This is a very clean US Original Reprise Two-Tone label pressing. Clean Kinks records are brutally tough to come by; I've been grabbing every reasonably priced one I've seen for years and still don't have all that much to show for it. This copy is gorgeous and plays like a champ. Check out the label pics to see how clean they are!
Arthur is probably my favorite Kinks album (Village Green and Something Else are also in the conversation) and it's the album that first helped me "get" this band many years ago. The sound here is quite good; I don't have a great UK original to compare but this certainly sounds better than my domestic copies of Village Green (a record I've yet to hear sound truly amazing).
5 stars Allmusic: "An edgier and harder-rocking affair than Village Green, Arthur is as multi-layered musically as it is lyrically."
Vinyl: EX (really nice!)
Cover: VG+ (also very strong, just a touch of general wear)
Play notes: Very good sound and quiet vinyl, a strong copy
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