FIRSTLY THE LABELS ALSO HAVE THE CORRECT 'EARLIEST' 1ST PRESS 'GRAMOPHONE COMPANY' LABEL EDGE TEXT (LATER PRESSINGS HAD THIS CHANGED THIS TO 'EMI RECORDS' TEXT INSTEAD!)!!!! SECONDLY THE RECORD LABELS HAVE THE ULTRA RARE 'EARLIEST' 1ST PRESS 'SOLID LIGHT BLUE' TRIANGLE ON BOTH SIDES - WHICH WAS IMMEDIATELY CHANGED TO THE COMMON 'TRANSPARENT' TRIANGLE (WHICH APPEARS ON ALL LATER PRESSINGS!) AS THE TEXT WAS HARD TO READ (AND IT DIDNT MATCH THE COVER!)!!!! THIRDLY THE STICKERS HAVE 'FASSON' & 'FASPRINT' CRACKBACK ON THE REVERSE OF THE STICKERS (LATER ONES DONT!). FOURTHLY, THE INNER HAS A 'DIE-CUT' CENTRE HOLE, HAS BLACK 'MATT' PAPER, AND IS FULLY 'POLY-LINED' (LATER ONES DON'T HAVE THIS INNER!)!!!! AND LASTLY THE COVER IS ALSO A 100% GENIUNE 'EARLIEST' 1ST PRESS COVER TOO - BEING DARK BLUE (INSTEAD OF THE LATER BLACK!) & IS 'FOLD-OVER FACTORY SEALED' AT ONE END (LATER ONES ARENT!) - WHERE ONE OPENING ON THE COVER WAS 'FOLDED OVER' & GLUED SHUT AT THE FACTORY BACK IN 1973!!!! AND THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT INDEED!!!! BECAUSE ONLY A TINY HANDFUL OF THE 'EARLIEST POSSIBLE' 1ST PRESS COVERS ONLY, WERE EVER PRESSED WITH A DARK BLUE COLOURED COVER & 'FOLD-OVER' FACTORY SEALED AT ONE END - BEFORE BEING ALMOST IMMEDIATELY CHANGED TO A JET BLACK COVER INSTEAD!!!! AND IN FACT - THEY ARE EVEN RARER THAN THE ACTUAL 'SOLD BLUE TRIANGLE' RECORDS THEMSELVES - AS THE COLOUR ON THE COVER WAS CHANGED EVEN BEFORE THE 1ST PRESSING RUN ENDED!!!! SO THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO DOUBT AT ALL - THAT THIS IS THE 'EARLIEST' 1ST PRESSING OF THIS AMAZING LP THAT YOU CAN POSSIBLY GET!!!!
BUT WHAT MAKES THIS LP REALLY SPECIAL - IS THAT THIS 1ST PRESSING IS QUITE LITERALLY THE ALL TIME RAREST 1ST PRESSING EVER MADE!!!! AND THIS IS BECAUSE THIS LP INCREDIBLY HAS 1ST PRESS A-3 B-2 MATRIX ENDINGS!!!! 99.9% OF COPIES WITH 1ST PRESS LABELS HAVE THE VERY COMMON A-2 B-2 MATRIX ENDINGS OF COURSE. HOWEVER SO FAR, ONLY 4 STAMPERS (OR 1200 COPIES!) HAVE EVER BEEN FOUND WITH 1ST PRESS 'SOLID BLUE TRIANGLE' LABELS AND ULTRA RARE A-3 B-2 MATRIX ENDINGS!!!! SO TO PUT THIS IN PERSPECTIVE - AROUND 250,000 1ST PRESSINGS OF THIS LP WERE EVER MADE WITH THE 'SOLID BLUE TRIANGLE' LABELS. AND YET ONLY 4 STAMPERS (OR 1200 COPIES!) WERE EVER MADE WITH THE 1ST PRESS 'SOLID BLUE TRIANGLE' LABELS AND THESE ULTRA RARE A-3 B-2 MATRIXES!!!! AND THIS MEANS THAT ONLY 0.004% OF COPIES WERE EVER MADE LIKE THIS!!!! OR TO PUT IT ANOTHER WAY - ONLY 1 IN EVERY 209 COPIES OF THIS LP WILL BE LIKE THIS!!!! THAT IS HOW RARE THIS LP REALLY IS!!!! AND THIS UNDOUBTEDLY MAKES THIS THE ALL TIME RAREST 1ST PRESSING OF THIS LP EVER MADE - AS ONLY AROUND 1200 COPIES WERE EVER MADE!!!!
HOWEVER TO BE AS CLEAR AS POSSIBLE ON THIS LP - THERE ARE A FEW STRANGE DETAILS I MUST MENTION!!!! AND BEFORE I GET ANY EMAILS - I KNOW FOR A 100% FACT, THAT THIS LP HAS BEEN TOGETHER SINCE 1973 WITH NOTHING SWOPPED OR CHANGED. SO HERE AT THE FEW STRANGE EXTRA DETAILS:-
1) The Stickers CLEARLY match and have been inside the cover from NEW. And they both have the CORRECT lighter front colours - which is expected on 1st Press stickers. One sticker is also slightly faded. They also have MATCHING Grey 'Fasson and Fasprint' text, brown lines, & 'crackback' printed on the reverse! So they were clearly made to be together! Yet mysteriously ONE has the text printed in grey text, and the other in green text (even though the brown lines are exactly the same!). Strange!
2) Although the inner is 100% correct in shape, CLEARLY from the time this LP was made (and NOT later!), 100% correct in texture, and has CLEAR poly-lining - it only has 1 'die cut', and no silver text. But as I said it is DEFINITELY from the time this LP was made, and EXACT in all other respects! So clearly just a factory difference here.
3) Although the cover still has the very VERY faintest hint of Blue, and is THICK and QUALITY - and definitely NOT a later cover, it is more black than blue. Though I stress again - this IS a 1st Press cover and definitely NOT jet black like all later pressings! And it also has definitely NOT been swopped. And it also has the EARLIEST 'thicker' type of factory 'folded' seal at one end - and NOT the thinner type of later covers! And it is also DEFINITIVELY faintly BLUE - and NOT jet black! Still I thought it was best to clear here, that this cover is less blue than others I have seen.
SO ALTHOUGH THIS LP IS IN UNDOUBTEDLY ONE OF THE 'EARLIEST' 1ST PRESSINGS EVER MADE (WITH NOTHING SWOPPED OR CHANGED!) - I THOUGHT IT IMPORTANT TO MENTION THESE DETAILS ABOVE!!!!
NOT ONLY THAT BUT THIS LP IS IN ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT CONDITION - WITH STUNNING INSERTS FOR ONCE!!!! IT IS ALSO 100% COMPLETE WITH ITS 2 1ST PRESS 'SHINY' POSTERS, 2 1ST PRESS FASSON/FASPRINT 'CRACKBACK' STICKERS AND 1ST PRESS 'SILVER TEXT' BLACK 'POLY-LINED' INNER SLEEVE!!!! JUST TAKE A LOOK AT THE PICTURES!!!! THIS IS THE ORIGINAL 1973 UK 'RAREST EVER' 1ST PRESSING ON THE ULTRA RARE 1ST PRESS 'SOLID LIGHT BLUE TRIANGLE' HARVEST LABEL, 1ST PRESS BLACK 'POLY-LINED' INNER SLEEVE, 'RAREST EVER' 1ST PRESS A3/B2 MATRIX ENDINGS (1200 COPIES ONLY!), 1ST PRESS 'GRAMOPHONE COMPANY' EDGE TEXT, 1ST PRESS 'SHINY' POSTERS & 'FASPRINT' CRACKBACK STICKERS, AND 1ST PRESS 'DARK BLUE' GATEFOLD 'GARROD & LOFTHOUSE' COVER (WITH 'FOLD-OVER' FACTORY SEAL AT 1 END!)!!!! THIS LP IS SERIOUSLY RARE AND VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND LIKE THIS - SO DONT MISS OUT ON THIS AMAZING OPPORTUNITY!!!! This is the ORIGINAL Harvest UK 1st Pressing from 1973 and is in BRILLIANT condition!!!! The Cat. No is SHVL 804 on the ORIGINAL 1st Press 'Solid Light Blue Triangle' Harvest label (see picture) and is a UK Stereo 1st Pressing (there were NO Monos)!!!!
The record labels are in SUPERB condition (see pictures) with NO writing, NO wear, and only a VERY few light spindle marks!!!! IT IS VERY CLEAR THAT THIS RECORD HASNT BEEN PLAYED MUCH AT ALL!!!! The vinyl is in absolutely STUNNING condition visually - though as with ALL 1st Pressings, the playing grade is slightly less than the visuals!!!! Most of these 60s/70s LPs had been to a lot of wild parties and are usually found totally worn out, and almost unplayable. This one is NOT and has NO scratches, NO hairlines, only 1 MEGA light scuffline trace, and only a VERY few of the lightest paper scuffs only visible under light!!!! ITS AS SIMPLE AS THAT!!!! THE RECORD STILL RETAINS ITS ORIGINAL 'JUST PRESSED' LOOK AND LOOKS SUPERB!!!! It is also great to find that the playing of the record is almost as STUNNING as the visual!!!! It plays with NO pops, NO jumps, NO sticks, and barely ANY crackle AT ALL!!!! But common to almost ALL 1st Pressings ever made - there is the odd static click (NOT from any marks!), and only some VERY slight background sound in places!!!! Importantly there are NO jumps on the track 'Money' (most do!) - with this track (and the rest of the LP!) playing through without ANY tracking issues AT ALL!!!! The actual sound quality itself is simply SUPERB with NO groovewear and NO distortion either!!!! The record must visually grade Excellent+ if not better - with the playing (as is normal on 1st Pressings!) slightly less than this, as detailed above!!!! SUPERB RECORD!!!! Believe me this record is NOT overgraded in ANY way!!!! I use STRICT RC grading standards - it is not in my interest not to!!!! Brillant!!! The record also comes in its ORIGINAL 1st Press Black Poly-lined inner sleeve which is in BRILLIANT condition - with NO edge splits, NO repairs, NO centre hole splits, and NO writing!!!! THE ULTRA RARE 'EARLIEST' 1ST PRESS 2 'SHINY' POSTERS AND 2 'FASPRINT' STICKERS ARE IN ABSOLUTELY SUPERB CONDITION - AND CLEARLY HAVENT EVER LEFT THE COVER!!!! The ULTRA RARE 1st Press 'Dark Blue' Gatefold Cover (with ULTRA RARE 'Fold-Over' Factory Seal at 1 end!) is in BRILLIANT condition!!!! It has NO edge wear, NO spinal wear, only VERY slight corner wear (NOT through the colour!), NO splits, barely ANY rubbing AT ALL, NO writing impressions, NO sticker marks, NO sticker tears, only a few VERY light creases (cover is VERY flat looking indeed!), NO rips, NO tears, only some very VERY minor evidence of 'tipping in' to the corners, NO annotations, and NO writing!!!! The opening edge is beautifully straight with barely ANY feathering AT ALL!!!! The back opening is 1mm short of meeting up with the 'factory folded' edge (only 1mm!) - so either there is some possible evidence of trimming in the distant past, or as this is so very VERY fractional, it could simply be exactly as manufactured!)!!!! Even the inside of the cover is in BRILLIANT condition with NO yellowing, barely ANY rubbing AT ALL, NO ringwear, NO grubbyness, and NO writing!!!! The cover must grade Very Good++++ if not better!!!! BRILLIANT COVER!!!! THIS LP IS SERIOUSLY RARE AND VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND AS A 100% GENIUNE 'EARLIEST' 1ST PRESSING WITH 'SOLID BLUE TRIANGLE' (AND THE ALL TIME RAREST 1ST PRESSING EVER MADE - 1200 COPIES ONLY!!!!) - SO DONT MISS OUT ON THIS INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY!!!!
HAVE A LOOK AT MY PICTURES - I DO MY BEST TO SHOW THE RECORD FROM ALL ANGLES AND MAKE THE PICTURES AS CLEAR AS POSSIBLE - THERE IS NOTHING TO HIDE!!!! It really is a GREAT looking LP and it is truly rare to find any copies of this MEGA RARE LP in this sort of condition!!!! THIS WILL BE YOUR ONLY CHANCE TO BUY AN ORIGINAL 1973 UK 'RAREST EVER' 1ST PRESSING OF "DARK SIDE OF THE MOON" BY PINK FLOYD, IN BRILLIANT CONDITION!!!!! Dont forget to take a look at all my other items including many other TOP LPs and contact me with any queries you may have. Postal discounts for multiple buys are always available - and I guarantee to ALWAYS undercharge on postage! Paypal, Bank Transfers, Cheques, International Money Orders, and Postal Orders accepted. Thanks for looking! Cheers!!!!!
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