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'Dark Side Of The Moon' Now Added to National Recording Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress

'Dark Side Of The Moon' Now Added to National Recording Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress -

Pink Floyd 'Dark Side Of The Moon' has now been added to the National Recording Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress.

Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington announced on Thursday (21st March) the addition of 25 sound recordings to the registry, marked for preservation because of their cultural, artistic and historic importance to the nation.

The selections named to the registry feature an array of spoken-word and musical recordings-representing nearly every musical category-spanning the years 1918-1980.

Joining the Pink Floyd classic will be Chubby Checker's 1960's dance hit 'The Twist and Sounds of Silence' by Simon and Garfunkel.

Each year, 25 "culturally" or "historically" significant recordings are added to the registry, which was first established in 2000.

"The Dark Side of the Moon" has been a popular nominee among the public and members of the board for several  years, says Pat Loughney, the head of the National Recording Registry. "It struck a cultural resonance that has made the leap from one generation to the next," he says. "It was an album that strived to deal with big things rather than just get on the stage and bang out loud sounds."

The album is also celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

2012 National Recording Registry (Listing in Chronological Order)

01. "After You've Gone," Marion Harris (1918)
02. "Bacon, Beans and Limousines," Will Rogers (Oct. 18, 1931)
03. "Begin the Beguine," Artie Shaw (1938)
04. "You Are My Sunshine," Jimmie Davis (1940)
05. D-Day Radio Broadcast, George Hicks (June 5-6, 1944)
06. "Just Because," Frank Yankovic & His Yanks (1947)
07. "South Pacific," Original Cast Album (1949)
08. "Descargas: Cuban Jam Session in Miniature," Cachao Y Su Ritmo Caliente (1957)
09. Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, Van Cliburn (April 11, 1958)
10. President's Message Relayed from Atlas Satellite, Dwight D. Eisenhower (Dec. 19, 1958)
11. "A Program of Song," Leontyne Price (1959)
12. "The Shape of Jazz to Come," Ornette Coleman (1959)
13. "Crossing Chilly Jordan," The Blackwood Brothers (1960)
14. "The Twist," Chubby Checker (1960)
15. "Old Time Music at Clarence Ashley's," Clarence Ashley, Doc Watson, et al. (1960-1962)
16. "Hoodoo Man Blues," Junior Wells (1965)
17. "Sounds of Silence," Simon and Garfunkel (1966)
18. "Cheap Thrills," Big Brother and the Holding Company (1968)
19. "The Dark Side of the Moon," Pink Floyd (1973)
20. "Music Time in Africa," Leo Sarkisian, host (July 29, 1973)
21. "Wild Tchoupitoulas," The Wild Tchoupitoulas (1976)
22. "Ramones," The Ramones (1976)
23. "Saturday Night Fever," The Bee Gees, et al (1977)
24. "Einstein on the Beach," Philip Glass and Robert Wilson (1979)
25. "The Audience with Betty Carter," Betty Carter (1980)

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