Jazzville Skyline: “…in side of the moon…”

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Forty years…“Time”…“Money”…“Breathe”…“Us And Them”…

It’s hard to imagine that it was forty years ago this month, when the music industry ushered into existence Pink Floyd’s classic album, “Dark Side Of The Moon”…(I remember buying it when it came out…on vinyl…)

I also remember watching the billboard charts as the album began to climb quickly to the number one position…and I noticed that it remained in the charts, year after year after year…almost 750 weeks to be more specific…longer than any other album in music history…(…Carole King’s ‘Tapestry’ comes in second, at about 400+ weeks…)

One of the reasons for its brilliance, is the singing and songwriting skills and unequalled guitar work of David Gilmour…His power and passion can be heard throughout the entire theme of the album, a theme that was initially provided by fellow singer/songwriter and bassist Roger Waters, before he started taking complete control over the band…

And speaking of the band, we can’t forget drummer Nick Mason, whose consistent excellence lays the foundation on each track, and of course, the incomparable Richard Wright on piano/keyboards and vocals…He also wrote and performed “Great Gig In The Sky’, the stand-out track on this, or any other album Pink Floyd has ever released…And with Clare Torry’s soaring vocal ‘instrumentalization’ weaving throughout, this piece has become a classic for fans and fellow female vocalists alike…

And we can’t leave out the iconic album cover of the simple prism pyramid, brought to the band by Storm Thorgerson and the Hypnosis team, who put their stamp on many of Pink Floyd’s classic covers…

Now, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the ‘mystery’ surrounding this album and the film “The Wizard Of Oz”, which many have ‘synced-up’, with some uncanny results…

But it’s no mystery why this l.p. has become THE ‘prog-rock staple’ of all-time, and one of the biggest selling in music history…

All you have to do is listen…

 


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