Pink Floyd ‎– The Dark Side Of The Moon

Harvest ‎– SHVL 804
Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold Sleeve

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Speak To Me
A2 Breathe
A3 On The Run
A4 Time
A5 The Great Gig In The Sky
Backing Vocals – Barry St. John, Doris Troy, Leslie Duncan*, Liza StrikeVocals – Clare Torry
B1 Money
Saxophone – Dick Parry
B2 Us And Them
Saxophone – Dick Parry
B3 Any Colour You Like
B4 Brain Damage
B5 Eclipse

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Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London between June 1972 and January 1973.

This is the original form of the release, it has solid light blue prism LP picture labels with silver lettering, later forms have an empty prism. It has a gatefold sleeve, and there are three known variations of the original blue-tinged sleeve - see below. Originally came with 2 posters and 2 stickers.

There are 2 systems for track numbering on the release. The cover lists the titles A1 to B5 (used in this submission). The labels however number the tracks from (a) to (i) so, for example, "Breathe" is listed as "(a)(II)" on the label but "2" on the cover (see images).

The following is a guide to identifying all of the elements that make up the first pressing:

1. The label has a solid light blue prism. Subsequent pressings have a blue glowing inner edge prism with the centre black.
2. 'The Gramophone Co.' text starts at 10 o'clock on label.
3. A2/B2 matrix in deadwax of run out groove.
4. Thick heavyweight vinyl believed by some to be the 'finest' and most true encapsulation of this historical recording as the first pressing was pressed direct from the original masterplate. "These 1st pressings were straight from the masters and nothing even gets close to them today. They play with a deep clear warm clarity and have to be heard to be believed!".
5. There is a distinct bluish tint/tinge in the black ink of the cover.
6. There are three known original sleeve variations. 1. The right front opening of the gatefold cover is sealed with the two sides glued together. 2. The right front opening of the gatefold cover is sealed with a fold over flap that is glued inside the opening. 3. The right front opening of the gatefold cover is not sealed. A known 2/2 matrix, 1 mother, G stamper copy came with (3), an unglued and non-'folded in' sleeve at time of release, which hints at the possibility that very first pressings did not come with glued flaps, which is where the poster and stickers were located.
7. Inner sleeve is a distinctive polythene lined die cut black semi matt paper with white printed text stating 2 patent numbers bottom left [112555/1072844] and 'MADE IN GREAT BRITAIN' bottom right.
8. Posters and stickers were printed on paper stock that has a rough texture (later pressings used paper that was gloss laminated).
9. Stickers have printed backs with diagonal lines across them, and the words 'Fasson' 'FasPrint' and 'Crack-Back'.
10. Very first copies came with a small round sticker white text on black stating 'Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon'.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped Side A): SHVL 804 A-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped Side B): SHVL 804 B-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A: Mother number at 9 o'clock): 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A: Stamper at 3 o'clock): G
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B: Mother number at 9 o'clock): 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B: Stamper at 3 o'clock): G

Other Versions (5 of 476) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
7243 8 29752 4 3 Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon(Cass, Album, RM) EMI United Kingdom 7243 8 29752 4 3 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
EMZ-82005 Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon(LP, Album, Quad) EMI, Harvest EMZ-82005 Japan 1974 Sell This Version
CDP 7 46001 2 Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon(CD, Album) Harvest CDP 7 46001 2 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
LQEMI 73009, Q4SHVL 804 Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon(LP, Album, Quad) Jugoton, Harvest, EMI LQEMI 73009, Q4SHVL 804 Yugoslavia 1973 Sell This Version
ST-108 Pink Floyd Dark Side Of The Moon(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Silver-Ton ST-108 Poland Unknown Sell This Version

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February 1, 2016
"The Dark Side of the Moon was
an expression of political,
philosophical and humanitarian who he was
It is communicated. »
(Roger Waters)


January 22, 2016
I have a picture disc LP that I can't find on here. There's no label info, just the prism on the front, with some sort of sparkles across the top, and a vertical black line in each of the colors. The back shows a close-up of the colors and the song titles. It came with a poster that folded out of the stylized pyramids. It's a poster version of the sticker that came with the album in the '70s. I bought it in 2015. Anyone know anything about it? I tried Googling it, and a British site had had one for sale, but no longer, and they had no info on it either. It looks like it might not be in the DB, but I wanted to check first. BTW, in the runout is written DS 001 A1 on side A and DS 001 B1 on side B.


January 18, 2016
471 different versions? Guess my vinyl copy from college will stay uncatalogued. :(


December 14, 2015
This is a useful site for Pink Floyd and record stamp info.


December 13, 2015
The copy I listened to for years had an error in the the tape speed at the end of The Great Gig in the Sky on side one. I was pleased with the Harvest CD release, (I still have both and they are in excellent condition minus the stickers and posters). I don't see any mention of the tape speed error. Can anyone shed light on this and perhaps the value?


October 10, 2015
I have a first press solid blue triangle but in run off it says SHVL 804 A SHVL 804 B and there are no mothers or stampers. .everything else is the same

Is this a promo issue?


September 17, 2015
I got one from 1973 UK with glowing inner edge prism on the label. But the record has the same label on both sides. Both of them says "SIDE B" but the tracks aren't the same. Anyone who has any knowledge on this pressing?


July 16, 2015
i really can't stand searching further about my lp edition.

matrix runout on side a writes: SHVL 804 A-8 (and it has also "HTM" and something like "o =" and also another single symbol i cannot identify and no it is not a scratch or something).

matrix run out on side b writes: SHVL 804 B-7 (and it has also something like "D O" and three tiny dots forming something like a triangle/ pyramid).

can anyone help me out please?


June 12, 2015
edited 8 months ago
i have the 2nd issue blue edged triangle. anyone direct me to it ? 1973 uk edtion shvl 804 a8 b7
. any one help ?


March 14, 2015
my copy is uns out A6 on side 1 and B3 on side 2. I can find this version nowhere even on the Pink Floyd disc site (SHVL 804)

anyone help