Offered for sale is a complete 1974 Japanese pressing of The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, including the original obi and all inserts.
About this copy: This copy of The Dark Side of the Moon is a 1974 pressing on the EMI label of an album that was originally released in 1973.
This issue was pressed using the same stampers as the original 1973 issue, 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 the same graphics as stickers in the U.S. issue)
- Original obi
The cover is VG++ with very light edge and corner wear. The obi is VG+ with moderate foxing on the back, but no tears.
The booklet is VG+ with moderate foxing on the cover. The posters are VG++, with no rips, tears or holes, but with slight wear at the folds and slight foxing on the back.
The card is VG with several prominent creases.
The record is visually M-, with no marks on the vinyl, but there a few spindle marks and a few foxing spots on the labels. It’s a clean disc that has had fairly little play.
A nice copy of an album that is very difficult to find complete, as the posters and card are usually missing.
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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