This is an early US Reprise pressing on the tan label mastered at Artisan. It has the second version of the credits on the labels, I can see it's an early copy but not a first press. More importantly, it's especially strong sounding and knocked off a few other ones I had on hand with no problem at all. It's tough to find these clean and many of them don't sound all that impressive but this copy aced every test I threw at it. It's cleaner, clearer, and punchier than the others I played with nice space and separation between the instruments. Every system is different of course, but here this copy delivers an almost three-dimensional quality that lets you "see" the music in a way. The vocals are up front, the drums in back, and the rest spread out in between. You can call me crazy if you like, but that's how we heard it! There's light surface noise at times, but nothing that gets out in front of the music. It certainly won't be easy finding a quieter one that sounds this good.
4 1/2 stars Allmusic: "A wildly unfocused but nonetheless dazzling tour de force that reveals Ray's artistic strengths and endearing character flaws in equal measure."
Vinyl: VG+ (light scuffs, plays great)
Cover: VG (some foxing/discoloration, small tears on top seam, still solid)
Play notes: A strong sounding copy with only a touch of surface noise. Really nice!
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