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Money - Pink Floyd (1973)

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Uploaded on Apr 17, 2011

"Money" was the sixth track from English progressive rock band Pink Floyd's 1973 album "The Dark Side Of The Moon". Written by bassist Roger Waters, it opened Side Two of the original vinyl LP, and is the only song on the album to enter the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 13. "Money" is particularly notable for its unusual 7/4 time signature, its distinctive bassline and the seven-beat 'loop' of money-related sound effects that opens the track: coins clinking, a cash register ringing, etc. The song is also notable for its dramatic change to 4/4 time for an extended guitar solo. Guitarist David Gilmour suggested the change in time signature was likely introduced to make things a little easier for him. The first of three choruses which compose his solo was recorded using real-time double-tracking. That is, Gilmour played the chorus nearly identically in two passes recorded to two different tracks of a multi-track tape machine. The doubled effect for the third chorus was created using automatic (or 'artificial') double-tracking (ADT). The song was re-recorded for the 1981 Pink Floyd album, "A Collection Of Great Dance Songs", because Capitol Records refused to license the track to Columbia Records in the United States. With the help of producer James Guthrie, Gilmour re-recorded the song, providing vocals and playing all the instruments except saxophone. Dick Parry again contributed the sax solo, reprising his role on the original recording. Drums were programmed into a drum machine. "The Dark Side Of The Moon" (an allusion to lunacy, rather than astronomy), was the eighth studio album by Pink Floyd, released in March 1973. The album was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in two sessions, between May 1972 and January 1973. The band were assigned staff engineer Alan Parsons (who later formed The Alan Parsons Project), who had worked as assistant tape operator on "Atom Heart Mother", and who had also gained experience as a recording engineer on The Beatles' "Abbey Road" and "Let It Be". The recording sessions made use of some of the most advanced studio techniques of the time. The studio was capable of 16-track mixes, which offered a greater degree of flexibility than the eight- or four-track mixes they had previously used, although the band often used so many tracks that to make more space available, second-generation copies were made. "The Dark Side Of The Moon" was an immediate success, topping the Billboard 200 for one week. It subsequently remained in the charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988, longer than any other album in history. With an estimated 45 million copies sold, it is Pink Floyd's most commercially successful album and one of the best-selling albums worldwide. It has twice been remastered and re-released, and has been covered by several other acts. In addition to its commercial success, "The Dark Side Of The Moon" is one of Pink Floyd's most popular albums among fans and critics, and is frequently ranked as one of the greatest rock albums of all time. This channel is dedicated to the classic rock hits that have become part of the history of our culture. The incredible AOR tracks that define music from the late 60s, the 70s and the early 80s . . . Classic Rock is here!

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