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PINK FLOYD - DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
1st EVER ORIGINAL UK PRESSING and 1st EVER ORIGINAL UK 'BLUE' COVER. THIS IS A GREAT 1st PRESSING OF THIS GREAT ALBUM with GREAT CLEAR SOUND and a GREAT BLUE COVER.
Superb Playing Record! Great Audio and Cover. Original UK PRESSING Labels with the famous SOLID BLUE TRIANGLE.
AMAZING CLEAR AUDIO!
Complete with Posters, Stickers, Black Inner Sleeve, all in Great Condition. Original Year and Date of Release: 1973, this is a great all round complete press with original posters, stickers and an ULTRA RARE A2 B2 U.K. PRESSING.
With ORIGINAL ULTRA RARE 1st Press BLUE COVER.
Matrix Press - SHVL 804 - A 2 / B 2 – earliest EVER matrix version.
Although DSOM was produced in huge quantities, having any matrix variant with TOP Audio is a rarity, its such complex and varied album, and extremely prone to audio loss.
Finding a Complete 1ST UK pressing in this wonderful condition is an extreme rarity, and makes this a unique chance to own a genuinely rare collectors pressing in great condition, with Superb Audio throughout.
This great pressing comes with its original BLUE Cover, Inner Sleeve, original posters and stickers.
Stereo 1973 Harvest Records SHVL 804
LABEL PRESS DETAILS:
ULTRA RARE 1st Ever A 2 / B 2 Matrix Press - with the iconic SOLD BLUE triangle with fade white border and 'MADE IN GT BRITAIN' text.
MATRIX NOs. ON RUN-OUT GROOVE - 1st ever matrix version
Side 1. A 2
Side 2. B 2
Side 1. '' 7 G G P ''
Side 2. '' 3 T W ''
1. Speak To Me 2. Breathe 3. On The Run 4. Time 5. The Great Gig In The Sky 6. Money 7. Us And Them 8. Any Colour You Like 9. Brain Damage 10. Eclipse
The band's most successful release, The Dark Side of the Moon spent 741 consecutive weeks (14 years) on the USA-based Billboard 200 album chart, the longest duration of ANY album in history. Additionally, the album holds the record of spending the highest amount of time on the Billboard charts, staying there for more than 1,500 weeks (that’s almost 29 years). It is one of three albums tied for the claim of second highest selling album globally of all time, selling over forty million or more units. In addition to its commercial success, The Dark Side of the Moon is often considered to be the group's defining work, and is still frequently ranked by music critics as one of the greatest and most influential albums of all time.
Sales of the album worldwide total over forty million as of 2004, with an average of 8,000 copies sold per week and a total of 400,000 in the year of 2002 — making it the 200th best-selling album of that year nearly three decades after its initial release.
A great complete 1st pressing of what is undoubtedly one of the most iconic albums of the 20th century!!!
ALBUM PLAYED FOR GRADING:
Yes – brilliant! - TOP AUDIO
An incredible 1st Ever pressing of Pink Floyd's masterpiece , with a TOP audio performance that would be had to ever better.
Dark Side Of The Moon is a musical masterpiece and is also famously a very sensitive piece of vinyl. Worn copies can have a lot of surface sound even on musically complex and busy tracks like ‘On The Run’. I am a huge fan of DSOTM, and also highly critical of the audio performance. I just cant stand to hear a pressing that is worn or plays with anything other than great clear sound.
I am very pleased to say that this rare 1st pressing plays through with great, very bright un disturbed audio. This great record plays at the highest audio grading. There is not a single repetitive click, tic or pop, it really is a tremendous example and plays with a deep full bassy sound.
Strong audio free of any loud pops or clicks. It has not been over played, in fact its barely been played at all; two or three times only. The channels are clean and unstressed and there is not even a hint of distortion anywhere on the record. There is very little light occasional static at the very start of the record. The audio plays through with brilliant, strong and clear sound. It plays with great audio, peaking at MINT condition. This is a great 1st press of DSOM . I will give a detailed account below:
This great sounding record starts with surprisingly little static in that famous extremely long run in heart beat intro to 'Speak to Me'. Great clear sound, the track plays superbly with barely a single light tic (the kind found on all vinyls) and no light pops at all.
'Breathe', another delicate track also sounds fantastically clear and the whole of the first side really plays with incredibly clear audio throughout. 'On the Run', so often heavily distorted and affected by clicks and hiss plays through with amazing clarity and bright loud sound. NO occasional static and NO occasional tics. A couple of very light pops between tracks only.
'Time' sounds great with super clear sound, no loud pops of clicks, there is some light static in the introduction. This track sounds amazing, its so bright and clear, and so is 'Breathe (reprise)' which is such a delicate down track and very hard to find with even half way clear sound. Here its just brilliant. Even the stunning 'Great Gig in The Sky', such a difficult track to find with clear sound, plays superbly. No light pops or clicks, no light static in the intro or at the end of the track . A great sounding record.
'Money' kicks in side 2. with amazing clear audio, not a single loud pop or click. It plays with an amazing bassy, 'sonic' feel, the original sound that is very hard to find, and lost on most pressings. 'Us and them' starts with very clear sound. There is a little light static and a couple of light tics between tracks and two or three tics during the music. This track is nearly always plagued by loud pops, clicks, loud static and even distortion, and this press has none of these, it just sounds clean and bright with some light occasional static. 'Any Colour you Like' sounds superb, great clear sound. No background static and no light static tics. 'Brain Damage' sounds superb, bright clear sound leading to the albums climax, with a great pressing of 'Eclipse', which plays superbly, with brilliant clear audio, just a couple of light pops during the outro.
This record plays with staggering power, great audio with virtually no surface sound at all to distract from the enjoyment of this great album. Even at the end of 'Time' and the run in to the 'Great Gig In the Sky', it is clean, crisp and rich.
The music jumps out, with definition and clarity, particularly on the percussion instruments, and vocals, which come through with tremendous power. As is the same with the bass and drums, whilst the guitars come through crisp and clear. This lp plays with superb, clear bright audio. I have given a detailed account and l believe I have been unforgiving in pointing out the slightest audio interference on what is a tremendous, unrivalled 1st ever pressing.
I would give an audio grading of EXCELLENT to NEAR MINT!
THE RECORD – Visual Grading
A stunning piece of glossy vinyl, this rare 1st press is really thick and chunky, with amazing deep clear grooves. In daylight and under a spot light it looks pretty much unmarked, and that is extremely unusual. A couple of ultra faint, whispy pressing marks only, and they are really light. A really wonderful example that is barely played!
G raded atNEAR MINT.
A lovely set of labels, largely unmarked with a couple of light spindle traces on either side. These are an great pair of labels that look like they've barely seen a turntable . A lovely set, they have no spindle wear, and certainly no writing, finer prints or other marks.
G raded at NEAR MINT.
VINYL TESTED FOR ANY SIGNS OF WARPING:
Yes, NONE visible what so ever when tested be sight and on a moving turntable.
The 'blue' tint covers that came with the first pressings, quickly changed to the standard charcoal black covers. And don't be fooled, these are completely different to all other covers from the UK pressings of DSOM. These covers themselves are rare and very valuable, and so hard to find with out heavily worn edges, corners and surfaces.
The Matt finish covers of DSOM have to be one of the most prone to wear, of all the classic vinyls from the sixties and early seventies. Having a dark matt finish and not having the advantage of being laminated, these covers usually faired pretty badly, with serious ring wear and scuffed along the edges. The spines are nearly always flattened, worn and scuffed. Not this one!
This 1st Press BLUE Cover has no scuffing to the corners, and no rubbing along the edges, and that is un heard of for DSOM. The opening edges are very square and un frayed, with there is barely any detectable ring wear on either the rear or front cover. There is the faintest impression on the record on the rear and some very slight creasing to two of the corners . The back cover is extremely clean, again with only a very light impression of the vinyl. The inside Gatefold is clean with no handling marks. The Spine shows no wear only, and is a nice square example. All round, this is a really amazing example that is largely unmarked.
And, this is an ORIGINAL 1st Press BLUE COVER , and a fairly light coloured one at that.
G raded at EXCELLENT.
The album was originally released in a gatefold LP sleeve designed by Hipgnosis and George Hardie, and bore Hardie's iconic dispersive prism on the cover.
The Cover design was aimed to represent three elements; the band's stage lighting, the album lyrics, and Richard Wright's request for a "simple and bold" design. A spectrum of light moves through to the gatefold sleeve — an idea that Waters came up with. Added shortly afterwards, the gatefold design also includes a visual representation of the heartbeat sound used throughout the album, and the back of the album cover.
The light band emanating from the prism on the album cover has six colours, missing indigo compared to the traditional division of the spectrum into red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. The concept was continued with two posters and a sheet of pyramid-themed stickers. One poster bore pictures of the band in concert, overlaid with scattered letters to form PINK FLOYD, and the other an infrared photograph of the Great Pyramids of Giza, created by Powell and Thorgerson.
In 2003 VH1 declared that The Dark Side of the Moon had the 4th-greatest album cover of all time, and in 2009 listeners of the UK radio station Planet Rock voted the packaging the greatest album cover of all time.
Original plain black poly lined inner sleeve in great condition. No tears, stains and NO seem splits at all. The flip backs are fully intact, flat and pressed down.
And don't be fooled, these are completely different to all other inner sleeves from the UK pressings of DSOM. These inners are themselves rare and valuable, and so hard to find with out heavy wear, graffiti, tears and splitting.
G raded atVERY GOOD PLUS.
This 1st pressing of Dark Side of the Moon comes with BOTH original posters, in great condition. In flat MATT finish, these are not the same as the posters found in other pressings of DSOM.
A superb set with No tears or stains. Nice crisp edges. NO tape marks or pin holes!
Graded at NEAR MINT.
The two original Fasprint CRACKBACK stickers, in Near MINT condition. No tears. Nice crisp edges. No tape marks or pin holes. The stickers will come in a separate envelope to ensure that they do not get bent or damaged.
Graded at NEAR MINT.
The Dark Side of the Moon is the sixth studio album by Pink Floyd. The album was developed as part of a forthcoming tour of live performances, and premièred several months before studio recording began. The new material was further refined during the tour, and was recorded in two sessions in 1972 and 1973 at Abbey Road Studios in London. Pink Floyd used some of the most advanced recording techniques of the time, including multitrack recording and tape loops. Analogue synthesisers were given prominence in several tracks, and a series of recorded interviews with staff and band personnel provided the source material for a range of philosophical quotations used throughout.
The Dark Side of the Moon was an immediate success, topping the Billboard 200 for one week. It subsequently remained in the charts for 741 weeks (fourteen years), longer than any other album in history. With an estimated 45 million units sold, it is Pink Floyd's most commercially successful album and one of the best-selling albums worldwide. It has twice been re-mastered and re-released, and has been covered by several other acts.
The Dark Side of the Moon is one of Pink Floyd's most popular albums for fans and critics alike, and is ranked as one of the greatest vinyl albums of all time.
Dark Side has been re produced in massive quantities, being one of the most iconic albums of the 20th century. On saying that, finding an original UK 1st pressing in great condition is extremely rare indeed. It is one of the hardest pieces of vinyl from the early 1970's to find with great audio. The cover is almost impossible to find without serious wear, even modestly worn examples are scarce and this one is a brilliant example. The vinyl is so often played so much, heavily marked, scratched, with noisy, poor and distorted sound.
Any DSOM examples with a record in great condition, that plays superbly, is extremely are. An ORIGINAL 1st ever A2 B2 press, with flawless Audio, ORIGINAL 1st Press Blue Cover and ORIGINAL posters and stickers, all in virtually unmarked condition, with TOP audio throughout makes this a genuine one one.
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GREAT ORIGINAL COVERS WITH NO SEAM SPLITS, TEARS, WRITING OR STICKERS!
We sell high quality examples of Classic Vinyl. Large format art work covers with the best original sound and mix unique to the original pressings, giving the highest audio depth and performance. Vinyl prices have soared over the last ten years, making classic examples a great financial and cultural investment.
VINYL SOUND - PLEASE NOTE:
Highest quality vinyl with clear sound is rare, and what we always aim for. We sell records that play with TOP AUDIO performance; clear sound uninterrupted by hiss or interference. Even with the cleanest vinyl pressing you will find occasional static or occasional light tics during playback, caused by a build up of dust and dirt in the wide vinyl grooves. This is clearly different from the distortion, loud pops, repeating tics or clicks that are found on heavily played and worn pieces of vinyl. Static build up can reduce when played, and we advise a clean between plays for optimal performance.
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All our records are play tested on highly sensitive equipment to ensure the sound quality and accuracy of description. We aim to give a precise and concise description of the sound, pointing out defects so that you know exactly what you are buying. We aim to describe our records as accurately as possible, and offer a full refund on return if for any reason you are not completely happy with the item description.
IMAGES and INFORMATION
We use photographs of the item for sale taken with professional digital cameras. The images are designed to be as clear as possible, giving an accurate representation of the item. We aim to give sufficient and accurate detail as possible so that you know exactly what you are buying. Please let us know if you need any further information and we will be happy to oblige.
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BRILLIANT LP MINT CONDITION, AWESOME SELLAR, 1ST CLASS PACKAGING, NO PROBLEMS A+
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WE ONLY SELL RARE RECORDS THAT ARE IN GREAT CONDITION. IF THERE IS ANY SLIGHT DEFECT, IT WILL BE CLEARLY STATED.
If in the unlikely event that you may want to return an item, or that we have missed something in the listing, we offer a no quibble returns policy. Items must be returned within 12 Days of receipt, and returned in the same condition that they were sent out in. Return postage will be paid by buyer, unless there is a particular fault with the item, and then we will pay the full postage costs!
RECORD GRADING SYSTEM IS AS FOLLOWS - ( BASED ON RECORD COLLECTOR MAGAZINE U.K. )
MINT: Virtually unplayed. The record itself is in brand new condition with no surface marks or deterioration in sound quality. Cover is pristine.
EXCELLENT: The record shows some signs of having been played, but there is very little lessening in sound quality. The cover and packaging might have slight wear and/or creasing.
V.G PLUS: The record will still be nice and shiny, but may have a few light marks, and will play well. Slight wear and tear on the cover.
V.G: The record has obviously been played many times, but displays no major deterioration in sound quality, despite noticeable surface marks and occasional light scratch. Normal wear and tear on the cover or extra items.
GOOD: The record has been played so much that the sound quality has noticeably deteriorated, perhaps with some distortion and mild scratches. The cover and contents suffer from folding, scuffing of edges, spine splits, etc.
FAIR: Fair. It is noticeable that the record has been played so much that the sound quality has deteriorated very noticeably. The cover and contents are showing signs of folding, scuffing of edges etc.
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