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Pink Floyd's Dark Side Eclipses Concept Album Classics

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Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon turns 37 Wednesday after another year kicking ass on every concept album that came before or after it.

The English quartet's sixth studio effort is a seamless masterpiece that cannot be readily sliced and diced into iTunes singles for sale, as the band argues during its ongoing dispute with its record label, EMI.

Confidently hop-scotching across the themes of life, death, violence and mental illness -- and foregrounding groundbreaking musical experiments in sampling, tape loops and synthesizers -- Dark Side of the Moon has continually astounded brains and eardrums since its arrival.

While the other epic sonic explorations listed below have challenged the status of Pink Floyd's 1973 record, Dark Side remains Earth's reigning concept album. Disagree? Scan the releases below and let us know your favorites in the comments section.

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