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The B-52's
The B-52's

  (Item #: b-52sb-52s_1702_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent sound, Double Plus (A++) on both sides - really rockin'
  • Super present, punchy and full-bodied, and pressed on pretty quiet vinyl, it plays Mint Minus! to Mint Minus Minus
  • Tubey Magic in 1979? Somehow they managed to pull it off!
  • 5 stars in the All Music Guide, Better Records Top 100, and a New Wave Classic
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The B-52s - The B-52s

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: b-52sb-52s_2013) 



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

TWO STUNNING A+++ SIDES for this amazingly well-recorded album! We think some of you will bo shocked at just how good the sound can be. And you may or may not be surprised at just how FUN the music is! It's sure to be a future member of our Rock and Pop Top 100. (UPDATE: It has officially made the list.)

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Bee Gees - Spirits Having Flown

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: beegespiri_2012) 



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

We sat down with a big stack of pressings recently and only found a few that really had their mojo workin'. This copy was one of the best we heard, earning an A+++ grade on side one -- where the best songs are found -- and performing quite well on side two also (A+ to A++). The energy factor is off the charts on side one, and that's exactly what this music needs to really come to life. You are going to be surprised how rich and full-bodied this album can sound when you have a great copy like this.

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Blondie
Eat To The Beat

  (Item #: blondeatto_1701) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides for the Big Beat followup to Parallel Lines
  • Turn it up as loud as you want - the top end and vocals are balanced, smooth and tonally correct, not gritty or edgy
  • The drums and bass of Die Young Stay Pretty are as real sounding as if you were standing five feet from the band
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic - Dreaming and Atomic were big hits
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Blondie
Eat To The Beat

  (Item #: blondeatto_1702) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one and a Double Plus (A++) side two make this a great copy of the followup to Parallel Lines
  • Turn it up as loud as you want - the top end and vocals are balanced, smooth and tonally correct, not gritty or edgy
  • The drums and bass of Die Young Stay Pretty are as real sounding as if you were standing five feet from the band
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic:The British... made Eat to the Beat another chart-topper, with three major hits, including a number one ranking for Atomic and almost the same success for Dreaming.
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1979 Albums

  (Item #: BR_1979) 


1979 Albums

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The Cars
Candy-O

  (Item #: cars_candy_1611_2) 

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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The Cars
Candy-O

  (Item #: cars_candy_1703) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • A killer copy of The Cars' New Wave Classic, boasting amazing Double Plus (A++) sound or better on BOTH sides
  • Some of the best sound you'll ever hear on Candy-O -- big, punchy, DYNAMIC, clear and lively
  • A great lineup of songs with Demo Disc sound quality, thanks to Roy Thomas Baker's production
  • 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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The Cars - Candy-O

Our Shootout Winner from 2006

  (Item #: cars_candy_2006) 



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

This Minty Elektra LP has two OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD sides! TRIPLE PLUS/TRIPLE PLUS! As far as we know, this is the only New Wave rock record with DEMO DISC sound ever made. We’re talking huge amounts of dynamic energy, tons of bass, a luscious midrange, all topped with a sweetly extended high end. I always knew there were superb sounding copies of this album, but I honestly had no idea they any could sound like this. There is only one copy that earned our coveted Triple Plus designation for both sides, and this is it. As Good As It Gets.

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The Cars - Candy-O

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: cars_candy_depth) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you critically evaluate your copy of The Cars' second album.

This is one of our favorite recordings -- a former member of our Top 100 -- for one very simple reason: it's got Big Rock Sound in spades! Drop the needle on Let's Go and check out the sound of the big floor tom. When the drummer bangs on that thing, you will FEEL it! It's similar to the effect of being in the room with live musicians -- the difference between just hearing music and also feeling it. That's what you get from a Hot Stamper copy.

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The Clash
London Calling

  (Item #: clashlondo_1702) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • Truly stunning sound, with an amazing Triple Plus (A+++) side one and three other sides rating just shy of White Hot (A++ to A+++)
  • This pressing gives you tons of energy, real presence, and huge weight and power down low that the music demands
  • A shockingly well-recorded album that comes to life with the combo of a great copy and a hi-res, full-range system
  • Five stars in the AMG: "A stunning statement of purpose and one of the greatest rock & roll albums ever recorded."


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The Clash - London Calling

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: clashlondo_2015) 



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

Absolutely stunning sound for all four sides, Triple Plus on one and two, very close on three and four. Huge and open, full and rich, present and energetic -- absolutely as good as it gets. An album that almost never makes it on to the site with grades like this.

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Elvis Costello
Armed Forces

  (Item #: costearmed_1611) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides, giving you killer sound for this classic album
  • 5 Stars and a Better Records Rock and Pop Top 100 album
  • AMG is right: Armed Forces "...ranks as his third masterpiece in a row."
  • Some of the biggest, boldest rock sound ever recorded -- just amazing on a pressing like this
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White Hot Stamper

Elvis Costello
Armed Forces

  (Item #: costearmed_1701) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A KILLER Top Copy and one of the best to ever hit the site -- Triple Plus (A+++) sound from beginning to end
  • Some of the biggest, boldest rock sound ever recorded -- just amazing on a pressing like this
  • 5 Stars and a Better Records Rock and Pop Top 100 album - every track is amazing
  • AMG is right: Armed Forces "...ranks as his third masterpiece in a row."
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Elvis Costello - Armed Forces

Our Four Plus Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: costearmed_2009) 



This White Hot Stamper side one was HEAD AND SHOULDERS better than ANY side of ANY other copy we played. We are awarding it our very special "Four Plus" A++++ grade; the sound goes beyond anything we've heard before. It's also one of less than two dozen such records to ever hit the site.

At this point we've easily done more than a thousand Hot Stamper listings, so we are talking in the range of the top one or two percent for sound. Most audiophiles will go their whole lives without hearing a rock record sound this good, considering the tens of thousands of records we've had to buy, clean and play to find the handful of OFF THE CHARTS copies we've reviewed.

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Elvis Costello Arrayed His Forces

and Produced His Single Best Sounding Record

  (Item #: costearmed_best) 



We consider Armed Forces to be one of the best sounding rock records ever made, and a top copy is proof enough to back up our claim. The best copies are extremely transparent and silky sounding, but with unbelievably punchy, rock solid bass and drums.

The sound of the rhythm section of this album ranks up there with the very best ever recorded. Beyond that, the musical chops of this band at this time rank with the very best in the history of rock. Steve, Bruce and Pete rarely get the credit they deserve for being one of the tightest, liveliest backing bands ever to walk into a studio or on to a stage.

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Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross

  (Item #: crosschris_1611) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Close to the BEST sound we have ever heard for this album, rating nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) on both sides
  • The sound is full, rich, lively and Tubey Magical in the best tradition of late-'70s glossy pop productions
  • This is the album that swept the Grammy awards - great songs including Never Be The Same, Sailing and Ride Like The Wind
  • "While the hits like the dreamy "Sailing" and the surging "Ride Like the Wind" deserved all the attention, they're hardly the only highlights here — to borrow a sports metaphor, this has a deep bench, and there's not a weak moment here. " -- Allmusic, 4 1/2 stars
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Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross

  (Item #: crosschris_1612) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Triple Triple - A+++ on both sides - this is it folks, As Good As It Gets for this Monster Album from 1979
  • The sound is remarkably full, rich, lively and Tubey Magical in the best tradition of late-'70s glossy pop productions
  • This is the album that swept the Grammy awards - great songs including Sailing, Ride Like The Wind and Never Be The Same
  • "While the hits like the dreamy "Sailing" and the surging "Ride Like the Wind" deserved all the attention, they're hardly the only highlights here — to borrow a sports metaphor, this has a deep bench, and there's not a weak moment here. " -- Allmusic, 4 1/2 stars
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Christopher Cross - Christopher Cross

Ride Like the Wind

  (Item #: crosschris_wtlf) 



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

There's one test on side two that few copies do well on. The mostly instrumental section in the middle of Ride Like the Wind has a huge chorus singing in a wonderfully reverberant studio. Only the most transparent, most distortion-free copies let you clearly hear all their voices bouncing off the walls.

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Devo - Duty Now For The Future

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: devo_dutyn_2010) 



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

GET DEVOLVED! Here's one of the best copies of Devo's second album that we've ever heard. The average copy of this record barely hints at the sound that Ken Scott was clearly able to get on the tape. This one tells a different story, with serious weight down low, a ton of energy, loads of texture to the synths, and incredible clarity. We know most audiophiles aren't up for this crazy late '70s art rock, but the lucky man who takes this home is sure to get a thrill from it.

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The Eagles
The Long Run

  (Item #: eaglethelo_1701) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Triple Triple -- the best sounding copy of The Long Run you could ask for
  • All the hits -- I Can't Tell You Why, Heartache Tonight, the title track -- sound great here
  • Both A+++ 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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The Eagles
The Long Run

  (Item #: eaglethelo_1702) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This copy has a rockin' Long Run like you have never heard, with Double Plus (A++) sound all around
  • The sound is full, rich and vibrant with impressive punch down low and relatively smooth up top
  • The best songs - but only the best songs - prove that the Eagles were still at the height of their powers
  • The first two songs on both sides are practically as good as it gets for mainstream rock, staples of Classic Rock stations to this day
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Eagles - The Long Run

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: eaglethelo_2009) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame and another in the long list of recordings that really comes alive when you Turn Up Your Volume.

This copy had sound we never would have expected to hear on this record. Believe me, not too many sound like this one! Most copies have a smeary, veiled, stuck-in-the-speaker quality that makes for some painful listening. Cardboard drums. Non-existent ambience. No energy. The average copy of this album just sits on the turntable with nothing to say.

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The Eagles - The Long Run

What to Listen For

  (Item #: eaglethelo_wtlf) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you critically evaluate your copy of The Long Run on side one.

Want to know if you have a good side one on your copy? Here's an easy test. Timothy B Schmit's vocal on I Can't Tell You Why rarely sounds right. Most of the time he's muffled, pretty far back in the soundstage, and the booth he's in has practically no ambience. On the good copies he's not exactly jumping out of the speakers, but he's clear, focussed, and his voice is breathy and full of emotional subtleties that make the song the heartbreaking powerhouse it is.

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Duke Ellington
Up In Duke's Workshop

  (Item #: ellinupind_1702_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Superb Triple Plus (A+++) Ellington Big Band sound from 1969-1972 can be heard on this side one
  • Side two was excellent as well, earning a sonic grade of Double Plus (A++) for its remarkably richness and Tubey Magic
  • 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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Duke Ellington
Up In Duke's Workshop

  (Item #: ellinupind_1703) 

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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Fleetwood Mac
Tusk

  (Item #: fleettusk_1702) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A superb copy, at or near Triple Plus (A+++) for the first three sides and a strong Double Plus (A++) on side four
  • The sound is incredibly rich, warm and full-bodied throughout -- Demo Quality on the best tracks
  • The power of the bottom end is especially impressive here (and John McVie kills it on bass!)
  • Relatively quiet Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus vinyl -- rare for this album to say the least
  • 5 stars on Allmusic, highlights inlclude Storms, Sara, Over and Over and the classic title track
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Fleetwood Mac
Tusk

  (Item #: fleettusk_1702_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A wonderful copy boasting four excellent sides, all clocking in at or near Double Plus (A++)
  • The sound is clear, rich, warm and full-bodied throughout - the best sounding tracks are killer here
  • Relatively quiet on two sides - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus vinyl and close to that on the others
  • 5 stars on Allmusic, highlights include Storms, Sara, Over and Over and the classic title track
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Fleetwood Mac - Tusk

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: fleettusk_2008) 



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

FOUR EXCELLENT SOUNDING SIDES ON QUIET JAPANESE VINYL! This Captiol-mastered, Japanese-pressed LP has excellent sound on the first two sides and SUPERB sound on sides three and four. I doubt you’ve ever heard the title track rock like this!

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Peter Frampton - Where I Should Be

Reviewed in 2010

  (Item #: frampwhere) 



One of my personal Records to Die For. This album presents a more mature Peter Frampton doing some of the most consistently inspired material of his career, including R&B covers like May I Baby and You Don’t Know Like I Know, with horn charts that really cook — in other words, a great album.
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Super Hot Stamper

Emmylou Harris
Blue Kentucky Girl

  (Item #: harribluek_1703) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Side one here is superb, nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) - the kind of rich, natural sound we found on far too few copies
  • Side two is nearly as good at Double Plus (A++), with none of the vocal edginess that many EH albums suffer from
  • Surprisingly full-bodied and not overly detailed for a recording from 1979 - they still knew what they were doing then
  • Emmylou's traditional country album, with a stronger acoustic feel
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Holst / The Planets / Solti / LPO

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: holstplane_solti) 



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

This is a fairly quiet, excellent sounding Decca in the Box Purple Label British import LP. This is the same performance, the same recording that Mobile Fidelity remastered (510), but, thankfully, this copy sounds A WHOLE LOT BETTER!

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Michael Jackson
Off The Wall

  (Item #: jacksoffth_1702) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Two SUPERB Double Plus (A++) sides for this MJ classic, with some of the most heartfelt music he ever recorded
  • The sound is tubey rich, smooth, sweet and lively throughout - this is the way Off the Wall should sound
  • After years of MJ shootouts, we say this is unquestionably the best sounding album Michael Jackson album of them all
  • "...this was his breakthrough, the album that established him as an artist of astonishing talent and a bright star in his own right." - Allmusic, 5 stars
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Michael Jackson - Off The Wall

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: jacksoffth_2016) 



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

ABSOLUTELY STUNNING SOUND for this White Hot Stamper pressing!

Side two cannot be beat, and side one is not far behind. Both have the BIG M.J. SOUND that jumps from the speakers and fills the room. We've never a copy that was so full of ANALOG MAGIC!

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Michael Jackson's Off The Wall Vs. Thriller

Which Album Has the Real Tubey Magic?

  (Item #: jacksoffth_wtlf) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame and another in the long list of recordings that really comes alive when you Turn Up Your Volume.

Off the Wall has better sound than Thriller you say?

Yes. As consistently brilliant as Thriller may be musically -- it is the biggest selling album of all time after all -- speaking strictly in terms of sonics the best copies of Off the Wall are substantially sweeter, tubier, more natural, richer, and more ANALOG than Thriller.

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Rickie Lee Jones
Rickie Lee Jones

  (Item #: jonesricki_1702_1) 

Our Price: $269.99

  • An excellent copy of this longtime audiophile favorite and female vocal classic with both sides rating a Double Plus (A++) or better
  • Both sides are super big and bold with plenty of energy and bottom end weight
  • A Better Records Rock & Pop Top 100 album
  • Allmusic 4 stars: "An astounding debut album that simultaneously sounds like a synthesis of many familiar styles and like nothing that anybody's ever done before"
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Rickie Lee Jones - Rickie Lee Jones

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: jonesricki_2016) 



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

TWO STUNNING A+++ SIDES! This is an excellent recording, but you'd never know that listening to the average pressing. This copy is a big step up from the average pressing with real fullness and weight, plus SIZE and ENERGY that must be heard to be believed!

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Rickie Lee Jones - Rickie Lee Jones

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: jonesricki_depth) 



Presenting another entry in our extensive Listening in Depth series with plenty of advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you critically evaluate your copy of RLJ.

On the best of the Hot Stamper copies it becomes abundantly clear just how well the string bass was recorded -- assuming you like the close-miked, maximum-presence quality they were after. You hear all the fingering, the wood of the body resonating; all the stuff you could never hear live unless you were ten feet from the guy. Natural it's not, but natural is not what most hit records are all about anyway.

Credit -- or blame -- belongs squarely with LEE HERSCHBERG.


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Rickie Lee Jones - Rickie Lee Jones

180g Rhino / Warner Brothers LP Reviewed

  (Item #: jonesricki_rhino) 



Sonic Grade: C

We were fairly unimpressed with the Rickie Lee Jones on Warners that came out a few years back. It has that phony Modern Mastering sound we find so unappealing on the Rhino reissue of Blue. (We seem to be pretty much alone in not liking that one, and we’re proud to say we still don’t like it. Hey, play The Blue Game and maybe you’ll see why.)

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Rickie Lee Jones - Rickie Lee Jones

Good Demo Disc / Bad Test Disc

  (Item #: jonesricki_test) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises.

RLJ's first album is what we would consider a Good Demo Disc but a Bad Test Disc.

Meaning that this record can sound good on really crappy stereos -- which explains why it is so often heard at stereo stores and at shows, where really crappy stereos are usually found in abundance. But it’s not what the System Doctor ordered if the goal is to work out some problem or fault with the reproduction of all your other recordings. In other words, records like this can be misleading.

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Jules and the Polar Bears - Fenetiks

Such a Great Album

  (Item #: julesfenet) 



This is a real Desert Island Disc for me. I’m a giant fan of this band, which never got the public acclaim they deserved although they were critics' darlings from day one. If you like adventurous pop this should be right up your alley. If you're the kind of person that was into the Talking Heads in the '70s, this band is just as original and compelling.

"Shear's songwriting is top-notch ranging from the pure pop of 'Good Reason' to the beautiful ballad 'Real Enough to Love.'" -- AMG

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John Klemmer - Straight from the Heart

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: klemmstrai_2010) 



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

This White Hot Stamper Nautilus Direct-to-Disc recording is an AMAZING Demo Disc, and what’s more, it’s actually REAL JAZZ -- a remarkably unusual combination in the Audiophile World, in my experience anyway. This copy takes the sound of this recording -- and the music along with it -- to another level. YOU WON'T BELIEVE how good this record sounds.

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John Klemmer - Straight from the Heart

Listening for the Tubey Magic

  (Item #: klemmstrai_wtlf) 



The best copies give you dynamics and immediacy like you have rarely heard outside of the live event. Hell, this record IS live; it's live in the studio. It's a direct to disc recording, what else could it be?

There is simply nothing in the way of the music. If you have the system for it, you can recreate the live sound of this session in a way that few other recordings would ever allow you to do.

This copy had one quality not heard on most of the others: Tubey Magic. The sound is rich and full-bodied, practically free of grit and grain - this is the kind of sound one hears occassionally on the best tube equipment and practically nowhere else. Of course this is an all-transistor affair, but tubey sound is what ended up on the record, so go figure.

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The Knack
Get The Knack

  (Item #: knackgetth_1702) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • The Knack's debut finally returns to the site - and this copy has Triple Triple (A+++) sound that will rock your world
  • This is a a Big Beat Demo Disc - not many albums - practically none - have drums this huge and punchy
  • Wall to Wall Live-in-the-Studio Rock Sound to rival Back in Black and Nevermind
  • "Get the Knack is at once sleazy, sexist, hook-filled, and endlessly catchy — above all, it's a guilty pleasure and an exercise in simple fun." AMG 4 1/2 Stars
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The Knack
Get The Knack

  (Item #: knackgetth_1702_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • The Knack's debut finally returns to the site and with excellent Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • Both sides here are clean, clear and solid with a huge bottom end
  • Wall to Wall Live-in-the-Studio Rock Sound to rival Back in Black and Nevermind
  • "Get the Knack is at once sleazy, sexist, hook-filled, and endlessly catchy — above all, it's a guilty pleasure and an exercise in simple fun." AMG 4 1/2 Stars
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The Knack - Get The Knack

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: knackgetth_2009) 



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

This Monster Power Pop Debut by the Knack is an AMAZINGLY well-recorded album, with the kind of Wall to Wall Big Beat Live Rock Sound that rivals Back in Black and Nevermind -- if you're lucky enough to have a copy that sounds like this one! (If you're not then it doesn't.)

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Led Zeppelin
In Through The Out Door

  (Item #: ledzeinthe_1701) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides; this album really doesn't get any better than this
  • It's all here: Huge amounts of rock solid bass; grungy guitars; breathy, natural vocals and jump out of the speakers presence and energy!
  • Fool In The Rain and All My Love are two of the best sounding tracks - relatively quiet vinyl, too
  • "In the Evening, with its stomping rhythms and heavy, staggered riffs, suggests that Zeppelin haven't deviated from their course, but by the time the rolling shuffle of "South Bound Suarez" kicks into gear, it's apparent that they've regained their sense of humor."
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Led Zeppelin
In Through The Out Door

  (Item #: ledzeinthr_1611) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Two amazing nearly Triple Plus sides (A++ to A+++) make this one of the best copies to ever hit the site
  • It's all here: Huge amounts of rock solid bass; grungy guitars; breathy, natural vocals and jump out of the speakers presence and energy!
  • Fool In The Rain and All My Love are two of the best sounding tracks - relatively quiet vinyl, too
  • "The album's opening number, "In the Evening," with its stomping rhythms and heavy, staggered riffs, suggests that Zeppelin haven't deviated from their course, but by the time the rolling shuffle of "South Bound Suarez" kicks into gear, it's apparent that they've regained their sense of humor."
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Led Zeppelin - In Through The Out Door

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: ledzeinthr_2008) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame and another in the long list of recordings that really comes alive when you Turn Up Your Volume.

SUPERB A+++ SOUND! We play dozens of these each year, and almost never find one that sounds amazing and plays this quietly. When a copy sounds this good, the music REALLY works -- we had fun with this one. It's rich, full-bodied, and ALIVE like you wouldn't believe.

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Led Zeppelin - In Through The Out Door

Classic Records Debunked

  (Item #: ledzeinthr_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: D

A classic case of Live and Learn. After finishing our first shootout for this album in August of 2007, our faces were sure red. We used to think the Classic version was pretty decent, but the best originals SLAUGHTER it! We had never done a shootout for this album before that. We didn’t feel up to the challenge, because the typical pressing tends to be miserable -- gritty, grainy, hard sounding, congested mids, dull, and so on.

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Charles Mingus - Me Myself an Eye

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: mingumemys_2015) 



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

If you hear something that sounds like Frank Zappa's music circa Waka Jawaka don't be surprised, we heard it too. Mingus and Zappa were both eccentric geniuses so it only makes sense that they arrived at some of the same musical ideas as they evolved as composers.

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Joni Mitchell
Mingus

  (Item #: mitchmingu_1703) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A Top Copy, with amazing Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides - this is As Good As It Gets
  • Dynamic and natural sounding with a huge three dimensional soundfield - also far more energy than others we played
  • If you're a fan of Joni's more adventurous work you'll find a lot to like here
  • Herbie Hancock and some of Weather Report join Mingus in helping Joni bring these jazzy works to life
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Joni Mitchell - Mingus

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: mitchmingu_2014) 



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

STUNNING A+++ SOUND FOR BOTH SIDES! Dynamic and very natural sounding with a huge three dimensional soundfield and way more energy than the typical copy, this is absoloutely as good as it gets.

Two of Joni's more famous late '70s songs are on here -- God Must Be A Boogie Man and The Wolf That Lives In Lindsey. If you like the more adventurous music that Joni produced at different stages of her career, this should make a wonderful addition to your collection.

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Mussorgsky / Pictures at an Exhibition / Muti

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: mussopictu_3645_2012) 



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

This White Hot Stamper EMI Two-Pak gives you the complete Pictures at an Exhibition and the Firebird Suite with TOP PERFORMANCES and SUPERB SONICS from first note to last. It took two separate discs to make it happen, but we managed to find the two copies with sides that matched up in order to bring both of these works to LIFE.

Since this is my All Time Favorite performance of Pictures, this record of course comes very highly recommended. It's a piece of music that has been recorded countless times, and I've played scores of them, but the only one that truly satisfies is Muti's with the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1979. Much like Steinberg and the BSO's performance of The Planets, he finds the music in the work that no one else can.

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Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition / Muti

MoFi Debunked

  (Item #: mussopictu_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: D

A Hall of Shame pressing and another MoFi LP debunked.

The MoFi mastering here is a joke. All that phony boosted top end makes the strings sound funny and causes mischief in virtually every other part of the orchestra as well. Not surprisingly, those boosted highs are missing from the real EMIs.

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Willie Nelson
Sings Kristofferson

  (Item #: nelsosings_1611_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

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

  (Item #: nelsosings_1702) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Triple Triple! You won't find a better sounding pressing of this great album, full stop!
  • Both A+++ sides are rich, warm and full-bodied with plenty of clarity and detail
  • Wonderful Kris Kristofferson songs with Willie's unique voice and Top Sound? Sign us up!
  • 4 stars Allmusic "A return to country-rock after the smash success of Stardust the year before, this is one of Willie Nelson's best albums."
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Willie Nelson
Sweet Memories

  (Item #: nelsosweet_1703) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Triple Plus (A+++) sound for this great sounding set of Willie's early work; the first time we've had a copy with these grades hit the site
  • Almost impossible to find the originals for this material with good sound and quiet vinyl
  • Both sides here are incredibly big and full with great bass and more Tubey Magic than any other copy we played
  • Help Me Make It Through The Night, Everybody's Talkin and Both Sides Now sound right on the money here
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Art Pepper - Landscapes

Reviewed in 2007

  (Item #: peppelands_2007) 



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

Recorded in Japan in 1979, this is a really interesting album. There are a lot of stinkers in the Art Pepper catalog from this era. (Acoustic Sounds released a few of them on 180 gram as a matter of fact. What a waste of good vinyl.)

But this album is actually quite good. Art plays in an energetic staccato style, which is counterbalanced by the long flowing lines of George Cables at the piano. Cables is actually pretty amazing on this record: this is the best I’ve ever heard him play. He’s not very good as a leader, at least on the records I’ve heard, but he and Art get along very well together.

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Damn the Torpedoes

  (Item #: pettydamnt_1612) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding hard rockin' pressing, earning Double Plus (A++) grades sound on both sides
  • Credit for the tremendous presence and energy of the recording goes to the brilliant engineer Shelly Yakus
  • Damn the Torpedoes is, simply put, the best sounding Tom Petty album we have ever played
  • Tons of hits too: Refugee, Here Comes My Girl, and my favorite of the bunch, Don't Do Me Like That
  • A 5 star album on Allmusic: "Few mainstream rock albums of the late '70s and early '80s were quite as strong as this...."
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Damn the Torpedoes

  (Item #: pettydamnt_1701) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A Top Copy: Triple Plus (A+++) on the first side and Double Plus (A++) on the second
  • The sound is super punchy with jumping-right-out-of-the-speakers presence and energy
  • Tons of hits too: Refugee, Here Comes My Girl, and my favorite of the bunch, Don't Do Me Like That
  • A 5 star album on Allmusic: "Few mainstream rock albums of the late '70s and early '80s were quite as strong as this...."
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Tom Petty - Damn the Torpedoes

The Best Sounding Heartbreakers Album We've Ever Played

  (Item #: pettydamnt_2015) 



Damn the Torpedoes is the best sounding Tom Petty album we have ever played.

Credit must go to SHELLY YAKUS, someone who we freely admit, now with a sense of embarrassment, has never been one of our favorite engineers. After hearing this beyond-White Hot Stamper side two and a killer copy of Animal Notes we realize that we have seriously underestimated the man, and for that we deeply apologize.

If your Damn the Torpedoes doesn't sound good (and it probably doesn't), you sure can't blame him -- the master tape is mind-boggling in its size, weight, power and rock n' roll energy.

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Pink Floyd
The Wall

  (Item #: pinkfthewa_1611_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: pinkfthewa_1701_1) 

Our Price: $649.99

  • A stunning Top Copy, with two Mind Blowing Triple Plus (A+++) sides and two Double Plus (A++) sides
  • The Wall DEMANDS big, bold, explosively dynamic sound, and this copy delivers on that promise in spades
  • Grungy electric guitars, breathy vocals, HUGE punchy drums, earth-shaking bass and room-filling ambience are all here like you've never heard before
  • The Wall is one of the best sounding rock recordings of all time - a copy like this really makes the case
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Pink Floyd
The Wall

  (Item #: pinkfthewa_1702) 

Our Price: $249.99

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

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: pinkfthewa_2012) 



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

SAY IT ISN'T SO! This is the ULTIMATE White Hot Stamper pressing of The Wall, the finest ever to hit our site BAR NONE!

All four sides of this monster earned top A+++ grades in our massive recent shootout. This copy gives you ALL of the magic that Floyd laid down to tape. You get incredible clarity, breathtaking transparency, wonderful punch to the bottom, sweetness and full extension up top, tubey magical acoustic guitars, full-bodied vocals and serious depth and dimension to the soundfield. Folks, if you love The Wall you will TREASURE this copy for the rest of your listening days.

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Pink Floyd - The Wall

Bad Sounding on Japanese Import Vinyl

  (Item #: pinkfthewa_jpn) 



Sonic Grade: F

Presenting the newest member of our Hall of Shame.

This Japanese Import is one of the dullest, muddiest, worst sounding copies of The Wall we have ever played. It is clearly made from a dub tape.

And somehow this pressing ended up as a TAS List Super Disc. The copy Harry played surely must have sounded a whole lot better than this one.

And the CBS Half-Speed is every bit as bad! Two Hall of Shame titles for the price of one.

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Pink Floyd The Wall

... The best record ever played on my setup ...

  (Item #: pinkfthewa_letter1208) 



Our admittedly skeptical new customer Ebbe decided to take a chance with one of our pricey Hot Stamper copies of The Wall. As expected (by us, not him) he heard the amazing sound that only a true Hot Stamper pressing is capable of. Experts? We say bring it on!

Hi Todd,

YES! No doubt - the best record (or music) ever played on my set up. I had a few experts in for evaluating -- they all (like me) were fairly skeptical. But after just a few tracks everybody was convinced... WOW. You describe the album very well on your site. Another thing is how easy and smooth everything sounds and all the acoustic instruments... I could go on for a long time! As you understand I’m very happy with this copy.

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The Police - Reggatta de Blanc

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: policregga_2014) 



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

This original A&M LP has PUNCHY LOW-END that really drives this rhythmically charged music! Sting’s pulsing bass lines and the massive assault of Stewart Copeland’s kick drum really come to life on this White Hot Stamper domestic pressing.

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Ravel, Saint-Saens et al. / Tzigane, Havanaise / Kyung-Wha Chung

Reviewed in 2012

  (Item #: raveltziga_7073_2012) 



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

This 1979 London original English pressing of violin showpieces has Super Hot Stamper sound on side two, which came as a bit of a shock to us after playing side one, which is as congested and opaque as one would expect from such a late London recording. Side two is fabulous -- full-bodied, rich and sweet. Even though it may have been recorded in 1977, the engineer is Kenneth Wilkinson, and the hall is Kingsway -- not many bad recordings can be attributed to either.

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Supertramp
Breakfast In America

  (Item #: superbreak_1610) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An excellent original pressing, with glorious Hot Stamper throughout
  • Llively, present and energetic, with the kind of richness critical to the right sound
  • A Better Records Rock & Pop 100 title, a real tour de force on a good copy, and shockingly dynamic
  • 4 1/2 stars in the AMG: "The majority of the album consisted of tightly written, catchy, well-constructed pop songs, like the hits "The Logical Song," "Take the Long Way Home," and "Goodbye Stranger.""
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Supertramp
Breakfast In America

  (Item #: superbreak_1610_4) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An amazing Top Copy with a Triple Plus (A+++) side two and a Double Plus (A++) side one - quiet vinyl too
  • An outstanding recording with huge, spacious, dynamic, lively sound - on a copy like this it's DYNAMITE
  • A Top 100 title and True Demo Disc - turn it up and this recording gets LOUD like nothing you have ever experienced
  • 4 1/2 stars in the AMG: "The majority of the album consisted of tightly written, catchy, well-constructed pop songs, like the hits "The Logical Song," "Take the Long Way Home," and "Goodbye Stranger.""
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Supertramp - Breakfast In America

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: superbreak_2009) 



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

TWO KILLER SIDES ON THIS ROCKIN’ LATE ’70s CLASSIC! I am not at all ashamed to say that we LOVE this album here at Better Records, and a copy like this will certainly help show you why. Side one has incredible A+++ Master Tape Sound and side two is just a plus behind. Drop the needle on Gone Hollywood or The Logical Song to hear how powerful this music can sound when you have the right pressing.

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Supertramp - Breakfast In America

MoFi Debunked

  (Item #: superbreak_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: C-

The MoFi Standard Operating Procedure of boosting the top end does this album no favors; it’s positively ruinous in fact. How dull does a system have to be to make this record sound right? Pretty damn dull. And the bad bass definition just adds to the phoniness. The average domestic copy is not that great either, so let’s give the MoFi a somewhat forgiving grade of C minus.

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Supertramp - Breakfast In America

A&M Debunked

  (Item #: superbreak_hs) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another Half Speed debunked.

So washed out, brittle, thin and compressed it practically defies understanding that anyone with two working ears ever considered calling this piece of crap an "audiophile" record. If you don't think the major labels had anything but contempt for us audiophiles, play this pressing and see for yourself the kind of garbage they were happy to pawn off on an unsuspecting audiophile community (if there ever was such a thing).

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Talking Heads
Fear of Music

  (Item #: talkifearo_1701) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Killer Hot Stamper sound for this great Talking Heads LP, Double Plus (A++) on from start to finish
  • I'd be hard pressed to name another act from the era who put out more groundbreaking yet accessible records than the Talking Heads
  • Drop the needle on the opening track "I Zimbra" and listen to how clear and correct the percussion harmonics are
  • "Its better songs are as good as any Talking Heads ever did" -- Allmusic, 4 1/2 stars
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Talking Heads - Fear of Music

Our First White Hot Stamper - 2015

  (Item #: talkifearo_2015) 



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

The Talking Heads and producer Brian Eno certainly weren't shy about adding multiple layers of effects and processing, and the average pressing of this record turns some of the more complicated parts into grainy mush. The material here is darker than the songs on the first two albums, so a copy that lacks any extension up top will have trouble bringing the music to life. The texture of Eno's synthesizers gives the music depth and character, and a copy with smear issues forsakes much of that. It takes a special pressing to make this music really work, but this one really gets it right.

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James Taylor
Flag

  (Item #: tayloflag_1703) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • A wonderful Double Plus (A++) copy on both sides means this Flag is nothing short of amazing
  • Credit for the big, rich, super lively throughout must go to the superbly talented engineer, Val Garay
  • Taylor's hilarious homage to Doo Wop, Is That The Way You Look?, had Demo Disc quality sound
  • The great sounding 1979 follow-up to his wonderful JT album - and one of the man's most underrated albums
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James Taylor - Flag

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: tayloflag_2015) 



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

White Hot Stamper sound on both sides! From the opening notes you will be amazed at how good this album sounds. As far as JT's recordings go, it's right up there at the top. Like his album JT, which came just before this one, the best copies of this record are smooth, rich, punchy and have great bass.

A Top Recommendation from Better Records. This is a Must Own James Taylor record.

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Tchaikovsky / 1812 Overture, Op. 49 / Kunzel

Telarc Debunked

  (Item #: tchai1812_telarc) 



Sonic Grade: D

A Hall of Shame pressing.

If you want an amazingly dynamic 1812 with huge amounts of deep bass for the firing of the cannon you can't do much better than this (or its UHQR brother).

But if you want rich, sweet and tonally correct brass and strings you had best look elsewhere. I've never liked the sound of this record and I'm guessing if I heard a copy today I would like it even less. Who thinks live classical music actually sounds like this?

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Tchaikovsky / 1812 Overture / Kunzel

Telarc UHQR Debunked

  (Item #: tchai1812_UHQR) 



Sonic Grade: D

A Hall of Shame pressing.

This is what we had to say about the UHQR back in 2005 or so:

Having played this record all the way through, I have to comment on some of its sonic qualities. It's about the most dynamic recording I've ever heard. This was the promise of digital, which was never really delivered. On this record, that promise has been fulfilled. The performance is also one of the best on record. It's certainly the most energetic I can remember.

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Tchaikovsky / Concerto for Violin & Orchestra / Oistrakh

Not Too Big to Fail

  (Item #: tchaivioli_mhs_wtlf) 



Side two of this copy from our 2016 shootout provides a clear example of the effect known as the "The Violin That Ate Cincinatti."

Yes, it may be oversized, but it's so REAL and IMMEDIATE and harmonically correct in every way that we felt more than justified in ignoring the fact that the instrument could never sound in the concert hall the way it does here -- unless you were actually playing it (and even then I doubt if it would be precisely the same sound -- big, but surely quite different).

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Richard & Linda Thompson - Sunnyvista

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: thompsunny_2012) 



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

It took two copies, each with a single White Hot Stamper side, to create the All Time Best Sounding version of Sunnyvista, an album AMG calls "...the wittiest and most joyous album Richard & Linda made together."

None of the domestic copies we played were more than passable, and even worse, most of the Brit originals we played were almost as smeary, veiled and opaque. There was only one way to get top sound on both sides, and that was to make a Two Pack with the best two sides of the best two copies. The two good sides here just KILL the competition in every way.

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Muddy Waters
Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live

  (Item #: watermuddy_1703) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) Demo Disc sound on both sides, on decent vinyl to boot
  • This recording is amazingly "real" sounding - you are there with this copy
  • It's shocking how well recorded Muddy's later albums are. Who knew?
  • His third Grammy winning album in a row - the guy was on fire back then
  • "Accompanied by Johnny Winter and his band, Muddy Waters turns in an enthusiastic performance on Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live. The set list contains most of his biggest hits, and the sound quality and performances are mostly energetic..."
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Muddy Waters - Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: watermuddy_2013) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame and another in the long list of recordings that really comes alive when you Turn Up Your Volume.

If you've got the system to play a record like this (the bigger the better), you can have Muddy Waters perform live in your listening room -- eyes closed of course, you won't be able to see him, but you sure will be able to hear him, and in shockingly realistic sound.

It's shocking how well recorded Muddy's later albums are. Who knew?

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Neil Young
Live Rust

  (Item #: youngliver_1609) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Powerful live Neil Young sound -- Double Plus or better on all four sides
  • Full and present with great space and energy throughout
  • Relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus from start to finish
  • 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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Neil Young
Rust Never Sleeps

  (Item #: youngrustn_1703) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Double Plus (A++) or better on both sides, making this one of the better copies we've heard in quite a while
  • It's not easy to find copies that get both the quieter, acoustic material and the big, rockin' Crazy Horse stuff right, but this one did
  • There's a mark on side one (Thrasher) that makes some ticks, so we're offering this copy at a serious discount
  • 5 stars: "His strongest collection since Tonight's the Night, its obvious antecedent was Bob Dylan's Bringing It All Back Home, and, as Dylan did, Young divided his record into acoustic and electric sides while filling his songs with wildly imaginative imagery."
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Neil Young - Rust Never Sleeps

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: youngrustn_2010) 



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

A great (A++) side one backed with an AMAZING (A+++) side two, this is without a doubt one of the very best sounding copies of Rust Never Sleeps we have ever had the privilege of playing here at Better Records. Side two simply cannot be beat. Drop the needle on Powderfinger to hear the Crazy Horse sound at its best -- the raging guitars, the big meaty bottom end, and the kind of immediacy that puts Neil Young and his band of misfits right in your listening room.

Tubey Magic in 1979? Yes, analog was still alive and well then -- both sides of this copy prove it. The disastrously synthesized '80s were on their way but thankfully they hadn't gotten here yet.

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ZZ Top
Deguello

  (Item #: zztopdegue_1612) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An outstanding copy with two Double Plus (A++) sides - the brilliant mastering of Robert Ludwig brings this music to life
  • A surprisingly good recording with the kind of rock energy and size you want from ZZ Top
  • Excellent songs including Hi Fi Mama, Cheap Sunglasses (an all time classic), She Loves My Automobile and more
  • "The trio is in fine shape here, knocking out a great set of rockers and sounding stylish all the time." -- Allmusic, 4 1/2 stars
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ZZ Top - Deguello

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: zztopdegue_2015) 



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

A killer Top Copy, Double Plus (A++) for the first side and Triple Plus (A+++) for the second. Up there with the very best ZZ Top sound we've ever heard or expect to hear. Most copies aren't BIG, punchy, lively and present like this one is.

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