This is a Gold Label copy pressed at Monarch. It has RE in the dead wax and the Gold Record Award design on the cover which means it's an early reissue from the late '60s. The sound is wonderful throughout -- it beat a number of other Gold Label pressings is a recent shootout but there are even better copies out there if you have the time, energy, and resources to go nuts with it. It's never been easy (at least in my lifetime) to find clean early copies that sound great and plays quietly. This one has some surface noise throughout but is still a very enjoyable listen. The intro to The End is a bit noisy and there are three loud pops in the middle. Most copies that are clean enough to take a chance on end up in a similar range or even noisier. But I've never heard a later pressing or reissue that brought me anywhere close to the places these good early copies do, so it's a trade-off I am willing to make.
Vinyl: VG (Light wear, mostly superficial)
Cover: VG (Ringwear, creasing, one word written on black part of back - still solid)
Play notes: Plays with some surface noise but a highly enjoyable listen
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).