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Jimmy Smith
Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf

  (Item #: smithwhosa_1705_) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side two and a superb Double Plus (A++) side one, this copy could not be beat
  • If you dig Oliver's Nelson's swingin' BIG BRASS as much as we do you are in for a treat with this stereo pressing
  • The best sides have the kind of analog richness, warmth and smoothness that make listening to records so involving
  • Slaughter On Tenth Avenue is the monster track leading off here, and it swings the way Walk on the Wild Side does - like crazy, man!
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George Benson - Breezin'

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: bensobreez_2016) 



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

Excellent sound for George Benson's 1976 classic Breezin'! This copy should blow the doors off your old copy or any MoFi pressing -- guaranteed. It's got all the elements this smooth masterpiece needs to come to life today, almost 40 years later if you can believe it. There's tons of energy, strong presence, excellent bass and a huge soundfield with real depth. You can hear right into the music, something just not possible on most copies out there.

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The Eagles
One Of These Nights

  (Item #: eagleoneof_1705_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Two strong Double Plus (A++) sides for an album that usually doesn't sound remotely this good
  • There's a level of presence and spaciousness here that is miles ahead of most we heard in our shootout.
  • Lyin' Eyes, Take It To The Limit and the title track all sound great on this copy
  • Allmusic 4 stars: "The culmination of the blend of rock, country, and folk styles the Eagles had been making since their start"
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Traffic
John Barleycorn Must Die

  (Item #: traffjohnb_1705) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: supercrisi_1705) 

Our Price: $199.99

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

  (Item #: frey_souls_1705_) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side one and a Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy could not be beat
  • We were shocked to find out that this album actually sounds very analog - rich, smooth, sweet and natural
  • Elliot Scheiner (Royal Scam, Aja, Nightfly) produced and also did some engineering - he is to be commended for his excellent work here
  • "Though I left Detroit and went to California to cut my teeth on country-rock, I've remained obsessed with the music of my adolescence, the great soul hits of the 60's and early 70's."
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U2
October

  (Item #: u2___octob_1705_2) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with both sides rating a strong Double Plus (A++)
  • Both sides here are super rich and full with a punchy bottom end and plenty of energy and presence
  • Relatively quiet vinyl, with each side playing Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "... when U2 do marry the message, melody, and sound together, as on "Gloria," "I Threw a Brick Through a Window," and "I Fall Down," the results are thoroughly impressive." - All Music
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Eagles
Desperado

  (Item #: eagledespe_1705) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Wonderful throughout - both sides earned Double Plus (A++) grades for their big, bold sound
  • Clean, clear and dynamic, this copy has great bass and lots of space around all the guitars and voices
  • Play this against the average copy for a good laugh -- the differences will be anything but subtle
  • An excellent Glyn Johns recording (with TAS List credentials) that just kills on a copy like this
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl on side two, a true Mint Minus - that almost never happens!
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The Allman Brothers
... At Fillmore East

  (Item #: allmaatfil_1611s) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $149.99 (You save $50.00 / 25%)


  • A big, hard-rockin' copy that rates seriously good grades of Double Plus (A++) or close to it on all four sides
  • A super transparent, super lively copy like this one really lets everything that's great about this music come through
  • The WHOMP factor here kicks up the excitement - it sets the foundation necessary for the extended guitar jams to work
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "The pinnacle of the Allmans and Southern rock at its most elastic, bluesy, and jazzy"
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Eagles
Eagles

  (Item #: eagleeagle_1705) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A truly killer pressing, with each side earning seriously good grades of Double Plus (A++) or better
  • You will be floored by the guitars exploding out from your speakers on Take It Easy
  • One of the Best Sounding Rock Records Ever Made, Glyn Johns' masterpiece
  • A Top 100 Tubey Magical Demo Disc that is guaranteed to blow your mind on a pressing like this
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The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

  (Item #: beatlsgtpe_1705) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Our Hot Stamper British Parlophone pressing here has wonderful sound for this True Beatles Classic
  • It deftly balances Tubey Magical richness and fullness with transparency and clarity
  • This is a Pepper profoundly more correct and musical than any audiophile or heavy vinyl pressing
  • AMG 5 stars, Better Records Top 100, and an album that's still fresh and involving 40+ after its creation
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Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin IV

  (Item #: ledze4_1705_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An outstanding Hard Rockin' Zep IV with excellent Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • This copy is dramatically fuller and smoother than most, making it possible to get the volume up good and high where it belongs
  • Black Dog, Rock & Roll, Stairway, When the Levee Breaks and the rest - all sound better than you've ever heard them, guaranteed
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "Zeppelin fuse their majestic hard rock with a mystical, rural English folk that gives the record an epic scope."
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The Who
Who’s Next

  (Item #: who__whosn_1705) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This Decca original Colorband pressing is really rockin', with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • Exceptionally rich, lively and present with a strong bottom, this is a great way to hear Who's Next
  • 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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U2
The Unforgettable Fire

  (Item #: u2___unfor_1705_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last; we've only had a handful of these hit the site over the years
  • Both sides sound incredible -- super clean, clear and open with excellent bass and huge amounts of energy
  • Quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus on both sides
  • "... ranking among U2's very best music..." - All Music
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The Eagles
The Long Run

  (Item #: eaglethelo_1705) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A killer Top Copy that rates Triple Plus (A+++) on side one and Double Plus (A++) on side two
  • All the hits -- I Can't Tell You Why, Heartache Tonight, the title track -- sound great here
  • Both sides are big and full, solid and rich, WAY beyond what you'll find on most pressings
  • Believe me, the master tape must be AWESOME if the sound of some of the records we played is any indication
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Ray Brown - And The All-Stars Band - Cannonball Adderley

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: brownwitht_2017) 



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

These two sides offer bigger brass, more transparency and more presence than any other sides we played! This may become one of your favorite big band albums to demo or test with. Or you can just enjoy the hell out of it if you prefer. So transparent and tonally correct, this is a killer sounding copy. We put this one right up there with the best of the Verve jazz titles we've done to date.

This is the kind of HUGE, RICH sound that Ray Hall engineered with tubes back in 1962, and it's glorious to hear in 2017.

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Art Pepper
Meets The Rhythm Section

  (Item #: peppemeets_1612s) 

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


  • Two outstanding sides, nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) - they don't get much better sounding than this, folks!
  • The stereo sound is clear and open with wonderful immediacy, and none of the bloated bass and murky mids of the originals
  • The vinyl has some issues, so those looking for copies in quiet playing condition may want to look elsewhere
  • Many consider this to be the best record Art Pepper ever made. It is truly "a diamond of recorded jazz history." Allmusic, 5 stars
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Frank Zappa - Cruising With Ruben & The Jets

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: zappacruis_2013) 



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

This is an album of greasy love songs & cretin simplicity. We made it because we really like this kind of music (just a bunch of old men with rock & roll clothes sitting around the studio, mumbling about the good old days). Ten years from now you'll be sitting around with your friends someplace doing the same thing if there's anything left to sit on.

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Super Hot Stamper

Roger Waters
The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking

  (Item #: waterprosa_1705) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Two incredibly good sides both rating a solid Double Plus (A++)
  • Both sides here are super big, full and dynamic with plenty of bottom end weight and energy
  • Only the second copy to hit the site in a few years, this is a tough one to come by
  • Allmusic, 4 stars: "...continues to showcase Waters' unprecedented knack of addressing his darkest thoughts and conceptions in a most extraordinary fashion."
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Frank Zappa
Cruising With Ruben & The Jets

  (Item #: zappacruis_1705) 

Our Price: $249.99

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

  (Item #: nelsostard_1705_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

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

Beethoven / Violin Concerto / Heifetz / Munch

  (Item #: beethvioli_1992_1705) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Presenting the best sounding recording of the Beethoven Violin Concerto we have ever played
  • With a shootout winning grade of Triple Plus (A++++) on side one and a strong Double Plus (A++) side two, no copy could beat it
  • Heifetz's 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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Favorite Beethoven Concertos / Heifetz & Rubinstein / BSO

Reviewed in 2007

  (Item #: beethconce_7087_2007) 



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

RCA Red Seal LPs. DEMONSTRATION QUALITY SOUND!

The first LP of this disc is the equivalent of LSC 1992 and sounds AMAZING. The mastering is right on the money.

This compilation was created in 1971. The tapes were still good then, because the transparency of this pressing is top notch. I wish I could say as much for the second record, which, like most of these reissues, is a disaster. It should go without saying that the LP here KILLS the Classic Records reissue.

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Beethoven / The Emperor Concerto / Backhaus

Reviewed in 2010

  (Item #: beethemper_6156_2010) 



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

Another top London, recorded with more of a mid-hall approach, and smooth sound that reminds me much more of a live concert than most records. This is a demo quality disc, if what you are demonstrating is the kind of realistic piano sound and natural, relaxed presentation found in the concert hall. These may not be qualities that all audiophiles appreciate, but we sure as hell do.

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Beethoven / 'Appassionata' / Kamiya

  (Item #: beethappas_2010) 



A distinguished member of our Better Records Hall of Fame.

A famous resident of the TAS list, this album mixes beautiful music with lovely, solid piano tone, the best of both worlds for audiophiles. A friend of mine tells me that Kamiya plays this piece exactly the way Horowitz did, and that's probably a good thing. Good luck finding a Horowitz recording that sounds like this.

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Duke Ellington
Indigos

  (Item #: ellinindig_1705_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This 6-Eye pressing blew us away with its superb sounding romantic jazz, the kind that Ellington specialized in
  • Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides; one of the best copies we've heard in a long time
  • Reasonable surfaces for an old 6-Eye pressing - doubtful you could find one much quieter
  • If you like your jazz ballads performed with deep feeling and the utmost skill you will have a very hard time finding a better sounding album of them
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Eric Dolphy
Out To Lunch

  (Item #: dolphoutto_1705) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Only the second copy to hit the site in more than three years - this stereo pressing earned Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • One of the top Blue Note titles for music and sound, and you will have a tough time finding another copy that sounds this good and plays this quietly
  • Bobby Hutcherson MURDERS on the vibes on this album - his groundbreaking work played back on a killer copy through a high-end stereo is nothing less than a THRILL
  • Allmusic calls it "Dolphy's magnum opus, an absolute pinnacle of avant-garde jazz in any form or era..."
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Willie Dixon
I Am The Blues

  (Item #: dixoniamth_1705) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This '70s pressing boasts two excellent sides, each rating Double Plus (A++) or close to it
  • Notably richer and livelier than most, with plenty of Tubey Magic and good weight down low
  • A longtime favorite of ours, with unusually good sound for a blues recording, even one from as late as 1970
  • Features updated versions of many Dixon Classics: Spoonful, Hoochie Coochie Man, I Can't Quit You Baby and more
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Donovan
In Concert

  (Item #: donovincon_1705_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Side one earned a strong Double Plus (A++) grade with side two not far behind
  • A shockingly well recorded live set, so REAL and natural, with some of Donovan's best songs played with real feeling
  • This early Epic stereo pressing is the only way to hear the MIDRANGE MAGIC that’s missing from modern records
  • Allmusic 4 1/2 stars "The only album that comes close to having the flow of this concert was the studio recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks ... One of the great live albums of the '60s."
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David Bowie
Aladdin Sane

  (Item #: bowiealadd_1705_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Only the second copy to ever hit the site; this one is superb throughout with each side rating a Double Plus (A++)
  • Both sides here are big, bold and lively with deep punchy bass and excellent clarity
  • About as quiet as we can find them -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "... there's a wealth of classic material here..." - All Music
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Donovan
The Real Donovan

  (Item #: donovreald_1705) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Triple Plus (A+++) on side one, Double Plus (A++) on side two, superbly balanced and natural, a great way to hear these songs from '65 - '66
  • If more mono records sounded as big and open as this one we would totally be on board with the current movement towards One Channel
  • The Real Donovan is a compilation of singles, along with some tracks which have been sourced from the first two albums, and an EP, as well as a couple of b-sides
  • Catch the Wind and Colours are two of the better known songs here, but really, all these folkie songs are well written and performed with skill and feeling
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Donovan - The Hurdy Gurdy Man

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: donovhurdy_2013) 



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

The 1968 sound here is GLORIOUS — rich, sweet, Tubey Magical and very, very Analog. Donovan records tend to be hit or miss affairs, but we were pleasantly surprised to find that we could not find a bad track on either side of the album. Most are in fact quite wonderful.

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Mary Hopkin
Post Card

  (Item #: hopkipostc_1605x) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • A strong copy, rating Double Plus (A++) on side two and close to that on side one
  • The sound is big, open, and very rich; the vocals sound lovely
  • It's taken us close to ten years to find enough clean copies to do this shootout
  • Engineered by Ken Scott, Donovan's "Lord of the Reedy River" is simply amazing on this copy


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Art Pepper - One September Afternoon

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: peppeonese_2012) 



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

AN EXCELLENT A++ SIDE TWO for this album -- this is an excellent recording from 1980, one of the best of the later Art Pepper period during which Art was signed with Galaxy and was devoting his remaining years to playing and recording as much as possible. The album is engineered by Baker Bigsby, as is Art Pepper Today (1978), my personal favorite Art Pepper album and amazing sounding if you can find the right pressing (we're working on it!).

"When Art Pepper died at the age of 56, he had attained his goal of becoming the world's great altoist." AMG


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David Lindley - El Rayo-X

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: lindlelray_2010) 



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

After hearing Lindley's white-bread session playing on '70s albums by Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, et al., you might think the man must have a stick stuck up his butt. His solos never seem to let loose or get loose, and they rarely rock. Mercury Blues on this, his best album, is proof positive that he can rock like a wild man when he wants to. On this album, perhaps for the first time, he really does seem to want to.

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Genesis - Abacab

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: genesabaca_2014) 



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

Another top recording from Hugh Padgham, the man who engineered The Police's best sounding album, Synchronicity, as well as Phil Collins' first album. He gets the Big, Rich, Smooth Rock Sound during the '80s like few others we know of. Tons of bass too. We also quite like the big drums and meaty guitars he was able to bring to XTC's English Settlement (a record we just never see anymore; wonder where they all went?).

By the way, the domestic LPs easily beat the best imports we had to throw at them.

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Foreigner - 4

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: forei4_2016) 



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

What's key to the sound of Foreigner's records? Obviously the big one would have to be ENERGY, a subject we have discussed at length here on the site. Next would be punchy ROCK BASS, followed by clear, present vocals. Those would be the big three.

Many copies were gritty, some were congested in the louder sections, some never got big, some were thin and lacking the analog richness of the best -- we heard plenty of copies whose faults were obvious when played against the better sides such as these.

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Billy Squier - Don't Say No

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: squiedonts_2013) 



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

This Billy Squier LP has HUGE Rock Sound -- the guitars and drums are positively jumping out of the speakers with dynamic energy, presented on a stage that's exceptionally wide and tall -- which means the two monster hits In The Dark and The Stroke both rock like crazy, with more bottom and top end extension than practically any of the other copies we played.

There's a reason this album sounds big and lively. It was produced by Mack ("& Billy" according to the liner notes), Mack being the man who produced one of the few truly amazing sounding Queen albums, The Game. If you've ever heard a serious Hot Stamper of that album, you know what we're talking about when we say it delivers the Big Rock Sound we love here at Better Records. Turn it up and rock out!

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Brian Eno / David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts

Our Shootout Winner from 2007

  (Item #: enobymylif_2007) 



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

This QUIET Original Sire LP has EXCELLENT SOUND! We just did a mini-shootout for this fun album, and this copy was the clear winner on both sides. It’s got the kind of deep, meaty, well-defined bass that’s absolutely critical to this music. The various instruments and noises have more room to breathe than on the other copies we played. The overall sound is airy, open, and spacious with excellent clarity. The percussion -- a HUGE part of this album -- sounds Right On The Money. You can really hear the sound of the skins!

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1981

Some of Our Favorite Albums Were Released That Year

  (Item #: 1981) 



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 1981 was a surprisingly good year for music.

Click HERE to see the records currently on the site that were recorded or released in 1981.

And HERE to see the records from 1981 that we've reviewed.


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Stevie Nicks - Bella Donna

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: nicksbella_2016) 



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

The sound of the typical copy can best be summed up in three words: thin, hard and bright. When the sound is thin or hard or bright the fun factor of this mainstream drops to zero. Stop Draggin' My Heart Around and Leather And Lace both sound great on the radio, why not on Warners vinyl? We can't blame Sheffield Labs, the original cutting house: all the copies we played -- good, bad and otherwise -- were originals and mastered by them.

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Alice Cooper - Goes To Hell

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: coopegoest_2016) 



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

Triple Plus (A+++) Shootout Winning sound on side one -- it doesn't get any better than this, folks! Huge, open and clear, yet rich and full-bodied, this is the sound you want for this Alice Cooper classic. At Double Plus (A++) side two is nearly as good - Alice's vocals are especially clear and lively. The choruses are big and rich, just the way we like 'em - we guarantee you've never heard the album sound this good by a long shot.

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Alice Cooper
Billion Dollar Babies

  (Item #: coopebilli_1610s) 

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


  • A killer copy with a Triple Plus (A+++) side two and a Double Plus (A++) side one
  • Way more open, present and balanced than most, with plenty of power and energy
  • Relatively quiet, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • 4 1/2 stars in Allmusic: "Song for song, Billion Dollar Babies is probably the original Alice Cooper group's finest and strongest ... It remains one of rock's all-time, quintessential classics."
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Sonny Rollins
On Impulse

  (Item #: rollionimp_1705_) 

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
  • As good as side one was, when we got around to side two we were knocked out by some of the best Sonny Rollins sax sound we've EVER heard
  • Side two was so much bigger, fuller and richer than the other side twos we heard, and his sax was really jumpin' out of the speakers
  • Allmusic 4 Stars: "This date is significant for the manner in which Rollins attacks five standards with a quartet that included pianist Ray Bryant, bassist Walter Booker and drummer Mickey Roker."
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Joni Mitchell
Miles of Aisles

  (Item #: mitchmiles_1610s) 

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


  • A Top Copy, with sides one, two and three rating at or near Triple Plus (A+++) - this is as good as it gets, folks!
  • The sound here is exceptionally rich and warm with huge amounts of space and breathy presence on her vocals
  • Joni reworks all her material here, giving the songs new arrangements and making them sound fresh again
  • "It's a strong album of her best songs performed mostly informally... Much of the material here is beautiful, replete with the patented Mitchell tension. And a word for engineer Henry Lewy—the sound is terrific, the best reproduced concert album I've heard." Rolling Stone
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Illinois Jacquet
Bottoms Up

  (Item #: jacqubotto_1607x) 

Our Price: $199.99
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  • This is clearly the best sounding copy of Bottoms Up to ever hit the site - Double Plus (A++) on side one, Triple Plus (A+++)on side two!
  • Both sides played a True Mint Minus, which means this copy is not only exceptionally good sounding, but exceptionally quiet to boot
  • On side two this pressing showed us that the perfect balance of clarity and richness was possible, the only side that managed that feat
  • "Even in 1968 when the jazz avant-garde was becoming quite influential, tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet played in his own timeless style, performing in an idiom little changed during the previous 20 years."
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John Coltrane
Black Pearls

  (Item #: coltrblack_1605s_) 

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


  • This superb 1958 stereo LP boasts two Triple Plus (A+++) sides - the sound of this copy simply cannot be beat
  • It's big, lively, tubey, present and very transparent - nothing we played could compete with it
  • A great Rudy Van Gelder recording that hits a new level on a copy like this
  • 4 stars on Allmusic: " captures Coltrane at the height of perfecting the intense volley that would garner the name 'sheets of sound.' "
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Dexter Gordon
Our Man In Peace

  (Item #: gordoourma_1705_) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Both sides here earned nearly Triple Plus grades (A++ to A+++) for their superb sound on this Gordon classic from 1963
  • The sound of the saxophone is so full-bodied and Tubey Magical you won't believe it - where is that sound today?
  • The top opens up nicely and there is plenty of space in the studio, giving all the players room to breathe
  • Allmusic 4 1/2 Stars: "Gordon is at the very top of his game here. His playing is crisp, tight, and full of playful fury. Powell, who at this stage of his life was almost continually plagued by personal problems, never sounded better than he does in this session."
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The Faces
A Nod Is As Good As A Wink

  (Item #: facesanodi_1705) 

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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Dire Straits
Love Over Gold

  (Item #: diresloveo_1705) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with both sides rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or better
  • Both sides are clean, clear and open with deep punchy bass and plenty of energy and presence
  • Relatively quiet surfaces - it's very tough to find these vintage UK pressings any quieter
  • "Certainly a quantum leap from the organic R&B impressionism of the band's early LPs and the gripping short stories of Making Movies, Love Over Gold is an ambitious, sometimes difficult record that is exhilarating in its successes and, at the very least, fascinating in its indulgences." - Rolling Stone
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Eagles
Hotel California

  (Item #: eaglehotel_1705) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A superb copy with seriously good grades of A++ on both sides and very quiet vinyl (for this title!)
  • Demo Disc sound -- big and bold with super punchy drums and a fully extended top end
  • A Better Records Top 100 pick that's amazingly powerful on the better copies such as this one
  • "Hotel California unveiled what seemed almost like a whole new band" -- Allmusic, 5 stars
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Randy Newman
Sail Away

  (Item #: newmasaila_1705_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with each side rating a solid Double Plus (A++)
  • Both sides here are big, full and musical with deep punchy bass and most of the energy that's missing from the average copy
  • Probably our favorite Newman album considering both music and sonics (12 Songs being the main competition)
  • "One of Newman's finest works" -- Allmusic, 5 stars
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CTI Jazz

One of Our Favorite Labels for Sound and Music

  (Item #: allcti) 



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Otis Redding
The Dock of the Bay

  (Item #: reddidocko_1705) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An excellent copy of The Dock of the Bay -- Double Plus (A++) or better on both sides
  • A well-recorded album, with sound that's exceptionally big, rich and smooth yet still clean, clear and spacious
  • About as quiet as we can find them, Mint Minus Minus throughout - most copies we see are just wrecked
  • "...this is an impossible record not to love ... Cropper chose his tracks well, selecting some of the strongest and most unusual among the late singer's orphaned songs,,," -- All Music
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The Pretenders
The Pretenders

  (Item #: preteprete_1705_1) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish; this is best copy to hit the site in a long time
  • Both sides here are incredibly clean, clear and open with huge amounts of energy, space and detail
  • Relatively quiet vinyl throughout, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • Five Stars in the AMG and a surprisingly well recorded album
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George Benson - Other Side of Abbey Road

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: bensoother_2013) 



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

An A++ side one backed with an A+++ side two! We just shot out a bunch of these and this copy finished way ahead of the pack. George Benson and a top-notch backing crew (Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Ray Baretto, Freddie Hubbard and many more) knock these jazzy Abbey Road covers out of the park, and Rudy Van Gelder did a great job putting it to tape. Of course not every pressing sounds good, but the best copies like this one are killer!

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Mike Oldfield
Tubular Bells

  (Item #: oldfitubul_1705) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • You'll find incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides of this British Virgin LP - this one is doing everything right!
  • The space, the richness and the clarity all combine to make this a powerful listening experience
  • It's incredibly hard to find good sounding copies of this record - this is the first White Hot copy to hit the site in a long time
  • "[A]rguably the finest conglomeration of off-centered instruments concerted together to form a single unique piece. A variety of instruments are combined to create an excitable multitude of rhythms, tones, pitches, and harmonies that all fuse neatly into each other, resulting in an astounding plethora of music."


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Freddie Hubbard - Hub-Tones

Reviewed in 2007

  (Item #: hubbahubto_2007) 



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

This Blue Note reissue LP has SUPERB SOUND AND QUIET VINYL! Freddie’s trumpet sounds Right On The Money -- breathy and full-bodied with clearly audible leading edge transients. The overall sound is tonally correct with extended highs and super low distortion. It's open and spacious and wonderfully dynamic. I don't think there's anything you could do to this music to make it sound much better than this!

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Freddie Hubbard - First Light

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: hubbafirst_2011) 



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

This Super Hot Stamper original CTI pressing has a truly SUPERB side two that just put to shame most of what we played. Smeary blurred trumpet blasts? Not here. Nope, the transient bite and energy of the trumpet is as REAL as it gets.

Hubbard was a master of funky jazz, and this pressing was one of the few in our shootout with the kind of high quality mastering that can do justice to his uniquely energetic, lightning fast jazz style.

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Freddie Hubbard - Sky Dive

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: hubbaskydi_2011) 



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

With a sonic grade of A+++ this White Hot Stamper original CTI pressing has a side two that won Top Honors in our recent shootout. It's CLEARLY the best sounding side we have ever offered of this funky jazz classic, but it has serious condition issues, including a mark that plays at the end of track one all the way into track two. If you can live with that mark you will hear some amazing sound and music on side two. And if you buy this copy and realize you can't, feel free to send it back for a full refund.

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Joni Mitchell
Court and Spark

  (Item #: mitchcourt_1705) 

Our Price: $549.99

  • TRIPLE TRIPLE (A+++) - just the third such copy to hit the site in the last four years. Unusually quiet vinyl to boot!
  • The sound is rich, warm and natural with wonderful transparency, ambience and loads of Tubey Magic
  • 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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Michael Jackson
Off The Wall

  (Item #: jacksoffth_1705) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • A stunning copy of this MJ classic with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from beginning to end
  • Both sides are huge and wonderfully musical with tons of space and energy; they don't get any better than this
  • We're constantly blown away by what a White Hot Stamper of this album can do -- what a recording!
  • MJ's best sounding recording - "This was a visionary album" -- Allmusic, 5 stars
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The Police - Outlandos d’Amour

Our Shootout Winner from 2007

  (Item #: policoutla_2007) 



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

This Minty A&M LP has TWO AMAZING SIDES on QUIET VINYL! We listened to more than a dozen copies of this album -- imports, promos, and domestics -- and nothing came close to this copy! There are SWEET HIGHS and AMBIENCE that we didn’t think were possible -- and it ROCKS!

Halfway through this shootout, our mood here had become somber. We were innundated with dull, overly compressed, harsh sounding copies of a record that's supposed to be upbeat and fun -- especially on Side Two. Muck!!

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Neil Young - Time Fades Away

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: youngtimef_2013) 



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

TWO AMAZING A+++ SIDES, making this the best copy ever to hit our site! Unlike most "live" albums this one was cut direct-to-disc with no fixes or overdubs. On a White Hot Stamper like this the sound is incredibly open and spacious, with a three-dimensional quality that puts you right there with the band!

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Neil Young - On The Beach

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: youngonthe_2008) 



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

HOT STAMPERS FOR THIS NEIL YOUNG GEM FINALLY DISCOVERED! We’ve been trying for quite a while to find a copy of this album with the kind of wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling sound we get from the best copies of Zuma and After The Gold Rush, but it's been quite the tough task. We love the music, but most of the copies we played left us wondering if we'd ever play one worthy of the Hot Stamper designation. Well, folks, I'm pleased to report that we've finally confirmed what we had imagined and hoped -- that on the best pressings, this album can sound OUT OF THIS WORLD!

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Talking Heads - Talking Heads: 77

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: talkitalki_2011) 



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

AMAZING SOUND ON BOTH SIDES of this White Hot Stamper LP. Side two rates A+++ and side one is not far behind at A++ - A+++. This copy murdered the typical pressings in an incredibly enjoyable shootout.We couldn't believe how amazing this album can sound on a top copy. I'd even say that it's a sonic step up from More Songs About Buildings and Food, Fear Of Music and Remain In Light, probably tying with Little Creatures for top Talking Heads honors.

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Talking Heads
Little Creatures

  (Item #: talkilittl_1612s) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • A Killer Copy with two Double Plus (A++) sides - this is the BIG BEAT we love - what record from 1985 sounds better than Little Creatures?
  • Both sides are rockin' tracks like Stay Up Late and Road To Nowhere, And She Was, Give Me Back My Name and Creatures of Love
  • Surprisingly big, punchy and open sound for this '85 pop classic - a Top 100 album and longtime Better Records favorite
  • "Ear Candy ...a pop album, and an accomplished one, by a band that knew what it was doing. " - 4 1/2 stars
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Steely Dan - The Royal Scam

Our $600 Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: steelroyal_2009) 



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

Steely Dan fans, brace yourselves! This White Hot Stamper copy of The Royal Scam ROCKS HARDER than you’d ever imagine! We play dozens and dozens of these each year, and it’s a shame more of them don’t sound like this. All the elements necessary to really bring this music to life are here: tight, punchy bass; knockout energy; big time presence; shocking clarity and so forth. Everyone gets all hot and bothered about Aja (and with good reason) but there’s no denying how POWERFUL this material is after you’ve heard these songs sound like this!

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Steely Dan
The Royal Scam

  (Item #: steelroyal_1705) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • Both sides here came in at Triple Plus (A+++) or very close to it, making it a copy that just can't be beat
  • A killer White Hot copy of this hard-rockin' Steely Dan classic -- HERE is the right sound for this music
  • These incredible sides give you just what you need for this album -- rich, meaty sound with crazy energy
  • "The best songs on The Royal Scam... rank as genuine Steely Dan classics." -- Allmusic
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America
Homecoming

  (Item #: amerihomec_1705) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A stunning Top Copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides; only the second such copy we've found since early 2015
  • The sound is wonderful -- big and rich with excellent transparency and breathy vocals
  • Some of the most tubey, warm acoustic guitar sound you could ask for -- this is the sound of real analog!
  • Ventura Highway sounds amazing here, as does everything else; it's a Demo Disc for acoustic guitars and vocals
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Crosby / Nash
Graham Nash/ David Crosby

  (Item #: crosbgraha_1705) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Triple Triple! The best copy of this wonderfully well recorded album to hit the site in ages
  • Both A+++ sides are open, spacious and very tubey -- qualities that bring out the best in this music
  • The breathy, hi-res vocals are smooth and sweet here, not bright or grainy as on many copies
  • Four stars in Allmusic: "One of the most impressive side projects to arise from CSN."
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Tony Bennett
I Left My Heart In San Francisco

  (Item #: benneileft_1705) 

Our Price: $299.99

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

  (Item #: supercrime_1705) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • A superb copy and killer Demo Disc to beat them all - Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • A HUGE and POWERFUL Ken Scott recording that's truly a BEAST on this brilliantly mastered A&M pressing
  • Clearly the band's Prog Rock Masterpiece, as well as a permanent member of our Rock & Pop Top 100
  • "...a huge leap forward for the group and their most consistent album outside of that 1979 masterwork, Breakfast in America."
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Bryan Ferry
Let's Stick Together

  (Item #: ferryletss_1705) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Our shootout winner for side two and only the second copy to hit the site in many years - Triple Plus (A+++) on side two, Double Plus (A++) on one
  • For material and sound I consider this to be the best of Bryan Ferrry's solo albums
  • The presence, bass, and dynamics are well above the competition - the sound is right in every way
  • Allmusic 4 Stars: "The title track itself scored Ferry a deserved British hit single, with great sax work from Chris Mercer and Mel Collins and a driving, full band performance. Ferry's delivery is one of his best, right down to the yelps, and the whole thing chugs with post-glam power."
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Poco - Poco

Are the Original Pressings the Best Sounding?

  (Item #: poco_poco_original) 



I've been a fan of this album since it came out in 1970, but I never thought that the original pressings were especially good sounding.

Turns out I was right -- the original Yellow Label Epic pressings leave much to be desired, so much so that we simply do not bother to pick them up anymore. Based on the results of this shootout I would say it's very unlikely we would offer you anything but a later label copy as a Hot Stamper. Ah, but which one? That's always the rub, isn't it? They all sound different, and most are nothing special.

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Al Dimeola
Elegant Gypsy

  (Item #: dimeoelega_1705) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • One of the best copies of this phenomenal Fusion Guitar Jazz Classic to ever hit the site
  • Side one here rates Triple Plus (A+++) with side two coming in at a solid Double Plus (A++)
  • Both sides are incredibly lively, full-bodied, open and present -- the sound is HUGE and WEIGHTY and it rocks
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "Generally an explosive affair, although it does have a fair amount of variety."
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The Moody Blues
On The Threshold Of A Dream

  (Item #: moodyonthe_1705) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A stunning Top Copy with two incredible sides -- you won't believe all the Tubey Magic on this one!
  • Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it throughout, this is one of their best albums for both music and sound
  • This pressing is cleaner, clearer, richer, sweeter, and more present that you could have imagined in your wildest dreams
  • "... [I]n 1969 this was envelope-ripping, genre-busting music, scaling established boundaries into unknown territory, not only "outside the box" but outside of any musical box that had been conceived at that moment..." -- Allmusic, 4 1/2 stars
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Frank Zappa
Apostrophe (')

  (Item #: zappaapost_1705) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A Top Copy, with a Triple Plus (A+++) side one and a Double Plus (A++) side two
  • The sound is dramatically bigger, richer and smoother than on the typical pressing
  • A surprisingly impressive recording when you get your hands on a copy like this with The Real Sound
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic and Zappa's only album to crack the Top Ten
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Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow

We Found a Good Sounding Orange Label Pressing

  (Item #: jeffesurre_2010) 



This QUIET orange label (!) pressing has surprisingly good sound, some of the best sound we have ever heard for that more-often-than-not dismal second label in fact. It actually beat a few of our black label originals, with more tubey magic and less distortion and harshness than we expect from these later pressings.

We always have fun playing this psychedelic ’60s masterpiece. The sound -- problematical as it may be -- gives you so many of the qualities we love about good ol’ analog. No one’s recording albums these days with this kind of richness, sweetness, and warmth, that’s for sure. Drop the needle on My Best Friend or Today to hear that trippy Sixties San Francisco sound at its best.

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Badfinger - Straight Up

The British 2 LP Remaster Is a Joke

  (Item #: badfistrai_apple_remaster) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing.

This British 2 LP reissue was digitally remastered and contains alternate mixes of 6 songs on the 2nd record.

The whole series was awful sounding and should be avoided completely.

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Buckingham Nicks
Buckingham Nicks

  (Item #: buckibucki_1610x) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A wonderful Super Hot Stamper with Double Plus (A++) quality on both sides
  • The sound is warm, rich, and sweet - just like it is on the best copies of Fleetwood Mac's self-titled LP
  • The bass is deep, punchy, full up in the mix and correct, and plenty of it too - thanks Keith Olsen
  • "Crisp, ringing acoustic guitars and a bottom-heavy rhythm section (using the talents of Waddy Watchel, Jim Keltner, and Jerry Scheff) framed the pair's songs in a sound something akin to FM-ready folk-rock."
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Neil Young
On The Beach

  (Item #: youngonthe_1701x) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • A KILLER Top Copy, Triple Plus (A+++) on side two and Double Plus (A++) on side one
  • The sound here is incredibly big, full and lively with huge amounts of presence and bottom end weight
  • Relatively quiet, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus on both sides
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "Savage and ultimately triumphant."
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Neil Young
Live Rust

  (Item #: youngliver_1705) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • HUGE and powerful live Neil Young in concert sound -- Double Plus (A++) or better on all four sides
  • Not many recordings, live or otherwise, give you this kind of unvarnished, front-row experience
  • This KILLER live set, the ultimate Neil Young acoustic and electric concert collection, combines brilliant early material (After the Gold Rush) with wonderful later songs such as the amazing "My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)" and Hey Hey, My My and Tonight's the Night
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic, just check the tracklisting and get ready to hear these NY classics come to life
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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
4 Way Street

  (Item #: crosb4ways_1609x) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Consistent, outstanding sound for 4 Way Street, with all four sides earning Double Plus (A++) grades and playing fairly quietly
  • If you want to hear Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young rock out live in your listening room, this is the pressing that will let you do it
  • Bill Halverson did a great job but you have to work your tail off to find a copy that does his brilliant engineering justice. Sad, isn't it?
  • Rolling Stone raves that "Crosby, Stills. Nash, and Young are all performers of unquestionable talent, and mostly because they stay out of each others' way, 4 Way Street must surely be their best album to date."
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Bonnie Raitt - Sweet Forgiveness

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: raittsweet_2010) 



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

This White Hot Stamper side one had the kind of sound that just JUMPS out of the speakers! This side one had more of everything: more size and weight. more separation, more ambience, more vocal dynamics, more presence, more bottom end (which is unusual in that most copies of this album tends to be bass shy); in short, more LIFE. This copy, more than any other we played, showed us just how good the master tapes must be.

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Bonnie Raitt - Nine Lives

Our Shootout Winner from 2006

  (Item #: raittnine_2006) 



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

I did a little shootout today (7/3/06) with a few copies of this album and this one was CLEARLY SUPERIOR. The others were a bit smeared and thick sounding. This copy has the LIFE of the recording preserved in the grooves. With George Massenburg involved, there's no way this record could sound "natural". This copy does sound the way it's supposed to and that's the most we can hope for. If you have an aggressive or thin sounding stereo this is not the record for you.

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Little Feat
Waiting For Columbus

  (Item #: littlwaiti_1610x) 

Our Price: $139.99

  • Hot Stampers averaging Double Plus (A++) sonic grades mean this domestic original pressing is both exciting and musical
  • Fat Man In A Bathtub here is out of this world, but you could easily say that about a dozen or more of the tracks on this double album
  • One of our all time favorite live recordings - one of the top Little Feat albums too, if not 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 Beatles
Help!

  (Item #: beatlhelp_1609x) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • This copy offers excellent sound for all 14 songs - a very good sounding British Help! indeed
  • The energy, presence and clarity on this copy are way beyond compare
  • If you were as disappointed as we were by the new Stereo and Mono Heavy Vinyl, try the real thing on Parlophone
  • You know side one, but most of the songs on side two are classics as well: Act Naturally, It’s Only Love, You Like Me Too Much, Tell Me What You See, I’ve Just Seen a Face and -- wait for it -- Yesterday (!)
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Art Pepper - Smack Up

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: peppesmack_2009) 



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

WOW -- the first Smack Up Hot Stamper to hit the site in over two years! We love this album and wish we could find more great copies, but it sure ain't easy. Here's a Contemporary Yellow Label pressing that's very good on side one and INCREDIBLE on side two. The first track on side one doesn't sound quite as good as the rest of the material, but by the second track this thing is SMOKIN'.

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Peter Frampton
Frampton Comes Alive

  (Item #: frampframp_1611x) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • WHOA -- the first copy to ever hit the site with TRIPLE PLUS (A+++) SOUND on all four sides!
  • Shootout Winning sound from start to finish means the guitar solos soar the way they do live -- now THAT is what we want from this music
  • All four sides went way beyond our expectations, with the kind of size and live rock energy we didn't even know was possible
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic, who agree with us that many tracks here are "much more inspired, confident, and hard-hitting than the studio versions."
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The Cars
Candy-O

  (Item #: cars_candy_1611x) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A knockout Triple Triple copy - BIG and BOLD A+++ sound on BOTH sides, you won't believe it!
  • The best sound you'll ever hear for this album -- big, punchy, dynamic, solid and lively, right from Let's Go
  • A Better Records Favorite for one very simple reason: Candy-O has got The BIG ROCK SOUND we love
  • AMG raves it's "...another smash album that solidified the band's standing as one of the most promising new bands of the late '70s."
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Neil Young
Comes A Time

  (Item #: youngcomes_1611x) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A Top Copy: Triple Plus (A+++) on the first, Double Plus (A++) on the second, killer from start to finish
  • Drop the needle on Comes A Time or Look Out For My Love and hear how rich and warm the sound is - wow
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "Comes a Time finally was the Neil Young album for the millions of fans who had loved Harvest"
  • A Top 100 title because the best copies of Comes a Time are right up there with the best recordings in Neil's catalog. That's saying a lot
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Stan Getz - Getz Au Go Go

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: getz_getza_2011) 



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

This WHITE Hot Stamper Stan Getz record has the kind of LIVE JAZZ CLUB SOUND that audiophiles like us (you and me) dream of. More importantly, this ain’t no Jazz at Some Pawnshop -- this is THE REAL THING. Stan Getz, Gary Burton, Kenny Burrell and the lovely Astrud Gilberto, the living embodiment of Cool Jazz, are coming to a listening room near you (assuming you have two hundred and fifty bucks you're not doing anything else with).

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Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto - Getz-Gilberto

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: getz_getzg_2012) 



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

We have been trying to find great sound (on reasonable surfaces) for this album for YEARS -- I kid you not -- but this 2-pack is the first Hot Stamper version to ever hit the site. We have fired up this shootout multiple times since 2006 and been left empty-handed each and every time until the last go-around. We have sunk an insane amount of dough into trying to get a few killer copies because we love the music so much, but we just haven't had much to show for it. If you love this Brazilian-flavored cool jazz as much as we do, you might want to snap this one up because who knows when or if we'll find another one.

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Van Morrison - Moondance

Our Half-Speed Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: morrimoond_ddlabs_2009) 



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

We've combined our two best half-speed mastered SuperDisk pressings to give you Super Hot sound for both sides. Of all the half-speed versions we had here, two of them each had one amazing side.

"But Tom," you might say, "I thought you hated audiophile versions of rock records!" Well, we sure don't hate 'em when they sound like this! The best Green Label copies are going to be a step up in class, but you're going to have a hard time finding sound this good for Moondance no matter what kind of pressings you're playing.

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Sammy Davis Jr. Sings, Laurindo Almeida Plays

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: davissammy_2014) 



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

One of the most emotionally rich and sublimely enjoyable collections of romantic ballads ever recorded. White Hot on side one, Super Hot on side two, this copy is truly a Demo Disc for vocal reproduction. So intimate - Sammy is quietly accompanied by Laurindo Almeida on solo guitar.


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Paul McCartney
McCartney

  (Item #: mccarmccar_1705_2) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This copy of McCartney's Masterpiece boasts excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • It's big, rich and full with tons of energy, a nice open top end and deep punchy bass
  • 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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Electric Light Orchestra
Discovery

  (Item #: electdisco_1705_1) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • An excellent copy with strong Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • The overall sound here is incredibly big and bold with huge amounts of energy, a big bottom end and plenty of top end extension
  • Relatively quiet vinyl throughout with both sides playing Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Electric Light Orchestra continued on their winning Top 40 ways with the release of Discovery." - All Music
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Eagles
Eagles

  (Item #: eagleeagle_1705s) 

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


  • Both of these Hot Stamper sides have a healthy dose of the Tubey Magical Country Rock sound The Eagles wanted you to hear
  • These early pressings are clearly made from the British Master Tapes - the sound is so present, lively and real
  • One of the Best Sounding Rock Records Ever Made, Glyn Johns' masterpiece and a Demo Disc for Tubey Magical Guitar sound
  • A Top 100 disc that delivers top sound for songs like Take It Easy, Witchy Woman, Early Bird, Peaceful Easy Feeling and more
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Super Hot Stamper

Cat Stevens
Tea for the Tillerman

  (Item #: steveteafo_1705) 

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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