Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon 40th Anniversary

By The Ghost of Music Past

For me this is the greatest album of all time. I doubt there’s anything that can be said about it that hasn’t already been said, but for the sake of younger generations who might not yet have contacted this classic, it might be worth pointing out a few reasons why giving it a listen would be worthwhile. After 40 years this album remains as fresh as the day of the first pressing – it has that enduring quality that marks a masterpiece. Prior to its release, Pink Floyd had toured playing it as Eclipse – there were some notable differences. The album version was the polished, final version of Eclipse. Roger Waters later said that in his opinion Dark Side of the Moon was the end of Pink Floyd, and maybe for established Pink Floyd fans at the time it was also. It marked both the culmination of what the Floyd had been doing up to that moment, and a departure point for the sound that was the basis of their greater subsequent commercial success. It processed many of their feelings surrounding Syd Barrett, although Wish You Were Here was really the completion of that exorcism. I was fortunate to be at concerts both pre- and post-album release, and experienced the evolution from Eclipse to Dark Side in their live performances. Every time I listen to the album nowadays (and I do quite often), it never fails to transport me back to, among other places both physical and ethereal, The Rainbow at Finsbury Park in London, and the laser hitting Dave Gilmour’s guitar during Time. Time and Us and Them are my two favorite tracks, not simply for their musical brilliance, but also for their philosophical profundity. Those two songs are world-changers. Money is a deservedly harsh, cynical deconstruction of what drives modern so-called civilization, and wonderfully sarcastic. Clare Torrey’s vocals on the Great Gig in the Sky transport the listener to an other-worldly plane. The whole album flows like no other of its ilk. It is music that needs to be experienced. If you’ve never listened to it, give it a little bit of your own time. Listen to it with no distractions, no other sound interfering, and let it wash over your being. Don’t get one day closer to death without at least hearing and feeling the messages in this one.

-The Ghost of Music Past


The Ghost of Music Past spends a lot of time talking to people who are experiencing problems in their lives. He also tries to help people working to better their situations through education. In his spare time he likes to write articles about social history, using popular culture as a primary source.

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