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Richard and Linda Thompson
Hokey Pokey

  (Item #: thomphokey_1705) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Excellent sound for this classic Richard and Linda Thompson album with both sides earning a Double Plus (A++) or better
  • This was clearly one of the better copies in our shootout with more body, punchier bass and more detail than the average copy
  • Everything you want in the sound of a good British Folk Rock album is here in abundance - enjoy!
  • Allmusic 4 Stars: "The Thompsons, from the opening Irish fiddle derivation of a Chuck Berry riff, through Linda's exquisite performance of "A Heart Needs a Home," to their cover of Mike Waterson's "Mole in a Hole" which closes the record, once again create a timeless amalgam of folk and rock..."
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Super Hot Stamper

Richard & Linda Thompson
Shoot Out The Lights

  (Item #: thompshoot_1702) 

Our Price: $139.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) sound throughout this pressing is truly amazing sounding - a real Demo Disc
  • Without a doubt this is the best record Richard and Linda Thompson ever made - sound and music
  • DYNAMIC, huge, lively, powerful and musical - both sides here are guaranteed to rock your world
  • AMG 5 Stars, a Top 100 album, and clearly Thompson's Masterpiece of Grungy Guitar Rock
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Fairport Convention - What We Did On Our Holidays

Reviewed in 2013

  (Item #: fairpwhatw_2013) 



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

This RARE Island Sunray British Import LP has Super Hot Stamper sound, full of the Tubey Magic you expect from a British Folk album in 1969 (and the unavoidable sonic shortcomings you should expect if you know much about this band and their records). It's without a doubt the nicest copy we have ever seen, the acquisition of which was purely a matter of luck, as early pressings are virtually impossible to find in anything but beat-to-death condition.

The "haunting, ethereal" vocals of the lovely Sandy Denny (or Alexandra Elene McLean Denny as she's listed on the sleeve) are sublime on this British early copy.

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Hampton Hawes - Everybody Likes Hampton Hawes

Reviewed in 2013

  (Item #: hawesevery_2013) 



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

This hard-to-find '70s Contemporary reissue pressing of the 1956 mono recording has EXCELLENT sound, with both sides earning grades of A+ to A++. We don't run into Hawes' LPs the way we used to, so it was indeed a delight to find enough copies of this album to do a shootout.

Note how correct the sound of the instruments is on both sides. This is the unquestionably the hallmark of any Contemporary recording: correct instrumental timbre.

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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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Richard & Linda Thompson - Shoot Out The Lights

A Four Men with Beards Heavy Vinyl Winner

  (Item #: thompshoot_heavy_vinyl) 



Sonic Grade: B

Hey, this is a surprisingly good sounding pressing! Our Hot Stampers are clearly bigger and more lively, but for a Heavy Vinyl reissue this pressing is quite respectable.

Check out our Heavy Vinyl Scorecard to read all about the latest winners and losers.

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Richard & Linda Thompson - Shoot Out The Lights

An Album We Are Clearly Obsessed With

  (Item #: thompshoot_obsess) 



SHOOT OUT THE LIGHTS is an album we admit to being obsessed with -- just look at the number of commentaries we've written about it.

I've seen Richard Thompson on a number of occasions over the years, and as loud as my stereo will play, which is pretty darn loud, I've never been able to make his guitar solos 20 dB louder than everything else, because they're simply not on the record that way. That's why live music can't be reproduced faithfully in the home: the dynamic contrasts are much too great for the typical listener, or his stereo.

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Richard & Linda Thompson - Shoot Out The Lights

Bigger, Taller, Wider, Deeper

  (Item #: thompshoot_size) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on what to listen for (WTLF).

One of the qualities we don't talk about nearly enough on the site is the SIZE of a record's presentation. Some copies of the album don't extend all the way to the outside edges of the speakers, and don't seem to take up all the space from the floor to the ceiling. Other copies do, creating a huge soundfield from which the instruments and voices positively jump out of the speakers.

When you hear a copy that can do that, needless to say (at least to anyone who's actually bought some of our best Hot Stamper pressings) it's an entirely different listening experience.

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Richard & Linda Thompson - Shoot Out The Lights

Loud Versus Live

  (Item #: thompshoot_loud) 



Yet another recording that really comes alive when you Turn Up Your Volume.

I've seen Richard Thompson on a number of occasions over the years, and as loud as my stereo will play, which is pretty darn loud, I've never been able to make his guitar solos 20 dB louder than everything else, because they're simply not on the record that way. That's why live music can't be reproduced faithfully in the home: the dynamic contrasts are much too great for the typical listener, or his stereo.

Having said that, when you actually do turn this record up, way up, you get the feeling of hearing live music, and that's not easy to do.

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Richard & Linda Thompson - Shoot Out The Lights

The Best Sounding Record of the Decade?

  (Item #: thompshoot_2015) 



Without a doubt this is the best record Richard and Linda Thompson ever made together, possibly the best record Thompson was ever involved with, but it also holds one other important distinction, one of great interest to us audiophiles: it's the BEST SOUNDING record he (they) ever made as well.

As I was playing the finalists for side two (at ear-splitting levels I might add) an odd thought crossed my mind. Where had I heard this kind of monstrous, punchy bass and these soaring, perfectly distorted guitars, so big and so powerful, before? There was something about the sound - the awesome energy, the freedom from compression or spatial restraint of any kind - that was strangely familiar from another shootout.

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Richard & Linda Thompson - Sunnyvista

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: thompsunny_2012) 



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

It took two copies, each with a single White Hot Stamper side, to create the All Time Best Sounding version of Sunnyvista, an album AMG calls "...the wittiest and most joyous album Richard & Linda made together."

None of the domestic copies we played were more than passable, and even worse, most of the Brit originals we played were almost as smeary, veiled and opaque. There was only one way to get top sound on both sides, and that was to make a Two Pack with the best two sides of the best two copies. The two good sides here just KILL the competition in every way.

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Richard Thompson - Action Packed: The Best of the Capitol Years

Reviewed in 2001

  (Item #: thompactio) 



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

Another top outing on TWO clear vinyl LP’s from the master of modern electric folk music. It doesn’t get any better than this.

This was a very limited edition pressing. The sound is excellent and the music is some of the best Richard Thompson has ever made. If I had to choose one Richard Thompson album, this would probably be it.

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