"The Dark Side of the Moon" Celebrates 40 Years

9:44 AM, Mar 24, 2013   |    comments
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(WLTX, AP) -- One of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed rock music albums of all time is marking its 40th anniversary. "The Dark Side of the Moon" was released in Britain on this day back in 1973.

Pink Floyd's eighth studio album became its first to top the Billboard album chart in the US, where it remained for 741 weeks through 1988. Last week, the Library of Congress selected it, along with 24 other recordings, for preservation.

The library said it was notable as an example of "brilliant, innovative production in service of the music."

"The Dark Side of The Moon" also introduced the iconic album cover artwork by Hipgnosis, in response to a request for a 'simple and bold' design.

Due to the overwhelming chart success of "The Dark Side of the Moon", the nature of Pink Floyd's audiences changed, as well as their venues. They previously played at theaters and auditoriums, including The Township Auditorium on April 16, 1972, but due to the album's massive success they soon began playing stadiums and large arenas.


After founding member Roger Waters left the band in the mid-80's, the most recent time surviving members of Pink Floyd performed together (keyboardist Richard Wright passed away in 2009) was in May 2011 for a special performance in London during Waters' recent "The Wall" tour, which was awarded "Major Tour of the Year" and "Most Creative Stage Production" at the Pollstar Awards last month (click here for CBS 60 Minutes story).


The Dark Side of the Moon was recorded between June 1972 and January 1973 at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London. The two singles released were "Money" and "Time"/"Us and Them".




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