To Me, this one is much better intro for my taste. Calm, peaceful (which I loves the most). Their lyrics are in general poetic in true meaning of this word. I can easily imagine being stoned when listening these slowly coming lyrics and music, due to guitar type, it seems like coming in waves. Really, I can imagine myself floating above and enjoying them a lot.

----------TIME, with unique intro (intro within album) of clocks concerto. Some will like it, some will not (I don't like them much personally, but I appreciate their quality), some will be taken by them to heights unseen before. For those who are listening this track for the first time, this can be shock. But second play, third play and you'll get accustomed to it. Then came Drums solo with two guitar tones and some piano, or synth at least. I clearly hear it, but wiki tells that only Nick and Roger plays. But every time after guitar tone/s there is this continuity to melody. And then, the greatest part of greatest song by PF came. David Gilmour with his powerful vocal style, every (sorry for this word) fuc.in line of lyrics is masterpiece. When I want to know if some song has good lyrics, I always compare it with this one. Because this is the magnum opus, these words really hit my heard a lot. And for a long time after listening this song, I still can imagine them and how well they sound & how good they are. Kicking around on a piece ground in your home town (long time I though that lyrics are not in your home town, but named your home town, so some kind of homeward bound thing, that he remains only in his home city, don't want to go elsewhere. I also see myself in this situation, so this is probably why I wanted to misunderstood the lyrics). This song is not fast. It's quite slow. Not Deep Purple, not rock'n'roll, this is the story of life and as life does, the song too slowly flows down the river. Sun is the same in the relative way, but you're older, shortening breath, one day closer to death Yeah, it's unfair comparison, about 80 years of human life and few billion years of sun. This is why it's here, this song is really relative (get off you all who're saying that everything is relative, this leads nowhere). Still comparing different parts of life. What else to say, it's epic, even it's not 30 minutes long like many others. Oh and last part, which starts with Home, home again, I like to be here when I can and ends with To hear the softly spoken magic spell, with synth slowly fading away. It's heaven on earth.

----------THE GREAT GIG IN THE SKY starts with another pleasant melody played on piano (at least I hope it's not synth), then some spoken words which (after hundreds of plays of this LP) just must be there, their meaning is clear, to provide solid intro for more stormy part, this one with powerful vocals (could be black one singing?). I hate to say, but strongest part of this song is kinda unpleasant for me, I always suffer for few seconds, till peace came again. But that's not concerning me a lot, only little bit.

----------MONEY, oh man, I disliked this for a long time, but now I feel it's the rockest part of this album, strong guitars and still presented riff. Later parts of sax solo has some kind of cutting edges (weird formulation, but it's like that) and after few tens seconds then came again interesting thing. I don't know how to say it, but it's 9 tones, from the highest to lowest (sorry, I can feel the music, but musical slang is something what I still mostly lacks, no matter how well I can speak English) and then again solo. This is recognizable part of this track. And melody itself is still going up and down, as in breathe, this waves-metaphor. Well, then song slowly came into some talking and then it blends to

----------US AND THEM. Well, this is what I call sax solo, absolutely better than Money one. And again, combination of satirical/metaphorical/symbolistic, whatever the lyrics are, they're nothing but a perfect. I'm repeating myself, but how can't I when most of the songs here has both good lyrics and melody/composition/instrument playing/vocals, simply everything. Well, this song is (except bridges) another almost quiet one, but bridges are good too.

----------ANY COLOUR YOU LIKE. Well, OK, not color, in UK they have U added in this word (or otherwise, Americans lacks U). OK, you got me, I don't like this song as others, which is caused by lack of lyrics => vocals. It's (as for sure most of you wrote already) improvisation, it sounds like that. It's not bad song, it greatly fill the gap between Us

----------and BRAIN DAMAGE with quite good riff. But if you want to hear this riff in extended (and in all cases better) version, then hear long version of Pink Floyd Live in Pompeii, this one with interviews. During third break to the studio, there is Gilmour with guitar improvising and lengthening these riffs with electric sound. It's really great, you'll understand as soon as you'll hear it. This one is catchy one. To be continued in ----------ECLIPSE, which is not shady one, but otherwise, it's the most shiny one on this album, synth has great sound and somehow shaky sound in the beginning. And Waters (& some female) vocals which are going to finish this for once. But the sun is in the eclipse by the moon. The End, thank you for your patience, it's my first review and I hope you're satisfied. Set course back to Roine Stolt (heh). Conclusion: If this is not the epic, what else is ? This is best prog rock album for me, partly due to nostalgy and long time addiction to Pink Floyd, but mostly due to overal feeling. One of the best albums ever made. Good thing that public understood it.

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Posted Monday, March 23, 2009 | Review Permalink
5 stars All you touch and all you see, is all your life will ever be...

Pink Floyd's most popular album overall. This album is greater than the sum of its parts. I don't know what to say that hasn't been said over and over, here and in other reviews. I will say I feel it is essential. The songs don't stand up so well by themselves (especially on the run, or Any Colour you like). But Time, Great Gig in the Sky, Us and Them, and Brain Damage/Eclipse are all classics of prog. The entire album has an astounding and evocative atmosphere that must be heard from beginning to end in its entirety. Again, the songs themselves aren't that progressive, but together form a cohesive and entrancing world all its on.

Dark Side of the moon is not just an essential progressive album, it is an essential album to almost all musical interest. Not my favorite Floyd album, but still magnificent.

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Posted Wednesday, March 25, 2009 | Review Permalink
5 stars I wrote the following while listening to Dark Side of the Moon. It is a stream of consciousness piece. I feel it illuminates my powerful emotions stronger than conventional writing can. Feedback is always welcome.

There's not much more to say about this album. Even to say there is not much more to say is rather cliche; millions of fans and critics have said it before me, but it is imperative to me that I share my opinions on this album, which has altered the way I look at the world. I know no other way to write this review than from the point of view of stream of consciousness so that what I write is pure and organic. To spend one moment revising or reviewing any aspect of this review will stifle my creative flow and I will have forfeited my true feelings about this album to "better judgment" and, worse yet, stark self-consciousness. So, I ask for your patience in this review, for to parallel this masterpiece with words is no easy task and perhaps not even a righteous one. But, I restate, this album has changed my life. Allow me to pry out the inner workings of my mind and attempt to put the wordless into words. And please dismiss that which you see as bathos. I can think of no better way of expressing my strong feelings towards this album.

It is not that the lyrics of Dark Side of the Moon spoon-fed me knowledge or wisdom about the world. Rather, this music awakened the wisdom that was always in me, but lay stifled by materialism and selfish tendencies. Even as I write this, the fingers which I type with sting with guilt of hypocrisy for I am no perfect human. But I have realized, through this album, the most important lesson of life: the answer does not lie in the faults or successes of society, the school system, mind-altering drugs, government institutions, churches etc. The answer lies within. These things may act as a catalyst for discovering wisdom, but ultimately wisdom is a personal matter. It is not something that is given or received, but something that blossoms from within.

But the larger voices in society (words with making me cringe with embarrassment because to blame society feels so juvenile and cliche) would not agree. The larger voices say intuition is something to be tamed and only institutions can award wisdom. This is what I believed for the first 16 years of my life. Wait patiently, in desperation, for that wisdom to come to you. My days in school and at the job are all just part of an elaborate process and the wisdom will be awarded when it is all over. When I am older, this is who I will be... these are the things I thought to myself. But I had missed the starting gun.

What a revelation. Roger Waters did say that Dark Side of the Moon is an album for those who distrust society. I can no longer trust that spontaneous order has made society what it is. There are other forces at work.

And then there is death, always close yet so distant. The other world. That great gig in the sky which we long to see the workings of, to which we try to explain with words. Thank you Clare Torry. We need not words to describe death for to do so is to explain chemistry with only formulas but dismiss the work of God who had set such formulas down.

Death is the finish line, money is the vehicle. And none can disagree. Once again, embarrassment pulls me back, taunts me to revise what I have written. cellar door, James Joyce laughs, I cringe....

Silence. Okay, Side B. Turn over the vinyl.

Hisssss... Ching!

Nuclear weapons to save ourselves from them. Us and them. Me and you. It is a world of separations. Wars strike because of these separations. It feels childish to simplify at first, but then I realize it is even more childish to complicate the issue and in doing so attempt to justify it. You middle class teenager! You just don't understand world affairs! Ahh yes! This idea of killing ourselves with nuclear weapons is something that must understood now, isn't it?

Any colour you would like, sir.... I am standing behind a glass wall. A white room. I am soaring across the world, across time and space, feeling not the least pretentious. What is this brave new world? What is this absurdity. Rainbows project from nowhere like famine from beauty.... The world suddenly makes sense and I see no reason why it shouldn't.

I am a lunatic. Shame lunacy and wisdom aren't synonyms for I do find they are analogous.

Welcome to the world my friend. You are the lunatic, just like the rest of us. You are part of this strange world whether you like it or not. Somebody you will see it. You may not now, but someday when the band starts playing different tunes, when the cloud bursts, thunder in your ear, you shout but nobody seems to hear, you will realize you can not escape society. So welcome, my friend to this world which, shrouded in existential world. Living is all you can do. I'll see you on the dark side of the moon. I think it's nice....

And all that is not and all that is gone and all that's to come and everything under the

Sun

is in tune but the sun is eclipsed by the moon

There is no dark side of the moon Matter of fact it's all dark The only light we see Is that which is reflected Off the sun.

You are a piece of the puzzle. You affect the world and it affects you. You strive for the sun, but the sun is eclipsed by the moon. Pink Floyd says it best and my avant garde ramblings can not supplement such bare beauty.

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Posted Thursday, March 26, 2009 | Review Permalink
4 stars One of the most recognizable and well known albums in all of music, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon was clearly the most commercially successful and popularly recognized prog album of all time. While it is a great and historic album, for me it falls short of being a prog masterpiece. There are things I like a lot about this album, but I think enough has been written on that subject so I will try to explain why I feel this is not one of the greatest prog albums of all time. I certainly do not believe that this album cant be prog simply because it had mainstream success, rather I think that should add to the significance of the album because it was a gateway into prog for many people. The fact is though, I do not think this album is all that progressive. I do not have a great interest in psychedelic/space rock and I think that Dark Side of the Moon is a psychedelic rock album much more than it is a prog album (the two should not be inherently linked). The prog elements are there, but they are not what define the album and so I do not find Dark Side to be up to the caliber of other prog masterpieces. I still consider giving this album five stars, just for its historical significance for prog, and for being a very good psychedelic/space rock album. However, when I think about it this album does not deserve a bump for historical significance in the way that In the Court of the Crimson King does, because it influenced listeners, but not so much the genre of prog. Dark Side of the Moon is an album that every fan of prog (or just rock) should hear (and probably has), but to me it just can not be counted as a masterpiece of prog.
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Posted Friday, April 03, 2009 | Review Permalink
The Sleepwalker
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4 stars Dark Side Of The Moon, probably Pink Floyd's best known work, it sold millions of copies and was the band's first big hit. The album combines the 70's sound of Pink Floyd, which started with 1971 album Meddle, with their psychedelic roots. This album is a concept album, it's about things in modern society that can make or kill people, things as money, war and time.

The album opens with the one minute long "Speak To Me", which is just a compilation of sound effects that will reappear later on the album, like the cash machine sound and the paranoid laugh.

The first real song is "Breathe", the song features soft vocals and mellow slide guitar, it is pretty much in the style of their 1971 album Meddle, the lyrics of the song are pretty interesting. A good start of the album.

The next song is "On The Run", a synth based song with a very fast riff, on the background crazy laughs can be heard. The song is not always a pleasant one, it can make you quite nervous...

On The Run ends with the ticking of a clock, it segues into the intro of "Time", a song that starts of with low guitar notes and high keyboard notes, the drums have an important role in the intro, it almost sounds like a drum solo. After the intro heavy chords are played and David sings the powerful verses and mellow choruses, in the middle of all this is a great fuzzed and delayed guitar solo, one of David's finest solo's. The song ends with a reprise of "Breathe".

"Great Gig In The Sky" is up next, it starts out with beautiful guitar playing and is soon joined by haunting singing without words, yes, no words are used, but the feeling the song is supposed to express is driven by the singing. The song might be a little hard to get into, but is definitely a great artistic piece.

Next comes "Money". One of the band's biggest hits, Roger himself hated fans screaming to the band they've got to play money at live performances. The song is very accesible and kind of funky. Aside of the vocals the song contains a saxophone solo which segues into three guitar solo's in a row, the first one being jazzy, the second more quiet, and the third one really powerful with very high notes being played. A bit of an overrated song I think, though it's very nice.

The next song is "Us & Them", a song about warfare. It's the softest track on the album, but also the most beautiful I think. The song contains smooth guitar playing in the verses and overdriven guitar playing in the pretty epic choruses. Also, the song has a couple of great saxophone solo's. A very good song.

The next song is very different from Us & Them, it is "Any Colour You Like". The song is lead by delayed synth and segues into a very funky guitar solo. It might be a bit though to notice, but the song is sometimes seen as the second reprise of "Breathe", it just is much more funky.

"Brain Damage" is the next song, it is about lunacy. The song is lead by soft guitar playing with smooth fills on the background. Just as "Us & Them", the chorus is much more powerful as the soft verses. Because of a line which refers to the title of the album people who are not very familiar with Pink Floyd often think this song is called Dark Side Of The Moon.

The ending of the album is "Eclipse". "Brain Damage" segues beautiful into this one, as if they are one song together. "Eclipse" is menth as a powerful outro of the album, it is not a very special song, but an epic ending.

Dark Side Of The Moon is a pretty overrated album, thanks to the hits as "Money" and "Time" but is a very good album. Many people see this as the best album of Pink Floyd, but I think many albums from the band are superior to this one.

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Posted Tuesday, April 14, 2009 | Review Permalink
The Truth
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5 stars Thump... Thump... Thump... "I've been mad for f*****g years."

That is how my favorite album of all-time starts. The subtle start which grows into all of the noises we hear today: laughter, ticking clock, cash registers, screaming, etc. A decent way to start a concept album about living through the modern world. Anyways after all the sounds reach their climax, the song turns into a wonderful steel guitar intro for the greatest first track of all time: Breathe. Breathe in the air. You can't help but take a sigh after the lyrics describe what I'm sure your life feels like.

Then we burst into On the Run, a song describing the fear of travelling. A fast paced, looped synth creates the main rhythm but it is surrounded by more synths and screaming backwards guitar. Finally the plane comes crashing down in an explosion followed by footsteps. The whole ordeal kind of makes your ears sweat.

Then the ticking starts... You have to strain to hear the quiet tick-tocking but just then... The alarms sound and you jump out of your chair. You may have lost three years in the song that describes how time goes faster as we age. The lyrics are somewhat cynical for the serious subject but they have pretty much the same effect, we feel powerless. After a stunning guitar solo we realize that we must carry on in quiet desperation and that is our only hope...

We take a Breathe again, this time it winds down to a slow... What's happening now?

"I'm not afraid of dying... Why should I be afraid of dying? It's all gotta happen sometime, when you gotta go you gotta go..." The beautiful piano intro starts but then... comes the screaming. Your dying and your mind is flying across the skies. You can feel the wind rush by as the screaming continues and you know your demise is coming. Suddenly you can't scream anymore... You get out what you can but eventually you fade into silence.

Cha-ching! You awake to see millions of cash registers surrounding you and all the evils that lie within. A bluesy song fits well to describe what this evil is like, sad but upbeat. This is what you lived your life for. Then the guitar solo comes barrelling in and you are taken aback. That is some playing! The vocals come back and finally you decide to just give all that cash away.

Voices and guitar fade out into a keyboard intro that eventually includes a saxaphone. You see the people dying out there in the front, but you still don't see the reason why. You try to think about it but the dying is the only thing that fills your mind. Everytime you start to get an idea the scene bursts into more blood and gore. Then finally you just give up, accepting whatever apparently has to be...

"What is your favorite color?" -- "Any Colour You Like"

You are spiraling into madness... You can't be saved so you just laugh... You tell all your friends in a beautiful little song that you will see them all on the dark side of the moon. The lazy sounding guitar describes your state of mind and the lyrics try to keep your mind that way...

Then suddenly everything becomes clear to you! Everything! The music bursts into a climatic scene of realization... All that you touch, all you see, all that you taste, and all you feel! Every single thing in your life starts to make sense! But just then, the moon came... And everything was eclipsed...

As the heartbeat fades out we hear, "There's no dark side of the moon really... Matter of fact it's all dark..." You leave the scene feeling very unnerved...

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Posted Sunday, April 19, 2009 | Review Permalink
5 stars There isn't much that I can add to the reviews above. Its a classic LP even if its not one of my favourites. It's almost like the ABBA of prog. Excellently preformed and conceived, with ground breaking use of studio technique. The songs are mostly of a reasonable high standard, but are really pop songs in nature. For me the best part is the use of the EMS synths as in "on the run". The lyrics are like far too much later Floyd depressing but not quite so deeply disturbing as on later outings. It is quite rightly considered a classic and probably is the peek recording of Pink Floyd. Unlike ELP the Floyds demise was slow and only evident in retrospect. There are no filler tracks unlike most Floyd albums before this record. The legacy of Syd is not really in evidence, and this is very much a Roger Walters record. The sound recording is excellent and was breath taking when it came out. It has some intresting musical touches like the odd time signature of "Money". This LP demonstrates the quickly maturing musical skill of the band. Although there is nothing here that is technically complex for its own sake. It is an entertaining record, and one, which unfortunately was played to death, by far to many people. It is right up there with Sgt Pepper as being a strong contender for the most important record of all time, and it is certainly the most important Progressive music LP, defining the movement. Saying all of this it is not a record I return to often these days. For me it will always be associated with the long summer of the year 1973, and sounds somewhat dated to my ears these days. The Pink Floyd's great strength was to be found in the band working together and outside of the Floyd none of the members have produced anything as good as inside the band. It was really nice to see the lads together for the Live8 concert, but I think it's unlikely we will see a new record from this band. Times have moved on and there doesn't seem to be room in music for bands like this anymore. In that respect I miss their records coming out now and then but towards the end they had become a rather predictable unit endlessly rehashing the Dark side of the moon concept with ever more depressing lyrics. No my favourite LP by this band which is Relics, and the Pink Floyd themselves are far from being my favourite band. However this record has to get all 5 stars simply because in the public eye it is a classic almost beyond the reach of the critics.

The latest Cd releases have added considerable to this record. The live set on the Experience addition, is well worth buying and gives a fresh sounding version that helped to un-jade my view of this record.

A Classic in every sence of the word.

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Posted Monday, April 20, 2009 | Review Permalink
3 stars This album caused that progressive rock went into mainstream in early 70. Money was solid hit and Pink Floyd proved that conceptual albums can be acceptable by wide audience. First of all this record sounds great. The production is massive and clear. In 1973 Pink Floyd were beyond competition if we talk about production. But if we talk about compositions I think any ELP, Jethro Tull or Van Der Graaf Generator album of early 70's is much better than this release. Dark Side Of The Moon IS progressive but sometimes guys try to fill lot of space with their well known instrumental trips. Apart from this we have bluesy hard rock Money which isn't something ambitious, R'N'B vocals in Great Gig In The Sky that make my liver yell and complete sensless fillers like On The Run or Eclipse (which was base for that torutre The Wall I guess). Breathe and Time are two very strong tunes on this album + Brain Damage is quite good song. The best musician in Pink Floyd is David Gilmour. His guitar work on this release is mostly bluesy. So not far from the early 70's standards. ELP were light years ahead of Pink Floyd at the time. Dark Side Of The Moon is overrated prog album but for that production is worth of listening.
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Posted Monday, May 11, 2009 | Review Permalink
5 stars This is a masterpiece? Yes it is. Breathe; will just take your breathe away. Any Colour You Like; is a good answer to space rock. Charming. Brain Damage; is a bitter sentence about Syd. And it ended by Eclipse. Marvelous stories of lyrical sounds.

The music is a rare thing. The Beatles made a good sample of modern music in Abbey Road. A modern sound one! Remember the year was 1970! Then Pink Floyd has made the same thing in Dark Side Of The Moon. And the year was 1973!

There are so many bands in recent years (2000's), but the two samples above in music are so ubeatable in sound until nowadays. Do you think like I do? I think you do. And they would do like that for many years to come.

Just listen, more and more. You'll find: it ain't enough to make a description about Floyd's DSOTM. Sound; lyric; recording technic; idea; cooperation; tool and equipment; and so on. Listen to those items one by one. Then listen to them as an entire entity. And? You will find: It ain't enough.

The sound of Breathe kills me. It took my breathe away. Yes, the masterpiece and incredibly sound in this album would lick up your heart. Now listen to it once again.

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Posted Monday, June 01, 2009 | Review Permalink
5 stars And the sun is in tune, but the sun is eclipsed by the moon.

I find Pink Floyds music extremly interesting because of one element in their music; it's realitvely easy compared to the musical complexities of bands like Yes or King Crimson, and still, it was very hard for me to get into Floyd. But boy when i got into it, it changed my musical life like never before. I was on a vacation trip in London with my girlfriend for a few weeks back, and had just few nights before the flight gotten into Floyd. I listened to this magnificent album probably 30 times on that trip(and boy did it anger my girlfriend). What can be said about this album? Well..

The completness of the album is just astonishing. You cannot actually call "Time" a good track if you do not like "Great Gig In The Sky", because in my opinion they're somehow connected, but then again, you cannot call the whole album good if you don't like something in it. Dark Side Of The Moon is a trip to the great music and sound of Pink Floyd that probably is born somewhere on the moon or beyond. A real climax point of the album is "Brain Damage/Eclipse", in these two the album somehow erupts. Another amazing piece is "Us and Them".

The fact that this album is not their only masterpiece, will probably write Floyd down in official history as one of the most complete prog rock acts of all time. Just try listening to this album if you don't like it, you don't know what your missing. 5 Stars.

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Posted Wednesday, June 10, 2009 | Review Permalink
5 stars Though it may seem somewhat cliche, I believe that DSOTM is not only the best of the Floyd, reflecting the very essence of the band, but the best album ever. There, I said it. This album was very important in my life- it was the path I followed into progressive rock as a whole, it was a piece of philosophy I built my worldview on (uh oh...), and it was an album I could turn to any time I needed something to listen to- and while I hardly ever listen to it nowadays (too "normal", possibly?), that doesn't change my opinion that it is the greatest album ever made.

The legend beings with Speak to Me, a quiet sound collage that, with the screams of a pregnant mother, segues into Breathe- this song is amazing, the lyrics a description of the dismal, Sisyphean life a newborn baby will face. Then comes On the Run, a sequencer-based (a year before Tangerine Dream's Phaedra, mind you), ominous song that seems to be about travel- various effects, like an airport PA system, helicopters, footsteps, and a massive crash at the end seem to capture the feeling of doubt that comes with travel, that any mechanical or human error could send us into a horrific fireball. After that is Time, with its legendary opening of many, many clocks going off at the same time- this song has some of the best lyrics ever penned, perfectly capture the strange way that time passes- the fact that days seem to be near endless, but years float by like butterflies. At the end comes a reprise of Breathe, which seems to feed directly into the next song, Great Gig in the Sky- possibly my least favorite song from the album, but that says very, very little- Clare Torry's vocals work very well with the piano and organs that accompany her- though it is a bit disappointing that we don't get to hear the Floyd's musings on religion, the song is still excellent. Then comes Money, with a funky, aggressive bassline and a sax solo in the middle that perfectly works with the theme- greed and obsession with cash. After that, is one of the best peices of music ever created- the somber Us and Them. What lyrics this has, and instrumentation to back it up. Some of the best poetry ever made, coupled with sad keyboard and sax work- it's tear-jerkingly sad to know that we as a race can be so evil, when we are capable of so much good, that we waste so much time fighting and killing one another, when we could work together to make a better world, that we always believe our nation is the perfect one, the one that is always in the right, and yet it always degenerates into a sleazy, corrupt ball of filth, and it will always fall, and another shall take its place and suffer the same fate. This song is pure gold, and relates very well to current events- and sadly, it always will. Anyway, this is followed by Any Colour You Like, an excellent instrumental, featuring marvelous performances from all parties involved- especially synths and guitar. The eighth (or ninth) track on the album is Brain Damage, which seems to deal with mental illness and might have a subtext of how crazy a government can be. Overall, it is a sad song, yet somehow cheerful at the same time, and this goes directly into Eclipse, and epic conclusion that excellently sums up the album, and in the end, our lives- at the final hour, when we're about to die, it turn out that everything that has led up to this moment, everything that we have done, is essentially meaningless. Then you die. Overall, a simply splendid album, perfect in nearly every way, never equaled by anything ever made by anyone else. Recommended to anybody, prog fan or not, with an open mind and 43 minutes to spare.

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Posted Friday, June 26, 2009 | Review Permalink
3 stars Ummm.... no

Dark Side is always called the best, but is Dark Side really the best? The song opens with Speak to Me/Breathe, a medley I never really liked. Even if it features the amazing steel guitar playing of David Gilmour, I still would never really enjoy the track.

On the Run is a very nice song demonstrating Wright's (RIP) keyboard playing skills, I really like that song so it's a thumb up for me.

Time is actually the BEST track on this album. It features 2 minutes of proggy none-sense, only to be ensued by an amazing chord sequence, and a lot of nice guitar riffs. Time's solo is one of Gilmours most influential solos, at least to me.

Some songs like Us and Them and Eclipse feel like Floyd didn't have anything to put there, so they put those songs instead. The songs are not worthy of this "masterpiece", no matter how much I like or hate this album.

I give Dark Side a 3/5, not because I hate it, but because it's over-rated, and not everything on this album is good. I may get criticized, but this is just my opinion. Floyd will always be a great band.

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Posted Sunday, August 02, 2009 | Review Permalink
1 stars Right well I'm here striking a blow against the most overrated prog? album of all time. Right, let get this straight this IS NOT PROGRESSIVE ROCK - in fact Genesis DUKE has more progressive music on it and I still class that as quasi-pop since it has some god-awful pop tunes on it.. Right - I bought this CD (I bid 50p on ebay and won it - Hurrah) and lets face it, over the years I have heard songs from this album all over the shop. Anyway, only "Any Colour you like" is any good and since this album is VERY high up - compare it's best with tracks like "Cinema Show", "Firth of Fifth" , "Suppers Ready" or indeed "Close to the Edge" - does this album have all-time classics like that? NO. Shouldn't even get in the top 2000 never mind the top 10. Floyd have produced FAR better than this (see Shine on... and Echoes) and I would give those compositions the right to be considered as classics of prog - Floyd can never be considered as Symphonic because their music is far too simplistic. Oh and if any of you have a gripe - Listen to Steve Harley's "Death Trip" track on one of his earlier albums - this track is far more progressive than anything in DSOTM and thus could that album be defined as Prog or proto-prog?? Anyway - time to redress the balance, ONE STAR.
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Posted Monday, August 10, 2009 | Review Permalink
4 stars Mythic album, of unsurpassed quality, almost perfect, from start to finish ... Begins with a sound collage of things to come, "Speak To Me": laughter, chains, explosions, screams, machine, beating heart, a mortar sounds perfectly arranged, the trip continues with "Breathe ", "On The Run", " Time", "The Great Gig In The Sky " all of them greatest and emotive songs, lot of people say´s that this is one of the most influential songs in the history of prog music, this song belongs to Rick Wright in collaboration with Claire Torry, "Money" "Us And Them" and some in honor of Syd Barrett "Brain Damage". This album is perhaps the most popular progressive rock, which brings the genre to the masses, with the help of Alan Parsons, Pink Floyd was able to carry out the master plan, put their ideas into an album, a concept formulated in where the songs come intertwined with each other and feel that makes it perceptible stunning.
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Posted Wednesday, August 19, 2009 | Review Permalink
2 stars This album is one of the most famous albums in the history of music. It is true that it has some high lights, as it is the beginning, time or money, it has also some interesting parts, but I do not find it so good and in general it is to overated. The point is that it is very accessible. Pink Floyd knew very well to do the music that most of the people like. Therefore, I do not think that the album deserves so much, although it contains nice, just nice songs. Although I like it, I only give it two stars. I will think if in the future I can give more stars.
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Posted Sunday, August 30, 2009 | Review Permalink
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4 stars "Dark Side of the Moon" is the 8th full-length studio album by UK progressive rock act Pink Floyd. The album was released through Harvest/EMI in March 1973. This was the release that lifted Pink Floyd from a successful act that mainly had a following in Europe to international stardom. "Dark Side of the Moon" remains to this day the best selling album in the group´s discography with an estimated sale of over 40 million copies. We´re talking an album in the top 10 of the all time best selling albums in the history of popular music. The album is a concept piece with the main theme: "Things that make people mad". The theme was suggested by bassist Roger Waters and the other members of the group were hooked on the idea.

The music on "Dark Side of the Moon" is varied and incorporates several new elements that haven´t been heard on earlier releases by Pink Floyd. Lots of studio tricks, female backing and lead vocals, and dominant sections with saxophone soloing are some of the new features on the album. We´re of course also treated with the trademark mellow vocals, but also more rocking rough ditto which is great for the variation on the album. There are 10 tracks on the album (some CD releases merge the first two tracks "Speak To Me" and "Breathe" into one track thus making the album a 9 track release). All tracks seque into each other either by short sound effect interludes or they simply sound like parts of one longer track which for example is the case with "Us And Them" and "Any Colour You Like". Tracks like "Breathe", "Time" and "Brain Damage" have always been highlightsto my ears but it´s tracks like the experimental instrumental "On the Run" with it´ss extensive use of studio tricks and the female led "The Great Gig In the Sky" that stand out as being vastly different from anything else Pink Floyd had released up until then.

There is a notable increase in the use of synths on "Dark Side of the Moon" compared to earlier releases which is also a feaure that provides the album a fresh and occasionally almost futuristic sound. David Gilmour´s guitar soloes on the album also deserve a mention as they are quite frankly fantastic. Packed full with emotion. Quite a few guitarists out there could learn a lot from David Gilmour. Putting equal amounts of great emotion into each note can sometimes be much harder that playing faster than the speed of lightning, and that´s exactly what he does. Each note he plays are given just the right bend, which gives his playing a lot more impact than more "clinical" players.

The production on the album is outstanding. The sound provides the album with a timeless quality that doesn´t imediately give away the fact that this album was recorded and released in 1972-1973 (the recording sessions for the album began in June 1972). A great audio achivement.

"Dark Side of the Moon" is a classic progressive rock album and it´s no wonder it is such a popular album. The sound production is gorgeous, the musicianship excellent and the songwriting intriguing and varied. It´s the timeless quality of the material that´s probably the album´s greatest asset though and probably the main reason why, it keeps enchanting new generations of rock listeners again and again. The fact that the band seamlessly combine mainstream oriented pop/rock elements with progressive rock is another asset. It´s not something a lot of artists have done with success. A 4.5 star (90%) rating is deserved.

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Posted Tuesday, September 15, 2009 | Review Permalink
5 stars In my humble opinion, Dark Side of the Moon is the greatest composition in the history of music. My father grew up on Floyd and has an extensive collection of vinyls, tapes, posters, CDs, DVDs... everything. That tradition has been handed down as I have bought pretty much every piece of Floyd that I could find on the market. My prized possession is the framed, original Dark Side of the Moon vinyl that is in the center of my room's back wall. This is the album that made me enjoy progressive rock in the first place. It it is the album that taught me everything I needed to know about instrumental cohesion. Dark Side of the Moon has touched me on a level that no album ever has and most likely never will. I was lucky enough to see Roger Waters perform the entire thing straight through at Madison Square Garden a few years back. That was an eye and an earful. The highlights of the album, to me, are "The Great Gig In The Sky" (can you believe that Clare Torry sang that without prior band rehearsal?), "Time" and "Us and Them". The rest of the album is also ace, obviously... since I'm giving it a 5/5 and ranting on. The only song that ever bothers me (just a bit) is "Money". I think that it's overplayed and I think it's dumb that it's the most popular song on the album. I guess as a proghead, I have to be willing to understand that the songs that get the most attention on records are very rarely the ones that deserve it. Anyway, if it were possible to give 6 stars to an album on this site, I don't think that there would be a better candidate than this one right here. If you haven't already heard this and let it sink in, you don't know anything about music.
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Posted Saturday, September 19, 2009 | Review Permalink
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5 stars It isn't easy to speak about that album: I think almost everything is said about it! I think it is one of greatest album ever, possibly second best Pink Floyd album ( after "WYWH") and one of cornerstones of all progressive rock.

Biggest part of songs included are all great hits till now. Their melodic,dreamy,dark music sounds 36 yrs yet and will sound many more. Great combination of Waters/Mason/Gilmour/ Wright songwrighting and musicanship just made this album real masterpiece.

Sometimes I'm reading review with repeating question - is this album prog at all? For sure, everyone can have it's opinion about it. But for me, this is one of greatest PROGRESIVE music examples ever. Music isn't complex enough for being progresive? Come on!

The result of musicianship is song/composition. In fact, the listener often doesn't care too much how the final product was done. He feel magic of the result, or doesn't feel it. In a case with "Dark Side..." there is real MAGIC coming from these sounds. And we have plenty of examples when technicaly complex music doesn't have magic at all. Sometimes the final product even is difficult to recognise as music at all ( audio design?).

So, I am sure, that every prog fan should have this CD in his collection!!! Without it you will never understand what is real progressive rock.

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Posted Friday, October 30, 2009 | Review Permalink
5 stars 5- stars. Pink Floyd are part of me, are my favourite band all time, for a log period of my teen age i was used to listen only PF and nothing else. But i had always a conflictual relationship with The Dark Side of the Moon, considered by many their best album. I like it, i love it, i am going to give it 5 star, becouse it's one of the best album in rock history, but surely for me it's not their best album. I am not really sure what it miss, maybe it's not my favourite just for his perfection that make it sound little bit cold!
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Posted Tuesday, November 17, 2009 | Review Permalink
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5 stars This must be one of the highest rated albums of all times. Not without reason, the song writing, the sound, the creative energy and enthusiasm of the band are of an exceptionally high standard throughout.

It's one of the few Floyd albums where everybody was looking in the same direction and giving their very best performance. Breathe, Time and Money are all striking compositions, but especially the second half of the album (from the guitar solo in Money onwards) is of an unmatched beauty in rock music. Gilmour and Wright prove themselves to be the most effective pair of musicians here. Their interplay, feel for timing and balance are simply outstanding.

I don't play this album as often as Meddle and Animals, which I would list as my personal favourites, but it's hard to find any argument against this being Floyd's most accomplished album ever and even one of the best examples of progressive rock for newcomers.

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Posted Sunday, November 22, 2009 | Review Permalink
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5 stars Dark Side Of The Moon is a genuine masterpiece and is one of a select group that is worthy of a 5 star rating. It has been one of my favourite albums since i bought it as a teenager when it was released in 1973. One great memory I have from that time is of listening to DSOM from start to finish when the late, great John Peel played the album on his late night radio programme. As far as I'm aware, this was the first time an album had been played in its entirety on British radio.

Some PA reviews have criticised DSOM for not being prog. That may well be the case but it is one of the finest albums of all time, regardless of musical genre. Everything about the album says quality, from the music itself to the iconic Hipgnosis cover. DSOM has stood the test of time and does not sound dated, as some '70s albums do. The concept, of various stages of human life (consumerism, mental illness, conflict and death) , remains relevant in the present age.

In summary, an essential album that should be in everyone's collection.

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Posted Monday, December 14, 2009 | Review Permalink
5 stars 5 - Dark Side 3 - Wish You Were Here 2 - Animals 3 - The Wall

Those are not star ratings, tho they may be a guide. They're the number of vinyl copies of these albums I own and have worn out. Although new to these archives, I'm hardly new to the music. I've read every word of about 200 reviews below this, so a review of this seminal work is totally superfluous. The thought of a random visitor stumbling upon this album unheard is inconceivable. You own it, you've heard it (lots) and you have your own opinion. Didn't stop me wanting to add to the tome though.

As part of the baby boomer generation who originally propelled it into Billboard history - actually not, I'm English - I wondered how a 13yo as I was when I first succumbed to the overkill shop displays at the time would approach it. It was a different era, Vietnam, protests, hippy youth culture, Watergate. At the time I was too young too fully appreciate the times I lived in, but nevertheless I was a part of them, in a holistic, osmotic way.

The album runs a mainline into the angst and uncertainty which floods the veins of any teenage boy. On a single hearing I clasped it to my metaphorical bosom and it remains there to this day. Forty years later I'm ticking away the hours which make up this dull day by writing this piece. It's all so true, all of it.

What remains most with me most vividly is an empathy with Clare Torry, whose experience is a vignette of most peoples lives. This poor woman, a friend of a friend of an aquaintance of Alan Parsons gets called in for a little jam on a new album by a band which already well-known, tho not yet a 'supergroup'. For a token sum she belts out, in a single take, one of the most sensual, orgasmic, wonderful vocal artworks ever committed to tape. It was her time in the tide, which taken at its peak would lead on to greatness. It didn't. A couple of non-commital grunts from a disinterested studio and she wandered off into obscurity. One way or another we have all had a Clare Torry moment, it's the human experience. But at least someone remembered her name for the sleeve...

Unlike the other 'feature' muso, Dick Parry, who was and still is a friend of Gilmours, Clare has never recorded the work again, save for a famous Neurofen advert, where she reportedly made 1000's of times the original fee. On Pulse three girls valiantly fail to come even close to the original rendition. Much too late it took a bitter court action to wring a writers credit from Wright and Gilmour with ensuing, hopefully punitive financial settlement. May they hang their heads in shame, well Dave at least, Rick being a little too post-mortem to hang anything these days. I doubt if she has forgiven them tho, having had her single eureka moment crully denied. I will send flowers to her funeral. The saga as a whole has coloured my opinion of the band. Never mind the later heart-on-sleeve Crazy Diamond they will always be elitist bullies to me.

I never really liked Money. It didn't fit into the flow of the album and I think was reprised better as Have a Cigar. The Pulse version is a great improvement, except that that Pratt on bass is no substitute for the real thing. As for the rest, it's all subsumed into music folklore now so there is no way of an objective appraisal. All I can say is that it still works for me.

It can only rate 5 stars. It is THE essential prog album after all.

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Posted Tuesday, December 15, 2009 | Review Permalink
3 stars The Dark Side of the Moon is Pink Floyd's most overrated album. While it has its standout moments, most of it is just average classic rock with a touch of prog.

The majority of this album is very simple. The song establishes a beat, sticks with it, and it doesn't change. Almost all the songs are very mellow. Most of the album is in 4/4 time, and while there is some creativity, there is not as much as other albums such as Animals or Atom Heart Mother.

Despite this, the album has three tracks that stand out above the others.

1. Time starts out with alarm clocks, and then a space rock beat that continues for a few minutes. The sound of the roto-toms is great, they are the best drums on the kit. After this interlude, the guitar, drums and vocals all enter. There is a very strong instrumental section near the end with some great guitar work.

2. Money is the most progressive song on the album. It alternates between 7/4, 6/4 and 4/4 time. The bass line is simple, but groovy and easy to get into. The guitar solo is one of my favorites by Floyd. Overall the best song on the album.

3. Us and Them starts out like many of the other songs, slow and simple. However, by the end of the song, it develops into a great instrumental section. There is an organ solo, the sound is great.

Overall, Dark Side of the Moon is not an essential album, but it does have its highlights. Any fan of classic rock or progressive rock should give this a listen.

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Posted Sunday, January 17, 2010 | Review Permalink
5 stars Writing a review of "Dark side of the Moon" is very hard, but easy. I'll try to explain, it's hard because everything has already been said and it's easy, because there are so many evident signs of grandness on this record impossible not to notice; let's point out some of them:

1) the song writing is simply Floyd at their best: the four individuals are collaborating, so there is an undeniable equilibrium that gives strenght to it.

2) The arrangements are innovatives, they own a lot to PF previous albums, especially Meddle, but however they are enriched by the live rehersal of the whole project they had done back in 1972, when they played it in front of the audience (the piece was still called "Eclipse- a piece for assorted lunatics").

3) The production level is simply STUNNING, it sounds like if it had been recorded yesterday. Apart from these considerations the song flux is perfect, everything is in the right place.

It is an incredibly solid and flawless dark work which deals with negative aspects of human life, which potentially push people to get mad : time, money, carelessness for other persons, greed, fear etc... in the proposition of these themes the work is always pervaded by a deep sense of drama and it's really theatrical.

What makes a Shakespeare's piece actual? The choice of themes which are already intrinsically eternal : a troubled love (Romeo and Juliet) jealousy (Othello) and so on; this peculiarity can be found also on "Dark side of the Moon". What probably makes this record immortal and so adored by people is also the unique atmosphere that it creates, thanks to its numerous changes of moods, right from the first heartbeat to the last notes of the majestic closing track "Eclipse"; The sound of the band is ethereal, surreal, visionary, elegant, psychedelic yet jazzy in some bits..incredible.

Timeless, a milestone in rock history and one of the most important art statement of the 20th century.

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Posted Monday, January 25, 2010 | Review Permalink
5 stars The Dark Side of The Moon - eighth album of Pink Floyd. The most successful album, the total number of sales - more than 40 million copies, the biggest selling album in the history of PF.

History of the recording:

After the release of the album Meddle in December 1971, the group gathered in front of the planned tour of Britain, Japan and the United States. At a meeting house drummer Nick Mason, Roger Waters suggested that the new album will be associated with those hazards that "reduce people crazy," emphasizing the pressure on the team in the first years of existence, as well as the psychological problems of the former member Syd Barrett. All group members participated in writing the material, and in recording the album, which was subsequently uncharacteristic for Pink Floyd. Waters recorded the raw demo tracks in the studio, equipped in the barn, which was located in the basist's garden. The album has been used previously recorded but unreleased material: theme which opens the track Breathe, was previously written Waters and Ron Gysin for the documentary The Body, but the main motive Us And Them was the material recorded for the film Zabriskie Point. During rehearsals, decided to call the album Dark Side Of The Moon, but then discovered that the album of the same name released a group of Medicine Head, decided to change its name to Eclipse, but then the team still went back to the original version June 1, 1972 was recorded the first song Us And Them, six days after written Money

Concept album:

«Dark Side of the Moon» - conceptual work, initially telling about the oppression of various circumstances of modern life on human. This idea has been a powerful catalyst for creativity and group cooperation, its members made a list of those disclosed in this album: «On The Run» talked about paranoia, «Time» described the approach of old age and senseless waste of life, «The Great Gig In The Sky» (originally called «Mortality Sequence» or «Religious Theme») tell of death and religion; «Money» tells about the money that comes with fame; «Us And Them» spoke about the conflicts within society; «Brain Damage» affect the theme of madness. This album, on which work is actually conducted since the publication of A Saucerful of Secrets, is one of the most complete in terms of the conceptual work of the group. It achieved a perfect balance between musical geniuses Waters, Gilmour and Wright. Poetry talented made a disc is almost perfect. After the release of the album art or Pink Floyd, or progressive rock in general, could no longer remain just as they were. Creative team did not get any worse, it just changed. It could not remain the same after the resounding success of their landmark album. The concept album is the assertion that modern life is the path to madness, and the individual should maintain a fierce struggle to retain sanity. It was so consonant with the thoughts and fears of millions of people that the album continues to actively buy and after a quarter century after its appearance.

Recording technology:

By using a new 16-track sound recording equipment in the studio «Abbey Road» audio engineer and the contribution of Alan Parsons, the album set new standards for great sound. He immediately was mixed in quadraphonic version. By the 30 th anniversary was re-released on SACD, containing a new mastering stereo version and a modern mix 5.1, made in explanation of the original quadraphonic version.

Songs:

Speak To Me - Music: Nick Mason Instrumental Arrangement, which is the overture, which includes fragments of the major musical themes and sound effects album. Audible in the background voices are the answers to the questionnaire drawn up by a group, the main themes of which were death, violence and madness. Among the interviewees were all sorts of people who were in the studio, including Paul and Linda McCartney, although the final version of the album, their views are not included. As the title song are the words with which the engineer Alan Parsons appealed to the respondent to adjust the recording level.

Breathe - Music: Waters, Gilmour, Wright Lyrics: Roger Waters Vocals: David Gilmour In this arrangement tells us about this side of human existence, an endless quest for success, recognition and fame. Fear for a moment to stop and look around to push us to an ongoing activity. In an effort to keep up with the success of flying years. There comes old and death. Life is wasted.

On The Run - Music: David Gilmour, Roger Waters This instrumental composition, which was originally called «The Travel Sequence» and Waters was conceived as a reflection of a paranoid fear of death, more specifically, before the flight on the aircraft, which was common to all members of the group.

Time - Music: Mason, Wright, Gilmour, Waters Lyrics: Roger Waters Vocals: David Gilmour, Richard Wright Time - one of the most famous songs. It is a seven-minute conceptual rock composition, consisting of two almost independent parts: the full-scale instrumental intro and the actual songs. Time begins with the polyphonic ringing alarm clocks and many hours, originally recorded for the test Parsons quadraphonic records. Each ring was recorded separately in the various antique shops. This is followed by Nick Mason drums, accompanied by a brute force of the two bass strings Waters. After the instrumental sounds of the vocals David Gilmour, who sings the songs, the chorus sings the same Richard Wright, sounds and female backing vocals. At the end of the song sounds reprise theme «Breathe». Gilmour guitar solo was posted by readers of U.S. magazine Guitar World in 21 place among the greatest solo ever. The composition was used in the television series Life on Mars.

The Great Gig In The Sky - Music: Richard Wright Vocals: Clare Torry Music was already completely ready, but all team members felt that something was missing. Then they were invited to write Clare Torry - a full-time vocalist studio Abbey Road, which recommended that the group, Alan Parsons, who worked with Torrey previously. She has performed improvisational vocal in this song. None of the "Floyd did not know what they want to make of this composition. Originally Claire sang something like «Oh, baby-baby ...», but Waters disagreed. He said: "Your voice - a musical instrument, do with it what you want. There was some improvisation. During recording, Clare Torry, said: "we can make any number of takes, but we write the first: the best I have obtained from the first time. And so it was: the album hit the first record. Vocalist for the works has been paid double the rate equal to 30 pounds. Subsequently, however, the group recognized for her co-sponsorship arrangement, and to appoint an appropriate reward.

Money (Money) 6:22 - Music: Roger Waters Lyrics: Roger Waters Vocals: David Gilmour The ring of coins in the composition was written by David Gilmour and Roger Uotesom at home, anxious to rustle of paper, they recorded themselves, too. From the huge library of sounds has been selected only crack cash register. The song was written before the invention of computers. To make the sound rhythmically tinkled coins, cash registers and other things, the group had to record all these sounds on tape, film cut and glue in the ring. In particular the length of the opening film for this track sounds was more than six meters. The tail of the film sticking out of the tape, which hangs on a mic stand. Theme used in a number of soundtracks of Hollywood pictures.

Us And Them - Music: Richard Wright Lyrics: Roger Waters Vocals: David Gilmour, Richard Wright The original tune «Us and them» was written by Wright, during his work "Pink Floyd on the music for the film" Zabriskie Point ", but was rejected by director Michelangelo Antonioni's tape as" too sad ". The main theme song is the relationship of people with each other. Their conflicts and confrontation. Waters concludes that all of us, other things being equal, just ordinary people.

Any Colour You Like - Music: Gilmour, Wright, Mason This instrumental composition, the only thing the group, written by Mason, Gilmour and Wright together, without Waters, before Roger left the "Pink Floyd". The title comes from the slogan «Any color you like, so long as it's black», which had resounded in advertising Ford.

Brain Damage - Music: Roger Waters Lyrics: Roger Waters Vocals: Roger Waters. Composition, tells us that everything that was said throughout the entire album (the rapid passage of time, aging, fear of it, and death, money, military and political conflicts ...) leads to madness. These things are everywhere and they constantly destroy the brains of people. And escape from all this is possible only on the reverse side of the moon ...

Eclipse - Music: Roger Waters Lyrics: Roger Waters Vocals: Roger Waters

Song-evaluations. All that you touch, what you feel, love and hate, what you eat, that create and destroy - all of which should cover the sun, but it is obscured by the Moon. Without the solar life on Earth is maddening, the front side of the moon is cold, but one that is tilted toward the Sun - there is life, there may escape from earthly nightmares and live happily ever after ... But these dreams destroyed pragmatic voice in song at the end of the sound of the heart: «There is no dark side of the Moon really, matter of fact its all dark» Many quotations from the album were written well-known people, the same words that have become legendary, said the studio janitor Gerry O'Driscoll

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Posted Monday, February 22, 2010 | Review Permalink
4 stars This is an excellent album. One that I think anyone can approach and enjoy. For the most part it is rather laid back. Most tracks transition directly from one to the other without pause and are often accompanied by strange, but related sound effects. It isn't all near coma inducing space grooves, it does get a little more intense at times like during On the Run. Unlike some other lower key albums this one does stretch for the stars in a few places mostly thanks to the vocal acrobatics of guest Clare Torry.

I give Dark Side of the Moon, a four out of five. I can easily see why this album rates right up at a five for most people. I can't say I blame them. It does have some five out of five work on it: Breath, Time and Any Colour You Like to name my favourite parts. I think that Money is, unfortunately, a blemish on the album. I used to love it when I was younger, but endless radio play forever drove the love out of me. I don't just harbour irrational hatred for it though. I do honestly think that when you hold it up to any other part of the album it comes up short.

You do have to be in the right mood Dark Side. This isn't the kind of thing you pop in for a jam session. You have to be ready to get your mellow on. I find that it does get a little boring at times. Probably because I am not quite totally ready to surrender to the kind of total relaxation this album requires. My mind tends to wander off, the typical culprit is the Great Gig in the Sky and to a lesser extent Us and Them.

You can do no wrong by adding Dark Side of the Moon to your music collection, but if you had to only buy one Pink Floyd I would pass this one over for their true masterwork Wish You Were Here.

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Posted Wednesday, March 03, 2010 | Review Permalink
5 stars This album is the most acclaimed album of all time. But to be honest I can see why.

Like many classic albums, this album sounds like it wasn't even created by the band. Like the universe, it has always been here.

I was also told that this album was a concept album about life in general. Just like OK Computer, this album has a more symbolic concept, leaving the songs just as enjoyable without the need of a ambiguous concept.

The music is miles ahead of its generation and it's hard to think that this album was made and released in 1973. The artwork, be it very simple is also incredibly out there, making Storm Thorgeson one of the greatest conceptual artists of the current generation.

This album also spawned another prog legacy, with the album being recorded in Abbey Road, and being engineered by Alan Parsons, who would go on to make the Alan Parsons Project.

1. Speak To Me/Breathe - This heartbeat along with screams is supposed to symbolise birth. Breathe has amazing instrumental work from the whole band with some absolutely amazing iconic slide guitar. The amazing vocal harmonies provided by Dave & Rick are amazing.

2. On The Run - The beginning of modern electronic music. Krautrock and other electronic music was in it's foetal stage, but without this fast tempo mind warp, I don't think it would have been possible. Even modern dance and electronica artists and genre's owe their lives to this groundbreaking mammoth.

3. Time - An absolute masterpiece. With amazing lyrics, amazing vocals from Dave, lovely harmonies from Rick in the chorus, and one of the most groundbreaking guitar solo's ever. The Breathe reprise is also a great re introduction of one of the themes.

4. The Great Gig In The Sky - One of the most beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard. The chord sequence is simple yet incredibly effective. The vocals are very emotional and sound very screamy, but they really make an effect. This song is an absolute amazing achievement from Rick, and I hope that they were able to play this at his funeral. RIP Richard Wright.

5. Money - Amazing bass line and an absolute brilliant song. This is a quite comical side of Pink Floyd, with some tongue in cheek lyrics. The guitar and the saxophone solos are also amazing.

6. Us & Them - An incredibly beautiful piece of music with amazing saxophone work from Dick Parry. An amazing song that really touches on an ambient wave length.

7. Any Colour You Like - A classic prog instrumental which would leave bands like Genesis & Yes, scratching their slightly ego inflated heads.

8. Brain Damage - Great tongue in cheek lyrics and some amazing gospel choir moments. Roger's calm tones add a lovely accent to the song.

9. Eclipse - Life is summed up in 1.5 minutes?basically.

CONCLUSION: There's a reason this is considered one of the best albums of all time. If you don't have it, then there must be something wrong with you.

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Posted Tuesday, March 09, 2010 | Review Permalink
5 stars I war horsed out on this thing ages ago. But then these last few years I pulled it out again in 2004 and have been playing it a lot since then. Playing it now, clearly, with time washing away the baggage that came with this album I realize it's a masterpiece. Remember as kids in the 70s this was considered a "stoner" album. In retrospect I really hate that this got lumped in with "that". From what I read, the band was no more into drugs than all the other bands (probably less so on average), so why did this great trippy/spacey music have to be lumped as stoner rock that you only "got" when you were high? Also, the whole Wizard of Oz thing is just a big fat joke. Not true, the movements that match up are pure coincidence.

Anyway, this is possibly their most brilliant work, although I do like some of the later albums even more, if only because the band seems even more comfortable in executing the visions for Wish and Wall. But heck, Floyd's my favorite band. And that said, I would agree with Mojo magazine that voted this the greatest Prog album of All Time.

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Posted Tuesday, March 23, 2010 | Review Permalink
jampa17
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3 stars Good but not essential is the best way to describe it.

I'll be brief because there are too many reviews already. Well, this is one of those MOST HAVE albums in rock history and while the album is good, really, it does not make it to a wonderful, impressive achievement.

Pink Floyd has one great masterpiece (Animals) but this album and The Wall are really just good commercial albums with random good tracks and a good concept but there's nothing really outstanding to point at. Some good moments in MONEY, ANY COLOUR YOU LIKE and BRAIN DAMAGE, and that's it. The rest is just good experimentation but nothing special to be considered a masterpiece. I like their bluesy spirit and some of the experimentations are cool, but musically, it really has nothing that special or wonderful. I know this album had influenced any single band after them, but I think it's a little dated and music has progress a lot after it.

3 stars is fair for a good album but nothing more.

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Posted Tuesday, March 23, 2010 | Review Permalink
4 stars This album, "Wish you were here", and "Animals" may be the greatest, IMHO, trio of straight albums ever put out by a Prog act or any other act for that matter. Of course, this is usually referred to as a masterpiece of groundbreaking sonic sounds and music, and rightfully so. Is it the best of Floyd? Maybe... I prefer Animals and WYWH more, but this is still a great album. I think the only thing that keeps me from giving it a 5 star rating is that it has been overplayed and I find it lags a bit and begins to tire me towards the end. Small problems but enough to put it below Animals and Wish You Were Here, which I find to be as close to perfect as it gets in Prog music. I won't go into any detail about this album as may more qualified people have dissected it way before me so.....4.5 stars (4)
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Posted Wednesday, March 31, 2010 | Review Permalink
thehallway
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5 stars There's a reason why one in three households owns a copy of this record. It is, even amongst the music of Pink Floyd, unique. Light and dark, but always colourful. Cutting-edge and progressive but lodged in rock and blues. Carefully constructed yet often improvisational. Lyrically mind-blowing. Dark Side of the Moon is THE song-cycle of the century. Here are just a few reasons why:

The opening heartbeat (unfortunately, now clichéd) with it's increasing intensity and build up of sound effects (which are sourced from elsewhere on the album: excellent use of cross-referencing and an essential ingredient of any good concept album) flows cacophonously into 'Breathe', a steady, swirling, slide- guitar led overture which introduces us to the album's main theme (the Em to A chord progression). While not an especially influential song in itself, 'Breathe' effectively introduces 'Dark Side' and sets the tone for the rest of the album. Then comes any experimental fan's dream: the sensationally technological exercise that is 'On the Run'. Way ahead of it's time, this little number will take you to the psychedelic depths of your own mind, without being too long. Next is 'Time', with wonderful instrumentation (loving the electric piano from the right speaker) and a guitar solo that seems to transport the listener through a spacey tunnel of immense pleasure. The phrase "shorter of breath, and one day closer to death" is potentially the most chilling line on the album. Following a cleverly segued reprise of the album's principal theme, we are treated to Wright's epic 'Great Gig...' with contributor Clare Torry's melodic wails that send a shiver down one's spine.

Side 2 opens with the famous 7/8 cash register-led beat, which leads to more funky verses in 'Money' and some astonishingly cool soloing from Dick and Dave. 'Us and Them' is calmer (initially)and perfectly balances sweet melody with uncomfortable paranoia. The song is driven to it's close by increasingly violent choruses, immediately giving way to the third instalment of the 'Dark Side' theme, in the form of 'Any Colour You Like'. This instrumental jam is funky and as appropriately placed as everything else on here (again, not too long either- room for live expansion). And finally the Waters-led 'Brain Damage' and 'Eclipse' sum up the album's thoughts and emotions in a surprisingly brief finale, ending the cycle with more of that heartbeat.

These 9 segments of madness, together with the inordinate tape effects, overdubbed voices (I am NOT frightened of dying!), unifying main theme, and general compositional and lyrical standard, are what puts this album up with CTTE or ITCOTCK. Pink Floyd are amazing in a totally different way of course, but no two progressive bands are "similar". There will never be another insanity-themed song- cycle like it.

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Posted Thursday, April 15, 2010 | Review Permalink
5 stars Not so progressive as Wish you were here, or the Genesis or Yes albums at the same years, but excellent. No weak points in this one. Maybe the best Pink Floyd album ever. I think the main reason is that all the muscicians were involved on most of the tracks, and by this way Pink Floyd shows its best. The music shows that when Gilmour and Wright take their composer roles, they give a solid sustent to the Pink Floyd music, and of course with Waters designing the overall concept. The highlights for me are:

Time: Maybe one of the two or three best tracks on the Pink Floyd history. Strong and original intro with a great drum job of Mason. Vocals shared by Gilmour and Wright (Verse and Chorus), fits perfect between them, both two shine with their voices. But the best of this song is the Gilmour guitar solo. Just superb. Aggressive but melodic, moved and quiet.

Brain Damage/Eclipse: The best song composed by Waters on his own for Pink Floyd. The Keyboard and drum work is fantastic and carry you to a climax into the Eclipse section. The Waters voice is clean and great. The overall song gives a feel of a quiet madness and transports you to the "dark side of the moon".

Us and Them: The Wright one. The track represents by and accurate way the Rick's style. A simple but great melody over a piano base, a sax intro and a strong chorus, with another sax interlude. All in all with a great lyrics by Waters.

Great gig in the sky: An unique piece of art in the rock music. From a Wright concept, and a climatic keyboard intro, the track gets into a whirl of female voices. The concept of the track is really great because it has a real feel of a gig in the sky.

The rest are very good tracks that`s complete the overall masterpiece.

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Posted Monday, April 19, 2010 | Review Permalink
4 stars I can't remember if I first heard some of this album on the radio or if a friend had it, but I do remember I wanted to get it because of the crazy sci-fi songs "Speak to Me, Breathe, and On the Run." This is one of those ground breaking albums that is a must have. That being said, there are some parts I didn't care for. If I'm not mistaken, "Money" was released before the album came out. It got a boatload of airplay. It is a cool song, but it only has one beat to it. After awhile it becomes tiring.

To this day, I love the first three songs, if you can call two of them that. "Speak to me" lets you know that there is going to be something strange going on. It is like you are in space and you have run out of oxygen. The hypoxia sets in as we come to the song "Breathe." It always sounds like you're in orbit around the moon. It is a killer tune. Then one of my absolute all time favorite parts of the album starts. "On the Run" is like nothing I have ever heard in my entire life. It is like watching a movie about flying saucers chasing a guy all over the place. Brilliant work! I love the clocks, letting you know it was all just a bad dream. Then you are thrust into another dream as the album continues to move forward. "Time" is also a cool song, adding a reprise of "Breathe" to it. This is kind of the structure the Floyd did with, "Obscured by Clouds."

I am sorry,but "the Great gig in the sky" is one song I can't stand. If they would have done more with what they had, maybe I could get into it, but as it is, the song was just to long for what little content there was. In all fairness, Claire Torry is a good singer. It is too bad she didn't have more to work with.

"Us and Them" starts off very well, but again it is too long for what little they did here. It would have been a great song if it was about three and one half minutes long. On the other hand, "Any Colour You Like" sounds fresh and is interesting no matter how many times you hear it.

Lastly, "Brain Damage" and "Eclipse" are also interesting. The first verges on being too repetitive, but what saves it is the interesting lyrics.

All in all I have to give this album 4 stars, mostly due to the first 3 songs. If you've never heard "Pink Floyd," this is the album to get!

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Posted Wednesday, April 28, 2010 | Review Permalink
progpositivity
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5 stars At the time of its release, the production, engineering, and dramatic vision of this album were breathtakingly extraordinary. This music surrounded you, placing you in a spacey "Alice in the Wonderland of Space' complete with Sci-Fi Mad Hatters and Cheshire Cats around almost every corner. In classic Floyd fashion, the lyrics are just ambiguous enough to accompany any number of different dreams and interpretations. It even transforms "The Wizard of Oz" into a surreal audio-visual treat!

So trailblazing was this album, that it remained on Billboard Top 100 chart decades after its release. As we enter the 21st century, modern recording technology, sampling, loops and a plethora of multi-tracks bombarding us from every direction have finally colluded to eclipse the engineering and production spectacle that was "Dark Side of the Moon".

But the entire package still serves as a fitting soundtrack to any number of surreal tales. Put on the headphones, relax and close your eyes, and see which movie you create as you listen to one of the most influential psychedelic space rock albums of all time.

Absolutely essential for anyone seeking to develop an appreciation for the melodic, psych and/or space rock sides of Progressive Rock in the 1970's.

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Posted Friday, May 07, 2010 | Review Permalink
Flucktrot
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5 stars We've all heard it, and we all love it--even those who try to over-nitpick it because of its special status!

(just kidding)

I'm a Wish You Were Here person, but I'm not about to dismiss Dark Side in any way. What is amazing to me is that the band really did not know what it had when they laid it down. Of course they thought it was solid, but there were just no inklings of the commercial success that would await this piece. This is a band that just laid down a minor sound track in Obscured by Clouds.

You couldn't have seen Close to the Edge, Thick as a Brick, or Court of the Crimson King coming, and the same applied to Dark Side.

Dark Side features some of the best--and by best, I mean effective relative to the piece, and not simply the most complicated or difficult to produce--sound samples, some of the best controlled improv vocal wailing, and some exemplary guitar work (Time, Money) and berry sax (Money). And of course there's the epic finale, which is one of the better of its kind out there.

And that's all without mentioning the synching with Wizard of Oz, which there is enough coincidence to justify conclusions that more is at play than meets the ear.

It's gateway prog, and it's not terribly complicated. It's just captivating, compelling, iconic and generalizable for reasons that we are still figuring out. Close to the Edge may be the quintessential prog album, but Dark Side is in my top 10 contenders.

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Posted Sunday, June 06, 2010 | Review Permalink
3 stars Now Pink Floyd is a good band and this is a good album, but for me I find the music to be very boring and repetative. The musicians use the same fills and runs in various songs, making the album as a whole as lacking of creativity. There are a few catchy songs such as Time or Money. This album for me just doesn't ring true of progressivity! Even the guitar solo in money changes to 4/4. I honestly don't understand why! I don't think this is an essential album by any means, but its not bad. 3 stars for me. Just an alright album. I think Pink Floyd has some better work like Animals.
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Posted Saturday, July 10, 2010 | Review Permalink
Rune2000
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Prog Metal Team
4 stars This is one of those albums that every progressive rock fan is obliged to hear at one point or another and chances are you're already quite familiar with this release. This and the fact that Dark Side Of The Moon has received quite enough in-depth reviews is why I'll skip you this unnecessary experience and will instead concentrate on my own reaction to this material.

If you look at my profile it becomes apparent that I was obviously not alive back in 1973 and can't say much about the popularity that this record had back in the day. Still, judging from what I've read and the mere fact that the album holds a Guinness World Record for the longest chart stay should be enough to conclude a preconceived opinion of this album. Luckily my parents never bothered telling me the back-story before I heard this album around my 13th year of existence, almost 25 years after its initial release. I was met with surprisingly mellow landscape of music with quite a few sound effects which I only later learned were suppose to create a feel of melancholy and schizophrenia since, let's face it, how many kids actually think about these things (outside the illusion that Hollywood tends to create in their films)?

I was a happy and careless kid and managed to remain such even after hearing Dark Side Of The Moon. This doesn't mean that the album haven't have any effect on me, but to tell you the truth I was quite surprised upon learning how much other people seemed to cherish it. To me, this Pink Floyd release has been and will most likely remain a minor masterpiece in the already magnificent discography that the band had managed to assemble over the years. It might define Pink Floyd to some people but I personally prefer to explore the bigger picture and so far almost everything I managed to uncover suggests to me that Dark Side Of The Moon was indeed a revolutionary for its time but many other records have aged more gracefully than this effect-filled product of the '70s rock movement. I guess that the record lacks the raw genius edge that manages to transcend all of the flaws, as it did on albums A Saucerful Of Secrets, Meddle and even The Final Cut. The concept and great execution is definitely in place here but I lack the spark that would make me see and feel the complete picture. All it is to me is merely a collection of excellent songs, which is not what I expect of a masterpiece album. After all, there are enough compilation albums for that.

What I'm basically trying to say is that Dark Side Of The Moon has never really been a huge favorite of mine. Even if I can appreciate the effort from the band it still comes off short in the overall connection that I have to this album. Maybe time will shed more light on this record for me but as it stands today this is only an excellent addition to any prog rock collection.

***** star songs: Breathe (2:44) Us And Them (7:40) Brain Damage (3:50) Eclipse (2:04)

**** star songs: Speak To Me (1:16) On The Run (3:32) Time (7:06) The Great Gig In The Sky (4:44) Money (6:32) Any Colour You Like (3:25)

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Posted Tuesday, July 13, 2010 | Review Permalink
tarkus1980
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5 stars You know what I selfishly wish? I wish that Dark Side of the Moon wasn't such a popular album. I wish I didn't have to think, "Yeah, "Time" is good, and "Breathe" is good, and "Money" is good, but they're not that much better than *so and so track*" all the time. If I didn't have to think about how this completely overshadows most of the rest of the Pink Floyd catalogue in popularity, when the quality of the music certainly doesn't completely overshadow the rest of their catalogue, it would be easier for me to just appreciate this album for what it is: one of the greatest freaking albums I've ever heard in my life, and (by the smallest margin) my favorite Pink Floyd album. It's not perfect, but it's as close to it as the band ever got.

If I had to sum up in one word what this album has that the preceding ones didn't, and what prompted the leap from "very good" to "awesome," that word would be focus. This album isn't that different from what had come before in terms of raw materials, but the use of those materials is much more effective here than it was before (and before it was awfully nice). The group was still a fully functioning band in terms of songwriting and everyone contributing ideas to the music itself, but in terms of lyrics and concept, the album is 100% Roger Waters. Just as important, along those lines, is the improved use of sound effects, which were used pretty effectively before but now are interwoven seamlessly with the actual music in such a way as to perfectly drive home the mood and message Roger presents here. Honorable mention should also be made towards Alan Parsons, the producer of this album, who not only made all the instruments sound perfect and clear but also deserves credit for making all of the sound effects and vocal samples work so smoothly with what the band was playing. Basically, this is close to being the perfect audiophile album, and that's certainly a major reason it gets as much credit as it does.

Conceptually, this is Waters' treatise about madness and the various aspects of life that exacerbate it. It's about how there's too much work to do and no time to do it and also enjoy life; how time keeps slipping away without you really realizing it, until you and the people you care about are dying; how money and the pursuit of it make the world a worse place; how everybody is at odds with everybody else. It's a very glum outlook on life, and it's not hard to see why so many people are attracted to the concept because of that. Personally, I think it's a little overdone, and I certainly don't regard the lyrics on here as a worthy foundation for a life philosophy. I know that lots of people consider the lyrics here to be incredibly deep and insightful, but I find them a little too preachy and blunt to really work on that level. On the other hand, while the lyrics on here are hardly material for guiding one's existence, these are nonetheless excellent rock lyrics. They tap perfectly into that part of the mind that wants to think a little bit but not a lot, and a lot of the lines are awfully powerful in their preachy, banal nature (that's more of a compliment than it might appear).

The music itself is awfully nice, too. Once all of the other aspects of the album (concept, lyrics, production) are stripped away, it doesn't come close to living up to the stature of one of the best albums ever, but it's still good. One thing that's interesting is how close this album comes to being soft-rock or even smooth jazz in places, yet while the album treads dangerous ground in that regard (listen to Delicate Sound of Thunder to hear what happens to these songs when that line is crossed), it never really becomes bothersome. The melodies are all good, there's a really good bass riff in "Money," there's a lot of really pretty pedal steel guitar, a lot of pleasant piano lines, and some really moving guest performances. "Breathe" (preceded by "Speak to Me," a kind of overture of the album's sound effects) always reminds me of lying in a field on a sunny day, with a body of water not too far away, and the mix of steel guitars and Dave's mellow voice makes me understand completely why so many stoners love this album. "On the Run" (the instrumental with the doodly-doodly synth loop and a bunch of sound effects) reminds me of falling asleep in that field and having a bit of a nightmare, before the clocks at the beginning of "Time" wake me up and tell me to get working again.

The lengthy echoey drum passage (with echoey simple guitar lines and a smattering of keyboards) at the beginning of "Time" succeeds where a more complicated break might have failed (another drummer might have made it into just a drum solo, whereas Mason uses its sparseness to his advantage), and then the actual song (with a "Breathe" reprise) has solid singing from both Dave and Rick (who wouldn't sing solo on a Floyd album again for more than 20 years) and one of Dave's best guitar passages. And then, of course, we have "The Great Gig in the Sky," which combines amazing wordless torch-singing from Clare Torry with a set of simple, yet brilliantly written, piano lines and GREAT pedal steel work (and, of course, more vocal samples about people's feelings towards death).

Moving onto side two, we have "Money," which might be the best known song from the group (it's either that or "Another Brick in the Wall (2)"), and while it wouldn't make my top ten from the group it's still a nice number. There's the good 7/4 riff (with cash registers also chiming in 7/4), a decent vocal melody, and of course a guitar solo that doesn't sound incredibly impressive in terms of the number of notes played but is nonetheless rather rousing (it doesn't come close to meeting the "minimalist" quality standards set by somebody like Steve Hackett, though). Then it's onto the quiet, pleasant balladry of "Us and Them," featuring a Beatles-quality simple guitar line, a great mellow saxophone part and nice vocals (with Rick's voice working extremely well with Dave's). The instrumental jam "Any Colour You Like" is a little bit fillerish (I'll take the instrumentals on Obscured by Clouds over this ANY day), but it's got some nice parts, and it does a good job of leading into the last two tracks. Waters finally makes his grand vocal entrance with "Brain Damage," a fun piece about going insane (with more sound effects like crazy laughter in all the right spots) and with allusions to Syd's last days with the band, before breaking into the big finale of "Eclipse," with some fun, important sounding lyrics that wrap things up with another allusion to the name of the album.

And that's the best Pink Floyd album. I'll never consider it as 100% perfect, what with my issues with the lyrics and concept and the way it's not that huge an improvement over the preceding albums from a pure music standpoint, but it's still an absolute masterpiece. If you somehow don't have this album, you should really correct that soon.

PS: Somehow, I've never bothered to do the synchronicity with The Wizard of Oz. Weird.

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Posted Tuesday, July 13, 2010 | Review Permalink
4 stars What more can I add to what has already been said in the 300+ reviews that have already been written on this album, most of which give it 4 or 5 stars? The Dark Side of the Moon is possibly the most commercially successful album ever made (definitely the most commercially successful progressive album) spending 741 weeks in the US charts. It's also the record of choice for audiophiles testing out their new hi-fi stereo systems, because of it's extremely well produced sound. There are some strangely intriguing sound effects like the chiming clocks on Time or the cash register on Money. This is the first in a long string of albums in which all the lyrics were written by Roger Waters, and this album's concept is one of his best. 'Brain Damage' is very touching and is definitely about the declining condition of Syd Barrett. It's also a strangely uplifting song. Other standouts are 'Money' and 'Us and Them'. The saxophone solo by Dick Parry on Money gets a special mention. If there's one track that seems to be filler, it's probably 'On the Run', which only really needed to be a few seconds long. The whole is definitely greater than the sum of it's parts. It's not my favourite Pink Floyd album but it was definitely the one that propelled them to super-stardom.
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Posted Friday, August 06, 2010 | Review Permalink
Evolver
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Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
5 stars "Dark Side Of The Moon" by Pink Floyd is one of those albums that any serious prog collector needs to own. It's not technically masterful in musicianship, and the music is not terribly compley (although Money is probably the biggest hit to ever use the 7/4 time signature), but a masterpiece it is. On this album, all four Pink Floyd members were working in perfect unison. Although all members are credited with writing credits, the music flows perfectly from one song to the next. And Waters' sound effects on the album work better here than on any Floyd album.

There are good reasons that this is one of the top selling albums of all time, and one of, if not the longest charting albums on Billboard's list. It just shows that at one time, quality did matter to the music industry.

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Posted Tuesday, September 28, 2010 | Review Permalink
5 stars I really do not understand why this album has a rating lower than "Wish You Were Here" here in site.I obvious that "Dark Side of the Moon" is better! Just listen to his nine songs to find out why he sold 50 ese million copies and became the third biggest selling album in history!

1-Speak to Me / Breathe (10/10)-an introduction perfect.Her begins in total silence, until the various sounds begin to appear (and that will be used many times in the album), and which reaches its climax with a voice female drama that gives rise to "Breathe," a memorable track, but simple.

2-On the Run (10/10), the strangest of all the music of Pink Floyd I've ever listen.Are 3 minutes of weird sounds (airplanes, stuff like that) but I can not imagine the album without this song .

3-Time (10/10)-this is my favorite song out of all of its band.Since clock ringing violently, until its end, a reprise of "Breathe" as well as more fantastic guitar solo of my life by the wonderful voices, everything is perfect in this song.

4-The Great Gig in th sky (10/10)-on "Time", we have the best guitar solo of the world, here we have the best vocals of all tempos.Claire Torry offers a drama like never before, and which definitely contributes to the music.

5-Money (10/10), after the gloom of the previous track, we have "Money", the band more "acid" Pink Floyd.Your ironic comments, his unforgettable opening-anyone can associate the sound of a cash register with this song, his guitar solo and sax-powerful music make this one of the most "basic".

6-Us and Them (10/10)-a track very sad, calm and slow, but terribly beautiful.The focus here is the sax again, it transmits an indescribable beauty.

7-Any Colour You Like (10/10)-an instrumental track fairly simple, but it has two sections exelentes-first, a keyboard solo followed by a guitar solo.

8-Brain damage (10/10)-another fairly simple track, but what's interesting are the laughs in the background of music, which seem to have been recorded by a drug addict!

9-Eclipse (10/10)-the last track ends the album in a big way, mixing again the vocals of the band with the wonderful female choir, giving an air of this epic song, which ends with the same heart that beats start the album, giving it a cyclical concept.

Average-10 (with honors)

5 stars for sure!

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Posted Sunday, November 14, 2010 | Review Permalink
BrufordFreak
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5 stars Production! Engineering! Effects! Synths! Voices! Solos for the ages (dragon drums on "Time," guitar on "Time," voice on "Great Gig in the Sky," sax on "Us and Them," synths on "Any Colour You Like") A radio hit! ("Money") Concept! Seemless journey, start to finish! Mood! Impact! Layers! Iconic album cover! Noises (breathing, footsteps, old man grumbling, coinage/cash register, clocks ticking and alarms going off, H-bomb bomb exploding, heartbeat.) Subliminal messaging (money/greed is bad, time is passing, death is coming), the longest consecutive and total charting album in the history of Billboard Magazine (and probably all charts), and of course Pink Floyd. What else need be said?
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Posted Tuesday, November 23, 2010 | Review Permalink
lazland
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5 stars It's difficult to write anything fresh about an album which has been reviewed so many times across the world, and is, rightly, held up as an icon of progressive rock music.

It has sold so many millions of copies, the band probably stopped counting many years ago, and its success, in my opinion, was owing to two main reasons aside from the fact that the performances were simply so good. It was made at a time of economic recession in the UK, when everything was becoming extremely bleak and the lights were, literally, starting to turn off at night. In addition, its release coincided with the boom in reasonably priced hi-fi equipment, made even more accessible to the great unwashed masses by the advent of hire purchase repayments. This, and Tubular Bells, took full advantage.

This is the first of the great quartet of albums the band released that more or less defined the progressive rock era of the 1970's, bringing that genre to the masses in a way no other artist had managed before (or since, for that matter). The compositions, at a time when the band were still fully functioning as a coherent unit, were incredible, and the lyrics, in which Waters gave a treatise on life, war, insanity, and the general unfairness of it all, touched a massive raw nerve. Forget the whoary old chestnut about lying down to have sex stoned listening to this, it was, and is, an album which demanded to be listened to, and one of those greats which brings something new each and every time you listen, no matter how many times you listen.

Although a collection of individual tracks, the whole thing moves along so seamlessly, you could be forgiven for thinking it was one whole piece. There are also far too many highlights to list, but special credit goes for the sheer bleak emotion that Gilmour wrings out in his solo during Time, the incredible vocal performance of Clare Torry on Great Gig In The Sky (Richard Wright's last great moment writing for the band), the iconography of Money and the finest sax solo ever delivered on a rock album, the sheer manic intensity of Brain damage. It goes on and on.

A masterpiece not just of progressive rock, but of rock music as a whole. An album that literally changed the world, those who belittle Roger Waters should really dig this out, give it a spin, and wonder in astonishment as to the genius behind such a lyricist.

Five stars. I won't say buy it, because surely there is nobody left out there who hasn't got it?

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Posted Saturday, December 11, 2010 | Review Permalink
4 stars I wanted to review a Pink Floyd album, and I thought this was a good place to choose, because it's somehow a pivotal moment, the axis on which a great career became a monumental one. I always had a fondness for Floyd, right back to the freaky days of the UFO club when what they did seemed more odd and idiosyncratic than brilliant, and when Syd seemed like a mad genius instead of just mad.

I noted how much this stuff influenced Sergeant Pepper, and I began to get annoyed that this wasn't said more openly, but then, that's often the fate of pioneers, they do the spade work, but don't get the spoils. Then Syd was out the band, out of mind, and the band began to make more headway. You could argue that they used Syd's unique visions but forced them into conventional paths that made it all more acceptable to the public, just odd enough to be different, thanks to Syd, just straight enough to be sensible, thanks to the rest of the band.

It sold millions, especially after this cunning piece of work. Waters is no fool, and all the guys are intelligent, consummate musicians, who nevertheless are suspiciously artisan rather than artistic, a bit like the Rolling Stones, having sucked the life out of Brian Jones, the innovator, they could happily build a career round the plain ordinary while retaining all the charms of the former rebel.

This isn't intended to be entirely negative. I like all the Floyd albums, but there is that missing danger, that chasm of the unexpected isn't there. Just the mere hint of it, like spices or aromas on a cheap ready-made meal, or a whiff of expensive perfume on an unwashed whore.

Perhaps it's a sad indictment on our musical society that it works a treat.

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Posted Friday, December 24, 2010 | Review Permalink
5 stars Creativity, sensitivity, sense of music and a desire to do something revolutionary. This is the album Dark Side of the Moon

It was also to be on time and right place for it.

The year was 1972. Rock'n Roll was disputed. Many music critics thought the Rock was dying. However, everyone saw the opposite, because that was the golden era of prog.

Pink Floyd still lived their best. The band members were still together and thinking as a team. The desire to work together and create together still remained.

So what we saw was the birth of a masterpiece. An album reviewed today and still be so for many years. A rare work, such as a cut stone with great care.

Pink Floyd had made fantastic albums as Meddle and Atom Heart Mother. The song Echoes (1971) already showed the high quality of the band. But the masterpiece was only launched in March 1973 and was marked forever.

After that job, nothing was so great. With the full agenda, with the demands of showbiz and the increasing stress, the band began to disintegrate. Everything began to change. It was the harbinger of the end.

Now we can see that all this was necessary. Without these requirements of life, no major work. There are no masterpieces.

Like all, great bands are born, grow and die.

I'm glad to know that this band knew how to make good use of his lifetime.

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Posted Sunday, January 02, 2011 | Review Permalink
5 stars This album is IMO the greatest ever. EVER! Pink Floyd at the time tried to reach some highlights with "Meddle" and the epic suite "Echoes". But with DSOTM they recorded a timeless masterpiece!

The album starts after an experimentel song "Speak to me" with laughs and cries. In "Breathe", David Gilmour's slide guitars and vocals, Rick Wright intervention and Waters' poetry are really bright. Then comes "On the run" beetween massive use of synthetisor and concrete music. It shows Floyd's visionnary side which influenced electronic and space rockbands as Tangerine Dream, Gong and Ozric Tentacles. After this, comes one of the best songs i've ever heard: Time. Alarm clocks,Mason's powerfull solo, vocals harmony by Wright and Gilmour who play a bright guitar solo, dynamic basslines of Waters who write his best lyrics: everything is great! Then, Wright plays his best composition: "The great gig in the sky" with his organ solo and sensible vocals by Clare Torry, which closes the side A.

The face B opens with the succesful "Money" with a famous bassline, saxophone and guitar solos and ironic lyrics. After, comes the most sensible song of the album: "Us and them". Wright's sensible organs and piano, Gilmour's pure voice, powerful chorus and Parry's sax solo: this is just heaven! Then a pleasent piece, "Any colour" with Wright Moog solo. After, "Brain damage" a tribute to Syd Barrett ( which announces "Shine on" on the next album) with Waters' lunatic vocals and bass: brilliant. And to conclude 40 minutes of epic songs "Eclipse" a reflexion about power.

With Waters best songwriting, Gilmour best work on vocals and guitars, Wright sensibility and Mason with his best drum beats, this album is one of the most sold album in history and Pink Floyd became a reference for anyone trying to make somethinng new in Prog. Musicians as different as Camel, Supertramp, Alan Parsons Project, Marillion, Pendragon, Twelfth Night, Dream Theater, Radiohead, Porcupine Tree, Mostly Autumn, RPWL, Riverside, Airbag, Queen, Pulsar, The Mars Volta and many others, would have probably never existed without "Dark Side of the Moon". Only for this, they could deserve even more recognition!

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Posted Tuesday, February 08, 2011 | Review Permalink
zravkapt
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4 stars The soundtrack to The Wizard Of Oz is one of Pink Floyd's best albums. He made better albums like The Final Cut but this is pretty good too. His next album The Wall is even better. Nothing here is as good as "Another Brick In The Wall", his best song obviously. He smoked 5000 pounds of marijuana when he made this album...that's why it sounds the way it does. This is one of the best selling albums of all time[citation needed].

In the 1970s stereo salesmen used to play this album to customers, showing them how great a system was. I can only imagine what they said back then, probably something like: "I just randomly picked some record out and look...doesn't that sound great!" This album holds some kind of record for being on the charts for the most weeks; people just kept buying this thing. In the 1980s there was a plant in West Germany that did nothing but manufacture DSOTM CDs. The original CD version of this in North America sounded awful; lots of hiss and supposedly not taken from the masters. The music industry's attitude of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" meant that a proper sounding CD was not available in North America until the 30th anniversary edition in 2003. The record company was making so much money off of people still buying the old crappy versions, they weren't in a hurry to re- release the album.

This only made it to #2 in the UK; a compilation of '60s hits keeping it from the top spot. It was their first album to make the Billboard Top 40, going straight to #1. DSOTM was supposed to be the follow up to Meddle, but the band had already agreed to do another soundtrack for director Barbet Schroeder(Obscured By Clouds). This album was first premiered at a concert in January 1972. Then it was known as Eclipse. The main differences to the later studio version were: the absence of synthesizer, "On The Run" being a guitar improv, "Time" not having the "Breathe" reprise, and "The Great Gig In The Sky" being an organ piece with a tape of a priest giving a sermon playing.

Speaking of Obscured and synths, that was the first album where Floyd used a synth, the non-keyboard VCS3. During the recording sessions for DSOTM the band were one of the first to purchase the newest synth from the same company that made the VCS3: Electronic Music Studios or EMS. It was called the Synthi-AKS and not only had a small keyboard but more importantly was able to produce sequences of notes in multiples of 8. While the MiniMoog was the 'solo' instrument for some keyboardists, the Synthi was the 'sequencer' of choice for not only keyboardists but non-keyboardists like Waters and Gilmour as well. They still use the VCS3 here for sound effects. In the film Pompeii, during the sessions for this album, you can briefly see/hear Gilmour experimenting with an early guitar synthesizer. As far as I know it doesn't actually make an apearance on the album.

"On The Run" is the track that makes the greatest use of the band's new toy; this song must have seemed completely futuristic back in 1973. That track, along with "The Great Gig In The Sky" and "Any Colour You Like" are the proggiest moments on the whole album; the vocal songs are generally not too complicated. "Time" is the most proggy of the vocal songs, mostly due to the instrumental beginning and the reprise of "Breathe" at the end. The main song itself is not too proggy but nonetheless has one of Gilmour's all-time best guitar solos. It was Gilmour's idea for "Money" to alternate between 7/4 and 4/4. On that song, Wright put his Wulitzer piano through a wah-wah pedal. Mason's drumming is good on "Money" and this is the last album where he uses two bass/kick drums.

Waters has some of his best lyrics on this album, but it was a good idea to have Gilmour and Wright sing most of them. Speaking of vocals, for the first time there are guest vocalists here...and a sax player. Two things that a certain Syd Barrett wanted to add to Floyd's sound back in 1968. The rest of the band thought it was a bad idea, but little did they know their breakthrough album in the US would later feature back-up singers and saxophone. Apart from Ummagumma, this is probably the most democratic of Floyd's albums, with each member getting lots of input.

Some of the songs here had been around awhile: "Us And Them" began as a piano piece during the Zabriskie Point soundtrack sessions in 1969; "Breathe" was devoloped from the song with the same name on Waters/Geesin's Music For The Body soundtrack. The voices you hear on the album were taken from interviews the band did with people they knew. Paul and Linda McCartney were interviewd but their responses were not used. I still think the line "I've been mad for f*cking years..." is one of the best openings to any album. "Speak To Me" is a studio creation, a foreshadowing of the whole album.

The vocals of Clare Torry in "The Great Gig In The Sky" were improvised on the spot. That is the single greatest composition here. Although this album is less proggy than other Floyd albums, it makes up for it by being so damn consistent and seamless. A lot of time and effort went into this recording, and of course the work of Alan Parsons deserves a mention. Overall, this is a great sounding album and the balance between vocal samples/sound effects and music is perfect. However, I think the keyboards sound better on WYWH and the bass sound is better on Animals. The sound of the drums here though, are better than those two albums.

I neither think this is Floyd's best album nor is it a "Masterpiece of progressive rock". But for sheer consistency, it's hard to beat. A one of a kind album and honestly it doesn't deserve anything less than 4 stars.

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Posted Sunday, February 13, 2011 | Review Permalink
5 stars It didn't take me a lot of time to decide which album would receive my first review. "Dark Side Of The Moon" has been my favorite album since 2006/2007. Floyd was one of the first bands I listened to, and the first progressive one. At the beginning I didn't like it that much, I found songs like "On the Run" or "The Great Gig In The Sky" boring, and i didn't like that much "Brain Damage" or "Breathe" for example. But after listening to it a couple of times I began to love it more and more. All the songs in the album are wonderful. There are two songs that people complain about sometimes. The first one is "On The Run", as I said before, I didn't like it a couple of years ago, but I do now. I consider it a creative avant-garde song. The effects are awesome and it creates a dark atmosphere that I really enjoy. It fits wonderfully in the album and I couldn't imagine Dark Side without it. The other one is "Money", the reason some people doesn't like it, it's because it's "commercial", i'm not going to say it's not, but I don't think that makes it a bad song. It has a great riff, the arrangements of Gilmour and Wright are really cool and the lyrics are awesome (like in the rest of the album). The rest is simply wonderful, Breathe with it's weird vocals and an amazing job by Gilmour in the slide guitar, Time has the best intro that a song can have and the greatest guitar solo too, TGGITS which has an awesome performance by Clare Torry, Us & Them is simply Rick's best song, the psychedelic Any Color You Like, Brain Damage and it's powerful chorus and Eclipse, the perfect ending.

5 stars for sure!

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Posted Tuesday, March 08, 2011 | Review Permalink
5 stars There's surely no doubt about the band's chemistry here and thier ability to make compelling, thought-provoking music. The album's concept is also relevant to the struggles people have in life throughout time.

I love the way that the tracks join together, beginning and ending with a heartbeat and reflecting voices. "Speak to Me" and "Breathe" lament the importance of living one's own life, "Breath in the air, don't be afraid to care". The moods frequently shift and the synthesiser-driven instrumental "On the Run" brings you to an airport, evoking the stress and anxiety of modern travel. Everything here is totally unique.

"Time" begins with "the chimes," as one friend of mine once said; you hear the sounds of bells ringing to emphasize the passage of time. This examines how time can control our lives and offers a stark warning to those who may let it slip by. "Breathe (Reprise)" is a retreat into solitude and withdrawal before the first side of the album ends with Wright's touching piano and vocalist Clare Torry's soulful metaphor for death in the symphonic "Great Gig in the Sky," This piece is possibly one of the most sublime few minutes ever recorded.

"Money", opens with some cash registers and loose change sound effects, and mocks greed and consumerism with tongue-in-cheek lyrics and one of the most influential lead- guitar riffs in rock history. Listen for the simply amazing "Us and Them" which decries the evils of war. At the time it could well have referred to the then current Vietnam War but this sad ballad can describe any conflict. "Brain Damage" is also quite a haunting piece which touches on the delicate theme of mental breakdown.

This record will never become dated in many respects because the listener will always be forced to recognise the common traits shared by humanity. Even if you don't believe the hype that came out of "Dark Side", one thing is for sure, you'll never hear another record like it again. This is one of the twentieth century's finest works of art. No other album can transcend time or even taste so effectively. This experience should not to be missed. 5 stars of course!

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Posted Saturday, March 12, 2011 | Review Permalink
baz91
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5 stars I feel incredibly humbled to be reviewing one of the most iconic albums of all time. As I write this, a poster of the unforgettable prism artwork hangs over me. It's presence is threatening, as if writing a bad review of this album will make it somehow angry! However, I definitely do not intend to upset the prism, because this album is essential listening for everybody, not just prog fans. Hear The Dark Side of The Moon and learn the meaning of true musical beauty!

The two sides of the album are continuous peices of music. There are moments of effortless beauty and power on both sides. The songs themselves are quite simple in structure, and most of the music is quite easy to play, but there is still some very proggy elements to this music. Take Money, which is surely the best known song to use 7/4 time signature. The instrumental takes up most of the second half of the song, and has a fantastic guitar solo à la David Gilmour. This is probably the proggiest the album gets, but do not despair, as there is plenty of proggy goodness to be enjoyed in this magnificent album.

My other choice pick off this album is also The Great Gig in the Sky. The track is effortlessly beautiful and immensely powerful. The singer Clare Torry performs the most impressive wail I have ever heard in a recording!

I won't say too much more as there is enough praise of this album as it is. I truly believe everybody in the world should hear this album at least once, and if you're a prog fan, then you have no excuse not to have this fantastic record in your library. I have now satisfied the prism.

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Posted Saturday, March 19, 2011 | Review Permalink
5 stars Without a doubt, the best Pink Floyd album. The best psychedelic band ever created one of my favourite progressive rock albuns. This album is perfect from the beginning until the end. In my opinion, the best this album has to offer, is the fact that a normal person, a layman in music, can hear this album and really like it, what wouldn't happen with most prog albuns, and as expert in music would hear this abum and also love it. The best of the best, i have a limited edition, which i will save and treasure for the rest of my days. I wish everyone could actually understand the love i have for this type of music. 5 stars out of 5.
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Posted Friday, April 01, 2011 | Review Permalink
4 stars The lucid madness of Pink Floyd.

Concept based on the "dark part of each of us": Obviously the "dark side" is the madness of men, how it is born, grows and manifests.

We are facing one of the best-selling albums in rock history. About the importance of "Dark Side Of The Moon", especially as regards the use of technology in creating sounds, it is useless for me to add something because everything has already been said: this is without doubt one of the more innovative album in rock history. From this point of view it is impossible to give this album less than 5 stars.

Yet it is difficult for me to say that, without doubt, it is the best Pink Floyd album ever. Maybe it is, but maybe not. Some compositions are not memorable indeed. "On The Run" is such a mess of sound effects ends in themselves, and sure I do not consider it a legendary track. "Time" and "Money", (the track of the most famous bass line in rock history) are pop- rock songs a bit too catchy and at times musically banal. "Any Color You Like" is an instrumental piece a bit bland which seems more or less like a pure filler. Nothing to say on the originality, historical value and formal perfection of these songs, from this point of view extraordinary. But I must admit that after several plays my interest in these tracks is remarkably decreased.

However the rest of the album is amazing and great for the value of music too. "Breathe" and "Us And Them" (where saxophone is the absolute protagonist) are typical Floyd songs, very elegant and with a slow and steady pace that gives a great majesty and depth to the tracks. "The Great Gig in the Sky" is so poignant as to leave you breathless. This is an absolutely incomparable piece with the Clare Torry' s vocal virtuosity for the story. "Brain Damage" and "Eclipse" closes the album in a solemn way, and are still characterized by the slow pace that, I think, is the real trademark of the band.

Of course, I recommend it to all of you. But beware: in some cases the music is a little 'poppy'.

rating: 8/10.

Best song: The Great Gig In The Sky

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Posted Wednesday, April 13, 2011 | Review Permalink
5 stars A must-listen oeuvre.

The most known cover-album from this superb band. Not in vain, in fact with this record the floydian minds score a revolution in the musical industry, for the best. They took the concept to the last, as well as the Beatles with "Sgt Ppper's..." and gave a masterpiece to the rock stream, not only progressive but a universal masterpiece.

There's maybe just a really little pinch of people out there who haven't listen this, but if there's any need... This trip begun with laconic laughs with a background heartbeat mood in crescendo asking to "Speak to Me" before the first chords reveals the substance trough a "Breathe", atmospherically speaking and much more relaxed now the air streams in suspended waves of the voices and instrumentation. The electronic interlude came rushing "On the Run" among moog's circles and special effects until the clock tunes paves the way for "Time" which, with a little leitmotif form the main song, set the tone for a magical vocal celestial expression on "The Great Gig in the Sky" almost religious frame before this world reality assault the ears on jazzy chords and coin machines of "Money" the single per excellence. Since here, every track its tangled with each other remaining the main leitmotif from the opening track since "Us and Them" passing through a psychedelic daubed passage playfully asking to see in the music "Any Colour You Like" and returning to those chords from the very beginning and relaxing a mental description of a loony with "Brain Damage" naming the opus with its lyrics when this man promise the band "I'll see you on the dark side of the moon". Finally the conclusions hast to the end, running almost violently in front the shadow of the "Eclipse" which threat over the moon shape.

The darkness cover up that satellite and in the air its heartbeat fades into silence.

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Posted Wednesday, April 13, 2011 | Review Permalink
5 stars This is the album that defines a generation...one of the greatest albums of all the times, it is...Dark Side of the Moon! If you haven't heard of this album, then you must be from another planet. Let's get to the review:

Speak to Me: (7/10): Not a bad introduction to what is to come, but just a short, noisy interlude.

Breathe: (10+/10): Wonderful, wonderful starting lyrics. Everybody loves this killer short tune, and it is one of my favorites.

On the Run: (6/10): My least favorite track on the album. Just a bit of filler, but it has to be there to introduce the seminal Pink Floyd classic track....

Time: (10++/10): One of the greatest songs ever written, and my personal favorite from this album. Scorching guitar solo, gritty singing and lyrics, and a reprise of Breathe makes this song a killer.

The Great Gig in the Sky: (10/10): Excellent keyboard/vocal showcase for Rick Wright and Clare Torry. It gives you the feeling of sliding into a whirlpool It feels like a great gig in the sky.

Money: (10+/10): Another seminal classic Floyd song, which happens to be one of their most popular. A great bass riff, an excellent sax solo, and scorching guitars make this an excellent progressive blues number.

Us and Them: (10/10): One of the most beautiful songs Rick Wright and Roger Waters ever wrote, another feeling comes with this song: floating on air. Love the loud/soft contrasts.

Any Colour You Like: (9.5/10) Excellent guitar/keyboard soloing piece, but just not one of my faves.

Brain Damage/Eclipse: (10+/10): Beautiful ending to a great album. Wonderful lyrics.

If you don't have this extremely popular album that defines prog rock, you must buy it! ASAP!

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Posted Sunday, April 17, 2011 | Review Permalink
5 stars THE GREATEST ALBUM OF ALL TIME. There is nothing else that I can say about this masterpiece of music. There is no other album to me that every single song is perfect. How can you listen to this and not love it. I'm 15 now and I started to listen to Pink Floyd when I was 11. A friend gave me a mixed cd of Floyd songs from Dark Side, WYWH, and The Wall. And I loved it. A while later I found my mom's The Wall tape and I loved that. That's when I knew that Pink Floyd was my all time favorite band. One day I was in a store looking for cds. I found "Dark Side of the Moon". So that's what I got. I have never found a better album than that. "Speak to Me/ Breathe" is a great piece to start the album with. Then comes "On the Run". This is synth covered instrumental song that has different sounds and voices. It ends with a crash sound then "Time". This is my second favorite track off the album. David is great with this one. His vocals are incredible and his guitar work is outstanding. Richard Wright shares vocals on this one, and shows how good of a singer he is. Another thing that stands out to me on Time is the lyrics. In the credits it reads " All Lyrics by Roger Waters". This album for me has the best lyrics than any other album. This shows how great Roger is at writting lyrics that actually mean something. The "Classic Albums" episode shows the band talking about Roger coming to them with the idea to make a "concept album". But it's not just the lyrics that make this album, it's the music.

"The Great Gig in the Sky", is Richard's masterpiece on this one. Clare Torry sings on the song and David plays slide. The next song is "Money". This is the song that my Dad loves and every time he sees my playing the guitar he'll ask me to play it. It opens up with the legendary bass riff in 7/4 time. Then once the guitar solo begins it goes back to 4/4 timeing. In the middle is a sax solo by Dick Parry, an old friend of Davids. I do love this song, but I think it causes many other songs to be overlooked like the next one. "Us and Them" is one of the most beautiful songs ever written. The slow guitar and piano work blends great with the saxophone, once again by Dick Parry. This one like "Time" has incredible lyrics to go with this music. That first word is followed by the light echo. Then David is joined by Richard during the chorus. "Us and Them" is definately one of the best of the album. The song fades into the instrumental "Any Colour You Like". It's a nice song that lightens things up abit, but it's the next song that I want to talk about.

"Brain Damage/ Eclipse", is my all time favorite song. I know that it's really two different songs, but one's not the same without the other. This was the first song that I listened to and thought "This is amazing". Roger finally steps up to do vocals. This two really shine with the lyrics. On the "Classic Albums" Roger says that is has abit to do with Syd. "Eclipse" sum's up the entire story of the album. The album was going to be called "ECLIPSE (A PIECE FOR ASSORTED LUNATICS)". Then it ends with that pulse that starts the album. One of the most interesting things about this album is the voices. These add an unusual feel to the songs. The dvd "Pink Floyd Live In Pompeii The Director's Cut" has footage of the band recording songs for Dark Side. To learn more about the album watch "Classic Albums Dark Side of the Moon". It would be incredible to see an old performance from the 70's, but the concert dvd "Pulse" has a complete performance of Dark Side in it's entirety. This album still holds the record for being on the charts longer than any other album in music history. It is also the third best selling album of all time. But to me it is the greatest album periode. It's also the greatest concept album for me. This is a Progressive Rock Masterpiece.

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Posted Tuesday, April 19, 2011 | Review Permalink
4 stars State of the art; techno; clever; timely; designer led; competent; well tuned; fully toned; precisely aimed; carefully constructed; packaged; polished.

But also artisan; artful; dispassionate; unexciting; unremarkable; predictable; parody; pastiche; commercially driven; uninspired; routine.

Something of a tour de force in hitting a dead centre sales pitch, and still in many ways a fine product. Just that lack of a Syd, the missing x factor. The band do their best to make up for it by trying to imagine what Syd might have done had he been there, but it's not possible to mimic genius (or madness?). At this point, in some ways, Floyd become the victims of their own brilliant past, though they're laughing all the way to the brick wall where the bank machine waits.

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Posted Wednesday, May 11, 2011 | Review Permalink
Anthony H.
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5 stars Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon [1973]

Rating: 10/10

Dark Side of the Moon is one of those supremely esteemed albums that actually deserves every word of the praise it receives. This is undoubtedly one of the most important albums in music history; there are many elements here that are nothing short of revolutionary. First, the album structure: DSotM is a concept album, but not a lengthy rock-opera in the vein of Tommy or the band's future album The Wall. Rather, this is more of a philosophical meditation. The first side is a conceptual sequence of songs that illustrate the cycle of life, beginning with birth and ending with death. The second side, while not as carefully structured, is a reflection on the darker sides of humanity: greed, warfare, tribalism, insanity. The best thing about this album's concept is that it's played out not only lyrically, but also musically. The production of Dark Side of the Moon is also revolutionary: the layers upon layers of sound on every track are complex and fascinatingly multifarious. What really makes this album so important and so revolutionary, though, is obvious: the quality of the music. Every song here is infinitely creative, brilliantly composed, and flawlessly executed.

The slow and slightly melancholic-sounding opener "Speak to Me/Breathe" begins with heartbeat sounds and focuses on a rather simple main motif along with Gilmour's vocals. "On the Run" features an omnipresent fast-paced high-hat beat. Wright gets creative here, displaying all sorts of crazy multilayered synth sounds. "Time" may just be the greatest song Pink Floyd ever did. The lyrics are absolutely brilliant, and Gilmour's guitar work here is nothing short of incredible: his solo is easily one of my all-time favorites. The renowned "The Great Gig in the Sky" features one of the most emotional and stunningly beautiful vocal performances of all time from Clare Torry. This is pure emotive release. "Money" is probably the most well-known Pink Floyd song, so I don't need to say much about it. Gilmour is unbelievable yet again. "Us and Them" is yet another classic. One of the most fascinating things about this track is its ability to be both a cynically sober commendation and an emotional lament. "Any Colour You Like" is a terribly underrated song, and is my favorite Floyd instrumental. Wright and Gilmour are at their peaks of instrumental creativity here. "Brain Damage" and "Eclipse" conclude this legendary album. The chorus of "Brain Damage" is delivered powerfully by Waters, and "Eclipse" is a fantastic climax.

Calling this album a masterpiece isn't a particularly original or exciting sentiment; most people who appreciate music would tend to agree. Dark Side of the Moon truly showed Pink Floyd stepping into the realm of pure musical genius. It also catapulted them into the stratosphere in terms of commercial success; it's rare that an album manages to be both an immense artistic achievement and a commercial hit. I would try recommending this album, but you've already heard it, and you most likely have a high opinion of it. Dark Side of the Moon is an indispensable musical work and will forever remain an immortal classic within the annals of music.

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Posted Saturday, May 14, 2011 | Review Permalink
5 stars "The Dark Side of the Moon" is well known as the best album ever made by Pink Floyd, together with Wish You Were Here and Animals. This album leads Pink Floyd away from long instrumental suites like Echoes or Atom Heart Mother, and so there are 10 tracks totally.

"Speak to Me" starts with an heartbeat, that grows in volume until you can start hearing other various noises, each one representing one song (the heartbeat stand for "Breathe"). The wall of noises keep building up, until a scream introduces us to the mellow "Breathe (In the Air)". The steel guitar takes us into a more calm mood, that goes on for three minutes.

Fast. This is everything "On the Run" tells us. A fast, fast and hypnotic synthetizer riff keeps playing, while its timbre encounters little changes. We can hear noises of trains, airplanes, airports. Fast. But we took it too fast, and an explosions stops us.

Now some clocks start moving, and then start ringing. At the start the song is slow, then we can hear a rototom solo and the classic Pink Floyd sound of "Time". After this solo, the song becomes more rock-like, and there one of the best Gilmour's solos. At the end of the song there is a reprise of "Breathe", leading us to a piano. In "The Great Gig in the Sky", all we should listen to is the voice of the wonderful Clare Torry, that makes us just dream for about three minutes.

(Turn the vinyl)

The real rock song on this album, "Money" is one of the most known songs by Pink Floyd, for its easy-listening riff and for its 7/4 rythm. We can admirate a saxophone solo by Dick Parry, as well as an another awesome guitar solo by Gilmour.

The rythm changes to 4/4 and a cross fade lets us hear an organ, that followed by the other instruments create the sound of "Us and Them". This song isn't really exciting, besides a sax solo and its wonderful lyrics.

At the end of Us and Them we get into "Any Colour You Like", the most psychedelic song on the album. The solos are really good, especially the way Gilmour uses stereo to create a "question-and-answer" feel. The two last songs, "Brain Damage" and "Eclipse", are nothing special, though Brain Damage has nice lyrics. Eclipse ends with the well-known phrase, "there is no dark side of the moon really, matter of fact it's all dark" and then an heartbeat, the same we listened to at the start, fades out, making this a cyclic album, even if it's not a concept one.

The overall mood, the solos, the lyrics, the good use of noises and FX, make this a very good Floyd album, though it's getting farther from prog, so i can't consider it a "prog masterpiece". 4 stars, but really 4.5!

EDIT: Recently I have realized that the melodies on this album are all really wonderful; there is just a way you can understand it: get an instrument and try to play melodies, chords or to improvise some solos. Slowly you will understand that it could be easily made into a jazz album. It's definitely worth the fifth star.

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Posted Wednesday, June 01, 2011 | Review Permalink
Starhammer
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars Unenlightened Side of the Moon...

This album needs no introduction, ever present in lists of what are considered to be the greatest albums of all time, not least here at Prog Archives. Even people with little musical interest will recognise the iconic artwork.

The Good: Undoubtedly influential, and highly important within the history of rock music. It also has some good tunes on it.

The Bad: I just don't get it. I really, really don't. It's a good album and I've listened to it countless times but excellent? Hardly. A masterpiece? Not even close. I don't even think it's particularly ground-breaking as there were many, far more unique albums released prior to 1973. Whilst the individual tracks are all great compositions, one of the problems lies in the fact that they seem so isolated, and the whole release has a very disjointed feel to it.

The Verdict: Not even the best of Pink Floyd, let alone the best of all time.

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Posted Friday, July 01, 2011 | Review Permalink
Wicket
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5 stars As an overall prog fan, I, like many critics before and after, hold Pink Floyd's "Dark Side Of The Moon" with high regard as one of the most influential albums of all time.

However, I am prepared to be chomped at the bit by the mob by declaring that this is NOT the best prog album of all time.

*gasps*

Yes, it's undoubtedly one of the most iconic albums and symbols of all time. Who hasn't seen the iconic "pyramid" design etched out onto a school desk? 1972 left us with a returning Nixon into the large White building in Washington D.C., the climax of the Apollo moon missions, and a feel good atmosphere common in the '60's with the emergence of the Beatles coincides with the release of this album.

And while "Pong" began it's world domination, Pink Floyd was creating the recipe for the perfect disaster. 1972's "Obscured By Clouds" is probably the most easily accessible Pink Floyd album ever released, fully purged of the insanity (or creativity, whichever you perceive it) that was Syd Barrett. This album is the result of their transformation and the first album where that iconic Pink Floyd sound is on display. Yet you listen to classic rock radio stations today and the Pink Floyd you hear is off of "DSOFTM", "Wish You Were Here" and "The Wall". Yes, that is the 3- headed hydra of Pink Floyd's career, but some, if not most of those tracks, are too bizarre and experimental for the radiowaves. You'd be lucky to hear anything off of "Obscured By Clouds" on the radio.

So, how did this conundrum happen?

Well, for reasons explained previously in this review and in previous reviews on this very site. This album couldn't have been released at a better time, where drugs and acid were on the resurgence and the new generation needed an album, a band, to aid define them. Whereas the Beatles filled that role in the '60's with "Sgt. Pepper", Pink Floyd filled this nitch in '73.

But as always, a critic must take his place as "Debbie Downer" and look at the reverse side of every coin.

There are few tracks, maybe only 3 on this entire disc, I have never personally heard on the radio. This record gets plenty of airtime. Pink Floyd, maybe not in their personal interest, managed to create a progressive epic that actually became one of the most easily accessible prog rock albums of all time. I always thought this was a fantastic album. Yet, as you dissect this album further, you soon realize that...well....

There's nothing new about this album...at all....

Yes, there is the reflection process, where "Breathe" is reprised after "Time" and the heartbeat that bookends the album (actually helps to seamlessly loop the album if you edit the tracks on, say, iTunes), but there is nothing on this very album that I haven't heard on other, similar albums. It's not exactly a breakthrough album in the innovation and development of the progressive rock genre, but it certainly is critical on fueling that generation of musicians. How many of today's musicians list Pink Floyd and this album as a key inspiration in their music? Uh, a lot.

Simply put, this is the quintessential progressive rock album, but would I consider this to be the greatest album of all time? Certainly not, but it is the album that kids (who listen to good music) look up to. Undoubtedly the most influential musical masterpiece in the prog vein of all time.

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Posted Monday, July 04, 2011 | Review Permalink
5 stars Well, what can really be said about this album?

There are albums with some songs you like and dislike. There are albums that you love every single song of. There are albums that you love every single note of. But this... This is a masterpiece of which every millisecond, every accentuation, every sound effect, every tiny aspect of music is beyond perfection. It is a little world inside itself. The music, the vocals, the lyrics... Practically everything is so enormously great that it is actually unbelievable. And it's the surround mix that I want to praise especially. Yep, the stereo mix is great as well, but the surround sound is an important part of the album.

Maybe it's not the best album ever released (and I don't care about sale numbers), but it's definetely my favourite album that has ever been written by human beings. I have a very personal perception of this album (and you should keep that in mind while reading my review), and I really love to see that there is quite a lot of people feeling the same.

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Posted Saturday, July 16, 2011 | Review Permalink
5 stars This album is the first time Pink Floyd was pointing in a single direction and is very impressive for its time. This album of course works beautifully start to finish and is arguably the most popular progressive rock album ever. The first track Speak to Me/Breathe starts out with the bass drum heartbeat that was used in other albums like Trilogy by ELP and A Passion Play from Jethro Tull. Then after all the sound effects which foreshadow the album we surge into Breathe which has a beautiful haunting quality that lasts throughout the album. Then with On the Run with the VCS Synths that seems like a futuristic car chase is taking place and makes you feel that you're running at light speeds. Time IMHO is the quintessential Pink Floyd song with each member bringing their best to the table in a great lyrically written song and with the Breathe Reprise in it just this track will always stand out to me. Then with The Great Gig in the Sky, Rick Wright writes his most beautiful song he has ever written it starts out so beautiful and you can tell it will build up to something climatic which it does with Clare Tory's screams and ends Side 1 with a bang. Side 2 starts out with their almost hit single Money with the memorable sound effects and great bass lick and the great sax solo in the middle of the song, great track. Us and Them took me a while to get into but once i did it turned out to be a flawless track that leaves an impression on me every time i hear it. Any Colour You Like is the forgotten track off this album and is one of my favorites with it's driving instrumentalism and the great keyboard sounds. Brain Damage and Eclipse close the album with insanity in the lyrics and big organ chords. Overall, this is a great album that made the Floyd famous and still lasts today. 5 Stars. Highlights: Breathe, On the Run, Time, The Great Gig in the Sky, Money, Us and Them, Any Colour You Like and Eclipse
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Posted Friday, August 05, 2011 | Review Permalink
Warthur
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5 stars The genius of The Dark Side of the Moon lies in one important fact: that whilst the rest of the progressive rock world was pushing as hard as it could for more complexity, more time signatures, longer songs and more obscure lyrics, the Floyd decided to take precisely the opposite approach. They didn't abandon complexity or experimentalism or prog completely, of course - the album's a 40-minute suite about madness replete with synthesisers, for goodness' sake - but they were careful to incorporate no more complexity than what a song strictly needed, and likewise Roger Waters made sure the lyrics were more direct and less abstract than, say, your average Yes composition - with the result that they had more force.

At a time when prog for prog's sake was a tempting proposition, Pink Floyd moved away from that, and therefore managed to avoid most of the backlash later in the decade, Johnny Rotten's "I Hate Pink Floyd" shirt notwithstanding. The result was the band's best album since their debut, and a definitive end to their post-Syd slump. What more is there to say?

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Posted Monday, August 15, 2011 | Review Permalink
5 stars Dark Side of the Moon to me is the greatest album ever made. From start to finish this album is perfect. The music has space and the lyrics could not be better. This is Pink Floyd's first "concept album" and the first time that Roger Waters wrote all of the lyrics.

1. Speak to Me - a short overture of sounds and voices to come throughout the album. (7/10)

2. Breathe - this is truly the opening song of the album. The music is slow and soothing covered by David Gilmour's great vocals. (10/10)

3. On the Run - a short instrumental with a great sequence of notes from a synthesizer. (7/10)

4. Time - this is probably my second favorite song on the album. David Gilmour's vocals and the guitar work is excellent and Richard Wright shows how great of a vocalist he is. A great song followed by Breathe (Reprise). (10/10)

5. The Great Gig in the Sky - a great instrumental from Richard Wright. Clare Torry provides vocals over Richard's piano work. (9/10)

6. Money - one of the greatest bass riffs ever written and clever lyrics. (9/10)

7. Us and Them - a very soothing song that deals with greed and war with great vocals by David and Richard and a saxophone solo by Dick Parry (also plays in money). (10/10)

8. Any Colour You Like - this is the weakest song on the album. It still has great music, not quite as good as the other instrumentals. (6/10)

9. Brain Damage - my all time favorite song. Roger Waters finally provide vocals and sings some of the greatest lyrics ever written. (10/10)

10. Eclipse - this song goes with Brain Damage and ends with the same slow pulse beat the album begins with. (10/10)

This is a perfect album. Though the songs are not as long and complex as "Echoes" or "Atom Heart Mother", they still create one of prog's greatest albums.

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Posted Saturday, September 03, 2011 | Review Permalink
4 stars Reviewing an icon is hard. It is so hard not to be swept away by the emotions of it all.

It took me 30 years to purchase this album. The reason is that I do not like to be told what to do. Hence this lenght after a lot of peer pressure from others than my friends in PA. So I bought this album.

There is no doubts that this is a great album. This album has a big let down in Money which I feel is crass and not up to the standards set by other songs here. On the other hand; Time / Breathe and Eclipse is superb. So is most of the stuff here.

Nick Mason has said that this album got the iconic status mainly because the record label finally got their act together. And he is right. But this is by all means a great album in it's own right. I rate it very highly. But I still think Meddle is superior to this album. Sorry......

4 stars

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Posted Wednesday, October 05, 2011 | Review Permalink
5 stars So, here we stand with this album, this masterpiece, called Dark Side of the Moon (often shortened to DSOTM). So much has been said about this album, and still, with this album there isn't a limit that can't be crossed. This album is a milestone in the evolution of Prog Rock as well as the music world. The review will have to main parts: the first will be about the history of the album and the second will be the review itself.

The origin for the album lies in the year 1970, with the soundtrack for the film "Zabriskie Point." One song they offered the director was the basis for "Us and Them". In 1971 they crated another part of the album, for their album Meddle; the original name for this piece was "Dark Side of the Moon". This piece was lay down because it wasn't good enough and it didn't fit well.

In 1972 while thinking about an idea for their next album, someone (they don't reveal but it's accepted to be Water's idea) suggested about making an album about the pressures of modern man and the rest is history. This album combines some of the sounds and styles that will later be shown in all of their big albums. The pressures that are being sung about are: Money, work, religion, Time, death, travels and insanity, behavior codes and more.

"Speak to Me" starts with the famous heartbeats. This track is instrumental, but like the rest of the album, consist some quotes of members of the studio as well as some people who were there by accident. This track also consist some of the sound effects that will later be shown. The track ends with a scream which segues to the next track.

"Breath" is the following track, which is very melodic and starts with a guitar solo. The topic of this track is mainly about Work and the behaving codes, both in public and inside the person, with his feelings. Also covered, is the race to achieve as much as can be achieved in life.

"On the Run" is another instrumental track. The topic here is travels. This track is one of the tracks that were the basic of the electronic music in the 80s.

The next track, which begins with the clocks ringing and ticking, is "Time". This track's topics are the flowing of time that is like moving more quickly as you grow, as well as again the race to do as much as you can in the time you have, which is never enough. The track then moves to the reprise of "Breath", which is another verse for the track. The topic of this reprise is the home and the comfort that is searched by the older people.

"The Great Gig in the Sky" is another instrumental track. The topic here is death and the fear from it. The great gig is remembered mainly due to the singing of Clare Torry.

"Money" is the main hit of this album, and in my belief, there is no need to introduce this track.

Then comes "Us and Them", which in my belief is the best track in this entire album. This track is about war, racism and religious. The track was created for "Zabriskie Point", but was lay down because it was too "churchy".

The next too track are any color you like and brain damage, both about insanity. The last one is eclipse, which concludes the entire album. Eclipse is concluded with the same heartbeats as in the start of the album.

For conclusion, this is a masterpiece which must be held by any music lover. This is a piece of history; this is the main example that good Prog music can be successful. But most importantly, this is a great album that is hardly unlovable.

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Posted Sunday, October 16, 2011 | Review Permalink
5 stars Tell me, who is in the last forty years that saw the track of an electrocardiogram did not think Dark Side?

I do not want to talk about his success. I do not care dizzying years of sales. The years in which it was at the top of the charts. The millions of records sold. The envy and imitation. The bewilderment on the part of the same band. Disconcert, yes ... because later, after Dark Side, has begun the end. As you can repeat something unique? One thing that makes you go crazy.

Dark Side is the life. Our life as seen through the inquisitive eyes of a Roger Waters enchanted.

Dark Side is madness. Not specifically enclosed within four walls of the old asylums ... No, it's the madness of men who get together to fight every day in a life that does not give truce, nor great certainty ... is the recognition that poverty and misery if brought to the extreme can cause madness, anger ...

Dark Side we are, when we realize of the life ... When we wake up at night ... Wrapped in nightmares, fears ... When we sleep is stolen, ripped off the anxieties and worries of tomorrow ... Problems ...

Dark Side we are, when we look around, scared ... Powerless. When we do not even have time to reflect, to embrace our son, our mother ... When money is placed there, on top of the scale of values, and not thinking of anything else ...

Dark Side we are, in the evening when we do sleep from boredom ... exhaustion ... the enthusiasm that comes from fear ... and tomorrow night there are strange figures the company ...

Dark Side we are. We look in the mirror and not recognize ourselves. We lost.

Dark Side we are. Forever?

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Posted Friday, October 28, 2011 | Review Permalink
3 stars The album was bought used on vinyl and is the basis of this review.

As an album the effects recorded are what I would expect of island or English lineaged group trying to distance into the mainland. The whole illusion and disappearance-- a fade is all that will ever become in any distance. It is a competitively titled album--with that said the songs are a reflection into the reflective as the album shows the colours arrayed from the prism.

The songs as mentioned do not stand out--the recording professionals are the musicians. The vinyl recordings were lacking the transparency of their effects in any of the tracks. The time period is when these effects where so interesting the musicians even today place them on tracks and found on techno/electronica albums.

Pink Floyd as progressive is not a mainland distance---their efforts outdo the work. I would not consider this group as any common ground in progressive but decided to emerge in their later albums as a decision in consequence. The commercial success of this album will outdo any group in the progressive genre since the focus shifts to a performance or an atmosphere rather than the recorder to musician reflection on the reflective-- recording time stamped effects on tracks as a loss of focus.

The groups in England will fall into reference in this lack of focus and is not a betterment to the mainland. The common sense is a simple return not a physics wave on a track--it is not a replaceable distance or else an attempt would not have been recorded.

Pink Floyd has emerged as a commercial success and there is nothing progressive to a commercial album such as Dark side of the moon. Pink Floyd would have liked to stay progressive and have decided themselves as a group to send out to a very large commercial audience--the world.

The album is good-- Transitions are thought out carefully from track to track and the lack of complexity from these transitions is competitive. The commercial popularity is not a progressive distance along with the decision to release the album to a very large commercial audience. Today there are better albums than this recorded with focus--yet the groups are returned to the unfocused Pink Floyd--non-essential.

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Posted Thursday, December 01, 2011 | Review Permalink
4 stars Certainly 4.0. No rounding up.

This is probably my true introduction to the world of prog rock (if you don't count "Sgt. Pepper" and "Mystery Tour", of course). What is it that makes this album a classic? Beats me. "But why do you like it?" Actually, it's been so long since the time I was enjoying this record, so I will try to recollect all the thoughts I had about it to the best of my ability.

Let's just say that there are some really out-there moments on the album. The yelling, the wordless singing, weird delicious chords and chord progressions, annoying clocks, noises of lasting explosions ? I suppose these are the things that make this album a widely acknowledged classic. Me personally, I was enthralled with all these things (except for the clocks) and more, namely Dave Gilmour's melancholic guitar style on 'Time', the vocal harmony of the backing singers, and the organ work on the whole album. I also noticed an amazingly huge pile of genres stuck into the album. You have funk, jazz (and not just any jazz, but modal jazz), gospel, experimental music, musique concrete, ambient, techno (see 'On the Run') and, of course, pop and rock.

"I see you have given a five to 'The Great Gig in the Sky'. Why?" The intro really took hold of me. The band loved it when they heard Rick's piano chord progression, and so did I. It just really struck me one day. Then the slide guitar comes in. Then a dude says "And I'm not frightened of dying. Any time will do, I don't mind. Why should I be frightened of dying? There is no reason for it, you gotta go some time." (Sorry for the spoiler alert.) Right there. That just so made sense to me. Honestly, as stupid as this may sound to you, I have never thought about life like this before. "So give the album a five if the lyrics are good." Oh, no, such lyrics are not all over the place on the album.

"So, why is it that you don't enjoy this album as much as most Floyd fans do?" I guess that's because it sounds like the band had shifted its focus from songwriting to production, which is why I wish they bothered about more of fresh musical quality. But, in general, it's a very pleasant listen. If you want to hear some radical pop-rock, here you have it.

Ratings/comments (if you have to ask):

1. 'Speak to Me/Breathe' - ****

2. 'On the Run' - ****

3. 'Time/Breathe (reprise)' - ****

4. 'The Great Gig in the Sky' - *****

5. 'Money' - ***

6. 'Us and Them' - ****

7. 'Any Colour You Like' - ****

8. 'Brain Damage' - **

9. 'Eclipse' - ***

Stamp: "I like it."

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Posted Friday, January 20, 2012 | Review Permalink
3 stars The Dark Side of the Moon is Pink Floyd's most commercial succes and not without reason. Pink Floyd quit making long psychedlic space-tracks and made shorter pop-art songs some hit-potention. Most of the songs are slowly sung with some guitar and electronic accompany.

On the Run was one of the first progressive electronic songs. The same year "Zeit" was released by Tangerine Dream which was far more curious. In fact Pink Floyds "On the Run" is a spacy electronic rock song, which soon would be beaten by Klaus Schulze and Tangerine dream in both composition and atmosphere. But, still this song was quiet influential.

Time starts with many clocks ringing, which was a nice found. The song itself is one of the best of the record, because of the convincing vocals and nice guitar solo's. The background choir creates an american "soul" flavor to this song. The great gig in the sky is a song which lean's on the vocal capability of guest vocalist Clare Torry. In fact this song is all about one long vocal solo. Nice, but not brilliant. In my opinion the duration of this song is somewhat too long.

Money is song which I disliked in first instance. Maybe because of the many radio broadcasting of it. This song is okey, but not real good. The saxophone solo of another guest musician called Dick Parry is the best of the song. Us and Them is a slow art-pop song which is a bit booring, but in some way also relaxing and so is the rest of second half of the record.

What I'd really mis in this record is a composition of really distinctive quality. Meddle has Echoes, Atom Heart Mother has the brilliant titlesong, but TDSOFTM has no real great composition. Another complain is the step towards pop. This music doesn't sound really progressive anymore. It's not more prog than David Bowie or the Alan Parsons Project. In fact I was quiet amazed that Alan Parsons did not only produced this record, but also my favourable Atom Heart Mother. So, also he was not to blame for this step towards commercialism. It was Pink Floyd themselves.

Since I've a new element for my pick-up I do like this record a lot more then before. In fact the production of this record is quiet awesom. This will never be my favourite PF-record and I thought of it being a step backwards. But still 3 stars.

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Posted Sunday, February 05, 2012 | Review Permalink
5 stars A cosmic entity, Dark Side of the Moon is one of Pink Floyd's most profound musical statements, with some of their best, most universal lyrics. It's composed, recorded, and has been performed as one continuous composition, and the indivual songs are classics themselves, "Breathe" contiaining one of the most effective uses of a I-IV chord progression, a pinnacle of vocal harmonies from Wright and Gilmour, and some of Gilmour's most melodic and tone-perfect slide playing. "Time" contains possibly his best and most charactaristic solo, in fact one of the best and most charactaristic guitar solos in all of rock, and "Any Color You Like" has some stellar synth work from Wright. Mason's ride cymbal playing throughout are perfect, as is Waters' bass. There are also some great guest performances from Clarre Torry and Dick Parry, not to mention great use of choir type backing vocals, and the album is enginneered immaculately by Alan Parsons, sounding best in the original vinyl version, or the first CD. Dark Side of the Moon is an endlessly deep album that must be experienced from beginning to end, and one of the most essential recordings in all of music.
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Posted Tuesday, April 03, 2012 | Review Permalink
5 stars I am trying my best not to select and gush over the most obvious albums, but why not just say for the billionth time that this must be the greatest rock album of all time? I love Dark Side of the Moon just as much - or more - today as I did when I first discovered it back in the 80s. Sure, some purists like to claim it's the more spontaneous recordings that capture a moment of inspiration, but if you had the time and money - and patience - wouldn't you rather refine that baby until it's as close to perfection as possible? Some might not, instead seeking a raw, urgent sound and vibe. But the guys in Pink Floyd were at the top of their game in '73, with a very different goal in mind, so they went the other way. Overkill? Not a chance. Dark Side of the Moon rocks and rolls and chills and souls. Does that make any sense? No, but who cares - it seems to sum up this recording sufficiently.

If reliance on electronics and tape effects can heighten the experience, send chills down the spine, and engage the brain (without any mind-altering substances, I might add), then why argue with it? Floyd, as masters of their instruments and writing progressive music, and pioneers of new recording technologies, did not goof around. They sought out the best in the business to aid them in their aim to make history (but did they really know that they would?), recruiting engineering wizard Alan Parsons, saxophonist Dick Parry, guest vocalist Clare Torry, and a quartet of backup singers that made Dark Side stand out in the Pink Floyd canon.

Some of the music, like the single Money ("it's a hit"), was originally written with a stripped- down bluesy approach. But electrified and performed by one of the tightest acts around, the track blisters and stings both lyrically and instrumentally. Just listen to the whole album from start to finish. That is the only way to properly appreciate all the work that went into this masterpiece. And for critics of the album, well, how do you explain a disc that held a spot on the charts for fifteen years? Right. "... though I'd something more to say".

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Posted Friday, May 04, 2012 | Review Permalink
5 stars Probably the best prog album ever.. perhaps the best rock album ever in my opinion. Just the right mix of rock, R&B and prog elements. The only flaw is that perhaps it is too short. I remember first hearing this as a teenager and liking it immediately along with plenty of other prog albums at the time by Genesis, ELP, King Crimson, etc.. However this is the only album that has completely stood the test of time. It is as listenable now as it was then and one of the few albums that you really need to listen to in it's entirety. Dave Gilmour's guitar solos in Money and Time are in my mind, the finest ever recorded. Gilmour's and Waters's vocals are smooth and flawless. Keyboards, bass and drums though not flashy, fill out the sound perfectly. Often imitated, never surpassed.
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Posted Sunday, June 03, 2012 | Review Permalink
5 stars Not only is Dark Side of the Moon praised among prog lovers, but it has made it among the top favorite lists of many casuals well; and for good reason. Compositionally, the songs are of course fantastic; but that's not what makes this album great. The flow of these songs lend themselves to a more cohesive album to the point where it could be listened to as a single song. This is perhaps Pink Floyd's most atmospheric album, mostly due to the phenomenal input of Richard Wright on keyboards. I think it's also important to note Alan Parsons, who in his own right could be considered a fifth member for his contribution to the production alone. Dark Side of the Moon is truly a full-team effort.

'Speak to Me/Breathe' starts off quiet with only some snippets from other songs but crescendos into a relaxing atmosphere with Gilmour's slide guitar and Roger's dreamy bass. Gilmour's vocals add some intensity to the song before seguing into the next.

'On the Run' contrasts the previous track with its restless keyboard to give a feeling (at least for me) of strong paranoia. It may be a bit repetitive and experimental, but the atmosphere more than makes up for this.

'Time' is one of the groups more well-known songs, and appropriately so. It starts off with the iconic clock sampling and has an intense build-up with some heavier guitar riffs and Mason's flowing percussion. A short, if satisfying jam-like section occurs before one of Gilmour's best solos. The ending has some more of that free-flowing jam-like music that makes this album so great.

'The Great Gig In the Sky' shows that Waters and Gilmour are not the only proficient songwriters in the band. Wright's piano is beautiful by itself, and when combined with Clare Torry's intense vocals, the song turns into a masterpiece.

'Money' is another famous song by the band. It's a classic rock song as much as it is a prog song no doubt. The main riff is in 7/4 but it would be easy to miss because it flows so well. The thing I like about this song especially is besides the bass line, the other instruments on their own aren't playing anything interesting. But when combined, they create a harmony which yields itself to an amazingly atmospheric groove. And of course, the sax and guitar solos are top notch as well.

'Us and Them' is another song which shows how much contribution Wright has in the band. There is a constant organ chord playing, as well as some developing piano chords. The explosive choruses with sax and Gilmour's vocals are truly bone chilling 'Any Colour You Like has a psychedelic feel with Gilmour's organ-like guitar tone and some nice keyboard touches from Wright.

'Brain Damage' and 'Eclipse' form a beautiful conclusion to the album, with both containing some stunning instrumentation and dramatic vocals.

Overall, Dark Side of the Moon is Pink Floyd at their creative peak. All of the members contribute substantially, and this is one of the last times the band is truly cohesive. Dark Side of the Moon is one of those albums that require your full attention, but when you do it's one of the most rewarding experiences.

10/10

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Posted Friday, June 15, 2012 | Review Permalink
5 stars The heart beats louder and louder not only at the beginning of Speak to me. Even when I was a small child I was fascinated by the cover art and I knew this vinyl was something unique. Years and years later my brother told me to listen to some songs from Dark side and these were the first songs from Pink Floyd I've ever heard.

So I'll start from the end. The absolutely first song I've ever known from PF is Brain Damage/Eclipse. And It's still my favorite. The lunatic is on the grass...Just a glory for Syd Barrett's madness. Beautiful lyrics that claim some time to understand. " And if the dam braks open many years too soon..." I could not count how many times i wrote it on the shcool desk. As the song turns into its second part, Eclipse,listening to the sound of keybords I see a vision of a little city on a small planet polluted by industry and chemistry. I see the tiny people confused, but happy when the sunshine gets through the clouds. They are happy and they gather aunder their Sun to see the magnificent phenomena of solar eclipse.

Speak to me/ Breathe is a song with typical PF sound, lyrics and atmosphere.

On the Run-there's nothing special for me about this song, but I like it as a part of the masterpiece album

Time...not a song to listen in depression. Makes people think about sad things. But of course very great piece. But I really hate the loudness of clocks ringing in the beginning.

The Great Gig in the Sky- cosmic song, great vocals, it's pleasure for ears.

Money- the second song I've heard from PF. Great, but not fitting to the rest of album in my opinion.

Us and Them- beautiful, favorite by lots of people, but for me quite easy lyrics.

Any Colour You Like- another very good instrumental. And i love its transition to BD/E

No PF album over this! 5/5

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Posted Saturday, June 16, 2012 | Review Permalink
5 stars For my 2nd review, it needed to be Dark Side of the Moon, as this and Close to the Edge by Yes were my intro into prog and started the eternal search for the sounds that would make the goose pimples and the hair of my limbs stand on end.

This album in musical structure is not complicated, but almost every note, chord, and sound are perfectly placed and filled with heartfelt emotion. Gilmour's leads throughout are ones that I can imitate in my head (or verbally when it is playing which causes those nearby to cringe) as it seems to strike a personal resonance within.

Waters' lyrical writing perfectly fit the times and still holds its own. Richard Wright's (RIP) psychedelic keyboards were influential in creating my future musical tastes.

The track, Time is still one of my favorites still today.

4.5 Stars which I will round up to 5 due to its influence on my musical tastes. (I know, my first 2 reviews are 5's, but consider the 2 albums).

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Posted Friday, August 17, 2012 | Review Permalink
5 stars Here I am after a long, long time of absence, for another review; This time, Pink Floyd's Masterpiece "The Dark Side of the Moon".

I can't pick highlights on this album, but If I had to choose my favorite tracks I'd say Time, The Great Gig in the Skye and Brain Damage/Eclipse. But I love them all a lot, it's a great album, probably my favorite Progressive album and my favorite Pink Floyd album. Another thing I like about this album is the transitions, those instrumentals with lots of sound effects and stuff like that such as Speak to Me and On The Run. The lyrics are fantastic, I highlight Breathe, Time and Brain Damage/Eclipse when it comes to lyrics.

Eclipse is a fantastic way to close the album... But does it really close the album? I mean, if you notice, almost in the end of Eclipse there's that heartbeat that you can hear on Speak to Me, the first track. You surely know that 'The Dark Side of the Moon' means the bad side of things, the dark side of things, but maybe there's a hidden message behind that similarity between the heartbeats on Eclipse and Speak to Me, maybe that means the endless circle of life? If you look closely to the lyrics, it actually makes sense...

This album is getting a 5 just because I can't give it a 6.

Well... The time is gone, this review is over... thought i'd something more to say...

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Posted Sunday, December 16, 2012 | Review Permalink
5 stars This is the quintessential progressive rock/acid rock album. Smooth music, great story, easy to listen to in one sitting. No filler on this baby. From the opening heartbeat to the final heartbeat, this album is set to sear into your very soul. Time is the song that questions our existence here on Earth, starting off with a number of chimes going off everywhere, alerting everybody that they have run out of time and it's time to move along. Next side one closes with the divine Clare Torrey who absolutely blows away The Great Gig in the Sky with her scat vocals (done in a first take, where she appologizes for not getting it right!).

Side two opens with one of the most recognizable bass riffs of all time in Money. Money blasts through the speakers and gets everyone tapping their toes in time the the theatrical registers anxious to grab our cash, then cruises through a medley of songs that most other bands would kill for, ending in Brain Damage, followed by Eclipse, and ending with the same heartbeat that began the album. Absolutely essential to anyone with anykind of taste in prog.

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Posted Monday, January 28, 2013 | Review Permalink
5 stars It's hard to describe this masterpiece. Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon is one of the best albums made on the face of this planet. Simply brilliant. IMO it's the best album Pink Floyd has ever made. And of course, one of the best concept albums ever recorded.

Well, the album starts with heartbeats... the beginning track "Speak To Me" features no instrument, but only samples of the other tracks to come. Clock's ticking... Slot machine working... A man complaining about being mad for so many years... For me, "Speak To Me" brings a quick look over the album's innovative ideas.

"Breathe" is a relaxing and great song, represents birth IMO. Very nice combination of guitars and keyboards. The lyrics are the key to this song..."All you touch and all you see, is all your life will ever be...". A warning, maybe?

"On The Run" is a strange track, synth heavy. I always had an issue finding out what this track means. The first thing flowed in my mind, was rushing in doing stuff. But the next song says something differently. Still, this song is powerful.

"Time" starts with the clocks ticking.A very catchy melody, again the lyrics are very important. One of my personal favorite songs, with Gilmour executing one of his sweetest guitar solos. The title and lyrics says it all about this wonderful song.

"The Great Gig In The Sky" is just WOW! Richard Wright doing some excellent piano work, and Claire Torry's vocals fit perfectly to this song. Highlight of the album. This one represents the fear from death, as in line "And I'm not frightened of dying... anytime will do, I don't mind..."

"Money" is the album's lead single, recorded in an odd 7/8 signature. The slot machine beginning, the "I was in the right" part at the end and the sax-guitar solo is the highlight of this song. The song's title says it all, again.

"Us And Them" is a very sad song. Saxes, Guitars and Pianos are awesome on this one. The lyrics are about war, and political issues, maybe? A very beautiful song. "'Haven't you heard, It's a battle of words!' The poster bearer cried"

"Any Color You Like" is my favorite song from this album. Very pleasant. A sweet, short instrumental track with a GREAT keyboard and guitar solo. This song deals with the lack of choice humans have in a society.

"Brain Damage" and "Eclipse" are the two final tracks of the album, lunacy and death, the last straw in one's life. Once again the tunes are just great. The lyrics on brain damage are also telling the story of Barret, and how he sadly turned slowly mad. "Eclipse" is one of the best album-closers of all time. The last line..."But the sun is eclipsed by the moon" and the heartbeat, mark the end of a journey, a life, an album.

Overall: Solid 10/10. A true masterpiece, and the first album that got me into Prog, It's hard not to enjoy this album.

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Posted Tuesday, April 02, 2013 | Review Permalink
5 stars Obviously, a monumental masterpiece in both progressive rock and all music. THE quintessential album to any music collector ever - "Dark Side Of The Moon" is one of those timeless albums where the stars all aligned, and for a completely unsuspecting band like Pink Floyd, it makes it all the more incredible. The album is musically so sophisticated and mature, as clearly shown by the jazzy chord progressions and the faultless sequencing, but it also contains a loveable youthful vibe that I can't single out on any one thing. "Dark Side" is a very rare work, where everything seems to effortlessly fit into place.

"Speak To Me" acts sort of as an overture, including all of the voices and effects you will hear later on the album. I always thought that they started it off this quiet so that you would turn the speakers up to be able to hear everything going on, only to be slapped in the face by the following track a minute afterwards: "Breathe". A very basic Em-A chord progressions with brilliant lyrics - quite philosophical and open to interpretation - but including some more advanced modal jazz chords added by Rick Wright. The harmonies and expressions Roger gets onto the vocals are very intense and specific in what they're trying to achieve, as is David's guitar overlaying fantastic slide guitars, and phasing arpeggios that spark just enough intrigue to prevent you getting at all bored. Nick Mason, also, is very important to the final mix and a very consistent drummer throughout the album, not interfering too much with the guitars and keyboards that already fill the majority of the atmosphere. A superb track, and a great way to begin.

"On The Run" is a little too mediocre for my liking. I think they needed to experiment a little longer with backing instruments to the repeated synth sequence, and Gilmour's guitar on the second half (i.e. not enough "confusion", which could have easily been illustrated by some sort of backwards echo really). Still a commendable track, and very necessary to the work. I can definitely see what they were getting at, but not quite finished. "Time" is one of the highlights of "Dark Side", without a doubt. I love that chaotic intro, and I'll never forget the first time I heard it - the most mind-blowing thing I'd ever heard! Nick Mason's drumming shines a bit more on the couple of minutes after the cacophony of clocks, but still keeps in the background enough to keep your ears breathing. The lyrics are very relatable to everyone, as we all have a fear of dying and running out of time. I love how they say that you're older than the sun, because you're closing to dying; never thought of it that way - very imaginative! The whole band is right on form here, with some truly tremendous solos from David, and great little fills. It would be my dream to write a song as musically valid, progressive, intriguing, and lyrically ambiguous as "Time". Flawless.

"The Great Gig In The Sky" is another outstanding track, with Richard's lush Bm-F chord progression just rolling over you. Of course, I have to mention Clare Torry's vocals on this - never heard anything like it whatsoever. Provides great imagery of the fear, love, and overall emotion I feel that they were trying to convey on these very mental themes on the album. "Money" is quite a great contrast on the previous intimate track, with a sort of predecessor of "Have A Cigar" and the "Welcome To The Machine" themes on their following album. It describes the music industry's greed for me, and how they're trying to keep away from it but, as you can hear, are sort of giving in to it. The song has a very funky feel, with one of the strongest bass lines in 7/8 time, and a great vocal delivery by Roger. Solo and solo is just astonishing, and the backing instruments are just as good when you concentrate on them. The squealing saxophones are so magnificent, and the more bluesy pentatonic guitar solos, retreating back to a heavy 4/4 rock feel are hypnotic but still heavy. Pink Floyd wrote quite a song here: everything's there really...

"Us And Them" is another favourite of mine, quite like "The Great Gig In The Sky" but with purring saxophone sections as opposed to the blistering, raw outcries of a soul singer. The chords are once again very jazzy, and great to improvise around, but my favourite part is that full-on chorus. The lyrics are so emotional, even though I can't quite comprehend them, but it just reaches a devastating climax with David and Roger practically crying as they sing really. So perfect and one of the most excellent sequencing I've ever heard, both exiting "Money" and going into "Any Colour You Like". To me, this track shows how we have too much freedom of choice, and once again relating to a greed theme. Very funky tones on David's guitar, backing a wonderful Richard solo on some sort of delayed keyboards that just resonate so far out, and culminate on that one wavering guitar note. Always chills my spine, the louder the more so and teamed with the bass and imitating vocals, plus the already properly funky guitar really gets you into the zone. Honestly, unbelievable that a group of human beings could produce such an everlasting.. thing!

"Brain Damage" musically comes out of "Any Colour" very well, but somehow the production is a little shabby here and unclear (despite being produced at Abbey Road). Of course, very intriguing chord progressions, lyrics, and a climatic chorus with Roger backed by those classic Floyd gospel singers. Brings a whole other world of music into the song than just a white group trying to develop their blues into something more progressive. All comes together when they reach "I'll see you on the Dark Side Of The Moon!" Just astounding and the whole band really listens to each other and complements them perfectly. Love how the voices and fuzzy keyboards flow into the final song, along with a couple of strengthening Mason drum beats: "Eclipse". The lyrics just sort of sum it up really, it being life. Deliciously and unnecessarily pretentious - exactly what prog rock should be! - with tones used previously on the album all being used to create a legendary finishing song, building up and up in some indescribable sound. Ends on a thumping heartbeat that fades out, suggesting to me that this is the listener's heart, and the album will carry on being played all over the world until long after the members will sadly pass.

A+: The phenomenal magnum opus of Pink Floyd. This is what makes progressive music both accessible and very intricate and personal. Spectacular by any means, and will always remain the paragon of 70s music to the world.

Speak To Me: *** Breathe (In The Air): ***** On The Run: *** Time: ***** The Great Gig In The Sky: ***** Money: ***** Us And Them: ***** Any Colour You Like: ***** Brain Damage: ***** Eclipse: *****

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Posted Sunday, June 23, 2013 | Review Permalink
5 stars Well, I think in over two and a half thousand reviews every single word is said and spread about this album. Noone will be interested in another review. Nevertheless it is important for me that i appreciate this special album. For this is the one and only album since 1973 that I would say it's best of all. Nothing before and nothing afterwards can compare with TDSOTM. Everything is in it's right place. Alan Parsons has done a very good job. The guests (Dick Parry, Clare Tory) gave their hearts and souls to it. Everytime I listen to it I feel fine. So it ist my number one since 40 years and I can't imagine another future or past album that will take place of Pink Floyd's Dark Side.
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Posted Wednesday, June 26, 2013 | Review Permalink
4 stars Man, this album has a lot of reviews. And for good reason! It's an album that's definitely had an undeniably profound impact on a lot of progheads' lives, either as a collection of solid songs that hold up time and time again or as a source of influence for an innumerable statistic of other bands that make up this wonderful genre of music.

So we all know it's important from a historical standpoint. If we magnify the album to look at its songs and construction, how does it fare?

Pretty well, I'll say. There are a few moments that feel like filler here and there to me, but these aren't large enough to kill any particular tune. It flows really well as an album. Musically speaking, it's very relaxing, but not totally devoid of interest. A few of the songs run the risk of losing their magic if played too often, but they seem to receive a new life when the album is left alone for a few months. That's a really commendable trait about it, and one that ensures that it'll stay around for quite some time! I can definitely understand why my generation those younger than I am have wholeheartedly embraced it alongside or in favor of so many of today's contemporary acts. It works, and definitely holds up.

I won't give it a full masterpiece rating based on the fact that I won't consider any one track an indispensable part of my life, but I definitely do love a lot of the moments on this album and always think fondly of them when the album is playing. Again, some parts that feel like filler to me cause my interest and immersion to wane slightly too, but it's definitely forgivable as it doesn't tank the listening experience by any stretch of the imagination. They also reach wonderfully fulfilling emotional peaks, especially Us and Them, that truly make this album stand out and make it worthy of all the hype.

So I give it a solid 4 stars that in no way is meant to imply negativity. It doesn't have to be a masterpiece to be a wonderful piece of music, which this album definitely is.

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Posted Friday, November 15, 2013 | Review Permalink
5 stars This is without doubt the most popular progressive rock album ever released. The scale of commercial success is even surpassing many(actually all of them, except Jackson's Thriller) mainstream pop recordings! You can't call yourself a prog fan if you have never listened to DSOTM. This album is extremelly well polished in every aspect. It contains memorable melodies, great spacious instrumental passages and pure emotions - things which are often absent in modern prog. Another thing worth mentioning is incredible production, in my opinion even better than many newer albums. The songs are connected to each other both musically and lyrically, making one epic suite about various aspects of human life. This is by far the best Pink Floyd album, standing much higher than overhyped The Wall. I'm not going to make an in-depth track-by-track analysis, cause I'm sure that everybody knows this album very well. If you don't, listen to it as soon as possible. I'm sure you won't regret that.
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Posted Friday, November 15, 2013 | Review Permalink
5 stars If you are reading this review, chances are you've heard this album already. What more can be said about this monumental record? What more needs to be said? The Dark Side Of The Moon is so engrained into our culture that it's hard to review.

The album explores themes of greed, death, insanity, and the passage of time and just accepts them as natural things. They will always be there as long as the sun rises and sets. These are themes that anyone can relate to.

And that's just the concept of the album; the music is something else. Just ignoring its commercial success, Dark Side is a triumph of concept and musical experimentation. Absolutely recommended listening.

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Posted Wednesday, December 04, 2013 | Review Permalink
siLLy puPPy
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5 stars Did you know that a blues rock group named Medicine Head released an album in 1972 with the same exact title? Because of this Pink Floyd briefly changed the name of this album to Eclipse. The Medicine Head album turned out to be a commercial flop so they decided to keep the title after all. I'm glad they did cuz it has a better ring to it :-P

Did the planets ever align perfectly for PINK FLOYD in 1973. This masterpiece delivered the perfect mix of ideas that the band had explored over the years making this an almost unanimously loved album by possibly the widest spectrum of music lovers on the planet. The music is accessible enough for anyone to understand and yet complex enough to satisfy even hardened proggers and that means that this album even today is a kind of coming of age album where kids of all ages are still blown away by its inventiveness. I have always seen this album as the perfect gateway into the greater prog universe.

DARK SIDE is so successful that it is the 2nd best selling album of all time. It remained on the charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988 with an estimated 50 million copies sold! Countless lawsuits have been filed claiming creative collaborations with this enterprise and some have been successful but that soap opera is far removed from the music itself.

After years of what the group has called 'psychedelic noodling' on their previous albums they decided upon a concept with a unified theme. Syd Barrett may have only been in the group long enough to record one album before he basically lost his mind yet he provided inspiration in the form of mental illness while other themes include conflict, greed and paranoia.

DARK SIDE is both reflective and cutting edge. PINK FLOYD utilized the most advanced technology of the time and incorporated metronomic sound effects, tape loops, cross-fades of elements from other parts of the album, backward piano playing and 7-beat effects loop just to name a few. Despite all this hi-tech innovation the album has a warm soulful side. Richard Wright and David Gilmour proved their abilities to harmonize and the soulful studio diva Clare Torry delivered some of the most brilliant wordless vocalizations ever laid down on tape. And if that wasn't enough the music transitions from track to track in one stream of consciousness never breaking the spell throughout its entirety.

My absolute favorite way i've ever heard this album is when I saw it accompanied by a laserlight show on an astronomy dome. Very appropriate don't ya think?

PINK FLOYD - THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON = 5 stars

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Posted Sunday, January 05, 2014 | Review Permalink
2 stars Okay I was tempting myself to give this album a 1 star out of 5 but I couldn't. The thing about this album is that it puts me to sleep. Or as I like to call it a snoozefest. I was never so bored with an album I had high exceptions for. The truth is that there is many pink Floyd albums albums that are better then dark side of the moon. (aka. Animals, Wish you were here.) I guess I don't see what's so magical about this album. And the fact that DSOTM is more of a pop rock album rather then a progressive rock album.

The only thing stopping me from giving this a 1 star is that that this album is so iconic and brings the progressive rock image into the spotlight but other then that this is going to be a 2 out of 5 stars for me. Sorry pink Floyd fans...

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Posted Friday, October 17, 2014 | Review Permalink
5 stars For a few years in the 1970's I was a very junior colleague of Roger Waters' then father-in-law. In truth, I never gleaned any great insight from him, apart from the advice that it was not worth having children, because 'they break your back, and then they break your heart'. But the awe in which I held this person can surely be imagined on this website. At that time every note, every word, of 'Dark Side of the Moon' was engraved in my consciousness from its incessant broadcast from all corners of the college where I had been an undergraduate when the album was released. It swept the field as far as student acclaim was concerned - few were interested in my prog-head albums with weird names like 'Selling England by the Pound' or 'Brain Salad Surgery'. The only distant competitor was 'Aladdin Sane' as I recall.

I still recall my reaction to first hearing DSOTM - THIS is Pink Floyd? Pink Floyd of the frying eggs and howling dog? So they really can produce the best music ever? This album is still unique for the experience in which the listener is immersed - one enters a Looking-Glass world of magic and surprises that somehow encompasses the reality of human fallibility in a gentle and captivating manner. Every moment is genius and innovation. And the entire world of popular music recognises this - DSOTM is historically the runaway best-selling album on Prog Archives, the album any of us could cite to explain to anyone what Prog Rock is.

All of which leaves only one genuine question - why does DSOTM not occupy the Prog Archives #1 best album spot that it seems to deserve by any objective criterion? I don't think this is hard to answer - the explanation surely lies in the album's very popularity. In crafting highly accessible tracks in the musical style of the 1970's (I refer to 'Time' and 'Money' in particular), Pink Floyd produced episodes in the album that simply don't sound 'progressive' in comparison to its peers. Actually, having said this, I am reminded of the funky beat of 'Money' by The Flower Kings' 'White Tuxedos' on their recent 'Desolation Rose' album. But that's an exception that proves the rule - it's unusual.

Verdict: the ultimate art-rock album.

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Posted Saturday, October 18, 2014 | Review Permalink
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5 stars I wasn't going to review this album because it's already been done so many times and there really isn't anything I can add that you don't already know. This is a perfect album. It's not the only perfect album out there and it's not Pink Floyd's only perfect album either. But it is perfect in it's beauty, emotion, and it's total existence. It's true that not everyone loves it, but there is no such thing as an album that everyone loves and that's the beauty of us as individuals. I love the album as a whole, but I have realized also that the individual songs do not work as well alone, this album is a complete work and it is how I prefer to listen to it. Playing individual tracks off this album cheapens the songs, this is an album in it's truest sense and the way album rock was meant to be played and listened to. It just works best all together.

So, even though I would consider this one of the best albums ever (out of many by the way), none of these songs are among the best songs ever to me because they don't work for me when played alone, that distinction belongs to songs like "Starless" by King Crimson which can be played alone and still be amazing. But the beauty here is in the entire work, meaning the entire album, just like the beauty in "Pictures at an Exhibition" (the classical version by Mussorgski, not Emerson Lake and Palmer) is in the entirety of it's performance more than the individual works.

By the way, this is an essential prog masterpiece no matter what you think of it. 5 very bright stars.

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Posted Thursday, December 11, 2014 | Review Permalink
5 stars I think it's really hard to say that this album is non essential. If someone has, then I have yet to see it. To add, there is not a single album that ages as well as this. Sure, Wish You Were Here is definitely something, but this album is a perfect mix of what everybody wants: road trip, hiking, sleep, rainy days inside, even sitting on a bench contemplating the clouds. All of these thinks can be narrated by Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. There are very few albums that can live up to this albums gravitational pull. It was popular back in '73, and it still is today.

I've had this album for awhile now. In fact, it was one of my earliest purchases to my collection. I had obviously heard of it prior, and I had even sampled the album before and heard songs on the radio dozens of times. Even though I wasn't one that listened to it constantly, I did find the album highly enjoyable. In fact, it was right next to Gentle Giant's In A Glass House (which happens to be my second favorite prog record of all time) in my list of wonderful masterpieces. (Coincidentally, these two albums were released in the exact same year.) This was also before I listened to Animals , and it had been a very long time since I had heard anything from Wish You Were Here. So this was one of my absolute favorite albums at the time. I am wholeheartedly ready to review it with full gusto.

The album has some great rocking tracks, especially the huge hit of 'Time'. In fact, for awhile, it was my favorite Pink Floyd song. It includes a reprise of the opening song 'Breathe (In The Air)', which is pretty neat because the original song was a little too short-lived. 'On the Run' is a cool, tech-based instrumental, but I would suggest that you listen to this while you're exercising or something along those lines, because you won't be prepared for airplane crashes while you're taking a snooze. 'Money' is a funky hard rock jam that opens up with what you'd expect: money. It's pretty commercial, but I suppose it's just the same amount as 'Time', maybe even less. 'Great Gig In The Sky' never got me. I always thought the whole soul edge put on the great Pink Floyd sounded terrible, like experimentation gone wrong. I know a lot of people love it, but I just don't. 'Us and Them' is perhaps Wrights greatest achievement of all time. It is just a simply wonderful, flowing epic. 'Any Colour You Like' is a pretty neat instrumental, although it never really got me very much. The outro song(s), 'Brain Damage' and 'Eclipse' both follow along the same sound, but are both really good. The former is a great outro, and 'Eclipse' sort of is just an extended ending of it.

It's a pretty great album, obviously essential. If you haven't heard it already and you're reading my review, you better hurry it up and listen to it tenfold, because this progressive rock masterpiece is something not to miss.

Go give it a listen.

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Posted Tuesday, December 23, 2014 | Review Permalink
3 stars Most people here give this album 5 stars and I can see where you come from. 20 years ago, when I bought the CD, I liked it, too, and mostly for the same reasons you all do. But with the time and the sheer mass of other prog and less prog albums I stumbled over its magic has seriously waned.

True, the concept of the album was very original at the time of recording. True, there are still excellent songs and elements on the album. Take the cash register intro of Money, the bells in Time or the lyrics of Us And Them, still one of my favourite Pink Floyd songs. I also love the last two songs, Brain Damage and Eclipse, though I prefer them connected to one CD track like on the brilliant bootleg Pigs On The Swing. Any Colour You Like shows the full scale of David Gilmour's skill as a lead guitarist. But the rest is not very convincing. The bare rhythm style of On The Run has been heard before on Tangerine Dream albums, while the biggest problem for me is The Great Gig In The Sky. The instrumental part may be ok, but this lead moaning is definitely the worst Pink Floyd have ever written and recorded. I simply can't stand this element and especially not as a lead "vocal".

Without this I could settle for something like 3.8, but it is included so the good elements can't save the rating beyond a 3.1 and 3 stars.

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Posted Tuesday, January 27, 2015 | Review Permalink
5 stars Review Nº 17

"The Dark Side Of The Moon" is my second review of a Pink Floyd album on Progarchives. The first was "Wish You Were Here". "The Dark Side Of The Moon" is the sixth studio album by Pink Floyd and was released in 1973. The album was recorded at the famous Abbey Road Studios, between May 1972 and January 1973, with the staff engineer of Alan Parsons, who was directly responsible for some of the most notable aspects of the album. Parsons had previously worked with the group as assistant tape operator on their fifth studio album "Atom Heart Mother" released in 1970. For his work on that album, Parsons received a Grammy Award for "Best Engineered Album".

"The Dark Side Of The Moon" sold approximately forty five million copies, and became as the Pink Floyd's most commercially successful album and one of the best selling albums in worldwide. In addition to its commercial success, this musical work became the most popular album from the band, among fans and critics, and is frequently considered the best rock album of all times. "The Dark Side Of The Moon" would remains, more than twenty years, among the most sold albums, and definitely established the strength of the group.

The art cover of the album was originally released in a gatefold LP sleeve, and was designed by Hipgnosis. The design is a dispersive light prism. The prism design was inspired by a photograph taken during a brainstorming session. So, the art cover of "The Dark Side Of The Moon" became probably the most famous cover art from an album in the history of music. It's very interesting and curious to note that the cover of the album is in general immediately recognized, even by those who aren't usually very familiar with the progressive rock music.

"The Dark Side Of The Moon" has ten tracks. This is a concept album where all the lyrics were written by Roger Waters. The first track "Speak To Me" written by Waters and Nick Mason is an instrumental track only composed with sound effects. This is undoubtedly a very original track. The second track "Breath" written by David Gilmour, Waters and Richard Wright, deals with the frustration of chasing empty goals in life. It's quite smooth, and the Gilmour's slide guitar, contributes even more to the quiet tone of the music. The third track "On The Run" written by Gilmour and Waters had to be about paranoia. It's an instrumental track with vanguard and futuristic music. This track represents one of the highest points of the album. The fourth track "Time" written by Gilmour, Wright, Waters and Mason is about the man's fixed habits, and people waiting for their life to start. It has an introduction of clocks and is the second lengthiest track on the album. The fifth track "The Great Gig In The Sky" written by Waters and Wright is about the fear of dying. It's a very melancholic song with the participation of Clare Torry on vocals, and is one of the most beautiful songs on the album. The sixth track "Money" written by Waters is about the pressure that the money can give in the people's every day. In the beginning it has an introduction sound of a cash register and coins. It's the most successful song from the band and reached the top ten in the US. The seventh track "Us And Them" written by Waters and Wright deals with three contradictions: rich and poor, employers and workers and us and them. It's the lengthiest track on the album. It's a very sweet song with two saxophone solos performed by Dick Parry. The eighth track "Any Colour You Like" written by Gilmour, Wright and Mason is an instrumental track with synthesizers and a Gilmour's solo guitar. This is the only track on the album not co-written by Waters. The ninth track "Brain Damage" written by Waters is about a person beyond his facade that the outside world sees. It's a track with the support of backing vocals. The tenth track "Eclipse" written by Waters is the last, and represents a kind of a prolongation of "Brain Damage". It represents the contradiction, the image of the cold, a dead moon eclipsing the warm, and the life and warming given by the sun.

As a curiosity, "The Dark Side Of The Moon" is probably the most covered album. For instance, Dream Theatre covered the album several times into many of their live shows. They even released a cover album with the same name.

Conclusion: "The Dark Side Of The Moon" is one of the best albums of the world, is the best known album of Pink Floyd, has the most known cover art of a progressive album, and is also probably, for some, the best album ever. It's also probably the most influential album, of the most influential progressive rock band ever. This is a work of art where the sounds expressed by it, seem to flow naturally and ordered, yet complex and so interesting that you'll, listen to it over and over again, yet never honestly catch every last detail, about how living your life, in a so sublime piece of music. "The Dark Side Of The Moon" is undoubtedly one of the best albums ever made. However and despite that, it's not my Pink Floyd favourite album. My favourite album is and always was, without any doubt, "Wish You Were Here".

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

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3 stars Dark Side Of The Moon is quite possibly the most famous prog album and is one of those gateway albums that gets people into the genre. And there's absolutely nothing wrong with it on those grounds; it's a fine introductory album. But is it truly a masterpiece? Not really.

There are two camps that DSOTM will cater to, and those are the aforementioned new listeners who haven't really ventured into prog rock yet; the other are people stoned out of their minds. Sometimes both. Since most people listening to this album are in one of those two demographics, it definitely gets reflected in its very high score. But to a seasoned prog listener who's heard their way around the world and back, this album is really lacking.

The first half of side one sets a comatose pace; Speak To Me/Breathe sounds sort of like one of the Grateful Dead's less active songs. Wharf Rat, for one, comes to mind. Up next is "On The Run", which while more energetic than the past 4 minutes, doesn't do much to invigorate. "Time", the first of the album's better songs follows and after a long enough intro, leads into the verse which, while I can't say any copying was necessarily involved or intended, reminds me a bit too much of George Harrison's "Hear Me Lord" from "All Things Must Pass" for my comfort. The real high point of "Time" is the solo, though. David Gilmour's playing suits the song well; the solo comes across as well composed and is never ostentatious. "The Great Gig In The Sky" finishes side one with a wordless female vocal solo. It's nice but not especially emotionally charged.

Side 2 opens with "Money", which is a decent, more blues-oriented song that features good saxophone soloing. Afterwards is "Us And Them", a ballad that, aside from its once again marvelous sax playing, drags a bit too much. The interplay in "Any Colour You Like" picks up the pace a little bit. The album ends with "Brain Damage" and "Eclipse" which continue in the vein of the rest of the album in that there's nothing wrong with them but they aren't exceptional. And just like "Time", "Brain Damage" gives me memories of Uriah Heep's "The Magician's Birthday" more than it should for an album hailed as original.

Overall, though, DSOTM is a great introduction for new prog listeners. It's also a pretty good album if you tend to pay more attention to the lyrics than the music. But if you're coming in expecting something totally innovative (bear in mind that this came out the same year as Lark's Tongues In Aspic) and musically brilliant, there just isn't much going for it. A good but non-essential addition to any music collection.