- Speak to Me
- On the Run
- The Great Gig in the Sky
- Us and Them
- Any Colour You Like
- Brain Damage
- The original track listing is shown above; in subsequent releases the first tracks were often combined to form one track: "Speak to Me / Breathe."
- Though not included in the track listing, "Breathe Reprise" is separated lyrically from "Time."
- David Gilmour - Vocals, guitars, VCS3
- Nick Mason - Percussion, tape effects
- Rick Wright - Keyboards, vocals, VCS3
- Roger Waters - Bass guitar, vocals, VCS3, tape effects
- Produced by Pink Floyd
- Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London between June 1972 and January 1973
- Engineer: Alan Parsons
- Assistant: Peter Jones
- Mixing supervised by Chris Thomas
- Saxophone on "Us and Them" and "Money": Dick Parry
- Backing vocals: Doris Troy, Leslie Duncan, Liza Strike, Barry St. John
- Vocals on "The Great Gig in the Sky" by Clare Torry
- Sleeve design by Hipgnosis
- Sleeve art by George Hardie N.T.A.
- Photography by Hipgnosis
- Stickers art by George Hardie N.T.A.
- All lyrics by Roger Waters
- from the Wikipedia article
The Dark Side of the Moon is the third best selling album of all time worldwide (not including compilations and various artists soundtracks), and the 20th-best-selling album in the United States. Though it held the No. 1 spot in the USA for only one week, it spent a total of 741 consecutive weeks, over fourteen years, on Billboard's list of the top 200 best selling albums, longer than any other album in the history of music. The album was finally removed only by a rule change after 23 April 1988. To this day, it occupies a prominent spot on Billboard's Pop Catalogue Chart, reaching number one when the 2003 hybrid CD/SACD edition was released and sold 800,000 copies in the U.S. alone. On the week of 5 May 2006, The Dark Side of the Moon achieved a combined total of 1,500 weeks on the Billboard 200 and Pop Catalogue charts.
Sales of the album worldwide total over forty million as of 2004, with an average of 8,000 copies sold per week and a total of 400,000 in the year of 2002 — making it the 200th best-selling album of that year nearly three decades after its initial release. It is estimated that one in every fourteen people in the U.S. under the age of fifty owns or owned a copy of this album. According to an 2 August 2006 Wall Street Journal article, although the album was released in 1973, it has sold 7.7 million copies since 1991 in the U.S. alone and continues to log 9,600 sales per week domestically.
The LP was released before platinum awards were introduced by the RIAA on 1 January 1976, and it initially only received a gold disc. However, after the introduction of the album on CD, The Dark Side of the Moon would eventually be certified platinum in 1990. On 6 April 1998, the RIAA certified the album at 15x platinum, denoting sales of fifteen million in the United States alone - making it their biggest-selling album there.
In 2006 it was voted "My Favourite Album" by viewers and listeners to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. In 1990, Australian radio listeners voted it the best album to make love to, and in 2003, Rolling Stone listed The Dark Side of the Moon 43rd on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It is also #2 on the Definitive 200 Albums of All Time, a list of 200 albums made by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers "in celebration of the art form of the record album".
Dark Side of the RainbowEdit
The Dark Side of the Rainbow is the name for the effect created by playing the Dark Side of the Moon simultaneously with the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz (with the original film's sound muted). There are shocking similarities in how the music and the film line up, and many people have claimed this is intentional (however, Pink Floyd openly denies that they made the record to correspond to the film).
This phenomenon has had many other names such as Dark Side of the Oz and Somewhere Over the Prism's Rainbow (referring to the prism on the album cover of DSOTM).