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Dark Side of the Moon
Dark Side of the Moon

Original LP Cover.

Studio album by Pink Floyd
Released 1 March 1973
Recorded June 1972 - January 1973
Genre Progressive rock
Length 47:55
Label Harvest
Producer Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd chronology
Obscured by Clouds
Dark Side of the Moon
Household Objects

Dark Side of the Moon is the nineth studio album by the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd, released on 1 March 1973.

It built on ideas explored in the band's earlier recordings and live shows, but lacks the extended instrumental excursions. The themes on Dark Side of the Moon include conflict, greed, the passage of time, and mental illness.

Developed during live performances, an early version of the suite was premiered several months before studio recording began; new material was recorded in two sessions in 1972 and 1973 at Abbey Road Studios in London.

The group used some of the most advanced recording techniques of the time, including multitrack recording and tape loops. Analogue synthesizers were given prominence in several tracks, and a series of recorded interviews with the band's road crew and others provided the philosophical quotations used throughout.

Differences with OTL

  • The Travel Sequence is maintained as an original track on the album, instead of On the Run.
  • Home Again is the OTL Breathe (Reprise), although longer and contains a solo at the transition Time/Home Again. As Breathe, is sung only by Gilmour.
  • Us and Them, in the ATL, is sung at all just by Richard Wright, and Brain Damage, Waters shares vocals with Gilmour and Wright, Eclipse only with Gilmour.

Track listing

Side One

No. Title Music Vocals Length
1. "Speak to Me" Mason Instrumental


2. "Breathe in the Air" Waters, Gilmour, Wright Gilmour 2:43
3. "The Travel Sequence" Gilmour, Waters Instrumental 3:30
4. "Time" Mason, Waters, Wright, Gilmour Gilmour, Wright 5:47
5. "Home Again" Gilmour, Waters Gilmour 3:23
6. "The Great Gig in the Sky" Wright, Clare Torry Torry 4:15
Total Length: 23:04

Side Two

No. Title Writer(s) Vocals Length
1. "Money" Waters Gilmour


2. "Us and Them" Waters, Wright Wright 7:51
3. "Any Colour You Like" Mason, Wright, Gilmour Instrumental 3:24
4. "Brain Damage" Waters Waters, Gilmour, Wright 3:50
5. "Eclipse" Waters Waters, Gilmour 2:41
Total Length: 24:51

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