A Live Studio Cover of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, Played from Start to Finish

Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon is such a work of art that to split it up into nine tracks–like classic rock radio has done for years–always sounds nonsensical. How can you just end “Breathe” on that final chord and not follow it with the analog drones of “On the Run”? How can you play “Brain Damage” and not end with “Eclipse”? And how dare you fade the long coda of “Money” and segue into a car commercial?

You can’t, morally speaking, I’m telling you.

So that’s why I like the cut of the jib of the Martin Miller Session Band, who commit to covering the entirety of Dark Side of the Moon in this one long studio performance. According to Miller’s Patreon page, this is the only full album they’ve covered so far, and they pull through admirably.

And the thing that is refreshing here is that the band covers the album up to a point, but not slavishly. It’s not the Flaming Lips’ deconstruction or the surprisingly still listenable 8-Bit version, but neither is it the kind of tribute band like Brit Floyd (below). When Miller solos, he’s not aping David Gilmour. The keyboardist Marius Leicht has his own knobs to twiddle, so to speak. And drummer Felix Lehrmann will never ever be confused for Nick Mason. (In fact, he gets a lot of grief in the comments for being too flash, but when you watch Miller’s other videos and see him giving Stewart Copeland a run for his money on their Police medley, you see where he’s coming from.)

Knowing what you’re in for, questions arise: are they going to include the various spoken samples sprinkled throughout (“I don’t know I was really drunk at the time,” “There is no dark side of the moon really…”). Answer: yes indeed, and funny they are too. Does a saxophonist turn up for “Money” and “Us and Them”? Answer: Yes, and it’s Michal Skulski. Who can possibly match Clare Torry’s pipes on “The Great Gig in the Sky”? Jenny Marsala does, thank you very much.

So I would settle in and try to unlearn your memory of every note and beat on the 1973 classic. By doing so, you’ll hear the album anew.

And after that, if you’re still hankering for that “even better than the real thing” vibe, enjoy this full concert, circular projection screen and all, by the aforementioned Brit Floyd, playing Liverpool in 2011.

via metafilter

Related Content:

The Dark Side of the Moon Project: Watch an 8-Part Video Essay on Pink Floyd’s Classic Album

Clare Torry’s Rare Live Performances of “Great Gig in the Sky” with Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd Films a Concert in an Empty Auditorium, Still Trying to Break Into the U.S. Charts (1970)

Beatles Tribute Band “The Fab Faux” Performs Live an Amazingly Exact Replica of the Original Abbey Road Medley

Ted Mills is a freelance writer on the arts who currently hosts the Notes from the Shed podcast and is the producer of KCRW’s Curious Coast. You can also follow him on Twitter at @tedmills, and/or watch his films here.

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  • John says:

    Its brilliant , they have done a fantastic job , they have put a lot of work to get it right .

  • Damir says:

    Technically excellent, guitar / vocal stiff, sound even irritant, not in adequate energy and feeling, drummers sound is fantastic, but just not in the mood like playing some other band not Floyd. I have heard much better PF covers.
    Keyboard/effects, back vocals great, bass superb.

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  • Jaime says:

    I understand that they can’t sound exactly the same as PF, however, lot’s of changes and modifications found.

    The Dark Side of the Moon is a classical, such as any Beethoven’s sonata; I can’t imagine someone performing Bach replacing chords and tones conviniently.

  • Jeff Gibson says:

    The female vocalist was Outstanding!

  • Frank says:

    Then you need to get more. There is a difference between “playing” Bach/Pink Floyd (as it’s written), and doing a Bach/Pink Floyd cover. Just like the cover of thousands of songs done all over the world and the internet.
    Pick your favorite, then type it into YouTube followed by the weird “cover” and prepare to [apparently] be disappointed with the world. Here’s one of dozens of examples… it’s a group that just does modernized renditions of Bach. https://youtu.be/e6Kyap5BTfo

  • David says:

    Nice work and I’m glad you done it your way rather than trying to be a duplication. Whats the point of music if the main purpose is to try and sound exactly the same as what you and I had already heard and can hear again any time we want? Am I lucky to be old enough to remember being at the 1975 PF live performance of this at Knebworth Park? That was something absolutely impossible to forget and listening to your version brings back many memories of that day. It is great to hear a fresh take of a seminal album that respects the original work but isn’t a clone and adds another dimension to the mix. Many thanks. Well done.

  • Darren says:

    It’s not like it’s not bad but makes you want to listen to the real deal again so that’s what I’m about to do two 👍👍for one of the best band’s that ever formed

  • Frank Decaterina De caterina says:

    excellent craftsmanship!!

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