Pink Floyd ‎– The Dark Side Of The Moon

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Harvest ‎– SHVL 804, Harvest ‎– 1E 064 o 05249
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Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold Sleeve
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A1 Speak To Me
A2 Breathe
A3 On The Run
A4 Time
A5 The Great Gig In The Sky
Vocals – Clare Torry
B1 Money
Saxophone – Dick Parry
B2 Us And Them
Saxophone – Dick Parry
B3 Any Colour You Like
B4 Brain Damage
B5 Eclipse

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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 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 1 ink variations 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 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 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 fonts 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

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): (SHVL 804A)
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): (SHVL 804B)
  • Other (Printer date/format code, gatefold inner): Ⓛ 7303 TPS
  • Other (Patent No.s on inner sleeve): 1125555 1072844
  • Matrix / Runout: SHLV 804 A-2
  • Matrix / Runout: SHLV 804 B-2
  • 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): SHVL 804-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped, variant 6): SHVL 804-B
  • 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

Other Versions (5 of 1095) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
31C 064 05249QD, 31C 064 05249D, XHVL 1001 Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon(LP, Album, Quad, RE) Harvest, Harvest, Harvest 31C 064 05249QD, 31C 064 05249D, XHVL 1001 Brazil 1986 Sell This Version
SHVL 804, 50999 029876 1 3 Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon(LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Harvest, Harvest SHVL 804, 50999 029876 1 3 Europe 2011 Sell This Version
MRL 004 Pink Floyd “Dark Side”(CD, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (Pink Floyd) MRL 004 Italy 1993 Sell This Version
C4 46001 Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon(Cass, Album, Dol) Capitol Records C4 46001 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
SMAS-11163 Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon(LP, Album, Gat) Harvest SMAS-11163 Canada 1973 Sell This Version

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Mpawood

Mpawood

November 20, 2021

Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon
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Pink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London in 1964. Gaining an early following as one of the first British psychedelic groups, they were distinguished for their extended compositions, sonic experimentation, philosophical lyrics and elaborate live shows. They became a leading band of the progressive rock genre, cited by some as the greatest progressive rock band of all time.
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The Dark Side of the Moon is the eighth studio album by the English rock band Pink Floyd, released on 1 March 1973 by Harvest Records. Primarily developed during live performances, the band premiered an early version of the record several months before recording began. The record was conceived as an album that focused on the pressures faced by the band during their arduous lifestyle, and dealing with the apparent mental health problems suffered by former band member Syd Barrett, who departed the group in 1968. New material was recorded in two sessions in 1972 and 1973 at Abbey Road Studios in London. The record builds on ideas explored in Pink Floyd's earlier recordings and performances, while omitting the extended instrumentals that characterised their earlier work. The group employed multitrack recording, tape loops, and analogue synthesisers, including experimentation with the EMS VCS 3 and a Synthi A. Engineer Alan Parsons was responsible for many sonic aspects and the recruitment of singer Clare Torry, who appears on "The Great Gig in the Sky".
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A1 Speak To Me
A2 Breathe
A3 On The Run
A4 Time
A5 The Great Gig In The Sky
B1 Money
B2 Us And Them
B3 Any Colour You Like
B4 Brain Damage
B5 Eclipse
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Ok, it's decided. I prefer 'The Wall' to TDSOTM. Thats just it, it may be to do with my age and not fully understanding some of the themes, but however legendary this album may be (as well as it's album cover), I just prefer the musical storytelling of 'The Wall'. That isnt to say that this is a bad album, quite the contrary, This album does have some amazing songs such as 'Brain Damage' and 'Breathe' which are my personal favourites. I would like to clarify that the 9.5 rating I give it is within Pink Floyd albums, not all albums since it is kind of in a class of it's own in my opinion. Otherwise it is still a 10/10.
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Album Score: 9.5/10
sorforger

sorforger

September 29, 2021
i got this a2 b2 1st uk pressing yesterday on a fleamarket for 2$
than i saw here at discogs it is worth some bucks ? why? there are a lot outhere,,
i got also the Japanese first press i think it sounds better than this one,
its more quiet and got more details in my opinion,
MariskaO

MariskaO

July 1, 2021

THE BEST!! 🖤🖤🖤 one of the first albums that got me into psychedelic rock as a teen ✌️
MB-Daniel

MB-Daniel

May 7, 2021
Now the Floyd have learnt sound quality is at 45 rpm, it would be good that they do TDSOTM at 45 rpm on 1 vinyl no need to split, then we can really hear it as it should be heard. that would be class and worth the purchase
lucca-biagi

lucca-biagi

March 29, 2021

bought this edition for 20 pounds, so strange because is saying thats is very expensive
torturegerd

torturegerd

January 21, 2021
edited 10 months ago

Bought this album 10 years ago in a second-hand store, for 3 euros. Everything included and Near Mint!!! Yes, there is still justice !!!
charliewinkler06

charliewinkler06

December 10, 2020
edited 8 months ago
I can't find mine on here. It's an American CD from 1994. Mastering SID code is IFPI 1606, also present is IFPI L043. Matrix says: 46001 RE-2 MASTERED BY EMI MFG. (1-1-17 mirrored). Reply to me for pictures or more info.
BeefLover482

BeefLover482

November 18, 2020
CLASSIC!!!!!!!!........ ALL I HAVE TO SAY TO SAY IS "CLASSIC! worth a listen. 5/5
notnarunoz

notnarunoz

October 11, 2020
Hey so I was wondering if my copy is different because on the vinyl sticker its just the outline of the triangle. Everything else is the exact same though.
exiton

exiton

August 17, 2020
One of the best album ever produced!! So much to go deep inside you when you listening to it. it is a history!