Pink Floyd – Relics original red vinyl Japan LP with obi

Pink Floyd - Relics original red vinyl Japan LP with obi

Offered for sale is an original Japanese red vinyl pressing of Relics by Pink Floyd, complete with the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Relics is an original Japanese pressing from 1971, pressed on red “Everclean” vinyl.  Only the first pressings were red vinyl; all subsequent pressings were black vinyl issues.  The Japanese pressings feature the artwork by Nick Mason on the cover that was not used on the U.S. pressings.  In addition, the Japanese LP had a gatefold cover that was unique to Japan, featuring photos of the band on the inside of the cover.

The gatefold cover is VG++, with some light foxing.  The pink “Rock Now” obi is VG+,with a few wrinkles.  The “hojyuhyo”, or reorder tag, is missing.  This copy has a second obi, which was added to the album during a Pink Floyd tour.

The red vinyl disc is VG+, with some very light scuffs and a few spindle marks on the label.

A beautiful copy of a terrific record.

Background: Relics is often an afterthought when thinking about Pink Floyd’s catalog, but the compilation, released in 1971, offers some nice tracks from the band’s early career, as well as a couple of songs (“Paint Box” and “Biding My Time”) that aren’t otherwise available on U.S. albums.

Allmusic.com gave Relics 4 1/2 stars:

Since Relics is a compilation and not a regular studio album, it tends to be overlooked when thought of as one of Pink Floyd’s better releases. It might not be regarded as a classic psychedelic masterpiece in the manner of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, and it certainly won’t ever achieve the multiple platinum status of Dark Side of the Moon, but it’s a pretty good place to start with the band’s early catalog.  A little bit of everything that made early Pink Floyd can be found here. Without a doubt, the disc is an essential part of the band’s discography, not to be disregarded due to its overlap with studio album material.

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Pink Floyd (Kate Bush) Harvest Sampler 1978 promo-only LP with rare track

Pink Floyd (Kate Bush) Harvest Sampler 1978 promo-only LP with rare track

Offered for sale is a copy of a promotional LP called Harvest Sampler, featuring “Point Me at the Sky” by Pink Floyd, as well as tracks by Kate Bush and the Little River Band.

About this copy: The cover is VG+, with a bit of wear on the back cover and a bent corner in the upper right.  The record is VG++, with some scuffs from the paper sleeve, but has no spindle marks and may be unplayed.

A beautiful copy of a rare promotional sampler.

Background: Harvest Records was a relatively short-lived label, created as a spinoff of EMI in Britain with the intention of showcasing progressive rock artists.  The label wasn’t overly successful, aside from Pink Floyd, so in 1978, the label released a promo-only LP called Harvest Sampler to radio stations in the U.S. in order to inspire airplay and (hopefully) increase sales.

While the album included primarily album tracks by then-current artists on the label, the LP also included a rare track, “Point Me at the Sky,” by Pink Floyd, who by that point were no longer with the label.  The song was the band’s fifth single in the UK, where it did not chart.

The song was not released as a single in the U.S.  Not only was “Point Me at the Sky” not released as a single in the United States, it has never been included on any commercially released album in LP form in the U.S., either.  This album is the only American vinyl release to include the song.

The version of the song on Harvest Sampler is a rechanneled stereo version created from the original mono mix.

In addition to the Pink Floyd, track, the album is also of note to Kate Bush collectors, as it includes “The Man With a Child in His Eyes” from her then-new Kick Inside album.

Tracks listing:

Little River Band – Changed and Different
Tom Robinson Band – 2-4-6-8 Motorway
King Harry – Fighting Talk
Wire – Ex-Lion Tamer
Pink Floyd – Point Me at the Sky
Be-Bop Deluxe – Panic in the World
Strapps – Child of the City
Focus – Wingless
Kate Bush – The Man With a Child in His Eyes

 

Pink Floyd and others – Picnic 1970 2 LP UK sampler

Pink Floyd and others - Picnic 1970 2 LP UK sampler

Offered for sale is a scarce 2 LP sampler album called Picnic, issued in 1970 in the UK by Harvest Records to promote their label.

About this copy: The cover of this set is VG+, with a couple of bent corners.  The original price sticker is still attached to the cover. The discs are VG++, and have clearly had only a few plays.  A couple of sides have very faint sleeve scuffs.  Stampers are AA, AL, AO, AA and there is no EMI logo on the labels.

A nice copy of a scarce LP.

Background: When Harvest Records was a fairly new label, they issued Picnic at a budget price of 29 shillings/11 pence to promote the label.  The 2 LP set contained tracks by Quatermass, Barclay James Harvest, Syd Barrett, Bakerloo, and Pink Floyd.  The album was highly sought out by collectors for many years, as it was once the only way to obtain the otherwise-unreleased Pink Floyd track, “Embryo”, which has since been released on several compilations.

Artists are:

Deep Purple
Barclay James Harvest
Pink Floyd
The Battered Ornaments
Shirley & Dolly Collins
Pretty Things
Roy Harper
Bakerloo
Kevin Ayers
The Greatest Show on Earth
Third Ear Band
Syd Barrett
Forest
Pete Brown and Piblokto
Panama Limited
Quatermass
Michael Chapman
Tea & Symphony
Edgar Broughton Band

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Pink Floyd – Atom Heart Mother red vinyl Japan LP with obi

Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother red vinyl Japan LP with obi

Offered for sale is an original Japanese pressing of Pink Floyd’s 1970 LP, Atom Heart Mother, pressed on red vinyl and including the original obi.

About this copy: The copy offered for sale is in great condition; the cover is VG+, with some edge wear at the top of the cover.  The nearly-always-missing obi is also VG+, with just a few wrinkles and it includes the “hojyuhyo” or reorder tag, which is often missing.  The red vinyl disc is VG++, with a few very light scuffs and a few spindle marks on the labels.  The six page lyric/photo/information insert is included.

A nice copy of an album that’s hard to find complete on red vinyl.

Background: For many Pink Floyd fans, Atom Heart Mother isn’t their go-to album of choice, but it sold well in a number of countries, particularly Japan.

AllMusic.com described it thusly:  Appearing after the sprawling, unfocused double-album set Ummagumma, Atom Heart Mother may boast more focus, even a concept, yet that doesn’t mean it’s more accessible. If anything, this is the most impenetrable album Pink Floyd released while on Harvest, which also makes it one of the most interesting of the era. Still, it may be an acquired taste even for fans, especially since it kicks off with a side-long, 23-minute extended orchestral piece that may not seem to head anywhere, but is often intriguing, more in what it suggests than what it achieves.

In Japan, first issues of Atom Heart Mother were pressed on red “Everclean” vinyl and while it’s the most common Pink Floyd title to find on red wax, it’s still quite difficult to find one in playable condition and even harder to find with the original obi.  Most of the copies of Atom Heart Mother we’ve seen from Japan over the years were in poor condition.

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Pink Floyd – Milestones 1973 Dutch-only 2 LP set

Pink Floyd - Milestones 1973 Dutch-only 2 LP set

Offered for sale is a scarce 2 LP set by Pink Floyd entitled, Milestones, released only in the Netherlands in 1973.

About this copy: The copy offered for sale is a first issue of the album with black labels (second issues had red labels.)  The records are VG+, with lots of shine but a few small marks.  The cover is VG+, with a bit of lamination peeling on the spine.

A nice copy of a record that’s rather hard to find in this configuration.

Background: With the explosive sales of Dark Side of the Moon in 1973, Pink Floyd’s record company sought to use the sales of that LP to get the public to buy some of the band’s older titles. In most of the world, the early material was issued in a 2 LP set called, A Nice Pair.  In the Netherlands, the first two albums, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and A Saucerful of Secrets, were reissued as a 2 LP set with a gatefold cover, called Milestones.  This album included the original UK version of the first album with eleven tracks, including Astronome Domine, Bike and Flaming, but omitting See Emily Play, which had been included on the American and Japanese versions of the album.

 

Pink Floyd – Milestones 1973 Dutch-only 2 LP set

Pink Floyd - Milestones 1973 Dutch-only 2 LP set

Offered for sale is a scarce 2 LP set by Pink Floyd entitled, Milestones, released only in the Netherlands in 1973.

About this copy: The copy offered for sale is a second issue of the album with red labels (first issues had black labels.)  The records are VG+ on the first album and VG on the second album.  The cover is VG, with several bends, and wear on the spine and corners.

A nice copy of a record that’s rather hard to find in this configuration.

Background: With the explosive sales of Dark Side of the Moon in 1973, Pink Floyd’s record company sought to use the sales of that LP to get the public to buy some of the band’s older titles. In most of the world, the early material was issued in a 2 LP set called, A Nice Pair.  In the Netherlands, the first two albums, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and A Saucerful of Secrets, were reissued as a 2 LP set with a gatefold cover, called Milestones.  This album included the original UK version of the first album with eleven tracks, including Astronome Domine, Bike and Flaming, but omitting See Emily Play, which had been included on the American and Japanese versions of the album.

 

Pink Floyd – Best of Pink Floyd South Korea LP

Pink Floyd - Best of Pink Floyd South Korea LP

Offered for sale is a rare and unusual South Korean compilation LP by Pink Floyd, entitled, Best of Pink Floyd.

About this copy: The record is M- and looks to have had little, if any play.  The cover is VG+, with a bit of wear at the edges and a 1″ split at the center of the top of the cover.  The enclosed photo/information insert (text in Korean) is M-.

A nice copy of a rare and unusual Pink Floyd LP.

Background: This is one of the stranger Pink Floyd items we’ve ever encountered – a compilation LP from South Korea entitled Best of Pink Floyd.  The album has a live shot of the band on the cover and a truly strange track lineup:

Side one:

Atom Heart Mother Suite

Side two:

MoneyOne of These Days
Free Four
Obscured by Clouds

The album cover claims that the material is licensed, but we have no idea if this is an authorized issue or not.  The quality of the vinyl and cover printing are quite good and similar to the licensed products that have been made in Korea since the late 1980s.

 

Pink Floyd – A Saucerful of Secrets 1971 Japan LP

Pink Floyd - A Saucerful of Secrets 1971 Japan LP

Offered for sale is a 1971 Japanese second pressing of Pink Floyd’s 1968 LP, A Saucerful of Secrets, with lyric insert and reproduction obi.

About this copy: This copy of A Saucerful of Secrets is a 1971 second issue, Odeon OP-80282, with the words “Toshiba Musical Industries” on the label.  The black vinyl record is M-, with just a couple of spindle marks on the label. It’s the nicest disc we’ve ever seen for this LP.

The cover is VG++, with a bit of wear at the corners.  A date (1971.8.26) has been written on the back cover in ball point pen.  The lyric insert is included.  The obi is a reproduction.

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

Background: Pink Floyd’s second album, 1968’s A Saucerful of Secrets, was a transitional one; founder Syd Barrett was on his way out after a series of health and personal problems, and former Joker’s Wild guitarist David Gilmour was brought in to replace him.  This is the only album on which all five members of Pink Floyd played; while Gilmour plays on all seven tracks, Barrett plays on only three, providing vocals on the album’s closing track, Jugband Blues. The title track of the album was the first of many long, spacy tracks to come from the band on subsequent albums.

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Pink Floyd – More mid-1970s Japan LP with gatefold cover and obi

Pink Floyd - More mid-1970s Japan LP with gatefold cover and obi

Offered for sale is a Japanese pressing of the band’s 1969 soundtrack album, More.  This is a reissue from the mid-1970s.

About this copy: The record is M-, with just a couple of spindle marks on the label.  There is a small bump in the vinyl on the track, Quicksilver; this is a pressing defect, though the track plays fine.  The cover is M-, with a small dent in one corner.

This is perhaps the best-sounding pressing of this album we’ve ever heard and it’s in great condition.

Background: The soundtrack to the 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.  Of course, soundtracks tend to turn out that way, 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.

As with most albums in Japan, More was released multiple times.  The first issue had a single pocket cover; the second issue had a gatefold cover and was pressed on colored vinyl.  The third issue was on black vinyl on the Odeon label with a black obi.  This is the fourth issue, released circa 1975.  It has a gatefold cover with a four page color booklet, a white obi, and is on the brown EMI label.

 

Pink Floyd – The Division Bell 1994 original UK LP

Pink Floyd - The Division Bell 1994 original UK LP

Offered for sale is a beautiful example of a first pressing of the UK LP, EMI EMD 1055, complete with the custom lyric inner sleeve.

About this copy: Both the record and cover are M-; the record hasn’t been played more than once or twice.  While the blue vinyl American copies turn up for sale from time to time, the UK pressings are rarely available.

A beautiful example of a truly scarce LP by an iconic band.

Background: Pink Floyd’s 1994 LP, The Division Bell was their second album without founder Roger Waters, and as it happened, their final studio LP.  Critics had mixed opinions about the album, but the public liked it and it sold well and was followed by a successful tour.

The LP was issued on vinyl in the United States, the United Kingdom and South Korea, and the U.S. and UK copies featured different cover photos from one another.

Unlike the American copies, the UK pressings were on black vinyl.  The UK pressings are also considerably harder to find than their American counterparts.

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