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5.0 out of 5 stars Why DARK SIDE is Most Heralded Album of All-Time (5 STARS), June 19, 2001
This review is from: Dark Side Of The Moon (Audio CD)
Studies have been conducted on the success of Pink Floyd's classic, best-of-the-best "Dark Side of the Moon." Some results are as follows:
*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." Wright got in on much of the writing as well with his keyboard contributions on "Breathe," the symphonic "Great Gig in the Sky," "Us and Them," and the amazing keybpard licks and effects on "Colour." Mason, who rarely contributed, put in his efforts on "Speak to Me," "Time," and the Waters-less "Colour." Finally, Roger Waters put down most of the album's music, laid down all the bass-lines as usual, thought up the album's concept, and wrote all the lyrics. If that's not enough, he made himself heard on "Brain Damage," "Eclipse," and the chorus of "Time." Anyway you put it, THIS is the true Pink Floyd; all contributing, all acknowledged.
The band's titanic success was continued on later albums like 1975's "Wish You Were Here," 1977's "Animals," and 1979's "The Wall," although by that time the band had begun to fall apart from Waters' power obsession. By 1983, the band had slipped to a Water's-solo-project version of itself, with "The Final Cut," and finally a break-up. But never would the band see the success or experience the musical genious of "Dark Side of the Moon." So pop this in, take another listen, and remember- even if you don't believe the hype- after this album, music would never be the same....
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Initial post: Jul 4, 2007 12:14:01 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 4, 2007 12:14:59 AM PDT
Kenneth Shed says:
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Posted on Jul 7, 2007 1:32:45 PM PDT
M. A. Scott says:
Ken- It didn't sound like he was severely trashing Roger Waters. I think you are blowing what he said way out of proportion. JUST CALM DOWN!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2007 4:17:49 PM PST
SP_Unite_06 says:
I agree 100% with Ken. The more I read, it started to feel like a Roger Waters bashing fest. Honestly, I was starting to feel uncomfortable near the end of the review after one of my favorite musicians of all-time was torn to shreds.

Posted on Feb 17, 2008 10:02:35 AM PST
Andras says:
Let's not forget that a major contributor to this album's success was the ingenious engineering work of Alan Parsons.

Posted on Apr 16, 2008 8:55:07 PM PDT
Steven says:
Come on, even if you have great respect Roger Waters there is no denying that he did great damage to Floyd in their later days. It doesn't nullify his abilities it only makes him human. Waters isn't evil somehow for his character flaws.

Posted on Jun 14, 2008 3:44:17 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 14, 2008 3:44:51 PM PDT
Karl May says:
Well, one thing you are wrong about (you commenter, not the reviewer). There was a Floyd with Gilmour, and Waters did.......very little. Sure, his solo albums were good, I own them all, but, he never made the claim to fame as he did when with Floyd. I think people WAY underestimated Gilmour's song writing and singing abilities when Roger was still there, tyrannizing everyone. Anyway, yes , Dark Side? One of the greatest albums ever, if not, THE greatest!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 26, 2008 9:58:08 AM PDT
G B says:
I think you are misinterpreting the review. The reviewer's argument -- which is correct -- is that through Dark Side, Pink Floyd was a collaborative effort between 4 group members (his words: "collective finest", "all contributing, all acknowledged"). This changed after 1973 and by the recording of Animals, Floyd was an increasingly RW-dominated outfit.

Obviously one could debate ad infinitum whether the band was at its best during, before or after the RW-dominated era (1977-1983).

Finally, YOUR comment - "Why you try to discredit the guy who was the lead singer, lone songwriter and bass player on ALL of the most successful material from 1970-1983 is beyond me" - strikes me as more questionable than anything in the review above.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 4, 2009 10:48:07 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 4, 2009 10:50:41 AM PST
K. Ward says:
When you look at the solo sucess Gilmour soars even to this day while waters was a total flop. Saying Waters was PF is just downright dumb, what is most recognizable about Floyd? Flip on a radio you dont immediately even know who is singing but Davids guitar sound is instantly recognizable. I have nothing against Waters and love most of what they did together but he was no more than 30% of the band. Without Gilmour waters career went down the toilet. The WALL was the end for waters, 4 good songs and lots of filler and weird sounds.

Posted on Feb 27, 2009 8:51:45 PM PST
Rush's first album was released March 1974.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 27, 2009 6:00:51 PM PDT
L. Ricciuti says:
The review doesn't discredit Waters. Look here:

"Finally, Roger Waters put down most of the album's music, laid down all the bass-lines as usual, thought up the album's concept, and wrote all the lyrics. If that's not enough, he made himself heard on "Brain Damage," "Eclipse," and the chorus of "Time." "

That is far from a "Roger Waters sux" campaign.
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