Stereo DSOTM

Published on March 17th, 2013 | by Malcolm Steward


Pink Floyd Classic Album Sunday

I just spent a fascinating Saturday evening listening with a host of music fans to Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon on around £150,000 worth of high-end audio at The Old Vinyl Factory – the site of the former EMI pressing plant around which the town of Hayes was built – well, there was no other reason to construct it, apart from to provide homes for the 20,000 employees at EMI who needed somewhere to live!

Absolute Sounds, the UK’s foremost distributor of high-performance audio and AV equipment, was proud to announce its unique collaboration with Classic Album Sundays   to mark the 40th anniversary of one of rock’s most famous records – Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon.

Colleen & EAT_cropThe special event hosted by DJ/music producer Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy, founder of Classic Album Sundays, took place at The Old Vinyl Factory, the site of EMI’s former pressing plant where the first copies of The Dark Side of the Moon rolled off the presses in March 1973. Guest speakers provided a unique insight into the record and its production, followed by the opportunity to hear the album in its entirety, on virgin vinyl, played uninterrupted on a high-end audio system fronted by an EAT Forte S turntable with Ikeda 12-inch tonearm and Koetsu Blue Onyx cartridge. Constellation Audio amplification, including a pair of 500W Centaur Mono amplifiers making their UK debut drove Magico S5 loudspeakers through Transparent Audio cables.

Audience members had the chance beforehand to view a new exhibition spanning 90 years of recording history on the site of The Old Vinyl Factory, encompassing such iconic industry names as EMI, The Gramophone Company and His Master’s Voice.

All round it was a thoroughly entertaining evening and a very enjoyable social event; my sincere thanks go to Colleen Murphy, The Old Vinyl Factory PR, the wonderfully accommodating Amanda Freeman,  and Ricardo Franassovici and the diligent Absolute Sounds crew.

And I am aware, by the way,  that this was a Classic Album “Sundays“event and it took place on a Saturday night. It was also scheduled for the next day, the Sunday, as well just in case you are feeling especially pedantic. I have to say that this was my first “Classic Album” event but I am certain it will not be my last…

Provided, of course, there are no more Pink Floyd evenings. I cannot tolerate any more ennui or depressing, tedious albums with zero musical merit like DSOTM, which pushed  me far too close to catatonia.

About the Author

Writing about audio professionally since the mid-1980s has been a fantastically enjoyable and satisfying task but also a hardening one: it has forced upon me an honesty that I feel compelled to share with my readers. This has not made me popular with those manufacturers who rate success and wealth above integrity... and there are a few of those! I can live with that, though, because the gear the 'good guys' produce more than makes up for all manner of ills! Stereo is still fun, even after forty years... Thank God!

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