Pink Floyd – Piper at the Gates of Dawn 1975 Japan LP with obi

pink floyd - piper at the gates of dawn japan LP

Offered for sale is a Japanese 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 1975 Japanese pressing on the EMI label.

The cover is VG++, and very close to M-, with a bit of foxing on the back cover but no wear.

The obi is M-.  The insert is M-.

The disc is M- and looks unplayed.

Matrix numbers:

Side 1: YAX-3419 2S

Side 2: OP-8229-B 2S

These are the same stamper numbers as used on the earlier (and very rare) 1970 issue.

A beautiful copy of a terrific record.

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: EMI
Catalog Number:
EMS-80317
Year of Release: 1975
Format: Stereo
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Pink Floyd – Money/Another Brick sealed pink vinyl promo 12″ single

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Offered for sale is a still sealed pink vinyl promotional single of “Money” and “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2” by Pink Floyd.

This single features the newly-recorded version of “Money” that appeared on the “A Collection of Great Dance Songs” LP.

About this copy:   This copy of “Money” is an original, still sealed pink vinyl 12″ single, issued in 1981 as a promotional item.  This single was issued in a plain die-cut cover.

As the disc is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.  The single is packaged in a thick plastic sleeve that was sealed with a hype sticker.

The sticker has no tears.  There’s a bit of price sticker residue on the wrap.

A nice copy of a scarce Pink Floyd item and the first copy of this that we’ve had in a while.

Background: In 1981, Columbia Records released a Pink Floyd compilation LP called A Collection of Great Dance Songs. While this album contained tracks from the band’s time with Columbia, and not material from their Capitol/Harvest years, the album does include a new recording of “Money,” originally from the Dark Side of the Moon album.

To promote the Dance Songs LP, Columbia released a 12″ single containing the newly recorded version “Money” along with “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2.”  This single was pressed on pink vinyl and was issued only as a promotional item.

 

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Columbia
Catalog Number:
AS1334
Year of Release: 1981
Format: Stereo
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Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon sealed 30th anniversary EU LP

pink floyd - dark side of the moon 30th anniversary LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed limited edition 30th anniversary pressing of The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, pressed in the EU in 2003.

This LP was pressed on 180 gram vinyl and includes all original inserts – two posters and two stickers, along with a special insert with details about the pressing.

About this copy: This copy of The Dark Side of the Moon is a 2003 issue, pressed in the EU.

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

The wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears or holes.

A beautiful copy of a classic LP.

Background: For the 30th anniversary of the release of The Dark Side of the Moon, EMI went back to the original master tapes and mixed a new two track master tape, as the original master tapes had long been worn out from excessive use.

The LP was then pressed on high quality 180 gram vinyl and packaged with all of the original inserts.

The result is, in our opinion, the best sounding version of The Dark Side of the Moon we’ve ever heard.  We have a copy of this in our collection and we prefer it to both the Mobile Fidelity UHQR pressing and the original UK “blue triangle” pressing.

This one sounds terrific.

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: EU
Size: 12″
Record Label: EMI/Harvest
Catalog Number:
SHVL 804
Year of Release: 2003
Format: Stereo
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Pink Floyd – Animals limited edition pink cover French pink vinyl LP

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Offered for sale is a rare French pressing of Pink Floyd’s Animals, pressed on pink vinyl and is the rare variation with the all-pink cover and inner sleeve.

There is nothing printed on either one; they’re simply pink.

About this copy:  This copy of Animals is a 1977 French pressing on pink vinyl with the all pink cover, rather than the more common version that featured the cover with the Battersea power station.

This LP is virtually perfect, and is the nicest example we’ve ever seen that wasn’t still in the shrink wrap.

The cover is M-, as is the inner sleeve, which has no splits.

The pink vinyl disc is M- and may be unplayed.

A beautiful copy of a scarce Pink Floyd LP and a very hard LP to find in this condition.

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.

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 harder-to-find first 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.

The second issue featured the regular cover depicting the pig flying over the Battersea power station and included the standard custom lyric sleeve.

That version had a sticker on the bag in which the album was shipped that said “Disque rouge – tirage limite” (“Pink Disk – Limited Edition”.)

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.

It’s possible that the first version was released before the French record company had received the proper album cover artwork from the band’s British label.

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 – A Momentary Lapse of Reason Japan LP with obi

pink floyd - a momentary lapse of reason japan lp

Offered for sale is a rare original Japanese pressing of A Momentary Lapse of Reason by Pink Floyd, including the original obi.

This LP was pressed in limited quantities as Japanese buyers were mostly buying compact discs at the time of the album’s release.

About this copy: This copy of A Momentary Lapse of Reason is an original 1987 Japanese pressing on the CBS/Sony label.

The cover is VG++, with trace corner and edge wear.  The obi, insert, and inner sleeve are M-.

The disc is M-, with a couple of spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  Beautiful disc!

A gorgeous copy of a very rare Pink Floyd LP.

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: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: CBS/Sony
Catalog Number:
28 AP 3405
Year of Release: 1987
Format: Stereo
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Pink Floyd – Animals original Japan LP with obi and rare sticker

pink floyd -animals japan lp

Offered for sale is a rare complete Japanese pressing of Animals by Pink Floyd, including the original obi and the rare and nearly-always-missing title sticker.

About this copy: This copy of Animals is an original Japanese issue and is in exceptional condition.

The cover is VG++, with trace wear at the top edge.  The obi is M- and has no tears.

The original lyric insert and custom inner sleeve are included.  The sleeve has no splits.

The rare 3″x4″ “PINK FLOYD ANIMALS” sticker is included and is M-.

The disc is M-, with a few spindle marks on each label but no marks on the vinyl.  A very clean copy that has clearly had little play.

A beautiful copy of a terrific record that’s hard to find complete.

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.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: CBS/Sony
Catalog Number:
25AP 340
Year of Release: 1977
Format: Stereo
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Pink Floyd – Animals limited edition1977 French pink vinyl LP

pink floyd -animals french pink vinyl lp

Offered for sale is a 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.

The cover retains the thick plastic bag with the large sticker that says “Disque Rouge – Tirage Limite”.

This sticker was originally used to seal the bag closed, but the original owner opened the back at the other end (rather crudely, it would appear) to leave the sticker intact.

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

The cover is M-, as is the custom inner sleeve, which has no splits.

The pink vinyl disc is M- and appears to have only been played a couple of times.

A beautiful copy of a scarce Pink Floyd LP.

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 – 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 – 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 – 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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