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.
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|
|Year of Release:||1977|