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40 years on the dark side

By March 29, 2013

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I can't let this month end without noting that it was 40 years ago -- March 1, 1973 -- that Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon was released. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart and stayed on the chart until 1988, some 741 weeks later.

When it was added to the Library of Congress National Recording Registry last week, the Library's statement said, "The Dark Side of the Moon 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 synthesizers at their disposal. Rather than overdoing it, [the album] is an example of brilliant, innovative production in service of the music."

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Incidentally, among other albums added to the Registry last week were Janis Joplin's last album with Big Brother and the Holding Company, Cheap Thrills, Simon and Garfunkel's The Sounds of Silence, and The Ramones' Ramones.

Each year, 25 recordings are added to the Registry, which now contains a total of 375 recordings "to celebrate the richness and variety of our audio heritage and to underscore our responsibility for long-term preservation, to assure that legacy can be appreciated and studied for generations."

Album cover image courtesy Capitol Records


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