This is a really nice 1972 White Label Promo pressed at Monarch, a very rare version of this great album. I don't have enough copies of this album around for a proper shootout, but I've played a ton of them over the years and I don't think they ever sound much better than this. It's rich, clear, and open with a killer bottom end setting the foundation. This is a record I'd love to keep in my own collection, but it's also the kind of record I love to pass on to a good home. So I'm putting a price on it that I find somewhat ambitious but fair and will let the chips fall where they may. The vinyl plays with moderate noise that shows up most in the quiet intros and outros but can be heard a bit behind the music at times. No loud ticks or pops but a little of that classic campfire sound peeking through. Those of you who are picky about surfaces may want to pass on this one, but if your focus is on sound quality and you can live with some background noise (which is how I personally roll in most cases) I don't think I can find you a better copy than this one! 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "Franklin was in her prime here, not only in terms of voice but also in terms of confidence -- you can just feel her exuding her status as the best of the best."
Vinyl: VG (Hairlines and minor scuffs, nothing that could be felt)
Cover: VG (wear around edges)
Play notes: Plays with some surface noise but sounds truly amazing
We prefer to overdeliver and therefore grade conservatively. Our scale runs Near Mint (NM), Excellent (EX), Very Good Plus (VG+), Very Good (VG), Good Plus (G+), Good (G).