Sunday, July 01, 2007

Dark Side of iTunes

A little over two years ago, I wrote a post about hidden songs in music and mentioned as a side note this whole business about syncing up Pink Floyd's album, Dark Side of the Moon, with The Wizard of Oz (also known as 'The Wizard of fluid ounces', according to Goof - scroll to the bottom of the linked post for the actual content.)

I want to revisit the topic again - not so much the sync up of the music to the movie as that's been covered ad nauseum, but the album itself. I just read this article on C/Net News. Dark Side has always enjoyed phenomenal success in record sales. It's spent close to 30 years on the Billboard Top 200 (chart of the 200 best selling albums) - a feat I can't even really wrap my mind around given the 'Here Today, Gone Tomorrow' aspect of the music industry these days. Now, it's sales are through the roof again - this time on Apple's iTunes (now the 3rd largest distributor of music in the world) where it's enjoying a 270% resurgence.

It's been years since I actually listened to the album in it's entirety, so I just now started playing it in the background, and yes, it's excellent. But, top seller for nearly 30 years, excellent? WHAT is it about this album that does it for so many people? Personally, I always enjoyed Piper At The Gates of Dawn a bit more (their first album - more trippy and fun) but there's no denying that Dark Side is more layered and complex. It's also, I suspect, a much more enjoyable album to get high too, which I can't help think might be the reason for it's success - at least in part. Anyway, something to ruminate over. For now, I'm going to lay back and maybe fall asleep with this album wafting trough the speakers. I'll let you know if I have any revelations in the morning. Night, folks.

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