SHVL 795 – Pink Floyd

“Meddle” 1971

SHVL-795-front

SHVL-795-rear

SHVL-795-gatefold

SHVL-795-label

Sleeve notes:

Textured gatefold sleeve, designed and photographed by Hipgnosis – not one of Storm Thorgerson’s favourites though. The front cover is hard to decipher, until opened out into gatefold and viewed from a distance (see below). Date code 7110 (October 1971) and printer’s credit on inner gatefold.
“Printed and made by Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd.”

 

Label notes:
Uk 1st pressing information must include the following –

“THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD” around rim of label
EMI box logo on label
“MADE IN GT. BRITAIN” at bottom of label

 

Matrix notes:

UK 1st pressing (with label as above)

S H V L   7 9 5   A – 3    (RD  at 3 o’clock in deadwax, 3 at 9 o’clock)

S H V L   7 9 5   B – 1 U  (T O at 3 o’clock in deadwax, 1 at 9 o’clock)

Here’s the outer gatefold concept:

SHVL-795-rearSHVL-795-front

which can now be clearly seen as a close up of a human ear with a secondary semi-transparent image of ripples in water overlaid on top of the ear photo.

 

Here’s a full page advertisement launching the new album in 13 November 1971 edition of Melody Maker:

Pink-Floyd-Meddle-ad-1971

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