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PINK FLOYD - THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
This was a Pink Floyd album which had everything thrown in bar the kitchen sink. From alarm clocks mayhem to drunken philosophers!
Beginning with a heartbeat, and foul-mouthed ramblings, the soothing 'Breathe In The Air' follows, then the frenetic synth sound of the instrumental 'On The Run', complete with running footsteps. 'Time', with its clocks frenzy intro, and simple, brooding beginning, bursts into a rather unexpected pleasing melody, and Dave Gilmour's swirling guitar solo. Rick Wright's lilting piano introduces the final track of side one, 'The Great Gig In The Sky', which is made memorable by session singer Clare Torry's soulful improvisation.
Cash registers ring out at the start of side two, with 'Money', and lyrics that describe the root of all evil. 'Money', ironically, earnt the Floyd a fair bit in the States. The gentle 'Us And Them' is a superior track, and is the most well crafted piece on the album. Then the instrumental 'Any Colour You Like' leads into the epic ending of 'Brain Damage' and 'Eclipse'. Lyrically and musically it's the most moving end to an album you'll find.
Pink Floyd have made a few albums described as classic, some of which one can dispute, but there is no dispute over this one.
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