Pink Floyd – Animals original Japan LP with obi and rare sticker

Pink Floyd - Animals original 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 1977 pressing on the CBS label.

The cover is VG+ with slight edge and corner wear and a bit of foxing on the inside of the cover.  The obi is M-.

The original lyric insert and custom inner sleeve M-.  The insert is M-.  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 the labels but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean disc!

A nice 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 – A Saucerful of Secrets U.S. Tower LP

pink floyd - a saucerful of secrets u.s. tower lp

Offered for sale is an early U.S. pressing of A Saucerful of Secrets, the second album by Pink Floyd, on the striped Tower label.

About this copy: This copy of A Saucerful of Secrets is a 1969 second issue of an album that was originally released in 1968.

The cover is M-.  The disc is M- and looks unplayed.  Clean disc!

A beautiful copy of a terrific LP that never turns up in this condition.  This one’s a beauty.

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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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Tower
Catalog Number:
ST-5131
Year of Release: 1969
Format: Stereo
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Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here Japan half speed mastered Mastersound LP with obi

Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here Japan mastersound LP

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

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

The cover is VG++ and very close to M-, with trace general wear.  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 VG+ with no wear or splits, but with moderate foxing.

The generic Mastersound catalog is missing.

The disc is VG+ on side one, with a couple of light marks through “Welcome to the Machine.”  They’re not deep, but the track does play with slight surface noise.  Side two is M-.

A nice copy of a very rare Pink Floyd LP and the first copy we’ve had for sale in more than thirty years.

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.

Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon sealed U.S. picture disc LP

pink floyd - 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, with two large tears – one in the lower right hand corner and another along the lower right hand edge that measures about 5″ (12 cm).   We have secured this with tape in order to prevent further tearing.

Unlike many copies, this one does not have a cutout hole or saw mark in the cover.

A nice copy of a picture disc that is hard to find in good condition.

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 – Animals sealed 1977 French pink vinyl LP

pink floyd - animals french pink vinyl lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed limited edition French pressing of  Animals, by Pink Floyd, pressed on pink vinyl.

About this copy:  This copy of Animals is a 1977 French pressing on the Harvest/EMI label.

This copy features the standard cover showing the Battersea power station.

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

The cover is sealed inside of a thick plastic bag that is held shut by a large sticker that says “Disque Rouge – Tirage Limite”

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

There is an original price sticker on the bag (not shown) dated 9-9-77.

A virtually perfect copy of a rare Pink Floyd LP that is almost never found still sealed.

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 – Omayyad blue vinyl Trademark of Quality LP

pink floyd - omayyad blue vinyl tmoq lp

Offered for sale is a rare blue vinyl pressing of Omayyad by Pink Floyd, released by the collectible Trademark of Quality label and including the original title insert.

About this copy: This copy of Omayyad is a 1972 third pressing, with the smaller “sideways pig” or “farm pig” labels that say, “Made in Holland.”

Matrix numbers are PF515A-1/B-2.

The blue cover is VG+ , with slight fading at the edges, but no tears, writing or splits.

The title of the album has been well-stamped on the cover, and there’s an orange sticker that says “Trade Mark of Quality” on the cover.

The original insert is M-.

The blue vinyl disc is VG++ and very close to M-, with a couple of faint sleeve scuffs.  Side one has a small mark that almost looks like a stain.  It’s not a scratch and it’s inaudible. (see photo)

A beautiful copy of a rare Pink Floyd LP and the nicest copy we’ve seen in a long time.   Really good album, too!

Background: Released in 1972, Omayyad  (sometimes written as, “Omay Yad) was one of only two Pink Floyd titles (the other was Pink Floyd Live, aka “Cymbaline”) released on the Trademark or Quality label.

Both titles sold poorly when new, as the band had not yet become superstars at the time of those albums’ release.

Both titles are quite rare today.

Omayyad included a mixture of both studio and live tracks:

  • Oenone (studio outtake from the soundtrack to Zabriskie Point)
  • Fingal’s Cave (studio outtake from the soundtrack to Zabriskie Point)
  • Interstellar Overdrive (live – Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, California, May 1, 1970*)
  • Crumbling Land (long version; studio outtake from the soundtrack to Zabriskie Point)
  • Rain in the Country (studio outtake from the soundtrack to Zabriskie Point)
  • Embryo (live – Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, California, May 1, 1970*)

*The live tracks were long thought to have been recorded at an October 27, 1971 show in Chicago, Illinois, but this has turned out to be incorrect.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Trademark of Quality
Catalog Number:
71040
Year of Release: 1972
Format: Mono/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 a Japanese pressing of The Wall by Pink Floyd including the original “cap” obi and rare title sticker.

About this copy: The copy offered for sale is a 1979 pressing on the CBS/Sony label and includes both custom sleeves, the Japanese lyric insert,  and the hard to find “cap” obi that folds over the cover.

The cover is VG++ and close to M-, with slight foxing.   The “cap” obi is VG+ with a few minor wrinkles.   The lyric insert is VG++ with very slight fading.

The clear title sticker that was originally attached to the (now-missing) shrink wrap has been attached to the front cover.  The sticker is VG+.

The two custom inner sleeves are M-.

Sides 1, 2, and 4 are M- with a couple of spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.

Side 3 is VG+, with a couple of light marks through “Comfortably Numb.”  The track plays fairly quietly.

A nice copy of a classic LP that’s hard to find complete, as the obi and sticker are usually missing.

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:
40AP1750~51
Year of Release: 1979
Format: Stereo
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Pink Floyd – Money/Another Brick sealed pink vinyl promo 12″ single

pink floyd - money pink vinyl U.S. promo single

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 and was issued only as a promotional item.

About this copy:   This copy of “Money” is an original, still sealed pink vinyl 12″ single, issued in 1981 on the Columbia label.  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 wrap is fully intact; there is a small 1/2″ (1 cm” tear in the sticker.

A nice copy of a scarce Pink Floyd item.

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 – Westwood One in Concert 1987 live 2 LP radio show

pink floyd - westwood one in concert radio show LP

Offered for sale is a 2LP live promotional radio show by Pink Floyd in the Westwood One In Concert series, broadcast in 1987, including the original cue sheet.

Note:  This material was originally recorded by the BBC in 1970-1971.  While the material on these discs has been widely bootlegged, this show was the source material for those bootlegs.

About this copy: This copy of Westwood One in Concert is show number 87-13, intended to be broadcast the week of July 6, 1987.

This show features material from a 1970 and 1971 live recordings made in Britain by the BBC, and is complete with commercials as originally broadcast.

The cover is a generic black cover, and is M-.  The cue sheet is VG+ with moderate fading and some scribbling in ballpoint pen.  We will include a photocopy of the cue sheet that has had the scribbling removed.

The two discs are M- and have likely been played only once.  Clean discs!

A nice copy of a very rare Pink Floyd radio show.  While we have a copy in our collection, this is the first copy we’ve ever had for sale.

Background: Westwood One in Concert was a long running syndicated American radio show that featured popular groups recorded live in concert.

This particular show was recorded in 1970 and 1971, but broadcast in 1987, and featured the following tracks by Pink Floyd:

  • Embryo 14:00 (timings include commercial breaks)
    Green Is The Color / Careful With That Axe, Eugene 13:55
  • Atom Heart Mother 17:56
  • If / One Of These Days 15:49
  • Echoes 26:33

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Westwood One
Catalog Number:
87-13
Year of Release: 1987
Format: Stereo
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Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here advance promotional U.S. LP with printed ALL BLUE cover

pink floyd - wish you were here blue cover u.s. LP

Offered for sale is a complete original U.S. advance promotional pressing of Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd, featuring an all-blue printed cover, custom inner sleeve, and postcard.

When first issued in 1975, the cover, which showed two men shaking hands, was covered with blue shrink wrap and included a large round sticker.  This cover is different; the cover is entirely blue and the artwork for the sticker is also printed on the cover.  The cover artwork is the same on both sides.

While the blue cover version of Wish You Were Here has been described as “promotional” elsewhere, there is nothing on the cover or enclosed record to indicate that it is a promotional copy.  In all likelihood, it’s a prototype; an experimental example of a different version of the cover that was considered for possible release but ultimately not used for the final product.

About this copy: This copy of Wish You Were Here is a 1975 U.S. pressing on the Columbia label.

The all-blue cover is VG, with moderate general wear that’s most pronounced at the edges and corners.   Unlike stock copies, this one has no spine print, and the hype “sticker” is printed on the cover.  Other than the “sticker” artwork, there is no other printing on the cover.

The original custom inner sleeve is M-. with a tiny corner dent.  The postcard is M-.

Copies of the “blue cover” version exist with both a stock record and a version that was specially banded for radio airplay.  This copy includes the stock version of the record; the disc is not marked as promotional in any way.

The disc is VG++ and close to M- with just a couple of faint scuffs from being removed from the heavy inner sleeve. It likely has been played only once or twice.

Matrix numbers are:

Side one: PAL-33453-4AB (hand etched)
Side two: PBL-33454-5G (machine stamped) 33453 (hand etched)

A nice copy of one of the world’s rarest Pink Floyd LPs.  This is only the second copy we’ve ever seen.

Background: When Wish You Were Here was first released in 1975, there were at least three different versions that were issued as promotional items.  There was a “Special DJ Copy” issued in a plain white cover with a stamped title, an advance promotional version in a printed blue cover, and a third promotional version that featured the final released cover with a timing strip attached to the cover.

The first two versions are quite rare, and the version with the white cover (and a few with the blue cover) included a copy of the record that was banded for airplay, with the longer songs divided into shorter, radio-friendly segments.

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.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Columbia
Catalog Number:
PC 33453
Year of Release: 1975
Format: Stereo
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