My Beatles collection is a bit better, with some rare releases like the 1970 Christmas Album, releases 11 months after the break-up.
Pink Floyd… I have just always liked the mellow sound… but perhaps also like their foray into electronica, such as in the Meddle album specifically in the song One Of These Days (I will cut you into little pieces)… on the single, the flip side had the song Careful With That Axe, Eugene.
According to Discogs, a site where you can purchase rare and limited edition real wax records, a double-LP Pink Floyd album - Ummagumma - was its highest seller (money-wise) for the month of August 2018.
This particular record, is the Red Color variant, Japanese promotional copy (given to radio stations) of Ummagumma.
A bit of background. Even outside of Japan, there are two versions of the Ummagumma album (I have always loved the experimental song, Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict).
Released in the UK on November 7, 1969, there are two cover variants: you can look at the top, you can see a poster for the movie/theater production Gigi on the floor. That’s the rare one, because apparently one should have got permission to use its likeness.
The revised Ummagumma version is below:
To avoid even more problems, the record was re-released with the poster completely blanked out, as a white space.
The Gigi version is more rare and thus more pricey, but honestly, it’s not stupidly rare.
This Japanese promo copy of Ummagumma is. Not only does it have the Gigi poster, but along with being a pristine promo copy specific to the Japanese radio market (and how many of those were there in 1970 when the record came out?), but to differentiate it from the public release market, the promo was printed on red wax/vinyl, rather than the usual black most people are familiar with.
Along with the red vinyl, it also features a white label on the record, rather than public release yellow (Harvest) label.
At that time, most promo records for anyone were still done on black vinyl.
Also, given that this is Pink Floyd we are talking about (why did they never do a pink vinyl release??!!), the need to promote any of their albums was a non-necessity… even in 1970.
(I have a Yes promo album with various versions of the lead single, another group that might not have needed press, but it was several years after their last hit, so I can understand why a promo was done.)
But… despite Japan already familiar with Pink Floyd in 1970, was it really a big deal in Japan? Perhaps that’s why a promo was created for the radio stations… and personalizing it with Japanese… that’s even better.
What is interesting, however, is that since this IS Pink Floyd… a known commodity within the music industry, even in 1970 Japan, this US$13,953 copy of Ummagumma was rarely played.
I would guess it was given to an executive at a station, who took it home, listened to it once and wondered audibly just what the fug type of drug Pink Floyd was on when they created the song Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict.
I like it. Have a listen right to the end:
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There are actually a couple of other Japanese record connections on this list…
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