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Super Hot Stamper

Sergio Mendes
Stillness

  (Item #: mendestill_1909) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better copies we played in our recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • If you are looking for killer sound, with music every bit as wonderful, look no further -- this is the record for you
  • Their Psych Masterpiece and a permanent member of our Top 100 list -- we're crazy about Sergio's Forgotten Psych Classic from 1970
  • "Stillness is the great sleeper album of Sergio Mendes' first A&M period." -- Allmusic
See all of our Sergio Mendes albums in stock


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Revolutionary Changes in Audio

What Works for Us Can Work for You

  (Item #: revolution) 



This listing, like the stereo itself (mine and yours), is a work in progress. Please check back for the commentary we expect to be adding in the future.

Our reason for having this kind of commentary on a site ostensibly devoted to the selling of records is simple: the better your stereo sounds, the better our records sound, and, more importantly, the bigger the difference between our records and the copies you already own. Also those LPs recommended by "audiophile" record dealers, which tend to be on Heavy Vinyl, at 45 RPM, half-speed mastered or, even worse, Japanese pressed. We have no interest in any of them. Why? On our system they rarely sound better than second-rate.

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Rock and Pop Top 100

Our 2008 Edition

  (Item #: top100_2008_archive) 



Presenting the roughly one hundred BEST SOUNDING albums with the BEST MUSIC that we can actually FIND to put on the site. In other words, there are Hot Stampers of these albums either on the site or coming to the site, so those of you on our email list will be seeing many if not most of these titles sometime in 2008. (Those of you not on our email list will see whatever is leftover after the mailing.)

The list has gone through a number of changes already and will go through many more as we work through our schedule of Hot Stamper shootouts. Each of these listings is now a link to make it easy for you to find copies on the site that are actually in stock.

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Rock and Pop Top 100

Our 2011 Edition

  (Item #: top100_2011_archive) 



Presenting the roughly One Hundred BEST SOUNDING Albums with the BEST MUSIC that we can actually find to put on the site. In other words, there are Hot Stampers of these albums either on the site or coming to the site, so those of you on our email list will be seeing many if not most of these titles sometime in the coming months.


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Sergio Mendes - Stillness

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: mendestill_2013) 



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

TWO AMAZING SIDES, including a BETTER THAN WHITE HOT A++++ SIDE TWO! That's right folks, four pluses! This is an incredibly well-recorded album and a member of our Top 100, in fact. The soundfield itself has a three-dimensional quality that will absolutely blow you away. If you are looking for DEMO DISC QUALITY SOUND with music every bit as good, look no further - this record is for you.

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Sergio Mendes - Stillness

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: mendestill_depth) 



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

If you are looking for DEMO DISC QUALITY SOUND with music every bit as wonderful, look no further -- this is the record for you.

If I had one song to play to show what my stereo can really do, For What It's Worth on a Hot Stamper copy would probably be my choice. I can't think of any material that sounds better. It's amazingly spacious and open, yet punchy and full bodied the way only vintage analog recordings ever are.

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Sergio Mendes And Brazil ’66 - Stillness

(Reversed Phase Copy)

  (Item #: mendestill_polarity) 



This is one of the Pressings We’ve Discovered with Reversed Polarity.

This was a SEALED copy of Stillness, one of my favorite records of all time. Side two of this album is possibly THE MOST MAGICAL side of an album I’ve ever played. I don’t know of any other record like it. It seems to be in a class of its own. It’s my current favorite test disc as well [or was at the time anyway]. All tweaks and equipment changes and room treatments must pass the Stillness test. To fail to make this record sound better is to fail completely. The production is so dense, and so difficult to reproduce properly, that only recently have I begun to hear just how good this record can sound.

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The Better Records Rock and Pop Top 100 for 2012

Not Just The Usual Suspects

  (Item #: top100_2012archive) 



It was a long time coming, but in 2012 we finally updated our Rock and Pop Top 100 with over a dozen new titles. Those of you who have yet to try one of our Hot Stampers would be well advised to start with something from this list, as a Hot copy of any of these albums is bound to be an ear-opening experience. Click on any of the albums below to find the Hot Stamper copies that are currently in stock.

You can see all of our in-stock Top 100 titles here.

Click here to sort the list alphabetically by artist.


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Our Playback System ...

And Why You Shouldn’t Care

  (Item #: stereo) 


Below you will find a list of most of the equipment we use to carry out our pressing evaluations, also known as Hot Stamper shootouts. Of course the old 80/20 Rule comes into play here -- 80% (probably more like 90 or 95%, truth be told) of the sound is what you do with your audio system, 20% (or 10 or 5%) of the sound is the result of the components you own.

We like to say it’s not about the audio you have, it’s about the audio you do: how you set up your system, what you’ve done to treat your room, how good your electricity is and all the rest of it. Our current system is described below.

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Our Rock and Pop Top 100 List

  (Item #: top100) 



In 2014 we updated our Rock and Pop Top 100 with ten new titles -- it had been two years since the last update. Those of you who have yet to try one of our Hot Stampers would be well advised to start with something from this list, as a Hot copy of any of these albums is bound to be an ear-opening experience. Click on any of the titles below to find the Hot Stamper copies that are currently in stock.

We've also just created a Top Ten Best Sounding Rock & Pop Album List.

You can find our in-stock Top 100 titles HERE.


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