Today, the 1st of March, is the 44th birthday of Pink Floyd’s eighth, most successful album, and one of the greatest rock albums of all time, “The Dark Side of the Moon”.
The album was recorded from June 1972 to January of the next year, with several prototypes of songs from the album being performed live as early as February 1972. “The Dark Side of the Moon” is a concept album which includes themes of conflict, greed, the passage of time, death and insanity. Upon its release, the album became an immediate success, and has sold more than 24 million copies worldwide in certified sales, with claimed sales reaching as high as 45 million. Considered one of the finest concept albums ever made, “The Dark Side of the Moon” stayed in the US Billboard charts for more than 14 years. It peaked at 2nd in the UK charts and 1st in the US.
On this day in music history: March 1, 1973 - “The Dark Side Of The Moon”, the eighth album by Pink Floyd is released. Produced by Pink Floyd, it is recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London from June 1972 - January 1973. After the release of “Obscured By Clouds” (their soundtrack for the Barbet Schroeder directed film), the British progressive rock band follow it by recording one of the most ambitious and groundbreaking works of their career. “The Dark Side Of The Moon is a concept album centering around themes of conflict, the passage of time and mental illness. The majority of the material is written by Roger Waters with contributions from the other band members. Recording engineer Alan Parsons plays a vital role in the albums sonic structure, making the most of the sixteen track recording technology available at the time, with the extensive use of effects loops and synthesizers throughout. The albums iconic cover artwork is designed by Storm Thorgerson of Hipgnosis who along with artist George Hardie creates the image of the prism featured on the cover. The LP release also comes packaged with two posters and stickers. Upon its release, it is a major critical and commercial success, becoming Pink Floyd’s breakthrough album on a worldwide basis, setting a creative high water mark for themselves and their contemporaries. Though it only spends one week at number one on the Billboard Top 200 (on April 28, 1973), "Dark Side” remains on the Top 200 for a then record setting total of 741 weeks from March 1973 to July 1988 (beating the previous record of 590 weeks by Johnny Mathis’ “Johnny’s Greatest Hits”). “The Dark Side Of The Moon” is certified 15x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, and is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999.