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Neil Young
After The Gold Rush

  (Item #: youngafter_1610) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • A stunning Top Copy, Triple Plus (A+++) on both sides, the first to hit the site in over a year
  • Stunning classic rock sound: rich, full-bodied, warm, punchy, dynamic and clear
  • One of our favorite classic rock albums for music and sound, arguably Neil's best
  • Allmusic 5 Stars, A Top 100 title, and a Demo Disc that is guaranteed to knock your socks off
  • "It's a magnificent, style-setting album which saw the Canadian's elevation to rock hero. For those who like their emotion raw."
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Neil Young
On The Beach

  (Item #: youngonthe_1701) 

Our Price: $599.99

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

  (Item #: crosb4ways_1612) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • An incredible copy with all four sides rating a Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it - this is about as good as it gets, folks
  • If you want to hear Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young rock out live in your listening room, this is the pressing that can do it
  • Bill Halverson did a great job but you have to work your tail off to find a copy that does his brilliant engineering justice. Sad, isn't it?
  • Rolling Stone raves that "Crosby, Stills. Nash, and Young are all performers of unquestionable talent, and mostly because they stay out of each others' way, 4 Way Street must surely be their best album to date."
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Neil Young
Zuma

  (Item #: youngzuma_1611_1) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • Stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it for both sides, making this a Top Copy that will FLOOR Neil Young fans
  • Both side are amazingly rich and full with incredible energy and serious weight down low
  • Relatively quiet for this album, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • 4 1/2 stars Allmusic, a Better Records Rock & Pop Top 100 album, and a true Demo Disc
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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Deja Vu

  (Item #: crosbdejav_1703_1) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) on both sides, this copy is very close to as good as it gets for CSNY's Masterpiece
  • We guarantee you will be nothing less than knocked out by the size and power of the music on this album
  • The sound is HUGE -- lively, present and rich in a way that nothing you've heard can compete with
  • One of our all time favorite albums at Better Records and one that almost never sounds THIS good
  • "A rich musical banquet for the most serious and personal listeners" - Allmusic 5 stars
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Neil Young
Comes A Time

  (Item #: youngcomes_1611) 

Our Price: $349.99

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

  (Item #: youngevery_1702_2) 

Our Price: $349.99

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

  (Item #: youngneily_1702) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • The first Triple Triple copy of Neil Young's solo debut to ever hit the site!
  • Both A+++ sides are very clean, clear and transparent with excellent resolution
  • Most importantly, this copy had the best vocal sound of any we played -- Neil sounds just right
  • Surely one of Neil's toughest to find with top quality sound -- and quiet vinyl -- but we did it here!
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Neil Young
After The Gold Rush

  (Item #: youngafter_1702) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A superb pressing, Double Plus (A++) or better on both sides, guaranteed killer sound from first note to last
  • This is the embodiment of the Classic Rock sound we love - rich, full-bodied, warm, punchy, dynamic and clear
  • One of our favorite classic rock albums for music and sound, arguably Neil's best
  • Allmusic 5 Stars, A Top 100 title, and a Demo Disc that is guaranteed to knock your socks off
  • "It's a magnificent, style-setting album which saw the Canadian's elevation to rock hero. For those who like their emotion raw."
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Neil Young
Harvest

  (Item #: youngharve_1702) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Superb sound for this undeniable classic, with Double Plus (A++) or better sound throughout
  • The sound is rich and full-bodied with warmth and wonderful presence - true to the sound of the recording
  • A Better Records Top 100 album and a truly superb recording, 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic (and most music lovers would give it 5)
  • "...the harrowing portrait of a friend's descent into heroin addiction, "The Needle and the Damage Done," remain among Young's most affecting and memorable songs."
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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
On The Beach

  (Item #: youngonthe_1611) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Two outstanding sides for one of the toughest Neil Young records to find: it's Double Plus (A++) on the first and close behind on the second
  • The title track has that live-in-the-studio sound we love about Zuma, but in this case it sounds like it was recorded at three in the morning in a room full of pot smoke
  • An album we can barely get our hands on these days -- that's why it's never up on the site
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "...where Time Fades Away was embattled and Tonight's the Night mournful, On the Beach was savage and, ultimately, triumphant."
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Neil Young
Zuma

  (Item #: youngzuma_1702) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding copy of this superb recording, rating Double Plus (A++) or better throughout
  • A hard-rockin' album with Demo Quality sound powerful enough to blow away just about any rock record in your collection
  • Cortez The Killer and Dangerbird sound STUNNING here -- you will be floored
  • "The music had a lively sound well-suited to the songs, which were some of the most melodic, pop-oriented tunes Young had crafted in years, though they were played with an electric-guitar-drenched rock intensity." Hell yeah they were!
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Neil Young
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

  (Item #: youngevery_1702) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Two outstanding sides, the best copy to hit the site in well over a year
  • Side one rates nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++), side two came in close behind at Double Plus (A++)
  • The sound is exceptionally big, clear, open and lively -- nothing like the average copy
  • [B]reathtakingly different... both for Young and for rock in general." Allmusic 5 Stars
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Neil Young
Time Fades Away

  (Item #: youngtimef_1611) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • A very strong copy, with Double Plus (A++) sound quality on both sides
  • A big step up from the average pressing -- this one is full-bodied, smooth and musical
  • Never released on CD, this is one of the toughest Neil Young albums to find in the bins, or with good sound
  • "Time Fades Away ranks with the bravest and most painfully honest albums of his career — like the tequila Young was drinking on that tour, it isn't for everyone, but you may be surprised by its powerful effects." -- Allmusic, 4 stars
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Neil Young
Comes A Time

  (Item #: youngcomes_1701) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent copy, with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides - quiet vinyl too
  • Drop the needle on Comes A Time or Look Out For My Love and hear how rich and warm the sound is
  • A Top 100 title - the best copies of Comes a Time are right up there with the best recordings in Neil's catalog. That's saying a lot
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Comes a Time finally was the Neil Young album for the millions of fans who had loved Harvest"
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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
Hawks and Doves

  (Item #: younghawks_1609) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An excellent pressing with Hot Stamper sound on both sides
  • Big and full with lots of presence and most of the tubey magic that's missing from the average copy
  • Quiet vinyl too -- both sides play a true Mint Minus
  • "Side two is quite brilliant, and unlike anything Young's ever done." Robert Christgau (A-)
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"In Defense of the Beginner Audiophile..."

Shootouts Are a Bitch

  (Item #: youngzuma_shootout_letter) 



One of our good customers wrote to tell us of a shootout he conducted a while back. This is his story.

Tom:

In defense of the beginner audiophile: I am a spoiled owner of many of your Hot Stamper LPs. (So please don’t tell anyone where I live!) You endlessly bash us newbies as not being able to tell the difference in sound between two sides of a record. Fair enough – usually we can’t. In our defense, it is very difficult to tell differences between two sides of an album if BOTH sides sound like s__t! Where I come from this is the norm; two crappy sides.

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Neil Young - After the Gold Rush

Heavy Vinyl Debunked

  (Item #: youngafter_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame Pressing and another Heavy Vinyl LP debunked.

I won't go into too much detail discussing the sound of this new pressing because, frankly, it's just not worth anybody's time, even mine, and I do this for a living.

We know what the good pressings of the album sound like, we play them regularly, and this newly remastered vinyl is missing almost everything that makes the album essential to any Right Thinking Music Lover's collection.

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Neil Young - After the Gold Rush

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: youngafter_depth) 



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

Folks, a Hot Stamper collection of the Greatest Records of All Time would not be complete without a knockout copy of After the Gold Rush. That’s why it's been a Better Records All Time Top Ten Rock Title right from the start. We built our reputation on finding Demo Disc Quality recordings like this. Who else can offer you a copy of the album that delivers this kind of ANALOG MAGIC?

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Neil Young - After the Gold Rush

Our Shootout Winner from 2005

  (Item #: youngafter_2005) 



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

I've been looking for a great sounding version of this record for 20 years. I can't say that this is the best sounding copy in the world, but it's the best sounding copy I've ever heard (almost -- more about that later). This copy has incredible tubey magic, the likes of which I have never heard for any Neil Young record. It's rich, sweet, smooth, transparent -- it's hard to believe that this is a "modern" transistor rock recording, because it sure doesn't sound like one on this pressing. The vocal harmonies have those silky textures you expect to find on gold label Warner Brothers Peter Paul and Mary records, not orange label Neil Young records.

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Neil Young - After the Gold Rush

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: youngafter_2011) 



This is amazing copy of AFTER THE GOLD RUSH and a member of our Better Records Rock Hall of Fame.

It's an album we admit to being just a bit obsessed with. We love the album and we hope you do too. If you have some time on your hands -- maybe a bit too much time on your hands -- please feel free to check out our commentaries.

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Neil Young - Comes A Time

Our Shootout Winning Copy from 2007

  (Item #: youngcomes_2007) 



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

This wonderful Neil Young record has sound comparable to the best copies of Harvest and After The Gold Rush -- but no one seems to have noticed! Where are the Demo Disc LP Lists with Comes a Time on them?

Don't bother to search; they don't exist, to my knowledge anyway. Not to worry, because this egregious oversight has been rectified. Comes a Time is now officially a member of our Rock and Pop Top 100. Who needs those other lists anyway?

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Neil Young - Comes A Time

What to Listen For

  (Item #: youngcomes_wtlf) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on what you should be listening for when critically evaluating your copy (or ours) AND another in the long list of Forgotten Classics.

So many copies we played just sounded flat, with dull guitars and hard vocals. Some made Neil sound like he was singing from the back of the studio. Still others noticeably lacked leading edge transients of any kind, blunting the attack of the various stringed instruments.

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Neil Young - Decade (3 LPs)

  (Item #: youngdecad_) 



This is a very nice looking Reprise 3 LP set with No Bar Code on the fold-open cover. This album can basically be broken down into thirds: about a third of the material sounds really dull. The next third sounds surprisingly good and the last third is decent, like a typical Neil Young record.

People looking for an introduction to Mr. Young can't go wrong with this set. It's a wide ranging overview of his career, from the CSNY period, through all the solo records up to Zuma.

If you see one for cheap and don't particularly care if the sound is mediocre, pick it up, otherwise pass.

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Neil Young - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

Live and Learn

  (Item #: youngevery_wrong) 



Below you will see our old Hot Stamper commentary from 2004 as part of the discussion of EKTIN in an older shootout (9-08), comments which we now renounce, disown, reject, repudiate and disavow with extreme prejudice. Huh? Here's part of our mea culpa.

Our latest shootout this time around left us with a fairly large serving of egg on our face concerning the commentary we had written for our previous shootout, a textbook example of We Was Wrong. We rarely try to make excuses for our mistakes, but give us a break, that last shootout was more than four years ago (September 2004)!

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Neil Young - Greatest Hits

Classic Records Debunked

  (Item #: younggreat_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another Classic Records LP debunked.

MF loved it, we of course hated it, so what else is new? If you think this record sounds good, one thing is certain: you don't own many good sounding Neil Young records! You might not own any, but don't feel bad; not many audiophiles do, if the experience of my audiophile friends is any guide.

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Neil Young - Harvest

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: youngharve_depth) 



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

Many copies we played would work for the heavy songs and then fall short on the softer numbers. Others had gorgeous sound on the country-tinged numbers but couldn't deliever any whomp for the rockers. Only a select group of copies could hold their own in all of the styles and engage us from start to finish; we're pleased to present those exceptional pressings as the Hot Stamper copies of Harvest that so many of you have been begging for.

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Neil Young - Harvest

Our Shootout Winner in 2008

  (Item #: youngharve_2008) 



A distinguished member of our Hall of Fame since 2008.

Harvest is undeniably one of the most beloved albums in all of classic rock. We get letters all the time from customers hoping to get their hands on Hot Stamper copies, but we'll never have the supply to keep up with the demand. It's a tough nut to crack, because a Hot Stamper Harvest has to get so many things right -- the lovely pedal steel guitar on Out On The Weekend, the LSO on A Man Needs A Maid and There's A World (engineered by Glyn Johns), Neil's grungy electric guitar on Alabama, and so much more.

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Neil Young - Neil Young

Original Pressing

  (Item #: youngneily_orig) 



This is the original, unremixed version of Neil's first album, the early pressing with no title on the cover. The sound, at least on the copy we played, was not very good.
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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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Neil Young - Tonight’s The Night

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: youngtonig_0511) 



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

A KILLER COPY of one of the very toughest Neil Young albums to find with Hot Stamper sound is right here for the taking, folks. Side one earned an A++ grade while side two beat all comers to earn its A+++ rating. It is beyond difficult to find good sounding copies of this album. We see maybe one or two clean originals with Hot Stamper potential every year, so don't expect to see a ton of these hitting the site. The music is OFF THE CHARTS, of course, and the sound here is AMAZING.

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Neil Young - Zuma

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: youngzuma_2011) 



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

The highest rated copy to ever hit the site, with Master Tape Sound on BOTH SIDES! This Reprise pressing has two INCREDIBLE SOUNDING (and QUIET) White Hot A+++ sides. If you are looking for a hard-rockin' Neil Young album that boasts Demonstration Quality sound powerful to blow away just about any rock record in your collection, this is the hot ticket. Everything you could ever wanted from this album is here. It is nothing short of a knockout!

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Neil Young's Guitar Masterpiece

Danger Bird

  (Item #: youngzuma_danger_bird) 



Listen to the way Danger Bird opens. Each instrument, one by one, slowly, deliberately, one could almost say haltingly, feeds into the mix, until the churning guitars give way to Neil's spare vocal -- fatalistic, doomed, already resigned to some fate he barely understands.

Even though the song has just begun, you sense that Neil feels a weight and a darkness bearing down on him, that it's ongoing, that it's already started, that somehow you're coming into it in the middle, well after the weight of it has begun to crush and perhaps even kill him. He knows the story of Danger Bird all too well.

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The Brilliant Recorded Legacy of David Crosby / Stephen Stills / Graham Nash / Neil Young

  (Item #: allcsny) 



Recordings featuring the work of David Crosby

Recordings featuring the work of Stephen Stills

Recordings featuring the work of Graham Nash

Recordings featuring the work of Neil Young

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The Dynamic Energy of Neil Young and His Crazy Horse Pals

They're LIVE in the Studio

  (Item #: youngzuma_listen) 



Another in our series of Random Thoughts and observations on recording-related issues.

Hot Stampers are all about finding those rare and very special pressings that manage to represent the master tape at its best.

Notice I did not say ACCURATELY represent the master tape, because the master tape may have faults that need to be corrected, and the only way to do that is in the mastering phase. I can tell you without fear of contradiction that fidelity to the master tape should never be, and rarely is, the goal of the mastering engineer.

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Neil Young

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