A great companion to last night's "Album of the Week" post…
Last night I chose Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon as my Album of the Week, and this morning I thought it would be a good idea to show you what really got me interested in the album in the first place:
What I'm talkin about is the documentary Classic Albums: The Making of The Dark Side of the Moon, which happens to be available to watch for free on Qello. And speaking Qello, I'm gonna go ahead and use their YouTube description of the doc:
Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" Classic Album is the creative story behind the masterpiece: "Dark Side Of The Moon". "Dark Side Of The Moon" transformed Pink Floyd from art house favorites to global, stadium superstars. Prior to 1973, Pink Floyd maintained a relentless gigging schedule and by the time they came to record "Dark Side Of The Moon" had already created many of the basic tracks. "Dark Side Of The Moon" would be the first Pink Floyd (post Syd Barrett) album where Roger Waters would supply all the lyrics around a concept: The Circle of Life. With the timeless qualities of its production and musicality, allied to the hypnotic evocation of its central themes – alienation, paranoia, madness, war and death, "Dark Side Of The Moon" would become the album that would dominate the 70's and 80's (with a record number of 741 consecutive weeks in the Billboard 200). This program takes an in depth look at the making of the 1973 album. All four members of the band Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright are featured in exclusive interviews. Roger, David and Richard play songs and demonstrate themes from the album. Alan Parsons (the original engineer) takes you through the multi track tapes giving a unique insight into the musical fabric of the record and the program is illustrated throughout with archive footage. "Dark Side Of The Moon" with its combination of great songs, inventive effects and one of the best known sleeves ever, tapped into the world's collective subconscious and became a landmark in Rock history and a truly Classic Album.
The landmark album recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of its release…
On March 1st, 1973, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon was released. That week it topped the Billboard 200 chart, and it didn't leave that chart until July 1988, more than 14 years later. As far as certified copies go, its sold about 23 million, but a more accurate estimation would be closer to 50 million. It currently is listed as the third highest selling album of all-time, behind Michael Jackson's Thriller and AC/DC's Back in Black.
So why is this 40 year old masterpiece my #MusicMonday Album of the Week? Because it just became available on Spotify, along with the band's entire catalog, after a promise was made that it would be the case after the track "Wish You Were Here" was streamed a million times on the service. It took four days.
- Speak to Me
- On the Run
- The Great Gig in the Sky
- Us and Them
- Any Colour You Like
- Brain Damage
(Yep, that's the whole album, one that must be lstened to all the way through).