Record registry selects albums

Los Angeles Times


Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” is no longer just the rock album that has logged more weeks than any other on Billboard’s national album chart. It’s also now going into the 2012 National Recording Registry, one of 25 recordings over the last century singled out for their “cultural, artistic and historical importance to the nation’s aural legacy,” the Library of Congress announced Thursday.

“Dark Side of the Moon” is joined in the registry by “Cheap Thrills,” Janis Joplin’s second release with Big Brother and the Holding Company from 1968, Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sounds of Silence” album from 1966, saxophonist Ornette Coleman’s 1959 debut album “The Shape of Jazz to Come,” Chubby Checker’s 1962 hit single and dance phenomenon “The Twist,” Van Cliburn’s 1958 recording of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and the blockbuster 1977 soundtrack album from “Saturday Night Fever.”

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