Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ is close to completion; that was the news at Surround Pro 2002 from veteran producer Alan Parsons, who confirmed the existence of the album’s long-rumored multi-channel re-mix.
“Officially, EMI won’t admit this is even happening,”
Parsons told High Fidelity Review.
“Unofficially, it’ll be finished by Christmas.”
Parsons also confirmed that the forthcoming high-resolution release is not built on the quadraphonic version (whose creation he documented in a 1975 Studio Sound article), but an entirely new mix from the original master tracks.
Despite receiving a Grammy® Award for his engineering work on the original Dark Side of the Moon release, Parsons is not involved in the current 5.1 project.
“I was never approached,”
“To say that I am angered by that would be an understatement.”
Asked if he knew whether the title was ultimately intended for release in DVD-Audio format (like previous EMI titles), or SACD, Parsons flatly declared,
“I have no idea.”
It has been widely rumored that the format of choice will be DVD-Audio (which is why we’re running this in the DVD-Audio news section), but as yet that is pure speculation as no official word has been forthcoming from EMI.
Regardless of the format in which it might ultimately appear, a 5.1 release of a title with the market clout of ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ – which spent a record 15 years on the Billboard charts to become the fourth-best selling record of all time – has tremendous potential to galvanize consumer interest in multi-channel music. Let’s hope that after having gone through the effort to create this new version, EMI wastes no time in getting it onto retailer shelves.