Stereo Review: The Dark Side of the Moon Review

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Stereo Review: The Dark Side of the Moon Review

Postby Sunbeam » Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:25 am

This record review, of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, was published in the August 1973 issue of Stereo Review Magazine. The reviewer was a fellow named Joel Vance.
Here, without comment ;) :

PINK FLOYD: The Dark Side of the Moon.
Pink Floyd (vocals and instrumentals). Speak
to Me; Breathe; On the Run: Time; The
Great Gig in the Sky; Money;
and four
others. HARVEST SMAS 11163 $4.98,
8XW 11163 $6.98, © 4XW 11163 $6.98
.

Performance: Etoain shrdlu and all that
Recording: Good

It is difficult to comment on Pink Floyd as a
band playing music: generally they don't.
They wallow in technology. One of their album
covers showed all their equipment laid
out in a doily design, but it looked like the incidental
impedimenta of a panzer division.
In between the huffings and puffings
(electronic) on this album (plus the cosmic
giggles, Arp-synthesizer Bronx cheers, and
something that sounds like a man suddenly
waking up and remembering he has tied a pillowcase
over his head), there are some comatose
vocals. The whole thing -and this is not
a knock -would make an excellent score for a
horror movie (in black and white, like Night
of the Living Dead
).
I suppose I am an old fudge, but I think this
group has never equaled its early single, Arnold
Layne
, which, as far as I know (mark this
down), was the first rock-and-roll song about
a transvestite. J.V.
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Re: Stereo Review: The Dark Side of the Moon Review

Postby Sunbeam » Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:18 am

I am truly surprised there have been no comments on this.
Or maybe not so much, considering the source. We all know.
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Re: Stereo Review: The Dark Side of the Moon Review

Postby Marsbar » Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:42 pm

Well you may question this but I don't know who Joel Vance is.

Secondly - I think he may be deaf! lol
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Re: Stereo Review: The Dark Side of the Moon Review

Postby Sunbeam » Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:07 am

No doubt, David!

I always considered this "major-magazine-record-review" to be one of the funniest, most ridiculous things I'd ever read, that's all. :)

Wrong person assigned to the job. When I was a teenager, I actually trusted Stereo Review to guide some of my music choices. Until I read That.

They did turn me on to The Move, though. It's all a crap-shoot. Use your ears, right?
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