Full Length related records Sales – Summary
Here is the most underestimated indicator of an album’s success – the amount of compilation sales of all kinds it generated. Due to the dependency of sales of the original studio albums on these releases, they are a key piece of the jigsaw.
The Wall generated roughly 5 million sales of each, compilations, live albums and music videos. The combined total of 15,5 million sales provided is well ahead of the tally of Dark Side of the Moon at 11 million, while Wish You Were Here is a close third at 9,3 million.
Both The Piper at The Gates of Dawn and A Saucerful of Secrets are the weakest sellers in album format. The CSPC method gives them back some justice by attributing sales from A Nice Pair into their total.
Animals fully used the heavy appeal of the group in the latter part of the 70s to amass great sales. As we can see here, it created very little value by itself.