Another Thursday, another classic LP. This time, I wanted to switch up the genre. My taste in music is far from one-sided and this album has really exposed me to different areas of my musical ear.
Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, is an album with terrific instrumentation, fluid transitions, impeccable versatility, and timeless delivery. I first found out about the London-based band through one of my white friends (as one would assume) and I was only exposed to this album aside from their other classics like The Wall and Wish You Were Here.
The album was recorded at the famous Abbey Road Studios with a lot of help from Alan Parsons, an engineer responsible for various Beatles’ records. It’s difficult to catch on to the theme just through the music itself, and that’s why their live shows and even films are so intricate and dazzling, some will say the best visual performances they’ve ever seen.
The Dark Side of the Moon touches on a variety of topics it including greed, inner conflict, the passage of time, and death. The ladder part of the album was actually inspired by former band founder, Syd Barrett’s diminishing mental state, who had left the band in 1968, five years before the album’s release.
The sounds in this album are very progressive and psychedelic. It is also influenced by soul, blues, classic rock, and even jazz. I especially enjoy this album because it is far left of what one would assume a “rock album” sounds like and it is almost like a journey listening to it in full.
Around two years ago, Jaden Smith freestyled over the opening instrumentals of the song “Breathe.” When I showed this song to my friends, they were skeptical and didn’t enjoy the fact that Jaden was messing around with a classic. Personally, I thought it was impressive, especially being as young as he was.
Other songs like “Money” and “Us and Them” are known favorites, but one I wanted to highlight was “The Great Gig in the Sky,” and the closing vocals on that song. At first I thought it was Aretha Franklin but after fact-checking, it was actually a vocalist named Clare Torry, a regular at Abbey Road Records, who harmonized so beautifully at the end of that track.
This album is almost 45-years-old and for me, a 90s baby, to still enjoy it today among several other peers in my age group, suggests just how timeless and unique this LP really is. Spin The Dark Side of the Moon below via Spotify: