Pink FloydThe Dark Side Of The Moon

Label:Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab – MFSL 1-017, Harvest – MFSL 1-017
Series:Original Master Recording
Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered, Stereo
Style:Art Rock, Prog Rock, Psychedelic Rock


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

Companies, etc.



Originally released in 1973.
Standard gatefold sleeve with warranty card.

░̸̶̸░̸̶̸░̸̶̸ in runouts represents unreadable scratched-out characters.

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.

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

Engineer Assistant Peter James miscredited on this edition of The Dark Side Of The Moon as "Peter Jones"

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 1): MFSL-1-017-A2-1 SR2 H213
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 1): MFSL-1-017-B2-1 SR2 H215
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 2): MFSL-1-017-A ░̸̶̸░̸̶̸░̸̶̸ 2-1 SR/2 211 ※ ※ ※ F
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 2): MFSL-1-017- ░̸̶̸░̸̶̸░̸̶̸ B2-1 SR/2 212 ※ ※
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 3): MFSL-1-017-A ░̸̶̸░̸̶̸░̸̶̸ 2-5 SR/2 252 ※ ※ ※ ※ ※ ※ ※ ※
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 3): MFSL-1-017-B2-4 SR/2 241 ※ ※ ※ ※ ※ ※ ※ ※
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 4): MFSL-1-017-A# 2-2 SR/2 221 ※ ※ F
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 4): MFSL-1-017-B# 2-1 SR/2 214 ※
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 5): MFSL-1-017-A2-1 SR 2 H 215 ※ ※ ※
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 5): MFSL-1-017-B2 SR 2 H 212 ※ ※ ※ ※
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 6): MFSL-1-017-A ░̸̶̸░̸̶̸░̸̶̸ 2-1 SR/2 211 ※ F
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 6): MFSL-1-017-B2-4 SR/2 241 ※ ※ ※
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 7): MFSL-1-017-A ░̸̶̸░̸̶̸░̸̶̸ 2-5 SR/2 252 ※ E
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 7): MFSL-1-017-B̶9̶ B2-2 SR/2 221 ※
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 8): MFSL-1-017-A ░̸̶̸░̸̶̸░̸̶̸ 2-3 SR/2 231 ※
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 8): MFSL-1-017-B̶1̶0̶ B2-1 SR/2212 ※
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 9): MFSL-1-017-A ░̸̶̸░̸̶̸░̸̶̸ 2-2 SR/2 2 2 ※
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 9): MFSL-1-017-B̶1̶0̶ B2-1 SR/2 2 1 2 ※
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 10): MFSL-1-017-A░̸̶̸░̸̶̸░̸̶̸ 2-1 SR/S H213 ※ ※ ※ ※ ※ X
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 10): MFSL-1-017-░̸̶̸░̸̶̸░̸̶̸ B2-1 SR/2 H215 ※ ※ ※
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 11): MFSL-1-017-A ̷1̷0̷ ̷ 2-1 SR/2 2 215 ※ F
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 11): MFSL-1-017- ̷B̷1̷0̷ B2-1 SR/2 211 ※
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 12): MFSL-1-017-A ̷1̷0̷ ̷ 2-1 SR/2 2 H213 ※ ※ ※ O
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 12): MFSL-1-017- ̷B̷1̷0̷ B2-1 SR/2 H215 ※ ※ ※

Other Versions (5 of 1336)

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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
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



  • Felixnotacat's avatar
    The best version of this record so far imo. Everything is clear and the mix is nearly perfect. I still have to compare it the uhqr though! For the price, I would recommend this version over the 50th anniversary.
    • LeonTP's avatar
      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.
      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. UK Original A3/B3 Overall Best
      3. 2016 Grundman Cut
      ?. MoFi UHQR
      ?. 30th Anniversary
      • musicfan1353's avatar
        FWIW, a recent update to images mentions a hype sticker on the "shrink wrap", but MFSLs of this era were not shrink wrapped; they were in a loose clear plastic wrap which extended about one quarter inch beyond the outer edge of the sleeve, and this wrap had a perforated tear-off strip at either the upper edge or the edge opposite the spine.
        • zeppelinrecords's avatar
          Upon detail study it looks like all the variants from the 1979 and the 1981 has identical matrixes/stampers... I have the 1981 pressing and it is STUNNING. I have compared it to both the UK A2/B2 - A3/B2 - 30th Anniversary and latest reissues... This is the one to get...
          • JackdawTrading's avatar
            Sound is very very good tight tight tight

            Though if you’re looking to spend big money prolly wanna go with the 30th
            • fedewickel's avatar
              Este disco revolucionó totalmente mi forma de entender la música.
              Creo que las dimensiones musicales, culturales y humanas que alcanza este disco son inalcanzables. Pink Floyd, con este álbum, nos demuestra que vivió 50 años adelante que el resto de los mortales. Prácticamente a 1 mes de cumplirse el 50 aniversario del álbum, creo, realmente, deberíamos alegrarnos y festejar (cada un@ a su manera) este salto artístico y cultural que nos identifica como humanos.
              En particular, esta versión (reproducida con una muy buena bandeja de tocadiscos pero con un audio normal-malo), supera a la del 2016 ampliamente. En fin, no importa la versión o edición que tengas, lo importante es, ¡no dejes de escuchar esta obra de arte!
              • ashlik47's avatar
                My jacket has a bar inside of the front. What is this? You can feel and see it from ware in the front but cannot see it when opening jacket and cant feel it as well
                • AndyO7's avatar
                  Edited one year ago
                  I totally lucked into a great deal at a local shop for a copy today. The sleeve has definitely seen better days (try finding a fully mint or mostly intact sleeve on one of these that doesn't cost as much as your house...) but the vinyl is almost mint, and isn't that the most important part? I had to grab it out of curiosity. I also have the 2016, 2003 30th Anniversary, and a 3rd Canadian Wally so I just had to compare. I'd say it definitely holds up nicely, as one would expect. I still think the 30th Anniversary edges it out, but it's really semantics at this point.
                  • porkpie_hat's avatar
                    Edited 6 months ago
                    This 1979 version is certainly as good as the 1981 re-press I own. Both MFSL versions are ever-so slightly better than the best UK 2nd issue I own (A-3/B-2 matrix codes). After the UK 2nd pressing a very close 3rd place goes to the UK 5th issues (1977) mastered by Harry Moss.

                    Any differences between the '79 and '81 versions are down to quality control and how many times the stamper had been used up until the point the individual record was pressed. This one or the '81 MFLS version are simply the ones to own.

                    Of course a NM UK 1st issue would be amazing to own. I don't own the Bernie Grundman 30th anniversary issue or the UHQR box.
                    • Lemon_Man_Records's avatar
                      This record really is the bee's knees. I found a copy cheap and bought it out of curiosity. I have always loved the 70's Japan press and the US Wally press. This is just a different animal. A real jem, and the ones I compared it to are pretty damn excellent.


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