Offered for sale is a complete 1973 Japanese pressing of The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, including the original obi and all inserts. Like the original UK issue, this pressing has a label with a blue triangle.
While this is technically a third pressing, it is part of the original 1973 release. The only difference between this version and the original version is the price printed on the obi and cover. First pressings had a ¥2000 price, the second issue had a ¥2200 sticker over the ¥2000 price. This version, from late 1973, has ¥2200 printed on the cover and obi.
About this copy: This copy of The Dark Side of the Moon is an original 1973 pressing on the Harvest label.
This issue appears to have been pressed using UK stampers, as the original UK 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 as stickers in the U.S. issue)
- Original obi
The cover is M-, with trace wear on two corners.
The obi is VG+, with a couple of minor wrinkles, but no tears.
The booklet is M-.
The two posters are M , with no rips, tears, or holes. The card is VG++ with a couple of wrinkles and foxing spots.
The record is VG++, with a couple of light scuffs on each side. There are one or two spindle marks on the labels, and a couple of foxing spots. It’s a very clean disc that has clearly had little play.
A nice copy of an album that is astonishingly difficult to find as a clean 1973 pressing. This is easily the nicest copy we’ve ever had for sale.
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.
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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