The Dark Side Of The Moon
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PINK FLOYD The Dark Side Of The Moon (Late 80s issue of the 1973 UK 10-track LP barcoded glossy gatefold picture sleeve with two fold-out colour posters and two postcard size stickers. The sleeve shows only light signs of general wear with both posters and stickers shows little signs of age & the vinyl has little signs of play. A nice copy of of this classic album SHVL804)
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Disc 1 : is the original disc,remastered by James Guthrie again,his '94 remaster was perfect as far as i could tell and truth be told i cant really detect any noticeable difference,sometimes with these 'new' remasters i think you will convince yourself to hear something different.initially on first play i thought possibly a little clearer,the background voices slightly more audible,after a couple of listens with the headphones and comparing to the prev disc im not too sure.Whats not in dispute is this is a fantastic piece of music that has stood the test of time,beautifully arranged.played and recorded nearly 40 years ago,its hard to believe there will be a first time buyer,so i guess most will know already what their buying.
Disc 2 : now i've never heard any live 70's recordings of 'dark side...' so this was my principle reason for buying and its well worth it,clocking in at around 12 mins more than its studio counterpart there a couple of moments were the band add in a little extra,nothing too much to change the overall feeling and what a performance,all four members on fire and a sound quality that frankly stunned me,i thought a recording 37 years old may suffer but this is absolute quality and worth the purchase price alone.
The sound quality on the remaster is excellent so no worries there,the packaging ,well that a different story.Read more ›
Floyd's music has always lent itself to cutting edge audio technology and the 5.1 SACD mix is proof of this. Using an SACD player and a 5.1 system you get true surround sound. Now this means that the voices in "Speak to Me" swirl around the listener, clocks chime as if their in your room and coins jangle about you. But more than this, now that there are 5.1 channels of sound the music is clearer and better defined. It has more presence, placing the listener in the centre of the music. It provides a full audio experiance.
Yet it it incredibly subtle. Now instruments are intricately placed to enhance the listening experiance; there are no gimmicks here. In "Time" the rototoms sound as if they are in the centre of the room, as if they are directly in front of you. The sax in "Us and Them" comes solely from the centre speaker given it far more clarity than before (the sax used to get lost in the mix before, I felt). Subtle effects, yet hugely effective.
All in all such near studio-like quality in the sound (this depends on how good your system is) adds to the music, sharpens it, makes a thirty year old album seem new.
For any Floyd fan DSOTM is an essential purchase and this SACD is just as neccessary. Get it whilst you can...
Unfortunately, what we have here is some superb musical treats for the Floyd fan, padded out with a load of unnecessary junk to bump the price up.
First, the music - the remaster of DSOTM is good as it has ever sounded. The quality of both the live performance disc and the bonus disc of demos and rarities are top-notch - they've been cleaned up superbly, and they sound dynamic and clear without a trace of tape hiss. Furthermore, the content itself is well worth hearing - Rick Wright's solo piano demo of "Us And Them" is worth the price of admission on its own, and the track from "Household Objects" is surprisingly good. If you are a Floyd fan, the bonus discs are must-listens.
The surround mixes of DSOTM are interesting - the inclusion of both Blu-Ray and DVD seems a bit unnecessary, as all the content is duplicated across both formats, and hardly justifies HD video, given its age - a single DVD-Video disc and a DVD-Audio disc would have been more than adequate, and could have held all the video and audio in both standard and HD formats.
And then we get onto the padding. The booklets are a disappointment - yes, a lot of photos, but the only words are the lyrics to the album, which we all have already, and a page from Storm Thorgerson telling yet again the story of how the band chose the cover artwork. Nothing from the band at all - there is so much that could have been included - interviews, reviews, reminiscences - but nothing. The concert ticket and backstage pass replicas are pointless.Read more ›
The second disc is a live recording of DSTOM from 1974 and showcases a band at the height of their collective power.
Breathe starts off with some nice guitar work from Gilmour that really did make me sit up and say `Oh that's nice'. On the Run was excellent as was Time, with Rick in fine vocal form.
The Great Gig in the Sky was certainly very well done but it doesn't compare to the original, especially the vocals. On this recording it became something of a jam session with Roger's bass seeming to dominate the mix, which does show us what a competent player he really was.
After hearing David singing for most of the album it was quite a contrast to hear Roger singing the last two tracks. I had never found the difference as profound on the studio version so it made for an interesting listen. The gap between the end of the song Eclipse and the `There is no dark side to the moon really' speech is abrupt, almost as if the band wanted to stop and go for for a cup of tea.
In conclusion, the live version of DSOTM is well worth the money and I am likely to play it in preference to the Pulse version.
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very good i have heard bits over the years and when i played the whole cd i was no dissapointedPublished 2 days ago by stephen hand
I couldn't take anymore of this rubbish. Couldn't get past track 3! Worst sounding album and band ever! Sabbath and Led are a million times better! Read morePublished 14 days ago by steven gilmour-white
Having read many reviews posted by customers, I must say that this is a lovely box set. However, I have to agree with a review left previously by a customer who quite simply put... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Rick
Needed to remember songs form my youth ready for a tribute Pink Floyd bandPublished 20 days ago by dilly
The sound track was very low. I had to crank up the volume on my car stereo to get a decent level. Contemplated sending it back!! 2 albums from this supplier. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Amazon Customer