Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 43/500!
Often cited as one of the greatest albums of all time, Pink Floyd's eighth studio album, released in 1973, has gone on to sell in excess of 50 million copies and is the group's most commercially successful album. Including the songs "Time", "The Great Gig In The Sky" and "Money", this became their first No.1 chart placing in the US.
A concept album, its themes explore conflict, greed, time, death, and mental illness, the latter partly inspired by the deteriorating health of founding member Syd Barrett, who departed the group in 1968. The group used advanced recording techniques at the time, including multitrack recording, tape loops, and analogue synthesizers. Snippets from interviews with the band's road crew, as well as philosophical quotations, were also used. Engineer Alan Parsons was responsible for many sonic aspects and the recruitment of singer Clare Torry, who appears on "The Great Gig in the Sky". The iconic sleeve, which depicts a prism spectrum, was designed by Storm Thorgerson, following keyboardist Richard Wright's request for a "simple and bold" design, representing the band's lighting and the record's themes. The album was promoted with two singles: "Money" and "Us and Them". The album would be the band's last album to include an instrumental track until 1987's A Momentary Lapse of Reason.
"By condensing the sonic explorations of Meddle to actual songs and adding a lush, immaculate production to their trippiest instrumental sections, Pink Floyd inadvertently designed their commercial breakthrough with Dark Side of the Moon. The primary revelation of Dark Side of the Moon is what a little focus does for the band. Roger Waters wrote a series of songs about mundane, everyday details which aren't that impressive by themselves, but when given the sonic backdrop of Floyd's slow, atmospheric soundscapes and carefully placed sound effects, they achieve an emotional resonance. But what gives the album true power is the subtly textured music, which evolves from ponderous, neo-psychedelic art rock to jazz fusion and blues-rock before turning back to psychedelia. It's dense with detail, but leisurely paced, creating its own dark, haunting world. Pink Floyd may have better albums than Dark Side of the Moon, but no other record defines them quite as well as this one." - AllMusic
• Limited Edition
• Import CD
• Pink Floyd Papersleeve Collection
• 2011 Remaster
• Mini-LP replica sleeve with obi strip faithfully replicating the Japan first pressing edition
• Lyrics printed on inside of sleeve
• Inner plastic bag and inner paper sleeve
• 3 stickers
• 2 posters
• Replica of original LP label art
• Made in Japan
1. Speak To Me
2. Breathe (In The Air)
3. On The Run
5. The Great Gig In The Sky
7. Us And Them
8. Any Colour You Like
9. Brain Damage