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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
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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

Other Versions (5 of 1172)

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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)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
  • nofro70's avatar
    nofro70
    I have twelve different original pressings of DSOTM, including Sweden, Japan etc... My UK A3 B2 (without the solid blue triangle) sounds the best out of all my pressings, even better than this UK A2 B2!
    • mad501's avatar
      mad501
      On variant 11. Are we sure that c1 is not actually a 2. Mine looks like a c1 as well but I think a 2 as the c1 is in the reverse direction.
      • pishtazpack's avatar
        pishtazpack
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        • Crazyprayingmantis's avatar
          Save yourself some $ and just get a 30th anniversary reissue or a Australian quad pressing instead of this overpriced pressing.
          They sound just as good if not better because you'll be able to afford one in better condition
          • EwenMerry's avatar
            EwenMerry
            Further to my reply to 4vs regarding the recent sale of what are clearly not genuine copies of this release, the seller ’luisgarcijose’ only joined Discogs in August and has no seller reviews.
            • 4vs's avatar
              4vs
              Am I the only one thinking the guy selling the bulk of them may be pretty suspicious not saying that he might have a ton of them just maybe different versions entirely.
              • EdS1948's avatar
                EdS1948
                I have Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon Phillips 888 751 84251 (gatefold cover only) I cant find it on Discogs. Before I try to post it I am reaching out to ask if I have overlooked its listing. Thanks for any input.
                • lordylordy's avatar
                  lordylordy
                  I have a copy that doesn't have rim text on A but does on B. It's a repress with hollow prism but matrix A-3 and B-3. I can't find it on Discogs, does anyone know about this edition?
                  • koolkatz-66's avatar
                    koolkatz-66
                    I have an unusual Dark Side Of The Moon Miss-press that I can't find anywhere, It is a UK early pressing with A4/B3 matrix, The A-side label is for the Quadrophonic press and the B-side label is for the Stereo press, It is a Stereo press in a UK Stereo sleeve with posters/stickers. anyone seen or heard of this one ? thanks Mark (Walden Records)
                    • thornmattm's avatar
                      thornmattm
                      This UK first press sounds pretty stellar. My copy has some light background noise so it's not perfect but the music mostly powers through. Well worth tracking down a decent copy if you can find one for a fair price, the overall package including the sleeve and inserts is really nice. The band put a lot of thought into this for sure.

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