Offered for sale is a beautiful copy of one of the world’s rarest Pink Floyd LPs – the ultra-rare 1970 red vinyl Japanese pressing of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, complete with original obi, lyric insert, and Rock Now! tote bag order form.
Note: Red vinyl copies of the 1970 issue are much rarer than red vinyl copies of the original 1967 release.
About this copy: This copy of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is one of only a handful of known red vinyl examples of this particular pressing of this album, as nearly all copies were pressed on black vinyl.
The cover is VG++, and very close to M-, with a bit of minor wear on the corners and faint wear on the back. The back cover is pure white and has the correct ¥2000 price printed in the lower right hand corner.
The obi is original and is the correct obi for the 1970 issue, with a ¥2000 price at the top. The obi is VG+, with a few minor wrinkles and a small 1/4″ tear (see photo.) The “hojyuhyo” (reorder tag) is still attached.
The lyric insert and postcard are M-. The postcard gave the buyer an opportunity to send away for a Rock Now! tote bag.
The original rice paper inner sleeve is included.
The ultra-rare “Everclean” red vinyl disc is M- and may be unplayed. There’s a tiny (1/8″ or so) spindle mark on the Side 1 label and no spindle marks on the Side 2 label.
Side 1: YAX-3419 2S
Side 2: OP-8229-B 2S
A stunning copy of one of the world’s rarest Pink Floyd LPs, and easily the rarest commercially-released Pink Floyd LP from Japan. It also may be the only fully complete copy available anywhere.
NOTE to non-U.S. buyers: Due to the value of this item, we will only ship this LP via Priority Mail Express International or Global Express Guaranteed (GXG). These are the only shipping methods that will permit full insurance. Please select one of these two methods at checkout.
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
Only the 1967 and 1970 issues were available on red vinyl. All subsequent releases – 1974, 1975, 1983, and 2016 were issued on black vinyl only. As far as we know, all copies of the 1967 release, both promotional and stock copies sold in stores, were pressed on red vinyl. The only black vinyl copies we’ve seen of the 1967 issue were test pressings.
For the 1970 second pressing, it seems that about 95% of all the copies pressed were black vinyl, with only a handful pressed on the more desirable red vinyl.
In our 40 years of buying, selling, and collecting Pink Floyd and Japanese records, we’ve seen, heard about, or read about perhaps 25 red vinyl copies of the 1967 first issue, but only three red vinyl copies of the 1970 issue, including this copy, and the other two copies were missing the obi.
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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