How Dark Side Of The Moon Was Made
Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd /YouTube
It may be difficult to debate which album is the greatest of all time, but there’s no denying that Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon (1973) belongs in the conversation. After all, it cemented Pink Floyd on its legendary status as one of the greatest prog-rock bands in the music industry.
So, how did these legends come up with their magnum opus? We have the YouTube Channel Vinyl Rewind to discuss to us the makings of The Dark Side of The Moon, documentary-style.
At this point, Pink Floyd was lost in translation of who they wanted to be without their then-creative force, Syd Barrett. With Barrett’s direction, the band was known for its space-rock sound, as evident in their earlier recordings and song titles. By then, bassist Roger Waters stepped up to the challenge, became the primary songwriter for the group, and collaborated more with guitarist David Gilmour (who replaced Barrett) to create an effortless album that would turn out to be the band’s best.
Waters was determined to write more about the realities faced in our lives, and upon listening to John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band, the latter’s first solo record, the Pink Floyd bassist was eager to capture that rawness of the feeling. And so, the band then began to experiment more with their sound, which explains why the makings of DSOTM took roughly two years to be finished.
Some people may not know that after Meddle (1971), Pink Floyd also produced the subsequent 1972 album Obscured by Clouds, which was less known given that the album only served as a soundtrack for the French film La Vallée, directed by Barbet Schroeder. Obscured by Clouds is met with mixed reviews.
You may watch the rest of DSOTM’s details in the video presented below.