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Simon & Garfunkel
Bookends

  (Item #: simonbooke_1711) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An excellent 360 stereo pressing earning Double Plus (A++) grades or better on both sides
  • Our hottest copies have lovely midrange magic on the guitars and voices as well as plenty of studio ambience on most tracks, especially the simpler, more folky ones
  • An album that has become much tougher to come by, especially ones that play this well
  • Top 100, Five Stars - side two alone has Fakin' It, Mrs. Robinson, A Hazy Shade of Winter and At the Zoo
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Paul Simon
Paul Simon

  (Item #: simonpauls_1706) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An outstanding early pressing with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side one and Double Plus (A++) sound on side two
  • The sound is rich, warm, airy, and spacious with real depth to the soundfield - you'll quickly see why this is a Top 100 Title
  • 5 Stars: "It was miles removed from the big, stately ballad style of Bridge Over Troubled Water and signaled that Simon was a versatile songwriter as well as an expressive singer with a much broader range of musical interests than he had previously demonstrated."
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Paul Simon
Live Rhymin'

  (Item #: simonliver_1711) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This 2-pack gives you excellent nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides of this superb sounding live album
  • The first copies to hit the site in over a year - pressings like this are hard to come by!
  • You get clear, full-bodied and lively sound from first note to last
  • Features great versions of Simon classics, including The Boxer, Bridge Over Troubled Water, The Sound Of Silence and many more
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Paul Simon
Paul Simon

  (Item #: simonpauls_1710) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A great copy of Simon's debut with excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Clean, clear and open with huge bass and amazing Tubey Magic on the vocals and guitars
  • Roy Halee handled the engineering and as usual he did a great job for the time - thankfully it was recorded in 1972, not 1982
  • 5 Stars: "It was miles removed from the big, stately ballad style of Bridge Over Troubled Water and signaled that Simon was a versatile songwriter as well as an expressive singer with a much broader range of musical interests than he had previously demonstrated."
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Paul Simon
There Goes Rhymin’ Simon

  (Item #: simonthere_1710) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy, Double Plus (A++) on both sides and pressed on reasonably quiet vinyl
  • The sound is big, warm and full-bodied - it's present and clear, never harsh or gritty the way so many are
  • Great songs including Kodachrome, Loves Me Like a Rock, Was a Sunny Day (and you probably know most of the other 7)
  • 5 stars Allmusic: "Retaining the buoyant musical feel of Paul Simon, but employing a more produced sound, There Goes Rhymin' Simon found Paul Simon writing and performing with assurance and venturing into soulful and R&B-oriented music."
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Simon & Garfunkel
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme

  (Item #: simonparsl_1707) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Two superb sounding Double Plus (A++) sides on relatively quiet vinyl - a remarkably good sounding copy
  • This Columbia 360 is open, spacious, and transparent, with breathy vocals and low levels of spit (clean cutting)
  • A Demo Disc for Tubey Magical voices and guitars, as well as a longtime Better Records Top 100 album
  • 4 1/2 stars Allmusic: "[I]t is an achievement akin to the Beatles' Revolver or the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album, and just as personal and pointed as either of those records at their respective bests."
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White Hot Stamper

Paul Simon
One Trick Pony

  (Item #: simononetr_1703x) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A Shootout Winning copy: Triple Plus (A+++) on side two and Double Plus (A++) on side one
  • Just the second Hot Stamper copy to hit the site in over four years and one of the best we've ever played
  • It's rich, warm, and sweet with dramatically more energy than most - Late in the Evening is killer here
  • "Tasty licks abound from the fretwork of Eric Gale, Hiram Bullock, and Hugh McCracken, and the rhythm section of Steve Gadd, Tony Levin, and Richard Tee is equally in the groove. This is the closest thing to a band album Simon ever made, and it contains some of his most rhythmic and energetic singing."
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Paul Simon
One Trick Pony

  (Item #: simononetr_1710) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two excellent Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better copies we played in our recent shootout
  • Only the third Hot Stamper copy to hit the site in over four years
  • It's rich, warm, and sweet with dramatically more energy than most - Late in the Evening is great on this copy
  • "This is the closest thing to a band album Simon ever made, and it contains some of his most rhythmic and energetic singing."
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Paul Simon
Still Crazy After All These Years

  (Item #: simonstill_1711) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - a strong copy of Simon's hit third solo album
  • A tough record to find with good sound -- most copies are not as smooth and rich as this one
  • Clear, transparent and lively throughout, and the vinyl about as quiet as we can find it
  • Featuring the classic title track, Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover, Gone at Last and the lovely ballad You're Kind
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Simon & Garfunkel
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme

  (Item #: simonparsl_1707_1) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • This is a surprisingly good sounding album - when you can hear it on a Hot Stamper like this
  • It's open, spacious, and transparent, with breathy vocals - the sound is, above all, natural
  • A Demo Disc for Tubey Magical voices and guitars, as well as a longtime Better Records Top 100 album
  • 4 1/2 stars Allmusic: "[I]t is an achievement akin to the Beatles' Revolver or the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album, and just as personal and pointed as either of those records at their respective bests."
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Paul Simon - Graceland

What to Think When the New Version Is Completely Unrecognizable?

  (Item #: simongrace_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F

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

Where did this thick, dull, bloated, opaque turd come from? Having played at least 50 copies of the album over the last ten years, I can honestly say I have never heard one that sounded very much like this new version (maybe some record club copy we picked up by accident did, can't say it never happened).

Can that possibly be a good thing?

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Paul Simon - Graceland

When Clarity Is King

  (Item #: simongrace_wtlf) 



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

We regularly do shootouts for Graceland. Having played so many copies over the years we're become quite familiar with the range of sound on the album, what constitutes good, better and best, and we understand precisely what qualities the premier copy must have in order to win one of our shootouts.

Above all the thing Graceland has going for it sonically is CLARITY. It has many other good qualities as well: It can be open and spacious, tonally correct, with punchy, tight bass and present, breathy vocals.

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Paul Simon - Paul Simon

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: simonpauls_2008) 



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

MASTER TAPE SOUND on side one, backed with a great side two! We just finished our first big shootout for this wonderfully fun album, and I gotta tell you -- I don’t think any Paul Simon solo album was recorded any better! I can’t imagine that you'll find a better sounding side than the first side of this copy; it's doing EVERYTHING right.

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Paul Simon - Stil Crazy All These Years

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: simonstill_depth) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you critically evaluate your copy of Still Crazy After All These Years.

As well-produced, well-engineered Pop Albums from the '70s, the very best copies can proudly hold their heads high. Wait a minute. Our last commentary noted what a mess most of the pressings of this album sound like, with so much spit and grain. Have we changed our minds? Well, yes and no, and as usual we make no excuses for having changed our minds. We call it progress.

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Paul Simon - There Goes Rhymin’ Simon

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: simonthere_2008) 



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

TWO LOVELY SIDES, including a side one that takes this music to an entirely new level! People have been telling me for years how good this album can sound, but until we played this copy I didn’t realize just how right they were. This side one has STAGGERING presence and a MASSIVE three-dimensional soundfield that we simply did not hear anywhere else. The sound is airy, open, spacious and SO transparent, and the energy factor is OFF THE CHARTS. Drop the needle and brace yourself for rich, full-bodied sound that jumps out of the speakers and fills the room!

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Simon & Garfunkel - Sounds of Silence

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: simonsound_2010) 



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

This White Hot Stamper has AMAZING A+++ SOUND ON BOTH SIDES. It’s been ages since we’ve tried to tackle Sounds Of Silence, and with good reason -- it’s exceptionally difficult to find quiet copies with the right sound. This one is an entirely different story -- smooth, sweet and full-bodied with incredible presence.

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Paul Simon

  (Item #: _SimonPaul) 


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