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Steeleye Span - Commoners Crown

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: steelcommo_2012) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

This original Porky/Pecko mastered British Chrysalis pressing has Superb Demo Disc Sound -- Side Two is OFF THE CHARTS -- and, even more importantly, the best English Folk Rock Music ever recorded. I grew to love this album back in the ’70s; the stereo store I worked at used it as a Demo Disc, so I heard it on a regular basis. Rather than getting sick of it, I actually bought a copy for my own collection to play at home. (Not sure if I managed to get an import, not sure if I would even have been able to hear the difference.)

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Enya
Watermark

  (Item #: enya_water_1612) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This outstanding copy gives you Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides of this New Age masterpiece
  • The sound is rich, sweet and musical with wonderfully breathy vocals
  • Orinico Flow (aka Sail Away) is the big hit here and it sounds wonderful
  • 5 stars on Allmusic and five years since we've had a copy like this on the site!
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Frank Sinatra
Sinatra's Sinatra

  (Item #: sinatsinat_1612_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This Sinatra release from 1963 has out of this world Triple Plus (A+++) sound practically from start to finish
  • Forget the reissues - the stereo original we are offering here is the only way to go for rich, tubey, dynamic, musical sound
  • Frank rerecorded some of his biggest hits in stereo for this album - the record is one Sinatra Classic after another
  • Amazon 5 Stars: "Riddle's arrangements are, as always, top-notch, and Sinatra is in fine, engaging form."
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Miles Davis
My Funny Valentine

  (Item #: davismyfun_1612) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb sound, at or near Double Plus (A++) throughout - 1965 Live Analog at its best
  • Present and lively with solid, full-bodied tonality, thanks to the engineering of the legendary Fred Plaut
  • A wonderful live performance, showcasing the more lyrical side of Miles
  • "This is relaxed session; there are no burning tracks here, but there is much in the way of precision playing and a fine exposition of Miles' expansive lyricism."
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Miles Davis - E.S.P.

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: davisesp_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

This relatively quiet Columbia 360 Label Stereo pressing is one of the few good copies of this album we've ever heard, and we've played a ton of 'em! Like many of you seem to be, we're big Miles Davis fans around here. We've been trying our darnedest to find Hot copies of this album, but most of them are too dull, lifeless, and congested to get excited about. This copy is a different story -- richer, fuller and more open than nearly all of the copies to hit our table. Each side earned an A+ or better.

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Cannonball Adderley - Bill Evans
Know What I Mean?

  (Item #: adderknoww_1612) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • One of our favorite Cannonball Adderley albums here at Better Records - the sound is superb on this Double Plus (A++) copy
  • 1961 recording technology in conjunction with the mastering technology available to the gifted George Horn results in top quality sound
  • Based on what I'm hearing my feeling is that most of the sound of the album -- natural, full-bodied, smooth and sweet -- is on the master tape that way
  • "It's hard to imagine any fan of mainstream jazz not finding much to love on this very fine recording."
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Frank Sinatra
The Voice

  (Item #: sinatthevo_1612) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Super Hot or close to it on both sides, a great sounding original copy full of analog warmth and sweetness
  • Has the Tubey Magical Midrange missing from the Classic reissue
  • Not scratched and not worn, not so easy to find these days
  • Most of his best material from his years on Columbia
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Cannonball Adderley - Somethin’ Else

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: addersomet_2009) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

STUNNING A+++ SOUND, giving you a KILLER copy of one of the most beloved Blue Note albums ever! The music here is stunning -- as I'm sure most of you know, this is as much a showcase for Miles Davis as it is for Cannonball himself -- but the good news for audiophiles is that it's also one of the BEST SOUNDING BLUE NOTE ALBUMS we know of! When you hear it on a copy like this, it's just about As Good As It Gets.

You will not believe the energy, presence and amazing transparency you get on this monster pressing without sacrificing the relaxed quality this music requires.

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Steely Dan - Gaucho

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: steelgauch_2010) 



A distinguished member of our Better Records Hall of Fame.

Your Steely Dan Hot Stamper Collection is far from complete without a killer copy of Gaucho, and I don’t think you’re going to be able to find a much better copy than this one no matter what you do! Both sides are wonderful, with side two boasting BIG, BOLD A+++ MASTER TAPE SOUND that’s sure to blow the minds of all you Steely Dan maniacs. From top to bottom I don’t think you could cut or press this album any better.

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Steely Dan
Gaucho

  (Item #: steelgauch_1612) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Amazing Triple Plus (A+++) sound from practically beginning to end for this insanely well recorded Steely Dan Classic
  • This copy offers tons of ambience, amazing richness, you-are-there immediacy, tight bass, clear guitar transients, silky highs, and truckloads of analog magic
  • 4 stars in the AMG, 4 1/2 in Rolling Stone, and one of their Three Best Sounding Albums - a true Must Own
  • "Despite its coolness, the music is quite beautiful. With its crystalline keyboard textures and diaphanous group vocals, ''Gaucho'' contains the sweetest music Steely Dan has ever made." New York Times
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Joe Jackson
Body and Soul

  (Item #: jacksbodya_1612) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Our first Hot Stamper offering of the album and it's killer, with a Triple Plus (A+++) side one and a Double Plus side two
  • Big and clear, with the most bass we could find on any copy, this pressing gets this big band to sound like a Big Band
  • Jackson's 1984 release here has its sonic problems, but a copy as good as this one goes a long way toward fixing them
  • "Body and Soul uses some of the character of 1982's Night and Day album, but instead of splitting up the music into mild jazz, pop, and modern R&B, he decided to tackle one of the genres wholeheartedly, and in doing so he came up with a truly impeccable release."
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Deep Purple - Machine Head

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: deeppmachi_2013) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame and another in the long list of recordings that really comes alive when you Turn Up Your Volume.

AMAZING HARD-ROCKIN' SOUND ON BOTH SIDES! We just finished another shootout for this rockin' classic and couldn't find another copy that even came close to this one. The sound is positively HUGE with real energy, presence and WHOMP. That's a BIG deal for this kind of music! This album makes our Top 100 list for one reason: it ROCKS like crazy.

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Deep Purple - Made In Japan

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: deeppmadei_2015) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame and another in the long list of recordings that really comes alive when you Turn Up Your Volume.

Machine Head Live? That would not be far off, and the fact they brought MARTIN BIRCH along with them all the way to Japan in order to engineer a live album that was only supposed to sell to the Japanese market (!) could not have been more fortuitous for us audiophiles.

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Deep Purple
Made In Japan

  (Item #: deeppmadei_1612) 

Our Price: $299.99
Sale Price: $249.00 (You save $50.99 / 17%)


  • Get ready to rock -- this outstanding British early pressing earned Double Plus (A++) grades on all four sides!
  • A phenomenally well-recorded album that's a killer Demo Disc on a hard rockin' pressing like this
  • More like a top quality studio production than any live album we know of, it's shocking how clean and undistorted the sound is
  • Thank Martin Birch (Machine Head) for one of the richest, sweetest, tubiest live albums we have ever heard
  • Rolling Stone: "They've done countless shows since in countless permutations, but they've never sounded quite this perfect."
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Sonny Rollins
The Bridge

  (Item #: rollibridg_1610s) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $119.00 (You save $30.99 / 21%)


  • An incredibly strong copy of this Rollins classic: Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) on side one, Double Plus on side two
  • The 1962 sound is wonderfully full-bodied and solid throughout, the bass note-like and clear
  • Play this copy against an original and you'll be surprised at how much better our pressing communicates the essence of the music
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "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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Cannonball Adderley
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy!

  (Item #: addermercy_1612) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound of both sides of this 1965 release, one of Cannonball's most enjoyable albums
  • The sound of this reissue is big and lively and above all balanced, with many fewer problems than we heard on most originals
  • Joe Zawinul (Weather Report) wrote the title song, which became a big hit for Adderley (and later The Buckinghams), and he plays on the album
  • AMG 5 Stars: "Adderley's irrepressible exuberance was a major part of his popularity, and no document captures that quality as well -- or with such tremendous musical rewards -- as Mercy, Mercy, Mercy."
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Sonny Rollins - The Bridge

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: rollibridg_2013) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

We found STUNNING sound for Sonny Rollins' classic LP The Bridge this week, and as you might have guessed from the image to the left, it wasn't on an original pressing! It's beyond tough to find copies of this album on any label these days, but we had a big stack of pressings from different eras and auditioned them in a big shootout. We've paired up our best side one with our best side two to create this killer White Hot Stamper 2-pack.

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Sonny Rollins - Way Out West

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: rolliwayou_2014) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

The Contemporary 1957 sax sound is so smooth and tubey it will have you drooling. All Music Guide gives it 5 Stars and so do we. Such a classic album. If you don't own a top quality Sonny Rollins album this would be a great place to start.

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Sonny Rollins
Vol. 2

  (Item #: rollivol2_1611) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This Blue Note stereo pressing has two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides and plays reasonably quietly
  • This is another of Rudy Van Gelder's classic late '50s recordings - both sides are huge, rich and very tubey
  • Some of the greatest Jazz Giants who ever lived: Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Paul Chambers, J.J. Johnson and Thelonious Monk
  • "...a timeless session and a milestone in jazz history that gathered together some of the founding fathers of the post-bop era."
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Judy Collins
Wildflowers

  (Item #: colliwildf_1612) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Two excellent sides rating at or near Double Plus (A++), dramatically better than many of the copies we auditioned
  • The sound is rich, sweet and open, with Judy's voice coming across as especially clear and breathy
  • Side one includes what we consider to be the best song that Judy ever wrote, Since You Asked
  • Two great Leonard Cohen songs - Sisters of Mercy and Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye
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Sonny Rollins - Sonny Rollins & the Contemporary Leaders

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: rolliconte_2013) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

SUPERB SOUND ON BOTH SIDES! This Contemporary Green Label LP has THE BIG SOUND -- rich and so full-bodied with amazing presence and immediacy. The bass is PERFECTION -- deep, rock solid, and note-like. There’s lots of extension on the top end, letting Shelley Manne's fantastic work on the cymbals really come to life. The clarity on this copy is superb -- just listen to those leading edge transients on Sonny's sax. The guitar has the tubey qualities that we love here at Better Records -- it's warm, rich, and sweet with lots of ambience.

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801
801 Live

  (Item #: 801__live_1612) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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
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801 - 801 Live

None Rocks Harder

  (Item #: 801__live_2007) 



The best Island copies of this album ROCK HARDER than practically any record we've ever played. If you have the system for it, this one will bring a Live Art Rock concert right into your living room!

It's right at the top of the list of my Favorite Albums -- a Desert Island Disc if ever there was one. I stumbled across it more thirty years ago and I've loved it ever since. It all started when a college buddy played me the wildly original Tomorrow Never Knows from the album and asked me to name the tune. Eno's take is so different from The Beatles version that I confess it took me an embarrassingly long while to catch on.

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The Doors
Waiting For the Sun

  (Item #: doorswaiti_1612_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Two excellent sides for this classic album, at or near Double Plus (A++) throughout
  • The sound is clean, clear and tonally correct with good weight to the low end
  • Spanish Caravan and Five To One sound amazing on this killer side two
  • Top 100 and "...a band at its most dexterous, creative, and musically diverse."
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The Doors
Morrison Hotel

  (Item #: doorsmorri_1612_3) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A truly excellent original pressing: Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) on side two, Double Plus (A++) on side one
  • Rich, big and full-bodied, with clarity and energy to spare, this is the way you want to hear the Doors' Blues Rock album
  • Pretty darn quiet vinyl throughout - I can't ever remember a copy playing quieter
  • Roadhouse Blues, Waiting For The Sun and Maggie McGill are KILLER on this pressing -- Doors fans are gonna flip
  • Circus Magazine praised it as "possibly the best album yet from the Doors" and "Good hard, evil rock, and one of the best albums released this decade".
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The Doors - Morrison Hotel

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: doorsmorri_2008) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame.

THE NEW ALL-TIME CHAMP FOR MORRISON HOTEL! Not only does this AMAZING Elektra LP rate A+++ on both sides, but it plays astonishingly quiet, mostly Mint Minus throughout! Drop the needle on Blue Sunday for some of the best organ sound you'll ever hear on a rock record!

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Stevie Ray Vaughan
The Sky Is Crying

  (Item #: vaughskyis_1612) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Two amazing sides, both earning seriously good Double Plus (A++) sonic grades and playing fairly quietly
  • One of the most blistering performances of electric blues we have ever had the pleasure of rocking out to
  • Hands down the best sounding SRV recording -- Little Wing is an absolute MONSTER and an unbelievable Demo Disc track
  • "Doing away with vocals, Vaughan augments Hendrix’s concise two-and-a-half minute original, turning the track into a nearly seven-minute-long electric tour de force. The cover would earn Vaughan his sixth Grammy, for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, in 1992."
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Jethro Tull
Thick As A Brick

  (Item #: jethrthick_1612_1) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • Both sides are amazing sounding (and relatively quiet!), with a Triple Plus (A+++) side two and a side two that's nearly as amazing at A++ to A+++
  • Looking for a Top Copy of the best sounding Jethro Tull recording? Look no further! This is a recording like practically no other
  • Phenomenal sound throughout -- one of the Biggest, Most Dynamic, Most Tubey Magical records we've ever offered on the site
  • Allmusic gives it 4 1/2 stars (but it deserves 5, for side one at least): "A masterpiece in the annals of progressive rock."
  • A Better Records Top 100 album and a stunning Demo Disc to Rule Them All -- sure to be the best you've ever heard Tull sound
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Jethro Tull
Thick As A Brick

  (Item #: jethrthick_1612) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Both of these sides earned Hot Stamper sonic grades on this Better Records favorite, Tull's Proggy Arty One Song Masterpiece
  • The better copies of Thick As A Brick have pretty much EVERYTHING that we love about vinyl here at Better Records
  • A Top 100 title - if you've got the system that can play an album of this size and power, you will hear exactly what we mean
  • AMG 4 1/2 stars: "A masterpiece in the annals of progressive rock - a dazzling tour de force, at once playful, profound, and challenging, without overwhelming the listener."
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Jethro Tull - Thick As A Brick

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: jethrthick_2012) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame.

This A++++ Beyond White Hot Stamper copy of Thick As A Brick has the best side one we have ever heard! This copy is operating at A WHOLE NOTHER LEVEL.

Side one has HUGE, room-filling, hi-definition sound, with levels of Tubey Magic one would simply never expect to hear coming from a run-of-the-mill domestic Reprise pressing such as this. But here they are; there's no denying the transparency, size and rock and roll energy of this mind-boggling side one. It's truly a Demo Disc of the highest order.

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Jethro Tull - Thick As A Brick

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: jethrthick_2010) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame.

This pressing of Thick As A Brick is CLEARLY one of the very best we have ever played. It takes the recording to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL. It has HUGE, room-filling, hi-definition sound with levels of Tubey Magic you simply are not prepared to hear. The transparency and the clarity are mind-boggling. It's truly a White Hot Demo Disc of the highest order.

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Cat Stevens
Teaser & The Firecat

  (Item #: stevetease_1612) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • This timeless Classic Folk Rock recording on the original A&M label offers superb Demo Disc Quality sound on both sides
  • These Double Plus (A++) sides will rock your world with their amazing richness, clarity, transparency and ENERGY
  • AMG 5 Stars and a Top 100 album - it just may be the Best Sounding record Cat Stevens ever made
  • Tuesday’s Dead, Morning Has Broken, Bitterblue, Moonshadow, Peace Train - and that's just side two! What side of any album has five songs of such quality?
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Cat Stevens - Teaser & The Firecat

One of Our Very First Hot Stampers - 2006

  (Item #: stevetease_2006) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame.

Before we start discussing this record, let’s talk about the price for a moment. I have never put a used rock record on this site at this price. I’ve sold other records directly to my best customers for this kind of money, but this is the first $500 rock record of its kind to go on this website. This is the result of three factors. First, it's the best sounding copy of this record I have ever heard (on side two anyway). Second, this is Teaser and the Firecat, one of the most important recordings in the history of popular music. Third, it's amazingly quiet. The confluence of these three factors makes this copy practically unique.

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Steely Dan
Aja

  (Item #: steelaja_1612_2) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Killer Double Plus (A++) sound or better on both sides - this pressing will show you a BIG, BOLD Aja you never knew existed
  • Punchy, full and smooth, with the kind of rhythmic energy that brings out the cool, jazzy funk that's at the heart of the album
  • A Top 100 album and a true Demo Disc on an exceptionally lively pressing such as this - the Aja suite here is amazing
  • 4 1/2 stars in the Allmusic: "...it's a measured and textured album, filled with subtle melodies and accomplished, jazzy solos that blend easily into the lush instrumental backdrops. It's complex music delivered with ease..."
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Count Basie
88 Basie Street

  (Item #: basie88bas_1612_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Hot on the heels of our best copy ever comes another can't miss find - both sides earned seriously good grades of Double Plus (A++)
  • This is a Top Basie Big Band title in every way -- musically, sonically, you name it, this album has got it going on!
  • With 18 pieces in the studio this is a real powerhouse - this one is rich, full and HUGE
  • "One of Basie's final albums, the very appealing title cut seems to sum up his career, a lightly swinging groove with a strong melody. Two small-group performances with guest Joe Pass on guitar add variety to a particularly strong set." Allmusic
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Eric Clapton - Eric Clapton

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: claptericc_2013) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

TWO AMAZING SIDES RATING AT OR NEAR A+++! Man, what a revelation to hear this old favorite sound so incredibly rich and open. And at Mint Minus on both sides, this one is exceptionally quiet to boot! You'll have a VERY difficult time finding one that plays this quietly and sounds this good lying around in the bins, that's for sure.

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Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton

  (Item #: claptericc_1612) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • A wonderful copy, earning Double Plus (A++) grades for both sides
  • The sound is open, clear and musical with plenty of energy
  • An underrated 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
  • "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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Yes
The Yes Album

  (Item #: yes__yesal_1611) 

Our Price: $549.99

  • A larger-than-life Top Copy, Triple Plus (A+++) on side one and close to that on side two - the sound is MASSIVE
  • Parts of this album are nothing less than startling in their Prog Rock Power - Starship Trooper is insane on this copy
  • As big and bold as any rock record out there - relatively 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)
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Yes - The Yes Album

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: yes__yesal_2008) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame and another in the long list of recordings that really comes alive when you Turn Up Your Volume.

Since this is Yes's Masterpiece, not to mention their most well-recorded album, that makes it pretty much a Must Own for anyone who loves their groundbreaking and enormously influential approach to the Extended Form.

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John Coltrane
Lush Life

  (Item #: coltrlushl_1612) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • One of the all-time great John Coltrane albums returns to the site with outstanding Hot Stamper sound
  • Side two earned a killer grade of Double Plus (A++) and side one was close behind at A+ to A++
  • The sound will be bigger, richer, fuller, livelier and more present than any pressing you've ever heard or your money back
  • Allmusic: "...a perfect album, one well deserving of its classic status."
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Count Basie
Basie Big Band

  (Item #: basiebasie_1612) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Double Plus (A++) sound on side one, with a side two that's nearly as good (A+ to A++)
  • Rich, lively and clear - musically and sonically this is a Top Basie Big Band record
  • Guaranteed to be dramatically livelier and more dynamic than any Basie title you've heard
  • Lots of tight, deep, note-like bass and mostly correct timbre for the brass throughout
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Count Basie - Basie Plays Hefti

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: basieplays_2015) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

This is the followup to the smash Basie album The Atomic Mr. Basie, an album we would love to make available if we could ever find a clean, good sounding copy to play.

Side one is rich, tubey and lively, right up there with some of the best pressings we played.

Side two tends to start out a bit hot but by the second track it's fuller, smoother, and every bit as dynamic as anything on the album. The sound just keeps getting better from there, with the next track coming across especially big and clear.

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Count Basie - 88 Basie Street

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: basie88bas_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

A White Hot Stamper 2-pack giving you A+++ sound and quiet vinyl for both sides of this killer Basie album!

This is a Top Basie Big Band title in every way -- musically, sonically, you name it, this album has got it going on! With 18 pieces in the studio this album can be a real powerhouse -- if you have the right copy -- and this two-pack with White Hot Stamper sound for each side shows you just how lively and dynamic this music can be. It's got Demo Disc qualities, no doubt about it.

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The Doors - Waiting For The Sun

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: doorswaiti_2008) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame.

It's been over a year, but Waiting For The Sun Hot Stampers are BACK! It's exceedingly difficult to find a good sounding, reasonably quiet Gold Label copy of this album, let alone enough copies to put together a proper shootout. It wasn't easy, but a copy like this makes all the trouble worthwhile. Side one is a tubey magical A++, and side two is As Good As It Gets (AGAIG) at A+++.

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Paul Simon - Graceland

What to Think When the New Version Is Completely Unrecognizable?

  (Item #: simongrace_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame Pressing and another Heavy Vinyl LP debunked.

Where did this thick, dull, bloated, opaque turd come from? Having played at least 50 copies of the album over the last ten years, I can honestly say I have never heard one that sounded very much like this new version (maybe some record club copy we picked up by accident did, can't say it never happened).

Can that possibly be a good thing?

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Paul Simon
Graceland

  (Item #: simongrace_1612) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A Top Copy, Triple Plus (A+++) on the first side, Double Plus (A++) on the second - rich, smooth and open
  • Fairly quiet vinyl throughout, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - they don't come much quieter
  • This copy is guaranteed to trounce the well-reviewed but nevertheless awful Heavy Vinyl LP in every way, or your money back
  • Allmusic 5 stars "An enormously successful record, Graceland became the standard against which subsequent musical experiments by major artists were measured."
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Neil Young
On The Beach

  (Item #: youngonthe_1611) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Two outstanding sides for one of the toughest Neil Young records to find: it's Double Plus (A++) on the first and close behind on the second
  • The title track has that live-in-the-studio sound we love about Zuma, but in this case it sounds like it was recorded at three in the morning in a room full of pot smoke
  • An album we can barely get our hands on these days -- that's why it's never up on the site
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "...where Time Fades Away was embattled and Tonight's the Night mournful, On the Beach was savage and, ultimately, triumphant."
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The Who
Who By Numbers

  (Item #: who__whoby_1612) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding copy with strong Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides and fairly good vinyl
  • Glyn Johns' MAGIC is on display here, with open mics in a big studio space creating the 3-D Soundscapes we love
  • Features two their most iconic songs, Slip Kid and Squeezebox, and both sound great on this copy
  • Allmusic 4 Stars - Rolling Stone raves: "They may have made their greatest album in the face of [their personal problems]. But only time will tell."
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Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin III

  (Item #: ledzeIII_1612) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Two amazing sides, each earning killer grades of Double Plus (A++) or close to it - the vinyl's fairly quiet too
  • Big, rich and lively with lots of space around all the instruments - this copy can rock with the best of them
  • Immigrant Song, Celebration Day and Tangerine are among the tracks that have truly awesome Demo Disc sound
  • "On their first two albums, Led Zeppelin unleashed a relentless barrage of heavy blues and rockabilly riffs, but Led Zeppelin III provided the band with the necessary room to grow musically. While there are still a handful of metallic rockers, III is built on a folky, acoustic foundation that gives the music extra depth." Allmusic 5 Stars
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The Cars
The Cars

  (Item #: cars_cars_1612_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • SUPERB Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides, close to the best we heard all day
  • Incredibly rich and lively throughout - a true New Wave Demo Disc from 1978
  • A Better Records Rock & Pop Top 100 title and the band's masterpiece
  • 5 stars in the AMG: "The band jokingly referred to the album as their "true greatest-hits album," but it's no exaggeration — all nine tracks are new wave/rock classics, still in rotation on rock radio."
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Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel (Security)

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: gabrisecur_2009) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame and another in the long list of recordings that really comes alive when you Turn Up Your Volume.

Our first Hot Stamper shootout for Security is finally here, and man does this album sound better than I remember it from back in the ’70s when I first played a copy. Stereos have come a long way since then, along with a host of other things that help records sound better, such as cleaning fluids, room treatments and all the rest.

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Rolling Stones - Exile On Main Street

What to Listen For

  (Item #: rolliexile_wtlf) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on what you should be listening for when critically evaluating your copy (or ours) of the album.

The best copies will tend to have the qualities detailed below, and the more abundant these qualities are on any given pressing, the higher its grade will be.

Yes, it is a science, an empirical one, which can only be carried out by the use of strict protocols and controls, but it sure ain't rocket science. All you need is the system, the room, the records, the time and the will to do the painstaking critical listening required to complete the task.

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Rolling Stones - Exile On Main Street

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: rolliexile_2010) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame.

Another HUGE double album conquered! This shootout was a MAJOR struggle, an uphill battle all the way. Stones fans and Hot Stamper die-hards are going to flip out over this one -- here’s the Exile On Main Street you've been waiting for. You'd have to find, clean and play a ton of copies to come up with four sides that would come even close to the sound here.

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The Rolling Stones
Exile On Main Street

  (Item #: rolliexile_1611_1) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • WOW! A killer copy with a Triple Plus (A+++) side one followed by three Double Plus (A++) or better sides
  • This Stones classic has become ridiculously tough to find with this kind of sound and reasonably good vinyl
  • It's big, rich, natural and lively and it rocks - the sound this music needs to have
  • A 5 star album in the All Music Guide: "Few other albums have been so rich and masterful."
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The Rolling Stones
Beggars Banquet

  (Item #: rollibegga_1611) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • A stunning Top Copy of Beggars -- Triple Plus (A+++) on side one, Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) on side two
  • 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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Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel

  (Item #: gabrigabri3_1611) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A Top Copy, Triple Plus (A+++) on side two and Double Plus on side one - Demo Disc quality sound
  • If you're a Peter Gabriel fan your mind is going to be BLOWN by the incredible sound of this Charisma LP
  • Even the "right" British pressings aren't nearly as rich and smooth, clear and open as this one
  • 5 stars in the AMG: "Generally regarded as Peter Gabriel's finest record, his third eponymous album finds him coming into his own, crafting an album that's artier, stronger, more song oriented than before."
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Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel (3rd)

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: gabrigabri3_2010) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

A+++ MASTER TAPE SOUND ON BOTH SIDES! This smokin' hot British pressing just couldn't be beat in our huge (and very enjoyable) shootout. The sound on this bad boy positively JUMPS out of the speakers and fills the room! Both sides are incredibly big and bold with superb clarity, amazing transparency, considerable dynamics and loads of energy. The sound is ridiculously full-bodied with texture and weight to all the various elements. If you're a fan of this album, widely regarded as Gabriel's masterpiece, your mind is going to be BLOWN.

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The Rolling Stones
Some Girls

  (Item #: rollisomeg_1611) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Both sides of this Rolling Stones album from 1978 have excellent Hot Stamper sound
  • Both sides here are incredibly quiet — Mint Minus throughout, as quiet as any copy we've ever played
  • Great songs - Miss You, Beast of Burden and Shattered, all sounding surprisingly good here
  • 5 Stars on Allmusic: "Some Girls may not have the back-street aggression of their '60s records, or the majestic, drugged-out murk of their early-'70s work, but its brand of glitzy, decadent hard rock still makes it a definitive Stones album."
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Charles Mingus
Mingus Revisited

  (Item #: mingurevis_1611) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Triple Triple! The highest rated copy of this great album to ever hit the site
  • This copy sounds like a big room full of musicians (25 in all!) playing live, which it surely was
  • The Tubey Magical richness of this 1960 recording is breathtaking - no modern record can touch it
  • Allmusic gives it 4 stars and we think it's maybe even a bit better than that
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Fleetwood Mac
Kiln House

  (Item #: fleetkilnh_1611) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Triple Triple! The highest rated copy to hit the site, and it's killer from start to finish
  • Both A+++ sides are as rich and as Tubey Magical as any Mac album gets, this copy was the Biggest and Boldest of them all
  • An underappreciated album from Fleetwood Mac's post-Peter Green period
  • Danny Kirwan kills on this album; the last of the Mac's grungy guitar rockers
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The Eagles
The Long Run

  (Item #: eaglethelo_1611) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Triple Triple -- the best sounding copy of The Long Run you could ask for
  • All the hits -- I Can't Tell You Why, Heartache Tonight, the title track -- sound great here
  • Both A+++ sides are big and full, solid and rich, WAY beyond what you'll find on most pressings
  • Believe me, the master tape must be AWESOME if the sound of some of the records we played is any indication
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Cream
Disraeli Gears

  (Item #: creamdisra_1611_1) 

Our Price: $649.99

  • WHOA! A Top Copy with two killer Triple Plus (A+++) sides -- no copy has ever rated higher!
  • A+++ grades mean you get Top Sound for Strange Brew, Sunshine Of Your Love, Tales Of Brave Ulysses and more
  • Lively and clear with a solid bottom end and dramatically less distortion than the average pressing
  • "Yes, its psychedelic trappings tie it forever to 1967, but the imagination of the arrangements, the strength of the compositions, and especially the force of the musicianship make this album transcend its time as well." -- Allmusic, 4 1/2 stars
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Led Zeppelin - III

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: ledzeIII_2008) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame.

It is INCREDIBLY difficult to find knockout copies of Zep III -- of the dozen-plus copies we auditioned, this British Import Plum & Orange pressing was the only one with two superb sides, with an AGAIG A+++ side two and a side one that's just half a step behind at A++ - A+++. Folks, when I tell you that it is no mean feat to find a decent copy of this album, I am not joking around.

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Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin IV

  (Item #: ledzeIV_1611_2) 

Our Price: $649.99

  • A Top Copy, with an incredible Triple Plus (A+++) side two and an excellent Double Plus (A++) side one
  • You'd better be ready to rock because this copy has the kind of ENERGY and WHOMP that will not be denied
  • Black Dog, Rock & Roll, Stairway, When the Levee Breaks and the rest -- all sound AMAZING
  • 5 stars on Allmusic (natch) and a Better Records Rock & Pop Top 100 pick
  • "Zeppelin fuse their majestic hard rock with a mystical, rural English folk that gives the record an epic scope."
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Rush
Moving Pictures

  (Item #: rush_movin_1612) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it for what many consider to be Rush's best album
  • Both sides are big and bold with plenty of energy and a huge bottom end - this copy rocks
  • Tom Sawyer sounds great here - this pressing captures the energy, the speed and the enthusiasm of the band at their peak
  • 5 stars in Allmusic: "Not only is 1981's Moving Pictures Rush's best album, it is undeniably one of the greatest hard rock albums of all time."
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Sade
Promise

  (Item #: sade_promi_1611_1) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Excellent sound on both sides of this Sade Super Hot Stamper, Double Plus (A++) or close behind
  • You'd be hard pressed to find a copy with this much balance and liveliness, and exceptional punch and clarity
  • There’s no denying the power of Sade’s sultry voice when you can actually hear it - she is on fire on this album
  • The best song she ever recorded is on this album - Is It a Crime - with a big band arrangement that will surely send chills up and down your spine
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Talking Heads - More Songs About Buildings and Food

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: talkimores_2009) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame.

THE BEST SIDE ONE WE'VE EVER HEARD -- BAR NONE! I will stop short of awarding it more than three pluses, because the recording certainly has its share of limitations, but never before have we heard these songs sound so BIG, BOLD and ALIVE! Side two is darn good as well, rating a very strong A++. If you thought you'd never hear a truly great pressing of this album, here's the copy that will prove you wrong!

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Frank Sinatra - Come Swing With Me!

Our Shootout Winner from 2005

  (Item #: sinatcomes_2005) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

This Capitol reissue has SUPERB SOUND on side two! Believe me, they don’t usually sound like this. Side one has more of the typical Capitol sound -- kind of midrangy, with some weird artifacts at the top of Sinatra’s voice and an. overall slightly bleached out sound. Had I not flipped it over I would have thought it was just another typical budget Capitol reissue -- better than the CD (which is horrible, by the way) but no match for the real thing.

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Frank Sinatra - Sinatra '65

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: sinatsinat_2015) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

Is the title a play off of Capitol's gazillion selling Beatles '65? Only Frank really knows.

This original Green and Blue Reprise stereo pressing has the sound we look for -- big, rich and tubey. It does vary a bit from track to track but overall we found this copy to be quite enjoyable.

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Frank Sinatra - Sinatra-Basie

Our Shootout Winner from 2006

  (Item #: sinatsinat_2006) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

This is a very nice Reprise White Label Promo LP. I’m so glad I Disc Doctored this record, and I’m even more glad I flipped it over and played side two.

I dropped the needle on this one and heard that typical sour, shrill, Reprise Sinatra sound. The record was noisy so we cleaned it up, and to my shock and dismay (not really!) a lot of that sourness and shrillness disappeared. Side one won't win any awards but it's quite decent for '60s era Reprise Sinatra.

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Frank Sinatra
All The Way

  (Item #: sinatallth_1608s) 

Our Price: $129.99
Sale Price: $99.00 (You save $30.99 / 24%)


  • This vintage '60s Capitol pressing did very well in our shootout, earning sonic grades of A++ or better on both sides
  • It has the all the Tubey Magic one could ask for, allowing Sinatra's rich baritone to work its magic on every phrase
  • The vinyl is not as quiet as we would like so we are offering this one at a much better price than previous copies have sold for
  • As you can well imagine, finding clean, scratch-free '60s Sinatra records like this one, in stereo no less, is no walk in the park
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Frank Sinatra - Songs for Swingin’ Lovers

Our Shootout Winner from 2006

  (Item #: sinatsongs_2006) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

This is a Minty Capitol Black Label original LP with No Bar Code. They don’t come any better than this! It is amazingly quiet for an old Capitol, with excellent sound throughout.

Many of the Sinatra Capitol Black Label releases do not sound good. They're full of harmonic distortion like The Beatles' records from that era. This copy is the exception -- not the rule! The recordings are full of life and clearly made from a good tape.

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Bruce Springsteen
Born To Run

  (Item #: sprinbornt_1611) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A Top Copy: Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) on side one, Triple Plus (A+++) on side two
  • Thunder Road and the title track sound fantastic here
  • A 5 star album in the AMG, and arguably the Boss' first masterpiece
  • "Layers of guitar, layers of echo on the vocals, lots of keyboards, thunderous drums — Born to Run had a big sound, and Springsteen wrote big songs to match it." (Did he ever.)
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Chabrier / Orchestral Music / Ansermet

  (Item #: chabrorche_1611) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Excellent Hot Stamper sound on both sides - this is a WONDERFUL orchestral recording
  • Both sides are big, clear, rich, dynamic, transparent and energetic - this is the sound we love
  • Here is the energy and power of Chabrier's remarkable orchestration, thanks to the brilliant engineering of Roy Wallace
  • Ansermet's Chabrier disc has long been a big favorite of ours here at Better Records - this copy will show you why


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Chabrier / Orchestral Music / Ansermet

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: chabrorche_2009) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

This side one has some of the loveliest classical music reproduction we’ve heard around here in ages. Man, this has it all going on: it’s super clean and clear, tonally correct from top to bottom, and it has the full weight of the orchestra down low. The string tone is so sweet and silky I have to say it’s AGAIG -- As Good As It Gets. We've only heard one other copy that was worth the coveted Three Pluses on side one that this LP earned. If you want a classical record to TEST your system, if you want a classical record to DEMO your system, you will have a hard time finding a better pressing than this one for both.

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Chabrier/ Espana & Rimsky-Korsakov / Capriccio Espagnol

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: chabrespan_6006_2013) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

This London Whiteback (CS 6006) TAS List Super Disc really IS a Super Disc, with SUPERB SUPER Hot Stamper sound on both sides. It easily bested the Blueback we put up against it, and most of the pressings of Ansermet's performance on London/Decca that we like (CS 6438).

What this album has going for it over the London/Decca with Ansermet is an out of this world Capriccio Espagnol, with the kind of orchestral color and excitement that rivals the composer's Scheherazade and arguably exceeds it, compressing as it does its bright orchestration into fewer than 15 minutes of unalloyed brilliance. I would argue that the sound here easily bests nine out of ten copies of LSC 2446, quite a feat when you consider what that record is selling for these days.

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Frank Zappa
Apostrophe (')

  (Item #: zappaapost_1611_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A very strong pressing -- Double Plus (A++) or better on both sides
  • Superb vocal presence with a solid bottom end and tons of presence -- elements that make this copy unusually impressive
  • Guaranteed to beat your old copy and the recent reissue or your money back (of course)
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic and Zappa's only album to crack the Top Ten
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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Southern Accents

  (Item #: pettysouth_1611) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You get Double Plus (A++) quality throughout this wonderful Super Hot Stamper
  • Both sides are really big with lots of space, excellent energy and HUGE bass that really kicks up the fun
  • Relatively quiet, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • Features great songs including "Don't Come Around No More" and "Make It Better (Forget About Me)"
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The Allman Brothers
Idlewild South

  (Item #: allmaidlew_1611) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A wonderful Super Hot copy of this hard-to-come-by Allmans classic
  • Two excellent sides -- Double Plus (A++) or close -- with the kind of energy, body and punch this music needs to sound its best
  • Easily the group's best sounding studio recording and especially impressive on a copy like this
  • Drop the needle on Midnight Rider or In Memory Of Elizabeth Read to hear all the Allman Brothers magic in these grooves
  • 5 stars "The best studio album in the group's history, electric blues with an acoustic texture, virtuoso lead, slide, and organ playing, and a killer selection of songs, including "Midnight Rider," "Revival," "Don't Keep Me Wonderin'," and "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed"..."
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Randy Newman
12 Songs

  (Item #: newma12son_1611) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Two strong Double Plus (A++) sides make this a very strong copy of what many consider to be Randy Newman's best album
  • The sound is clear and highly detailed; most importantly, the piano and vocals sound wonderful
  • The vinyl is Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus, as quiet a copy as we could hope to find
  • "Superb material brilliantly executed" -- Allmusic, 5 stars
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Steely Dan
Aja

  (Item #: steelaja_1611_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Two great Hot Stamper sides make this an Aja pressing that's a big step up over in sound quality over most
  • The sound is punchy and lively with enough richness and warmth to clearly set it apart from the most originals
  • A Better Records Rock and Pop Top 100 album and a true Demo Disc on the better copies like this
  • 4 1/2 stars in the Allmusic: "...it's a measured and textured album, filled with subtle melodies and accomplished, jazzy solos that blend easily into the lush instrumental backdrops. It's complex music delivered with ease..."
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Elvis Costello
This Year's Model

  (Item #: costethisy_1611_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • WOW -- this is only the second Top Copy of this Elvis Costello classic to hit the site in nearly THREE YEARS!
  • You're gonna love the sound here - full-bodied and punchy with a solid low end and excellent presence for Elvis's vocals
  • The bass is right - the moment-to-moment rhythmic changes in the songs are clear and the band swings the way it's supposed to
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "The most remarkable thing about the album is the sound — Costello and the Attractions never rocked this hard, or this vengefully, ever again."
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Blondie - Parallel Lines

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: blondparal_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

DEMO DISC SOUND on this A+++ side two, excellent sound on side one and quiet vinyl throughout! This is one KILLER Rock Record -- especially when it sounds this good. All the Blondie magic you could ever want is in these side two grooves, giving you Master Tape Sound for the big hit Heart Of Glass! The truly POWERFUL sound of this Power Pop Classic really comes through on this bad boy -- and you couldn't make that claim about most copies out there. The clarity, energy, and transparency go far beyond what you get on the average pressing. Most importantly, this one just plain ROCKS.

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Horace Silver
Song For My Father

  (Item #: silvesongf_1611) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb Super Hot Stamper copy of this Blue Note Piano Jazz classic
  • The size is BIG on this copy, very open the whole way through and buoyed by incredible liveliness
  • A 5 star album in the All Music Guide: "Horace Silver's signature LP and the peak of a discography already studded with classics. Silver was always a master at balancing jumping rhythms with complex harmonies for a unique blend of earthiness and sophistication, and Song for My Father has perhaps the most sophisticated air of all his albums..."
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Harry Nilsson
A Little Touch of Schmilsson

  (Item #: nilssalitt_1611) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Wonderfully warm and relaxed sound on both sides of this Hot Stamper pressing
  • Both sides are very spacious and very open with wonderful immediacy and tons of richness
  • One of our favorite Nilsson releases - it's The Ultimate latter-day standards album
  • A Better Records Rock and Pop Top 100 album
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Art Pepper - Intensity

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: peppeinten_2008) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

Intensity is right -- this is some SERIOUSLY GOOD SOUNDING alto saxophone led quartet jazz. AMG was right to give this one 4 1/2 stars -- the musicianship is top notch and Pepper’s playing is INSPIRED throughout.

The real surprise was how well recorded this album from 1963 is. I can't recall a more DYNAMIC Contemporary. Pepper's sax gets seriously LOUD in some passages. This is very much a good thing. Not only is he totally committed to the music, but the engineers are getting that energy onto the record so that we at home can feel the moment to moment raw power of his expression.

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David Bowie
Diamond Dogs

  (Item #: bowiediamo_1611_1) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • The late, great Thin White Duke sounds wonderful here on this Super Hot Stamper copy
  • Both sides are Double Plus (A++) or close -- superbly full, with amazing smoothness and musicality plus powerful bass
  • It's ridiculously tough to find even passable sound for this album -- we bet you'll be quite surprised with the sound here
  • Great songs including the title track, Rebel Rebel, 1984 and more
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Art Pepper + Eleven
Modern Jazz Classics

  (Item #: peppemoder_1611) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • An incredibly Big, Bold and Lively copy - the way you want to hear it - with each side rating a strong Double Plus (A++)
  • The sound is rich, warm and full-bodied, with exceptional clarity and openness, as well as phenomenal brass power
  • Most of the Tubey Magic of the better Black Label originals, with none of the problems that make the average original pressing uninvolving
  • A longtime audiophile favorite - 5 stars on Allmusic: "This is a true classic. Essential music for all serious jazz collections."
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The Beatles
Help

  (Item #: beatlhelp_1611) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A Top Copy, with superb Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish - you've never heard Help sound like this
  • Want to hear The Beatles at their Tubey Magical best? Just play You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away on this copy
  • Everything that's great about Help is here - jangly 12 string guitars, harmonically rich tambourines, and breathy vocals
  • Side one alone boasts 7 classics: Help!, The Night Before, You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, I Need You, Another Girl, You’re Gonna Lose That Girl and Ticket to Ride - whew!
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White Hot Stamper

The Doors
Strange Days

  (Item #: doorsstran_1611_1) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A Top Copy of one of the most difficult-to-find Doors records with killer Hot Stamper sound - Strange Days
  • You get a stunning Triple Plus (A+++) side one here mated to an awesome Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side two
  • The sound is super rich, full-bodied and lively throughout -- check out the huge bottom end and shocking transparency
  • Demo Quality sound for so many classics: People Are Strange, You're Lost Little Girl, Moonlight Drive, Love Me Two Times and more
  • With the nearly 11 minute long "When the Music's Over" ending side two, this album is a TRIP
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The Doors - Strange Days

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: doorsstran_2011) 



This is THE BEST SOUNDING COPY OF STRANGE DAYS to EVER hit the site! We've only found one or two copies that were in the same league as this one, and they went directly into the hands of our best longtime customers who had been waiting patiently for a killer pressing. Side one rated between A++ and A+++ and side two earned top A+++ honors.

Both sides are MAGICAL, dramatically better than the vast majority of copies we come across. The sound is rich, warm, clean, clear and amazingly transparent. The vocals sound JUST RIGHT. You would have to have a ton of copies at your disposal to have any chance of finding one that had even one side that sounds as good as BOTH sides sound here. This one is a MONSTER.

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Frank Sinatra - Strangers In The Night

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: sinatstran_2013) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

Folks, for The Best Sound on a Frank Sinatra record it simply does not get any better than Strangers In The Night. It's a real treat to be in the presence of the Chairman Of The Board, in his prime, working his magic -- but only an exceptional copy like this one has the power to put him right in the room with you.

1966 was a very good year indeed for Frank Sinatra -- he recorded Live at the Sands with Count Basie that year as well.

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Super Hot Stamper

Billie Holiday
Lady In Satin

  (Item #: holidladyi_1611_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or better on both sides - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • Superb sound throughout: the vocals are rich and present; the strings are sweet and full-bodied like no other copy you've heard
  • I'm a Fool to Want You on this copy just may send chills racing up and down your spine
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "Lady Day herself said that this session was her personal favorite."
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White Hot Stamper

Bruce Springsteen
Darkness On The Edge Of Town

  (Item #: sprindarkn_1611_3) 

Our Price: $279.99

  • An amazing Top Copy of this Springsteen classic -- Triple Plus (A+++) on side one, close behind on side two (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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Bruce Springsteen - Darkness on The Edge Of Town

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: sprindarkn_2010) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

MASTER TAPE SOUND ON SIDE ONE! The soundfield is HUGE, the vocals CLEAR and PRESENT, with energy and dynamics that are nothing less than off the charts. We didn’t hear another copy in our shootout that could touch this side one, and no copy sounded better on ANY side. That's what we mean by Master Tape Sound -- the sound is so transparent, lively and real that you feel like you are listening to the final two track mix being played back, not some mass-produced Columbia vinyl.

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Hot Stamper

Billie Holiday
Music For Torching

  (Item #: holidmusic_1611) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • These Hot Stamper sides are both musical and Tubey Magical, with breathy vocals
  • A superb recording of jazz standards with a wonderful lineup and Billie in top form
  • Great versions (and lovely sound) for It Had to Be You, Come Rain or Come Shine, A Fine Romance and more
  • "The overall feeling on this 1955 recording is strictly after-hours: the party is long over but a few close friends remain for nightcaps and, is that the sun peeking through the windows?"
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Billie Holiday - Lady In Satin

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: holidladyi_2013) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

Our first ever shootout for one of Billie's few stereo releases turned out to hit the jackpot with this stunning 360 Label copy, boasting an As Good As It Gets White Hot Stamper side one mated to a nearly as good Super Hot side two.

We've been working on this shootout for years. Our Six Eye originals were always noisy, often dull, and, worst of all, many had breakup on Billie's voice. (Let that be a lesson to you: Old turntables are hard on records.) This 360 pressing not only had the best sound; it had some of the quietest surfaces as well. I'm a Fool to Want You will make chills race up and down your spine.

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Britten / Piano & Violin Concertos / Richter

Reviewed in 2011

  (Item #: brittconce_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

This London pressing has Super Hot Stamper sound on side two, the Violin Concerto side. Here the violin sounds superb -- rich, sweet and natural. The brass on this side is HUGE, which is a bit shocking for a later London from 1971. Once you get past the '60s the sound of most Londons is opaque and flat (which describes perfectly far too many Londons with Solti at the helm), but not so here. The stage is as deep and wide as any vintage Golden Age recording we've played recently, and we've played plenty.


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Brahms / Violin Concerto / Szeryng / Dorati

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: brahmvioli_90308_2012) 



These later Mercury stampers are wonderful: gorgeous woodwinds, a large, full-bodied orchestra and of course a Tubey Magical violin to die for. Both sides earned SUPERB Super Hot Stamper grades (but for very different reasons). The exciting sound is matched by an equally exciting performance by Dorati. Dorati and the LSO pull out all the stops; they're staking out a position as to just how powerfully and emotionally this work ought to be performed.

The opening is so dramatic -- in the style of the First Brahms Symphony -- that it's hard to imagine there is any recording medium that can capture it without a fair amount of dynamic compression. This vintage pressing suffers from a relatively (in our experience) small amount of congestion and shrillness at the opening and elsewhere. I find it hard to believe that any attempt to record the work would not encounter quite a lot of difficulty with the prodigious dynamic power of the piece.

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Mendelssohn / Violin Concerto in E Minor / Rybar

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: mendevioli_wh_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

This Whitehall budget reissue stereo pressing has SUPERB Super Hot Stamper sound on both sides and a performance by Peter Rybar that can hold its own against any you may have heard.

This recording easily beats most vintage Shaded Dogs, Mercurys and London records we've ever played here at Better Records, and it was released on vinyl by a relatively obscure budget label that most audiophiles have never even heard of and would probably not want to be caught dead with.


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