Offered for sale is a complete original U.S. advance promotional pressing of Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd, featuring an all-blue printed cover, custom inner sleeve, and postcard.
When first issued in 1975, the cover, which showed two men shaking hands, was covered with blue shrink wrap and included a large round sticker. This cover is different; the cover is entirely blue and the artwork for the sticker is also printed on the cover. The cover artwork is the same on both sides.
While the blue cover version of Wish You Were Here has been described as “promotional” elsewhere, there is nothing on the cover or enclosed record to indicate that it is a promotional copy. In all likelihood, it’s a prototype; an experimental example of a different version of the cover that was considered for possible release but ultimately not used for the final product.
About this copy: This copy of Wish You Were Here is a 1975 U.S. pressing on the Columbia label.
The all-blue cover is VG, with moderate general wear that’s most pronounced at the edges and corners. Unlike stock copies, this one has no spine print, and the hype “sticker” is printed on the cover. Other than the “sticker” artwork, there is no other printing on the cover.
The original custom inner sleeve is M-. with a tiny corner dent. The postcard is M-.
Copies of the “blue cover” version exist with both a stock record and a version that was specially banded for radio airplay. This copy includes the stock version of the record; the disc is not marked as promotional in any way.
The disc is VG++ and close to M- with just a couple of faint scuffs from being removed from the heavy inner sleeve. It likely has been played only once or twice.
Matrix numbers are:
Side one: PAL-33453-4AB (hand etched)
Side two: PBL-
33454-5G (machine stamped) 33453 (hand etched)
A nice copy of one of the world’s rarest Pink Floyd LPs. This is only the second copy we’ve ever seen.
Background: When Wish You Were Here was first released in 1975, there were at least three different versions that were issued as promotional items. There was a “Special DJ Copy” issued in a plain white cover with a stamped title, an advance promotional version in a printed blue cover, and a third promotional version that featured the final released cover with a timing strip attached to the cover.
The first two versions are quite rare, and the version with the white cover (and a few with the blue cover) included a copy of the record that was banded for airplay, with the longer songs divided into shorter, radio-friendly segments.
Released in 1975, Wish You Were Here was the ninth studio album by Pink Floyd.
The album reached #1 on the charts in the U.S. and the UK.
Pink Floyd followed the commercial breakthrough of Dark Side of the Moon with Wish You Were Here, a loose concept album about and dedicated to their founding member Syd Barrett. The record unfolds gradually, as the jazzy textures of “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” reveal its melodic motif, and in its leisurely pace, the album shows itself to be a warmer record than its predecessor. Musically, it’s arguably even more impressive, showcasing the group’s interplay and David Gilmour’s solos in particular. And while it’s short on actual songs, the long, winding soundscapes are constantly enthralling.
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