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Stravinsky / Rite of Spring / Monteux / Paris Con.

  (Item #: stravriteo_2085_1706) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Triple Plus (A+++) Front Row Center sound on side two mated to an excellent Double Plus (A++) side one
  • My notes say things like: Very Rich - Very Big - Huge Bottom - Transparent - Powerful Brass... Need we go on?
  • Perhaps the greatest performance ever - Monteux himself premiered the work in 1913
  • Mind boggling in its power to move the listener - a classic Decca Tree recording from 1956 by the master, Mr. Kenneth Wilkinson
More of the music of Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)


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John Coltrane
Black Pearls

  (Item #: coltrblack_1605x) 

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 whole nother 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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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Swings Lightly

  (Item #: fitzgella_swings_1705_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

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

  (Item #: quinionthe_1705) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Both sides of this long out of print OJC title boast lively, big and clear Double Plus (A++) sound quality
  • With three saxophones and a trombone, this is a fresh combination that really brings out the best in all the players during this Prestige jam session, a format for which they are justly famous
  • I raved about this album when it was in print many years ago - it's solidly swinging jazz that belong in your collection
  • Allmusic 4 Stars: "Waldron's three originals (highlighted by "Cool-Lypso") allow plenty of room for swinging, and Quinichette (who also performs "On the Sunny Side of the Street") sounds comfortable interacting with the younger musicians. An enjoyable and underrated release."
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Red Mitchell Quartet
Red Mitchell Quartet

  (Item #: mitchredmi_1705_) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side one and a superb Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy could not be beat
  • This Better Records favorite has some of the best upright bass reproduction we've ever heard - top quality West Coast Jazz too
  • Impeccable All Tube engineering by Roy Dunann in the store room of Contemporary Records, 1957 (sixty years ago!)
  • Allmusic 4 Stars: "Easily recommended to collectors of straight-ahead jazz."
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Dave Brubeck
Time Out

  (Item #: brubetimeo_1705) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An excellent pressing of this jazz classic and the first to hit the site in over a year; these are getting harder and harder to find
  • Both sides here rated a strong Double Plus (A++) -- big and open with great bass and plenty of space
  • About as quiet an original Six Eye Stereo pressing as we can find - Mint Minus Minus on both sides
  • 5 stars on Allmusic, an audiophile favorite and a great example of what's good about 1959 All Tube Analog
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Frank Sinatra
Come Dance With Me

  (Item #: sinatcomed_1705) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A killer pressing of this classic from Frank Sinatra, Double Plus A++ on both sides
  • The sound is superb throughout -- clean, clear, open and lively with lovely full-bodied vocals
  • Both sides here play Mint Minus Minus which is typically as quiet as they come
  • "An intoxicating rush of invigorating dance songs" -- 5 stars, Allmusic
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Andre Previn & His Pals
West Side Story

  (Item #: previwests_1608s) 

Our Price: $99.99
Sale Price: $79.00 (You save $20.99 / 21%)


  • With grades of A+ to A++ this real Contemporary pressing has excellent sound
  • Clean and clear, with no smear on the piano and surprisingly big bass, this is a very good way to hear this wonderful music
  • This is yet another Demo Disc for Contemporary, the brilliant work of the engineer Roy Dunann
  • One of Andre Previn's better jazz performances - his pals Manne and Mitchell are no slouches either
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Tchaikovsky / 1812 Overture / Marche Slave and More / Alwyn

  (Item #: tchai1812o_decca_1704) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on side one this 1812 a real Demonstration Quality Disc
  • Both sides are BIG, lively, clear, open and resolving of musical information like no copy you've heard
  • Both Marche Slave and the Capriccio Italien have rich, powerful, weighty brass and lower strings
  • The most exciting and beautifully played 1812 we know of - we encourage you to compare this to the best recording you've got
More of the music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)


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Hampton Hawes
Vol 2: The Trio

  (Item #: hawesvol2t_1704) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) pressing from '55/'56 mono tapes is EVERYTHING that's good about mono
  • The size, the weight, the solidity, the clarity, the energy, the rhythmic drive - it's all here and more
  • This is some of the best sound and the best music we have ever heard on any Hampton Hawes album - a true Must Own
  • 4 1/2 Stars [but we give it 5]: "... this Hampton Hawes date would certainly make good company for any other top jazz piano trio records in your collection."
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Billie Holiday
Music For Torching

  (Item #: holidmusic_1611x) 

Our Price: $99.99
Sale Price: $79.00 (You save $20.99 / 21%)


  • These Hot Stamper sides are both musical and Tubey Magical, with especially breathy vocals
  • A superb recording of jazz standards with a wonderful lineup and Billie in top form
  • Great versions (and lovely sound) for It Had to Be You, Come Rain or Come Shine, A Fine Romance and more
  • "The overall feeling on this 1955 recording is strictly after-hours: the party is long over but a few close friends remain for nightcaps and, is that the sun peeking through the windows?"
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Rimsky-Korsakov
The Tale of Tsar Saltan

  (Item #: rimsktaleo_6012_1703_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This AMAZING side two with the May Night and Russian Eastern Festival overtures was good enough to earn our Three Plus (A+++) grade
  • We loved what we heard on this side two - the Tubey Magical quality of the strings is a big plus
  • It's rich and real, with huge WHOMP factor down low, as well as clear, uncolored brass and robust lower strings
  • And the good news is that the Tale of the Tsar Saltan had superb sound as well - it earned a Double Plus grade (A++)
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Ted Heath
Swings In High Stereo

  (Item #: heathswing_1703) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Triple Plus (A+++) DEMO DISC SOUND on side one, the best sound we heard for this album in our shootout all day
  • Kingsway Hall, Wilkinson and the Decca Tree add up to Audiophile Quality Big Band sound, on this copy anyway
  • Heath and his group play with all the energy and verve essential to this joyful Big Band music - he really does swing in high stereo
  • We consider Ted Heath's early London recordings to be some of the best big band ever recorded
More Big Band Jazz


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Harry Belafonte
Sings The Blues

  (Item #: belafsings_1703) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • Sings the Blues is surely one of the most amazing Male Vocal Albums we've ever played
  • This vintage Living Stereo copy boasts excellent Hot Stamper sound on both sides
  • Here you can find the authentic 1958 Tubey Magical sound that no reissue will ever have
  • A criminally underrated album - the performances and the sound are first rate throughout
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June Christy
This Is June Christy

  (Item #: christhisi_1703) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • You'll find superb Triple Plus (A+++) Tubey Magical sound from 1958 on side two of this early Capitol pressing
  • Double Plus (A++) on side one, this copy has sonics equal to the best that has ever made it to the site
  • June Christy is one of our favorite Cool School vocalists - we just wish we could find more clean copies of her albums
  • All the top West Coast jazz guys are here: Shorty Rogers, Shelly Manne, Bud Shank, Bob Cooper, and swinging arrangements by Pete Rugolo
See all of our June Christy albums in stock


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June Christy
Something Cool

  (Item #: chrissomet_1702) 

Our Price: $139.99

  • Miss Christy's Must Own Masterpiece returns to the site, this time with superb Double Plus (A++) Mono Hot Stamper sound
  • Need a refresher course in Tubey Magic after playing too many remastered records? This 1955 original Capitol turquoise pressing is overflowing with it
  • One of our favorite Cool School vocalists - we just wish we could find more clean copies of her albums
  • Allmusic 5 Stars: "Christy established herself as an artist who strove for the very best in song selection, arrangements, and notably intelligent interpretation. There were perhaps other vocalists with greater vocal equipment, but few could match June Christy's artistic integrity."
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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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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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Coleman Hawkins
Hawk Eyes!

  (Item #: hawkihawke_1702_2) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish and fairly quiet vinyl too
  • A wonderful ballad session from 1959 that has to be seen as yet another triumph for Rudy Van Gelder
  • Miles Davis once said: "When I heard Hawk, I learned to play ballads." He clearly learned that lesson well
  • "With such superior songs as "Through for the Night," "I Never Knew" and "La Rosita," in addition to long jams, plenty of fireworks occur during this frequently exciting session."
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Miles Davis
Kind of Blue

  (Item #: daviskindo_1702) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A KILLER copy with excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • The sound is super rich, smooth, musical and full of the vintage 30th Street Studio Magic we've come to love here at Better Records
  • "Kind of Blue isn't merely an artistic highlight for Miles Davis, it's an album that towers above its peers, a record generally considered as the definitive jazz album, a universally acknowledged standard of excellence."
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Coleman Hawkins
Hawk Eyes!

  (Item #: hawkihawke_1702_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This killer pressing earned Triple Plus (A+++) grades or something close to them (A++ to A+++) on both sides
  • A wonderful Saxophone Ballad session from 1959 that has to be seen as yet another triumph for Rudy Van Gelder
  • Miles Davis once said: "When I heard Hawk, I learned to play ballads." He clearly learned that lesson well
  • "With such superior songs as "Through for the Night," "I Never Knew" and "La Rosita," in addition to long jams, plenty of fireworks occur during this frequently exciting session."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Sings The Gershwin Song Book Vol. 1

  (Item #: fitzggersh_1701) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • This superb original Strobe Label stereo copy offers HUGE Double Plus (A++) or better sound from start to finish
  • Ella sounds especially rich, Tubey Magical and breathy -- this is a real Demo Disc
  • It's very difficult to get the vocals AND the brass right on the same copy, but this pressing proves it can be done
  • Nelson Riddle's arrangements are especially interesting and artful throughout - we love the guy!
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Sonny Rollins
Alternate Takes

  (Item #: rollialter_1701) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) or better sound on both sides on very quiet vinyl - this copy plays a true Mint Minus
  • One of our favorite Sonny Rollins records for sound, and this side two nearly earned a Triple Plus grade
  • Great alternate takes from the Way Out West and Contemporary Leaders sessions
  • 4 1/2 stars in the AMG: "Hard-swinging and frequently superb."
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Miles Davis
Workin' and Steamin'

  (Item #: davisworki_1701) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A wonderful copy with a stunning Triple Plus (A+++) side two and Double Plus (A++) sound for the rest
  • The best sounding tracks here can hold their own against ANY Miles Davis record we've ever heard
  • You might be surprised that a "2-fer" reissue can beat the originals, but play this pressing and hear it for yourself
  • Two classic albums from Miles's 1956 quintet that included John Coltrane -- important, essential jazz
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Miles Davis
Kind of Blue

  (Item #: daviskindo_1701) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A wonderfully musical Hot Stamper copy, with both sides earning excellent sonic grades
  • This beauty is tonally correct and just full of vintage 30th Street Studio Magic
  • This properly mastered '70's reissue is your chance to hear KOB sound right for a change
  • "Kind of Blue isn't merely an artistic highlight for Miles Davis, it's an album that towers above its peers, a record generally considered as the definitive jazz album, a universally acknowledged standard of excellence."
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Art Pepper + Eleven
Modern Jazz Classics

  (Item #: peppemoder_1701) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An incredibly Big, Bold and Lively copy, with each side rating a strong Double Plus (A++)
  • The sound is rich, warm and full-bodied, with great clarity and openness -- the brass sounds phenomenal
  • The Tubey Magic of the better Black Label originals with none of the problems that make the average original less involving
  • A longtime audiophile favorite - 5 stars on Allmusic: "This is a true classic. Essential music for all serious jazz collections."
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Sonny Rollins
Way Out West

  (Item #: rolliwayou_1701) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Superb 1957 Contemporary sound on this impressive stereo pressing - very quiet vinyl too, a true Mint Minus
  • Both sides are outstanding, earning Double Plus (A++) grades for their Tubey Magical richness, transparency and spaciousness
  • One of our favorite Rollins records for sound - this copy will show you everything we love about the recording
  • 5 Stars: "The timeless Way out West established Sonny Rollins as jazz's top tenor saxophonist"
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Grieg / Peer Gynt / Gruner-Hegge / Oslo Phil.

  (Item #: griegpeerg_1701) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning Big and Bold Orchestral sound on side two - gloriously huge and exciting
  • Side one is nearly as good (A++ to A+++) and as big, clear and lively as any performance you have ever heard
  • The Living Stereo Tubey Magical sound from 1958 is hard to fault here - they don't make 'em like this anymore!
  • Our favorite performance -- Gruner-Hegge and the Oslo Phil. truly understand this music at the deepest level possible
See more of the music of Edvard Grieg


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Dick Schory
Music for Bang, Baa-room and Harp

  (Item #: schorbangb_1701) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A Triple Plus (A+++) side two - so open, extended and 3-D we have never heard this side of the famous TAS List Disc sound better
  • Buck Dance sounds out of this world, a real Demo Track on a copy like this - it's in correct polarity here too
  • Side one was solid, dynamic and punchy, earning a Double Plus (A++) grade for its overall balance
  • One of the best copies to ever hit the site and an audio extravaganza the likes of which you may have never heard
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Various Composers / Witches' Brew / Gibson

  (Item #: variowitch_1701) 

Our Price: $749.99

  • Double Plus (A++) sound and quiet surfaces for one of the rarest and most sought after "audiophile" records in the world
  • Can you believe that even the Classic Records pressing of this title is selling for hundreds of dollars these days?
  • With Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus surfaces this is probably the quietest copy we have ever played
  • Wonderful performances and sound for Danse Macabre, A Night On Bare Mountain and Liszt's Mephisto Waltz
More of the music of Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)

More of the music of Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)



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Chet Baker & Art Pepper
Playboys

  (Item #: bakerplayb_1701) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Killer Triple Plus (A+++) quality on side two, with plenty of amazing sounding, swingin' West Coast Jazz from 1956
  • These 1983 reissues on Boplicity can be dynamic and lively, perfectly suited to the energy of the music
  • This All Tube mono recording has these cats' Hot/Cool jazz sounding the way it should
  • Allmusic: "Baker and Pepper have an instinctual rapport that yields outstanding interplay."
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Billie Holiday
Music For Torching

  (Item #: holidmusic_1701_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) on side two, mated to a solid Double Plus side one, making this a killer copy of one of Billie's best
  • A superb recording of jazz standards with a great lineup and Billie in top form - Tubey Magical sound, with especially breathy vocals
  • Great versions (and lovely sound) for It Had to Be You, Come Rain or Come Shine, A Fine Romance and more
  • "The overall feeling on this 1955 recording is strictly after-hours: the party is long over but a few close friends remain for nightcaps and, is that the sun peeking through the windows?"
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Billie Holiday
Lady In Satin

  (Item #: holidladyi_1612) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $169.00 (You save $30.99 / 15%)


  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides, with reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • Dramatically richer, fuller and more Tubey Magical than most other copies, with breathy vocals and rosiny, fairly smooth strings
  • I'm a Fool to Want You on this very copy may just send chills racing up and down your spine
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "Lady Day herself said that this session was her personal favorite."
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June Christy
This Is June Christy

  (Item #: christhisi_1612) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • You'll find superb Double Plus (A++) Tubey Magical sound from 1958 on both sides of this Turquoise Capitol pressing
  • This copy has sonics competitive with some of the best that have ever made it to the site, and the vinyl is QUIET (for this album anyway)
  • June Christy is one of our favorite Cool School vocalists - we just wish we could find more clean copies of her classic '50s albums
  • All the top West Coast jazz guys are here: Shorty Rogers, Shelly Manne, Bud Shank, Bob Cooper, and swinging arrangements by Pete Rugolo
See all of our June Christy albums in stock


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Barney Kessel
Barney Kessel Plays Carmen

  (Item #: kessebarne_1605s) 

Our Price: $99.99
Sale Price: $79.00 (You save $20.99 / 21%)


  • Super Hot on side one - listen to all that room around the drums
  • Nearly Super Hot on side two with prodigious amounts of deep bass
  • Not the quietest copy - these original Contemporary pressings rarely are
  • Kessel and his good-sized group have a lot of fun with the wonderful themes of Bizet
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Various Composers
Ballet Favorites - Ansermet

  (Item #: varioballe_1066_1608) 

Our Price: $99.99
Sale Price: $79.00 (You save $20.99 / 21%)


  • A wonderful A++ copy of VICS 1066 - yes, the very one with material from the Royal Gala Ballet Box Set
  • This copy has the Living Stereo Magic in spades but the vinyl is an issue...
  • The full range of colors are presented with remarkable clarity, dynamic contrast, spaciousness, sweetness, and timbral accuracy
  • Demonstration Quality Sound, if what you are demonstrating is not mere Hi-Fi, but the relaxed beauty and charm of analog
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