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Billie Holiday
Lady In Satin

  (Item #: holidladyi_1612x) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides, with 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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Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel (1)

  (Item #: gabrigabr1_1707_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb early British pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - this copy sound RICH and TUBEY the way it should
  • Killer throughout - bigger, bolder, more bass, more energy and presence, and the list goes on
  • Clearly the hardest of the first five PG records to find with good sound and decent vinyl, which is why these rarely make the site
  • "...much of the record teems with invigorating energy (as on Slowburn, or the orchestral-disco pulse of Down the Dolce Vita), and the closer "Here Comes the Flood" burns with an anthemic intensity that would later become his signature in the '80s."
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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Deja Vu

  (Item #: crosbdejav_1707) 

Our Price: $749.99

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

  (Item #: hawkibacki_1707) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A killer original 360 "Black Arrows" copy - nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) on side one and nearly as good on side two (A++)
  • All Tube, Live in the Studio Columbia Sound from 1962 - makes a mockery of most jazz records
  • What a swingin' group - there is simply not a false step or false note to be found anywhere on either side of this wonderful recording
  • Hawkins teamed up with the personable trumpeter Clark Terry for this upbeat set of of solid swing. Terry in particular is in exuberant form on "Feedin' the Bean" and a delightful version of "Don't Worry About Me," but Hawkins's playing (particularly on the trumpeter's ballad "Michelle") is also in fine form."
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Paul Quinichette - On The Sunny Side

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: quinionthe_2016) 



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

With three saxophones and a trombone, this is a fresh combination that really brings out the best in all the players during this Prestige jam session, a format for which they are justly famous . I raved about this album when it was in print many years ago - it's solidly swinging jazz that belong in your collection.

1957 - It Was a Very Good Year


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Joe Pass
The Stones Jazz

  (Item #: pass_stone_1707) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With two Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning sides, this original stereo World Pacific copy simply could not be beat
  • Huge and rich, here is the kind of Tubey Magical presentation that lets this big group of musicians (four trombones!) come alive
  • The engineering by none other than Bruce Botnick is brilliant in all respects, as good as his work with The Doors
  • This is FUN West Coast Pop Jazz built around the superb arrangements of Bob Florence and the great songs of the Stones
  • We're so sure you'll like this music that if for any reason you are unhappy the domestic return shipping is on us!
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Johnny Cash
The Fabulous Johnny Cash

  (Item #: cash_fabul_1707) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent stereo 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 stars Allmusic: "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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Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: cash_atfol_2016) 



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

Two great sides on quiet vinyl! We've been trying to find good copies of this fun album for ages, but it wasn't until recently that we heard this music sound right. Most copies are just too thin and edgy with lots of strain and hardness on the vocals. This one is richer, smoother and sweeter, with lots of body and excellent transparency. It ain't easy to find great sounding Johnny Cash records, but this copy had the sound we were looking for.

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Sly & The Family Stone - Life

Reviewed in 2008

  (Item #: slyanlife_2008) 



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

EXCELLENT MUSIC AND SURPRISINGLY GOOD SOUND! We picked up this Epic Yellow Label Promo LP just for fun because someone here remembered liking this album back in the day. When we cleaned it up and dropped the needle on it, we couldn’t believe how CORRECT it sounded. It's not going to ever make anyone's SuperDisc list, but if you dig funky, energetic, soul music from the late '60s, you can't do much better than this record. It's right up there with Sly's next two albums, Stand! and There's A Riot Goin' On.


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Elton John
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

  (Item #: john_goodb_1707) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • An excellent copy with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • All four sides are clean, clear and open with a huge bottom end and plenty of space
  • An incredibly tough album to find with great sound and relatively quiet surfaces
  • Candle In The Wind, Bennie And The Jets, and GYBR sound great
  • 4 1/2 stars in the AMG and a Better Records Rock & Pop Top 100 title
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Steve Miller Band
Book Of Dreams

  (Item #: millebooko_1707) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A stunning copy, Triple Plus (A+++) on the second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first
  • The sound is incredibly big and full with excellent clarity, a huge bottom end and tons of energy
  • Jungle Love sounds fantastic here on the A+++ side two
  • 4 stars in Allmusic: "A highlight of the '70s classic rock era and one of Miller's finest releases."
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Pretenders
Pretenders II

  (Item #: pretepreteII_1707_) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • Off the charts "Triple Triple" (A+++) sound for The Pretenders' second album - both sides earned our top grade of A+++
  • With loads of solid, punchy bass and the richest, smoothest vocal reproduction, this pressing simply could not be beat
  • This original British pressing has the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records cannot even BEGIN to reproduce
  • "What's more the unique American voice of Hynde matched with the tribal beat of Martin Chambers and spangly guitar of Honeyman-Scott was as close to perfect as a band could get in the late 70s."
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Rickie Lee Jones
Rickie Lee Jones

  (Item #: jonesricki_1707) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An outstanding copy of this Singer Songwriter Classic with both sides rating Double Plus (A++) for sound or better
  • Both sides are big and bold with plenty of energy, as well as the warmth and richness of an all analog recording, even as late as 1979
  • A Better Records Rock & Pop Top 100 album and Demonstration Quality 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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Stephen Stills
Stephen Stills

  (Item #: stillsteph_1707) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side two and a better than Double Plus (A++ to A+++) side one, this copy is practically as good as it gets
  • Love the One You're With and Sit Yourself Down are to die for, but there's really not a bad track on the album
  • A triumph of engineering for Bill Halvorsen and Andy Johns - this and Deja Vu are the very definition of Big Production Rock
  • 4 1/2 stars in the AMG: "Listening to this album three decades on, it's still a jaw-dropping experience, the musical equal to Crosby, Stills & Nash or Déjà Vu, and only a shade less important than either of them."
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Dire Straits
Brothers In Arms

  (Item #: diresbroth_1707_1) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • A killer Triple Triple (A+++) copy and one of the best to hit the site in quite a while
  • This one is doing everything right -- bigger, fuller, better bass, more energy and presence and the list goes on
  • So Far Away, Money For Nothing and Walk Of Life all sound great on this Triple Plus copy!
  • "One of their most focused and accomplished albums ... Dire Straits had never been so concise or pop-oriented, and it wore well on them." -- Allmusic, 4 stars
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Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee
Sonny and Brownie

  (Item #: terrysonny_1707) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A+++) quality sound on both sides, so natural and relaxed, the right sound for this music
  • The immediacy, clarity and transparency are excellent, but the key element to any copy is warmth, and this pressing has plenty
  • This copy puts a killer Folk Blues jam from 1973 live in your living room, showcasing two of the true masters of the form
  • "John Mayall and John Hammond, Jr. are among the "youngsters" on this powerful statement that includes a definitive version of Randy Newman's wickedly subtle anti-slavery tune Sail Away."
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The Doors
The Doors

  (Item #: doorsdoors_1707_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Superb Tubey Magical Double Plus (A++) sound from beginning to end - you've never experienced The Doors like this!
  • The sound is big, rich and spacious with an enormous bottom end and an energy level that's really something to hear
  • Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus with no inner groove damage is surely as quiet a copy we are likely to find, but this copy does have a mark that makes 15 tics
  • 5 stars: "A tremendous debut album, and indeed one of the best first-time outings in rock history, introducing the band's fusion of rock, blues, classical, jazz and poetry with a knockout punch."
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Kenny Loggins
Celebrate Me Home

  (Item #: loggiceleb_1707) 

Our Price: $299.99

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

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: armstivego_2009) 



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

This very nice looking Verve LP has EXCELLENT SOUND on both sides. Side one is transparent, rich and sweet. It’s fully of tubey magic and tonally correct from top to bottom. Side two is even better! It’s more open and spacious. I can’t imagine this record sounding a whole lot better than it does here.

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Foreigner - Double Vision

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: foreidoubl_2016) 



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

The fullest, richest, smoothest, most energetic and clearest copy we played in our shootout by far - this is how good the album can sound! This one has the clarity and energy that let this music come to life. The sound was jumping out of our speakers.

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Frank Sinatra - Duke Ellington
Francis A. & Edward K.

  (Item #: sinatfranc_1707) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first
  • Incredibly big, rich and Tubey Magical yet still clean, clear and open with excellent bass
  • Sinatra is both natural and present - he actually sounds like he is standing on the same stage as Ellington's band
  • "Recorded on Sinatra's birthday in 1967, this collaboration between America's most popular singing icon and pre-eminent jazz composer still endures as one of Sinatra's most enjoyable Reprise-era albums." - Amazon
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The Who - Who’s Next

An Album We Are Clearly Obsessed With

  (Item #: who__whosn_obsess) 



WHO'S NEXT is an album we admit to being obsessed with -- just look at the number of commentaries we've written about it.

We love the album and we hope you do too. If you have some time on your hands -- maybe a bit too much time on your hands -- please feel free to check out our commentaries.

Who Albums with Hot Stampers

Who Albums We've Reviewed



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The Beatles
Rubber Soul

  (Item #: beatlrubbe_1707_1) 

Our Price: $549.99

  • A stunning Top Copy: Triple Plus (A+++) on side one, and Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) on side two
  • The sound is wonderful -- big, lively, open and clear with Tubey Magical richness you never expected
  • Norweigan Wood and In My Life sound superb here, along with the rest of the great songs, 14 in all
  • Fairly quiet on both sides -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • A Better Records Top 100 Title, 5 Stars on Allmusic, and a Masterpiece of mid-'60s Folk Rock
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The Who
Tommy

  (Item #: who__tommy_1701ss) 

Our Price: $599.99
Sale Price: $499.00 (You save $100.99 / 17%)


  • A killer Top Copy with three of four sides rating a Triple Plus (A+++) and the other rating an excellent Double Plus (A++)
  • This pressing gives you the kind of powerful sound that brings this music to life -- tons of presence, energy, and Tubey Magic
  • A truly incredible recording that DESTROYS on a copy like this and a long-standing member of our Top 100
  • Add to all this that the vinyl is relatively quiet throughout, and this is truly a MONSTER of a copy
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Henry Mancini
Our Man In Hollywood

  (Item #: manciourma_1608x) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • The first copy to hit the site in a year and it's a good one, with Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Consistently good sound for some of Mancini's most famous compositions - Days of Wine and Roses is lovely here
  • Both sides are huge and lively with a wide stage and lovely Tubey Magical richness
  • Our thanks go to the hugely talented Al Schmitt for the top quality sound on this all tube 1963 recording
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Airto
Fingers

  (Item #: airtofinge_1610x) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Excellent from first note to last - Double Plus sound (A++) on both sides, on fairly quiet vinyl
  • Great bass, solid weight to the all the drums, clarity and presence, and most important of all, energy
  • Sonically impressive funky Brazilian jazz sound with tons of lifelike percussion - thanks RVG!
  • 4 1/2 stars in the All Music Guide; a longtime Better Records favorite and Desert Island Disc
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Derek and the Dominos
Layla

  (Item #: dereklayla_1707_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This copy delivers consistent, top quality sound - all four sides rated Double Plus (A++) or close to it
  • Some of our favorite Clapton songs are here: Bell Bottom Blues, Tell The Truth, Little Wing, Layla and Have You Ever Loved A Woman?
  • One of the most difficult albums to find great sound for, but a lot easier for us now that we know what to look for
  • Clapton's greatest album: "But what really makes Layla such a powerful record is that Clapton, ignoring the traditions that occasionally painted him into a corner, simply tears through these songs with burning, intense emotion."
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Beethoven / Symphony #6 (Pastoral) / Ansermet

  (Item #: beethsym6_6160_1707) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides, this is a wonderful find from our recent shootout, on fairly quiet vinyl too
  • The texture on the strings is captured perfectly - this is an area in which modern pressings fail almost completely
  • Everything sounds so right on this record, so much like live music, there is almost nothing to say about the sound other than You Are There
  • Recorded in Geneva's exquisite Victoria Hall in 1959, this is a top performance from Ansermet and the Suisse Romande, the best we know of
More of the music of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)


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Michael Jackson
Off The Wall

  (Item #: jacksoffthe_1707) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Two SUPERB Double Plus (A++) sides 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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Black Sabbath
Paranoid

  (Item #: blackparan_1707) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A stunning early WB Green Label pressing with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish, just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • The first killer copy of Paranoid to hit the site in almost two years -- that's how tough these are to come by!
  • This copy has the kind of energy, presence and fullness needed to bring the best out of this hard rock / heavy metal classic
  • "One of the greatest and most influential heavy metal albums of all time. Paranoid refined Black Sabbath's signature sound — crushingly loud, minor-key dirges loosely based on heavy blues-rock — and applied it to a newly consistent set of songs with utterly memorable riffs, most of which now rank as all-time metal classics."
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Yes
The Yes Album

  (Item #: yes__yesal_1707) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - the sound is huge and powerful
  • Parts of the album are nothing less than startling in their Prog Rock Power - Starship Trooper is insane here
  • A Top 100 Album and the band's best sounding record if you ask us (although Fragile can sound amazing too)
  • "Organist Tony Kaye, guitarist Steve Howe and bass player Chris Squire play as though of one mind, complementing each other's work as a knowledgeable band should."
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Prokofiev / Scythian Suite & Lt. Kije / Abbado

  (Item #: prokoltkij_33_1707) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This 2-pack gives you outstanding Triple Plus (A+++) sound for Lt. Kije and wonderful Double Plus (A++) sound for the Scythian Suite
  • This single LP boasts our favorite performances for both of these popular 20th century works - such a deal!
  • Big, clear, present and transparent, with a HUGE bottom end, this is some Demo Disc sound all right
  • When the brass is rich and clear, not thin and shrill, the way it is here, you have yourself a top DG pressing
More of the music of Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)


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Johnny Cash
Ring of Fire: Best of Johnny Cash

  (Item #: cash_ringo_1707) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A killer 360 pressing with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side two backed with an excellent Double Plus (A++) side one
  • The second copy to ever hit the site and it's KILLER — clean, clear and lively with a wonderfully Tubey Magical Midrange
  • Fairly quiet throughout, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - not many pressings from 1963 are going to play this quietly
  • "Technically, Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash isn't a greatest-hits collection, but it does contain a number of his greatest performances and singles ... one of Cash's best." - All Music
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Pink Floyd
The Wall

  (Item #: pinkfthewa_1707_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With excellent Hot Stamper sound on all four sides, this is a great way to hear The Wall
  • Too many songs with Demo Quality sound to mention, but the children's chorus in Another Brick..., Pt. 1 is always fun
  • James Guthrie labored mightily to make this one as big, bold and immersive as any Prog Rock recording we know of - and succeeded brilliantly
  • 4 1/2 stars in the AMG, and proof that analog in 1979 could still be amazing, hence its status as a Top 100 Title
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Peter, Paul & Mary
Moving

  (Item #: petermovin_1702x) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An incredible sounding stereo copy with both sides earning our top grade of Triple Plus (A+++) - this is as good as it gets!
  • The overall sound is clean, clear and present with more Tubey Magic than makes their recordings such a joy to play
  • The vocals (obviously the main draw here) sound wonderful -- breathy, natural and present
  • PP&M's second studio album, featuring Puff The Magic Dragon and This Land Is Your Land
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Pink Floyd
Dark Side Of The Moon

  (Item #: pinkfdarks_1707_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With two superb sounding Double Plus (A++) sides, this mindblowing recording is guaranteed to rock your world
  • The transparency, the clarity, the energy, the power - it's all here on these very special import pressings
  • Just listen to how clear the clocks are on Time, how breathy the vocals are on Breathe, how textured the synthesizers are and how silky the top end is from the beginning of the album all the way to the end
  • A Top 100 album (Top Ten actually) and Demo Disc to rival the greatest recordings of all time
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Billy Joel
Songs In The Attic

  (Item #: joel_songs_1707) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent copy with Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides for Billy Joel's Best Album
  • Incredibly clean, clear and open with tons of bottom end weight and energy - there are few studio recordings that have dynamics like these
  • We forget how compressed most recordings are - it takes a record like this to show you how much LIFE there is in live music
  • "...every song is given a fuller, better arrangement that makes it all spring to life. "Los Angelenos" and "Everybody Loves You Now" hit harder in the live setting, while ballads like "She's Got a Way," "Summer, Highland Falls," and "I've Loved These Days" are richer and warmer in these versions." AMG
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Cream
Disraeli Gears

  (Item #: creamdisra_1701x) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • An outstanding copy on UK Blue Reaction, earning very respectable Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides
  • Lively and clear with a solid bottom end and plenty of Tubey Magic, as well as much less grit and grain
  • Excellent sound for classics like Strange Brew, Sunshine Of Your Love and Tales of Brave Ulysses
  • "...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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Marvin Gaye - Let’s Get It On

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: gaye_letsg_2011) 



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

AMAZING SOUND for one of the best soul albums of all time! This is the first Hot Stamper copy of Let's Get It On to ever hit the site, and it is KILLER on side one, giving you better sound for the classic title track than you probably ever dreamed of! It's not easy to find clean original copies, and even when you manage to track them down they often don't sound all that hot. This side one takes the music to a whole new level -- the vocals are smooth and sweet, the bottom end is punchy with real weight, and the vocals have the kind of presence that carries them out of the speakers and front and center into your listening room. Let's get it on indeed!

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Kodaly / Hary Janos Suite / Kertesz

Reviewed in 2010

  (Item #: kodalharry_6417_2010) 



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

This is a SUPERB recording, a real sleeper in the world of audiophile pressings. The sound is BIG, BOLD and DYNAMIC as practically any classical record you can name. And the distortion level is vanishingly small as well.

This British pressing has an AMAZING SIDE ONE (A++) backed with an excellent side two (A+), both on very quiet vinyl! I'm a big fan of this music and here's a pressing that really delivers. Side one of the album has the complete Suite, and with Super Hot Stamper sound this copy is guaranteed to knock you out. One of the top Kertesz recordings on London.

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Randy Newman - Randy Newman Live

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: newmalive_2013) 



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

We paired up a wonderful A++ side one with an even better A+++ side two to create this killer Randy Newman Live 2-pack, giving you wonderful sound for this whole album! We had a ton of these around and finally got to the task of comparing them. Many copies were too congested or had an unpleasant edgy quality to the vocals, but the Hot sides of the 2-pack give you the kind of sound that you want for this music.

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Randy Newman
Little Criminals

  (Item #: newmalittl_1707) 

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


  • An exceptionally good sounding pressing from our first shootout for this album since 2013, on reasonably quiet vinyl to boot
  • Side two earned our top Triple Plus (A+++) grade, and side one was also very strong at Double Plus (A++)
  • The sound is punchy and clear with excellent presence - also much fuller and richer than most of the copies we played
  • Newman's first and only Gold Record, with tons of great songs including his biggest hit, Short People
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Bennett & Evans - The Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Album

MoFi Debunked

  (Item #: benneevans_mofi) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another MoFi LP debunked.

That weird boost around 10k that Stan Ricker liked to add to practically every record he mastered wreaks havoc on the sound of Tony Bennett's voice. I would be very surprised if the current in-print CD doesn't sound more tonally natural, and for us audiophile record lovers - not lovers of audiophile records, but guys who love records with audiophile sound - that's simply another nail in the coffin for one of the most laughably inept remastering labels in the history of that sad enterprise.

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Blondie
Parallel Lines

  (Item #: blondparal_1707_2) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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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The Doors
Morrison Hotel

  (Item #: doorsmoori_1707) 

Our Price: $219.99

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

  (Item #: pinkfthewa_1707) 

Our Price: $279.99

  • An excellent copy, with Double Plus (A++) sound on all four sides and relatively quiet vinyl to boot
  • Buzzing helicopters, ringing telephones, clicking typewriters and so on happen RIGHT THERE in the room with you
  • James Guthrie labored mightily to make this one as big, bold and immersive as any Prog Rock recording we know of - and succeeded brilliantly
  • Rock & Pop Top 100 , 4 1/2 stars in the AMG, and proof that analog in 1979 could still be amazing
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Dvorak / Violin Concerto / Accardo / Davis

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: dvoravioli_accardo_2015) 



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

Top quality sound on BOTH sides of this lovely Philps recording from 1980 -- yes, it was still possible to record classical music properly in 1980, though not many labels managed to pull it off. (Londons from this era are especially opaque and airless. We find them as irritating and frustrating as most of the Heavy Vinyl releases being foisted on the audiophile public today.)

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Ambrosia
One Eighty

  (Item #: ambrooneei_1612x) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two Big, Punchy, Rockin' Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy is doing Ambrosia's fourth album proud
  • Prodigious bass, powerful dynamics, analog Tubey Magic and choruses that get big and loud are hallmarks of our copies
  • Biggest Part Of Me is unabashed Soft Rock Magic, the way Bread's ballads are Soft Rock Magic, and we make no apologies for loving the hell out of them both
  • ""Biggest Part of Me" combines rich Beach Boys-styled harmonies with a heartfelt lyric to create a rich slice of blue-eyed soul that gave the group a number two hit single...
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1980

Some Groundbreaking Albums with Very Good Sound Were Released That Year

  (Item #: 1980) 



When you look closely at all the great records that were released that year -- some of which can even be purchased in Hot Stamper form on this very site -- you may come to agree with us that 1980 was a surprisingly good year for music.

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Steely Dan - Gaucho

Capitol Records Debunked

  (Item #: steelgauch_capitol) 



Sonic Grade: D

Check out our Heavy Vinyl Scorecard to read all about the latest winners and losers. When such records are clearly inferior to their mass-produced counterparts (Heavy Vinyl pressings are mass-produced too by the way), we put them in our Hall of Shame.

Reasonably good bass, we'll give it that, but no top end and no Tubey Magic. More of Ron McMaster’s handiwork and the result is a record that simply has no reason to exist. The AVERAGE original pressing sitting in your local record store bin right now for probably all of five bucks will MURDER this piece of crap.

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The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

  (Item #: beatlsgtpe_1707_2) 

Our Price: $699.99

  • A stunning copy with a Triple Plus (A+++) side two and a better than Double Plus (A++ to A+++) side one, amazing from first note to last
  • Huge, spacious and detailed, with the Tubey Magic of a fresh tape, this is the way to hear Sgt. Pepper in all its analog glory
  • Most pressings - especially the new ones - have nothing approaching the Tubey Magic, space and energy of this LP
  • A Better Records Top 100 - "It's possible to argue that there are better Beatles albums, yet no album is as historically important as this."
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The Pentangle
Pentangling

  (Item #: pentapentangling_1707) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side two and a superb Double Plus (A++) side one, this copy could not be beat
  • The unprocessed quality found throughout the album has its audiophile credentials fully in order, especially in the area of guitar harmonics, as well as drums that sound like real drums actually sound
  • The foundation of the music is provided by two legendary guitar heavyweights, Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, with Jacqui McShee's almost unbearably sweet vocals soaring above them
  • The best material from Pentangle's amazing first six albums, with sound that's full of British Analog Tubey Magic
  • "Pentangling is filled to the brim with some of the finest recordings the British folk movement had to offer..."
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Pentangle
Cruel Sister

  (Item #: pentacruel_1612s) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • This British Transatlantic LP boasts superb sound, nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) on the first side and close to it on the second
  • It's been two and a half years since we last had a copy of this album on the site, that's how rare they are
  • Both sides are Tubey Magical and rich, with Jacqui Mcshee's voice sounding as breathy and natural as you can imagine
  • "Cruel Sister shows Pentangle at their artistic height, combining all of their skill and inspiration to create a vital and enduring album." AMG 4 1/2 stars
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1964

Getz Gets Going, or Dream with Dean If You Prefer

  (Item #: 1964) 



When you look closely at all the great records that were released that year -- some of which can even be purchased in Hot Stamper form on this very site -- you may come to agree with us that 1964 was a wonderful year for music.

Click HERE to see the records currently on the site that were recorded or released in 1964.

And HERE to see the records from 1964 that we've reviewed, a substantially larger group as you can imagine, more than 80 at the time of this writing.


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Simon & Garfunkel
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme

  (Item #: simonparsl_1707_1) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • This is a surprisingly good sounding album - when you can hear it on a Hot Stamper like this
  • It's open, spacious, and transparent, with breathy vocals - the sound is, above all, natural
  • A Demo Disc for Tubey Magical voices and guitars, as well as a longtime Better Records Top 100 album
  • 4 1/2 stars Allmusic: "[I]t is an achievement akin to the Beatles' Revolver or the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album, and just as personal and pointed as either of those records at their respective bests."
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Rozsa / Music From the Film Ben Hur

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: rozsabenhu_2010) 



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

This TAS List Super Hot Stamper pressing of one of the greatest and most famous Orchestral Blockbuster Soundtracks ever recorded more than lives up to our expectations for Decca Phase 4. This is Phase 4 done RIGHT.

As with all the best Herrmann releases, the huge size and scope you hear is the sound of orchestral music recorded in glorious ANALOG!

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The Beatles
With The Beatles

  (Item #: beatlwitht_1707) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • An incredible sounding copy, Triple Plus (A+++) on the second side and very nearly that good on the first (A++ to A+++)!
  • Superb space and immediacy, rich and smooth and so Tubey Magical -- exactly the right sound for this music
  • So many great songs: Til There Was You, You've Really Got A Hold On Me, Devil In Her Heart...
  • Allmusic: "It was clear that, even at this early stage, the Beatles were rapidly maturing and changing, turning into expert craftsmen and musical innovators."
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Peter Gabriel
So

  (Item #: gabriso_1707) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides on relatively quiet vinyl for what some consider to be Peter Gabriel's best album
  • You'll be surprised how ANALOG this music can sound on the best copies - you've never heard the album sound better
  • Great songs including Don't Give Up, Sledgehammer, Big Time, Mercy Street, Red Rain, In Your Eyes and more
  • "Excellent albums followed, but the breathtaking So is the best introduction to a dazzling discography." Bruno MacDonald
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Flack / Hathaway
Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway

  (Item #: flackrober_1612x) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An incredible Triple Plus (A+++) side two backed with an excellent Double Plus (A++) side one
  • There's Tubey Magic, sweetness and spaciousness all over this recording - when it all comes together on Where Is The Love you won't believe how good this Triple Plus copy sounds
  • As QUIET a copy as we've ever found for this album, which is typically too noisy to sell - this one's dramatically better than most
  • One of our favorite duet albums, Flack and the woefully underrated Soul Man Donny Hathaway are in top form here
  • Allmusic raves: "A duet classic, and perhaps the most popular album Roberta Flack made. "Where Is the Love" dominated urban contemporary radio for almost the entire year, while "You've Got a Friend" was just as influential..."
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Mussorgsky et al. / Danse Infernale / Fiedler

  (Item #: mussodanse_1612s) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • Our favorite performance of Night on Bald Mountain in Double Plus (A++) sound is back, guaranteed to blow your mind (and maybe a woofer or two)
  • Side one also boasts an excellent Danse Macabre, with a powerful finish that may remind you of the thrill of live orchestral music
  • Side two of this amazing sleeper LP contains a wonderfully exciting Sorcerer's Apprentice, also in very good sound
  • Watch your levels on this record - it's dramatically more DYNAMIC than most Golden Age recordings
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Jimmy Smith
Bashin'

  (Item #: smithbashi_1701s) 

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


  • One of the best copies of this Big Band Jazz classic led by Jimmy Smith's organ to ever hit the site!
  • An amazing Triple Plus (A+++) side two backed with an excellent Double Plus (A++) side one
  • It's super rich, full and Tubey Magical with tons of bottom end weight and a nice extended top end
  • A Five Star album on Allmusic, featuring arrangements by the legendary Oliver Nelson
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Miles Davis
Kind of Blue

  (Item #: daviskindo_1702x) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A KILLER copy with excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • The sound is super rich, smooth, musical and full of the vintage 30th Street Studio Magic we've come to love here at Better Records
  • "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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The Beatles
Revolver

  (Item #: beatlrevol_1707) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An excellent copy from start to finish: side one is just shy of Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) and side two is a strong Double Plus (A++)
  • This pressing will show you the energy, clarity and bottom end weight you had no idea was even possible on Revolver
  • 14 amazing tracks including Taxman; Eleanor Rigby; Here, There and Everywhere; Yellow Submarine; Good Day Sunshine; Got To Get You Into My Life and Tomorrow Never Knows (!)
  • 5 Stars "... its daring sonic adventures and consistently stunning songcraft set the standard for what pop/rock could achieve."
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The Pretenders
The Pretenders

  (Item #: preteprete_1707) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Two excellent sides each rating a Double Plus (A++) or better - we rarely have copies that rock the way this one does
  • The sound is big and lively with a strong bottom end - this is one of engineer Bill Price's better efforts behind the boards
  • Relatively quiet vinyl throughout this early UK pressing - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • Five Stars: "Few rock & roll records rock as hard or with as much originality as the Pretenders' eponymous debut album. A sleek, stylish fusion of Stonesy rock & roll, new wave pop, and pure punk aggression, Pretenders is teeming with sharp hooks and a viciously cool attitude."
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The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

  (Item #: beatlsgtpe_1707_1) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A stunning copy with Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides, amazing from first note to last
  • Huge, spacious and detailed, with the Tubey Magic of a fresh tape, this is the way you want to hear Sgt. Pepper
  • Most pressings - especially the new ones - have nothing like this kind of Tubey Magic, space and energy
  • A Better Records Top 100 - "It's possible to argue that there are better Beatles albums, yet no album is as historically important as this."
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Dire Straits
Making Movies

  (Item #: diresmakin_1707) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side two and a better than Double Plus (A++ to A+++) side one, this copy is practically as good as it gets
  • Both sides here are rich, smooth and Tubey Magical, with breathy vocals and huge amounts of studio of space around the instruments
  • The sound is dramatically bigger, richer and livelier than what we're used to hearing from this album, finally!
  • 4 1/2 stars Allmusic: "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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Seals & Crofts
Summer Breeze

  (Item #: sealssumme_1707_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A simply wonderful copy of Summer Breeze: Triple Plus (A+++) on side two and Double Plus (A++) on side one
  • With tons of Tubey Magical richness in the midrange - the kind they were still recording in 1972 - this is a wonderful sounding album of folk pop
  • It has taken us years to find the right stampers for this album, and now here they are on the Green Label original in all their glory
  • "Summer Breeze offered an unusually ambitious array of music within a soft rock context -- most artists tried to avoid weighty subjects in such surroundings (except, of course, CSN or Simon & Garfunkel, who could pretty much get away with anything)."
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Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin III

  (Item #: ledze3_1707_1) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side one and a Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy will lay waste to any pressing you've ever heard
  • Check out the Triple Plus sound of Since I've Been Loving You - turn it up good and loud and the band will be right there between your speakers for the live concert of a lifetime
  • Immigrant Song, Celebration Day and Tangerine are among the tracks that have truly awesome Demo Disc sound - the vinyl's fairly quiet too
  • "...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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Spirit
Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus

  (Item #: spiritwelv_1707) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and fairly quiet vinyl make this a Must Own copy
  • Huge sound - this Psych Masterpiece creates a marvelous world of its own
  • A concept album with consistent, top quality songwriting - Nature's Way, Animal Zoo, Mr. Skin and more
  • "Spirit's crowning moment and one of the era's great underrated albums."
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Spirit
Spirit

  (Item #: spirispiri_1707) 

Our Price: $199.99

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

  (Item #: beethvioli_1992_1707) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Presenting the best sounding recording of the Beethoven Violin Concerto we have ever played - LSC 1992
  • With a nearly shootout winning grade just shy of Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) on side one and a strong Double Plus (A++) side two, Heifetz's performance comes alive on this pressing
  • The presentation of the violin is immediate, real and lively like no other - you are in the presence of greatness with this copy
  • The orchestra is wide, tall, spacious, rich and tubey, yet the dynamics and transparency are first rate
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Harry Nilsson
A Little Touch of Schmilsson

  (Item #: nilsslittl_1707) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Amazing Triple Plus (A+++) sound from beginning to end, making this THE copy to own for Harry Nilsson fans
  • Both sides are incredibly rich and full with excellent presence and lots of space around the instruments
  • One of our favorite Nilsson releases (of which there are many) - it's The Ultimate latter-day standards album
  • A lusciously Tubey Magical Top 100 album with orchestral arrangements by the superbly talented Gordon Jenkins
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Harry Nilsson - A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: nilsslittl_2011) 



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

AMAZING SOUND AND WONDERFUL MUSIC! We just finished our first huge shootout for this great album and this one was a BIG step up over most of the pressings we played. This is one of the better sounding orchestral-backed male vocal albums that we know of, and on a copy like this the sound can be MINDBLOWINGLY GOOD. Side one is rich, lush and warm; more importantly, the vocals are PERFECTION.

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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Swings Lightly

  (Item #: fitzgella_swings_1707) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side one and a Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy could not be beat
  • Exceptionally lovely All Tube sound from 1958, with a huge, rich orchestra conducted by our man, Marty Paich
  • Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo - these were the days when Ella was on top of the world
  • "The bright, sunny optimism of Fitzgerald’s style comes through in several tracks, including “If I Were a Bell” (which also includes several remarkable variations on the melody), and “Teardrops From My Eyes” (which alternates between rock and jazz beats—not a big leap back then!)"
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Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Swings Lightly

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: fitzgella_swings_2007) 



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

This Hot Stamper Verve T-Label LP has an EXCELLENT SIDE TWO backed by a great side one. Both sides are super smooth, sweet and tubey magical with Ella’s vocals sounding wonderful. Side one rates A+ and side two is a bit better. These stereo pressings have a bit of echo added to the vocals -- not a choice we would have made, but what can you do? The overall sound is still quite nice -- big and bold with lots of energy.

Grammy Award for Best Jazz Performance, Soloist

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Little Feat
Waiting For Columbus

  (Item #: littlwaiti_1707) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • One of the highest rated copies to ever hit the site: three Triple Plus (A+++) sides with another not far behind (A++ to A+++)
  • That adds up to 11.5 pluses out of a possible 12 - this is a copy that will absolutely murder the one(s) on your shelf
  • Amazing energy and size, just right for Little Feat's brand of large group rock'n'roll - with the Tower of Power Horns to boot
  • One of our all time favorite live recordings - a top Little Feat album too, if not actually 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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The Yardbirds
Roger The Engineer

  (Item #: yardbroger_1707) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one and a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy will be very hard to beat
  • Here are the full-bodied mids, punchy lows and clear, open top that let this Psych Classic by the band come alive
  • Over, Under, Sideways, Down - the big hit off the album - sounds great here in MONO
  • 5 stars in Allmusic: "The Yardbirds' best individual studio album."
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Willie Nelson - Tougher Than Leather

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: nelsotough_2017) 



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

The presence and immediacy here are outstanding. Turn it up and Willie is right between your speakers, putting on the performance of a lifetime. He's clearly one of our favorite male vocalists, and this superb copy will show you why.

The sound is big, open, rich and full. The highs are extended and silky sweet. The bass is tight and punchy. And this copy gives you more life and energy than others big time.

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Willie Nelson
Tougher Than Leather

  (Item #: nelsotough_1707) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Triple Plus (A+++) on side one and nearly that on side two, this is as good a copy of Tougher Than Leather as can be found
  • It's richer, fuller, more musical and more natural - Willie's unique voice is reproduced with a solidity and immediacy not heard on other copies
  • This is the first Hot Stamper to make it to the site, and we've been trying since 2011! Not that many good sounding copies out there...
  • As one Amazon reviewer wrote "This is a must buy album for any true Willie Nelson fan. This is good Willie - THERE IS NO BAD WILLIE!"
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Sade
Diamond Life

  (Item #: sade_diamo_1707) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • "Triple Triple" for this sultry chanteuse's debut album -- both sides earned our top grade of A+++
  • 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 copy could not be beat on both counts
  • 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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Heart
Dreamboat Annie

  (Item #: heartdream_1707) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • One of the best sounding copies of this Heart classic to ever hit the site - Triple Plus (A+++) on BOTH sides
  • Punchy and present, open and transparent, with real weight and power to the low end, nothing else in our shootout could compare to this bad boy
  • There is so much more LIFE to this recording than I ever thought possible, and only the best pressings let that energy come through
  • A Better Records Top 100 album, 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "Aggressive yet melodic rockers like "Sing Child," "White Lightning & Wine," and the rock radio staples "Magic Man" and "Crazy on You" led to the tag "the female Led Zeppelin."
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Eric Clapton - 461 Ocean Boulevard

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: clapt461oc_2012) 



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

AN AMAZING A+++ SIDE ONE backed with an EXCELLENT A++ SIDE TWO! This is the best sounding pressing of this album to ever hit our site. It is insanely tough to find copies that aren't murky, overly smooth and/or lifeless, but after years of struggling with this title we finally landed a big one.

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Cream
Live Cream

  (Item #: creamlive_1707) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A shootout winning copy, with a Triple Plus (A+++) side one and a Double Plus (A++) side two
  • Super lively and clear with the kind of bass that most pressings just doesn't have
  • Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus, about as quiet as you're likely to find on an early UK pressing
  • 4 stars on Allmusic: " This could well be their most consistently brilliant album for sheer musicianship"
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Rick Nelson - Garden Party

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: nelsogarde_2010) 



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

UNBELIEVABLE TUBEY ANALOG MAGIC on this very fun Rick Nelson album. Who woulda thunk it? We went through a big stack of these and couldn’t believe the wonderful DEMO QUALITY sound we heard on the best copies. It’s PURE AUDIOPHILE GOLD!

If you like the sound of albums engineered by Stephen Barncard (think Deja Vu, American Beauty and Tarkio for starters) then you are going to find much to like about the sound of this one. The country-tinged opening track, complete with pedal steel guitar, sounds amazing on a copy like this.


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Willie Nelson
Sings Kristofferson

  (Item #: nelsosings_1611s) 

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


  • Two great Double Plus (A++) sides, giving you excellent sound from start to finish
  • Rich, warm and open sound, with strong body and presence for Willie's legendary vocals
  • 4 stars Allmusic: "Nelson had one of the best interpretive gifts of any singer, and this album only strengthened that reputation."
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Michael Jackson
Thriller

  (Item #: jacksthril_1612s_) 

Our Price: $199.99
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  • The two Double Plus (A++) sides here are guaranteed to make this the best sounding Thriller you have ever heard
  • The sound is HUGE - big, wide, deep, and open, with a punchy bottom end and rhythmic energy to spare
  • Billie Jean and Beat It sound out of this world, but that's not fair, since every track does
  • "This was a record that had something for everybody, building on the basic blueprint of Off the Wall by adding harder funk, hard rock, softer ballads, and smoother soul — expanding the approach to have something for every audience." -- AMG 5 stars
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Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash, et al. - Greatest C&W Hits Vol 4

Reviewed in 2012

  (Item #: variogreat_2012) 



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

WOW! (Or should that be OMG?) This Columbia 360 original pressing has AMAZING DEMO DISC sound on many of its twelve tracks, tracks by some of the biggest names in country at the time. To hear Jimmy Dean sing Big Bad John or Marty Robbins' do Devil Woman with this kind of Tubey Magical, tonally correct, rich, sweet, spacious sound is nothing less than a THRILL. The Analog sound of this pressing makes a mockery of even the most advanced digital playback systems, including the ones that haven't been invented yet. I'd love to play this for Neil Young so he can see what he's up against! Good Luck, Neil, you're going to need it.

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Johnny Cash - Now, There Was A Song

Reviewed in 2008

  (Item #: cash_nowth_2008) 



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

This very nice looking original Columbia Stereo 360 Label LP has that authentic early Johnny Cash sound. We put this through our cleaning process and took a listen. The EQ on his vocals is a little bit brighter than we like but overall the album has LOTS OF TUBEY MAGIC!

"This is an outstanding album of covers of old country songs, from the familiar (Ernest Tubb, Hank Williams, George Jones) to lesser-known gems. " AMG

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June Christy
This Is June Christy

  (Item #: christhisi_1612x) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find superb Double Plus (A++) Tubey Magical sound from 1958 on both sides of this Turquoise Capitol pressing
  • This copy has sonics competitive with some of the best that have ever made it to the site, and the vinyl is QUIET (for this album anyway)
  • June Christy is one of our favorite Cool School vocalists - we just wish 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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Albeniz / Iberia - Ansermet

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: albeniberi_2017) 



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

The sound of this copy is so transparent, undistorted, three-dimensional and REAL, without any sacrifice in solidity, richness or Tubey Magic, that we knew we had a real winner on our hands as soon as the needle hit the groove.

We were impressed with the fact that it excelled in so many areas of reproduction. The illusion of disappearing speakers is one of the more attractive aspects of the sound here, pulling the listener into the space of the concert hall in an especially engrossing way.

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Albeniz/ Iberia - Ansermet

  (Item #: albeniberi_1702s) 

Our Price: $129.99
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  • With Double Plus (A+++) sound on both sides this is superb recording, full of orchestral excitement
  • The glorious Victoria Hall displays the true Power of the Orchestra here
  • Records are rarely this spacious, open, transparent, dynamic and sweet
  • Like Chabrier's Espana, this exotic, colorful music is sure to please any audiophile
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Roy Wallace

One of Our Favorite Engineers

  (Item #: allroy_wallace) 



ROY WALLACE is one of our favorite recording engineers. Click on the link to find our in-stock Roy Wallace engineered or produced albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries.
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Chabrier / Orchestral Music / Ansermet

  (Item #: chabrorche_1611x) 

Our Price: $69.99

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

  (Item #: zappawakaj_1707) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This copy is an absolute KNOCKOUT, with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides
  • A Top 100 Title, and deservedly so: the sound is HUGE - big, rich, punchy, lively and clear
  • The size and power of a big band, Zappa style, with White Hot Stamper sound? There is (almost*) nothing like it
  • Rolling Stone raved that it's "...some of the best material he's done in years."
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Billy Joel
An Innocent Man

  (Item #: joel_aninn_1707) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An excellent copy with an especially strong side one, rating a Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++), right up there with our Shootout Winner
  • Dynamic and open, with driving rhythmic energy - this early pressing brings this great batch of songs to life!
  • Jam packed with hits: An Innocent Man, The Longest Time, Tell Her About It, Uptown Girl, Leave a Tender Moment Alone, and more - seven singles in all
  • "Joel has rarely sounded so carefree either in performance or writing, possibly due to "Christie Lee" Brinkley, a supermodel who became his new love prior to An Innocent Man." — Allmusic
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Damn the Torpedoes

  (Item #: pettydamnt_1707) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding hard rockin' pressing, earning Double Plus (A++) grades sound 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
  • A 5 star album on Allmusic: "Few mainstream rock albums of the late '70s and early '80s were quite as strong as this...."
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Boz Scaggs
Silk Degrees

  (Item #: scaggsilkd_1611s) 

Our Price: $99.99
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  • Hot Stamper sound on both sides for Boz's very well recorded Masterpiece of Soulful Pop
  • Punchy, open and clear throughout with the big bass and energy so critical to this rhythmic music
  • Check out the solid, weighty piano, the one that's missing from the CBS Half-Speed and 90% of the reissues
  • 5 stars in Allmusic: Scaggs "hit the R&B charts in a big way with the addictive, sly Lowdown... and expressed his love of smooth soul music almost as well on the appealing What Can I Say."
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Thelonious Monk
Criss-Cross

  (Item #: monk_criss_1707) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This early stereo pressing won our shootout - Triple Plus (A+++) on the first side and Double Plus (A++) on the second
  • Columbia records produced by Teo Macero in the early '60s have consistently open, natural sound - this one from '63 is no exception
  • The piano sounds amazing here -- natural and dynamic, letting Monk's passionate playing shine
  • "Thelonious Monk's second album for Columbia Records features some of the finest work that Monk ever did in the studio with his '60s trio and quartet ... This is prime Monk for any degree of listener." -- Allmusic
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Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Swings Lightly

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: fitzgella_swings_2017) 



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

Exceptionally lovely All Tube sound from 1958, with a huge, rich orchestra conducted by our man, Marty Paich. Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo - these were the days when Ella was on top of the world.

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Ella Fitzgerald - The Johnny Mercer Song Book

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: fitzgjohnn_2017) 



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

The huge, rich orchestral sound captured so beautifully by Val Valentin is always one of the many highlights to be found on the songbook series. By the time this album came out in 1964 Ella had already recorded 18 LPs worth of songbooks - this was the last, going out on a high note. Some of the Mercer Classics here are Too Marvelous For Words, Day In - Day Out, Laura, Skylark, Midnight Sun, I Remember You.

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