This is a super clean UK Chrysalis Original with 3U/2U stampers and PORKY/PECKO (the mark of great mastering engineer George Peckham) in the dead wax. Having been in this line of work for over a dozen years and with this being an album that's always in high demand, I have played more of these over the years than any reasonable person should. One thing I can tell you is that both the American and British copies can sound excellent on the right pressing, but it takes a fair amount of work to separate the wheat from the chaff. For one thing there are a ton of quiet passages in the music, so any surface issues are readily apparent. Fortunately this one is super clean and plays as nice as it looks. It also sounds wonderful -- rich, warm, airy, and open with lots of space for all the different instruments. When you get a copy that's not so transparent, it can be hard to follow the various elements that make this music what it is. Not the case here!
4 1/2 stars Allmusic: "The original LP was the best-sounding, best-engineered record Tull had ever released, easily capturing the shifting dynamics between the soft all-acoustic passages and the electric rock crescendos surrounding them."
Vinyl: EX (very clean)
Cover: VG+ (light wear around edges)
Play notes: An exquisite sounding copy that plays nice and quiet
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).