Pink Floyd ‎– The Dark Side Of The Moon

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Harvest ‎– SHVL 804, Harvest ‎– 1E 064 o 05249
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Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold Sleeve
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A1 Speak To Me
A2 Breathe
A3 On The Run
A4 Time
A5 The Great Gig In The Sky
Vocals – 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.

℗ 1973 The Gramophone Co. Ltd.
Made in Gt. Britain

E.M.I Records (The Gramophone Co. Ltd.) Hayes · Middlesex · England
File under POPULAR : Pop Groups
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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 delivered 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. A-2/B-2 matrix stamps appear in the runout area.
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.
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 [1125555/1072844] 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. First copies came with a small round sticker white text on blueish black stating 'Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon' (confirmed for stampers GL/MO).
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This first edition was initially pressed by The Gramophone Co. Ltd., from July 1st, 1973 by its legal successor, EMI Records Ltd. at the same plant.
International E.M.I. catalog number 1E 064 o 05249 appears in small fonts and parentheses on the cover rear.

Note on Credits:
Though credited for the entire album, Barry St John, Doris Troy, Lesley Duncan, and Liza Strike perform backing vocals only on tracks A4, B2, B4, and B5.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label A): SHVL 804A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label B): SHVL 804B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, stamped): SHVL 804 A-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, stamped): SHVL 804 B-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Both Runouts: Mother number at 9 o'clock): 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Both Runouts: Stamper at 3 o'clock): G [or higher]
  • Other (Printer date/format code, gatefold inner): Ⓛ 7303 TPS
  • Other (Patent No.s on inner sleeve): 1125555 1072844

Other Versions (5 of 561) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
1C 064-05 249 Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon(LP, Album, RP, Gat) Harvest, EMI Electrola 1C 064-05 249 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
7243 582136 2 1 Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon(SACD, Hybrid, Multichannel, Album, RE, RM) Parlophone 7243 582136 2 1 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
3C 268-005.249 Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon(Cass, Album) Harvest 3C 268-005.249 Italy 1973 Sell This Version
UDCD 517 Pink Floyd Dark Side Of The Moon(CD, Album, RE, RM) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab UDCD 517 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
5 0999 029431 2 1 Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon - Immersion Box Set(3xCD + 2xDVD, Quad, Multichannel, NTSC + Blu-ray, ) EMI 5 0999 029431 2 1 USA & Canada 2011 Sell This Version

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8vis

8vis

November 24, 2016
I'm looking ONLY for the vinyl in a VG+/NM condition. I can pay a good amount of money, contact me! thanks
samuel.gyselen

samuel.gyselen

October 30, 2016
Hello, I have a version with a solid light blue triangle (prism) on the label with "The Gramophone Co., Ltd." text on the edge of the label. On the label, you see (c)1973 - made in Great Brittain. On the back of the sleeve, its says. SHVL 804, (IE 064-05249), stereo. In fact, it looks a 100% like the pictures of the Vinyl, LP, Album, 1st issue with Promotional Booklet (https://www.discogs.com/Pink-Floyd-The-Dark-Side-Of-The-Moon/release/4912326), except it has no booklet.

Are there any UK versions from 1973 that have the solid blue prism on their label as well, without being the promotional copy? Because all other 1973 versions from UK are with other types of prism on the label...
Could anyone help me out on this one?
merlinstar14

merlinstar14

October 24, 2016
I have a UK vinyl repress which looks like a 3rd or 4th generation. SHVL 804 A-10 B-9. It has the name "Harry" etched in the run out close to the label. Is this version familiar?
music_emporium

music_emporium

October 21, 2016
‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ is Pink Floyd’s eighth studio album, originally released in 1973. It built on ideas explored in the band’s earlier recordings and live shows, but lacks the extended instrumental excursions that characterized their work following the departure in 1968 of founder member, principal composer, and lyricist, Syd Barrett.
The themes on ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ include conflict, greed, the passage of time, and mental illness, the latter partly inspired by Barrett’s deteriorating mental state.
Developed during live performances, an early version of the suite was premiered several months before studio recording began; new material was recorded in two sessions in 1972 and 1973 at Abbey Road Studios in London. The group used some of the most advanced recording techniques of the time, including multitrack recording and tape loops. 
Analogue synthesizers were given prominence in several tracks, and a series of recorded interviews with the band’s road crew and others provided the philosophical quotations used throughout. Engineer Alan Parsons was responsible for some of the album’s most notable sonic aspects and the recruitment of non-lexical singer Clare Torry.
The album’s iconic sleeve, designed by Storm Thorgerson, features a prism that represents the band’s stage lighting, the record’s lyrical themes, and keyboardist Richard Wright’s request for a “simple and bold” design.
hobnob55

hobnob55

July 13, 2016
hey ppl can someone direct me to the 5th issue please as i have one struggling to source it to list ,, well i think this is the 5th i checked the archive and i managed this much thankyou x
A-9 / B-8:
20) SHVL 804 A-9 GLP 2 HTM / SHVL 804 B-8 GHL 1 (both stamped)
ehfmfo5

ehfmfo5

June 26, 2016
When I first heard this album, I was reminded of when I first watched 2001: A Space Odyssey
shieellaaa

shieellaaa

April 30, 2016
I bought this Pink Floyd album at a record market it says MADE IN GT.BRITAIN from 1973, SHVL 804 but it's a brown/purple coloured clear vinyl, it was 22 euros so I guess it's not a rare lp? :D but I can't find anything on the internet about this clear vinyl, only white coloured clear vinyl or bright coloured vinyl, can anyone help me please?
fiom

fiom

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)
twosheds1

twosheds1

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.
stevefish

stevefish

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