Offered for sale is a complete, original 1973 Japanese pressing of The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, complete with original obi and all inserts.
This is a true first pressing with the solid blue triangle on the label and the words, “”Mfd. by Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd.” on the labels.
About this copy: This copy of The Dark Side of the Moon is an original 1973 pressing on the Harvest label.
As far as we know, this issue was 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 VG, with two bent corners and corner and edge wear.
The obi is VG+, with a bit of wear at the bottom edge and small (about 1cm) repaired tears at the top and bottom edges . The “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, is still attached.
The booklet is VG, with no general wear, but with small tears and fraying at the right hand edge.
The blue poster is M-. The red poster is VG+, with a bit of fading across the center. Neither poster has any tears, rips, or holes.
The card is M-.
The record appears M-, with no marks on the vinyl. There are many spindle marks on the labels, suggesting that the album has been played quite a bit but well cared for. It’s not dead-quiet, but it plays well.
A nice copy of an album that is astonishingly difficult to find as a first pressing.
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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|Country of origin:||Japan|
|Year of Release:||1973|