Pink Floyd ‎– The Dark Side Of The Moon

Harvest ‎– EMLF-97002
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Gatefold

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A1 Speak To Me
Written-By – Mason*
A1.2 Breathe
Written-By – Gilmour*, Wright*, Waters*
A2 On The Run
Written-By – Gilmour*, Waters*
A3 Time
Written-By – Gilmour*, Mason*, Wright*, Waters*
A4 The Great Gig In The Sky
Written-By – Wright*
B1 Money
Written-By – Waters*
B2 Us And Them
Written-By – Wright*, Waters*
B3 Any Colour You Like
Written-By – Gilmour*, Mason*, Wright*
B4 Brain Damage
Written-By – Waters*
B5 Eclipse
Written-By – Waters*

Companies, etc.



4th Japan Press Special Release Pro-Use Series
Gatefold Picture Sleeve With Obi, Yen 2800
12 Pages Pyramid Booklet With English Lyrics, Story Of The Band And Discography
4 Pages Insert With Japanese Text And Lyrics
No Posters And Postcard Originally Issued For This Release

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Price Code: ¥ 2,800
  • Rights Society: JASRAC
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side A): SHVL-804-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side B): SHVL-804-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped): SHVL-804-A-H 1S 1 〄 P 8 - 5
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped): SHVL-804-B-H 1S 5 〄 P

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SHVL 804, 1E 064 o 05249 Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon(LP, Album, Gat) Harvest, Harvest SHVL 804, 1E 064 o 05249 UK 1973 Sell This Version
1C 064-05 249 Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon(LP, Album, RP, Gat) Harvest, EMI Electrola 1C 064-05 249 Germany 1976 Sell This Version
7243 582136 2 1 Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon(SACD, Hybrid, Multichannel, Album, RE, RM, Son) Parlophone 7243 582136 2 1 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
TOCP-71163•64 Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Album + Sli) EMI TOCP-71163•64 Japan 2011 Sell This Version
UDCD 517 Pink Floyd Dark Side Of The Moon(CD, Album, RE, RM) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab UDCD 517 Japan 1988 Sell This Version


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February 15, 2018
edited 29 days ago

First Listening Impressions: Quite solid indeed. Coming off of the 2016 Grundman issue of the album I wondered what could be done better. In some areas it truly surpasses it but in others not as much.
Id Imagine the sound of this press is among the closest ones to an original UK because of the great punch and presence it has, especially in the vocals. You cant help but sing along when Time starts playing. It has a bit tighter bottom end yet the sound might be slightly airier as well, which fits nicely on tracks like The Great Gig and Eclipse. One thing I didnt appreciate as much is that while its got punch its cut quite loud. Around 1.8 to 2.1 is where I put the volume depending on songs while I play the Grundman all the way through on about 2.5. I believe its because of 2 things, slightly worse dynamic range and brighter high end. The soundstage might be slightly larger and deeper than the PRO USE because of those dynamics on the 2016 release. You might also be aware that the Japanese are known to make their records brighter than counterparts and Im sure thats whats at play here. If thats what you like then I highly recommend this press. Another thing the Japanese are known for is their quiet vinyl, and it is truly magical. The popular description "blackness" of the sound when music isnt playing truly fits. I can even hear the recordings static at the end of The Great Gig and when its gone and all thats left are runout grooves all I hear is the slight hum from my table while the speakers seem like they are turned completely off.
But while I might regard this slightly higher than the Grundman cut overall its not by much. And over multiple listens I will update my thoughts here on the matter.

Second Comparing Impressions: Comparing Side A on both the 2016 remaster and the PRO USE issue only enforced my initial impressions. One thing to take note of is how the PRO USE emphasizes certain sounds at a given track while the 2016 Grundman cut stays more neutral and balanced. Part of what gives the Japanese issue its presence I believe is this emphasis.
On the track Time the vocals are, as mentioned, so juicy. But it leaves instruments like drums further back. For that specific song it works great to my ears, as the cymbals get dryed out and repetetive after a while and take too much focus from the listener on the new release. On the other hand, drums on The Great Gig really get spacial awareness on the 2016 cut while they are left more pushed to the left and mixed with the piano rather than with the vocals, not as clear. That worked in the Grundman cuts favor. But while the drums have less emphasis the voice of Clare Torry has such emotion. Its truly like listening to her on a live stage, especially aided by the airyness of the PRO USE. On the other hand, going back to Time, too much emphasis can be placed. The Guitar solo like I said is a knife to the ear at volumes where most other parts feel like a comfortable listen. I hyperbolize of course, but I truly do get up to change volumes every time.

In the end I still prefer the PRO USE for its overall quality. But for the overall sound to price difference its only recommended for people with big rigs and deep pockets. Because while being superior sound wise it also requires a superior system to show that. Testing this record on a conical stylus will surely yield suffering results. To protect the music and your ears I suggest at least a well performing and installed elliptical, the thinner dimensions the better. Optimally something like a Fine Line or Shibata, as with all records I suppose.
I have listened to an earlier UK press and on that system it wasnt as overly bright while still having similar presence and punch when I compared it to a PRO USE, so the next place for me to look is the UK route. If the UK retains the phenomenal aspects of the PRO USE while not having brightness problems and perhaps slightly better instrumental separation like on the Grundman cut it would truly be a best of both worlds.

Current ranking:
1. Early UK Press (?)
2. Japanese PRO USE (This)
3. 2016 Grundman Release
?. MOFI normal and UHQR

Equipment used:
Rega RP1 with Nagaoka MP-110 cartridge
Cyrus 2 Amplifier
System Fidelity SF-3050 tower speakers
Custom made HQ speaker cables


November 5, 2016
edited about 1 year ago

For me, having the two really hot spots fixed on the 2016, and some things rebalanced in the mix, it has knocked my Pro-Use 4th pressing off the mountaintop, so this is my second place pressing now. Still fantastic and has its own charms.


October 1, 2016

This pressing and mastering is incredible. I've never heard the vocals so clearly and the instruments so separated. I'm hearing things in the mix I haven't heard before. It does get a little hot when Gilmour hits those high notes on his guitar solos, but it's not a deal breaker by any means. Seek this out and buy it if this is your favourite album. You won't regret it. Oh yeah - it's DEAD quiet too.