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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Pink Floyd Tower Records Adverts

Pink Floyd Tower Records
Pink Floyd Tower Records

Pink Floyd Tower Records
Pink Floyd Tower Records
Check out these two, Pink Floyd Tower Records, 1967 promo ads in newspapers about Pink Floyd. Remember that you can click on the pictures to view the image files in original size.

Tower Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records, was in turn owned by EMI Records in England, issued Pink Floyd's debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, in the U.S., stripping it of its title and calling it just Pink Floyd, cutting off the songs "Astronomy Domine," "Flaming," and "Bike," and adding the recent single "See Emily Play." The result is a distortion of the Floyd's intent that, thankfully, has passed out of print and been replaced in the U.S. by the U.K. version of the album (Capitol C2-46384). Tower released Pink Floyd records between the years 1967 and 1969. There were a total of twenty seven different Pink Floyd records released on Tower Records (this figure is based on alternate label variations. If you count cover variations, there are more).

Title of track A3 printed incorrectly, instead of "Take Up Thy Stethoscope And Walk".

Pressing Plant & Stamper/Matrix Information: (side 1 / side 2)
A) Capitol Records, Los Angeles, California
1) ST-1-5093 S-1546 / ST-2-5093 S-1547 (both written)
Release Date: October 21, 1967
Release Information: Original stereo issue. This is the U.S. version of the album, Piper at the Gates of Dawn, with some songs replaced by others and the songs in a different order.

The promo release of this album is identical in every respect except that it has the words "Promotional Records" stamped in large letters on the back cover.

Side 1: See Emily Play, Pow R. Toc H., Take Up My Stethoscope and Walk, Lucifer Sam, Matilda Mother.
Side 2: The Scarecrow, The Gnome, Chapter 24, Interstellar Overdrive.

Front Cover: Kaleidoscope picture of the band. In the upper right corner are the catalog number and the Tower Record logo. In the bottom center it says "Pink Floyd."

Back Cover: Syd Barrett drawing with album title, credits, and song titles. In the upper right corner are the catalog number and the Tower Records logo. At the bottom right is a number.

Back Cover Number: 6 or 14
Spine: Title. Catalog number.
Labels: Brown Tower label.

To the left of the spindle hole is the Tower Record logo.
Above the spindle hole it says "Pink Floyd." To the right of the spindle hole it says:



This record was also issued with a label that has no space between STEREO and the catalog number (back cover number 6):


Both the words STEREO and the catalog number are in a medium bold type size. To the right is a large number 1, indicating the side.

On Side 1, the song title for the song See Emily Play is above the spindle hole, while the rest of the song titles are grouped together under the spindle hole. On Side 2, all the song titles are underneath the spindle hole. The song titles are in a bold font, followed by (ASCAP) and the song timings in a regular font. Underneath the song titles are the writing credits in a regular font. Text across the bottom edge of the label says: Mfd. in U.S.A.

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