The Dark Side Of The Moon
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Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B, variant 1 (stamped, exc. SHVLA 804-B- 6B etched)): QHVL 804 B-3 SHVLA 804 -B- 6B
there is three different versions of this 30th anniversary listed on discogs, are there any sonic differences? any of them known to be better pressings?
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. Rear top right corner has the text (IE 064 o 05249) between SHVL 804 and "stereo" centered (later copies have it left aligned). Note: The 4th pressing should have any variations of A-5/B-5 A-4/B-3 or A-6/B-3 stampers in the run-out and "EMI Records Ltd" in the rim text. Variations with stamper numbers higher than 6 in the stampers indicate a 5th pressing or later.
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. I have asked a few business insiders here in Denmark… and none have ever heard of a Danish pressingplant doing annoriginal press of DSOTM. They have always guessed it to be more likely swedish actually (?!?!?) i dont know! I grew up listening to this on CD in the mid-to-late 90s and, while I haven’t heard any OG pressing of this, this 2016 BG cut is close to flawless and sounds absolutely wonderful. DSD pressed well is the future of reissues anyway, once all the tapes are dead, so we’ll probably shelve our analogue stridency.
Found a fairly clean copy of this (A3/B3) in a record store and just couldn't bring myself to not take it home with me. Even though I already owned the 2016 reissue and 2nd Japanese pressing, I wanted to see what all the hype was about regarding the early UK pressings. The 2016 reissue sounds terrific and the vinyl is very quiet, and the early Japanese pressing being fully analog definitely brings out more of the mid range, warmth, and dynamics that the recording has to offer. After enjoying this 2016 cut for several years and, in the spirit of finding the “iconic” analogue cuts, I bought NM copies of MoFi’s 1979 and Kevin Gray’s 2003 pressings. I admit I haven’t heard a UK OG pressing (I’m trying to get a German OG from Michael Ludwig), but this 2016 sounds cleaner, fatter, and clearer than both analogue cuts I own. That’s not to say it’s the best cut out there - obviously - but it is to say these 2016 remasters are phenomenal, especially if you just want great sounding pressings of these records for a great price. I also have the 2016 cuts of WYWH and had ANIMALS, before I replaced it with the “2018” remix (which is the best version of ANIMALS to my ears due to the remix). But the 2016 ANIMALS reissue did sound great for the original mix.
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.I think my MOFI pressing is much better but this is pretty good and clean, it just feels a little cold Studio album recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, between May 1972 and January 1973. Produced by Pink Floyd. Engineer Alan Parsons. Assistant Peter James. Mixing supervised by Chris Thomas. Reverb too seems just as good if not better here on the A3/B3 giving subtitles in echoes more effect.