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White Hot Stamper

Yes
The Yes Album

  (Item #: yes__yesal_1708) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • A Big As Life Top Copy, Triple Plus (A+++) on side one and close to that on side two - the sound is MASSIVE
  • Parts of the album are nothing less than startling in their Prog Rock Power - Starship Trooper is insane here
  • As big and bold as any rock record out there - quiet too, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • A Top 100 Album and the band's best sounding record if you ask us (although Fragile can sound amazing too)
  • "Organist Tony Kaye, guitarist Steve Howe and bass player Chris Squire play as though of one mind, complementing each other's work as a knowledgeable band should."
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White Hot Stamper

Yes
Close To The Edge

  (Item #: yes__close_1707) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • An amazing copy of this Prog Blockbuster: Triple Plus (A+++) on the first side, Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) on the second
  • This is a complex recording, with huge organs, light-speed changes, lots of multi-tracking, and what practically amounts to an overload of information
  • What a monster -- incredible richness and clarity with amazing presence, TONS of energy and breathtaking transparency
  • 5 Stars: "Close to the Edge comprised just three tracks, the epic "And You and I" and "Siberian Khatru," plus a side-long title track that represented the musical, lyrical, and sonic culmination of all that Yes had worked toward over the past five years."
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Super Hot Stamper

Yes
Fragile

  (Item #: yes__fragi_1702) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Killer Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - you've never heard the record with this kind of big, bold sound
  • Full-bodied and rich with plenty of punch and clarity thanks to Eddie Offord's superb engineering
  • AMG 5 stars, our Top 100, and the second of the band's three Must Own Prog Rock Masterpieces*
  • "Fragile was Yes' breakthrough album... it also marked the point where all of the elements of the music (and more) that would define their success for more than a decade fell into place fully formed."
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Super Hot Stamper

Yes
The Yes Album

  (Item #: yes__yesal_1707) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - the sound is huge and powerful
  • Parts of the album are nothing less than startling in their Prog Rock Power - Starship Trooper is insane here
  • A Top 100 Album and the band's best sounding record if you ask us (although Fragile can sound amazing too)
  • "Organist Tony Kaye, guitarist Steve Howe and bass player Chris Squire play as though of one mind, complementing each other's work as a knowledgeable band should."
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Super Hot Stamper

Yes
Close To The Edge

  (Item #: yes__close_1701) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Two excellent sides, both earning seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades and making sense of this difficult music
  • This is a complex recording, with huge organs, light-speed changes, lots of multi-tracking, and what practically amounts to an overload of information
  • As amazing as the sound may be, the good news is that the vinyl is actually fairly quiet, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • Allmusic 5 Stars: "Close to the Edge comprised just three tracks, the epic "And You and I" and "Siberian Khatru," plus a side-long title track that represented the musical, lyrical, and sonic culmination of all that Yes had worked toward over the past five years."
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Hot Stamper

Yes
Fragile

  (Item #: yes__fragi_1705) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Excellent Hot Stamper sound throughout, an impressive copy that brings this original and powerful music to life
  • This copy is especially open and clear, resolving practically all the space and harmonic information in the dense mix
  • AMG 5 stars, Better Records Top 100, and just maybe the band's Prog Rock Masterpiece - brilliant engineering too
  • "...Fragile was as perfect a record as the group would ever make, and just as flawless in its timing as its content."
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Yes - Close To The Edge

A MoFi Winner (?)

  (Item #: yes__close_mofi) 



Sonic Grade: Side One: B to B+ / Side Two: C

A few years back we wrote the commentary you see below. We can't say if we would still agree with the sentiments expressed, so take what you read with a grain of salt, and remember that no two records sound the same. If your copy is better or worse on either side it will not come as a surprise to us here at Better Records!

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The Yes Album

... That Kind of Money Damn Well Better Buy You Amazing Sound! ...

  (Item #: yes__yesal_letter) 



This letter of the week comes from one of our long time customers, Gary, who was blown away by the sound of our Aja, Yes Album and Fragile Hot Stampers. We agreed, noting that it's nearly IMPOSSIBLE for records to sound like the ones we sent him!

Dropping you a line to tell you that these two albums have four of the greatest sounding sides of music I have experienced.

Last week, when the Thursday mailer came out, I happened to be listening to The Yes Album, your hot stamper. I am astounded every time I play that record. I had no choice but to grab your Fragile HS. I went ahead and pulled the trigger on Aja as well, after shooting out the 4 or 5 copies I have.

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Yes - Close To The Edge

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: yes__close_2008) 



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.

The toughest nut to crack in the entire Yes catalog! We’ve been trying for years to bring you Hot Stamper copies of this one, but it is one tough task. Here’s the copy that proved to us just how much this album can cook if your stereo is up to it and you’ve got the right pressing. We went through Imports, Plain Ol’ Domestics, White Label Promos and what have you, and no other copy had two sides this strong.

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Yes - Fragile

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: yes__fragi_2008) 



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.

MASTER TAPE SOUND! We doubt you’ve heard too many rock records that sound as AMAZING as this one. It’s dynamic, punchy and powerful, with the kind of super-low distortion sound that lets you really crank the levels, the louder the BETTER! How many Yes records will let you do that? THIS ONE WILL! That's what you get for your $750 -- the kind of sound that will blow your mind.

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Yes - Fragile

... I Didn’t Know Yes LPs Could Sound Like This ...

  (Item #: yes__fragi_testimonial) 



Our good customer Franklin wrote us a nice letter to let us us how much he loved his Fragile Hot Stamper. He''s so right: that was one AMAZING sounding record!

Just listened to the Yes album Fragile. FANTASTIC!!!!! I didn't know Yes LPs could sound like this. Any Yes LPs I've ever heard were harsh sounding and after a couple of minutes my ears would start to hurt. Thanks!

Regards,
Franklin

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Yes - Fragile

An Album We Are Clearly Obsessed With

  (Item #: yes__fragi_obsess) 



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

We love the album and we hope you do too. If you have some time on your hands -- maybe a bit too much time on your hands -- please feel free to check out our commentaries. Below you can find a letter one of our good customers wrote about his Hot Stamper pressing.

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Yes - Fragile

British Band, British Pressing... Right?

  (Item #: yes__fragi_myth) 



Not Really. It’s just another Record Myth.

Some of you may remember that back in the '90s (and even into the 2000s, gulp) we preferred the sound on the British original pressings for the most famous Yes albums, Fragile among them.

There's no way around it, folks: We Was Wrong. While the Brit copies can have some very nice qualities, they just can't compete with the best domestic pressings of Fragile.

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Yes - Fragile

Analogue Productions LP Reviewed

  (Item #: yes__fragidb) 



Sonic Grade: C

The Analogue Productions 180g reissue shown here is mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Grey, two guys I respect, but the results of their latest collaboration leave much to be desired. The overall sound is lean. This is especially noticeable on the too thin-sounding guitars and vocals. Believe me, it's no fun to play a Yes album with thin guitars and vocals.

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Yes - Fragile

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: yes__fragi_depth) 



Presenting another entry in our extensive Listening in Depth series with plenty of advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you critically evaluate your copy of Fragile.

EDDIE OFFORD took charge of Yes's engineering with Time and a Word (1970) and we are very lucky that he did. Although his masterpiece is surely ELP's first album, both The Yes Album and Fragile are so well recorded they clearly belong at the top of any list of All Time Great Sounding Rock Albums.

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Yes - The Yes Album

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: yes__yesal_2008) 



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.

Since this is Yes's Masterpiece, not to mention their most well-recorded album, that makes it pretty much a Must Own for anyone who loves their groundbreaking and enormously influential approach to the Extended Form.

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Yes - The Yes Album

Rhino 180g Debunked

  (Item #: yes__yesal_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing. The worst version ever? Could be! That notorious hack Ron McMaster strikes again.

Rhino Records has really made a mockery of the analog medium. Rhino bills their releases as pressed on "180 gram High Performance Vinyl". However, if they are using performance to refer to sound quality, we have found the performance of their vinyl to be quite low, lower than the average copy one might stumble upon in the used record bins.

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Yes - The Yes Album

What We Learned from Our Shootout in 2007

  (Item #: yes__yesal_wrong) 



Some of our oldest customers may remember that we used to prefer the British Originals for this album back in the '90s. There's no other way to say it, folks: We Was Wrong.

While the Brit copies can have some nice qualities, they just can't compete with the very best domestic pressings. No British Original we played rated above a solid A for either side. Based on what we heard in our shootout, we feel VERY confident that the master tapes for this album are in America. There is NO WAY this record is not cut from the master tape. Dubs just don't sound like this. If you are still under the impression that British bands sound best on British vinyl, this pressing will disabuse of such mystical notions.

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Yes, We're Getting Awfully Close To The Edge

Are Your Planets Aligned?

  (Item #: yes__close_planets) 



A word of caution: Even our Hottest Stamper copies can sound problematical unless your system is firing on all cylinders. Your electricity has got to be cooking, you've got to be using the right room treatments, and ideally you should be using a demagnetizer such as the Talisman on the record itself, your cables (power, interconnect and speaker) as well as the individual drivers of your speakers.

This is a record that's going to demand a lot from the listener, and we want to make sure that you're up to the challenge. If you don't mind putting in a little hard work, here's a record that will reward you many times over, and probably teach you a thing or two about tweaking your gear in the process.

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