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Super Hot Stamper

The Kinks
Misfits

  (Item #: kinksmisfi_1710_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better copies we heard in our recent shootout
  • Quite a bit richer and tubier than most of what we auditioned, qualities that helped the acoustic-guitar-based tracks work their magic
  • The big hit here was Rock and Roll Fantasy and it sounds every bit as good as you hope it would
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The Kinks became arena rockers with Sleepwalker, and its follow-up, Misfits, follows in the same vein, but it's a considerable improvement on its predecessor. ...Misfits is a moving record that manages to convey deep emotions while rocking hard. The Kinks hadn't made a record this good since Muswell Hillbillies."
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Spirit
Spirit

  (Item #: spirispiri_1710) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Excellent sound for this psychedelic Masterpiece with both sides rating a strong Double Plus (A++) or better
  • Wall to wall, with layered studio depth like you will not believe, the kind of space you hear on an engineering classic like Dark Side
  • It's tough to find these in anything but beat condition which is why we so rarely have them on the site
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic, but in our estimation it deserves at least five - it's simply BRILLIANT
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Willie Nelson
Always On My Mind

  (Item #: nelsoalway_1703x) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An absolutely KILLER Shootout Winning pressing with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to last
  • Both sides are clean, clear, open and spacious with a huge three-dimensional soundstage and a solid bottom end
  • Fairly quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - as quiet as we can find them
  • ...Throughout the late '70s, Nelson's freewheeling, organically eclectic music was not just the biggest thing in country, it was also some of its best, most adventurous music... At the time, it was a huge, huge hit — his biggest ever, actually, spending 22 weeks at the top of the country charts..."
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Elton John
Madman Across The Water

  (Item #: john_madma_1710_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • An excellent copy of Madman with Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last
  • A ridiculously tough album to find with the right sound and reasonably quiet surfaces -- which is why we never have them on the site
  • The sound is big and full with a nicely extended top end and a solid bottom - Tiny Dancer and Levon are KNOCKOUTS here
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "The record remains an ambitious and rewarding work, and John never attained its darkly introspective atmosphere again."
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Loggins & Messina
Sittin' In

  (Item #: loggisitti_1710) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An insanely good sounding 2-Pack for L&M's debut and Masterpiece: Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it on both sides
  • Our Hot Stampers give you full-bodied pianos; lively, present vocals; harmonically-rich guitars; and a three-dimensional soundstage
  • Every track on side one is brilliant, from Nobody But You, to Danny's Song, to Vahevala, to the ending of the Trilogy with Peace of Mind
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "With their infectious blend of country, folk, rock and Caribbean music, L&M started out at the top of their game"
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Roger Waters
The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking

  (Item #: waterprosa_1710) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An incredible Top Copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides, this is absolutely As Good As It Gets
  • Like the recordings of Floyd, the sound is BIG, with lots of energy, excellent presence and real weight down low
  • The first copy to hit the site in years, this is a tough one to come by and few indeed sound the way this one does
  • "The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking continues to showcase Waters' unprecedented knack of addressing his darkest thoughts and conceptions in a most extraordinary fashion. " - Allmusic, 4 stars
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Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton

  (Item #: claptericc_1710) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A killer copy, earning Double Plus (A++) grades or better for both sides, guaranteed to trounce whatever you've heard
  • An underrated Blues Rock masterpiece from 1970 - easily his best studio album outside of Layla
  • 4 1/2 stars in the All Music Guide and a longtime Better Records favorite - almost every song is good, and many are superb
  • "Clapton turns out concise solos that de-emphasize his status as guitar god, even when they display astonishing musicality and technique."
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The Police
Synchronicity

  (Item #: policsynch_1710_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Stunning sound throughout: Triple Plus (A+++) on the first side, Double Plus (A++) on the second
  • One of the best from our most recent shootout, this copy will show you sound you never thought possible for Synchronicity
  • The choruses get LOUD and are so POWERFUL here that they make a mockery of most of what we played
  • Every Breath You Take and Wrapped Around Your Finger are amazingly big, rich and Tubey Magical here
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "Few other albums from 1983 merged tasteful pop, sophistication, and expert songwriting as well as Synchronicity did, resulting in yet another all-time classic."
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The Police
Ghost in the Machine

  (Item #: policghost_1710_2) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • You'll find Hot Stamper grades on both sides of The Police's classic from 1981, Ghost in the Machine
  • Includes some of the band's most sophisticated hits: Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, Invisible Sun, Spirits In The Material World, Secret Journey and more
  • Hugh Padgham took over engineering duties for this and The Police's next album - the quality of their recordings is much the better for it
  • "An immensely satisfying album that should vex more than a few Police critics ... this is thoughtful pop for now people."
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David Bowie
Young Americans

  (Item #: bowieyoung_1710_3) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Very good Hot Stamper grades on both sides of Bowie's soul album
  • You get much richer, smoother sound than the typical pressing offers -- most copies err on the dry and grainy side
  • One of our favorites by Bowie, with so many killer tracks: Young Americans, Fascination, Somebody Up There Likes Me, Across the Universe and, of course, Fame
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Linda Ronstadt
The Stone Poneys Feat. Linda Ronstadt

  (Item #: ronststone_1710) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better copies we played in our shootout for these later pressings
  • Much more folk than pop, for the most part the sound here is tubey, rich and sweet
  • The originals from 1967 have never impressed us much - re-released when HLAW hit big, it features three great Linda solos
  • "It doesn't have "Different Drum," but the first Stone Poneys album is their folkiest and best, dominated by close harmonies and strong original material by the group's guitarists, Bob Kimmel and Ken Edwards."
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Willie Nelson
Always On My Mind

  (Item #: nelsoalway_1710_2) 

Our Price: $139.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy was one of the better pressings we played in our recent shootout
  • Just drop the needle on Bridge Over Troubled Water to hear Willie and his bandmates doing what they do best
  • Fairly quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - they don't come any quieter
  • ...Throughout the late '70s, Nelson's freewheeling, organically eclectic music was not just the biggest thing in country, it was also some of its best, most adventurous music... At the time, it was a huge, huge hit — his biggest ever, actually, spending 22 weeks at the top of the country charts..."
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The B-52's
The B-52's

  (Item #: b-52sb-52s_1710_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find Hot Stamper sound on both sides of the B-52's classic Masterpiece of demented rock
  • Super present, punchy and full-bodied, and pressed on relatively quiet vinyl (Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus)
  • Tubey Magic in 1979? Somehow they managed to pull it off - big and clear too
  • 5 stars in the All Music Guide, Better Records Top 100, and a New Wave Classic
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Neil Diamond
Tap Root Manuscript

  (Item #: diamotapro_1710) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on side one, nearly as good on side two - an excellent copy
  • Cracklin' Rosie here is Neil's first Number One hit, with backup (and near-guaranteed success) by the Wrecking Crew
  • Side two is a suite with a lovely children's chorus and fascinating African instruments and rhythms
  • AMG 4 Stars: "... this album confirmed Diamond's breakthrough as a recording star."
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The Rolling Stones
Beggars Banquet

  (Item #: rollibegga_1710_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With Hot Stamper grades on both sides of this early domestic pressing, this is the way a Stones Classic from 1969 is supposed to sound
  • The sound is rich and lively throughout - the vocals are dramatically less gritty here than they are on most
  • One of a select group of Rolling Stones records we prize above all others - Sticky Fingers and Let It Bleed round out the trio
  • 5 stars in the AMG -- with songs like Sympathy For The Devil, Street Fighting Man, Stray Cat Blues, No Expectations - really, is there a bad track on the album? We sure can't find one
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Chet Atkins
The Most Popular Guitar

  (Item #: atkinmostp_1710) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy was one of the better ones we played in our recent shootout
  • Bill Porter working in his custom Nashville studio sure knows how to make an amazing Living Stereo recording
  • If you're looking to demonstrate just how good 1961 All Tube Analog sound can be, this copy is just the record that can do it
  • The soundstage, depth, and height of this spacious recording are as huge and three-dimensional as any you've heard
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Santana
Santana (III)

  (Item #: santasant3_1710) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one and a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy is rockin' with punchy drums and big guitars
  • Amazing transparency - you hear into the huge, deep soundfield with almost nothing between you and the musicians
  • Surprising amounts of Tubey Magic -- some of the best sound this very well recorded band achieved in the studio
  • 3 big hits that sound great here: No One To Depend On, Everybody's Everything and Everything's Coming Our Way
  • 4 1/2 stars: "This is essential Santana, a record that deserves to be reconsidered in light of its lasting abundance and vision."
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White Hot Stamper

Buffalo Springfield
Last Time Around

  (Item #: buffalastt_1710_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An amazing sounding pressing with a Triple Plus (A+++) side one and an excellent Double Plus (A++) side two
  • Relaxed, rich and tubey, this is exactly what you wanted from this music but had no way to hear - until now
  • A White Hot copy with vinyl this quiet? We might find one that plays this well and sounds this good every two years or so, if that
  • Some of the best songs the band ever wrote are right here: I Am A Child, Kind Woman and many, many more
  • If Buffalo Springfield Again deserves a Five Star rating then Last Time Around does too - it's every bit as brilliant
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Sonny Rollins
The Bridge

  (Item #: rollibridg_1710) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A very good sounding stereo copy of this Rollins classic, earning Double Plus (A++) grades or close to it on both sides
  • The 1962 sound is wonderfully Tubey Magical, full-bodied and solid, the bass note-like and clear
  • This is the kind of Demo Disc sound that the brilliant Ray Hall was able to engineer with tubes back in 1962, and it's glorious to hear in 2017
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The interplay between Rollins and Jim Hall [on guitar] is consistently impressive, making this a near-classic and a very successful comeback."
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Dire Straits
Brothers In Arms

  (Item #: diresbroth_1710) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • This killer domestic pressing gives you a Triple Plus (A+++) side one and a side two that's right up there with it (A++ to A+++)
  • Fully extended from top to bottom with a wide-open soundstage, for this music this is the right sound
  • So Far Away, Money For Nothing and Walk Of Life all sound great on this Triple Plus copy!
  • "One of their most focused and accomplished albums ... Dire Straits had never been so concise or pop-oriented, and it wore well on them." -- Allmusic, 4 stars
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Paul Simon
One Trick Pony

  (Item #: simononetr_1710) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two excellent Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better copies we played in our recent shootout
  • Only the third Hot Stamper copy to hit the site in over four years
  • It's rich, warm, and sweet with dramatically more energy than most - Late in the Evening is great on this copy
  • "This is the closest thing to a band album Simon ever made, and it contains some of his most rhythmic and energetic singing."
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Hot Stamper

Electric Light Orchestra
A New World Record

  (Item #: electnewwo_1710_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This UK pressing of ELO's Must Own Masterpiece boasts very good Hot Stamper sound on both sides
  • An Arty Pop Rock Classic - for ELO-loving audiophiles it just doesn't get any better than A New World Record
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Opening with the opulently orchestrated "Tightrope," which heralds the perfect production found throughout this album, A New World Record contains seven of the best songs ever to come out of the group."
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Elton John
Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player

  (Item #: john_donts_1710) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • Amazing Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides, absolutely as good as it gets and one of the best copies to hit the site in three years
  • Spacious, musical and lifelike, this is a truly superb pressing, and on relatively quiet vinyl too!
  • Thanks to Ken Scott's brilliant engineering and Gus Dudgeon's production savvy, every song here sounds better than you imagined
  • 4 stars in the AMG: "His most direct, pop-oriented album... a very enjoyable piece of well-crafted pop/rock."
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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Deja Vu

  (Item #: crosbdejav_1710_1) 

Our Price: $749.99

  • A stunning copy that is guaranteed to blow your mind; each side rates a Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it
  • The sound is HUGE -- lively, present and rich in a way that nothing you've heard can compete with
  • One of our all time favorite albums at Better Records and one that almost never sounds THIS good
  • "A rich musical banquet for the most serious and personal listeners" - Allmusic 5 stars
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The Police
Ghost in the Machine

  (Item #: policghost_1710_1) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • Incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides - this is As Good As It Gets for Ghost in the Machine
  • Both sides of this early UK pressing are Tubey Magical, with a huge soundstage and the clarity these dense mixes require
  • Some of the band's most sophisticated hits: Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, Invisible Sun, Spirits In The Material World, Secret Journey and more
  • Hugh Padgham took over engineering duties for this and The Police's next album - the quality of their recordings is much the better for it
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Mike Oldfield
Tubular Bells

  (Item #: oldfitubul_1710_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This British Virgin LP has an incredible Triple Plus (A+++) side one backed with an excellent Double Plus (A++) side two
  • The space, the richness and the clarity all combine to make this a powerful listening experience
  • It's incredibly hard to find good sounding copies of this record - this is only the second White Hot copy to hit the site in a long time
  • "Mike Oldfield's groundbreaking album Tubular Bells is arguably the finest conglomeration of off-centered instruments concerted together to form a single, unique piece. A variety of instruments are combined to create an excitable multitude of rhythms, tones, pitches, and harmonies that all fuse neatly into each other, resulting in an astounding plethora of music."
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Marty Paich Big Band
What's New

  (Item #: paichwhats_1710) 

Our Price: $139.99

  • With seriously good Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides, this copy has Tubey Magical Big Band sound to die for
  • If you large group swinging West Coast Jazz is your thing - think Art Pepper Plus Eleven - you will really get a kick out of this one
  • With All Tube 1957 engineering from the legendary Bones Howe at Radio Recorders, this record's audiophile credentials are fully in order
  • Amazon 5 Stars: "...there's a wonderful, almost nostalgic, fifties West Coast Jazz vibe warmly glowing throughout."
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James Taylor
Sweet Baby James

  (Item #: taylosweet_1710_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Both sides here are outstanding, earning Double Plus (A++) grades for sound and playing fairly quietly
  • This early WB Green Label pressing gives you big drums, lots of energy, and real presence to JT's vocals
  • This is the album that single-handedly started the "entire singer/songwriter movement of the early '70s."
  • AMG 5 stars, a Rock & Pop Top 100 title, and a Masterpiece incorporating folk, country, gospel, and blues
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Illinois Jacquet
Bottoms Up

  (Item #: jacqubotto_1710) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • With a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side one and a side two that's right up there with it, this copy of Bottoms Up has much to recommend it
  • Big, full and present, the sound is natural and balanced throughout
  • "Even in 1968 when the jazz avant-garde was becoming quite influential, tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet played in his own timeless style, performing in an idiom little changed during the previous 20 years."
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Harry Nilsson
Harry

  (Item #: nilssharry_1701x) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A Shootout Winning copy - Triple Plus (A+++) on side one, nearly that (A++ to A+++) on side two, about as good as it gets
  • Harry's sweet, intimate cover of Mother Nature's Son transcends even McCartney's original - how often does that happen?
  • Here Nilsson proves that he is songwriting talent to be reckoned with, as well as the owner of one of the sweetest tenors in pop
  • 4 Stars on Allmusic: "Harry is where Harry Nilsson began to become Nilsson, an immensely gifted singer/songwriter/musician with a warped sense of humor..."
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The Byrds
Untitled

  (Item #: byrdsuntit_1710_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A wonderful sounding copy: Double Plus (A++) on the first three sides and a side four that's close enough for rock and roll
  • The sound is rich, full-bodied, and open with impressive transparency and presence - quiet vinyl too (M- on side 3!)
  • Features a 16 minute Eight Miles High on the live disc that just kills - especially on a lively copy like this
  • Allmusic 4 Stars: "Untitled was always the [later Byrds album] to own, even if you weren't a huge fan."
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Jackson Browne
Late for the Sky

  (Item #: brownlatef_1703x) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • An amazing sounding copy with a Triple Plus (A+++) side two and a Double Plus (A++) side one!
  • The sound is big and full-bodied yet still open and clear, and exceptionally dynamic for a '70s studio recording
  • The size, weight and energy of the singers only comes through on these clear, full-bodied, resolving copies
  • 5 stars from AMG and Rolling Stone: "...it’s the quintessential Browne album."
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Elton John
Rock of the Westies

  (Item #: john_rocko_1710) 

Our Price: $139.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides, this is a Must Own Elton John classic
  • The music on this album has energy that surpasses any other Elton collection we've heard
  • Includes rockers like Medley (Yell Help, Wednesday Night, Ugly); Island Girl; Street Kids and Hard Luck Story
  • "Rock of the Westies appears in retrospect to be his last great rock album. It certainly does rock consistently harder than any other John album..." - Amazon
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Elvis Costello
Punch The Clock

  (Item #: costepunch_1710) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish and far and away the best copy to ever hit the site
  • Both sides are incredibly big, full and lively with deep punchy bass, a nice extended top end and tons of energy
  • The bass, along with the horn sound, are the two key elements to getting a good copy of this record, and they're both right on the money here
  • "Punch the Clock won't alter anyone's opinion of Elvis Costello, because it doesn't represent much of a change for him. He remains the most consistently interesting songwriter in rock & roll, and there is evidence that a new, more emotionally generous sensibility may soon be present in his work." Rolling Stone
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Randy Newman
12 Songs

  (Item #: newma12son_1710_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Two excellent Double Plus (A++) sides make this a very strong copy of what some consider Newman's best album
  • An excellent pressing, with a very strong bottom end, lovely richness and warmth, real space and separation between the instruments and wonderful immediacy throughout
  • The clarity and sharpness of the piano and guitar perfectly support and complement Randy's heartfelt vocals
  • "Superb material brilliantly executed, 12 Songs was Randy Newman's first great album, and is still one of his finest moments on record." - 5 stars
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Willie Nelson
Without A Song

  (Item #: nelsowitho_1710_2) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • This Willie Nelson classic album of standards boasts very good sound and fairly quiet vinyl from first note to last
  • Nelson's 32nd studio album, this sequel to Stardust includes a collaboration with Julio Iglesias on If Time Goes By
  • Showcases Booker T. Jones' superb arrangements on Great American Songbook perennials such as Autumn Leaves, As Time Goes By, Harbor Lights and of course, Without a Song
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Sly And The Family Stone
Fresh

  (Item #: slyanfresh_1710) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • An outstanding copy of Sly's last Must Own album - both sides earned seriously good Double Plus (A++) sonic grades
  • These sides sound the way this music should - big, full and solid with plenty of energy and a fairly smooth top end
  • As quiet as we can find them - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus, not an easy thing to find on Sly's records
  • "...an utterly individual album that wound up being his last masterwork and one of the great funk albums of its era."
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Donovan
In Concert

  (Item #: donovincon_1710) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With two insanely good Triple Plus (A+++) sides, this 2-Pack is guaranteed to sound far better than any copy you've ever heard
  • A shockingly well recorded live set, so REAL and natural, with some of Donovan's best songs played with real feeling
  • This early Epic stereo pressing is the only way to hear the MIDRANGE MAGIC that’s missing from modern records
  • Allmusic 4 1/2 stars "The only album that comes close to having the flow of this concert was the studio recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks ... One of the great live albums of the '60s."
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Bob Dylan
Desire

  (Item #: dylandesir_1710) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish, this was one of the better copies we heard in our most recent shootout
  • Both sides are wonderfully clean, clear, full and lively with excellent bass and lots of space around the instruments
  • Desire spent five weeks at Number One, mostly on the strength of the powerful and provocative "Hurricane"
  • Allmusic raves: "...one of his most fascinating records of the '70s and '80s -- more intriguing, lyrically and musically, than most of his latter-day affairs."
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Bruce Springsteen
Darkness On The Edge Of Town

  (Item #: sprindarkn_1710) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An amazing pressing of this Springsteen classic - Triple Plus (A+++) on side two, close behind on side one (A++ to A+++)
  • The background vocals absolutely jump out of the speakers. Track after track the life and energy get bigger and better
  • HUGE, punchy, lively and rockin' throughout - the piano was solid and weighty, and the Tubey Magic was obvious for all to hear
  • The followup to Born to Run here earned 4 1/2 stars at Allmusic: "Hard truths in hard rock settings."
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Crosby / Nash
Graham Nash/ David Crosby

  (Item #: crosbgraha_1710_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or better from start to finish - these Artisan originals are the only way to go!
  • The best sound Crosby and Nash ever managed as a duo - nothing else is all that close even
  • The vocals are exceptionally smooth and sweet here - this recording is the very definition of Midrange Magic
  • 4 stars: "This self-titled release is one of — if not arguably the — most impressive side project to arise from CSN. The best elements of each are readily available here, punctuated at every turn by their complicated vocal arrangements and air-lock harmonies."
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Led Zeppelin
Houses of the Holy

  (Item #: ledzehouse_1710_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Two SUPERB Tubey Magical sides, each earning very strong Double Plus (A++) grades - so spacious and sweet
  • The sound here is big, lively, transparent (check out The Rain Song) and energetic (ditto The Song Remains the Same)
  • A Top 100 album (along with 4 other Zep titles), 5 Stars in Allmusic, and a true Must Own classic of Classic Rock
  • "Jimmy Page's riffs rely on ringing, folky hooks as much as they do on thundering blues-rock, giving the album a lighter, more open atmosphere..."
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Al Dimeola
Elegant Gypsy

  (Item #: dimeoelega_1710_2) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • One of the best copies of this phenomenal Fusion Guitar Jazz Classic to ever hit the site -- Triple Plus (A+++) throughout
  • Both sides are incredibly lively, full-bodied, open and present -- the sound is HUGE and WEIGHTY and it rocks
  • There is a mark that plays during track one on side one so we've discounted this one accordingly
  • 5 stars: "Generally an explosive affair, although it does have a fair amount of variety. A near classic in the fusion vein."
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Kansas
Leftoverture

  (Item #: kansalefto_1710) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with both sides rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or better
  • Both sides here are big and bold with a massive bottom end and plenty of energy
  • Carry On My Wayward Son is guaranteed to blow your mind - the spaciousness and the amount of bass on this side are off the charts
  • "Undoubtedly their finest album, Leftoverture warrants Kansas a spot right alongside Boston and Styx as one of the fresh new American bands who combine hard-driving group instrumentation with short, tight melody lines..." Rolling Stone
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Flack / Hathaway
Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway

  (Item #: flackrober_1710) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An incredible copy with each side rating a Triple Plus (A+++) or very close to it - this is pretty much as good as it gets folks!
  • There's Tubey Magic, sweetness and spaciousness all over this recording - when it all comes together on Where Is The Love you won't believe how good this Shootout Winning copy sounds
  • One of our favorite duet albums, Flack and the woefully underrated Soul Man Donny Hathaway are in top form here
  • Allmusic raves: "A duet classic, and perhaps the most popular album Roberta Flack made. "Where Is the Love" dominated urban contemporary radio for almost the entire year, while "You've Got a Friend" was just as influential..."
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Boz Scaggs
Boz Scaggs

  (Item #: scaggbozsc_1710) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This original pressing (the only way to fly) has excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides, and fairly quiet vinyl
  • Full of analog richness, sweetness and naturalness -- this record sounds right to us
  • The nearly 13-minute long version of Loan Me A Dime on side two is out of this world
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Boz Scaggs' musical vision [...] would grow smoother and more assured over the years, but the slight bit of raggedness suits the funky, down-home performances and helps make this not only a great debut, but also an enduring blue-eyed soul masterpiece."
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The Doobie Brothers
The Captain and Me

  (Item #: doobicapta_1710) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Both sides of the Doobies 1973 breakthrough release here earned very good Hot Stamper grades
  • Natural Thing, China Grove and Long Train Runnin' all sound very good here - smooth, rich and full of energy
  • Credit Donn Landee with the full-bodied, oh-so-analog sound of these vintage domestic copies
  • Allmusic 4 1/2 stars: "The Doobie Brothers' third long-player was the charm, their most substantial and consistent album to date, and one that rode the charts for a year."
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Donovan
The Real Donovan

  (Item #: donovreald_1710) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With a superbly balanced nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side two and nearly Double Plus (A+ to A++) side one, this is a great way to hear these songs from '65 & '66
  • If more mono records sounded as big and open as this one we would totally be on board with the current movement towards One Channel
  • The Real Donovan is a compilation of singles, along with some tracks sourced from the first two albums, and an EP, as well as a couple of b-sides
  • Catch the Wind and Colours are two of the better known songs here, but really, all these folk songs are well written and performed with real feeling
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The Doobie Bros.
Minute By Minute

  (Item #: doobiminut_1710_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two and a side one that's right up there with it, this is a very good sounding copy
  • Open Your Eyes, What A Fool Believes and the title track all sound wonderful here
  • The sound is bigger, richer, livelier and smoother than many copies out there
  • An Audiophile Quality Pop Music Production as close to perfect as one can ask for, thanks to Ted Templeman and Donn Landee
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Ray Brown
with The All-Star Big Band

  (Item #: brownwitht_1710) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • With two excellent Double Plus (A++) sides, this is Big Band done right
  • The Tubey Magical richness of this 1962 recording is breathtaking - no modern record can touch it
  • Swinging tunes played by some of the best Jazz Pros of the day - Cannonball Adderley, Joe Newman, Tommy Flanagan and plenty more
  • This is the kind of huge, rich sound that Ray Hall engineered with tubes back in 1962, and it's glorious to hear in 2017
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Paul McCartney and Wings
Red Rose Speedway

  (Item #: mccarredro_1710) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • This early British Apple pressing has very good Double Plus (A++) sound on side two and a side one that's close to i
  • This copy has the kind of sound we look for in a 70's Pop Rock record
  • Complete with the full-color 12-page booklet of photos and lyrics
  • "...McCartney's little flourishes are intoxicating -- not just the melodies, but the facile production and offhand invention."
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Willie Dixon
I Am The Blues

  (Item #: dixoniamth_1710) 

Our Price: $49.99

  • You'll find very good Hot Stamper sound on both sides of this '70s pressing, a Willie Dixon late classic
  • A longtime favorite of ours, with unusually good sound for a blues recording, even one from as late as 1970
  • Features updated versions of many Dixon Classics: Spoonful, Hoochie Coochie Man, I Can't Quit You Baby and more
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Heart
Dreamboat Annie

  (Item #: heartdream_1710) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • An amazing copy of this Heart classic, Double Plus (A++) on the first side and Triple Plus (A+++) on the second
  • Punchy and present, open and transparent, with real weight and power to the low end, nothing else in our shootout could compare to this one on side two
  • There is so much more LIFE to this recording than I ever thought possible, and only the best pressings let that energy come through.
  • A Better Records Top 100 album, 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "Aggressive yet melodic rockers like "Sing Child," "White Lightning & Wine," and the rock radio staples "Magic Man" and "Crazy on You" led to the tag "the female Led Zeppelin."
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Boz Scaggs
Silk Degrees

  (Item #: scaggsilkd_1702s) 

Our Price: $119.99
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  • Superb sound for Boz's very well recorded Masterpiece of Soulful Pop, earning Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • Punchy, open and clear throughout with the big bass and energy so critical to this rhythmic music
  • This copy brings out of the mix the solid, weighty piano that's missing from the CBS Half-Speed and 90% of the reissues
  • 5 stars in Allmusic: Scaggs "hit the R&B charts in a big way with the addictive, sly Lowdown... and expressed his love of smooth soul music almost as well on the appealing What Can I Say."
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Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac

  (Item #: fleetfleet_1710_1) 

Our Price: $219.99

  • Excellent sound from start to finish with each side rating a solid Double Plus (A++)
  • Both sides are super rich, full and transparent with excellent clarity, loads of energy and a huge bottom end
  • Their best sounding album - the sound is tubey like no other
  • Relatively quiet at Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus -- these are tough to find any cleaner
  • 5 Stars in AMG - a Better Records Rock and Pop Top 100 Album
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Roxy Music
Country Life

  (Item #: roxymcount_1710_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This killer early British Island copy had two excellent sides, each rating a solid Double Plus (A++)
  • Big, rich, full and dynamic with plenty of Tubey Magic and energy; one of the better copies from our most recent shootout
  • Relatively quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • AMG raves that "...Country Life finds Roxy Music at the peak of their powers, alternating between majestic, unsettling art rock and glamorous, elegant pop/rock. Roxy Music rarely sounded as invigorating as they do here."
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Talking Heads
More Songs About Buildings and Food

  (Item #: talkimores_1710_1) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound throughout for More Songs, The Talking Head's One True Masterpiece
  • Both sides here are big and full with a massive bottom end and tons of energy; Take Me to the River rocks like you won't believe
  • Eno produced, Rhett Davies engineered, every track is (psycho) killer - a Must Own from 1978
  • 5 stars: "Brian Eno brought a musical unity that tied the album together, especially in terms of the rhythm section, the sequencing, the pacing, and the mixing."
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T.Rex
Electric Warrior

  (Item #: trex_elect_1710_1) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • An incredible copy of this T.Rex classic with both sides rating a Triple Plus (A+++)
  • Both sides here are absolutely Out Of This World -- so full of richness and Tubey Magic
  • We're selling this one at a big discount due to some condition issues (see grading tab below)
  • "... it's that sense of playfulness, combined with a raft of irresistible hooks, that keeps Electric Warrior such an infectious, invigorating listen today." - All Music
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Electric Light Orchestra
A New World Record

  (Item #: electnewwo_1710) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • ELO's Masterpiece returns to the site - this UK pressing boasts superb Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • For ELO-loving audiophiles it just doesn't get any better than A New World Record
  • A Must Own Arty Pop Rock Classic, with brilliant music and superior sound - no other album of theirs comes close
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Opening with the opulently orchestrated "Tightrope," which heralds the perfect production found throughout this album, A New World Record contains seven of the best songs ever to come out of the group."
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Paul Simon
Paul Simon

  (Item #: simonpauls_1710) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A great copy of Simon's debut with excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Clean, clear and open with huge bass and amazing Tubey Magic on the vocals and guitars
  • Roy Halee handled the engineering and as usual he did a great job for the time - thankfully it was recorded in 1972, not 1982
  • 5 Stars: "It was miles removed from the big, stately ballad style of Bridge Over Troubled Water and signaled that Simon was a versatile songwriter as well as an expressive singer with a much broader range of musical interests than he had previously demonstrated."
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The Beatles
Help!

  (Item #: beatlhelp_1710) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • This copy offers excellent sound for all 14 songs - a very good sounding British Help! indeed
  • The energy, presence and clarity on this copy are way beyond compare
  • If you were as disappointed as we were by the new Stereo and Mono Heavy Vinyl, try the real thing on Parlophone
  • You know side one, but most of the songs on side two are classics as well: Act Naturally, It’s Only Love, You Like Me Too Much, Tell Me What You See, I’ve Just Seen a Face and -- wait for it -- Yesterday (!)
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Roxy Music
Siren

  (Item #: roxymsiren_1710) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding early pressing of this Art Rock classic, rating Double Plus (A++) for sound on both sides
  • The sound is richer and fuller than on most copies, with a particularly strong, solid bottom end
  • Some of Ferry's strongest songwriting: Love Is The Drug, End of the Line, Sentimental Fool and more
  • 5 stars: "Roxy embraces dance and unabashed pop on Siren, weaving them into their sleek, arty sound."
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Fleetwood Mac
Rumours

  (Item #: fleetrumou_1710) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • A KILLER copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and Double Plus (A++) on the second
  • Tubey Magical Analog - The sound is open, spacious and transparent, with a huge three-dimensional soundfield
  • When you hear it sound as good as it does here, you'll know why we consider Rumours a Better Records Top 100 Demo Disc
  • 5 stars: "Each tune, each phrase regains its raw, immediate emotional power—which is why Rumours touched a nerve upon its 1977 release, and has since transcended its era to be one of the greatest, most compelling pop albums of all time."
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The Who
Who’s Next

  (Item #: who__whosn_1710_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This Decca Colorband pressing will be hard to beat, nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on side one and a solid Double Plus (A++) grade for side two
  • Exceptionally rich, lively and present with a strong bottom, this is a hard rockin' Who's Next like you will not believe
  • Talk about whomp - here's the kind of record that rewards a system with a killer bottom end and the ability to play loud
  • 5 stars in Allmusic, a Top 100 Title, and without question The Who's One True Rock Masterpiece
  • ...there's anger and sorrow, humor and regret, passion and tumult, all wrapped up in a blistering package where the rage is as affecting as the heartbreak."
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Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Pictures At An Exhibition

  (Item #: emerspictu_1710) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Excellent sound throughout for this ELP classic with each side rating a solid Double Plus (A++)
  • Both sides here are clean, clear and open with a massive bottom end and huge amounts of energy
  • Fairly quiet vinyl for this title -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout, they don't come quieter
  • "...it teased the brain with its mix of melody and heavy rock, and for anyone with some musical knowledge, serious or casual, it was a sufficiently bold use of Mussorgsky's original to stimulate hours of delightful listening." -- Allmusic
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Yes
The Yes Album

  (Item #: yes__yesal_1710_1) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • A Big As Life copy with Triple Plus (A+++) grades or close to it on both sides - the sound is MASSIVE
  • Parts of the album are nothing less than startling in their Prog Rock Power - Starship Trooper is insane here
  • As big and bold as any rock record out there - quiet too, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • A Top 100 Album and the band's best sounding record if you ask us (although Fragile can sound amazing too)
  • "Organist Tony Kaye, guitarist Steve Howe and bass player Chris Squire play as though of one mind, complementing each other's work as a knowledgeable band should."
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Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin IV

  (Item #: ledze4_1710) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A Hard Rockin' Zep IV with excellent Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • Dramatically fuller and smoother than most, making it possible to get the volume up good and high where it belongs
  • Here they are: Black Dog, Rock & Roll, Stairway, When the Levee Breaks, and more, all sounding better than you've ever heard them before
  • 5 stars: "Encompassing heavy metal, folk, pure rock & roll, and blues, Led Zeppelin's untitled fourth album is a monolithic record, defining not only Led Zeppelin but the sound and style of '70s hard rock."
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Weather Report
Tale Spinnin'

  (Item #: weathtales_1710) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two excellent Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy of the band's 1975 release will be hard to beat
  • Recorded by Bruce Botnick at Wally Heider's, this is one of the few Weather Report albums that has anything close to audiophile sound
  • So solid, spacious, and rich, this copy has the room the myriad instruments and recorded effects need
  • "Spinnin’ convinces once again that Weather Report is the most adventurous, meticulous and consistently stimulating band working in the electric-jazz idiom.” Rolling Stone
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Art Pepper
Living Legend

  (Item #: peppelivin_1710) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side two and a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side one, this copy will be very hard to beat
  • His classic return to the recording studio in 1975, boasting his usual top quality sound, and the vinyl is fairly quiet too
  • The lineup on this LP is stellar, with Hampton Hawes on piano and keys, Shelly Manne on drums, and the great Charlie Haden on bass.
  • "Polish is for shoes and fingernails: by the late '70s Pepper was rough, raw, and nakedly vulnerable. Every solo this late in his career was an adventure." AMG
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Fleetwood Mac
The Pious Bird Of Good Omen

  (Item #: fleetpious_1710) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find excellent Hot Stamper grades on both sides of this early Fleetwood Mac classic
  • If you're a fan of Peter Green era Fleetwood Mac - and who in his right mind wouldn't be - then you can't go wrong with this record
  • A superb album with Need Your Love So Bad, Albratross and Black Magic Woman
  • "Pious Bird of Good Omen makes for a terrific laid-back stroll through some of the best British blues music ever made."
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Glenn Frey
Soul Searchin'

  (Item #: frey_souls_1710) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one and an excellent Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy will be very hard to beat
  • We were shocked to find out that this album actually sounds very analog - rich, smooth, sweet and natural
  • Elliot Scheiner (Royal Scam, Aja, Nightfly) produced and also did some engineering - he is to be commended for his excellent work here
  • "Though I left Detroit and went to California to cut my teeth on country-rock, I've remained obsessed with the music of my adolescence, the great soul hits of the 60's and early 70's."
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Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks
Where’s The Money?

  (Item #: hickswhere_1702x) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A truly outstanding early pressing with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side two and Double Plus (A++) sound on side one
  • The sound is rich, real and musical in ways that we we almost never hear a Dan Hicks record sound
  • The female singers' voices are so clear, breathy and sweet on this copy, we were a bit taken aback - that just never happens
  • Allmusic 4 1/2 Stars: "...the album does in fact capture a certain intimacy missing from their studio debut."
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The Three
The Three
(33 RPM)

  (Item #: threethree_33_1710) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • A true Demo Disc, with a solid Double Plus (A++) grade on side two and a side one that's close to it
  • The transients are uncannily lifelike - listen for the huge amounts of kinetic energy produced when Shelly whacks the hell out of his cymbals
  • My favorite Piano Trio Jazz Album of All Time; every one of those six tracks is brilliantly arranged and performed (if you have the right takes of course; more about that later)
  • 4 Stars: "One of Joe Sample's finest sessions as a leader" - with Shelly Manne and Ray Brown, we would say it's clearly his finest session, as a leader or simply as the piano player in a killer trio
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Bruce Springsteen
Tunnel of Love

  (Item #: sprintunne_1710) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Double Plus (A++) on both sides - the sound is big, open and full-bodied with a clear and present midrange
  • Exceedingly quiet vinyl - a true Mint Minus throughout
  • On the better pressings you get something approaching the warmth and unforced clarity of analog we audiophiles crave
  • Some of Bruce's best material is here: the title track and One Step Up are two of our favorites
  • "Bruce Springsteen followed the most popular album of his career, Born in the U.S.A., with [a] low-key, anguished effort, Tunnel of Love."
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Bruce Springsteen
The Wild, The Innocent...

  (Item #: sprinwildt_1710) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • With a solid Double Plus (A++) side two and a side one that's close to it, this copy has much to recommend it
  • Both sides are big and full yet still clean, clear and open with plenty of bottom end weight and wonderfully present vocals
  • Much better sound than we ever expected to hear and on fairly quiet vinyl to boot!
  • AMG 5 Stars: "He would later make different albums, but he never made a better one. The truth is, The Wild, The Innocent & the E Street Shuffle is one of the greatest albums in the history of rock & roll."
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George Benson
Breezin'

  (Item #: bensobreez_1710) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side two and a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side one, this copy will be hard to beat
  • Thanks to the superb engineering of Al Schmitt you can be sure this album has the sonic goods like nothing you've heard
  • A crossover smash that even went all the way to Number One on the pop charts, featuring the hit "This Masquerade"
  • "George Benson became a pop superstar with this album, thanks to its least representative track." Allmusic, Irony Division
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801
801 Live

  (Item #: 801__live_1710) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • An insanely good copy of this Better Records fave; Triple Plus (A+++) on side two, Double Plus (A++) on side one
  • Both sides are full-bodied, rich, BIG and present -- the guitars are really jumping out on this copy
  • If you're looking for a live record that rocks like crazy, this Shootout Winning UK Island original will knock you out
  • Eno and Manzanera created this unique masterpiece with the help of Rhett Davies' brilliant engineering
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801
801 Live

  (Item #: 801__live_1612x) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides of this killer original British pressing - this copy rocks!
  • If you have the system for it this record will bring the concert experience right into your living room
  • Eno and Manzanera created this Art Rock Masterpiece with the help of Rhett Davies' brilliant engineering
  • A Must Own Rock & Pop Top 100 title, not to mention Desert Island Disc for yours truly
  • "This album marks probably one of the last times that Eno rocked out in such an unself-consciously fun fashion, but that's not the only reason to buy it: 801 Live is a cohesive document of an unlikely crew who had fun and took chances."
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Talking Heads
More Songs About Buildings and Food

  (Item #: talkimores_1710) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • An unbeatable Shootout Winning Triple Triple (A+++) copy for More Songs, The Talking Head's One True Masterpiece
  • Never before have you heard these songs sound as BIG, BOLD and ALIVE! Take Me to the River rocks like you won't believe
  • Eno produced, Rhett Davies engineered, every track is (psycho) killer - a Must Own from 1978
  • 5 stars: "Brian Eno brought a musical unity that tied the album together, especially in terms of the rhythm section, the sequencing, the pacing, and the mixing."
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Talking Heads
Little Creatures

  (Item #: talkilittl_1710) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A Killer Copy with Double Plus (A++) or better sides - this one has the BIG BEAT sound we love
  • I ask you, what record from 1985 sounds better than Little Creatures?
  • These sides are rockin' on tracks like Stay Up Late, Road To Nowhere, And She Was, Creatures of Love and more
  • Surprisingly big, punchy and open sound for this '85 pop classic - a Top 100 album and longtime Better Records favorite
  • "Ear Candy ...a pop album, and an accomplished one, by a band that knew what it was doing." - 4 1/2 stars
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The Doors
The Soft Parade

  (Item #: doorssoftp_1710_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides and exceptionally quite vinyl, this copy will be hard to beat
  • The sound is rich, lively and dynamic with solid brass and punchy drums - thanks, Bruce Botnick!
  • Full of great songs including Touch Me, Runnin' Blue, Wild Child and the amazingly trippy extended Soft Parade suite
  • "Much like a true “parade” of an English fugue, the song morphs from Morrison’s a capella sermon-like intro to a Baroque ballad to a show tune-like section to the long rock outro, the music masterfully following the flowing, stream of consciousness lyric." Hell yeah!
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Joni Mitchell
Ladies Of The Canyon

  (Item #: mitchladie_1710) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With Hot Stamper grades on both sides, the sound here is present and clear with lovely midrange richness
  • Some of our favorite Joni songs: Morning Morgantown, For Free, Big Yellow Taxi, Woodstock, The Circle Game and 7 more
  • This copy and the right playback will bring this music to life in a way that you cannot imagine until you hear it
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "This album is yet another essential listen in Mitchell's recorded canon."
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Grateful Dead
Blues For Allah

  (Item #: grateblues_1710_3) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An excellent copy with Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last
  • Both sides here are clean, clear and open with excellent bass and plenty of space around all of the instruments
  • Fairly quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Blues for Allah — more than any past or future studio album — captures the Dead at their most natural and inspired." - All Music
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Art Pepper
Meets The Rhythm Section

  (Item #: peppemeets_1710) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides - one of the better copies to hit the site recently
  • The stereo sound is full-bodied, with wonderful immediacy to Pepper's breathy sax and none of the bloated bass and murky mids of the originals
  • This Yellow Label pressing plays about as quiet as we can find them, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • Many consider this Five Star album to be the best record Art Pepper ever made "... a diamond of recorded jazz history."
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The Moody Blues
In Search Of The Lost Chord

  (Item #: moodyinsea_1710) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This early UK pressing offers excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from beginning to end
  • This copy is tubey and rich and, most importantly, doesn't sound murky or muddy
  • The first Moody Blues album to feature their trademark mellotron arrangements
  • "...the album on which the Moody Blues discovered drugs and mysticism as a basis for songwriting and came up with a compelling psychedelic creation, filled with songs about Timothy Leary and the astral plane and other psychedelic-era concerns."
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Kenny Loggins
Celebrate Me Home

  (Item #: loggiceleb_1710) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • One of the best copies to ever hit the site and boy is it killer -- Triple Plus (A+++) sound, or close to it, from start to finish
  • Both sides here are rich, full and Tubey Magical with a massive bottom end and lots of space around the instruments
  • It's also one of the only Loggins solo albums I've ever liked; it's a favorite of mine from back in the day
  • Allmusic 4 Stars: "Loggins is in good form throughout the record, and if even only the title track entered his readily-acknowledged canon, this has a fine, sustained mood: a soft late '70s vibe that makes it a nice artifact of its time, as well as one of his stronger records, as illustrated by its platinum status -- something it achieved without any blockbuster singles."
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Whitney Houston
Whitney

  (Item #: houstwhitn_1710_1) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • This excellent copy has surprisingly natural sound for an '80s release - Double Plus (A++) on both sides
  • Super big and lively with a solid bottom end, this album has the kind of analog sound we did not expect to find, thank goodness
  • Lot of number one hits here: "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)", "Didn't We Almost Have It All," "So Emotional" and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go"
  • "Whitney Houston became an international star with this album" - All Music
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Bryan Ferry
Bete Noire

  (Item #: ferrybeten_1710) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An exceptional pressing, with Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Both sides of this hit-packed 1987 Ferry UK pressing are big, rich and tubey - dramatically fuller than most of the others we played
  • Kiss & Tell and The Right Stuff are two of the bigger bangers here, and they both sound the way they should - big and clear
  • Four Stars in AMG: "Bete Noire sparkles as the highlight of Ferry's post-Roxy solo career... Here, his trademark well-polished heartache strikes a fine balance between mysterious moodiness and dancefloor energy..."
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Oliver Nelson
The Blues and the Abstract Truth

  (Item #: nelsoblues_1710) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • Oliver Nelson's masterpiece returns to the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • Clean, clear and present with a solid bass foundation, as well as the big stage this many musicians need
  • If all you know is Van Gelder's original cutting, you will surely learn a thing or two from this wonderful Hot Stamper
  • Allmusic calls this album "...his triumph as a musician for the aspects of not only defining the sound of an era... but on this recording, assembling one of the most potent modern jazz sextets ever." 5 Stars (of course)
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Ella Fitzgerald
Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!

  (Item #: fitzgclaph_1710) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This early stereo pressing is excellent from first note to last, earning Hot Stamper grades for sound
  • Both sides are rich, smooth and dynamic with lovely, breathy vocals and plenty of Tubey Magic
  • Our single favorite female vocal album here at Better Records, Ella's small group masterpiece
  • "After the lush orchestrations of her classic series of composer songbooks, which found her collaborating with the best arrangers, the intimate scale and easy interplay of a crack band provide a wonderful platform for the spirited performances here."
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Talking Heads
More Songs About Buildings and Food

  (Item #: talkimores_1701x) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • A wonderful Hot Stamper early pressing of this Talking Heads classic - both sides earned very good grades and play fairly quietly
  • You've got to go through a whole lot of copies to find one with this kind of energy, clarity, and resolution
  • 5 stars on Allmusic and without a doubt the band's Masterpiece - Art School Rock that's fun and even danceable
  • Eno produced, Rhett Davies engineered, every track is (psycho) killer - a Must Own from 1978
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Enya
Watermark

  (Item #: enya_water_1710) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • Two Double Plus (A++) sides give you an excellent pressing of this New Age masterpiece
  • The sound is super clear, open and natural with lots of texture and detail
  • Orinico Flow (aka Sail Away) is the big hit here and it sounds amazing on a copy as good as this one
  • 5 stars: "...the subtlety that characterizes her work at her best dominates Watermark, with the lovely title track, her multi-tracked voice gently swooping among the lead piano, and strings like a softly haunting ghost, as fine an example as any."
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The Byrds
Sweetheart Of The Rodeo

  (Item #: byrdssweet_1710) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An outstanding pressing of this seminal classic: nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) on both sides
  • Rich, sweet and musical with a clear, open soundstage, excellent bass and practically no grain or edge
  • An exceptionally tough album to find in the bins these days, let alone with sound this good
  • 5 stars: "If the Byrds didn't do country-rock first, they did it brilliantly, and few albums in the style are as beautiful and emotionally affecting as this."
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David Bowie
Space Oddity

  (Item #: bowiespace_1710_2) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Two strong Double Plus (A++) sides make this an unusually impressive copy
  • Very full-bodied, present vocals, lively sound, and excellent clarity all around
  • Ken Scott engineered at Trident; Rick Wakeman on mellotron
  • "... lightly psychedelic folk-rock, exemplified by the album's soaring title track..."
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Joan Baez
Joan

  (Item #: baez_joan_1710) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A wonderful copy, Double Plus (A++) on both sides - plenty of pure, rich, sweet, Tubey Magical analog sound
  • If you are in the market for a natural sounding female vocal, this is an especially good one
  • Not a "pure" folk album - songs by The Beatles, Donovan, Paul Simon
  • Complex, tasteful orchestrations by Peter Schickele - Eleanor Rigby is a high point
  • "Several of these tracks - "Turquoise" with its gorgeous parts for the harps and the horns, "Children of Darkness" with its beautiful writing for the reeds, and "Saigon Bride" with its haunting brass part - are profoundly beautiful."
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Pat Benatar
Crimes of Passion

  (Item #: benatcrime_1710) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This impressive Double Plus (A++) copy is only the second to ever hit our site, and it is ROCKIN'
  • Credit engineer Keith Olsen, the man behind the Buckingham Nicks album and the even-more-amazing Fleetwood Mac self-titled release
  • Big hits including Treat Me Right, You Better Run and Hit Me With Your Best Shot
  • "Benatar avoids the synth-happy trends of the early '80s and delivers a hard rocking ten-song session of power pop tempered with a few ballads for balance."


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Tony Bennett
I Left My Heart In San Francisco

  (Item #: benneileft_1710) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This early pressing provides Tony with the amazingly good sound he deserves, earning Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • Tubey Magical like you will not believe - this killer copy is as about as huge and as real as it gets
  • Brilliant engineering by Frank Laico at his favorite recording digs (and ours), Columbia 30th Street studios
  • Allmusic 5 Stars and the winner of two Grammy Awards in 1962 including Record of the Year
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The Allman Brothers
The Allman Brothers

  (Item #: allmaallma_1710) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent copy with a seriously good Double Plus (A++) grade for side one and a side two that's close to it
  • The sound is clean, clear and open with the kind of fat bottom end that brings this Blues Rock to life
  • Pretty darn quiet -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout - they don't come quieter
  • 4 1/2 stars: "This might be the best debut album ever delivered by an American blues band, a bold, powerful, hard-edged, soulful essay in electric blues with a native Southern ambience."
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Ambrosia
Somewhere I’ve Never Travelled

  (Item #: ambrosomew_1710_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides of this superb Demo Disc, a truly phenomenal '70s Big Rock Production
  • Both sides have the trademark huge Alan Parsons sound - rich and tubey with tons of energy
  • This band, their producers, and their engineers sweated every detail of this remarkable recording
  • "There is an unusual dreamlike quality that pervades its work. The songs seem to be reaching the listener direct from some strange and beautiful realm of the unconscious. It is an experience rare in popular music today or at any time. " - Billboard
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The Who
Tommy

  (Item #: who__tommy_1701x_) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • A killer UK copy with three of the sides rating Triple Plus (A+++) and the other not far behind - 11 out of a possible 12 pluses
  • Yes, Tommy makes the list - It's one of the Ten Most Tubey Magical Rock Recordings of All Time
  • You're going to be blown away by the rock-solid bottom end, the jumpin'-out-of-the-speakers presence, and the amazing dynamics of the recording
  • Add to all this that the vinyl is relatively quiet throughout, and this is truly a MONSTER of a copy
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