Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon: Hardcover Edition
‘The Dark Side of The Moon’ will always remain Pink Floyd’s greatest achievement. A landmark album in every respect and housed in one of the most iconic album sleeves of all time.
Statistics for its sales – 50 million worldwide and counting – and chart history – 15 consecutive years on the Billboard 200 - are mind-boggling. As the album enters its 50th anniversary year it still shows little sign of waning in its popularity as new generations of music lovers discover its wonders.
Its release in March 1973 saw the album go straight to No.1 in the US and No.2 in the UK. Previous albums had been a hit and miss affair, a series of tracks both with lyrics as well as instrumental, but ‘The Dark Side of The Moon’ presented a more literal concept, a continuous piece woven with tracks dealing with the pressures of life, birth, death, war, mental illness and inequality to name a few. This clearly struck a chord.
Similarly, their live shows had built a steady cult following too, which had seen their new album previewed live as a work in progress since January 1972.However, it was with the release of the single ‘Money’ to FM radio in North America that it suddenly propelled the band into the sphere of stadium touring.
Consequently, their live shows began to take on another dimension, becoming a multi-media extravaganza with inflatable props, pyrotechnics on a grand scale and a giant circular projection screen featuring specially made live action and animation films.
Pink Floyd had finally arrived in grand style and with it followed a slew of highly regarded conceptual albums and live shows that are remembered as nothing short of spectacular.
A must for all serious collectors of Pink Floyd.