In May 1973 Pink Floyd’s ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ was on both the US and UK album charts. So far, so good, but who could have predicted the subsequent longevity and phenomenal success of the album?

It was the band’s eighth studio album, recorded at Abbey Road Studios, and was released in March of the same year on Harvest Records. Conceived as an album that focused on the pressures the band faced and the apparent mental health problems suffered by former band member Syd Barrett, it had been developed during live performances.

With estimated sales of over 45 million copies it has been certified 14 times platinum in the UK and spent nearly 1,000 weeks on the US album charts.

It was selected for preservation in the United States National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress for being deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”.

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