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White Hot Stamper

Van Halen
Van Halen

  (Item #: vanhavanha_1906) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • Two stunning sides with each earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades; exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Both sides here are incredibly big, full-bodied, rich and Tubey Magical, with soaring guitars, tons of energy and huge choruses that really get loud
  • One of the most powerful rock recordings of its day (if you get one that sounds like this)
  • 5 stars: "They sound vital, surprising, and ultimately fun -- and really revolutionary, because no other band rocked like this before Van Halen, and it's still a giddy thrill to hear them discover a new way to rock on this stellar, seminal debut. "
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Eric Clapton
Unplugged

  (Item #: claptunplu_1906) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • A stunning import copy of Clapton's acoustic classic with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Forget the CD - playing the vinyl is the only way to retrieve the warm, natural sound of the live event
  • The best album Clapton has made in 20 years and an absolute Must Own - no one recorded an Unplugged session to rival this one
  • The music on this masterpiece is every bit as good as they say -- deserving of the six Grammys it won
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Clapton is embracing his middle age and the pleasure of Unplugged is to hear him opt out of the pop star game as he plays songs he's always loved."
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The Allman Brothers
Brothers and Sisters

  (Item #: allmabroth_1906_1) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • Off the charts Shootout Winning "Triple Triple" (A+++) sound for 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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Ray Charles
Have a Smile With Me

  (Item #: charlhavea_1906) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second, this original stereo copy was one of the best we heard in our recent shootout
  • The richness in the vocals and the overall Tubey Magical sound are what put this pressing over the top in our shootout
  • We have a devil of a time finding Ray Charles records that sound this good and are clean enough to offer our customers - this is a rare one
  • "...he elevates the material with soulful vocals and good arrangements, particularly when the Raeletts back him up (as they do on half the tracks)." - All Music
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Joe Jackson
Night and Day

  (Item #: jacksnight_1906) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An amazing sounding pressing, with a shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) second side and a very good Double Plus (A++) side one
  • This copy will beat whatever you play against it -- it's sure to be bigger, punchier and livelier than you imagined; exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • From that opening big drum on 'Another World', you'll know this pressing has the Night and Day magic
  • Joe Jackson's masterpiece, Allmusic 4 1/2 stars: "...his blend of percolating Latin rhythms, jazzy horns and pianos, stylish synths, and splashy pop melodies uncannily feel like a bustling, glitzy evening in the big city."
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George Harrison
All Things Must Pass

  (Item #: harriallth_1906) 

Our Price: $899.99

  • With stunning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to it on five of the six sides, this early British box set of All Things Must Pass has sound that will be very hard (if not impossible!) to beat
  • It's incredibly rich and Tubey Magical, yet still clean and clear with lovely studio space and a solid bottom end
  • If you've struggled with domestic pressings and later imports or Heavy Vinyl reissues, your troubles are over - here is the sound you were looking for
  • "Without a doubt, Harrison's first solo recording is his best. Drawing on his backlog of unused compositions from the late Beatles era, Harrison crafted material that managed the rare feat of conveying spiritual mysticism without sacrificing his gifts for melody and grand, sweeping arrangements."
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Van Halen
1984

  (Item #: vanha1984_1906) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A stunning copy of this hard rock classic with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides; super quiet vinyl too!
  • Both sides are rockin' like crazy - lots of energy, impressive size and big-time presence
  • Tons of hits: Panama, Hot For Teacher, Jump, and you won't believe how good they sound on this copy
  • 5 stars: "It's the best showcase of Van Halen's instrumental prowess as a band... the best showcase for their songwriting, just their flat-out best album overall."
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Fleetwood Mac
Rumours

  (Item #: fleetrumou_1811_1906) 

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


  • An excellent sounding copy with both sides rating a solid Double Plus (A++) - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Tubey Magical Analog - The sound is open, spacious and transparent, with a huge three-dimensional soundfield
  • When you hear it sound as good as it does here, you'll know why we consider Rumours a Better Records Top 100 Demo Disc
  • 5 stars: "Each tune, each phrase regains its raw, immediate emotional power—which is why Rumours touched a nerve upon its 1977 release, and has since transcended its era to be one of the greatest, most compelling pop albums of all time."
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Lincoln Mayorga
and Dist. Colleagues (S9)

  (Item #: mayorvolume_1_1906) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • 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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Ringo Starr
Ringo

  (Item #: starrringo_1904_1906) 

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


  • A killer copy with both sides rating a strong Double Plus (A++) or BETTER for sound and pressed on exceptionally quiet vinyl
  • Another Richard Perry production that sounds great - big and rich - thanks to excellent engineering skills of Bill Schnee, who you may remember from the credits of some of Sheffield's better direct to disc recordings
  • The big hits are here and they sound fantastic: Photograph, You're Sixteen, Oh My My and many, many more
  • "Ringo's best and most consistent new studio album, Ringo represented both the drummer/singer's most dramatic comeback and his commercial peak."
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Paul McCartney and Wings
Red Rose Speedway

  (Item #: mccarredro_1901_1906) 

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


  • This early British EMI pressing has stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout
  • Both sides here are incredibly big, full-bodied and present with a huge bottom end and tons of energy
  • This copy has exactly the kind of sound we look for in a 70's Pop Rock record
  • "...McCartney's little flourishes are intoxicating -- not just the melodies, but the facile production and offhand invention."
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The Beatles
The White Album

  (Item #: beatlwhite_1902_1906) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This British pressing earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on all four sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Some of the most powerful and immersive Beatles sound you will ever hear - we guarantee you have never heard the album sound as good as this copy does
  • "If there is still any doubt that Lennon and McCartney are the greatest song writers since Schubert, then next Friday - with the publication of the new Beatles double LP - should surely see the last vestiges of cultural snobbery and bourgeois prejudice swept away in a deluge of joyful music making..." Right On!
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The Beatles
Revolver

  (Item #: beatlrevol_1904_1906) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • A stunning copy: 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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Eagles
Desperado

  (Item #: eagledespe_1905x) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This outstanding copy of the band's sophomore release boasts Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This original White Label Asylum pressing has huge amounts of Tubey Magic, a strong bass foundation, and plenty of space around the guitars and voices - man, that is our sound!
  • This is the second-best sounding Eagles record of all time, no doubt thanks to the engineering of our man Glyn Johns
  • "A solid country-rock classic... the music stands the test of time, especially when Desperado is heard in its entirety, from start to finish."
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Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac

  (Item #: fleetfleet_1906_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With superb Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides, this pressing of the self-titled album boasts outstanding sound from start to finish
  • A Rock and Pop Top 100 Title - their best sounding album bar none - the sound is Tubey Magical like no other Mac LP
  • Unlike the MoFi, the best early pressings have huge amounts of deep bass, and if you've got the speakers to play an album with a bottom this big, you are in for a thrill
  • 5 Stars: "Fleetwood Mac is a blockbuster album that isn't dominated by its hit singles, and its album tracks demonstrate a depth of both songwriting and musicality that would blossom fully on Rumours.
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Peggy Lee
Latin ala Lee!

  (Item #: lee__latin_1902_1906) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Superb sound throughout for Lee's 1960 release with both sides rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or very close to it
  • Everything that's good about All Tube Vocal Recordings from the '50s and '60s is precisely what's good about the sound of this record
  • "The rhythms are not only authentically Afro-Cuban, but surprisingly strong and rarely watered down. The rest of the arrangements, though breezy and pop-slanted, support Lee's vocals perfectly. And though her voice isn't quite as strong as it had been during the '50s, Lee uses the cracks on her high notes to accentuate the songs." - Allmusic
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Mel Torme
With The Marty Paich Dek-tette

  (Item #: tormewitht_1904_1906) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A KILLER copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • This vintage Bethlehem pressing has the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records rarely BEGIN to reproduce
  • If don't know that sound, you are missing one of the greatest pleasures an audiophile can experience
  • 5 stars: "Mel Tormé with the Marty Paich Dek-tette is a vocal masterpiece, an extremely satisfying record achieved only by a fusion of an excellent voice, an excellent band, and excellent material."
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Bob Dylan
Bringing It All Back Home

  (Item #: dylanbring_1904_1906_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb copy of this Dylan classic with each side rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or BETTER for sound
  • Clean, clear and full-bodied with strong midrange presence and very little of the harshness that plagues most copies
  • 5 stars: "With Another Side of Bob Dylan, Dylan had begun pushing past folk, and with Bringing It All Back Home, he exploded the boundaries, producing an album of boundless imagination and skill. And it's not just that he went electric, either, rocking hard on "Subterranean Homesick Blues," "Maggie's Farm," and "Outlaw Blues"; it's that he's exploding with imagination throughout the record."
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The Rolling Stones
Aftermath

  (Item #: rolliafter_1904_1906) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • This stunning copy earned shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to them on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Lady Jane, Under My Thumb and Mother's Little Helper are three of the best sounding tracks on side one - all are big, lively and solid here
  • Their first all-original album, 5 stars on Allmusic, and the earliest Must Own Stones album in our opinion
  • "The Rolling Stones finally delivered a set of all-original material with this LP, which also did much to define the group as the bad boys of rock & roll..."
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Yes
Yes

  (Item #: yes__yes_1901_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this British pressing of the band's debut album - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This UK pressing is by far the best way to hear the album, but finding a clean one, let alone one that sounds as good as this, turned out to be no walk in the park
  • "In an era when psychedelic meanderings were the order of the day, Yes delivered a surprisingly focused and exciting record that covered lots of bases..." - All Music
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Horace Silver
Serenade to a Soul Sister

  (Item #: silveseren_1904_1906) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last
  • This copy was clearly cut with super-low distortion mastering equipment, and boy does it help the sound
  • Rudy Van Gelder did an outstanding job as usual engineering these 1968 quintet sessions, some of which include one of our favorite tenor men, Stanley Turrentine
  • 4 1/2 stars: "One of the last great Horace Silver albums for Blue Note, Serenade to a Soul Sister is also one of the pianist's most infectiously cheerful, good-humored outings... it's hard to argue with musical results as joyous and tightly performed as Serenade to a Soul Sister."
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Simon & Garfunkel
Bookends

  (Item #: simonbooke_1903_1906) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An excellent 360 stereo pressing earning Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades throughout, just shy of our Shootout Winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Our hottest copies have lovely midrange magic on the guitars and voices as well as plenty of studio ambience on most tracks, especially the simpler, more folky ones
  • An album that has become much tougher to come by, especially ones that play this well
  • Top 100, Five Stars - side two alone has four classics: Fakin' It, Mrs. Robinson, A Hazy Shade of Winter and At the Zoo
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Super Hot Stamper

Burt Bacharach
Casino Royale

  (Item #: bachacasin_1906) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A superb original stereo copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish - exceptionally QUIET vinyl for this album too
  • A record that has its share of problems, but if you've got the system for it (huge, heavily tweaked, fast, free from obvious colorations and capable of tremendous resolution), this copy is sure to impress
  • A TAS List favorite that sounds amazing on a the right early pressing and dramatically better than any Heavy Vinyl reissue that's we know of
  • "The more recognizable and certainly more straightforward side of Bacharach is here, too, on the Dusty Springfield smash 'The Look of Love.' This is one of Bacharach's best soundtracks..."
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The Doors
Strange Days

  (Item #: doorsstran_1906) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • This phenomenal copy of Strange Days has Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and Double Plus (A++) sound on the second
  • A stunning sounding pressing of one of the most difficult-to-find records in the world of Hot Stampers
  • Demo Quality sound for so many classics: When The Music's Over, Moonlight Drive, Love Me Two Times and more
  • ... if The Beatles had Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club and The Beach Boys had Pet Sounds, then The Doors' answer was Strange Days. This experimentation can be heard in the very first notes of the title track, as Ray Manzarek's spacey keyboards set the tone for Morrison's eerie, distorted warning, "Strange days have found us." It's the perfect introduction to a perfectly strange album."
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U2
War

  (Item #: u2___war_1905x) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A Shootout Winning copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout - this copy is going to be very hard to beat - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Real clarity and resolution in the midrange, not the congested, dark quality we hear on so many of U2's records
  • Full-bodied, smooth analog sound is the key to the best pressings, and here is that sound, on both sides
  • 5 Stars: "Opening with the ominous, fiery protest of "Sunday Bloody Sunday," War immediately announces itself as U2's most focused and hardest-rocking album to date. Blowing away the fuzzy, sonic indulgences of October with propulsive, martial rhythms and shards of guitar, War bristles with anger, despair, and above all, passion... U2 always aimed at greatness, but War was the first time they achieved it."
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Leon Russell
Carney

  (Item #: russecarne_1902_1906-) 

Our Price: $399.99
Sale Price: $299.00 (You save $100.99 / 25%)


  • The best copy to ever hit the site! Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • 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,' but "This Masquerade" is on here too
  • "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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Steely Dan
Pretzel Logic

  (Item #: steelpretz_1904_1906) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • With two Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sides, we guarantee you've never heard Pretzel Logic sound remotely as good as it does here - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • In the Steely Dan canon, Pretzel Logic is the richest, most dynamic and most Tubey Magical of them all
  • Becker and Fagen spared no effort in the recording of this album - the mix is PERFECTION
  • A Top 100 Album and our pick for The Best Sounding Steely Dan Recording of Them All
  • 5 stars: "Becker and Fagen's craft has become seamless while remaining idiosyncratic and thrillingly accessible... Steely Dan made more accomplished albums than Pretzel Logic, but they never made a better one."
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Pink Floyd
Atom Heart Mother

  (Item #: pinkfatomh_1904_1906) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides
  • The overall sound here is incredibly rich, full and dynamic with huge amounts of Tubey Magic and a solid bottom end
  • About as quiet as the come -- Mint Minus Minus
  • While the music here may not be for everyone, if you're a fan you'll have a hard time finding a copy that sounds any better than this!
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Johnny Cash
At San Quentin

  (Item #: cash_atsan_1903_1906) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A KILLER sounding "Triple Triple" copy of a legendary album, A+++ sound from beginning to end
  • Both sides are incredibly big, clean and clear with amazing presence and great bass — Johnny Cash gets the sonic treatment he deserves here!
  • So many great songs: Wanted Man, I Walk the Line, San Quentin, A Boy Named Sue, Folsom Prison Blues and more
  • 5 stars: "...listen to "A Boy Named Sue," ... rescued by the wild-eyed, committed performance by Cash, where it sounds like he really was set on murdering that son of a bitch who named him Sue. He sounds that way throughout the record... "
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Dr. John
In The Right Place

  (Item #: drjohinthe_1812_1906) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • Off the charts "Triple Triple" sound for this Must Own Dr. John album - both sides earned our top grade of A+++
  • SURPRISINGLY GOOD SOUND - who knew how well recorded this album was? (Certainly not the audiophile press)
  • We don't know of any other Dr. John album with sound remotely as good, and the modern albums of his we've played were just awful
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Dr. John finally struck paydirt here and was certainly In the Right Place. With the hit single "Right Place Wrong Time" bounding up the charts, this fine collection saw many unaware listeners being initiated into New Orleans-style rock."
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Michael Jackson
Off The Wall

  (Item #: jacksoffth_1902_1906) 

Our Price: $399.99
Sale Price: $349.00 (You save $50.99 / 13%)


  • A truly stunning Shootout Winning copy of this MJ classic with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from beginning to end
  • Off the Wall is substantially sweeter, tubier, more natural, richer, more relaxed and more ANALOG than any other Michael Jackson album
  • We're constantly blown away by just how good the best copies of Off the Wall sound - what a recording!
  • Clearly MJ's best sounding recording - "This was a visionary album ... part of a colorful tapestry of lush ballads and strings, smooth soul and pop, soft rock, and alluring funk." 5 stars
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Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin III

  (Item #: ledze3_1905x) 

Our Price: $749.99

  • With two Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning sides, this copy will lay waste to any pressing you've heard
  • Drop the needle on Since I've Been Loving You, turn it up good and loud and Zep will be right there between your speakers for the live concert of a lifetime
  • Immigrant Song, Celebration Day and Tangerine are among the tracks that have truly awesome Demo Disc sound - the vinyl's fairly quiet too
  • 5 stars: "...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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The Rolling Stones
Out of Our Heads

  (Item #: rollioutof_1906_1) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • 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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Taj Mahal
Giant Step / De Ole Folks at Home

  (Item #: mahalgiant_1906_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • KILLER sound throughout with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on sides two, three and four, and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the first side
  • Incredibly big, rich, and Tubey Magical yet sill open and transparent with lots of energy and wonderfully present vocals
  • Allmusic 4 Stars - "Parties searching for an apt introduction when discovering Taj Mahal's voluminous catalog are encouraged to consider Giant Step as a highly recommended reference point."
  • Two complete LPs worth of material: the first electric, the second acoustic, something for everybody -- it even includes the Monkees hit "Take A Giant Step" if you can believe it
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McCoy Tyner
Plays Ellington

  (Item #: tynerplays_1906_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Superb sound throughout with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades; exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • With a lively and present piano, clarity, space and timbral accuracy, this is guaranteed to be one of the better sounding jazz records you've heard
  • Credit goes to Rudy Van Gelder once again for the huge space this superbly well-recorded ensemble occupies (the ensemble being a piano trio with two percussionists, but it works!)
  • 4 stars: "An interesting project that works quite well... This is an excellent outing that displays both Tyner's debt to the jazz tradition and his increasingly original style."
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Sade
Promise

  (Item #: sade_promi_1906_1) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Sade's Best Album returns with superb Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • You'd be hard-pressed to find a copy that's this well balanced, yet big and lively, with such wonderful clarity in the mids and highs
  • There’s no denying the power of Sade’s sultry voice when you can actually hear it - she is on fire on this album
  • Her best song is on side one here - Is It a Crime - and the big band arrangement will surely send chills up and down your spine, especially with nearly Triple Plus sound quality
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Tom Petty
Hard Promises

  (Item #: pettyhardp_1906) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An impressive copy of this 1981 release, with KILLER nearly Triple Plus (AA++ to +++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Recorded at Sound City, home to some of the greatest analog sound ever recorded
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...filled with great songwriting, something that's as difficult to achieve as a distinctive sound... The Waiting became the best-known song on the record, but there's no discounting A Woman in Love, Nightwatchman, Kings Road, and The Criminal Kind, album tracks that would become fan favorites... it has a tremendous set of songs and a unified sound that makes it one of Petty's finest records."
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Joe Newman Quintet
Jive At Five

  (Item #: newmajivea_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This KILLER copy of Jive At Five boasts nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish
  • This Prestige reissue LP is incredibly big, spacious, swinging with energy with a massive bottom end and an energy level that's off the charts!
  • 4 stars: "...[this music] is very much in the Count Basie vein. That fact is not too surprising when one considers that the quintet includes three members of Basie's men: trumpeter Joe Newman, tenor saxophonist Frank Wess and bassist Eddie Jones. Joined by the complementary pianist Tommy Flanagan and drummer Oliver Jackson, Newman and his friends swing their way through four vintage standards and a couple of the leader's original blues..."
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The Beach Boys
Surf's Up

  (Item #: beachsurfs_1904_1906) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this original Reprise pressing
  • They revolutionized the popular music of their day with their genius for harmony, and this copy gets their voices right
  • Includes classics Don't Go Near the Water, Long Promised Road, Till I Die, and of course the title smash hit, Surf's up
  • 4 stars: "A masterpiece [which] defined the Beach Boys' tumultuous career better than any other album ... The album closer, 'Surf's Up,' is a masterpiece of baroque psychedelia, probably the most compelling track from the Smile period."
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The Grateful Dead
Workingman's Dead

  (Item #: grateworki_1906_1) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • 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 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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Neil Young
Old Ways

  (Item #: youngoldwa_1906_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • A surprisingly good sounding pressing with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Big, full-bodied and energetic, with wonderfully present vocals and a huge bottom end - shocking for 1985
  • We guarantee this one will make your MoFI pressing sound like the bad joke it was back in 1996 or your money back and then some
  • "... this turns out to be his most carefully crafted album since Comes a Time... Pretty amazing." - Rolling Stone
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B.B. King
L.A. Midnight

  (Item #: king_lamid_1906_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This outstanding copy boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Check out how cool the tuba sounds anchoring the bottom end on the opening track!
  • "The King is at his sly peak on "I Got Some Help I Don't Need," uproariously humorous and hurt at the same time, with crazy wah-wah filigrees laced within, and "Can't You Hear Me Talking to You" is also tight and right."
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Neil Young
Time Fades Away

  (Item #: youngtimef_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding vintage pressing, with Double Plus (A++) Front Row Center sound on both sides
  • Clearly a step up from many that we played in our shootout - this copy is full-bodied, smooth and musical, the classic sound of Neil Young at his performing peak
  • Never released on CD, this is one of the toughest Neil Young albums to find in the bins, especially with sound like this
  • 4 stars: "Time Fades Away ranks with the bravest and most painfully honest albums of his career — like the tequila Young was drinking on that tour, it isn't for everyone, but you may be surprised by its powerful effects."
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Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here

  (Item #: pinkfwishy_1906_2) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An outstanding vintage import pressing of this Pink Floyd classic, with solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • Demo Disc Quality Floyd Magic - big and present with life, clarity and richness like you have never heard for WYWH before
  • 5 stars on Allmusic, a Top 100 title and one that is RIDICULOUSLY tough to find with sound this good
  • "Showcasing the group's interplay and David Gilmour's solos in particular... the long, winding soundscapes are constantly enthralling."
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Prince
Purple Rain

  (Item #: princpurpl_1906_1) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An excellent copy of Prince's legendary 1984 release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • Clean and clear and open are nice qualities to have, but rich and smooth are harder to come by on this record - and here they are!
  • 5 stars "Purple Rain finds Prince consolidating his funk and R&B roots while moving boldly into pop, rock, and heavy metal with nine superbly crafted songs... a stunning statement of purpose that remains one of the most exciting rock & roll albums ever recorded."
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Elton John
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

  (Item #: john_goodb_1906) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An outstanding early British pressing with big, bold Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • 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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Tony Bennett
I've Gotta Be Me

  (Item #: benneivego_1906) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • Superb nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish for this original 360 label Columbia pressing
  • Both sides here wonderfully rich, full-bodied, and as Tubey Magical as you would expect from Columbia in 1969
  • Brilliant engineering by Frank Laico, the man who recorded I Left My Heart In San Francisco and Sketches of Spain, among others
  • Tony Bennett was in fine form and still able to sing the hell out of these songs in 1969 - when you hear the quality of his voice on this very album you will perhaps appreciate the toll this century has taken on him
  • Vintage record guys with top quality turntables - like us - get to hear Tony the way he should be heard, with his voice at the peak of its powers
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The Beatles
A Collection of Beatles Oldies

  (Item #: beatlcolle_1906) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two outstanding sides each rating a Double Plus (A++) or BETTER, this copy was one of the better British pressings we played in our recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • An excellent source for many of the Beatles' greatest hits up to 1966 - with 8 songs per side you are geting a lot for your money with this one
  • Several tracks, including "I Want to Hold Your Hand", "Day Tripper", "We Can Work It Out" and "Paperback Writer" were given their first stereo mixes for this very album
  • Surprisingly good sound for From Me to You, We Can Work It Out, Yesterday, I Feel Fine, and the list goes on
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Robin Trower
Bridge of Sighs

  (Item #: trowebridg_1810_1906) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • One of the best copies to ever hit the site, with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This glorious early UK pressing is huge, rich and punchy, with guitar solos that soar like few others you've heard
  • Brilliant engineering by Geoff Emerick at George Martin's AIR studios - maybe the best sounding album Emerick ever made
  • Top 100 (soon) and 4 1/2 stars on AMG: "...his most stunning, representative, and consistent collection of tunes. Bridge of Sighs holds up to repeated listenings as a timeless work, as well as the crown jewel in Trower's extensive catalog."
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Burt Bacharach
Reach Out

  (Item #: bachareach_1906) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • An outstanding copy of Reach Out, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This copy had extension high and low and dynamic power that greatly impressed us
  • Tons of hits - The Look Of Love, Message To Michael, Alfie, What The World Needs Now, I Say A Little Prayer and more
  • Engineering by Phil Ramone (Casino Royale) and Henry Lewy (Sergio Mendes, Joni Mitchell) each doing their own tracks - compare and contrast for yourself
  • "[Reach Out] present[s] Bacharach's vision of his work at its most straightforward, and it is enjoyable on its own terms, as a snapshot of his own sensibilities at that time."
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Horace Silver Quintet
The Tokyo Blues

  (Item #: silvetokyo_1906) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound and exceptionally QUIET VINYL on this wonderful Blue Note stereo pressing
  • Exceptionally spacious and three-dimensional, as well as relaxed and full-bodied - this pressing was a noticeable step up over many of the copies 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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Paul Revere and the Raiders
The Spirit of '67

  (Item #: reverspiri_1902_1_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb sounding copy with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides here are super full-bodied and Tubey Magical with plenty of extension on both ends
  • 4 stars: "The Spirit of '67, Paul Revere and the Raiders' third gold-selling, Top Ten album to be released in 1966, marked the triumph of the group's in-house writing team of lead singer Mark Lindsay, Paul Revere, and producer Terry Melcher... Paul Revere and the Raiders were riding high."
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Leonard Cohen
Recent Songs

  (Item #: cohenrecen_1809_1906) 

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


  • Insanely good Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides AND fairly quiet vinyl - the best copy to ever hit the site bar none
  • Unbeatable richness and freedom from artificiality in the midrange allowed this one to tower over the rest of the field
  • "... a return to Cohen's acoustic folk music after the Phil Spector experimentation of Death of a Ladies' Man, but now with many jazz and Oriental influences."
  • 4 stars: "The first thing Leonard Cohen's music fans noticed about his sixth new studio album, given the typically open-ended title Recent Songs, was that, musically, it marked a return to the gypsy folk sound of his early records..."
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Dave Brubeck
Countdown - Time In Outer Space

  (Item #: brubecount_1901_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • Another wonderful Black Print 360 Columbia stereo pressing from Brubeck and company, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Golden Age Tubey Magical jazz sound, exactly what would be expected with Teo Macero producing and Fred Plaut engineering
  • Reasonably quiet playing surfaces considering that we're dealing here with a vintage Columbia pressing
  • 4 Stars: "One of Dave Brubeck's more adventurous albums... Highly recommended along with Brubeck's other Time recordings."
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The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

  (Item #: beatlsgtpe_1906) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • A stunning copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it from the first note to the last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Huge, spacious and detailed, with the Tubey Magic of a fresh tape, this is the way to hear Sgt. Pepper in all its analog glory
  • Most pressings - especially the new ones - have nothing approaching the Tubey Magic, space and energy of this LP
  • A Better Records Top 100 and 5 stars: "It's possible to argue that there are better Beatles albums, yet no album is as historically important as this."
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The Rolling Stones
Exile On Main Street

  (Item #: rolliexile_1901_1906) 

Our Price: $199.99
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  • Superb sound throughout with all four sides earning Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • This is Exile raw and real the way Glyn Johns and the band wanted it, the way that only the best Artisan pressings have any hope of sounding
  • 5 stars: "Few other albums, let alone double albums, have been so rich and masterful as Exile on Main St., and it stands not only as one of the Stones' best records, but sets a remarkably high standard for all of hard rock."
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Joni Mitchell
Court and Spark

  (Item #: mitchcourt_1904_1906) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A stunning copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side one - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is rich, warm and natural with wonderful transparency, ambience and loads of Tubey Magic
  • One of our very favorite Joni albums here at Better Records, and probably her Best Sounding Album
  • 5 stars: "[A] remarkably deft fusion of folk, pop, and jazz ... the music is smart, smooth, and assured from the first note to the last."
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Talking Heads
Remain In Light

  (Item #: talkiremai_1902_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • One of the few copies to hit the site in years, this classic has excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • We're huge fans of late '70s / early '80s art-rock and new wave music and we'd be hard-pressed to name another act from the era who put out so many good records
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Even without a single, Remain in Light was a hit, indicating that Talking Heads were connecting with an audience ready to follow their musical evolution and the album was so inventive and influential, it was no wonder."
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McCoy Tyner
Extensions

  (Item #: tynerexten_1906) 

Our Price: $69.99

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  • With nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on side one this copy has the real Blue Note magic
  • The sound on side one was bigger, clearer, less boxy and simply more relaxed and musical than almost any other side we heard
  • The really good RVG pressings like this one sound shockingly close to live music
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "The all-star sextet stretches out on lengthy renditions of four of Tyner's modal originals, and there is strong solo space for the leader and the two saxophonists. Wayne Shorter in particular is often quite intense. Stimulating music."
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The Allman Brothers
The Allman Brothers

  (Item #: allmaallma_1812_1906) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An excellent copy with seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them
  • 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
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout, and that's as quiet as they come
  • 4 1/2 stars: "This might be the best debut album ever delivered by an American blues band, a bold, powerful, hard-edged, soulful essay in electric blues with a native Southern ambience. There isn't a bad song here, and only the fact that the group did even better the next time out keeps this from getting the highest possible rating."
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Eric Clapton
Journeyman

  (Item #: claptjourn_1903_1906) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • A superb sounding Duck/Reprise import copy with Double Plus (A++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Forget the dry sounding domestic copies - these imports were the only ones good enough for us to put them in a shootout
  • Rich, lively, clear and spacious - these imports are surprisingly good sounding for a recording from as late as 1989
  • The big hit was Pretending, but Bad Love (both went to Number One) won the Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... a laid-back and thoroughly engaging display of Clapton's virtuosity. On the whole, it's the best studio album he's released since Slowhand."
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Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross

  (Item #: crosschris_1905x) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A KILLER Shootout Winning copy! A+++ on both sides - this is As Good As It Gets for this Monster Album from 1979
  • This pressing is clearly fuller, bigger, more lively and more Tubey Magical than 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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Various Artists
The Blues... A Real Summit Meeting

  (Item #: varioblues_1906_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find outstanding Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on sides three and four and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the other two sides of this wonderful double album collection from 1973
  • This copy is surprisingly spacious, full-bodied and natural, with a nice extended top end, plenty of space around the instruments and few of the problems that plagued most of the pressings we played
  • Features B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Big Mama Thornton, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup and more
  • Recorded live at Newport in New York, this is an OUTSTANDING blues album
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The Beatles
Please Please Me

  (Item #: beatlpleas_1811_1906) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this copy of the Beatles' debut album - fairly quiet too
  • We guarantee this pressing will be richer, livelier, cleaner and just more fun than virtually any copy you can find
  • 5 Stars and A Better Records Top 100 album, as well as our clear favorite of their first five releases
  • "The 'evening with the band' feel makes Please Please Me a more coherent experience than other cover-heavy Beatles albums: Here other peoples' songs work not just as filler, but as markers for styles and effects the band admired and might return to as songwriters."
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Bob Dylan
Knocked Out Loaded

  (Item #: dylanknock_1906) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this superb pressing of Dylan's 1986 release - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides here are super rich and full with excellent bass and tons of energy
  • "... the 11-minute epic "Brownsville Girl", co-written by Sam Shepard, has been cited as one of his best songs by some critics."
  • "... [Dylan's] scattershot approach has its charms, especially when it results in winding epics like the Shepard collaboration 'Brownsville Girl.'"
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Steve Miller Band
Fly Like An Eagle

  (Item #: milleflyli_1906) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding original pressing of Steve Miller's 1976 classic boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is big and full with great space, critical to reproducing the recording's spacey (and pretty cool) effects
  • The title track and Take The Money and Run both sound amazing, as does everything else
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The key is focus, even on an album as stylishly, self-consciously trippy as this, since the focus brings about his strongest set of songs (both originals and covers), plus a detailed atmospheric production where everything fits."
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Frank Sinatra
Sings Days of Wine and Roses & more

  (Item #: sinatdayso_1906) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find very good Hot Stamper sound on both sides of this original Reprise Stereo pressing - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • This is one of the best sounding Sinatra recordings we know of from any era - a true Male Vocal Demo Disc
  • It's big, lively, clear and present, with the kind of Tubey Magical richness we flip out for here at Better Records
  • Don't judge the album by its cover - the music is wonderful from beginning to end and so is the sound
  • "Featuring a selection of Oscar-winning standards, ranging from 1934's 'The Continental' to 1962's 'Days of Wine and Roses,' Academy Award Winners is professional and stylish album... Sinatra is charming and lively...while Riddle's charts are light and entertaining."
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Talking Heads
Little Creatures

  (Item #: talkilittl_1906) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and fairly quiet vinyl - this one has the BIG BEAT sound we love
  • I ask you, what record from 1985 sounds better than Little Creatures?
  • These sides are rockin' on tracks like Stay Up Late, Road To Nowhere, And She Was, Creatures of Love and more
  • Surprisingly big, punchy and open sound for this '85 pop classic - a Top 100 album and longtime Better Records favorite
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Ear Candy ...a pop album, and an accomplished one, by a band that knew what it was doing."
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Sting
Bring on the Night

  (Item #: stingbring_1906) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding copy of Sting's epic double album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on all four sides AND exceptionally quiet vinyl
  • Sting and his jazzy pals work through a good portion of his extensive catalog, including both Police songs and solo tracks
  • "Sting really got carried away with the idea that his supporting crew for Dream of the Blue Turtles was a real jazz band, and technically, he was kind of right … the loose, rather infectious performances show what Sting was trying to achieve with his debut."
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The Lovin' Spoonful
John Sebastian Songbook, Vol. 1

  (Item #: lovinjohns_1801_1906) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides, the sound quality of the tracks on this compilation is impressive - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides are rich, full-bodied and natural - no sign of radio EQ to be found
  • Features most of the band's best songs, including Do You Believe In Magic, You Didn't Have To Be So Nice, Six O'clock and Nashville Cats (a personal fave)
  • The Allmusic critic is not too crazy about this album, but the User Rating is 4 1/2 stars, which we think is about right
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Kraftwerk
Autobahn

  (Item #: kraftautob_1811_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb sound throughout for this fun TAS-approved album with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Forget the dubby domestic pressings and even most of the original Brits - they disappointing in the extreme
  • The RIGHT early reissues have richness, transparency, space and presence not found anywhere else I tell you!
  • These Vertigo pressings are incredibly tough to find with the right sound and quiet surfaces - most copies we get in from England go straight into the trade-in pile
  • "Autobahn is where the group's hypnotic electronic pulse genuinely came into its own... the roots of electro-funk, ambient, and synth pop are all evident -- it's a pioneering album..."
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Queen
A Night at the Opera

  (Item #: queennight_1812_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding copy of Queen's fourth studio album earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is big and bold, with soaring choruses that really get loud and stay clean all the way through
  • Bohemian Rhapsody is killer on this side two, and if you've got the system to play it good and LOUD, you are in for a thrill
  • 5 stars: "But the appeal of A Night at the Opera is in its detailed, meticulous productions. It's prog rock with a sense of humor as well as dynamics, and Queen never bettered their approach anywhere else."
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David Bowie
Space Oddity

  (Item #: bowiespace_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides, this is the right sound for Bowie's 1969 classic - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This superb pressing is full-bodied and lively, with solid and present vocals, as well as excellent clarity all around
  • Ken Scott engineered at Trident, and Rick Wakeman plays a mean mellotron on some tracks - what's not to like?
  • "Abandoning both the mod and Anthony Newley fascinations that marked his earlier recordings, Bowie delves into a lightly psychedelic folk-rock, exemplified by the album's soaring title track..."
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Simply Red
Picture Book

  (Item #: simplpictu_1901_1906) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side one and a side two that's right up there with it, this UK pressing has a lot going for it - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • "Holding Back the Years" may be the best track the band ever recorded, and it probably sounds better here than you ever imagined it could
  • Big, full and lively, with a solid bottom end and excellent clarity - this is the sound you want for Picture Book
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The band finds a steady R&B groove reminiscent of '60s Stax house band the MG's, and, as with the MG's, it's all in the service of a big-voiced soul singer, in this case a British redhead."
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The Rolling Stones
Goats Head Soup

  (Item #: rolligoats_1902_1906) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last on this superb copy of Goats Head Soup - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • We guarantee the sound is dramatically bigger, richer, fuller, and livelier than any pressing you have ever heard
  • Who knew the record could sound this good? Certainly not us - we had no luck with this album for years
  • "This may not be as downright funky, freaky, and fantastic as Exile, yet the extra layer of gloss brings out the enunciated lyrics, added strings, wah-wah guitars, explicit sex, and violence, making it all seem trippily decadent..."
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Toto
IV

  (Item #: toto_IV_1904_1906) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this copy of Toto's Must-Own Masterpiece - true Mint Minus vinyl on side two as well
  • Clear, lively and rockin' with the kind of smooth, rich, tubey sound you sure don't hear on too many '80s pop albums
  • Rosanna and Africa are both knockouts here, with amazing weight, scale and energy
  • 4 1/2 stars: "It was do or die for Toto on the group's fourth album, and they rose to the challenge...Toto IV was both the group's comeback and its peak... and Toto's best and most consistent record."
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Ray Charles
The Genius of Ray Charles

  (Item #: charlgenius_of_1904_1906) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This KILLER 2-pack boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • It's incredibly rich, full and tubey throughout, as Ray tackles both big band classics and string-backed ballads from the Great American Songbook, all with truly magical results
  • Robert Christgau noted that "Charles tried many times, but except for Modern Sounds, he never again assembled such a consistent album in this mode."
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Charles' voice is heard throughout in peak form, giving soul to even the veteran standards."
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Yes
The Yes Album

  (Item #: yes__yesal_1812_1906) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A Big As Life copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or close to them on both sides - Yours Is No Disgrace is mindblowing on this side one
  • This original pressing has some of the quietest vinyl we've heard for a Shootout Winner, but on side two there are some condition problems, discussed below
  • A Top 100 Album and the band's best sounding record if you ask us (although Fragile can sound absolutely amazing too)
  • "Organist Tony Kaye, guitarist Steve Howe and bass player Chris Squire play as though of one mind, complementing each other's work as a knowledgeable band should."
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Freddie Hubbard
Sky Dive

  (Item #: hubbaskydi_1906) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one and a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy will be hard to beat - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This is the kind of spacious, low-distortion, dynamic, energetic sound Van Gelder was getting in the early '70s and we LOVE him for it
  • Hubbard got together a seriously talented group of funky jazz players to support him here, with Don Sebesky doing his usual inventive arrangements
  • 4 Stars: "Freddie Hubbard's fourth CTI recording certainly has a diverse repertoire. The charts for the brass and woodwinds are colorful; there is a fine supporting cast that includes guitarist George Benson, Keith Jarrett on keyboards, and flutist Hubert Laws; and Hubbard takes several outstanding trumpet solos."
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Toto
IV

  (Item #: toto_IV_1906) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • You'll find stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides of this copy of Toto's Must-Own Masterpiece
  • Huge and clear with the kind of smooth, rich, Tubey sound you sure don't hear on too many '80s pop albums
  • Rosanna and Africa are both knockouts here - we've rarely heard them with this kind of weight, scale and energy
  • 4 1/2 stars: "It was do or die for Toto on the group's fourth album, and they rose to the challenge... Toto IV was both the group's comeback and its peak ...Toto's best and most consistent record."
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Talking Heads
Remain In Light

  (Item #: talkiremai_1906) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • This Talking Heads classic has STUNNING Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • We're huge fans of late '70s / early '80s art-rock and new wave music and we'd be hard-pressed to name another act from the era who put out so many good records
  • 5 stars: "Even without a single, Remain in Light was a hit, indicating that Talking Heads were connecting with an audience ready to follow their musical evolution and the album was so inventive and influential, it was no wonder."
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Prince
Purple Rain

  (Item #: princpurpl_1906) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A stunning copy of Prince's legendary 1984 release, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout
  • This side two was just BIGGER and RICHER than practically any other we played, with rock solid energy to beat them all
  • Clean and clear and open are nice qualities to have, but rich and smooth are harder to come by on this record - and here they are!
  • 5 stars "Purple Rain finds Prince consolidating his funk and R&B roots while moving boldly into pop, rock, and heavy metal with nine superbly crafted songs... a stunning statement of purpose that remains one of the most exciting rock & roll albums ever recorded."
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Elton John
Madman Across The Water

  (Item #: john_madma_1903_1906) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • An insanely good copy of Madman with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout - this one is a Monster
  • A ridiculously tough album to find with the right sound and reasonably quiet surfaces -- which is why we never have them on the site
  • The trick is to balance Tubey Magical richness with clarity, and this copy nailed that balance better than any other copy we played
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The record remains an ambitious and rewarding work, and John never attained its darkly introspective atmosphere again."
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Traffic
John Barleycorn Must Die

  (Item #: traffjohnb_1904_1906) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • 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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Bob Dylan
Highway 61 Revisited

  (Item #: dylanhighw_1906) 

Our Price: $799.99

  • This 360 Stereo pressing of Dylan's 1965 release boasts KILLER Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Clean stereo pressings of this album are ridiculously hard to come by these days, not to mention the fact that few copies (if any!) will sound as good as this one does
  • In the same way Sgt. Pepper changed music a mere two years later, Highway 61 Revisited left all of Dylan's contemporaries behind, scrambling to keep up with the standard it set
  • 5 stars: "Dylan had not only changed his sound, but his persona, trading the folk troubadour for a streetwise, cynical hipster ... it proved that rock & roll needn't be collegiate and tame in order to be literate, poetic, and complex."
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Neil Young
Old Ways

  (Item #: youngoldwa_1906) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A stunning pressing of Neil's 1985 release with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • We just finished a big shootout for Neil's country-fried album and this was THE BEST copy to hit our table
  • White Hot copies of Neil's unabashed country album (hello Waylon Jennings!) rarely hit the site - this is only the second we've had in many years
  • We guarantee this one will make your MoFi pressing sound like the bad joke it was back in 1996 or your money back and then some
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Badfinger
Straight Up

  (Item #: badfistrai_1904_1906) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A KILLER copy of the band's third release with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • Rich, clear and lively, with 3-D studio space, this is the band's Masterpiece sounding right
  • On the best copies - like this one - the music just JUMPS out of the speakers
  • 4 1/2 stars: "There's absolutely no filler... everybody is in top form. "Baby Blue" is textbook power-pop — irresistibly catchy fuzz riffs and sighing melodies — and with its Harrison-esque slide guitars, "Day After Day" is so gorgeous it practically aches. This fine songwriting, combined with sharp performances and exquisite studio craft, make Straight Up one of the cornerstones of power-pop, a record that proved that it was possible to make classic guitar-pop after its golden era had passed."


 
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Stevie Wonder
Fulfillingness’ First Finale

  (Item #: wondefulfi_1906) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Stunning sound throughout - Triple Plus (A+++) from first note to last - we guarantee you have never heard Stevie sound better
  • Rich, full, WARM and dynamic with excellent vocal presence and a big meaty bottom end - what a great way to hear this music
  • Boogie On Reggae Woman and You Haven't Done Nothing were the big hits but the other tracks on the album are where the real Stevie Wonder MAGIC can be found
  • 4 1/2 stars [but we give it 5]: "The songs and arrangements are the warmest since Talking Book, and Stevie positively caresses his vocals on this set, encompassing the vagaries of love, from dreaming of it ("Creepin'") to being bashful of it ("Too Shy to Say") to knowing when it's over ("It Ain't No Use")."
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Elvis Costello
My Aim Is True

  (Item #: costemyaim_1906_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This outstanding pressing of Costello's 1977 release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Big and lively, with rich, breathy vocals, this pressing will show you just how good My Aim Is True can sound
  • A massive step up sonically from most domestic pressings, early or otherwise, and guaranteed to handily beat the imports as well
  • 5 stars: "A phenomenal debut, capturing a songwriter and musician whose words were as rich and clever as his music."
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Bob Dylan
Planet Waves

  (Item #: dylanplane_1906) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this superb pressing of Dylan's 1974 release - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • With wonderfully rich, natural tonality, these early pressings are by far the best way to hear the album sound the way it should
  • Lots of great material on this one, not sure why it doesn't get more respect: On A Night Like This, Going Going Gone, Forever Young, You Angel You... these are seriously good, very well-recorded songs
  • "Reteaming with the Band, Bob Dylan winds up with an album that recalls New Morning more than The Basement Tapes, since Planet Waves is given to a relaxed intimate tone..."
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The Butterfield Blues Band
In My Own Dream

  (Item #: butteinmyo_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of the band's 1968 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides
  • Like most of the group's albums on these early pressings, the sound is full-bodied and smooth, with prodigious amounts of bottom end
  • Notable as the last Butterfield record with original members Mark Naftalin and Elvin Bishop who both moved on to solo ventures after its release
  • "More to the point, this album represented a new version of the band being born... there was a widely shared spotlight for the players, and more of a jazz influence on this record than had ever been heard before from the group...The playing is impressive..."
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Frank Sinatra
Sinatra-Basie

  (Item #: sinatsinatra_basie_1811_1906) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This beloved Sinatra/Basie collaboration boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from top to bottom
  • Big space, breathy vocals, lovely leading edge transients, and plenty of Tubey Magic make this album a true audiophile treat
  • 4 stars: "The long-awaited first collaboration between two icons did something unique for the reputations of both. For Basie, the Sinatra connection inaugurated a period in the 1960s where his band was more popular and better-known than it ever was, even in the big band era. For Sinatra, Basie meant liberation, producing perhaps the loosest, rhythmically free singing of his career."
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Frank Sinatra
Moonlight Sinatra

  (Item #: sinatmoonl_1905x) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • You'll find nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from first note to last on this elusive favorite from Ol' Blue Eyes - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • We've been working on this shootout for years - this is one of the few copies to ever hit the site
  • Master engineer Lowell Frank correctly captured the sound of every instrument here: the guitars, piano, strings, drums, percussion instruments -- everything has the natural timbre of the real thing
  • "Driven by a set of lush, sparkling Nelson Riddle arrangements, Moonlight Sinatra is a low-key, charming collection. An enjoyable, romantic listen."
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The Mastersounds
Swinging With The Mastersounds

  (Item #: masteswing_1902_1906) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • The Mastersounds' 1960 release finally arrives on the site with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side two and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side one - exceptionally quiet Red Vinyl too
  • These sides are doing everything right -- full, clear, and solid, with the Tubey Magical Midrange that can only be found on recordings from this era
  • If you're a fan of the Modern Jazz Quartet, you may feel as I do that the Mastersounds' Montgomery brothers on vibes and bass play this kind of smooth jazz much better than the often-sleepy MJQ
  • "Swinging With the Mastersounds is accurately titled; its six tracks are all standards, and all are taken at a gentle, loping tempo and spin out sweetly..."
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The Grateful Dead
Workingman's Dead

  (Item #: grateworki_1906) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides, this was one of the best copies in our recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This one is country rockin' like crazy, with full-bodied, smooth, tonally correct, hi-rez sound
  • A Top 100 album, and a truly superb recording of the Dead at the peak of their creativity (along with American Beauty)
  • 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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Queen
A Day At the Races

  (Item #: queendayat_1904_1906) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • 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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Milt Jackson et al.
The Big 3

  (Item #: jacksbig3_1902_1906) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb sounding Pablo recording from 1976 - this copy gives you outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or better from start to finish
  • We found the sound superb, but even better is the fact that with only three instruments - vibes, guitar (Joe Pass) and bass (Ray Brown) - each of the players has plenty of room to stretch out and have fun with the tunes
  • 5 Stars: "The colorful repertoire -- ranging from "The Pink Panther" and "Blue Bossa" to "Nuages" and "Come Sunday" -- acts as a device for the musicians to construct some brilliant bop-based solos."
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Billie Holiday
The First Verve Sessions

  (Item #: holidfirst_1902_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last
  • All four sides here are clean, clear and full-bodied with wonderfully breathy vocals and the kind of vintage analog sound you can't hear anywhere else
  • This double LP set captures Billie from 1952-1954 and features Oscar Peterson, Barney Kessel, Ray Brown, Flip Phillips, Freddie Green, Charlie Shavers and more
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Electric Light Orchestra
A New World Record

  (Item #: electnewwo_1812_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • ELO's Masterpiece returns to the site - this UK pressing boasts superb Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides, coming in just shy of our Shootout Winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • For ELO-loving audiophiles it just doesn't get any better than A New World Record, sonically or musically
  • A Must Own Arty Pop Rock Classic, with brilliant songwriting, production and sound - no other album of theirs comes close
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Opening with the opulently orchestrated "Tightrope," which heralds the perfect production found throughout this album, A New World Record contains seven of the best songs ever to come out of the group."
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Bob Dylan
Desire

  (Item #: dylandesir_1904_1906) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A STUNNING copy of Dylan's collaborative 1976 release, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from start to finish
  • The sound is shockingly rich, full and solid yet still incredibly clean, clear and open with fantastic energy - you will not believe all the space and ambience on this copy
  • Desire spent five weeks at Number One, mostly on the strength of the powerful and provocative "Hurricane"
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...one of his most fascinating records of the '70s and '80s -- more intriguing, lyrically and musically, than most of his latter-day affairs."
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