If I say “The Dark Side Of The Moon”, what are your emotions?
Of course I’m proud, it’s as amazing for us as it is for anyone to think that the record has been around for 50 years, probably because I come from a generation where it was thought that rock music would be totally ephemeral, that it would last maybe a year or two. When I, when the band started, I thought I was going to go back to college the next year. However, we are now talking about 55 years ago.
If “The Dark Side Of The Moon” came out today I’m not sure if it would be easy to release the record because it has this story running through it. Now we listen to music differently, we pick here and there, we create playlists. I’m not even sure that today we would have managed to reach new listeners.
First you went on tour and then you recorded the studio album. Can you tell us about the genesis of the album?
I think the atmosphere, when we were touring before playing some of the songs and experimenting, was a very helpful thing. It was something that unfortunately ended at some point because we all got paranoid about piracy and as a result we were afraid that people would record our shows and then go public. Somehow we were convinced that this would hurt us when we finally released the record. Thinking about it now I know it seems nonsensical. The people who handled this best were the Grateful Dead who encouraged everyone to record whatever they wanted and by doing so ensured that the releases didn’t result in special events. So what we really did was record in the studio, which isn’t as smart as developing it during a live concert.
Can you explain better what you mean?
When you’re in the recording studio the tendency is to keep going until you think you’ve done it really well whereas if you play it live, of course, every time you come up with a version that you think is right but then you can keep developing and improving it by continuing to play it in various live. However, there are advantages to working in the studio. For example we were in studio 3 at Abbey Road and things like rotatones, which we used at the beginning of the song Time, they could only be used at Abbey Road because we didn’t have them at all and we hadn’t even seen them but there were some left in the studio by whoever had recorded before. Here, such a thing could not have happened working on live. It happened because we were in the studio
What is “The dark side of the moon”, the dark side of the moon?
I have no idea.