It turns out, there is a way to determine whether it's the US or EU pressing without opening. The "XL" logo on the bottom right of the back cover has a slightly different placement.
On the EU pressing the XL logo is placed half-over a white field and half-over a black row of trees (That's what this Amazon stock photo shows but that's not what I received).
On the US pressing, the XL logo appears lower, against the white background. I've attached photos.
Hope this helps if you're considering purchasing in store... but it won't help you much here.
I've read mixed reviews about the 12" XL Kid A vinyl online... and now I know the reason why:
There are two separate pressings for the 12" XL reissue of Kid A. One states "Made in the EU" on the disc label and the other has no information on the disc label about where it was manufactured but states "Made in NA" on one of the inner sleeves. Unfortunately, there's no way of knowing which pressing is which without opening it. This is important because the US pressing is total garbage. Absolutely packed with surface noise throughout... making How to Disappear Completely, Treefingers and Motion Picture Soundtrack nearly unlistenable. I've owned 4 of the US 12" pressings from local stores and Amazon and all had the same exact problems. So I finally decided to import a copy from London.
It arrived today.
And, ladies and gentlemen, the European pressing is absolutely flawless. I'm also confident in saying that it outshines the second pressing from 2000 that I own. After owning 9 different copies of this album on vinyl, I can finally say that I have a pressing that is truly a sonic marvel.
So, good luck with this one... Every copy I received from amazon was the hugely inferior US pressing. This doesn't mean that you won't receive a European pressing from amazon but out of the three I received from amazon, none were.
If you find the "Made in EU" marking on the disc label, then you are in for an amazing listening experience. If that marking is absent, then you can expect a ton of surface noise throughout.
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- Label: Parlophone UK
- Copyright: ℗© 2008 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company
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- Total Length: 47:07
- ASIN: B0019R7XXU
- Customer Reviews: 2,108 customer ratings