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Trivia / The Dark Side of the Moon

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  • Black Sheep Hit: "Money", taken from this album, is quite different from the band's usual style.
  • Breakthrough Hit: This album made Pink Floyd a household name. As individual songs go, that would be "Money".
  • Completely Different Title:
    • Japanese:
      • Dark Side of the Moon -> 狂気 (Madness)
      • Any Colour You Like -> 望みの色を (The Color of Hope)
      • Brain Damage -> 狂人は心に (Madman in Mind)
  • Killer App:
    • An audiophile favorite from its release, the album was one for CDs, as well as high-end audio equipment in general. So many people wanted a copy of one of the best-sounding recordings ever made in a format that wouldn't wear out like vinyl or tape that EMI had a CD plant dedicated to nothing but The Dark Side of the Moon in The ’80s... one of the two that existed at the time. It was also one of the first rock albums that audiophiles took seriously, where they traditionally favored classical or jazz recordings, due to its sound quality.
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    • Vinyl reissues are staples of the vinyl revival movement of the 21st century.
    • It was also seen as such for Quadrophonic (4-channel surround) sound systems, which used specially-made vinyl albums and 8-track tapes, which tried to gain traction during the '70s. A 5.1-channel surround mix was released on Super Audio CD (a CD format developed by Sony & Philips that tried to gain traction before the advent of Blu-ray), for the album's 30th anniversary in 2003. Both the 4.0 mix and 5.1 would eventually be included on the...
  • Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: A box set of the album, called "Immersion," was released in 2011 as part of a massive re-release of the band's catalog. It includes four different mixes of the album, a live version performed in London in 1974, tour films, demos, a hardcover book, and other collectibles. The same was done with Wish You Were Here and The Wall.
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  • Name's the Same: The band Medicine Head released an album titled The Dark Side of the Moon a year before Pink Floyd did, while they were writing this album. Once the Medicine Head album was deemed a commercial flop, Pink Floyd went back to using the DSOTM title for themselves, having debuted their album live as Eclipse.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Paul McCartney and his wife Linda were interviewed for the voices on the album, but their responses weren't as interesting as the others and the recordings weren't used. Interviewed for John Harris' The Dark Side of the Moon: The Making of the Pink Floyd Masterpiece, Waters said that their answers were "trying too hard to be funny".
    • "On the Run" was originally a bluesy jam.
    • "The Great Gig in the Sky" had recordings of preachers in early versions.
  • Throw It In!: "On the Run" was the result of David Gilmour messing around with the EMS Synthi A's sequencer. Roger Waters then put in a entirely different riff; the band then added other effects.
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  • Working Title: The album was originally going to be called Eclipse, which was the name used for the band's 1972 concerts.


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