This is an absolutely incredible sounding German pressing of Dark Side. I believe it's a German original but it's so hard to tell with an album that's been through as many versions as this one! What's most important here is the sound, and this copy HAS IT. Everything I want from a premium DSOTM listening experience is here -- it's records like this that remind you why some of us go to so much trouble (not to mention expense) for high-end stereo systems and exceptional pressings.
I've heard great German pressings and great British copies, and I've also heard mediocre versions of both. There's no easy guide to getting a killer one, you just have to bring 'em in, clean 'em, play 'em and hope for the best. Of course, my line of work allows (demands actually) that I do this in scale, so I've heard a ridiculous number of copies over the years. It's still a thrill to hear one that delivers like this, and I'm pretty sure for me it always will be.
A quick note: this is probably the album that's been most requested from me over the years. A number of you are actually waiting on one from me. This was the only amazing copy I could track down right now, so instead of trying to figure out who should get it I am turning it loose here. If I missed you, i apologize -- I will try to find you one ASAP!
Vinyl: VG+ (super clean)
Cover: VG (Some wear, especially around edges)
Play notes: Absolutely killer sound and unusually quiet vinyl. This is a BEAST.