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The Band
The Band

  (Item #: band_band_1702) 

Our Price: $599.99
Sale Price: $499.00 (You save $100.99 / 17%)


  • TRIPLE TRIPLE (A+++) for this all-time classic -- you won't find a better copy than this one
  • The sound is warm, natural, clear, present and punchy throughout
  • An incredibly tough album to find with great sound and reasonable vinyl these days
  • Both sides here play Mint Minus Minus, which makes this one of the quietest Top Copies we've found in years
  • 5 stars in the AMG: "Simultaneously loose and assured, giving the songs a timeless appeal"
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The Band
Rock Of Ages

  (Item #: band_rocko_1702) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • Triple Triple Triple Triple - for the first time ever on the site, every side of this copy earned our highest grade (A+++)
  • The best copies are surprisingly TRANSPARENT -- just listen to all the "room" around the vocals on these four sides
  • A classic double live album with a consistently well-arranged and energetically performed set of songs
  • "It could be argued that it captured the spirit of the Band at the time in a way none of their other albums do." -- Allmusic, 4 stars
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The Band
Music From Big Pink

  (Item #: band_music_1701) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • AMAZING! Triple Plus (A+++) or very close to it on both sides
  • It's extremely rare that we come across a copy with amazing sound AND clean surfaces
  • Powerfully natural sound: it's big, punchy and dynamic with great clarity and presence
  • As quiet as we can hope to find these (Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus)
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "A watershed work in the history of rock."
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Bob Dylan
Planet Waves

  (Item #: dylanplane_1701) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A Top Copy, with a stunning Triple Plus side one (A+++) and a Double Plus side two (A++)
  • Full and punchy with no trace of harshness, just the right sound for this music
  • Great performances by Dylan and The Band, who back him here
  • An excellent set of songs that includes On A Night Like This and Forever Young
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The Band
The Band

  (Item #: band_band_1702_1) 

Our Price: $269.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) grades or better on both sides this is an outstanding copy of an absolutely essential album
  • Big bass, rich meaty guitars and smooth silky vocals make this a Band album like you have never heard before.
  • Not only is the sound superb, both sides here play Mint Minus Minus, about as quiet as we can find them
  • 5 stars: "The arrangements were simultaneously loose and assured, giving the songs a timeless appeal..."
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The Band
Music From Big Pink

  (Item #: band_music_1702_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Two strong Double Plus (A++) sides make this a consistently impressive copy of this all-time classic album
  • We guarantee you have never heard Music from Big Pink sound remotely as good as it does here
  • The sound is just plain fuller, cleaner, livelier and more transparent, with more Tubey Magic.
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "Over time, Music from Big Pink came to be regarded as a watershed work in the history of rock, one that introduced new tones and approaches to the constantly evolving genre."
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The Band
Northern Lights - Southern Cross

  (Item #: band_north_1702) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • The first Triple Triple (A+++) copy to ever make it to the site - this is As Good As It Gets folks
  • Both of these Shootout Winning sides are bigger, more natural, warmer and more solid than the others we played
  • The Band's undiscovered gem, containing the most powerful tearjerker they ever wrote: "It Makes No Difference"
  • An AMG 4-star album: "...the Band's finest since their self-titled sophomore effort ... "Acadian Driftwood" stands out as one of Robertson's finest compositions, the equal to anything else the Band ever recorded."
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Bob Dylan
Planet Waves

  (Item #: dylanplane_1702) 

Our Price: $189.99

  • Two killer sides, both clocking in right at Double Plus (A++)
  • Big, present and clear with rich, musical tonality
  • Great performances by Dylan and The Band, who back him here
  • An excellent set of songs that includes On A Night Like This and Forever Young
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The Band
Moondog Matinee

  (Item #: band_moond_1612) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Side one is a true Shootout Winner - Triple Plus (A+++), bigger and more open than any other
  • Side two earned a seriously good Double Plus (A++) grade, getting almost everything that's critical to the sound right
  • If you want the best sound this domestic pressing is the way to go - it kills the originals
  • "...part of the pleasure here lies in seeing what inspirations the Band felt should be resurrected from their early roadhouse beginnings."
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The Band
Northern Lights - Southern Cross

  (Item #: band_north_1612) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With killer Double Plus (A++) or better sound on both sides, this is a wonderful way to hear The Band's last great album
  • Both of these sides are bigger, more natural, warmer and more solid than most of the others we played
  • This is The Band's undiscovered gem, containing the most powerful tearjerker they ever wrote: "It Makes No Difference"
  • An AMG 4-star album: "...the Band's finest since their self-titled sophomore effort ... "Acadian Driftwood" stands out as one of Robertson's finest compositions, the equal to anything else the Band ever recorded."
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The Band - Music From Big Pink

MoFi Debunked

  (Item #: band_music_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: D

A Hall of Shame pressing and another MoFi LP debunked.

In 2012 the new MoFi put out another remastered Big Pink. Since their track record at this point is, to be honest, abysmal, we have not felt the need to audition it.

It's very possible, even likely, that they restored some of the bass that's missing from the originals. But bad half-speed mastered bass -- poorly defined, never deep and never punchy -- is that the kind of bass that would even be desirable?

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The Band - Music From Big Pink

Thoughts on MoFi's Midrange Suckout

  (Item #: band_music_mofi_midrange_suckout) 



I was a big Mobile Fidelity fan in 1982 when they released this album, which, for some strange reason, I knew practically nothing about. I was 15 when the second album came out and I played that album all the time, but the first album had eluded me. How it managed to do that I cannot understand, not at this late date anyway. A major malfunction on my part to be sure.

At some point in the early '90s I got hold of an early British pressing of the album. Comparing it to my MoFi I was shocked to hear the singers in the band so present and clear. Having only played MoFi's remastered LP I had never heard them sound like that. The MoFi had them standing ten feet back; the Brit put them front and center. There was no question in my mind which presentation was right.

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The Band - Music From Big Pink

EMI Centennial Reviewed

  (Item #: band_music_emi_reviewed) 



Sonic Grade: B

I believe this review is from the mid to late '90s.

This is the EMI Centennial version we sold years ago for close to thirty bucks. I thought at the time the MFSL gold CD was better. Now, after many stereo changes, I realize the gold CD is actually fat in the midbass and a little thick and sucked out in the midrange. (MFSL's, and quite a few others', standard audiophile EQ.)

I know this because the EMI LP is correct in those areas and shows you how truly wonderful the recording is. If only it had more bass. Who knows? Between the music and the sound you may not even miss it.

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The Band - Music From Big Pink

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: band_music_2012) 



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

This Capitol pressing has some of the best sound we've ever heard for this album! It’s beyond frustrating to try to find great sound for Big Pink -- most copies tend to be an absolute nightmare. The sound is rich, warm, sweet, and full-bodied with exceptional clarity and transparency. There's tons of ambience and you can really hear the sound of the room around the drums. The sound of the organ is AMAZING!

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The Band - Rock Of Ages

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: band_rocko_2009) 



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

White Hot Stampers for side two -- WOW! Check out the track listing for that side: Stage Fright / The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down / Across the Great Divide / This Wheel’s on Fire / Rag Mama Rag

Pretty hard to beat that batch of Band songs; practically every one is a classic. And considering how difficult it is to get a good sounding copy of the albums those songs are taken from, this double album is a great way to go if you love The Band. The performances are uniformly excellent, and the live horn section adds a lot to the fun and energy of the music.

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The Band - Rock Of Ages

Turn Up Your Volume, Now It Rocks!

  (Item #: band_rocko_volume) 



Yet another record that really comes to life when you Turn Up Your Volume.

Most copies of this album do not have a boosted bottom or top, which means that at normal listening levels -- depending on how you define that term -- they can sound pretty flat. This is one album that needs to be turned up, obviously not to the levels of a live rock concert, but up about as loud as you can until you can get the bass and the highs to come out. We found ourselves adding more and more level in order to get the sound to come to life, and it was playing pretty loud before the sound was right.

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The Band - The Band

Capitol Records Debunked

  (Item #: band_band_capitol_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: D

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

Flat, compressed, no top end, no Tubey Magic, this is Ron McMaster’s work at its worst, helped along by the fact that he does not have the original master tape or even a copy of it to work with, but instead the new remix that was made a few years back because the original tape had been lost. And somehow reviewers like it!

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The Band - The Band

Simply Vinyl Debunked

  (Item #: band_band_svlp_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: D

A Hall of Shame Pressing

Made from an English dub tape, the Simply Vinyl pressing, like most British imports of albums by The Band, is pure mud. The exception is Music from Big Pink, which can actually sound quite good on British vinyl. The Simply Vinyl pressing of that album, however, is every bit as bad as this one. Both are a waste of money.

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The Band - The Band

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: band_band_depth_) 



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

The best copies have no trace of phony sound from top to bottom. They're raw and real in a way that makes most pop records sound processed and wrong. Our best Hot Stampers have plenty of the qualities we look for in The Band. Energy, presence, transparency, Tubey Magic... you name it -- you will find it there. The biggest strength of this recording is its wonderful, natural midrange. And tons of bass.

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The Band - The Band

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: band_band_2011) 



A distinguished member of our Hall of Fame.

Holy mother of god, this is one KNOCKOUT copy of The Band's self-titled masterpiece! Both sides earned our top grade of A+++ and beat the pants off every other copy -- including quite a few RL-mastered originals -- in the shootout. On top of that, both sides play between Mint Minus and Mint Minus Minus, which is pretty dan quiet for this album. We love this music, but most copies out there have flimsy sound, trashed vinyl, or both. Here's the exceedingly rare copy that does just about everything right WITHOUT the typical crackly campfire surface noise!

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The Band Album You Don't Know

Northern Lights - Southern Cross

  (Item #: band_north_2016) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame and one of their four essential albums (the others being Music from Big Pink, the Self-Titled second and Rock of Ages).

This is the UNDISCOVERED GEM in the Band catalog. Allmusic is right on the money when they call this the best Band album since their self-titled second release. I positively LOVE this music, having practically worn out my copy soon after the album was released in 1975.

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