Offered for sale is a 1974 Japanese black vinyl pressing of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, including the original obi and lyric insert.
About this copy: This copy of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is a 1974 Japanese pressing on the Odeon label of an album that was originally released in 1967.
All copies of this pressing were issued on black vinyl.
The cover is VG++, and very close to M-, with a bit of minor wear on the corners.
The obi is VG+, with moderate foxing and some discoloration from age, but no tears.
The disc is VG+, with a couple of light marks on each side and many spindle marks on the labels. It’s a fairly clean disc that plays well.
A nice copy of a fairly scarce Pink Floyd LP.
Background: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, released in 1967, was the first LP from Pink Floyd and the only album by the band to predominantly feature founding member Syd Barrett.
In Japan, the album was issued on six different occasions, and each was available only for a short period of time:
- 1967 – Green obi with Odeon catalog number OP-8229
- 1970 – Pink “Rock Now!” obi with Odeon catalog number OP-80281 and ¥2000 price
- 1974 – Pink “Rock Now! obi with Odeon catalog number OP-80281 and ¥2200 price
- 1975 – White obi with EMI catalog number EMS-80317
- 1983 – Black obi with EMI catalog number EMS-50104
- 2016 – Green obi resembling the 1967 issue with Sony catalog number SIJP11
The 1967 and 1970 issues were available on red vinyl, though nearly all copies of the 1970 release were black. The red version is one of the world’s rarest Pink Floyd LPs.
The Japanese pressing of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn features the UK track lineup, including “Flaming,” “Astronomy Domine,” and “Bike,” which were all removed from the LP for the U.S. release. Unlike the UK and U.S. issues, all Japanese pressings of the album have been in stereo.
The Japanese pressing also includes an extra track, “See Emily Play,” which had previously been released as a single.
Full track list:
- Astronomy Domine
- Lucifer Sam
- Matilda Mother
- Pow R. Toc. H
- Take Up Thy Stethoscope And Walk
- Interstellar Overdrive
- The Gnome
- Chapter 24
- The Scarecrow
- See Emily Play
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn successfully captures both sides of psychedelic experimentation — the pleasures of expanding one’s mind and perception, and an underlying threat of mental disorder and even lunacy; this duality makes Piper all the more compelling in light of Barrett’s subsequent breakdown, and ranks it as one of the best psychedelic albums of all time.
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|Country of origin:||Japan|
|Year of Release:||1970|