It was roughly 44 years ago today that Sgt Pepper taught the other bands to play like they were Picassos with guitars, and after that songs became statements — grandiose, interconnected, deeply ruminative — and albums were no longer mere collections, but high concepts. Arguably, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon is the highwater mark of rock’s evolution from low pop to high art. Some 44 years after its immaculate conception, the album remains a definitive statement on life, death and all the beautiful madness in between — and at any given minute on any given day, somebody somewhere in the world is listening to it. Preferably with headphones and blazing doobage.The new 2CD Discovery version presents the original studio album, digitally remastered by James Guthrie and reissued with newly designed Digipak and a new 12 page booklet designed by Storm Thorgerson, plus The Dark Side Of The Moon performed live at Wembley 1974. We have a copy to give away (along with some other swell Floyd swag — a t-shirt, poster, etc.) to the first Phawker reader to email us at FEED@PHAWKER.COM that can finish this stanza “The lunatic is on the grass/The lunatic is on the grass/Remembering games and daisy chains and laughs…” Put FLOYD in the subject line and include a cell number for confirmation. Good luck and godspeed!
RELATED: The Flaming Lips and Stardeath and White Dwarfs with Henry Rollins and Peaches Doing The Dark Side of the Moon is the thirteenth full-length studio album by the psychedelic rock group The Flaming Lips. The album is a complete track-for-track remake of Pink Floyd‘s seminal 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon. The album was released through the iTunes Store on December 22, 2009, and was released on other digital music retailers a week later. On April 17, 2010, Warner Bros. released 5000 copies of The Flaming Lips and Stardeath and White Dwarfs with Henry Rollins and Peaches Doing The Dark Side of the Moon on 12″ seafoam green vinyl as part of Record Store Day. Upon release the record was released on both seafoam green and clear vinyl with a CD copy of the album included. The recording’s existence was revealed by The Flaming Lips’ frontman Wayne Coyne before a special promotional concert at the Ricardo Montalbán Theater in Hollywood. The album was recorded with the band Stardeath and White Dwarfs, and features singer Henry Rollins recreating the original album’s interview samples. The album also features the singer Peaches who performed Clare Torry‘s vocal segment of “The Great Gig in the Sky“.