This is an Original UK Island pressing (1U/1U stampers) in a gatefold cover with phenomenal sound from start to finish. When you get your hands on a good pressing like this one, Tarkus is an absolute sonic tour de force. I like my prog records big, rude, and in my face -- this pressing does all that and then some. The bottom end has real weight, the drums cut through with real power, the organ has just the right texture and the overall sound is larger than life. My price on this reflects the hard work that goes into finding a copy that sounds this good and plays so well. If you have access to a bunch of clean Brit originals you could probably track down a similar one; whether you want to spend your free time frantically searching for a killer pressing or simply enjoying one I've already sweated over is up to you.
Vinyl: VG+ (super clean)
Cover: VG+ (light ring wear, light wear on edges)
Play notes: Amazing sound, a touch of light surface noise at times, moderate noise through parts of The Only Way