Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. half speed mastered pressing of The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, released by Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs.
This is the 1979 first issue of the LP with the upright text “Original Master Recording” at the top of the front cover. The 1981 second issue had slanted text and is much more common.
About this copy: This copy of The Dark Side of the Moon is a 1979 U.S. pressing on the Mobile Fidelity label of an album that was originally released in 1973.
While technically a U.S. release, the disc was pressed in Japan by JVC using their proprietary “Supervinyl” compound.
As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new unplayed.
The loose wrap is mostly intact; there is a small tear near the upper right hand corner. There is a hype sticker attached to the bag that says “Half Speed Mastered SUPER HIGH FIDELITY Limited Edition.”
There are small 2″ (5 cm) splits at the top and bottom edges under the wrap. This is common for this title due to the loose wrap.
A beautiful copy of a Pink Floyd LP that is often found with major cover wear.
Background: 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.
Every title ever issued by Mobile Fidelity is collectible in its own right; their pressings from 1978 through 1989 were pressed in Japan by JVC on their proprietary Super Vinyl, an exceptionally resilient, dead-quiet vinyl compound, with later issues pressed in the U.S. by RTI on 200 gram vinyl. These records were mastered at half speed; both the tape and the cutting lathe were run at half the normal speed, allowing the cutting head to cut a more accurate groove in the acetate. The finished product featured dead-quiet vinyl, with improved dynamics, better imaging, and tighter bass. By their very nature, all of Mobile Fidelity’s titles were limited-edition pressings.
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|Country of origin:||U.S.|
|Record Label:||Mobile Fidelity|
|Year of Release:||1979|