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40 years since 'The Dark Side of the Moon'

What else is that old and that great

     
10:16 pm on Aug 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Yep 40 years .. released in 1973 .. in the charts for 741 weeks until 1988 .. 50 million + copies sold.

Anyone else have an 'old time' favourite and where did the time go ?

Mike Oldfield perhaps ?
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:: mopping brow in relief ::

When I saw the post title I had a horrid fear that it was going to be something boring about lunar landings.

My iPad's alarm clock plays "Sweet and Dandy" by Toots and the Maytals.* In a year or so I may have to shift to something else lest I get an earworm, but so far it isn't happening.


* Probably the highest-profile song from The Harder They Come, aside from the ones that are actually by Jimmy Cliff.
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I have never really "got" Dark side of the moon, it was good but not great IMHO the early Floyd when Syd Barrett was firing on all cylinders was by far their best period. "See Emily Play" and "Arnold Layne" were so good they made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

There was a lot of great music around in those days some of the more obscure stuff is what I recall with the greatest pleasure, e.g.
Blossom Toes: "If only for a moment" and "We are ever so clean"
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: "Next" (Best track and all time best rock anthem:"The Faith Healer"),"The Impossible Dream" and "Tomorrow Belongs to me"
Haphash and the Coloured Coat: "Western Flyer" (Best track: "The Wall")
Barclay James Harvest:"Early Morning Onwards" (Best track: "After the day")and "Gone to Earth" (Best track: "Poor Man's Moody Blues" - this was written to show the Moody Blues how good "Nights in White Satin" could have been.
3:32 pm on Aug 31, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Not as mainstream but Electric Ladyland has held up pretty well.
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The Oxygene album by Jean-Michel Jarre ...
Mike Oldfield, oh yes ...
And, and ...
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Interesting choices, so Neil Young doesn't get a mention. Ok he does now !

lucy24 must be a young 'un .. she has a iPad !
( sorry lucy24 could not resist !)
2:04 pm on Sept 5, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I had a chance to see Floyd in the early 90's when they filled Veteran's stadium 3 days in row and I kick myself in the ass every time I think about it.

Just saw Black Sabbath in Philly on the 10th and I'm going to have to say through the fog of alcohol it was a fantastic show. :P
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A pretty seminal musical moment back then was The Who's Tommy in, what, 69?

so Neil Young doesn't get a mention

Hah, I just listened to all of Buffalo Springfield, CSN and CSN&Y yesterday. Stuff still holds up. Never liked Young too much on his own, though I can't say why.
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lucy24 must be a young 'un .. she has a iPad!

Only because a few years ago my 80-year-old father unilaterally decided I needed one. (He also thinks I need a wysiwyg editor called Freeway, but so far I have been able to quash this notion.)

Never liked Young too much on his own, though I can't say why.

Because he couldn't sing, and the other 3/4 of CSNY were able to drown him out?
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'Down by the-e ri-ver'

Awesome!
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Because he couldn't sing, and the other 3/4 of CSNY were able to drown him out?


Surely, you can't be serious :)

Harvest Moon on YouTube [youtube.com...]
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Singers who wouldn't be called on to sing a solo in their church choir are legion, but their voices somehow fit their music and they find great commercial success. Neil Young is in this category.
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Never did anything for me. Scrape, whine, buzz.

otoh I'm damn glad the world of 1959 wasn't ready for Willie Nelson's voice, or music would be poorer today.
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Surely, you can't be serious :)


I'll see your Harvest Moon and raise you one Old Man.

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This IMHO is the best performance by Neil Young Ive seen.
12:33 am on Sept 9, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I will raise you 'Southern Man'

and the reply was from another group called ...
um I dont play poker
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I have never really "got" Dark side of the moon,


Sometimes, it's the moment or event that makes something great. I recall (just about) many sessions with friends listening to that, and others.

I can't tell you how many copies of DSOTM I got through. Digital seems to have solved that problem of wear, although I still do have my very first copy in storage.

There are so many tracks and albums I class as memorable, or great, for many reasons. I'll name a couple in the same era, but by no means anywhere near the many tracks and bands I like: Deep Purple, "Smoke on the Water", or The Who, "Baba O'Riley," are high on my list.
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It is also coming up for its 40th anniversary of The Who's Quadrophenia. (19th Oct). One of my all time favorite albums.
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or The Who, "Baba O'Riley," are high on my list

Oh, come on. Take the whole album. (But beware of the modern CD release, which pointlessly tacks on three later songs that utterly don't fit :()
10:32 pm on Sept 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

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modern CD release


.........ahhhh, I thought we were talking real discs, from the early 70s. Vinyl. ;)
1:40 am on Sept 11, 2013 (gmt 0)

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In the case of this particular album, you kinda have to go with the vinyl. Unless you skip two generations forward and pick a medium where you can program a playlist.

:: vaguely wondering what ever happened to my collection of Led Zeppelin bootlegs ::
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Lucy it's not a boot leg but pick up a copy of "How the West Was Won". Whole Lotta love is 23 minutes long. :P


Here's best track IMO.

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If you're not aware Wolfgang's Vault has ton of legitimate live material. If you're classic rock fan, see you in a few weeks. LOL
11:44 pm on Sept 13, 2013 (gmt 0)

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No one has mentioned 'Dire Straits' or the 'Pink Fairies', or Rod Stewart. Come to think of it nor Rolling Stones or the Electric Light Orchestra. Nor Emerson Lake and Palmer. Tubulla Bells by Mike Oldfield ( released 1973 ) is 40 years as well.
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FYI

I will raise you 'Southern Man'

and the reply was from a song called Sweet Home Alabama
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Sweet Home Alabama

Lord I've got an earworm now...

1973 is a weird year to home in on. It's close to the cusp between the early 70's, which were an extension of the '60's --this is only fair, since the Sixties didn't really start until 1964 or so-- and the later '70's, which were a whole nother ballgame. Bit of a cultural wasteland in between. (Don't try to argue that you can come up with significant song titles for every year of the decade, including 1974. I mean, you could name interesting and important people who came from Nebraska, but... Oh, never mind.)

:: detour to YouTube ::

Ooh, nice. Who's on harmonica? I ought to know, but I don't have quite as many brain cells as I did 40 years ago :(
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Who's on harmonica?

plant
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I've a range of likes in music. Just went from Pink Floyd (wish you were here) to Billy Joel (piano man).
Hey, I even like Neil Young and agree with lawman.

Tom Petty has been popular for decades, but I wouldn't want to hear him sing in a choir.
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:: tries and fails to form mental picture of church choir containing Robert Plant ::
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went to Chicago earlier this year to see the Who Perform
Quadrophenia and must say one of the best live concerts ever alongside the great Tina Turner at Wembley

PS Mccartney was pretty weak in comparison
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Ooh, nice.


Yes it is, that's one of my favorite live tunes. I love the parts where they are playing the harmonica, guitar and drums off each other. That was recorded when it was considered they were at the very best.

Look up Whole Lotta Love on youtube, it's 23 minutes because it includes covers of other songs in between the start and ending of Whole Lotta Love.