ARTIST: Pink Floyd
YEAR RELEASED: 1973
CHART ACTION: #1 US, #2 UK
SINGLES: Money (#13 US), Us & Them (#101)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: What DON’T you know?
LINEUP: Dave Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, Richard Wright. Claire Torrey did the vocals on The Great Gig in the Sky. Dick Parry played sax. Doris Troy, Lesley Duncan, Lisa Strike, and Barry St. John did backing vocals. Various around the studio contributed voice overs.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A pinnacle album for production, progressive rock, the 70’s, you name it.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Can I say anything about Dark Side of the Moon that hasn’t been said? Well, I’ll try to be somewhat original, I guess.
The production and engineering are stellar, probably the best sounding record I’ve heard (thanks to Alan Parsons even if some of the band won’t say it). The record was a pioneer on using sequencers to great effect, and the sound effects the band used were stellar and added so much to the recording.
But none of that would matter without the songs and the playing. This may be the last true record as a band where they all collaborated instead of one member rather much dictating what was to be played. The songs grew out of concerts they played in 1972 and 1973 where they workshopped the songs and got them just right. Every band member was on top of their game.
It deserves all of the accolades it received, and listening to it with fresh ears (with earbuds or headphones) will bring you delight. Oh, and it’s been on the charts for 957 weeks total in the US. So…yeah.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Parsons made the standard 35-pound sum as engineer for this record. And Claire Torrey received credit for “The Great Gig in the Sky” since she just ad-libbed those vocals.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No. Why should there be?
GRADE A+: The apex of prog rock and Pink Floyd.