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"Classic Albums" Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon (TV Episode 2003) Poster

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Listed in Guinness Book of World Records For spending 741 consecutive weeks in Billboard Top 200 and 26 years staggering in and out of the charts. According to the December 1, 2001 issue of Billboard, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon has been on the charts for an astounding 1,285 weeks. Its closest rival is James Taylor's Greatest Hits, checking in at 573 weeks on the chart. James can expect to reach Pink Floyd's record number in about 13 1/2 years.
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On most CD pressings, a barely audible orchestral version of The Beatles' "Ticket to Ride" can be heard playing faintly over the closing heartbeat. It's believed the gaffe was a mastering error.
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Clare Torry provided improvised vocals on "The Great Gig in the Sky." All she was told was to think of sadness and death. She was embarrassed by her performance.... The band were speechless. Torry later sued the band for unpaid royalties, eventually scoring a songwriting credit on a 2006 live DVD.
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Starting in the 1990's rumors started that the band intended for the music to be played while watching The Wizard Of Oz. Although many similarities do exist the band strongly insists this is just one of the magical coincidences that happened with this album;. (Judge for yourself, start the CD at the 3rd roar of the MGM lion at the start of the film.)
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Australian radio listeners voted the album best to have sex to in 1990.
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Studio time would be interrupted to watch either football (soccer) or Monty Python.
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Some of the profits from the album were invested in the making of Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975).
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Cue cards were written to interview crew members and other artists recording at Abbey Road at that time. Some examples; "When was the last time you were violent and were you in the right?" "What does the phrase 'dark side of the moon' mean to you?" Paul McCartney's guitarist (Henry McCullough) contributed the immortal "I dunno, I was really drunk at the time" line, while the laughter heard during "Brain Damage" and "Speak to Me" came from Naomi Watts' dad, Peter.
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Music and lyrics for the album were written in a 7 week period, and the first album that Roger Waters wrote all the lyrics.
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