When Hubby purchased Dark Side of the Moon, by Pink Floyd, way back when, could we have predicted that it would become a classic? Pink Floyd had, and still has, a huge fan base but it is not mainstream music. Classed as progressive rock Floyd were never mainstream. Certainly down the years their music has become classic to their ageing fans but in truth they now have a new, young legion of fans.
Dark Side of the Moon was purchased as an LP, long playing record, which has to be a good indication of when it was released and bought. A battered and well-played copy now has the support of a CD, compact disc, version in our home. Bought a few years ago for ease of playing, the original remains the best, warts and all. It may not have the clean, crisp, digitally mastered sound of modern music recordings but it has soul. Not soul as in soul music but a real living soul
Of course all of the above shows I too am a fan and so will be viewed as biased by some. The news that Dark Side of the Moon has been selected as one of this year's US Library of Congress National Recording Registry greats, shows we are not alone in praising Pink Floyd.
Since the year 2000, 25 recordings having been selected each year to record for posterity the greats of music Some you may think are nothing more than bubble-gum pop but that boils down to personal taste. Those selected have usually had a huge impact on music.
This year's selections include Chubby Checker's 1960's dance hit The Twist and Sounds of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel reports the BBC. Good choices in our minds.
The annual selections are "culturally" or "historically" significant recordings. It is difficult to believe now that the Sounds of Silence originally flopped. Written following the assassination of JFK in the USA it is now regarded as a well-deserved classic.
The 2012 music selections for the registry span from 1918 to 1980, with Dark Side of the Moon polling the largest number of votes and described as an example of "brilliant, innovative production in service of the music". Agreed, is all we can say.
Check out the library and the others selected here