On the second Saturday of October albums we’re going to take a look at what turned out to be the most successful studio albums ever.
Dark Side of the Moon (DSOTM) was released by Pink Floyd in March of 1973. It was eighth studio album for the British progressive rock group and became an immediate success world wide. DSOTM was recorded in two sessions at Abbey Road studios in London in 1972 and 1973.
The sleeve image of the prism and color band on a pure black background is likely one of the most iconic album images of all time, recognizable by even the most casual fan.
The genesis of DSOTM began shortly after the release of Meddle in 1971. The band met at Nick Mason‘s home in Camden to banter about ideas for their next project. Bassist Roger Waters laid out an idea for an album that dealt with things that “make people mad”, paying particular attention to the pressures they faced during their arduous lifestyle, and how they dealt with the apparent mental problems of former band member Syd Barrett.
The band-members all signed off on the idea and began the process of piecing together a string of music with a common theme. Many of the albums songs were written and composed by Roger Waters and David Gilmour and demo’d in his small garden shed studio behind his home. This is an early demo of “Money” from the Water’s creative sessions: Money Demo by Roger Waters – 1972
“There is no dark side of the moon really. Matter of fact it’s all dark.”
Within a few short weeks the album shot to the top of the US album chart and peaked at #2 on the UK chart. Although it only enjoyed the pinnacle for one week, DSOTM remained on the album charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988. With an estimated 45 million copies sold, it is Pink Floyd’s most commercially successful album and one of the best-selling albums worldwide. DSOTM is frequently discussed as one of the greatest rock albums ever.
I consider myself fortunate to have seen Pink Floyd on the DSOTM tour at Tampa Stadium, June 29, 1973. What a show!
Dark Side of the Moon is the greatest album to ever take up residence in my headphones.