This is a British DJM Original pressing on the dark red translucent vinyl. The cover has the 12 page lyric booklet bound in and in gorgeous shape. This one plays much quieter than most of the early UK copies I find and also sounds quite good. Having played dozens upon dozens of these over the years I can tell you that there are even more impressive copies out there but it sure ain't easy to track them down. But who knows - maybe you're armed with stacks of clean Brit originals and have hours to devote to cleaning and comparing them? Otherwise, you may just want to short circuit the process and grab a copy that's guaranteed to please.
Allmusic gives the album 5 stars and calls it Elton and Bernie's "most ambitious record to date".
Vinyl: EX (one superficial hairline on last song that does not affect play)
Play notes: Super nice all around, sounds good, plays quietly
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