This is a super clean domestic original ABC Records promo pressing (gold stamp, standard labels) complete with the lyric inner. I recently did a huge shootout for Katy Lied and this was in the very top tier. I have a TON of copies on my shelves, and unless you do as well I don't think you'll have one as good as this. The sound is insanely powerful -- super clean, clear, and lively. It positively JUMPS out of the speakers. The guitars really pop, you can really hear the playing on the solos and not just the notes. The top end is especially noteworthy here -- so many copies have grain issues up there, but just listen to how natural the cymbals are here. Steely Dan is obviously a band where the sound quality is a HUGE element of the overall presentation, and if you're taking this stuff seriously this is the kind of copy that will get the job done.
5 stars Allmusic: "It's another excellent record in one of the most distinguished rock & roll catalogs of the '70s."
Vinyl: VG+ (very clean, no real issues)
Cover: VG+ (nice with thin 1" white mark near the middle -- see pics)
Play notes: Wonderful sound, minimal surface noise
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).