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Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin III

  (Item #: ledze3_1711) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with each side rating a solid Double Plus (A++); fairly quiet vinyl too!
  • Big, full and lively, with solid weight and lots of space around all the instruments - this copy rocks with the best of them
  • Immigrant Song, Celebration Day and Tangerine 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."
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The Rolling Stones
Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!

  (Item #: rolligetye_1708x) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A stunning copy of this Stones classic, with shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side two and a Double Plus (A++) side one
  • Both sides give you superb energy and presence, plus full-bodied tonality and plenty of punch down low
  • One of the top live rock albums ever - Sympathy For The Devil, Midnight Rambler, and Honky Tonk Woman are MAGICAL here
  • "I have no doubt that it's the best rock concert ever put on record." Rolling Stone
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The Beatles
Help

  (Item #: beatlhelp_1711) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This British stereo copy has big, rich, exceptionally musical Double Plus (A++) sound on both of its fairly quiet sides
  • It's lively and present, with excellent transparency -- this is the way you want your Beatles vinyl to sound
  • With jangly 12 string guitars, harmonically rich tambourines, and breathy vocals, this is a killer copy
  • 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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The Beatles
A Hard Day’s Night

  (Item #: beatlahard_1610s) 

Our Price: $69.99
Sale Price: $49.00 (You save $20.99 / 30%)


  • Two excellent sides on reasonably quiet vinyl for this early Beatles classic
  • The sound is lively and fun with excellent clarity and punchy bass
  • Wonderful Analog Beatles sound at an especially attractive price
  • 100% Lennon-McCartney originals: "the pinnacle of their early years." AMG
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Sting
The Dream Of The Blue Turtles

  (Item #: stingdream_1711_) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This incredible sounding copy boasts excellent Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • Sting's vocals sound excellent here -- breathy, full-bodied and natural
  • Exceptionally big, full and musical with lots of presence, dramatically better than most copies we heard
  • 4 Stars: "Sting incorporated heavy elements of jazz, classical, and worldbeat into his music, writing lyrics that were literate and self-consciously meaningful... he proves that he's subtler and craftier than his peers."
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Roxy Music
Avalon

  (Item #: roxymavalo_1711_1) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus sound (A++) from first note to last on this British original
  • Copies that are exceptionally open, clear, and resolving are the ones that present the music as it was meant to be heard
  • Credit Rhett Davies with creating the sonic space capable of clearly displaying so many singers, instruments, and effects
  • "Ferry was never this romantic or seductive, either with Roxy or as a solo artist, and Avalon shimmers with elegance in both its music and its lyrics." 5 stars
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Tears For Fears
Songs From The Big Chair

  (Item #: tearssongs_1711_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent early British pressing, with Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Rich, spacious and lively, with an open, extended top end - this is the right sound for the album
  • Tons of great songs here - Shout, Everybody Wants To Rule The World and Head Over Heels - sounding fantastic
  • 4 1/2 stars in Allmusic: "It is not only a commercial triumph, it is an artistic tour de force... a dreamy, timeless pop classic."
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Queen
A Night at the Opera

  (Item #: queennight_1711_2) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound throughout; this was one of the better copies we heard in our most recent shootout
  • The sound is big and bold with a punchy bottom end and tons of energy - finally, the code has been cracked
  • Bohemian Rhapsody is killer on this side one (if you've got the system to play it)
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "But the appeal of A Night at the Opera is in its detailed, meticulous productions. It's prog rock with a sense of humor as well as dynamics, and Queen never bettered their approach anywhere else."
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Procol Harum
Broken Barricades

  (Item #: procobroke_1711) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Excellent sound throughout and the first copy to hit the site in many years; Double Plus (A++) or better on both sides
  • The overall sound here is incredibly big, rich and dynamic with tons of big rock energy and a massive bottom end
  • About as quiet as we can find them -- Mint Minus Minus on both sides
  • "Simple Sister... is truly glorious, with Robin Trower's frightening lead guitar work juxtaposed nicely against a wonderful string arrangement" - All Music
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Blondie
Parallel Lines

  (Item #: blondparal_1711) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Two excellent Double Plus (A++) sides or BETTER mean that this copy of Blondie's Masterpiece can rock with the best of them
  • The powerful sound of this Power Pop Classic really comes through here - and that's not a claim you can make about very many copies
  • There's not a bad song to be found anywhere, and lots of great ones: One Way Or Another, Heart Of Glass, Hanging On The Telephone, etc.
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "Blondie's best album," which is actually a bit of an understatement - it's by far their best album
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Led Zeppelin
Presence

  (Item #: ledzeprese_1711_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with a Triple Plus (A+++) side two and a Double Plus (A++) side one; you'll hear massive amounts of Zeppelin Rock and Roll energy on this copy
  • This is all the power, dynamics, whomp, and presence (pun only slightly intended) you could hope for
  • Featuring a stripped down, harder rock sound, Presence really benefits from the killer bottom end found on this pressing
  • "Presence has more majestic epics than its predecessor, opening with the surging, ten-minute Achilles Last Stand and closing with the meandering, nearly ten-minute Tea for One."
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Frank Sinatra and Count Basie
Sinatra At The Sands

  (Item #: sinatatthe_1711_2) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • An outstanding pressing of one of the greatest live albums of all time, recorded late at night in the big room at the Sands Hotel in Vegas
  • With all four sides rating a solid Double Plus (A++), the sound here is big and open with superb clarity and energy
  • Basie and Sinatra in their natural habitat and in their prime, putting on the show of a lifetime
  • "Basie and the orchestra are swinging and dynamic, inspiring a textured, dramatic, and thoroughly enjoyable performance from Sinatra ... the definitive portrait of Frank Sinatra in the '60s." - AMG
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Phil Collins
Face Value

  (Item #: collifacev_1711_3) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with both sides rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or better
  • The sound here is clean, clear and open with a big punchy bottom end and plenty of top end extension
  • His most consistent songwriting and many of his biggest hits - In The Air Tonight sounds amazing here
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Collins proves himself a passionate singer with a gift for both deeply felt ballads and snarling rockers."
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The Doors
L.A. Woman

  (Item #: doorslawom_1709s) 

Our Price: $399.99
Sale Price: $349.00 (You save $50.99 / 13%)


  • An outstanding copy of L.A. Woman, one of the best from our recent shootout and an album you rarely see on the site
  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last
  • Unusually quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - they don't come any quieter
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The seven-minute title track was a car-cruising classic that celebrated both the glamour and seediness of Los Angeles; the other long cut, the brooding, jazzy "Riders on the Storm," was the group at its most melodic and ominous."
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Michael McDonald
If That's What It Takes

  (Item #: mcdoniftha_1706s) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $99.00 (You save $50.99 / 34%)


  • An excellent copy with each side rating a Double Plus (A++) or better
  • Big sound with excellent clarity, tons of energy and a solid bottom end
  • Some of the best Pop Rock engineering of all time, courtesy of Lee Herschberg and Donn Landee
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "The bright spots make this essential."
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Supertramp
Crisis? What Crisis?

  (Item #: supercrisi_1705s) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $149.00 (You save $50.99 / 25%)


  • An excellent copy with Double Plus (A++) sound throughout and some of the best sound this band ever achieved
  • Layers of multi-tracked guitars, voices, keyboards, percussion instruments and more build up in the loudest and most dynamic passages
  • Engineered by Ken Scott, this is a Top Title in every way, a Forgotten Classic if there ever was one
  • "With Rick Davies showing off his talent on the keyboards, and Roger Hodgson's vocals soaring on almost every track, they managed to win back their earlier progressive audience while gaining new fans at the same time."
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Mike Oldfield
Tubular Bells

  (Item #: oldfitubul_1710x) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • You'll find seriously good Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this British Virgin LP
  • 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 the first Super Hot copy to hit the site in a long time
  • "... 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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Prokofieff / Lt. Kije / Abbado (45 RPM)

  (Item #: prokoltkij_45_1711) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) side one and a Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy will show you a Lt. Kije you had no idea could exist
  • The best of these Japanese pressings have a combination of sonics and performance for Kije that are simply phenomenal
  • If you want to know what Master Tape Sound is all about this copy will show you - yes, it's that good
  • So big, so clear, so dynamic, so energetic, so extended on the top and bottom, we found very little to fault, that's for sure
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Prokofiev / Love for Three Oranges Suite / Dorati

Classic Records Debunked

  (Item #: prokolovef_classic_records) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another Classic Records LP debunked.

Dreadful sound. The Mercury series on Classic is a disaster.

Harry Pearson put this record on his TAS List of Super Discs.

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John Lee Hooker
House of the Blues

  (Item #: hookehouse_1711_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An incredible sounding copy with a Triple Plus (A+++) side one and an excellent Double Plus (A++) side two
  • Both sides here are super big, full and solid with a huge bottom end and plenty of top end extension
  • Fairly quiet throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Some important titles here: an ominous "Leave My Wife Alone," and the stark "Sugar Mama" and "Ramblin' by Myself," and with Eddie Kirkland on second guitar, "Louise" and "High Priced Woman." - All Music
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Queen
A Night at the Opera

  (Item #: queennight_1711_1) 

Our Price: $699.99

  • Triple Plus (A+++) or very close to it on both sides, making this one of the best copies to ever hit the site
  • The sound is HUGE with WHOMP like nothing you have ever heard on this album - finally, the code has been cracked
  • Bohemian Rhapsody is killer on this side one (if you've got the system to play it)
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "But the appeal of A Night at the Opera is in its detailed, meticulous productions. It's prog rock with a sense of humor as well as dynamics, and Queen never bettered their approach anywhere else."
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Pink Floyd
Piper at the Gates of Dawn

  (Item #: pinkfpiper_1711_1) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • An outstanding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last
  • Both sides are incredibly big and Tubey Magical with a massive bottom end, excellent transparency and lots of detail and texture
  • Based on our extensive experience, it's highly unlikely any (pricey!) original can touch this later pressing
  • Allmusic 5 stars: "One of the best psychedelic albums of all time."
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Elton John
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

  (Item #: john_goodb_1711) 

Our Price: $799.99

  • A stunning copy, with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on ALL FOUR SIDES; 12 pluses out of 12 -- one of the highest rated copies to ever hit the site
  • An incredibly tough album to find with this kind of sound and relatively quiet surfaces
  • Overflowing with great songs, way too many to list - Candle In The Wind, Bennie And The Jets, and GYBR are all killer here
  • A Top 100 Title - "...its individual moments are spectacular and the glitzy, crowd-pleasing showmanship that fuels the album pretty much defines what made Elton John a superstar in the early '70s."
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Genesis
Wind and Wuthering

  (Item #: geneswinda_1711) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • One of the few Hot Stamper copies to EVER hit the site! It's a ridiculously tough album to find great sound for
  • These Triple Plus (A++) sides are dramatically more present, dynamic and detailed than you've heard elsewhere, guaranteed
  • Their Masterpiece is still A Trick of the Tail, the album before this one, but Wind and Wuthering certainly has much to offer as well
  • "Wind & Wuthering followed quickly on the heels of A Trick of the Tail and they're very much cut from the same cloth, working the same English eccentric ground that was the group's stock in trade since Trespass."
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Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Pictures At An Exhibition

  (Item #: emerspictu_1711) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • An incredible copy of this ELP classic with both sides earing a Triple Plus (A+++)
  • Both sides here are super big and full with a massive bottom end and huge amounts of energy
  • Quiet vinyl for this title -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • "A sufficiently bold use of Mussorgsky's original to stimulate hours of delightful listening." -- Allmusic
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Steely Dan
Countdown to Ecstasy

  (Item #: steelcount_1711_1) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • Stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish and fairly quiet vinyl throughout
  • Show Biz Kids, My Old School, Pearl of the Quarter and King of the World are As Good As It Gets on this pressing
  • The richest and clearest we played all day - this is the sound that lets the only real rock album this band ever made actually ROCK
  • 5 Stars: "...its eight songs are rich with either musical or lyrical detail that their album rock or art rock contemporaries couldn't hope to match."
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Pink Floyd
Piper at the Gates of Dawn

  (Item #: pinkfpiper_1711) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An outstanding copy with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on the second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first
  • Both sides are big and present with a massive bottom end, excellent transparency and lots of detail and texture
  • Based on our extensive experience, it's highly unlikely any (pricey!) original can touch this later pressing
  • Allmusic 5 stars: "One of the best psychedelic albums of all time."
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Eagles
Hotel California

  (Item #: eaglehotel_1711) 

Our Price: $649.99

  • A stunning "Triple Triple" copy that earned our top A+++ grade on both sides! Relatively quiet vinyl too!
  • Incredible Demo Disc sound -- big and bold with super punchy drums and a fully extended top end
  • A Better Records Top 100 pick that's amazingly powerful on the best copies such as these
  • "Hotel California unveiled what seemed almost like a whole new band" -- Allmusic, 5 stars
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Muddy Waters - Folk Singer

Reviewed in 2005

  (Item #: waterfolks_2005) 



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

This is a Minty Chess reissue LP. If you want an amazing sounding Folk Blues album, I can’t think of a better one. Top recommendation.

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Pink Floyd
Meddle

  (Item #: pinkfmeddl_1711_1) 

Our Price: $749.99

  • A stunning British copy, with Triple Plus (A+++) sonic grades on both sides of this shockingly well recorded album
  • Both sides are KILLER -- huge and tubey with incredible presence, size and space
  • A Top 100 album and Demo Disc on a par with Dark Side of the Moon, which is really saying something!
  • At Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus, it's as quiet a copy as we could hope to find
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Pink Floyd were nothing if not masters of texture, and Meddle is one of their greatest excursions into little details, pointing the way to the measured brilliance of Dark Side of the Moon and the entire Roger Waters era."
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Jackson Browne
The Pretender

  (Item #: brownprete_1701s) 

Our Price: $119.99
Sale Price: $99.00 (You save $20.99 / 17%)


  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides make this a Pretender that will rock with the best of them
  • One of the all time great rock / pop Demo Discs -- the best copies are so rich and full-bodied they make most rock records sound positively anemic
  • Five Stars in Rolling Stone, one of their Top 500 Albums, and a true classic from 1976
  • Without a doubt the best sounding record Jackson Browne ever made - this is the pressing that backs up everything we say and more
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Gerry Mulligan
And His Concert Jazz Band On Tour

  (Item #: mulliandhi_1702s) 

Our Price: $139.99
Sale Price: $99.00 (You save $40.99 / 29%)


  • Double Plus (A++) on side one, nearly as good on side two, this live album is crazy good sounding on this copy
  • Huge space, size and clarity, with Tubey Magical richness befitting its 1960 recording dates
  • On the second track of side two the swingin' Zoot Sims is as immediate and real as any sax player can be
  • 4 1/2 Stars in Allmusic and "highly recommended."
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Linda Ronstadt
Simple Dreams

  (Item #: ronstsimpl_1711_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides for Linda's best sounding recording -- the only one of hers on our Top 100
  • The sound is huge, solid and present with big punchy drums on both sides - we love Val Garay's engineering!
  • Tremendous energy and top-quality musicianship characterize practically every track on this wonderful record
  • "The consistently adventurous material and Ronstadt's powerful performance makes the record rival Heart Like a Wheel in sheer overall quality."
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Eagles
Eagles

  (Item #: eagleeagle_1711_1) 

Our Price: $649.99

  • A stunning Triple Triple copy, with mindblowingly good A+++ sound from start to finish
  • The sound is PERFECTION -- big, clear, dynamic, lively, natural and sweet
  • An album we'd have no qualms putting on a list of the ten best sounding rock records ever; Glyn Johns' sonic masterpiece
  • Amazing sound for so many great songs: Take It Easy, Witchy Woman, Early Bird, Peaceful Easy Feeling and more
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Little Milton - Blues’N Soul

Reviewed in 2012

  (Item #: miltoblues_2012) 



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

Pristine looking Stax LP with excellent sound and some really heartfelt Blues music.

This is a Stax reissue from 1982. My experience with the stuff that Fantasy remastered has been very good over the years. This is another winner.

"Milton's early-'70s output indeed began to walk the fine line between the blues and soul and includes the song Behind Closed Doors." -- AMG

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Enoch Light - Reeds and Percussion

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: lightreeds_2014) 



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

This is one of the most phenomenal sounding records I have ever heard in my life. Take the best sound you ever heard from the best authentic Mercury classical record (not that Heavy Vinyl BS) and translate it into pop arrangements for clarinets, flutes, saxes, oboes, bassoons, and what do you have? Sound that leaps out of the speakers with absolutely dead on tonality.

But what is most shocking of all is how vivid and accurate the timbre of every instrument is.

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The Beach Boys
Pet Sounds

  (Item #: beachpetso_1711) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from beginning to end -- this pressing has the sound you've been looking for
  • Play this against any and all versions you have -- this will be the last Pet Sounds you buy (unless you upgrade to a White Hot!)
  • Copies that play as quietly and sound as good as this one does are getting expensive and much harder to come by
  • 5 stars: "The group here reached a whole new level in terms of both composition and production, layering tracks upon tracks of vocals and instruments to create a richly symphonic sound."
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Supertramp
Breakfast In America

  (Item #: superbreak_1711_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades this is guaranteed to be the best sound you have ever heard for Breakfast
  • A truly outstanding recording with huge, spacious, dynamic, lively sound - Tubey Magical richness is big plus too
  • A Top 100 title and True Demo Disc - turn it up and this recording gets LOUD like nothing you have ever experienced
  • 4 1/2 stars in the AMG: "The majority of the album consisted of tightly written, catchy, well-constructed pop songs, like the hits "The Logical Song," "Take the Long Way Home," and "Goodbye Stranger.""
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Deep Purple
Made In Japan

  (Item #: deeppmadei_1709_) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • Get ready to rumble - this superb UK original pressing earned ELEVEN pluses out of a possible twelve!!
  • A phenomenally well-recorded album that's a true Demo Disc on an exceptional pressing such as this
  • Turn it up and you will hear sound that is incredibly powerful and natural with amazing presence, energy and weight down low
  • 3 Triple Plus (A+++) sides followed by a Double Plus side four -- you can't do much better than that!
  • Rolling Stone: "They've done countless shows since in countless permutations, but they've never sounded quite this perfect."
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Deep Purple - Made In Japan

Live and Learn

  (Item #: deeppmadei_2006) 



This is a classic case of Live and Learn. What we had to say below about Made in Japan back in 2006 is just plain emabarrassing.

"This is a very nice looking EMI British Import Double LP that plays Mint Minus. This copy sounds tonally correct and pretty lively. The DCC may be better but it’s a LOT MORE MONEY I haven't played that record since it came out years ago so who's to say."

Ouch.

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Van Morrison
Wavelength

  (Item #: morriwavel_1703s) 

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


  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and quiet vinyl, this is a wonderful Morrison album from 1978
  • Richer, warmer and bigger than most of the other copies we played, with the kind of smoothness that's essential to the album's enjoyment
  • His biggest selling album to date? Seems hard to believe but that's what is says on Wikipedia - it went gold in 3 months
  • Time magazine raved: "Morrison has made two, maybe three albums that rank high among the finest of all rock 'n' roll. Wavelength is good enough to stand close by Morrison's best work, a record of sinuous, sensuous magic. The man just can't be beat."
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Michael Jackson
Off The Wall

  (Item #: jacksoffth_1711) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Two SUPERB sides each rating a Double Plus (A++) or BETTER for this MJ classic, with some of the most heartfelt music he ever recorded
  • The sound is tubey rich, smooth, sweet and lively throughout - this is the way Off the Wall should sound
  • After years of MJ shootouts, we say this is unquestionably the best sounding album Michael Jackson album of them all
  • "...this was his breakthrough, the album that established him as an artist of astonishing talent and a bright star in his own right." - Allmusic, 5 stars
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John Denver
Poems, Prayers and Promises

  (Item #: denvepoems_1711) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides for one of John Denver's better sounding albums
  • This original Orange Label RCA pressing had the kind of natural acoustic we were trying to find in our most recent shootout
  • Some of Denver's most iconic songs: Take Me Home, Country Roads; Sunshine On My Shoulders, along with a batch of excellent covers (Let It Be, Fire and Rain)
  • "... the beginning of a golden period for Denver when his songs would dominate the airwaves, especially his big hit singles."
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Miles Davis
Kind of Blue

  (Item #: daviskindo_1711_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A very good sounding copy with Hot Stamper sound from start to finish
  • This beauty is tonally correct and just full of vintage 30th Street Studio Magic
  • This properly mastered '70's reissue is your chance to hear KOB sound right for a change
  • "Kind of Blue isn't merely an artistic highlight for Miles Davis, it's an album that towers above its peers, a record generally considered as the definitive jazz album, a universally acknowledged standard of excellence."
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Joni Mitchell
Mingus

  (Item #: mitchmingu_1711) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A stunning copy, with amazing Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides
  • Rich, dynamic and natural sounding with more energy than almost every other copy we played
  • If you're a fan of Joni's more adventurous work you'll find a lot to like here
  • Herbie Hancock and some of Weather Report join Mingus in helping Joni bring these jazzy works to life
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Wes Montgomery
California Dreaming

  (Item #: montgcalif_1711) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find Hot Stamper sound from first note to last of this jazz masterpice
  • This is Big Production Guitar-led Jazz, thanks to RVG's top quality engineering
  • Forget the critics, this is one of Wes's Best Albums of All Time I tell you!
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Phil Collins
Face Value

  (Item #: collifacev_1711_2) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Hot Stamper grades grace both sides of this Phil Collins classic
  • This Vertigo British pressing plays incredibly quiet, a true Mint Minus throughout!
  • Collins' most consistent songwriting and many of his biggest hits - In The Air Tonight sounds amazing here
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Collins proves himself a passionate singer with a gift for both deeply felt ballads and snarling rockers."
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Traffic
The Best of Traffic

  (Item #: traffbesto_1711_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With very good Hot Stamper grades throughout, this Traffic Hits LP has much to recommend it
  • The sound on this amazing compilation often trumps the very same tracks on the original British releases
  • Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus vinyl playgrades on both sides - Island didn't make them any quieter in 1969
  • Top 100 - "The entire second side of the LP, comprising "Medicated Goo," "Forty Thousand Headmen," "Feelin' Alright," "Shanghai Noodle Factory," and "Dear Mr. Fantasy," was the kind of progressive rock that would define Traffic and give it its place in the rock pantheon."
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Paul Simon
Live Rhymin'

  (Item #: simonliver_1711) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This 2-pack gives you excellent nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides of this superb sounding live album
  • The first copies to hit the site in over a year - pressings like this are hard to come by!
  • You get clear, full-bodied and lively sound from first note to last
  • Features great versions of Simon classics, including The Boxer, Bridge Over Troubled Water, The Sound Of Silence and many more
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Chet Atkins
Class Guitar

  (Item #: atkinclass_1711) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish for Chet's acoustic guitar album
  • The reproduction is exceptionally natural - big and full with a nicely extended top end to capture all the harmonic information
  • Living Stereo spaciousness, clarity, tonal accuracy and freedom from artificiality - it doesn't get any better than this
  • Mint Minus Minus, which is about as silent as these early RCAs get with such mellow, quiet, contemplative music
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Boston
Boston

  (Item #: bostobosto_1711) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Hot Stamper sound on both sides of this early pressing - this copy of Boston rocks with the best of them
  • Guaranteed to beat the pants off of any pressing you can throw at it: Half Speed, Heavy Vinyl, you name it, this copy will trounce it
  • Excellent sound for all the hits: More Than a Feeling, Long Time/Foreplay, Rock & Roll Band, Peace Of Mind...
  • Better Records Top 100; "Boston is essential for any fan of classic rock, and the album marks the re-emergence of the genre in the 1970s." — Allmusic, 4 1/2 stars
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Dire Straits
Making Movies

  (Item #: diresmakin_1711) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two and a side one that's right up there with it, this copy has a lot to offer sonically
  • Incredibly big, punchy, and full-bodied with excellent presence -- Mark Knopfler's leads really soar here
  • Romeo and Juliet comes to life the way you want it to here, and the song Solid Rock lives up to its title
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Making Movies is helped by a new wave-tinged pop production, which actually helps Knopfler's jazzy inclinations take hold ... ranks among the band's finest work."
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Blind Faith
Blind Faith

  (Item #: blindblind_1711) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) grades, or close to it, on both sides of Blind Faith's self-titled album
  • This is no audiophile "made-from-the-master-tape" snake oil, this is the real thing from the UK - you'll hear the difference right from the get-go
  • Can't Find My Way Home sounds superb here - we guarantee you've never heard it sound better - quiet vinyl too
  • "As much a follow-up to Traffic's self-titled second album as it is to Cream's final output, it merges the soulful blues of the former with the heavy riffing and outsized song lengths of the latter for a very compelling sound unique to this band."
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Elvis Costello
King of America

  (Item #: costekingo_1711) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Only the second copy of Elvis's 1986 release to ever hit the site, with excellent Double Plus (A++) sound, or close to it, from first note to last
  • If you've never heard a superb British pressing of this album, you'll be blown away by the huge, clear sound here
  • Nina Simone's "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" is only one highlight among many - these are some of his best songs
  • AMG raves: "Stripping away much of the excess that cluttered Punch the Clock and Goodbye Cruel World, Elvis Costello returned to his folk-rock and pub rock roots with King of America, creating one of his most affecting and personal records ... one of his masterpieces."
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Frank Zappa
Waka/Jawaka

  (Item #: zappawakaj_1610x) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Double Plus (A++) sound means this copy delivers plenty of Zappa's Waka/Jawaka Big Band Magic
  • A Top 100 Title, and deservedly so: the sound is big, rich, punchy, lively and clear
  • The size and power of a big band, Frank Zappa style - there is (almost*) nothing like it
  • Rolling Stone raved that this Jazz Rock Fusion album contains "...some of the best material he's done in years."
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Eno
Taking Tiger Mountain

  (Item #: eno__takin_1608x) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Two outstanding sides - better than Double Plus sound (A++ to A+++) on side one, Double Plus on side two
  • Superb clarity and transparency let you appreciate Eno's remarkable mastery of space and sonic effects
  • Credit must also go to the amazing engineering of Rhett Davies - what a world of sound he has created here
  • 5 stars on Allmusic, a Top 100 title, and without a doubt Eno's Masterpiece
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Art Garfunkel
Breakaway

  (Item #: garfubreak_1610x) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Both sides of this Art Garfunkel solo earned seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades for sound
  • Open, rich, musical and full - a standout Super Hot Stamper
  • Richard Perry went for the Big Sound here and he got it - this copy will show it to you
  • Relatively quiet vinyl for this album, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - most are much noisier than this
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Billie Holiday
Lady In Satin

  (Item #: holidladyi_1612x_) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find ecellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this vintage pressing, on reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • Dramatically richer, fuller and more Tubey Magical than most other copies, with breathy vocals and rosiny, fairly smooth strings
  • I'm a Fool to Want You on this very copy may just 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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Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66
Fool on the Hill

  (Item #: mendefoolo_1701x) 

Our Price: $99.99
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  • Excellent sound on both sides with each rating a Double Plus (A++) or close to it
  • We haven't had any good copies up since 2013 — these are TOUGH to come by
  • Both sides are rich, smooth and full with lots of bottom end weight
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Even though he had become thoroughly embedded in the consciousness of mainstream America, Mendes still managed to have it three ways, exposing first-class tunes from little-known Brazilian talent, garnering commercial hits, and also making some fine records."
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Spirit - Clear

Sundazed Heavy Vinyl Debunked

  (Item #: spiriclear_sundazed) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame and another Sundazed record debunked.

Although it's been many years since I last played it, I'm fairly confidant that the Sundazed only hints at the real sound of the best copies. Most Sundazed records would end up in our Hall of Shame if we ever bothered to audition them.

Being in the "record business", such as it is, I played my share and more of awful sounding Heavy Vinyl.

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Jimi Hendrix
Axis: Bold As Love

  (Item #: hendraxisb_1711) 

Our Price: $549.99

  • A STUNNING pressing: Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it on both sides - one of the best copies we've ever heard
  • Huge and present, rich and full, with the kind of weight and electrified energy this problematical album almost never has
  • Relatively quiet vinyl, playing Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus on both sides - these imports are the only way to go
  • 5 stars: "...a solid collection of great tunes and great interactive playing between himself, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell, and the recording studio itself. "
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Steely Dan
Pretzel Logic

  (Item #: steelpretz_1711_2) 

Our Price: $549.99

  • An amazing Triple Plus side two (A+++) backed with an excellent Double Plus (A++) side one; this copy will deliver some of the very best Steely Dan sound you'll ever hear on record
  • Both sides here are incredibly big, punchy, transparent and lively
  • A Better Records Top 100 album and our clear pick for The Best Sounding Steely Dan Record
  • 5 stars Allmusic "Steely Dan made more accomplished albums than Pretzel Logic, but they never made a better one."
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The Allman Brothers
Brothers and Sisters

  (Item #: allmabroth_1711_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A very respectable copy, with each side earning Hot Stamper grades and blessed with fairly quiet vinyl
  • 4 stars on Allmusic and the band's commercial peak, featuring great songs as well as stellar guitar work from Dickie Betts
  • "The Allman Brothers Band's first new studio album in two years shows off a leaner brand of musicianship, which, coupled with a pair of serious crowd-pleasers, "Ramblin' Man" and "Jessica," helped drive it to the top of the charts for a month and a half and to platinum record sales."
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Sade
Diamond Life

  (Item #: sade_diamo_1711) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Killer sound for Sade's debut with a superb Double Plus (A++) side one and a side two that's close to it
  • This UK disc is dramatically better than any domestic pressing we played - clean, clear and open, yet rich and natural
  • The key to the best copies is Tubey Magical richness and sweetness, and this analog copy has plenty of both
  • "[Sade] projects a wised-up sensuality, and the record neither creaks with the revivalism of Harry Connick nor the sterility of Simply Red, to name but two of Sade's neo-cocktail rivals."
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Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson

Simply Vinyl Debunked

  (Item #: nilssschmi_simply_vinyl) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame Pressing.

Awful in every way.

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The Pat Metheny Group
The Pat Metheny Group

  (Item #: methepatme_1711) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides, this was one of the better pressings we played in our recent shootout
  • A solid and energetic pressing, with great bass and wonderful transparency
  • 5 Stars: "The music is quite distinctive, floating rather than swinging, electric but not rockish, and full of folkish melodies... This music grows in interest with each listen." --
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Harry Nilsson
Knnillsson

  (Item #: nilssknnil_1711_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This Nilsson classic boasts superb Double Plus (A++) sound, or close to it, on both sides
  • A fun trip through the wild mind of one of pop music's biggest iconoclasts
  • One of Nilsson's very best sounding albums with a number of great songs
  • "With... Nilsson's trademark clever songsmithery and impish humor, Knnillssonn is a pop album like no other." -- Allmusic
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Tom Waits
Closing Time

  (Item #: waitsclosi_1711) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two excellent Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy has superb sound from first note to last
  • With exceptional space and clarity to complement the richness of the vintage analog sound, this pressing was on of the better we heard in our recent shootout
  • 'Ol' 55 is the highpoint of the album for us - check out The Eagles version from On The Border to hear their more polished (less-boozy) take on it
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Tom Waits' debut album is a minor-key masterpiece filled with songs of late-night loneliness. Within the apparently narrow range of the cocktail bar pianistics and muttered vocals, Waits and producer Jerry Yester manage a surprisingly broad collection of styles..."
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Stevie Wonder
Talking Book

  (Item #: wondetalki_1711) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this pressing - this is the way Talking Book is supposed to sound
  • Richer, warmer, more natural and relaxed, and unusually quiet too, playing Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • So many great songs: You Are the Sunshine of My Life, Tuesday Heartbreak, You've Got It Bad Girl, Superstition, etc.
  • 5 Stars: "What had been hinted at on the intriguing project Music of My Mind was here focused into a laser beam of tight songwriting, warm electronic arrangements, and ebullient performances -- altogether the most realistic vision of musical personality ever put to wax..."
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Spirit
Clear

  (Item #: spiriclear_1711) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from beginning to end for Spirit's classic third album
  • With these Hot Stampers you get Tubey Magic like you never imagined, assuming you played the CD or the Sundazed vinyl
  • It's been almost two years since we last found great copies, so don't expect this one to come around again soon
  • 4 Stars: "Several moments of brilliance that prove what a revolutionary band they were"
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Tears For Fears
The Seeds Of Love

  (Item #: tearsseeds_1711_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A true Demo Disc, this British pressing boasts excellent nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Super big and rich with plenty of Tubey Magic and a massive bottom end - you won't believe how analog both sides sound!
  • Pretty darn quiet throughout, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - they didn't press them any better than this
  • "Along with Songs from the Big Chair, The Seeds of Love was part of a one-two artistic punch in the late '80s that situated Tears for Fears as one of the decade's more ambitious pop groups."
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Fleetwood Mac
Greatest Hits

  (Item #: fleetgreat_1711_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Stunning sound from start to finish with both sides rating Triple Plus (A+++)
  • Oh Well, Parts One and Two, Black Magic Woman and Albatross are all KILLER here
  • Big, rich, energetic, with tons of Analog Tubey Magic, the typical copy couldn't touch it
  • Peter Green is hands down our favorite British Blues Guitarist of All Time - this record will tell you why
  • We're keeping this one cheap due to some condition issues (see below)
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Rod Stewart
Every Picture Tells A Story

  (Item #: stewaevery_1711_2) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from beginning to end and one of the better copies from our most recent shootout
  • This recording balances incredible power in the bass and drums, and some of the best rock bass ever recorded, with beautifully realized acoustic guitars and mandolins - something that virtually no recording for the last twenty plus years can claim
  • A Top 100 album, and Rod's best music and best recording by far - nothing can touch it
  • "It's a beautiful album, one that has the timeless qualities of the best folk, yet one that rocks harder than most pop music — few rock albums are quite this powerful or this rich." — Allmusic 5 Stars
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Billy Joel
Piano Man

  (Item #: joel_piano_1711) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • For the first time in quite a while we have a killer copy of this Billy Joel classic with Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • The overall sound is rich and solid - also big, open and musical
  • Relatively quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • 4 Stars: "Piano Man makes it clear that his skills as a melodicist can dazzle"
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Roxy Music
Country Life

  (Item #: roxymcount_1711) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find very good Hot Stamper grades on both sides of this early British Island pressing
  • One of a handful of albums that represent the musical high watermark of early- to mid-'70s Art Rock
  • Includes many of the best songs Ferry ever wrote and Roxy ever played
  • 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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Frank Sinatra
The Concert Sinatra

  (Item #: sinatconce_1711_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Hot Stamper grades grace both sides of this classic pressing from Ol' Blue Eyes
  • With 24 mics feeding 8 tracks of 35MM recording film, this was the sonic equivalent of Gone With the Wind - no expense or effort was spared
  • This album ranks right up there with the best of the Reprise era - recorded in 1963, Sinatra was still in his prime
  • "Sinatra is given the opportunity to demonstrate his full emotional range, from the melodrama of 'Ol' Man River' to the tender romanticisim of 'Bewitched,' which helps make The Concert Sinatra one of his most fulfilling albums of the era."
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Simon and Garfunkel
Sounds of Silence

  (Item #: simonsound_1711) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Exceptionally good sound on this Simon and Garfunkel Classic, with Double Plus (A++) sonic grades throughout
  • Both sides are warm, rich and sweet with tight, note-like bass and loads of Tubey Magic
  • Forget that critical listening stuff and just notice that these hot copies are simply more relaxed and musical
  • Although the rock tracks come to life and really do sound good, the Tubey Magical folkie tracks are the real reason to play the album
  • "A work of finely expressed folk. It’s arguably the duo’s big breakout, a crossover success with some handsome hits." COS
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Neil Young
After The Gold Rush

  (Item #: youngafter_1711) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb pressing, Double Plus (A++) on both sides, guaranteed killer sound from first note to last
  • This is the embodiment of the Classic Rock sound we love - rich, full-bodied, warm, punchy, dynamic and clear
  • 5 Stars in Allmusic, Top 100, and a Demo Disc that is guaranteed to knock your socks off
  • "It's a magnificent, style-setting album which saw the Canadian's elevation to rock hero. For those who like their emotion raw."
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Willie Nelson
Stardust

  (Item #: nelsostard_1705x) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides of this exceptionally well-recorded album, this surely qualifies as a Demo Disc
  • From the first few moments of the title track you'll be blown away by the wonderful presence, transparency, and clarity
  • This copy is hi-res without sacrificing the Analog warmth that makes the recording so special
  • 5 stars: "Stardust showcases Nelson's skills as a musician and his entire aesthetic — where there is nothing separating classic American musical forms, it can all be played together — perhaps better than any other album..."
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Willie Nelson
Phases And Stages

  (Item #: nelsophase_1705s) 

Our Price: $299.99
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  • Stunningly good Triple Plus (A+++) from the first note to the last; you'll have a hard time doing any better than this
  • The overall sound here is big, full, solid and musical with excellent bass and none of the harshness that plagues most copies
  • This is the first Hot Stamper to make it to the site, and we've been trying for a long time! Not so many good sounding copies out there...
  • "... a wonderful set of music that resonates deeply..." - All Music
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Dave Brubeck Trio Featuring Gerry Mulligan
Compadres

  (Item #: brubecompa_1711) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this Brubeck Masterpiece
  • The fullness of the lower midrange on this Gerry Mulligan vintage Columbia 360 Stereo pressing brings out all the magic of the man's remarkably rich baritone
  • Recorded in Mexico, the superb sound captured here was no easy feat, but the Columbia engineers were clearly up to the challenge
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "This fine LP was the debut of Brubeck's new Quartet, a group featuring baritonist Gerry Mulligan... this enjoyable set showed that for Brubeck there was life after Paul Desmond."
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Traffic
John Barleycorn Must Die

  (Item #: traffjohnb_1711) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • An outstanding copy of this Traffic Classic with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Both sides here are clean, clear, rich, and full with tons of energy and bottom end weight
  • Arguably their best album in our opinion, certainly the most groundbreaking, original and involving
  • "...the band sounds utterly grounded. As the grooves percolate effortlessly along, it becomes clear that unity, not any technical skill, is what makes the music levitate."
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The Police
Outlandos d’Amour

  (Item #: policoutla_1711_1) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • An outstanding UK pressing, boasting excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Sting's vocals are breathy and present - note how well his overdubbed background vocals separate themselves away from the lead
  • Packed with hits - Roxanne, So Lonely, Can't Stand Losing You - and they are all rockin' like crazy here
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...a set of strong, adrenaline-charged rock, albeit with a reggae tinge... unquestionably one of the finest debuts to come out of the '70s punk/new wave movement."
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David Bowie
Aladdin Sane

  (Item #: bowiealadd_1711_1) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • An insanely good copy of this Bowie classic with both sides rating a Triple Plus (A+++) or very close to it
  • The Tubey Magical midrange of a classic Ken Scott recording is really something to hear on this pressing
  • This import copy - forget the domestic LP - is about as quiet as we can find them - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • Bowie encyclopedist Nicholas Pegg describes it as "one of the most urgent, compelling and essential" of his releases."
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Steve Miller Band
Book Of Dreams

  (Item #: millebooko_1701s_) 

Our Price: $119.99
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  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and fairly quiet vinyl make this a Must Own
  • Present and lively with full-bodied tonality, only the right originals give you this kind of sound
  • Jet Airliner, Swingtown, Jungle Love and Sacrifice all sound the way they should - ROCKIN'
  • 4 stars in Allmusic: "...this is a highlight of the '70s classic rock era and one of Miller's finest releases."
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Rimsky-Korsakov / Scheherazade / Ansermet / Suisse Romande

  (Item #: rimskscheh_6212_1704s) 

Our Price: $249.99
Sale Price: $199.00 (You save $50.99 / 20%)


  • Shockingly good Double Plus (A++) on both sides of this vintage London pressing and quiet vinyl
  • This copy will go head to head with the Reiner pressing and it might just show you a thing or two
  • Considering how bad most copies of LSC 2446 sound, we'd be very surprised - shocked even - if this pressing didn't trounce it
  • An extraordinary Demo Disc - the brass has weight and power on both sides like you will not believe
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Van Halen
1984

  (Item #: vanha1984_1704s) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • Stunning sound on both sides with each rating a Double Plus (A++) or better - this copy ROCKS
  • Both sides here big and lively with deep punchy bass and plenty of energy and presence
  • Tons of hits - Panama, Hot For Teacher, Jump - and they all sound fantastic here
  • 5 stars: "It's the best showcase of Van Halen's instrumental prowess as a band, the best showcase for Diamond Dave's glorious shtick, the best showcase for their songwriting, just their flat-out best album overall."
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Van Halen - Van Halen

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: vanhavanha_2014) 



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.

We recently took the time to shoot out a bunch of original pressings of Van Halen's debut. I'm sure it won't come as much of a surprise to most of you that the average copy is, well, quite average sounding. Not bad, just mediocre. Not rockin' all that hard and not all that much fun. You know the kind of record I'm talkin' about.

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Gerry Mulligan
Jeru

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Our Price: $69.99

  • This Black Print 360 original stereo pressing put most copies we played to shame with wonderful Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Tubier, more transparent, more dynamic, with that "jumpin' out of the speakers' quality that only The Real Thing (an old record) ever has
  • Hard to imagine any reissue, vintage or otherwise, can beat the sound of this LP - we sure couldn't find one
  • "Jeru flawlessly swings with a relaxed, throbbing, positive life force."
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Neil Young
Zuma

  (Item #: youngzuma_1702s) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $149.00 (You save $50.99 / 25%)


  • An outstanding copy of this superb recording, rating Double Plus (A++) or better throughout
  • A hard-rockin' album with Demo Quality sound powerful enough to blow away just about any rock record in your collection
  • Cortez The Killer and Dangerbird sound STUNNING here -- you will be floored
  • "The music had a lively sound well-suited to the songs, which were some of the most melodic, pop-oriented tunes Young had crafted in years, though they were played with an electric-guitar-drenched rock intensity." Hell yeah they were!
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Roxy Music
Avalon

  (Item #: roxymavalo_1711) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • A stunning early UK pressing of this Roxy classic: Triple Plus (A+++) or very close to it on both sides!
  • Superb sound from start to finish -- full-bodied and warm with wonderfully sweet vocals
  • Copies that are exceptionally open, clear and big present this music the way it was meant to be heard
  • Credit Rhett Davies with creating the sonic space that clearly displays so many singers, instruments and sounds
  • "Ferry was never this romantic or seductive, either with Roxy or as a solo artist, and Avalon shimmers with elegance in both its music and its lyrics." - Allmusic, 5 stars
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The B-52's
The B-52's

  (Item #: b-52sb-52s_1711) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides, you'll find rockin' B-52's magic on this pressing
  • Both sides have the kind of huge, spacious soundstage and amazingly rich, full-bodied tonality that earned this recording its place in our Top 100
  • Super present, punchy and full-bodied, and pressed on pretty quiet vinyl, it plays Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • A New Wave Classic and 5 stars in the All Music Guide: "These songs illustrated that the B-52's' adoration of camp culture... was a world view capable of turning out brilliant pop singles and, in turn, influencing mainstream pop culture... a hell of a good time."
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Joe Cocker
Mad Dogs And Englishmen

  (Item #: cockemaddo_1711) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • An excellent copy rating a Triple Plus (A+++) on sides one and two and a Double Plus (A++) on sides three and four
  • The sound is BIG, rich and tubey, with driving energy and the top end and clarity that's missing from so many we played
  • What it most reminds me of is Ray Charles doing a choice set of modern pop classics, mixing it up by off-handedly throwing in a few hits of his own
  • "... its content was exciting, and its sound, a veritable definition of big-band rock with three dozen players working behind the singer, was unique." - 4 1/2 Stars
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Jethro Tull
This Was

  (Item #: jethrthisw_1711) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and fairly quiet UK surfaces this is a great copy - at any price
  • We've had only a handful of copies up since 2013 - it's that tough to find
  • Guaranteed to soundly trounce any Pink Label Island original you have ever heard - these are the Hot Stampers
  • Melody Maker thoroughly recommended the album in 1968 for being "full of excitement and emotion" and described the band as a blues ensemble "influenced by jazz music" capable of setting "the audience on fire". Wikipedia
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James Taylor
Gorilla

  (Item #: taylogoril_1711) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, with excellent sound for one of James Taylor's best softer rock albums
  • Soulful JT at his best, an underappreciated album by our man, and one that belongs in your collection
  • Mexico, How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) and I Was A Fool To Care are standouts - there are no weak tracks here
  • Rolling Stone notes, "With Gorilla, Taylor is well on his way to staking out new ground. What he's hit upon is the unlikely mating of his familiar low-keyed, acoustic guitar-dominated style with L.A. harmony rock and the sweet, sexy school of rhythm and blues."
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Frank Sinatra and Count Basie
Sinatra At The Sands

  (Item #: sinatatthe_1711) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • An truly KILLER pressing of one of the greatest live albums of all time, recorded late at night in the big room at the Sands Hotel in Vegas
  • With three sides rating a Triple Plus (A+++) and the fourth rating a Double Plus (A++), the sound here is incredibly big and bold with superb clarity and energy
  • Basie and Sinatra in their natural habitat and in their prime, putting on the show of a lifetime
  • "Basie and the orchestra are swinging and dynamic, inspiring a textured, dramatic, and thoroughly enjoyable performance from Sinatra ... the definitive portrait of Frank Sinatra in the '60s." - AMG
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Heart
Dreamboat Annie

  (Item #: heartdream_1711) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent sounding copy of this quintessential Heart album, with superb Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Magic Man and Crazy On You will blow your mind here
  • Punchy and present, open and transparent, with real weight and power to the low end - 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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Dave Brubeck
Time Out

  (Item #: brubetimeo_1711_1) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • An absolute knockout pressing of this Must Own Jazz Classic and one of the best we've heard in quite some time - early vintage stereo LPs in clean condition are getting awfully tough to find nowadays
  • Both sides here earned our top Triple Plus (A+++) grade or very close to it -- incredibly rich and Tubey Magical, with tight punchy bass and huge amounts of studio space
  • 5 stars on Allmusic, an audiophile favorite and a great example of what's phenomenally good about 1959 All Tube Analog recordings
  • "Dave Brubeck's defining masterpiece, Time Out is one of the most rhythmically innovative albums in jazz history, the first to consciously explore time signatures outside of the standard 4/4 beat or 3/4 waltz time."
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The Beatles
Let It Be

  (Item #: beatlletit_1711) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one backed with a Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy will be very hard to beat
  • There's no studio wizardry, no heavy-handed mastering, no phony EQ -- here is some of the most realistic, natural Beatles sound you can get
  • Superb copies like this one make good on the promise that Let It Be captures the greatest rock band of all time playing and singing their hearts out
  • "The album is on the whole underrated, even discounting the fact that a substandard Beatles record is better than almost any other group's best work ... it's an album well worth having, as when the Beatles were in top form here, they were as good as ever."
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Traffic
The Best of Traffic

  (Item #: traffbesto_1711_1) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • Wow! One of the few White Hot copies to hit the site in many years - Triple Plus (A+++) on the first side, Double Plus (A++) on the second
  • This amazing compilation boasts superb sound, often better than the very same tracks on the original British releases (or any other releases for that matter)
  • Relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus on both sides
  • Top 100 and 4 Stars on Allmusic: "As a selection of the best and most popular material from the group's first three albums, the result is hard to fault..."
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