Dick’s Picks: A withdrawn, Japanese-only issue of Pink Floyd’s classic album, The Dark Side of The Moon

This version of Pink Floyd’s classic 1973 album, The Dark Side of The Moon, is a withdrawn 1973 Japanese-only promotional sample 10-track vinyl LP, with custom black on white labels pressed by Toshiba Musical Industries.

Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon - Reversed Sleeve + Obi vinyl LP album (LP record) Japanese PINLPTH478417

Comes housed in a fully silk-laminated gatefold sleeve — EXCLUSIVE TO THIS PROMO ISSUE — with REVERSED artwork, depicting the large prism image on the front & small image on the back. This mispress was quickly withdrawn & only a few sample copies are known to exist. Comes complete with the 32-page full colour booklet, postcard, both fold-out posters & the original ‘¥2,000’ obi-strip.

Documented as one of the rarest worldwide Pink Floyd LPs, the withdrawn picture sleeve appears Excellent with very little signs of wear to the silk laminate. But has no splits of rips.

Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon - Reversed Sleeve + Obi vinyl LP album (LP record) Japanese PINLPTH478417

The original ¥2,000′ obi-strip shows just light evidence of its age with no writing or tears. The posters & stickers remain unused & in Excellent condition with only the lightest spot of foxing. The booklet too is in superb condition & completes the package.

Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon - Reversed Sleeve + Obi vinyl LP album (LP record) Japanese PINLPTH478417

There are a number of comparisons to draw between this rare-as-hen’s teeth version of the sleeve & the regular Japanese issue, including spine colour & matte vs laminate finish, but most importantly the design. As with the original UK first issues, the gatefold sleeve opens to the right, with the left edge sealed on both. These rare specimens should keep a keen Pink Floyd collector happy for days on end!

The labels are Near Mint & the vinyl has an incredible deep sheen both sides. We grade the vinyl EX+ as there is just the lightest paper scuff on side one which has no effect on play. A stunning, glorious collectors copy!

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