Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon (DVD)


Year of Release: 2003
Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment
Catalog Number: 30042
Format: DVD
Total Time: 00:00:00

My eyes popped right out my head when I received this DVD. This is prog-head heaven, the making of The Dark Side Of The Moon on DVD. The most interesting feature of the how-it-was-recorded series from Eagle Rock Entertainment is that you get a chance to sit in the studio and watch each individual musician play their parts. Another fascinating treat is listening to the engineer, Alan Parsons, show you how he put the album together piece by piece.

There is no doubt that this album is the #1 rock album of all time. Not only was it on the charts for 14 years, it was a groundbreaking prog-space-rock recording that erased all the boundaries and thought processes that were previously the status quo for recording an album. Some of the effects used on the album were so simple. On ?Money? Roger Waters recorded seven different sounds, because the song is played in 7/8 time, at home utilizing a tape recorder. Then he spliced together the pieces of tape and ran it through on a loop in the studio to get the sounds to come together, and the band then played on cue to those sounds -- amazing. Another interesting effect was the use of taking a small keyboard and pounding out five notes then feeding it through an oscillator and speeding it up to get the rapid synthesizer sound. I was amazed at the sheer simplistic genius that the band and the engineer Alan Parsons used during the recording of the album.

I found the conversations with Roger Waters particularly interesting. He sits with his acoustic guitar and bass and takes you through some of the tracks off the classic album. I would be willing to bet most of you did not know that ?Money? is a blues riff. I never pulled it apart as Waters did in his interview and you can actually hear how it does sound like a down-home blues song slowed down on an acoustic guitar. He also explains the song ?Brain Damage? and how it is about staying off the certain out-of-bounds pieces of grass in England and how it is human nature to want to step on it even though you should not. Even though you need to keep the loonies of the grass, as the song says, the words imply that we all have a certain insanity running through our minds.

Everyone knows how important Dark Side Of The Moon is; my God, how many times has it been reissued since its inception? It all takes on a different meaning once you see how it was actually recorded and how it all came together piece by piece. I highly recommend this DVD to anyone that enjoys music. It is a fascinating trip just like the music is.


Tracklisting:
Introduction / Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun / Echoes / Breathe / On The Run / Time / The Great Gig In The Sky / Money / Us And Them / Brain Damage / Eclipse

Plus, on the DVD only: Brain Damage / Money / Us And Them / Waters? World View / Breathe / Time / Waters On Rock ?n? Roll / Chris Thomas / Gilmour?s Guitars ? Breathe / Gilmour?s Guitars - The Great Gig In The Sky / Gilmour?s Guitars - Us And Them / Gerry Has The Last Word

Musicians:
David Gilmour - vocals, guitar
Nick Mason - percussion
Richard Wright - keyboards
Roger Waters - bass

Discography:
The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (1967)
Tonite Let's All Make Love In London (1968)
A Saucerful Of Secrets (1968)
More (1969)
Ummagumma (1969)
Atom Heart Mother (1970)
Relics (1971)
Meddle (1971)
Obscured By Clouds (1972)
Dark Side Of The Moon (1973/1992)
Wish You Were Here (1975)
Animals (1977)
The Wall (1979)
Collection Of Great Dance Songs (1981)
Works (1983)
The Final Cut (1983)
The Committee (1985)
A Momentary Lapse Of Reason (1987)
Delicate Sound Of Thunder (1988)
Shine On (Boxed Set) (1992)
The Division Bell (1994)
Pulse (1995)
Wish You Were Here - 25th Anniversary Edition (2000)
Echoes - The Best Of Pink Floyd (2001)
Dark Side Of The Moon - 30th Anniversary Edition (SACD) (2003)
The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn - 40th Anniversary Edition (2007) (2 and 3CD editions)
Oh By The Way (16CD Box) (2007)

Dark Side Of The Moon (2003) (VID/DVD)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin UK

Added: August 10th 2003
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
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Artist website: www.pinkfloyd.co.uk
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Language: english

  

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