The “The Dark Side of the Moon 50th Anniversary Edition” by Pink Floyd is a special release commemorating the 50th anniversary of their iconic 1973 album. This deluxe box set, released on March 24, 2023, offers a rich collection of materials for fans and collectors, highlighting the enduring legacy of one of the band’s most famous works.
Here’s a detailed look at the contents and features of this commemorative edition:
Central to the set is a newly remastered version of “The Dark Side of the Moon” album, presented on both CD and a gatefold vinyl version. This remastering offers an enhanced listening experience, staying true to the original while providing a modern touch in sound quality.
Dolby Atmos and 5.1 Surround Sound Mixes
A new Dolby Atmos Mix is included, providing a spatial audio experience. Additionally, the original 5.1 surround sound and the high-resolution stereo mixes are available, though spread across two Blu-rays and a DVD.
Live at Wembley Empire Pool Show
A newly remastered version of the “Live at Wembley Empire Pool” show from November 1974 is a key feature of this release. For the first time, this live performance is available on vinyl, along with a CD version. This inclusion showcases the band’s live prowess during the height of their popularity, with artwork featuring an original 1973 line-drawn cover by George Hardie.
Replica Singles and Additional Audio Discs
The box set also contains two replica seven-inch singles of “Money”/”Any Colour You Like” and “Us And Them”/”Time”, adding a nostalgic touch. In total, the set includes nine audio discs: two CDs, two vinyl LPs, two Blu-rays, two seven-inch singles, and a DVD.
160-Page Book and Memorabilia
A 160-page book curated by photographer Jill Furmanovsky and art-directed by Hipgnosis co-founder Aubrey Powell is included, providing a visual journey through the album’s era. The set also comes with a music book of the album, a replica ‘EMI pamphlet’, and an invite to the February 1973 album preview at the London Planetarium. Original posters and stickers accompany the vinyl record, and the “Live at Wembley 1974” album comes with two posters.
This edition reflects Pink Floyd’s commitment to both their musical legacy and the visual presentation of their work. It offers a comprehensive and immersive experience of “The Dark Side of the Moon”, celebrating one of the most influential albums in rock history. The combination of remastered audio, live performances, and physical memorabilia makes it a must-have for fans and collectors alike, representing a pivotal era in Pink Floyd’s storied career.
DSotM 50th Anniversary Box Contents and Track Listing
he Box Includes:
CD1 – THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON (50th Anniversary) [2023 Master]
Remastered by James Guthrie
in gatefold sleeve with 12-page booklet
CD2 – THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
LIVE AT WEMBLEY EMPIRE POOL, LONDON, 1974
Mixed by Andy Jackson
in gatefold sleeve with 12-page booklet. Cover design by Aubrey Powell/Hipgnosis and Peter Curzon/StormStudios. Original 1973 line drawn cover artwork by George Hardie
LP1 – THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON (50th Anniversary) 2023 Remaster
Remastered original studio album
180G Heavyweight 1LP in gatefold sleeve, with original posters and stickers
LP2 – THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
LIVE AT WEMBLEY EMPIRE POOL, LONDON, 1974 (2023 Master)
180G Heavyweight 1LP in gatefold, with 2 posters featuring design by Ian Emes and Gerald Scarfe. Cover design by Aubrey Powell/Hipgnosis and Peter Curzon/StormStudios. Original 1973 line drawn cover artwork by George Hardie
BLU-RAY 1 (AUDIO)
Original album 5.1 and high-resolution remastered stereo mixes,
- 5.1 Surround Mix – 24bit/96kHz Uncompressed
- Stereo Mix – 24bit/192kHz Uncompressed
- 5.1 Surround Mix – dts-HD MA
- Stereo Mix – dts-HD MA
BLU-RAY 2 (AUDIO)
Original newly remastered album Atmos and high-resolution stereo mixes,
- Dolby Atmos Mix
- Stereo Mix – 24-bit/192kHz Uncompressed
- Stereo Mix – dts-HD MA
Original album 5.1 and remastered stereo mixes,
- 5.1 Surround Mix – Dolby Digital @448 kbps
- 5.1 Surround Mix – Dolby Digital @640 kbps
- Stereo Mix (LPCM) – 24-bit/48 kHz Uncompressed
160-PAGE THAMES & HUDSON HARDCOVER BOOK
with rare black and white photographs from the 1973 – 1974 tours of the UK and the USA taken by Jill Furmanovsky, Peter Christopherson, Aubrey Powell, Storm Thorgerson
76-PAGE MUSIC BOOK
Complete songbook of original album
REPLICAS OF 2×7” SINGLES
7″ Single 1 Money/Any Colour You Like
7″ Single 2 Us and Them/Time
Plus replica of pamphlet and invitation to the preview of The Dark Side of The Moon at the London Planetarium on 27th February 1973