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Our Better Records Hall of Shame

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The Better Records Hall of Shame

... where you will find listings for many of the worst sounding audiophile LPs we have ever had the misfortune to place on our turntable. As you may have read in our section devoted to Debunking these bad pressings, the Bad Audiophile LP is regularly subjected to the punishment it deserves from our merry band of reviewers here at Better Records

We created this section to bring together many of these critical commentaries. We hope you find them both educational and enjoyable. Rarely do we conduct a Hot Stamper shootout without the relevant Audiophile Pressing being involved. With few exceptions (which are so unusual I can't actually remember the last time it happened) these head to head battles consistently leave the audiophile LP beaten and bloodied, making our point again and again, to wit:

The Audiophile's Choice -- the record that will do the best job of communicating the music through its superior sound quality -- is almost never going to be the one marketed to him as an Audiophile Pressing. If you find this in any way hard to believe, we encourage you to read on. Better yet, try one of our
Hot Stampers. They're guaranteed to beat the pants off any Audiophile pressing (however you define that term) or your money back.

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Burt Bacharach - Casino Royale

Classic Records Debunked


(#bachacasin_debunk)
by Classic Records Heavy Vinyl

Badfinger - Straight Up

Porky Not So Prime Cut


(#badfistrai_porky)
by Apple Records LP

The Band - The Band

Capitol Records Debunked


(#band_band_capitol_debunk)
by Capitol Records

The Band - The Band

Simply Vinyl Debunked


(#band_band_svlp_debunk)
by Simply Vinyl

The Band - Music From Big Pink

MoFi Debunked


(#band_music_debunk)
by Mobile Fidelity

The Beatles - The Blue Album (2 LPs)


(#beatl1967-1)
by Apple Records LP

The Beatles - Let It Be

Heavy Vinyl Debunked


(#beatlletit_180_debunk)
by Apple Records LP

The Beatles - Past Masters Volumes 1 & 2


(#beatlpastm_0610)
by Import LP

The Beatles - Revolver

1981 Parlophone Mono Reissue


(#beatlrevol_mono)
by EMI Parlophone Import LP

The Beatles - The White Album

MoFi Debunked


(#beatlwhite_mfsl)
by Apple Records LP

Beethoven - Symphony #9 - Solti (2 LPs)

MoFi Debunked


(#beethsymph_mfsl)
by Mobile Fidelity

Beethoven / Violin Concerto in D / Heifetz

Classic Records Debunked


(#beethvioli_1992_debunk)
by Classic Records Heavy Vinyl

Bizet-Shchedrin / Carmen Ballet Suite / Rozhdestvensky

Alto Heavy Vinyl Debunked


(#bizetcarme_alto_debunk)
by Audiophile Label (various)

Blondie - Parallel Lines

MoFi Debunked


(#blondparal_debunk)
by Mobile Fidelity

Blondie - Parallel Lines

Simply Vinyl & EMI 180 Debunked


(#blondparal_debunk_180)
by Simply Vinyl

Boston - Boston

MoFi Half-Speed Debunked


(#bostobosto_mfsl_debunk)
by Mobile Fidelity

David Bowie - Let’s Dance

MoFi Debunked


(#bowieletsd_debunk)
by Mobile Fidelity

Brahms / Violin Concerto / Heifetz / Reiner

Classic Records Debunked


(#brahmvioli_1903_debunk)
by Classic Records Heavy Vinyl

Dave Brubeck - A Cut Above

Not Recormmended


(#brubeacuta_ddlabs)
by Direct Disc Labs

Dave Brubeck - Bossa Nova USA

Skip It in Mono


(#brubebossa_mono)
by Columbia Records

Dave Brubeck - Time Out

Classic Records Debunked


(#brubetimeo_debunk)
by Classic Records Heavy Vinyl

Bruch / Scottish Fantasy / Heifetz

Classic Records Debunked


(#bruchscott_debunk)
by Classic Records Heavy Vinyl

Kenny Burrell - Midnight Blue

Classic Records Debunked


(#burremidni_debunk)
by Classic Records Heavy Vinyl

Charlie Byrd - Byrd at the Gate

MoFi Debunked


(#byrd_byrda_debunk)
by Mobile Fidelity

The Byrds - Fifth Dimension

Sundazed Debunked


(#byrdsfifth_sundazed)
by Sundazed

The Cars - Candy-O

Nautilus Debunked


(#cars_candy_debunk_2014)
by Nautilus Audiophile Pressing

The Cars - The Cars

Nautilus Debunked


(#cars_cars_debunk)
by Nautilus Audiophile Pressing

Benny Carter - Jazz Giant

Analogue Productions Debunked


(#cartejazzg_ap_debunk)
by Analogue Productions

Chabrier / Espana and more / Paray

Classic Records Debunked


(#chabrespan_debunk)
by Classic Records Heavy Vinyl

Eric Clapton - At His Best

Not Recommended


(#claptathis)
by Polydor LP

Classic Records

First Three Classical Releases
Debunked


(#classic_180_debunk)
by Classic Records Heavy Vinyl

John Coltrane - Giant Steps

Rhino Debunked


(#coltrgiant_rhino)
by Rhino

John Coltrane - Ole Coltrane

Skip the Mono


(#coltrole)
by Atlantic LP

Cream - Fresh Cream

DCC Debunked


(#creamfresh_debunked)
by DCC

Cream - Heavy Cream

Not Recommended


(#creamheavy)
by Polydor LP

Crosby, Stills & Nash on Nautilus

THE Most Bloated Bass in Half Speed History


(#crosbcrosb_nr_debunk)
by Nautilus Audiophile Pressing

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Deja Vu

A Tale of Two MoFi Pressings


(#crosbdejav_mofi_debunk)
by Mobile Fidelity

Debussy - Iberia (Images Pour Orchestra)

Classic Records Debunked


(#debusiberi_debunk)
by Classic Records Heavy Vinyl

Deep Purple - Machine Head

180g Rhino LP Debunked


(#deeppmachi_debunk)
by Rhino

Deep Purple - Made in Japan

DCC Debunked


(#deeppmadei_debunk)
by DCC

Delibes / Coppelia & Sylvia / Ansermet

Original Versus Reissue


(#delibcoppe_original)
by Decca Classical

Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms

Warners Half-Speed Debunked


(#diresbroth_debunk)
by Warner Brothers LP

The Dixie Dregs - Dregs of the Earth

Direct Disk Labs Debunked


(#dixiedregs_debunk)
by Direct Disc Labs

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