Show #4: Dark Side of the Moon

Now that’s what I call a show! Have you ever heard an album played in full without any commercial interruptions on the radio before? The show today introduced a new series called The Vinyl Revival where we get to jam to full albums instead of mixes of songs. New! Nifty! Neato!

Like I said on the show, up to this point, I’ve been a bit hypocritical. I talk about how great it is to listen to full albums versus shuffling mixes, but never play albums on the show. Until now. Insert ta-da! music here.

To recap, the vinyl record was once the main form of delivering music. Because of the limitations of the medium, listeners didn’t have the ability to skip through thousands of songs. With technology advancing beyond records, reel to reels, cassette tapes, and CD’s, we now have a different way of listening to music. A large collection in iTunes or music streamed from Spotify gives the listener thousands of options, thus making the album obsolete.

Or is it? Albums still sell, but aren’t as prevalent as single tracks. I don’t know many people that listen to full albums anymore, but music critics are reviewing them, people are still buying them, and vinyl sales have surged in the last few years. It’s a niche market, but will the idea of listening to an album ever die? These are good questions, and I’m looking for answers, so make sure you drop me a line and let me know what you think.

Since I’m the minority listener who loves the album, I knew I’d have to use a convincing album to prove my point. My first choice happens to be one of my personal favorites, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. I’ve always considered it one of the greatest albums of all time and personally consider it to be the best album of the 1970’s decade, which is saying a lot. I remember when I got the album on…wait for it…CD! That thing lived in my CD player. I jammed to it over and over and never took it out. Now it lives in my car, which now is pretty much the only place I play CD’s. Don’t worry, we’ll talk more about CD’s next week.

So without further ado, here’s the playlist for the show, including the full DSOTM album and some other Pink Floyd gems:

  • “Speak To Me / Breathe” – Dark Side of the Moon – 1973
  • “On The Run” – Dark Side of the Moon – 1973
  • “Time” – Dark Side of the Moon – 1973
  • “The Great Gig In The Sky” – Dark Side of the Moon – 1973
  • “Money” – Dark Side of the Moon – 1973
  • “Us And Them” – Dark Side of the Moon – 1973
  • “Any Colour You Like” – Dark Side of the Moon – 1973
  • “Brain Damage” – Dark Side of the Moon – 1973
  • “Eclipse” – Dark Side of the Moon – 1973

Whew boy, what an album. If you asked me to pick my favorite song, I wouldn’t be able to do so. Literally the whole thing, and every moment for the full 42 minutes is just legendary. As I talked about on the show, the album syncs up very nifty-like with the movie The Wizard of Oz. Once upon a time, you had to sync it up yourself. Nowadays, we have the Internet, so someone else can do it for you. Yay technology!

Since the album is shorter than the hour time slot we’ve reserved for jamming out, we had time for a few more tune-skies. It was all Pink Floyd, even down to the background music while I yammered on.

  • “Goodbye Blue Sky” – The Wall – 1979

A great cut from the Roger Waters led masterpiece The Wall.

  • “Pigs on the Wing” – Animals – 1977

The 70’s were a ripe time for Floyd. They didn’t stop at DSOTM, but continued to churn out classics, including the lesser known Animals album, written in response to George Orwell’s novel, Animal Farm.

  • “Wish You Were Here” – Wish You Were Here – 1975

The followup to DSOTM was absolutely amazing, with the bookends of the album being “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” and of course the title track, which may be their best known song.

If you were busy at the 9AM hour (or whatever time zone you happen to be in) fear not, because I’ve got the links to the show right here. You can download it to your phone or computer and jam out a million times in a row. Or you can stream it straight from the browser on your computer or through the browser on your phone. Make sure to tell me what you think about all this album business and  prep yourself for some CD chit-chat next week. Keep it rockin’ and a’ rollin’ Planet Earth.

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  1. personal fave:

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  2. Steven Thompson

     /  November 29, 2012

    NOt only are you addressing the continuity of music on vinyl, but what makes concept albums so special. You can glorify the big hits from them but they don’t have the thematic nature of listening closely from from beginning to end the hear the story. You can of course hear the same story on CD but you also miss the richness of vinyl, which accomplished rich vibrational tone vs. computer generated digital bits (a heads up to Gary Feest). I think of how much better my vinyl copy of Jefferson Starship’s “Blows Against The Empire” sounds than the CD. As far as concept albums go the original was “Sgt. Pepper’s”, with a lame follow up by “Magical Mystery Tour”, which was simply an attempt to get on Ken Kesey’s bus. The Moody Blues with “Days of Future Past” through “On the Threshold of A DreaM” (possibly all of their first 8 albums) were about as concept oriented as you can get). Let’s not forget “Running On Empty”, “Tommy” and “The Wall” to top off the list. Don’t know how thematic “Dark Side” was, but it was a great listen from beginning to end!

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    • Wise words there Steve. It’s definitely true you miss the richness of an analog signal when you replicate it with binary code, but the fact that artists designed there artwork to fit the vinyl medium is what created so many classics. Like you said, the rock opera with “Tommy,” the thematic masterpieces like “Dark Side” and “Sgt. Peppers,” and even the fidelity of non-concept albums like “Blows Against” are all better fit for vinyl. Maybe that’s why vinyl sales have recently continued to surge year after year. It’s a small and boutique following, but for anyone who loves music, they should appreciate vinyl.

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