The Dark Side of the Moon: 40 Years Later
40 years ago I spent my $8.99 and purchased an LP record called “Dark Side of the Moon“. It was by Pink Floyd. I was an owner of Pink Floyd albums prior to that, but nothing had prepared me for this.
This was before CD”s, but the deep rich sound of the LP was beyond just about anything I had heard until then. It was like the day I had bought Sgt. Peppers by the Beatles; there was anticipation for every sound and every song. There was so much in the tapestry of the music that it deserved many listening’s just to be sure there wasn’t any thing I was missing in the multi-layers of music and sound.
In those days even holding the “album” was an experience. And the cover was a unique, the words were there to consume and examine. There was the experience of putting the needle down on the platter, knowing that there was a 2nd side. Scanning through things was next to impossible…so you listened. But this album was too short. The entire album is under 43 minutes long. Once you heard it you wanted to find your headphones and listen again.
It’s one of the best-selling albums of all times. It is complete. At that time an albums-worth of music was appreciated for the span of the music provided. Today’s idea of downloading a single song when you like was very far down the road. Even the singles of the time (45 rpm discs with 2 songs) were delegated to sugary pop songs at that time. This is something to appreciate. If you own it, go ahead and put it on and listen for 43 minutes – maybe even with headphones. Just get into it like it was a work of art. It is.
Perhaps others feel that way about their album experiences (not the song-but the album itself). You tell me. What was the album that changed your idea of music as you knew it?
I’m not sure that any album had a specific effect on me but I can say that The Beatles helped me through many difficult times. They were always there when I needed them, regardless of what modd I was in or what mood I needed. Actually, they still help me through difficult times today!
Some of the albums that I really like, though, include Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall (Pink Floyd), Quadrophenia (The Who), Tommy (The Who), The Beatles White Album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Revolver, Physical Graffiti (Led Zeppelin), A Night At The Opera (Queen), The Nutcracker (Peter Tchaikovsky).
Just off the top of my head.
Wow. That would be most of my list. Except for the Nutcracker (a great piece of work tho). If I made my list it would include all. Would add Who’s Next, Hotel California, a very personal choice of Todd Rundgrens Something/anything. But definitely the Beatles choices for the very same reasons. I am sure it’s generational. There are certainly more contemporary ones as well. Thanks.
Oh, I could have added another 200 albums to my list. I have complete collections of music by The Beatles, The Eagles, The Who, Black Sabbath, Bread, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ABBA, Led Zeppelin, Depeche Mode (I’m listening to their just released collection “Delta Machine” right now), U2, Pink Floyd, and so many others.
I have over 58,000 digital music files at this point. Just added “Washington Square” by The Village Stompers (1963) a few minutes ago.
Music plays on my office computer about 20 hours a day. I even fall asleep to it, sleep to it, and wake up to it.
We have that in common. Here’s to music! Of every kind and shape. Even loving some of the newest stuff! Wow. Washington Square! Cool.