Song of the Day, January 1: Time by Pink Floyd

FloydDarkSideToday’s song is Time from Pink Floyd’s pioneering masterpiece, The Dark Side of the Moon. The band members have acknowledged that everything they had done in the preceding decade had been leading to this pinnacle. Building on the space-rock instrumentals and introspective lyrics of their six albums after the departure of founder Syd Barrett, the quartet crafted a cohesive statement on the human condition. One of the finest tracks — and a rare song credited to all four band members — Time is a mini-epic at just over seven minutes.

It opens with a series of clock sounds — ticking, chiming, clanging — that engineer Alan Parsons had recorded to test some new equipment. The band realized that this was the perfect introduction to this meditation on how life can slip away. David Gilmour and Richard Wright show off their tight harmonies with Gilmour providing the stirring lead vocals. Nick Mason used roto-toms to create a distinctive percussion backdrop and powerful solo, while Roger Waters crafted a quietly eerie bass line under Wright’s moving keyboard work. The band are tighter than ever, crafting a strong track on a remarkable album.

Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way
The time is gone, the song is over, thought I’d something more to say

Enjoy this classic rock track today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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