Offered for sale is an original Japanese red vinyl pressing of Relics by Pink Floyd, complete with the original obi.
About this copy: This copy of Relics is an original Japanese pressing from 1971, pressed on red “Everclean” vinyl. Only the first pressings were red vinyl; all subsequent pressings were black vinyl issues. The Japanese pressings feature the artwork by Nick Mason on the cover that was not used on the U.S. pressings. In addition, the Japanese LP had a gatefold cover that was unique to Japan, featuring photos of the band on the inside of the cover.
The gatefold cover is VG++, with some light foxing. The pink “Rock Now” obi is VG+,with a few wrinkles. The “hojyuhyo”, or reorder tag, is missing. This copy has a second obi, which was added to the album during a Pink Floyd tour.
The red vinyl disc is VG+, with some very light scuffs and a few spindle marks on the label.
A beautiful copy of a terrific record.
Background: Relics is often an afterthought when thinking about Pink Floyd’s catalog, but the compilation, released in 1971, offers some nice tracks from the band’s early career, as well as a couple of songs (“Paint Box” and “Biding My Time”) that aren’t otherwise available on U.S. albums.
Since Relics is a compilation and not a regular studio album, it tends to be overlooked when thought of as one of Pink Floyd’s better releases. It might not be regarded as a classic psychedelic masterpiece in the manner of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, and it certainly won’t ever achieve the multiple platinum status of Dark Side of the Moon, but it’s a pretty good place to start with the band’s early catalog. A little bit of everything that made early Pink Floyd can be found here. Without a doubt, the disc is an essential part of the band’s discography, not to be disregarded due to its overlap with studio album material.
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