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Ry Cooder
Chicken Skin Music

  (Item #: coodechick_1812) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy was one of the best we played in our recent shootout
  • Here is that live-in-the-studio quality that we rave about, on this very copy - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • The exceptional transparency and resolution let you appreciate even the most subtle details of the unusually wide variety of instruments Ry and his bandmates play
  • 4 stars: "As he explains in the album's liner notes, Cooder understands the connection between these seemingly disparate styles. This is not merely eclecticism for its own sake. Chicken Skin Music is probably Ry Cooder's most eccentric record since his first, but it's also one of his most entertaining."
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Eric Clapton
461 Ocean Boulevard

  (Item #: clapt461oc_1809_1812) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An outstanding UK pressing two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides or Better - guaranteed to handily beat any copy you've heard before, quiet vinyl too
  • Big and full-bodied with wonderfully breathy vocals, tons of energy and virtually none of the smear that plagues so many copies
  • As good as the best domestic pressings can be, these British LPs seem to capture more of the 461 magic than they do
  • "...the pop concessions on the album don't detract from the rootsy origins of the material, whether it's Johnny Otis' "Willie and the Hand Jive," the traditional blues "Motherless Children," Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff," or Clapton's emotional original "Let It Grow." "
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Steely Dan
Katy Lied

  (Item #: steelkatyl_1808_1812) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding original copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides
  • The sound is HUGE - big, bold, dynamic, and lively, just the way you want The Dan to sound
  • Our pick for the best Dan album of them all, a Masterpiece of jazzy swing pop that will surely reward hundreds of plays
  • 5 stars: "Each song is given a glossy sheen, one that accentuates not only the stronger pop hooks, but also the precise technical skill of the professional musicians drafted to play the solos."
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Yes
The Yes Album

  (Item #: yes__yesal_1812) 

Our Price: $549.99

  • A Big As Life copy with Triple Plus (A+++) grades on both sides - the sound is MASSIVE
  • Parts of the album are nothing less than startling in their Prog Rock Power - Starship Trooper is insane here
  • As big and bold as any rock record out there!
  • A Top 100 Album and the band's best sounding record if you ask us (although Fragile can sound 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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Creedence Clearwater Revival
Green River

  (Item #: creedgreen_1806_1812) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Insanely good CCR sound, with a superb Triple Plus (A+++) side one mated to an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side two
  • This vintage pressing, especially on this shootout winning side one, demonstrates just how spacious, lively and REAL the Green River can sound - exceptionally QUIET vinyl too
  • An essential, Must Own for every Classic Rock collection, this LP includes some of the band's biggest hits: Green River and Bad Moon Rising, Lodi, Wrote a Song for Everyone and plenty more
  • 5 stars " CCR's third album Green River represents the full flower of their classic sound initially essayed on its predecessor, Bayou Country."
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James Taylor
Sweet Baby James

  (Item #: taylosweet_1812) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • An amazingly good sounding pressing from start to finish: Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout
  • Just listen to all that lovely echo - it's a dead giveaway that both sides have resolving power far beyond other copies you may have heard
  • A Top 100 Title, inarguably a Masterpiece - Fire and Rain and Suite for 20 G (one of JT's All Time Best) are out of this world
  • 5 Stars: "Sweet Baby James launched not only Taylor's career as a pop superstar but also the entire singer/songwriter movement of the early '70s that included Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Jackson Browne, Cat Stevens, and others..."
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Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin III

  (Item #: ledze3_1812) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • With an insanely good Triple Plus (A+++) side one and an excellent Double Plus (A++) side two , 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
  • 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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Gene Ammons
The Gene Ammons Story: Gentle Jug

  (Item #: ammongenea_1804_1812) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish for this Moodsville Classic - on fairly quiet vinyl too!
  • These two killer Rudy Van Gelder recordings capture the truly wonderful sound of Ammons' smooth, rich, breathy, bluesy sax
  • We love the reverb RVG placed on the drums here - it's sounds just right for a classic jazz album from the '60s
  • "...the tradition of the tenor ballad was fully defined by Gene Ammons and Ben Webster... this [album] is the source of a tradition. One of the absolute necessities to any jazz collection."
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Stanley Turrentine
Sugar

  (Item #: turresugar_1807_1812) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last, this copy is rich, musical and, above all, enjoyable
  • A dynamic and energetic recording by Rudy Van Gelder that really jumps on a copy like this
  • With top talent like Freddie Hubbard and George Benson, you will have a hard time finding a funkier Soul Jazz record
  • AMG raves: " If jazz fans are interested in Turrentine beyond the Blue Note period — and they should be — this is a heck of a place to listen for satisfaction."
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John Coltrane
Standard Coltrane

  (Item #: coltrstand_1804_1812) 

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


  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this remarkable vintage reissue, remastered correctly
  • Big, lively, present and dynamic, this is a killer '58 Rudy Van Gelder Golden Age recording that sounds the way it should
  • Should easily qualify as one of the better sounding Coltrane albums you've ever heard
  • Down Beat gives it Four Stars - it's another fine example of Coltrane's unique take on classic material
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Miles Davis
Kind of Blue

  (Item #: daviskindo_1812_2) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An outstanding Black Print 360 stereo pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last, guaranteed to handily beat any copy you've ever heard
  • KOB is the purest embodiment of the big-as-life, spacious and timbrally accurate 30th Street Studio Sound Fred Plaut was justly famous for
  • Clarity and transparency, correct tonality, and in-the-room immediacy are a few of the many qualities to be found on this copy - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 5 stars: "Kind of Blue isn't merely an artistic highlight for Miles Davis, it's an album that towers above its peers, a record generally considered as the definitive jazz album, a universally acknowledged standard of excellence."
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Frank Sinatra and Count Basie
Sinatra At The Sands

  (Item #: sinatatthe_1812_1) 

Our Price: $699.99

  • A truly KILLER pressing of one of the greatest live albums of all time, recorded late at night in the big room at the Sands in Vegas
  • With all four sides rating a Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it, the sound here is incredibly big and bold with superb clarity and energy
  • This is Basie and Sinatra in their natural habitat and in their prime performing years, putting on the show of a lifetime
  • "Basie and the orchestra are swinging and dynamic, inspiring a textured, dramatic, and thoroughly enjoyable performance from Sinatra ... the definitive portrait of Frank Sinatra in the '60s." - AMG
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Miles Davis
Bitches Brew

  (Item #: davisbitch_1803_1812) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This pair of vintage 360 pressings earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on all four sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is spacious and real, a clear step up from any Red Label copy we played (and many of the 360s to be sure)
  • Miles is joined by a litany of greats including Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Billy Cobham, Joe Zawinul, John McLaughlin, et al., all of whom would go on to pursue this style of jazz for decades to come
  • 5 Stars: "Thought by many to be the most revolutionary album in jazz history, having virtually created the genre known as jazz-rock fusion..."
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Elton John
Elton John

  (Item #: john_elton_1812) 

Our Price: $749.99

  • Stunning DEMO DISC sound throughout with both sides earning a Triple Plus (A+++) for sound
  • This is a recording like practically no other -- these sides are BIG and BOLD 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
  • No marks that play! This is about as quiet as they come these days, most copies are absolutely beat
  • Allmusic 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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Miles Davis
Seven Steps to Heaven

  (Item #: davisseven_1812) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A stunning early Stereo White Print 360 pressing, with a Triple Plus (A+++) Shootout winning side two and a superb Double Plus (A++) side one
  • The brilliance of this 30th street is out of this world (especially on side two) - full-bodied, Tubey Magical, and spacious beyond belief
  • The clarity, transparency, and freedom from smear and distortion really set these better pressings apart from the pack
  • "Some of his most introspective, romantic ballad playing"
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Chuck Mangione
Feels So Good

  (Item #: mangifeels_1812) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • An outstanding copy of Mangione's 1977 release, with Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • The overall sound is big and bold with a rock solid bottom end and plenty of space around all of the instruments
  • The title track comes alive here in a way that most copies barely hint at
  • "... stronger from the jazz standpoint than Mangione's subsequent dates."
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Crosby, Stills and Nash
CSN

  (Item #: crosbcsn_1812) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish; the first White Hot copy to hit the site in over two years!
  • The overall sound here is big, full-bodied, clean, clear and open with a punchy bottom end and tons of presence-- a HUGE step up from most copies
  • Fairly quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • 4 stars: "It has held up remarkably well, both as a memento of its time, and as a thoroughly enjoyable musical work."
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Muddy Waters
The London Muddy Waters Sessions

  (Item #: waterlondo_1812) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding copy boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from first note to last
  • The sound here is incredibly big and bold with excellent clarity, deep punchy bass and wonderfully full vocals
  • The London Muddy Waters Sessions won the 1972 Grammy Award for Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording!
  • A great lineup: Rory Gallagher, Steve Winwood and Mitch Mitchell all feature here
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Steely Dan
Countdown to Ecstasy

  (Item #: steelcount_1812) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • This shootout winning copy has stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish; fairly quiet vinyl too!
  • Show Biz Kids, My Old School, Pearl of the Quarter and King of the World are As Good As It Gets on this pressing
  • The richest and clearest we played all day - this is the sound that lets the only real rock album this band ever made actually ROCK
  • 5 Stars: "...its eight songs are rich with either musical or lyrical detail that their album rock or art rock contemporaries couldn't hope to match."
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Electric Light Orchestra
Face The Music

  (Item #: electfacet_1812) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A stunning Triple Plus (A+++) side one backed with a solid Double Plus (A++) side two
  • Both sides here are super big, full-bodied, clear and open with plenty of bottom end weight
  • You probably know most of these songs, even if you don't recognize the titles (Waterfall, One Summer Dream)
  • "The soulful 'Evil Woman' was one of the most respectable chart hits of its era, and one of the best songs that Lynne ever wrote (reportedly in 30 minutes), while 'Strange Magic' showed off his writing in a more ethereal vein."
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Talking Heads
Fear of Music

  (Item #: talkifearo_1812) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A stunning sounding copy of the Talking Heads' killer third LP with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides
  • I'd be hard-pressed to name another group from the era who put out more groundbreaking yet accessible records than the Talking Heads
  • Producer Brian Eno wasn't shy about adding multiple layers of effects and processing; the texture of Eno's synthesizers gives the music depth and character
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...the music is becoming denser and more driving... with lyrics that match the music's power... its better songs are as good as any Talking Heads ever did"
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Yes
Fragile

  (Item #: yes__fragi_1812) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • Astonishing Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides - Roundabout and Long Distance Runaround will blow your mind
  • Superb clarity, ZERO smear, astonishing transparency thanks to Eddie Offord's superb engineering
  • AMG 5 stars, our Top 100, and the second of the band's three Must Own Prog Rock Masterpieces*
  • "Fragile was Yes' breakthrough album... it also marked the point where all of the elements of the music (and more) that would define their success for more than a decade fell into place fully formed."
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Dr. John
In The Right Place

  (Item #: drjohinthe_1812) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • 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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Neil Young
Zuma

  (Item #: youngzuma_1812) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • Insanely good Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it throughout, making this a KILLER copy that will FLOOR Neil Young fans
  • Zuma captures a kind of garage band purity that makes practically any other studio album you own sound phony in comparison
  • For a hard-rockin' Neil Young album with Demonstration Quality sound, you'll have a hard time finding a better choice than a killer copy of Zuma
  • A Top 100 album, and a true Demo Disc - drop the needle on Danger Bird or Cortez the Killer and prepare to have your mind blown!
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The Rolling Stones
Their Satanic Majesties Request

  (Item #: rollitheir_1810_1812) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This elusive Rolling Stones classic has solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Before the raging bluesy rock of Beggars Banquet and Let It Bleed, with loads of psychedelic madness, this is some crazy Stones music, and a lot of fun on a pressing as good sounding as this one
  • You get some real Stones classics as well - Citadel, 2000 Man, and 2000 Light Years From Home, to name a few
  • "Never before or since did the Stones take so many chances in the studio..." - All Music
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The Police
Zenyatta Mondatta

  (Item #: policzenya_1810_1812) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • This copy is a monster, with both sides earning our top grade of Triple Plus (A+++)
  • The sound is big, bold and lively with the kind of powerful bottom end that brings out the best in The Police
  • This album is an absolute classic -- it leads off with Don't Stand So Close To Me and never lets up
  • 5 Stars: "Zenyatta contains perhaps the quintessential new wave anthem, the haunting 'Don't Stand So Close to Me'... Zenyatta Mondatta remains one of the finest rock albums of all time."
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The Police
Reggatta de Blanc

  (Item #: policregga_1802_1812) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With two Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning sides, this import took top honors in our recent shootout - quiet vinyl too
  • Along with Ghost in the Machine, we think this album captures The Police at their songwriting and performing peak
  • Sting’s pulsing bass lines and the massive assault of Copeland’s kick really come to life here - you won't believe how BIG and powerful the bass is on this record
  • "Reggatta de Blanc stands the test of time as one of the greatest albums of the post-punk and new wave era, improving in almost every way upon The Police's debut album."
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The Police
Outlandos d’Amour

  (Item #: policoutla_1801_1812) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding UK pressing, boasting excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and quiet vinyl
  • SO much better than any domestic pressing - here is the spaciousness, clarity and resolution that no American copy can offer
  • Until we discovered the right import pressings of this album we had no idea that it could sound remotely as good as it does here
  • Packed with hits - Roxanne, So Lonely, Can't Stand Losing You - and they are all rockin' like crazy
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...a set of strong, adrenaline-charged rock, albeit with a reggae tinge... unquestionably one of the finest debuts to come out of the '70s punk/new wave movement."
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Billie Holiday
Lady In Satin

  (Item #: holidladyi_1802_1812) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and reasonably quiet vinyl, this Billie Holiday classic will be hard to beat
  • Dramatically richer, fuller and more Tubey Magical than most, with breathy vocals and rosiny, fairly smooth strings
  • I'm a Fool to Want You on this copy may just send chills racing up and down your spine
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Lady Day herself said that this session was her personal favorite."
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Prince
Purple Rain

  (Item #: princpurpl_1812_1) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • With two Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning sides, this copy is As Good As It Gets
  • This copy was just BIGGER and RICHER than 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 - but here they are!
  • 5 Stars and "... a stunning statement of purpose that remains one of the most exciting rock & roll albums ever recorded." - All Music
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Fleetwood Mac
Future Games

  (Item #: fleetfutur_1812) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An awesome pressing with Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades on both sides, just shy of our shootout winner
  • You'll find HUGE sound on this copy - it's big, bold and lively - this is clearly the right sound for Future Games; fairly quiet vinyl too!
  • Fleetwood Mac practically invented Space Rock, which reached its apotheosis in 1973 on Mystery to Me (my favorite by the band)
  • A criminally underrated album unlike anything you've heard and a Better Records favorite for more than 40 years
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Rimsky-Korsakov
The Tale of Tsar Saltan

  (Item #: rimsktaleo_6012_1812) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding copy of the complete Tsar Saltan, with solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • This pressing has everything a top Golden Age Orchestral recording should have - all the magic, timbral and harmonic subtlety, sweetness and warmth, and all the Tubey Magical richness
  • It's so rich and real, with huge whomp factor down low, as well as clear, uncolored brass and robust lower strings
  • Finally, HERE is the kind of sound that can bring an orchestra to life in your very own listening room
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Sarah Vaughan
Golden Hits

  (Item #: vaughgolde_1812) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with each side rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or BETTER
  • Only the second copy to hit the site in over a year, with breathy, natural vocal reproduction full of presence and texture
  • Surprisingly dynamic on both sides - this is Sarah in her prime
  • A good overview of her best Mercury recordings, dating from 1954-58
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Dr. John
Desitively Bannaroo

  (Item #: drjohdesit_1812) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • Both sides here are rich, lively, clear, and full-bodied with plenty of Tubey Magic and deep punchy bass
  • The album was produced by Allen Toussaint and features sizable musical support from The Meters
  • "Despite the absence of a standout song ("Mos' Scocious" is a great readymade) it's more fun than Right Place, Wrong Time." - Robert Christgau
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Johnny Cash
At San Quentin

  (Item #: cash_atsan_1812) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A great sounding vintage 360 pressing of a legendary live album - this copy earned Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • Full, rich, lively and clean - Johnny Cash gets the sonic treatment he deserves here; fairly quiet vinyl too!
  • 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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Paul McCartney
McCartney

  (Item #: mccarmccar_1804_1812) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This copy of McCartney's Masterpiece boasts an incredible Triple Plus (A+++) side two backed with an excellent Double Plus (A++) side one
  • It's big, rich and full-bodied with a massive bottom end, lots of presence and the kind of spatiality that can fill your entire listening room
  • Record Collector highlighted "Every Night", "Junk" and "Maybe I'm Amazed" as songs that "still sound absolutely effortless and demonstrate the man's natural genius with a melody."
  • A Top 100 pick and Paul McCartney's One and Only Masterpiece - a Must Own when it sounds this good!
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King Crimson
The Young Persons' Guide To King Crimson

  (Item #: kingcyoung_1808_1812) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Outstanding sound from first note to last for this British Island original with each side earning a grade of Double Plus (A++) and playing about as quietly as any copy we can find
  • Forget the Polydor and EG reissues (and anything that's come along lately) - these early British pressings are the only way to hear this album sound the way it should
  • Contains the rare pre-Crimson Robert Fripp demo of I Talk To The Wind, recorded with a female lead vocalist [which can be found at the end of side one]
  • "...rounded up an excellent, if somewhat idiosyncratic, survey of the group's seven years together, its contents ranging from the unimpeachable classics to unimaginable rarities... the definitive study of the original King Crimson."
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Spirit
Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus

  (Item #: spiritwelv_1812) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and fairly quiet vinyl make this a Must Own copy
  • Huge, lively and dynamic with a massive bottom end -- this legendary Psych album creates an entire world of its own
  • Nature's Way, Animal Zoo and Mr. Skin all sound amazing on this copy - there's really not a bad track to be found
  • "Spirit's crowning moment and one of the era's great underrated albums ... enriched by meaty horn arrangements, imaginative vocal harmonies, and a structured approach to psychedelic studio trickery such as stereo panning and tapes run backward."
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The Beatles
Magical Mystery Tour

  (Item #: beatlmagic_1812) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one and a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy is guaranteed to blow your mind!
  • Here's an outstanding True Stereo German pressing with some of the best Beatles sound money can buy - superb engineering from Ken Scott and others throughout
  • Demo Quality Sound for the "real" MMT album - Magical Mystery Tour, The Fool On The Hill, Your Mother Should Know, I Am The Walrus and more
  • A Top 100 album and Psych Masterpiece that knocks us out every time we do the shootout for it - quiet vinyl too
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Cannonball Adderley
Cannonball's Bossa Nova

  (Item #: addercanno_1812) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An exceptionally rare and superb sounding early stereo pressing - it boasts Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from first note to last
  • These originals are by far the best way to go, in stereo of course, putting Cannonball's breathy, melodic sax right between your speakers, with the rest of the band - including Sergio Mendes on keys - spread out around him
  • Truly an undiscovered gem in the Adderley catalog - the audiophiles here at Better Records were digging both the music and especially the superb sound
  • Another top quality recording from the superbly talented Ray Fowler, the house engineer for Riverside and the man behind many of the best Thelonious Monk and Cannonball Adderley recordings done for that great jazz label
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Sonny Rollins
Alfie (Original Music From The Score)

  (Item #: rollialfie_1812) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last
  • Even though I've been playing this album for more than 25 years, for some reason this is one of the few truly killer copies to ever hit the site
  • A triumph for Rudy Van Gelder, a Top Impulse title, and as much a showcase for Oliver Nelson (+11) as it is for Sonny Rollins
  • 4 1/2 Stars: " Rollins attempts to capture the textures of life through his incisive and energetic playing, his coherent improvisations, and variations on musical themes."
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Miles Davis
Kind of Blue

  (Item #: daviskindo_1812_1) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find very good Hot Stamper grades on both sides of this 1959 release by the great Miles Davis
  • KOB is the purest embodiment of the big-as-life, spacious and timbrally accurate 30th Street Studio Sound Fred Plaut was justly famous for
  • Clarity and transparency, correct tonality, and in-the-room immediacy are a few of the many qualities to be found on this copy - quiet vinyl too
  • 5 stars: "Kind of Blue isn't merely an artistic highlight for Miles Davis, it's an album that towers above its peers, a record generally considered as the definitive jazz album, a universally acknowledged standard of excellence."
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The Band
Music From Big Pink

  (Item #: band_music_1812) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Outstanding sound for The Band's auspicious debut, with seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them on both sides
  • Forget all those lifeless, ambience-free, vague sounding Heavy Vinyl pressings - THIS is the right sound for the album
  • It's big, punchy and dynamic, and resolves the intricacies of the recording that make it so interesting to us audiophiles
  • 5 stars: "Over time, Music from Big Pink came to be regarded as a watershed work in the history of rock, one that introduced new tones and approaches to the constantly evolving genre."
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Prince
Purple Rain

  (Item #: princpurpl_1812) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This is an outstanding original pressing with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from first note to last - quiet vinyl too
  • This copy was just bigger and richer than most of what we played, with driving rock energy to boot
  • Clean, clear and open are nice qualities to have, but rich and full are a lot harder to come by on this record
  • 5 Stars and "... a stunning statement of purpose that remains one of the most exciting rock & roll albums ever recorded."
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Stevie Wonder
Down To Earth

  (Item #: wondedownt_1812) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this mono pressing - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Powerful sound throughout - huge and present with amazing clarity and smooth vocals - definitely not the sound of AM radio (thank god)
  • The cover's still in the shrink on this collector's edition - we may never see another this nice!
  • The Big Hit here is Thank You Love and it sounds just right
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The Byrds
Fifth Dimension

  (Item #: byrdsfifth_1703_1812) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An excellent copy with Double Plus (A++) grades from beginning to end - this is the right sound for this music
  • Both sides are full-bodied, clean, clear and open with wonderful Sixties Folk Rock energy to spare - quiet vinyl too
  • Many of their classics are here: Eight Miles High, Hey Joe, 5D (Fifth Dimension), Wild Mountain Thyme, Mr. Spaceman and more
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... its high points were as innovative as any rock music being recorded in 1966... For the originals, they devised some of the first and best psychedelic rock..."
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Linda Ronstadt
Canciones De Mi Padre

  (Item #: ronstcanci_1807_1812) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Both sides here are super big and full with excellent bass and plenty of space around all of the instruments
  • Fairly quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "... overall, the album is charming, affectionate, entertaining, and more successful than her stilted Nelson Riddle collaborations." - All Music
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Damn the Torpedoes

  (Item #: pettydamnt_1804_1812) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding hard rockin' pressing earned Double Plus (A++) grades for sound and plays on relatively quiet vinyl too
  • Credit for the tremendous presence and energy of the recording goes to the brilliant engineer Shelly Yakus
  • Damn the Torpedoes is, simply put, the best sounding Tom Petty album we have ever played
  • Tons of hits too: Refugee, Here Comes My Girl, and my favorite of the bunch, Don't Do Me Like That
  • 5 stars: "Few mainstream rock albums of the late '70s and early '80s were quite as strong as this, and it still stands as one of the great records of the album rock era."
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Tchaikovsky / 1812 Overture / Marche Slave and More / Alwyn

  (Item #: tchai1812o_decca_1812) 

Our Price: $199.99

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

  (Item #: policsynch_1806_1812) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Stunning sound throughout: Triple Plus (A+++) on the first side, Double Plus (A++) on the second
  • With this Shootout Winning copy, you will hear sound you never thought possible for Synchronicity
  • The choruses get LOUD and are so POWERFUL here that they make a mockery of most of what we played
  • Every Breath You Take and Wrapped Around Your Finger are amazingly big, rich and Tubey Magical here
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Few other albums from 1983 merged tasteful pop, sophistication, and expert songwriting as well as Synchronicity did, resulting in yet another all-time classic."
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Dean Martin
Dream With Dean

  (Item #: martidream_1812) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This hard-to-find Dean Martin Classic returns to the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • One of our all-time favorite male vocal LPs - the sound on both sides is both warm and natural, with excellent presence and transparency
  • These are almost impossible to find in playable condition these days (and even this one is not as quiet as we would like)
  • "It sounds as if they tracked the album in one afternoon, and it is not only a very pleasant listening experience, it shows what a tremendous vocalist Dean Martin truly was." - Allmusic
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Ambrosia
One Eighty

  (Item #: ambrooneei_1709_1812) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one and a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy will be very hard to beat
  • Prodigious bass, powerful dynamics, analog Tubey Magical richness and choruses that get big and loud are the hallmarks of our better Hot Stamper copies
  • An excellent mix of rockers and softer pop ballads. The last track, Biggest Part Of Me, no matter how many times you've heard it, on the radio, wherever you happen to be, is unabashed Soft Rock Magic, the way Bread's big ballads are Soft Rock Magic, and we make no apologies for loving the hell out of them both
  • "Biggest Part of Me combines rich Beach Boys-styled harmonies with a heartfelt lyric to create a rich slice of blue-eyed soul..."
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10cc
10cc

  (Item #: tencctencc_1801_1812) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • With a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side one and a side two that's close to it, this copy was great fun to play
  • The sound is big, lively, clear and present, probably pretty close to what the band was going for
  • 4 stars: "Displaying a command of pop styles and satire, 10cc showed that they are a force to be reckoned with on their first album. Hooks abound, harmonies shine, and instrumentation is dazzling without being overdone. Whether doing loving parodies of the music they grew up with or satirizing contemporary issues, 10cc show themselves to be top-level purveyors of pop on their debut recording."
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Little Feat
Time Loves A Hero

  (Item #: littltimel_1804_1812) 

Our Price: $49.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this vintage pressing - this is one of our favorite Little Feat albums
  • Maybe the band's best studio recording, here sounding big and rich, with fat, punchy drums
  • The title track has Demonstration Quality Sound - the soundstage is huge and the multi-tracked vocal parts are energetic, clear and uncongested
  • A classic Ted Templeman / Donn Landee production - sweet, open, smooth, rich ANALOG sound, perfect for the pickiest of audiophiles
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Linda Ronstadt
Don’t Cry Now

  (Item #: ronstdontc_1803_1812) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • With Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on side two and a solid Double Plus (A++) side one, this was one of the better copies we played in our recent shootout
  • The transparency and vocal presence here are wonderful - the piano is solid and Linda's vocals are breathy and heartfelt
  • We love her emotionally powerful interpretations of Desperado, Sail Away and Neil Young's achingly sublime I Believe in You
  • She really belts it out on this album - it's what she does best - but only the best copies allow you to turn up the volume good and loud and let her do her thing
  • Rolling Stone raves it's "the Ronstadt album for which we've been waiting."
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Bryan Ferry
The Bride Stripped Bare

  (Item #: ferrybride_1712_1812) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • A strong copy, with a Double Plus (A++) side two and a side one that's nearly as good
  • These two sides show us just what a monster rocker this album can be when it's mastered and pressed right
  • I'm a big fan of the record - it's as original and as moving as practically anything the man ever did
  • Bryan Ferry owned the '70s as much as David Bowie did; they're both artistic giants in my book
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The Kinks
Misfits

  (Item #: kinksmisfi_1802_1812) 

Our Price: $49.99

  • With seriously good Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides, this was one of the better copies we heard in our recent Misfits shootout
  • Quite a bit richer and tubier than most of what we auditioned, qualities that helped the acoustic-guitar-based tracks work their magic
  • The big hit here was Rock and Roll Fantasy and it sounds every bit as good as you hope it would
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The Kinks became arena rockers with Sleepwalker, and its follow-up, Misfits, follows in the same vein, but it's a considerable improvement on its predecessor...Misfits is a moving record that manages to convey deep emotions while rocking hard. The Kinks hadn't made a record this good since Muswell Hillbillies."
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Randy Newman
Good Old Boys

  (Item #: newmagoodo_1801_1812) 

Our Price: $49.99

  • With a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two and a side one that's right up there with it, this copy has a lot going for it
  • Big and rich analog, tonally Right On The Money (ROTM) as well
  • Dramatically fuller and smoother than the average pressing
  • 5 Stars: "Good Old Boys is one of Newman's finest albums; it's also one of his most provocative and infuriating, and that's probably just the way he wanted it."
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The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

  (Item #: beatlsgtpe_1812_) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • An excellent copy with solid Hot Stamper sound on both sides, and the vinyl is quiet too
  • With all the Tubey Magic of a fresh tape and top quality mastering, this is clearly the best way to hear Sgt. Pepper
  • Most pressings - especially the new ones - have a mere fraction of the richness, smoothness, transparency, space and energy of this LP
  • A Top 100 Title - "It's possible to argue that there are better Beatles albums, yet no album is as historically important as this."
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Simon & Garfunkel
Bookends

  (Item #: simonbooke_1812_2) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An excellent 360 stereo pressing earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides
  • 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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The Beatles
A Hard Day’s Night

  (Item #: beatlahard_1804_1812) 

Our Price: $39.99

  • Both sides of this '70s UK pressing earned very good Hot Stamper grades and play reasonably quietly
  • Play I’ll Cry Instead, If I Fell or Things We Said Today to hear some real early Beatles Vocal Magic
  • Compare it to your MoFi pressing or the new Heavy Vinyl and you will quickly see why those LPs bore us to tears
  • 100% Lennon-McCartney originals: "Decades after its original release, its punchy blend of propulsive rhythms, jangly guitars, and infectious, singalong melodies is remarkably fresh." 5 Stars
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Sammy Davis Jr.
The Nat King Cole Song Book

  (Item #: davisnatki_1812_2) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or very close to it on both sides; fairly quiet vinyl too!
  • Bigger, richer, and more Tubey Magic than most copies we played with wonderfully breathy vocals to boot
  • "Alongside Cole's collaborator, Billy May, and notable jazz arranger Claus Ogerman, Davis and company turned in one of the finest and most underrated efforts." - All Music, 4 Stars
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Rob Wasserman
Duets

  (Item #: wasseduets_1812) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A superb sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout and the first to ever hit the site!
  • Both sides are incredibly clean, clear and lively with super present vocals and a big bottom end
  • Fairly quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Some amazing duets and a great lineup that includes Aaron Neville (v), Stephane Grappelli (violin), Dan Hicks (v, g), and so on. The jazz community missed this one." - All Music, 4 1/2 Stars
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ZZ Top
Eliminator

  (Item #: zztopelimi_1712_1812) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first, on reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is incredibly big, lively and punchy, just what songs like Gimme All Your Lovin, Sharp Dressed Man and Legs need
  • Only a handful of these have ever hit the site - finding copies that sound as good as this one does is not easy to say the least
  • 4 1/2 stars: "With "Gimme All Your Lovin'," "Sharp Dressed Man," and "Legs," they had their greatest set of singles since the heady days of Tres Hombres, and the songs that surrounded them weren't bad either -- they would have been singles on El Loco, as a matter of fact... ZZ Top never sounded as much like a band of its time as they did here."
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Roxy Music
Siren

  (Item #: roxymsiren_1808_1812) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding early pressing of this Art Rock classic, rating Double Plus (A++) for sound or BETTER on both sides
  • The sound is richer and fuller than on most copies, with a particularly strong, solid bottom end
  • Some of Ferry's strongest songwriting: Love Is The Drug, End of the Line, Sentimental Fool and more
  • 5 stars: "Abandoning the intoxicating blend of art rock and glam-pop that distinguished Stranded and Country Life, Roxy Music concentrates on Bryan Ferry's suave, charming crooner persona for the elegantly modern Siren."
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Jimmy Smith
Bucket!

  (Item #: smithbucke_1812_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Insanely good sound throughout for this Blue Note LP with both sides earning Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades, just shy of our shootout winner
  • The overall sound here is incredibly big, full-bodied, clear and dynamic with plenty of extension on both ends
  • A trio date: organ, guitar and drums, the grouping that Smith pioneered. Nobody does it better
  • This album is a little more mellow than others I have heard. It's very relaxed and enjoyable. Highly recommended!
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Santana
Abraxas

  (Item #: santaabrax_1803_1812) 

Our Price: $249.99
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  • With two outstanding sides each rating a Double Plus (A++) for sound, this copy is guaranteed to rock like no other you've ever heard
  • The sound is rich, full-bodied and musical with punchy drums and guitar solos that really get LOUD
  • 5 stars on Allmusic, and a Top 100 title for its blistering solos that soar into space - quiet vinyl too
  • "America was never the same after Carlos Santana discovered the smoldering Afro-Cuban magic of Tito Puente. A sinuous cha cha cha that sounds as if it had been waiting for Santana's soulful guitar licks to reinvent it, the Puente-penned "Oye Como Va" became the pillar of U.S. Latin rock." -Rolling Stone
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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Ella and Louis

  (Item #: fitzgella_and_louis_1812_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Superb sound throughout with both sides rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or BETTER
  • Both sides here are super big, rich and Tubey Magical with with super breathy vocals and a lovely bottom end
  • We haven't had a copy of this on the site in years; they're usually completely trashed!
  • Top recommendation! One of the greatest duet albums of all time, if not THE GREATEST
  • "Ella and Louis is an inspired collaboration, masterminded by producer Norman Granz... Gentle and sincere, this is deserving of a place in every home." - All Music, 4 1/2 Stars
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Roxy Music
Avalon

  (Item #: roxymavalo_1812) 

Our Price: $119.99

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

  (Item #: diresloveo_1812) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This outstanding British import copy boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • The open, spacious soundstage, full-bodied tonality and Tubey Magic here are obvious for all to hear - huge, punchy, lively and rockin' throughout
  • These top quality copies of Love Over Gold are far more natural than the any pressing you have ever heard
  • "Certainly a quantum leap from the organic R&B impressionism of the band's early LPs and the gripping short stories of Making Movies, Love Over Gold is an ambitious, sometimes difficult record that is exhilarating in its successes and, at the very least, fascinating in its indulgences." - Rolling Stone
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The Byrds
Untitled

  (Item #: byrdsuntit_1710_1812) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • An outstanding 2 LP pressing, earning Double Plus (A++) grades on the first three sides - quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is rich, full-bodied, and open with impressive transparency and presence
  • Untitled features a 16 minute Eight Miles High on the live disc that just kills - especially on a lively copy like this
  • 4 Stars: "Untitled was always the [later Byrds album] to own, even if you weren't a huge fan."
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The Beatles
Abbey Road

  (Item #: beatlabbey_1812_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An outstanding copy of The Beatles' last and arguably greatest album, with exceptional nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides - coming in just behind our Mind Blowing Shootout Winner
  • This is probably going to be the last killer copy to hit the site for a while - we just plain ran out of good copies to shoot out (!)
  • Audiophile sonics like these will surely give you a new appreciation for one of the Greatest Beatles Albums of All Time
  • Abbey Road is a permanent member of the Better Records Top 100, and a Desert Island Disc if there ever was one
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Blondie
Eat To The Beat

  (Item #: blondeatto_1812) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Here's a superb early pressing of the band's followup to Parallel Lines with both sides earning outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for their big, lively sound - pressed on quiet vinyl too
  • Turn it up as loud as you want - the top end and vocals are balanced, smooth and tonally correct, not gritty or edgy
  • The drums and bass of Die Young Stay Pretty are as real sounding as if you were standing five feet from the band
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The British... made Eat to the Beat another chart-topper, with three major hits, including a number one ranking for Atomic and almost the same success for Dreaming."
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June Christy
The Misty Miss Christy

  (Item #: chrismisty_1805_1812) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • A superb sounding copy of this original Turquoise Label Capitol Mono LP with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Both sides here are rich, sweet and Tubey Magical, with Miss Christy's breathy vocals nicely staged front and center
  • All the top West Coast jazz guys are here: Shelly Manne, Bud Shank, Bob Cooper, and the arrangements are by the wonderfully talented Pete Rugolo
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Christy shows her swinging savvy on breezy gems like "Sing Something Simple," "There's No You," and "A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening." Both an essential Christy title and one of the best vocal albums from the '50s."
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Pink Floyd
Animals

  (Item #: pinkfanima_1812) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding copy of Animals boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last
  • Both sides here are super big, full-bodied and Tubey Magical with a huge bottom end and plenty of energy
  • 4 stars: "Of all of the classic-era Pink Floyd albums, Animals is the strangest and darkest, a record that's hard to initially embrace yet winds up yielding as many rewards as its equally nihilistic successor, The Wall."
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The Beatles
With The Beatles

  (Item #: beatlwitht_1812) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other With the Beatles you've heard
  • Good space and vocal immediacy, relatively rich and smooth, and much more Tubey Magical than most - this is a good way to go for the early Beatles
  • So many great songs: All My Loving, Please Mr. Postman, Til There Was You, You've Really Got A Hold On Me, Devil In Her Heart... fourteen in all
  • 5 stars: "It was clear that, even at this early stage, the Beatles were rapidly maturing and changing, turning into expert craftsmen and musical innovators."
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Jackson Browne
The Pretender

  (Item #: brownprete_1806_1812) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides make this a Pretender that will rock with the best of them
  • One of the all time great rock / pop Demo Discs -- the best copies are so rich and full-bodied they make most rock records sound positively anemic
  • Five Stars in Rolling Stone, one of their Top 500 Albums, and a true classic from 1976
  • Without a doubt the best sounding record Jackson Browne ever made - this is the pressing that backs up everything we say and more
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The Beatles
Beatles For Sale

  (Item #: beatlforsa_1810_1812) 

Our Price: $99.99

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

  (Item #: beatlhelp_1811x) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Two killer sides with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - we guarantee you've never heard Help sound better
  • Want to hear The Beatles at their Tubey Magical best? Just play You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away on this copy
  • Everything that's great about Help is here - jangly 12 string guitars, harmonically rich tambourines, and breathy vocals
  • Side one alone boasts 7 classics: Help!, The Night Before, You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, I Need You, Another Girl, You’re Gonna Lose That Girl and Ticket to Ride - whew!
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Billie Holiday
Lady In Satin

  (Item #: holidladyi_1808_1812) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides!
  • Dramatically richer, fuller and more Tubey Magical than most other copies, with breathy vocals and rosiny, fairly smooth strings
  • I'm a Fool to Want You on this very copy may just send chills racing up and down your spine
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "Lady Day herself said that this session was her personal favorite."
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Grateful Dead
Wake Of The Flood

  (Item #: gratewakeo_1808_1812) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • 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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The Doors
The Soft Parade

  (Item #: doorssoftp_1810_1812) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • The first Triple Triple (A+++) to hit the site in more than a year - stellar Shootout Winning sound on both sides!
  • The sound on this Gold Label pressing is HUGE, RICH, and FULL-BODIED, exactly the way it should be
  • Full of great songs: Touch Me, Runnin' Blue, Wild Child and the amazingly trippy extended Soft Parade suite, here with Triple Plus sound!
  • A tragically underrated album and a killer recording, with Demo Quality sound on the best pressings
  • "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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Creedence Clearwater Revival
Creedence Clearwater...

  (Item #: creedcreed_1810_1812) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An insanely good copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first
  • These sides are exceptionally low-distortion, lively, solid and dynamic - just what this music needs
  • Probably the most difficult CCR studio album to find with great sound - and here it is!
  • 4 stars on Allmusic: "... the band's sound is vibrant, with gutsy arrangements that borrow equally from Sun, Stax, and the swamp."
  • Featuring classics such as I Put a Spell on You, the extended-length jam Susie Q (8:37, perfect for Underground Radio), The Working Man, Porterville and more
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Leonard Cohen
Recent Songs

  (Item #: cohenrecen_1809_1812) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Insanely good Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides - 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
  • Fairly quiet vinyl on both sides -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus (with a very light mark that plays)
  • "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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Chicago
Chicago V

  (Item #: chicachica5_1711_1812) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An incredible Triple Plus (A+++) side one backed with an excellent Double Plus (A++) side two - quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is especially rich, full and warm, with big bass, lively brass and multi-tracked vocals that are breathy and clear
  • 4 stars on Allmusic and one of their best sounding albums, the last to be recorded at Columbia's famed 30th Street studios
  • Their first Number One, and The Biggest Selling Album of 1972 (!), spending nine weeks at the top of the charts
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Ray Charles
Ingredients In A Recipe For Soul

  (Item #: charlingre_1809_1812) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Insanely good sound throughout with both sides earning shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • These sides are doing it all right -- richer, fuller, better bass, more Tubey Magic, and the list goes on!
  • "The high points are very high -- "Busted," his hit reworking of a composition by country songwriter Harlan Howard, is jazzy and tough, and one of his best early-'60s singles..."
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Buffalo Springfield
Last Time Around

  (Item #: buffalastt_1710_1812) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An amazing sounding pressing with a Triple Plus (A+++) side one and an excellent Double Plus (A++) side two
  • Relaxed, rich and tubey, this is exactly the sound you wanted for this music - and, finally, here it is
  • A Shootout Winning copy with vinyl this quiet? We find one that plays this well and sounds this good every two years or so, if that
  • Some of the best songs the band ever wrote are right here: I Am A Child, Kind Woman and many, many more
  • If Buffalo Springfield Again deserves a Five Star rating then Last Time Around does too - it's every bit as strong
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David Bowie
Station To Station

  (Item #: bowiestati_1809_1812) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning 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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Dire Straits
Brothers In Arms

  (Item #: diresbroth_1811x) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A killer copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • This one is doing everything right - it's bigger and richer, has better bass, more energy, better vocal presence - this is the way Brothers in Arms should sound
  • So Far Away, Money For Nothing and Walk Of Life are the big hits and they all sound great on this original pressing
  • "One of their most focused and accomplished albums ... Dire Straits had never been so concise or pop-oriented, and it wore well on them."
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Dire Straits
Dire Straits

  (Item #: diresdires_1809_1812) 

Our Price: $649.99

  • Stunning shootout winning sound throughout, with both sides of this very special British pressing rating a Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it
  • 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
  • A Better Records Rock & Pop Top 100 title, a True Demo Disc, and our favorite by the band for both sound and music - quiet vinyl too
  • "...the album is remarkably accomplished for a debut, and Dire Straits had difficulty surpassing it throughout their career."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Sings Cole Porter

  (Item #: fitzgsings_porter_1812) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Amazing sound from start to finish on this Shootout Winning TRIPLE TRIPLE (A+++) copy - this is a Top Ella Title in every way
  • It's nearly impossible to find the album with sound this good that's not beat to death (and even this copy has issues - they all do)
  • Full-bodied, musical, and smooth, with surprisingly spacious orchestral staging - this is just the right sound for the album
  • "The combination of Ella and Porter is irresistible and whether up-tempo or down-tempo, Ella’s three-octave range voice soars effortlessly as she makes each song come to life. It was all helped by the cream of L.A. session men and Buddy Bregman’s arrangement that oozes sophistication way beyond his twenty-four years. It is a perfect record." - Richard Havers
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The Rolling Stones
Some Girls

  (Item #: rollisomeg_1812) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this copy of the Stones' landmark 1978 album - Quiet vinyl too!
  • It's got everything you want - weight, punch, energy and fullness, qualities key to the best sounding pressings
  • Tons of great songs - Miss You, Beast of Burden and Shattered, all sounding shockingly good on this copy
  • 5 Stars: "Some Girls may not have the back-street aggression of their '60s records, or the majestic, drugged-out murk of their early-'70s work, but its brand of glitzy, decadent hard rock still makes it a definitive Stones album."
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Coleman Hawkins Sextet
Desafinado

  (Item #: hawkidesaf_1812) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Amazing sound throughout this Impulse stereo pressing, with sides that rate a solid Double Plus (A++)
  • Another knockout recording from Rudy Van Gelder - he captures the preternaturally breathy quality of Hawkins' sax like nobody can
  • Pretty damn quiet on both sides - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - you won't find one that plays any better
  • "There have been some gimmicky bossa nova albums issued recently, but this one features music of high and enduring quality." Down Beat (1963)
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The Who
Live At Leeds

  (Item #: who__livea_1812) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A hard-rockin' copy - this British Track pressing boasts huge and powerful Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • The recording is huge and lively with startling dynamics and in-the-room-presence like nothing you've heard
  • Drums so solid, punchy and present they put to shame 99% of the rock records on the planet
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl - no early British pressing will play any better than this one
  • Cited as the best live rock recording of all time by The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, the BBC Q magazine, and Rolling Stone. In 2003, it was ranked number 170 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
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The Doobie Brothers
The Captain and Me

  (Item #: doobicapta_1812_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with both sides rating a solid Double Plus (A++)
  • Natural Thing, China Grove and Long Train Runnin' all sound great - smooth, rich and full of energy
  • Credit Donn Landee with the full-bodied, rich, smooth, oh-so-analog sound of these good copies
  • Allmusic 4 1/2 stars: "The Doobie Brothers' third long-player was the charm, their most substantial and consistent album to date, and one that rode the charts for a year."
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Coleman Hawkins
Night Hawk

  (Item #: hawkinight_1812_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • With a nearly perfect balance of analog richness and high-res clarity and space, this reissue showed us once again just how good an engineer Rudy Van Gelder could be back in 1961
  • "This [album] has many fine moments from these two highly competitive jazzmen, particularly the lengthy title cut and a heated tradeoff on "In a Mellow Tone," on which Davis goes higher but Hawkins wins on ideas."
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Blondie
Autoamerican

  (Item #: blondautoa_1812_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb sounding copy of this KILLER New Wave Pop record with Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • The overall sound here is super clean, clear and full-bodied with plenty of energy
  • Pretty darn quiet throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "... they continued to expand their stylistic range, with greater success, at least on certain tracks, than they had on Eat to the Beat." - All Music
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Richard & Linda Thompson
Shoot Out The Lights

  (Item #: thompshoot_1801_1812) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) sound throughout, this pressing has truly amazing sound - it's a real Demo Disc
  • Without a doubt this is the best record Richard and Linda Thompson ever made - sound and music
  • DYNAMIC, huge, lively, powerful and musical - both sides here are guaranteed to rock your world
  • AMG 5 Stars, a Top 100 album, and clearly Thompson's Masterpiece of Grungy Guitar Rock
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The Cars
The Cars

  (Item #: cars_cars_1812_2) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With superb Double Plus (A++) , this is an outstanding pressing of The Cars' debut album
  • 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 Beatles
Rubber Soul

  (Item #: beatlrubbe_1808_1812) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • Stunning sound for this White Hot 2-pack*: Triple Plus (A+++) on side two, and Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) on side one
  • The sound is wonderful -- big, lively, open and clear with Tubey Magical richness you never expected
  • Norweigan Wood and In My Life sound superb here, along with the rest of the great songs, 14 in all
  • Fairly quiet on both sides -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • A Better Records Top 100 Title, 5 Stars on Allmusic, and a Masterpiece of mid-'60s Folk Rock
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