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Pink Floyd Wins Suit; Hey, Man, Is 'Dark Side' Greatest Concept Album?

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Pink Floyd Wins Suit; Hey, Man, Is 'Dark Side' Greatest Concept Album?

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Pink Floyd Wins Suit; Hey, Man, Is 'Dark Side' Greatest Concept Album?

The kids these days may not understand, but those of us who remember when you actually listened to entire albums (on vinyl!) and enjoyed it because one song naturally led to the next, can cheer:

"Pink Floyd have won a High Court battle to stop their record label EMI selling individual songs online. The rock legends, signed to EMI since 1967, said their contract meant their albums could not be split up without their permission." (BBC News)

Chancellor Sir Andrew Morritt agreed.

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Dark Side of the Moon original album cover.

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The issue, as we-of-a-certain-age know well, is that some records — like Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, The Who's Tommy and the Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band — were so-called concept albums. The songs connected together to tell a story. And the perfectionists in Pink Floyd want them sold that way.

Prior to today's ruling, Wired declared that Dark Side is "Earth's reigning concept album." That's certainly true if you judge importance by sales — 35 million copies of Dark Side have been sold.

But there's always room for argument. So, we ask:

Update at 12:05 p.m. ET. Everybody slap on your headphones. This report from Larry Miller in London has a bit of Money playing in the background:

Pink Floyd Wins Suit; Hey, Man, Is 'Dark Side' Greatest Concept Album?

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