Pink Floyd – More 1970 red vinyl Japan LP with obi

Pink Floyd - More 1970 red vinyl Japan LP with obi

Offered for sale is a Japanese red vinyl pressing of the band’s 1969 soundtrack album, More, including both the original obi and a second “tour” obi.

About this copy:  This copy of More is a 1970 Japanese second issue, pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl, including a Japan-only gatefold cover, and including both the original obi and a second “tour” obi that was added to promote a visit by the band to Japan.

The cover is VG++, with traces of wear at the edges.  The obi is M- and includes the “hojyuhyo”, or reorder tag.  The tour obi is M-.

The red vinyl disc is M- and clearly has only been played a few times.  There are a few spindle marks on the label, but the disc itself is exceptionally clean.

A beautiful copy of a terrific record and the nicest copy we’ve ever offered for sale.

Background: The soundtrack to an 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.  It’s also not as well known as their later work; without a single to help sales, the album only reached #153 on the U.S. album charts.

Of course, soundtracks tend to be a bit disjointed, 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.  In fact, More is unique in the Pink Floyd catalog as it’s the only album by the band to feature Gilmour as the only vocalist.

You can listen to “Green is the Colour” here:

As with most albums in Japan, More was released multiple times, with multiple catalog numbers, multiple obis, and on both black and red vinyl.  The first issue was pressed on red vinyl and had a single pocket cover and a now-impossibly-hard-to-find “New Rock” obi; the second issue had a gatefold cover and was pressed on both red and black vinyl with a black obi with orange print.  Later issues were pressed on black vinyl only and had an obi that was unique to that particular reissue.

The first issue is extraordinarily rare and rarely turns up for sale.  The second issue, which came out the same year as the first one, was more successful in the Japanese market, but has become much harder to find in recent years, especially in good condition.

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Pink Floyd – A Saucerful of Secrets 1971 red vinyl Japan LP with obi

Pink Floyd - A Saucerful of Secrets 1971 red vinyl Japan LP with obi

Offered for sale is a 1971 Japanese second pressing of Pink Floyd’s 1968 LP, A Saucerful of Secrets, pressed on red vinyl and including the original lyric insert and 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 cover is VG++, with a bit of wear at the corners.

The red vinyl record is VG++, with a couple of very faint scuffs and a number of spindle marks on the label.  It’s very close to M-.

The lyric insert and original obi are included.  The obi is VG+ and the “hojyuhyo”, or reorder tag, is still attached.

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.

While seven different Pink Floyd albums were released on red “Everclean” vinyl in Japan, some are harder to find than others, and the first three albums were issued on red vinyl twice.  A Saucerful of Secrets is one of the harder titles to find on red vinyl.

 

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Pink Floyd – The Division Bell sealed original U.S. 1994 blue vinyl LP

Pink Floyd - The Division Bell sealed original U.S. 1994 blue vinyl LP

Offered for sale is an original 1994 still sealed blue vinyl U.S. pressing of The Division Bell by Pink Floyd.

About this copy: This copy of The Division Bell is an original still sealed U.S. pressing, presumably on blue vinyl, issued in 1994 on Columbia records.

As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.  As far as we know all original U.S. issues were blue vinyl, so that is what you should find inside.

The shrink wrap is completely intact, with no rips, cuts, holes, or tears.  It’s as nice a copy as you could ever hope to find and should be your final upgrade.

A terrific copy of an LP that has become quite hard to find in recent years.

Background: Released in 1994, The Division Bell was Pink Floyd’s first studio album in seven years and the second without founding member Roger Waters.  Despite mixed critical reception, the album reached #1 on the American album charts.

The album was released in LP form in both the U.S. and the UK.  While the UK pressings were issued on standard black vinyl, the American pressings were available on a translucent light blue vinyl.

The LP version of The Division Bell has a playing time of about 8 minutes shorter than the compact disc version, as seven of the eleven songs on the album were shortened for the LP version.

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Pink Floyd – More sealed 1969 Tower promotional LP

Pink Floyd - More sealed 1969 Tower promotional LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed promotional copy of the original pressing of Pink Floyd’s third album, More, issued on the Tower label in 1969.

About this copy:  This copy of More is an original 1969 pressing on the Tower label.  This copy is a still sealed promotional copy.  The record is presumably new and unplayed.

The back cover has a “DJ” stamp on it that indicates that it is a promotional copy.  While this copy is sealed, every copy we’ve ever seen with the “DJ” stamp has included a record with promotional text on the label (see photos.)  This one almost certainly has that text (“Promotional – Not for Sale”) as well.

The shrink wrap is tight and almost 100% intact.  There is a small tear near the bottom right hand corner and a very slight (1/2″ or so) break in the wrap on the spine.  There are no other rips or tears in the wrap and the cover has no cutout marks or punch holes.

This is a beautiful copy of an underrated LP that has become quite hard to find in good condition in recent years.  It’s also the first sealed promotional copy that we’ve seen in about 30 years.

Background: Issued in mid-1969, More was ostensibly the soundtrack to an obscure French film that wasn’t widely seen, though the album works well as a Pink Floyd album.  It has the distinction of being the only album by the original band not to feature a Roger Waters vocal; all of the vocals on the album were done by David Gilmour.

More sold poorly in the United States, reaching only #153 on the Billboard album charts, but it did manage to reach #9 in the UK.

While Pink Floyd’s first three albums, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, A Saucerful of Secrets, and More were released on the Columbia label in the UK, in the United States, they were released by Tower Records, a small subsidiary of Capitol Records that emphasized garage bands and progressive rock.  Despite the distribution by Capitol, most albums on Tower sold poorly and were likely hard to find even when they were new.

The only two albums on Tower ever to reach the Top 20 in the U.S. were soundtrack albums, leaving albums by Pink Floyd, the Standells, and the Chocoloate Watch Band to be discovered later by collectors.

First pressings of More on the Tower label have become quite hard to find in recent years, especially in collectible condition, as the cover was extremely prone to ring wear.  While sealed copies of the three albums on Tower used to be somewhat common, they’ve become quite scarce in the last ten years.

More was among the last half-dozen titles released by Tower Records before the label shut down in 1970.  As such, original pressings are quite hard to find, especially when compared to their later releases.  More was eventually reissued in 1973 on the Harvest label.

More has the distinction of being one the only Pink Floyd album on Tower to have promotional copies issued with printed promotional labels and one of only two albums by the band (The Wall was the other) to be issued in the U.S. with promotional labels.  Promotional copies of the two earlier albums were simply stock copies with holes punched in the upper right hand corner.  Promotional copies of More can also be noted by the presence of the letters “DJ” stamped on the back cover.

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Pink Floyd – Delicate Sound of Thunder sealed Brazil promo-only picture disc LP

Pink Floyd - Delicate Sound of Thunder sealed Brazil promo-only picture disc LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of the promo-only single LP picture disc edition of Delicate Sound of Thunder by Pink Floyd, released in Brazil in 1988.

About this copy: This copy of Delicate Sound of Thunder is a single-album picture disc edition released in Brazil and issued only as a promotional item.

The album was shipped in a thick plastic sleeve with a flap that was sealed shut with a sticker.  That sticker is still intact; the record is presumably new and unplayed.  A sticker listing the title, catalog number and song titles is attached to the sleeve.

A beautiful copy of one of the rarest Pink Floyd picture discs.

Background: Released in 1988, Delicate Sound of Thunder was Pink Floyd’s first proper live album (Ummagumma was half live/half studio) and the album documented the tour that followed the release of their 1987 “comeback” LP, Momentary Lapse of Reason.

Delicate Sound of Thunder was released worldwide as a two record set. In Brazil, an edited, single LP version of the album was pressed as a picture disc.  This disc was not offered for commercial sale but was instead issued only as a promotional item.

We don’t know how many copies of this picture disc were pressed, but it was likely only 100 or so.

Tracks on this single LP version are:

  • Shine On You Crazy Diamond
  • Learning to Fly
  • Yet Another Movie
  • Round and Around
  • Sorrow
  • The Dogs of War
  • On the Turning Away

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Pink Floyd – Atom Heart Mother rare French blue vinyl LP

Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother rare French blue vinyl LP

Offered for sale is a rare blue vinyl pressing of Atom Heart Mother by Pink Floyd, issued in France in 1978.

About this copy: This copy of Atom Heart Mother is a limited edition blue vinyl pressing, issued in France in 1978 or 1979.  The cover is VG+, with slight wear at the edges and a 1″ tear at the top center edge.  The record is VG++.  It’s very close to M-, but just has a couple of very faint scuffs from being removed from the inner sleeve.

A beautiful copy of a rare record and only the second copy that we have ever seen.

Background: In the late 1970s, collectors were showing a lot of interest in colored vinyl records, so record companies around the world began issuing limited edition colored vinyl pressings of a few then-new titles as well as some older ones.  A few titles were issued in the United States, but far more titles were issued in Europe, mostly for export.

Forty years later, some of these titles are fairly common and others are far harder to find.

One of the rarer ones is this blue vinyl pressing of Atom Heart Mother by Pink Floyd.  The album was never one of the band’s bigger-selling LPs, and the colored vinyl albums from France were not widely exported, making them hard to find even when new.

There are also French colored vinyl pressings of Dark Side of the Moon (clear and blue), and Animals (pink.)  All are hard to find today.  We are not aware of any other colored vinyl pressings of Atom Heart Mother aside from the red vinyl Japanese issue.

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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 – 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.