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Aside from what The Flaming Lips has in store for fans on Record Store Day, the band has another surprise to unleash. The psychedelic alternative rock band announced they’re releasing a companion piece to the classic Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon album. It will be released Monday, March 31, titled Flaming Side of the Moon.
The digital release of the album was created to be listened to concurrently with the original Pink Floyd album, which believed to match up with the 1939 classic film, The Wizard of Oz, as reported by Pitchfork.
A special, limited vinyl pressing of 100 albums will be given to the band’s family members and friends.
"Designed as an immersive companion piece to the original 1973 album, Dark Side of the Moon, listeners are encouraged to listen to the new Lips album while listening to Dark Side at the same time," as stated in a press release, according to Rolling Stone.
In 2009, The Flaming Lips released a cover of Dark Side they completed with the help of a few friends—The Flaming Lips and Stardeath and White Dwarfs With Henry Rollins and Peaches Doing The Dark Side of the Moon. The fans at their Oklahoma City New Year’s Eve show were lucky enough to hear the album played from start to finish.
"Flaming Side of the Moon was also carefully crafted to sync up perfectly with the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz. For ideal listening conditions, fans are encouraged to seek out the original Alan Parsons' engineered quadraphonic LP mix of Dark Side, but it will work with the album on any format."
Flaming Side of the Moon is accessible through all partaking digital channels. This will not be the last we see of projects from The Flaming Lips. Rumor has it, they’re working on a St. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band tribute album with MGTM’s Andrew VanWyngarden, Tame Impala and Miley Cyrus.
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