Syd Barrett
Japanese
LP Discography

by Vernon Fitch

with contributions from Ingo Brode & Alexander Zheleznov

© copyright Vernon Fitch / The Pink Floyd Archives


This is a discography of vinyl albums (LPs) that have been released in Japan by Syd Barrett.

Any comments, corrections or additions to this discography are appreciated.


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Albums

  1. Syd Barrett

    1. The Madcap Laughs
      1. Odeon Records 1st issue
      2. Odeon Records 2nd issue
      3. EMI / Toshiba Records 3rd issue
      4. EMI / Toshiba Records 4th issue

    2. Barrett
      1. Odeon Records 1st issue
      2. Odeon Records 2nd issue
      3. EMI / Toshiba Records 3rd issue
      4. EMI / Toshiba Records 4th issue

    3. Syd Barrett (double album)


Manufacturing Information

  1. Matrix Information: Matrix information is the letters and numbers etched into the vinyl near the label, in the runoff groove at the end of each side of a record.
    Matrix information may include:
    1. Catalog number.
    2. Lacquer number.
    3. Record pressing plant.
    The matrix information listed in this discography is not intended to be complete listings. This is known matrix information only.

  2. obi strips: An obi is a paper band that is wrapped around the cover of a Japanese album to provide the consumer with information about the record in Japanese. Information on an obi may include the name of the artist, title of the album, type of music, song titles, price of the LP, and special release information (red vinyl, master sound, etc.). These bands, which are named after the sash worn with a Japanese kimono, are very collectible and add value to the accompanying album. Assorted releases are pictured with obi strips throughout this discography.
    Promos: Since the purpose of obi strips is to give purchasing information to the consumer, many promotional releases were not issued with an obi strip. All the early Odeon and Toshiba white label promo releases did not come with an obi strip. However, the later CBS / Sony promo releases had obi strips, as their promo LPs were just regular releases with promotional printing added to the labels.

  3. Red vinyl: Nearly all original album releases on Odeon Records (including The Madcap Laughs and Barrett) were released in very limited editions on red vinyl (it is generally accepted that only 500-600 copies of each of these albums were pressed on red vinyl). These dark red vinyl releases were pressings on Everclean vinyl, a higher quality of vinyl that was developed and patented by Toshiba Musical Industries in 1957. Everclean vinyl is much more static resistant and dust resistant than regular black vinyl. However, Everclean pressings wear out much faster than black vinyl pressings since the vinyl is softer, so record groove sound quality may be degraded even though the records still looks mint.
    At the time they were made, red vinyl pressings were not intended as collector items, and both red vinyl and black vinyl pressings were priced the same. The final Japanese red vinyl pressings were made in April 1974. Each entry in the discography for Odeon releases indicate whether a particular album pressing was released on red vinyl.


The Madcap Laughs


The Madcap Laughs LP with obi
Odeon Records 1st issue

Title: The Madcap Laughs with obi (Odeon Records 1st issue)
Record Company: Odeon Records
Catalog Number: OP-8927
Matrix Information: (side 1 / side 2)
1) SHVL-765-A 1S1 / SHVL-765-B 1S1 (both stamped) (promo)
2) SHVL-765-A 1S2 F S 5 / SHVL-765-B 1S2 (both stamped)
Also Released On Red Vinyl: Yes (promo only).
Release Date: May 25, 1970
Original Price: Y2,000
Release Information: Original release with "Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." on the labels.
Description: Gatefold cover.
Front Cover: Syd Barrett in his apartment. Blue Odeon Records logo in lower left corner.
Back Cover: Song listing.
Inside Cover: The Madcap.
Spine: THE MADCAP LAUGHS SYD BARRETT OP-8927
Insert: [1] 4-page insert.
obi: White / blue obi. Price Y2,000.
Labels (promo): White Odeon promotional labels.
Labels: Black Odeon labels with silver text.
Text around the top edge of the label starts at 11 o'clock says:

Mfd. under license by Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd. in Japan.

Text around the bottom edge of the label starts at 10 o'clock says:

Unauthorized public performance, broadcasting and copying of this record prohibited. All rights of the manufacturer and of the owner of the recorded work are reserved



The Madcap Laughs LP with obi
Odeon Records 2nd issue

Title: The Madcap Laughs with obi (Odeon Records 2nd issue)
Record Company: Odeon Records
Catalog Number: OP-8927
Matrix Information: (side 1 / side 2)
1) SHVL-765-A 1S2 4-5 7 / SHVL-765-B 1S2 2 (both stamped)
Release Date: 1974
Original Price: Y2,200 (price code H)
Release Information: Second release with "Toshiba-EMI Ltd." on the labels.
Description: Gatefold cover.
Front Cover: Syd Barrett in his apartment. Blue Odeon Records logo in lower left corner.
Back Cover: Song listing.
Inside Cover: The Madcap.
Spine: THE MADCAP LAUGHS SYD BARRETT OP-8927
Insert: [1] 4-page insert.
obi: White / blue obi. Prive Y2,200.
Labels: Black Odeon labels with silver text.
Text around the top edge of the label starts at 11 o'clock says:

Mfd. under license by Toshiba-EMI Ltd. in Japan

Text around the bottom edge of the label starts at 10 o'clock says:

Unauthorized public performance, broadcasting and copying of this record prohibited. All rights of the manufacturer and of the owner of the recorded work are reserved



The Madcap Laughs LP with obi
EMI / Toshiba Records 3rd issue

Title: The Madcap Laughs (EMI / Toshiba Records 3rd issue)
Record Company: EMI / Toshiba Records
Catalog Number: EMS-80636
Matrix Information: (side 1 / side 2)
1) SHVL-765-A 1S2 3 1-1 / SHVL-765-B 1S10 (both stamped)
Release Date: 1976
Original Price: Y2,500
Release Information: Third issue.
Description: Gatefold cover.
Front Cover: Syd Barrett in his apartment. Catalog number is in the upper right corner.
Back Cover: Song listing. The timings of the songs are different than those printed on the first issue.
Insert: [1] 4-page insert with song listing, lyrics in English and Japanese, and additional text in Japanese.
obi #1: Silver gold obi. Text across the ear picture is red.
obi #2: Silver gold obi. Text across the ear picture is white.
Original Price: Y 2,500
Labels (promo): White EMI promotional labels.
Labels: Brown / red EMI labels with black text.
Text around the right half of the label starts at 12 o'clock says:

Mfd. by Toshiba-EMI Ltd. in Japan. All rights of the manufacturer and of the owner of the recorded work are reserved. Unauthorized public performance, broadcasting and copying of the record prohibited.



The Madcap Laughs LP with obi
EMI / Toshiba Records 4th issue

Title: The Madcap Laughs (EMI / Toshiba Records 4th issue)
Record Company: EMI / Toshiba Records
Catalog Number: EMS-50127
Matrix Information: (side 1 / side 2)
1) SHVL-765-A 2S1 43-79X 2457 / SHVL-765-B 2S1 (both stamped)
2) SHVL-765-A 2S1 43 79X 2457 / SHVL-765-B 2S1 OP-8229-B 1S3 (both stamped)
3) SHVL-675-A 2S4 86-34 6 / SHVL-765-B 2S6 (both stamped)
Original Price: Y1,800
Release Information: Fourth issue. New Rock Greatest 1800.
Description: Non-gatefold cover.
Front Cover: Syd Barrett in his apartment. Catalog number and title is in the upper right corner. Matte.
Back Cover: Song listing.
Spine: EMS-50127 SYD BARRETT - THE MADCAP LAUGHS STEREO EMS-50127
Insert: [1] 2-page insert with title, catalog number, song listings with timings in Japanese and English, lyrics in English and Japanese, and additional text in Japanese.
obi: Red obi.
Labels: Tan EMI labels with black text.
Text around the top half of the label starts at 8 o'clock says:

Mfd. by Toshiba-EMI Ltd. in Japan. All rights of the manufacturer and of the owner of the recorded work are reserved. Unauthorized public performance, broadcasting and copying of the record prohibited.


Barrett


Barrett LP with obi
Odeon Records 1st issue

Title: Barrett (Odeon Records 1st issue)
Record Company: Odeon Records
Catalog Number: OP-80173
Matrix Information: (side 1 / side 2)
1) SHSP-4007-A 1S1 / SHSP-4007-B 1S1 (both stamped) (red vinyl promo)
Also Released On Red Vinyl: Yes.
Release Date: March 25, 1971
Original Price: Y2,000
Release Information: Original issue with "Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." on the labels.
Timings (side 1 / side 2): 19:34 / 18:07
Description:
Front Cover: Picture of insects. Matte. In the upper left corner is the EMI / Harvest / Odeon logo. In the upper right corner is the title, catalog number, and STEREO.
Back Cover: White. In the center is a picture of Syd Barrett and the song listing in Japanese and English. On the left and right side is additional text in Japanese. In the upper right corner is the catalog number. Price code Y2,000.
Spine: BARRETT SYD BARRETT STEREO OP-80173
Insert: 8-page insert with lyrics in English and Japanese.
obi: Black / orange obi. Price Y2,000.
Vinyl (promo): Red translucent vinyl.
Labels (promo): White Odeon promotional labels.
Labels: Black Odeon labels with silver text.
Text around the top edge of the label starts at 11 o'clock says:

Mfd. under license by Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd. in Japan.

Text around the bottom edge of the label starts at 10 o'clock says:

Unauthorized public performance, broadcasting and copying of the record prohibited. All rights of the manufacturer and of the owner of the recorded work are reserved



Barrett LP with obi
Odeon Records 2nd issue

Title: Barrett (Odeon Records 2nd issue)
Record Company: Odeon Records
Catalog Number: OP-80173
Matrix Information: (side 1 / side 2)
1) SHSP-4007 A 1S 4 / SHSP-4007 B 1S 4 (both stamped)
2) SHSP-4007A 1S3 4-25W9 / SHSP-4007B 1S4 (both stamped)
Release Date: 1974
Original Price: Y2,200 (price code H)
Release Information: Second issue with "Toshiba-EMI Ltd." on the labels.
Description:
Front Cover: Picture of insects. Matte. In the upper left corner is the EMI / Harvest / Odeon logo. In the upper right corner is the title, catalog number, and STEREO.
Back Cover: New price code of Y2,200.
Spine: BARRETT SYD BARRETT STEREO OP-80173
Insert: [1] 8-page insert with lyrics in English and Japanese.
obi: Black / orange obi. Price Y2,200.
Labels: Black Odeon labels with silver text.
Text around the top edge of the label starts at 11 o'clock says:

Mfd. under license by Toshiba-EMI Ltd. in Japan

Text around the bottom edge of the label starts at 10 o'clock says:

Unauthorized public performance, broadcasting and copying of the record prohibited. All rights of the manufacturer and of the owner of the recorded work are reserved



Barrett LP with obi
EMI / Toshiba Records 3rd issue

Title: Barrett (EMI / Toshiba Records 3rd issue)
Record Company: EMI / Toshiba Records
Catalog Number: EMS-80680
Matrix Information: (side 1 / side 2)
1) SHSP-4007-A 1S1 1 / SHSP-4007-B 1S2 1 (both stamped) (promo)
2) SHSP-4007-A 1S2 4 1 09-YG Z256 Y 21 / SHSP-4007-B 1S2 3 (both stamped)
3) SHSP-4007-A 1S2 5 21-6X556X / SHSP-4007-B 1S2 4 (both stamped)
Release Date: 1976
Original Price: Y2,500
Release Information: Third issue.
Description:
Front Cover: Insects. Catalog number is in the upper right corner. Textured.
Back Cover: A picture of Syd Barrett with car and guitar, title, song listing, and credits.
Spine: EMS-80680 BARRETT SYD BARRETT STEREO EMS-80680
Insert: [1] 4-page insert, with song listing with timings in English and Japanese, additional text in Japanese, lyrics in English and Japanese, and a discography.
obi: Silver gold obi with an ear at the top. On some copies, the writing around the ear is red, while on others it is white.
Labels (promo): White EMI promotional labels.
Labels: Brown / red EMI labels with black text.
Text around the right half of the label starts at 12 o'clock says:

Mfd. by Toshiba-EMI Ltd. in Japan. All rights of the manufacturer and of the owner of the recorded work are reserved. Unauthorized public performance, broadcasting and copying of the record prohibited.



Barrett LP with obi
EMI / Toshiba Records 4th issue

Title: Barrett (EMI / Toshiba Records 4th issue)
Record Company: EMI / Toshiba Records
Catalog Number: EMS-50128
Matrix Information: (side 1 / side 2)
1) SHSP-4007-A 1S2 5 5J 21-6X J56X ZJ7X / SHSP-4007-B 1S2 8 (both stamped)
2) SHSP-4007-A 1S2 9 43-5 X Z / SHSP-4007-B 1S2 5 (both stamped)
Original Price: Y1,800
Release Information: Fourth issue. New Rock Greatest 1800.
Description:
Front Cover: Insects. In the upper right corner is the catalog number and STEREO. Matte.
Back Cover: Title, song listings, and credits.
Spine: EMS-50128 SYD BARRETT BARRETT STEREO EMS-80680
Insert: [1] 2-page insert with title, catalog number, song listings in Japanese and English, timings, and lyrics in English and Japanese.
obi: Red obi.
Labels: Tan EMI labels with black text.
Text around the top half of the label starts at 8 o'clock says:

Mfd. by Toshiba-EMI Ltd. in Japan. All rights of the manufacturer and of the owner of the recorded work are reserved. Unauthorized public performance, broadcasting and copying of the record prohibited.


Syd Barrett


Syd Barrett 2-LP with obi
EMI / Toshiba Records

Title: Syd Barrett
Record Company: EMI / Toshiba Records
Catalog Number: EMS-67014 / EMS-67015
Matrix Information: (side 1 / side 2 / side 3 / side 4)
1) SHVL-765-A 1S1 / SHVL-765-B 1S1 / SHSP-4007-A 1S1 / SHSP-4007-B 1S1 (all four stamped) (promo)
Original Price: Y4,000 (price code I)
Release Date: January 20, 1975
Release Information: Double album release of both Syd Barrett albums.
Description: Gatefold cover.
Front Cover: Picture of Syd Barrett, a plum, and orange, and a matchbox. EMI/Toshiba logo and catalog number is in the upper right corner.
Back Cover: In the upper right corner it says EMI MADE IN JAPAN. In the center is a picture of Syd Barrett and the song listing.
Inside Cover: Photos and newspaper articles spread over a wooden floor. On the left is the song listing.
Insert: [1] 12-page insert with song listing, lyrics in English and Japanese, and a discography.
obi: Black obi.
Labels (promo): White EMI / Toshiba promotional labels.
Labels: Brown / red EMI labels.