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White Hot Stamper

Bob Dylan
Highway 61 Revisited

  (Item #: dylanhighw_2003_5) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • This 360 Stereo pressing of Dylan's 1965 release boasts KILLER Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to last
  • Forget the Red Labels and whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl record they're making - if you want to hear the Tubey Magic and you-are-there immediacy of this groundbreaking album, an early stereo LP is the only way to go
  • In the same way Sgt. Pepper changed music a mere two years later, Highway 61 Revisited left all of Dylan's contemporaries behind, scrambling to keep up with the standard it set
  • 5 stars: "Dylan had not only changed his sound, but his persona, trading the folk troubadour for a streetwise, cynical hipster ... it proved that rock & roll needn't be collegiate and tame in order to be literate, poetic, and complex."
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The Rolling Stones
Between The Buttons

  (Item #: rollibetwe_2006) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • An incredible Shootout Winning copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish - easily the best copy from our recent shootout, and pressed on exceptionally quiet vinyl to boot
  • This is classic '60s Stones sound, courtesy of Dave Hassinger, working in L.A. (RCA) and London (Olympic + Pye)
  • If you're looking for the ideal combination of Tubey Magical richness and transparency, this British Decca LP in stereo is one of the few that will show it to you
  • 5 Stars - Richie Unterberger hailed it as one of the Rolling Stones' "strongest, most eclectic LPs" and, according to Robert Christgau, Between the Buttons was "among the greatest rock albums."
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John Coltrane
A Love Supreme

  (Item #: coltrloves_1910_12_3_6) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • With two Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sides, this is a truly killer early stereo pressing - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Here's the explosive improvisational energy that made the album such a revelation in 1964 - copies of A Love Supreme that sound as good as this one are rare indeed
  • 5 stars: "Trane's classic quartet of Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, and Jimmy Garrison stepped into the studio and created one of the most thought-provoking, concise, and technically pleasing albums of their bountiful relationship (not to mention his best-selling to date)... It is almost impossible to imagine a world without A Love Supreme having been made, and it is equally impossible to imagine any jazz collection without it."
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Burt Bacharach
Casino Royale

  (Item #: bachacasin_2002_6) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side one and a better than Double Plus (A++ to A+++) side two, this copy is practically as good as it gets
  • A record that has its share of problems, but if you've got the system for it (huge, heavily tweaked, fast, undistorted, highly resolving and free from obvious colorations), this pressing is guaranteed to handily beat all comers
  • A TAS List favorite - The Look of Love with Shootout Winning warmth, richness and immediacy? Here is the sound you never thought you'd hear
  • "The more recognizable and certainly more straightforward side of Bacharach is here, too, on the Dusty Springfield smash 'The Look of Love.' This is one of Bacharach's best soundtracks..."
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Stan Getz
Getz Au Go Go

  (Item #: getz_getza_2005) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • With two insanely good Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sides, this pressing will show you just how good our favorite Stan Getz album can sound on vinyl
  • Amazingly present, immediate and REAL -- musically and sonically, this is Must Own jazz, capturing a very special night in a small club
  • A tough album to find with the right sound and decent surfaces, which is the main reason we are rarely able to do this shootout
  • 4 stars: "Highly recommended for all dimensions of jazz enthusiasts." [We would of course give it the full 5 Stars]
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Frank Sinatra
The Concert Sinatra

  (Item #: sinatconce_2001_5) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Off the charts Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it from the first note to the last
  • This album ranks right up there with the best of the Reprise era - recorded in 1963, Sinatra was still in his prime
  • Sinatra's voice always sounds natural even when he's at his loudest, this is quite an accomplishment and a sure sign that not only is the recording itself excellent, but the pressing derived from it has been mastered and pressed to the highest audiophile standards
  • "Sinatra is given the opportunity to demonstrate his full emotional range, from the melodrama of "Ol' Man River" to the tender romanticisim of "Bewitched," which helps make The Concert Sinatra one of his most fulfilling albums of the era."
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Bob Dylan
Blonde On Blonde

  (Item #: dylanblond_2005_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on ALL FOUR sides, this 360 pressing was one of the better copies of Blonde On Blonde we played in our last shootout
  • You won't believe how big, rich and full this album can sound on a copy this good
  • Includes tons of quintessential Dylan classics: Rainy Day Women, I Want You, Just Like A Woman, and more - they all sound phenomenal
  • 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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Duke Ellington
Piano In The Background

  (Item #: ellinpiano_2003_6) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This original Six Eye has insanely good Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last
  • Full-bodied and warm, exactly the way you want your vintage analog to sound - the piano is surprisingly real here, solid and dynamic
  • Classic Records remastered the album in the 2000s, as has Speakers Corner, but if you think either one of those versions can hold a candle to the real thing from 1960, let us send you this record and disabuse you of that notion
  • 4 stars: "One of Ellington's rarer studio sessions... Ellington's solo abilities were always a bit underrated due to his brilliance in other areas, but this set shows just how modern he remained through the years as a player."
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Frank Sinatra
Francis A. Sinatra & Antonio C. Jobim

  (Item #: sinatjobim_2003) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This outstanding original stereo pressing of Sinatra and Jobim's sublime collaboration earned Triple Plus (A+++) grades or close to them on both sides
  • The vintage Tubey Magic, ambience and richness of the sound here is the only way we know of to bring the Chairman of the Board and his Brazilian buddy into your listening room
  • This is a magical album from start to finish, one of a handful of a Must Own Sinatra releases, and my personal favorite of all his recordings
  • 4 1/2 stars: "After a few plays, the album begins to slowly work its way underneath a listener's skin, and it emerges as one of his most rewarding albums of the '60s."
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Frank Sinatra
Swing Along With Me

  (Item #: sinatswing_along_1911_3_5) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • KILLER sound throughout with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sonic grades
  • These vintage stereo sides are As Good As It Gets -- rich, smooth and full-bodied with wonderfully present vocals and all of the Tubey Magic that's missing from most copies
  • This album is very tough to come by in stereo in anything but beat condition, let alone with this kind of sound
  • "Twelve of the most uninhibited Sinatra things ever recorded!"
  • "Recorded with Billy May, Sinatra Swings was Frank Sinatra's first straight swing album for Reprise Records. In terms of content and approach, the record is remarkably similar to his final Capitol swing effort, Come Swing with Me."
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The Rolling Stones
Out of Our Heads

  (Item #: rollioutof_1906_8_12_03) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This is one of the best copies to ever hit the site, as good as we've ever heard, Triple Plus (A+++) on both sides and fairly quiet vinyl
  • These British sides impressed us with their Tubey Magical, fairly natural sound
  • With top engineers like Dave Hassinger and Glyn Johns one would hope for better sonics, but this is as good as it gets as far as we know
  • 4 1/2 stars: "In 1965, the Stones finally proved themselves capable of writing classic rock singles that mined their R&B/blues roots, but updated them into a more guitar-based, thoroughly contemporary context. The first enduring Jagger-Richards classics are here..."
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The Monkees
The Monkees

  (Item #: monkemonke_2003) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Outstanding sound for this original Colgems stereo pressing, with both sides earning Double Plus (A++) sonic grades and playing as quietly as any copy we've ever heard
  • We guarantee there is dramatically more richness, fullness, vocal presence, and performance energy on this copy than others you've heard, and that's especially true if you made the mistake of buying whatever Heavy Vinyl pressing is currently on the market
  • 4 stars: "The record wasn't only a commercial juggernaut, it also stands as one of the great debuts of all time, and while the record and the group have faced criticism from rock purists through the ages, it stands the test of time perfectly well, sounding as alive and as much fun 40 years later."
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Donald Byrd
A New Perspective

  (Item #: byrd_newpe_2003) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An STUNNING stereo pressing of one of our all-time favorite Blue Note albums with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout
  • The gospel vocals are amazingly well recorded (thanks RVG!) - with the transparency of this copy, you can easily pick out and follow each voice
  • To hear the real RVG magic, play Beast of Burden on side one - that's some real audiophile DEMO DISC sound
  • 5 stars: "One of the most successful uses of a gospel choir in a jazz context. This is a memorable effort that is innovative in its own way, a milestone in Donald Byrd's career."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Get Happy!

  (Item #: fitzggetha_2002_6) 

Our Price: $249.99
Sale Price: $199.99 (You save $50.00 / 20%)


  • Ella's 1959 release for Verve (in stereo!) makes its Hot Stamper debut here with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides
  • The sound is big, rich, lively and dynamic, with Ella's astounding vocal range rendered as only an All Tube Analog chain can
  • These sides reproduce both the breath, as well as the front and center immediacy, of The First Lady of Song's vocals, with tubey rich orchestral arrangements in support
  • "As usual, Ella uplifts all of the material and her best moments come on 'Somebody Loves Me,' a heartfelt 'Moonlight Becomes You,' a scat-filled 'Blue Skies' and (somewhat surprisingly) 'St. Louis Blues.'... the formerly obscure 'Get Happy' finds Ella Fitzgerald at the peak of her powers."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Sings the Harold Arlen Song Book #2

  (Item #: fitzgarlen_2003) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This STUNNING stereo pressing of the Harold Arlen Song Book earned Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades, or close to them, on both sides
  • One of the best copies to hit the site in a long time, Ella is incredibly rich, Tubey Magical and breathy throughout
  • Check out all the great songs here: Come Rain Or Come Shine, It's Only A Paper Moon, One For My Baby, Get Happy, I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues, Over The Rainbow, and more
  • 5 stars: "Of all of her Songbooks, the Harold Arlen and Duke Ellington sets are the most jazz-oriented."
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Harold Land
West Coast Blues!

  (Item #: land_westc_1911_01) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Truly superb sound can be found on both sides of this Jazzland recording, with each earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • Wally Heider, recording in San Francisco in 1960, captured the jazz excitement on tape, and George Horn took those tapes and mastered them faultlessly
  • "Tenor saxophonist Harold Land leads an all-star sextet that includes guitarist Wes Montgomery, trumpeter Joe Gordon, pianist Barry Harris, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Louis Hayes... The music is as well-played and swinging as one would expect from this superior bop group."
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Peggy Lee
Guitars Ala Lee

  (Item #: lee__guita_2006) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This Capitol stereo pressing has insanely good Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides
  • Both of these sides are incredibly clean, clear and spacious yet still super rich and Tubey Magical with lovely breathy vocals
  • A ridiculously tough record to find in stereo, in audiophile playing condition, with sound like this
  • "Peggy Lee's alluring tone, distinctive delivery, breadth of material, and ability to write many of her own songs made her one of the most captivating artists of the vocal era..." - All Music Biography
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The Curtis Counce Group
Volume 1 - Landslide

  (Item #: counclands_2003) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A STUNNING copy of the group's 1956 release with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • The clarity and transparency on this vintage pressing are wonderful, but more importantly it's the unerringly correct tonality that's most impressive when you play these real Contemporary pressings against the competition
  • Yet another amazing All Tube Contemporary recording from Roy DuNann and Lester Koenig at the beginning of the stereo era
  • 4 1/2 stars: "During 1956-1957, bassist Curtis Counce led an excellent Los Angeles-based hard bop quintet... All of Counce's recordings are well-worth getting by collectors [and especially audiophiles] interested in 1950s straight-ahead jazz [with top quality sound]."
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Frank Sinatra
Sinatra's Swingin' Session

  (Item #: sinatsinatras_swingin_2001_3_6) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This Capitol stereo pressing has STUNNING Nearly Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout - a HUGE step up from most of what we've heard
  • These sides are rich, Tubey Magical, balanced and natural - exceptionally quiet vinyl too, one of the quietest copies we played all day
  • The tonality of Sinatra's voice is right on the money, and the brass - so key to these big group sessions - is every bit as good
  • "Sinatra's Swingin' Session is a fast, driving album, the speediest and hardest swing collection Frank Sinatra ever recorded. Sinatra performed the songs twice as fast as was expected; consequently, it's one of his jazziest swing sets, with the musicians spitting out energetic, forceful solos and providing tough, gutsy support."
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Stan Getz
Getz with Almeida

  (Item #: getz_almei_2003_) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • Another Getz Bossa Nova Classic, recorded immediately after Getz/Gilberto, with comparable sound quality from Val Valentin's All Tube Recording Chain
  • "Continuing his practice of running through one star guitarist after another, this time Getz has Laurindo Almeida as the designated rhythm man, featured composer, and solo foil. Jobim's "Outra Vez" is a particularly lovely example of Getz's freedom and effortless lyricism contrasted against Almeida's anchored embroidering. [I]n the long view, one should be thankful that these musicians were recording so much cherishable material."
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The Everly Brothers
The Hit Sound Of...

  (Item #: everlhitso_2001_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner
  • The engineering team of Eddie Brackett and Lee Herschberg provide the exceptional recording fidelity - they would go on to win the Best Engineering Grammy for Strangers in the Night the same year
  • "Snow's I'm Movin' On rocks, and Little Richard's Good Golly Miss Molly clearly provided the blueprint for CCR's cover several years later. While they may not make you forget the Animal's version of the House of the Rising Sun, they do a fine version themselves. They were still struggling to find where they belonged on this LP, but they take us on enough highs through the trip to make it a worthwhile 37 minutes."
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Bob Dylan
Blonde On Blonde

  (Item #: dylanblond_2004) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on three sides and exceptionally quiet vinyl, this copy of Blonde On Blonde did well in our most recent shootout
  • This is one of the copies with an awful sounding side four that you may have seen described on the site, so if "Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" is a favorite track, this is not the copy for you
  • Full of quintessential Dylan classics: Rainy Day Women, I Want You, Just Like A Woman, and they all sound surprisingly good here
  • 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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Cream
Fresh Cream

  (Item #: creamfresh_1912_4) 

Our Price: $199.99
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  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy was one of the best we played in our recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Cream's debut has much better sound than most of the albums that followed - it's surprisingly Tubey Magical, with tons of studio space and lovely vocal presence
  • If all you know is the DCC pressing, or any other Heavy Vinyl pressing, you are in for quite a treat with this Hot Stamper import
  • "Fresh Cream represents so many different firsts, it's difficult to keep count. Cream, of course, was the first supergroup, but their first album not only gave birth to the power trio, it also was instrumental in the birth of heavy metal and the birth of jam rock..."
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Frank Sinatra-Count Basie
Sinatra At The Sands

  (Item #: sinatatthe_2004) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This original Blue and Green Reprise Label pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on all four sides
  • Truly one of the greatest live albums of all time, recorded late at night in the big room at the Sands Hotel in Vegas
  • This is Basie and Sinatra in their natural habitat and in their prime, putting on the show of a lifetime
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Basie and the orchestra are swinging and dynamic, inspiring a textured, dramatic, and thoroughly enjoyable performance from Sinatra ... the definitive portrait of Frank Sinatra in the '60s."
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Frank Sinatra
No One Cares

  (Item #: sinatnoone_2004) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This superb 2-pack earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER throughout - some of the best Sinatra sound you will ever hear
  • No One Cares is an orchestrated album of ballads, boasting superb All Tube Analog sound from 1959
  • These early pressings have the MIDRANGE MAGIC that’s simply missing from the later reissues we've played - it gives you the sense that Frank Sinatra is right in the room with you
  • These sides have two very important qualities - they reproduce both the breath, as well as the front and center immediacy, of Sinatra's vocals, with Jenkins' tubey rich orchestral arrangements in support
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Jenkins gives the songs a subtly tragic treatment, and Sinatra responds with a wrenching performance."
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John Coltrane
My Favorite Things

  (Item #: coltrmyfav_2006) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this 1961 Coltrane classic - exceptionally QUIET vinyl too
  • There is more richness, fullness and presence on this pressing than other copies offer, and that's especially true for whatever godawful Heavy Vinyl pressing is currently being foisted on an unsuspecting public
  • With McCoy Tyner on piano, Steve Davis on bass and Elvin Jones on the drums, this is a group that can do no wrong with standards of this caliber
  • 5 stars: "The unforced, practically casual soloing styles of the assembled quartet allow for tastefully executed passages a la the Miles Davis Quintet, a trait Coltrane no doubt honed during his tenure in that band. Each track of this album is a joy to revisit."
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Nat "King" Cole
Where Did Everyone Go?

  (Item #: cole_where_2003_6) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this early Capitol Rainbow Label stereo pressing will be very hard to beat - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • With especially rich, intimate and natural vocal reproduction, this side one was close to the best we played of Nat's wonderful "songs of love and loss"
  • If all you know are the weirdly unnatural remixes DCC did (or the dreadful Analogue Productions pressings), this LP will be nothing less than a revelation
  • "His rich and cozy baritone carries the ache of "Am I Blue?" and the slinky "I Keep Goin' Back to Joe's" into an understated, almost plaintive blues. Here he perfectly demonstrates a boundless capacity as a melodic interpreter of song."
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Cannonball Adderley
Jump For Joy

  (Item #: adderjumpf_1910_12) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An incredible sounding copy - this early stereo pressing boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • We were knocked out by the Tubey Magical midrange of this killer original, with all the saxophone's breath and bite you would expect to hear on an All Tube affair from 1958
  • This is precisely what is sure to be missing from whatever reissue has been made from the tapes (or, to be clear, a modern digital master copied from who-knows-what-tapes)
  • "Jump for Joy is Adderley's reinterpretation of a Duke Ellington stage musical from 1941... Hearing Adderley's often thrilling, always well-constructed alto sax improvisations over tunes like "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good" is reason enough for the album to exist..."
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Count Basie
On My Way & Shoutin' Again

  (Item #: basieonmyw_1905_8_12) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Incredible shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it from start to finish - relatively quiet vinyl too
  • This All Tube Verve stereo Recording Verve from 1962 is one of the best Basie records from the era that we've played in a very long time
  • Here is the richness the music needs - horns need to be full-bodied if they are to sound like the real thing - but so are speed and clarity, two qualities that insure that all the horns have the proper bite and timbre
  • "A solid and worthwhile album that has been out of print for far too long, this will be a welcome addition to any Basie lover's collection, and comes highly recommended to anyone even mildly interested in excellent large-ensemble mainstream jazz."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Rhythm Is My Business

  (Item #: fitzgrhyth_1904_9_02) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This outstanding copy of Ella's superb follow-up to Clap Hands boasts insanely good Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides
  • What took us by surprise was the richness and sweetness of this early Stereo Verve - so many of Ella's early albums don't have the smooth, natural vocals heard on this pressing
  • We absolutely love the swinging R&B organ Bill Doggett brought to these big band sessions, all backing an exceptionally well recorded First Lady of Song
  • "Ella Fitzgerald is in the spotlight throughout, mostly singing swing-era songs along with a couple of newer pieces... [her] voice was in its prime, and the charts are excellent."
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Perez Prado
Big Hits By Prado

  (Item #: pradobighi_2002_6) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A STUNNING copy of Prado's 1960 RCA stereo release with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from top to bottom
  • Spacious and transparent, this copy has the three-dimensional soundstaging and layered depth that makes these kinds of record such a joy to play
  • There is plenty on offer for the discriminating audiophile, with the spaciousness, clarity, tonality and freedom from artificiality that are hallmarks of the better Living Stereo recordings
  • "Big Hits actually is a powerhouse anthology: the first definitive, stereo collection of mambo hits. All were re-recorded for stereo in "new arrangements" as the jacket advertises... easy to find [but not in audiophile playing condition with sound this good] and very worthwhile."
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Thelonious Monk
Criss-Cross

  (Item #: monk_criss_1811_7_9_11_4) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This early stereo pressing won our shootout - it has insanely good Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides
  • Columbia's recordings produced by Teo Macero in the early '60s have consistently open, natural sound - this one from 1963 is no exception
  • The piano sounds amazing here - natural and dynamic, letting Monk's passionate playing shine
  • "Thelonious Monk's second album for Columbia Records features some of the finest work that Monk ever did in the studio with his '60s trio and quartet ... This is prime Monk for any degree of listener."
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Donald Byrd
A New Perspective

  (Item #: byrd_newpe_2005) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An SUPERB stereo pressing of one of our all-time favorite Blue Note albums with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound throughout - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • The gospel vocals are amazingly well recorded (thanks RVG!) - with the transparency of this copy, you can easily pick out and follow each voice
  • To hear the real RVG magic, play Beast of Burden on side one - that's some real audiophile Demo Disc sound
  • 5 stars: "One of the most successful uses of a gospel choir in a jazz context. This is a memorable effort that is innovative in its own way, a milestone in Donald Byrd's career."
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Junior Wells
It's My Life

  (Item #: wellsitsmy_1910_4) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • A superb copy of Junior Wells' recording from Chicago in '66 (this is the read deal, folks!) with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound - just shy of our Shootout Winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Bigger and bolder, with more bass, more energy, and more of that "you-are-there-immediacy" of a live performance that set the best vintage pressings apart from reissues, CDs, and whatever else might be out there
  • "Cut from the same cloth as Wells’ classic Hoodoo Man Blues LP from the same period, It’s My Life, Baby! captured the Junior Wells-Buddy Guy team in great form, both in the studio and live at Pepper’s Lounge on 43rd Street. This album tends a bit more towards slow blues, including a rare example of Wells’ chromatic harmonica playing on ‘Slow, Slow,’ but there are fine uptempo pieces..."
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Bob Dylan
Highway 61 Revisited

  (Item #: dylanhighw_2006) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This 360 Stereo pressing of Dylan's 1965 release boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - reasonably quiet vinyl for a 360 LP too
  • In the same way Sgt. Pepper changed music a mere two years later, Highway 61 Revisited left all of Dylan's contemporaries behind, scrambling to keep up with the standard it set
  • 5 stars: "Dylan had not only changed his sound, but his persona, trading the folk troubadour for a streetwise, cynical hipster ... it proved that rock & roll needn't be collegiate and tame in order to be literate, poetic, and complex."
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Nat "King" Cole
Love Is The Thing

  (Item #: cole_lovei_2006) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • A lovely pressing of this audiophile favorite, one of the best pop vocal recordings we know of, here with Double Plus (A++) sound and fairly quiet vinyl on both sides
  • Nat himself sounds especially immediate and real, and the strings are much less of a problem here than they are on most pressings
  • If you know the album through the weirdly unnatural remix DCC did (or the awful Analogue Productions vinyl), this pressing will be nothing less than a revelation
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Nat King Cole's collaborations with Gordon Jenkins rank among the finest from either artist or arranger. 1957's Love Is the Thing remains the epitome of the pair's undeniable compatibility, and it topped the album charts for eight weeks."
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Roy Orbison
In Dreams

  (Item #: orbisindre_1908_01) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Superb sound for this copy of Orbison's 1963 release, with both stereo sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER
  • It does have some condition issues though - finding clean copies of early Orbison albums has always been an uphill battle, which is why so few copies have ever made it to the site
  • Full-bodied and warm, exceptionally open and clear with wonderfully sweet vocals - this pressing presents the music the way it was meant to be heard - thanks Bill Porter!
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Orbison's voice was never better than on this recording. The heights he reaches on the title cut, 'Lonely Wine,' the swaggering country and R&B of 'Blue Avenue,' and 'My Prayer' are simply mind-blowing... the song choices are impeccable."
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Shelly Manne
2-3-4

  (Item #: manne234_1910_4) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This superb 1962 release boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) stereo sound from first note to last
  • Huge, Tubey Magical and lively, with solid weight for Manne's kick and lots of space around all the other instruments, this Van Gelder recording is guaranteed to fill your listening room with brilliant modern jazz music
  • Shelly Manne is one of our favorite drummers - here he reunites with the great Coleman Hawkins, as well as Hank Jones, Eddie Costa and George Duvivier
  • 4 stars: "This unusual set has five selections from a date featuring the great tenor Coleman Hawkins, pianist Hank Jones, bassist George Duvivier, and drummer Shelly Manne... A very interesting set with more than its share of surprises."
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Vince Guaraldi
Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus

  (Item #: guarajazzi_1909_12_4) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An outstanding copy of this classic audiophile favorite, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • You'd be hard-pressed to find a copy that's this well balanced, yet big and lively, with such wonderful clarity in the mids and highs
  • Sublime, practically magical jazz trio sound (and music!) that belongs in every audiophile's collection - on vintage vinyl that's as quiet as we can find
  • 5 stars: "Here is Vince Guaraldi's breakthrough album — musically, commercially, in every which way... The whole album evokes the ambience of San Francisco's jazz life in the 1960s as few others do."
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Cannonball Adderley
Cannonball's Bossa Nova

  (Item #: addercanno_1906_8_12_6ex) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An exceptionally rare and amazing sounding early stereo pressing - it boasts Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to last
  • These originals are by far the best way to go, in stereo of course, putting Cannonball's breathy, melodic sax right between your speakers, with the rest of the band - including Sergio Mendes on keys - spread out around him
  • Truly an undiscovered gem in the Adderley catalog - the audiophiles here at Better Records were digging both the music and especially the superb sound
  • Another top quality recording from the superbly talented Ray Fowler, the house engineer for Riverside and the man behind many of the best Thelonious Monk and Cannonball Adderley recordings done for that great jazz label
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Duke Ellington
Selections From Peer Gynt...

  (Item #: ellinselec_2003_6ex) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This superb copy of Duke Ellington's 1961 release boasts Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) from top to bottom - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • The sound is gloriously ANALOG - smooth, relaxed and full-bodied - almost no other copy in our shootout had this kind of exceptionally natural sound
  • Wall to wall, floor to ceiling, room-filling All Tube Radio Recorders Studio sound like nothing you have ever heard
  • One of Ellington's most enjoyable classic collaborations with Billy Strayhorn
  • "All in all, it's one of Ellington's most focussed large-scale efforts... It ends on a swinging Ray Nance solo (on violin, yet!), miles away from the politesse of Grapelli. I've heard only one other violinist (and not a jazz violinist, surprisingly) swing this hard."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Whisper Not

  (Item #: fitzgwhisp_2006_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb pressing of Ella's wonderful 1967 release with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • This one is doing everything right-- it's bigger, bolder, richer and more clean, clear and open than nearly almost everything else we played
  • Superb engineering from the man behind so many great sounding Verve records, Val Valentin
  • 4 stars: "Whoever decided to put pianist Marty Paich and Ella Fitzgerald together in the studio in 1966 deserves a bit of credit for the great music on Whisper Not. Together, Fitzgerald and Paich deliver a dozen beautifully sung, carefully arranged standards."
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Harold Land
West Coast Blues!

  (Item #: land_westc_2003) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This superb pressing boasts Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides - just shy of our Shootout Winner - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Wally Heider, recording in San Francisco in 1960, captured the jazz excitement on tape, and George Horn took those tapes and mastered them faultlessly
  • 4 stars: "Tenor saxophonist Harold Land leads an all-star sextet that includes guitarist Wes Montgomery, trumpeter Joe Gordon, pianist Barry Harris, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Louis Hayes... The music is as well-played and swinging as one would expect from this superior bop group."
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Mel Torme
I Dig The Duke - I Dig The Count

  (Item #: tormeidigd_2002_6) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner - relatively quiet vinyl too
  • This may not be one of Mel's better known albums, but we found it to be prime Velvet Fog, right up there with the best of his work auditioned to date - if you haven't heard the man in his prime, this is a great place to start
  • Val Valentin did the engineering - as he often did over the course of his long and storied career, he knocked this one out of the park
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Recorded with the Johnny Mandel Orchestra at sessions in Los Angeles, it includes one half Duke Ellington and one half Count Basie... With all these things going for it, how can Tormé do wrong?"
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Sarah Vaughan
After Hours At The London House

  (Item #: vaughafter_london_2003_6) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Vaughan's 1959 live album returns to the site with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • You will have a very hard time finding anything that can touch this pressing for warmth, richness, and, especially, vocal intimacy and in-the-room presence
  • The multiple takes Sarah Vaughan does on Thanks for the Memory here blows my mind to this very day - pull it up on youtube and hear it for yourself
  • "... the producers invited a small group of friends and well-wishers to another Chicago club, London House, for an after-hours session. Vaughan expanded her trio with a quartet of Count Basie titans, including trumpeter Thad Jones and tenor Frank Wess, and... decided to record a set that, in true after-hours fashion, was completely improvised."
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The Rolling Stones
Between The Buttons

  (Item #: rollibetwe_1906_12_6) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • An outstanding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - one of the better copies from our recent shootout, and pressed on exceptionally quiet vinyl to boot
  • This is classic '60s Stones sound, courtesy of Dave Hassinger, working in L.A. (RCA) and London (Olympic + Pye)
  • If you're looking for the ideal combination of Tubey Magical richness and transparency, this British Decca LP in stereo is one of the few that will show it to you
  • 5 Stars - Richie Unterberger hailed it as one of the Rolling Stones' "strongest, most eclectic LPs" and, according to Robert Christgau, Between the Buttons was "among the greatest rock albums."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Whisper Not

  (Item #: fitzgwhisp_2006_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Both sides of this stereo 2-pack have excellent sound, with a Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one and a solid Double Plus (A++) side two
  • Big, balanced, lively and musical, these two sides had some of the best sound we heard in our most recent shootout
  • Superb engineering from the man behind so many great sounding Verve records, Val Valentin
  • "These fine-tuned arrangements also provide the perfect launching pad for Fitzgerald to place her own stamp on material associated with other singers."
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The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely...

  (Item #: beatlsgtpe_2006_7) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides and exceptionally quiet vinyl for the most part, this pressing is guaranteed to smoke any copy of the album you've heard
  • Huge, spacious and detailed, with the Tubey Magic of a fresh tape, this is the way to hear Sgt. Pepper in all its analog glory, not remixed and not remastered
  • Most pressings - especially the new ones - have nothing approaching the Tubey Magic, space and energy of this LP
  • A Better Records Top 100 - "It's possible to argue that there are better Beatles albums, yet no album is as historically important as this."
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The Rolling Stones
Out of Our Heads

  (Item #: rollioutof_2005_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish, you will have a very hard time finding better sound for this album - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • These British sides impressed us -- big and full with great bass and midrange presence
  • With top engineers like Dave Hassinger and Glyn Johns one would hope for better sound, but this, folks, is about as good as it gets as far as we know
  • 4 1/2 stars: "In 1965, the Stones finally proved themselves capable of writing classic rock singles that mined their R&B/blues roots, but updated them into a more guitar-based, thoroughly contemporary context. The first enduring Jagger-Richards classics are here..."
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Astrud Gilberto
Beach Samba

  (Item #: gilbebeach_2004) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of Beach Samba, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from top to bottom
  • The soundstage is huge, and the overall quality of the recording is big and bold like you will not believe
  • Creed Taylor (the CTI man) produced, Don Sebesky and Deodato did the arrangements, and Val Valentin engineered - what's not to like?
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl ripoff is on the market - the Tubey Magical intimacy of this exceptional vintage pressing cannot be equaled by any mastering engineer working today
  • "This 1967 Verve LP has the breezy bossa novas and sambas Astrud was famed for, but also a Lovin' Spoonful duet with her young son and some seriously impressive scatting, too." - Amazon
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Benny Carter
Jazz Giant

  (Item #: cartejazzg_2006) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two excellent sides each rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or BETTER, this was one of the best sounding copies from our recent shootout - fairly quiet vinyl too!
  • If you still think that Analogue Productions is remastering records properly, you have definitely never heard a real Contemporary that sounds like this(!)
  • The sound of Contemporary Records is alive on this copy, with space, size, clarity and richness that no other pressing can match
  • "Benny Carter had already been a major jazz musician for nearly 30 years when he recorded this particularly strong septet session for Contemporary ... This timeless music is beyond the simple categories of "swing" or "bop" and should just be called "classic."
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Cream
Fresh Cream

  (Item #: creamfresh_1812) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find superb Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides of this British import stereo copy of Cream's classic debut - quiet vinyl too
  • Cream's debut has much better sound than most of the albums that followed - it's rich and Tubey Magical with tons of studio space and lovely vocal presence
  • If all you know is the DCC pressing, or any other Heavy Vinyl pressing, you are in for quite a treat with this Hot Stamper import
  • "Fresh Cream represents so many different firsts, it's difficult to keep count. Cream, of course, was the first supergroup, but their first album not only gave birth to the power trio, it also was instrumental in the birth of heavy metal and the birth of jam rock..."
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Dave Brubeck
Gone With The Wind

  (Item #: brubegonew_2002_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent sound throughout for this original Six-Eye stereo pressing with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades and playing about as quietly as an original ever does
  • This exceptionally well-recorded album surprised us with its huge, rich, natural sound - if you want to show your friends just how good a 1959 All Tube Recorded and Mastered album can sound, this title should do the trick nicely
  • "The album as a whole is filled with wonderful surprises and contains some of the best that the cool jazz style has to offer... Gone With the Wind is strongly recommended not only for the seasoned jazz fan, but also for first-time listeners who wish to be thoroughly captivated."
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Dean Martin
This Time I'm Swingin'

  (Item #: martithist_1907_01) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy that lets this music swing the way it's supposed to - solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • Classic Capitol big, full-bodied, Tubey Magical sound -- Dino's vocals are present and natural in the best tradition of rat-mate Frank Sinatra in the early '60s
  • With Nelson Riddle arranging, you can be sure the album has plenty of swing all right -- and the brass sounds amazing here
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...an easy swinging collection with appealing horn charts and a series of comfortable readings of recent and vintage standards... a good, confident set..."
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Duke Ellington
Piano In The Background

  (Item #: ellinpiano_1902_5_10_03) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This original Six Eye has a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one and a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two - exceptionally QUIET vinyl too
  • Full-bodied and warm, exactly the way you want your vintage analog to sound - the piano is surprisingly real here, solid and dynamic
  • Classic Records remastered the album in the 2000s, as has Speakers Corner, but if you think either one of those versions can hold a candle to the real thing from 1960, let us send you this record and disabuse you of that notion
  • 4 stars: "One of Ellington's rarer studio sessions... Ellington's solo abilities were always a bit underrated due to his brilliance in other areas, but this set shows just how modern he remained through the years as a player."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Get Happy!

  (Item #: fitzggetha_2004) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This wonderful copy of Ella's 1959 release for Verve (in stereo!) boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • The sound is big, rich, lively and dynamic, with Ella's astounding vocal range rendered as only an All Tube Analog chain can
  • These sides reproduce both the breath, as well as the front and center immediacy, of The First Lady of Song's vocals, with tubey rich orchestral arrangements in support
  • "As usual, Ella uplifts all of the material and her best moments come on 'Somebody Loves Me,' a heartfelt 'Moonlight Becomes You,' a scat-filled 'Blue Skies' and (somewhat surprisingly) 'St. Louis Blues.'... the formerly obscure 'Get Happy' finds Ella Fitzgerald at the peak of her powers."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Sings the Harold Arlen Song Book #1

  (Item #: fitzgarlen1_2003) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding stereo pressing of the Harold Arlen Song Book earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides
  • These sides are wonderful, especially compared to most of what we played - they're clear and full-bodied, with strong energy and present, breathy vocals
  • Val Valentin did the engineering - as he often did over the course of his long and storied career, he knocked this one out of the park
  • 5 stars: "Of all of her Songbooks, the Harold Arlen and Duke Ellington sets are the most jazz-oriented."
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Frank Sinatra
Francis A. Sinatra & Antonio C. Jobim

  (Item #: sinatjobim_2006) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding stereo pressing of Sinatra and Jobim's sublime collaboration earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades for sound or BETTER on both sides and plays about as quietly as any copy ever does
  • The Tubey Magical space, ambience and richness of the sound here is the only way we know of to bring the Chairman of the Board and his Brazilian buddy into your listening room
  • This is a magical album from start to finish, one of a handful of a Must Own Sinatra releases, and my personal favorite of all his recordings
  • 4 1/2 stars: "After a few plays, the album begins to slowly work its way underneath a listener's skin, and it emerges as one of his most rewarding albums of the '60s."
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Frank Sinatra
Sinatra's Swingin' Session

  (Item #: sinatsinatras_swingin_2005) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This Capitol stereo pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • These sides are rich, Tubey Magical, balanced and natural
  • The tonality of Sinatra's voice is right on the money, and the brass - so key to these big group sessions - is every bit as good
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Sinatra's Swingin' Session is a fast, driving album, the speediest and hardest swing collection Frank Sinatra ever recorded. Sinatra performed the songs twice as fast as was expected; consequently, it's one of his jazziest swing sets, with the musicians spitting out energetic, forceful solos and providing tough, gutsy support."
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Herbie Hancock
My Point of View

  (Item #: hancomypoi_1912) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A wonderful sounding copy of Hancock's sophomore release from 1963 - this one earned Double Plus (A++) grades for sound or close to them on both sides
  • Grant Green on guitar and killer horn men (Hank Mobley on tenor, Grachan Moncur III on trombone, and Donald Byrd on trumpet) make this a special date indeed
  • As quiet a copy as you will ever find - this one plays Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • "Hot on the heels of his debut album Takin’ Off Hancock piled on the punishment with another must-have recording, My Point of View. He assembled an astonishing septet for the sessions [which] gave him three brass voices to play with, the contrasting luminous flow of Grant Green, with free-swinging Anthony Williams and Chuck Israels at the anchor."
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Miles Davis
Porgy and Bess

  (Item #: davisporgy_1904_8_01) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - you will have a very hard time finding a better Porgy and Bess than this one
  • This 30th Street recording shows just how good Columbia's legendary engineers were back then
  • If you're looking for a stunningly natural, lifelike large group jazz recording, you can't do much better than this album
  • 5 stars: "The musical and social impact of Miles Davis, his collaborative efforts with Gil Evans, and in particular their reinvention of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess are indeed profound... It was Evans' intimate knowledge of the composition that allowed him to so definitively capture the essence... No collection of American jazz can be deemed complete without this recording..."
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Sammy Davis Jr.
Sings The Big Ones For Young Lovers

  (Item #: davissings_2004) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This original Reprise stereo pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • Rich, smooth, sweet, full of ambience, dead on correct tonality, and wonderfully breathy vocals - everything that we listen for in a great record is here
  • "Sammy Davis, who is widely acclaimed to be the greatest all-around-entertainment talent of our times, here swings thru an album filled with the greatest songs he's ever tackled in his entire recording career. The result ? It has to be the greatest album Sammy's ever recorded."
  • 4 stars: "...[a] dozen-song outing, supported by some irresistible backdrops courtesy of arrangers Jimmie Haskell and Perry Botkin Jr... Sings the Big Ones for Young Lovers primarily consists of well-known covers..."
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Sonny Rollins
Now's The Time

  (Item #: rollinowst_1902_6_12_6) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or better throughout - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Ray Hall once again engineered brilliantly for RCA - the Tubey Magical richness and dynamic energy of the sessions are here captured with audiophile quality sound
  • Forget the Classic Records reissue from the '90s and whatever Heavy Vinyl they're making now - it sure won't sound like this!
  • Features performances by Rollins with Herbie Hancock, Thad Jones, Ron Carter, Bob Cranshaw and Roy McCurdy on several bebop tunes
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Art Pepper + Eleven
Modern Jazz Classics

  (Item #: peppemoder_1907_12_6ex) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A big, bold, lively stereo copy of this exceptional Art Pepper release from 1960 - Triple Plus (A+++) on side one and Double Plus (A++) on two - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • If you buy only one Large Group Hot Stamper jazz record from us, make it this one - the music is swingin' fun and the sound is going to be very impressive, especially if you own any modern reissue
  • Rich, warm and full-bodied, the brass is phenomenal on this pressing - here is the Tubey Magic of the originals without the problems that cause many originals to be opaque and uninvolving
  • A personal favorite - 5 stars: "This is a true classic. Essential music for all serious jazz collections."
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Bud Shank
Brazilliance Vol. 2

  (Item #: shankbrazi_1903_9_01) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Shank's 1962 collaboration with Laurindo Almeida arrives with a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side one and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side two - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Another superb Rickard Bock production from the early '60s, with huge amounts of studio space and Tubey Magic to die for
  • The combination of Shank's sax and flute with Almeida's Brazilan folk-influenced guitar creates a delightful and unique fusion of bossa nova-influenced jazz
  • These two would go on to form the L.A. 4, but we much prefer their earlier work on this album
  • 4 stars: "...once again combining Brazilian rhythms and folk melodies with cool bop improvising... highly recommended."
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Frank Sinatra
Softly, As I Leave You

  (Item #: sinatsoftl_1907_12) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from start to finish, this original stereo pressing blew away practically every copy in our shootout
  • Big, rich and natural sounding, the newer material for this album was recorded in 1964 when Sinatra's voice was still in very fine form indeed
  • "The highlight of the record was the hit title song, which featured a subdued but forceful and steady backbeat. The rhythm itself was indicative of Sinatra's effort to accept the new popular music."
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Gerry Mulligan
Jeru

  (Item #: mullijeru_2003) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This 360 stereo pressing put every other copy we played to shame with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it throughout
  • Tubier, more transparent, more dynamic, with that "jumpin' out of the speakers' quality that only The Real Thing (an old record) ever has
  • Hard to imagine any reissue, vintage or otherwise, can beat the sound of this LP - we sure couldn't find one
  • "Jeru flawlessly swings with a relaxed, throbbing, positive life force... The recorded sound, achieved by an unidentified engineer at Nola Penthouse Studio in New York City, has remarkable presence and three-dimensionality."
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Peggy Lee
If You Go

  (Item #: lee__ifyou_2004) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Stunning sound throughout with a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grade on the second side and a solid Double Plus (A++) grade on the first
  • This vintage Capitol stereo pressing is rich, full-bodied and Tubey Magical - we're talking All Tube Analog from 1961 after all - with wonderfully sweet and breathy vocals
  • "... the man writing the charts here is Quincy Jones, and he is only occasionally interested in underscoring the heartbreak with suitably sad music... Lee responds to the music with a world-weary tone, but an occasional swing in her step, as if this is not her first romance, nor her first one to go wrong."
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A.C. Jobim
The Composer of ’Desafinado’ Plays

  (Item #: jobimcompo_1910_6) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better sounding copies we played in our recent shootout
  • If you love '60s jazzy pop you cannot go wrong here - Jobim was a genius and the music here is an album's worth of proof of that fact
  • Credit engineer Phil Ramone for correctly capturing the sound of every instrument here: the guitars, piano, flutes, strings, drums, percussion instruments -- everything has the natural timbre of the real thing
  • 4 1/2 stars: "A dozen songs, each one destined to become a standard -- an astounding batting average."
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Gerry Mulligan Quartet
Reunion With Chet Baker

  (Item #: mullireuni_1908_01) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This outstanding copy of Mulligan's superb collaboration with Chet Baker boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Remarkable Tubey Magical richness, as well as the kind of immediacy and transparency that few copies have - all qualities essential to reproducing both the trumpet and the baritone sax with exceptional fidelity
  • The sound of a vintage Pacific Jazz recording from 1957, on the rare stereo pressing no less, is really something to hear - you can be sure that no reissue can hold a candle to this LP
  • 4 stars: "The Gerry Mulligan Quartet of 1952-53 was one of the best-loved jazz groups of the decade and it made stars out of both the leader and trumpeter Chet Baker... the music is quite enjoyable and the interplay between the two horns is still special."
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The Beatles
Help

  (Item #: beatlhelp_2006_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Two killer sides with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER - we guarantee you've never heard Help sound better - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Want to hear The Beatles at their Tubey Magical best? Just play You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away on this UK stereo pressing
  • Everything that's great about Help is here - jangly 12 string guitars, harmonically rich tambourines, and breathy vocals
  • Side one alone boasts 7 classics: Help!, The Night Before, You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, I Need You, Another Girl, You’re Gonna Lose That Girl and Ticket to Ride - whew!
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The Rolling Stones
Out of Our Heads

  (Item #: rollioutof_2005) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish, you will have a very hard time finding better sound for this album - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • These British sides certainly impressed us - they're spacious, full-bodied, had great bass and the midrange presence puts Mick front and center
  • With top engineers like Dave Hassinger and Glyn Johns one would hope for better sound, but this, folks, is about as good as it gets as far as we know
  • 4 1/2 stars: "In 1965, the Stones finally proved themselves capable of writing classic rock singles that mined their R&B/blues roots, but updated them into a more guitar-based, thoroughly contemporary context. The first enduring Jagger-Richards classics are here..."
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Astrud Gilberto
Windy

  (Item #: gilbewindy_2006) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound throughout, just shy of our shootout winner
  • Forget whatever Heavy Vinyl imposter is in print - this vintage Verve stereo pressing has the kind of High-Rez Tubey-Magical Midrange that will bring Astrud's soft samba music to life in your very own listening room
  • "... Windy nevertheless proves one of Astrud Gilberto's most consistent and sublime efforts, artfully straddling the division between Brazilian bossa nova and American sunshine pop."
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Julian Bream
The Art of Julian Bream

  (Item #: breamartof_1911_6) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This stunning vintage RCA White Dog pressing boasts Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from first note to last - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • These sides are wonderfully full-bodied and natural, using State-of-the-Art All Tube Living Stereo recording technology that was so advanced in 1960 it could transport a living, breathing Julian Bream directly from his studio into your listening room, 59 years later (!)
  • The set list comprises mainly baroque arrangements for classical guitar, including an especially lovely version of Ravel's 'Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte'
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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Swings Brightly...

  (Item #: fitzgella_swings_brightly_2001) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An excellent early stereo copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Exceptionally lovely All Tube sound from 1961, with a huge, rich orchestra conducted by the legendary Nelson Riddle
  • Fitzgerald's performance on this album won her the Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance, her 7th Grammy
  • "The singer has rarely sounded better than during this period. Fitzgerald sticks mostly to familiar standards and is particularly memorable on 'Don't Be That Way,' 'What Am I Here For,' 'I'm Gonna Go Fishin',' and 'I Won't Dance.'"
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Thelonious Monk
Criss-Cross

  (Item #: monk_criss_1812_6_8_03) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This wonderful pressing of Thelonious Monk's second studio album has outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Columbia records produced by Teo Macero in the early '60s have consistently open, natural sound - this one from '63 is no exception
  • The piano sounds amazing here -- natural and dynamic, letting Monk's passionate playing shine
  • 4 stars: "Thelonious Monk's second album for Columbia Records features some of the finest work that Monk ever did in the studio with his '60s trio and quartet ... This is prime Monk for any degree of listener."
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Tony Bennett
I Left My Heart In San Fran

  (Item #: benneileft_1911) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This 360 copy of Tony Bennett's 1962 classic has outstanding sound, rating Double Plus (A++) or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Brilliant engineering by Frank Laico at his favorite recording digs (and ours), Columbia 30th Street studios
  • 5 Stars and the winner of two Grammy Awards in 1962 including Record of the Year (not bad!)
  • "From here on until the world changed again toward the late '60s, Bennett would not have to feel that he had to compromise his art for popularity, making up-tempo singles while longing to do ballads and swing material instead. I Left My Heart In San Francisco, a gold-selling Top Ten hit that stayed in the charts almost three years, demonstrated that he could have it all."
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Astrud Gilberto
The Shadow Of Your Smile

  (Item #: gilbeshado_1912) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this early stereo copy is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other pressing of the album you've heard
  • The best early Verve stereo pressings such as this one have the rich Tubey Magic to bring out the intimacy in Astrud's breathy vocal
  • Many of our favorite engineers worked on this album in 1964 & 1965: Bob Simpson, Rudy Van Gelder and Phil Ramone
  • Allmusic customers rate the album 4 Stars: "For her second Verve LP, Astrud Gilberto expanded her range from a raft of Gilberto/Jobim standards to embrace the large and obviously daunting catalogue of classic American pop."
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Cannonball Adderley
Cannonball's Bossa Nova

  (Item #: addercanno_1906_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An exceptionally rare and superb sounding early stereo pressing - it boasts Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from the first note to last
  • These originals are by far the best way to go, in stereo of course, putting Cannonball's breathy, melodic sax right between your speakers, with the rest of the band - including Sergio Mendes on keys - spread out around him
  • Truly an undiscovered gem in the Adderley catalog - the audiophiles here at Better Records were digging both the music and especially the superb sound
  • Another top quality recording from the superbly talented Ray Fowler, the house engineer for Riverside and the man behind many of the best Thelonious Monk and Cannonball Adderley recordings done for that great jazz label
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Cannonball Adderley
Jump For Joy

  (Item #: adderjumpf_2003) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding pressing boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • We were knocked out by the Tubey Magical midrange of this killer original, with all the saxophone's breath and bite you would expect to hear on an All Tube affair from 1958
  • This is precisely what is sure to be missing from whatever reissue has been made from the tapes (or, to be clear, a modern digital master copied from who-knows-what-tapes)
  • "Jump for Joy is Adderley's reinterpretation of a Duke Ellington stage musical from 1941... Hearing Adderley's often thrilling, always well-constructed alto sax improvisations over tunes like "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good" is reason enough for the album to exist..."
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Charles Mingus
Mingus Dynasty

  (Item #: mingumingu_dynasty_1909_01) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding Columbia Stereo pressing boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • You could easily spend a hundred bucks buying a copy off the web that would not sound as good or play as quietly as this vintage pressing
  • Studio ambience and Tubey Magic is already baked in - this 30th Street recording shows just how good Columbia's engineers were back then
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Mingus Dynasty is still an excellent album; in fact, it's a testament to just how high a level Mingus was working on that an album of this caliber could have gotten lost in the shuffle."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Swings Brightly With Nelson

  (Item #: fitzgella_swings_brightly_1904_10_4) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An excellent early stereo copy with Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Exceptionally lovely All Tube sound from 1961, with a huge, rich orchestra conducted by the legendary Nelson Riddle
  • Fitzgerald's performance on this album won her the Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance, her 7th Grammy
  • "The singer has rarely sounded better than during this period. Fitzgerald sticks mostly to familiar standards and is particularly memorable on 'Don't Be That Way,' 'What Am I Here For,' 'I'm Gonna Go Fishin',' and 'I Won't Dance.'"
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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Swings Lightly

  (Item #: fitzgella_swings_lightly_2005) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, this Verve Stereo pressing is going to be very hard to beat - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • Lovely All Tube sound from 1958, with a huge, rich orchestra conducted by one of our favorite arrangers, Marty Paich
  • Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo - these were the days when Ella was on top of the world
  • "The bright, sunny optimism of Fitzgerald’s style comes through in several tracks, including 'If I Were a Bell' (which also includes several remarkable variations on the melody), and 'Teardrops From My Eyes' (which alternates between rock and jazz beats—not a big leap back then!)"
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Ella Fitzgerald
Rhythm Is My Business

  (Item #: fitzgrhyth_1902_4_8_12_03) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding copy of Ella's superb follow-up to Clap Hands boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • What took us by surprise was the richness and sweetness of this early stereo Verve - so many of Ella's early albums don't have the smooth, natural vocals of this pressing
  • We absolutely love the swinging R&B organ Bill Doggett brought to these big band sessions, all backing an exceptionally well recorded First Lady of Song
  • "Ella Fitzgerald is in the spotlight throughout, mostly singing swing-era songs along with a couple of newer pieces... [her] voice was in its prime, and the charts are excellent."
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Frank Sinatra
Sinatra's Sinatra

  (Item #: sinatsinatras_1905_8_02ex) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of Sinatra's 1963 release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Forget the reissues - the All Tube stereo original we are offering here is the only way to hear the rich, dynamic, musical sound that was on the tapes in 1963
  • Frank rerecorded some of his biggest hits in stereo for this album - the record is one Sinatra Classic after another
  • Amazon 5 stars: "Riddle's arrangements are, as always, top-notch, and Sinatra is in fine, engaging form."
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Frank Sinatra
That's Life

  (Item #: sinatthats_2006) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of That's Life, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to the last
  • Incredibly big, rich and Tubey Magical, with especially breathy, present vocals that put Frank Sinatra front and center between your speakers
  • "That's Life continued Frank Sinatra's streak of commercially successful albums that straddled the line between traditional and contemporary pop music. Adding more pop music techniques to his repertoire of show tunes, That's Life made contemporary pop concessions while satisfying Sinatra's own taste for weightier, more respected material."
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Harry Belafonte
Belafonte at Carnegie Hall

  (Item #: belafbelaf_1907_12) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This White Dog stereo (not Living Stereo) pressing has superb Double Plus (A++) sound or very close to it on all four sides
  • You'll hear a very large group of musicians bring their wonderful energy to this music, all backing Harry live on stage in real time and in ANALOG
  • HP made his reputation bringing this kind of live-in-your-listening-room record to the attention of the audiophile public, and for that we owe him a debt of gratitude
  • 5 stars: "The granddaddy of all live albums, this double-LP set captures the excitement of a Harry Belafonte concert at the height of his popularity."
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Johnny Cash
The Fabulous Johnny Cash

  (Item #: cash_fabul_1812_6_10_12) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding vintage stereo pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound for Cash's first album for Columbia - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides are Tubey Magical yet clear, with plenty of energy and a lovely musical quality that's noticeably missing from many of the copies we've played over the years (and no doubt the Heavy Vinyl pressing)
  • For a country album from 1958, "Fabulous" is very well recorded, with consistently engaging songs sung from the heart
  • 4 1/2: "What makes it so entertaining are the songs themselves. From "Don't Take Your Guns to Town" and "Frankie's Man, Johnny" to "Pickin' Time" and "The Troubador," the album is filled with first-rate songs."
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Marty Robbins
Hawaii's Calling Me

  (Item #: robbihawai_2004) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one and a side two that's very respectable in its own right, this copy has the rich, sweet, sound we love
  • The kind of Tubey Magical, tonally correct, spacious sound on this stereo 360 pressing is nothing less than an audiophile THRILL
  • The only other Robbins record that can hold a candle to this one is Gunfighter Ballads & Trail Songs
  • "Robbins performs beautifully, creating a breezy mood that marks one of pop music's better attempts at the genre."
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Mel Torme
I Dig The Duke - I Dig The Count

  (Item #: tormeidigd_2006) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this pressing will show you just how good Torme's early '60s recordings for Verve can sound on vinyl
  • This may not be one of Mel's better known albums, but we found it to be prime Velvet Fog, right up there with the best of his work auditioned to date - if you haven't heard the man in his prime, this is a great place to start
  • Val Valentin did the engineering - as he often did over the course of his long and storied career, he knocked this one out of the park
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Recorded with the Johnny Mandel Orchestra at sessions in Los Angeles, it includes one half Duke Ellington and one half Count Basie... With all these things going for it, how can Tormé do wrong?"
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Miles Davis
Quiet Nights

  (Item #: davisquiet_2006) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this oh-so-spacious Miles Davis-Gil Evans classic
  • Fred Plaut engineered the sessions, and on this amazing early pressing the sound is rich, warm, smooth and clear
  • This copy plays about as quiet as we can find these early pressings, Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • In the Saturday Review, Quiet Nights received praise for Davis' "wonderfully songful trumpet in a Latin-American vein", set against "piercingly lustrous curtains of tone and discreet Caribbean rhythms."
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Milt Jackson & John Coltrane
Bags & Trane

  (Item #: jacksbagsa_1812_5_10_4) 

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  • You'll find outstanding sound on this vintage stereo pressing, with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grades and playing fairly quietly
  • One of Tom Dowd's many excellent recordings of John Coltrane at the height of his powers - the sound is to die for
  • If you think the originals of Classic Jazz Albums such as this one are the only ones with the "right sound," this Hot Stamper pressing will surely be a revelation - it's guaranteed to MURDER any early pressing you play it against
  • 5 stars: "Vibraphonist Milt Jackson and tenor saxophonist John Coltrane make for a surprisingly complementary team on this 1959 studio session, their only joint recording."
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Milt Jackson
Plenty, Plenty Soul

  (Item #: jacksplent_1812_4_8_03) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding vintage stereo pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - if you want to hear the Tubey Magic, size and energy of this wonderful session from 1957, this is the way to go
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The first side of Plenty, Plenty Soul, which features a nine-piece group, is highlighted by the contributions of the exuberant altoist Cannonball Adderley, while the flip side has a sextet that is not hurt by the solos of tenor-saxophonist Lucky Thompson. With pianist Horace Silver helping out on both sessions, these all-star dates still sound fresh and enthusiastic decades later."
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Nat King Cole Sings / George Shearing Plays

  (Item #: cole_nat_king_cole_sings_2005) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on this wonderful Capitol collaboration from 1962 - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Two masters came together to create wonderful performances of timeless standards, still appreciated by both music lovers and audiophiles to this day
  • It's tough to find top quality sound for Nat King Cole - here's your chance to hear just how good he could be on an All Tube Recording from the early '60s
  • "Cole is in prime form on such songs as "September Song," "Pick Yourself Up," and "Serenata." Shearing's accompaniment is tasteful and lightly swinging, and the string arrangements help to accentuate the romantic moods."
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Paul Desmond & Gerry Mulligan
Two Of A Mind

  (Item #: desmotwoof_1901_6_8_4ex) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb sounding vintage Living stereo pressing, this one earned Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides
  • If you're looking to demonstrate just how good 1962 All Tube Analog sound can be, this is the record that can do it
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Desmond and Mulligan always made for a perfect team during their infrequent collaborations. Both of the saxophonists had immediately distinctive light tones, strong wits, and the ability to improvise melodically. ... the interplay between Desmond and Mulligan is consistently delightful."
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Paul Desmond
Desmond Blue

  (Item #: desmodesmo_2004ex) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A wonderful copy of Paul Desmond's phenomenal 1962 release with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • This is vintage Sixties Living Stereo at its best - big, rich and Tubey Magical like you will not believe
  • A "highly innovative and meticulously crafted work," this collection is brimming with delightful jazz classics, including "My Funny Valentine," "I've Got You Under My Skin," and "Body and Soul"
  • 4 stars: "... lush, reflective, thought-provoking, and soul-stirring. This work is quite a plus for any listener and especially those who consider themselves avid fans of Paul Desmond."
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Ramsey Lewis Trio
The In Crowd

  (Item #: lewisincro_1908_03) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of Ramsey's breakthrough live album from 1975, with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades - it also plays about as quietly as these vintage Argo pressings ever do
  • Huge, Tubey Magical and lively, with solid weight down low and lots of space around all the instruments - just the right sound for this music
  • If you want to know what jazz at an intimate nightclub would have sounded like in 1965, play this record - it has that sound
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...this is the moment where Lewis shined the brightest, the "in crowd" at the club was verbally into it, and the time for this music was right."
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Roy Orbison
Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits

  (Item #: orbisgreat_1909) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find oustanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides of this Monument stereo pressing
  • The amazingly talented Bill Porter recorded many of Orbison's classic songs from the early '60s that are found on this compilation
  • Only a copy this good shows you how phenominal these timeless songs can sound - rich, open, clear, solid and musical
  • Among monster hits, like "Crying," "Only the Lonely," and "Running Scared," this album includes new releases "Love Star" and "Evergreen" as well
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Roy Orbison
The Orbison Way

  (Item #: orbisorbis_1906_10_5) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A wonderful copy of Orbison's 1966 release with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • If you love hearing INTO a recording, actually being able to "see" the performers, and feeling as if you are sitting in the studio with the band, this Tubey Magical record for you
  • "The band-backed stuff has a lean texture that's a marvel of sonic conciseness, while the orchestra-accompanied sides allow Orbison to open up vocally as never before, casting him in an almost operatic setting..." - All Music
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Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto
Getz - Gilberto #2

  (Item #: getz_getz_gilberto_2_1910_4) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy with Double Plus (A++) Live Jazz sound from start to finish
  • This original stereo pressing is one of the few to make it to the site in years - boy are these hard to find in this kind of clean condition with good quality sonics
  • Rich, tubey and musical, the sound is wonderful for these live performances of two very different groups, one featuring Getz, the other Jobim
  • 4 stars: "Getz/Gilberto #2 holds its own with an appealing selection of fine jazz and bossa nova cuts."
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