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Steely Dan - Katy Lied

An Album We Are Clearly Obsessed With

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KATY LIED is an album we admit to being obsessed with -- just look at the number of commentaries we've written about it. And scroll down to see a wonderful testimonial from one of our good customers about a killer copy we sent him years ago.

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.

This link will take you to all of our other STEELY DAN albums.


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Linda Ronstadt's HLAW

... Everything That You Say Is True!!... I Was Amazed...

  (Item #: ronstheart_letter_0815) 



Our new customer Joel took the time to tell us how much the information and commentary our site inspires him to find great LPs. He found one on our site as a matter of fact: a Hot Stamper Heart Like a Wheel!
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Linda Ronstadt - Heart Like a Wheel

An Album We Are Clearly Obsessed With

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HEART LIKE A WHEEL 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.

This link will take you to all of our other LINDA RONSTADT albums.


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Why Didn't Those @!#&/?% Record Companies Produce More Hot Stampers?

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A while back we received a letter from a good customer of ours lamenting how rare Hot Stamper pressings are.

Why were so many copies produced without HOT STAMPER sound when it was obviously possible is beyond me and quite frankly upsets me. But that is the way it is.

Our answer can be found below.

See all of our Santana albums in stock


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For Pete’s Sake, What’s Wrong With Blue?

Thoughts on "The Definitive Vinyl" Version

  (Item #: mitchblue_letter_2) 



In 2007 a customer took issue with our summary rejection of the new Blue.

Tom,

I find it curious you are not carrying the new Joni Mitchell Blue vinyl issue. Even to the point of saying you can do better... for 25 bucks? After clicking on the LP cover and reading the comments from over the years it makes me wonder what your agenda really is. I paid $250 for a wonderful WLP and this Rhino issue smokes it, even as good as it is. I even have a Cd cut from this mastering session off the analog FLAT, not Dolby tapes and this vinyl even beats it.... of course just my opinion.

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The first rule of Blue Club is...

You do not talk about Blue Club.

  (Item #: mitchblue_letter) 



A good customer of ours recently started to play the Blue game (not to be confused with The Circle Game). He figured he’s have a go at Joni, and dropped us a little note about what he heard.

Hi Tom,

I only have two copies of Blue, the regular CD, and one record that in my opinion it’s a pretty good copy. The vinyl plays M-, very quiet. Thecover is also M-. No strain in any of the vocals, and I can listen to it pretty loud. Guitars on all tracks very clean and airy, and float on topof the rest of the mix. Piano, however, and bass in general lacks anyweight. The CD piano on My Old Man is much better. Overall impressions, the CD is listenable, but the record has the intimacy that sends chills up and down your spine. The CD doesn’t do that.



 
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Hot Stampers of After the Gold Rush

People Just Love 'Em

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From time to time our customers like to tell us just how much they are enjoying our Hot Stamper pressings, and we here at Better Records love to read the LETTERS they write. We've reprinted a few below.

An excerpt: "I don't always agree with everyone else on which record pressings sound best, but this record knocked my socks off."

After the Gold Rush


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Dylan Thomas - Under Milk Wood

Our First Testimonial for a Record We've Never Heard

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This week’s testimonial letter comes from our good customer Michael L. in England.

He had just ordered some fairly expensive White Hot Stamper copies of jazz classics that we raved about: Kind of Blue, Miles Davis In Person - Friday Night and Somethin' Else.

Knowing that he's been collecting both originals and audiophile reissues for decades, I dropped him a note asking him to "make sure to play our Hot Stampers against all your originals! We welcome the comparison."

What follows is his enthusiastic reply.


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Yes - Fragile

An Album We Are Clearly Obsessed With

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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.

This link will take you to all of our other YES albums.


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Chicago Transit Authority on MoFi

Or Is It The Glade Spray Mist Septet?

  (Item #: chicachica1_letter) 



Our good customer Roger wrote to tell us of his Chicago shootout which included the MoFi, some later pressings and our Hot Stamper. Here is his story.

HI Tom

Got a chance to listen to your Chicago Transit Authority hot stamper and compare it to regular US and MFSL pressings. It has been a while since I last listened to this recording, but I listened to a lot of Chicago; Blood, Sweat, and Tears; and The Ides of March when I was in high school and college. I loved this music back then, as short-lived as it was, unfortunately.

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Kenny Burrell - Midnight Blue

One Customer's Take on the 45

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A good customer had this to say about a recent shootout:

"By the way side 2 of Midnight Blue bested every other copy I played including the 45 RPM Blue Note [Analogue Productions] reissue. The 45 RPM is very good. You know that technically it is right, but at the same time it’s missing something. When I listened to the [Hot] stamper copy you dug up for me I found it a little noisy at first and wasn’t sure if I could live with it. However after returning to the 45 RPM there was no enjoyment, so I dropped the needle on the stamper one more time, and then I heard it..."



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The Beatles - The White Album Testimonial

Enlightened (With No Need to Travel to India)

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This week’s testimonial letter comes from our good customer Robert, who was "enlightened" -- his word, not ours -- by the Hot Stamper pressing we sent him. An excerpt:

This reminds me of a comment somewhere on your site where it is pointed out that hearing a really good pressing of a song you never thought you liked before can suddenly make you a convert. That is definitely the case with this one.

See more commentaries as well as our in-stock copies of The White Album


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Turning Skeptics into Believers

One Record at a Time

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We recently received this letter from a fellow on our email list who finds our prices for vinyl curious, and which he considers a bygone technology at this point in time. Can’t say I agree with that assessment. It sure would be nice to demonstrate for him how much better records sound than the supposedly superior technologies that have -- for most people, perhaps even for this gentleman -- replaced them.

Wait, there is a way! A Hot Stamper, 100% Guaranteed to Satisfy or Your Money Back. One click is all it takes. Which is pretty much what I said in my reply to his letter below.

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Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon

... TRULY one of those rare experiences...

  (Item #: pinkfdarks_testimonial_2014) 



Dan, our letter writer, is a new convert to the world of Hot Stampers. Although his system is modest by his own admission, the sound he was able to conjure up in his living room was "...a revelation..."

A good Dark Side can have that effect on you.

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Jethro Tull Aqualung Testimonial

It was like the musicians were right in my room ...

  (Item #: jethraqual_letter_roger) 



This week’s testimonial letter comes from our good customer Roger, who was blown away by the Hot Stamper pressing of Aqualung we sent him. Roger, as expected, did a thorough shootout of our Hot Stamper against the audiophile usual suspects. The results?
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Elton John - GYBR

Great job on finding what for me is a new reference disk

  (Item #: john_goodb_letter) 



"This hot stamper shows off the difference between a recording and a performance. Great job on finding what for me is a new reference disk."

The entire letter can be found below, along with our general notes about the recording.

More Goodbye Yellow Brick Road


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