Eclipse

By: sonofabeach96

Feb 13 2016

Category: Uncategorized

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On this date, in 1981, Pink Floyd’s iconic Dark Side of the Moon set a major record.  At that time, it had spent the most consecutive weeks on the Billboard Album Chart, having remained there for 401 weeks in a row.  As it turned out, that was merely a little more than half the time it would consecutively appear.

The album was released March 1, 1973 and was an immediate success commercially.  It spent one week in the top spot the month of its release.  It wouldn’t leave until April of 1988.  You read that right.  The album stayed on the charts for 724 weeks, nearly 14 years.

It was the bands’ 8th studio album, and their most successful by far, selling over 50 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all-time.  Count me among the fans…and Darth too:

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The idea for the content came from Roger Waters.  He pitched the idea of making the record a part of an upcoming tour of Japan, the UK, and the US.  The early versions of some of the songs was introduced live, before studio recording had begun.  New versions and new tracks were laid down at Abbey Road Studios in ’72 and early ’73.

Waters’ idea was for a cohesive and unified album, with a common theme throughout.  The context is that of greed, conflict, passing of time, and mental illness, or as Waters put it, things that “make people mad”.  The latter item, mental health, was an homage to former band mate, and founder, Syd Barrett and his descent into apparent mental illness, which had resulted in his leaving the group in 1969.

The title refers not to astronomy, rather to lunacy.  The original title was to be Dark Side of the Moon: A Piece for Assorted Lunatics, but they soon discovered the band Medicine Head had already used Dark Side of  the Moon.  The new name was to be Eclipse.  However, once producers found that the Medicine Head record was a flop, the name reverted back to what we all now recognize.

As far I could find, it received no awards or nominations of any kind.  But it is undeniable that it’s one of the most-loved records in history.  It’s been certified Platinum in 11 countries, 16x in New Zealand, 15x in the US, and 14x in the UK.  Everybody I know has a copy, and if you don’t, what the hell is wrong with you?

In honor of this fascinating, long-relevant, and must-have album, just find yours and play it.  For any who do not have it in your collection or catalog, and I can’t imagine there’s many, here’s a trio for my songs of the day:

“Breathe”

“Time”

“Money”

 

13 comments on “Eclipse”

  1. Ok. I just have to go and dig it out of the archives.

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  2. Good ole Dark Side of The Moon…..got me through high school…great band…kat

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  3. Fantastic album that I still regularly play. And, YES, Pink Floyd is brilliant in concert!

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  4. Did you ever try to line up “Dark Side of the Moon” with “The Wizard of Oz?” Haha!

    I’m not a Pink Floyd fan but certainly respect what they have achieved especially with that album. They have influenced a lot of artists from a lot of different genres.

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  5. Toooon! !!

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