This is a incredibly clean early UK Track Records pressing. It has the red text on the cover and A1/B1 stampers, so I'm assuming it's from 1970 (the year of release) even if it's not the very first pressing (which came in a cover with black text). This is as clean a copy as I've ever seen, I can't find any issue even under the hardest light. It also sounds AMAZING, reminding me why this is one of my favorite live albums from the era and probably my favorite Who album, full stop. There are great versions of "My Generation," "Magic Bus," "Young Man," "Substitute," and more on here, and on a copy like this you feel front and center for a pure rock and roll explosion.
This one comes with nine out of the twelve inserts that were included. Missing are the delivery note for smoke generators, earnings list for Malcolm Rose, and the County Court Notice for the outstanding the return of musical instruments. Everything else is here!
The labels state "Crackling nosies OK, do not correct" so be forewarned that there is a bit of that. But it's a pretty minor issue and has certainly never interfered with my enjoyment.
5 stars Allmusic "There is certainly no better record of how this band was a volcano of violence on-stage, teetering on the edge of chaos but never blowing apart."
Cover: G+ (paper almost completely split at side but presents nicely. It could certainly be fixed somehow if it drives you crazy. Small tears at top. These are tough to find in great shape)
Play notes: An amazing sounding, super clean copy with most of the inserts.
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