A multitrack masterpiece. Mixed for 5.1 surround sound and stereo from the original analog master tapes by Pink Floyd Producer/Engineer James Guthrie
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums List — Rated 43/500
Another classic Pink Floyd title receives the multichannel reissue treatment and Acoustic Sounds and Analogue Productions is once again proud to handle exclusive distribution of this monumental SACD. How lucky we all are to hear this legendary studio recording realize its full potential. The SACD also of course includes a stunning stereo mix. And as this is a hybrid disc, the album is of course also playable on a standard CD player.
This is Pink Floyd at its collective finest, with everyone contributing. David Gilmour took a huge chunk of the music — writing, laying down the chord progressions on "Breathe," "Time," and "Any Colour You Like," plus the singing on the album's best songs, Water conceeding to David's far superior voice. Gilmour also pumped out what would later be hailed as some of rock's most influential lead-guitar riffs on "Money" and "Brain Damage."
By all industry standards, The Dark Side Of The Moon is a phenomenon. Known for its complex instrumental textures, the album firmly established Pink Floyd as one of the most innovative bands in rock history. A concept album, its themes explore conflict, greed, time, and mental illness, the latter partly inspired by the deteriorating health of founding member Syd Barrett, who left in 1968.
The Dark Side of the Moon produced two singles: "Money" and "Us and Them." The album topped the Billboard chart for a week, and remained on the chart for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988. Following a change in how Billboard counts sales in 2009, it re-entered the chart and has since appeared for over 900 weeks. With estimated sales of more than 45 million, it is Pink Floyd's bestselling album and one of the bestselling worldwide.
Speak To Me
Breathe (In The Air)
On The Run
The Great Gig In The Sky
Us And Them
Any Colour You Like
Customer Reviews(4.79 Stars) 14 person(s) rated this product.
posted on 09/14/2021 5 Stars
I own the 2003 EMI SACD so this rating is for that version which I can see from the other reviews is identical. I came across this archived article a while back and thought I would share it. It talks about the beginning of Mobile Fidelity and what happened to the original DSOTM master tape.
It's like listening to the album for the first time all over again. Sound placement is incredible. If you're a 2 channel purist I urge you to give this 5.1 mix a chance. You'll never go back.
Very nicely issued, but 3-star sound.
posted on 08/20/2021 4 Stars Reviewer: Wiesiek
Very nicely issued, but 3-star sound (I listen to stereo). I have several dozen AP SACDs, almost all of them sound great. Instruments sound dynamic, voices crystal. I waited 2 years hoping that The Dark Side of the Moon would sound similar to other AP albums, unfortunately it is not. Probably, the much praised Alan Parsons exaggerated with the number of soundtracks and their copying, which killed the dynamics of the sound. Voices are muffled, treble without sparkle, drums and bass lacking attack.
SACD Stereo Mix - Excellent
posted on 08/11/2021 5 Stars
I don't have a 5.1 setup, so I can't speak to that. I will say that the stereo mix is outstanding. Great instrument separation and incredible detail. This sounds a smidge better than my 2016 Vinyl Re-Issue of DOSTM, which itself sounds incredible.
Love this record/cd/SACD.
posted on 08/06/2021 5 Stars Reviewer: Jacob Brodbeck
Dark Side came out when I was thirteen. It took me over three years to actually enjoy the lp. I just was into jamming it out. But at the age of seventeen all that changed when Us and Them became a repeating pattern in my real life. The pain in life captured in what can only be described as top shelf poetry put down with maybe the most creative and imaginative music of its or any other time.
On a strictly melancholic note, I appreciate the photo of the bands iconic posters.
This SACD successfully recaptures all the nuances of vinyl. And because I own better equipment, I actually hear more than I ever did.
Same sound, nice suit.
posted on 08/05/2021 3 Stars
This SACD stereo mix sounds like the 2003 Capital release. The tape hiss at the beginning is still there too, so don't turn it up.
posted on 08/02/2021 5 Stars
Just received and listened to this 5.1 mix. It was like hearing this album for the first time again. The clarity, the placement of sounds, all excellent. I definitely recommend this release!
posted on 08/01/2021 5 Stars Reviewer: JC
This is my first SACD. I’m an audio enthusiast and lover music. I have to say the 5.1 is very rich and textural and really shows off the musicianship of Pink Floyd. The surround really pulls you into the atmosphere of the recording HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Great Gig in My Living Room
posted on 07/30/2021 5 Stars Reviewer: Terry Franklin
The primal scream in The Great Gig is absolutely unreal. By the time I got to Any Color You Like, I was sharing it with the neighborhood.
How is this different from the 30th anniversary release in 2003
posted on 07/30/2021 5 Stars Reviewer: Bubba
I can't really detect any differences in this release and the 2003 30th anniversary release from EMI. All the liner notes indicate they are the same and this is just a reissue of the 30th anniversary remastering effort.
Best digital version
posted on 07/29/2021 5 Stars
Worth the wait. They completely hit it out of the park with this one. Don’t miss out on this one..Best $35 you will spend...
posted on 07/29/2021 5 Stars Reviewer: terence peddle.
this is outstanding the quality is absolutely stunning. this is why people have a sacd player...wonderful.
posted on 07/26/2021 5 Stars
So everything but is the same as the 2003 version except packaging?
When will this be available for delivery?
posted on 01/14/2021 5 Stars Reviewer: Clint
I know there is a pandemic, but I've been waiting 13 months.