I noticed this thread about a band I have enjoyed for a long time, and the ‘legend’ surrounding the supposed synching of Dark Side of the Moon with The Wizard of Oz.
It is true to say that all the band and their producer were involved in the making of the album and its various songs. However, I do believe that Roger Waters was the genius behind the ‘concept’ of the album - a sort of running commentary on a story or a life. A schoolfriend of mine at the time actually wrote to the band asking what the album was about. They replied to him! Apparently, it revolves around a man fed up with his corporate life who tries to escape to another place, but the plane he takes crashes…
This can’t be seen obviously from the songs, but does fit with its theme. The point I am making here is that I don’t believe the synching is anything magical or supernatural, nor do I believe that the WHOLE album fits into the film script. As pointed out in the column, only a dozen or so points fit. This to me would be in keeping with the amount of Waters’ input - he was able to coincide these few things without having to tell any of the rest of the band, and so enact a partial allegory. The Wizard of Oz is about escaping this world and finding our dreams. Waters was obviously a deeply melancholic genius in search of something.
Further proof comes from “The Wall” - there is a constant background chatter from TVs in the recording, audible in the ‘silent’ bits between songs. Listening to this album many, many times, I became convinced a long time ago that it was mainly one old British film being played throughout, probably perfectly in synch, and the dialogue does have some connection to the moods in the album. Waters wrote practically all of that album himself, especially the lyrics.