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Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" Turns 40

Capitol RecordsThe beginning of March marks the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon.

The legendary album was released on March 1, 1973 and stayed on the Billboard charts for a staggering 821 weeks -- almost 16 years, and more than six years longer than any other album before or since.  Recorded at the Abbey Road Studios, Dark Side took a full year -- between January 1972 and January 1973 -- to complete and is widely regarded as one of the most landscape-altering rock releases of all time. 

Despite the enormous success and respect the album has garnered from listeners and other musicians, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason tells BBC World that he and his band mates were not expecting a tidal wave of positive response to Dark Side of the Moon. "I think we absolutely thought this was our best work so far," he says, "but the fact that you do good work does not guarantee record sales or popularity.  So, it was still slightly outside the mainstream of the music of the time."

Mason says that the relationship between music and listener has changed for the worse since the days of Dark Side of the Moon. "I think music has become horribly devalued, particularly recorded music," he tells the BBC.  "The original concept of a CD was: you bought a CD, it was music for life and the way kids operate -- including my own kids -- they, sort of, download something, then chuck it away, and put something else on."

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