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Pink FloydThe Dark Side Of The Moon

Label:Harvest – SHVL 804, Harvest – 1E 064 o 05249
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold Sleeve
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Rock
Style:Prog Rock, Psychedelic Rock

Tracklist

A1Speak To Me
A2Breathe
A3On The Run
A4Time
A5The Great Gig In The Sky
VocalsClare Torry
B1Money
SaxophoneDick Parry
B2Us And Them
SaxophoneDick Parry
B3Any Colour You Like
B4Brain Damage
B5Eclipse
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Credits

Notes

Gatefold:
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London between June 1972 and January 1973.
℗ 1973
E.M.I Records (The Gramophone Company Ltd) Hayes · Middlesex · England
Made and Printed in Great Britain
File under POPULAR : Pop Groups

Labels:
℗ 1973 The Gramophone Company Limited
Made in Gt. Britain

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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 several known variations - 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 the elements that make up the first pressing, but for a more comprehensive guide it is best to refer to the Pink Floyd Archives website

Huge numbers were pressed to meet advance orders and there are 88 documented runout variations. There are several variations of sleeves, posters and stickers, and as these were produced by different companies and delivered to the pressing plant at different times there are several combinations.

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. There is 1 ink variation used for printing sleeve blue/black.
5. There are 3 sleeve opening 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.
6. Inner sleeve is a distinctive polythene lined die cut black semi-matte paper with white printed text stating 2 patent numbers bottom left [1125555/1072844] and 'MADE IN GREAT BRITAIN' bottom right.
7. Posters and stickers were printed on either matte or gloss paper.
8. Stickers may have printed backs with diagonal lines across them, and the words 'Fasson', 'FasPrint' and 'Crack-Back', or plain white backs with the word "Permanent".
9. Some copies came with a small round sticker on the front cover stating "Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon" (confirmed for stampers GL/MO). Early cover stickers are a lighter, faded grey-purple/blueish colour and measure ~67mm diameter, later cover stickers are a darker black and measure ~62mm diameter.
10. Some early copies have a manufacturing defect on the track Money, where the song skips. This only appears to affect some records made with A2/B2 stampers.

This first edition was initially pressed by The Gramophone Co. Ltd., from July 1st, 1973 by its legal successor, EMI Records at the same plant.
International E.M.I. catalog number 1E 064 o 05249 appears in small font and parentheses on the cover rear.

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

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Other (Printer date/format code, gatefold inner): Ⓛ 7303 TPS
  • Other (Patent numbers on inner sleeve): 1125555 1072844
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): SHVL 804A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): SHVL 804B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped, variant 1): SHVL 804 A-2 G 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped, variant 1): SHVL 804 B-2 G 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped, variant 2): SHVL 804 A-2 ML 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped, variant 2): SHVL 804 B-2 RG 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped, variant 3): SHVL 804 A-2 GGT
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped, variant 3): SHVL 804 B-2 HP
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped, variant 4): SHVL 804 A-2 GG 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped, variant 4): SHVL 804 B-2 RM 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped, variant 5): SHVL 804 A-2 OA 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped, variant 5): SHVL 804 B-2 HG 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped, variant 6): SHLV 804 A-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped, variant 6): SHLV 804 B-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped, variant 7): SHVL 804 A-2 PD 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped, variant 7): SHVL 804 B-2 GH 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped, variant 8): SHVL 804 A-2 OP 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped, variant 8): SHVL 804 B-2 MG 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped, variant 9): SHVL 804 A-2 GH
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped, variant 9): SHVL 804 B-2 PL 01
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped, variant 10): SHVL 804 A-2 OD 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped, variant 10): SHVL 804 B-2 H 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped, variant 11): SHVL 804 A-2 HO c1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped, variant 11): SHVL 804 B-2 HL c1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped, variant 12): SHVL 804 A-2 PG 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped, variant 12): SHVL 804 B-2 PT 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped, variant 13): SHVL804 A-2 MD 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped, variant 13): SHVL804 B-2 OH 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped, variant 14): SHVL804 A-2 GM 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped, variant 14): SHVL804 B-2 GG
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped, variant 15): SHVL804 A-2 O 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped, variant 15): SHVL804 B-2 OG 2

Other Versions (5 of 1311)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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The Dark Side Of The Moon (LP, Album, Winchester Pressing, Wly Mastering, Gatefold)HarvestSMAS-11163US1973
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The Dark Side Of The Moon (LP, Album, Stereo, Circle on Back, Gatefold)Harvest, EMI Electrola1 C 062-05 249Germany1973
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The Dark Side Of The Moon (LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold)EMI, Harvest3C 064-05249Italy1973
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The Dark Side Of The Moon (LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold)Harvest3C 064-05249Italy1973
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The Dark Side Of The Moon (LP, Album, Repress, Stereo, Gatefold)Harvest, Harvest5C 062-05249, 5C062-05249Netherlands1973

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Reviews

  • herbane_ghost's avatar
    Hi, I (think) I have this release, however the etched runouts are different and I've not been able to find them online. As follows:
    Side 1: SHVL 804 A-3 AHA (might be A11A, difficult to tell)
    Side B: SHVL 804 B-3 GAL
    Any advice greatly appreciated
    • flower67's avatar
      flower67
      What version is this on discogs? Looking for it
      SHVL 804 A5/B4
      • hans_frisch's avatar
        hans_frisch
        HI,
        Can anyone help me understand where I can find the exact edition? Thank you

        SHVL 804 (IE 064 o 05249)

        Matrix / Runout Side 1:
        SHVL 804 A-5
        R
        H
        P

        Matrix / Runout Side 2:
        SHVL 804 B-5
        R
        P
        H
        • mauswaffles's avatar
          mauswaffles
          anyone know the best CD pressing of this album? odd question i know but im one of the few that uses this website for CDs.
          • Tracksonvinyl's avatar
            Tracksonvinyl
            The Aussie Quad is up there as the best audio pressing of this album, but the Japan 1st pressing is along side it for sure, incredible audio quality👍🏻
            • Nyjeffy1967's avatar
              Nyjeffy1967
              This is the last great album Pink Floyd ever made
              • Muzikmaestro's avatar
                Muzikmaestro
                I have a strong VG copy of this for sale. Plays great! Cover in VG/VG+ as well. Sticker included. DM with offer!
                • LordRockingham's avatar
                  Edited 7 months ago
                  According to Pink Floyd Archives website A/3 A/2 matrixes were part of the first run with solid prism. I can't see this matrix listed here. My A/3 B/2 and A/3 B/3 which both have their original blue tint sleeves and these have a black and white sticker and not the lighter sticker. My 5th issue which has a much thinner sleeve and no blue tint has the lighter sticker. I think the info here re this is incorrect.
                  • Tracksonvinyl's avatar
                    Tracksonvinyl
                    THE REAL PRESSING FROM 1988 HAS A STICKER ON THE FRONT OF COVER THAT READS: limited
                    tour edition
                    PINK
                    VINYL
                    THE FAKE UNOFFICIAL ONE HAS NO STICKER! IT IS PRINTED ON FRONT OF COVER!
                    AND IT READS TOTALLY DIFFERENT!

                    IT READS:
                    limited
                    tour edition
                    coloured vinyl


                    • Aretuseo68's avatar
                      Aretuseo68
                      I hope there is someone who can clear my doubts. my DSOTM triangle solid blue 1st UK has in matrix/runout written side a: SHVL 804 - A; in side b: SHVL 804 - B without other numbers or letters. Someone told me that this copy was made for the foreign market, called "contract press" perhaps for Denmark, is it true? if it is true can I continue or not to consider my album a first English pressing? In discogs my press is there, the first in the list. Hepl me please.

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