In 1977, an employee at the Columbia Records Pressing Plant in Don Mills, Ontario secretly snuck in a red puck during the initial manufacturing of Pink Floyd’s “Animals” and made himself potentially the only copy ever manufactured of this red coloured 1st Canadian press variant. This is the only time it has ever been available for sale in the marketplace. It has been in a private collection for decades, ever since it was first made.
This is NOT a bootleg or unlicensed press. It is a 1/1 copy unlike any other.
The matrix/runout codes and label belong to the original press “ AL 34474-1B-2G ” issued by Columbia Records and is the exact same 1st press, but on a vibrant coloured red wax never commercially distributed or mass manufactured in any capacity for this release.
Visually graded, it rests between a VG and VG+, with a few light marks on each side. Play graded, the A-Side plays VG+. The B-Side plays nearly the exact same, with a few instances of faintly detectable noise. Both sides play better than they look! Fantastic playability on both sides all the way through!! I would say it comfortably plays around a 7 or an 8 out of 10 all around depending how conservative you are. It was tested it on a Fluance RT85 turntable with lower-end Sony speakers. If you have a higher end sound system, I can only imagine how much clearer and crisp it would sound.
It includes the original gatefold jacket and inner sleeve, which I would grade the jacket as being in VG shape, with some ring wear on the cover and a light bend in the top righthand corner. The cover itself belongs to the same reissue “ AL 34474-1B-2G ” as the matrix on the record does, which they made tons of copies of if you wish to upgrade it in appearance.
I purchased this record [as well as all the other one-of-a-kind red records I have up for auction currently] from the family of the former Columbia Records Pressing Plant employee. I own a record store in Hamilton, Ontario – just an hour or so away geographically from where the plant used to be.
All of the unique red records are an identical shade of red, they were all pressed at the Columbia Records Pressing Plant in Don Mills, Ontario, and all the others were all issued between 1977-1979, and they all came from the exact same collection.
All records have been professionally cleaned and placed into a brand new anti-static MOFI inner sleeve and a resealable poly outer sleeve.
Please let me know if you have any questions On 28-Dec-21 at 12:46:52 EST, seller added the following information:
RECORD IS NOT IN NEAR MINT SHAPE!!!
VISUALLY, IT IS BETWEEN VG & VG+
READ THE WHOLE DESCRIPTION FOR DETAILS ON HOW IT PLAYS