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Mobile Fidelity Original Master Recording of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon
Media Condition: Very Good Plus to Near Mint (VG+ to NM or M-) Sleeve Condition: Very Good Plus (VG+)
A great copy of this Mobile Fidelity Original Master of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. Near mint vinyl. The cover is excellent with some signs of shelf wear, where small areas of the black print has worn off. Comes with all the original inserts. The yellow 'Certificate of Limited Warranty' insert, a large fold-out card MFSL advertising insert  and a Consumer survey form. DISC IS IN A NAGAOKA ANTI-STATIC INNER SLEEVE. 
I have play tested it. There was the odd bit of very light background noise, possibly just needs a clean, but due to the nature of the record I decided not to clean it (I normally clean by hand with goats hair brushes cleaning fluid with label protectors). If you have access to an expensive record cleaning machine then this may be a good idea. So just shy of being near mint. 
The inserts suggest that this is the 1981 version, however the vinyl suggests that it is the 1979 version (see below, variant 8).
A great addition to any Floyd vinyl collection, and a must for any audiophile or Hi-Fi fanatic. 
I have taken quality pictures to help in assessing the item.

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".

A concept album, the themes of The Dark Side of the Moon explore conflict, greed, time, death, and mental illness. Snippets from interviews with the band's road crew, as well as philosophical quotations, were also used. The sleeve, which depicts a prism spectrum, was designed by Storm Thorgerson, following keyboardist Richard Wright's request for a "simple and bold" design, representing the band's lighting and the album's themes. The album was promoted with two singles: "Money" and "Us and Them".

The Dark Side of the Moon is among the most critically acclaimed records in history, often featuring on professional listings of the greatest albums. The record helped to propel Pink Floyd to international fame, bringing wealth and recognition to all four of its members. A blockbuster release of the album era, it also propelled record sales throughout the music industry during the 1970s. It has been certified 14× platinum in the United Kingdom, and topped the US Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart, where it has charted for 957 weeks in total. With estimated sales of over 45 million copies, it is Pink Floyd's most commercially successful album, and one of the best-selling albums worldwide. In 2013, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress for being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
Some info courtesy of discogs: -
Pink Floyd ?– The Dark Side Of The MoonLabel: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab ?– MFSL 1-017, Harvest ?– MFSL 1-017Series: Original Master Recording –Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, RemasteredCountry: USReleased: Jun 1979Genre: RockStyle: Classic Rock, Art Rock, Prog Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Tracklist 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
Companies, etc.Recorded At – Abbey Road StudiosManufactured By – Mobile Fidelity Sound LabDistributed By – Mobile Fidelity Sound LabPhonographic Copyright (p) – The Gramophone Co. Ltd.Licensed From – Capitol Records, Inc.Published By – TRO-Hampshire House Publishing Corp.Copyright (c) – TRO-Hampshire House Publishing Corp.
CreditsArtwork [Sleeve Art, Stickers Art] – George Hardie N.T.A*Backing Vocals – Barry St John*, Doris Troy, Leslie Duncan*, Liza StrikeBass, Vocals, Synthesizer [Vcs3], Effects [Tape], Lyrics By – Roger WatersDesign [Sleeve], Photography By – Hipgnosis Engineer – Alan ParsonsEngineer [Assistant] – Peter JamesKeyboards, Vocals, Synthesizer [Vcs3] – Richard WrightLyrics By – Roger WatersMastered By [Half-speed] – Stan RickerMixed By [Supervised] – Chris ThomasPercussion, Effects [Tape] – Nick MasonProducer, Music By – Pink FloydVocals, Guitar, Synthesizer [Vcs3] – David GilmourWritten-By – Gilmour* (tracks: A2 to A4, B3), Mason* (tracks: A1, A4, B3), Wright* (tracks: A2, A4, A5, B2, B3), Waters* (tracks: A2 to A4, B1, B2, B4, B5)
NotesMatte coverFront Cover:- Black with prism, and ORIGINAL MASTER RECORDING in a yellow strip across the top- The "ORIGINAL MASTER RECORDING" lettering across the top of the cover is tilted to the rightBack Cover:- Black with an inverted prism, and ORIGINAL MASTER RECORDING in a yellow strip across the top- The "ORIGINAL MASTER RECORDING" lettering across the top of the cover is tilted to the right- At the bottom is the MFSL logo, the Harvest logo, and 'MANUFACTURED & DISTRIBUTED BY MOBILE FIDELITY SOUND LAB UNDER LICENSE FROM CAPITOL RECORDS, INC. P 1973 THE GRAMOPHONE COMPANY, LIMITED.'Inside gatefold sleeve:Half-Speed Mastering by Stan RickerImported Pressing and PlatingSuper High Definition Vinyl (extended life)Special Static Free-Dust Free Inner SleeveSpecial Heavy Duty Protective PackagingSource: the Original Stereo Master Tape
MFSL edition was first released in 1979 with an insert titled: "An Audiophile's Dream Come True" The Dark Side of The Moon. Some early 1981 copies can also still have this original insert.Also includes:- Yellow 'Certificate of Limited Warranty' insert- MFSL advertising insert from December 1980Printed in U.S.A.Pressed in Japan
Barcode and Other IdentifiersMatrix / Runout (Variant 1: Side A, etched): MFSL-1-017-A2-1 SR2 H213Matrix / Runout (Variant 1: Side B, etched): MFSL-1-017-B2-1 SR2 H215Matrix / Runout (Variant 2: Side A, etched): MFSL-1-017-A [something crossed out] 2-1 SR_2 [three unreadable spotted signs] FMatrix / Runout (Variant 2: Side A, stamped): 2 1 1Matrix / Runout (Variant 2: Side B, etched): MFSL-1-017- [something crossed out] B2-1 SR_2 [two unreadable spotted signs]Matrix / Runout (Variant 2: Side B, stamped): 2 1 2Matrix / Runout (Variant 3: Side A, etched): MFSL-1-017-A [something crossed out] 2-5 5R/2Matrix / Runout (Variant 3: Side A, stamped): 252 [eight spotted signs]Matrix / Runout (Variant 3: Side B, etched): MFSL-1-017-B2-4 5R/2Matrix / Runout (Variant 3: Side B, stamped): 241 [eight spotted signs]Matrix / Runout (Variant 4: Side A, etched): MFSL-1-017-A# 2-2 5R/2 221 ++ FMatrix / Runout (Variant 4: Side B, etched): MFSL-1-017-B# 2-1 5R/2 214 +Matrix / Runout (Variant 5: Side A, etched): MFSL-1-017-A2-1 SR 2Matrix / Runout (Variant 5: Side A, stamped): H 2 1 5 + + +Matrix / Runout (Variant 5: Side B, etched): MFSL-1-017-B2 SR 2Matrix / Runout (Variant 5: Side B, stamped): H 2 1 2 + + + +Matrix / Runout (Variant 6: Side A, etched): MFSL-1-017-A [something crossed out] 2-1 SR/2Matrix / Runout (Variant 6: Side A, stamped): 2 11 + FMatrix / Runout (Variant 6: Side B, etched): MFSL-1-017-B2-4 SR/2Matrix / Runout (Variant 6: Side B, stamped): 2 4 1 [three spotted signs]Matrix / Runout (Variant 7: Side A, etched): MFSL-1-017-A [something crossed out] 2-5 SR/2Matrix / Runout (Variant 7: Side A, stamped): 2 5 2 [spotted sign] EMatrix / Runout (Variant 7: Side B, etched): MFSL-1-017-[B9 crossed out]B2-2 SR/2Matrix / Runout (Variant 7: Side B, stamped): 2 2 1 [spotted sign]*Matrix / Runout (Variant 8: Side A, etched): MFSL-1-017-A [something crossed out] 2-3 SR/2*Matrix / Runout (Variant 8: Side A, stamped): 2 3 1 [spotted sign]*Matrix / Runout (Variant 8: Side B, etched): MFSL-1-017-[B10 crossed out]B2-1 SR/2*Matrix / Runout (Variant 8: Side B, stamped): 2 1 2 [spotted sign]Matrix / Runout (Variant 9: Side A): MFSL-1-017-A [something crossed out] 2-2 SR/2 2 2 +Matrix / Runout (Variant 9: Side B): MFSL-1-017-[B10 crossed out]B2-1 SR/2 2 1 2 +

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