Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon - Expanded, Remastered, Essential

There’s Someone In My Head But It’s Not Me

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Pink Floyd doesn't need my introduction - not to you, not to anyone, unless you've been hidden in some dark cavern contemplating the very things that Pink Floyd has already explored musically. They've enjoyed an extraordinary longevity due to their seemingly limitless creativity regarding things that plague humankind, and they have an impressive catalogue to prove it.  The band itself has been separated since 1995 (1984 if you consider the Roger Waters-era), save for a single reunion with all members at the Live 8 Festival in Hyde Park, London in 2005. Since, original Pink Floyd keyboardist, Richard Wright, passed away in 2008.

Interestingly, each album in that rich catalogue has its own set of champions. One may define The Dark Side of the Moon (1973) as the perfect Pink Floyd album, while others approach Wish You Were Here (1975) with that same level of worship.  There are the classic periods that led up to The Dark Side Of The Moon, fed, in part, by the mental instability (and mad genius) of Syd Barrett, who left Pink Floyd in 1968.  But with the arrival of iconic guitarist/singer David Gilmour, Pink Floyd's attention turned to darker matters and a more intense delivery.

The albums that came after Wish You Were Here include Animals (1977), a brilliant exploration of the human condition, distilled into three animals (dogs, sheep, pigs), The Wall, the Waters-driven 1979 2LP classic rock opera that explored isolation and its repressive and disastrous results, and the ill-received The Final Cut (1983), which touched on anti-war sentiments.  David Gilmour pushed a Waters-less version of Pink Floyd for two more studio albums (A Momentary Lapse of Reason - 1987, The Division Bell - 1994).

On September 26 (UK)/September 27 (US), the band's arguably most famous album, The Dark Side Of The Moon, will be reissued in several forms including a lavish six-disc box, a 2CD set,  vinyl LP, and digital download.  

The six-disc box, called Immersion, will contain a CD featuring the entire album in a new James Guthrie 2011 remaster, a CD with the album performed live in a previously unreleased 2011 master of a 1974 Wembley performance, a CD with a previously unreleased early Alan Parsons mix, and a series of previously unreleased song performances and demos. One of the included DVDs is audio-only containing three 2003 (Guthrie) SACD mixes (5.1 Surround/standard resolution at 448 kbps, 5.1 Surround/High resolution at 640 kbps, LCPM Stereo), and two 1973 (Parsons) quad mixes (standard resolution at 448 kbps, high resolution at 640 kbps).

The other included DVD is visual/audio with three live segments that include Live In Brighton 1972, The Dark Side of The Moon documentary (2003), and three concert screen films totaling 60 minutes (British Tour 1974, French Tour 1974, North American Tour 1975).  These play in stereo and 5.1 surround.  There is also an included Blu-ray disc with almost the same content as the DVDs with the exception of the Guthrie and Parsons mixes, which are high resolution 96 kHz/24 bit versions.  

To round out the Immersion box for Dark Side of The Moon, there is a 40-page, Storm Thorgerson-designed booklet, a photo book, a Thorgerson art print, collector cards, The Dark Side Of The Moon tour ticket and stage pass replicas, a scarf, three black marbles, nine Storm Thorgerson-designed coasters, and an extensive 12-page credits booklet.

The 2CD Experience set will contain the previously mentioned remastered CD of the album, as well as the CD containing the Wembley set.  A 16-page booklet (with lyrics) is added to the digipak.

PinkFloydDiscoveryBox.jpgOf course, for those who desire ONLY the album as a single disc purchase, there is the Discovery Edition, which will also present Pink Floyd's other 13 studio works as purchasable single disc remasters.  Remember, you can also get all 14 studio remasters in a boxed edition.

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Matt Rowe began his life with an AM radio, listening to anything that was considered music. Since, he has labored intently to build a collection of music, paring it down, rebuilding, and refining as he sees fit. His decided goal is to keep up with new music by panning for the nuggets among literal mountains…

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