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 – 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.  The obi is M-.

The original lyric insert and custom inner sleeve are included.  The insert is M-.  The sleeve has no splits.

The rare 3″x4″ “PINK FLOYD ANIMALS” sticker is VG++ with a slight corner bend.

The disc is M-, with a couple of spindle marks on each label but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean disc!

A beautiful copy of a terrific record that’s hard to find complete and perhaps the nicest copy we’ve ever had for sale.

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 – The Wall Japan 2 LP set with obi

Pink Floyd - The Wall Japan LP

Offered for sale is an original 2 LP Japanese issue of Pink Floyd’s The Wall, including the original “cap” obi and all inserts.

About this copy: The copy offered for sale is a 1979 Japanese pressing on the CBS Sony label.

The cover is M-.  The “cap” obi is M-.   The original shrink wrap (torn) is included and the clear title sticker is still attached to the wrap.

The lyric insert and custom inner sleeves are M-.  There is no foxing on the cover or sleeves.

The two discs are M- and look unplayed.  Clean discs!

A nice copy of a classic LP and the nicest used copy we’ve ever had for sale.

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 – A Momentary Lapse of Reason Japan LP with obi

Offered for sale is a rare original Japanese pressing of A Momentary Lapse of Reason by Pink Floyd, including the original obi.

This LP was pressed in limited quantities as Japanese buyers were mostly buying compact discs at the time of the album’s release.

About this copy: This copy of A Momentary Lapse of Reason is an original 1987 Japanese pressing on the CBS/Sony label.

The cover is M- and is still in the original shrink wrap.  The obi, insert, and inner sleeve are M-.

The disc is M- and looks unplayed.  Beautiful disc!

A gorgeous copy of a very rare Pink Floyd LP.

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: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: CBS/Sony
Catalog Number:
28 AP 3405
Year of Release: 1987
Format: Stereo
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Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon original U.S. Mobile Fidelity LP

Offered for sale is an original 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 non-slanted text “Original Master Recording” at the top of the front cover.

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.

The cover is M- with trace corner wear.  There are no splits.    The posterboard stiffener and two inserts are M-.

The disc is M- with a couple of foxing spots on the labels, but no spindle marks and no marks on the vinyl.  Clean disc!

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.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Mobile Fidelity
Catalog Number:
MFSL 1-017
Year of Release: 1979
Format: Stereo
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Pink Floyd – Atom Heart Mother red vinyl Japan LP with obi

Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother red vinyl Japan LP

Offered for sale is an original red vinyl Japanese pressing of Atom Heart Mother by Pink Floyd, including the original obi.

About this copy:  This copy of Atom Heart Mother is a 1970 Japanese pressing on the Odeon label, pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl.

The cover is  M-.  The obi is VG++ with slight wear at the bottom edge, but no tears.  The “hojyuhyo” (reorder tag) is still attached.

The second “tour” obi is VG++ with a repaired tear at the bottom edge.

The insert booklet is M-.

The red vinyl disc is M- with a couple of spindle marks on the labels, and a very faint hairline on side two.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of an album that’s hard to find complete on red vinyl and the nicest copy we’ve ever had for sale.

Background:  Released in 1970, Atom Heart Mother was the fifth album by Pink Floyd.

The album reached #1 on the UK charts, but peaked at #55 on the U.S. charts, making it what was then the highest-ever charting album in the U.S.

Allmusic.com gave Atom Heart Mother a 3 star review:

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, the first pressing of Atom Heart Mother was 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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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Odeon
Catalog Number:
OP-80102
Year of Release: 1970
Format: Stereo
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Pink Floyd – Ummagumma Japan 2 LP set with obi

Pink Floyd - Ummagumma Japan LP

Offered for sale is a Japanese pressing of the double album Ummagumma by Pink Floyd, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Ummagumma is a 1978 pressing on the EMI label of an album that was originally released in 1970 on the Odeon label.

The cover is M-.  The obi is M-.  The insert is M-.

The two discs are M- and look unplayed.

A nearly perfect copy of a classic Pink Floyd LP.

Background: Released in late 1969, Ummagumma was the fourth album by Pink Floyd, consisting of one live disc and one studio disc.

The album reached #5 on the UK charts and #74 on the U.S. charts, though it was later certified Platinum by the RIAA.

Allmusic.com gave Ummagumma a 3 1/2 star review:

For many years, this double-LP was one of the most popular albums in Pink Floyd’s pre-Dark Side of the Moon output, containing a live LP and a studio LP for the price of one. The live set, recorded in Birmingham and Manchester in June 1969, is limited to four numbers…”Astronomy Domine,” “Careful with That Axe Eugene,” “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun,” and “A Saucerful of Secrets” are all superior here to their studio originals, done longer, louder, and harder, with a real edge to the playing. The studio LP was more experimental, each member getting a certain amount of space on the record to make his own music. ..Roger Waters’ “Grantchester Meadows” was a lyrical folk-like number unlike almost anything else the group ever did.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: EMI
Catalog Number:
EMS-40070~71
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Pink Floyd – Relics original red vinyl Japan LP with obi

Pink Floyd - Relics original red vinyl Japan LP

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

This copy features a different cover from the U.S. release and a gatefold cover that was unique to Japan.

About this copy: This copy of Relics is a 1971 Japanese pressing on the Odeon label, pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl.

The gatefold cover is M- with a small corner dent.    The pink “Rock Now” obi is VG++,with slight foxing.  The “hojyuhyo” (reorder tag,) is still attached.

The booklet is M-.

The red vinyl disc is VG++ and close to M-, with a couple of  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 – Obscured by Clouds Japan LP with obi

Pink Floyd - Obscured by Clouds Japan LP

Offered for sale is a Japanese pressing of Obscured by Clouds by Pink Floyd, including the original obi and lyric booklet.

About this copy: This copy of Obscured by Clouds is a 1974 pressing of an album that was originally released in 1972.

The cover is M- with slight edge and corner wear.  The obi is M-.  The booklet is M-.

The disc is M- with a couple of spindle marks on the labels but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean disc!

This is the version of the LP that says “A Harvest Recording” on the labels below the Harvest logo.

A nice copy of a scarce Pink Floyd LP.

Background: Released in 1972, Obscured by Clouds was the seventh studio album by Pink Floyd.

The album reached #6 on the UK charts and #46 on the U.S. charts which was then the band’s highest-charting album in the U.S.

Allmusic.com gave Obscured by Clouds this review:

Obscured by Clouds is the soundtrack to the Barbet Schroeder film La Vallée, and it plays that way. Of course, it’s possible to make the argument that Pink Floyd’s music of the early ’70s usually played as mood music, similar to film music, but it had structure and a progression. Here, the instrumentals float pleasantly, filled with interesting textures, yet they never seem to have much of a purpose. Often, they seem quite tied to their time, either in their spaciness or in the pastoral folkiness, two qualities that are better brought out on the full-fledged songs interspersed throughout the record.

Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: EMI
Catalog Number:
EMS-80323
Year of Release: 1974
Format: Stereo
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