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The Beach Boys
Endless Summer

  (Item #: beachendle_1702) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A great copy with Single to Double Plus (A+ to A++) sound on all four sides
  • The overall sound is clean, clear and open with plenty of energy
  • Surfer Girl and In My Room sound fantastic on this pressing -- you will be blown away
  • "... a great collection of songs that proved irresistible..." - All Music 5 Stars
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Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here

  (Item #: pinkfwishy_1702_3) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it and exceptionally quiet vinyl - NICE!
  • Demo Disc Quality Floyd Magic -- big and present with punch, clarity and balance like you have never heard on vinyl before
  • 5 stars on Allmusic, Top 100 and RIDICULOUSLY tough to find with sound and surfaces like this
  • "Showcasing the group's interplay and David Gilmour's solos in particular... the long, winding soundscapes are constantly enthralling."
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Simon & Garfunkel
Bookends

  (Item #: simonbooke_1702_1) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • An amazingly good 360 stereo pressing, Triple Plus Plus (A+++) on the first and Double Plus (A++) on the second
  • 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 - this may be the best copy to hit the site since 2009 (!)
  • 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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Super Hot Stamper

Miles Davis
Seven Steps to Heaven

  (Item #: davisseven_1702) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from beginning to end and unusually quiet vinyl make this a Must Own copy
  • The brilliant 30th street recording is characteristically HUGE, rich, full, sweet, as well as tonally correct and lively as can be
  • The clarity, transparency, and freedom from smear and distortion are what really set these top quality pressing apart
  • "Some of his most introspective, romantic ballad playing" -- Allmusic, 4 1/2 stars
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Miles Davis - Seven Steps to Heaven

Our Shootout Winner from 2006

  (Item #: davisseven_2006) 



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

This Original Miles Davis record has DEMO DISC QUALITY SOUND! I have never heard Miles Davis’ trumpet sound more real. The sound is as good as it gets. Columbia jazz records from this period are some of the best sounding jazz records ever made, and this is a perfect example of what is right with their recordings. The sound is rich, full, sweet, tonally right on the money, and lively as can be.

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Ten Years After
A Space In Time

  (Item #: tenyeaspac_1702) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Two outstanding sides back to back - the Double Plus (A++) sonic grades mean that this is a real Demo Disc
  • This is some of the best high production value rock music of the '70s - go ahead, put it up against the best you've got
  • You don't need tube equipment to hear the prodigious amounts of Tubey Magic that exist on this recording
  • A Better Records Desert Island Disc and Psych Rock Favorite, including the monster hit "I'd Love To Change The World"
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White Hot Stamper

Frank Sinatra
Look To Your Heart

  (Item #: sinatlookt_1702) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An amazing copy with a Triple Plus (A+++) side two and an excellent Double Plus (A++) side one
  • The sound here was incredibly big, bold and spacious with great bass and tons of presence
  • Recorded from 1953-1955, this mono collection of singles and such gives us Old Blue Eyes in his Capitol-period prime
  • "Sinatra fans will find all of these beautifully sung and interesting, and there are a couple of real gems in this collection."
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Barney Kessel
Vol. 3: To Swing Or Not To Swing

  (Item #: kessetoswi_1702) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Great Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and only the second copy to hit the site in many years
  • Clean, clear and lively with a big bottom end and lots of energy
  • Relatively quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Guitarist Barney Kessel's string of recordings for Contemporary in the 1950s included some of the finest work of his career ... highly recommended to fans of straight-ahead jazz." - All Music
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Gerry Mulligan Quartet
What Is There To Say?

  (Item #: mulliwhati_1702_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This Six-Eye stereo LP has excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Incredibly clean ,clear, open and dynamic, with plenty of detail and clarity
  • Hard to imagine any reissue, vintage or otherwise, can hold a candle to the sound of this amazing record
  • AMG 5 Stars: "Virtually every selection is memorable... Highly recommended both to Mulligan collectors and to jazz listeners who are just discovering the great baritonist."
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Lee Morgan
The Sidewinder

  (Item #: morgasidew_1702_1) 

Our Price: $279.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish -- big, rich, smooth and balanced
  • The trumpet on this album is superb - it sounds just right to us - tonally correct with biting leading edge transients
  • It's nearly impossible to find clean vintage pressings of Blue Notes these days, let alone copies that sound remotely as good as this one does
  • A 5 Star album on Allmusic: "The group works together seamlessly to create an album that crackles with energy while maintaining a stylish flow."
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Genesis
Foxtrot

  (Item #: genesfoxtr_1702_1) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Outstanding sound -- Double Plus (A++) or better (A++ to A+++) for this early Classic Genesis album
  • All the qualities of a great copy are here - clarity, depth and energy shine
  • Easily one of the toughest Genesis albums to find with good sound and clean surfaces
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "A pinnacle of the [Art Rock] genre (and decade)"
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Boston
Boston

  (Item #: bostobosto_1702_2) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A MONSTER copy of this classic Classic Rock Album that is guaranteed to blow your mind and then some
  • Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it on both sides; incredibly big and open with a massive bottom end and tons of energy
  • Demo Disc quality sound for all the hits as well as the deep tracks: More Than a Feeling, Long Time/Foreplay, Rock & Roll Band, Peace Of Mind...
  • Better Records Top 100; "Boston is essential for any fan of classic rock, and the album marks the re-emergence of the genre in the 1970s." — Allmusic, 4 1/2 stars
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Simon & Garfunkel
Bridge Over Troubled Water

  (Item #: simonbridg_1702_1) 

Our Price: $219.99

  • Two outstanding sides, each rating Double Plus (A++) or close to it - this copy gets the music right
  • The sound on this pressing is rich, warm and sweet with an airy, open soundfield and the fewest number of sonic problems
  • One of the quietest copies we heard in our shootout, with Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus surfaces
  • By far the toughest Simon & Garfunkel album to find with excellent sound and decent vinyl
  • "Perhaps the most delicately textured album to close out the 1960s from any major rock act." -- Allmusic, 5 stars
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Elton John
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

  (Item #: john_goodb_1702_1) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • A stunning Top Copy, with two Triple Plus (A+++) sides and two sides that are very close behind (A++ to A+++)
  • That adds up to 11 pluses out of 12 -- one of the highest rated copies to ever hit the site
  • 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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Neil Young
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

  (Item #: youngevery_1702_2) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A knockout Top Copy with incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side two and an excellent Double Plus (A++) side one
  • Huge, Live-in-Your-Listening-Room sound throughout
  • The sound is incredibly big and full yet still clean and clear -- nothing like the average copy
  • [B]reathtakingly different... both for Young and for rock in general." Allmusic 5 Stars
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Rickie Lee Jones
Rickie Lee Jones

  (Item #: jonesricki_1702_1) 

Our Price: $269.99

  • An excellent copy of this longtime audiophile favorite and female vocal classic with both sides rating a Double Plus (A++) or better
  • Both sides are super big and bold with plenty of energy and bottom end weight
  • A Better Records Rock & Pop Top 100 album
  • Allmusic 4 stars: "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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Johnny Cash
The Sound of Johnny Cash

  (Item #: cash_sound_1702) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Big, rich, tubey and open, this is some of the best sound Columbia achieved for its country records in the '60s
  • The vocal presence and freedom from coloration put Mr. Johnny Cash front and center in your listening room
  • This 360 Label pressing plays about as quietly as one could expect, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "What is interesting about this album, though, is that it doesn’t just remind us of the sound of Johnny’s past, instead it points the way forward to the future, even serving as a template for his ultimate Man in Black persona."
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White Hot Stamper

Prokofiev / Scythian Suite & Lt. Kije / Abbado

  (Item #: prokoltkij_33_1702) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This 2-pack gives you A+++ sound for Lt. Kije and A++ for the Scythian Suite
  • Our favorite performances for both of these popular 20th century works
  • Big, clear, present and transparent, this is some Demo Disc sound all right
  • When the brass is rich and clear, not thin and shrill, you have yourself a top DG pressing
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Jeff Beck
Truth

  (Item #: beck_truth_1702_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A knockout Top Copy, with both sides earning a Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it
  • Really fun music - it's a blast to hear Rod Stewart fronting such a heavy rock band
  • Easily and by a wide margin the best sounding record Jeff Beck ever made
  • AMG 5 Stars "...his amp is turned up to 13 and ready to short out."
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Bee Gees
Spirits Having Flown

  (Item #: beegespiri_1702) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A killer pressing that boasts a Triple Plus (A+++) side two and a Double Plus (A++) side one
  • When you hear this music really jump out of the speakers like it does on this copy, the appeal is hard to deny
  • This is clearly the best sounding Bee Gees album - excellent analog richness, space and clarity throughout
  • Allmusic 4 1/2 Stars "...the most delicate and ambitious production and arrangements in their history."
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Yes - Fragile

An Album We Are Clearly Obsessed With

  (Item #: yes__fragi_obsess) 



FRAGILE 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. Below you can find a letter one of our good customers wrote about his Hot Stamper pressing.

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Hot Stamper

Yes
Fragile

  (Item #: yes__fragi_1702_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Excellent Hot Stamper sound throughout, an impressive copy that brings this original and powerful music to life
  • This copy is especially open and clear, resolving practically all the space and harmonic information in the dense mix
  • AMG 5 stars, Better Records Top 100, and just maybe the band's Prog Rock Masterpiece - brilliant engineering too
  • "...Fragile was as perfect a record as the group would ever make, and just as flawless in its timing as its content."
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The Beatles
Abbey Road

  (Item #: beatlabbey_1702) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This copy gives you plenty of what's great about Abbey Road - the energy, the size, the musicality, they're all here
  • With Hot Stamper sound on both sides, this is an excellent pressing offered at a very attractive price
  • The Heavy Vinyl is a fat, dull, lifeless joke next to the real British Parlophone LP we're offering here
  • A Better Records Top 100 album, 5 stars on Allmusic, and the greatest Swan Song Ever Recorded
  • "Whether Abbey Road is the Beatles' best work is debatable, but it's certainly the most immaculately produced (with the possible exception of Sgt. Pepper) and most tightly constructed."
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The Byrds - Ballad of Easy Rider

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: byrdsballa_2016) 



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

The first White Hot copy of this great Byrds album -- 4 stars on Allmusic -- to EVER hit the site, and it's a killer Triple Triple copy! Anyone who has played the typical copy of this album is probably familiar with the dull, lifeless, opaque sound that plagues most pressings. We collect these in bulk (natch) and it's disappointing how mediocre most copies sound.

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The Byrds - Fifth Dimension

The Red Labels Can Rock

(More Accurately, Some of Them Can)

  (Item #: byrdsfifth_2014) 



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

There was not another Red Label that could hold a candle to this copy in our recent shootout, and no 360 label copy could either. It's the exception that proves the rule.

Does it have 100% of the Tubey Magic of the best 360 Label copies? Maybe not, but it has quite a healthy dose, and it does so many things so much better than any of the tube-mastered originals we played that it was simply no contest. There was nothing that communicated the music remotely as well as this Red Label copy did.

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The Byrds
Turn! Turn! Turn!

  (Item #: byrdsturnt_clone) 


  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound - this is the way The Byrds are supposed to sound
  • Both of these sides are rich, clear and present - they just don't get much better than this
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic and one of the better sounding Byrds recordings, with a number of their best songs including the title track
  • "...more Bob Dylan covers were included, as well, and "Satisfied Mind" was their first foray into country-rock, a direction they would explore in much greater depth throughout the rest of the '60s."
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The Byrds - Turn! Turn! Turn!

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: byrdsturnt_2011) 



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

This Columbia 360 label pressing has AMAZING SOUND ON BOTH SIDES and the vinyl is about as quiet as any of these 360 Label pressings can be found!

It took us a long time, but we pulled together enough clean copies for a big shootout, and these two great sides were head and shoulders above the competition. The sound is natural, lifelike and realistic with serious immediacy and plenty of rock and roll energy.

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The Byrds
Turn! Turn! Turn!

  (Item #: byrdsturnt_1702) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Out of this world Triple Triple (A+++) sound - sure to be one of the best Byrds recordings you'll ever hear
  • Both of these Shootout Winning sides are rich, clear and present - they just don't get any better than this!
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic and one of the better sounding Byrds recordings, with a number of their best songs including the title track
  • "...more Bob Dylan covers were included, as well, and "Satisfied Mind" was their first foray into country-rock, a direction they would explore in much greater depth throughout the rest of the '60s."
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Simon & Garfunkel
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme

  (Item #: simonparsl_1702) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This is a surprisingly good sounding album - when you can hear it on a Hot Stamper that sounds 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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White Hot Stamper

Jimi Hendrix
Are You Experienced

  (Item #: hendrareyo_1702_1) 

Our Price: $749.99

  • SUPERB! A Top Copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides -- this one will blow you away!
  • Incredible sound for Purple Haze, Hey Joe, The Wind Cries Mary, Fire and Foxy Lady
  • The sound is dramatically bigger, cleaner, livelier and more present than you'll get on the typical pressing
  • No matter what version you've been playing, we guarantee you'll be blown away by the energy and punch on this one
  • "One of the most stunning debuts in rock history, and one of the definitive albums of the psychedelic era." Allmusic, 5 stars
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The Doobie Bros.
What Were Once Vices...

  (Item #: doobiwhatw_1702) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • The first Top Copy to hit the site in ages, Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Both sides here are incredibly big, full and lively with a HUGE bottom end and an energy level that's off the charts
  • One of the tougher Doobies albums to find great sound for, which is why we so rarely have White Hot copies hit the site
  • Black Water is the big hit here and it sounds out of this world on this copy
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The Kinks
Lola Versus Powerman...

  (Item #: kinkslolav_1702) 


  • Here's a rare one -- a wonderful Triple Triple (A+++) Shootout Winning copy of The Kinks' classic Lola LP!
  • You get dramatically more presence, excellent transparency, real bottom end weight and lots of energy on these great sides
  • A "dazzling tour de force that reveals Ray's artistic strengths" -- Allmusic, 4 1/2 stars


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Procol Harum - A Salty Dog (Best Of...)

  (Item #: procoasalt_2011) 



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

This is a very nice looking MFP British Import LP. The vinyl this title was pressed on tends to be somewhat noisy so all the click 'n' pop counters out there should probably steer clear of this one as we cleaned and played ten copies (!) and not one was better than Mint Minus Minus! But the sound tends to be quite good, which means that if you can stand a little surface noise you will be getting quite a bargain here. We love this music and think you will too.

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Chopin / Concerto No. 1 / Rubinstein / Skrowaczewski

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: chopiconce_2575_2012) 



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

You'll find Super Hot Stamper sound on side one of this minty and rare Shaded Dog pressing, with more space and more hall than most of Rubinstein's recordings on RCA -- this is a closer approximation of live music than we expected, and in that sense a pleasant surprise. The strings have lovely Living Stereo texture as well. There is of course no shortage of Tubey Magic (and a bit too much of it on side two.)

A reviewer on Amazon mentioned that this performance shows Rubinstein's deep understanding of the work, having played it for forty years. On that basis alone it should stand the test of time.

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Stravinsky / The Firebird / Dorati

  (Item #: stravfireb_90226_1702) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • Triple Triple (A+++) Front Row Center sound on both sides for the first time ever on the site
  • One listen to either side of this FR original and you'll see why this is one of the Top Mercury Titles of All Time
  • Dorati breathes life into the work as only he can and the Mercury engineers do him proud
  • "The magic lies in the elaborate orchestration and the excitingly uneven rhythmic writing. Stravinsky changes the orchestration of his themes at each repetition, breaks them down into their constituent parts, pushes their accents across the bar-line, and moves them out of sync with their own accompaniments."
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Barney Kessel
Music To Listen To (in Mono)

  (Item #: kessemusic_1702_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This Triple Triple (A+++) mono pressing blew everything else out of the water - nothing could touch it!
  • 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
  • The Demo Disc sound on this copy is really something to hear - all tube, live-to-two-track direct from the Contemporary studio
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Don McLean
American Pie

  (Item #: mcleaameri_1702) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An incredible 'Triple 'Triple' copy of American Pie giving you amazing sound for the famous title track
  • Both sides here super big and full with plenty of bottom end weight and huge amounts of energy
  • As quiet as we can find them -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "If you ever believed in Rock & Roll, you've got to have this album" -- Rolling Stone
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Barney Kessel - Music to Listen to Barney Kessel By

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: kessemusic_2008) 



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

This Minty Original Black Label Contemporary Stereo LP from 1956 has DEMO DISC QUALITY SOUND! No other copy we played was in a class with this bad boy -- it does it ALL. For those of you who appreciate the sound that Roy DuNann (and Howard Holzer on other sessions) were able to achieve in the '50s at Contemporary Records, this LP is a Must-Own (unless you already have it, which is doubtful considering how hard it is to find a copy in clean condition).

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Herbie Hancock
Maiden Voyage

  (Item #: hancomaide_1702) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • Amazing sound on both sides and the first "Triple Triple" to ever hit the site
  • It's incredibly difficult and getting harder by the day to find great clean copies of Maiden Voyage
  • This one delivers on all fronts -- it's bigger, richer and more tubey magical than every other copy we played
  • It's pretty darn quiet too -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
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Santana
Santana

  (Item #: santasant1_1701) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • Two killer Double Plus (A++) sides - rich and relaxed with powerful guitar-fueled Latin Rock energy
  • The drums have real snap to them - correct percussion is critical to this music and this copy delivers
  • A Must Own album, clearly their Masterpiece, and one of the truly groundbreaking debuts in rock history
  • "Santana combined Latin rhythms with jazz-inspired improvisation, hard-rock guitar and lyrical, B.B. King-style blues - and even had a hit single, "Evil Ways." Rolling Stone
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Gary Wright - The Dream Weaver

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: wrighdream_2010) 



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

Near MASTER TAPE SOUND on side two of this original Warner Bros. LP. Right out of the gate the song Dreamweaver had the ENERGY and PRESENCE that we were looking for on copy after copy and not finding -- until we played this one! Folks, it ain't rocket science. You know it when you hear it, and ten seconds into this side two we knew we had a seriously good copy on our hands. With a grade of A++ to A+++ you can rest assured it doesn't get much better than this. The vocals were especially breathy on this copy, the overall transparency of the recording hard to beat.

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Bob Dylan
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

  (Item #: dylanfreew_1702) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • An excellent Stereo pressing, between Single and Double Plus (A+ to A++)
  • Both sides are present, clear and open with great size
  • "This is rich, imaginative music, capturing the sound and spirit of America..." 5 stars in AMG
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David Bowie
Let's Dance

  (Item #: bowieletsd_1702) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Two excellent sides rating between Single and Double Plus (A+ to A++) deliver seriously good sound for Bowie's fun '80s classic
  • We love the sound on the better copies -- really big, clear and rich with powerful dynamics
  • Modern Love, China Girl and the title track all sound fantastic here
  • A Top 100 title and a real Demo Disc on a Big Rock System
  • Let's Dance is one of the best sounding Bowie albums ever recorded -- this Hot Stamper pressing is proof!
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The Band
Music From Big Pink

  (Item #: band_music_1702_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Two strong Double Plus (A++) sides make this a consistently impressive copy of this all-time classic album
  • We guarantee you have never heard Music from Big Pink sound remotely as good as it does here
  • The sound is just plain fuller, cleaner, livelier and more transparent, with more Tubey Magic.
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "Over time, Music from Big Pink came to be regarded as a watershed work in the history of rock, one that introduced new tones and approaches to the constantly evolving genre."
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The Doors
Morrison Hotel

  (Item #: doorsmorri_1702) 

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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John Coltrane
Giant Steps

  (Item #: coltrgiant_1702) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Double Plus (A++) on both sides, this is a killer copy of Giant Steps
  • Huge bass and rich sax - smooth, solid and present on both sides
  • Close your eyes and Coltrane is right in the room with you, front and center. How can you put a price on that?
  • Naima is surely the most emotionally powerful ballad the man ever wrote, and MAN does it sound good here!
  • "History will undoubtedly enshrine this disc as a watershed" -- Allmusic, 5 stars
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Creedence Clearwater Revival
Bayou Country

  (Item #: creedbayou_1702_1) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Two killer sides, Double Plus (A++) for both
  • Born On The Bayou and Proud Mary sound fantastic here
  • Our pick for the best sounding CCR recording
  • "All the songs add up to a superb statement of purpose, a record that captures Creedence Clearwater Revival's muscular, spare, deceptively simple sound as an evocative portrait of America." — Allmusic, 4 1/2 stars
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The Byrds
Ballad of Easy Rider

  (Item #: byrdsballa_1702) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A stunning Top Copy: Triple Plus (A+++) on the first side, Double Plus (A++) on the second
  • We're always blown away at just how much further the Top Copies like this one take the music -- a dramatic difference!
  • Both sides are dramatically richer, fuller and more transparent than you'll hear on most pressings
  • "Ballad of Easy Rider was the album where the new lineup really hit its stride." Allmusic, 4 stars
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Gary Wright
The Dream Weaver

  (Item #: wrighdream_1702) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A Top Copy, Triple Plus (A+++) on side two for the classic title track, Double Plus (A++) on side one
  • Both sides are big, rich and full-bodied with real texture to the synths -- crucial to this album, of course
  • The first Top Copy to hit the site in 2016 -- these are tougher to come by than you might imagine
  • Allmusic 4 stars "...Dream Weaver hasn't lost any of its magic over time."
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Cat Stevens
Tea for the Tillerman

  (Item #: steveteafo_1702) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This outstanding pressing - The Pinnacle of Folk Rock from 1970 - earned very strong Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • The emotional power of the songs is communicated completely - we can assure you the experience will be like playing the album for the first time
  • This pressing is ALIVE with musical energy and Tubey Magical Analog sound the likes of which you may never have experienced
  • 5 Stars on Allmusic, a stunning Demo Disc, and a permanent member of the Better Records Top 100
  • This LP plays exceptionally well, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus, about as quiet as any we've heard in a very long time
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Graham Nash
Songs For Beginners

  (Item #: nash_songs_1702) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Two excellent sides, of this Better Records favorite, both rating a strong Double Plus (A++)
  • We love the sound of this album, especially on a copy as rich and full-bodied as this one
  • One of the very best solo CSN&Y albums and a member of our Top 100
  • A very tough album to find in clean enough condition for our shootouts, which is why we almost never have copies on the site
  • Allmusic 4 1/2 stars: "It inevitably brings a smile to anyone who hears it"
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John Lennon
Imagine

  (Item #: lennoimagi_1702) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from beginning to end
  • Both sides are super rich and full with a nice bottom end and plenty of energy
  • Relatively quiet on both sides, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "A remarkable collection of songs that Lennon would never be able to better again" -- Allmusic, 5 stars
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The Doors
The Soft Parade

  (Item #: doorssoftp_1702) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Two exceptionally good sounding Double Plus (A++) sides on pretty darn quiet vinyl (for this album anyway)
  • The sound is rich, lively and dynamic with great brass and punchy drums - thanks Bruce Botnick!
  • Full of great songs including Touch Me, Runnin' Blue, Wild Child and the amazingly trippy extended Soft Parade suite
  • A tragically underrated album and a killer recording, with Demo Quality sound on the better pressings such as this one
  • "Much like a true “parade” of an English fugue, the song morphs from Morrison’s a capella sermon-like intro to a Baroque ballad to a show tune-like section to the long rock outro, the music masterfully following the flowing, stream of consciousness lyric." Hell yeah!
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The Faces
A Nod Is As Good As A Wink

  (Item #: facesanodi_1702) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Two Double Plus (A++) sides mean The Faces are rockin' their asses off on this copy
  • Punchy, solid and rich all the way through, with driving energy like nothing you've ever heard from the band
  • A wonderful Glyn Johns recording that really rocks - as a bonus, this is one of the quietest copies we've found lately
  • Allmusic 5 stars: it "doesn't feel cobbled together and it serves up tremendous song after tremendous song."
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Queen
News Of The World

  (Item #: queennewso_1702) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Two great sides rating between Single and Double Plus (A+ to A++)
  • Full, rich and solid with good space and musicality
  • Easily one of Queen's best-recorded albums -- We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions can sound amazing
  • "...it's massive, earth-shaking rock & roll, the sound of a band beginning to revel in its superstardom." -- Allmusic customers give it 4 1/2 Stars and that rating sounds about right to us
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The Doobie Brothers - What Were Once Vices...

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: doobiwhatw_2011) 



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

This quiet Palm Tree Label pressing is one of the best sounding copies of this album we've ever played! We had a massive shootout for this fun album recently and this was the big winner, earning an A+++ grade for the first side and a strong A++ for the second. Drop the needle anywhere on side one; you won't believe how open, clear and dynamic the sound is. It's also big, present and spacious with unusually high resolution. No other side one we played came close. Black Water sounds KILLER here!

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The Doobie Brothers - The Captain and Me

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: doobicapta_2009) 



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

OH BABY! This is the HOTTEST copy of The Captain And Me to ever hit the site, bar none. The sound is nothing short of PHENOMENAL from the first cut to the last. Side two earned our top A+++ grade while side one clocked in just half a plus behind. You can’t even begin to imagine what we’ve gone through trying to find Hot Stampers for this album. Here’s the copy that proves it was all worth it.

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Deep Purple - In Rock

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: deeppinroc_2016) 



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

The best pressings give you exactly what you want from this brand of straight ahead rock and roll: presence in the vocals; solid, note-like bass; big punchy drums, and the kind of live-in-the-studio energetic, clean and clear sound. (AC/DC is another band with that kind of live studio sound. With big speakers and the power to drive them YOU ARE THERE.)

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Deep Purple
In Rock

  (Item #: deeppinroc_1702_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Both sides have excellent sound for this 1970 Classic - Double Plus (A++) from start to finish
  • Only the British Harvest pressings such as this one have any chance being made from the real tape
  • This is the way to hear the band rockin' out, with the kind of big, rich, Tubey Magical sound they're known for
  • "Deep Purple's soon to be classic Mark II version made its proper debut and established the sonic blueprint that would immortalize this lineup of the band on 1970's awesome In Rock."
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Boston
Boston

  (Item #: bostobosto_1702_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Both of these Double Plus (A++) sides offer excellent Demo Disc sound
  • The multi-tracked multi-layered guitars are as big as life on this copy and guaranteed to rock your world
  • Top sound for all the hits: More Than a Feeling, Long Time/Foreplay, Rock & Roll Band, Peace Of Mind...
  • Top 100 Rock and Pop; "Boston is essential for any fan of classic rock, and the album marks the re-emergence of the genre in the 1970s." — Allmusic, 4 1/2 stars
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The Beatles
White Album

  (Item #: beatlwhite_1702_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This British pressing earned consistently high Double Plus (A++) grades on almost all four sides, falling just short on side 4
  • This copy of the Beatles' double album masterpiece is going to thrill and delight the lucky person who snags it.
  • Some of the most powerful and immersive Beatles sound you will ever hear -- we guarantee you will be KNOCKED OUT
  • "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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Chicago
Chicago V

  (Item #: chicachica5_1701) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb Big and Bold Chicago sound can be heard on both of these Double Plus (A++) or better sides - quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is especially rich, full and warm, with big bass, lively brass and multi-tracked vocals that are breathy and clear
  • 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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Chicago
Chicago Transit Authority

  (Item #: chicachica1_1702) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Four Double Plus (A++) sides can only mean one thing - this copy is great from start to finish
  • These four sides boast some of the best sounding, boldest arrangements for a horn-based rock band we've ever heard
  • Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?, I'm A Man and Questions 67 and 68 are simply incredible here
  • "In April of 1969, the four sides of Chicago Transit Authority unleashed a formidable and ultimately American musical experience... an unheralded synthesis of electric guitar wailin' rock & roll to more deeply rooted jazz influences and arrangements."
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Joni Mitchell - For The Roses

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: mitchforth_2008) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame that sold for $600 in 2008..

OFF THE CHARTS breathiness, delicacy, warmth and sweetness, and that’s just Joni’s voice. The sound of the ensemble throughout is amazingly natural, the recording so spacious. You may have noticed that there were no Joni records on our Top 100 List, but after hearing this wonderful LP on the original white label Asylum pressing we knew we had to add it to that very special list.

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The Kinks
Face To Face

  (Item #: kinksfacet_1702) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • A very strong copy of this '60s classic, one of the few to every make it to the site - they're hard to find!
  • Both sides earned Double Plus (A++) grades, putting this pressing far ahead of the pack
  • It's taken us ages to find this album with anything approaching smooth, full-bodied, musical sound
  • 5 big stars on Allmusic: "The Kink Kontroversy was a considerable leap forward in terms of quality, but it pales next to Face to Face, one of the finest collections of pop songs released during the '60s. Conceived as a loose concept album, Face to Face sees Ray Davies' fascination with English class and social structures flourish, as he creates a number of vivid character portraits."
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Fleetwood Mac
Tusk

  (Item #: fleettusk_1702_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A wonderful copy boasting four excellent sides, all clocking in at or near Double Plus (A++)
  • 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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Joni Mitchell - For The Roses

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: mitchforth_2011) 



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

Let's face it, we love Blue (1971) but most pressings suffer from a raft of sonic problems, as does Ladies of the Canyon (1970).

Court and Spark (1974) is up at the top up the list as well, but Roses (1973) seems to have more recording purity. Perhaps the engineers saw this as an opportunity to address the problems with Blue, the album that preceded it.

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Joni Mitchell
For The Roses

  (Item #: mitchforth_1702) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A wonderful Top Copy: Triple Plus (A+++) on the second side, Double to Triple (A++ to A+++) on the first
  • The sound is incredibly rich, warm and natural with real immediacy to Joni's vocals, with Tubey Magic for days
  • One of the best sounding Joni records, on a par with Court and Spark and Blue, fine company indeed
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The lyrics here are among Mitchell's best, continuing in the vein of gripping honesty and heartfelt depth exhibited on Blue.... More than a bridge between great albums, this excellent disc is a top-notch listen in its own right."
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The Beatles
Please Please Me

  (Item #: beatlpleas_1608s_1) 

Our Price: $649.99
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  • What a copy! Incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound and Quiet True Mint Minus vinyl for the entire album
  • This Triple Triple pressing has superb presence, clarity and size -- they just don't get any better than this!
  • A Better Records Top 100 album, 5 stars on Allmusic: "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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Bad Company
Straight Shooter

  (Item #: badcostra_1702) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A Top Copy, Double Plus (A++) on the first side and Triple Plus (A+++) on the second
  • The best pressings of Straight Shooter like this one have ROCK ENERGY that cannot be beat
  • A superb recording, with some of the band's best-loved songs
  • "Vocalist and songwriter Paul Rodgers wrote two acoustic-based rock ballads that would live on forever in the annals of great rock history: "Shooting Star" and the Grammy-winning "Feel Like Makin' Love" - Allmusic, 4 stars
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The Moody Blues - To Our Children's Children's Children

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: moodytoour_2016) 



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

This Decca original British pressing has TWO STUNNING SIDES! The sound is incredibly lively and dynamic with the kind of top end extension that's missing from most copies (of any Moody Blues album). Most aren't nearly this airy, open or spacious. The bottom end is strong with nice weight and great bass definition. The vocals are big and solid.

You get amazing richness, fullness and warmth on these sides, which is exactly what you want for the Moodies' music. Nothing else in our shootout came close to this side two, which of course is why it won the shootout.

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The Moody Blues
To Our Children's Children's Children

  (Item #: moodytoour_1702) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Lush but clear Tubey Magical Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Clean, clear, rich and lively - this is a great way to hear the Moody Blues
  • Dating from 1969, this is one of the group's "Classic Seven" releases
  • "There are no extended suites on this album, but Justin Hayward's "Watching and Waiting" and "Gypsy" have proved to be among the most popular songs in the group's history."
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Cannonball Adderley - Bill Evans
Know What I Mean?

  (Item #: adderknoww_1702) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • The sound is superb on this Double Plus (A++) copy of one of our favorite Cannonball Adderley albums - QUIET vinyl too
  • 1961 recording technology coupled with the mastering technology used by the gifted George Horn results in top quality sound
  • Based on what I'm hearing most of the sound of the album -- natural, full-bodied, smooth and sweet -- must be on the master tape that way
  • "It's hard to imagine any fan of mainstream jazz not finding much to love on this very fine recording."
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Prokofiev / Lt. Kije / Abbado

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: prokoltkij_33_2011) 



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

This German 33 RPM White Hot Stamper pressing of our favorite recording of Prokofiev's wonderful Lt. Kije Suite has DEMONSTRATION QUALITY SOUND. For starters, there are very few records with dynamics comparable to those found here. As this is my favorite performance of all time, with this kind of Demo Disc sound I cannot recommend the record any more highly.

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Prokofieff / Lt. Kije / Abbado (45 RPM)

  (Item #: prokoltkij_45_1702) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This Japanese 45 offers the best combination of sonics and performance for Kije we know of
  • Side one is big, clear, present and transparent - the quieter passages are delicate and spacious like you will not believe
  • Side two is Tubey Magical, with an extended top - the lower strings are especially full-bodied and rosin-textured
  • Can it really have been three years since our last big 45 RPM shootout? (Yes, it was 2012.)
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The Band - Rock Of Ages

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: band_rocko_2009) 



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

White Hot Stampers for side two -- WOW! Check out the track listing for that side: Stage Fright / The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down / Across the Great Divide / This Wheel’s on Fire / Rag Mama Rag

Pretty hard to beat that batch of Band songs; practically every one is a classic. And considering how difficult it is to get a good sounding copy of the albums those songs are taken from, this double album is a great way to go if you love The Band. The performances are uniformly excellent, and the live horn section adds a lot to the fun and energy of the music.

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The Band - The Band

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: band_band_2011) 



A distinguished member of our Hall of Fame.

Holy mother of god, this is one KNOCKOUT copy of The Band's self-titled masterpiece! Both sides earned our top grade of A+++ and beat the pants off every other copy -- including quite a few RL-mastered originals -- in the shootout. On top of that, both sides play between Mint Minus and Mint Minus Minus, which is pretty dan quiet for this album. We love this music, but most copies out there have flimsy sound, trashed vinyl, or both. Here's the exceedingly rare copy that does just about everything right WITHOUT the typical crackly campfire surface noise!

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The Band
The Band

  (Item #: band_band_1702_1) 

Our Price: $269.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) grades or better on both sides this is an outstanding copy of an absolutely essential album
  • Big bass, rich meaty guitars and smooth silky vocals make this a Band album like you have never heard before.
  • Not only is the sound superb, both sides here play Mint Minus Minus, about as quiet as we can find them
  • 5 stars: "The arrangements were simultaneously loose and assured, giving the songs a timeless appeal..."
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Santana
Abraxas

  (Item #: santaabrax_1702) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • Staggering Demo Disc Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it are here on this Santana Must Own classic
  • Driving Santana Latin Rhythmic Rock Energy - the sound is HUGE, with powerful drums and guitars that will jump out of your speakers
  • Black Magic Woman and Oye Como Va both sound INCREDIBLE - but, really, every track here does (!)
  • 5 stars on Allmusic, and the only Santana recording to merit inclusion on our Top 100 Rock and Pop List<
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Boz Scaggs
Silk Degrees

  (Item #: scaggsilkd_1702) 

Our Price: $119.99

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

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: sprinwildt_2013) 



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

White Hot Stamper sound on both sides of this original copy, much better sound than we ever expected to hear.

Side one here was the richest, clearest, biggest and most energetic of any side one we played.

Side two is nearly as good, but such a big jump over all the rest that it easily earns its Three Pluses.

Side one is doing it all. Nothing came close.

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Little Feat
Hoy-Hoy

  (Item #: littlhoyho_1702) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A Top Copy of this incredible recording, the first to hit the site in quite some time
  • You get two Triple Plus (A+++) sides and the other two are Double Plus (A++) -- the sound is excellent from start to finish
  • Our pick for the best sounding Little Feat album -- it's a monster on a copy like this
  • Filled with live performances, obscurities, album tracks and some new songs -- a great mix of material
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Led Zeppelin
Presence

  (Item #: ledzeprese_1702) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • You'll hear massive amounts of Zeppelin Rock and Roll energy on this copy - both sides rate Double Plus (A++) or better
  • This is all the power, dynamics, whomp, and presence (pun only slightly intended) you could hope for
  • Featuring a stripped down, harder rock sound, Presence really benefits from the killer bottom end found on this pressing
  • "Presence has more majestic epics than its predecessor, opening with the surging, ten-minute Achilles Last Stand and closing with the meandering, nearly ten-minute Tea for One."
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Led Zeppelin
Houses of the Holy

  (Item #: ledzehouse_1702) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Excellent Hot Stamper sound on both sides of this wonderful pressing
  • The sound is rich and smooth yet big and clear, with breathy vocals
  • The Tubey Magical acoustic guitar reproduction on Houses is always a highlight
  • A Better Records Rock and Pop Top 100 album, 5 Stars in AMG
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Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: ledze2_2017) 



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

This pressing just knocked us out from beginning to end -- this is the Zep II sound you want.

At least 80% of the copies we buy these days -- for many hundreds of dollars each I might add -- go right back to the seller. The biggest problem we run into besides obvious scratches that play and worn out grooves is easy to spot: just play the song Thank You at the end of side one. Most of the time there is inner groove damage so bad that the track becomes virtually unlistenable.

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Billy Joel - Glass Houses

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: joel_glass_2014) 



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

A truly stunning copy of one of Billy Joel's best-loved albums! We recently finished a massive shootout for Billy Joel's hard-rockin 1980 release and most copies were pretty dreadful. Thankfully for us (and the Billy Joel fans out there) we managed to find a few copies that really work! This one absolutely nails it -- they just don't get much better than this, folks.

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Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Tarkus

  (Item #: emerstarku_1702) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Two strong Double Plus (A++) sides that deliver HUGELY powerful sound for this, the band's second album
  • Our biggest Tarkus shootout yet produced this monster of a copy on British vinyl, sure to delight ELP fans
  • This original Island LP has Eddie Offord's trademark sound - great energy, resolution, whomp factor and more
  • "More accomplished than the trio's first album... a must-have" -- Allmusic
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The Who
Who’s Next

  (Item #: who__whosn_1702) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • An incredible Top Copy, Triple Plus (A+++) on the first side and Double Plus (A++) on the second
  • Big bold sound throughout -- rich and full-bodied with great presence and transparency
  • Talk about WHOMP -- here's the kind of record that will greatly reward a system with a killer bottom end
  • 5 stars in Allmusic, a Top 100 Title, and without question The Who's Rock Masterpiece
  • ...there's anger and sorrow, humor and regret, passion and tumult, all wrapped up in a blistering package where the rage is as affecting as the heartbreak."
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Sonny Rollins
The Bridge

  (Item #: rollibridg_1702) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb sounding stereo copy of this Rollins classic: Triple Plus (A+++) on side one, Double Plus (A++) on side two
  • The 1962 sound is wonderfully Tubey Magical, full-bodied and solid throughout, the bass note-like and clear
  • This is the kind of Demo Disc sound that Ray Hall was able to engineer with tubes back in 1962, and it's glorious to hear in 2017
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "The interplay between Rollins and Jim Hall [on guitar] is consistently impressive, making this a near-classic and a very successful comeback."
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Coleman Hawkins and Clark Terry - Back In Bean’s Bag

Reviewed in 2006

  (Item #: hawkibacki_2006) 



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

Columbia 360 Label. A Jazz Primer if there ever was one! If you don’t get jazz this album will get it for you. There is simply not a false step or false note to be found anywhere on this recording.

This record has a magical midrange, like so many Columbias. It's a little rolled off on the extreme highs. If you have any way of boosting your top end, you can make this record really sing. As it is now, it's still quite good, just a bit more mellow than I know it should be.

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Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie - On the Sunny Side of the Street

  (Item #: fitzgonthe_2004) 



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

This early British import KILLS the Speakers Corner 180 gram reissue! I still like their version but this is what it should have sounded like: tonally much fuller and richer. The 180 gram copy suffers from the standard reissue MO -- brighter is not necessarily better, and definitely not when you have a big band and a vocalist, as is the case here. I've never heard this album sound better and I doubt that it really can sound much better than this. This copy makes me want to turn it up as loud as the stereo will go and let those wonderful Quincy Jones arrangements come to life!

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Joni Mitchell
Court and Spark

  (Item #: mitchcourt_1702) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A excellent early pressing that earned Hot Stamper grades on both sides and plays reasonably quietly
  • The sound is rich, warm and natural - any Heavy Vinyl pressing will have a hard time competing with it
  • One of our very favorite Joni albums here at Better Records, and probably her Best Sounding Album
  • "[A] remarkably deft fusion of folk, pop, and jazz ... the music is smart, smooth, and assured from the first note to the last." - AMG 5 Stars
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Herbie Hancock
My Point of View

  (Item #: hancomypoi_1702) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Two killer sides for one of Herbie's best albums - both clock in at or better than Double Plus (A++)
  • The sides here are wonderful - rich and warm with a huge bottom end and lots of space around the instruments
  • The lineup here includes Grant Green, Donald Byrd, Tony Williams, Hank Mobley and more
  • AMG: "It's a little more relaxed than Takin' Off, but in its own way My Point of View is nearly as stunning."
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Turntable Set Up Advice Using Joni's Court and Spark Album

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Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you critically evaluate your copy of Court and Spark.

There are loud vocal choruses on many tracks, and more often than not at their loudest they sound like they are either breaking up or threatening to do so. I always assumed it was compressor or board overload, which is easily heard on Down to You. On the best copies there is no breakup -- the voices get loud and they sound clean throughout.

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Joni Mitchell
Ladies Of The Canyon

  (Item #: mitchladie_1702) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Both sides of this excellent early copy rate Double Plus (A++) -- present and clear with exemplary midrange fullness
  • This wonderful title has some of our favorite songs: Morning Morgantown, For Free, Big Yellow Taxi, Woodstock, The Circle Game and 7 more
  • This pressing and the right playback will bring this music to life in a way that you cannot imagine until you hear it
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "Yet another essential listen in Mitchell's recorded canon."
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Paul McCartney
McCartney

  (Item #: mccarmccar_1702) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A shootout winning copy: Triple Plus (A+++) on the first side and Double Plus (A++) on the second
  • Top sound for The Lovely Linda, That Would Be Something, Every Night, Man We Was Lonely and more
  • It's rich and full-bodied with 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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Queen
Hot Space

  (Item #: queenhotsp_1702) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Triple Plus (A+++) on side one, Double Plus (A++) on side two, this copy took top honors in our recent shootout
  • The best copies - like this one - have plenty of bass and are smoother and fuller than the others
  • Disco, funk, rhythm and blues, dance and pop music all found their way onto this 1982 release
  • The monster hit Under Pressure with none other than Mr David Bowie closes out side two
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Ballet Favorites / Ansermet (VICS-1066)

Reviewed in 2011

  (Item #: varioballe_2011) 



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

This RCA Plum Label Victorla has an AMAZING SOUNDING side one -- it's unbelievably spacious and three-dimensional with depth that goes on for DAYS.

Side one earned its two pluses with the kind of spacious, rich, sweet sound you've come to expect from Super Hot Stampers. Note the correct sounding tape hiss -- a dead giveaway that the highs are going to be correct. (Funny tape hiss is the hallmark of Classic Records and Mobile Fidelity, a dead giveaway that their highs will be phony and boosted.)

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Nat King Cole
Sings Hymns and Spirituals

  (Item #: cole_sings_1702) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Our Triple Plus shootout winning side one here has the clearest, most natural vocals, putting a living, breathing Nat King Cole front and center in your listening room
  • Side two earned a grade of A++, again with some of the best vocal reproduction we heard in our shootout
  • The warmth and sweetness of the sound could not be more important - they're the distinctive and unmistakable hallmarks of Vintage All Tube Analog sound
  • Allmusic users gave this one 4 1/2 Stars and we might be inclined to be that generous ourselves
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Barbra Streisand
The Third Album

  (Item #: streithird_1702) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Two top sides, with side one better than Double Plus (A++ to A+++) and side two nearly as good
  • These 360 Label stereo originals and early pressings are the only way to hear the Tubey Magic and space on the tape
  • Frank Laico engineered at Columbia's legendary 30th street studios - you can easily imagine how good the sound is
  • Ms Streisand sings a wonderful batch of standards on this one: My Melancholy Baby, Just In Time, It Had To Be You, As Time Goes By and 6 more
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