This is a clean domestic original on Columbia Records with good sound and quiet vinyl. It was pressed at the Santa Maria plant, this and similar copies have performed favorably to many of the other versions when I've had the opportunity for a full shootout. The most important news is that Don't Fear The Reaper sounds great on here. I'm not an expert on this band but this is the album of theirs I've enjoyed the most, and it's also a better sounding recording than the other albums of theirs I've spend time with.
4 1/2 stars Allmusic: "It's still dark, mysterious, and creepy, and perhaps even more so, it's still rooted in rock posturing and excess, but gone is the nihilistic biker boogie in favor of a more tempered -- indeed, nearly pop arena rock."
Vinyl: VG+ (clean with light superficial wear)
Cover: VG+ (great shape - minor wear, light creases)
Play notes: Sounds very good and plays quietly
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