Pink Floyd ‎– The Dark Side Of The Moon

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Harvest ‎– SHVL 804, Harvest ‎– IE 064 o 05249
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A1 Speak To Me
Written-By – Mason*
A2 Breathe
Written-By – Gilmour*, Wright*, Waters*
A3 On The Run
Written-By – Gilmour*, Waters*
A4 Time
Written-By – Gilmour*, Mason*, Wright*, Waters*
A5 The Great Gig In The Sky
Vocals – Clare TorryWritten-By – Wright*
B1 Money
Saxophone – Dick ParryWritten-By – Waters*
B2 Us And Them
Saxophone – Dick ParryWritten-By – Wright*, Waters*
B3 Any Colour You Like
Written-By – Gilmour*, Mason*, Wright*
B4 Brain Damage
Written-By – Waters*
B5 Eclipse
Written-By – Waters*

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Notes

Second Issue.

These copies were produced for a short time only, between first pressing and first repress, featuring earliest use of the new black Harvest "blue outline prism" label design.
These early transitional pressings, still have on labels the rim text starting as "The Gramophone Co. Ltd", and have been found with vinyl matrix A2/B2 or A3/B2 or A3/B3.

Gatefold cover of these copies come with two shade of color: very dark blue or black.
Many copies have been released with a sticker on front, although some do not have it.
The front cover has two different types of front openings:
- The right front opening of the gatefold cover is sealed with the two sides glued together.
- The right front opening of the gatefold cover is not sealed.
Rear top right corner has the text (IE 064 o 05249) between SHVL 804 and "stereo" centered (later copies have it left aligned).

Original set includes two A2-sized posters and 2 stickers.
Stickers have two different types of text on the back:
- "FasPrint Permanent" & "Crack Back Patented".
- "Permanent".

Some copies have a die-cut black polylined inner sleeve with patent number "1125555 1072844" and "Made in Great Britain" in silver at the bottom.

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

Note on Credits:
Though not detailed in the liner notes, 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 (Side A label): SHVL804A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): SHVL804B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side A, stamped, variant 1): SHVL 804 A-3 1 GLL
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side B, stamped, variant 1): SHVL 804 B-2 4 GLH
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side A, stamped, variant 2): SHVL 804 A-3 Ƹ RTD
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side B, stamped, variant 2): SHVL 804 B-3 2 PH
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side A, stamped, variant 3): SHVL 804 A-3 GAM
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side B, stamped, variant 3): SHVL 804 B-3 MP
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side A, stamped, variant 4): SHVL 804 A-3 GLM 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side B, stamped, variant 4): SHVL 804 B-3 GR 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side A, stamped, variant 5): SHVL 804 A-3 GPD 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side B, stamped, variant 5): SHVL 804 B-3 OP 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side A, stamped, variant 6): SHVL 804 A-3 GLR
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side B, stamped, variant 6): SHVL 804 B-2 GAL
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side A, stamped, variant 7): SHVL 804 A-3 GHG
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side B, stamped, variant 7): SHVL 804 B-2 DOG
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side A, stamped, variant 8): SHVL 804 A-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side B, stamped, variant 8): SHVL 804 B-2
  • Other (Date sleeve printed): L 7303

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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, RE, Gat) Harvest, EMI Electrola 1C 064-05 249 Germany 1976 Sell This Version
1C 064-05 249 Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Harvest, EMI Electrola 1C 064-05 249 Germany 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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ianbev13

ianbev13

April 4, 2019

Without a shadow of a doubt It is the best copy I have heard.
leonthepro

leonthepro

March 10, 2019

As my journey continues in search of the best Dark Side of the Moon I finally stumble upon an early UK copy in good condition and decide to buy it. To be specific a third generation A3/B3 from 1973.
Mostly I went back and forth with my 2016 reissue on the tracks Money and Time because I felt like I needed to narrow it down to shorter switching times and still need tracks that have lots of different qualities to them, when it comes to Dark Side, most releases are well mastered in general so comparing becomes a tightrope where the devil lies in the details.
I described the 2016 Grundman cut as a very balanced and only slightly harsh but well sounding alternative. Which is what we come to realize again here. The UK does seem slightly less edgy in comparison and from experience with comparing other Pink Floyd originals vs reissue this is a common trend, the EQ is a smidge lower, removing some of that harshness. Cymbals and high hats sound more smooth and earthy while the reissues is more metallic for example.
Its not to say that it doesnt use the high end to effect though, the guitars have just as much clarity and air if not more even, on the original. It then gives the lower end some more ground to stand on simultaneously.
Reverb too seems just as good if not better here on the A3/B3 giving subtitles in echoes more effect.
The plus for the 2016 cut then is present in certain areas where its EQ has better effect, such as the clocks on Time. This can be extended to more areas as a general rule where the original is not as in the room and realistic.
But right after we are then treated to the synth and drum intro before the vocals and the UK certainly has more bite here. That coupled with the extra bass from the low end really gives it and edge over the reissue.
And thats where I stop at least for now as I decided the UK to be the winner.
One of the main drawbacks for the reissue really was that slight harshness I felt and while the higher end EQ choices have been favoring for other PF reissue such as on WYWH where I actually favor the Grundman cut over the UK original for sounding more real and less bloaty, here it mostly has the opposite effect.
There still is, for example, some sibilance on the UK. Although because my copy is used and my stylus is Elliptical I dont dare say how much it really is. But I do assume that the only way to solve that entirely is in way of the extra smooth and pleasant MFSL release. And dropping the needle on its Money track as a finisher really affirms my belief that it is the best version for that song alone at least.
In the end the UK original takes the spot over the 2016 reissue for now. Ill try to give the other releases a head to head again sometime but right now I dont want to spoil the album too much.
Find it in NM condition and you will surely be a happy listener.

Current Ranking:
1. MoFi's Side 2
2. Japanese PRO USE's Side 1
3. UK original A3/B3 (This)
4. 2016 Grundman Cut
?. MoFi UHQR

Equipment Used:
Rega RP1 with Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
Cyrus 2 Amplifier
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leonthepro

leonthepro

March 29, 2018
edited 9 months ago

The top seller right now claims only 500 copies were pressed of this. Which I find very suspect. Anyone with further info?
Edit: This was proven wrong with all the Stamper variations for that Laqcuer matrix and changed.
But recently I saw a real A-2 B-2 copy on Ebay with this second generation label and that must be extremely rare. Maybe thats the 500 copy variant.
raqim

raqim

October 9, 2016
Is it a gatefold LP? I'm not sure of my version.
artpunk

artpunk

February 20, 2015

My version has all of the details above except the Matrix / Runout Side A & B is stamped A-6 & B-4 respectively. I only had one poster in the pre-owned copy I have - but have two stickers, the printed backs of which have diagonal lines across them, and the words 'Fasson' 'FasPrint' and 'Crack-Back' (as described in the first UK DSOTM pressing discogs entry).
value-vinyl

value-vinyl

January 7, 2015
What use are these kinds of photos of the labels ?