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The Dark Side of the Moon, 30th Anniversary Edition Hybrid SACD - DSD
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Audio, Cassette, Original recording reissued, October 17, 1990
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For one thing, thankfully, they didn't compress the music. It's seems to level match fairly well with the other Dark Side CDs I have. Clarity seems to have improved also. It's so clear that it makes the others seem a bit muddied. The great part is not etched. Meaning it sounds smooth while the music is very well defined.
The noise floor seems to be lower on the 2011 remaster than either the original or 30th Ann. That makes the music more dynamic with the quieter background.
Overall the improvements of the 2011 remaster of DSotM are worth getting. The sound differences may not be dramatic but are certainly audible and make this classic even better.
That's only half the story though. The Experience edition comes with the '74 live performance of this great album. THIS is what makes paying the small premium over the Discovery edition well worth it. Not only are the boys in terrific form giving an outstanding show (much better than the Pulse show 20 years later) but the sound quality is amazing. If the original studio version weren't so well known and this 1974 concert album were released years earlier, this could almost have become the definitive version.
Highly recommended just for this CD alone. Add the well done 2011 remaster and it deserves a 5 star rating.
*One in every 20 people under the age of 50 in the United States owns a copy of this album *Dark Side remained on Billboard's 200 album chart for an amazing 15 years straight and then for another two when it was remastered back in 1994 *It is currently the most successful album ever with upwards of 40 million copies sold world-wide
Now the question... WHY? Why should one album by a band back in 1973 have such outstanding achievments and admiration even today? Perhaps because of the time period. Look at other albums released the same year by bands like Led Zeppelin, King Crimson, Rush, and the Doobie Brothers among several others. This was the year of rock perfection. Or maybe it was because of the rave for concept albums. Or the simple, yet unforgettable album cover.
More likely it was the band's chemistry and ability to make jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring, thought-provoking music. This is Pink Floyd at its collective finest, with everyone contributing. Unlike the band in 6 years, Waters did NOT do everything. Gilmoure took a huge chunk of the music-writing, laying down the chord progressions on "Breathe," "Time," and "Any Colour You Like;" the singing on the album's best songs, Water's conceeding to David's far superior voice; and pumping out what would later be hailed as some of rock's most influential lead-guitar riffs on "Money" and "Brain Damage.Read more ›
As for the music, the Quad Mix sounds entirely fantastic on the Blu-Ray disc. Regarding the central Dark Side version of this reissue, the James Guthrie 2011 remaster, I really cannot detect any difference between this and the 2003 remaster that was done for the 30th anniversary of Dark Side. Perhaps my listening mind is too taken up in the details of the amazing yet ultra-familiar album experience to notice any subtleties. The Wembley '74 live album, which I'm listening to as I write this, is a solid concert representation of the album. The sound quality is very good considering the age of the recording. The additional video concert footage is all relatively good, though some of it suffers a bit from poor camera angles and slightly muddy sound mix.
The documentary here is more of promotional vehicle, brief but moderately informative. The 'Classic Albums' story on Dark Side is really a much more thorough and interesting dissection of the album's creation and would have been a better addition to this set. I guess the business arrangements for that were too difficult or something.
Packaging-wise, this is not the most well organized box set, as opposed to something like the Pixies box. There are slots for Discs 1-4 built into the set, but everything else is just loose.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
New LP is perfect. Nothing I can say about one of the best albums in the history of rock that already hasn't been said. Great packing and fast delivery. Thanks.Published 3 days ago by Wolfgang
It would appear that there are two vinyl versions of DSOTM out there. The version so heavily criticized for quality issues on Amazon is apparently a WEA label version. Read morePublished 5 days ago by W. Jones
Of course the music is great. The quality of the vinyl pressing was just horrible. Lots of surface noise over the entire record, and a major pressing defect about 5 minutes from... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Moodies forever
Pink Floyd is absolutely my favorite band of all time. You can't go wrong with any of their albums!Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
a mandatory piece in a music lover's collection. jazz, blues, rock, poetry, meaning, reality. many influences realized not to mention, unmatched lyrics and arrangement. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
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|Anyone know the specific issue number of the UK Harvest CD mentioned above?||
I don't know for sure if this is the CD mentioned but my copy was definitely the first CD release in Australia of "Dark Side" - I remember it as a *huge* day when I bought it (and proceeded to annoy the flatmates by playing it repeatedly for days! :-)
Mine says on the spine:
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Jan 12, 2008 by Colin Croft | See all 6 posts
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The "gapless function" is not available on all SACD players. There's no chance to change that but to buy a new player :/
Jul 24, 2012 by Victor Mellot | See all 5 posts
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