Pink Floyd and The Incredible String Band.
The second side is one long track. It really is impossible on the LP (but not of course the CD) to determine exactly where one track ends and the next begins, except of course for the start of the first track and the end of the last one. There is also a lot of that mumbling I mentioned earlier, but I now see that all this adds to the general brilliance of the album.
Track 1 is “Money”, arguably the best known of any Pink Floyd track, not least because it is still played in quite respectable financial advice programmes on the TV and radio. It kicks off with what can be best described as a cacophony of cash registers. Oddly, there is now something nostalgic about this, as they aren’t around any more; electronic tills have replaced them. It has three verses, the second and third being separated by a lengthy instrumental break, dominated by some upbeat jazzy saxophone playing by one Dick Parry. As with the soul singing on Side 1, to my teenage ears this was another great betrayal of all that the band stood for. Now I see it as an essential element of the masterpiece which this album comprises. It is a Waters composition which elides seamlessly into another one.
This is Track 2, “Us and Them”, and is classic Pink Floyd. It is the only other track on the LP to feature Dick Parry’s saxophone, but here it is much more subdued, and actually quite tasteful. This becomes Track 3, an instrumental called “Any Colour You Like”, which in turn becomes Track 4. This is “Brain Damage”, another Waters song, being notable for quoting the album title twice. This is the second one, which features in the last verse of the song:
“And if the cloud bursts, thunder in your ear
You shout and no one seems to hear
And if the band you’re in starts playing different tunes
I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon.”
This slides into the final track, Track 5, another Waters song called “Eclipse”. It is brilliant wistful cadence to this magnificent album.
A few posts ago I include a Melody Maker article from 24 November 1973, some 8 months after the release of the LP. This was the photo that accompanied the article: