Alan Parsons & Pink Floyd Discuss “Money”

Author: Carl J  //  Category: Classic Tracks, Producers, Recording Engineers

Here’s a real hit we found this weekend on YouTube, it’s an excerpt from Classic Albums: Pink Floyd – The Making of ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ where Roger Waters, David Gilmour, and Alan Parsons discuss the recording sessions for Money. If you’re a Pink Floyd fan, this video is 6:15 you just have to see.

There’s so much to like in this video. It starts with Waters discussing how he came up with the sampled money sounds from the beginning of the track, which incidentally was one of the first instances of a band playing to a loop. It wasn’t that simple back then, and involved running tape around the room using mic stands.

We then see David Gilmour at a recoding console, and he isolates the rhythm guitar tracks so we can really hear what’s going on. Later in the video we get to hear the isolated guitar solo, David played the solo, then learned it so he could double track it. We also get to hear it with and without effects through the help of Alan Parsons.

Parsons also discusses the sessions, with a particularly cool moment being when he lets us hear the vocal tracks, dry without processing, and then shows us how he added delay and reverb to give it life and space

Waters end the video with some interesting insight into what this song meant to him as Dark Side of The Moon became a hit.

And for good measure, here’s the original music video from 1974, (don’t mind the audio)