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Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon

DSOTM will be the glory and the end of the Floyd. Success brings glory but also kills authentic creativity somewhere. The Floyd will take a long time to lose its identity and creativity. For now DSTOM sounds the culmination of years of hard work creating a deep, engaging music perpetuated over time. Unprecedented and still uneven commercial success this album marks a major turning point in the history of Rock.

Fruit of a long running on stage DSOTM benefits from an exceptional sound recording and mixing which will be worth a nomination to the Award the sound engineer Alan Parson. Recorded on a "simple" 16-track DSTOM surprised by its sound and stophonic quality making the joy of the madmen of Hi-Fi. Note that a quadraphonic version exists (USA).

But it is also the confirmation of the extraordinary talent of "song writer" by R.Waters who signs most of the lyrics of the album and his strong personality will mark from now on all the productions of the group.

The Floyd is only one to the point that it is difficult to distinguish who sings so the voices are superimposed with obviousness and happiness. Wright's powerful and disturbing machinery gives way to long, more serene sound layers. Wright is in the background but his subtle and discreet contribution remains the key to the Pink Floyd sound.

Gilmour very present is captain on board with solos that leave the listener amazed at his audacity and his unique style that will influence so many guitarists.

Mason always very sober wonderfully sticks the music with a simple and powerful drumset creating a rhythmic and sound space in complete match with the spirit of the album. Masson is one of the rare Rock drummers to play a real function of the piece, which is not limited to the role of "plowman", too often reductive, who is given this instrument.

DSTOM is structured like a play of theater – an omnipresent dimension in the Floyd – describing the day of a modern man stressed by the pressures of everyday life which can lead him to madness. This dear Waters theme is expertly developed through a rich sound palette where the pieces are naturally enchanted without any rupture to form one and the same piece.

The 42 minutes pass like a TGV before there is time to catch your breath!

The Floyd just found the Alchemical formula he had been looking for for so long. Everything is magic, each note has its right place and the listener lets himself be carried away in a whirlwind of sound sensations to the point that he has the impression of having put a 45 rpm on his turntable, so powerful is the tornado!

The album begins with a deep and powerful heartbeat, placing us between our own inner universe. Skillfully brought "Breathe" immerses us instantly in a very pure sound universe describing with force the joy of coming into the world. It is with "On The Run" that the disillusions of life are revealed. With the help of amazing sound effects – which will even influence today's techno scene – the Floyd skillfully reproduces the stresses of modern life. "Time" major piece of DSOTM illustrates the metaphysical questions of Man and begins with a deluge astonishing with alarming mechanical alarm tones to enchant on an obsessive rhythm machine around which Mason develops a percussion game which will remain in the anal of the pop music. Then unrolls the heart of the piece with a sustained rhythm very removed alternating acceleration and calming without any apparent effort with in the middle a solo completely "freak" by Gilmour.
   "The Great Gig in the Sky" which closes the first side is a surprising composition by Wright. Model of orchestration and technical balance this piece gives a prominent place to the human voice, in this case the wonderful Clare Torry. One cannot help seeing in this room a vocation barely veiled by love with a capital A with a characteristic modesty of Wright. Clare Torry is more than disturbing and one cannot repress sensual chills listening to what will remain the major composition of R.Wright.

The second side begins with THE tube of the century: Money. A flood of coins introduces Waters' very rock bass supported by Mason's terribly efficient drums. The guitars collide alternately with Wright's electric piano and the whole results in a hit that will break records for longevity in the charts. "Us et Them" gets along naturally Money with a calm insurance projecting us instantly in a calm and serene universe. The rest is short-lived because quickly the Floyd machinery takes us by surprise in a sonic whirlwind – supported by the Dick Parry saxophone and powerful choirs – to finally leave us tottering at the hands of "Any Color You Like".
   This piece will influence a good number of groups by the important place given to synthesizers. A real joust of sound between Gilmour and Wright "Any Color You Like" illustrates wonderfully the ability of Floyd to create a very colorful sound space without falling into parody. "Brain Damage" is a moving tribute Syd Barrett revealing that the latter is very present in the heart of the group. Waters signs a powerful text that will mark several generations: "and if the band you're in starts playing differents tunes I'll see you on The Dark Side Of the Moon". musical vocation torments this piece is punctuated by bursts of laughter and majestic choruses strongly evoking the universe of Syd. The album ends with "Eclipse" which obsessively sums up all the themes covered during the album in an irresistible breath towards a somewhat fatalistic conclusion:

"All this is now
All this is over
All of this is coming
And everything under the sun is in harmony
But the sun is clipped by the moon! "

DSOTM is the major work of Floyd and will influence Rock groups for a long time through the quality of its production and the themes covered. at first a little cold and distant this album deserves by a deep listening and reveals all its substance that at the end of numerous and attentive costs and deposit.


The Dark Side Of The Moon
Speak To Me

Lasts: 1:10

(Instrumental)


Nick Mason
1973 Pink Floyd Music Publishers Ltd.


The Dark Side Of The Moon
Breathe

Duration: 3:57

Breathe, breathe in the air
Don't be afraid to care
Leave but don't leave me
Look around and chose your own ground
For long you live and high you fly
And smiles you'll give and tears you'll cry
And all you touch and all you see
Is all your life will ever be

Run, run rabbit run
Dig that hole, forget the sun,
And when at last the work is done
Don't sit down it's time to dig another one
For long you live and high you fly
But only if you ride the tide
And balanced on the biggest wave
You race toward an early grave.


Waters, Gilmour, Wright
1973 Pink Floyd Music Publishers Ltd.


The Dark Side Of The Moon
On the run

Lasts: 3:31

(Instrumental)


Gilmour – Waters
1973 Pink Floyd Music Publishers Ltd.


The Dark Side Of The Moon
Time

Duration: 7:05

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way

Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then the one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

And you run and you run to catch up with the sun, but it's sinking
And racing around to come up behind you again
The sun is the same in a relative way, but you're older
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death

Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time
Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desparation in the English way
The time is gone the song is over, thought I'd something more to say


Mason, Waters, Wright, Gilmour
1973 Pink Floyd Music Publishers Ltd.


The Dark Side Of The Moon
The Great Gig In The Sky

Duration: 4:47

(Instrumental)


Richard Wright
1973 Pink Floyd Music Publishers Ltd.


The Dark Side Of The Moon
Money

Lasts: 6:23

Money, get away
Get a good job with more pay and you're O.K.
Money it's a gas
Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash
New car, caviar, daydream star oven,
Think I'll buy me a football team

Money get back
I'm all right Jack keep your hands off my stack.
Money it's a hit
Don't give me that do goody good bullshit
I'm in the hi-fidelity first class traveling set
And I think I need a Lear jet

Money it's a crime
Share it fairly but don't take a slice of my pie
Money so they say
Is the root of all evil today
But if you ask for a rise it's no surprise that they're giving none away.


Roger Waters
1973 Pink Floyd Music Publishers Ltd.


The Dark Side Of The Moon
Us And Them

Duration: 7:48

Us and Them
And after all we're only ordinary men
Moi et Toi
God only knows it's not what we would choose to do

Forward he cried from the rear and the front rank died
And the General sat, and the lines on the map moved from side to side

Black and blue
And who knows which is which and who is who
Up and Down
And in the end it's only round and round
And round

Haven't you heard it's a battle of words
the poster bearer cried
Listen son, said the man with the gun
There's room for you inside

Down and out
It can't be helped but there's a lot of it about
With, without
And who'll deny that's what the fighting's all about

Out of the way, it's a busy day
I've got things on my mind
For want of the price of tea and a slice
The old man died.


Waters, Wright
1973 Pink Floyd Music Publishers Ltd.


The Dark Side Of The Moon
Any Color You Like

Lasts: 3:25

(instrumental)


Gilmour – Mason – Wright
1973 Pink Floyd Music Publishers Ltd.


The Dark Side Of The Moon
Brain Damage

Lasts: 3:50

The lunatic is on the grass
The lunatic is on the grass
Remembering games and daisy chains and laughs
Got to keep the loonies on the path

The lunatic is in the hall
The lunatics are in my hall
The paper holds their folded faces to the floor
And every day the paper boy brings more

And if the dam breaks open many years too soon
And if there is no room upon the hill
And if your head explodes with dark forebodings too
I'll see you on the dark side of the moon

The lunatic is in my head
The lunatic is in my head
You raise the blade, you make the change
You re-arrange me 'til I'm sane
You lock the door
And throw away the key
There's someone in my head but it's not me.

And if the cloud bursts, thunder in your ear
You shout and no one seems to hear
And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes
I'll see you on the dark side of the moon


Roger Waters
1973 Pink Floyd Music Publishers Ltd.


The Dark Side Of The Moon
Eclipse

Duration: 2:06

All that you touch
And all that you see
All that you taste
All you feel

And all that you love
And all that you hate
All you distrust
All you save

And all that you give
And all that you deal
And all that you buy
beg, borrow or steal

And all you create
And all you destroy
And all that you do
And all that you say

And all that you eat
And everyone you meet
And all that you slight
And everyone you fight

And all that is now
And all that is gone
And all that's to come
and everything under the sun is in tune
but the sun is eclipsed by the moon.


Roger Waters
1973 Pink Floyd Music Publishers Ltd.



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