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Released in 1973 (see 1973 in music), Dark Side Of The Moon is a 45-minute Pink Floyd concept album, dealing with themes of insanity; it is one of the bestselling albums in history, with 30 million copies sold worldwide. It has nine tracks, with the first split into two 'songs' and the third track containing a reprise of the first.

The album unfolds about how money, time, mental illness and others can all contribute to insanity, pointing the way to new recording studio techniques (Such as?). "Money" and "Us And Them" have become radio call-in favourites (with "Money" having also been a bestselling single).

The album contains some of the most intricate and imaginative uses of instruments and effects in the studio argueably up to that time, including the sound of someone running around a microphone, and the recording of multiple clocks going off, which is one of the loudest sounds ever committed to vinyl.

It has also been claimed that the album can be played as a soundtrack to the first 45 minutes of the film Wizard of Oz, with the various tracks timed according to events in the film.( http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Balcony/8968/Wizard )

Track listing

Personnel

  • Roger Waters - Guitar (Bass), Guitar (Electric), Keyboards, Vocals, VCS 3 Synthesizer, Tape Effects
  • Lesley Duncan - Vocals (bckgr)
  • Nick Mason - Percussion, Drums, Tape Effects
  • Doris Troy - Vocals (bckgr)
  • Richard Wright - Keyboards, Vocals, VCS 3 Synthesizer
  • Pink Floyd - Producer
  • David Gilmour - Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, VCS 3 Synthesizer
  • Dick Parry - Saxophone
  • Barry St. John - Vocals (bckgr)
  • Liza Strike - Vocals (bckgr)
  • Claire Torry - Vocals
  • Peter James - Assistant Engineer
  • Chris Thomas - Mixing
  • Alan Parsons - Engineer
  • Hipgnosis - Design, Photography
  • George Hardie - Illustrations, Sleeve Art
  • Jill Furmanosky - Photography
  • David Sinclair - Liner Notes

See also: Pink Floyd, The Moon



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