This classic album documents the passage of a life and the descent into madness. A masterpeice of progressive rock and one of the best selling albums of all time.
Dark Side of the Moon is arguably Pink Floyd’s greatest album. Its wide soundscape features ideas about greed (Money), the passing of time and life (Time), and mental illness (Eclipse). When it was releasd in 1973, it became an overnight success, topping the American charts for a week, then staying in the charts for 741 weeks, from 1973 until 1988. It’s one of the best selling albums ever, with over 50 million copies sold (of which I’ve owned 3).
Since I was very young, I’ve loved this album. One can’t simply put it on as background music—it commands listening to. If it wasn’t such an experience of an album, its success alone would mark it a classic.
Speak To Me: Little more than an introduction, this minute long track already sets the tone and theme. A simple heartbeat, a laugh and a scream. The solitary descent into madness.
Breath (In The Air): The beginning of life, the whole world spread ahead of you with nothing but promise, ‘high you’ll fly’. This lomograph feels open, the world literally this persons oyster.
On The Run: The runner on this track has always signified to me that all is no longer well, the panting feels urgent, like they are running away from something. This pic with its light leaks and the girl throwing things in a bag as she runs feels like an escape. Unfortunatley our protagonist maybe escaping from their sanity.
Time: This song breaks momentarily from the core flow of the album – unlike many of the tracks it stands alone. It’s also a strange peice with soft verses and a strong solo. The song describes a lifes journey, strong themes of sunsets, the laziness of youth. This images feels like ‘kicking around’, beautiful futility.
The Great Gig In The Sky: A strong reference to death, dying and the journey to heaven? This is open to interpretation. I chose this image for the emotion it invokes.
Money: Cold hard cash.
Us And Them: There have been times where this song brings me close to tears. Clearly an anti-war song. Read the lyrics and you’ve all you need to know.
Any Colour You Like: This instrumental gives you no particular clue to a theme or intent. I see it as the winding down of the album, some time to reflect before the impact of the end.
Brain Damage: The end, the breakdown, the slip into insanity. The impossibility of this image, the look in the girls eyes, everything here feels so wrong it’s right.
Eclipse: Just this once, I wanted to be literal.
Time allowing, next month’s installment will be a special event. Watch this space for more…
Photos by the community, words by Adam Griffiths. Originally from the United Kingdom, Adam now lives in Auckland New Zealand. Stay tuned for more Classic Albums in Lomographs!