Pink Floyd ‎– The Dark Side Of The Moon

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Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab ‎– MFSL 1-017, Harvest ‎– MFSL 1-017
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Originally released in 1973.
Standard gatefold sleeve with warranty card.

Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London between June 1972 and January 1973.
States "Pressed in Japan" on the LP label (see images), "imported pressing" and "Printed in the U.S.A." on spine of the sleeve.
Early releases by MFSL were pressed in Japan.

Came with two lists of other available MFSL releases and MFSL style inner.

On innersleeve:
Half-Speed Mastering by Stan Ricker, JVC
Super High Definition Vinyl (extended life)
Imported Pressing
Static Free Inner-Sleeve
Source: the Original Stereo Master Tape.

Note on Credits:
Though not specified 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.

The 1979 release has an insert titled: "An Audiophile's Dream Come True"
Also issued in 1981 with different inserts The Dark Side Of The Moon

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1: Side A, etched): MFSL-1-017-A2-1 SR2 H213
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1: Side B, etched): MFSL-1-017-B2-1 SR2 H215
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2: Side A, etched): MFSL-1-017-A [something crossed out] 2-1 SR_2 [three unreadable spotted signs] F
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2: Side A, stamped): 2 1 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2: Side B, etched): MFSL-1-017- [something crossed out] B2-1 SR_2 [two unreadable spotted signs]
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2: Side B, stamped): 2 1 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3: Side A, etched): MFSL-1-017-A [something crossed out] 2-5 5R/2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3: Side A, stamped): 252 [eight spotted signs]
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3: Side B, etched): MFSL-1-017-B2-4 5R/2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3: Side B, stamped): 241 [eight spotted signs]
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4: Side A, etched): MFSL-1-017-A# 2-2 5R/2 221 ++ F
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4: Side B, etched): MFSL-1-017-B# 2-1 5R/2 214 +
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5: Side A, etched): MFSL-1-017-A2-1 SR 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5: Side A, stamped): H 2 1 5 + + +
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5: Side B, etched): MFSL-1-017-B2 SR 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5: Side B, stamped): H 2 1 2 + + + +
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 6: Side A, etched): MFSL-1-017-A [something crossed out] 2-1 SR/2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 6: Side A, stamped): 2 11 + F
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 6: Side B, etched): MFSL-1-017-B2-4 SR/2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 6: Side B, stamped): 2 4 1 [three spotted signs]
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 7: Side A, etched): MFSL-1-017-A [something crossed out] 2-5 SR/2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 7: Side A, stamped): 2 5 2 [spotted sign] E
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 7: Side B, etched): MFSL-1-017-[B9 crossed out]B2-2 SR/2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 7: Side B, stamped): 2 2 1 [spotted sign]

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Cat# Artist Title (Format ) Label Cat# Country Year
TOGP-15001 Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon(SACD, Hybrid, Multichannel, Album, RM, 5.1) Capitol Records TOGP-15001 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
CDP 7243 5 82136 2 1-US Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon(SACD, Hybrid, Multichannel, Album, RM) Capitol Records CDP 7243 5 82136 2 1-US US 2003 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
7243 582136 2 1, 582 1362 Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon(SACD, Hybrid, Multichannel, Album, RE, RM, Son) EMI, EMI 7243 582136 2 1, 582 1362 UK & Europe 2003 Sell This Version
CDP 7243 5 82136 2 1 Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon(SACD, Hybrid, Multichannel, Album, RE, RM, 30t) Capitol Records CDP 7243 5 82136 2 1 US 2003 Sell This Version

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leonthepro

leonthepro

April 16, 2018
edited 20 days ago

Now being able to compare the releases I have including this one on my own system its time to take a closer look at the differences.
The most apparent qualities of the MoFi is its smoothness and depth. It goes beyond any other release Ive heard and really gives you the impression that this is what Pink Floyd wanted you to hear. It is by no means fuzzy however and gives great clarity with the right playback system. The shortcomings of the 2016 remaster are now more apparent than before being harsher and less deep. But the strength in that comes in giving a more present performance on the remaster while the MoFi is left more whimsical. I miss the in your face vocals of Time and even The Great Gig, if only slightly.
But even more so I miss the bass. The Mofi does deliver bass but on its own terms in limited doses while the 2016 cut dumps my oh so needed craving of a tight earthquake in masses. It again circles around to the balanced nature of the Grundman remaster where even the lowest of low end mucks can be heard, felt and appreciated.
But despite their differences the 2 are still sort of similar in delivery, just with these few but character defining traits. Both are cut about equally as quiet, demanding you to crank the volume knob. The advantage then shows in the MoFi as the vinyl is extremely quiet, almost as dead silent and void creating as my Japanese Pro Use copy, but thats just because the Pro Use doesnt need to be played nearly as loud. Its only really noticeable at the start and end of songs on the 2016 issue but still a very real difference.
Grundmans cut stands as the well rounded and enjoyable alternative for anyone short on money and time, just inheriting a slight harshness and lack of reverb.
The one Id give my nod to however is the MoFi for its impressive realism and smooth delivery. Despite the few shortcomings it probably has the best sounding version of Money that genuinely made me go "Holy shit..." and its the one I say is the essential AAA version for every Pink Floyd fan to own.
For me the Japanese Pro Use is still on top because of its great presence and airy clarity despite its loudness problems. But this might change over time. If the MoFi rectified its slight slouching on bass plus vocal presence and punch it would easily rise to the top right away!

Current ranking:
1. MoFi's Side 2 (This)
2. Japanese PRO USE's Side 1
3. UK Original A3/B3
4. 2016 Grundman Cut
?. MoFi UHQR
?. 30th Anniversary

Equipment Used:
Rega RP1 with Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
Cyrus 2 Amplifier
System Fidelity SF-3050 Tower Speakers
Custom made HQ Speaker Cables
senninha8

senninha8

February 17, 2018
edited about 1 year ago

Super excited to have acquired this very well preserved 1979 MoFi version. In comparison to the 2016 copy, my first impression was that the sound levels have a more realistic, balanced natural sound with nice detailed separation. The remastered versions of pretty much everything nowadays sound BIG, and that can be great too, especially if you're listening from a more entry level, basic system. But if you have a decently accurate or high level system, this is especially important. Because (like many others) I prefer to listen to this whole album really loud!! This allows the quiet passages to be heard with all its delicate intricacies, while not having the loud passages way too bright (e.g. clocks going off) and off putting. That's what I noticed anyways, of course, it'd be delightful to have an opportunity to listen to the original pressings but we're not all that lucky, hopefully one day...
leonthepro

leonthepro

January 18, 2018
edited about 1 year ago

Having heard this myself I cant say Im blown away. I listened with different equipment in a different environment but I believe I heard the essence of the record still. Its good dont get me wrong, but it really made me realize how good the new 2016 remasters are. The MOFI is from what I heard better dynamics wise. Its quieter than the 2016 one but not louder. It might also be slightly more defined and airy as well but its not hugely different. Grundman and Ricker might have had the same vision for the sound of their respective cuts. Unlike the early UK and Japanese cuts, the UK being what I prefer by memory with a present, punchy sound and clear vocals. The Japanese being my least favorite so far with a really bright sound like the Japanese usually do. They are all good in their respective ways and you can choose what you simply prefer.

Update:
And this shows how quickly an opinion can change with different equipment and a little time to evaluate things. The Mofi is a must have for Pink Floyd fans in my eyes.
crowvillerecords

crowvillerecords

July 10, 2016
my buddy just left a copy of this on my porch. it was kind of like hearing it for the first time. i compared it to my u.s. first press and the original was more bass heavy and muffled. they both are in vg+ condition and play with no pops and very quiet for the age. there are not a lot of huge differences but the omr version just has way more definition. this original master version is worth your time to track down. from now on I will be grabbing this version to play. some day I hope to hear the english first pressing.
djchroma

djchroma

May 10, 2016
Which pressing of this album is considered the best? Original UK?
LostWax

LostWax

March 19, 2016
Wondering if this came with the posters or stickers...My copy does not have them.