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Dark Side of the Moon

Udgivet d.24. marts 1973.
Optaget Juni '72 og mellem oktober '72 og januar '73
Coverart af Hipgnosis
Højeste placering UK 2. plads
Højeste placering USA 1. plads

Dette er et af de aller største hits Floyd nogensinde har lavet og, lad os se det i øjnene, nogensinde kommer til at lave. Personligt synes jeg at "The Wall" overgår "The Dark Side of the Moon" men salgstallene, især i USA, siger noget andet. Over 741 uger uafbrudt på Top-200 listen i USA (Den har siden da også været med på listen i kortere tid).



Herover ser du coveret på henholdsvis originalen fra 1973, SACD udgaven fra 2003 og DVD udgaven.

Nu er den, efter 30 år blevet udgivet som både en SACD og en DVD.
DVD'en med en masse interviews af mestrene selv.
Hvor stor den lydmæssige gevinst er ved SACD'en skal jeg ikke være den rette til at bedømme (Jeg har ikke købt den!) men den skulle efter sigende være i surround, hvilket er helt i tråd med hvad Floyd forsøgte sig med dengang. Da forsøgte man at lave quadrofoniske liveoptrædender af pladen. Teknikken dengang var dog ikke helt til det. Det er den så nu.
DVD'en skal man være stor Floyd fan for at finde interessant. Men for os ægte Floyd fans er det så også helt klart en guldgrubbe! De fire Floyd'er gennemgår numrene et for et og prøver at beskrive hvordan de kom frem til en så genial plade - både rent musikalsk men også teknisk set.

Er du så vild med baggrunden for denne plade, så skal du jo nok se filmen "Live in Pompeii" hvor man også er i studiet i starten af tilblivelsen af denne geniale plade.

Og en genial plade er det. Det er den første koncept-plade i Floyd's historie og i det hele taget den mest sammenhængende plade der er lavet - i hvert fald i dén tid.
Det er også den plade der virkelig slog Floyds navn fast på den internationale scene. Hvor de før var mest kendt på undergrundsscenerne, havde de nu sendt en plade på gaden der ramte et langt større publikum. Lydmæssigt var pladen meget futuristisk. De benyttede metoder der senere er blevet mere almindelige men den gang var uhørte. Teksterne handlede om det liv vi alle kender, og mange kunne derfor genkende sig selv i dem.
I mine øjne er det her Floyd holder op med at eksperimentere og i stedet øser af den erfaring de har gjort gennem deres hidtil 8 årige karriere og deres 7 foregående albums. Velvidende at ikke alle er enige med mig, vil jeg påstå at det er med The Dark Side of the Moon at Floyd endegyldigt skiller sig af med Syd Barrets spøgelse og finder sin helt egen linie. Barret var en hitmager og var god til at skrive enkeltnumre, og jeg tror at dét er hvad Floyd indtil nu har forsøgt - dén æra er slut !

Da Floyd sammen (forøvrigt hjemme i Mason's køkken) havde besluttet sig for at pladen skulle have livet som tema og de ting i livet der kunne drive en til vandvid, besluttede Waters sig for at stille en stribe mennesker de samme spørgsmål : Har du nogen sinde været voldelig ? Hvornår afklapsede du sidst en eller anden ? og Var du i din gode ret til det ? og så videre.
En af dem der blev interviewet, var en roadie ved navn Roger the Hat. Det er ham man mest af alt hører i baggrunden på pladen. Også hans hæse latter i baggrrunden af Brain Damage. Slutbemærkningen "There is no dark side of the moon, really. Matter of fact, it's all dark" kommer fra en dørmand ved Abbey Road studierne, Jerry Driscoll.
Også Paul og Linda McCartney blev interviewet - dog kom de aldrig med på pladen. Det gjorde Wings-guitaristen Henry McCulloughs, der kom med sætningen: "I don't know, I was really drunk at the time!" i slutningen af Money.

Rumsonden OpportunityNummeret "Eclipse" er blevet spillet på Mars. Da mars-sonden Opportunity den 10. marts 2004 skulle "vækkes" fra dvaletilstand, blev det gjort med det velkendte Dark-side-nummer "Eclipse". At "Dark Side of the Moon" blev brugt på en Mars ekspedition, hænger sammen med at sonden skulle passere Mars månen Phobos.
For Floyd var der selvfølgelig tale om en "formørkelse" af sindet, men en sol- eller måneformørkelse er selvfølgelig afgørende for rumsonder.....

"Eclipse" var forøvrigt den oprindelige tittel for "Dark Side". Pladen blev først udgivet så sent som Marts 1973, allerede i februar 1972 spillede Floyd nogle af numrene live. Og efter deres koncerter 17.,18.,19. og 20. februar 1972 (for øvrigt udsolgt med 12.000 pladser hver aften) skrev man i en anmeldelse i The Finaciel Times at hvis nogen andre forsøgte sig med Floydlignede lys- og lydshow, ville det ende i en katastrofe. Pink Floyd var den overlegne fortrop i poppen uden konkurrence.
Også nummeret "Us and Them" stammer fra før 1973. Faktisk er nummeret et kasseret nummer fra "Zabriskie Point" i 1969. Dér hed det "The Violent Sequence" men blev som sagt kasseret - fordi det var for sørgeligt.


Numre på denne plade

"Speak to Me" [1'10] (Mason)

(Instrumental)

Lyt til sætningen "I've been mad for fucking years, absolutely years, been
over the edge for yonks, been working me buns off for bands..."
"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the
most of us are...very hard to explain why you are mad,
even if you're not mad..."

"Breathe" [2'47] (Waters, Gilmour, Wright)

Breathe, breathe in the air.
Don't be afraid to care.
Leave but don't leave me.
Look around and choose your own ground.

Long you live and high you fly
And smiles you'll give and tears you'll cry
And all you touch and all you see
Is all your life will ever be.

Run, rabbit run.
Dig that hole, forget the sun,
And when at last the work is done
Don't sit down it's time to dig another one.

click your heels together three times Dorothy For long you live and high you fly
But only if you ride the tide
And balanced on the biggest wave
You race towards an early grave.

"On The Run" [3'51] (Gilmour, Waters)

(Instrumental)

Lyt til sætningen"Live for today, gone tomorrow, that's me, HaHaHaaaaaa!"

"Time" [5'54] (Mason, Waters, Wright, Gilmour)

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way.
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way.

Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain.
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today.
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you.
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.

So you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it's sinking
Racing around to come up behind you again.
The sun is the same in a relative way but you're older,
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death.

Every year is getting shorter never seem to find the time.
Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way
The time is gone, the song is over,
Thought I'd something more to say.

"Breathe" (reprise) [1'11]

Home, home again.
I like to be here when I can.
When I come home cold and tired
It's good to warm my bones beside the fire.
Far away across the field
The tooling of the iron bell
Calls the faithful to their knees
To hear the softly spoken magic spells.

"The Great Gig in the Sky" [4'47] (Wright)

(Instrumental)

Lyt til sætningen"And I am not frightened of dying, any time will do, I
don't mind. Why should I be frightened of dying?
There's no reason for it, you've gotta go sometime."

Lyt til sætningen"I never said I was frightened of dying."

"Money" [6'23] (Waters)

Money, get away.
Get a good job with good pay and you're okay.
Money, it's a gas.
Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash.
New car, caviar, four star daydream,
Think I'll buy me a football team.

Money, get back.
I'm all right Jack keep your hands off of my stack.
Money, it's a hit.
Don't give me that do goody good bullshit.
I'm in the high-fidelity first class traveling set
And I think I need a Lear jet.

Money, it's a crime.
Share it fairly but don't take a slice of my pie.
Money, so they say
Is the root of all evil today.
But if you ask for a raise it's no surprise that they're
giving none away.

Lyt til sætningen"HuHuh! I was in the right!"
Lyt til sætningen"Yes, absolutely in the right!"
Lyt til sætningen"I certainly was in the right!"
Lyt til sætningen"Yes. I was definitely in the right. That geezer was cruising for a bruising!"
Lyt til sætningen"Yeah!"
Lyt til sætningen"Why does anyone do anything?"
Lyt til sætningen"I don't know, I was really drunk at the time!"

"I was just telling him, he couldn't get into number 2. He was asking
why he wasn't coming up on freely, after I was yelling and
screaming and telling him why he wasn't coming up on freely.
It came as a heavy blow, but we sorted the matter out"

"Us and Them" [7'48] (Waters, Wright)

Us, and them
And after all we're only ordinary men.
Me, and you.
God only knows it's not what we would choose to do.
Forward he cried from the rear
and the front rank died.
And the general sat and the lines on the map
moved from side to side.
Black and blue
And who knows which is which and who is who.
Up and down.
But in the end it's only round and round.
Haven't you heard it's a battle of words
The poster bearer cried.
Listen son, said the man with the gun
There's room for you inside.

Lyt til sætningen"I mean, they're not gunna kill ya,
so like, if you give 'em a quick short, sharp, shock,
they don't do it again. Dig it?
I mean he got off lightly, 'cos I could've given him a thrashing
I only hit him once! It was only a difference in right n' wrong ain't it,
I mean good manners don't cost nothing do they, eh?"

Down and out
It can't be helped but there's a lot of it about.
With, without.
And who'll deny it's what the fighting's all about?
Out of the way, it's a busy day
I've got things on my mind.
For the want of the price of tea and a slice
The old man died.

"Any Colour You Like" (Gilmour, Mason, Wright)

(Instrumental)

"Brain Damage" [3'25] (Waters)

The lunatic is on the grass.
The lunatic is on the grass.
Remembering games and daisy chains and laughs.
Got to keep the loonies on the path.

The lunatic is in the hall.
The lunatics are in my hall.
The paper holds their folded faces to the floor
And every day the paper boy brings more.

And if the dam breaks open many years too soon
And if there is no room upon the hill
And if your head explodes with dark forebidings too
I'll see you on the dark side of the moon.

The lunatic is in my head.
The lunatic is in my head
You raise the blade, you make the change
You re-arrange me 'till I'm sane.

You lock the door
And throw away the key
There's someone in my head but it's not me.
And if the cloud bursts, thunder in your ear
You shout and no one seems to hear.
And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes
I'll see you on the dark side of the moon.

"I can't think of anything to say except...
I think it's marvelous! HaHaHa!"

"Eclipse" [2'06] (Waters)

All that you touch
All that you see
All that you taste
All you feel.
All that you love
All that you hate
All you distrust
All you save.
All that you give
All that you deal
All that you buy,
beg, borrow or steal.
All you create
All you destroy
All that you do
All that you say.
All that you eat
everyone you meet
All that you slight
everyone you fight.
All that is now
All that is gone
All that's to come
and everything under the sun is in tune
but the sun is eclipsed by the moon.

Lyt til sætningen"There is no dark side of the moon really. Matter of fact it's all dark."

She's got a ticket to ride

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