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Count Basie
88 Basie Street

  (Item #: basie88bas_1904_6_9ex) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This unusually strong copy of an exceptionally well-recorded classic boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • This is a Top Basie Big Band title in every way -- musically, sonically, you name it, 88 Basie Street has got it going on
  • With 18 pieces in the studio this is a real powerhouse - the sound is rich, powerful, dynamic and HUGE
  • 4 stars: "One of Basie's final albums, the very appealing title cut seems to sum up his career, a lightly swinging groove with a strong melody. Two small-group performances with guest Joe Pass on guitar add variety to a particularly strong set."
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Gerry Mulligan Quartet
What Is There To Say?

  (Item #: mulliwhati_1905_9) 

Our Price: $99.99
Sale Price: $75.00 (You save $24.99 / 25%)


  • This Black Print 360 stereo LP has excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on side two, with a side one that's not far behind it
  • Side two earned a Double Plus (A++) grade for its explosive dynamics and rich, full-bodied, Tubey Magical sax sound
  • Tubier, more transparent, more dynamic, with that "jumpin' out of the speakers' quality that only The Real Thing ever has
  • Hard to imagine any reissue, vintage or otherwise, can hold a candle to the sound of this amazing record
  • AMG 5 Stars: "Virtually every selection is memorable... Highly recommended both to Mulligan collectors and to jazz listeners who are just discovering the great baritonist."
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Leon Russell
Carney

  (Item #: russecarne_1902_9) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better copies we played in our last shootout
  • Carney as a recording is classic analog from 1972 - the best vintage copies are exceptionally rich, solid and smooth
  • Russell's highest charting album, making it all the way to Number Two if you can believe that, no doubt on the strength of the hit single, "Tight Rope."
  • "The music is good, the lyrics are entertaining, the album worthwhile. Leon Russell – the only man around that can pull it off when he’s not trying." - Cameron Crowe (San Diego Door, Aug. 1972)
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Ramsey Lewis
Maiden Voyage

  (Item #: lewismaide_1806_1_9) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This copy of Lewis' 1968 release boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound, or close to it, from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • A wonderful sounding record and all but Forgotten Classic, with Ramsey Lewis and his Trio at the top of their game
  • Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire fame was Ramsey's drummer back in the day
  • "The remarkable Charles Stepney production and arrangement and the brilliant rhythm section means this album is not just another jazz covers record. Highly recommended." - Allmusic Review
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The B-52's
The B-52's

  (Item #: b-52sb-52s_1901_9) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides, this vintage pressing has plenty of analog magic in its grooves - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Tubey Magic in 1979? Somehow they managed to pull it off. So dynamic too. What a recording!
  • A New Wave Classic, 5 stars in the All Music Guide: "These songs illustrated that the B-52's' adoration of camp culture... was a world view capable of turning out brilliant pop singles and, in turn, influencing mainstream pop culture... a hell of a good time."
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B.B. King
Midnight Believer

  (Item #: king_midni_1909) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A KILLER copy of Midnight Believer with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it throughout -- exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Both sides are incredibly full-bodied, clean, clear and spacious with tons of energy and a big punchy bottom end
  • B.B. is backed by members of The Crusaders here, and on a copy like this one you can really get a sense of just how much they contribute to this music
  • "Another collaboration that worked a lot better than one might have expected. King and the Crusaders blended in a marginally funky, contemporary style for the buoyant 'Never Make Your Move Too Soon' and an uplifting 'When It All Comes Down.'"
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The Monkees
The Birds,The Bees and The Monkees

  (Item #: monkebirds_1909_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • KILLER sound throughout for this original Colgems pressing with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to it
  • These sides are doing just about everything right -- rich, full-bodied and Tubey Magical with wonderfully sweet and breathy vocals and a huge bottom end
  • "Featuring more than half of its material written by band members, The Birds, the Bees & the Monkees ranks as a favorite among longtime fans... it's one of the band's finest records, a great representation of the era and an even better pop album." - Ultimate Classic Rock
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Cat Stevens
Tea for the Tillerman

  (Item #: steveteafo_1909_1) 

Our Price: $799.99

  • This superb UK Pink Rim Label Island pressing of TFTT - The Pinnacle of British Folk Rock from 1970 - earned Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to it on both sides
  • This import is ALIVE with musical energy and Tubey Magical Analog sound the likes of which you may never have experienced
  • The emotional power of the songs is communicated completely - we can assure you the experience will be like playing the album for the first time (so this is your chance!)
  • 5 Stars on Allmusic, a stunning Demo Disc, and a permanent member of the Better Records Top 100
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Bill Evans
Trio '64

  (Item #: evanstrio64_1909_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An incredible sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it throughout
  • Both sides of this original Verve pressing are clean, clear and lively with a big bottom end and lots of space around all of the players
  • "The effort spotlights their communal and intuitive musical discourse, hinging on an uncanny ability of the musicians to simultaneously hear and respond... Evans sparkles, gliding around Peacock's full-bodied basslines and Motian's solid yet restrained beat." - All Music
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Joe Walsh
The Best of...

  (Item #: walshbesto_1909_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second
  • Both sides are incredibly full-bodied and Tubey Magical with a big bottom end and tons of energy
  • The perfect sampler for a casual Joe Walsh fan, featuring songs from his tenure with the James Gang along with some of his best known solo tracks
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Aretha Franklin
Yeah!!!

  (Item #: frankyeah_1909_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • KILLER sound for this Columbia 360 label pressing with both sides earning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to it
  • These sides are out of this world -- clean, clear and present with lovely breathy vocals and huge amounts of space and energy
  • Aretha's records for Columbia feature a more pop-oriented sound than her later works. This is a great record for those interested in checking out the early roots of one of the greatest singers of all time!
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The Robert Cray Band
Strong Persuader

  (Item #: craybstron_1906_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With STUNNING Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from first note to last, this is almost As Good As It Gets for Strong Persuader - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This is the album that propelled Cray into the mainstream, earning him a spot on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest albums of the 80's, 5 stars on AMG, and endless accolades from critics and fans alike
  • Clear and open, with good balance and prodigious bass, this copy has just the right the sound for this blues rock
  • 5 stars: "The set that made Cray a pop star, despite its enduring blues base... his innovative expansion of the genre itself that makes this album a genuine 1980s classic."
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The Clash
London Calling

  (Item #: clashlondo_1906_9) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This superb double album boasts oustanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it for big, rich, rockin' sound on all four sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This pressing gives you tons of energy, real presence, and huge weight and power down low that the music demands
  • A shockingly well-recorded album that comes to life with the combo of a great copy and a hi-res, full-range system
  • 5 stars: "A stunning statement of purpose and one of the greatest rock & roll albums ever recorded."
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Creedence Clearwater
Creedence Clearwater...

  (Item #: creedcreed_1909) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This outstanding copy of CCR's debut earned Double Plus (A++) sonic grades or close to them on both sides
  • Probably the most difficult CCR studio album to find with excellent sound and reasonably quiet surfaces
  • Featuring classics such as I Put a Spell on You, the extended-length jam Susie Q (8:37, perfect for Underground Radio), The Working Man, Porterville and more
  • 4 stars: "... the band's sound is vibrant, with gutsy arrangements that borrow equally from Sun, Stax, and the swamp."
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Blood, Sweat & Tears
Child is Father to the Man

  (Item #: bloodchild_1905_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this pressing of the band's debut album - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This copy will show you just how big, full-bodied, lively and POWERFUL this music can be on the right pressing
  • Not many records on this site are harder to find with top quality sound and quiet surfaces, but here's one
  • 5 stars: "Child Is Father to the Man is keyboard player/singer/arranger Al Kooper's finest work, an album on which he moves the folk-blues-rock amalgamation of the Blues Project into even wider pastures... One of the great albums of the eclectic post-Sgt. Pepper era of the late '60s."
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Traffic
Low Spark of High Heeled Boys

  (Item #: trafflowsp_1811_7_9) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $119.00 (You save $30.99 / 21%)


  • This is an outstanding Island Sunray domestic pressing offering spacious Tubey Magical Double Plus (A++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Low Spark is clearly one of the best sounding Proggy/Arty Rock records ever made - the space it recreates in your listening room is HUGE
  • A Better Records Top 100 album and a real Demo Disc on a pressing that sounds as good as this one does
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The commercial and artistic apex of the second coming of Traffic... The standout was the 12-minute title track, with its distinctive piano riff and its lyrics of weary disillusionment with the music business. "
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Traffic
John Barleycorn Must Die

  (Item #: traffjohnb_1904_6_9) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A stunning copy of this Traffic Classic with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to the last
  • Both sides have the vintage analog sound we love - rich and smooth, with plenty of Tubey Magic, bottom end weight and studio space
  • Arguably their best album, certainly their most groundbreaking, original and involving - Low Spark would rank a close second
  • "...the band sounds utterly grounded. As the grooves percolate effortlessly along, it becomes clear that unity, not any technical skill, is what makes the music levitate."
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Janis Joplin
Pearl

  (Item #: joplipearl_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of Joplin's sophomore studio release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Richer, clearer and more tonally correct, with more energy and presence, all qualities that help to bring this music to life
  • Janis's vocals sound right here - smooth enough to let you crank this one up good and loud without the sound getting hard and edgy
  • 5 stars: "Janis Joplin's second masterpiece (after Cheap Thrills), Pearl was designed as a showcase for her powerhouse vocals, stripping down the arrangements that had often previously cluttered her music or threatened to drown her out."
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Aretha Franklin
Lady Soul

  (Item #: frankladys_1906_9) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This superb copy of Aretha's 1968 release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • Both sides are rich, full-bodied and Tubey Magical with lots of natural ambience - Aretha's vocals sound excellent with lots of presence, breath and texture
  • You'd need either a lot of copies, a lot of luck, or both, to come up with a pressing that sounds this good and plays this quietly
  • 5 stars: "... 1968's Lady Soul proved Aretha Franklin, the pop sensation, was no fluke... an inspired blend of covers and originals from the best songwriters in soul and pop music... "/li>
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The Moody Blues
A Question of Balance

  (Item #: moodyquest_1909) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A very special early UK pressing of A Question Of Balance with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Huge and spacious with wonderful Tubey Magic - this is the way the band should sound, alive and kickin'!
  • This copy has some of the very best Moody Blues sound we've ever heard - it's an exceptional recording
  • Includes the big hit Question, one of the all time greats by the band, which sounds fantastic here of course
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The Rolling Stones
Black and Blue

  (Item #: rolliblack_1909_2) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding copy of Black and Blue, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • The sound on this superb pressing is full-bodied and lively, with solid and present vocals, as well as excellent clarity all around
  • A full-bodied, solid copy like this lets you appreciate Billy Preston's contributions on the keys - he's all over the album, a very good thing indeed
  • "Melody ought to be a tentative experiment with Billy Preston's jazzy keyboard sound. Instead, it's a triumph, Jagger's voice swooping and snaking around Preston's piano and harmonies."
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Jimi Hendrix
Band of Gypsys

  (Item #: hendrbando_1909) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Outstanding sound for this Robert Ludwig mastered Capitol Green Label pressing with each side rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or BETTER
  • Tons of bass, smooth vocals, and an overall freedom from distortion characterize the sound of both sides, and that's unusual because most copies of this record are just plain dreadful
  • Trust me on this one -- you're going to have a difficult and expensive adventure trying to find a great sounding copy of this one on your own
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Although he could be an erratic live performer, for these shows, Hendrix was on — perhaps his finest performances... not only an important part of the Hendrix legacy, but one of the greatest live albums ever."
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U2
The Joshua Tree

  (Item #: u2___joshu_1909_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding copy of this U2 classic, with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound and fairly quiet vinyl from first note to last - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • This vintage pressing is well balanced, yet big and lively, with such wonderful clarity in the mids and highs as well as deep punchy bass and a big open and spacious soundfield
  • Stunning sound for the album's biggest hits, including With Or Without You, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, and Where the Streets Have No Name
  • 5 stars: "With the uniformly excellent songs... the result is a powerful, uncompromising record that became a hit due to its vision and its melody. Never before have U2's big messages sounded so direct and personal"
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Lou Rawls
Bring It On Home

  (Item #: rawlsbring_1909) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb copy of this wonderful Lou Rawls album, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • 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
  • There are a lot of bad sounding Lou Rawls records out there, but this hidden gem is not one of them - not only is the sound superb, but Lou's done his old pal Sam proud with wonderfully heartfelt versions of some of his best songs
  • It's incredibly difficult to find big, bold, lively sound like this for any Lou Rawls title, but here it is!
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Lincoln Mayorga
and Dist. Colleagues (S9)

  (Item #: mayorvolume_1_1906_9) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding pressing of this famous audiophile recording, with Double Plus (A++) on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • As a rule we don't mention the specific shortcomings of each copy we sell, but I've taken the liberty of doing so for this pressing
  • It's very difficult to find this album in clean condition, and even more difficult to find one that sounds as good as this one does
  • One of the rarest Hot Stamper records bar none -- only a handful have ever made it to the site
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Heart
Little Queen

  (Item #: heartlittl_1906_9) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • The best copy to hit the site in a long time - killer Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from start to finish
  • Barracuda and Love Alive are two of Heart's best songs bar none and they are guaranteed to blow your mind here
  • It's the rare copy that has the powerful dynamics, deep bass, punchy drums and meaty guitars like you get here
  • A Rock and Pop Top 100 album with Demo Disc sound on a very special pressing such as this - it will rock your world
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Prince
Controversy

  (Item #: princcontr_1902_6_9) 

Our Price: $299.99
Sale Price: $249.00 (You save $50.99 / 17%)


  • This copy of Prince's fourth studio album boasts insanely good Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The overall sound here is super rich, Tubey Magical and present with plenty of extension on both ends
  • "Controversy emerged in 1981 at a pivotal time not just for Prince, but for America. It's often regarded as a bridge between Dirty Mind and 1999, but it's fascinating record in its own right." - Pitchfork (9.0)
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War
Deliver The Word

  (Item #: war__deliv_1902_5_9) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Insanely good Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides of this Shootout Winning copy - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Thanks to the brilliant engineering of Chris Huston, the sound is War at its best: big, rich, smooth and clear, with the kind of low end whomp that few rock records from the era can claim
  • 4 Stars: "A smooth blend of the band's more progressive jazz-rock fusion, the LP shot to the top of the R&B charts, their second of four number one records in a row. It was a perfect tonic to the mediocre MOR music rampaging its way through the early part of the decade...A magical ride with plenty of surprises to keep the listener on his or her toes, this set is a perfect example of the band at their genre-fusing best."
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George Michael
Faith

  (Item #: michafaith_1905_9ex) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $119.00 (You save $30.99 / 21%)


  • Both sides of this George Michael classic boast outstanding Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • The domestic pressings are a dubby joke next to these import originals - finally, here is the size, clarity and Tubey Magic you've always wanted
  • With six top ten hits, this album is chock full of brilliantly produced and passionately performed material
  • 5 Stars: "A superbly crafted mainstream pop/rock masterpiece, Faith made George Michael an international solo star... All of it adds up to one of the finest pop albums of the '80s, setting a high-water mark that Michael was only able to reach in isolated moments afterward."
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Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross

  (Item #: crosschris_1905_9) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $119.00 (You save $30.99 / 21%)


  • A KILLER sounding copy of this Monster Album from 1979 with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound throughout
  • This pressing is clearly fuller, bigger, more lively and more Tubey Magical than almost any other copy we played, and squarely in the best tradition of late-'70s pop productions
  • This one swept the Grammy awards, with great songs including Sailing, Ride Like The Wind and Never Be The Same - Michael McDonald's gorgeous harmonies are the icing on the cake
  • "While the hits like the dreamy "Sailing" and the surging "Ride Like the Wind" deserved all the attention, they're hardly the only highlights here — to borrow a sports metaphor, this has a deep bench, and there's not a weak moment here. "
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Spandau Ballet
True

  (Item #: spandtrue_1908_) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Surprisingly rich and natural - dare we say Analog? - sound throughout - both sides came out on top, with Triple Plus (A+++) grades - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Forget the dubby domestic pressings and 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 Brit Pop album, an import pressing like this one is the only way to go
  • "... a set of tunes aimed squarely at the charts. The one that succeeded most spectacularly, of course, was the title cut, a glossily-updated Motown-style ballad that became one of the decade's biggest hits -- aided by a video that cast singer Tony Hadley as a young Frank Sinatra, crooning about the sound of his soul.
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Dave Mason
Alone Together

  (Item #: masonalone_1810_4_9) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $119.00 (You save $30.99 / 21%)


  • This outstanding copy of Mason's Masterpiece boasts solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Listen to how big and rich the dynamic chorus gets on the first track, Only You Know and I Know - what a thrill to hear it like that
  • A killer Bruce Botnick recording - Tubey Magical Analog, smooth and natural, with the whole production sitting on a rock solid bottom-end foundation
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Alone Together represents Dave Mason at his peak... everything comes together perfectly."
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The Pretenders
The Pretenders

  (Item #: preteprete_1905_9) 

Our Price: $129.99
Sale Price: $99.00 (You save $30.99 / 24%)


  • This outstanding UK pressing of the band's debut studio album boasts a Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side two mated with very good Hot Stamper sound on side one
  • Clear, present and dynamic, with a punchy bottom end - this British pressing is guaranteed to murder any domestic LP you've heard
  • This is one of engineer Bill Price's better efforts behind the boards, and Chris Thomas's production is State of the Art
  • 5 stars: "Few rock & roll records rock as hard or with as much originality as the Pretenders' eponymous debut album. A sleek, stylish fusion of Stonesy rock & roll, new wave pop, and pure punk aggression, Pretenders is teeming with sharp hooks and a viciously cool attitude."
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Van Halen
Women And Children First

  (Item #: vanhawomen_1903_5_9) 

Our Price: $129.99
Sale Price: $99.00 (You save $30.99 / 24%)


  • An outstanding copy of the band's third release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Full-bodied, smooth analog sound is the key to the best Van Halen pressings, and here both sides have it
  • One of our favorite engineers, Donn Landee, worked his magic here (together with Ted Templeman) and the results are superb
  • 4 1/2 stars: "After two pure party albums, the inevitable had to happen: it was time for Van Halen to mature, or at least get a little serious … This is the first Van Halen album to consist entirely of original material and there's some significant growth here to the writing..."
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Kate Bush
Hounds Of Love

  (Item #: bush_hound_1811_4_9) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $119.00 (You save $30.99 / 21%)


  • This vintage British pressing of Kate's fifth studio album boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Both sides of this original UK pressing are wonderful: full-bodied, energetic, spacious, and above all, musically involving
  • Hounds Of Love is widely considered Bush's best album and listed among the Top 100 albums of all time by NME Magazine
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...wonderfully overpowering as a piece of pop music. Indeed, this reviewer hadn't had so much fun and such a challenge listening to a new album from the U.K. since Abbey Road, and it's pretty plain that Bush listened to (and learned from) a lot of the Beatles' output in her youth."
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Peter Gabriel
So

  (Item #: gabriso_1909_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This superb copy of Gabriel's breakthrough album boasts Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound and fairly quiet vinyl on both sides - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • It's the impossibly rare copy that's this lively, solid and rich... drop the needle on the title track and you'll see what we mean
  • Great songs including Don't Give Up, Sledgehammer, Big Time, Mercy Street, Red Rain, In Your Eyes and more
  • "Excellent albums followed, but the breathtaking So is the best introduction to a dazzling discography." -- Bruno MacDonald
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The Who
Who’s Next

  (Item #: who__whosn_1909) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this UK Track pressing
  • Mint Minus Minus is about as quiet as it gets for a well-cared-for, unscratched vintage UK copy (which is a great way to fly on Who's Next)
  • Exceptionally rich, lively and present with a strong bottom, this is a hard rockin' Who's Next like you will not believe
  • Here's the kind of record that rewards a system with plenty of low end and the ability to play at loud levels
  • 5 stars in Allmusic, a Top 100 Title, The Who's One True Rock Masterpiece, an album that rewards countless plays with pleasure
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The Beatles
Beatles For Sale

  (Item #: beatlforsa_1909) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • There's superb Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER to be found on both sides of The Fab Four's very well recorded fourth album - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Especially rich and spacious, this is the album that moves away from the mostly midrangy sound of A Hard Day's Night and With the Beatles
  • A criminally underrated album by the Fab Four - Allmusic gives it Five Big Stars and we like it every bit as much as they do
  • I'm A Loser, Baby's In Black, Rock And Roll Music, I'll Follow The Sun. Eight Days A Week, Words Of Love, Every Little Thing, I Don't Want To Spoil The Party, What You're Doing and 4 more - 14 tracks in all (!)
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Creedence Clearwater Revival
Willy and the Poor Boys

  (Item #: creedwilly_1909) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Both sides of this original Fantasy pressing were a huge step up over nearly every other copy in our shootout -- Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it throughout
  • Whatever you do, don't waste your money on the awful Heavy Vinyl remasters of CCR's classic albums that Acoustic Sounds commissioned - they are so wrong it makes our head ache
  • Five Stars on Allmusic, featuring Down On The Corner, Fortunate Son, Midnight Special and more
  • "Willie & the Poor Boys is a fun record, perhaps the breeziest album CCR ever made. Fogerty's rage remains, blazing to the forefront on "Fortunate Son," a working-class protest song that cuts harder than any of the explicit Vietnam protest songs of the era, one of the reasons that it hasn't aged where its peers have. Also, there's that unbridled vocal from Fogerty and the ferocious playing on CCR..."


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The Beatles
Revolver

  (Item #: beatlrevol_1909_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides, this pressing will show you just how good Revolver can sound on vinyl
  • Forget those dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl pressings - if you want to hear the Tubey Magic, size and energy of this wonderful session from 1966, this is a great way to go
  • 14 amazing tracks including Taxman; Eleanor Rigby; Here, There and Everywhere; Yellow Submarine; Good Day Sunshine; Got To Get You Into My Life and Tomorrow Never Knows (!)
  • 5 stars: "Even after Sgt. Pepper, Revolver stands as the ultimate modern pop album and it's still as emulated as it was upon its original release."
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Sinead O'Connor
I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got

  (Item #: oconnidono_1909) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A KILLER copy of Sinead O'Connor's best-selling sophomore release with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or close to them from start to finish
  • Both sides of this early UK pressing are big and bold with three-dimensional space that most pressings barely hint at
  • You won't believe how good Nothing Compares 2 U sounds here - it's surely one of the best torch songs ever written, and her performance of it (as well as the arrangement) is perfection
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...the album plays like a tour de force in its demonstration of everything O'Connor can do... it's evidence that, when on top of her game, O'Connor was a singular talent."
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T-Bone Walker
Stormy Monday Blues

  (Item #: walkestorm_1909_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of Waker's 1968 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from start to finish
  • The stereo sound here is Tubey Magical, lively and clear, with three-dimensionality that will fill your listening room from wall to wall
  • "The high level of creativity in play here isn't obvious on a cursory listen, since a lot of the tracks favor the same sort of midtempo blues shuffle, but a closer listen reveals a stunning guitarist who plays the blues with a jazzman's soul.. when he cuts loose a little on guitar, the sparks fly with elegant tension."
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The Rolling Stones
Out of Our Heads

  (Item #: rollioutof_1906_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish - you will have a very hard time finding better sound for this album
  • 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 on Allmusic: "It's all good, solid, first-rate rock & roll and R&B, with a certain developing sophistication on songs like I'm Free."
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Queen
A Day At the Races

  (Item #: queendayat_1904_6_9ex) 

Our Price: $249.99
Sale Price: $199.00 (You save $50.99 / 20%)


  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side one and a better than Double Plus (A++ to A+++) side two, this vintage UK EMI pressing is practically as good as it gets
  • There is very little chance that you have ever heard any of the first five albums sound as good as this one does, especially on side one
  • It's incredibly difficult to find big, bold, lively sound like this for Queen with surfaces that play as quietly as these do (with just a few minor issues on side one, see below)
  • "Its sleek, streamlined finish is the biggest indication that Queen has entered a new phase, where they're globe-conquering titans instead of underdogs on the make."
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Elton John
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

  (Item #: john_goodb_1906_9ex) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A stunning copy, with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on all four sides; 11 pluses out of 12 -- one of the highest rated copies to ever hit the site
  • There's real Tubey Magic on this album, along with breathy vocals, in-your-listening-room midrange presence and no shortage of rock and roll energy
  • Overflowing with great songs, way too many to list - Candle In The Wind, Bennie And The Jets, and GYBR all sound killer here
  • A Top 100 Title: "...its individual moments are spectacular and the glitzy, crowd-pleasing showmanship that fuels the album pretty much defines what made Elton John a superstar in the early '70s."
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Bill Evans
Sunday at the Village Vanguard

  (Item #: evanssunda_1907_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last on this wonderful live album - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Clear, real and musical, above all natural, the sound draws you into the music right from the get-go
  • The top end is extended and correct, something that not many pressings from this label can claim
  • 5 stars: "This trio is still widely regarded as his finest, largely because of the symbiotic interplay between its members.... there is something completely balanced and indescribably beautiful in their approach."
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The Rolling Stones
Some Girls

  (Item #: rollisomeg_1909_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • We awarded outstanding Double Plus (A++) sonic grades to both sides of this vintage copy of the Stones' landmark 1978 album
  • It's got weight, punch, energy and fullness, qualities key to the best sounding LPs - thanks Chris Kimsey for your brilliant engineering!
  • Tons of great songs - Miss You, Beast of Burden and Shattered, all sounding good enough to make our Top 100 List
  • 5 Stars: "Some Girls may not have the back-street aggression of their '60s records, or the majestic, drugged-out murk of their early-'70s work, but its brand of glitzy, decadent hard rock still makes it a definitive Stones album."
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The Beatles
Revolver

  (Item #: beatlrevol_1905_9) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A stunning copy: Nearly Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - Tomorrow Never Knows will blow your mind (even more than it blew everybody's mind way back in '66!)
  • Here is the space, energy, presence clarity and massive bottom end you had no idea were even possible on Revolver
  • 14 amazing tracks including Taxman; Eleanor Rigby; Here, There and Everywhere; Yellow Submarine; Good Day Sunshine; Got To Get You Into My Life and Tomorrow Never Knows (!)
  • "Even after Sgt. Pepper, Revolver stands as the ultimate modern pop album and it's still as emulated as it was upon its original release."
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The Rolling Stones
Some Girls

  (Item #: rollisomeg_1909) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides of this copy of the Stones' landmark 1978 album - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • It's got weight, punch, energy and fullness, qualities key to the best sounding LPs - and the vinyl is as quiet as we can find
  • Tons of great songs - Miss You, Beast of Burden and Shattered, all sounding shockingly good - thanks Chris Kimsey!
  • 5 Stars: "Some Girls may not have the back-street aggression of their '60s records, or the majestic, drugged-out murk of their early-'70s work, but its brand of glitzy, decadent hard rock still makes it a definitive Stones album."
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Miles Davis
Miles: The New Miles Davis Quintet

  (Item #: davismiles_new_miles_1904_9) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $99.00 (You save $50.99 / 34%)


  • An excellent sounding pressing with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or very close to it throughout - fairly 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 1956, this is the way to go
  • "[Miles] made simple, but emotionally powerful statements, knowing just when to step away, having said exactly enough. This material, recorded in big batches, is all of a piece, and it's all killer." - Stereogum
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John Coltrane
More Lasting Than Bronze

  (Item #: coltrmorel_1909) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This superb Prestige Two-Fer offer outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from top to bottom
  • Compiled from two nearly complete Classic albums, Lush Life and Coltrane, this collection boasts masterful sound - thanks RVG!
  • Full-bodied, energetic, and tonally correct from top to bottom and, these pressings are guaranteed to bring Coltrane's music to life
  • "Rarely does a single performance uncover the essence of an artist with such aptness. The well-crafted melody is treated above all with dignity, which may be part of the reason it remains flawless."
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Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie

  (Item #: richilione_1907_9) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • A KILLER copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last
  • 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 album, a vintage pressing like this one is the way to go
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The key to its success -- is that Richie doesn't even make a pretense of funk here... The ballads, of course, provided two big hits with "My Love" and "Truly," two numbers that illustrate that he was moving ever-closer to mainstream pop, since these are unapologetic AOR slow-dance tunes. [It's] a dynamic mainstream pop-soul record, one of the best the early '80s had to offer."
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The Who
Tommy

  (Item #: who__tommy_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Outstanding sound for all four sides with solid Double Plus (A++) grades from start to finish
  • Our early Black Label British Track pressing here has the rich, spacious, Tubey Magical sound that has the power to immerse you in the story of a deaf, dumb and blind boy named Tommy
  • Top 100, and clearly our pick for the best sounding album The Who ever made - when you play a copy that sounds as good as this one we think you'll have no problem seeing our point
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...Townshend's ability to construct a lengthy conceptual narrative brought new possibilities to rock music."
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Roxy Music
Avalon

  (Item #: roxymavalo_1909) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last on this superb British pressing
  • Copies that are exceptionally open, clear, and resolving are the ones that present the music as it was meant to be heard
  • Credit Rhett Davies with creating the sonic space capable of clearly displaying so many singers, instruments, and effects
  • 5 stars: "Ferry was never this romantic or seductive, either with Roxy or as a solo artist, and Avalon shimmers with elegance in both its music and its lyrics."
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Pink Floyd
Animals

  (Item #: pinkfanima_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding vintage UK copy of Animals with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Forget the dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl - only these Brits have the Tubey Magical Midrange that lets Pink Floyd come alive
  • 4 stars: "Of all of the classic-era Pink Floyd albums, Animals is the strangest and darkest, a record that's hard to initially embrace yet winds up yielding as many rewards as its equally nihilistic successor, The Wall. Animals is all extended pieces, yet it never drifts -- it slowly, ominously works its way toward its destination. For an album that so clearly is Waters', David Gilmour's guitar dominates thoroughly ...it surges with bold blues-rock guitar lines and hypnotic space rock textures."
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John Coltrane
John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman

  (Item #: coltrjohnc_1903_9_1909) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding copy of this classic Jazz Vocal album, with superb Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is huge and spacious with richness and Tubey Magic like nothing you've heard
  • I defy you to find a Male Vocal record produced in the last thirty years that can hold a candle to this one, sonically or musically
  • A wonderful collaboration between a horn player and a singer, perhaps the greatest one of all time
  • 5 stars: "John Coltrane's matchup with singer Johnny Hartman works extremely well. Hartman was in prime form on the six ballads, and his versions of 'Lush Life' and 'My One and Only Love' have never been topped. Classic, essential for all jazz collections"
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Fleetwood Mac
Heroes Are Hard To Find

  (Item #: fleetheroe_1905_1_1909) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • A superb copy of the band's 1974 release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish - exceptionally QUIET vinyl too
  • This is the sound you want on Heroes Are Hard to Find - not midrangy, but rich and full-bodied, with an extended top end for sweeter, silkier vocals
  • 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 album, a vintage pressing like this one is the way to go
  • "... the album is one of their most cohesive yet diverse... Heroes is a minor gem that retains its effortless pop charms and contains some buried jewels in the extensive Fleetwood Mac catalog."
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Simple Minds
Once Upon A Time

  (Item #: simplonceu_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of the band's seventh studio album with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This is the sound we love at Better Records - these UK sides are full-bodied and Tubey Magical, with especially smooth, present vocals
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Simple Minds' popularity was expounded on songs such as "Alive & Kicking" and "Sanctify Yourself." This album was one of their best, most likely leading the pack in the band's album roster, because it exuded raw energy and solid composition not entirely captured on previous albums."
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Lionel Richie
Can't Slow Down

  (Item #: richicants_1909) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A stunning copy of Can't Slow Down with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side two and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side one - exceptionally quiet viny too
  • The sound on side two was bigger, clearer, and simply more relaxed and musical than any other side we heard
  • 4 1/2 stars: "In 1999, Q magazine included Can't Slow Down on its list of the best Motown records of all time and stated, 'Production values are high, his songwriting craft is at its peak and at least one track - the global smash 'All Night Long' - is an anthem to good times that makes the heart sing and feet twitch.'"
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Leonard Cohen
Live Songs

  (Item #: cohenlives_1903_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides
  • The overall sound are super rich and full-bodied with a nice bottom end and plenty of presence
  • This live album is compiled from different shows Cohen performed in 1970 and 1972
  • "... for those who've formed a friendship with the words and wisdom of Leonard Cohen, this album finds him raw and naked in one of his finest hours."
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The Allman Brothers
Brothers and Sisters

  (Item #: allmabroth_1906_9) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Off the charts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides of this classic Allman Brothers album - nothing could touch the superior sonics of this copy on either side
  • Of course it won our shootout - you won't believe how lively, full-bodied, clear and HUGE it is compared to anything you've heard; super quiet vinyl too!
  • 4 stars on Allmusic and the band's commercial peak, featuring great songs as well as stellar guitar work from Dickie Betts
  • "The Allman Brothers Band's first new studio album in two years shows off a leaner brand of musicianship, which, coupled with a pair of serious crowd-pleasers, "Ramblin' Man" and "Jessica," helped drive it to the top of the charts for a month and a half and to platinum record sales."


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Diana Ross and the Supremes
Let The Sunshine In

  (Item #: supreletth_1902_6_9) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • A stunning copy of this exceptionally well recorded album - it earned Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to them on both sides
  • We would love to do more Supremes records, but we've had a devilishly hard time finding copies of their earlier albums that sound as big, rich and smooth as this one does
  • Unusually quiet vinyl throughout - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "The album is still solid listening 40-plus years later, with three hit singles present to help drive sales. Ross is in excellent form throughout, and the arrangements reach for the lush side of soul, which would become her trademark as a solo artist."
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The Grateful Dead
Workingman's Dead

  (Item #: grateworki_1906_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This excellent Green Label WB original pressing offers outstanding Tubey Magical Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish; exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • A truly superb recording of the Dead at the peak of their creativity (with American Beauty to follow that same year!)
  • We love the big, rich, weighty bottom end found on the better pressings such as this one
  • 5 stars: "The lilting Uncle John's Band, their first radio hit, opens the record and perfectly summarizes its subtle, spare beauty; complete with a new focus on more concise songs and tighter arrangements, the approach works brilliantly."
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Johnny Cash
At Folsom Prison

  (Item #: cash_atfol_1901_6_9) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $149.00 (You save $50.99 / 25%)


  • This wonderful copy of Cash's classic live album boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is much bigger, richer and more transparent than most of what we played - in some ways it's not even close
  • It ain't easy to find great sounding Johnny Cash records, but this copy had the sound we were looking for
  • 5 stars: "The quintessential Johnny Cash album, the place where his legend burns bright and eternal"
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Pink Floyd
The Wall

  (Item #: pinkfthewa_1909) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides or better, this copy of The Wall is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other pressing you've heard or your money back
  • 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 Floyd's groundbreaking magnum opus from 1979, this is the way to go
  • The Wall demands big, bold, explosively dynamic ANALOG sound, and here is a copy that delivers on that promise
  • Grungy electric guitars, breathy vocals, HUGE punchy drums, earth-shaking bass and room-filling ambience are all here like you've never heard before
  • We proudly hold up The Wall as one of the best sounding rock recordings of all time - this is the copy that really makes our case
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Roger Waters
The Pros and Cons of...

  (Item #: waterprosa_1906_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this early Columbia pressing - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Like the recordings of Floyd, the sound is BIG, with lots of energy, excellent presence and real weight down low
  • A tough album to find with this kind of sound, and our pressing here features mostly quiet vinyl with only one small issue, noted below
  • 4 stars: "The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking continues to showcase Waters' unprecedented knack of addressing his darkest thoughts and conceptions in a most extraordinary fashion."
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Pink Floyd
The Wall

  (Item #: pinkfthewa_1907_9) 

Our Price: $699.99
Sale Price: $599.00 (You save $100.99 / 14%)


  • KILLER sound — eleven pluses out of a possible twelve on this insanely good copy of The Wall!
  • Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades on sides one, three and four, and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second side
  • The Wall DEMANDS big, bold, explosively dynamic sound, and this copy delivers on that promise in spades
  • Grungy electric guitars, breathy vocals, HUGE punchy drums, earth-shaking bass and room-filling ambience are all here like you've never heard before
  • We proudly hold up The Wall as one of the best sounding rock recordings of all time - this is the copy that really makes our case
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Ry Cooder
Into the Purple Valley

  (Item #: coodeintot_1905_9ex) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A STUNNING sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish - the best to hit the site in many years
  • Note how naturally and correctly everything is arranged and presented on these brilliant '70s releases - thanks Lee Herschberg!
  • "With an emphasis on eclecticism, intricate syncopations and dazzling slide guitar and mandolin work, Ry Cooder’s “Into The Purple Valley” remains one of the artist’s most intriguing and influential albums"
  • 4 1/2 stars: "'Phenomenal' is the descriptive word to describe his playing, whether it is on guitar, Hawaiian "slack key" guitar, mandolin, or the more arcane instruments he has found. This is a must for those who love instrumental virtuosity, authentic reworkings of an era, or just plain good music."
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Roxy Music
Roxy Music

  (Item #: roxymroxym_1905_9) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the first for this UK pressing - this is some of the most dynamic sound the band achieved - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Andy Hendriksen's engineering (over the course of a week!) is superb in all respects and practically faultless
  • A Top 100 album, the band's Masterpiece, and truly a Must Own Desert Island Disc of Glammy, Arty Rock
  • "Falling halfway between musical primitivism and art rock ambition, Roxy Music's eponymous debut remains a startling redefinition of rock's boundaries. Simultaneously embracing kitschy glamour and avant-pop, Roxy Music shimmers with seductive style and pulsates with disturbing synthetic textures."
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Jeff Beck
Truth

  (Item #: beck_truth_1909) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side one and a Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side two, this copy is just about as good as it gets
  • Easily - and by a wide margin - the best sounding record Jeff Beck ever made - thanks Ken Scott!
  • This pressing embodies the Big Rock Sound, the kind we go crazy for here at Better Records
  • Really fun music - it's a blast to hear Rod Stewart fronting such a heavy rock band
  • AMG 5 Stars "...almost as groundbreaking and influential a record as the first Beatles, Rolling Stones, or Who albums."
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Huey Lewis & The News
Sports

  (Item #: lewissport_1909) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • You'll find STUNNING Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides of this vintage pressing
  • The bass is tight, the drum hits are BIG, the guitars are meaty with lots of texture and the energy level is off the charts!
  • We were knocked out at how good this album sounds on a great pressing like this one - one of the more impressive '80s pop recordings we've played in some time
  • 4 1/2 stars: "There's a reason why well over half of the album... were huge American hit singles — they have instantly memorable hooks, driven home with economical precision by a tight bar band, who are given just enough polish to make them sound like superstars."
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Journey
Escape

  (Item #: journescap_1909) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • A KILLER copy of the band's 1981 release that boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Strong vocal presence, serious dynamics, good weight down low and big choruses that come really alive - this copy was big and bold, just the way we like our Journey to sound
  • A #1 album jam-packed with hits: Don't Stop Believin', Stone in Love, Who's Crying Now and Open Arms
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Outside of the singles, there is a certain electricity that circulates through the rest of the album. The songs are timeless, and as a whole, they have a way of rekindling the innocence of youthful romance and the rebelliousness of growing up, built from heartfelt songwriting and sturdy musicianship."
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Bruce Springsteen
Darkness On The Edge Of Town

  (Item #: sprindarkn_1909) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • With two seriously good sides each earning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to it, this original pressing has the analog magic in its grooves
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - if you want to hear the size and energy of this classic from 1978, this is the only way to go
  • HUGE, punchy, lively and rockin' throughout - the piano was solid and weighty, and there's a fair amount of Tubey Magic considering the troubled history of the project
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Springsteen presented these hard truths in hard rock settings, the tracks paced by powerful drumming and searing guitar solos."
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Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath

  (Item #: blackblack_1909) 

Our Price: $549.99

  • Incredible Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides of this Green Label WB pressing - exceptionally QUIET vinyl too!
  • Massive, powerful and spacious throughout - this copy of Black Sabbath's debut studio album is big, rich and solid like you won't believe
  • The best copies of the band's best album here are stunning Demo Discs - crank it up and your friends will be blown away by the size and the weight of this early, exceptionally clean pressing
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic and one of the best sounding hard rock recordings from the era, or, to be honest, from any era
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Jackson Browne
Late for the Sky

  (Item #: brownlatef_1909) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • This outstanding pressing of Browne's third album boasts incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Compared to every other copy in our recent shootout, this one was bigger and bolder with more Tubey Magic, clarity and separation than every other copy we played
  • Nearly impossible to find these in even decent condition with good sound these days
  • 5 stars from AMG and Rolling Stone calls it the "quintessential Browne album," saying the "... open-ended poetry achieves power from the nearly religious intensity that accumulates around the central motifs; its fervor is underscored by the sparest and hardest production to be found on any Browne album yet... as well as by his impassioned, oracular singing style."
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B.B. King
Live & Well

  (Item #: king_livea_1909) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With two Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sides, and exceptionally quiet vinyl too, this original Bluesway pressing simply could not be beat
  • Surprisingly dynamic, with great energy, this copy brought BB King's music to life in our listening room like no other could
  • With the Tubes and the Big Bass that this music needs to work, this is Electric Blues Magic from The Master himself
  • "...a worthy recording on its own merits, divided evenly between live and studio material. King's always recorded well as a live act, and it's the concert tracks that shine brightest..."
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Leroy Vinnegar Sextet
Leroy Walks!

  (Item #: vinneleroy_1909) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This KILLER copy of Leroy Vinnegar's debut album has Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides
  • The Contemporary stereo sound here is completely natural in all respects - rich, warm and smooth, the sound we love
  • I had no idea this record was a Top Contemporary Title, but I sure know it now. After playing this copy, I would put it up against practically any jazz record from the era
  • Roy DuNann and Howard Holzer engineered some of the best sounding records we have ever heard - here's a textbook example of what the audiophiles at Contemporary were able to achieve in the studio
  • 4 stars: ...Vinnegar generously features his talented sidemen... A fine, straight-ahead session.
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Charles Mingus
Mingus Moves

  (Item #: mingumingus_moves_1909) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An incredible sounding copy with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish, just shy of our big Shootout Winner
  • Both of these sides are doing just about everything right -- rich, full-bodied and Tubey Magical with a nice extended top end and tons of energy
  • "Together this excellent quintet performed seven recent compositions... Only three of the pieces are by Mingus but all of the music is greatly influenced by his searching and unpredictable style." - All Music
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Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin III

  (Item #: ledze3_1908x) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Outstanding sound throughout with each side earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Huge, Tubey Magical and lively, with solid weight down low and lots of space around all the instruments, this copy is guaranteed to rock like nothing you have ever heard
  • Since I've Been Loving You, Gallows Pole, Tangerine and That's the Way are just a few of the tracks that have truly Demo Disc sound
  • "On their first two albums, Led Zeppelin unleashed a relentless barrage of heavy blues and rockabilly riffs, but Led Zeppelin III provided the band with the necessary room to grow musically. While there are still a handful of metallic rockers, III is built on a folky, acoustic foundation that gives the music extra depth."
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Cat Stevens
Teaser & The Firecat

  (Item #: stevetease_1909_2) 

Our Price: $649.99

  • These KILLER sides each rating a Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it will rock your world with their amazing richness, clarity, transparency and ENERGY
  • This Brilliant Classic Folk Rock recording on the rare British Island pink rim label offers superb Demo Disc Quality sound
  • AMG 5 Stars and a Top 100 album - in some ways it's the Best Sounding record Cat Stevens ever made
  • Tuesday’s Dead, Morning Has Broken, Bitterblue, Moonshadow, Peace Train - and that's just side two! What side of any album has five songs of such quality?
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Art Pepper
... The Way It Was

  (Item #: peppethewa_1909_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • This KILLER stereo pressing boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from first note to last
  • It’s airy, open, and spacious with superb clarity and an extended top end. The beautiful reading of Autumn Leaves on side two is DEMO DISC QUALITY!!
  • Excellent music, including numerous tracks featuring renowned tenor Warne Marsh
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Despite his very erratic lifestyle, altoist Art Pepper never made a bad record. The first four titles team together Pepper with tenor-saxophonist Warne Marsh... for generally intriguing explorations of four standards..."
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A.C. Jobim
The Composer of ’Desafinado’ Plays

  (Item #: jobimcompo_1908x) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Stunning sound with sides that earned nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sonic grades, right up there with our Shootout Winners
  • 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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Cream
Disraeli Gears

  (Item #: creamdisra_1809_4_9) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • This outstanding UK Reaction pressing of Cream's second studio album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The best sounding pressngs have raw, hard-rockin', power trio magic in spades and much less grit and grain
  • Excellent sound for classics like Strange Brew, Sunshine Of Your Love and Tales of Brave Ulysses
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...the imagination of the arrangements, the strength of the compositions, and especially the force of the musicianship make this album transcend its time."
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Yes
The Yes Album

  (Item #: yes__yesal_1812_7_9) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $149.00 (You save $50.99 / 25%)


  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides, the sound is huge and powerful - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Here is the mindblowing Prog Rock Power of Yes on brilliant songs including Yours Is No Disgrace, Starship Trooper and I've Seen All Good People
  • Based on the 100 plus copies we've played over the years, this is as quiet as they come
  • Top 100 - the band's best sounding record if you ask us (although Fragile is right up there with it)
  • "It was the addition of Steve Howe's guitar pyrotechnics that finally allowed Yes to find their true identity. The Yes Album is a giant leap forward..."
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The Traveling Wilburys
Volume One

  (Item #: travetrave_1902_6_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find very good Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this copy of the Wilbury's debut album - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Proof that, when you put Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne in a recording studio together, something good is bound to happen
  • Certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, this album was Grammy nominated Album of the Year in 1989
  • 4 1/2 stars: "There never was a supergroup more super than the Traveling Wilburys... It's impossible to picture a supergroup with a stronger pedigree."
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Miles Davis
Birth of the Cool

  (Item #: davisbirth_1904_7_9ex) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A killer pressing of this Groundbreaking Jazz Classic, with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and Double Plus (A++) on the second
  • This vintage mono pressing will show you just how well-recorded these 1949-50 sessions were
  • It's the records they made from these tapes (more often from the dubs of them) that have given everybody the wrong idea about these wonderful recordings
  • 5 stars: "So dubbed because these three sessions are where the sound known as cool jazz essentially formed, Birth of the Cool remains one of the defining, pivotal moments in jazz. This is where the elasticity of bop was married with skillful, big-band arrangements and a relaxed, subdued mood that made it all seem easy, even at its most intricate."
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Gerry Mulligan
Gerry Mulligan '63

  (Item #: mulligerry_1902_5_9) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This original Verve All Tube Chain Stereo pressing boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from first note to last
  • This copy is hard to fault - big, open, clear, with space and three-dimensionality that modern pressings fail miserably to reproduce
  • "With originals by Bob Brookmeyer, Gary McFarland and the baritonist/leader (in addition to the standards "Little Rock Getaway" and "My Kind of Love"), this is a high-quality if rather brief program. Trumpeter Clark Terry and guitarist Jim Hall co-star with Mulligan in the solo department. It is a pity that this orchestra could not prosper; all five of its recordings are worth getting."
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Van Morrison
Astral Weeks

  (Item #: morriastra_1905_9_) 

Our Price: $249.99
Sale Price: $199.00 (You save $50.99 / 20%)


  • This WB Green Label pressing has excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides for Van The Man's 1968 groundbreaking, introspective classic
  • This record lives or dies by the quality of its Tubey Magical Midrange, a sound modern records rarely begin to reproduce
  • It takes us years to find enough clean copies to do a shootout - these originals are not sitting in the bins at your local store anymore, they're displayed behind the counter for a hundred bucks or more a pop
  • 5 stars: "Astral Weeks is a justified entry in pop music's pantheon. It is unlike any record before or since; it mixes together the very best of postwar popular music in an emotional outpouring cast in delicate, subtle musical structures."
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Herbie Hancock
Speak Like a Child

  (Item #: hancospeak_1905_9) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades, close to our Shootout Winning copy
  • These sides are big and full-bodied with well-defined bass, with lively transient energy on the brass instruments, a signature sound of our man RVG's
  • Featuring Hancock's arrangements for an unusual front line of alto flute, bass trombone and flugelhorn, none of which solo (!)
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The key to Speak Like a Child is in Hancock's graceful, lyrical playing and compositions, which are lovely on the surface and provocative and challenging upon closer listening."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Rhythm Is My Business

  (Item #: fitzgrhyth_1904_9) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • 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 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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James Gang
Thirds

  (Item #: jamesthird_1902_6_9ex) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An incredible copy with a Triple Plus (A+++) side one and an excellent Double Plus (A++) side two
  • Big, present and lively, with good weight to the bottom end, this is clearly the right sound for this music
  • A copy sure to make you a fan of Joe Walsh's grungy guitar artistry - turn up Walk Away on this Shootout Winning side one and it will blow your mind
  • 4 Stars: "... Walsh was being hailed as a guitar hero to rank with the best rock had to offer... Thirds quickly earned a respectable chart position and eventually went gold..."
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Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris
Trio

  (Item #: partotrio_1906_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • These two sides, each earning a solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grade, are proof positive that Trio is a surprisingly well recorded album
  • Big, rich, smooth, and sweet, how did George Massenburg pull off this kind of analog sound in 1987?
  • We don't know, but we do know good sound when we hear it, and we heard exceptionally good sound on this copy
  • "...that rare example of an all-star collaborative effort that truly shows everyone involved to their best advantage, and it ranks with the best of all three headliners' work."
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The Grateful Dead
Aoxomoxoa

  (Item #: grateaoxom_1906_9ex) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • This original Green Label Warner Brothers LP has STUNNING Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from start to finish
  • These sides were doing everything right -- big, full-bodied and present with tons of energy and a nice extended top end
  • "When the LP hit the racks in the early summer of 1969, Deadheads were greeted by some of the freshest and most innovative sounds to develop from the thriving Bay Area music scene." - All Music
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The Grateful Dead
Workingman's Dead

  (Item #: grateworki_1904_9) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This excellent Green Label WB original pressing offers outstanding Tubey Magical Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • A Top 100 album, and a truly superb recording of the Dead at the peak of their creativity (along with American Beauty)
  • We love the amazingly big, rich, weighty bottom end found on the better pressings such as this one
  • 5 stars: "The lilting Uncle John's Band, their first radio hit, opens the record and perfectly summarizes its subtle, spare beauty; complete with a new focus on more concise songs and tighter arrangements, the approach works brilliantly."
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Tom Waits
Swordfishtrombones

  (Item #: waitssword_1906_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent early pressing which earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides and plays on fairly quiet vinyl
  • "...the dominant sounds on the record were low-pitched horns, bass instruments, and percussion, set in spare, close-miked arrangements..."
  • 5 stars: "Artistically, Swordfishtrombones marked an evolution of which Waits had not seemed capable (though there were hints of this sound on his last two Asylum albums), and in career terms it reinvented him."
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Horace Silver Quintet
The Tokyo Blues

  (Item #: silvetokyo_1903_6_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish, making this the best copy to hit the site in years
  • This pressing is clearly fuller, bigger, more lively and more Tubey Magical than any other copy we played
  • 4 stars: "Silver's Tokyo-influenced compositions fit right in with the subtle cross-cultural but very American hard bop he'd been doing all along... [his] compositions have a light, airy feel, with plenty of space, and no one used that space better at these sessions than Cook, whose tenor sax lines are simply wonderful, adding a sturdy, reliable brightness."
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Michael Jackson
Bad

  (Item #: jacksbad_1905_9) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • A STUNNING sounding copy of MJ's followup to Thriller, with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish, just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • One of the best copies from our most recent shootout - the sound is simply bigger, bolder and more ALIVE than most of what we played
  • 4 1/2 stars, with nine of its ten songs released as singles: "... essentially taking each portion of Thriller to an extreme, while increasing the quotient of immaculate studiocraft. He wound up with a sleeker, slicker Thriller, which isn't a bad thing..."
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King Crimson
In The Wake Of Poseidon

  (Item #: kingcinthe_wake_1905_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An exceptional copy of King Crimson's sophomore release boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side one and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side two
  • The sound is wonderful - here is the Tubey Magical richness that only the right early UK pressings can show you
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Their second album - largely composed of Robert Fripp's songwriting and material from their stage repertory - is actually better produced and better sounding than their first. Surprisingly, Fripp's guitar is not the dominant instrument here: The Mellotron, taken over by Fripp - and played even better than before - still remains the band's signature."
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Roy Orbison
The All-Time Greatest Hits

  (Item #: orbisallti_1904_9) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This outstanding copy boasts superb Double Plus (A++) grades on all four sides - you've probably never heard Roy Orbison sound better than he does here
  • Rich, smooth, sweet, full of ambience, dead on correct tonality - everything that we listen for in a great record is here
  • The phenomenally talented Bill Porter recorded many of Orbison's classic songs from the early '60s that are found on this compilation
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... no one conveys pain and longing more sublimely or succinctly than Roy Orbison. But his songs are also masterpieces of production: so technically precise that his deceptively simple tunes and lush melodies flow even more smoothly behind his desperate baritone croon and quivering falsetto."
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Tchaikovsky / 1812 Overture / Marche Slave and More / Alwyn

  (Item #: tchai1812o_decca_1812_1906_9) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sonic grades or BETTER from start to finish - hear Tchaicovsky's 1812 with Demo Disc sound - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • The 1812 is found on the better sounding side here - with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound this British LP is guaranteed to rock your world
  • This UK pressing is BIG, lively, clear, open and resolving of musical information like no copy of the 1812 you've heard
  • The two coupling pieces, Marche Slave and the Capriccio Italien, also have rich, powerful, weighty brass and lower strings
  • The most exciting and beautifully played 1812 we know of - we encourage you to compare this to the best recording in your collection
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