The Public Records 8/31/18
Welcome again to The Public Records of An Sibin. We have a behind the scenes treat for you today: Sometimes we loose albums from our collection. Vinyl wears out and most of our albums come with some mileage on them; wax can break – everybody does it, even us; stuff gets put back in the wrong spot and we find weeks later when cleaning. Blah, blah blah. It happens.
Several weeks ago, we were learned that our copy of Pink Floyd’s ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon (Harvest Records/Capitol; 1973) was no longer a part of The Public Records. Several weeks later oh how the winds of changes shift; for on the day of August 29th, 2018 at approximately 11:45 am a replacement copy was found and our ‘Rock Soul & Blues’ collection has once again become whole! In honor of this find, we would like to present to your open ears our album of the week, the week of 27th, August 2018 – Pink Floyd’s ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’.
Pink Floyd was an English band formed in 1965 by Syd Barrett: guitar and vocals, Roger Waters: bass and vocals, Richard Wright: keyboards and vocals, and Nick Mason: drums. In 1967, they added David Gilmour: guitar and vocals. Syd Barrett left in 1968 and they remained the line up. They were a massive act that melded well written and technical music that hippies and snobs could enjoy while also devising visually enticing stage shows. They were a super group and they’re still selling albums. To date over 250,000,000 copies of Pink Floyd records have been sold world wide which is not too shabby for a bunch of long hairs.
‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ was released in 1973 and recorded in Abbey Road Studios was produced by none other than Alan Parsons. It was his idea to recruit Clare Torry for the female vocal on ‘The Great Gig In The Sky’ and he was tasked with engineering a lot of new sounds basically and for this he was nominated for a grammy. Another fun little fact about the album is the time signature for the track ‘Money’ which was written in 7/4 (Count along and see). This is what is called septuple metering was not a common time in Western music prior to the 20th century and even now; however, there are some forms of Balkan folk music that does. 7/4 timing is more likely to be found in various South East Asian folk traditions. However, in the States if you are a deadhead, you may be more familiar with this way of counting than you think.
When ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ came out, it only held the number one spot on the charts in the USA for a week; however, ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ maintained a presence on the Billboard charts for 741 consecutive weeks (that’s from 1973 to 1988 for all you English majors out there)! It’s also been certified “15x platinum” by the RIAA – this means it has sold over 15 million copies in the United States (with The Public Records having now had 2 of them).
Why not head down to the dark side of Tellus360 where the lighting is dim and the drinks are gin? Have yourself a Pink Cashmere or two while you enjoy some Pink Floyd. We’ll see you in the dark.
Fun fact about the success of the album: The band used part of their proceeds to help fund the film ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’.