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PINK FLOYD The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (Rare 1971 Italian 11-track Stereo LP housed inside a unique picture sleeve depicting the band in front of a huge glasshouse at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, along with the garish yellow 'PINK FLOYD' title printed on the blue sky background. A wonderful variation exclusive to the Italian release)
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Pink Floyd The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn - VG+ Italian vinyl LP album (LP record)
Tracklisting / Additional Info: Italy is famous / notorious for creating some wonderfully different sleeves and issues to those released elsewhere in the world but, as with other European countries, condition has always been a huge problem. Finding a Mint condition Italian record from forty years ago is a very tall order indeed.

The cover on the Italian issue of 'Piper' is unique. The album was not released in Italy until April 1971 and for some reason Columbia-EMI decided not to use the well-known Vic Singh 'prism lens' photo for the front cover, choosing instead to portray the band members standing in front of one of the huge glasshouses at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.

By 1971 Dave Gilmour was a well-established band member and Syd had long since departed, so the band photo depicts Dave Gilmour front and centre, with Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Rick Wright all behind him. However, Dave didn't join Pink Floyd until 1968 - he didn't even play on 'Piper', which was first released in the UK in 1967. The back cover does credit the correct line-up led by Syd Barrett; correct for the music anyway, if not the actual band members in the front cover photo!

We've seen a mere handful of copies of this remarkable Italian issue, and almost every one of them has been totally wrecked. This copy is by no means mint, but it is one of the best we've seen. Most do fall into the 'wrecked-but-rare' category and end up as expensive collection gap-fillers but this copy is definitely well-above that level.

The sleeve was never laminated so it's prone to excessive wear. The front cover on this copy shows just a little ringwear, most noticeable on the dark sections around the bottom of the band picture, and lightest on the glasshouse detail. The seams are unsplit, and the internal flipbacks are secure. The mostly white back cover also shows some light ringwear & there is some light scuffing at the edges, but far less than normally seen. The spine benefits from tape reinforcing, so does not suffer the scuffing that the other edges do. In terms of grading, this would probably be VG/VG+

The matt black labels are near perfect, with all credits and titles clearly printed in silver text. The Columbia and one EMI box logos are printed in white.

Visually the vinyl looks VG+ / EX- & is surprisingly good for a 34 year old Italian pressed LP! This is no audiophile experience: there are much better pressings to play, but for the sake of completeness it has absolutely skips or jumps. Quite remarkable considering its origin and history. There are some obvious light surface scuffs but no deep scratches. The vinyl does appear to have been well looked-after and carefully placed on the turntable for each play as there are no apparent traces of use around the spindle hole area.

This is such a rare LP and an incredibly strange variation, with its unique sleeve artwork depicting Dave Gilmour front and centre on an album which definitely belonged to the Syd Barrett era. Not mint, but still one of the best copies we've ever seen...

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09. Chapter 24
10. The Scarecrow
11. Bike

Condition : This item is in Excellent condition or better (unless it says otherwise in the above description). We buy items as close to Mint condition as possible and many will be unplayed and as close to new as you could hope to find. Irrespective of the source, all of our collectables meet our strict grading and are 100% guaranteed. Click here for more info.
Availability: Sold Out - 'Request Next' to get an email if it comes back into stock.
Year of Release: 1971 - 50 years old
Artist: Pink Floyd (click here for complete listing)
Title: The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn - VG+ (click here for more of the same title)
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Format: vinyl LP album (LP record)
Record Label: Columbia
Catalogue No: 3C062-04292
Country of Origin: Italy  
Language: Regardless of country of origin all tracks are sung in English, unless otherwise stated in our description.
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