Pink Floyd ‎– The Dark Side Of The Moon

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Harvest ‎– SHVL 804, Harvest ‎– 1E 064 o 05249
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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. Some 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), while some others do not.
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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
  • Other (Printer date/format code, gatefold inner): Ⓛ 7303 TPS
  • Other (Patent No.s on inner sleeve): 1125555 1072844
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, stamped variant 1): SHVL 804 A-2 G 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, stamped variant 1): SHVL 804 B-2 G 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, stamped variant 2): SHVL 804 A-2 ML 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, stamped variant 2): SHVL 804 B-2 RG 2

Other Versions (5 of 879) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
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
ELD 02.21.257 Pink Floyd El Lado Oscuro De La Luna(LP, Album, Gat) EMI ELD 02.21.257 Peru 1973 Sell This Version
7243 8 2 9752 4 3 Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon(Cass, Album, RE, RM, Dol) EMI United Kingdom 7243 8 2 9752 4 3 Europe 1994 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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Superfly__Records

Superfly__Records

May 27, 2019

Hi,

Anyone can please help me out which version i have? i think it's the first pressing. but the prism looks different on the label ! besides that the label looks identically the same.

Everything matches description of discogs, except the "later forms of prisms on the label" in the description.

My copy: Gatefoldsleeve should be very first pressing (glued one side, and fold out at other side of the gatefold for the posters).. Label has silver letters on blue , with the "gramophone" text centered at 10' o clock it looks identically the same ...except the prism isn't full as in the pictures that comes with the disocgs description. Matrix: 804-A5 bside: 804-B. Sleeve inner info & numers all matches with this pressing.

i also checked a English detailed database of every version out there, and couldn't find the version that i have!

Note :it also has the famous pressing plant mishap skip on "money" which should indicate it's the first pressing.. But what about the... damn prism... ? ... :p

Can post pictures if someone wants to help me out of the label.

thx!
dionysos73

dionysos73

April 5, 2019
edited 3 months ago
I do not really understand the price of this album. It sells between 2 or 5 per month, so not so rare and most of the time without stickers and posters. The average price should be around 50 €. This is the second best selling album in the history of music, not a super rare rock album ... Anyway, I don't care, I bought mine 3 € ;b
leonthepro

leonthepro

January 20, 2019
Release reviewed here: https://www.discogs.com/Pink-Floyd-The-Dark-Side-Of-The-Moon/release/4655423
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

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notsavedjr

notsavedjr

November 19, 2018
It probably should be noted that the live poster for the UK issue is different to the US counterpart, as well...aside from having different band photos in the inset pictures, it is landscape format, where the US poster is portrait format. These are not just on the first pressings, of course, but worth noting if you might be on the hunt for the correct accoutrements to your particular pressing...

Hiphophead1

Hiphophead1

July 24, 2018
edited 11 months ago
not my style of music but gave it a shot and its an amazing album probably one of the greatest album of any genre of all time
Kvmil

Kvmil

June 15, 2018
Can someone help me identify this version of LP? https://imgur.com/a/1cm8Emt
Superfly__Records

Superfly__Records

June 14, 2018

hi, i have a version of the first pressing close to NM condition, the one with the label with silver lettering on blue, and out of the three "pressings" the very first one with a foldout cover. it has been hardly played. now, there's a skip on side B. the vinyl is perfect at the piece - i inspected it with magnifier glass and nothing. so i looked up on forums about skips of the very first press and some say it's at the B side, indeed during "money", as it is with my copy. anyone knows more information about this?
rebelfloyd

rebelfloyd

March 31, 2018
My release appears to be a 1973 Capital release.

Side 1: SMAS-1-11163 - H74 #3 X(x with circle around it) ML
Side 2: SMAS-2-11163 - G-70 #5 ---<

Rainbow colour around the center ring as well. Can find H74 in the list but nothing on G-70.

Any help? Thanks.
black-shuck

black-shuck

March 11, 2018
1972 - "Dark Side of the Moon" is released by Medicine Head on John Peels Dandelion label.

1973 - Pink Floyd release "Dark Side of the Moon"...

Just imagine if Coldplay released an lp entitled "OK Computer" a year after Radiohead..

time tends to blur the importance of these small details..
aoguy

aoguy

March 3, 2018
My copy, bought the first week of release in 1973, does not have "sticker" on the cover. Otherwise it matches.