By: Gary Graff
Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon," which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, leads this year's class of 25 recordings to be honored and preserved by the U.S. Library of Congress.
"Dark Side" joins releases by Simon & Garfunkel, the Ramones, Janis Joplin, Chubby Checker and others as new entries to the National Recording Registry, saluted for their cultural, artistic and historic importance.
Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason tells us that "Dark Side's" success -- including more than 25 million copies sold worldwide since 1973 -- was well beyond anything the band expected when it was making the album:
"I don't thing we ever had a mission statement. Fairly early on we'd sort of lost that thing about wanting to be rock stars in the old sense of the world, running around the stage in tight trousers. But we'd still have an absolute believe that our music was special and deserved to be heard. 'Dark Side' actually took quite a long period to record. In terms of studio hours it was probably a lot less than later albums, where we were in the studio on sort of a permanent basis until the thing was finished. 'Dark Side' was very much recorded in between going out and playing."
Other new entries into the National Recording Registry include Simon & Garfunkel's "Sounds of Silence," Chubby Checker's "The Twist," "Cheap Thrills" by Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin, the Ramones' 1977 debut album and the soundtrack for "Saturday Night Fever."
The full list can be found at http://www.loc.gov/.
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