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The Magnificent Dark Side of The Moon

Updated on February 6, 2020

No matter how much time passes and how many other brilliant albums are produced, one of the very the best is magnificent The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd.

I didn’t have the good fortune to see Pink Floyd live back then, but my husband did and I envy him - a lot! He saw them when the album was actually released back in 1973. He tells me they were absolutely superb – well of course they were! And he remembers every single detail because even then he knew he was watching history in the making, everybody did - the atmosphere must have been incredible.

For those of you who may not know the album I can tell you that it was an instant success and it remained in the charts for an amazing 741 weeks from the day of its release to 1988! It still is often ranked as one of the greatest albums ever made.

This album is the type of thing you should listen to when you feel like having an out of body experience. You need calm and peace. It will make you feel at one with yourself, while giving you much to contemplate - what is life really all about?

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I bought a copy of the ablum recently for my son and I couldn’t wait to give it to him. I also bought him Wish You Were Here but we didn’t listen to that until months later, because he was almost instantly totally amazed by what he heard on the Dark Side of the Moon.

I insisted that we listened to it together like this: in silence, lying down comfortably on the floor, with dimmed lights, and when we had absolutely nothing else to do!

This album needs time and respect.

My son was only 13 so he really didn’t understand the themes that are in this album, like greed, the passage of time, and mental illness - but that didn't concern him - he was listening with new ears and an open mind. He absolutely loved the music, which includes the use of synthesizers and sound effects that really draw you in.

I was totally drawn in too. I hadn’t listened to it for quite a few years and I knew I would enjoy it but what I wasn’t expecting was the emotion that welled up in me – it actually made me cry! Possibly because, now at my age, I actually understood what the band meant, how could they have known all that - they were so young when they wrote the album.

Since then he has listened to it many, many times. And he recently played the track ‘Money’ in front of a live audience on his bass guitar. He played it brilliantly, and got a standing ovation!

I can happily say that he is completely hooked! Time for 'Wish Your Were Here'!

Here's a track from the album it will give you a real idea of its vibe and sound. I'm imagining I'm talking to someone who hasn't heard it before. But it's also a chance for you to 'reconnect ' and take a trip down memory lane if you haven't heard it in a while.

Again for those of you who don’t know; Pink Floyd is an English rock band who put on absolutely fantastic psychedelic gigs. The short video below explains a lot more about it and is well worth watching.

They had an enormous impact on popular music because they were experimental. They got together in 1965 and comprised of Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Richard Wright and in 1967 David Gilmore joined them. What an amazing line up!

The Dark Side of the Moon was recorded at Abbey Road in London.

This album has become a legend. The cover with its iconic triangle and prism is recognized globally. There is a Range Rover across the road with it painted on the spare wheel cover!

I can’t imagine anyone not having a copy of The Dark Side of The Moon, but if you haven’t heard it yet – or you want to turn a young person on to it, then this is the original recording remastered – and it’s absolutely brilliant.

Just adding a note we drove to Scotland last week and we played this album on the way - we had so many great discussions about it with our son who is now 14! We listened to Wish You Were Here too. We had a great trip!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Giovanna

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    • Adventuretravels profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from UK

      @Brite-Ideas: The more I listen the more I learn. It really is a masterpiece - pop music that speaks. How could such young lads have written such deep and meaningful work. Perhaps it's just because it evokes memories of my youth, but it has a similar effect on my 14 year. Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I wasn't a diehard fan in those days, but began to appreciate them more when I was a little older - they sure were played at any parties we attended back then!

    • Adventuretravels profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from UK

      @PaigSr: My son loves it - we drove to Scotland last week and listened to it many times during the trip. It was a fabulous journey! Thanks for your visit and comment.

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      7 years ago from State of Confusion

      My first Pink Floyd was Us & Them which we did in HS Chorus. Shortly there after I actually went out and bought the album. Ooh 33 1/3. That is after he loaned me the album to listen to at home.

    • Adventuretravels profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from UK

      @Fiorenza: What else is there! Thanks for your visit.

    • Fiorenza profile image


      7 years ago from UK

      Yes my favourite Floyd album too!

    • Adventuretravels profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from UK

      @Gypzeerose: Yes it does - pure genius at work. Thanks so much for telling me your story. I love it!

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      Rose Jones 

      7 years ago

      My son said he watched the Wizard of Oz with some buddies - turned off the Wiz sound and listened to this instead. :) This music crosses generations. Thanks for the review.

    • Adventuretravels profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from UK

      @Film_addict: I know what you mean... great memories. Did you see them live? Have you got their remastered CD? It's really amazing! Thanks for your visit and for leaving a comment.

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      7 years ago

      My favorite Pink Floyd album, ohh the memories this brings in mind....


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