Is there anybody out there.....who lived through the 70's, or 80's or 90's who didn't trip out to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon? As of the week of May 5, 2006, this album had spent 1500 (yes that is one thousand, five hundred) weeks on the Billboard charts.
But that was really just a small part of the Pink Floyd story. No doubt, Dark Side of the Moon was their breakthrough and biggest album, but there were plenty of albums prior to that, as well as after. However, with tunes like Brain Damage, Time, Money, and Us & Them, Dark Side of the moon is truly a classic among classics.
Their next biggest commercial success was 1979's "The Wall", a double album set that was also produced as a big-screen movie. This full length film has been re-released on DVD, and includes a 'making of' documentary as well as other additional footage.
Some of Pink Floyd's early stuff can ONLY be described as 'acid rock'. Tunes like 'Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict' (which, by the way is their longest song title) are strictly out of mind-bender land.
Drugs and insanity did play a big part in the band, and is also a recurring theme in their lyrics. The song, Shine On You Crazy Diamond was written about Syd Barrett's slip from sanity.
Pink Floyd is like a fine wine, they just get better with age. Of course, Syd Barrett and Roger Waters are no longer part of the band, but the creative genius of David Gilmour ensures that the band never strays too far from it's roots. Syd Barrett passed away in July of 2006.
Pink Floyd has always been famous for their incredible live performances, featuring an unbelievable laser light show as well as other amazing visual effects. For concert footage, a couple of Pink Floyd videos should be at the top of anyone's list. The first is "The Delicate Sound of Thunder." The next is "Pulse", recorded after the release of The Division Bell and shown at right. The concert footage is great, shut off all the lights and put it on a large screen and prepared to be amazed. Also rated very highly is David Gilmour in Concert. He plays many of the tunes he wrote for Floyd on this DVD. We found this to be a very enjoyable escape from reality for an hour and a half.
For an excellent selection of Pink Floyd tunes, covering a large part of their history, consider the "Echoes" CD.
Here are the instructions for synchronizing The Dark Side of the Moon with The Wizard of Oz. Try it out. It is really bizarre.
Recommended reading: Saucerful of Secrets : The Pink Floyd...
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