Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon complete Japan LP with obi

$150.00

A Japanese pressing of Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, complete with obi, booklet, posters and postcard.

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Description

Offered for sale is a Japanese pressing of The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, complete with original obi and all inserts.

About this copy: This copy is essentially the second stereo issue released in Japan, issued sometime in the mid-1970s with a different obi from the 1973 release.  Some sources say this issue came out in 1974, though we once had a copy with a 1977 date written on it.

This issue was pressed using the same stampers as the original 1973 issue, as the original catalog number SHVL-804 is stamped in the dead wax.

This copy includes the following inserts:

  • Blue poster of pyramids (different from U.S. issue)
  • Red poster of band members (different from U.S. issue)
  • 32 page booklet with band history, lyrics, photos and more (in both English and Japanese
  • Graphic card (printed on both sides; contains same graphics from stickers in the U.S. issue)
  • Original obi

The cover is VG++, with trace corner wear and some indentations on the back cover that likely came from a ballpoint pen.  There’s no writing; just faint indentations.

The obi is VG++ with light foxing on the back.

The booklet is M-.  The posters are VG++ with trace wear at the folds, but no holes.

The card is M-.

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

A gorgeous copy of an album that has become quite hard to find complete.

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.

Due to popularity with buyers, the album has been released in multiple limited editions around the world over the years, including several different colored vinyl pressings and as a picture disc.

In Japan, the album was issued multiple times with multiple variations, in 1973, 1974 (twice; stereo and quad), 1977, 1978 and 2016.

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:
EMS-80324
Year of Release: 1977
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 19 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.25 in