Pink Floyd – A Momentary Lapse of Reason French white vinyl LP with poster

pink floyd a momentary lapse of reason french white vinyl lp

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

About this copy: This copy of A Momentary Lapse of Reason is an original 1988 white vinyl French issue on the EMI label, including a poster with photos from their 1988 Versailles concert and a wraparound color title sheet that was only offered with this pressing.

The cover is M- with a tiny dent in the upper right hand corner.  The wraparound outer cover is M-.

The custom inner sleeve is M- with no splits. The poster is VG++ with slight wear at the folds, but no rips, tears, or holes.

The white vinyl disc is M- and may be unplayed.  Clean disc!

A beautiful copy of a terrific LP and the first copy we’ve had for sale in quite a while.

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 Dark Side of the Moon complete 1973 Japan LP with obi

Pink Floyd the dark side of the moon Japan LP

Offered for sale is a complete 1973 Japanese pressing of The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, including the original obi and all inserts. Like the original UK issue, this pressing has a label with a blue triangle.

While this is technically a third pressing, it is part of the original 1973 release. The only difference between this version and the original version is the price printed on the obi and cover.  First pressings had a ¥2000 price, the second issue had a ¥2200 sticker over the ¥2000 price.  This version has ¥2200 printed on the cover and obi.

About this copy: This copy of The Dark Side of the Moon is an original 1973 pressing on the Harvest label.

This issue appears to have been pressed using UK stampers, as the original UK catalog number SHVL-804 is stamped in the dead wax.

This copy includes the following inserts:

  • Blue poster of pyramids (different from U.S. issue)
  • Red poster of band members (different from U.S. issue)
  • 32 page booklet with band history, lyrics, photos and more (in both English and Japanese
  • Graphic card (printed on both sides; contains same graphics as stickers in the U.S. issue)
  • Original obi

The cover is M-, with trace wear on two corners.

The obi is VG+, with a couple of minor wrinkles, but no tears.

The booklet is M-.

The two posters are M , with no rips, tears, or holes.  The card is M-.

The record is M-with one or two spindle marks on the labels. There are no marks on the vinyl. Clean disc!

A nice copy of an album that is astonishingly difficult to find as a clean 1973 pressing. This is easily the nicest copy we’ve ever had for sale.

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.

Due to popularity with buyers, the album has been released in multiple limited editions around the world over the years, including several different colored vinyl pressings and as a picture disc.

In Japan, the album was issued multiple times with multiple variations, in 1973, 1974 (twice; stereo and quad), 1977, 1978 and 2016.

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: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: EMI
Catalog Number:
EOP-80778
Year of Release: 1973
Format: Stereo
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Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon sealed U.S. Harvest LP

Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon U.S. Harvest LP.

Offered for sale is a  still sealed early U.S. pressing of The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, including both posters and both stickers.

This may be an original 1973 release, or a 1974 or 1975 pressing. As it is still sealed, we have no way of knowing the label or inside cover variation. Post-1975 pressings were on the Capitol label, rather than Harvest, so this is definitely a pressing from no later than 1975.

About this copy: This copy of The Dark Side of the Moon is a mid-1970s US pressing on the Harvest label.

As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed. The album should contain two stickers and two posters.

The wrap is fully intact except for a small 1 inch (3 cm) tear near the upper left-hand corner of the back cover.

There is a hype sticker attached to the shrinkwrap that says “Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon.” The sticker does say “Made in USA”; some first pressings had this wording, and some did not.  An original price sticker is attached to the wrap.

A nearly perfect copy of a classic LP that rarely turns up in this condition.

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.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Harvest
Catalog Number:
SMAS-11163
Year of Release: 1973-1975
Format: Stereo
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Pink Floyd – A Saucerful of Secrets 1971 Japan LP with obi

Pink Floyd - A Saucerful of Secrets 1971 Japan LP

Offered for sale is a Japanese pressing of A Saucerful of Secrets by Pink Floyd, including the original obi.

This copy is black vinyl.

About this copy: This copy of A Saucerful of Secrets is a 1971 Japanese pressing on the Odeon label of an album that was originally released in 1968.

The cover is VG++ and close to M- , with a bit of wear at the corners.

The obi is VG+, with a few wrinkles.  The “hojyuhyo” (reorder tag) has been removed.

The insert is M- with a couple of minor wrinkles.

The disc is VG++ with a couple of very faint sleeve scuffs.  It’s very close to M-.  There are a few spindle marks on the labels.  Clean disc!

A hard to find pressing of a great album by an iconic band.

Background: Released in 1968, A Saucerful of Secrets was the second album by Pink Floyd, the first to include guitarist/singer David Gilmour, and the last to include founder/guitarist/singer Syd Barrett.

The album reached #9 on the UK charts but only reached #158 on the U.S. charts.

Allmusic.com gave A Saucerful of Secrets a 3 1/2 star review:

A transitional album on which the band moved from Syd Barrett’s relatively concise and vivid songs to spacy, ethereal material with lengthy instrumental passages. Barrett’s influence is still felt (he actually did manage to contribute one track, the jovial “Jugband Blues”), and much of the material retains a gentle, fairy-tale ambience.

 

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Pink Floyd – Meddle original black vinyl Japan LP with obi

pink floyd meddle japan odeon lp

Offered for sale is an original black vinyl Japanese pressing of Meddle by Pink Floyd, including the original obi.

About this copy:  This copy of Meddle is a 1971 Japanese pressing on the Odeon label.

The cover is VG++ on the front, but VG on the back, as there’s quite a bit of ring wear there.

The obi is VG, with a number of wrinkles and two small repaired tears.  The “hojyuhyo” (reorder tag) is still attached.

The insert is M-.  The booklet is VG++ with slight foxing.

The black vinyl disc is M- on side one and VG+ on side two with a couple of faint scuffs.  It’s a clean disc that’s had little play.
A nice copy of a terrific LP that’s hard to find as a complete first pressing.

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: Odeon
Catalog Number:
OP-80375
Year of Release: 1971
Format: Stereo
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Pink Floyd – A Collection of Great Dance Songs sealed Japan LP with obi

pink floyd a collection of great dance songs japan lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed original Japanese pressing of A Collection of Great Dance Songs by Pink Floyd, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of A Collection of Great Dance Songs is a 1981 Japanese pressing on the CBS/Sony label.

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

The wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears, or holes.  The cover and obi are M-.

A nice copy of a rare Pink Floyd LP.

Background: Released in 1981, A Collection of Great Dance Songs is a compilation album containing tracks from Wish You Were Here, Meddle, Animals, and The Wall.  A new version of “Money” was recorded for this LP.

The album reached #37 on the UK album charts and #31 on the U.S. charts.

Allmusic.com gave A Collection of Great Dance Songs this review:

Anyone who knew anything about Pink Floyd knew that a dance band they were not, so this compilation, courtesy of Columbia Records, was intended ironically. Arguably the quintessential album band, Pink Floyd is not well served by compilations, especially one on which four parts of “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” are edited together and there’s a re-recording of “Money.”

In the early 1980s, CBS Records in the U.S. and Japan created a limited edition series of high quality audiophile pressings of then-new and older LPs that were pressed on premium vinyl and sold at a premium price.

In the U.S., most of the titles were half speed mastered.  In Japan, most of the titles were digitally remastered pressings. The series did not last long and most titles were quickly discontinued.   Escape was one of several Journey albums to be released as part of the series.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: CBS/Sony
Catalog Number:
30AP 2265
Year of Release: 1981
Format: Stereo
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Pink Floyd – Animals limited edition 1977 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 the Harvest label.  This is the version featuring the standard cover art with the Battersea power station.

The cover is VG++ and close to M- with a couple of tiny corner dents.  The original outer plastic sleeve is included; the “Disque Rouge” sticker has been cut to remove the LP from the sleeve.

The inner sleeve is VG+ with a small split on the bottom edge.

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

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 – The Dark Side of the Moon Japan Pro-Use audiophile LP with obi

Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon Japan Pro-Use LP

Offered for sale is a copy of the 1978 Japanese Pro-Use audiophile series pressing of The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, including all inserts and the original obi.

Many audiophiles regard this pressing as the best-sounding version of the album.

About this copy: This copy of The Dark Side of the Moon is a 1978 Japanese pressing on the EMI label of an album that was originally released in 1973.

The cover is VG++ and close to M- with very slight corner wear.  The obi is M-.  The insert is M-.  The booklet is M-.

The disc is VG++ and close to M- with a few spindle marks on the labels and one or two very faint sleeve scuffs.  It’s a clean disc that has had little play.  It does have a bit of surface noise in the quiet parts.

A nice copy of a very rare Pink Floyd LP and the first copy we’ve ever had for sale.

Background: In 1978, EMI-Toshiba introduced a limited edition audiophile series of albums in Japan.  Most of the titles were classical or Jazz titles by artists who were not well known, but the series also included Abbey Road by the Beatles and The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd.

Both titles offered exceptionally good sound and have long been sought out by audiophiles.

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: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: EMI
Catalog Number:
EMLF-97002
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon sealed U.S. picture disc LP

pink floyd - the dark side of the moon u.s. picture disc lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. copy of the picture disc version of The 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 1979 pressing on the Capitol label.

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

The wrap is mostly intact, except for a small missing piece in the upper left hand corner on the front of the cover.  There is a small ink mark on the cover there.

A nice copy of a scarce picture disc.

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 – Wish You Were Here Japan half speed mastered Mastersound LP with obi

Offered for sale is a complete limited edition half speed mastered Japanese pressing of Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd, including the original obi, postcard, and poster.

This particular pressing is generally regarded to be the best-sounding pressing of Wish You Were Here ever released.

About this copy: This copy of Wish You Were Here  is a 1980 pressing on the CBS/Sony label.

The cover is M- and is still in the original shrink wrap.  The obi is M-.

Also included:

Poster – The poster is M-.
Record company postcard and Mono Lake postcard.  Both are M-.
Generic Mastersound inner sleeve is M-.
Lyric insert is M-.
Custom inner sleeve is M-.
Two generic Mastersound catalogs are M-.

The half speed mastered disc is M- and looks unplayed.  Clean disc!

A virtually perfect copy of a very rare Pink Floyd album and a difficult one to find complete.

Background:

Columbia Records had a short-lived series of audiophile pressings in the early 1980s that they called their Mastersound series.

These were high-quality pressings mastered with extra care and pressed on premium quality vinyl, and sold at a premium price.

Probably 90% of the records issued in that series in the United States were half speed mastered, while the remainder were digitally mastered.   Most of the digitally mastered titles were of classical music.

That wasn’t the case with the Japanese Mastersound series, however.  Nearly all of the titles in the CBS Mastersound series from Japan were digitally remastered, and most of them don’t sound as good as their analog Japanese counterparts.

In fact, there were only five pop/rock titles in the Japanese series that were half speed mastered:

  • Billy Joel – The Stranger (first issue only; second issue was digitally remastered)
  • Earth, Wind & Fire – Greatest Hits
  • Electric Light Orchestra – Discovery
  • Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
  • Boz Scaggs – Silk Degrees

All are quite rare, and all sound great.  The Pink Floyd is easily the rarest of the five titles.

Released in 1975, Wish You Were Here was the ninth studio album by Pink Floyd.

The album reached #1 on the charts in the U.S. and the UK.

Allmusic.com gave Wish You Were Here a 5 star review:

Pink Floyd followed the commercial breakthrough of Dark Side of the Moon with Wish You Were Here, a loose concept album about and dedicated to their founding member Syd Barrett. The record unfolds gradually, as the jazzy textures of “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” reveal its melodic motif, and in its leisurely pace, the album shows itself to be a warmer record than its predecessor. Musically, it’s arguably even more impressive, showcasing the group’s interplay and David Gilmour’s solos in particular. And while it’s short on actual songs, the long, winding soundscapes are constantly enthralling.