The Dark Side Of The Moon is one of the greatest records of all time. This is the story of it’s making. Great monuments of rock history. A statistical phenomenon. Over 30 million albums and 740 weeks on the charts in the US. More than 14 years.
This is the story of the creation of a masterpiece. Pink Floyd’s ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’. An album that has mesmerized several generations and claimed a place in the worlds records books for remaining on the charts for years longer than any of it’s closest competitors. More than 14 years in total. It was the album that dramatically transformed Pink Floyd from Art House favourites to global stadium superstars.
Pink Floyd prior to 1973 had maintained a relentless gigging schedule and by the time it came to record a new album had already created and been playing live the basis for what would become the Dark Side record. It would be the first album where Roger Waters would supply all the lyrics as well as the basic ‘concept’. With the timeless qualities of its production and the hypnotic evocation of its central themes – alienation, paranoia, madness, war and death ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ would become the album that would domonate the 70’s and 80’s. Thirty years later it still strikes a chord with a new generation of record buyers.
This programme takes a track by track look at the making of the album. All four members of the band Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright are featured in exclusive interviews. Roger, David and Richard play songs and demonstrate themes from the album. Alan Parsons the original Engineer takes us through the multi track tapes giving unique insight into the musical fabric of this classic album.
The programme is illustrated with archive footage, films specially made for the Pink Floyd concerts, and stills. ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ with its combination of great songs, inventive effects and one of the best known sleeves in rock history tapped into the world’s collective subconscious and became a monument of rock history and one of the truly Classic Albums of all time.