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Bob Dylan
Street-Legal

  (Item #: dylanstree_1712) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this 1978 Columbia pressing
  • Both sides here are clean, clear and super dynamic with a big bottom end and plenty of presence
  • Fairly quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • Michael Watts of Melody Maker called this Dylan's best album since John Wesley Harding
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Joni Mitchell
Miles of Aisles

  (Item #: mitchmiles_1712) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This Joni Mitchell classic boasts excellent Double Plus (A++) sound, or close to it, on all four sides
  • The sound is exceptionally rich and warm with huge amounts of space and breathy presence on her vocals
  • Joni reworks all her material here, giving the songs new arrangements and making them fresh again - it's got a cool Court and Spark vibe
  • "It's a strong album of her best songs performed mostly informally... Much of the material here is beautiful, replete with the patented Mitchell tension. And a word for engineer Henry Lewy—the sound is terrific, the best reproduced concert album I've heard." Rolling Stone
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Carly Simon
Boys In The Trees

  (Item #: simonboysi_1712) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find very good Double Plus (A++) sound, or close to it, on both sides of this Carly Simon favorite
  • The sound is dynamic and transparent on the better copies, with low distortion and solid bass -- pretty much all the stuff you need for an audiophile-quality pop album.
  • "You Belong to Me" sounds amazingly rich and natural, with lovely immediacy and transparency
  • The vinyl is reasonably quiet at Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - we can't find them any quieter
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Carly Simon
Carly Simon

  (Item #: simoncarly_1712) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) grades grace both sides of this original Elektra LP
  • Legendary producer and engineer Eddie Kramer lends his talent to this album and knows how to get the best sound
  • That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be is the killer track here and it sounds fantastic on this copy
  • Can you believe that the producer and engineer of Carly's 1971 debut here is none other than Eddie Kramer!?
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Jackson Browne
Jackson Browne

  (Item #: brownjacks_1701_2s) 

Our Price: $169.99
Sale Price: $149.00 (You save $20.99 / 12%)


  • Two wonderful Double Plus (A++) sides; this album just doesn't get much better than this very copy
  • Folks, this is an incredibly difficult album to find in audiophile playing condition, but this one plays reasonably well
  • Both sides are rich and smooth, yet clean, clear and fairly transparent (at least for this album)
  • 5 stars in the AMG "Jackson Browne's greater triumph is that, having perfectly expressed its times, it transcended them as well."
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Joni Mitchell
Court and Spark

  (Item #: mitchcourt_1711_) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding early pressing with seriously good Double Plus (A++) sound - quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is rich, warm and natural with wonderful transparency, loads of ambience and - this is key - Tubey Magic
  • One of our very favorite Joni albums here at Better Records, and probably her Best Sounding Album
  • "[A] remarkably deft fusion of folk, pop, and jazz ... the music is smart, smooth, and assured from the first note to the last." - AMG 5 Stars
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Cat Stevens
Mona Bone Jakon

  (Item #: stevemonab_1711) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • STUNNING! Only the second White Hot copy of Mona Bone Jakon to hit the site in over SIX YEARS!
  • Side one earned a Triple Plus (A+++) grade and side two earned a Double Plus (A++)
  • The sound is incredibly warm and rich with incredible transparency and immediacy
  • One of Cat's three best albums and nearly impossible to find with sound like this
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Don McLean
American Pie

  (Item #: mcleaameri_1711) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • Two excellent sides with each rating Double Plus (A++) or close to it
  • The singers and musicians are ballanced by full vocals and a big, solid piano
  • The title track and Vincent sound great here
  • "If you ever believed in Rock & Roll, you've got to have this album" -- Rolling Stone
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Joni Mitchell
The Hissing of Summer Lawns

  (Item #: mitchhissi_1711) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding pressing, with both sides earning seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades
  • Lots of Tubey Magic, textured synths, big bass and breathy vocals - this copy brings Joni's jazzy folky fusion to life
  • Check out the big bottom end on The Jungle Line, which features the Drummers Of Burundi
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "...a strange and beautiful fusion of jazz and shimmering avant pop."
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Jackson Browne
The Pretender

  (Item #: brownprete_1711) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Amazing Triple Triple (A+++) sound on both sides make this one of the best copies to ever hit the site
  • When you play this one you simply won't believe how BIG and SOLID the sound is and how much it positively JUMPS out of your speakers
  • Five Stars in Rolling Stone, one of their Top 500 Albums, and a true classic from 1976
  • Without a doubt the best sounding record Jackson Browne ever made - this is the copy that backs up everything we say and more
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Jackson Browne
The Pretender

  (Item #: brownprete_1701s) 

Our Price: $119.99
Sale Price: $99.00 (You save $20.99 / 17%)


  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides make this a Pretender that will rock with the best of them
  • One of the all time great rock / pop Demo Discs -- the best copies are so rich and full-bodied they make most rock records sound positively anemic
  • Five Stars in Rolling Stone, one of their Top 500 Albums, and a true classic from 1976
  • Without a doubt the best sounding record Jackson Browne ever made - this is the pressing that backs up everything we say and more
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John Denver
Poems, Prayers and Promises

  (Item #: denvepoems_1711) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides for one of John Denver's better sounding albums
  • This original Orange Label RCA pressing had the kind of natural acoustic we were trying to find in our most recent shootout
  • Some of Denver's most iconic songs: Take Me Home, Country Roads; Sunshine On My Shoulders, along with a batch of excellent covers (Let It Be, Fire and Rain)
  • "... the beginning of a golden period for Denver when his songs would dominate the airwaves, especially his big hit singles."
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Joni Mitchell
Mingus

  (Item #: mitchmingu_1711) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A stunning copy, with amazing Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides
  • Rich, dynamic and natural sounding with more energy than almost every other copy we played
  • If you're a fan of Joni's more adventurous work you'll find a lot to like here
  • Herbie Hancock and some of Weather Report join Mingus in helping Joni bring these jazzy works to life
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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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Tom Waits
Closing Time

  (Item #: waitsclosi_1711) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two excellent Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy has superb sound from first note to last
  • With exceptional space and clarity to complement the richness of the vintage analog sound, this pressing was on of the better we heard in our recent shootout
  • 'Ol' 55 is the highpoint of the album for us - check out The Eagles version from On The Border to hear their more polished (less-boozy) take on it
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Tom Waits' debut album is a minor-key masterpiece filled with songs of late-night loneliness. Within the apparently narrow range of the cocktail bar pianistics and muttered vocals, Waits and producer Jerry Yester manage a surprisingly broad collection of styles..."
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Billy Joel
Piano Man

  (Item #: joel_piano_1711) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • For the first time in quite a while we have a killer copy of this Billy Joel classic with Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • The overall sound is rich and solid - also big, open and musical
  • Relatively quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • 4 Stars: "Piano Man makes it clear that his skills as a melodicist can dazzle"
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James Taylor
Gorilla

  (Item #: taylogoril_1711) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, with excellent sound for one of James Taylor's best softer rock albums
  • Soulful JT at his best, an underappreciated album by our man, and one that belongs in your collection
  • Mexico, How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) and I Was A Fool To Care are standouts - there are no weak tracks here
  • Rolling Stone notes, "With Gorilla, Taylor is well on his way to staking out new ground. What he's hit upon is the unlikely mating of his familiar low-keyed, acoustic guitar-dominated style with L.A. harmony rock and the sweet, sexy school of rhythm and blues."
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Bob Dylan
Infidels

  (Item #: dylaninfid_1711_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy was one of the better we played in our recent shootout
  • Big and rich, with correct tonality from top to bottom and plenty of space, this copy sounded right to us
  • This original plays with surfaces as quiet as any we can find - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • 4 Stars: "Infidels was the first secular record Bob Dylan recorded since Street Legal, and it's far more like a classicist Dylan album than that one, filled with songs that are evocative in their imagery and direct in their approach ... its writing is closer to Dylan's peak of the mid-'70s, and some of the songs here... are minor classics, capturing him reviving his sense of social consciousness and his gift for poetic, elegant love songs."
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Randy Newman
Little Criminals

  (Item #: newmalittl_1711) 

Our Price: $49.99

  • With Hot Stamper grades on both sides, this is a very good sounding copy from first note to last
  • This album features the big hit "Short People" as well as a number of other great songs
  • Newman's first and only Gold Record, with tons of great songs including his biggest hit, Short People
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Neil Young
Harvest

  (Item #: youngharve_1711) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This undeniable classic earned Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • The sound is rich and full-bodied with warmth and wonderful presence - true to the quality 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 Diamond
Hot August Night

  (Item #: diamohotau_1710_) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This very good custom label pressing boasts Double Plus sides (A++), or close to them, and is pressed on relatively quiet vinyl
  • The wonderful presence and energy here bring a lively Neil Diamond performance right to your listening room
  • If you own the MoFi this copy will show you how they screwed up the sound of Neil's voice (nothing new there, right?)
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "This is the ultimate Neil Diamond record. Not necessarily the best - he's at his most appealing crafting in the studio - but certainly the ultimate, capturing all the kitsch and glitz of Neil Diamond, the showman."
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John Denver
Poems, Prayers and Promises

  (Item #: denvepoems_1710_) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side two, and a side one that's close to it, this is one of John Denver's better sounding albums
  • This original Orange Label RCA pressing had the kind of natural acoustic we were trying to find in our most recent shootout
  • Some of Denver's most iconic songs: Take Me Home, Country Roads; Sunshine On My Shoulders, along with a batch of excellent covers (Let It Be, Fire and Rain)
  • "... the beginning of a golden period for Denver when his songs would dominate the airwaves, especially his big hit singles."
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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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Kris Kristofferson
The Silver Tongued Devil and I

  (Item #: kristsilve_1705_) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A n outstanding pressing of this Kristofferson Classic: Triple Plus (A+++) on side one, Double Plus (A++) on side two
  • Both sides are big and spacious with a huge three-dimensional soundfield and correct tonality in the midrange
  • We were struck by how much these songs have in common with those by writers such as Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan
  • 5 stars: "Kristofferson retained his gift for intimate love songs, and the album's most memorable selections turned out to be "Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)" (which became a semi-standard) and "When I Loved Her."
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Joni Mitchell
Song To A Seagull

  (Item #: mitchsongt_1711) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Only the second copy to hit the site in many years; excellent sound on both sides with each rating a Double Plus (A++) or better
  • The vocals are breathy and clear, and the overall sound is rich and full with lovely guitar transients
  • This one is a little noisier than we'd like, so we've discounted it accordingly
  • "What sets this release apart from those of other confession-style singer/songwriters of the time is the craft, subtlety, and evocative power of Mitchell's lyrics and harmonic style... " Allmusic
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Randy Newman
12 Songs

  (Item #: newma12son_1711) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • A knockout original pressing: Triple Plus (A+++) on the second side with a very strong side two at Double Plus (A++)
  • The sound is clear and highly resolving; more importantly, the piano and vocals are tonally correct
  • An excellent pressing, with lovely richness and warmth, real space and separation between the instruments and wonderful vocal presence throughout
  • "Superb material brilliantly executed, 12 Songs was Randy Newman's first great album, and is still one of his finest moments on record." - 5 stars
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Randy Newman
Sail Away

  (Item #: newmasaila_1705x) 

Our Price: $139.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with each side earning an outstanding Double Plus (A++) grade and playing fairly quietly
  • Both sides here are big, full and natural with rich bass and the energy that's missing from the average copy
  • Our favorite Newman album for both music and sonics (12 Songs being the main competition)
  • 5 stars: "Whether he's writing for three pieces or 30, Newman makes superb use of the sounds available to him, and his vocals are the model of making the most of a limited instrument. Overall, Sail Away is one of Newman's finest works, musically adventurous and displaying a lyrical subtlety that would begin to fade in his subsequent works."
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Carly Simon
Anticipation

  (Item #: simonantic_1711) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An excellent pressing of Simon's sophomore release, boasting Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Produced by Mr. Paul Samwell-Smith, this album blends Carly's lilting vocals with lush, highly detailed acoustic guitars and BIG punchy drums
  • Brimming with favorites, like Anticipation, Legend In Your Own Time and I've Got To Have You
  • "Carly Simon's second album found her extending the gutsy persona she had established on her debut album... a frankly passionate person whose vulnerability was a source of strength, not weakness, a valuable feminist trait and one Simon would pursue in her later work."
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Bob Dylan
Blonde On Blonde

  (Item #: dylanblond_1711) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Dylan's epic masterpiece with very good sound -- Double Plus (A++) on side one and just shy for the rest
  • Present and lively throughout, with a bit more musicality than the typical pressing as well
  • Rainy Day Women, I Want You, Just Like A Woman - so many Dylan classics he needed 2 LPs to hold them all
  • 5 stars: "Blonde on Blonde is an album of enormous depth, providing endless lyrical and musical revelations on each play. It's the culmination of Dylan's electric rock & roll period — he would never release a studio record that rocked this hard, or had such bizarre imagery, ever again."
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Neil Diamond
Tap Root Manuscript

  (Item #: diamotapro_1710) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on side one, nearly as good on side two - an excellent copy
  • Cracklin' Rosie here is Neil's first Number One hit, with backup (and near-guaranteed success) by the Wrecking Crew
  • Side two is a suite with a lovely children's chorus and fascinating African instruments and rhythms
  • AMG 4 Stars: "... this album confirmed Diamond's breakthrough as a recording star."
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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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James Taylor
Sweet Baby James

  (Item #: taylosweet_1710_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Both sides here are outstanding, earning Double Plus (A++) grades for sound and playing fairly quietly
  • This early WB Green Label pressing gives you big drums, lots of energy, and real presence to JT's vocals
  • This is the album that single-handedly started the "entire singer/songwriter movement of the early '70s."
  • AMG 5 stars, a Rock & Pop Top 100 title, and a Masterpiece incorporating folk, country, gospel, and blues
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Harry Nilsson
Harry

  (Item #: nilssharry_1701x) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A Shootout Winning copy - Triple Plus (A+++) on side one, nearly that (A++ to A+++) on side two, about as good as it gets
  • Harry's sweet, intimate cover of Mother Nature's Son transcends even McCartney's original - how often does that happen?
  • Here Nilsson proves that he is songwriting talent to be reckoned with, as well as the owner of one of the sweetest tenors in pop
  • 4 Stars on Allmusic: "Harry is where Harry Nilsson began to become Nilsson, an immensely gifted singer/songwriter/musician with a warped sense of humor..."
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Jackson Browne
Late for the Sky

  (Item #: brownlatef_1703x) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • An amazing sounding copy with a Triple Plus (A+++) side two and a Double Plus (A++) side one!
  • The sound is big and full-bodied yet still open and clear, and exceptionally dynamic for a '70s studio recording
  • The size, weight and energy of the singers only comes through on these clear, full-bodied, resolving copies
  • 5 stars from AMG and Rolling Stone: "...it’s the quintessential Browne album."
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Randy Newman
12 Songs

  (Item #: newma12son_1710_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Two excellent Double Plus (A++) sides make this a very strong copy of what some consider Newman's best album
  • An excellent pressing, with a very strong bottom end, lovely richness and warmth, real space and separation between the instruments and wonderful immediacy throughout
  • The clarity and sharpness of the piano and guitar perfectly support and complement Randy's heartfelt vocals
  • "Superb material brilliantly executed, 12 Songs was Randy Newman's first great album, and is still one of his finest moments on record." - 5 stars
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Bob Dylan
Desire

  (Item #: dylandesir_1710) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish, this was one of the better copies we heard in our most recent shootout
  • Both sides are wonderfully clean, clear, full and lively with excellent bass and lots of space around the instruments
  • Desire spent five weeks at Number One, mostly on the strength of the powerful and provocative "Hurricane"
  • Allmusic raves: "...one of his most fascinating records of the '70s and '80s -- more intriguing, lyrically and musically, than most of his latter-day affairs."
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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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Joni Mitchell
Ladies Of The Canyon

  (Item #: mitchladie_1710) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With Hot Stamper grades on both sides, the sound here is present and clear with lovely midrange richness
  • Some of our favorite Joni songs: Morning Morgantown, For Free, Big Yellow Taxi, Woodstock, The Circle Game and 7 more
  • This copy and the right playback will bring this music to life in a way that you cannot imagine until you hear it
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "This album is yet another essential listen in Mitchell's recorded canon."
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Carly Simon
No Secrets

  (Item #: simonnosec_1710) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This excellent copy of Carly Simon's classic boasts Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • Warm, sweet, rich, present and full-bodied, with much less strain on the vocals than almost every other copy we played
  • You're So Vain was the big hit off of this one, a classic Richard Perry production with huge size and space
  • Five weeks at Number One, "It wasn't only Simon's forthrightness that made the album work; it was also Richard Perry's simple, elegant pop/rock production, which gave Simon's music a buoyancy it previously lacked."
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Carly Simon
Another Passenger

  (Item #: simonanoth_1710) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A wonderful copy, rating Double Plus (A++) or close to it on both sides
  • There's gobs and gobs of 1976 Tubey Magical Richness courtesy of engineer Donn Landee and producer Ted Templeman
  • Our pick for the best Carly Simon album, a Must Own which Rolling Stone called "Carly Simon's best record"
  • Features a wonderful backing crew, including the Doobies and Little Feat, plus Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Dr. John, and of course good 'ol JT
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Harry Nilsson
Nilsson Sings Newman

  (Item #: nilssnilss_1612x) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Two excellent sides with each rating a Double Plus (A++) or close to it, on reasonably quiet vinyl
  • Nilsson's vocals are tonally right on the money, and Randy Newman's songwriting is as sharp as ever
  • We at Better Records are huge Harry Nilsson fans - it warms our hearts that many of our customers seem to be as well
  • Allmusic 4 1/2 stars: "... a masterpiece is what this is, albeit a subtle, graceful masterpiece where the pleasure is in the grace notes, small gestures, and in-jokes."
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Bob Dylan
Blood On The Tracks

  (Item #: dylanblood_1709) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • An amazing sounding copy: Triple Plus (A+++) on side two and Double Plus (A++) on the first
  • For musical, un-hyped acoustic guitars and vocals, this album is tough to beat
  • The best copies such as this one are rich, warm, tubey and full-bodied -- in other words, analog sounding
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "Dylan made albums more influential than this, but he never made one better."
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Tom Waits
Small Change

  (Item #: waitssmall_1709) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A KILLER Shootout Winner with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - this is about as good as it gets!
  • Recorded LIVE to 2-track by Bones Howe, no wonder the sound is so big, full-bodied, clean and clear
  • A tough record to find in the bins these days - nobody wants to part with it - so this is the first to hit the site in almost three years
  • 4 1/2 stars in the AMG: "Small Change proves to be the archetypal album of his '70s work."
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Cat Stevens
Catch Bull At Four

  (Item #: stevecatch_1709) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish, this UK pressing will be tough to beat
  • Rich, full, plenty of bottom end weight, more present and just plain more EXCITING than anything you've heard before
  • This one can show you the sweeter, tubier Midrange Magic that we love about Cat Stevens recordings
  • Many of Cat's best songs are here: Can't Keep It In, Angelsea, 18th Avenue, Freezing Steel and more
  • "Celebrated and adored for his sanguine lyrics and irresistible hooks, Cat Stevens was one of the rare singer-songwriters capable of composing genuinely optimistic songs that didn't leave a sappy residue in listeners' ears."
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Joni Mitchell
Wild Things Run Fast

  (Item #: mitchwildt_1709) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides, this copy has Joni rockin' like you will not believe
  • Her last great record - fortunately for us audiophiles it's spacious, open and powerful with present vocals and solid bass
  • Relatively quiet, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout - they don't come any quieter
  • "...her best album since the mid-'70s." and famously on the TAS List
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Cat Stevens
Tea for the Tillerman

  (Item #: steveteafo_1709_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This outstanding pressing - The Pinnacle of Folk Rock from 1970 - earned very strong Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • The emotional power of the songs is communicated completely - we can assure you the experience will be like playing the album for the first time
  • This pressing is ALIVE with musical energy and Tubey Magical Analog sound the likes of which you may never have experienced
  • 5 Stars on Allmusic, a stunning Demo Disc, and a permanent member of the Better Records Top 100
  • This LP plays exceptionally well, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus, about as quiet as any we've heard in a very long time
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Cat Stevens
Izitso

  (Item #: steveizits_1612x) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Two killer sides, with Double Plus (A++) sound or better - big and rockin', the right sound for this music
  • The bottom end has the kind of WHOMP that brings a song like Old Schoolyard to life
  • Relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - they don't really come quieter than this
  • Rolling Stone praised the album for blending together elements of folk rock and electronic music, "often in apparent opposition to each other", with "the diversity and the maturity to match this seeming incongruity."
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Tom Waits
Nighthawks At The Diner

  (Item #: waitsnight_1708) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An excellent copy averaging a solid Double Plus (A++) across all four sides
  • One of our very favorite Waits albums for music and sound, and this copy will show you why!
  • The clarity, transparency and immediacy put you right there as Waits and crew lay it down live in the studio
  • A one-of-a-kind album (and incredible recording) with elements of poetry, spoken word and jazz -- tons of fun
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Tom Waits
The Heart of Saturday Night

  (Item #: waitsheart_1708) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An excellent sounding copy of this Tom Waits classic with both sides rating a Double Plus (A++)
  • The overall sound is big, full and solid with a punchy bottom end and plenty of presence
  • A great Bones Howe recording that shines on the copies that sound like this one
  • Good sounding Tom Waits vinyl in clean condition is tough to come by these days - this is one of the better copies to ever hit the site
  • "Musically, the album contains the same mixture of folk, blues, and jazz as its predecessor ... (Looking For) The Heart of Saturday Night and Semi Suite are the equal of anything on Closing Time."
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James Taylor
JT

  (Item #: taylojt_1708s) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from beginning to end for this exceptionally well recorded album
  • This copy is big and lively with plenty of bottom end weight and a nicely extended top end
  • The big hits Your Smiling Face and Handy Man both sound great here - thanks Val Garay!
  • "JT was James Taylor's best album since Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon because it acknowledged the darkness of his earlier work while explaining the deliberate lightness of his current viewpoint, and because it was his most consistent collection in years."
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Neil Diamond
Stones

  (Item #: diamostone_1708) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A Top Copy -- Triple Plus (A+++) on the second side, Double Plus (A++) on the first - this is the way to hear it!
  • Armin Steiner engineered - Stones is the best sounding album of Diamond's that we've critically auditioned in large numbers
  • Stones and I Am... I Said are killer on the A+++ side one, but both sides have outstanding sonics
  • 4 Stars: "Stones is a stronger album than most of Neil Diamond's late-'60s records. An engaging collection of mainstream pop."
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Neil Young
Old Ways

  (Item #: youngoldwa_1707) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A surprisingly good sounding album, with a Triple Plus (A+++) side one and an excellent Double Plus (A++) side two
  • Both sides here are big, full-bodied and energetic, with wonderfully present vocals and a huge bottom end - not bad for 1985
  • Neil's unabashed country album (hello Waylon Jennings!) has been a long time coming; it's the first copy to hit the site in over five years
  • We guarantee this one will make your MoFI pressing sound like the bad joke it was back in 1996 or your money back and then some
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Jackson Browne
Jackson Browne

  (Item #: brownjacks_1707) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A killer Triple Plus (A+++) side one backed with a wonderful Double Plus (A++) side two
  • Huge, rich and spacious, this copy puts a a living, breathing Jackson Browne right between the speakers
  • Relatively quiet vinyl - Mint Minus Minus - it's the rare copy that plays this well
  • His Masterpiece - 5 stars in the AMG "...a timeless collection of reflective ballads... Jackson Browne's greater triumph is that, having perfectly expressed its times, it transcended them as well."
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Bob Dylan
Blood On The Tracks

  (Item #: dylanblood_1707) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides this is top quality Blood on the Tracks from start to finish
  • For musical, un-hyped acoustic guitars and vocals, this album is tough to beat in Dylan's catalog
  • The better copies are rich, warm, tubey and full-bodied - in other words, they are what's good about vintage analog
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "...it's an affecting, unbearably poignant record, not because it's a glimpse into his soul, but because the songs are remarkably clear-eyed and sentimental, lovely and melancholy at once."
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Carly Simon
Carly Simon

  (Item #: simoncarly_1707) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This original Elektra LP has KILLER Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side one backed with an excellent Double Plus (A++) side two
  • The richness and the sweetness of the midrange on the best copies is exactly the way you want to hear this album
  • That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be is the killer track here and it sounds out of this world on this copy
  • Can you believe that the producer and engineer of Carly's 1971 debut here is none other than Eddie Kramer!?
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Joni Mitchell
For The Roses

  (Item #: mitchforth_1702x) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A wonderful Top Copy: Triple Plus (A+++) on the second side, Double to Triple (A++ to A+++) on the first
  • The sound is incredibly rich, warm and natural with real immediacy to Joni's vocals, with Tubey Magic for days
  • One of the best sounding Joni records, on a par with Court and Spark and Blue, fine company indeed
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The lyrics here are among Mitchell's best, continuing in the vein of gripping honesty and heartfelt depth exhibited on Blue.... More than a bridge between great albums, this excellent disc is a top-notch listen in its own right."
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James Taylor
Flag

  (Item #: tayloflag_1707) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A wonderful Triple Triple Flag - A+++ sound on BOTH sides and one of the best copies to ever hit the site
  • Credit for the big, rich, super lively throughout must go to the superbly talented engineer, Val Garay
  • Taylor's hilarious homage to Doo Wop, Is That The Way You Look?, had Demo Disc quality sound
  • The great sounding 1979 follow-up to his wonderful JT album - and one of the man's most underrated albums
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Rickie Lee Jones
Rickie Lee Jones

  (Item #: jonesricki_1707) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An outstanding copy of this Singer Songwriter Classic with both sides rating Double Plus (A++) for sound or better
  • Both sides are big and bold with plenty of energy, as well as the warmth and richness of an all analog recording, even one from as late as 1979
  • The musicians and engineers are the ones that made Rickie's debut a multi-million selling Must Own Audiophile Favorite
  • "An astounding debut album that simultaneously sounds like a synthesis of many familiar styles and like nothing that anybody's ever done before."
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Randy Newman
Little Criminals

  (Item #: newmalittl_1707) 

Our Price: $199.99
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  • An exceptionally good sounding pressing from our first shootout for this album since 2013, on reasonably quiet vinyl to boot
  • Side two earned our top Triple Plus (A+++) grade, and side one was also very strong at Double Plus (A++)
  • The sound is punchy and clear with excellent presence - also much fuller and richer than most of the copies we played
  • Newman's first and only Gold Record, with tons of great songs including his biggest hit, Short People
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Rickie Lee Jones
Pirates

  (Item #: jonespirat_1706) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • This Top Copy features Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last
  • The sound is incredibly rich, full-bodied, warm and smooth throughout with plenty of Tubey Magic and excellent bass
  • Most copies we've played are either a bit gritty, a bit veiled or both -- not this one!
  • A great follow-up to her classic self-titled debut; "More rewarding with every listen" -- Allmusic, 4 stars
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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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Cat Stevens
Teaser & The Firecat

  (Item #: stevetease_1706_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This timeless Classic Folk Rock recording on the original A&M label offers superb Demo Disc Quality sound on both sides
  • These Double Plus (A++) sides will rock your world with their amazing richness, clarity, transparency and ENERGY
  • AMG 5 Stars and a Top 100 album - it just may be the Best Sounding record Cat Stevens ever made
  • Tuesday’s Dead, Morning Has Broken, Bitterblue, Moonshadow, Peace Train - and that's just side two! What side of any album has five songs of such quality?
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Joni Mitchell
Blue

  (Item #: mitchblue_1704) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Two Double Plus (A++) sides for arguably Joni's greatest album
  • Full-bodied and balanced with the kind of smooth musicality that's not always easy to find for Blue
  • An unusually quiet copy -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • A Better Records Top 100 title that belongs in any audiophile music collection worthy of the name
  • "Unrivaled in its intensity and insight" -- Allmusic, 5 stars
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Neil Young
Time Fades Away

  (Item #: youngtimef_1704) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Triple Triple! Only the second Top Copy of this album to EVER hit the site
  • Both A+++ sides are big, rich and full-bodied with wonderful size and separation
  • Never released on CD, this is probably the toughest Neil album to come by
  • "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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Jackson Browne
Late for the Sky

  (Item #: brownlatef_1704) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A very strong copy, rating Double Plus (A++) from the first note to the last
  • Compared to most pressings, this one is very tubey with good size, clarity and separation
  • Nearly impossible to find these in even decent condition with good sound these days
  • 5 stars from AMG and Rolling Stone: "...it’s the quintessential Browne album."
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