Watch Pink Floyd members on how they made Dark Side of The moon. 30 minutes docufilm and Wembley concert.
The album was released in England the 23rd of March 1973 But in the U.S.A. was released the 1st of March.
Was an immediate commercial and critical success; it topped the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart for a week and remained in the chart for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988. With an estimated 45 million copies sold, it is Pink Floyd’s most commercially successful album and one of the best-selling worldwide. It has been remastered and re-released twice, and covered in its entirety by several other acts. It produced two singles, “Money” and “Us and Them”, and is the band’s most popular album among fans and critics, being ranked as one of the greatest albums of all time.
A quartet known for its psychedelic inclinations delivered a fortress of an album: The Dark Side of The Moon was a musical UFO featuring the most advanced technology of the period, a stratospheric record which mirrored society and our errant human ways. Pink Floyd was about to write an essential chapter in rock history and enjoy planetary fame; even today, their album is still one of the greatest sellers of all time
At the start of 1972, Pink Floyd had assembled the pieces of what they were now calling Dark Side of the Moon: A Piece for Assorted Lunatics. Unfortunately, they learned another band, Medicine Head, had just released an album with the same name. As a result, Pink Floyd retitled the work Eclipse and began rehearsals to debut the album live in a series of shows in the early part of the year.
Paul McCartney ended up on the cutting-room floor. Dark Side of the Moon made brilliant use of voices throughout the album, and most of them came from folks who simply happened to be hanging around Abbey Road when it was recorded. Roadies, doormen, and even the members of Wings were posed questions that lyricist Roger Waters had written on cue cards, like “When was the last time you were violent and were you in the right?” and “What does the phrase ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ mean to you?”
Waters also wrote more of the music than the others, with Rick Wright coming in second and Gilmour third. Waters has said he regrets giving Gilmour writing credits on some of the songs, and was over generous. Gilmour has admitted not writing much original material for the album but feels he contributed in other ways, which of course he did.
Roger also wrote three songs for the album by himself, Money, Brain Damage and Eclipse.
The track Speak to me has Nick Mason as the credit. However, Roger is the creator and he gave Nick the credit because he wanted him to make extra money from album sales.