I`ll See You On the Dark Side of the Moon!

May 20, 2009  
Filed under Music

dark-side-of-the-moon-coverAll of my life I have been intrigued by the Pink Floyd album, Dark Side of the Moon, and have wondered why it is so timeless? It was first released in March of 1973 and has been a significant part of peoples` lives ever since then. Why is this so? I sometimes just walk over to my CD carousel case, pull it out, and plop it on the stereo, for no apparent reason? Am I programmed by aliens to play it, so that a ‘message’ may be piped into my brain? “All that you give, all that you deal, all that you buy, beg, borrow or steal. All you create, All you destroy, All that you do, All that you say, All that you eat…”

Dark Side of the Moon has sold more than forty million copies worldwide since its release. I use to play it constantly in my 1973 Camaro in the now almost forgotten 8-Track format. So what are the real reasons why this record, created by the English progressive rock band, Pink Floyd, has such staying power? I can suggest a few reasons, then I want to hear from you with a live comment. For one thing, the whole record is seamless from start to finish. It reminds me of the science fiction classic 2001 A Space Odyssey. Dark Side smacks of Futurism!

Just look at the prism on the cover…aren`t you reminded of the obelisk in 2001? Or is this some kind of personal paranormal experience of Roger Waters? Think of the odd ‘harmonic convergences’ of Philip K. Dick for reference. The music itself probes the unconscious. The background soul singers are enchanting, for sure! Then Pink Floyd experimented with EMS VCS 3 synthesizer on many of the songs. There were myriads of sound effects, chimes, clocks, and slot machines clinking. Naturally, David Gilmour`s lead guitar solo on Money is a close rival for the all time best rock guitar solo! Nonetheless, I still don`t believe we have yet tapped into the real mystery behind this album`s success? Let me know…


One Response to “I`ll See You On the Dark Side of the Moon!”

  1. Natekilbury@yahoo.com on May 21st, 2009 3:13 am

    I think because it has general themes that everyone can relate to. Themes like the futility of war, how material we are etc. The production is solid but not so perfect that it’s souless. Also I think how influential and groundbreaking it was for the time.

    Personally my favorite Floyd album was Wish You Were Here and followed by Piper At The Gates of Dawn. Wish You Were Here had the best flow of them all in my opinion. It sounded like one 42 minute song.

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