Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

EMI  7243-582136-2

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid


Pink Floyd

Originally released in 1973, The Dark Side of The Moon became Pink Floyd’s first number 1 album in the US, remaining on the chart for 741 weeks between 1973 and 1988. One of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed albums of all time The Dark Side of The Moon also introduced The iconic album cover artwork by Hipgnosis featuring a prism representing the band’s stage lighting, the record’s lyrics, and the request for a ‘simple and bold’ design.

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Analogue recording
1. Speak to Me/ Breathe in the Air
2. On the Run
3. Time
4. The Great Gig in the Sky
5. Money
6. Us and Them
7. Any Colour You Like
8. Brain Damage
9. Eclipse
Comments (4)

Comment by Pit christian - October 31, 2015 (1 of 4)

This original album has got a fantastic sound but this one has the best sound I ever heard
You' ve got sounds coming from everywhere in your room , pure sounds.
Listen to the sax on 'us and them' and you can hear the air going through the sax body as if it was in front of your chair...(with my Cayin tube amp it is totately terrific)

Comment by threerandot - July 7, 2016 (2 of 4)

Review by threerandot May 27, 2007 (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
Performance: 4
Sonics: 4

Dark Side of The Moon is certainly one of those watershed moments in popular music history. For anyone who has heard the album in traditional Compact Disc or vinyl, SA-CD will certainly offer an entirely new experience of this record.

Songs like "On The Run" are very impressive, with plenty of panning effects which purists may object to. The instrumental moments of "Time" are very impressive with plenty of deep, deep bass and percussion with lots of reverb. As this is however, a 1973 analogue recording, you are not going to experience the kind of sound that a DSD recording could have offered. The recording certainly shows its age.

I am not a huge fan of Pink Floyd, but I do remember my brothers and I playing this quite a bit years ago. Favorites for me are the opening moments of Time, On The Run and Any Color You Like. The Great Gig in The Sky can go on and on however. Us and Them is highlighted by the saxaphone, which stands out very nicely in the MCH mix.

This is certainly better than the album has ever sounded and fans of Pink Floyd will certainly not be disappointed. This is recommended with only small reservations. It certainly is a good way to experience the potential of MCH listening and it makes sense that this was one of the very first SACDs to showcase the format.

(This review refers to the MCH portion of this disc.)

Comment by Dave Dubbya - June 27, 2017 (3 of 4)

This as good as it gets for DSOM. Obviously you need a decent multi-channel set-up to properly appreciate this disc fully. Totally agree with the other reviewer about the sax on 'us and them', it sounds like Dick Parry is actually in the room.

Comment by Wolfspaw - December 3, 2017 (4 of 4)

Analog Productions has announced that both this and "Wish You Were Here" will be re-released in Multi-Channel SACD next year; I'm not sure that they also released a date but maybe late summer. They are also releasing an additional 25 Living Stereo Sacd's and some other recordings.

WYWH was released just a few years ago, so I don't think that they will do anything to that recording, but Dark Side was re-mastered in the early 2000's so maybe...

Can't wait for James Guthrie to finish The Wall (and I know people are going to want "The Wall").... last I read (in an interview a few years ago) he had to do 2 Multi-Channel remixes of the album, one for the film on Blu-ray and the second for the SACD, and the film would be finished first. He said that it was a huge project, the tapes need a lot of work and then he has to do 2 mixes and he either said or implied that it would take years to finish.