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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.

Click here to see the newest entries first.

 

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Prokofiev / Love for Three Oranges Suite / Dorati

Classic Records Debunked


(#prokolovef_classic_records)
by Classic Records Heavy Vinyl

Spirit - Clear

Sundazed Heavy Vinyl Debunked


(#spiriclear_sundazed)
by Sundazed

Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson

Simply Vinyl Debunked


(#nilssschmi_simply_vinyl)
by Simply Vinyl

The Beatles - Let It Be

Bell Sound Cutting - Not Recommended!


(#beatlletit_bell)
by Apple Records LP

Jennifer Warnes - The Hunter

Import Debunked


(#warnehunte_2007)
by Import LP

Coleman Hawkins - Hawkins! Alive!

Classic Records Debunked


(#hawkihawki_classic_records)
by Classic Records Heavy Vinyl

Led Zeppelin - Presence

Classic Records Debunked


(#ledzeprese_classic_records)
by Classic Records Heavy Vinyl

Bill Evans - Village Vanguard Sessions

Live and Learn


(#evansvilla_wrong)
by Milestone LP

Sibelius / Violin Concerto / Heifetz

Classic Records Debunked


(#sibelvioli_classic_records)
by Classic Records Heavy Vinyl

Tchaikovsky / Symphony #6 (Pathetique) / Monteux

Classic Records Debunked


(#tchaisym6_classic_records)
by Classic Records Heavy Vinyl

Burt Bacharach - Casino Royale

Classic Records Debunked


(#bachacasin_classic_records)
by Classic Records Heavy Vinyl

Jimi Hendrix - Axis: Bold As Love

Classic Records Mono Debunked


(#hendraxisb_classic_records)
by Classic Records Heavy Vinyl

Led Zeppelin - III

Classic Records Debunked


(#ledze3_classic_records)
by Classic Records Heavy Vinyl

Little Feat - Time Loves A Hero

Nautilus Debunked


(#littltimel_nautilus)
by Nautilus Audiophile Pressing

Steely Dan - Aja

MoFi Debunked


(#steelaja__mobile_fidelity)
by Mobile Fidelity

Grieg / Peer Gynt / Fjeldstad

Not Sounding So Good This Time Around


(#griegpeer_6049_2016)
by London Classical LP

Offenbach / Gaite Parisienne / Fiedler

Classic Records Debunked


(#offengaite_1817_classic_records)
by RCA LP

Frank Sinatra - Sinatra and Swingin' Brass

Skip the Mono


(#sinatswingin_brass_mono)
by Reprise LP

Cream - Fresh Cream

DCC Debunked


(#creamfresh_dcc)
by DCC/S&P

Al Stewart - Year Of The Cat

MoFi Debunked


(#stewayearo_mofi)
by Mobile Fidelity

Frank Sinatra - Nice and Easy

MoFi Debunked


(#sinatnicea_mofi)
by Mobile Fidelity

Mahler / Symphony #2 / Walter

Never Heard One with Good Sound


(#mahlesymp2_M2S601_2011)
by Columbia Classical

Steely Dan - Gaucho

Capitol Records Debunked


(#steelgauch_capitol)
by Capitol Records

Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti

Classic Records Debunked


(#ledzephysi_classic_records)
by Classic Records Heavy Vinyl

The Doors - The Doors

MoFi Debunked


(#doorsdoors_mofi)
by Mobile Fidelity

Mendelssohn & Prokofiev / Concertos / Heifetz / Munch

Classic Records Debunked


(#mendeconce_2314_classic_records)
by Classic Records Heavy Vinyl

Lee Ritenour - Rit

Discovery Heavy Vinyl Debunked


(#ritenrit_discovery)
by Heavy Vinyl Audiophile Reissue

Badfinger - Straight Up

The British 2 LP Remaster Is a Joke


(#badfistrai_apple_remaster)
by Apple Records LP

Beethoven / Violin Concerto in D / Heifetz

Classic Records Debunked


(#beethvioli_1992_classic_records)
by Classic Records Heavy Vinyl

Santana - Santana

MoFi Debunked


(#santasant1_mofi)
by Mobile Fidelity

Santana Records to Avoid

180 Gram Imports!


(#Santana_imports)
by Import LP

The Beach Boys - Surfer Girl

MoFi Debunked


(#beachsurfe_mofi)
by Mobile Fidelity

Ella Fitzgerald - Misty Blue

Not Her Finest Hour


(#fitzgerald_ellasss)
by Capitol Records

Bernard Herrmann on Vinyl

These Four Didn't Make the Grade


(#herrmann_bernard)
by London Classical LP

Saint-Saens on Vinyl

Four that Didn't Make the Grade


(#saint-saens)
by London Classical LP

Debussy - Iberia (Images Pour Orchestra)

Classic Records Debunked


(#debusiberi_2222_classic_records)
by Classic Records Heavy Vinyl

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