Monday, December 8, 2014

Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

Pink Floyd was a progressive rock band that soared to heights of popularity in the Seventies and Eighties unseen by any other progressive rock band. Formed in 1965, in London, England by Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Richard Wright and Nick Mason, Pink Floyd started their career playing psychedelic music which was the vogue of the day.

In 1966, the band scored a recording deal with EMI and recorded their brilliant debut, “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” (1967). They also recorded an excellent psychedelic single, “See Emily Play.” By 1968, Syd Barrett’s drug use had begun to render him unreliable, and the band recruited a second guitarist, David Gilmour. Both Gilmour and Barrett appeared on “A Saucerful of Secrets” (1968), but the band decided to fire Barrett, and without him recorded, “Ummagumma” (1969). Pink Floyd followed it up with “Atom Heart Mother” (1970).
The album “Meddle” (1971) was something of a turning point as it was likely the best Pink Floyd album since the debut and saw the band firmly established in America. The album is a laid-back progressive rock album that features the sound that would become famous for their next album, the massively successful, “The Dark Side of the Moon” (1973), one of the biggest-selling rock albums ever.

The album is undeniably a masterpiece, and it contains some of the band’s most famous songs, “Money,” “Comfortably Numb,” and “Us and Them.” Roger Waters would become the band’s leader in the wake of the album’s phenomenal success. In 1975, Pink Floyd recorded the fine album,”Wish You Were Here,” which was followed by another solid album, “Animals” (1977).

In 1979, “The Wall,” an album which tells the story of a rock star named Pink who slowly goes insane, was released. A film of the same name accompanied the album. The album proved to be another masterwork, and it was written largely by Waters. The album contained the classic tracks, “Another Brick in the Wall,” “Mother,” and “Young Lust.”

Original Pink Floyd member, Rick Wright, was ousted by Waters during the recording of the Wall, and Waters and Gilmour began to bicker. “The Final Cut” (1983) was another Waters-dominated effort and Waters quit the band in 1985, thinking that other members would follow.

David Gilmour decided to stay and keep the name, “Pink Floyd.” Waters and Gilmour fought over the ownership of the band’s name, and the courts awarded it to Gilmour. Gilmour recorded the Pink Floyd album, “A Momentary Lapse of Reason” (1987) with session musicians. In 1994, with Rick Wright back in the ranks, Pink Floyd recorded a new album, “The Division Bell,” before disbanding shortly thereafter.
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