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White Hot Stamper

T.Rex
Electric Warrior

  (Item #: trex_elect_1710s) 

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


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

  (Item #: mccarmccar_1709s_) 

Our Price: $349.99
Sale Price: $299.00 (You save $50.99 / 15%)


  • This copy of McCartney's Masterpiece boasts two incredible sides with each rating a Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it - fairly quiet vinyl too!
  • It's big, rich and full-bodied with a massive bottom end, lots of presence and the kind of spatiality that can fill your entire listening room
  • Record Collector highlighted "Every Night", "Junk" and "Maybe I'm Amazed" as songs that "still sound absolutely effortless and demonstrate the man's natural genius with a melody."
  • A Top 100 pick and Paul McCartney's One and Only Masterpiece - a Must Own when it sounds this good!
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Little Feat
Waiting For Columbus

  (Item #: littlwaiti_1706s) 

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


  • This copy may only have one Triple Plus (A+++) side but the other three sides are awfully good as well with Double Plus grades (A++)
  • If you're going to have a Triple Plus side, make it side one: Fat Man in the Bathtub, All That You Dream. Oh Atlanta - wow!
  • Amazing energy and size, this is exactly the right sound for this band and their unique style of swampy, funky rock'n'roll
  • One of our all time favorite live recordings - one of the top Little Feat albums too, their single best release
  • "[R]ich performances that prove Little Feat were one of the great live bands of their time." -- AMG 4 1/2 stars
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Cream
Disraeli Gears

  (Item #: creamdisra_1711s) 

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


  • A solid copy on the original Plum and Tan Atco label with very good Hot Stamper sound from start to finish - quiet vinyl too
  • Classics like Strange Brew, Sunshine Of Your Love and Tales of Brave Ulysses make this Cream album a Must Own
  • "...the imagination of the arrangements, the strength of the compositions, and especially the force of the musicianship make this album transcend its time." -- Allmusic, 4 1/2 stars
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David Bowie
Scary Monsters

  (Item #: bowiescary_1802) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • Insanely good Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides of what's considered by many to be Bowie's last great album
  • The overall sound here is incredibly big and full with lots of deep punchy bass and a lovely extended top end
  • About as quiet as they come -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "... it does sound fresh, hip, and contemporary, which is something Bowie lost over the course of the '80s. " - All Music
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John Lennon
Mind Games

  (Item #: lennomindg_1802) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Another BR debut with shockingly good sound throughout: Triple Plus (A+++) on both sides
  • The overall sound here is big and full with tons of energy and plenty of extension on both ends
  • Pretty darn quiet -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "... the best numbers are among Lennon's finest..." - All Music
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Freddie Hubbard
Ready For Freddie

  (Item #: hubbaready_1802) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • A killer copy of this Freddie Hubbard classic with Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout and the first White Hot copy to ever hit the site
  • Both sides here are insanely big, rich and Tubey Magical with deep note-like bass and a lovely extended top end
  • Pretty darn quiet throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "... it's one of the trumpeter's most rewarding Blue Note albums." - All Music
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Badfinger
Straight Up

  (Item #: badfistrai_1802_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Very respectable Hot Stamper grades grace both sides of Badfinger's masterpiece from 1971
  • The title of the album is the key to the sound - no fancy packaging, just a great batch of songs by the band, Straight Up
  • The best copies jump out of the speakers, which is exactly what they are supposed to (but rarely) do
  • 4 1/2 stars: "This fine songwriting, combined with sharp performances and exquisite studio craft, make Straight Up one of the cornerstones of power-pop, a record that proved that it was possible to make classic guitar-pop after its golden era had passed."
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Taj Mahal
Oooh So Good 'N Blues

  (Item #: mahalooohs_1802_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Stunning nearly Triple Plus (A++ - A+++) sound on both sides
  • The overall sound here is super big and full with a punchy bottom end and lots of texture to Taj's vocals
  • Fairly quiet throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Ooh So Good 'N' Blues takes a more straight-ahead approach that keeps the experimentation down to a minimum. As a result, this is one of his most consistently enjoyable and even albums." - All Music
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Eric Clapton
Slowhand

  (Item #: claptslowh_1802_2) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides for one of our favorite Clapton records
  • Both sides here are super big, clean and clear with plenty of energy a nice extended top end
  • Includes Cocaine, Wonderful Tonight, Lay Down Sally and May You Never -- all with very good sound
  • "Laid-back virtuosity... never flashy, their playing is masterful and assured." -- Allmusic, 4 1/2 stars
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Art Garfunkel
Breakaway

  (Item #: garfubreak_1802) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Paul Simon
One Trick Pony

  (Item #: simononetr_1802) 

Our Price: $129.99

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

  (Item #: simonbooke_1802) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An excellent 360 stereo pressing earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • Our hottest copies have lovely midrange magic on the guitars and voices as well as plenty of studio ambience on most tracks, especially the simpler, more folky ones
  • An album that has become much tougher to come by, especially ones that play this well
  • Top 100, Five Stars - side two alone has Fakin' It, Mrs. Robinson, A Hazy Shade of Winter and At the Zoo
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Humble Pie
Rock On

  (Item #: humblrocko_1802) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides this pressing is will show you a Rock On you have never heard
  • The sound of this copy has hard rockin' energy to spare - Shine On is amazing here - quiet vinyl too
  • An outstanding classic Glyn Johns recording - we were knocked out by the full-bodied, Tubey Magical sound of the best pressings
  • 4 stars: "The record has an undeniable live feel to it, due in part to Glyn Johns' humble yet precise recording, framing the group as if they were a boogie version of the Band."
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Hall and Oates
Abandoned Luncheonette

  (Item #: hallaaband_1802) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with each side rating a Double Plus (A++) for Hall and Oates One True Masterpiece
  • Rich, sweet, open, and smooth, this is about as good as it gets on an early '70s multi-track popular recording
  • A Better Records favorite (Top 100 of course) and an absolute thrill when it sounds like this!
  • 5 stars: "Hall & Oates' second album was the first indication of the duo's talent for sleek, soul-inflected pop/rock. It featured the single "She's Gone," which would become a big hit in 1975 when it was re-released following the success of "Sara Smile.""
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Tom Waits
Closing Time

  (Item #: waitsclosi_1802) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • With side one coming in at Double Plus (A++) and a side two that's right there with it, 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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Ray Charles & Milt Jackson
Soul Meeting

  (Item #: charlsoulm_1802_1) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • Stunning sound for this meeting of Ray Charles and Milt Jackson with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides
  • The overall sound is clean, clear and open with a huge bottom end and lots of space around all of the instruments
  • About as quiet as we can find these original Atlantic Green and Blue Label LPs -- Mint Minus Minus
  • One jazz icon and one giant of American music combine on this seminal album from 1961
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The Police
Ghost in the Machine

  (Item #: policghost_1802) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ - A+++) side one and a side 2 that's close to it, this copy was one of the best we played in our recent shootout
  • Both sides are tubey and musical with a huge soundstage and the clarity these dense mixes require
  • Includes some of the band's most sophisticated hits: Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, Invisible Sun, Spirits In The Material World, Secret Journey and more
  • Hugh Padgham took over engineering duties for this and The Police's next album - the quality of their recordings is much the better for it
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Roxy Music
Flesh + Blood

  (Item #: roxymflesh_1802) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it form start to finish -- big, clean and clear with plenty of bottom end weight
  • Credit as always goes to the brilliant engineering of Roxy's go-to guy, Rhett Davies
  • Flesh + Blood from 1980 is the precursor to Avalon, with much the same style and sound
  • Some of Roxy's best material and biggest hits are here, on exceptionally quiet British vinyl too
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Return to Forever
Romantic Warrior

  (Item #: returroman_1802) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • A KILLER copy with both sides rating Double Plus (A++) - on the right stereo this is a true Demo Disc
  • Rockin' dynamic energy as well as huge amounts of studio space on both sides make this copy the one to own
  • Our favorite Jazz Rock Fusion Album of All Time - none rocks harder - and of course we love the music
  • These are four instrumental pyrotechnicians - the band is absolutely on fire like no other album they recorded together
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The Doors
Waiting For the Sun

  (Item #: doorswaiti_1802_2) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Two outstanding sides for this superbly recorded Doors album, with strong Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • The sound is present, lively and tonally correct, with Morrison's rich vocals well reproduced and especially Tubey Magical
  • It's tough (not to mention expensive) to find these early Gold Label pressings with this kind of sound and reasonably quiet vinyl
  • A Top 100 Title - "Krieger, Ray Manzarek and John Densmore were never more lucid... This was a band at its most dexterous, creative, and musically diverse ..."
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U2
The Joshua Tree

  (Item #: u2___joshu_1802_2) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A STUNNING pressing with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first
  • Both sides here are incredible -- big, full and musical with a solid bottom end and lots of energy
  • One of the best copes from our most recent shootout and on fairly quiet vinyl too
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "A powerful, uncompromising record that became a hit."
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Tony Bennett
I Left My Heart In San Francisco

  (Item #: benneileft_1802_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Superb and magical like nothing you've heard - this killer copy is as about as HUGE and as REAL as it gets
  • This pressing gives Tony the sound he deserves, with side one Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) and side two a solid Double Plus (A++)
  • Amazing music, plus brilliant engineering by Frank Laico at his favorite studio (and ours), Columbia 30th Street studios
  • Allmusic 5 Stars and the winner of two Grammy Awards in 1962 including Record of the Year
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U2
The Joshua Tree

  (Item #: u2___joshu_1802_1) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • Excellent sound from beginning to end with both sides rating a strong Double Plus (A++) or close to it
  • The overall sound here is clean, clear and open with a punchy bottom end and plenty of space
  • Fairly quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "A powerful, uncompromising record that became a hit."
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The Beach Boys
In Concert

  (Item #: beachincon_1802) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • The first copy to ever hit the site and boy is it a good one -- Triple Plus (A+++) sound ON ALL FOUR SIDES!
  • The overall sound is incredibly big and full with plenty of energy and bottom end weight
  • Pretty darn quiet throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "This is the way the Beach Boys deserve to be remembered." - All Music
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Frank Sinatra
Come Swing With Me!

  (Item #: sinatcomes_1802_2) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • This 1961 original Capitol stereo pressing boasts incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first
  • On this early pressing you'll hear Billy May's arrangements - just brass, no strings or winds - blasting behind Sinatra like never before
  • This was Sinatra's final swing session with Capitol and on a pressing as good as this one you can tell he and the band are having a blast
  • Allmusic: "...his intense, speedy energy gives the album an edge that distinguishes the record... it [has] enough genuine gems to make it necessary."
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The Beach Boys
Surf's Up

  (Item #: beachsurfs_1802_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With Hot Stamper grades on both sides, this is a very good copy of one of our favorite Beach Boys albums
  • Plays on relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • Includes classics Long Promised Road, Till I Die, and of course the title smash hit, Surf's up
  • 4 stars on Allmusic: "A masterpiece [which] defined the Beach Boys' tumultuous career better than any other album ... The album closer, 'Surf's Up,' is a masterpiece of baroque psychedelia, probably the most compelling track from the Smile period."
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Freddie Hubbard
Sky Dive

  (Item #: hubbaskydi_1802_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Off the charts sound for both sides of this classic Freddie Hubbard CTI album with each side rating a Triple Plus (A+++) or very close to it
  • This is the kind of spacious, low-distortion, dynamic and energetic sound Rudy Van Gelder was getting in the early '70s
  • Hubbard got together a great group of Funky Jazz players to support him here, with Don Sebesky doing his usual inventive arrangements
  • 4 Stars: "Freddie Hubbard's fourth CTI recording certainly has a diverse repertoire. The charts for the brass and woodwinds are colorful; there is a fine supporting cast that includes guitarist George Benson, Keith Jarrett on keyboards, and flutist Hubert Laws; and Hubbard takes several outstanding trumpet solos."
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Bola Sete - The Incomparable Bola Sete

Reviewed in 2010

  (Item #: sete_incom_2010) 



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

This is a Minty looking Fantasy LP with EXCELLENT SOUND. Bola Sete is one of my favorite guitarists, Latin or otherwise. Here he is joined by a very talented percussionist who brings authentic Brazilian feeling to this music. The real surprise here is Paul Horne on flute -- the music comes alive on the tracks on which he guests, such as 'Lamento De Negro'. If you like Latin guitar music, you can't go wrong here.

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Hot Stamper

Buffalo Springfield
Last Time Around

  (Item #: buffalastt_1802) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find Hot Stamper grades on both sides of this, Buffalo Springfield's final release
  • Some of the best songs the band ever wrote are right here: I Am A Child, Kind Woman and many, many more
  • If Buffalo Springfield Again deserves a Five Star rating then Last Time Around does too - it's every bit as brilliant
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Frank Zappa
Cruising With Ruben & The Jets

  (Item #: zappacruis_1705x) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An excellent copy with both sides rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or better
  • Both sides here are killing it -- big, full and solid with a big bottom end and tons of energy
  • It's a classic of twisted Doo-Wop that belongs in your collection. At least we think you should give it a chance anyway; hearing it sound this good might just make a believer out of you
  • The new CD - with its modernized sound and wrong-headed re-recorded rhythm tracks - is a bad joke next to the top early pressings
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Rodgers / Slaughter on Tenth Avenue / Fiedler

  (Item #: rodgeslaug_2294_1802) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent Double Plus sound or close to it, courtesy of the team of Mohr and Layton
  • The concert hall is huge, with (gulp) some of the most natural orchestral staging I have ever heard
  • Mid-hall perspective, with virtually no multi-miking to be heard, a glorious approach to sound that is all but gone forever
  • Fiedler and his Pops play these 7 short pieces by Bernstein, Gould, Falla, Shostakovich and Copland with great gusto and skill
  • "A great collection of 20th Century music. Richard Rodgers' "Slaughter on 10th Avenue" may be the most exciting music he ever composed ... the definitive versions of these works."
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Joan Baez
Diamonds and Rust

  (Item #: baez_diamo_1802_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With Hot Stamper sound from start to finish, this is a very good copy of Baez's 1975 release
  • An original domestic pressing, this classic features top-notch musicians, including Larry Carlton, Tom Scott, David Paich, Wilton Felder, and Better Records fave Joe Sample
  • Guaranteed to handily beat the Nautilus Half-Speed as well as the TAS List-approved MoFi (which is awful by the way)
  • 5 stars: "...the real hit was the title track, a self-penned masterpiece and... her finest moment as a songwriter..."
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Marty Robbins
By The Time I Get To Phoenix

  (Item #: robbibythe_1802_1) 

Our Price: $279.99

  • An incredible sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the fist side and Double Plus (A++) on the second
  • Both sides here are clean, clear and present with wonderfully full strings and a solid bottom end
  • Fairly quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • This one features a mixture of originals and covers does a good job of showcasing his tremendous range and ability to cross musical genres
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Elvis Presley
Moody Blue

  (Item #: preslmoody_1802) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides, this is a superb copy of an Elvis classic
  • Plays on relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • Presley's final studio album, released just a month before his death, this legendary record is a Must Have for any Elvis collection
  • One of the few Elvis records we've found with reasonably good sound
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Chicago
Chicago VI

  (Item #: chicachica6_1802) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find Hot Stamper sound from first note to last on this Chicago VI pressing
  • Plays on relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • Feelin' Stronger Every Day is killer here - the other big hit was Just You 'N' Me is every bit as good
  • 4 stars: "Chicago VI is an undeniably strong effort - supported at the time by its chart-topping status..."
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Art Pepper
Today

  (Item #: peppetoday_1802) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • Hot Stamper grades and relatively quiet vinyl make this a very good copy of Art Pepper's 1978 release
  • This Jazz favorite includes the 10 minute long, emotionally powerful ballad Patricia
  • Musically the best of Pepper's later period, and exceptionally well recorded by Baker Bigsby
  • 4 stars on Allmusic and a personal favorite for close to 30 years
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Bill Evans & Toots Thielemans
Affinity

  (Item #: evansaffin_1802) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this unique jazz outing
  • Evans on piano is joined by Toots on harmonica as well as flute and saxes
  • The superb sound is courtesy of Frank Laico engineering at the famed Columbia 30th Street studios
  • Fans of Bill Evans and/or Toots Thielemans should find much to like here
  • "Excellent if not essential music that Evans generally uplifts." AllMusic
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Dave Brubeck
Time In

  (Item #: brubetimei_1802) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides of this pressing of Time In, the last album recorded in Brubeck's "Time" series
  • The first copy to EVER hit the site, and it plays on relatively quiet vinyl as well, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • This 360 Stereo pressing boasts the clean, clear, solid, lively piano sound we love about Brubeck's records from this era
  • 4 stars: "Though it is seldom celebrated as such, this is one of Brubeck's finest moments on Columbia."
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Duke Ellington
Indigos

  (Item #: ellinindig_1802_3) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • You'll find very good Hot Stamper sound from first note to last on this Red Label pressing
  • Plays on relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • For jazz ballads performed with deep feeling and the skills of the greatest players of their day, this is the record is for you
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Canned Heat
Canned Heat

  (Item #: cannecanne_1802_1) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A stunning sounding copy: Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side, Double Plus (A++) on the second
  • Both sides are clean, clear and spacious with plenty of bottom end weight and big rock energy
  • Not the quietest copy we've come across (see below), so we're discounting it accordingly
  • Compromised entirely of blues covers such as Muddy Waters' Rollin' and Tumblin' and Robert Johnson's Dust My Broom
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Bob Dylan
Blood On The Tracks

  (Item #: dylanblood_1802_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This copy of Dylan's comeback album boasts very good Hot Stamper sound from first note to last
  • A member of our Rock and Pop Top 100 and 5 Stars on AllMusic, make this a Must Own classic
  • Side one alone boasts Tangled Up in Blue, Simple Twist of Fate, Idiot Wind and You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
  • "Dylan made albums more influential than this, but he never made one better."
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Chicago
Chicago V

  (Item #: chicachica5_1802) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find very good Hot Stamper sound on both sides of this Chicago classic
  • Plays on relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • 4 stars on Allmusic and one of their best sounding albums, the last to be recorded at Columbia's famed 30th Street studios
  • Their first Number One, and The Biggest Selling Album of 1972 (!), spending nine weeks at the top of the charts
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Ella Fitzgerald
Sings The Gershwin Song Book Vol. 1

  (Item #: fitzgsings_gershwin_1_1802) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • This superb stereo 2-pack offers excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Ella sounds rich, Tubey Magical and breathy on this 1959 release
  • It's very difficult to get the vocals AND the brass right together, but these pressings prove it can be done
  • Nelson Riddle's arrangements are especially interesting and artful throughout - we love the guy!
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Ella Fitzgerald - Sings The George Gershwin Song Book

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: fitzgsings_gershwin_1_2014) 



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

White Hot sound on side two of this original copy - shockingly good. Ella sounds rich, Tubey Magical and breathy -- this is a real Demo Disc. Side one is very good as well, nicely warm and rich by track two. Nelson Riddle's arrangements are especially interesting and artful throughout.

It is our opinion that the mono takes all the fun out of the Nelson Riddle's deliberately wide, spacious orchestral presentation surrounding Ella. Which is too bad: the mono pressings are five times as common as the stereo ones.

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B.B. King
Live & Well

  (Item #: king_livea_1802) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • With two Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning sides, this original Bluesway pressing from 1969 simply could not be beat
  • Surprisingly dynamic, with great energy, this copy brought BB King's music to life in our listening room like no other could
  • This copy had the Tubes and the Big Bass that this music needs to work it's Electric Blues Magic from The Master himself
  • "...a worthy recording on its own merits, divided evenly between live and studio material. King's always recorded well as a live act, and it's the concert tracks that shine brightest..."
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Frank Sinatra
Softly, As I Leave You

  (Item #: sinatsoftl_1802) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • With an insanely good Triple Plus (A+++) side one and an excellent Double Plus (A++) side two, this early stereo pressing was the best copy we played in our most recent shootout
  • Big, rich and natural, the new material on this album was recorded in 1964, with Sinatra's voice in very fine form
  • About as quiet as we can find them -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "The highlight of the record was the hit title song, which featured a subdued but forceful and steady backbeat. The rhythm itself was indicative of Sinatra's effort to accept the new popular music."
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Leonard Cohen
Recent Songs

  (Item #: cohenrecen_1802) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • Another BR rarity -- Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides
  • Both sides are super full and solid with excellent clarity, a nice extended top end and tons of energy
  • Fairly quiet vinyl on both sides -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Recent Songs suggested Cohen had regained a certain equilibrium after a long dark period..." - All Music
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Della Reese
Della

  (Item #: reesedella_1802) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • Stunning sound throughout with each side rating a Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it
  • Both sides here are rich and smooth with a big bottom end and a lovely musical quality that's missing from the average copy
  • Plays Mint Minus Minus on side one and even quieter on side two -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Recorded in 1959, this excellent album finds Reese backed by an orchestra that Neal Hefti arranged and conducted." - All Music
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Freddie Hubbard - Sky Dive

What to Listen For

  (Item #: hubbaskydi_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.

Smear is by far the most common problem with the copies we played. When the transient bite of the trumpet is correctly reproduced, maintaining its full-bodied tone and harmonic structures, you know you have a very special copy of Sky Dive (or First Light or Red Clay, etc., etc.). When the sound is blurry, thick, veiled, dull or slow, you have what might be considered something more like the average copy.

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June Christy
The Intimate Miss Christy

  (Item #: chrisintim_1802_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This original stereo copy delivers wonderful 1962 Tubey Magical vocal reproduction, with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it, on both sides
  • If you want to hear a living, breathing June Christy in an intimate setting, this is the only way to go
  • Plays on relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • "The Intimate Miss Christy is a special treat for her fans as it finds the cool blonde singer backed only by Al Viola's guitar and Don Bagley's bass (though a flutist sits in on a few tracks)."
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June Christy
This Is June Christy

  (Item #: christhisi_1710) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find superb Double Plus (A++) Tubey Magical sound from 1958 on both sides of this Turquoise Capitol pressing
  • Both sides are balanced and natural, with the kind of full-bodied, rich vocal sound that no one seems to know how to record anymore
  • June Christy is one of our favorite Cool School vocalists - if only we could find more clean copies of her classic '50s albums
  • All the top West Coast jazz guys are here: Shorty Rogers, Shelly Manne, Bud Shank, Bob Cooper, and swinging arrangements by Pete Rugolo
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June Christy - The Intimate Miss Christy

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: chrisintim_2017) 



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

Both sides of this 1962 All Tube Recorded and Mastered record are just as rich and relaxed as you would expect. The balance is correct, which means the top is there as well as the bottom, with good vocal presence throughout.

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Damn the Torpedoes

  (Item #: pettydamnt_1802) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding hard rockin' pressing, earning Double Plus (A++) grades for sound or close to it on both sides
  • Credit for the tremendous presence and energy of the recording goes to the brilliant engineer Shelly Yakus
  • Damn the Torpedoes is, simply put, the best sounding Tom Petty album we have ever played
  • Tons of hits too: Refugee, Here Comes My Girl, and my favorite of the bunch, Don't Do Me Like That
  • 5 stars: "Few mainstream rock albums of the late '70s and early '80s were quite as strong as this...."
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Wes Montgomery
A Day In The Life

  (Item #: montgdayin_1802) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound, or close to it, on both sides of this jazz favorite
  • Another triumph for Rudy Van Gelder and his unerring skill at getting all the musical elements to work together
  • The first album Creed Taylor produced for A&M was A Day in the Life with Wes Montgomery, just days after the release of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper (and which Wes never heard before recording this album!)
  • "There is a notable quality that each Wes recording seems to retain - they just seem to be getting better as the years go by." Pat Metheny
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Robin Trower
Bridge of Sighs

  (Item #: trowebridg_1802_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Two killer sides rating a solid Double Plus (A++) for Trower's amazingly well recorded Psych masterpiece - quiet vinyl too
  • This glorious early UK pressing is huge, rich and punchy, with guitar solos that soar like few other records you've heard
  • Brilliant engineering by Geoff Emerick at George Martin's AIR studios - maybe the best sounding album Emerick ever made
  • Top 100 (soon), AMG: "...his most stunning, representative, and consistent collection of tunes. Bridge of Sighs holds up to repeated listenings as a timeless work, as well as the crown jewel in Trower's extensive catalog."
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Buffalo Springfield
Retrospective - The Best Of...

  (Item #: buffaretro_1802) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An excellent copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides and only the third copy to hit the site in years
  • Super big and full with a massive bottom end and plenty of energy; the Tubey Magical richness on the best pressings is a joy to hear
  • Kind Woman and I Am A Child sound incredible - listen to all that space
  • A wonderful compilation, 5 stars on Allmusic - this is absolutely Must Own Music
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Chuck Mangione
Feels So Good

  (Item #: mangifeels_1802) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this 1977 classic jazz masterpiece
  • The overall sound is incredibly big and bold with a rock solid bottom end and plenty of space around all of the instruments
  • The title track comes alive here in a way that the average copy can't even begin to hint at
  • "... stronger from the jazz standpoint than Mangione's subsequent dates." - AllMusic
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John Coltrane
The Stardust Session

  (Item #: coltrstard_1802) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent copy of this Coltrane double album, with all four sides rating Double Plus (A++) close to it
  • Spacious, open, transparent, rich and sweet, it's a remarkable disc from the Golden Age with the added benefit of mastering using the more modern cutting equipment of the '70s.
  • Superb sound quality courtesy of Rudy van Gelder's engineering (1958/1963) and the superior mastering of David Turner (1972)
  • 4 Stars: "...Coltrane is heard near the end of his 'sheets of sound' period, perfecting his distinctive style and taking colorful and aggressive solos."
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Fleetwood Mac
Tusk

  (Item #: fleettusk_1802_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This wonderful copy boasts four excellent sides, all earning Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER
  • The sound is clear, rich, warm and full-bodied throughout - the best sounding tracks are killer here
  • Relatively quiet on two sides - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus vinyl and close to that on the others
  • 5 stars on Allmusic, highlights include Storms, Sara, Over and Over and the classic title track
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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
You're Gonna Get It!

  (Item #: pettyyoure_1802) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • A seriously hard rockin' copy that earned nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades on both sides, right up there with our Shootout Winner
  • Rich and open with a killer bottom end, musically it's surely the best record Tom Petty ever made - a late '70s Rock Classic
  • Three of Petty's best songs are on this one - Restless, I Need To Know and Listen To Her Heart - and they sound amazing
  • "Overall, the current LP boasts an impressive stylistic cohesiveness with its predecessor, but what makes the album exciting are the fresh hints of openness and expansion just beneath the surface. The rhythms are a bit looser, and there's a new emphasis on Petty's rough, driving, rock & roll guitar in the mix." Rolling Stone
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Frank Zappa
Fillmore East - June 1971

  (Item #: zappafillm_1704s_) 

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


  • Superb sound from start to finish - Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • Side one has some of the strongest, funniest, most politically incorrect material: The Mud Shark, What Kind of Girl Do You Think We Are? and Bwana Dik
  • When you can hear it right this is an incredibly fun live album with surprisingly good sound
  • Thanks god Flo and Eddie (AKA The Turtles) have the vocal chops and then some to pull off this hilarious comic opera
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Frank Zappa
Hot Rats

  (Item #: zappahotra_1705s_) 

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


  • A stunning sounding copy with each side rating a Double Plus (A++) or better!
  • Both sides here are excellent -- big, rich and full with a massive bottom end and lots of energy
  • A tough record to find good sound for - many originals are just plain awful and they don't come cheap
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Hot Rats' genius lies in the way it fuses the compositional sophistication of jazz with rock's down-and-dirty attitude — there's a real looseness and grit to the three lengthy jams, and a surprising, wry elegance to the three shorter, tightly arranged numbers (particularly the sumptuous "Peaches en Regalia")."
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Supertramp
Breakfast In America

  (Item #: superbreak_1802_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find very good Hot Stamper sound on both sides of this Supertramp classic
  • Plays on relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • A Top 100 title - turn it up and this recording gets loud like you have rarely 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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Johnny Cash
The Fabulous Johnny Cash

  (Item #: cash_fabul_1802) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • An excellent copy with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish for Johnny Cash's first album for Columbia
  • Both sides are clean, clear and open with plenty of energy and a lovely musical quality that's missing from most copies
  • Fabulous is quite well recorded for a country album in 1958, and the material is consistently engaging
  • 4 1/2: "What makes it so entertaining are the songs themselves. From "Don't Take Your Guns to Town" and "Frankie's Man, Johnny" to "Pickin' Time" and "The Troubador," the album is filled with first-rate songs."
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Frank Zappa
Zappa In New York

  (Item #: zappainnew_1802) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on all four sides of this classic Zappa Live double album from 1977
  • The first copy EVER to hit the site, we've been looking for clean copies for years - all our hard work finally paid off
  • From first note to last, plays on relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • 4 Stars: "[Zappa}was at the height of his comic stagecraft..."
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Graham Nash
Songs For Beginners

  (Item #: nash_songs_1802) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This Better Records favorite boasts two excellent sides, each rating a strong Double Plus (A++) or close to it for sonics
  • We love the All Analog sound of the album, especially on a copy as rich and full-bodied as this one
  • Arguably the best of the solo CSN albums - a founding member of our Top 100 Rock and Pop List
  • 4 1/2 stars: "From the soaring "I Used to Be a King" through the gossamer "Simple Man" to the wah-wah-laden "Military Madness," the record is filled with gorgeous melodies, flawless singing, and lyrical complexities that hold up decades later."
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Jeff Beck
Wired

  (Item #: beck_wired_1802_2) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An excellent copy of Jeff Beck's third solo effort with Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Both sides here are super big and full with a punchy bottom end and lots of energy
  • This one was produced by none other than Sir George Martin!
  • "On Wired, with first-rate material and collaborators on hand, one of rock's most compelling guitarists is in top form." - All Music
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Rickie Lee Jones
Rickie Lee Jones

  (Item #: jonesricki_1802) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An outstanding copy of this Singer Songwriter Classic with both sides earning Double Plus (A++) grades for sound
  • Both sides are big and bold with plenty of energy, as well as the warmth and richness of an all analog recording, even one from as late as 1979
  • The musicians and engineers are the ones that made Rickie's debut a multi-million selling Must Own Audiophile Favorite
  • "An astounding debut album that simultaneously sounds like a synthesis of many familiar styles and like nothing that anybody's ever done before."
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Barney Kessel
Music To Listen To (in Mono)

  (Item #: kessemusic_1802) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This Minty Original Black Label Contemporary Stereo LP from 1958 boasts Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • How can you beat a Roy DuNann recording of five reeds, piano, guitar and a rhythm section that includes Shelly Manne and Red Mitchell?
  • The timbre of the instruments is so spot-on it makes all the hard work and money you've put into your stereo more than pay off
  • Barney Kessel and his five reed players take these standards and make magic with them on this, one of our favorite jazz records
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Red Garland Trio
Bright And Breezy

  (Item #: garlabrigh_1711x) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This 1961 pressing, recorded by Ray Fowler, is RICH and REAL like you will not believe; Double Plus (A++) or better throughout
  • Both sides are Tubey Magical, rich, open, spacious and tonally correct, as well as exceptionally dynamic
  • This record has excellent sound and some of the best music we have ever heard on Red Garland's albums
  • "Pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Art Taylor were in the midst of a long tenure with Miles Davis and stayed busy in studios backing one horn player after another. The unit's simpatico refinement never wavers in doubt. They were made for each other, honed in night-after-night performances in a variety of settings."
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Elvis Presley
Something For Everybody

  (Item #: preslsomet_1709s) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $129.00 (You save $20.99 / 14%)


  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy was one of the best we played in our recent shootout
  • If you want to know just how rich, spacious, natural and Tubey Magical an Elvis record can sound, here's your chance to find out
  • Recorded partly in Nashville by the brilliant Bill Porter, and with the Jordanaires singing backup, what's not to like?
  • "...his voice is better than ever, and this is reflected in the arrangements, most of which are closer in spirit to the finely crafted pop symphonies of Roy Orbison than they are to any of Presley's earlier work."
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The Beatles
Please Please Me

  (Item #: beatlpleas_1703s) 

Our Price: $499.99
Sale Price: $399.00 (You save $100.99 / 20%)


  • What a copy! Incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • This copy has superb presence, clarity and size -- they just don't get any better than this!
  • A Better Records Top 100 album - "Decades after its release, the album still sounds fresh"
  • A Triple Plus PPM would clearly be a top pick for a Beatles Demo Disc - your jaw will drop
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Ray Charles
Have a Smile With Me

  (Item #: charlhavea_1709x_) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides this copy was one of the best we played in our recent shootout
  • The richness in the vocals and the wonderfully Tubey Magical sound makes this copy especially impressive
  • It's not easy to find a Ray Charles record from the Sixties that plays this quietly: Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • AMG writes, "...He elevates the material with soulful vocals and good arrangements, particularly when the Raeletts back him up (as they do on half the tracks)."
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The Beatles
White Album

  (Item #: beatlwhite_1708x) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • All four sides of this British copy earned Hot Stamper grades (or better) and play fairly quietly
  • This copy of the Beatles' double album masterpiece is going to thrill and delight the lucky person who snags it.
  • Guaranteed to be cleaner, clearer and livelier than any pressing you've heard
  • "If there is still any doubt that Lennon and McCartney are the greatest song writers since Schubert, then next Friday - with the publication of the new Beatles double LP - should surely see the last vestiges of cultural snobbery and bourgeois prejudice swept away in a deluge of joyful music making..." Right On!
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The Byrds
The Notorious Byrd Brothers

  (Item #: byrdsnotor_1709x) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An excellent pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last
  • Both sides are super rich and full with a huge bottom end and wonderfully present vocals, thanks to engineer Roy Halee
  • A wonderful set of Country Folk Rock songs that are full of magic on a great pressing like this one
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The Notorious Byrd Brothers showed the group continuing to expand the parameters of their eclecticism while retaining their hallmark guitar jangle and harmonies."
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Rush
Fly By Night

  (Item #: rush_flyby_1802) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Stunning sound throughout with both sides rating a Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++), just shy of White Hot
  • The overall sound here is incredibly big and full with tight punchy bass and plenty of big rock energy
  • Fairly quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "... it showed that the young band was leaving their Zep-isms behind in favor of a more challenging and original direction." - All Music
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Love
Da Capo

  (Item #: love_dacap_1802) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • Only the second copy to hit the site in many years and boy is it KILLER - nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) on both sides
  • The recording quality here is incredibly big and rich with lovely breathy vocals and a massive bottom end - thanks Bruce Botnick!
  • Very clean condition for this title -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus on side two, close to that on side one - they don't come much quieter
  • "... a truly classic body of work, highlighted by the atomic blast of pre-punk rock "7 and 7 Is" (their only hit single)" - All Music
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Chet Atkins
Teensville

  (Item #: atkinteens_1802) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Both sides of this original Chet Atkins classic earned excellent Double Plus (A++) grades for sound and play on relatively quiet vinyl
  • This vintage stereo pressing is the first copy to hit the site - we've known this was a great sounding record for a very long time, and now we have a copy to prove it
  • Includes gobs and gobs of 1960 Living Stereo Tubey Magic - the record is just overflowing with it
  • "What shines through is Atkins' understated elegance. All of the numbers are arranged as pop instrumentals and his guitar playing is so tasteful..."
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Gabor Szabo with Gary McFarland
Gypsy ’66

  (Item #: szabogypsy_1802) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides this copy is superb from first note to last
  • Plays on relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • The credit must go to one of, if not THE Greatest Jazz Engineers of all time, Mr. Rudy Van Gelder
  • "Szabo's original sound, the unusual instrumentation (two or three guitars, Sadao Watanabe on flute, Gary McFarland on marimba, bass, drums and percussion) and McFarland's clever arrangements uplift the music."
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Frank Sinatra
I Remember Tommy

  (Item #: sinatireme_1802_2) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • One of the best sounding Sinatra records with excellent Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • We were shocked to hear how good the originals can sound on this album, and just as shocked to hear this copy beat most of them
  • The richness of these heavy-on-the-brass Tubey Magical Reprise pressings makes them the clear choice for sonics (if you have the right stampers)
  • 100% of Amazon reviewers rate this one Four Stars or better, with 77% giving the album Five Stars!
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Roxy Music
Stranded

  (Item #: roxymstran_1802_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Outstanding sound with a Triple Plus (A+++) side one and an excellent Double Plus (A++) side two
  • The sound on this British original Island pressing is wonderful throughout - rich, smooth and oh-so-analog
  • One of the group's best sounding recordings, the Tubey Magic on their early albums is off the scale, especially here
  • "The operative adjective for Roxy's first true masterpiece is gorgeous (it's the same adjective for their final one, too) - The centerpiece, "Mother Of Pearl", might be Roxy's finest seven minutes."
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Willie Nelson
Stardust

  (Item #: nelsostard_1705x_) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Jerry Jeff Walker
Mr. Bojangles

  (Item #: walkemrboj_1708s) 

Our Price: $179.99
Sale Price: $149.00 (You save $30.99 / 17%)


  • A wonderful find of Jerry Jeff's from 1968, with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides!
  • This copy almost won the shootout - it's clear, rich and natural, with good vocal presence and wonderful energy
  • The title track sounds amazing, but that's just one of the great songs with excellent sound on the album
  • The engineering team of Tom Dowd and Phil Lehle really worked their magic on this one
  • 4 1/2 Stars in Allmusic: "...Walker favored the country and folk side of folk-rock much more than the rock side."
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The Mahavishnu Orchestra
The Inner Mounting Flame

  (Item #: mahavinner_1709s) 

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


  • With a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side one and a side two that's close to it, this copy has much to recommend it
  • The band's debut here is a true Jazz/Rock Fusion Demo Disc with the Big Sound we love here at Better Records
  • This album was recorded in 1973, only a year after Bitches Brew single-handedly created the genre of Jazz Fusion itself
  • 5 Stars "...a furious, high-energy, yet rigorously conceived meeting of virtuosos that, for all intents and purposes, defined the fusion of jazz and rock..."
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The Moody Blues
In Search Of The Lost Chord

  (Item #: moodyinsea_1802) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • This early UK pressing has a stunning Triple Plus (A+++) side two backed with an excellent Double Plus (A++) side one
  • Just full of that Moodies Magic: warm, full-bodied, rich and smooth with excellent size and energy
  • The first Moody Blues album to feature their trademark mellotron arrangements
  • "...the album on which the Moody Blues discovered drugs and mysticism as a basis for songwriting and came up with a compelling psychedelic creation, filled with songs about Timothy Leary and the astral plane and other psychedelic-era concerns."
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Little Feat
The Last Record Album

  (Item #: littllastr_1802) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Triple Plus (A++) on the second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first - truly amazing sound for this classic from beginning to end
  • The drums are rich and fat, a perfect match for the sound of the album as a whole
  • Consistently strong songwriting with dramatically more emotionally powerful tracks than their other releases
  • Features great songs like All That You Dream, Long Distance Love, Mercenary Territory and more
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Enya
Watermark

  (Item #: enya_water_1712s) 

Our Price: $349.99
Sale Price: $299.00 (You save $50.99 / 15%)


  • Triple Triple! An amazing pressing of this New Age masterpiece with Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout
  • The sound is super clear, open and natural with lots of texture and detail; the vinyl is nice and quiet
  • Orinico Flow (aka Sail Away) is the big hit here and it sounds amazing on a copy like this one
  • 5 stars: "...the subtlety that characterizes her work at her best dominates Watermark, with the lovely title track, her multi-tracked voice gently swooping among the lead piano, and strings like a softly haunting ghost, as fine an example as any."
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Chuck Mangione
Children of Sanchez

  (Item #: mangichild_1611x) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • Four excellent sides, two Double Plus (A++) and two just shy of that grade
  • Super rich and full-bodied with tons of fat, funky bass, the kind we just can't get enough of
  • Recorded at Kendun and mastered by Robert Ludwig, the audiophile sound should come as no surprise
  • "Mangione's own performance... is frequently riveting, a darkly expressive, soulful element that conveys undiluted passion, sorrow, and joy."
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Willie Nelson
Phases And Stages

  (Item #: nelsophase_1710s) 

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


  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side two, and a solid Double Plus (A++) side one, this copy is excellent from first note to last
  • The sound here is big, full, solid and musical with excellent bass and very little of the harshness that plagues most copies
  • With few good sounding copies of this rare title to work with, Hot Stamper pressings are going to be few and far between
  • "Make no mistake - the deceptively relaxed arrangements, including the occasional strings, not only highlight Nelson's clever eclecticism, but they also heighten the emotional impact of the album."
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R.E.M.
Murmur

  (Item #: rem__murmu_1802_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • The overall sound here is clean, clear and open with a punchy bottom end and lots of space around the instruments
  • Pretty quiet throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • 5 Stars: "R.E.M. may have made albums as good as Murmur in the years following its release, but they never again made anything that sounded quite like it."
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Thelonious Monk
Underground

  (Item #: monk_under_1802_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • Both sides here are super big, open and spacious with plenty of bottom end weight
  • Charlie Rouse's sax sounds just right here -- natural with lots of body and breath
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "The instantly recognizable stride piano lines are delivered with the same urgency and precision that they possessed over two decades earlier..."
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Gregg Allman - Laid Back

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: allmalaidb_2017) 



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

We were surprised at how well recorded the album is, dramatically better than the Allmans' album from the same year, Brothers and Sisters. Full-bodied and Tubey Magical, with especially smooth, present vocals, this is the sound we love at Better Records.

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The Allman Brothers
Idlewild South

  (Item #: allmaidlew_1802_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound throughout with the kind of energy, body and punch this music needs
  • Easily the group's best sounding studio recording and especially impressive on a copy like this
  • Cue up Midnight Rider or In Memory Of Elizabeth Read to hear 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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Grateful Dead
Terrapin Station

  (Item #: grateterra_1802_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This impressive copy has solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • Both sides here are super rich, full and Tubey Magical with a solid bottom end
  • Pretty darn quiet throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • Features the Dead's versions of Samson and Delilah and Dancin' In The Streets, plus the classic title track
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The Allman Brothers
The Allman Brothers

  (Item #: allmaallma_1802_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An excellent copy with seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides
  • The sound is clean, clear and open with the kind of fat bottom end that brings this Blues Rock to life
  • Pretty darn quiet -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout - they don't come quieter
  • 4 1/2 stars: "This might be the best debut album ever delivered by an American blues band, a bold, powerful, hard-edged, soulful essay in electric blues with a native Southern ambience."
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Herbie Hancock
Head Hunters

  (Item #: hancoheadh_1802_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with each side rating a Double Plus (A++) or better
  • The overall sound here is super clean, clear and spacious with a nice bottom end and tons of presence
  • Pretty darn quiet -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Head Hunters still sounds fresh and vital decades after its initial release, and its genre-bending proved vastly influential on not only jazz, but funk, soul, and hip-hop." - All Music
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Jackson Browne
The Pretender

  (Item #: brownprete_1802) 

Our Price: $39.99

  • This Jackson Browne classic pressing boasts very good Hot Stamper sound from first note to last
  • 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
  • "Teaming with Bruce Springsteen's producer, Jon Landau, Browne himself clearly sought to up the ante with more epic settings, while Landau worked on pumping up the star's vocal attack." -- Amazon review
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Judy Collins
The Judy Collins Concert

  (Item #: collijudyc_1802) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound or close to it on both sides, this copy of Judy's first live album will be hard to beat
  • Plays on relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • The notes for side one read: "Clear with great bass. Vocals are smooth and silky. Bigger than most." You get the idea
  • Side two reads: "more 3-d and real - vox much better! - rich not hard for once - not midrangy at all!"
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Shorty Rogers Big Band
Jazz Waltz

  (Item #: rogerjazzw_1802) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • Killer sound for this fun Big Band music, with Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides - open and clear, with solid bass throughout
  • Plays on quiet vinyl, a true Mint Minus throughout
  • This is swingin' West Coast jazz at its best. Of course, the arrangements are done in waltz time, but that doesn't keep them from swingin'
  • Engineered by the great Bones Howe, a man who knows Tubey Magic like practically no one else in the world
  • 4 Stars on Allmusic - this Discovery reissue from 1981 positively murders every original we've played
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