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The Dark Side Of The Moon
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on 20 April 2017
Seemless recording quality, good pressing: Carefully remastered from the original master tapes the sound is smooth, warm and not clinical in any way shape or form. Classic vinyl release that has definitely stood the test of time and worthy of replacement of your old copy or even CD which tended to sound harsh and bright showing flaws in recording and master tapes, the vinyl version shows just what a great album this really is and suited to its original format. No stickers with my copy or poster, shame. Love it anyway.
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on 9 November 2015
This is my 3rd cd version of this album, also had the vinyl,way back in the day, couldnt help myself the carrot of the live disc sold me,so what do you need to know?
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.the 2 discs are housed in a tri fold digi pak which the seams are already tearing,the housing for the discs quite tight,so beware when taking in/out,the booklet is very average,no improvement on the '94 remaster, just the lyrics and photos already available previously,all housed in a flimsy slipcase,if it wasnt such a superb musical release i would have been tempted to dock a star.
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on 1 May 2014
This was the one that really put Pink Floyd in to history. Had first seem them when they were on their Atom Heart Mother tour which included a bit of earlier songs. Then saw them play this after introducing parts of 'Wish You Were Here' to be honest I thought they were out of practise and seemed bored. The venue was the Hippodrome Bristol and they said Rory Gallagher had a far better show just up the road at the Colston Hall. Dark Side of The Moon is the only album from Pink Floyd I like beginning to end. I always thought they had odd ones including a couple of good tracks . I only liked parts of The Wall meaning 'Comfortably Numb' and Another Brick In The Wall" (i hated the film) . To be honest I found a lot of Floyds stuff depressing like a lot of the progressive groups. Songs or tunes were far too long. Hence Punk, Grunge, Hard Rock and Heavy Metal evolved. I personally found too much has depended on pyrotechnics etc instead of listening to what could be bad musicianship.
All the same Floyd are otherwise incredible musicians especially Dave Gilmore and respect Roger Waters for trying to find out his dad's past.
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on 22 March 2014
I bought this totally OTT boxed set just to get a copy of Darkside in a playable 5.1 format. Why we couldn't have had the 5.1 SACD version reissued on DVD audio the way the Genesis albums were is beyond me. Darkside is and will always be my favourite album and having it in 5.1 just adds the icing to the cake. The surround sound mix helps to bring out every subtle detail of this magnificent album, but you do need to play it loud , which lets face it you where going to do anyway.
The Blu-ray which based on the poor quality cardboard slip case, appears to have been added to the box as a last minute after thought does actually sounds better than the dvd. Talking of the dvd it might just be my system but wierdly the 488kbps version on the dvd sounds better than the 640kbps version? And the cymbals are too loud and sound harsh on the 2011 remix.
So is the OTT box worth it, well with the scarf and the marbles (who thought they were a good idea?) and leaving aside the question of why the posters included with the original lp's weren't included, the answer has to be NO. But the 5.1 Darkside sounds so magnificent that I've bought the similarly OTT immersion 'Wish you were here" for the 5.1 version as well. So forget sense and join me on the Darkside of the Moon, it sounds great here.
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on 24 April 2016
My copy is full of pops and crackles. In between the crackles it sounds fantastic but it does spoil the experience somewhat. Going to try thoroughly cleaning it to see if it can be improved.
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on 5 April 2014
It's great that the musical runes were cast such that this has been reissued and remastered in surround sound. The effects are used subtley and entertainingly, for example in "Money". Not all tracks have been given the lavish surround treatment, however, and I couldn't help feeling that some of the original material perhaps hadn't faired as well as more recent (Dire Straits) material. I have nothing but praise, though, for the fact that this material is available at all, and is still being printed. It is probably too much to hope that Pink Floyd would expand their available SACD catalogue, given the dearth of hardware commitment to 5.1 audio. But if you can manage a decent 5.1 system then do, do, do get a 5.1 SACD player (easier said than done) and find new enjoyment in music you thought you knew by heart.
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on 2 October 2015
I never really understood the Floyd thing as a kid. Their music seemed to be the domain of university students and intellectuals (I am neither). However as I got older it started to get me. Explain 'it'? Well I can't. You need an intellectual for that perhaps. However I adore Floyd now. Their music has immense power and meaning. It glides over me like clouds in a blue sky. The dark side of the moon is a musical masterpiece. Remove all background noise and distractions, close your eyes and go with the flow. I recommend four speakers. It's an experience. A personal journey.
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on 27 March 2017
It's Dark side of the moon, need I say more? Absolutely bloody fanfastic.
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VINE VOICEon 1 December 2011
Yet another remastered review of a 10 year post i wrote. Sounds like the packaging on this is very poor considering it was one of the best packaged vinyl ever - gatefold cover, lyrics, posters. The only thing it lacked as a vinyl was a well designed inner sleeve (dust jacket) which was just plain black. Anyway here is my original 2001 review:

A Spectrumful Of Soundscapes, 11 Dec 2001

Released in March, 1973 DSOTM has since become a classic. It has already sold in excess of 30 million. It's appeal is impossible to define. David Gilmour has said of it that it sounds very complicated but the more you listen to it the more basic it becomes, cross that with the timeless sound of the tunes/lyrics/mixes and there you have it. I tend to agree with the Floyd guitarist on that.
I first heard this album back in 1982 and was awestruck. It was on a tape backed with Wish You Were Here and although Wish became my all time favourite album (Floyd's 1975 follow up release) as soon as one side finished it would be turned over. Both albums are compulsive listening.

Many articles have been written about DSOTM explaining how it was recorded using sound effects (cash tills, clocks etc); interviews (questions on flashcards requiring one sentence answers) and the use of a new type of synthesiser: VCS3. This devise was used widely on the album and unlike a lot of current releases its sound has not aged the album.

The albums theme basically deal with things that drive a person insane. Money, war, power, time, death and constant worrying help make this most depressing of albums an absolute gem. Roger Waters wrote all the lyrics and as he was only 22 at the time he must have been inspired. The words hold true today. Indeed, on The Division Bell tour 1995, DSOTM was played live in it's entirety by a Waters-less Floyd. Refer to Pulse album/video. For me the live version was OK but 'Money' was still as awful as it was on Delicate Sound Of Thunder.

If your introduction to Floyd was with the Echoes compilation then you will already have 4 of the 10 titles. You will know what sound to expect and the style of lyrics. So why should you want to buy this 40 minute album. Well admittedly the 2 standout tracks on the album are Time and Money but the record is a concept album and as such should be listened to as a continuous piece. For me what Echoes doesn't contain really should be owned. Brain Damage, Eclipse and Breathe have brilliant lyrics and Speak To Me (Written by Waters but credited to Mason for a birthday present) and On The Run are great sound montages. The overall sound fuses rock/soul/space rock and stereophonic confusion.

The album was mixed back in '73 in stereo and quadraphonic, today it sounds awesome through surround sound as well as on headphones. The digitally remastered version really does sound far superior to the first CD releases. You can tell the difference between CDs as the original followed the original vinyl cover with its' hollow prism and painted spectrum as opposed to the real photo with the intruding laser. For me the original vinyl package with its gatefold sleeve, posters and stickers was only bettered by Wish You Were Here (Floyd's '75 release) in the history of album sleeves. I'm showing my age here. The reason to make a fuss of the cover is that it has been described as "'The World's second most famous record sleeve". Presumably The Beatles 'Sgt Pepper...' is the first.

The album is a superb Floyd juxtaposition with melancholy lyrics set to great bouncy or big (as in colossal sounding) tunes. I guess if I had to say that the Floyd had a trademark then that would be it. Anyway 30 million (2011 update: 45 million* approx) depressed customers can't be wrong! If you like DSOTM then checkout Floyd's Obscured By Clouds (1972) which was recorded and released between DSOTM sessions and Wish You Were Here.

Thanx for reading.

*How many times have we bought this LP? vinyl, tape, 8 track (that will throw some youngsters), analog cd, digital cd (20th anniversary), SACD (30th anniversary), vinyl (30th anniversary), 2011 remasters 1cd, 2cd, Immersion, vinyl again... bet I missed some format out to ! So that 45 million could work out to about 10 million. Am I being sceptical?... no it is still a 5 star lp but I can only give it 4 stars when placed along side other Floyd LPs.
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on 12 August 2013
When this band first started, they were called "The Pink Floyd Sound", which is a perfectly fitting title for them. As that is exactly what this is - a sound. I mean, I'm not entirely sure what "this" actually specifically is, but I know you'll only find it within the sleeve of this album cover. Nobody makes this better than or even similarly to Pink Floyd.
Unlike most music, where it is superficial enough to allow the listener to select their favourite song, or even skip to their favourite chorus or solo and get a cheap high from it, Floyd don't really allow for this. This isn't a collection of three minute songs, this is certainly an album. You read a book from cover to cover, you don't just find your most liked chapter or skip to your favourite scene in a film. Enjoy this as the album it was made as.
Having said that, Great Gig in the Sky epitomises what music is all about. Us and Them is nice, and the last three songs on the album are brilliant.
It should have a space on everybody's music shelf, even just out of principle, because of what it is.
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