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White Hot Stamper

The Band
Music From Big Pink

  (Item #: band_music_1706) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Shockingly good sound for The Band's auspicious debut - Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it on both sides
  • Forget all those lifeless, ambience-free, vague sounding Heavy Vinyl pressings - THIS is the sound of the album
  • It's big, punchy and dynamic, and resolves all the intricacies of the recording that make it so interesting to us audiophiles
  • 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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Super Hot Stamper

Jimmy Dean
Everybody's Favorite

  (Item #: dean_every_1610x) 

Our Price: $49.99

  • Double Plus (A++) Hot Stamper sound or close to it on both sides
  • This is the kind of Tubey Magical richness records routinely offered in 1963
  • Don Law produced this one down in Nashville so it's the real deal all right
  • If you liked our killer Marty Robbins' records you most likely will get a big kick out of this one too


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Super Hot Stamper

Gabor Szabo with Gary McFarland
Gypsy ’66

  (Item #: szabogypsy_1610x) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) Hot Stamper sound on both sides this copy is killer from first note to last
  • Both sides are relaxed and natural, with strong bass and an extended top end
  • The credit must go to one of, if not THE Greatest Jazz Engineers of all time, Mr. Rudy Van Gelder
  • "Szabo's original sound, the unusual instrumentation (two or three guitars, Sadao Watanabe on flute, Gary McFarland on marimba, bass, drums and percussion) and McFarland's clever arrangements uplift the music."
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The Beatles
A Hard Day’s Night

  (Item #: beatlahard_1610x) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • Two excellent sides on reasonably quiet vinyl for this early Beatles classic
  • The sound is lively and fun with excellent clarity and punchy bass
  • Wonderful Analog Beatles sound at an especially attractive price
  • 100% Lennon-McCartney originals: "the pinnacle of their early years." AMG
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Super Hot Stamper

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

  (Item #: sinatfranc_1706) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • One of the better copies of this top quality recording to hit the site, with superb Double Plus (A++) sound or better on both sides
  • This original pressing has outstanding size and weight with rich, clear brass and good space up top - thanks Lee Herschberg!
  • Sinatra is both natural and present - he actually sounds like he is standing on the same stage as Ellington's band
  • "Recorded on Sinatra's birthday in 1967, this collaboration between America's most popular singing icon and pre-eminent jazz composer still endures as one of Sinatra's most enjoyable Reprise-era albums." - Amazon
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The Beatles
White Album

  (Item #: beatlwhite_1706) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • This British pressing earned consistently high Double Plus (A++) grades on all four sides
  • 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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The Beatles
Rubber Soul

  (Item #: beatlrubbe_1706) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A very good sounding copy, with both sides earning excellent Hot Stamper grades
  • For those of you looking for quieter vinyl, here it is - this copy plays a true Mint Minus all the way through
  • If you wasted your money on the 180g pressing this is the copy you need to hear in order to know how the album should sound
  • A Top 100 Title, Five Big Stars on Allmusic, and a Classic of Folk Rock that belongs in any right-thinking audiophile's collection
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The Beatles
Abbey Road

  (Item #: beatlabbey_1706) 

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 Beatles
Revolver

  (Item #: beatlrevol_1706) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent Hot Stamper sound on both sides - full and musical with energy and tight bass, with quiet vinyl as well
  • Guaranteed to beat the original, the Heavy Vinyl (mono or stereo), the Half-Speed - you name it, this copy will beat it
  • A Better Records Top 100 title, one that many consider the Greatest Rock Album of Them All
  • 5 stars in the AMG: "Revolver stands as the ultimate modern pop album."
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White Hot Stamper

Shorty Rogers Big Band
Jazz Waltz

  (Item #: rogerjazzw_1606x) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Triple Triple -- both sides earned our top A+++ grade with crazy good West Coast Jazz sound
  • The overall sound is sweet, airy and huge - the brass just jumps out of the soundfield
  • Engineered by the great Bones Howe, who got the most out of these swingin' Big Band waltzes
  • This Discovery reissue from 1981 positively murders every original we've ever played and proves that to know what a record sounds like you really have to play it
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The Beatles
Please Please Me

  (Item #: beatlpleas_1706) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • This British stereo pressing offers excellent Hot Stamper sound for both sides of the boy's debut
  • Here's proof that any Hot Stamper will soundly (ahem) beat the Heavy Vinyl pressing, and anything else you care to throw at it
  • 5 Stars at Allmusic and a Top 100 album, as well as our clear favorite of the band's first five releases
  • Glorious live-in-the-studio sound to rival The Beatles' best recordings - the immediacy and energy are really something to hear
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The Beatles
A Hard Day’s Night

  (Item #: beatlahard_1706) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • Here's a stunning pressing, bursting with Fab Four energy and enthusiam
  • A Triple Plus (A+++) side two backed with an excellent Double Plus (A++) side one - big, spacious and absolutely jumping out of the speakers
  • This one gets the heart of the music right - the vocals - and that's what makes The Beatles FUN to listen to
  • 100% Lennon-McCartney originals: "Decades after its original release, its punchy blend of propulsive rhythms, jangly guitars, and infectious, singalong melodies is remarkably fresh." AMG 5 Stars
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Super Hot Stamper

Lou Rawls
Live!

  (Item #: rawlslive_1607x) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This SUPERB live recording boasts two killer sides, rating at or near Double Plus (A++)
  • A new member of our Top 100 list; an outstanding live recording that really shines on a copy that sounds like this
  • Both sides are clean, clear and lively with plenty of rich, solid bass - Stormy Monday & Tobacco Road are highlights of the set
  • AMG 4 stars "Lou Rawls gives a riveting performance on Live!, covering standards from Basie/Rushing's tambourine-jumpin' "Goin' to Chicago" to T-Bone Walker's foot-stompin' "Stormy Monday," and whole lot in between."
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Peggy Lee
Guitars Ala Lee

  (Item #: lee_guita_1611x) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Only our second Peggy Lee Hot Stamper to hit the site, and this one is killer too
  • With Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides this copy is superb from start to finish
  • Capitol's Tubey Magic in 1966 here is rich and relaxed, unlike many of the vocal albums we've played from the '60s
  • A ridiculously tough record to find in stereo, in audiophile playing condition anyway
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Chet Atkins
Class Guitar

  (Item #: atkinclass_1706) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Stunning sound from start to finish for Chet's acoustic guitar album - Triple Plus (A+++) on both sides
  • The reproduction is exceptionally natural - big and full with a nicely extended top end to capture all the harmonic information
  • Living Stereo spaciousness, clarity, tonal accuracy and freedom from artificiality - it doesn't get any better than this
  • Mint Minus Minus, which is about as silent as these early RCAs get with such mellow, quiet, contemplative music
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Super Hot Stamper

Liszt / Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Kondrashin / Richter

  (Item #: lisztpiano_1609x) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) on both sides, with the kind of orchestral sound that completely immerses you in the music
  • Richter and Kondrashin deliver the finest Liszt 1st & 2nd Piano Concertos I know of, musically, sonically, and in every other way
  • The recording itself is explosively dynamic - the brass is full, rich and powerful like you will not believe
  • As much like LIVE MUSIC as any classical recording you are likely to own or have heard - it's that good
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Simon & Garfunkel
Wednesday Morning 3 A.M.

  (Item #: simonwedne_1705) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Excellent sound from the first note to the last; both sides here rated a solid Double Plus (A++)
  • The overall sound is clean, clear, open and spacious with a big bottom end and lovely breathy vocals
  • You won't find this kind of transparency or clarity on the typical pressing
  • Their one true Folk Duo album, featuring the original version of The Sound Of Silence
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Super Hot Stamper

Donovan
In Concert

  (Item #: donovincon_1705_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Both sides here earned strong Double Plus (A++) grades and played pretty darn quiet for this title
  • 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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White Hot Stamper

Dave Brubeck Trio Featuring Gerry Mulligan
Compadres

  (Item #: brubecompa_1705_) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side one and a better than Double Plus (A++ to A+++) side two, this copy is practically as good as it gets
  • Shockingly well recorded considering it's live from Mexico, but the Columbia engineers were clearly up to the challenge
  • The notes on the best copies read "big, open and real" - exactly the sound that makes this record so special
  • Allmusic 4 1/2 Stars: This fine LP was the debut of Brubeck's new Quartet, a group featuring baritonist Gerry Mulligan, bassist Jack Six and drummer Alan Dawson. Recorded live in Mexico ... this enjoyable set showed that for Brubeck there was life after Paul Desmond."
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White Hot Stamper

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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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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Super Hot Stamper

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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Super Hot Stamper

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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White Hot Stamper

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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Illinois Jacquet
Bottoms Up

  (Item #: jacqubotto_1607x) 

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


  • 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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Super Hot Stamper

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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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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White Hot Stamper

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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Hot Stamper

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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White Hot Stamper

Freddie Hubbard
The Body & The Soul

  (Item #: hubbabodya_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
  • Big, open, clear, with space and three-dimensionality that modern pressings can only dream of, this copy was hard to fault
  • With so many instruments to deal with the mastering and pressing have to be stellar, and here they are
  • Allmusic 4 Stars: "Utilizing a septet, 16-piece big band, and orchestra plus strings to play concise, tight tunes, Shorter provides the backdrop to employ Hubbard's bold toned trumpet and all of its devices in a full display of his powerful melodic talents."
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Super Hot Stamper

Nat King Cole
My Fair Lady

  (Item #: cole_myfai_1705_) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This copy has nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides, the best to ever hit the site
  • Talk about Tubey Magical, rich, warm, sweet, smooth sounding vocals, this early Capitol pressing from 1963 had got 'em
  • A few condition issues can be heard on side one so those looking for especially quiet pressings should probably pass on this one
  • "Cole enthusiastically performs 11 songs from My Fair Lady, and not only sings the tunes, but in a few cases has spoken monologues in which he acts out the parts of Henry Higgins and Alfred Doolittle."
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Bloomfield-Kooper-Stills
Super Session

  (Item #: bloomsuper_1611x) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A killer copy, the first to hit the site in years - turn this one up good and loud and get ready to ROCK
  • Side one earned a Double Plus (A++) while side two impressed enough to earn our top Triple Plus (A+++) grade
  • Both sides are incredibly rich and full with great energy and huge amounts of studio space - qualities that bring out the best in this music
  • Season of the Witch on a Triple Plus side two? You won't believe how BIG and BOLD the sound gets on this copy
  • "This is one of those albums that seems to get better with age... This is a super session indeed. "
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June Christy
The Intimate Miss Christy

  (Item #: chrisintim_1705_) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning sides, this original MONO copy simply could not be beat
  • If you want to hear a living, breathing June Christy in an intimate setting, this mono is the only way to go
  • The vinyl has some issues, so those looking for copies in quiet playing condition may want to look elsewhere
  • "The Intimate Miss Christy is a special treat for her fans as it finds the cool blonde singer backed only by Al Viola's guitar and Don Bagley's bass (though a flutist sits in on a few tracks)."
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John Mayall with Eric Clapton
Blues Breakers

  (Item #: mayalblues_1705) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This British Decca copy of what is surely John Mayall's best album offers Hot Stamper sound on both sides
  • Clean, clear, big and lively with great bass and most of the energy that's missing from the average copy
  • The import vinyl on this pressing is about as quiet as we ever expect to find for this album
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "Bluesbreakers was Eric Clapton's first fully realized album as a blues guitarist -- more than that, it was a seminal blues album of the 1960s, perhaps the best British blues album ever cut, and the best LP ever recorded by John Mayall's Bluesbreakers."
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Super Hot Stamper

Renaissance
Renaissance

  (Item #: renairenai_1705) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A killer copy and the first to hit the sit in three years - Double Plus (A++) or better on both sides
  • The overall sound here rich, smooth and Tubey Magical with huge amounts of energy and presence
  • This is an outstanding recording. And why shouldn't it be? It's engineered by Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin II and many more)
  • "The original group's debut album was a then-groundbreaking meld of progressive rock with classical and jazz influences..." - All Music
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The Lovin' Spoonful
John Sebastian Songbook, Vol. 1

  (Item #: lovinjohns_1705) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With Triple Plus (A+++) grades on both sides, the sound quality of the tracks on this compilation MURDER the competition
  • Both sides are super rich, full-bodied and natural with tons of energy and bottom end weight - no sign of radio EQ to be found
  • Features most of the band's best songs, including Do You Believe In Magic, You Didn't Have To Be So Nice, Six O'clock and Nashville Cats (a personal fave)
  • The Allmusic critic is not too crazy about this album, but the User Rating is 4 1/2 stars, which we think is about right
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Super Hot Stamper

Kenny Burrell
Midnight Blue

  (Item #: burremidni_1705_1) 

Our Price: $279.99

  • An excellent copy with Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last
  • One of our all-time favorite Blue Note albums for both music and sound -- is there a better bluesy Jazz Guitar album?
  • Both sides are big, full and solid with a punchy bottom end and plenty of energy
  • Five stars on Allmusic and the recording is every bit as good as the music -- don't miss this one
  • Jazz Improv Magazine puts the album among its Top Five recommended recordings for Burrell, indicating that "[i]f you need to know 'the Blue Note sound', here it is."
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Bloomfield-Kooper-Stills
Super Session

  (Item #: bloomsuper_1705) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This Must Own Al Kooper classic has two strong Double Plus (A++) sides on relatively quiet vinyl
  • For fans of BS&T's first album (and everybody else) Super Session is a Must Own
  • 4 1/2 Stars in Allmusic and a True Rock Classic - Season of the Witch is crazy good here
  • "This is one of those albums that seems to get better with age... This is a super session indeed. "
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The Rolling Stones
Beggars Banquet

  (Item #: rollibegga_1611s) 

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


  • A truly stunning copy of Beggars - Triple Plus (A+++) on side one, Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) on side two
  • The sound is rich and lively throughout - the vocals are dramatically less gritty here than they are on most
  • One of a select group of Rolling Stones records we prize above all others - Sticky Fingers and Let It Bleed round out the trio
  • 5 stars in the AMG -- with songs like Sympathy For The Devil, Street Fighting Man, Stray Cat Blues, No Expectations - really, is there a bad track on the album? We sure can't find one
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The Beatles
Beatles For Sale

  (Item #: beatlforsa_1608x) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • This British Parlophone copy is guaranteed to give you an entirely new appreciation for the band's fourth album
  • Rich and smooth, with plenty of Tubey Magic, this is the way the better copies of For Sale sound
  • An underrated album that sounds much better than most audiophiles think it does - better music too
  • Allmusic gives it Five Big Stars, and we agree completely
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Frank Zappa
Hot Rats

  (Item #: zappahotra_1705_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with each side rating a Double Plus (A++) or better!
  • Both sides here are excellent -- big, rich and full with a massive bottom end and lots of energy
  • A tough record to find good sound for - many originals are just plain awful and they don't come cheap
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "Fuses the compositional sophistication of jazz with rock's down-and-dirty attitude."
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Cream
Goodbye

  (Item #: creamgoodb_1610x) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Both sides of this British pressing offer excellent Hot Stamper sound and quiet surfaces
  • Turn it up and this one can really rock - it's like a Cream concert in your listening room
  • The full-bodied and smooth British pressings let you crank the levels and reproduce the album good and loud the way it was meant to be heard
  • "The live music on the whole is better than that on Wheels of Fire, capturing the trio at an empathetic peak as a band." -- Allmusic
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Ray Charles
Have a Smile With Me

  (Item #: charlhavea_1705) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning sides, this original stereo copy simply could not be beat
  • The richness in the vocals and the overall Tubey Magical 1964 sound are what put this pressing over the top in our shootout
  • We have a devil of a time finding Ray Charles records that are good sounding and clean enough to offer you - this is a rare one
  • "...he elevates the material with soulful vocals and good arrangements, particularly when the Raeletts back him up (as they do on half the tracks)." Allmusic
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Oscar Peterson
The Trio

  (Item #: petertrio_1705) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A stunning copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish; you'll have a hard time finding better sound than this!
  • Both sides here are out of this world -- big, rich and Tubey Magical with a HUGE punchy bottom end
  • The trio is made up of Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen, here recorded live at the height of their respective powers
  • About as quiet as we can find them -- Mint Minus Minus throughout
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The Byrds
The Notorious Byrd Brothers

  (Item #: byrdsnotor_1701x) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A killer pressing, Triple Plus (A+++) on side one and Double Plus (A++) on side two
  • Both sides are incredibly big, rich and lively with a huge bottom end and plenty of tubey magic
  • A wonderful set of Country Folk Rock songs that are full of magic on a great pressing like this one
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "Showed the group continuing to expand the parameters of their eclecticism."
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Brewer & Shipley
Down In L.A.

  (Item #: brewedowni_1608s) 

Our Price: $119.99
Sale Price: $79.00 (You save $40.99 / 34%)


  • A wonderful copy with two excellent sides, Double Plus (A++) for the second, close behind for the first
  • Smooth sweet analog sound, with clarity and freedom from smear that make it the best of both worlds
  • Relatively quiet vinyl, especially for this album - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • A longtime Better Records favorite - this is Hippie Folk Rock at its BEST - a Desert Island disc in my world
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Helen Humes
Songs I Like To Sing!

  (Item #: humessongs_1608_1s) 

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


  • Great copy of a great album, with Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Rich, dynamic and spacious sound makes this copy especially wonderful - a triumph for engineer Howard Holzer
  • This is one of our favorite Big Band Vocal albums ever, one that belongs in any serious record collection
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "One of the high points of Helen Humes' career, this Contemporary set features superior songs, superb backup, and very suitable and swinging arrangements by Marty Paich."
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Cream
Wheels of Fire

  (Item #: creamwheel_1704) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent pressing with great Single to Double Plus (A+ to A++) sound throughout
  • All four sides are rich, full and lively with a nice bottom end and plenty of energy
  • For '60s power trio hard rock, you just can't do much better than the studio material on this very album
  • White Room, Sitting On Top Of The World, Politician, Born Under A Bad Sign -- this is the very essence of Classic Blues Rock
  • "Wheels of Fire is indeed filled with Cream's very best work..." AMG
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The Byrds
Sweetheart Of The Rodeo

  (Item #: byrdssweet_1612x) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent copy for this seminal Country Rock classic: Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • Both sides here are rich and full with great bass and plenty of energy
  • An exceptionally tough album to find in the bins these days, let alone with sound like this!
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "Few country-rock albums are as beautiful and emotionally affecting as this."
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Rimsky-Korsakov / Scheherazade / Ansermet / Suisse Romande

  (Item #: rimskscheh_6212_1704) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Shockingly good Double Plus (A++) on both sides of this vintage London pressing and quiet vinyl
  • This copy will go head to head with the Reiner pressing and it might just show you a thing or two
  • Considering how bad most copies of the Reiner sound, we'd be very surprised if this pressing didn't trounce it
  • An extraordinary Demo Disc - the brass has weight and power on both sides like you will not believe
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The Byrds
Younger Than Yesterday

  (Item #: byrdsyoung_1610s) 

Our Price: $179.99
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  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) on both sides for this early Byrds gem from 1967 - not many copies can compete with these sonics
  • It's very rich and tubey with exceptionally rich, tight bass - this is the sound that lets this folky pop music work
  • So You Want to Be a Rock 'N'Roll Star, My Back Pages and Have You Seen Her Face are all here, sounding wonderful
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "The most durable of the Byrds' albums."
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Gabor Szabo
More Sorcery

  (Item #: szabomores_1704) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Triple Plus (A+++) on side one, Double Plus (A++) on side two, this is clearly the best copy to ever hit the site
  • If you like the sound of Small Club Live Jazz, you can't do much better than More Sorcery
  • Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds runs almost ten minutes and gives everybody a chance to stretch out. People is also exceptionally good here
  • Allmusic 4 1/2 Stars: "A live album, Sorcery features this band at its best. This excellent LP is well worth searching for."
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The Beatles
Please Please Me

  (Item #: beatlpleas_1704) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Two excellent sides rating Double Plus (A++) - high quality sound and quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is dramatically richer, fuller, livelier and cleaner than virtually any copy you can find
  • 5 Stars at Allmusic and A Better Records Top 100 album, as well as our clear favorite of their first five releases
  • "The "evening with the band" feel makes Please Please Me a more coherent experience than other cover-heavy Beatles albums: Here other peoples' songs work not just as filler, but as markers for styles and effects the band admired and might return to as songwriters."
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Bob Dylan
Another Side of Bob Dylan

  (Item #: dylananoth_1704) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • An amazing Mono copy of this early Dylan classic -- Triple Plus (A+++) on side two, Double Plus (A++) on the first
  • Great songs including All I Really Want To Do, Chimes Of Freedom, My Back Pages and more
  • Both sides here are incredibly rich, sweet and Tubey Magical with tons of presence and energy
  • Vinyl is relatively quiet for a Dylan album, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
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Frank Zappa and The Mothers...
Absolutely Free

  (Item #: zappaabsol_1704_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A killer original pressing on both sides of one of Zappa's best, with Double Plus (A++) sound and fairly quiet vinyl
  • Rich and Tubey Magical yet cut so cleanly and clearly there's practically no distortion - this sound is rare in our experience
  • If you've suffered through the reissues or the dreadful CD you are going to flip out over the sound here
  • 4 1/2 Stars Allmusic: "By turns hilarious, inscrutable, and virtuosically complex... a fabulously inventive record..."
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Peggy Lee
Pass Me By

  (Item #: lee__passm_1704) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning sides, this original Capitol stereo pressing simply could not be beat
  • We discovered that this is one of the better Peggy Lee albums from the mid-'60s, 1965 to be exact
  • If you hear an echo of the type of music Nancy Sinatra would soon be topping the charts with, don't worry - we heard it too
  • "Peggy Lee's alluring tone, distinctive delivery, breadth of material, and ability to write many of her own songs made her one of the most captivating artists of the vocal era ... [finding] a balance between sultry swing and impeccable musicianship."
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Townes Van Zandt
Townes Van Zandt

  (Item #: vanzatowne_1704) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • This Triple Plus (A+++) pressing on Tomato from 1978 is a knockout from first note to last
  • Both sides are big, lively, clear and present - we really could find no fault in the sound
  • If you like your Singer Songwriter/Country Folk albums darker and more austere, this is the album for you
  • "As usual, his closely observed lyrics touched on desperate themes, notably in tbe mining ballad "Lungs," but they were still highly poetic, especially the album-closing "None But The Rain," which reflected on a failed relationship."
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Chet Atkins
The Most Popular Guitar

  (Item #: atkinmostp_1704_) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Superb Shootout Winning sound on both sides of this original pressing, earning Triple Plus (A+++) grades and playing fairly quietly
  • Bill Porter working in his custom Nashville studio sure knows how to not make an amazing Living Stereo recording
  • If you're looking to demonstrate just how good 1961 All Tube Analog sound can be, this copy is just the record that can do it
  • The soundstage, depth and height of this spacious recording are as huge and three-dimensional as any you've heard
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The Who
Tommy

  (Item #: who__tommy_1611x) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Consistent, outstanding sound for Tommy, with all four sides earning Double Plus (A++) sonic grades
  • Here's the rich, spacious, Tubey Magical, lively sound that brings the story of this deaf, dumb and blind boy to life
  • A truly incredible recording that is an out of this world immersive experience on a great copy like this
  • Top 100 of course, and the early British Track vinyl is exceptionally quiet throughout
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Free
Tons of Sobs

  (Item #: free_tonso_1704) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • One of the best copies to ever hit the site with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from start to finish
  • Both sides here are absolutely KILLLER -- big, rich and full with excellent clarity, a massive bottom end and tons of energy
  • It's practically impossible to find these imports in anything but beat condition, which is why they so rarely hit the site
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...a blistering combination of youth, ambition, and, despite those tender years, experience that, across the course of their debut album, did indeed lay the groundwork for all that Zeppelin would embrace."
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Stravinsky / The Firebird / Dorati

  (Item #: stravfireb_90226_1704) 

Our Price: $219.99

  • Double Plus (A++) Front Row Center sound or close to it on both sides for one of the all time great recordings of The Firebird
  • One listen to either side of this pressing 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 IN 1960 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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Chet Atkins
In Hollywood

  (Item #: atkininhol_1704) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • "Triple Triple" for the reworked version of Chet Atkins' Classic - both sides earned our top grade (A+++)
  • Note that Chet re-recorded his guitar parts on this pressing - even stranger, the sound might just be better than the earlier release from 1959
  • Rich, smooth, sweet, full of ambience, dead-on correct tonality -- everything that we listen for in a great record is here
  • Including copious amounts of 1961 Living Stereo Tubey Magic - this pressing is just overflowing with it
  • "If the cover of At Home evokes the 1950s, the music on In Hollywood IS the 1950s: a warm, cozy, sophisticated album of mood music in the best sense."
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Frank Zappa and The Mothers...
Absolutely Free

  (Item #: zappaabsol_1704) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A Top Copy -- Triple Plus (A+++) on the second side, Double Plus on the first
  • You will not believe how rich and Tubey Magical this copy is, and yet so CLEAR and undistorted
  • If you've suffered through reissues or the dreadful CD you are going to flip out over the sound here
  • 4 1/2 Stars Allmusic: "By turns hilarious, inscrutable, and virtuosically complex... a fabulously inventive record..."
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Simon & Garfunkel
Wednesday Morning 3 A.M.

  (Item #: simonwedne_1704) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Only the second Top Copy to hit the site in over three years -- and it has incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides!
  • The overall sound is super big and full yet still nice and open with deep punchy bass, lovely breathy vocals and lots of space
  • You won't find this kind of transparency or clarity on the typical pressing
  • Their one true Folk Duo album, featuring the original version of The Sound Of Silence
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Cream
Goodbye

  (Item #: creamgoodb_1704) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • A stunning Triple Triple (A+++) copy giving you incredible sound for both the studio and live cuts
  • Badge - the best song on the album - is guaranteed to blow your mind with its monstrously large, room-filling sound
  • The weight and energy on both sides knocked us out -- turn this one up to hear Cream playing live in your very own listening room
  • "The live music on the whole is better than that on Wheels of Fire, capturing the trio at an empathetic peak as a band." -- Allmusic
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The Beatles
Revolver

  (Item #: beatlrevol_1704) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • A stunning copy: Triple Plus (A+++) sound from beginning to end, it doesn't get any better than this folks!
  • This pressing will show you the energy, clarity and bottom end weight you had no idea was even possible on Revolver
  • Here There and Everywhere and Tomorrow Never Knows are among the many Demo Quality songs here
  • "Even after Sgt. Pepper, Revolver stands as the ultimate modern pop album and it's still as emulated as it was upon its original release."
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Walter Carlos
Switched-On Bach

  (Item #: bach_switc_1610s) 

Our Price: $79.99
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  • Two strong sides - Double Plus (A++) or close to it - bring this classic album to life
  • It's shockingly "real", with prodigious amounts of '60s Tubey Magic
  • A copy like this can really show you the texture and character of the Moog synthesizer
  • It's "...characterized by -- for the time -- amazing sensitivity and finely wrought nuances, in timbre, tone, and expressiveness."
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Bob Dylan
Nashville Skyline

  (Item #: dylannashv_1704) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An excellent copy of this Dylan classic with each side rating a Double Plus (A++) or close to it
  • Incredibly clean, clear and open with plenty of space around the instruments and big punchy bass
  • Mint Minus Minus on both sides which is about standard for these 360 label copies
  • A 5 star album on Allmusic:"A warm, friendly album... Established country-rock as a vital force in pop music"
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Traffic
Mr. Fantasy

  (Item #: traffmrfan_1704) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • The first copy to hit the site in quite a while; excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Both A++ sides are incredibly big, full and lively with lovely smooth and present vocals
  • Relatively quiet vinyl throughout, Mint Minus to Minus Minus
  • 4 stars on Allmusic: "Mason's more pop-oriented contributions remain winning, as do more light-hearted efforts"
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Simon & Garfunkel
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme

  (Item #: simonparsl_1704) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • A stunning Triple Triple (A+++) copy - we don't think you can find a better one - we sure can't
  • Both Shootout Winning sides are amazingly spacious and transparent with tons of rich, warm Tubey Magic
  • This 360 Label copy was clear winner on both sides in a huge shootout -- nothing could touch it
  • A True Demo Disc and longtime Better Records Top 100 album
  • "An achievement akin to the Beatles' Revolver or the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds."
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Ravel & Dukas / Bolero & The Sorcerer’s Apprentice / Ansermet

  (Item #: ravelboler_6367_1610s) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • Both sides earned seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades, making this one of the best copies to hit the site in quite a while
  • Full, rich, spacious, BIG and present, with energetic performances the likes of which you may have never heard
  • Side one has outstanding depth - the snare drum sounds like it's located at least fifty feet behind the speakers
  • One of the best Ansermet / Suisse Romande recordings from Victoria Hall - top performances too
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The Byrds
Turn! Turn! Turn!

  (Item #: byrdsturnt_1703) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • 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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Spirit
Spirit

  (Item #: spirispiri_1703_1) 

Our Price: $219.99

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

  (Item #: manciourma_1608s) 

Our Price: $99.99
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  • The first copy to hit the site in a year and it's a good one, with Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Consistently good sound for some of Mancini's most famous compositions - Days of Wine and Roses is lovely here
  • Both sides are huge and lively with a wide stage and lovely Tubey Magical richness
  • Our thanks go to the hugely talented Al Schmitt for the top quality sound on this all tube 1963 recording
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Ella Fitzgerald
Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!

  (Item #: fitzgclaph_1703_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This original stereo pressing is superb from first note to last, A++ on both sides
  • Both sides are rich, smooth and dynamic with lovely, breathy vocals and excellent bass
  • About as quiet a copy as we've ever heard -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus on both sides
  • Our single favorite female vocal album here at Better Records, Ella's small group masterpiece
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Jimi Hendrix
Hendrix In The West

  (Item #: hendrinthe_1703) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Two strong Double Plus (A++) sides, very open and clear with great punch down low
  • A fun live album with excellent sound and great performances by Jimi
  • The awesome version of Little Wing is just killer with the killer sound of this copy
  • 4 stars in the AMG: "A great sampling of Hendrix's late-period live material (and his sense of humor)."
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The Beatles
Revolver

  (Item #: beatlrevol_1703_1) 

Our Price: $219.99

  • This vintage Parlophone LP impressed the hell out of us, earning seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades
  • The sound is lively, conveying the energy and enthusiasm of the Beatles with every mind-expanding song
  • Revolver is an album that belongs in any collection - why not own one whose 14 songs all sound positively amazing?
  • 5 stars in the AMG: "...its daring sonic adventures and consistently stunning songcraft set the standard for what pop/rock could achieve."
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Miles Davis
In Person - Friday Night

  (Item #: davisinper_1703) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Both sides of this original Six-Eye pressing earned strong Double Plus (A++) grades
  • Love the sound of vintage tube jazz recordings? This copy delivers like very few records will
  • Both sides here are clean, clear and open with plenty of presence and energy
  • Relatively quiet vinyl too -- good luck finding a copy that sounds like this and plays so well
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Beethoven / ’Kreutzer’ and Spring Sonatas / Szeryng

  (Item #: beethkreut_2377_1703) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this fairly quiet Golden Age RCA Recording
  • The Kreutzer is one of the truly great violin concertos, and here it is in its entirety with wonderful 1961 Living Stereo Sound
  • The sonic immediacy and clarity of the violin are excellent - this pressing has a sweeter top and it clearly easier on the ears for it
  • This pressing also gives you the wonderful Beethoven Spring Sonata, with Rubinstein at the piano
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The Byrds
Fifth Dimension

  (Item #: byrdsfifth_1703) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent copy with Double Plus (A++) grades from beginning to end - this is the right sound for this music
  • Both sides are clean, clear and open with great bass and Folk Rock energy to spare
  • Many of their classics are here: Eight Miles High, Hey Joe, 5D (Fifth Dimension), Wild Mountain Thyme, Mr. Spaceman and more
  • Allmusic gives it 4 1/2 stars and credits the original material as "some of the first and best psychedelic rock".
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The Byrds
Mr. Tambourine Man

  (Item #: byrdsmrtam_1703) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An exceptionally good sounding copy, earning Double Plus (A++) grades or close to it on both sides
  • Lively, balanced and vibrant, with a healthy dose of the Tubey Magical Richness these recordings need in order to work
  • Listen to how breathy Jim (later Roger) McGuinn's vocals are - his vocals are key to the better sounding Byrds records
  • Allmusic 5 Stars: "One of the greatest debuts in the history of rock ... nothing less than a significant step in the evolution of rock & roll itself, demonstrating that intelligent lyrical content could be wedded to compelling electric guitar riffs and a solid backbeat."
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Frank Sinatra
My Kind of Broadway

  (Item #: sinatmykin_1703) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • This killer copy has a Triple Plus (A+++) side two backed with a Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one
  • Superb Tubey Magical mid-'60s Sinatra sound, recorded in various sessions from 1961 to 1965
  • The sound is richer, fuller and, importantly, SMOOTHER than the typical pressings
  • Allmusic: "When Sinatra delivers, as he does on the show-stopper "Luck Be a Lady," the results are pretty spectacular..."
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Creedence Clearwater Revival
Willy and the Poor Boys

  (Item #: creedwilly_1703) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding copy with Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - open, present and balanced
  • The sound is unusually clean and clear with surprising punch down low and tons of energy
  • Surprisingly quiet vinyl for this album -- copies we find are very rarely as quiet as this
  • Five Stars on Allmusic, featuring Down On The Corner, Fortunate Son, Midnight Special and more
  • "Fortunate Son is one of the greatest, hardest rock & rollers ever cut, so it might seem to be out of step with an album that is pretty laid-back and friendly, but there's that elemental joy that by late '69 was one of CCR's main trademarks."
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Cream
Goodbye

  (Item #: creamgoodb_1703) 

Our Price: $219.99

  • Both sides of this British pressing rated an outstanding sonic grade of Double Plus (A++)
  • The low end speed and energy on this copy are crazy good-- it's like a Cream concert in your listening room
  • The overall sound is rich, full and lively with solid deep bass and good space
  • "The live music on the whole is better than that on Wheels of Fire, capturing the trio at an empathetic peak as a band." -- Allmusic
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Sergio Mendes
Equinox

  (Item #: mendeequin_1703) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • Hot Stamper or better sound on both sides for one of Sergio's best albums
  • Natural and balanced with plenty of energy and dynamics
  • AMG: "continues the scrumptiously winning sound that Sergio Mendes cooked up in the mid-'60s."
  • Watch What Happens, Night and Day, Wave - Mendes makes magic with these great songs
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Coleman Hawkins and Clark Terry
Back In Bean’s Bag

  (Item #: hawkibacki_1703) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • The best copy we have ever heard - Triple Plus (A+++) on side two and nearly as good on side one (A++ to A+++)
  • This is the kind of classic All Tube, Live in the Studio Columbia Sound from 1962 that makes a mockery of most jazz recordings
  • What a swingin' group - there is simply not a false step or false note to be found anywhere on either side of this wonderful recording
  • Hawkins teamed up with the personable trumpeter Clark Terry for this upbeat set of of solid swing. Terry in particular is in exuberant form on "Feedin' the Bean" and a delightful version of "Don't Worry About Me," but Hawkins's playing (particularly on the trumpeter's ballad "Michelle") is also in fine form."
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Beethoven / Symphony #6 (Pastoral) / Ansermet

  (Item #: beethsym6_6160_1703_2) 

Our Price: $249.99

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

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Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) Ellington Big Band sound from 1969-1972 can be heard on both sides here
  • The overall sound is clean, clear and open yet still pretty big and full with a solid bottom end
  • Pablo has here compiled some of Ellington's best later music and mastered and pressed it wonderfully as well
  • "Duke Ellington was the most important composer in the history of jazz as well as being a bandleader who held his large group together continuously for almost 50 years."
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Harry Nilsson
Aerial Ballet

  (Item #: nilssaeria_1703) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Killer Double Plus (A++) sound for side one, really big and clear
  • Side two earned a Single Plus for its sweet, rich tonality
  • We're big Nilsson fans here at Better Records - play this record and you may become one
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "Harry Nilsson decided to pick up where he left off with his debut, offering another round of effervescent, devilishly clever pop, equal parts lite psychedelia, pretty ballads, and music hall cabaret."
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Traffic
The Best of Traffic

  (Item #: traffbesto_1703) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Wow! This is the best copy to hit the site in over five years - Triple Plus on side one, Double Plus (A++) side two
  • This amazing compilation boasts superb sound, often better than the very same tracks on the original British releases
  • Relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus on both sides - Island didn't make them any quieter in 1969
  • Top 100 and 4 Stars on Allmusic: "As a selection of the best and most popular material from the group's first three albums, the result is hard to fault..."
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Jimi Hendrix
Axis: Bold As Love

  (Item #: hendraxisb_1703_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Great sound for this album is TOUGH to come by - here both sides are getting this music right
  • Big, rich and lively sound -- a sizable step up from most pressings
  • Spanish Castle Magic, Little Wing and Castles Made Of Sand all sound great
  • 5 stars on Allmusic and an album that just KILLS on a Hot Stamper like this
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Thelonious Monk
Criss-Cross

  (Item #: monk_criss_1703) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A wonderful Top Copy -- Triple Plus (A+++) on the first side and Double Plus (A++) on the second
  • The overall sound is very rich and full-bodied with excellent energy and presence
  • The piano sounds amazing here -- natural and dynamic, letting Monk's passionate playing shine
  • "This is prime Monk for any degree of listener." -- Allmusic, 4 stars
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Jerry Jeff Walker
Mr. Bojangles

  (Item #: walkemrboj_1703) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • A wonderful find of Jerry Jeff's from 1968, with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides!
  • This copy almost won the shootout - it's clear, rich and natural, with good vocal presence and wonderful energy
  • The title track sounds amazing, but that's just one of the great songs with excellent sound on the album
  • The engineering team of Tom Dowd and Phil Lehle really worked their magic on this one
  • 4 1/2 Stars in Allmusic: "...Walker favored the country and folk side of folk-rock much more than the rock side."
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Peter, Paul & Mary
Album 1700

  (Item #: peteralbum1700_1701_1) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Amazing sound throughout with both sides rating just shy of White Hot (A++ to A+++)!
  • When the three of them sing good and loud on these tracks not only can you hear them belting it out, you FEEL it too
  • You get a surprisingly strong bottom end and impressive dynamics on this pressing, dramatically better than most of those we played
  • Features their great version of Leaving On A Jet Plane, a Number One smash that still holds up after more than 45 years(!)
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Donald Byrd
A New Perspective

  (Item #: byrd_anewp_1703) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A KILLER copy of one of our all-time favorite Blue Note albums and only the second White Hot copy to hit the site in years!
  • Side two rates Triple Plus (A+++) and side one earned a strong Double Plus (A++)
  • The sound is exceptionally rich, warm and lively with excellent bass and wonderfully full vocals
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "One of the most successful uses of a gospel choir in a jazz context"
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The Beatles
With The Beatles

  (Item #: beatlwitht_1703) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A crazy good Top Copy, with both sides rating a Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++), just shy of White Hot!
  • Superb space and immediacy, rich and smooth and so Tubey Magical -- exactly the right sound for this music
  • So many great songs: Til There Was You, You've Really Got A Hold On Me, Devil In Her Heart...
  • Allmusic: "It was clear that, even at this early stage, the Beatles were rapidly maturing and changing, turning into expert craftsmen and musical innovators."
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The Association
Insight Out

  (Item #: associnsig_1703) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - Windy and Never My Love are simply amazing here
  • The Tubey Magical sound, the lively, tight playing by The Wrecking Crew, not to mention some killer Chart Topping '60s pop, make this THE Association record to own
  • Allmusic: "The harmonies and choruses are among the most beautifully textured singing in a rock outfit this side of the Beach Boys."
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The Beatles
Please Please Me

  (Item #: beatlpleas_1703) 

Our Price: $549.99

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

  (Item #: davisseven_1703_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from beginning to end make this a Must Own Miles Davis album from 1963
  • 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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Jimi Hendrix
Axis: Bold As Love

  (Item #: hendraxisb_1703) 

Our Price: $749.99

  • A STUNNING pressing: Triple Plus (A+++) on both sides
  • Huge and present, rich and full, with the kind of weight and power this album almost never has
  • Relatively quiet vinyl, playing Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus on both sides
  • 5 stars on Allmusic and an album that just KILLS on a pressing like this
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