Saturday, February 24, 2018

Classic Albums Live presents Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon

Concert Series, Ordway Concert Hall

Remember when you used to listen to an entire album? Classic Albums Live does. For the first time in popular music, the greatest albums from the 60s and 70s are recreated live on stage, note for note — cut for cut.

“This has never been done before,” says series producer Craig Martin. “There’s a real thirst to hear these albums performed start to finish. For many of us this is the music we grew up with — the soundtrack of our lives.”

“All of our focus is put into the music,” says Martin. “We perform the works of the Beatles, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin the same way an orchestra performs the works of Mozart. We don’t bother with imitation or impersonation. The bands are big — upwards of eleven pieces. We research these albums and go to great lengths to reproduce each and every sound live. We never use tape or computers. We’ll bring in a children’s choir, a sitar player, a string quartet, whatever it takes to get it right.”

Each album calls for a new group of musicians. “That’s the real challenge,” says Martin, “Finding the right musicians for the right album. So far, we’ve been bang on with every performance.” Members of Nelly Furtado, Moist, Jesse Cook, Honeymoon Suite, David Usher and the Headstones have all taken part in the performances.


Also appearing at the Ordway

Classic Albums Live presents Led Zeppelin II
April 28, 2018 | 7:30 pm

Classic Albums Live presents The Eagles – Hotel California
June 22, 2018 | 7:30 pm


“Dark Side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd

I bought ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ in 1976. On 8-track. I’ve since owned it on cassette, vinyl, CD, and digital download. I also bought the remastered box set. There’s only a handful of albums that would warrant that kind of consumerism. ‘Dark Side’ was one of the albums that I need with me during every phase of my life.

Pink Floyd takes us all on a journey. We live our lives alongside their masterpieces. They provide a soundtrack for our lives. Every time I hear ‘Time’ I can picture wood paneling, a stack of albums and a group of us, 16 years old — full of dreams and hope.

We perform the album like an orchestra would perform Mozart. With reverence. And awe. Since the onset of Classic Albums Live in 2003, we have been continually striving for perfection within the performance of the album. We never take this record for granted. We never rest on our laurels. The album demands a deft touch. We use our ‘note for note’ phrase as a credo, but we also get fanatical about ‘tone for tone’ and ‘feel for feel.’ This music demands greatness. The performance needs to be perfect. There is no grey area. You’re either on the dark side of the moon or the bright side. Our orbit is sound.

‘Dark Side of the Moon’ is our flagship show. It’s the show that changed our lives for the better. We hope that at some time during the performance, you close your eyes and dream of both the future and the past. And that you realize that you have grown up with one of the greatest pieces of music ever made.

“And all that is now, and all that is gone.”

Craig Martin
Founder and Music Director of Classic Albums Live