Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday Flashback: Pink Floyd

We revisit "Money", a classic rock tune from English progressive rock band Pink Floyd, one of my all-time favorite rock songs that has a euphoric effect on me every time I hear it. Taken from their Dark Side of the Moon album that was released in 1973, the song is noted for having an unusual 7/4 time signature throughout the majority of the song, but switches to a 4/4 time signature for the extended guitar solo played by David Gilmour.

Dark Side of the Moon was recorded from 1972 to 1973 at the infamous Abbey Road Studios. Effects such as reverb, multi-tracking tape machines, and automatic double tracking were used to help give "Money" a psychedelic feel, with the exception of the guitar solo, which has more of a "dry" feel. The foundation of the song is based on standard 12 bar blues, originated by W.C. Handy. "Money" was ranked #69 on the list of "The 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time" of Rolling Stone Magazine.

Personnel includes; David Gilmour (guitars, vocals), Roger Waters (bass guitar, tape effects), Richard Wright (Wurlitzer electric piano), Nick Mason (drums), with Dick Parry (tenor saxophone).

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