Offered for sale is a rare French pressing of Pink Floyd’s Animals, pressed on pink vinyl and is the rare variation with the all-pink cover and inner sleeve.
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. As far as we know, the record company just decided to make two versions.
About this copy: This copy of Animals is a 1977 French pressing on pink vinyl with the all pink cover and all pink inner sleeve. This copy is in remarkable condition, and is the nicest copy we’ve ever seen. The pink cover is VG++, with tiny traces of wear at the corners. There is no ring wear and no marks of any kind on the cover. It’s nearly perfect.
The pink inner sleeve is M-, and has no splits at all, which is quite unusual for this LP. We’ve rarely seen one with an inner sleeve that is fully intact.
The record is M- and shows no signs of play.
A gorgeous copy of a record that’s very hard to find in nice shape.
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