Great Rock Albums of the 70s: Pink Floyd- Dark Side of the Moon

Question: What does a metal head do when they feel like mellowing out a bit? Yes, I can already hear many metal heads screaming, “Me, mellow out, never!” But I know there are many who once in a great while like to take it down a notch. So, do you listen to Air Supply or whatever love song is in the top 10 at the moment? I say a big “HELL NO!” to that, what many of us listened to and many still do now is Pink Floyd.

Throughout the 70s, Pink Floyd put out several really good albums such as “Animals,” “Wish You Were Here” and the most popular of those, “The Wall.” I will be looking at the last one at a later date. However, it is “Dark Side of the Moon” that got me truly listening to Pink Floyd and was my official mellow out party album. I’ve known rockers the world over to put this album when having partied their hearts out and want to relax and unwind a little. The songs on this album provide the perfect atmosphere in which to do that. Also there is something to be said about the album, like many Pink Floyd albums, to be thoroughly enjoyed after puffing the magic dragon. It is probably the way one song leads straight into the next that keeps the buzz going. Even in the days before CDs when you had to pause to turn the tape over, the first track on the second side, “Money” does a great job in returning you back to the proper atmosphere.

Track Listing:

1. Speak to Me

2. Breathe

3. On the Run

4. Time

5. The Great Gig in the Sky

6. Money

7. Us and Them

8. Any Colour You Like

9. Brain Damage

10. Eclipse

Pink Floyd

David Gilmour- guitar, synthesisers, vocals

Roger Waters- bass, vocals, synthesisers, tape effects

Nick Mason- percussion, tape effects

Richard Wright- keyboards, synthesisers

One thing I need to mention is that I can include David Gilmour in that growing list of underrated guitarists. His efforts, especially on his solo on “Money” proves that he can smoke a finger board. His style helps to create the music that Pink Floyd is best loved for. So, if you ever want to relax and just go mellow for a few brief moments, then this is the album to have on your stereo.

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17 Responses to “Great Rock Albums of the 70s: Pink Floyd- Dark Side of the Moon”

  1. metalodyssey Says:

    All of those Pink Floyd “classics” have just been reissued and re-mastered. Seriously though, what is there to possibly “re-master” on these unreal gems?

    I have my Pink Floyd “Dark Side Of The Moon” tapestry on the ceiling of my basement… and your EXACTLY right, I stare up at it when I’m chillin’ out on my lazy recliner… while some Pink Floyd and/or David Gilmour, Roger Waters solo tunes are playing.

    You absolutely nailed it on the “Money” with your thoughts here. 🙂


    • Thanks, you’re right, how can you possibly remaster these classics. Although my ex-wife used to say that the “Animals” album was music to slit your wrists to. Strange, it never made me want to do that.


      • metalodyssey Says:

        Ouch! I could never equate the music of Pink Floyd to wanting to slit my wrist! Ouch again.

        It’s funny, I just bought “The Wall” this past Spring on CD and now a revamped edition is out… I’ll stick to the CD I now own! I used to own “The Wall” on CD many years ago, only I sold it with a batch of other CD’s to raise money for an engagement ring. We’re still married and it was a good investment. 🙂


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