Vinyl: EX+ . Great heavy barely played first UK press vinyl. A beautiful heavy glossy platter with a super sheen. Even under a strong light there are no hairlines just a couple of wispy paper retraction traces. This has been treasured from day 1 for over 50 years! Both sides look fantastic and have probably just been played once or twice. I subjected the record to a detailed listen on my high end system and it did not disappoint. This sounded better than any re-issue like only an original press can. Lovely channel separation without any distortion, an ultimate keeper copy and final upgrade. I have seen many copies of this album in the past but this is definitely one of the very best I have ever seen. Barely any static at all. This will be an ultimate upgrade for most Zep collectors and is definitely the very best Zep III I have seen for many many years. Needless to say, NO jumps, NO clicks, NO sticks etc..
Gatefold sleeve: EX+ . A great gatefold sleeve for this first UK press version with a fully functional spinning wheel. Beautiful unworn lamination. This is a very hard sleeve to find in such great condition as many owners did not look after their albums properly. This copy is not only well preserved and has been carefully stored as all other albums from this wonderful prog collection. It also looks like it has not been handled since first bought. The colours are rich and the spine is 100% legible. The edges are beautiful unworn and the opening is super crisp. NO creases, NO tears at all and an upgrade for most! One teeny weeny corner crease. More from this wonderful collection will be listed in the near future. A museum piece that will be even more appreciated once seen in the flesh!