This domestic original United Artists pressing (STERLING stamps in the dead wax) was an absolute knockout in my recent shootout. I've played a ton of these over the years and most of them are not on the same level as this one. It's dramatically cleaner than I'm used to hearing with excellent weight to the bottom. The sax -- a huge element of this album -- sounds particularly good on this copy. So many copies have a tendency to sound somewhat thick and opaque, but that is far from the case here. This album is a knockout when the sound is on point, and this copy does exactly what I hope for when I throw one on.
The vinyl plays quietly with just a touch of light background noise in some quieter spots, nothing major at all.
4 stars Allmusic: "John Barleycorn Must Die moved beyond the jamming that had characterized some of Traffic's 1968 work to approach the emerging field of jazz-rock."
Play notes: Incredible sound and the vinyl is mostly quiet