Offered for sale is a copy of a promotional LP called Harvest Sampler, featuring “Point Me at the Sky” by Pink Floyd, as well as tracks by Kate Bush and the Little River Band.
About this copy: The cover is VG+, with a bit of wear on the back cover and a bent corner in the upper right. The record is VG++, with some scuffs from the paper sleeve, but has no spindle marks and may be unplayed.
A beautiful copy of a rare promotional sampler.
Background: Harvest Records was a relatively short-lived label, created as a spinoff of EMI in Britain with the intention of showcasing progressive rock artists. The label wasn’t overly successful, aside from Pink Floyd, so in 1978, the label released a promo-only LP called Harvest Sampler to radio stations in the U.S. in order to inspire airplay and (hopefully) increase sales.
While the album included primarily album tracks by then-current artists on the label, the LP also included a rare track, “Point Me at the Sky,” by Pink Floyd, who by that point were no longer with the label. The song was the band’s fifth single in the UK, where it did not chart.
The song was not released as a single in the U.S. Not only was “Point Me at the Sky” not released as a single in the United States, it has never been included on any commercially released album in LP form in the U.S., either. This album is the only American vinyl release to include the song.
The version of the song on Harvest Sampler is a rechanneled stereo version created from the original mono mix.
In addition to the Pink Floyd, track, the album is also of note to Kate Bush collectors, as it includes “The Man With a Child in His Eyes” from her then-new Kick Inside album.
Little River Band – Changed and Different
Tom Robinson Band – 2-4-6-8 Motorway
King Harry – Fighting Talk
Wire – Ex-Lion Tamer
Pink Floyd – Point Me at the Sky
Be-Bop Deluxe – Panic in the World
Strapps – Child of the City
Focus – Wingless
Kate Bush – The Man With a Child in His Eyes