Remastered re-release of the eighth full-length studio album by legendary British Progressive Rock band.
Primarily developed during live performances, the band premiered an early version of the record several months before recording began. New material was recorded in two sessions in 1972 and 1973 at Abbey Road Studios in London. The band 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 record builds on ideas explored in Pink Floyd's earlier recordings and performances, while omitting the extended instrumentals that characterised their earlier work. 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 band in 1968.
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 Dark Side Of The Moon" helped to propel Pink Floyd to international fame, bringing wealth and recognition to all four of its members. It has been hailed by critics as one of the greatest albums of all time.
In the UK, it is the seventh-best-selling album of all time and the highest selling album never to reach number one.
In the US the LP was released before the introduction of Platinum awards in 1976. It therefore held only a Gold disc until 16 February 1990, when it was certified 11× Platinum. On 4 June 1998 the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the album 15× Platinum, denoting sales of 15,000,000 in the United States – making it their biggest-selling work there ("The Wall" is 23× Platinum, but as a double album this signifies sales of 11,500,000).
The record reached number one on the US Billboard Top LPs & Tape chart (now known as the Billboard 200). Although it held the number one spot in the US for only a week, it remained in the Billboard album chart for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988. The album re-appeared on the Billboard charts with the introduction of the Top Pop Catalog Albums chart in May 1991, and has been a perennial feature since then. On the week of 5 May 2006, "The Dark Side Of The Moon" achieved a combined total of 1,716 weeks on the Billboard 200 and Pop Catalog charts. Upon a change in methodology in 2009 allowing catalogue titles to be included in the Billboard 200, "The Dark Side Of The Moon" returned to the chart at number 189 on 12 December of that year for its 742nd charting week. It has continued to sporadically appear on the Billboard 200 since then, with the total at 943 weeks on the chart as of June 2019.
With estimated sales of over 45,000,000 copies, "The Dark Side Of The Moon" became one of the best-selling albums worldwide of all time and is in the top 25 of a list of best-selling albums in the United States.
"The Dark Side Of The Moon" has frequently appeared on rankings of the greatest albums of all-time. In 1987, Rolling Stone listed the record 35th on its "Top 100 Albums of the Last 20 Years", and sixteen years later, in 2003, the album polled in 43rd position on the magazine's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time", and was voted 43rd again on the magazine's 2012 list. It came 29th in The Observer's 2006 list of "The 50 Albums That Changed Music", and 37th in The Guardian's 1997 list of the "100 Best Albums Ever", as voted for by a panel of artists and music critics. In 2013, "The Dark Side Of The Moon" was selected for preservation in the United States National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress for being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
Remastered from the original analogue tapes 180 g vinyl. Comes with a stickers on the front of the shrinkwrap, two original posters and two stickers.
Pink Floyd Music Ltd./Parlophone Records Ltd. a Warner Music Group Company, 1973/2016 (PFRLP8 / 5099902987613). Made in Holland.
(a) I. Speak To Me 1:30
II. Breathe (In The Air) 2:43
(b) On The Run 3:30
(c) Time 6:53
(d) The Great Gig In The Sky 4:15
(e) Money 6:30
(f) Us And Them 7:51
(g) Any Colour You Like 3:24
(h) Brain Damage 3:50
(i) Eclipse 1:45
Total playing time: 42:52 min.