Offered for sale is a still sealed promotional copy of the original pressing of Pink Floyd’s third album, More, issued on the Tower label in 1969.
About this copy: This copy of More is an original 1969 pressing on the Tower label. This copy is a still sealed promotional copy. The record is presumably new and unplayed.
The back cover has a “DJ” stamp on it that indicates that it is a promotional copy. While this copy is sealed, every copy we’ve ever seen with the “DJ” stamp has included a record with promotional text on the label (see photos.) This one almost certainly has that text (“Promotional – Not for Sale”) as well.
The shrink wrap is tight and almost 100% intact. There is a small tear near the bottom right hand corner and a very slight (1/2″ or so) break in the wrap on the spine. There are no other rips or tears in the wrap and the cover has no cutout marks or punch holes.
This is a beautiful copy of an underrated LP that has become quite hard to find in good condition in recent years. It’s also the first sealed promotional copy that we’ve seen in about 30 years.
Background: Issued in mid-1969, More was ostensibly the soundtrack to an obscure French film that wasn’t widely seen, though the album works well as a Pink Floyd album. It has the distinction of being the only album by the original band not to feature a Roger Waters vocal; all of the vocals on the album were done by David Gilmour.
More sold poorly in the United States, reaching only #153 on the Billboard album charts, but it did manage to reach #9 in the UK.
While Pink Floyd’s first three albums, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, A Saucerful of Secrets, and More were released on the Columbia label in the UK, in the United States, they were released by Tower Records, a small subsidiary of Capitol Records that emphasized garage bands and progressive rock. Despite the distribution by Capitol, most albums on Tower sold poorly and were likely hard to find even when they were new.
The only two albums on Tower ever to reach the Top 20 in the U.S. were soundtrack albums, leaving albums by Pink Floyd, the Standells, and the Chocoloate Watch Band to be discovered later by collectors.
First pressings of More on the Tower label have become quite hard to find in recent years, especially in collectible condition, as the cover was extremely prone to ring wear. While sealed copies of the three albums on Tower used to be somewhat common, they’ve become quite scarce in the last ten years.
More was among the last half-dozen titles released by Tower Records before the label shut down in 1970. As such, original pressings are quite hard to find, especially when compared to their later releases. More was eventually reissued in 1973 on the Harvest label.
More has the distinction of being one the only Pink Floyd album on Tower to have promotional copies issued with printed promotional labels and one of only two albums by the band (The Wall was the other) to be issued in the U.S. with promotional labels. Promotional copies of the two earlier albums were simply stock copies with holes punched in the upper right hand corner. Promotional copies of More can also be noted by the presence of the letters “DJ” stamped on the back cover.
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