Enya’s Shepherd Moons may be The Dark Side of the Moon for a new generation of pensive audiophiles, but how does the original hold up? Just in time for a reassessment is Capitol’s The Dark Side of the Moon: Twentieth Anniversary Edition, a limited-edition repackaging of Pink Floyd’s head-music milestone, which has sold 25 million copies worldwide since 1973. For just a dollar more than an average CD, Floyd diehards can get the newly remastered CD of the album in a black box with a snappy color booklet and five postcards that play off the album’s mondo-mysterioso prism and pyramid motifs. None of it is a substitute for those posters and stickers that came with the original LP, but in keeping with the group’s reputation for totally cool packaging, a holographic prism is printed on the CD itself.
As for the music, Floyd’s journey through time, space, and ”Money” holds up startlingly well. A major influence on alternative bands like the Cure and techno acts like the Orb, the album still works as a seamless art-rock whole, and the remixed sound beautifully enhances moments like the swelling chorus of ”Us and Them” and the instrumental interplay on ”Any Colour You Like.” And check out how the alarm clocks and sound effects sound now! (The anniversary edition, which is limited to only 100,000 pressings in the U.S., also settles one long-standing argument: Yes, there are two thes in the album title.) Twenty years on, Pink Floyd’s tales from The Dark Side continues to be comfortably numbing.