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Super Hot Stamper

Frank Sinatra
Francis A. Sinatra & Antonio C. Jobim

  (Item #: sinatjobim_1907_02) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This outstanding original stereo pressing of Sinatra and Jobim's sublime collaboration earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides and plays about as quietly as any copy ever does
  • The Tubey Magical space, ambience and richness of the sound here is the only way we know of to bring the Chairman of the Board and his Brazilian buddy into your listening room
  • This is a magical album from start to finish, one of a handful of a Must Own Sinatra releases, and my personal favorite of all his recordings
  • 4 1/2 stars: "After a few plays, the album begins to slowly work its way underneath a listener's skin, and it emerges as one of his most rewarding albums of the '60s."
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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Porgy and Bess

  (Item #: fitzgporgy_1904_9_02) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Excellent sound throughout this Ella & Louis classic with all four sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades
  • Spacious, full-bodied and Tubey Magical, with Ella and Louis front and center, this is the sound you want for their brilliant collaboration from 1958
  • Two vocal giants came together to perform Gershwin's timeless opera, revered by both music lovers and audiophiles to this day
  • 4 1/2 stars: "What's really great about the Ella and Louis version is Ella, who handles each aria with disarming delicacy, clarion intensity, or usually a blend of both."
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Miles Davis
Sorcerer

  (Item #: davissorce_1904_9_11_02) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $99.99 (You save $50.00 / 33%)


  • With two seriously good sides each rating a Double Plus (A++) or BETTER, this original White Arrows 360 stereo pressing was one of the best copies we played in our recent shootout
  • Sorcerer demonstrates the big-as-life, spacious and unerringly accurate 30th Street Studio Sound Fred Plaut was justly famous for
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The emphasis is as much on complex, interweaving chords and a coolly relaxed sound as it is on sheer improvisation, though each member tears off thoroughly compelling solos. Still, the individual flights aren't placed at the forefront the way they were on the two predecessors -- it all merges together, pointing toward the dense soundscapes of Miles' later '60s work."
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Shelly Manne & His Men
At The Black Hawk, Vol. 3

  (Item #: manneatthe3_1903_7_02) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with a shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) side one backed with a solid Double Plus (A++) side two
  • This is West Coast Jazz at its best, and if anyone can capture the feeling of hearing jazz in a small club, it's the engineers and producers at Contemporary
  • The sound is SUPERB - airy, open, and spacious with a solid bottom end - the depth and definition are out of this world
  • "Considering how much music was documented, it is fortunate that trumpeter Joe Gordon, tenorman Richie Kamuca, pianist Victor Feldman, bassist Monty Budwig and drummer Shelly Manne were in top form for this enjoyable gig. The music is high-quality straightforward and uncomplicated bebop."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet UK Vinyl)

Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Emerson...

  (Item #: emersemers_1911_02_) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This vintage Island Pink Rim import pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally QUIET vinyl too
  • Spacious, rich and dynamic, with especially smooth, present vocals - this is what we love about Eddie Offord's work here
  • ANALOG at its Tubey Magical finest - you'll never play a CD that sounds this good as long as you live
  • Lucky Man and Take A Pebble on this copy have Demo Disc Quality Sound like you won't believe
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Lively, ambitious, almost entirely successful debut album... [which] showcased the group at its least pretentious and most musicianly ...there isn't much excess, and there is a lot of impressive musicianship here."
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Van Halen
Women And Children First

  (Item #: vanhawomen_2002_1) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • An outstanding copy of the band's third release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • 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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Queen
News Of The World

  (Item #: queennewso_2002) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An unusually strong copy of this exceptionally well recorded classic - both sides earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) or BETTER grades - relatively quiet vinyl too
  • Along with Bohemian Rhapsody, this is some the most powerful music Queen ever committed to tape - HUGE and present with amazing clarity, tons of Tubey Magic and room-filling studio space
  • We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions sound amazing on this Nearly White Hot side one!
  • Forget the dubby domestic LPs and whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - the UK LPs are the only way to fly on News of the World
  • "...it's massive, earth-shaking rock & roll, the sound of a band beginning to revel in its superstardom."
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Boston
Boston

  (Item #: bostobosto_2002_1) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • Hot Stamper sound on both sides of this early pressing means that this copy of Boston has plenty of Analog Magic
  • Guaranteed to beat the pants off of any pressing you can throw at it: Half Speed, Heavy Vinyl, you name it, this copy will trounce it or your money back
  • Very sound for all the hits: More Than a Feeling, Long Time/Foreplay, Rock & Roll Band, Peace Of Mind...
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Nearly every song on Boston's debut album can still be heard on classic rock radio today due to the strong vocals of Brad Delp and unique guitar sound of Tom Scholz. Boston is essential for any fan of classic rock, and the album marks the re-emergence of the genre in the 1970s."
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The Rolling Stones
Let It Bleed

  (Item #: rolliletit_2002) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them and playing on reasonably vinyl, this is an excellent vintage pressing showcasing the Stones at the peak of their powers
  • Unlike Sticky Fingers, this is a record we can actually find in audiophile playing condition (without having to charge a fortune for the privilege of hearing it right)
  • Love In Vain is one of the best sounding Stones songs ever recorded - the acoustic guitar harmonics and the rich whomp of the snare prove indisputably that Glyn Johns is one of the Engineering Greats
  • Top 100, 5 stars - Jason McNeil wrote that Beggars Banquet and Let It Bleed are "the two greatest albums the band’s (or anyone’s) ever made." [Add Sticky Fingers to complete the trilogy.]
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Fleetwood Mac
Rumours

  (Item #: fleetrumou_2002) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Tubey Magical Analog - the sound is open, spacious and transparent, with a huge three-dimensional soundfield
  • A Better Records Top 100 title - when you hear it sound as good as it does here, you'll know why we've long considered Rumours an Audiophile 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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Simply Red
Picture Book

  (Item #: simplpictu_2002) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With seriously good Double Plus (A++) sonic grades or BETTER throughout, this UK pressing of the band's auspicious debut was one of the best we played in our recent shootout
  • "Holding Back the Years" may be the best track the band ever recorded, and it probably sounds better on import vinyl 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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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Simple Minds
Once Upon A Time

  (Item #: simplonceu_1907_12_02) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $149.99 (You save $50.00 / 25%)


  • Stunning sound throughout with both sides earning nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • These sides are big, rich and full-bodied with a huge bottom end and an energy level that's off the charts
  • 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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Love
Da Capo

  (Item #: love_dacap_2002_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this early Gold Label stereo pressing is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other Love album you've heard - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • If you're looking to demonstrate just how good 1967 All Tube Analog sound can be, this killer copy will do the trick, thanks to the superb engineering skills of Bruce Botnick
  • "... a truly classic body of work, highlighted by the atomic blast of pre-punk rock "7 and 7 Is" (their only hit single), the manic jazz tempos of "Stephanie Knows Who," and the enchanting "She Comes in Colors," perhaps Lee's best composition (and reportedly the inspiration for the Rolling Stones' "She's a Rainbow")."
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White Hot Stamper

Ella Fitzgerald
Sings The Rodgers And Hart Song Book

  (Item #: fitzgsings_rodgers_and_hart_1910_02ex) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $149.99 (You save $50.00 / 25%)


  • Fitzgerald's second Songbook release finally arrives on the site with stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on all four of these wonderful mono sides
  • There's real Tubey Magic on this album, along with breathy vocals, in-your-listening-room midrange presence and no shortage of swingin' energy
  • We would love to find you a quiet, amazing sounding copy, but that just does not seem to be in the cards
  • 5 stars: "The second of Ella Fitzgerald's famed Songbook series features her singing 34 of the best songs co-written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. The arrangements by Buddy Bregman for the string orchestra and big band only border on jazz but she manages to swing the medium-tempo numbers and give sensitivity to the ballads. "
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Super Hot Stamper (Mostly Quiet Vinyl)

Pink Floyd
Meddle

  (Item #: pinkfmeddl_1909_02ex) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $149.99 (You save $50.00 / 25%)


  • This outstanding British copy boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This vintage British import has the richness, the space and the effortlessly extended top end that let's Meddle work its experimental proggy magic
  • A Top 100 album and Demo Disc on a par with Dark Side of the Moon (which is really saying something!)
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Pink Floyd were nothing if not masters of texture, and Meddle is one of their greatest excursions into little details, pointing the way to the measured brilliance of Dark Side of the Moon and the entire Roger Waters era."
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White Hot Stamper

Blondie
Autoamerican

  (Item #: blondautoa_1812_7_02ex) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • DEMO DISC Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides of this poppy New Waver - The Tide Is High sounds amazing here
  • This one was doing it all -- cleaner, clearer, more full-bodied, more energy, and the list goes on
  • Mostly quiet vinyl throughout with one issue - we've dropped the price considerably
  • "... they continued to expand their stylistic range, with greater success, at least on certain tracks, than they had on Eat to the Beat."
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The Doors
The Soft Parade

  (Item #: doorssoftp_1906_10_12_02) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • With Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it throughout, this copy will be all but impossible to beat!
  • The sound is incredibly powerful from start to finish -- big, rich, full-bodied, present and lively -- thanks Bruce Botnick, where would The Doors be without you?
  • Full of great songs: Touch Me, Runnin' Blue, Wild Child, Wishful Sinful and the amazingly trippy Soft Parade extended suite (with Triple Plus sound no less)
  • "Much like a true “parade” of an English fugue, the song morphs from Morrison’s a capella sermon-like intro to a Baroque ballad to a show tune-like section to the long rock outro, the music masterfully following the flowing, stream of consciousness lyric." Hell yeah!
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Joni Mitchell
Court and Spark

  (Item #: mitchcourt_1912_02) 

Our Price: $249.99
Sale Price: $199.99 (You save $50.00 / 20%)


  • A stunning copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • 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
  • Court and Spark recently joined Blue on our updated Top 100 Rock and Pop List for 2019
  • 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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Jethro Tull
Thick As A Brick

  (Item #: jethrthick_1904_8_12_02) 

Our Price: $399.99
Sale Price: $299.99 (You save $100.00 / 25%)


  • A KILLER copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it from start to finish
  • A Top 100 title and the BEST SOUNDING ALBUM Jethro Tull ever recorded - allow us to make the case
  • A stunning Demo Disc to Rule Them All -- sure to be the best you've ever heard Tull sound if you have the system for it
  • 4 1/2 stars: "A masterpiece in the annals of progressive rock - a dazzling tour de force, at once playful, profound, and challenging, without overwhelming the listener."
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The Beatles
Magical Mystery Tour

  (Item #: beatlmagic_1909_12_02) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • Incredible Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it from beginning to end, this copy is guaranteed to blow your mind - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • A stunning copy with some of the best Beatles sound money can buy - superb work from Ken Scott here
  • Demo Quality Sound for I Am The Walrus, Strawberry Fields Forever, Baby You're A Rich Man and more
  • You won't believe how powerful the sound is - it's big, rich, open and lively beyond any expectations you may have had
  • A longtime Top 100 album and Psych Masterpiece that knocks us out every time we do the shootout for it
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

John Coltrane
On A Misty Night

  (Item #: coltronami_1902_6_10_02) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Coltrane's superb compilation of two complete and very rare mono dates finally arrives on the site with oustanding nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound an all four sides
  • Huge, Tubey Magical and lively, with solid weight down low and lots of space around all the instruments, this copy is guaranteed to fill your listening room with truly brilliant jazz music
  • This copy had more energy and more immediacy, as well as real analog richness, the one quality that makes the '50s sound like the '50s
  • 4 stars: "Coltrane incorporates a wider range of sound to a tremendous emotional effect.... [he] give[s] the performance a bit of a lift that may be part of the reason for its well-deserved placement in the rarefied strata of Coltrane's most revered works."
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Ellington-Basie
The Count Meets the Duke

  (Item #: ellinfirst_1912_02) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Two stunning Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, both coming in just shy of our amazing sounding Shootout Winner
  • Huge amounts of three-dimensional space and ambience, and Tubey Magic by the boatload - this 30th Street recording from 1961 shows just how good Columbia's engineers were back then
  • Fairly quiet throughout - good luck finding a Six Eye Stereo pressing this nice on your own, they sure don't grow on trees
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... a very successful and surprisingly uncrowded encounter... Ellington and Basie both play piano (their interaction with each other is wonderful) and the arrangements allowed the stars from both bands to take turns soloing."
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Crosby / Nash
Graham Nash / David Crosby

  (Item #: crosbgraha_2002_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Close to Shootout Winning sound on both sides - Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) - one of the best copies of this shockingly well recorded album to hit the site in years
  • The vocals are exceptionally breathy, smooth and sweet here - this recording is the very definition of Midrange Magic, thanks to the engineering of Bill Halverson
  • 4 stars: "This self-titled release is one of most impressive side project to arise from CSN. The best elements of each are readily available here, punctuated at every turn by their complicated vocal arrangements and air-lock harmonies."
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White Hot Stamper

Bud Shank
And the Sax Section

  (Item #: shankandth_1902_7_11_02) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This stellar copy of Bud Shank's 1966 release boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - open, lively and dynamic throughout
  • Full, rich, and spacious with tons of Tubey Magic and, better yet, never dry, hard or transistory -- true DEMO DISC QUALITY sound
  • An absolutely amazing recording engineered by none other than Bruce Botnick - the sound of multiple saxes playing these lively arrangements is music to our ears
  • "... the album works, largely because of Bob Florence's arrangements and the shrewd doubling of the baritone and bass sax parts, which give the charts heft at the bottom... The overall sound remains wonderfully reedy and flighty."
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White Hot Stamper

Bud Shank & Clare Fischer
Bossa Nova Jazz Samba

  (Item #: shankbossa_1903_10_02) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This superb collaboration from 1962 makes its Hot Stamper debut with stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout
  • With a breathy sax, lively and present piano, clarity, space and timbral accuracy, this is guaranteed to be one of the best sounding jazz records you've heard
  • A wonderful Bossa Nova classic that shows you just how lovely this music can sound when properly mastered and pressed
  • This is vintage Sixties Pacific Jazz Stereo at its best - big, rich and Tubey Magical like you will not believe
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Hot Stamper

Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac

  (Item #: fleetfleet_2002) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With very good Hot Stamper grades on both sides, this pressing of the self-titled album boasts wonderful 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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Super Hot Stamper

Carpenters
Carpenters

  (Item #: carpecarpe_2002) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other Carpenters album you've heard - and it plays as quietly as any copy ever will (and far better than most)
  • This pressing is full of the Midrange Magic that has the Carpenters sounding rich, smooth, sweet and breathy - in other words, in ANALOG, so they sound every bit as good as you remember them
  • "The Carpenters' radio-friendly soft rock virtually defined the genre in the early 1970s, and this album -- their third full-length -- was the group's ace card... Carpenters is a classic of early-'70s pop."
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Bob Dylan
John Wesley Harding

  (Item #: dylanjohnw_2002) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • A wonderful sounding original Columbia 360 Stereo pressing of this pivotal Dylan LP, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • Here is the bass, richness & vocal presence that are hard to come by on John Wesley Harding - the vinyl is about as quiet as we can find it too
  • The title track, Dear Landlord, I'll Be Your Baby Tonight, All Along the Watchtower and I Pity The Poor Immigrant are a few of the more memorable songs here
  • 5 stars: "The music is simple, direct, and melodic, providing a touchstone for the country-rock revolution that swept through rock in the late '60s."
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White Hot Stamper (With Issues)

Elton John
Elton John

  (Item #: john_elton_2002) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Stunning DEMO DISC sound throughout - Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and close to that on the first
  • An original UK pressing with sound this good is a Must Own for all right thinking audiophile record lovers, not just Elton John fans
  • No modern record ever sounded like this - these sides are HUGE, with sound that positively jumps out of the speakers
  • Some of the most remarkable string arrangements (and Tubey Magical string sound) ever recorded for a pop album
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Even with the strings and choirs that dominate the sound of the album, John manages to rock out on a fair share of the record. ...Elton John remains one of his best records."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Prince
Purple Rain

  (Item #: princpurpl_2002_1) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding copy of Prince's classic from 1984, offering solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This vintage pressing has the MIDRANGE MAGIC that’s surely missing from whatever 180g reissue has been made from the 35 year old tapes (or, to be clear, a modern digital master copied from those tapes)
  • 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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Whitney Houston
Whitney

  (Item #: houstwhitney_2002_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This KILLER Arista pressing has surprisingly natural sound for an '80s release - it earned Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to them on both sides
  • Full-bodied, big, rich and solid, this album has the kind of analog sound we did not expect to find, but were pleasantly surprised, thank goodness
  • Lot of hits here: "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)", "Didn't We Almost Have It All," "So Emotional" and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go"
  • "Whitney Houston became an international star with this album. It sold more than ten million copies around the world, yielded a string of number one hit singles across the board..."
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White Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Johnny Cash
At San Quentin

  (Item #: cash_atsan_2002) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) Shootout Winning side two and a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side one, this 360 pressing had some of the best sound we have ever heard for the album - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Forget the '70s pressings and whatever Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - if you want to hear the Tubey Magical you-are-there immediacy of Johnny Cash live in concert, this is the only way to go
  • 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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John Lennon
Plastic Ono Band

  (Item #: lennoplast_1907_10_02) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Incredible sound for this early UK pressing with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades, an excellent way to hear these amazing songs
  • Both sides here are super clean, clear and wonderfully detailed with plenty of extension on both ends
  • Working Man's Hero, Love, Mother -- these are immortal Lennon tracks, all with stunning sound on these White Hot sides
  • 5 stars: "It's an unflinching document of bare-bones despair and pain, but for all its nihilism, it is ultimately life-affirming; it is unique not only in Lennon's catalog, but in all of popular music. Few albums are ever as harrowing, difficult, and rewarding as John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band."
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John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Double Fantasy

  (Item #: lennodoubl_2002) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other Double Fantasy you've heard
  • This vintage pressing has the MIDRANGE MAGIC that’s surely missing from whatever 180g reissue has been made from the 40+ year old tapes (or, to be clear, a modern digital master copied from those tapes)
  • "John returned in the last days of 1980 with Yoko Ono at his side and a deeper understanding of life and all its complexities... The music of Double Fantasy is a testament to a man who'd conquered his demons and had the love of a good woman to carry him through, and some of it is beyond words and cannot be explained." - All Music
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White Hot Stamper

Frank Zappa
Cruising With Ruben & The Jets

  (Item #: zappacruis_1908_02) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A KILLER copy with both sides earning top honors in our recent shootout - Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Both sides here are stunning -- clean, clear and present with a big bottom end, tons of energy and lots of space around all of the players
  • It's a classic of twisted Doo-Wop that belongs in your collection. At least we think you should give it a chance anyway; hearing it sound this good might just make a believer out of you
  • The new CD - with its modernized sound and wrong-headed re-recorded rhythm tracks - is a bad joke next to the top early pressings
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Jimmy Smith
Hobo Flats

  (Item #: smithhobof_1806_7_02) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $99.99 (You save $50.00 / 33%)


  • Incredible Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last
  • Both sides are wonderfully big, rich and LIVELY, with boatloads of Tubey Magic and the kind of three-dimensional space that's a hallmark of Bob Simpson's engineering
  • "Smith bubbles and bounces through all of it at the B-3 while Nelson proceeds to fill every available corner with huge, sweeping orchestral washes and crescendos. The clear highlight, though, is the lead and title track, "Hobo Flats," which moves at a languid but wonderfully funky pace and establishes a groove as wide as the Mississippi River."
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Tom Jones
A-tom-ic Jones

  (Item #: jonesatomi_2002) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Tom Jones' sophomore release makes its Hot Stamper debut here with STUNNING Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Punchy, dynamic, transparent, spacious and musical throughout - you won't believe how big and bold the sound is on this Parrot original pressing
  • The over-the-top production for the theme song to Thunderball may be a bit much (although we love it for what it is), but the rest of the album is classic Tom Jones
  • This is what vintage '60s analog is all about, that smooth, relaxed sound that never calls attention to itself and just lets the music flow
  • " From tender ballads sung in understated style like 'Where Do You Belong' to all out rockers like 'This and That,' Jones voice and charisma shine effortlessly..."
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The Byrds
Mr. Tambourine Man

  (Item #: byrdsmrtam_2002) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding vintage Columbia pressing, earning seriously good Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Lively, balanced and vibrant, with a healthy dose of the Tubey Magical richness these recordings need in order to work
  • Listen to how breathy Jim (later Roger) McGuinn's vocals are - his vocals are key to the better sounding Byrds records
  • 5 Stars: "One of the greatest debuts in the history of rock ... nothing less than a significant step in the evolution of rock & roll itself, demonstrating that intelligent lyrical content could be wedded to compelling electric guitar riffs and a solid backbeat."
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Iron Butterfly
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

  (Item #: ironbinaga_2002) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one and a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy of the band's Magnum Opus, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, will be very hard to beat
  • You won't believe how good this copy sounds - huge and lively with rich, meaty, Tubey Magical guitars and big, punchy drums
  • The title track is clean, open, full and solid, and the vocals aren't screechy (for once!)
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The epitome of heavy psychedelic excess... the group's definitive album."
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Electric Light Orchestra
ELO 2

  (Item #: electelo2_1908_02) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Stunning sound from start to finish for this Harvest UK import with both sides earning nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades, just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • These sides are huge, rich and Tubey Magical with wonderfully breathy vocals - forget the dubby domestic LPs and whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days, this is the only way to fly on ELO 2
  • "It was as personal an effort as Lynne had ever made in music, showcasing his work as singer, songwriter, guitarist, sometime synthesizer player, and producer, and it is more focused than its predecessor... the album holds up well, and it and the single [Roll Over Beethoven] did go a long way toward getting them the beginnings of an audience in America."
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Lee Morgan
The Gigolo

  (Item #: morgagigol_1910_02) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Lee Morgan's 1968 release comes to the site with superb Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound, right up there with our shootout winner
  • Fans of The Sidewinder and Rumproller will immediately recognize this horn sound heard here - rich, big and full-bodied, with clarity and energy to spare
  • Another triumph for Rudy Van Gelder - he refined a "live-in-the-studio" jazz sound that still sounds fresh to us audiophiles more than fifty years on
  • 4 1/2 stars: "There are no weak selections on this set and the playing by the leader, Wayne Shorter on tenor, pianist Harold Mabern, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummer Billy Higgins is beyond any serious criticism."
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Eric Clapton
Behind The Sun

  (Item #: claptbehin_2002_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Clapton's 1985 release returns to the site with Nearly Triple Plus (A+++) sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • We guarantee there is dramatically more richness, fullness, vocal presence, and performance energy on this copy than others you've heard, and that's especially true if you made the mistake of buying whatever Heavy Vinyl pressing is currently on the market
  • "The level of musicianship is impressive. Additional percussion by Phil Collins and Ray Cooper help to make this one of Clapton’s most rhythmically adventurous projects to date... I recommend it to both casual and serious fans. You cannot go wrong with an album featuring such strong tracks as “She’s Waiting, “See What Love Can Do”, “Same Old Blues”, “Forever Man”, and “Just Like A Prisoner”."
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Various Artists
Woodstock (3 LPs)

  (Item #: variowoods_2002) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Woodstock returns to this site, this time with Double Plus (A++) sound on average over the course of its six sides - mostly quiet vinyl too
  • We guarantee there is dramatically more richness, fullness, vocal presence, and performance energy on this copy than others you've heard, and that's especially true if you made the mistake of buying whatever Heavy Vinyl pressing is currently on the market
  • "As potent a musical time capsule as ever existed, it captures the three-day, 1969 concert event that united close to half a million members of what came to be known as the 'Woodstock Generation'. It topped the Billboard Charts for four weeks and sold two million copies."
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The Beach Boys
Pet Sounds

  (Item #: beachpetso_2002) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • This stunning copy offers Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - reasonably 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 album, a vintage pressing like this one is the way to go
  • The Beach Boys revolutionized the popular music of the day with their genius for harmony, and a killer copy like this has their voices sounding the way they should
  • 5 stars: "The group here reached a whole new level in terms of both composition and production, layering tracks upon tracks of vocals and instruments to create a richly symphonic sound."
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Graham Nash
Wild Tales

  (Item #: nash_wildt_2002) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) Shootout Winning side one and a Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy had some of the best sound we have ever heard on Nash's underrated second album
  • The sound is Classic 1973 Analog - smooth, rich, warm and tonally correct, with real energy and the kind of natural sound that's a hallmark of the better Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young recordings
  • Filling out the band: Joni Mitchell, David Crosby, Dave Mason, Neil Young, David Lindley and too many others to list
  • "Nash speaks from his heart on Wild Tales and those that are willing to get past its sparse arrangements will be able to accept it for the masterpiece of folk-rock that it is."
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Frank Sinatra / Count Basie
It Might As Well Be Swing

  (Item #: sinatitmig_1907_10_02) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last- fairly quiet vinyl for an original Reprise pressing from this era too
  • The presence and immediacy here are staggering. Turn it up and Frank is right between your speakers, putting on the performance of a lifetime, with the Basie big band stretched out from wall to wall behind him (which is why the stereo pressings are the only way to go on these kinds of albums)
  • "A more structured, swing-oriented set than Sinatra-Basie, and in many ways the superior album... , what makes [it] more successful is the consistently high level of the performances. ...throughout this record they play with energy and vigor."
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Julie London
Make Love To Me

  (Item #: londomakel_2002) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • With Triple Plus (A+++) Shootout Winning grades or close to them on both sides, this mono copy took top honors in our first shootout in almost two years, and has the highest grades of any copy to ever hit the site
  • Thanks to superb engineering and vintage All Tube mastering, this 1957 LP is wonderfully rich and sweet, with a breathy, intimate, 31-year-old Julie London performing live in your listening room
  • It's also pressed on unusually quiet vinyl - Mint Minus Minus, with no issues to speak of - they don't come any quieter in our experience
  • 4 stars: "Julie London's concise and melodic versions of standards were quite popular during the latter half of the 1950s. Her subtle sensuality and lightly swinging style made for a potent combination."
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Myrow & Seagrave
Phantasm (OST)

  (Item #: myrowphant_2002) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • A stunning sounding copy of this Varese Sarabande TAS list record with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • These sides are clean, clear and dynamic yet still super rich and full-bodied with plenty of bottom end weight; exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • "The music by Fred Myrow and Malcolm Seagrave is properly eerie and involving." - The Hollywood Reporter
  • "Their magnificent theme is an integral component of the worldwide success of Phantasm and its several acclaimed sequels." - Liner Notes


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INXS
Kick

  (Item #: inxs_kick_2002_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • INXS's one true Masterpiece album comes to the site with a Triple Plus (A+++) side two and a Double Plus (A++) side one - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Surprisingly rich and full-bodied for 1987 - the best copies like this one really ROCK, with huge amounts of bass and gut-punching drums, courtesy of Chris Thomas' production and Bob Clearmountain's mix
  • "Kick is an impeccably crafted pop tour de force, the band succeeding at everything they try. Every track has at least a subtly different feel from what came before it; INXS freely incorporates tense guitar riffs, rock & roll anthems, swing-tinged pop/rock, string-laden balladry, danceable pop-funk, horn-driven '60s soul, '80s R&B, and even a bit of the new wave-ish sound they'd started out with."
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Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston

  (Item #: houstwhitn_2002_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding early Arista pressing, this copy earned seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades for its sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Big, full, lively and dynamic - this album has the kind of smooth, rich, tonally correct analog sound we thought they had forgotten how to record by 1985, but here it is, thank goodness
  • Consistently strong material: You Give Good Love, Saving All My Love for You, How Will I Know, All at Once, and Greatest Love of All (the last of seven (!) singles released from the album)
  • "...introduced the world to "The Voice," an octave-spanning, gravity-defying melismatic marvel."
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Grateful Dead
Steal Your Face

  (Item #: gratesteal_2002) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Killer sound for this live Dead record with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side three and close to it on sides two and four (A++ to A+++), 10 pluses in total out of 12
  • We guarantee there is dramatically more richness, fullness, vocal presence, and performance energy on this copy than others you've heard, and that's especially true if you made the mistake of buying whatever Heavy Vinyl pressing is currently on the market
  • "... newer originals such as the Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter ballads "Ship of Fools," "It Must Have Been the Roses," and the album's unmitigated gem, "Stella Blue," rate among the package's most thoughtful and lyrical moments."
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Bob Brookmeyer
The Dual Role of Bob Brookmeyer

  (Item #: brookdualr_2002) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This superb 1956 mono album makes its Hot Stamper debut with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from start to finish
  • We have never seen the original, but our retitled pressing here from 1964 will show you just how big, solid and musical this session by Rudy Van Gelder can sound
  • If you can tolerate the somewhat noisier surfaces on side two you are in for some amazing Bob Brookmeyer music with top quality sound
  • "Bob Brookmeyer plays valve trombone and piano on two songs apiece with his 1955 quartet, a group also including guitarist Jimmy Raney, bassist Teddy Kotick and drummer Mel Lewis... the music is pleasing and reasonably creative."
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Lou Donaldson
Sophisticated Lou

  (Item #: donalsophi_2002) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Lou Donaldson's 1973 release makes its Hot Stamper debut with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to last
  • Punchy and present, open and transparent - only the best Blue Note pressings let Donaldson's soulful energy come through the way it did here
  • "Supported by a lush string section, Donaldson plays sensitive, pretty versions of such familiar items as 'Stella By Starlight,' 'What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life,' 'Autumn in New York' and 'Time After Time,' plus a new reading of his 'Blues Walk' and a cover of Stevie Wonder's 'You Are the Sunshine of My Life.' ... a nice change of pace after several albums of funky soul-jazz."
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The Doobie Bros.
Takin’ It To The Streets

  (Item #: doobitakin_2002) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • You'll find insanely good Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close on both sides of this 1976 release, making it the best copy to hit the site in many years
  • With the awesome Michael McDonald contributing songs and vocals, this is the kind of Doobies album we can get behind
  • Credit must go to Donn Landee for the full-bodied, rich, smooth, oh-so-analog sound of the best pressings such as this one
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...shows off the new interplay and sounds that were to carry the group into the 1980s, with gorgeous playing and singing all around."
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Creedence Clearwater Revival
Pendulum

  (Item #: creedpendu_2002) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This Fantasy stereo pressing boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Both sides here are quite a bit richer and fuller than most with a big bottom end and solid midrange presence and energy
  • 4 stars: "John Fogerty spent time polishing the production, bringing in keyboards, horns, even a vocal choir. His songs became self-consciously serious and tighter, working with the aesthetic of the rock underground — Pendulum was constructed as a proper album, contrasting dramatically with CCR's previous records, all throwbacks to joyous early rock records where covers sat nicely next to hits and overlooked gems tucked away at the end of the second side."
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David Bowie
Station To Station

  (Item #: bowiestati_2002) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • You'll find Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides of this 1976 Art Rock Classic - these tracks are rockin' like you will not believe
  • This is a dense, difficult recording to find the right sound for, which means you really need Hot Stampers on Station to Station to enjoy it
  • Superb presence and energy - the title cut and Golden Years are wonderful here, as does the classic, radio-friendly TVC 15
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Station to Station is an avant-garde art-rock album ... its epic structure and clinical sound were an impressive, individualistic achievement, as well as a style that would prove enormously influential on post-punk."
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Eagles
On The Border

  (Item #: eagleonthe_1910_02) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A killer British SYL copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it and exceptionally QUIET vinyl for this criminally underrated California Country Rock Classic
  • If you've never heard one of these early UK pressings on the SYL white label you have simply never heard this album sound the way it should (or even close)
  • You Never Cry Like A Lover and The Best Of My Love (their first No. 1) have Glyn Johns patented DEMO DISC quality sound and then some
  • We're HUGE fans of the album here at Better Records; it's some of the most sophisticated, well-crafted, heartfelt music these guys ever made, and that's saying a lot coming from us - we've been big fans for decades
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Glenn Miller Orchestra
The Direct Disc Sound of...

  (Item #: milledirec_2002) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb pressing of a great recording with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • Great energy, but the sound is relaxed and Tubey sweet at the same time, never squawky, with plenty of extension on both ends -- that's analog for ya!
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout with both sides playing Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • This is no sleepy over-the-hill Sheffield - these guys are the real deal and they play their hearts out on this live-in-the-studio direct to disc recording
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Ornette Coleman
Ornette On Tenor

  (Item #: colemornet_1910_02) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A big, bold, KILLER sounding Atlantic pressing with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it throughout
  • Engineered by the team of Tom Dowd (whose work you surely know well) and Phil Iehle, who recorded some of Coltrane’s most iconic albums for Atlantic: Giant Steps (1960) and Coltrane Jazz (also in 1961)
  • 5 stars in Downbeat - Allmusic notes: "It's an understatement to say that Ornette Coleman's stint with Atlantic altered the jazz world forever, and Ornette on Tenor was the last of his six LPs (not counting outtakes compilations) for the label, wrapping up one of the most controversial and free-thinking series of recordings in jazz history... far ahead of its time."
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Modern Jazz Quartet
Django

  (Item #: moderdjang_1906_8_02) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER!
  • We guarantee there is dramatically more richness, fullness, vocal presence, and performance energy on this copy than others you've heard, and that's especially true if you made the mistake of buying whatever Heavy Vinyl pressing is currently on the market
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus, as quiet as they pressed them
  • 4 stars: "The MJQ maneuver with unquestionable grace, alternately supporting and soloing, each taking the reigns as the others construct their contributions around the respective soloist... it is hard to exceed the variety of styles and performances gathered on Django."
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Van Morrison
His Band And Street Choir

  (Item #: morrihisba_2002) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A stunning copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it for both sides of this great sounding Van Morrison album, a favorite of ours here at Better Records
  • The sound is full-bodied, clear, and brimming with the soulful energy of this great artist
  • The best sounding Van Morrison album, a Top 100 title, with classic 1970 Analog sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • "As "Domino" opens the album with a show of strength. "Street Choir" closes it with a burst of both musical and poetic energy which is not only better than anything else on the album but may well be one of Van's two or three finest songs." Rolling Stone
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Steely Dan
Aja

  (Item #: steelaja_2002) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • A STUNNING copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - you won't believe how BIG and BOLD the sound is!
  • Punchy, full and smooth, with the kind of rhythmic energy that brings out the jazzy funk in the music, here is the sound you always wanted Aja to have
  • A Better Records Rock and Pop Top 100 album and a true Demo Disc on an exceptional pressing like this
  • 4 1/2 stars: "With Aja, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen's obsession with sonic detail and fascination with composition reached new heights. A coolly textured and immaculately produced collection of sophisticated jazz-rock, Aja has none of the overt cynicism or self-consciously challenging music that distinguished previous Steely Dan records ... a shining example of jazz-rock at its finest. "
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Rod Stewart
Every Picture Tells A Story

  (Item #: stewaevery_2002) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding pressing boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - a sonic powerhouse and Demo Disc par excellence - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • If you're a fan of BIG DRUMS in a BIG ROOM, with jump-out-of-the-speakers sound, this is the album for you - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • A Top 100 album, and Rod's best music and best recording by far - nothing can touch it
  • 5 stars: "It's a beautiful album, one that has the timeless qualities of the best folk, yet one that rocks harder than most pop music — few rock albums are quite this powerful or this rich."
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Grateful Dead
Wake Of The Flood

  (Item #: gratewakeo_1904_9_02) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Stunning sound throughout with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides and vinyl that is about as quiet as we can find
  • This original pressing has the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records cannot even BEGIN to reproduce
  • A difficult album to find audiophile quality sound for, this is one of the best copies to ever hit the site
  • "Wake of the Flood was certainly as good - if not arguably better than - most of their previous non-live efforts."
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Prince
Purple Rain

  (Item #: princpurpl_2002) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A stunning copy of Prince's legendary 1984 release, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • These KILLER sides are 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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The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely...

  (Item #: beatlsgtpe_2002) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides and exceptionally quiet vinyl, this pressing is guaranteed to smoke any copy of the album you've heard
  • 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, not remixed and not remastered
  • Most pressings - especially the new ones - have nothing approaching the Tubey Magic, space and energy of this LP
  • A Better Records Top 100 - "It's possible to argue that there are better Beatles albums, yet no album is as historically important as this."
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Sarah Vaughan
After Hours At The London House

  (Item #: vaughafter_london_2002) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Vaughan's 1959 live album finally arrives on the site with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • No other copy could touch this pressing for warmth, richness, and, most especially, vocal intimacy and in-the-room presence
  • The multiple takes Sarah Vaughan does on Thanks for the Memory here blows my mind to this very day - pull it up on youtube and hear it for yourself
  • "... the producers invited a small group of friends and well-wishers to another Chicago club, London House, for an after-hours session. Vaughan expanded her trio with a quartet of Count Basie titans, including trumpeter Thad Jones and tenor Frank Wess, and... decided to record a set that, in true after-hours fashion, was completely improvised."
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The Curtis Counce Group
Volume 1 - Landslide

  (Item #: counclands_2002) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This superb 1956 release makes its Hot Stamper debut here with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • The clarity and transparency on this vintage pressing are wonderful, but more importantly it's the unerringly correct tonality that's most impressive when you play these real Contemporary pressings against the competition
  • Yet another amazing All Tube Contemporary recording from Roy DuNann and Lester Koenig at the beginning of the stereo era
  • 4 1/2 stars: "During 1956-1957, bassist Curtis Counce led an excellent Los Angeles-based hard bop quintet... All of Counce's recordings are well-worth getting by collectors [and especially audiophiles] interested in 1950s straight-ahead jazz [with top quality sound]."
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Ry Cooder
Paradise and Lunch

  (Item #: coodeparad_2002) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • You'll feel like you are right in the studio with Ry and his top-notch crew as they kick out the jams, the sound is so present, rich, full-bodied and transparent
  • I can’t think of another Ry Cooder album with such consistently good material, or better sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Like his three previous records, Paradise and Lunch is filled with treasures which become part of a world where eras and styles converge without ever sounding forced or contrived... Eclectic, intelligent, and thoroughly entertaining, Paradise and Lunch remains Ry Cooder's masterpiece."
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Ry Cooder
Into the Purple Valley

  (Item #: coodeintot_1905_9_02ex) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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The Beatles
Abbey Road

  (Item #: beatlabbey_2002) 

Our Price: $749.99

  • An exceptional copy of The Beatles' last and arguably greatest album, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Here's an Abbey Road that's big, rich, sweet and present, with strong energy, wonderfully breathy vocals and huge guitars
  • If you've heard the disastrous new pressing, then you know how important it is to play a real, vintage, analog pressing
  • A copy this good might just give you a new appreciation for one of the Greatest Rock Albums of All Time
  • 5 Stars, a permanent member of the Better Records Top 100, and a Desert Island Disc if ever there was one
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Derek and the Dominos
Layla

  (Item #: dereklayla_2002_1) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • Absolutely KILLER with all four sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to them - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • We guarantee there is dramatically more richness, fullness, vocal presence, and performance energy on this copy than others you've heard, and that's especially true if you own whatever Heavy Vinyl pressing is currently on the market, made from who-knows-what tapes
  • One of the most difficult albums to find great sound for, but the music makes it worth all the time and trouble we spent finding this pressing
  • 5 stars: "What really makes Layla such a powerful record is that Clapton, ignoring the traditions that occasionally painted him into a corner, simply tears through these songs with burning, intense emotion."
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Neil Young
Neil Young

  (Item #: youngneily_1901_7_1_) 

Our Price: $199.99
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  • This vintage pressing of Neil Young's solo debut has superb Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last
  • Surely one of Neil's toughest to find with top quality sonics, but here it is, sounding rich, warm and clear
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl for any early Neil Young album, especially this one - it's rare to find one in audiophile playing condition
  • "...a flowing tributary from the over-all Springfield river of twangs, breathless vocals and slim yet stout instrumentation. Especially vivid is Young's sense of melancholy and the ingenious clusters of images he employs in his lyrics (printed in full)."
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Bonnie Raitt
Luck of the Draw

  (Item #: raittlucko_2002) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better sounding copies we played in our recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • We guarantee there is dramatically more richness, fullness, vocal presence, and performance energy on this copy than others you've heard, and that's especially true if you made the mistake of buying whatever Heavy Vinyl pressing is currently on the market
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Luck of the Draw is nothing if it isn't Nick of Time, Pt. 2... [it's] an unqualified success, filled with strong songs -- including the hits "Something to Talk About" and "I Can't Make You Love Me..."
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Steely Dan
Can't Buy A Thrill

  (Item #: steelcantb_1910_02) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An absolutely amazing sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first - pretty quiet vinyl too
  • Big, bold and Tubey Magical, with guitars and vocals that will jump out of your speakers, this is absolutely the right sound for Steely Dan's auspicious debut, with a side two that has everything going for it and then some
  • "Walter Becker and Donald Fagen were remarkable craftsmen from the start, as Steely Dan's debut illustrates. Each song is tightly constructed, with interlocking chords and gracefully interwoven melodies, buoyed by clever, cryptic lyrics."
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Mel Torme
I Dig The Duke - I Dig The Count

  (Item #: tormeidigd_2002_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner - relatively quiet vinyl too
  • This may not be one of Mel's better known albums, but we found it to be prime Velvet Fog, right up there with the best of his work auditioned to date - if you haven't heard the man in his prime, this is a great place to start
  • Val Valentin did the engineering - as he often did over the course of his long and storied career, he knocked this one out of the park
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Recorded with the Johnny Mandel Orchestra at sessions in Los Angeles, it includes one half Duke Ellington and one half Count Basie... With all these things going for it, how can Tormé do wrong?"
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Gordon Lightfoot
Summertime Dream

  (Item #: lightsummertime_2002_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other Summertime Dream you've heard - relatively quiet vinyl too
  • We guarantee there is dramatically more richness, fullness, vocal presence, and performance energy on this copy than others you've heard, and that's especially true if you made the mistake of buying whatever Heavy Vinyl pressing is currently on the market
  • 4 1/2 stars: "With Summertime Dream, Gordon Lightfoot produced one of his finest albums, and wrapped up a six-year period of popularity... Lightfoot and his band deliver a tasty smorgasbord of intelligent, grown-up music. As for "Edmund Fitzgerald," its continued popularity more than 20 years after its release attests to the power of a well-told tale and a tasty guitar lick."
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Bill Evans
Conception

  (Item #: evansconce_2002) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on three sides and an actual Triple Plus (A+++) side one, this copy is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner
  • You'd be hard-pressed to find a copy that's this well balanced, big and lively, with wonderful clarity in the mids and highs
  • 4 stars: "Even in 1956, Evans had his own chord voicings and a lyrical yet swinging style... A strong start to a significant career."
  • "In addition, there is a full album of previously unreleased music: an alternate take of "No Cover, No Minimum," an unaccompanied version of "Some Other Time" from 1958 and four solo pieces that Evans cut in 1962, his first recordings after the tragic death of his bassist Scott LaFaro."
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Tears For Fears
Songs From The Big Chair

  (Item #: tearssongs_2002_1_) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent early British pressing, with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Rich, spacious and lively, with an open, extended top end - this is the sound you want from Tears for Fears
  • More great songs than practically anything from the '80s - Shout, Everybody Wants To Rule The World and Head Over Heels, just to name a few
  • "It is not only a commercial triumph, it is an artistic tour de force. And in the loping, percolating "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," Tears for Fears perfectly captured the zeitgeist of the mid-'80s while impossibly managing to also create a dreamy, timeless pop classic. Songs From the Big Chair is one of the finest statements of the decade."
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Pink Floyd
Dark Side Of The Moon

  (Item #: pinkfdarks_2002) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • With two stunning sounding sides, each rating a Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++), this mindblowing recording is guaranteed to rock your world
  • HUGE, room-filling, hi-definition sound with all the Tubey Magic you could ever hope to hear, and on quiet vinyl to boot!
  • Just listen to how clear the clocks are on Time, how breathy the vocals are on Breathe, how textured the synthesizers are and how silky the top end is from the beginning of the album all the way to the end
  • A Top 100 album (Top Ten actually) and Demo Disc to rival the most amazing sounding records of all time
  • 5 stars: "...what gives the album true power is the subtly textured music... no other record defines [Pink Floyd] quite as well as this one."
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Leonard Cohen
Live Songs

  (Item #: cohenlives_1903_9_02) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding early pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides and reasonably quiet vinyl
  • We did a big shootout for this album, compiled from shows in 1970 and 1972, and the sound on this LP was excellent
  • Drop the needle anywhere and you'll notice the impressive immediacy to the vocals, the clear transients on the guitars - Cohen's voice sounds just right, deep and gravely
  • In addition, this vintage pressing has the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records rarely begin to reproduce - that sound is gone and it sure isn't showing any sign of coming back
  • "... 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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Joni Mitchell
For The Roses

  (Item #: mitchforth_1902_7_10_02) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This outstanding copy of Joni Mitchell's fifth studio album boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Incredibly rich, warm and natural with real immediacy to Joni's vocals, and Tubey Magic for days, this pressing was doing it all right
  • One of the best sounding Joni records, on a par with Court and Spark and Blue - fine company indeed
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The lyrics here are among Mitchell's best, continuing in the vein of gripping honesty and heartfelt depth exhibited on Blue.... More than a bridge between great albums, this excellent disc is a top-notch listen in its own right."
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Thelonious Monk
It's Monk's Time

  (Item #: monk_itsmo_1908_02) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Superb Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish for this original 360 label pressing, coming in right behind our even more amazing Shootout Winner
  • We guarantee there is dramatically more richness, fullness, presence, and performance energy on this copy than others you've heard, and that's especially true if you made the mistake of buying whatever Heavy Vinyl pressing is currently on the market
  • AMG raves it "contains some of the best -- if not arguably the best -- studio sides that the pianist cut during his final years as a recording musician..."
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Van Morrison
Wavelength

  (Item #: morriwavel_2002) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner
  • Richer, warmer and bigger than practically all of the other copies we played, here is the kind of analog smoothness that's essential to the sound of Morrison's music
  • His biggest selling album to date? Seems hard to believe but that's what is says on Wikipedia - it went gold in 3 months
  • Time magazine raved: "Morrison has made two, maybe three albums that rank high among the finest of all rock 'n' roll. Wavelength is good enough to stand close by Morrison's best work, a record of sinuous, sensuous magic. The man just can't be beat."
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Holst / The Planets / Previn / LSO

  (Item #: holstplane_emi_2002) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides, this early EMI pressing is guaranteed to be the best pressing of Holst's Magnum Opus, The Planets you have ever played - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Orchestral power like practically no other music on vinyl you may have heard, and Previn's and the LSO's performances are without peer in our estimation
  • These sides are rich, clear and dynamic, with weighty brass, and the kind of dynamic power that lefts the energy level right into space
  • A TAS List Super Disc, with a performance that's as spectacular as the recording by the two Christophers
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Led Zeppelin
In Through The Out Door

  (Item #: ledzeinthr_2002) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides of this outstanding copy of Zep's final release - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • It's all here: huge amounts of rock-solid bass, grungy guitars, breathy, natural vocals, and jump out of the speakers presence and energy
  • Fool In The Rain and All My Love are two of the best, and best sounding, tracks on the album
  • "The album's opening number, 'In the Evening,' with its stomping rhythms and heavy, staggered riffs, suggests that Zeppelin haven't deviated from their course, but by the time the rolling shuffle of 'South Bound Suarez' kicks into gear, it's apparent that they've regained their sense of humor."
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Grateful Dead
Shakedown Street

  (Item #: grateshake_2002) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This original Arista LP earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • You'll have a hard time finding a copy that sounds remotely as good as this one does
  • Midrange magic that’s no doubt missing from whatever 180g reissue has been made from the tapes (or, to be clear, a modern digital master copied from who-knows-what-tapes)
  • Grateful Dead fans and completists will surely want to add this to their collection - it's As Good As It Gets
  • "The rough-edged blues of "I Need a Miracle" and the Caribbean-tinged "Fire On the Mountain" would become set list staples, and their Latin-flavored version of The Rascals' '60s rock classic "Good Lovin'" is one of the band's most beloved covers." Amazon
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Bill Evans
You Must Believe In Spring

  (Item #: evansyoumu_2002) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This outstanding copy of Bill Evans' posthumous release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl for this title too
  • Both sides here are lively, dynamic and full-bodied - there's real weight to the piano, always critically important on the piano recordings we play
  • An exceptionally well-recorded album, especially the piano, thanks to Al Schmitt
  • 4 stars: "This well-rounded set (released posthumously) features the highly influential pianist Bill Evans in a set of typically sensitive trio performances... It's a solid example of the great pianist's artistry."
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The Cars
The Cars

  (Item #: cars_cars_2002) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With superb Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides, this is a killer copy of The Cars' debut album - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • You may have heard these songs a million times, but you'll be shocked at just how much better they sound on this very pressing
  • A Better Records Top 100 title, the band's masterpiece, and a New Wave Must Own Classic from 1978
  • 5 stars: "Whereas most bands of the late '70s embraced either punk/new wave or hard rock, the Cars were one of the first bands to do the unthinkable — merge the two styles together. With flawless performances, songwriting, and production (courtesy of Queen alumnus Roy Thomas Baker), the Cars' debut remains one of rock's all-time classics."
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The Band
The Last Waltz

  (Item #: band_lastw_2002) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • The Band's second live album returns with outstanding Double Plus (A++) Hot Stamper sound or close to it on all SIX sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Rich, dynamic and natural sounding with low end weight, midrange smoothness and powerful, punchy bass
  • Features an A-list of brilliant artists, including Van Morrison, Ringo Star, Joni Mitchell, and Muddy Waters, just to name a few
  • 4 stars: "It's the Band's "special guests" who really make this set stand out -- Muddy Waters' ferocious version of "Mannish Boy" would have been a wonder from a man half his age, Van Morrison sounds positively joyous on "Caravan," Neil Young and Joni Mitchell do well for their Canadian brethren, and Bob Dylan's closing set finds him in admirably loose and rollicking form."
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Talking Heads
Stop Making Sense

  (Item #: talkistopm_2002) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it throughout
  • Both sides are big, bold and dynamic, with the kind of energy that you rarely find outside the live event
  • ""A bona fide classic," opined Neil Jeffries in a five-star review of the reissue for Empire, "a perfectly measured snapshot of a widely loved and respected band playing at the height of their powers ... No other band could do this. No other music movie soundtrack sounds this good."" Wikipedia
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Leroy Vinnegar Sextet
Leroy Walks!

  (Item #: vinneleroy_2002) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Leroy Vinnegar's debut album finally arrives on the site with a KILLER Triple Plus (A+++) on side two and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) on side one
  • 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 bad boy's side two, 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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Cannonball Adderley
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy!

  (Item #: addermercy_1910_02) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Exceptional Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this 1965 release, one of the better copies from our shootout
  • One of the man's most enjoyable albums - the sound here is bigger and livelier than most, and above all it's balanced, avoiding many of the problems we heard on other pressings
  • Joe Zawinul (Weather Report) wrote the title song, which became a big hit for Adderley (and later The Buckinghams), and he plays on the album
  • 5 Stars: "Adderley's irrepressible exuberance was a major part of his popularity, and no document captures that quality as well -- or with such tremendous musical rewards -- as Mercy, Mercy, Mercy."
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The Faces
Long Player

  (Item #: faceslongp_1702_2002) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An excellent copy with Double Plus (A++) live-in-the-studio sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too, as quiet a copy as we have ever played!
  • This Green Label original pressing conveys the raw power of one of the hardest rockin' bands of all time like nothing you've heard
  • 5 stars in Allmusic and probably the Faces' Best Album, for both sound and music - Maybe I'm Amazed sung by Rod Stewart? Hell yeah!
  • "...a ferocious rock & roll band who, on their best day, could wrestle the title of greatest rock & roll band away from the Stones."
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Count Basie
April In Paris

  (Item #: basieapril_1910_02) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • April in Paris makes its Hot Stamper debut with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound fon this vintage mono pressing
  • This pressing showed us the sound we were looking for - big, bold, full-bodied mono, the kind they knew how to record in 1957
  • Here is the MIDRANGE MAGIC that’s surely missing from whatever modern reissue has been made from the 60+ year old tapes (or, to be clear, a modern digital master copied from those tapes)
  • 5 stars: "April in Paris is one of those rare albums that makes its mark as an almost instant classic in the jazz pantheon... The title track has come to define elegance in orchestral jazz... Recorded in 1955 and 1956, April in Paris proved Count Basie's ability to grow through modern jazz changes while keeping the traditional jazz orchestra vital and alive."
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Joan Baez
Joan Baez in Concert

  (Item #: baez_joan_baez_in_concert_2002) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Joan's live release from 1962 makes its Hot Stamper debut here with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • We just did a big shootout for this album, compiled from different shows Baez performed in 1962, and we're pleased to report that the sound was SUPERB on both sides of this early stereo Vanguard pressing
  • So transparent, open, and spacious - nuances and subtleties that may have gone unnoticed are now revealed as never before
  • 4 stars: "In Concert, Pt. 1 captures the undisputed queen of folk music at the onset of her fabled career... The exhaustive selection of material represents her diverse influences... Baez's performances still retain freshness and vitality after four [make that five] decades."
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Stevie Ray Vaughan
The Sky Is Crying

  (Item #: vaughskyis_2002) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this killer copy of The Sky Is Crying - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Some of the most blistering performances of electric blues we have ever had the pleasure of rocking out to
  • Hands down the best sounding SRV recording - Little Wing is an absolute MONSTER and an unbelievable Demo Disc track
  • 4 stars: "Doing away with vocals, Vaughan augments Hendrix’s concise two-and-a-half minute original, turning the track into a nearly seven-minute-long electric tour de force. The cover would earn Vaughan his sixth Grammy, for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, in 1992."
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Bob Dylan
Highway 61 Revisited

  (Item #: dylanhighw_1907_10_02) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb 360 Stereo pressing of Dylan's 1965 release with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides, right up there with our Shootout Winner
  • Live-in-Your-Listening-Room sound throughout - guaranteed miles beyond any copy you've ever heard
  • 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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Alice Cooper
Welcome to My Nightmare

  (Item #: coopewelco_2002) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Alice Cooper's debut solo album finally arrives on the site with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides
  • This one is killer - it's lively and rich, with plenty of deep punchy bass, a nicely extended top and a huge three-dimensional soundfield
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... a concept album tied into the story line of the highly theatrical concert tour he launched soon after the album's release... there's plenty of fist-pumping rock to go around."
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The Kinks
Lola Versus Powerman...

  (Item #: kinkslolav_2002) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Here's a rare one - with a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one (where Lola can be found) and a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy will be very hard to beat - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • You get dramatically more presence, more Tubey Magic, excellent transparency and tons of energy and presence on these great sides
  • It's hard to find clean early Kinks pressings, which is the reason you rarely see this title on the site, and it's even tougher to find ones like this that actually sound good and have audiophile quality surfaces
  • 4 1/2 stars: A "dazzling tour de force that reveals Ray's artistic strengths"
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