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Artist of the Day – Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon (1973)

The eighth studio album by English rock band Pink Floyd, released on 1 March 1973, the record builds on ideas explored in Pink Floyd’s earlier recordings and performances. A concept album, its themes explore conflict, greed, time, death, and mental illness, the latter partly inspired by the deteriorating health of founding member Syd Barrett, who departed the group in 1968. The group employed multitrack recording, tape loops, and analogue synthesisers. Snippets from interviews with the band’s road crew, as well as philosophical quotations, were also used. Engineer Alan Parsons was responsible for many sonic aspects and the recruitment of singer Clare Torry, who appears on “The Great Gig in the Sky”. The sleeve, which depicts a prism spectrum, was designed by Storm Thorgerson, following keyboardist Richard Wright’s request for a “simple and bold” design, representing the band’s lighting and the record’s themes. The album was promoted with two singles: “Money” and “Us and Them”.

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