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Perez Prado - Pops and Prado

A Killer Bob Simpson Recording

  (Item #: pradopopsa_2016) 



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

A wonderful copy with a White Hot Stamper side two - unbelievably Tubey Magical and spacious. Side one was Super Hot and maybe a bit better - the top is extended, and the reverb is positively luscious. This is vintage analog at its best -- the magic really comes through on this pressing. Credit for the Demo Disc sound of this one must go to the amazing Bob Simpson, working in glorious Webster Hall.

BOB SIMPSON won the Grammy for engineering Belafonte at Carnegie Hall you may recall.



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The Pretenders - Get Close

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: pretegetcl_2016) 



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

Get Close has long been a personal favorite of mine. Side one starts off with a bang with My Baby, one of the best tracks this band ever recorded. Of course at this point it's hard to call The Pretenders a band as it is pretty much Chrissie Hynde's show. She continues to mature as a songwriter, and the arrangements and production value are excellent as well, with heavy hitters such as Steve Lillywhite, Bob Clearmountain and Jimmy Iovine involved.

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The Pentangle - The Pentangle

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: pentapentangle_2016) 



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

This is an honest-to-goodness Demo Disc. When for a (thankfully) brief time back in the '70s I was selling audio equipment, the song "Pentangling" was a favorite demo cut to play in the store. The sound of the string bass and snare drum are amazingly natural; I don't know of any other pop album from the era that presents the vibrant timbre of those two instruments better.

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David Crosby - If I Could Only Remember My Name...

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: crosbifico_2016) 



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

BEYOND TRIPLE TRIPLE! This Top Copy had a side one that blew us away enough to earn FOUR Pluses!

Here it is, folks... a TRUE ROCK DEMO DISC! A White Hot Stamper copy such as this will show you why we've long considered it one of the All Time Top Ten Rock Albums for Sound and Music. You will not believe how Tubey Magical and three-dimensional this album can be when you have a pressing with this kind of sound. The harmonic complexity and extension on the acoustic guitars are absolutely stunning!

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Bob Dylan - The Times They Are A-Changin'

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: dylantimes_2016) 



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

This amazing Mono pressing is the first Triple Triple copy to ever hit the site!Both A+++ sides are incredibly rich and warm, with dynamics and smoothness to the harmonica you almost never hear. As impressive as the best stereo copies can be, the mono version is our preferred mix for the album.

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Big Brother & The Holding Company

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: bigbrbigbr_2016) 



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

This album has got that trippy '60s San Francisco sound, no doubt about it. Those of you who are familiar with Jefferson Airplane's Surrealistic Pillow or the early Grateful Dead albums know what I'm talking about. Like you might expect from this mixture of blues and psychedelic rock, the sound can be a bit raw. That's surely the way the band wanted you to hear it, and this copy gives you, more than anything else, the right sound for this music.

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Dick Schory - Music for Bang, Baa-room and Harp

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: schorbangb_2016) 



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

This one is absolutely As Good As It Gets on side one. It's a real treat to hear such a crazy assortment of percussion instruments with this kind of amazingly clear, high-resolution sound! It's just bigger, richer and clearer than any side we can remember playing.

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Cat Stevens - Catch Bull At Four

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: stevecatch_2016) 



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

If you're familiar with what the best Hot Stamper pressings of Tea for the Tillerman, Teaser and the Firecat or Mona Bone Jakon can sound like -- amazing is the word that comes to mind -- then you should easily be able to imagine how good this killer copy of Catch Bull at Four sounds.

All the ingredients for a Classic Cat Stevens album were in place for this release which came out in 1972, about a year after Teaser and the Firecat. His brilliant guitar player Alun Davies is still in the band, and Paul Samwell-Smith is still producing as brilliantly as ever.

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Tom Waits - Nighthawks At The Diner

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: waitsnight_2016) 



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

A stunning Top Copy of this Tom Waits classic! A superb recording, with much credit due to Waits' constant collaborator Bones Howe who produced and engineered. It's a live-in-the-studio romp through Los Angeles with Waits playing the role of tour guide, and the results are wonderful.

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Verdi / Rossini / Overtures and Intermezzos / Solti

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: varioover_1119_2016) 



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

This White Hot Stamper Plum Victrola pressing has GORGEOUS Tubey Magical Analog sound the likes of which you may have never heard. Yes, it's that good! Recorded in England by Decca in 1959, with Solti at the helm of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the music herein was originally released on the album Venice, LSC 2313, with a lovely die-cut cover. Six years later, still clearly in the Golden Age of Tubes, it was reissued on Victrola, and it would be hard to imagine it sounding any better than it does here. (We keep a noisy Venice as a ref but it sure doesn't sound like this pressing.)

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Ella Fitzgerald - Sings the Harold Arlen Song Book #2

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: fitzgsings_arlen_2_2016) 



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

The first Harold Arlen Song Book to hit the site, and with sound like this it's going to be very hard to beat. White Hot on side two, Super Hot on side one, Ella is especially rich, Tubey Magical and breathy throughout. Look at the great songs on Volume 2: Come Rain Or Come Shine, It's Only A Paper Moon, One For My Baby, Get Happy, I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues, Over The Rainbow and more.

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Ella Fitzgerald - Sings The George Gershwin Song Book

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: fitzgsings_gershwin_1_2016) 



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

This 2-pack offers HUGE White Hot Stamper sound from start to finish. Ella sounds especially rich, Tubey Magical and breathy -- this is a real Demo Disc. It's very difficult to get the vocals AND the brass right on the same copy, but these did it. Nelson Riddle's arrangements are especially interesting and artful throughout.

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Ella Fitzgerald - Ella At Duke's Place

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: fitzgella_at_dukes_2016) 



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

We have a very hard time doing the famous Ella Fitzgerald Songbooks due to the fact that so many pressings don't sound good, and the ones that do sound good are usually noisy.

That's why it came as a pleasant surprise that Ella At Duke's Place had the potential for excellent sound and reasonably quiet vinyl on the best copies.

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The B-52s - Wild Planet

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: b-52swildp_2016) 



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

This recording, like the band's first album, reminded me of a really good Don Landee / Ted Templeman production, the kind you hear on JT or Simple Dreams or the better Doobie Brothers albums -- with a difference.

Like the abovementioned albums, everything is laid out clearly: there's a space created for every part of the frequency spectrum from the lowest lows to the highest highs, with nothing crowding or interfering with anything else. The production is professional, clean, clear and REAL sounding everywhere you look.

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Genesis - Seconds Out

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: genessecon_2015) 



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

STUNNING SOUND FOR ALL FOUR SIDES! This live album from 1977 has some of the best Genesis sound we've heard. Their studio recordings are often a bit flat and dull, so it's really a treat to hear those songs with this kind of big, open, dynamic sound! Phil Collins handles the lead vocals here, but he does a great job even on the Peter Gabriel material.

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Bill Evans - Moon Beams

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: evansmoonb_2016) 



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

Moon Beams is one of the best sounding Bill Evans records we've ever played. You can see why we chose it to be the first OJC Hot Stamper of his to hit the site back in 2015. Play It Might As Well Be Spring for the kind of sublime musical experience you only find on 20th century analog.

Both sides are Tubey Magical, rich, open, spacious and tonally correct. We've never heard the record sound better, and that's coming from someone who's been playing Bill Evans' albums since the '80s when they were first reissued in their current form.

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Bill Evans & Toots Thielemans - Affinity

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: evansaffin_2016) 



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

This is a unique jazz album (in my experience, anyway) with very good sound. Piano with harmonica accompaniment is something I’ve never heard before, and most of the time it actually works. Both of these guys are top flight musicians, and their ability to communicate in order to create this wonderful improvisational jazz is a joy to experience.

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Jimi Hendrix - The Cry of Love

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: hendrcryof_2016) 



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

With Eddie Kramer and Robert Ludwig on the payroll, doesn't this record have to be spectacular?

Good, yes, but spectacular? Not really. Some copies just don't rock, and those copies lose a huge number of points for that shortcoming on a Monster Rock record such as this. Some are leaned out, some have no real top end -- as Murphy's Law makes clear, if something can go wrong it will go wrong.

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Jimi Hendrix - Crash Landing

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: hendrcrash_2016) 



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

TWO GREAT TRIPLE PLUS SIDES on this original Reprise pressing! This is one of those somewhat controversial posthumous Hendrix albums, but it's hard to argue with the quality of the best tracks on here, like the great Message To Love. I'm not going to go out on a limb and say this is a must-own album, but Hendrix fans will certainly find much to like here. We played a big stack of copies and most of them weren't worth our time; a copy like this one lets you appreciate Jimi's craft without mediocre sound getting in the way.

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Paul Quinichette - On The Sunny Side

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: quinionthe_2016) 



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

With three saxophones and a trombone, this is a fresh combination that really brings out the best in all the players during this Prestige jam session, a format for which they are justly famous . I raved about this album when it was in print many years ago - it's solidly swinging jazz that belong in your collection.

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Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: cash_atfol_2016) 



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

Two great sides on quiet vinyl! We've been trying to find good copies of this fun album for ages, but it wasn't until recently that we heard this music sound right. Most copies are just too thin and edgy with lots of strain and hardness on the vocals. This one is richer, smoother and sweeter, with lots of body and excellent transparency. It ain't easy to find great sounding Johnny Cash records, but this copy had the sound we were looking for.

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Foreigner - Double Vision

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: foreidoubl_2016) 



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

The fullest, richest, smoothest, most energetic and clearest copy we played in our shootout by far - this is how good the album can sound! This one has the clarity and energy that let this music come to life. The sound was jumping out of our speakers.

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Duke Ellington - Duke's Big 4

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: ellindukes_2016) 



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

I don't know of any other Pablo recording of the Duke from this era that has such big, open, clear, solid sound. VAL VALENTIN did the engineering, and as he has so often over the course of his storied career, he knocked it out of the park.

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Genesis - Wind and Wuthering

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: geneswinda_2016) 



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

This is the first-ever copy of Wind and Withering to hit the site, and it's a monster -- a 2-pack set with Triple Plus sound on both sides. We have struggled like crazy to find copies of this album that present the music well, but most of the pressings we've gotten our hands on were a DISASTER.

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Rush - Signals

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: rush_signa_2016) 



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

If you're a fan of the band, you know what these guys are about -- big-time technical prowess, dizzying effects, powerful solos and so forth. You've got to have a very good pressing with serious clarity and lots of energy if you want that magic to come through in the grooves.

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Rush - Permanent Waves

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: rush_perma_2016) 



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

Just the third Triple Plus (A+++) copy to ever hit our site -- these are TOUGH to find with this kind of sound.

The drums and cymbals sound right (although quite different on these two sides, compare and contrast for yourselves), which is essential on a Rush album. As everyone knows, Neil Peart's drumming is a major highlight of anything the band does.

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Pat Benatar - Crimes of Passion

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: benatcrime_2016) 



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

Credit for the sound must go to the brilliant engineer Keith Olsen, the man behind the amazing sounding Buckingham Nicks album and the even-more-amazing Fleetwood Mac self-titled release from 1975. Is there a better sounding Fleetwood Mac album? I certainly can't think of one.

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George Benson - Breezin'

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: bensobreez_2016) 



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

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

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Foreigner - 4

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: forei4_2016) 



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

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

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

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Stevie Nicks - Bella Donna

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: nicksbella_2016) 



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

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

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Alice Cooper - Goes To Hell

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: coopegoest_2016) 



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

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

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David Bowie - Diamond Dogs

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: bowiediamo_2016) 



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

The sound on this copy is KILLER. It's incredibly big and open with tons of space around the instruments and wonderfully present vocals. Super rich, full and Tubey Magical yet still clean, clear and spacious -- good luck finding another copy with sound anything like this!

Both sides were shootout winners and earned A+++ grades. This copy was better than the rest of them in every way we could imagine -- livelier, more transparent, cleaner, more present and all that good stuff.

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Grover Washington - Feels So Good

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: washifeels_2016) 



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

Top A+++ sound on side one and Double Plus on side two - who knew this was such a well recorded album? So much like live music -- uncompressed, present, full of energy, with the instruments clearly located and surrounded by the natural space of the studio. An RVG recording (and mastering) from 1975 that is a KNOCKOUT on a copy like this.

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The Beach Boys - Surfer Girl

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: beachsurfe_2016) 



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

If you've ever played an original pressing of the album you know what a sonic mess it is. There may be some good sounding copies out there but we've never heard one and remain skeptical in the extreme as to the possibility. Ever heard a top quality early Beatles Capitol pressing? Me neither.

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Saint-Saens / Symphony No. 3 ("Organ") / Fremaux

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: saintsym3_2016) 



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

One of Saint-Saens' greatest masterpieces finally comes to Better Records with true Demo Disc sound. Huge, lively, spacious, dynamic - both sides earned our top grade of Triple Plus (A+++). What this copy did better than any other was show us just how rich, smooth and Tubey Magical the 1973 sound could be.

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The Byrds - Untitled

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: byrdsuntit_2016) 



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

WOW! The best pressing to ever hit the site, and it's Triple Plus (A+++) on ALL FOUR SIDES. The overall sound is really rich, full-bodied, and open with impressive transparency and presence. Features a 16 minute Eight Miles High on the live disc that just kills -- especially on a lively copy like this.

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Miles Davis - My Funny Valentine

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: davismyfun_2016) 



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

1965 Live Analog at its best. Present and lively with solid, full-bodied tonality, thanks to the engineering of the legendary Fred Plaut. A wonderful live performance, showcasing the more lyrical side of Miles.

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Michael McDonald - If That's What It Takes

Great Sounding Soulful Pop

  (Item #: mcdoniftha_2016) 



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

For soulful pop it doesn’t get much better than a Hot Stamper pressing of Michael McDonald's first album. The bottom end has real weight, the top is extended and sweet, the vocals are breathy and present, and the energy is off the charts. Just listen to how rich and full-bodied the midrange is!

With the right pressing the highs open up and his vocals JUMP out of the speakers. He's RIGHT THERE.

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Holst / British Band Classics Vol. 2 / Fennell

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: holstbriti_90197_2016) 



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

Side one big, full and dynamic, with horns and winds that are never screechy. (Side two of this first LP is very screechy and not at all to our liking.)

Side two of the second record has the sound of live music. Huge space, clear yet rich, this is the sound we were looking for!

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Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks - Striking It Rich

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: hicksstrik_2016) 



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

Normally this record sounds thick and dead. It's very rare to find a copy like this that has any real transparency. The vocals are sweet and silky and the string instruments are more clear in the mix.

There's nothing more frustrating than a record that defies every effort to hear into it, typically the feeling I get when listening to Dan Hicks' recordings. But on this pressing I could actually appreciate the music without having to fight the sound.

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Peggy Lee - Guitars Ala Lee

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: lee_guita_2016) 



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

Full-bodied sound, open and spacious, bursting with life and energy -- these are the hallmarks of our Truly Hot Stampers. If your stereo is cookin' these days this copy of Guitars Ala Lee will be an unparalleled Sonic Treat.

We guarantee that no heavy vinyl pressing, of this or any other album, has the kind of analog magic found here.

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Randy Newman - 12 Songs

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: newma12son_2016) 



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

Both sides here were incredible. You get a very strong bottom end, lovely richness and warmth, real space and separation between the instruments and wonderful immediacy throughout. The heavy, "swampy" vibe of the music comes through well without the sound getting too murky or muddy.

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Squeeze - Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: squeecosif_2016) 



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

If you're a fan of Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, Nick Lowe, Joe Jackson and even quite a few other lesser-knowns from this era, Squeeze is the band for you. I put them right up there with Elvis Costello and Peter Gabriel in the pantheon of Best British Pop Music of All Time.

This has long been a favorite album of mine, a Desert Island Disc if you will, with some of the most powerfully produced, intelligently written and passionately performed songs in the entire Squeeze canon.

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Mary Hopkin - Post Card

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: hopkipostc_2016) 



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

This British original pressing has a White Hot side two and a nearly White Hot side one. Side two is unbelievably huge and open in a way that no other side of any copy could touch. It's taken us close to ten years to find enough clean copies with which 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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Pat Metheny - Offramp

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: metheoffra_2016) 



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

Triple Plus on side two, it's the side with the most space, all the weight, and the best balance of them all. Side one is Double Plus, doing pretty much everything side two was doing - in short, getting this ethereal music to sound right. Offramp held the Number One spot on the Jazz Album charts for 16 weeks back in 1982.

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Frank Zappa - Burnt Weeny Sandwich

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: zappaburnt_2016) 



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

The better copies such as this one had a healthy dose of the Tubey Magical richness found on the better analog recordings from the late '60s and '70s (1970 in this case). One of Frank Zappa’s more interesting releases, with a combination of groundbreaking live and studio material, like Chunga's and Weasils.

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Art Garfunkel - Breakaway

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: garfubreak_2016) 



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

Both sides are transparent, open, and spacious, with dramatically more life and energy than the typical pressing. The bottom end on this copy is surprisingly meaty as well, with far more punch than most of the pressings we played.

The keyboards are full and rich, the guitars ring just right. This copy is killer in practically every way. You will be hard-pressed to imagine it sounding much better than it does here.

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Santana - Borboletta

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: santaborbo_2016) 



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

Top players include Stanley Clarke, Airto, Flora Purim and Michael Shrieve.

This is definitely not an album of "hits", nor is it trying to be one. The lengthy review in Rolling Stone explains it all, and is certainly worth a read if jazz-rock fusion is your thing.

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The Police - Zenyatta Mondatta

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: policzenya_2016) 



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

The first White Hot copy to hit the site in almost TEN YEARS! And it's a monster, with both sides earning our Top Grade of Triple Plus (A+++). The sound is dramatically bigger, present and livelier than the average pressing.

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Stanley Turrentine - Sugar

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: turresugar_2016) 



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

The best copies seem to have more space and are even more clear while at the same time keeping the sound rich and tonally correct from top to bottom. That sound is exactly what you will hear on this side two! It won our shootout because it gave us the feeling that we were hearing everything that was being recorded in the studio exactly the way Rudy, Stanley and his jazz buds wanted us to. In those long ago sessions at Van Gelder Studios in November of 1970, this is how it went down.

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Frank Sinatra - Sings Days of Wine and Roses & more

Judging Books and Covers

  (Item #: sinatdayso_2016) 



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

Presented with the less-than-captivating cover and title of Days of Wine and Roses, we were put off by our first impression; that of a budget thrown-together compilation, brought even lower by the fairly generic shot of Old Blue Eyes on the cover. We didn't think an album that looked like this could possibly contain the swinging (or deeply emotional, both are fine with us) Sinatra music we've grown to love from his best Capitol- and Reprise-era releases.

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Frank Sinatra - Look To Your Heart

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: sinatlookt_2016) 



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

Triple Plus (A+++) on side one, with a side two that is right up there with it - outstanding sound quality from first note to last. This copy was the fullest, richest and smoothest, with the best bass and most natural vocals of any we played. Recorded from 1953-1955, this mono collection of singles and such gives us Old Blue Eyes in his Capitol-period prime.

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Liszt / Piano Concertos No. 1 and 2 / Richter

Our Four Plus Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: lisztpiano_2016) 



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

This A++++ Beyond White Hot Stamper 2-pack has sound that must be experienced to be believed! The finest Liszt 1st & 2nd Concertos we know of for performance and unquestionably for sound when they sound like this. More like LIVE MUSIC than any classical recording I have played in longer than I care to remember - both sides are so big, rich and transparent we guarantee you have never heard a better piano concerto.

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Rickie Lee Jones - Pirates

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: jonespirat_2016) 



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

The typical copy of this album has a number of problems: midrange honk; hardness to the vocals; lack of presence; congestion; insufficient energy; blunted transients; grainy highs and so on. The Warner Bros. team of this era (Herscberg, Titleman, Waronker, etc.) brought us some wonderful recordings, but you'd never know it from listening to the typical '80s WB Tan Label LP, which tend to be pretty poor. Of course, search hard enough and you can find a copy that delivers some of the magic of the master tape, and that's exactly what we have here.

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Bill Evans - Sunday at the Village Vanguard

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: evanssunda_2016) 



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

Huge space; clear, highly resolving cymbal harmonics that extend all the way into space; lively energy; bass that's deep and note-like -- I just don't know how you can make this live piano trio music sound any better than it does here!

The best sounding Bill Evans record we have ever played? Probably. it's safe to say that at the very least it's as good as any we've critically evaluated on our current system.

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Julie London - Julie

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: londojulie_7004_2016) 



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

Stunning Julie London sound! We are constantly picking up Julie London records, whatever we can find, in the hopes that we'll stumble upon one that sounds like this. Usually we aren't so lucky, but man is this one something! If you love jazzy female vocal records, you're going to flip out over this pressing.

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Willie Nelson - The Troublemaker

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: nelsotroub_2016) 



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

The first Hot Stamper copy of this great album to ever hit the site and it's one for the ages! It's taken us a long time to pull together enough clean copies to make this shootout happen. Boy, was it worth all the trouble!

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June Christy - Something Cool

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: chrissomet_2016) 



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

We are HUGE fans of this album at Better Records, but it's taken us a long time to pull together enough clean copies to make this shootout happen. Boy, was it worth all the trouble!

The presence and immediacy here are staggering. Get the volume just right and June will be standing between your speakers and putting on the performance of a lifetime. This is one of our three or four favorite female vocal albums (along with Clap Hands, Julie Is her Name and not many others!) and this amazingly good copy will show you why -- the sound and music are As Good As It Gets.

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Little Milton - We're Gonna Make It

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: miltowereg_2016) 



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

This Chess reissue is spacious, open, transparent, rich and sweet. It's yet another remarkable disc from the Golden Age of Vacuum Tube Recording Technology (1965 in this case), with the added benefit of mastering using the more modern cutting equipment of the mid- '80s. (We are of course here referring to the good modern mastering of 30+ years ago, not the too-often bad modern mastering of today.)

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Joe Cocker - Joe Cocker (1969)

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: cockejoeco_1969_2016) 



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

I put this album up against the best Cocker has ever made. He released both of his first two albums in 1969, strikingly reminiscent of another band we revere, Led Zeppelin. (Small world: Jimmy Page plays on Cocker's first release.)

The consistently high quality of the material is another reason this album has to be considered a Must Own. Did Cocker ever release an album with more good songs than these? On side one alone you'll find Dear Landlord; Bird on the Wire; She Came in Through the Bathroom Window; and Hitchcock Railway. On side two: Something; Delta Lady; Hello, Little Friend; and Darling Be Home Soon.

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Joe Pass - For Django

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: pass_fordj_2016) 



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

White Hot Stamper sound on both sides -- this is some killer jazz guitar "trio" sound. There are actually two guitarists on this record, John Pisano being the other one, plus bass and drums. We're big fans of Pacific Jazz recordings from this era, with 1964 live in the studio Tubey Magic to die for.

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Nat King Cole - The Very Thought Of You

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: cole_veryt_2016) 



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

The presence and immediacy here of Nat King Cole's vocals are '50s Capitol Recording Magic at its best. Set the volume right and Nat is right between your speakers, putting on the performance of a lifetime. The selection of material and the contributions of all involved are hard to fault.

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The Byrds - Ballad of Easy Rider

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: byrdsballa_2016) 



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

The first White Hot copy of this great Byrds album -- 4 stars on Allmusic -- to EVER hit the site, and it's a killer Triple Triple copy! Anyone who has played the typical copy of this album is probably familiar with the dull, lifeless, opaque sound that plagues most pressings. We collect these in bulk (natch) and it's disappointing how mediocre most copies sound.

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Deep Purple - In Rock

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: deeppinroc_2016) 



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

The best pressings give you exactly what you want from this brand of straight ahead rock and roll: presence in the vocals; solid, note-like bass; big punchy drums, and the kind of live-in-the-studio energetic, clean and clear sound. (AC/DC is another band with that kind of live studio sound. With big speakers and the power to drive them YOU ARE THERE.)

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The Moody Blues - To Our Children's Children's Children

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: moodytoour_2016) 



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

This Decca original British pressing has TWO STUNNING SIDES! The sound is incredibly lively and dynamic with the kind of top end extension that's missing from most copies (of any Moody Blues album). Most aren't nearly this airy, open or spacious. The bottom end is strong with nice weight and great bass definition. The vocals are big and solid.

You get amazing richness, fullness and warmth on these sides, which is exactly what you want for the Moodies' music. Nothing else in our shootout came close to this side two, which of course is why it won the shootout.

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Coleman Hawkins - Hawk Eyes

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: hawkihawke_2016) 



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

This 1960 Saxophone Ballad session from 1960 has to be seen as yet another recording triumph for Rudy Van Gelder

The best pressings of these OJC and Prestige reissues from the '70s and '80s sound like the vintage jazz albums they emulate, and sometimes they even beat the originals at their own Tubey Magical game. They can be every bit as rich, sweet and spacious as their earlier-pressed brethren in our experience.

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Poco - Poco

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: poco_poco_2016) 



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

Poco's second album is an unusual blend of country-rock, with some long, jazzy instrumental breaks that center around Rusty Young's pedal steel, which doesn't sound like any pedal steel guitar you've ever heard. It's played with a wah-wah pedal and, if that wasn't enough, the resulting sound is sent through a Leslie organ speaker.

We know it sounds crazy, but it really works. There is nothing else like it on record, nothing that we've ever heard anyway.

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Jerry Jeff Walker - Mr. Bojangles

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: walkemrboj_2016) 



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

The clear winner of our recent shootout, this Atco original boasts White Hot stamper sound on both sides. The biggest and clearest of any we played, the sound was also full-bodied and present like no other. The engineering team of Tom Dowd and Phil Lehle work their magic on this one, just as they did for so many John Coltrane albums of the '60s.

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Gerry Mulligan Quartet - What Is There To Say?

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: mulliwhati_2016) 



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

This Six Eye stereo LP put every other copy we played to shame on side one with shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound. Side two earned a Double Plus (A++) grade for its explosive dynamics and rich, full-bodied, Tubey Magical sax sound. Tubier, more transparent, more dynamic, with that "jumpin' out of the speakers' quality that only The Real Thing ever has. Hard to imagine any reissue, vintage or otherwise, can hold a candle to the sound of this amazing record.

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John Coltrane - John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: coltrjohnc_2016) 



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

An outstanding copy of this classic Jazz Vocal album, with superb sound throughout. The sound is huge and spacious with richness and Tubey Magic like nothing you've heard. I defy you to find a Male Vocal record produced in the last thirty years that can hold a candle to this one sonically or musically. A wonderful collaboration between a horn player and a singer, perhaps the greatest of all time.

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Jethro Tull - Benefit

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: jethrbenef_2016) 



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

WHOA! The best copy of Benefit to hit the site in OVER EIGHT YEARS! The sound is big, rich, tubey and solid with excellent transparency

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Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: waitssword_2016) 



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

The first Top Copy of Swordfishtrombones to ever hit the site, and it's a beast! Side one earned a Double Plus (A++) grade while side two clocked in at Triple Plus (A+++). This is yet another wonderful sounding Tom Waits recording, though it's very different from the earlier titles from his catalog that have been featured on our site before. While we're huge fans of the sound Waits and engineer Bones Howe put together on albums like Small Change and Heartattack and Vine, this album marked a turning point for Waits and the sound of his albums.

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Richard & Linda Thompson - I Want To See The Bright...

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: thompiwant_2016) 



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

The first White Hot Stamper of this 1974 classic to make it to the site, and it's wonderful on both sides. Rich, full-bodied, with big bass and gobs of studio ambience, this is the way this music was meant to be heard. Kurt Loder writing in Rolling Stone noted that there's "not a single track that's less than luminous."

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Sarah Vaughan - The Lonely Hours

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: vaughlonel_2016) 



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

Wonderfully warm, big and clear, not to mention exceptionally dynamic, this copy shows the listener just how good the master tape must be.

Not only could no other copy touch it; as far as I can tell it's the only copy with two sides good enough to put on the site!

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June Christy - This Is June Christy

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: christhisi_2016) 



This wonderful recording from 1958 is a distinguished member of the Better Records Popular Hall of Fame.

It's very rare that a Shootout Winning copy of a June Christy album from the late '50s would have vinyl this quiet. Can't recall the last time that happened, or if it ever has.

Both sides of this '50s All Tube Recorded and Mastered record are just as rich and relaxed as you would expect. The balance is correct, which means the top is there as well as the bottom, with good vocal presence throughout.

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Wes Montgomery - Boss Guitar

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: montgbossg_2016) 



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

This is one of Wes Montgomery's best albums from his prime '60s period, if not THE best. Rich and full-bodied but clear and spacious, the 1963 All Tube Analog sound is perfect for Wes's organ trio format.

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Gerry Mulligan - The Concert Jazz Band

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: mulliconce_2016) 



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

If you've never heard a good All Tube Recording of the baritone sax, buy this record -- it will blow your mind!

Huge amounts of ambience fill out the space the extends from wall to wall (and all the way to the back wall of the studio), leaving plenty of room around each of the players.

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Jesse Belvin - Mr. Easy

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: belvimreas_2016) 



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

Zero distortion. zero smear, huge amounts of space and breathy rich vocals - what's not to like? Marty Paich and Art Pepper lend a hand, and with Al Schmitt behind the board the sound is 1960 Living Stereo Tubey Magic at its finest.

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Gerry Mulligan - Jeru

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: mullijeru_2016) 



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

This Black Print 360 original stereo pressing from 1962 put every other copy we played to shame - it's White Hot on both sides. Tubier, more transparent, more dynamic, with that "jumpin' out of the speakers' quality that only The Real Thing (an old record) ever has. Hard to imagine any reissue, vintage or otherwise, can beat the sound of this amazing LP - we sure couldn't find one.

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Gerry Mulligan - And His Concert Jazz Band On Tour

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: mulliandhi_2016) 



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

White Hot on side two, nearly White on side one, this live album is crazy good sounding on this copy. Huge space, size and clarity, with Tubey Magical richness befitting its 1960 recording dates. On the second track of side two the swingin' Zoot Sims is as immediate and real as any sax player can be.

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McCoy Tyner - Extensions

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: tynerexten_2016) 



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

With Alice Coltrane on harp, this is one trippy album! For those with adventurous tastes you are sure to have an interesting musical experience with this one.

We quite enjoy the sound of a great many Blue Note pressings from the '70s, although to be fair there are plenty of dogs out there too. The reason this LP and others from the era have such transparency and such an extended top end compared with some of RVG's older recordings is due, at least to some degree, to the better cutting equipment he had available to him in the '70s.

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Hampton Hawes - Vol 2: The Trio

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: hawesvol2t_2016) 



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

This Triple Plus (+++) pressing from '55/'56 mono tapes is EVERYTHING that's good about mono. The size, the weight, the solidity, the clarity, the energy, the rhythmic drive - it's all here and more. This killer pressing has the best sound and the best music we have ever heard on any Hampton Hawes album.

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Shostakovich / Sym. No.1 / Age of Gold Suite / Martinon

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: shostsym1_2016) 



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

Triple Plus on side one for the Symphony No. 1 - the sound is extraordinarily big, lively, clear and above all Tubey Magical. Side two is nearly as good, with all the same attributes, as rightly befits a true Golden Age Classic from 1959. Recorded in KINGSWAY HALL with the London Symphony, this Decca licensed title has orchestral sound to rival the best you've heard.

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Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells A Story

Our Four Plus Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: stewaevery_2016) 



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.

A knockout Top Copy, with a side one so jaw-droppingly amazing that we awarded it the rare Four Plus (A++++) grade. The sound is incredibly rich, full-bodied and open with excellent clarity -- you will be FLOORED.

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The Eagles - One Of These Nights

Our 4 Plus Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: eagleoneof_2017) 



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

This 2-pack contains the best side one we've ever heard! The sound is bigger, richer, tubier and livelier than we even thought possible. Side one was so amazing, such an obvious step up over every side of every other copy, we felt it deserved to be awarded our "Four Plus" (A++++) grade. One of These Nights, Too Many Hands and Hollywood Waltz will blow your mind on this side one.

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Chabrier / Orchestral Music / Ansermet

Our Four Plus Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: chabrorche_2016) 



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

The Espana side earned our rare and coveted Four Plus (A++++) Sonic Grade - Wow! Monstrous size and dynamic power thanks to the brilliant Decca engineering of Roy Wallace. Without a doubt the most spectacular sound we’ve ever heard from CS 6438.

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Chicago - Chicago VI

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: chicachica6_2016) 



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

The background vocals on these sides are super-breathy and clear, a far cry from the typically smeary, dark voices we heard on most of the pressings we played, all originals in this case.

More often than not the brass lacks bite and presence, but these sides had the Chicago horns leaping out of the speakers. What is a Chicago record without great horns? Without that big bold sound you may have something, but it sure ain't Chicago.

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Chicago - Chicago V

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: chicachica5_2016) 



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

Triple Triple! The best copy to ever hit the site - Saturday In The Park is really rockin' this side two. Both of these amazing A+++ sides are rich, full and warm - the brass has tremendous power and energy. 4 stars on Allmusic and one of the best sounding albums in their massive catalog, the last they recorded at Columbia's 30th Street studios

  • Their first Number One, and The Biggest Selling Album of 1972 (!), spending nine weeks at the top of the charts.
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  • 10cc - How Dare You

    Our Shootout Winner from 2016

      (Item #: tencchowda_2016) 



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

    With this superb British pressing some of you who might consider yourselves more devoted fans of the band will finally be able to hear what a good recording this is. The typical domestic copy is a disaster as are some of the British originals and reissues; we should know, we cleaned them, played them and heard them for ourselves.

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    Bee Gees et al. - Saturday Night Fever

    Our Shootout Winner from 2016

      (Item #: beegesatur_2016) 



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

    This copy of the Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack has truly killer sound throughout, and that ain't no jive talkin'! We collected a bunch of these and put them through the shootout process and were delighted to find out that some of the material on here can sound wonderful on the best pressings.

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    Bob Dylan - John Wesley Harding

    Our Shootout Winner from 2016

      (Item #: dylanjohnw_2016) 



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

    SUPERB SOUND and UNUSUALLY QUIET VINYL on both sides -- I don't think we've ever had a copy this amazing! Both sides earned our Top Grade of A+++. This copy has the bass, fullness & vocal presence that are hard to come by for this album. The title track, Dear Landlord, I'll Be Your Baby Tonight, All Along the Watchtower and I Pity The Poor Immigrant are just some of the most memorable songs here.

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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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    Jethro Tull - This Was

    Our Shootout Winner from 2016

      (Item #: jethrthisw_2016) 



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

    Guaranteed to MURDER any Pink Label Island original you have ever heard - these are the Hot Stampers.

    Folks, this is the best copy we are going to have on the site for a very long time. It took years and hundreds upon hundreds of dollars to get this shootout going and this killer copy is the result.

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    Jimi Hendrix - Axis: Bold As Love

    Our Shootout Winner from 2016

      (Item #: hendraxisb_2016) 



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

    What a copy! Super rich and full-bodied with a wide, tall soundstage and plenty of punch, this is exactly the right sound for this music. It sure ain't easy to find good-sounding Hendrix records, and most copies of Axis are positively painful. You need rich, full tonality and plenty of space up top if this album is going to work, and on those counts this copy certainly delivers!

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    Billie Holiday - Lady In Satin

    Balancing the Vocal, Strings and Rhythm

      (Item #: holidladyi_2016) 



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

    The better copies reproduce clearly what to our minds are the three most important elements in the recording -- strings, rhythm, and vocal -- and, more importantly, the are reproduced properly balanced with one another.

    The monos, as you might expect, balance the three elements well enough, but the problem with mono is that the vocals and instruments are jammed together in the center of the soundfield, layered atop one another.

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    Miles Davis - Quiet Nights

    Our Shootout Winner from 2016

      (Item #: davisquiet_2016) 



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

    A Top Shelf copy of this Miles Davis - Gil Evans classic, and only the second to hit the site in five years. Fred Plaut engineered the sessions, which here, sound rich, warm, and smooth, with excellent presence. Gil Evans conducts the orchestra, adding a lovely feel reminiscent of Sketches Of Spain.

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    Miles Davis - In A Silent Way

    Our Shootout Winner from 2016

      (Item #: davisinasi_2016) 



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

    Sit down with this record, draw the blinds, and you’ll hear why AMG gave it 5 Stars. Perhaps it’s the extended solos from John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock Wayne Shorter, and Davis himself. Perhaps it’s the slippery, spiraling nature of these signature jazz fusion epic pieces. Perhaps it’s the grooves that Tony Williams and Dave Holland spin, slowly at first, building later in each of the LP’s mesmerizing tracks.

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    Frank Sinatra - Sinatra's Sinatra

    Our Shootout Winner from 2016

      (Item #: sinatsinat_2016) 



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

    This Sinatra release from 1963 has out of this world Triple Plus (A+++) sound practically from start to finish. Forget the reissues - the stereo original we are offering here is the only way to go for rich, tubey, dynamic, musical sound. Frank rerecorded some of his biggest hits in stereo for this album - the record is one Sinatra Classic after another.

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    Kenny Dorham - Una Mas

    Our Shootout Winner from 2016

      (Item #: dorhaunama_2016) 



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

    A fun and lively Blue Note, presented here with two especially hot sides and quiet vinyl!

    After hearing a copy that blew us away a few years back, we went on the hunt for enough pressings to get this shootout off the ground. It wasn't easy -- run across many clean Kenny Dorham LPs recently? -- but we finally pulled it off and this copy really impressed the hell out of us compared to the others we had on hand to play.

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    Ella Fitzgerald - Whisper Not

    Our Shootout Winner from 2016

      (Item #: fitzgwhisp_2016) 



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

    Both sides of this original stereo pressing are White Hot - Triple Plus all the way! Breathy, tubey, big and clear, this is the best sound we have ever heard for Whisper Not. Superb engineering from the man behind so many great sounding Verve records, Val Valentin. "These fine-tuned arrangements also provide the perfect launching pad for Fitzgerald to place her own stamp on material associated with other singers."

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