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White Hot Stamper

Bonnie Raitt
Nick Of Time

  (Item #: raittnicko_1810_1901) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with a Triple Plus (A+++) side two and an excellent Double Plus (A++) side one
  • This original pressing is rich, full and solid with a nicely extended top end and tight, note-like bass - Have A Heart is a Demo Quality track
  • Some of the sweetest, richest, most ANALOG sound we've heard from any record Don Was produced
  • This one plays as quietly as these Purple Label Capitol pressings ever do - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • 4 1/2 stars: "It was a great comeback album that made for a great story, but the record never would have been a blockbuster success if it wasn't for the music, which is among the finest Raitt ever made."
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Super Hot Stamper

Bonnie Raitt
Nick Of Time

  (Item #: raittnicko_1804_1902) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last
  • The overall sound here is big and rich with tons of bass and lovely breathy vocals
  • Some of the sweetest, richest, most ANALOG sound we've heard from any record Don Was produced
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "A great comeback album that made for a great story".
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Bonnie Raitt - Bonnie Raitt

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: raittbonni_2013) 



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

The average Green Label Warner Bros. copy we played was lackluster to say the least. The words on some of my notes read flat, veiled, dry, dark, edgy: None too promising, but we persevered and found this one! The reissues we heard tended to be modern and thin. Definitely not our sound.

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Bonnie Raitt - Home Plate

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: raitthomep_2008) 



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

This original WB Palm Tree label LP has THE BEST SIDE ONE we have ever heard here at Better Records. "A Triple Plus" sound means you're probably hearing the album better than they did when they played back the master tape in the control room. (Studio monitors being what they are.) Since this is one of my three favorite Bonnie Raitt albums -- the others being Sweet Forgiveness and Nine Lives -- and quite possibly the best sounding album she ever made, it goes without saying that this is THE Must Own Bonnie Raitt Hot Stamper Pressing of All Time.

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Bonnie Raitt - Luck of the Draw

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: raittlucko_2012) 



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

Here's the first (Super) Hot Stamper copy of Luck Of The Draw to ever hit the site! What took us so long? It's simple, most copies out there just plain don't deliver, and for a long time we weren't sure we'd ever have a copy that would be a clear enough winner over the DCC pressing to merit Hot Stamper status.

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Bonnie Raitt - Nick of Time

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: raittnicko_2009) 



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

This Minty Capitol LP has an UNBELIEVABLE White Hot Stamper As Good As It Gets (AGAIG) Side Two backed by a Side One that was nearly its equal! The original grade for side one was in fact A+++, but after hearing a copy that was even better we had to lower the grade to A Double Plus. Hey, that’s how we roll here at Better Records. Side one will blow your mind, but if we hear something better, we lower the grade on the nearly White Hot copy, no matter how good it is.

We expect that, as good as side one is, when you drop the needle on side two you will hear EVEN BETTER sound.

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Bonnie Raitt - Nick Of Time

What to Listen For

  (Item #: raittnicko_wtlf) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you critically evaluate your copy of Nick of Time.

One of the biggest problems we ran into over and over again with this album is a lack of top end. The sound gets a bit smooth and some of the ambience and spaciousness of the studio disappears. (This, to a much stronger degree, is the problem from which the DCC suffers.)

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Bonnie Raitt - Nine Lives

Our Shootout Winner from 2006

  (Item #: raittnine_2006) 



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

I did a little shootout today (7/3/06) with a few copies of this album and this one was CLEARLY SUPERIOR. The others were a bit smeared and thick sounding. This copy has the LIFE of the recording preserved in the grooves. With George Massenburg involved, there's no way this record could sound "natural". This copy does sound the way it's supposed to and that's the most we can hope for. If you have an aggressive or thin sounding stereo this is not the record for you.

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Bonnie Raitt - Streetlights

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: raittstree_2013) 



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

Our first Hot Stamper shootout for Bonnie Raitt's classic fourth album yielded a surprisingly good copy, this one, with practically unbeatable (nearly) White Hot Stamper sound on side two, backed with a Super Hot side one that easily put most of the other copies we played to shame. The first three songs on side one -- That Song About the Midway, Rainy Day Man, Angel from Montgomery -- represent some of the strongest material Bonnie ever got to work with, and they alone would serve to qualify this as a Must Own Bonnie Raitt album.

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Bonnie Raitt - Sweet Forgiveness

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: raittsweet_2010) 



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

This White Hot Stamper side one had the kind of sound that just JUMPS out of the speakers! This side one had more of everything: more size and weight. more separation, more ambience, more vocal dynamics, more presence, more bottom end (which is unusual in that most copies of this album tends to be bass shy); in short, more LIFE. This copy, more than any other we played, showed us just how good the master tapes must be.

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Bonnie Raitt - The Glow

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: raittglow_2012) 



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

After a nearly two year hiatus, finally, a Top Copy makes it to the site. Side one here is nearly White Hot (A++ to A+++), which means it finished just a half step behind our shootout winner. It's got that big, rich, solid ANALOG Val Garay (James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt) sound that we go crazy for here at Better Records (where the records are still made from analog tapes, even if it's only because there aren't any other kind to make them from!).

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Bonnie Raitt Discography

  (Item #: allbonnieraitt) 



1971 - Bonnie Raitt
1972 - Give It Up
1973 - Takin' My Time
1974 - Streetlights
1975 - Home Plate
1977 - Sweet Forgiveness
1979 - The Glow
1982 - Green Light
1986 - Nine Lives
1989 - Nick of Time
1991 - Luck of the Draw
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Bonnie Raitt on Heavy Vinyl

DCC + RTI = Audio Enervation

  (Item #: raittnicko_enervation) 



The no-longer-surprising thing about our Hot Stamper pressings of Nick Of Time is how completely they MURDER the DCC LP. Folks, it's really no contest. Yes, the DCC is tonally balanced and can sound very good, but it can't compete with the best original pressings. It's missing too much of the presence, intimacy, immediacy and transparency that we've discovered on the better original pressings.

As is the case with practically every record pressed on Heavy Vinyl over the last twenty years, there is a suffocating loss of ambience throughout, a pronounced sterility to the sound. Modern remastered records just do not BREATHE like the real thing.

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Little Feat - Feats Don't Fail Me Now

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: littlfeats_2013) 



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

A White Hot side one mated to a Super Hot side two make this our big shootout winner this time around. Incidentally our last time around for Little Feat's fourth album was 2008 for those of you keeping track at home; yes, it's getting mighty hard to find clean copies of practically all the pre-Waiting For Columbus titles.

The good news we have to offer this time as opposed to last is that we can now clearly say that Feats Don't Fail Me Now is the best sounding album of the first four the band recorded. We think the songs are great too; we would hope that goes without saying.

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Little Feat - Feats Don't Fail Me Now

Their Most Consistent, Most Inspired Songwriting

  (Item #: littlfeats_best) 



This is, we regret to say, a Forgotten Rock Classic from Little Feat.

Feats Don't Fail Me Now is the best sounding album of the first four the band recorded. We think the songs are great too; we would hope that goes without saying. Waiting For Columbus -- their live masterpiece and inarguably the definitive recording statement by the band -- has at least one song from this album on each of its four sides. That ought to tell you something. This is where the band really hit their stride. (The next album is a personal favorite as well.)

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The Turn Up Your Volume Test

Bonnie Raitt's Home Plate

  (Item #: raitthomep_loud) 



Another in the long list of recordings that really comes alive when you Turn Up Your Volume.

This is a classic case of a record that really starts to work when the levels are up. It’s so free from distortion and phony processing it wants to be played loud, and that’s the level this music works at. It’s the level it was no doubt mixed at, and that mix sounds pretty flat at moderate levels. If you want to hear the real rockin’ Bonnie Raitt you gots to turn it up!

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