Cover is in beautiful shape. Lamination is nice and shiny with no ring wear, tears or separations. Corners are sharp, no bumps. Seams are strong, no splits, though the blue edge on the spine seems to have worn off from the looks of it. Solid blue back cover shows no wear. I'd grade the cover EX (Excellent).
The vinyl looks in very nice condition. No obvious scratches or scuffs. Retains its original glossy luster. Does have one tiny mark that doesn't affect play back. Labels are generally clean, but one label is loose. If you are familiar with these Transition records, you'll know that very often the labels came loose, especially on copies of this particular title. I will leave the label as is and let the buyer decide to re-affix it or not. The label that is affixed shows a couple of darker spots on it, but I can't tell if these are from the pressing process or not.
I have play tested this record, and while it visually looks near mint, it does play with some faint surface noise that fades in and out in places. Experienced collectors know that this was typical of Transition pressings and not necessarily due to being damaged from being previously played. Judging from the nice condition of the vinyl and lack of marks around the spindle holes, I would guess that any surface noise is the result of the pressing. It's very hard to ever find a copy of this album that doesn't play with some surface noise here and there. If you want an audiophile clean copy of this rare record, you'll have to buy a Japanese import or the CD. To my knowledge, there is always a trade-off with these pressings as all experienced collectors are aware. As such I would visually grade this copy as Near Mint Minus (NM-), and I would grade it audibly as EX (Excellent) for a Transition record.
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