April 3, 2020
Start Date: March 24, 2020
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PINK FLOYD - ANIMALS
1st Ever UK Pressing, complete with TOP AUDIO and RARE WIDE SPINE Cover. Great audio, this rare vinyl sounds superb!
This is a 1st ever Pressing with A2 Matrix. Only the 1st ever pressings came with the A 2 Matrix, making this a genuine rarity in great condition.
Great Playing Record! Great Cover. Original 1st PRESS Labels, from my own personal collection.
Harvest SHVL 815
LABEL PRESS DETAILS:
A 1st pressing, released on January, 1977. Picture label with text around the top and bottom edge of the label:EMI Records Ltd. All rights of the Producer... Made in Great Britain.....
MATRIX NOs. ON RUN-OUT GROOVESide 1: SHVL 815 A 2 U Side 2: SHVL 815 B 2 U
TRACK LISTING…1. Pigs on the Wing, Pt. 1 (Waters) - 1:25
This is a superb pressing of the classic PINK FLOYD album. An extremely rare 1st UK Pressing with great vinyl, TOP AUDIO and Wide Spine cover.
Animals is the tenth studio album by Pink Floyd, released in January 1977. A concept album, it mixes soaring music with a provides a scathing critique of the social-political conditions of 1970s Britain, and presents a marked change in musical style from their earlier work. Animals was recorded at the band's studio, Britannia Row, in London. The album's iconic cover image, a pig floating between two chimneys on Battersea Power Station, was conceived by bassist and writer Roger Waters, and photographed by long-time collaborators Hipgnosis.
The album was released to positive reviews in the United Kingdom, where it reached number two. It was also a success in the United States, reaching number three on the Billboard 200, and although it scored on the American charts for only six months, steady sales have resulted in its certification by the RIAA at four times platinum.
Animals was loosely based on George Orwell's political fable Animal Farm, its lyrics described various classes in society as different kinds of animals; the combative dogs, despotic ruthless pigs, and the "mindless and unquestioning herd" of sheep. Whereas the novella focuses on Stalinism, the album is a critique of capitalism and differs again in that the sheep eventually rise up to overpower the dogs. The album was developed from a collection of unrelated songs into a concept which, in the words of author Glenn Povey, "described the apparent social and moral decay of society, likening the human condition to that of mere animals."
Apart from its critique of society, the album was also in part a response to the punk rock movement, which grew in popularity as a nihilistic statement against the prevailing social and political conditions, and also a reaction to the general complacency and nostalgia that appeared to surround rock music. Drummer Nick Mason later stated that he welcomed the "Punk Rock insurrection" and viewed it as a welcome return to the underground scene from which Pink Floyd had grown. In 1977 he produced The Damned's second album, Music For Pleasure, at Britannia Row.
In his 2008 book Comfortably Numb, author Mark Blake argues that "Dogs" contains some of David Gilmour's finest work; although the guitarist sings only one lead vocal, his performance is "explosive". The song also contains notable contributions from keyboardist Richard Wright, which echo the synthesiser sounds used on the band's previous album, Wish You Were Here. "Pigs (Three Different Ones)" is audibly similar to "Have a Cigar", with bluesy guitar fills from Gilmour.
A view of the building was chosen for the cover image, and the band commissioned German company Ballon Fabrik (who had previously constructed Zeppelin airships) The album's theme continues onto the record's picture labels. Side one's label shows a fisheye lens view of a dog and the English countryside, and side two features a pig and sheep, in the same setting. Drummer Nick Mason's handwriting is used as a typeface throughout the packaging. The gatefold features monochrome photographs of the dereliction around the power station.
Animals was given to John Peel, who played side one of the album in its entirety as soon as he got it. NME called the album "… one of the most extreme, relentless and downright iconoclastic hunks of music to have been made available this side of the sun …" and is now considered one of Floyd's most influential, lyrical, beautiful, critical and complete pieces of music.
ALBUM PLAYED FOR GRADING:
Yes – brilliant sound quality throughout!
Animals is a highly complex, theatrical collection of music, and is also a relatively sensitive piece of vinyl, and hard to find in clear audio condition. Worn copies can have a lot of surface sound even on musically complex and busy tracks. This pressing has clear undistorted audio, with Super clear sound and absolutely minimal background static. There is certainly no dominant interference, and NO pops or clicks or distortion. It really sounds great and plays with great sound separation and clarity!
Superb sound, every track has been tested and I could find no obvious sound blemishes. Wonderful TOP audio, there is NO distortion, NO sticks or jumps what so ever, and virtual silence between the tracks.
Great music with great clarity, and so hard to find with this type of sound. I'll give a detailed account below:
Beginning with the ultra delicate 'Pigs on the Wing Part 1.' the audio is superb. It is so clear that it has a deep echoing sound on Waters vocal that is nearly always lost on the vinyl. This is why Animals is such a hard vinyl to find with anything like decent audio, there are just so many variables in the audio performance, and so many ultra quiet delicate sections. There is some very light static, but its pretty hard to hear for such a quiet track. There are certainly no loud pops or clicks. There is some light static during the run in grooves, and some very slight background static only. Amazing.
'Dogs' also has an extremely quiet intro, and again the sound is just sensational, still not a single pop or click, and barely any static to be heard.
Side 2. 'Pigs' continues the musical motifs and again, plays superbly. There is a long slow introduction to this side, and there is some light static only, but certainly nothing intrusive, and not a single light pop or click. The sound quality is just sensational, and it plays with incredible separation, sharpness and tonal clarity.
"Helplessly passing your time in the grasslands away"; 'Sheep' also begins with a long quiet building intro, and the track continues to play superbly with no pops or clicks and an absolute minimal of surface static. There is a light static patch in the middle of the track, but it is brief, only lasting a couple of seconds. Apart from this, any static that there is is extremely infrequent and low level, largely near inaudible.
Returning to 'Pigs on the Wing' the quality is amazing, this stunning audio performance is concluded and this final very quiet acoustic track plays superbly.
The music jumps out, with definition and clarity, the vocals which come through with tremendous power. Its the same with the bass guitar and drums, whilst the guitars come through crisp and clear. The tonal quality make this a sensational pressing. With the clear and extra loud First cut engineering giving the audio a vibrant sound which cannot be beaten.
A great all round example of this classic vinyl. Some light occasional static, but nothing obtrusive, and No loud pops or clicks or repeating tics (if any). Staggering first (stereo) mix, unlike the re-issues which lack the impact. A great all round example of this great vinyl.
This is a great audio pleasure for such a rare vinyl, and I would happily give this great record a EXCELLENT to NEAR MINT sound grading.
THE RECORDThis is a superb piece of glossy vinyl. Deep clear grooves that can only be found on the original pressings, this vinyl has a few light marks and shows no deterioration to the vinyl grooves.
The record has great shine. There are some handling marks, a few light non sounding scuffs and a couple of light hairlines.
Graded at EXCELLENT.
VINYL TESTED FOR ANY SIGNS OF WARPING:
Yes, NONE visible what so ever when tested be sight and on a moving turntable.
Original 1st issue UK Wide Spine Gatefold cover.
An Excellent example, with some very light ring wear, some light corner wear, and a few creases. The spine is square and true and shows some light wear only.
Graded at EXCELLENT.
Superb, virtually flawless labels, with a couple ultra light spindle traces only. NO wear around the spindle hole! Amazing examples of this rare classic 1st pressing.
Graded at NEAR MINT.
Heavy cardboard 1st press inner sleeve with rounded corners and a nine-inch thumb notch. This inner has minimal handling wear and is largely crisp and clean. There is some creasing but no seam splits.
VERY GOOD PLUS to EXCELLENT condition.
A 1st PRESSING of ANIMALS in any type of condition is scarce. The vinyl is so often played so much, heavily marked, scratched, with noisy, poor and distorted sound. A 1st example with a record in this type of condition is a true rarity, and getting rarer by the day. Finding a complete pressing with a great Wide Spine cover, original unworn inner sleeve and sensational audio makes this a very rare opportunity.
A FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY TO OWN AN EXTREMELY RARE PIECE OF MUSICAL HISTORY
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AT TRADE MARK RECORDS WE SPECIALISE IN RARE COLLECTABLE PRESSINGS - WITH GREAT SOUND UNINTERRUPTED BY INTERFERENCE. NO LOUD POPS OR CLICKS, JUMPS OR REPEATS - GUARANTEED!
GREAT ORIGINAL COVERS WITH NO SEAM SPLITS, TEARS, WRITING OR STICKERS!
We sell high quality examples of Classic Vinyl. Large format art work covers with the best original sound and mix unique to the original pressings, giving the highest audio depth and performance. Vinyl prices have soared over the last ten years, making classic examples a great financial and cultural investment.
VINYL SOUND - PLEASE NOTE:
Highest quality vinyl with clear sound is rare, and what we always aim for. We sell records that play with TOP AUDIO performance; clear sound uninterrupted by hiss or interference. Even with the cleanest vinyl pressing you will find occasional static or occasional light tics during playback, caused by a build up of dust and dirt in the wide vinyl grooves. This is clearly different from the distortion, loud pops, repeating tics or clicks that are found on heavily played and worn pieces of vinyl. Static build up can reduce when played, and we advise a clean between plays for optimal performance.
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All our records are play tested on highly sensitive equipment to ensure the sound quality and accuracy of description. We aim to give a precise and concise description of the sound, pointing out defects so that you know exactly what you are buying. We aim to describe our records as accurately as possible, and offer a full refund on return if for any reason you are not completely happy with the item description.
IMAGES and INFORMATION
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BRILLIANT LP MINT CONDITION, AWESOME SELLAR, 1ST CLASS PACKAGING, NO PROBLEMS A+
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WE ONLY SELL RARE RECORDS THAT ARE IN GREAT CONDITION. IF THERE IS ANY SLIGHT DEFECT, IT WILL BE CLEARLY STATED.
If in the unlikely event that you may want to return an item, or that we have missed something in the listing, we offer a no quibble returns policy. Items must be returned within 12 Days of receipt, and returned in the same condition that they were sent out in. Return postage will be paid by buyer, unless there is a particular fault with the item, and then we will pay the full postage costs!
RECORD GRADING SYSTEM IS AS FOLLOWS - ( BASED ON RECORD COLLECTOR MAGAZINE U.K. )
MINT: Virtually unplayed. The record itself is in brand new condition with no surface marks or deterioration in sound quality. Cover is pristine.
EXCELLENT: The record shows some signs of having been played, but there is very little lessening in sound quality. The cover and packaging might have slight wear and/or creasing.
V.G PLUS: The record will still be nice and shiny, but may have a few light marks, and will play well. Slight wear and tear on the cover.
V.G: The record has obviously been played many times, but displays no major deterioration in sound quality, despite noticeable surface marks and occasional light scratch. Normal wear and tear on the cover or extra items.
GOOD: The record has been played so much that the sound quality has noticeably deteriorated, perhaps with some distortion and mild scratches. The cover and contents suffer from folding, scuffing of edges, spine splits, etc.
FAIR: Fair. It is noticeable that the record has been played so much that the sound quality has deteriorated very noticeably. The cover and contents are showing signs of folding, scuffing of edges etc.
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Items will be extremely well sealed and securely wrapped using the best possible packaging for safe handling and delivery. We send items all round the globe with 100% success! We sell top quality rare records to discerning buyers. We do not make money from the postage costs and aim to keep the prices at a reasonable rate while never offering a cheap or second rate service.
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Example of packaging used
UK - First Class Signed For Recorded Delivery with Insurance : = £5.00
UK Special Signed For Next Day Delivery with Insurance : = £8.90
EUROPE - International Airmail Signed For Recorded Delivery with Insurance : = £11.95
INTERNATIONAL, Non-Europe e.g. USA, Japan, Russia, Australia etc. International Airmail Signed For Recorded Delivery with Insurance : = £18.95
If this record is purchased from outside of the European Union there may be a customs fee charged. Unfortunately we cannot advise about customs fees in individual countries and advise that if you are concerned about potential fees that you contact your own Customs and Excise Department.
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