Jason Landry, contributor
March 1, 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd. The album is a swirling, psychedelic journey through the human psyche, exploring themes of madness, greed, and the search for meaning in a chaotic world. Sounds like a great soundtrack for The Wizard of Oz…am I right?
The music is haunting, evocative and might I say, lush, with memorable guitar solos and riffs, complex arrangements and layers of sound that draw the listener in and refuses to let go. The lyrics, written by Roger Waters, are poetic and thought-provoking and tackle deep, universal themes with a rare level of insight and authenticity.
Popular tracks include “Money,” a searing critique of capitalism and materialism, and “Time,” a meditation on the fleeting nature of life. The crowning achievement of Dark Side of the Moon is the way in which the band, made up of David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright has crafted a cohesive and immersive listening experience. Each song flows seamlessly into the next, creating a sense of unity and continuity throughout this album.
Dark Side Of The Moon was reissued in 2022 on 180g vinyl and remastered from the original tapes. The listening experience is epic!
Be on the lookout for a 50th Anniversary box set later this month.
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