Pink Floyd – Animals sealed 1977 French pink vinyl LP

pink floyd -animals french pink vinyl lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed limited edition French pressing of Pink Floyd’s Animals, pressed on pink vinyl.

About this copy:  This copy of Animals is a 1977 French pressing on pink vinyl with the standard cover featuring the Battersea power station.

As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.

The cover is sealed inside of a thick plastic bag that is held shut by a large sticker that says “Disque Rouge – Tirage Limite”

The bag is fully intact with no rips, tears, or holes.  The sticker is fully intact with no rips, tears, holes, or writing.

A virtually perfect copy of a rare Pink Floyd LP that is almost never found still sealed.

Background: Animals was the tenth studio album by Pink Floyd. The album reached #2 in the UK and #3 on the U.S.album charts.

Allmusic.com gave Animals a 4 star review:

Of all of the classic-era Pink Floyd albums, Animals is the strangest and darkest, a record that’s hard to initially embrace yet winds up yielding as many rewards as its equally nihilistic successor, The Wall. It isn’t that Roger Waters dismisses the human race as either pigs, dogs, or sheep, it’s that he’s constructed an album whose music is as bleak and bitter as that world view. …Through it all, though, the utter blackness of Waters’ spirit holds true, and since there are no vocal hooks or melodies, everything rests on the mood, the near-nihilistic lyrics, and Gilmour’s guitar. These are the kinds of things that satisfy cultists, and it will reward their attention — there’s just no way in for casual listeners.

In the late 1970s, collectors began to show interest in colored vinyl and picture discs, and record companies began issuing limited editions of both old and new albums in those formats in order to generate additional revenue.  Most of these titles were available only for a short time, and many of the titles made in Europe were widely exported to the U.S.

During this time, there were a number of colored vinyl albums issued around the world by Pink Floyd, but the 1977 pressing of Animals from France on pink vinyl may have been the first.

For some reason, Harvest Records in France released two versions of this colored vinyl LP.  The first issue featured the regular cover depicting the pig flying over the Battersea power station and included the custom lyric sleeve.  There was also a sticker on the bag in which the album was shipped that said “Disque rouge – tirage limite” (“Pink Disk – Limited Edition”.)

The harder-to-find second version came in a cover that was all pink, with no graphics or writing whatsoever.  The inner sleeve was also all pink, again with no writing.  The pink vinyl record had the standard custom label that appeared on other versions of the album issued worldwide.

Little is known about these all pink pressings, or why they were made in addition to those with the regular covers.  We’ve seen them advertised as “promotional copies,” but there is nothing on the record or cover to suggest that they are promos, and we remember these being sold at retail when they were new.  As far as we know, the record company just decided to make two versions.

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Country of origin: France
Size: 12″
Record Label: Harvest
Catalog Number:
2C 068-98434
Year of Release: 1977
Format: Stereo
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Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon sealed 1979 picture disc

pink floyd - dark side of the moon picture disc lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. copy of the picture disc version of Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, issued as a limited edition in 1979.

About this copy: This copy of Dark Side of the Moon is a still sealed limited edition picture disc of the entire album, released in 1979. The record is presumably new and unplayed.

The wrap is fully intact, with no rips or tears.  There is a clean punched hole in the upper right hand corner, indicating that this was a promotional copy.

A nice copy of a terrific record, and the first copy of this one that we’ve had in quite a while.

Background:  In the late 1970s, record companies began issuing picture discs of new albums as promotional items. They became quite popular among collectors, so the record companies began releasing limited edition picture disc versions of both then-new titles as well as older popular titles from their back catalog.

One of the older titles released by Capitol Records was Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, then (and now) one of the best-selling albums in history.

The picture disc fad was a short-lived one, as consumers began to balk at the idea of paying nearly twice as much for a limited edition item that didn’t sound as good as the regular pressing. In time, these limited edition pressings became somewhat scarce, particularly in new, unopened condition.

The Dark Side of the Moon was Pink Floyd’s eighth album and it’s the one that made them superstars. Reaching #1 in the U.S. and #2 in the UK, the album is one of the biggest selling albums in history.

While the album topped the U.S. charts for only one week, it spent 741 weeks in the U.S. top 200 – fifteen years.

Allmusic.com gave The Dark Side of the Moon a rare 5 star review:

By condensing the sonic explorations of Meddle to actual songs and adding a lush, immaculate production to their trippiest instrumental sections, Pink Floyd inadvertently designed their commercial breakthrough with Dark Side of the Moon. …Pink Floyd may have better albums than Dark Side of the Moon, but no other record defines them quite as well as this one.
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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
SEAX-11902
Year of Release: 1979
Format: Stereo
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Pink Floyd – Innerview (Roger Waters, Part 1) 1983 promo-only radio show

pink floyd - innerview lp

Offered for sale is a 1983 promo-only radio show called Innerview, Part 1, featuring Roger Waters of Pink Floyd.

About this copy: This copy of Innerview is part 1 of a show that was originally intended to air in two parts over two weeks in early 1983.

On this disc, Jim Ladd interviews Roger Waters of Pink Floyd about the then-new The Final Cut album.

The disc is VG+, with an inaudible mark and a few sleeve scuffs.    The disc was issued without a cover, but we’ll provide a generic one.

Background: Running from the late 1970s through the mid-1980s, Innerview was a syndicated radio program where Los Angeles disk jockey (and now a Sirius/XM disk jockey) Jim Ladd interviewed famous musicians of the day.

The program was less widely distributed than other radio shows of the time, and the discs are somewhat scarce today.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Innerview
Catalog Number:
Series 24 Show 8
Year of Release: 1983
Format: Stereo
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Pink Floyd – A Momentary Lapse of Reason sealed French white vinyl LP with poster

pink floyd - a momentary lapse of reason french white vinyl lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed white vinyl pressing of A Momentary Lapse of Reason, issued in France in 1988 as a limited edition.

About this copy: This copy of A Momentary Lapse of Reason is an original 1988 white vinyl French issue, including a poster with photos from their 1988 Versailles concert that was only offered with this pressing.

As the LP is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.

The wrap is fully intact with no rips or tears.  There is a minor bend in one corner.

A hype sticker attached to the wrap says “SERIE LIMITE – INCLUS – DISQUE BLANC et POSTER.”

We’ve shown a photo of an opened copy as an example, but this copy is still sealed.

A beautiful copy of a record that is almost never found unopened.

Background: Released in 1987, A Momentary Lapse of Reason was the thirteenth studio album by Pink Floyd, and the first without founder Roger Waters.

The album reached #3 on both the U.S. and UK album charts.

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Country of origin: France
Size: 12″
Record Label: EMI
Catalog Number:
748068 0
Year of Release: 1988
Format: Stereo
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Pink Floyd – The Division Bell sealed original U.S. 1994 blue vinyl LP

pink floyd - the division bell sealed LP

Offered for sale is an original 1994 still sealed blue vinyl U.S. pressing of The Division Bell by Pink Floyd.

About this copy: This copy of The Division Bell is an original still sealed U.S. pressing, presumably on blue vinyl, issued in 1994 on Columbia records.

As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.  As far as we know all original U.S. issues were blue vinyl, so that is what you should find inside.

There is a small break in the shrink wrap (about 1/2″) in the upper left hand corner at the top edge.  There is a small piece of wrap missing on the front near the upper right hand corner.

A terrific copy of an LP that has become quite hard to find in recent years.

Background: Released in 1994, The Division Bell was Pink Floyd’s first studio album in seven years and the second without founding member Roger Waters.  Despite mixed critical reception, the album reached #1 on the American album charts.

The album was released in LP form in both the U.S. and the UK.  While the UK pressings were issued on standard black vinyl, the American pressings were available on a translucent light blue vinyl.

The LP version of The Division Bell has a playing time of about 8 minutes shorter than the compact disc version, as seven of the eleven songs on the album were shortened for the LP version.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Columbia
Catalog Number:
c64200
Year of Release: 1994
Format: Stereo
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Pink Floyd – More sealed U.S. Harvest 8 track tape

pink floyd - more 8 track tape

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. 8 track tape of More, the third album by Pink Floyd.

About this copy:  This copy of More is a still sealed U.S. issue on the Harvest label, likely from the 1970s.  The tape is still sealed and is presumably unplayed.  The end of the tape has a small drill hole in it, indicating that the tape was sold as a cutout.

A nice copy of an album that’s quite hard to find on 8 track tape.

Background: The soundtrack to an obscure film, More isn’t high on the list of most Pink Floyd fans’ favorite albums, as it’s a bit more mellow and disjointed than most of their work.  It’s also not as well known as their later work; without a single to help sales, the album only reached #153 on the U.S. album charts.

Of course, soundtracks tend to be a bit disjointed, as the music is written to go along with the film, not to work as a cohesive whole.  Still, there’s a good rocker here, The Nile Song, (which was released as a single in Japan) and a couple of great ballads by David Gilmour: Green is the Colour, and Cymbaline.  In fact, More is unique in the Pink Floyd catalog as it’s the only album by the band to feature Gilmour as the only vocalist.

You can listen to “Green is the Colour” here:

As with most albums in Japan, More was released multiple times, with multiple catalog numbers, multiple obis, and on both black and red vinyl.  The first issue was pressed on red vinyl and had a single pocket cover and a now-impossibly-hard-to-find “New Rock” obi; the second issue had a gatefold cover and was pressed on both red and black vinyl with a black obi with orange print.  Later issues were pressed on black vinyl only and had an obi that was unique to that particular reissue.

The first issue is extraordinarily rare and rarely turns up for sale.  The second issue, which came out the same year as the first one, was more successful in the Japanese market, but has become much harder to find in recent years, especially in good condition.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 8 track tape
Record Label: Harvest
Catalog Number:
8XW-11198
Year of Release: 1973
Format: Stereo
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Pink Floyd – Meddle 1974 Japan LP with obi

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Offered for sale is a 1974 Japanese pressing of Meddle by Pink Floyd, complete with original obi.

About this copy:  This copy of Meddle is a 1974 Japanese pressing, including both the lyric/photo booklet as well as the original obi.

Outer cover and obi are M-, though there’s quite a bit of foxing on the inside of the gatefold cover.  Inserts are M-.

The disc is M- and appears to have only been played once or twice.

A beautiful copy of a terrific LP.

Background: Meddle is the sixth studio album by Pink Floyd, originally released in October, 1971.  The album was the second one after Atom Heart Mother to include a side-long track, “Echoes.”

The album reached #3 on the UK charts, but only reached #70 in the U.S.  Due to increased sales after the success of Dark Side of the Moon, the album was eventually certified two times platinum in the U.S.

A single, “One of These Days,” failed to reach the U.S. charts.

 

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: EMI
Catalog Number:
EMS-80322
Year of Release: 1974
Format: Stereo
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Pink Floyd – The Wall Japan 2 LP set with obi

pink floyd - the wall japan lp

Offered for sale is an original 2 LP Japanese issue of Pink Floyd’s The Wall, complete with obi and all inserts.

About this copy: The copy offered for sale is an original Japanese pressing and is complete, including both custom sleeves, the Japanese lyric insert,  and the hard to find “cap” obi that folds over the cover.

The cover and all inserts are VG++, with slight foxing.; the obi is M-.

Sides 1 and 3 are M-; sides 2 and 4 are VG++, with slight scuffs.

A gorgeous copy of a great-sounding rock classic.

Background: Pink Floyd’s 1979 double album The Wall alienated a few fans and made the band a bunch of new ones.  Regardless of opinion, the album sold in the millions and is highly regarded by audiophiles as being among the best-sounding albums in the band’s catalog.  The long-out-of-print Japanese pressing is generally regarded as the best, and has been on the Absolute Sound’s recommended list for decades.

Allmusic.com gave The Wall a 4 1/2 star review:

The Wall was Roger Waters’ crowning accomplishment in Pink Floyd. It documented the rise and fall of a rock star (named Pink Floyd), based on Waters’ own experiences and the tendencies he’d observed in people around him. By then, the bassist had firm control of the group’s direction, working mostly alongside David Gilmour and bringing in producer Bob Ezrin as an outside collaborator. Drummer Nick Mason was barely involved, while keyboardist Rick Wright seemed to be completely out of the picture. Still, The Wall was a mighty, sprawling affair, featuring 26 songs with vocals: nearly as many as all previous Floyd albums combined.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Sony
Catalog Number:
40AP1750
Year of Release: 1979
Format: Stereo
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Pink Floyd – Piper at the Gates of Dawn 1970 Japan black vinyl LP with obi

pink floyd -piper at the gates of dawn japan LP

Offered for sale is a rare 1970 Japanese black vinyl pressing of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, complete with original obi and lyric insert.

About this copy: This copy of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is a rare 1970 Japanese second pressing on black vinyl, with the pink Rock Now obi and lyric insert.

The cover is VG++, and very close to M-, with a bit of minor wear on the corners.  The back cover has the correct ¥2000 price printed in the lower right hand corner, though a sticker for a higher price of ¥2200 has been placed over it.

The obi is original and is the correct obi for the 1970 issue, with a ¥2000  price at the top, though like the cover, it has a ¥2200 sticker over the original price.  The obi is VG+, with a few minor wrinkles and a small tear at the bottom edge.  The “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, is still attached.

The original rice paper inner sleeve is included.  The order form for the Rock Now! tote bag is missing.

The disc is M- with a faint inaudible mark through “Interstellar Overdrive.”  There are a few spindle marks on each label, but the record clearly has been well cared for and has had very little play.

Matrix numbers:

Side 1: YAX-3419 2S

Side 2: OP-8229-B 2S

A beautiful copy of a terrific record.  The 1970 pressing of this LP is, for whatever reason, the hardest Japanese issue of this LP to find, even on black vinyl.

Background: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, released in 1967, was the first LP from Pink Floyd and the only album by the band to predominantly feature founding member Syd Barrett.

In Japan, the album was issued on six different occasions, and each was available only for a short period of time:

  • 1967 – Green obi with Odeon catalog number OP-8229
  • 1970 – Pink “Rock Now!” obi with Odeon catalog number OP-80281 and ¥2000  price
  • 1974 – Pink “Rock Now! obi with Odeon catalog number OP-80281 and ¥2200 price
  • 1975 – White obi with EMI catalog number EMS-80317
  • 1983 – Black obi with EMI catalog number EMS-50104
  • 2016 – Green obi resembling the 1967 issue with Sony catalog number SIJP11

The 1967 and 1970 issues were available on red vinyl, though nearly all copies of the 1970 release were black.  The red version is one of the world’s rarest Pink Floyd LPs.

The Japanese pressing of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn features the UK track lineup, including “Flaming,” “Astronomy Domine,” and “Bike,” which were all removed from the LP for the U.S. release.  Unlike the UK and U.S. issues, all Japanese pressings of the album have been in stereo.

The Japanese pressing also includes an extra track, “See Emily Play,” which had previously been released as a single.

Full track list:

  • Astronomy Domine
  • Lucifer Sam
  • Matilda Mother
  • Flaming
  • Pow R. Toc. H
  • Take Up Thy Stethoscope And Walk
  • Interstellar Overdrive
  • The Gnome
  • Chapter 24
  • The Scarecrow
  • Bike
  • See Emily Play

Allmusic.com gave The Piper at the Gates of Dawn a 5 star review:

 The Piper at the Gates of Dawn successfully captures both sides of psychedelic experimentation — the pleasures of expanding one’s mind and perception, and an underlying threat of mental disorder and even lunacy; this duality makes Piper all the more compelling in light of Barrett’s subsequent breakdown, and ranks it as one of the best psychedelic albums of all time.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Odeon
Catalog Number:
OP-80281
Year of Release: 1970
Format: Stereo
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Pink Floyd – Piper at the Gates of Dawn 1970 Japan red vinyl LP with obi

pink floyd - piper at the gates of dawn japan red vinyl lp

Offered for sale is a beautiful copy of one of the world’s rarest Pink Floyd LPs – the ultra-rare 1970 red vinyl Japanese pressing of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, complete with original obi, lyric insert, and Rock Now! tote bag order form.

About this copy: This copy of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is one of only a handful of known red vinyl examples of this particular pressing of this album, as nearly all copies were pressed on black vinyl.

The cover is VG++, and very close to M-, with a bit of minor wear on the corners and faint wear on the back.  The back cover is pure white and has the correct ¥2000 price printed in the lower right hand corner.

The obi is original and is the correct obi for the 1970 issue, with a ¥2000  price at the top.  The obi is VG+, with a few minor wrinkles and a small 1/4″ tear (see photo.)  The “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, is still attached.

The lyric insert and postcard are M-.  The postcard gave the buyer an opportunity to send away for a Rock Now! tote bag.

The original rice paper inner sleeve is included.

The ultra-rare “Everclean” red vinyl disc is M- and appears to be virtually unplayed.  There’s a tiny (1/8″ or so) spindle mark on the Side 1 label and no spindle marks on the Side 2 label.

Matrix numbers:

Side 1: YAX-3419 2S

Side 2: OP-8229-B 2S

A stunning copy of one of the world’s rarest Pink Floyd LPs, and easily the rarest commercially-released Pink Floyd LP from Japan.  It also may be the only fully complete copy available anywhere.

NOTE to non-U.S. buyers: Due to the value of this item, we will only ship this LP via Priority Mail Express International or Global Express Guaranteed (GXG).  These are the only shipping methods that will permit full insurance.  Please select one of these two methods at checkout.

Background: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, released in 1967, was the first LP from Pink Floyd and the only album by the band to predominantly feature founding member Syd Barrett.

In Japan, the album was issued on six different occasions, and each was available only for a short period of time:

  • 1967 – Green obi with Odeon catalog number OP-8229
  • 1970 – Pink “Rock Now!” obi with Odeon catalog number OP-80281 and ¥2000  price
  • 1974 – Pink “Rock Now! obi with Odeon catalog number OP-80281 and ¥2200 price
  • 1975 – White obi with EMI catalog number EMS-80317
  • 1983 – Black obi with EMI catalog number EMS-50104
  • 2016 – Green obi resembling the 1967 issue with Sony catalog number SIJP11

Only the 1967 and 1970 issues were available on red vinyl.  All subsequent releases – 1974, 1975, 1983, and 2016 were issued on black vinyl only.  As far as we know, all copies of the 1967 release, both promotional and stock copies sold in stores, were pressed on red vinyl.

For the 1970 second pressing, it seems that about 95% of all the copies pressed were black vinyl, with only a handful pressed on the more desirable red vinyl.

In our 40 years of buying, selling, and collecting Pink Floyd and Japanese records, we’ve seen, heard about, or read about perhaps 20 red vinyl copies of the 1967 first issue, but only three red vinyl copies of the 1970 issue, including this copy, and the other two copies were missing the obi.

The Japanese pressing of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn features the UK track lineup, including “Flaming,” “Astronomy Domine,” and “Bike,” which were all removed from the LP for the U.S. release.  Unlike the UK and U.S. issues, all Japanese pressings of the album have been in stereo.

The Japanese pressing also includes an extra track, “See Emily Play,” which had previously been released as a single.

Full track list:

  • Astronomy Domine
  • Lucifer Sam
  • Matilda Mother
  • Flaming
  • Pow R. Toc. H
  • Take Up Thy Stethoscope And Walk
  • Interstellar Overdrive
  • The Gnome
  • Chapter 24
  • The Scarecrow
  • Bike
  • See Emily Play

Allmusic.com gave The Piper at the Gates of Dawn a 5 star review:

 The Piper at the Gates of Dawn successfully captures both sides of psychedelic experimentation — the pleasures of expanding one’s mind and perception, and an underlying threat of mental disorder and even lunacy; this duality makes Piper all the more compelling in light of Barrett’s subsequent breakdown, and ranks it as one of the best psychedelic albums of all time.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Odeon
Catalog Number:
OP-80281
Year of Release: 1970
Format: Stereo
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