jazzville skyline: “…ticking away…”

…jazzville skyline…
by rocky-o

“…ticking away…”

Forty-three years ago, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright, and Nick Mason, went into Abbey Road Studio with bits and bobs and a theme of life and death and dreams, and came out with the latest Pink Floyd album, uniquely titled ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’…

This album ended up being one of the biggest selling albums of all time, both nationally and internationally, and has the distinct honor of having spent more time on the Billboard chart than any other album in history…

From the moment you dropped the needle, (yes folks…this was when vinyl was vinyl, and not just some expensive nostalgia trip like it seems to be today)…anyway…when you first pushed the spindle thru, the speakers engulfed you into something you had never experienced before…

And you have to remember that, not only was this kind of sound experience unique on vinyl, it was also a relatively new experience at home as well, since ‘Stereo’ hi-fi record players were just coming out on the market…and this propelled, both sound and mind, even further…the voices that seemed to blend the songs into one long piece, even when you had to turn over to side two…The obvious lyrical nods to founding member Syd Barrett…The clocks that chimed you into ‘Time’…and the amazing vocal styling of Clare Torry on ‘The Great Gig In The Sky’…

Engineered by Alan Parsons, along with input from the entire band, this iconic classic was not only known for its musical content, but also for its cover art, which was a simple prism design by Storm Thorgerson of ‘Hypnosis’ fame…This ‘simple’ prism has now gone on to become the most recognized album cover in music history, though the band’s name and the album title don’t appear anywhere on it…

And…as time went on, it has even been associated with the movie ‘The Wizard Of Oz’, due to its uncanny lyrical matchup with the film’s progression…

So much has already been said about this classic piece…forty-three years worth…and yet, with every listen, we still hear more…


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