Dark Side of the Moon is one of the, if not the longest charted albums of all times. DSOTM is found in diverse locations from sub-Saharan Africa to the streets of Ecuador. Why does this music resonate with such a wide range of people? It's simple; the lyrics of bassist Roger Waters touch on the characteristics and emotions that make us human: greed, madness, obsession, death, and regret. In essence, it is the universal biography. This is particularly the case with the song Time. It sums up life in about seven minutes. It begins with the wasting of time in youth, not preparing for the future, to the point in middle age when one realizes "you've missed the starting gun." This starts the mad rush to make up for lost time, which never happens, but you push on until you realize that "you're older, shorter of breath, and one day closer to death." After many false starts, it becomes obvious that "the time is gone, the song is over, " and one finally reaches the point of ultimate regret, "thought I had something more to say." The rest of the songs (not a bad one in the bunch) on the album are just stops, pauses along the timeline of Time. At first, it may seem that DSOTM is a depressing album, but it's not. It can serve as a warning of what could happen and, at the same time, be a comfort to know that one is walking down a well-worn path. With the soul searching, emotional guitar work by David Gilmore, the easy drum work of Nick Mason and the ethereal keyboards by Rick Wright, DSOTM is a masterpiece for the ages.
DARK SIDE OF THE MOON was a benchmark record. It turned the musical world on its ear with a hitherto unseen combination of sounds, and changed things considerably for Pink Floyd. For this project, Pink Floyd resurrected older and unfinished numbers, some of which came from the multitude of soundtracks the band members had previously worked on. The film ZABRISKIE POINT, a study of American materialism from a foreigner's perspective, provided "Us and Them" (originally titled "The Violence Sequence"). Waters rewrote "Breathe" after its appearance on his and avant-garde composer Ron Geesin's score for THE BODY, a surreal medical documentary. Floyd and their long-time engineer, Alan Parsons, used a multitude of sound effects--from stereophonically projected footsteps and planes flying overhead ("On the Run") to a roomful of ringing clocks ("Time"). Further adding to the record's mystique, barely audible spoken passages were sprinkled throughout--a result of hours interviewing random Abbey Road occupants about their views on insanity, violence, and death. Floyd must have struck a nerve: DARK SIDE OF THE MOON remained on Billboard's albums chart for an astounding 14 years. It made Pink Floyd a household name, elevating them to the level of the Rolling Stones and The Who in the rock pantheon.