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Genesis
Trespass

  (Item #: genestresp_1906) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this early UK Charisma pressing - it's guaranteed to beat any Heavy Vinyl (or other) pressing you may have- extremely quiet too
  • The sound here is rich and Tubey Magical, which is the only way this music makes any sense at all
  • Probably for the more serious fan, but Melody Maker found it "...tasteful, subtle and refined."
  • "... cannot find many 'modern' acts that can even come close to the brilliance demonstrated in these six songs... cannot recommend this album enough."
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U2
Boy

  (Item #: u2___boy_1906) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding copy of U2's Masterpiece with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is big and rich, as well as present and lively
  • 4 stars: "From the outset, U2 went for the big message -- every song on their debut album Boy sounds huge, with oceans of processed guitars cascading around Bono's impassioned wail. It was an inspired combination of large, stadium-rock beats and post-punk textures."
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Steely Dan
Can't Buy A Thrill

  (Item #: steelcantb_1906) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Both sides of this Steely Dan classic earned seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades or close to it for their big, bold, Tubey Magical sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • After doing so many shootouts over the years, and hearing the guitars and vocals jumping out of our speakers right into our listening room, we now find the recording a lot more to our liking than we used to
  • 4 1/2 stars: "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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Paul Simon
Paul Simon

  (Item #: simonpauls_1906) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • An outstanding copy of Simon's sophomore album with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Balanced, musical and full throughout - this pressing is a big step up from many of the other copies we played
  • Roy Halee handled the engineering and as usual he did a great job for the time - thankfully it was recorded in 1972, not 1982
  • A member of our Top 100 and 5 stars: "It was miles removed from the big, stately ballad style of Bridge Over Troubled Water and signaled that Simon was a versatile songwriter as well as an expressive singer with a much broader range of musical interests than he had previously demonstrated."
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Rush
2112

  (Item #: rush_2112_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding copy really delivers, earning excellent Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • A transparent, clear, lively and full copy with huge drums and natural cymbals
  • It's beyond difficult to find truly great sound for Rush, but this copy rocks like crazy
  • 4 1/2 stars: "2112 proved to be their much sought-after commercial breakthrough and remains one of their most popular albums ... the trio's members were fast becoming rock's most accomplished instrumentalists."
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Roy Orbison
The Orbison Way

  (Item #: orbisorbis_1906) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • A wonderful copy of Orbison's 1966 release with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from first note to last
  • If you love hearing INTO a recording, actually being able to "see" the performers, and feeling as if you are sitting in the studio with the band, this Tubey Magical record for you
  • "The band-backed stuff has a lean texture that's a marvel of sonic conciseness, while the orchestra-accompanied sides allow Orbison to open up vocally as never before, casting him in an almost operatic setting..." - All Music
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Wings
Wings At the Speed of Sound

  (Item #: mccaratthe_1906) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding pressing of Wings' follow-up to Venus and Mars, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • This copy has a "cinematic" quality - it's just plain bigger, with more depth to the soundfield, and stronger dynamics
  • The big hits, Let 'Em In and Silly Love Songs, as well as minor gems, such as Beware My Love, are musical here with good body and a smoother top end
  • Allmusic: "A full-band effort, where everybody gets a chance to sing, and even contribute a song."
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Roxy Music
For Your Pleasure

  (Item #: roxymforyo_1901_1906) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two stunning Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this UK LP came in just shy of our shootout winner
  • Roxy and their engineers and producers manage to capture a keyboard sound on their first two albums few bands in the history of the world can lay claim to
  • We've been working on this shootout for over ten years - here is one of the better copies we have to show for our effort
  • 5 Stars: "...another extraordinary record from Roxy Music, one that demonstrates even more clearly than the debut how avant-garde ideas can flourish in a pop setting."
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Thelonious Monk
Criss-Cross

  (Item #: monk_criss_1812_1906) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This wonderful pressing of Thelonious Monk's second studio album has outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Columbia records produced by Teo Macero in the early '60s have consistently open, natural sound - this one from '63 is no exception
  • The piano sounds amazing here -- natural and dynamic, letting Monk's passionate playing shine
  • 4 stars: "Thelonious Monk's second album for Columbia Records features some of the finest work that Monk ever did in the studio with his '60s trio and quartet ... This is prime Monk for any degree of listener."
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Stevie Wonder
Fulfillingness’ First Finale

  (Item #: wondefulfi_1807_1906) 

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


  • This pressing of the classic 1974 album from Stevie Wonder boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Finding the right balance between Tubey Magical Richness and Transparency is the trick, and we think this copy strikes that balance well
  • Boogie On Reggae Woman and You Haven't Done Nothing were the big hits but the other tracks on the album are where the real Stevie Wonder MAGIC can be found
  • 4 1/2 stars [but we give it 5]: "The songs and arrangements are the warmest since Talking Book, and Stevie positively caresses his vocals on this set, encompassing the vagaries of love, from dreaming of it ("Creepin'") to being bashful of it ("Too Shy to Say") to knowing when it's over ("It Ain't No Use")."
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Sonny Rollins
Alfie (Original Music From The Score)

  (Item #: rollialfie_1902_1906) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A superb copy of Sonny Rollins' Alfie, boasting outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides
  • 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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Frank Sinatra
All The Way

  (Item #: sinatallth_1901_1906) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This vintage '60s Capitol pressing was one of the best in our most recent shootout: Triple Plus (A+++) on the second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first
  • It has the all the Tubey Magic one could ask for, allowing Sinatra's rich baritone to work its magic on every phrase he sings
  • As you can well imagine, finding clean, scratch-free Sixties Sinatra records like this one, in stereo no less, is no walk in the park
  • This group of singles and B-sides was recorded from 1957 to 1960 - it contains some of Sinatra's better known songs from the period arranged by Nelson Riddle
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The Clash
Combat Rock

  (Item #: clashcomba_1804_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding copy of The Clash's fifth studio album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This is the band's last release featuring the classic lineup - this and London Calling are surely their two Must Own Albums
  • Glyn Johns produced and mixed this album, so its BIG and BOLD sonic credentials are certainly in order
  • "Combat Rock appears to be a retreat from the sprawling stylistic explorations of London Calling and Sandinista... [it] contains heavy flirtations with rap, funk, and reggae, and it even has a cameo by poet Allen Ginsberg..."
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Prince
Controversy

  (Item #: princcontr_1902_1906) 

Our Price: $299.99

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

  (Item #: charlsoulm_1905) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This outstanding pressing of Ray Charles and Milt Jackson's 1958 collaboration boasts solid Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them on both sides - exceptionally quiet too
  • Wonderful sound from start to finish -- full-bodied and warm with wonderfully sweet vocals
  • Kenny Burrell lends his innovative guitar stylings to this soulful jazz collaboration
  • 4 1/2 stars: "With Oscar Pettiford, Connie Kay, and Kenny Burrell in the various lineups, this is bluesy jazz in a laid-back manner; it surprised many hardcore R&B fans when these albums were originally issued."
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Luiz Bonfa
Softly...

  (Item #: bonfasoftl_1905) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This original Epic pressing boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The soundstage, depth and height of this recording are as huge and three-dimensional as any you've heard
  • An enchanting Brazillian guitar album - Luiz Bonfa is superb here, from first note to last
  • "Luiz' guitar is backed by a nice little combo, and the tracks have a lively rhythm, with occasional vocals, and some nice flute solos from time to time."
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Peter Tosh
Legalize It

  (Item #: tosh_legal_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Peter Tosh's debut album finally arrives on the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • You won't believe how big, rich and full this album can sound on a copy this good
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The album's highlight is 'Why Must I Cry,' a multi-layered song (co-written with Bob Marley) that conveys a sense of personal failure when fighting an uphill battle, whether it be against injustices of the world or within the confines of a relationship. Legalize It cemented Tosh's position as a giant in reggae, and the album is one of the best albums of the genre."
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Eagles
Hotel California

  (Item #: eaglehotel_1905_2) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A stunning copy that earned nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades on both sides!
  • Incredible Demo Disc sound -- big and bold with super punchy drums and a fully extended top end
  • A Better Records Top 100 pick that's amazingly powerful on the best copies such as these
  • "Hotel California unveiled what seemed almost like a whole new band" -- Allmusic, 5 stars
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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Deja Vu

  (Item #: crosbdejav_1905_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A superb Big and Bold copy that earned seriously good sonic grades of Double Plus (A++) on both sides
  • The sound is HUGE -- lively, present and rich in a way that nothing you've heard can compete with
  • One of our all time favorite albums at Better Records and one that almost never sounds THIS good
  • 5 stars: "...this variety made Déjà Vu a rich musical banquet for the most serious and personal listeners, while mass audiences reveled in the glorious harmonies and the thundering electric guitars..."
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Super Hot Stamper (UK Pressing)

Paul McCartney
Ram

  (Item #: mccarram_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This vintage UK pressing of McCartney's 1971 Classic boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound and exceptionally quiet vinyl on both sides
  • A copy like this is a real audiophile treat - here is the rich, warm, clear, natural and lively sound you want for Ram
  • Many of the man's most memorable songs are here: Too Many People, Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey, Monkberry Moon Delight, Heart Of The Country and more
  • 5 stars: "These songs may not be self-styled major statements, but they are endearing and enduring, as is Ram itself, which seems like a more unique, exquisite pleasure with each passing year."
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Miles Davis
Sketches Of Spain

  (Item #: davissketc_1905) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A wonderful Miles Davis Columbia Six Eye stereo pressing with superb Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound throughout, just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • With the amazing All Tube Analog chain Columbia was using back in 1960, the sound is sublimely Tubey Magical, yet big and clear, with almost no trace of smear
  • Balanced, tonally correct and undistorted, this 30th Street recording is a showcase for Columbia's engineering prowess
  • 5 stars: "Sketches of Spain is the most luxuriant and stridently romantic recording Davis ever made. To listen to it in the 21st century is still a spine-tingling experience..."


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Pink Floyd
The Wall

  (Item #: pinkfthewa_1905_3) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A superb Demo Disc Quality pressing - all four sides earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) sonic grades
  • Buzzing helicopters, ringing telephones, clicking typewriters and so on happen RIGHT THERE in the room with you
  • James Guthrie labored mightily to make this one as big, bold and immersive as any Prog Rock recording we know of, and succeeded brilliantly
  • Rock & Pop Top 100 - "A triumph of production..." and indisputable proof that analog in 1979 could still be absolutely amazing
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Van Morrison
Astral Weeks

  (Item #: morriastra_1905_2) 

Our Price: $599.99

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

  (Item #: dylanblond_1905_2) 

Our Price: $649.99

  • With 10.5 pluses out of a possible 12, this copy was one of the best we heard in our recent shootout -- exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • You won't believe how big, rich and full this album can sound on a copy this good
  • Includes tons of quintessential Dylan classics: Rainy Day Women, I Want You, Just Like A Woman, and more - they all sound phenomenal
  • 5 stars: "Blonde on Blonde is an album of enormous depth, providing endless lyrical and musical revelations on each play... It's the culmination of Dylan's electric rock & roll period — he would never release a studio record that rocked this hard, or had such bizarre imagery, ever again."
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Count Basie
Kansas City 5

  (Item #: basiekansa_1905_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Presenting yet another amazingly well recorded Count Basie album, with superb Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • Both sides are rich, smooth, full-bodied and musical with a lovely bottom end
  • A great session with a fresh sound for Basie, with two top players at his side: Milt Jackson on vibes and Joe Pass on guitar
  • "It is always interesting to hear Basie in a hornless setting like this one where he gets opportunities to stretch out on the piano."
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Van Morrison
His Band And Street Choir

  (Item #: morrihisba_1905_1) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With both sides earning outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER, this is a killer copy of a wonderful sounding, shockingly underrated album; super quiet vinyl too
  • The band is swinging, the material top-notch - Domino, Crazy Face, Blue Money and other classics are right here
  • We vote this The Best Sounding Van Morrison Album - a classic of 1970 Tubey Magical analog - and his only title to make our Top 100
  • "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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Dick Schory
Music To Break Any Mood

  (Item #: schormusic_1905_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Both sides here earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades, making this one of the better copies from our recent shootout
  • The overall sound is super big, rich and Tubey Magical with a lovely bottom end and tons of energy
  • "Dick Schory's second major outing for RCA is more self-assured, from the preposterous jacket art and liner notes to more upbeat tunes... Schory's musical ideas are always fresher than those of Bobby Christian and Mike Simpson, who helped on the previous album. All but two tracks are good to great." - All Music
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Fleetwood Mac
Heroes Are Hard To Find

  (Item #: fleetheroe_1905_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • Both sides here are clean, clear and open, providing lots of space for the musicians to occupy. It's not midrangy, but instead, rich and full, with sweet, silky vocals. This is the sound you want on Heroes Are Hard to Find
  • "... the album is one of their most cohesive yet diverse... Heroes is a minor gem that retains its effortless pop charms and contains some buried jewels in the extensive Fleetwood Mac catalog." - All Music
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Bobby Darin
From Hello Dolly To Goodbye Charlie

  (Item #: darinfromh_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This original Capitol rainbow label LP has excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Having played a good dozen or more vintage Bobby Darin albums, we can tell you that finding sound as good as this is a lot harder than we thought it would be
  • Like the recordings of Nat King Cole, many Darin records are ruined by the heavy-handed use of reverb, but every once in a while you find one like this with the glorious sound of '60s All Tube Analog in its grooves
  • "Darin focused on standards done with jazzy arrangements on this 1964 album... "The Days of Wine and Roses," "Call Me Irresponsible," "Once in a Lifetime," "Sunday in New York," and of course "Hello, Dolly!" and "Goodbye, Charlie" are all on board."
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Nat King Cole
Just One of Those Things

  (Item #: cole_justo_1901_1905) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This outstanding vintage Stereo Capitol pressing earned solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides
  • This is the sound we love at Better Records -- these sides are full-bodied and Tubey Magical, with especially smooth, present vocals
  • "Cole gives an assured, unhurried performance. And that's the point: that Cole has tamed the rambunctious May does not mean he doesn't give wonderful interpretations to some wonderful songs: 'Don't Get Around Much Anymore,' 'Just One of Those Things,' 'The Song Is Ended (But the Melody Lingers On).' And the light-handed swing supports those efforts well." - All Music
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Nat "King" Cole
Love Is The Thing

  (Item #: cole_lovei_1905) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • A lovely pressing of this audiophile favorite, with Double Plus (A++) sound and fairly quiet vinyl on both sides to rival the best pop vocal recordings we know of
  • Nat himself sounds especially immediate and real, and the strings are much less of a problem here than they are on most pressings
  • If all you know of this album is the weirdly unnatural remix DCC did (on Analogue Productions vinyl too) this pressing will be nothing less than a revelation
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Nat King Cole's collaborations with Gordon Jenkins rank among the finest from either artist or arranger. 1957's Love Is the Thing remains the epitome of the pair's undeniable compatibility, and it topped the album charts for eight weeks."
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David Bowie
Station To Station

  (Item #: bowiestati_1905) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • 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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Frank Sinatra
I Remember Tommy

  (Item #: sinatireme_1905) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This vintage Reprise pressing offers the critical listener outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • We were shocked to hear how good the originals can sound on this album, and just as shocked to hear other copies that can actually beat the best of them
  • The richness of these Tubey Magical Reprise pressings makes them the clear choice for the heavy-on-the-brass sonics (if you have the right stampers)
  • 100% of Amazon reviewers rate this one Four Stars or better, with 77% giving the album Five Stars!
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Richie Furay
I've Got a Reason

  (Item #: furayivego_1905) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last
  • The overall sound here is big, full-bodied and Tubey Magical with plenty of extension on both ends
  • "... it's Furay's clear, emotive tenor, along with his sense of melody and passion for the material, that carries the album... it remains a strong personal statement for Richie Furay." - All Music
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Deep Purple
In Rock

  (Item #: deeppinroc_1905_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Both these UK sides have excellent sound for the band's 1970 Classic, earning Double Plus (A++) grades
  • Only the Brit Harvest LPs such as this one are made from the actual master tape, and it sure ain't hard to hear the difference using the real tape makes
  • In our experience, these import pressings are the only way to hear the band with the big, rich, Tubey Magical sound they're famous for
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Deep Purple's soon to be classic Mark II version made its proper debut and established the sonic blueprint that would immortalize this lineup of the band on 1970's awesome In Rock."
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The Monkees
Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.

  (Item #: monkepisce_1905) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This 1967 Stereo pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from beginning to end
  • These two sides are exceptionally (for this album) smooth, rich, sweet, and clear - and the vinyl is crazy QUIET for a Monkees album
  • Forget the early albums, we've never heard any of them sound good - their fourth release is practically the only one with audiophile potential
  • 4 1/2 stars: "To think that both this album and Headquarters came out the same year! Most bands would be lucky to have two albums this good come out their entire career. Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. is a must-have for any fan of smart, fun, and exciting '60s pop. It doesn't get much better than this."
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Deep Purple
In Rock

  (Item #: deeppinroc_1905) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Both these UK sides have excellent sound for the band's 1970 Classic, earning Double Plus (A++) grades - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Only the Brit Harvest LPs such as this one are made from the actual master tape, and it sure ain't hard to hear the difference using the real tape makes
  • In our experience, these import pressings are the only way to hear the band with the big, rich, Tubey Magical sound they're famous for
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Deep Purple's soon to be classic Mark II version made its proper debut and established the sonic blueprint that would immortalize this lineup of the band on 1970's awesome In Rock."
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Steely Dan
The Royal Scam

  (Item #: steelroyal_1812_1905) 

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


  • Stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish - the GLORIOUS sound of the One True Royal Scam is back
  • This killer Shootout Winning copy has what you need for The Dan's hard-rockin' classic from 1976 - it's bursting with driving rhythmic energy and offers relatively smooth vocals
  • "Drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie lashes out the rolling grooves on most of the nine tracks, establishing the album's anxious feel, and Larry Carlton's jaw-dropping guitar work provides a running commentary to Fagen's strangulated vocals... These are not the sort of Steely Dan songs favored by smooth-jazz stations."
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Styx
Equinox

  (Item #: styx_equin_1901_1905) 

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


  • A stunning sounding copy of the band's first A&M release, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This superb original pressing is huge and rich, with prodigious amounts of bass, like no other copy you've heard
  • ""Equinox" would prove to be the last album from the original lineup of Styx. This would also be the band's first album for major label A&M and probably the album where the band really developed their signature sound, a mix of progressive rock, straight ahead pop, and arena style rock. "Equinox" is a must own album for Styx fans and remains one of the band's best works." Amazon Reviewer
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The Oscar Peterson Trio
The Trio

  (Item #: petertrio_pablo_1901_1905) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this Pablo LP
  • The size, the weight, the solidity, the clarity, the energy, the rhythmic drive - it's all here and more
  • 5 stars: "Guitarist Joe Pass and bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen both play well on these live performances, but the reason to acquire this set is for the remarkable Oscar Peterson. Peterson really flourished during his years with Norman Granz's Pablo label, and this was one of his finest recordings of the period."
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Foreigner
Foreigner

  (Item #: foreiforei_1905_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This stunning copy of Foreigner's self-titled debut album boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from first note to last
  • Fuller, smoother, and more energetic, with clarity, size and space, this is the way you want Foreigner's classic debut to sound
  • Includes the classics: "Feels Like The First Time," "Cold As Ice," and "Long, Long Way From Home," along with many others
  • 4 stars: "The album spawned some of the biggest FM hits of 1977... and the state-of-the-art rock production values of the day, which allowed the band to sound hard but polished. As pure rock craftsmanship goes, Foreigner was as good as it got in the late '70s."
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Van Morrison
His Band And Street Choir

  (Item #: morrihisba_1905) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • A stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) copy of this great sounding Van Morrison album, a favorite of ours here at Better Records
  • The sound is incredible throughout - full-bodied, clear, and brimming with the soulful energy of this great artist
  • The material is top-notch - Domino, Crazy Face, Blue Money and other classics are all here
  • 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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Count Basie
Kansas City 5

  (Item #: basiekansa_1905) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Presenting yet another amazingly well recorded Count Basie album, with STUNNING Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout
  • It's bigger, richer, more Tubey Magical, with more extension on both ends of the spectrum than every other other copy we played
  • A great session with a fresh sound for Basie, with two top players at his side: Milt Jackson on vibes and Joe Pass on guitar
  • "It is always interesting to hear Basie in a hornless setting like this one where he gets opportunities to stretch out on the piano."
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Sonny Rollins
Alternate Takes

  (Item #: rollialter_1901_1905) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • One of our favorite Sonny Rollins records for sound - both sides here are incredibly big, full-bodied and Tubey Magical
  • 4 1/2 stars: "This LP contains alternate versions of selections from two famous Sonny Rollins albums: Way out West and Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary Leaders. These "new" renditions of "I'm an Old Cowhand," "Come, Gone," "Way out West" "The Song Is You," "You" and "I've Found a New Baby" hold their own against the classic versions. ...the music is hard-swinging and frequently superb."
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Andre Previn & His Pals
Gigi

  (Item #: previgigi_1904x) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A KILLER sounding original Black Label Stereo pressing with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last
  • If you have never heard an All Tube Analog piano trio recording by Roy DuNann from the Golden Age of Tape, you are really in for a treat with this phenomenal sounding LP
  • Exceptionally (I'm tempted to write impossibly) quiet vinyl throughout - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "André Previn's ten records for Contemporary during 1957-1960 were among the finest jazz recordings of his career... Best known among the songs are "I Remember It Well" and "Thank Heaven for Little Girls," but the trio also uplifts and swings the other lesser-known tunes."
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Art Pepper
Smack Up

  (Item #: peppesmack_1803_1905) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding Contemporary stereo pressing boasting Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This is a classic from Pepper - all the songs were written by saxophonists and he tears into them with gusto and naked emotion (the two hallmarks of his playing style)
  • One of the best Contemporary titles for sound quality - as usual you can thank the brilliant engineering of Roy DuNann
  • "Pepper is very much on top of his game throughout, ably demonstrating a capacity for precision and intimidating passion. Nowhere is proof more readily available than on these sides, which project Pepper at the peak of his craft."
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The Beatles
Please Please Me

  (Item #: beatlpleas_1812_1905) 

Our Price: $59.99

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

  (Item #: smithwhosa_1905) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Insanely good Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close it on both sides and one of the best copies from our most recent shootout
  • If you dig Oliver's Nelson's swingin' BIG BRASS as much as we do you are in for a treat with this stereo pressing
  • The best sides have the kind of analog richness, warmth, and smoothness that make listening to records so involving
  • Slaughter On Tenth Avenue is the monster track leading off here, and it swings the way Walk on the Wild Side does - like crazy, man!
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Count Basie
Me and You

  (Item #: basiemeand_1903_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with each side earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - if you want to hear the Tubey Magic, size and energy of this wonderful session from 1983, this is the only way to go
  • This is the Basie Big Band album that came out right after 88 Basie Street, a hard act to follow - top engineering by Dennis Sands
  • "... recorded only a little more than a year before his death. However, the spirit of this music (helped out by some Ernie Wilkins) arrangements) make Count Basie seem ageless."
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The Beatles
Please Please Me

  (Item #: beatlpleas_1808_1905) 

Our Price: $399.99
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  • A stunning copy of the Beatles debut studio album with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This copy has superb presence, clarity and size - it's bigger, bolder and richer, as well as more clean, clear and open than any copy we played
  • A Triple Plus PPM would clearly be a top pick for a Beatles Demo Disc - your jaw will drop
  • "... [The Beatles] were a group with the luck to meet opportunities, the wit to recognize them, the drive to seize them, and the talent to fulfil them. Please Please Me is the sound of them doing all four."
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June Christy
June's Got Rhythm

  (Item #: chrisjunes_1905_3) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • KILLER sound for this Capitol Mono pressing with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it throughout
  • Just listen to the piano on Gypsy In My Soul - it’s rich, warm and full-bodied. You’ll never hear an RVG recording with a piano that sounds like that!
  • Musically this album is right up there with the best we know, the creme de la creme of female vocal recordings
  • Christy excels on a jazz-oriented set... Her versions of such songs as "I'm Glad There Is You," "My One and Only Love," "When Lights Are Low" and "Blue Moon" are tasteful, sincere and often quite memorable." - All Music
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Foreigner
Foreigner

  (Item #: foreiforei_1905) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding copy of Foreigner's self-titled debut album with solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout- exceptionally quiet too
  • Super big, lively, clear, open and resolving of musical information - this is the way you want your Foreigner album to sound
  • Includes the classics: "Feels Like The First Time," "Cold As Ice," and "Long, Long Way From Home," along with many others
  • 4 stars: "The album spawned some of the biggest FM hits of 1977... and the state-of-the-art rock production values of the day, which allowed the band to sound hard but polished. As pure rock craftsmanship goes, Foreigner was as good as it got in the late '70s."
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The Rolling Stones
Some Girls

  (Item #: rollisomeg_1804_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides of this copy of the Stones' landmark 1978 album
  • 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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The Pretenders
The Pretenders

  (Item #: preteprete_1905) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This outstanding UK pressing of the band's debut studio album boasts a Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side two mated with very good Hot Stamper sound on side one
  • Clear, present and dynamic, with a punchy bottom end - this British pressing is guaranteed to murder any domestic LP you've heard
  • This is one of engineer Bill Price's better efforts behind the boards, and Chris Thomas's production is State of the Art
  • 5 stars: "Few rock & roll records rock as hard or with as much originality as the Pretenders' eponymous debut album. A sleek, stylish fusion of Stonesy rock & roll, new wave pop, and pure punk aggression, Pretenders is teeming with sharp hooks and a viciously cool attitude."
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Foreigner
4

  (Item #: forei4_1905) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this Radio Rock Classic
  • This copy had better energy, punchier bass, and bigger, more immediate presentation than many others in our shootout
  • Rockers like Juke Box Hero and Urgent, along with the heartfelt ballad Waiting For A Girl Like You, here sound better than you've ever heard them
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "In producer Robert John 'Mutt' Lange -- fresh off his massive success with AC/DC's Back in Black -- guitarist and all-around mastermind Mick Jones found both the catalyst to achieve [a grand slam of a record] and his perfect musical soulmate..."
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Styx
Pieces Of Eight

  (Item #: styx_piece_1905) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Here is the kind of sound we want on our ELP, Yes and Queen-like multi-layered Proggy Pop Rock - big, full-bodied and lively
  • 4 stars: "Styx's feisty, straightforward brand of album rock is represented best by 'Blue Collar Man,' an invigorating keyboard and guitar rush... reaching number 21, with the frolicking romp of 'Renegade' edging in at number 16 only six months later... the rest of the album includes tracks that rekindle some of Styx's early progressive rock sound, only cleaner. Tracks like 'Sing for the Day,' 'Lords of the Ring,' and 'Aku-Aku' all contain slightly more complex instrumental foundations..."
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America
History: America's Greatest Hits

  (Item #: amerihisto_1905) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of America's 1975 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from start to finish
  • THE BIG SOUND on both sides lets this Greatest Hits compilation hold its own against the originals
  • 4 1/2 stars: "History: Greatest Hits perfectly spotlights both the polished and layered production of British studio legend George Martin and the West Coast tones of the band's folk-pop style. Featuring the group's many chart toppers from the first half of the '70s, this definitive roundup includes Neil Young-style acoustic sides like "Lonely People," the hippie MOR of "Muskrat Love," and breezy acid rock like "Sandman." An essential collection for fans who like their '70s folk with a pop sheen, loads of hooks, and top-drawer arrangements."
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Gerry Rafferty
City To City

  (Item #: raffecityt_1905) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on this early British pressing of Rafferty's Must Own Classic - exceptionally vinyl too
  • City to City is truly an Undiscovered Gem - no right-thinking audiophile can fail to be impressed the songwriting and production of Rafferty's Masterpiece of British Folk Pop
  • You won't believe how rich, Tubey Magical, big, undistorted and present this copy is (until you play it anyway)
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Rafferty's turns of phrase and tight composition skills create a fresh sound and perspective all his own... resulting in a classic platter buoyed by many moments of sheer genius."
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Leroy Vinnegar Sextet
Leroy Walks!

  (Item #: vinneleroy_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding pressing of Leroy Vinnegar's debut album has solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides- exceptionally quiet too
  • The Contemporary LP stereo sound here is completely natural in every respect - rich, warm and smooth
  • 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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The Moody Blues
In Search Of The Lost Chord

  (Item #: moodyinsea_1903_1905) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • This STUNNING early UK pressing has Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it throughout
  • Just full of that Moodies Magic - warm, full-bodied, rich and smooth with excellent size and energy
  • The first Moody Blues album to feature their trademark mellotron arrangements
  • "...the album on which the Moody Blues discovered drugs and mysticism as a basis for songwriting and came up with a compelling psychedelic creation, filled with songs about Timothy Leary and the astral plane and other psychedelic-era concerns."
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Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel (2)

  (Item #: gabrigabr2_1801_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A KILLER Shootout Winning UK copy of Peter Gabriel's sophomore release with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This is Gabriel's One True Rock Album, and it can really be a knockout when it has this kind of punchy bass and pile-driving energy
  • With the help of the estimable Robert Fripp on guitar, it has to be his most consistent recording, featuring his most innovative mainstream music
  • 4 1/2 stars: "'On the Air' and 'D.I.Y.' are stunning slices of modern rock circa 1978, bubbling with synths, insistent rhythms, and polished processed guitars, all enclosed in a streamlined production that nevertheless sounds as large as a stadium."
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Bob Dylan
Highway 61 Revisited

  (Item #: dylanhighw_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $249.99

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

  (Item #: talkinameo_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This superb double album boasts Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on all four sides
  • When the sound is this immediate and three-dimensional, it takes the listener's enjoyment of the music to a whole new level
  • Surprisingly big, lively, open, rich and present with real extension both up top and down low
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Originally released in 1982, the album chronicles the growth of the band, both stylistically and personnel-wise... The excitement of this material is palpable, and the muscular band rips into these tunes with more power than the originals in most cases... arguably one of their finest releases."
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Blood, Sweat & Tears
Child is Father to the Man

  (Item #: bloodchild_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: mitchforth_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • 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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The Beatles
Yellow Submarine

  (Item #: beatlyello_1808_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding copy of Yellow Submarine boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last
  • This pressing is clean, clear, solid and energetic - just the right sound for this classic Beatles music
  • The only place to find the All-Time Classic Hey Bulldog, as well as All Together Now and It's All Too Much
  • Hands down the toughest Beatles album to find with good sound (especially on side two), which is why they so rarely hit the site
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Creedence Clearwater Revival
Bayou Country

  (Item #: creedbayou_1810_1905) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A KILLER Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) copy - you won't find better sound for this band on vinyl
  • Proud Mary and Good Golly Miss Molly are absolute MONSTERS on this early pressing - you will be floored
  • Our pick for the best sounding CCR recording -- when you have a copy that sounds like this one, and, trust me, a copy as good sounding as this one is tough to find
  • 4 1/2 stars: "All the songs add up to a superb statement of purpose, a record that captures Creedence Clearwater Revival's muscular, spare, deceptively simple sound as an evocative portrait of America."
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Buffalo Springfield
Again

  (Item #: buffaagain_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find insanely good Triple Plus (A+++) Tubey Magical Analog sound from start to finish for Buffalo Springfield's sophomore release
  • Consistently brilliant songwriting and production: Mr. Soul; A Child's Claim To Fame; Expecting To Fly; Bluebird; Hung Upside Down; Sad Memory; Rock & Roll Woman; Broken Arrow and more!
  • A Desert Island Disc for yours truly - 5 Stars:"...this record stands as their greatest triumph... its classic status cannot be denied"
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Bud Shank
And the Sax Section

  (Item #: shankandth_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • 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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The Beatles
Yellow Submarine

  (Item #: beatlyello_1901_1905) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A STUNNING sounding copy of Yellow Submarine with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from first note to last
  • This is the place to find Hey Bulldog, All Together Now and It's All Too Much, and with this Shootout Winner you will not believe how good those songs can sound
  • Hands down, the toughest Beatles album to get good sound for, especially on side two, which is why top copies like this one so rarely hit the site
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The Beach Boys
Surfin' U.S.A.

  (Item #: beachsurfi_1802_1905) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb copy of this Beach Boys classic from 1963 - this one earned Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides
  • Very few surf records offer the kind of realistic, lifelike sound you get from this pressing, on both sides
  • The sound is big, open, rich and full, with the performers front and center (as well as left and right)
  • "... the album as a whole is the best they would make, prior to the late '60s..." - Allmusic
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War
Deliver The Word

  (Item #: war__deliv_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $299.99

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

  (Item #: montgwillo_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Wes Montgomery's superb posthumous release finally makes its Hot Stamper debut, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • The stereo sound here is Tubey Magical, lively and clear, with three-dimensionality that will fill your listening room from wall to wall
  • Assembled using additional material from the live Smokin' at the Half Note sessions, this collection served as the perfect memorial to Montgomery's musical genius
  • Grammy Award Winner for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
  • "... what you will hear, bathed in winds or not, is prime, mature Wes Montgomery stretching out in full, with unbelievable confidence in his ear and technique at all times..."
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Art Blakey Jazz Messengers
Free For All

  (Item #: blakefreef_1903_1905x) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Insanely good sound throughout for this Blue Note New York label pressing with both sides earning shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound
  • This LP was simply bigger, richer and clearer, with more Tubey Magic, less smear and distortion, and on and on down the list
  • A Van Gelder recording from 1964 is hard to beat for you-are-there immediacy, and this pressing delivers that qualitiy like no other copy you've heard - we guarantee it
  • "Free for All is a high point in drummer Art Blakey's enormous catalog. This edition of the Jazz Messengers had been together since 1961 with a lineup that would be hard to beat: Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor sax, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Cedar Walton on piano, and Reggie Workman on bass."
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Sonny Rollins
The Standard Sonny Rollins

  (Item #: rollistand_1901_1905) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • The Standard Sonny Rollins finally makes its Hot Stamper debut with killer Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to last
  • Once again the brilliant engineering of Ray Hall for RCA conveys the vitality of live music for these sessions (which were undoubtedly recorded live)
  • Includes superstars like Herbie Hancock, Jim Hall, and Bob Cranshaw, who've lent their talents to some of the greatest jazz recordings of all time
  • Allmusic user rating: 4 stars - "Like The Sound Of Sonny some eight years ago, here’s another classic standard album from The Saxophone Colossus that will remain as bright and timeless as ever."
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Santana
Santana (III)

  (Item #: santasant3_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With two stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sides, this copy finished top of the pile in our recent shootout - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Amazing transparency - you hear into the huge, deep soundfield with almost nothing between you and the musicians
  • Surprising amounts of Tubey Magic - some of the best sound this very well recorded band achieved in the studio
  • 4 1/2 stars: "It's an album that has aged extremely well due to its spare production (by Carlos and the band) and its live sound. This is essential Santana, a record that deserves to be reconsidered in light of its lasting abundance and vision."
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Gerry Mulligan
Jeru

  (Item #: mullijeru_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This Black Print 360 original stereo pressing from 1962 put every other copy we played to shame; Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it throughout
  • Tubier, more transparent, more dynamic, with that "jumpin' out of the speakers' quality that only The Real Thing (an old record) ever has
  • Hard to imagine any reissue, vintage or otherwise, can beat the sound of this LP - we sure couldn't find one
  • "Jeru flawlessly swings with a relaxed, throbbing, positive life force."
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Elton John
Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player

  (Item #: john_donts_1903_1905) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) Shootout Winning side one and a Double Plus (A++) side two, this UK copy has a side one that cannot be beat
  • Forget the dubby, closed-in and transistory domestic pressings - here is the relaxed, rich, spacious, musical, lifelike sound that only the best imports can show you
  • Thanks to Ken Scott's brilliant engineering and Gus Dudgeon's production savvy, every song here sounds better than you imagined
  • 4 stars: "His most direct, pop-oriented album... a very enjoyable piece of well-crafted pop/rock."
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America
Homecoming

  (Item #: amerihomec_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A stunning copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides - the first such copy we've found in almost two years (!)
  • This is a simply wonderful Green Label original pressing - big, rich and Tubey Magical with excellent transparency and breathy harmony and lead vocals
  • Some of the most tubey and warm acoustic guitar reproduction you could ever ask for - this is the sound of real analog!
  • Ventura Highway sounds amazing here, as does everything else; it's a Demo Disc for acoustic guitars and vocals
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Hampton Hawes
Everybody Likes Hampton Hawes...

  (Item #: hawesevery_volume_3_1904x) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Insanely good sound throughout for this Contemporary Yellow Label stereo pressing with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • Note how correct the sound of the instruments is on these sides. Dead-on instrumental timbre is unquestionably the hallmark of any Contemporary recording, and this one is as right sounding as any we have ever played
  • "The third of three Hampton Hawes trio dates with bassist Red Mitchell and drummer Chuck Thompson is on the same high level as his first two... [he] comes up with consistently creative ideas throughout this swinging bop date."
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David Bowie
Young Americans

  (Item #: bowieyoung_1810_1905) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • One of the better copies of Bowie's soul album to hit the site this year - incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side two and excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on one
  • This vintage pressing is simply bigger and fuller than the competition, with massive amounts of energy and rich punchy bass
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl too - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout - they don't come any quieter
  • One of our favorites by The Man, with so many killer tracks: Young Americans, Win, Fascination, Somebody Up There Likes Me, Across the Universe and, of course, Fame
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The Police
Outlandos d’Amour

  (Item #: policoutla_1903_1905) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • One of the best copies to hit the site in quite a while - Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • Few audiophiles (I'm guessing) know how well recorded this album is - you need just the right UK pressing to show you what's really on the tape
  • Roxanne, So Lonely, Can't Stand Losing You all sound amazing on these Shootout Winning (or close to them) sides
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Although Sting, Andy Summers, and Stewart Copeland were all superb instrumentalists with jazz backgrounds, it was much easier to get a record contract in late-'70s England if you were a punk/new wave artist, so the band decided to mask their instrumental prowess with a set of strong, adrenaline-charged rock, albeit with a reggae tinge. "
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Sly & The Family Stone
Stand

  (Item #: slyanstand_1812_1905) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • With stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides, this copy will be tough to beat - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Tired of the crude, congested, hard, harsh and otherwise unpleasant sound of most pressings? The solution is right here!
  • Stand, I Want To Take You Higher, Everyday People, You Can Make It If You Try -- what a killer lineup of songs
  • 5 stars: "Stand! is the pinnacle of Sly & the Family Stone's early work, a record that represents a culmination of the group's musical vision and accomplishment. Add to this a sharpened sense of pop songcraft, elastic band interplay, and a flowering of Sly's social consciousness, and the result is utterly stunning. "
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David Bowie
Lodger

  (Item #: bowielodge_1903_1905) 

Our Price: $399.99
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  • A KILLER copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second - exceptionally quiet UK vinyl too
  • This copy was doing it all right -- bigger, richer, more full-bodied, more present, better bass and the list goes on
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The most accessible of the three Berlin-era records David Bowie made with Brian Eno, simply because there are no instrumentals and there are a handful of concise pop songs. Nevertheless, Lodger is still gnarled and twisted avant pop... It might not stretch the boundaries of rock... but it arguably utilizes those ideas in a more effective fashion."
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Bob Dylan
Blood On The Tracks

  (Item #: dylanblood_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A shootout winning copy of the only Dylan record to make our Top 100 list - this one earned Triple Plus (A+++) grades or close to them on both sides
  • For musical, un-hyped acoustic guitars and vocals, the sound of this album is tough to beat in Dylan's catalog
  • The better copies are rich, warm, tubey and full-bodied - in other words, they are what's good about vintage analog
  • 5 stars: "...it's an affecting, unbearably poignant record, not because it's a glimpse into his soul, but because the songs are remarkably clear-eyed and sentimental, lovely and melancholy at once. Dylan made albums more influential than this, but he never made one better."
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Roxy Music
Avalon

  (Item #: roxymavalo_1903_1905) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • A stunning early UK pressing of this Roxy classic: Triple Plus (A+++) or very close to it on both sides!
  • Superb sound from start to finish -- full-bodied and warm with wonderfully sweet vocals
  • Copies that are exceptionally open, clear and big present this music the way it was meant to be heard
  • Credit Rhett Davies with creating the sonic space that clearly displays so many singers, instruments and sounds
  • "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." - Allmusic, 5 stars
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Deep Purple
The Book of Taliesyn

  (Item #: deeppbooko_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • An insanely good sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish and the first copy to ever hit the site!
  • Both sides here are big, full-bodied, Tubey Magical and present with plenty of extension on both ends
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "By the time 1972 came around, Deep Purple immersed themselves in dumb lyrics, unforgettable riffs, and a huge presence, much like Black Sabbath. The evolution from progressive to hard rock was complete, but a combination of what they did here -- words that mattered matched by innovative musical passages -- would have been a more pleasing combination." - All Music
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Steely Dan
Countdown to Ecstasy

  (Item #: steelcount_1812_1905) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • This shootout winning copy has stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally 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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Dire Straits
Dire Straits

  (Item #: diresdires_1809_1905x) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • Stunning shootout winning sound throughout, with both sides of this very special British pressing rating a Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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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Carole King
Tapestry

  (Item #: king_tapes_1903_1905) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • This KILLER copy of King's beloved Tapestry earned top honors -- Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides are big, full and Tubey Magical yet still clean, clear and open - you will hear that the dark veils of most copies have finally been lifted
  • This album is clearly Carole's masterpiece - it's loaded with great songs, and they all sound fantastic here
  • 5 stars: "...an intensely emotional record, the songs confessional and direct; in its time it connected with listeners like few records before it, and it remains an illuminating experience decades later."
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T.Rex
The Slider

  (Item #: trex_slide_1808_1905) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • Insanely good sound throughout this early UK pressing with each side rating a Triple Plus (A+++) or very close to it - quiet vinyl too
  • These sides were bigger, richer and livelier, with more bass, energy and Tubey Magic than the other copies we played (which is why this copy won the shootout)
  • Even the best domestic pressings always sounded dubby to us - we gave up playing them years ago
  • 5 stars: "The Slider essentially replicates all the virtues of Electric Warrior, crammed with effortless hooks and trashy fun. All of Bolan's signatures are here - mystical folk-tinged ballads, overt sexual come-ons crooned over sleazy, bopping boogies, loopy nonsense poetry, and a mastery of the three-minute pop song form."
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Creedence Clearwater
Creedence Clearwater...

  (Item #: creedcreed_1905_2) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This an unusually good sounding copy of CCR's debut boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades
  • Low-distortion, lively, solid and dynamic - this is the sound that Creedence was going for, and here it is!
  • Probably the most difficult CCR studio album to find with excellent sound, and to find one that plays this quietly, fuhgeddaboudit
  • Featuring classics such as I Put a Spell on You, the extended-length jam Susie Q (8:37, perfect for Underground Radio), The Working Man, Porterville and more
  • 4 stars: "... the band's sound is vibrant, with gutsy arrangements that borrow equally from Sun, Stax, and the swamp."
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Van Halen
Women And Children First

  (Item #: vanhawomen_1903_1905) 

Our Price: $129.99

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

  (Item #: acdc_backi_1903_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides, this Back in Black ROCKS like no other copy you've heard - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides play exceptionally well for a Robert Ludwig original, which is absolutely the only way to go on the album
  • Top 100, and if you turn it up good and loud, one of the biggest, boldest, hardest rockin' records ever made
  • 5 stars: "... tawdry celebration of sex is what made AC/DC different from all other metal bands — there was no sword & sorcery, no darkness, just a rowdy party, and they never held a bigger, better party than they did on Back in Black."
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Donald Byrd
The Cat Walk

  (Item #: byrd_catwa_1905) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This pressing of Donald Byrd's brilliant 1962 release boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Credit must go to Rudy Van Gelder once again for capturing the jazz energy of this superbly sympathetic ensemble
  • These sides are lively and fun, with the kind of sound RVG managed pretty consistently to get on tape
  • 4 stars: "Donald Byrd and baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams worked together on several recordings between 1958 and 1961, and The Cat Walk (released on LP in 1962) is among the best. Byrd's playing throughout is typically sleek and lyrical, and Adams' sturdy, husky baritone sound is the perfect counterbalance, making The Cat Walk an essential Byrd purchase."
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Stevie Ray Vaughan
Couldn't Stand The Weather

  (Item #: vaughcould_1905_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding pressing of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble's sophomore album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - fairly quiet too
  • The bass is big, the overall presentation is huge, and the energy is jumpin' on this early pressing - this is the right sound for SRV's hard-chargin' Electric Blues
  • 4 stars: "Stevie Ray Vaughan's second album, Couldn't Stand the Weather, pretty much did everything a second album should do: it confirmed that the acclaimed debut was no fluke, while matching, if not bettering, the sales of its predecessor, thereby cementing Vaughan's status as a giant of modern blues."
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Gerry Mulligan
Gerry Mulligan '63

  (Item #: mulligerry_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $249.99

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

  (Item #: brubetimeo_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding Six Eye Stereo pressing boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • A wonderful copy of this Must Own Jazz Classic - big and open, with note-like bass and huge amounts of studio space
  • 5 stars on Allmusic, an audiophile favorite and a great example of what's phenomenally good about 1959 All Tube Analog recordings
  • "Dave Brubeck's defining masterpiece, Time Out is one of the most rhythmically innovative albums in jazz history, the first to consciously explore time signatures outside of the standard 4/4 beat or 3/4 waltz time."
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Al Green
Green Is Blues

  (Item #: greengreen_1905_1) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides of this Al Green classic from 1969
  • Exceptionally spacious and three-dimensional, as well as relaxed and full-bodied - this pressing was a step up over many of the copies we played
  • A superb collaboration between Al and Willie Mitchell, whose brilliant and skillful production elevated Al's music to new heights
  • "[Green] sang with the conviction and talent that provided the final component in an artistically and commercially satisfying union."
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The Beatles
Revolver

  (Item #: beatlrevol_1905) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An outstanding UK pressing with two very strong sides, earning Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER for sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This copy of The Beatles' landmark Psych album from 1966 will show you richness, energy, clarity and bottom end weight you had no idea was even possible on Revolver
  • Guaranteed to beat any original, the Heavy Vinyl (mono or stereo), the Half-Speed - you name it, this copy will beat it
  • 5 Stars and 14 glorious tracks including Taxman; Eleanor Rigby; Good Day Sunshine; Got To Get You Into My Life, Tomorrow Never Knows (!) and more
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