PINK FLOYD: ‘Dark Side of the Moon,’ ‘Saturday Night Fever’ Added to National Recording Registry

Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon

Pink Floyd’s classic album The Dark Side Of The Moon has been selected for addition to the US Library Of Congress’ Recording Preservation Registry.

The record, released 40 years ago this month, has been selected as one which “highlights the richness of the nation’s audio legacy.” The Library chooses 25 titles for inclusion every year, with assistance from the public via a vote, and Floyd polled the highest response.

The Library says of Dark Side: “It benefits from the fact that Pink Floyd worked out the songs in live performances for months before going into a studio. When they did, there were such recent technological innovations as 16-track recorders and synthesisers at their disposal. Rather than overdoing it, The Dark Side of the Moon is an example of brilliant, innovative production in service of the music.

“The album is notable for the close vocal harmonies of Richard Wright and David Gilmour and for the double tracking of voices and guitars. More unusual effects include the flanged choir in Time, the precisely-placed delays in Us And Them, and a tape loop at the beginning of Money that was so long a microphone stand had to be used to hold it up.

“Roger Waters interviewed studio staff and others responding to a series of flashcard questions, then used snippets of their answers throughout the album. Befitting its title, the themes of the concept album are dark: madness, violence, greed and the passage of time culminating in death. As Waters put it: ‘Those fundamental issues of whether the human race is capable of being humane.’”

Among the other records added to the registry for 2013 are Simon & Garfunkel’s Sounds Of Silence, Big Brother And The Holding Company’s Cheap Thrills, the Bee Gees’ Saturday Night Fever soundtrack and the Ramones’ self-titled debut album.

(via Prog)

Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.

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