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Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon





Product No.:
AEMI 82136
UPC: 724358213614

180 Gram Vinyl Record

180 Gram LP      

"...for transparency, texture, harmonic complexity, and the display of subtle dynamic gradations, the new LP can't be beat. I compared it to a later UK Harvest pressing and to a Japanese Toshiba/EMI 'Pro Use'-series LP, and while the UK Harvest was somewhat richer in the mids and not quite as 'hot' on top, this deluxe, well-packaged reissue is worth having even if you have a clean original." - Michael Fremer,, June 2003

By all industry standards, The Dark Side Of The Moon is a phenomenon. Known for its complex instrumental textures, the album firmly established Pink Floyd as one of the most innovative bands in rock history. Since its release in 1973, The Dark Side Of The Moon has sold over 30 million copies and spent an incredible 741 weeks on Billboard's Album Chart.  Vinyl (in its original packaging) will include an extra 30th anniversary poster by Storm Thorgerson.


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Customer Reviews (4.44 Stars) 43 person(s) rated this product.

Extended High Mastering

posted on 10/04/2018
5 Stars
This was the last release cut with an all-analog mastering chain and also EQ with extended High frecuencies . May sound bright in some systems but this has more detail than any other versions that it is just matter to look for a good cartridge and preamp

Garbage pressing

posted on 07/24/2014
1 Stars
Reviewer: John Vanderslice
This is a criminal pressing, read the reviews. My copy is severely warped, the top end is brittle as HELL and the fidelity is fit for a $14.98 reissue. NOT ACCEPTABLE. And damn, it's such a cool record, such a sexy recording. Whoever printed this is Holland needs to be shut down as a public service. Take away: stick with the QRP products only and you'll be a lot happier.

Great mastering/poor quality vinyl

posted on 10/08/2013
4 Stars
Reviewer: cyto
No point in reviewing the content, after all it is the most famous album of the 70s. If you are reading this you already know this.

This review is for this reissue:

MASTERING: Absolutely wonderful, I had a pressing from the 70s and this compares very well. Good dynamics and not compressed. Five Stars *****

PACKAGING: Heavy gatefold true to the original plus a quality inner sleeve to protect the vinyl. Five stars *****

PRESSING: Very noisy background. I went through three copies trying to find a quiet one. The one I settled on still has surface noise though. The opening heartbeat is ruined by what sounds like "rice krispies in milk". On a cheaper system with a conical stylus it probably wouldn't be as noticeable. It seems that cheap and/or recycled vinyl was used. Two stars **

Note: I also have the 2011 reissue, which is very quiet but lacks the superb mastering of this reissue (it sounds digital). If you can get a quiet copy of the 2003 reissue treasure it.

Are You Kidding Me?

posted on 02/23/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: Great Googly Moogly
Write a review of Dark Side of the Moon? Perhaps reviews of the Grand Canyon, the Oregon coast, and a springtime drive through the Bavarian Alps in a 911 turbo cabriolet with your first love (and your both 17 again) would be in order as well? Okay, great audio quality on this pressing - at least THAT is something that may need a review.

I've never heard it sound so gooood!

posted on 12/28/2012
5 Stars
Reviewer: Jim from WV
I was a little worried when I orderd it because I have the original master album. I was very pleased to hear that the producing and pressing of this was so precise. I have never had to turn down the high end on this until now. Excellent , I recomend it highly

Lack luster

posted on 11/29/2012
3 Stars
Reviewer: Chris
I have the original pressing of this and it sounds far better than this version . Disappointed -sound is blurred and lacks definition I was expecting more . . The SACD is by far the best I have heard of this great album . Save your money

Great pressing

posted on 06/13/2012
5 Stars
Reviewer: jeff
I have several versions of this, including the Mofi (NOT the UHQR), and i think this is the most overall satisfying. The "air" to me is at least as good as the Mofi and superior to the recent anniversary pressing. No problems with the vinyl here.

Now if I can only get rich so i can hear the UHQR....


posted on 02/07/2012
5 Stars
Reviewer: Mike W.
Wow, I ordered this album and then read the reviews while it was in-shipment.... I was nervous to open it when it arrived due to some of the negative statements about the quality of the Vinyl. Finally after a few days of contemplating, I couldn't take it anymore. Got home tonight fired up the old Pioneer and started playback. In a word... Amazing, I would rate this pressing right up there with my live LP set of David Gilmour "Live in Gdansk" for the sheer lack of snap- crackle-pop, and the beautiful capture of the DSOTM sound quality. I don't know if others got a bad shipment or what, but this vinyl is superb on my fairly modest system.

The vinyl itself is the culprit

posted on 12/20/2011
4 Stars
Here's the reason I can't give this pressing five stars: The vinyl should be much, much better. This is easily the noisiest of all the 150-, 180- and 200-gram pressings I own. I was unpleasantly surprised by all the pops and crackles, which were especially apparent on the opening couple of tracks on both sides.

Fortunately, my copy did respond well to some TLC. I used Spin-Clean to wash it, then followed it with a Gruv-Glide treatment and a swipe of the anti-static brush. The result: Significant improvement, with far less noise -- I actually started listening to the music instead of the sound quality.

The mix: I'm still trying to decide which I like most -- SACD, Blu-ray from the Immersion Box, or this. Each has its charms. The album is ... I don't know ... the aural equivalent of TAWNY, for lack of a better word. Beautiful, warm tonality throughout without being syrupy. Anyway, glad I bought it, I guess. You can never be too thin, too rich, or own too much Floyd.

Eye - (Ear) - opening!!!!!!

posted on 11/04/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: Jim
First heard this music walking thru a multi-story clothing, inscense, funky items kind of emporium in Carnaby St. in London in the 70's, bought the album when I returned to Canada and have listened to it since. This recording astonished me with the sounds and the seperation so that it was like hearing something brand new. One of the few significant aural leaps in my experience of listening to all kinds of music over the last 43 years or so. Wow!!!

Hear it for the first time again.

posted on 08/13/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: steve
I had purchased the original vinyl version when it first was released and the cd when it became available. I saw them perform many of these songs live in Tampa Stadium in October of 1987 so I am familiar with the material. This version is jaw-dropping good. You will hear sonics and experience a soundstage beyond all other versions of this masterpiece. This is one of those recordings that will show you how good your sound system really is.

Such a waste...

posted on 07/25/2011
1 Stars
Reviewer: WILLIAM
Whats the point of superb mastering if the record's to be pressed on GARBAGE quality vinyl substrate .? I bought 2 copies and the experience was ruined by too many clicks and pops . I'll stick with my MFSL copy .( And i washed the record numerous times )

Vinyl quality not as good as the mastering

posted on 07/09/2011
4 Stars
The only thing you need to know is that the sonics are excellent, but I bought 2 copies of this and both had its fair share of ticks and clicks peppered throughout the album. It wasn't like listening to a campfire or anything, but it was annoying enough to be disappointed. The actual vinyl surface noise (only heard during moments of near silence or zero music, and at maximum volume) is consistently "crackly" as compared to a better vinyl formulation that sounds like a smooth "whoosh." Vacuum cleaning did nothing. Either way, it's not the worst, but it deserved much better considering the care that went into the mastering/cutting/packaging. It's like getting the best used copy you've ever heard.

Great music, not so great vinyl

posted on 02/04/2011
3 Stars
Reviewer: alex pietrogiovanna
The music on this album is classic Pink Floyd, this album is awesome. The sound is really good, everything is well defined, from bass to high notes, everything is clear, there are some clicks and pops but just the normal in any vinyl disc; I'm yet to find a virgin vinyl without at least some clicks in it, that's the nature of the beast, I guess. The album came with a pair of stickers and three posters, which is just outstanding, they would be suitable for framing if they didn't have the fold marks, but they are just awesome that's a lot of extras for a record and expected on a 30th year anniversary edition. The quality of the vinyl seems to be there but the record I received was warped; I requested return instructions two days ago and I'm still waiting for a response from Acoustic Sounds as to how to return it in exchange for another one; how they will solve this issue will determine any future purchases from this company, though it is a mfgn. defect.


posted on 12/31/2010
4 Stars
Great album overall but lots of tape hiss. That is my only complain.

Another great reissue

posted on 11/27/2010
5 Stars
I am pleased how good this reissue is thank you Acoustic sounds for your excellent service .

Good Addition

posted on 08/21/2010
4 Stars
The sound quality was good, I received the record slightly warped most likely due to the change from the shipping environment to the extreme cold. Vinyl is the only way to listen to any Pink Floyd album. Listening to an individual Pink Floyd song is just taking it out of context.


posted on 03/22/2010
5 Stars
It has all been said and it's all true. The first time a played this on my Dual 701 with a Shure V-15 III I was blown away. Use your CD for a coaster.

Nice, but let down by the pressing

posted on 11/27/2009
4 Stars
I agree with many others here that this is the ultimate version on vinyl. My only complaints are that the pressing was a little bit disappointing (made in holland), and for some reason the dreaded IGD crept in early.

This is the best pressing out there

posted on 10/15/2009
5 Stars
I've compared this pressing to the what are reportedly the best pressings of DSOTM: both MFSL pressings, Japanese pressings (including the Pro-Use pressing), and the rare UK quad pressing. This pressing is easily superior to each of these older copies. The clarity is amazing.

Don't bother with any other audiophile pressings of DSOTM. You'll only end up paying much, much more for an inferior product. This pressing is IT.

One minor gripe: the pressing quality doesn't match the quality of the sonics. Apparently this edition was pressed in the Netherlands. I wish they had opted for Japan. My copy was a little warped, with a little surface noise here and there (resolved with a good cleaning). I think an album like this deserved more a meticulous pressing.

Still, overall, 5 huge stars.

yeah, i got this a while ago

posted on 02/26/2009
5 Stars
Reviewer: Dave Kingston
Despite all the naysayers that I read before I purchased this, my unscientific ears thought it sounded great. I don't have one of those $10,000 record players or a $20,000 stylus, so I may not what. If you love this record, you should buy it.


posted on 06/06/2008
5 Stars
Reviewer: mark
this lp is my first venture into vinyl since 1982. a great package...posters, stickers, etc. the lp sounds so "not digital" and has a warmth and deep texture that even the sacd is lacking. the sacd is wonderful, but this lp is just so warm and lush. played back on a good system, you'll love it. my deck consists of a pro-ject rm5-se using a sumiko blue point 2 cartridge.

What more can you say... It's Pink Floyd!

posted on 05/17/2008
5 Stars
Reviewer: Phil Roy
Just picked up Pink Floyd's 30th Anniversary re-issue of The Dark Side of the Moon. Can't really say much apart from what others have already raved about for years. Floyd just sounds that much better on vinyl. Period.

Deep, tight bass, noisy surface

posted on 01/30/2007
3 Stars
Sound is excellent. Low background noise. There are a couple of loud clicks on Us and Them.

A must have

posted on 12/23/2006
5 Stars
Reviewer: Pat
Simply put this album is a vinyl lovers must have and this print in fantastic.

All Time Best Album

posted on 12/05/2006
5 Stars
Reviewer: Charles
I own this title in almost every form possible. SACD, Vinyl, CD, etc. Pink Floyd at their best.

Money well spent !!!!

posted on 11/13/2006
5 Stars
Reviewer: Paul
I have an early pressing of DSOTM that sounds excellent having been played very rarely through the years. I had heard many good things about AcousTech and they did not disappoint. There is no comparison in the clarity of this pressing versus my early one. I read some of the other reviews concerning surface noise etc. which is why I am throwing in my two cents. I have to say that the pressing I received has to be one of, if not the cleanest, sweetest sounding albums I have ever heard.

Really takes you back

posted on 04/18/2006
5 Stars
Reviewer: AM
I only had an old and well worn vinyl of DSOTM, a real victim of a poor turntable during my youth. Recently picked up the new version and brought back old memories, it sounded fantastic. It could be that my system has "improved" to say the least since I was 17 but regardless an excellent version.

A classic redefined

posted on 04/13/2006
5 Stars
Reviewer: Ankan

Incredible Sound!!!

posted on 03/20/2006
5 Stars
Reviewer: Nick
Amazing sound! Beats the heck outta the SACD on the most sonically astounding album ever made!! You won't regret it.

A classic for all ages

posted on 11/03/2005
5 Stars
Besides football and Hot Wheels my 9 year-old son and I share a love of music. He is one of the few kids at his school who knows what an LP and 45 are. He asked last week why DSOTM (SACD) is always out on my stereo cabinet. We put it on and listened to a few songs. It was a nice father/son bonding moment and I was happy that it was me that introduced him to this classic. I never tire of DSOTM and it is one record I am happy to spin anytime. Acoustic Sounds did a fantastic remastering job and I recommend buying both SACD and especially the vinyl version with all the goodies, just like you remember.

Worth Getting

posted on 10/21/2005
5 Stars
Reviewer: Joe
I was just old enough to buy one of the last pressings of the DSOTM before the CD wave hit. My copy was scratched and pitted from too many listenings, so the 30th Anniversary naturally sounds better to my ears. Only complaint is the inclusion of a new, purple version of the pyramids poster that was included with the original pressing. I much prefer the original "green" version.

The Best of Pink Floyd

posted on 11/11/2004
5 Stars
A Must have for anyone whom is interested in Floyd or just a Progrssive Rock fan. From a lyric and music standpoint it is the best work of PF, even with PF being at the bottom of Prog musicians. The album is produced as one long song, so you never get a choppy feel like some other prog bands have. For PF, it gets a 5, lyrics a 5, Music a 5, and Production a 5. The only other prog album to do this well by me is "A Trick of the Tail" by Genesis

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