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Pink Floyd, Simon & Garfunkel + More Added to National Recording Registry

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Pink Floyd‘s legendary 1973 album, ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ is one of 25 recordings to be inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. The record received the highest number of public nominations among this year’s class.

In the release accompanying the announcement, ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ is called “an example of brilliant, innovative production in service of the music.” They go on to cite the harmonies of David Gilmour and Richard Wright, as well as the successful integration of Roger Waters‘ interviews of the studio staff into the album’s concept.

Also added to the registry are Simon & Garfunkel‘s folk-rock classic ‘Sounds of Silence,’ ‘Cheap Thrills’ by Big Brother and the Holding Company, which launched Janis Joplin to national prominence, the self-titled debut by the Ramones and the Bee Gees soundtrack to ‘Saturday Night Fever.’

Created in 2000, the National Recording Registry annually selects 25 recordings that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and “reflect the diversity and creativity of the American experience.” You can find out about all of this year’s inductees, which range from spoken word to opera to jazz, at the Library of Congress’ website.

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