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Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon (1973)

October 1, 2012

[Album 98/1001]

Business Tip #8: Think Outside The Box.

Pink Floyd (or more concisely, ‘Floyd’) was victorious on two levels here.

1) The music is progressive in its nature
2) The packaging of the music, the contents displayed on the cover are likely more famous than the music itself

There are distinctive ‘Floyd’ chord progressions that pop up on this record.  Very cool.  But then similar patterns reappeared later in the decade in the form of Wish You Were Here and Comfortably Numb, two quite memorable songs.  Purists would argue, hey, that’s their sound.  Fair enough.  Still, there are moments later in their career that sound uncomfortably close to self-plagiarism of tracks heard here.

A minor qualm though, as Floyd’s Dark Side (how’s that for affectionate abbreviating) is a proper album.  With the exception of Money, this will never be confused with an arbitrary collection of singles.  It’s a soundscape that is as fresh today as it was almost four decades ago.

From → 1970s

5 Comments
  1. “Still, there are moments later in their career that sound uncomfortably close to self-plagiarism of tracks heard here.”

    Such as?

    • There were a few moments, in particular the ‘Breathe reprise’ was a bit closer than I’d like to the opening of ‘wish you were here’ (which many would argue is one of Floyd’s finest).
      It’s that tricky balance between a group having ‘a sound’ and ‘sounding repetitive’ – credit where it’s due, Pink Floyd definitely has an instantly identifiable, atmospheric sound.

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