March 21, 2013 - 19:26 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - After being selected for preservation by the U.S. Library of Congress, Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon has joined the high-fidelity, first-class-traveling set, The Hollywood Reporter said.
The legendary English group's landmark rock album, released 40 years ago this month, is one of the 25 recordings chosen this year in recognition of their importance to the nation’s aural legacy.
Under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, the Librarian of Congress, with advice from the library’s National Recording Preservation Board and input from the public, each year selects 25 recordings that are least 10 years old and “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”
The latest selections bring the number of recordings in this preservation hall of fame to 375.
It's hard to believe that it has taken Dark Side of the Moon this long to gain inclusion. The atmospheric and influential album, with the hits "Money" and "Time" and its themes of greed, death and going nuts, was Pink Floyd's first No. 1 LP, remained on the Billboard charts for 741 straight weeks through 1988 and has sold more than 45 million copies as one of the best-selling albums in history.
Dark Side of the Moon has been nominated for preservation every year since 2004, and this year it received the most public nominations, the Library of Congress said.
Work from The Ramones, Chubby Checker, Junior Wells, Ornette Coleman and Will Rogers also are on the list.