Pink Floyd ‎– The Dark Side Of The Moon

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
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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 run out 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 are 2 ink variations used for printing sleeve blue/black and 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 matt 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 "Permanaent"
9. 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),

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 888) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year 
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
SHVL 804 Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon(LP, Album, RP) Harvest SHVL 804 UK 1973 Sell This Version
27 442-3 Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon(LP, Album, Club) Harvest, EMI Electrola 27 442-3 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
26273 Pink Floyd El Lado Oscuro De la Luna = The Dark Side Of The Moon(8-Trk, Album) Harvest 26273 Argentina 1973 Sell This Version
SHVL 804, IE064-05249 Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon(LP, Album, RP) Harvest, Harvest SHVL 804, IE064-05249 UK 1973 Sell This Version


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August 23, 2019
Was wondering if anyone can help me identify the origins of this 8-Track, seems I can not find any info about it, might be more rare then the purple quad copy out there...


May 27, 2019


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.



April 5, 2019
edited 4 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


January 20, 2019
Release reviewed here:
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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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...



July 24, 2018
edited about 1 year 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


June 15, 2018
Can someone help me identify this version of LP?


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?


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.


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..