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Super Hot Stamper

David Bowie
Let's Dance

  (Item #: bowieletsd_1811_1904) 

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


  • These two excellent sides, both rating Double Plus (A++) grades for sound, are guaranteed to deliver the funky goods on this '80s classic - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • We love the low end weight and midrange smoothness on these killer copies - they're big, clear and rich with some of the most powerful, punchiest bass you've ever heard
  • A real Demo Disc at high volumes on the right system - Modern Love, China Girl and the title track are knockouts when you play them good and loud
  • Top 100 of course - Let's Dance is one of the best sounding Bowie albums ever recorded - this superb pressing is proof!
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Lionel Richie
Can't Slow Down

  (Item #: richicants_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of Richie's second solo studio album, with solid Double Plus (A++) very ANALOG sound from start to finish
  • Rich, smooth and natural, the sound here is guaranteed to please - recall that the 12" of All Night Long was on the TAS List back in the day (and yes, I used to sell it!)
  • 4 1/2 stars: "In 1999, Q magazine included Can't Slow Down on its list of the best Motown records of all time and stated, "Production values are high, his songwriting craft is at its peak and at least one track - the global smash 'All Night Long' - is an anthem to good times that makes the heart sing and feet twitch.""
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Roxy Music
Country Life

  (Item #: roxymcount_1904) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • You'll find very good Hot Stamper grades on both sides of this early British import pressing
  • One of a handful of albums that represent the musical high watermark of early- to mid-'70s Art Rock
  • Includes many of the best songs Ferry ever wrote and Roxy ever played - if you're a fan this is a Must Own album
  • AMG raves that "...Country Life finds Roxy Music at the peak of their powers, alternating between majestic, unsettling art rock and glamorous, elegant pop/rock. Roxy Music rarely sounded as invigorating as they do here."
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Warren Zevon
Excitable Boy

  (Item #: zevonexcit_1904) 

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


  • This superb copy of Zevon's 1978 release boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is anchored by an exceptionally fat, rich, punchy low end, and this copy delivers on that promise big time
  • Much like The Pretender, this is a superb recording with the kind of Tubey Magical Analog Richness we go crazy for here
  • 4 stars: "Excitable Boy was an actual hit, scoring one major hit single, 'Werewolves of London,' and a trio of turntable hits ('Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner,' 'Lawyers, Guns and Money,' and the title track)."
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Roxy Music
Roxy Music

  (Item #: roxymroxym_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This UK pressing earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - this is some of the most dynamic sound the band achieved - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Andy Hendriksen's engineering (over the course of a week!) is superb in all respects and practically faultless
  • A Top 100 album, the band's Masterpiece, and a Must Own Desert Island Disc of Glamorous Arty Rock
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Falling halfway between musical primitivism and art rock ambition, Roxy Music's eponymous debut remains a startling redefinition of rock's boundaries. Simultaneously embracing kitschy glamour and avant-pop, Roxy Music shimmers with seductive style and pulsates with disturbing synthetic textures."
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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Porgy & Bess

  (Item #: fitzgporgy_1904) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • Stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on sides two, three and four and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the first side of this Ella & Louis classic
  • Spacious, full-bodied and Tubey Magical, with Ella and Louis front and center, this is the sound you want for their brilliant collaboration from 1958
  • Two vocal giants came together to perform Gershwin's timeless opera, revered by both music lovers and audiophiles to this day
  • 4 1/2 stars: "What's really great about the Ella and Louis version is Ella, who handles each aria with disarming delicacy, clarion intensity, or usually a blend of both."
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Joni Mitchell
Song To A Seagull

  (Item #: mitchsongt_1812_1904) 

Our Price: $99.99
Sale Price: $79.00 (You save $20.99 / 21%)


  • This outstanding copy boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • The vocals are breathy and clear, and the overall sound is rich and full with lovely guitar transients
  • Our favorite Joni Mitchell album by far - as good as her others are, this one has a special charm we can find on no other record, by Joni or anyone else
  • "What sets this release apart from those of other confession-style singer/songwriters of the time is the craft, subtlety, and evocative power of Mitchell's lyrics and harmonic style... " Allmusic
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The Doors
Waiting For the Sun

  (Item #: doorswaiti_1808_1904) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $169.00 (You save $30.99 / 15%)


  • Two outstanding sides for this superbly recorded Doors album on the original Elektra Gold Label, with strong Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • The sound is lively and tonally correct, with Morrison's rich vocals well reproduced and especially Tubey Magical
  • It's tough (not to mention expensive) to find these early Gold Label pressings with this kind of sound
  • A Top 100 Title - "Krieger, Ray Manzarek and John Densmore were never more lucid... This was a band at its most dexterous, creative, and musically diverse ..."
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Carlos Montoya
Flamenco Concert

  (Item #: montoflame_1904) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • KILLER sound throughout with both sides earning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to it
  • The overall sound here is incredibly big, rich and Tubey Magical with tons of space and plenty of energy; Montoya's guitar is really jumping out of the speakers!
  • "Montoya is credited with having transformed flamenco guitar music into a separate music style, beyond being a traditional dance accompaniment. He adapted flamenco to other genres of music to create his own recognizable style, becoming an international star." - Wikipedia
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Stevie Wonder
Songs In The Key Of Life

  (Item #: wondesongs_1904) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A stunning copy of Stevie Wonder's epic double album with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to last
  • This is an amazing sounding copy, as good as anything we've ever played, but the vinyl has a number of issues, so we've lowered the price accordingly
  • From top to bottom, on all four sides, the sound is rich, warm and natural with wonderful transparency, ambience and loads of Tubey Magic
  • 5 stars: "...Stevie Wonder's longest, most ambitious collection of songs... that — just as the title promised — touched on nearly every issue under the sun, and did it all with ambitious (even for him), wide-ranging arrangements and some of the best performances of Wonder's career. "
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George Harrison
All Things Must Pass

  (Item #: harriallth_1901_1904) 

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


  • With superb Double Plus (A++) grades across all six sides, this early British box set of All Things Must Pass has sound that will be very hard to beat - fairly quiet vinyl for this album too
  • It's rich and Tubey Magical, yet still clean and (fairly) clear with lovely studio space and a solid bottom end
  • If you've struggled with domestic pressings and later imports or Heavy Vinyl reissues, your troubles are over - here is the sound you were looking for
  • "Without a doubt, Harrison's first solo recording is his best. Drawing on his backlog of unused compositions from the late Beatles era, Harrison crafted material that managed the rare feat of conveying spiritual mysticism without sacrificing his gifts for melody and grand, sweeping arrangements."
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Rita Coolidge
It's Only Love

  (Item #: cooliitson_1904) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Stunning sound throughout with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • We've been going through a number of Rita's albums lately, and with It's Only Love we feel we've discovered the best sounding of them all, and as luck would have it, it also happens to contain her best music
  • Fans of Linda Ronstadt's '70s music are going to find a lot of Tubey Magical sound to like here - this is a simply wonderful example of the kind of album that makes record collecting fun
  • John Haeny, the principal engineer for Rita and hubby Kris Kristofferson during the '70s, in fact worked on some of Linda's albums, as well as those by Judy Collins, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Little Feat and many others
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The Rolling Stones
It's Only Rock 'N' Roll

  (Item #: rolliitson_1904_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding early pressing of this Rolling Stones classic, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The best pressings are cleaner and clearer, with much less grit and grain - richness is also key to the sound of the killer copies
  • The superbly talented Andy Johns engineered, so you can be sure that this is the sound the Stones were aiming for
  • "Throughout, the Stones wear their title as the "World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band" with a defiant smirk, which makes the bitter cynicism of "If You Can't Rock Me" and the title track all the more striking, and the reggae experimentation... all the more enjoyable."
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Spirit
Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus

  (Item #: spiritwelv_1904_3) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding early pressing of Spirit's 1970 Trippy Masterpiece, with Double Plus (A++) sonic grades that are guaranteed to rock your world - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Huge, lively and dynamic - this legendary Psych album creates a wall to wall, three dimensional psychedelic 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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Grateful Dead
Grateful Dead

  (Item #: grategrate_1904) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • KILLER sound throughout for this original WB Gold Label pressing with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • Both sides here are super rich and full-bodied yet still clean, clear and open with tons of energy and a great bottom end
  • A copy like this lets you hear what the band was going for without the grit and congestion (not to mention godawful surfaces) that you find on the typical pressing
  • "... a valiant attempt to corral the group's hydra-headed psychedelic jug-band music on vinyl..." - All Music
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Spirit
Spirit

  (Item #: spirispiri_1808_1904) 

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


  • Excellent sound for this psychedelic Masterpiece from 1968, with both sides rating a strong Double Plus (A++) for sonics
  • Wall to wall, with layered studio depth like you will not believe, the kind of space you hear on an engineering classic like Dark Side
  • It's tough to find these originals in audiophile playing condition, which is why we so rarely have them on the site, but this one is about as quiet as they can be found
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic, but in our estimation it deserves at least five - it's simply one of the Sixties' Greatest Debut Albums of All Time
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Spirit
Spirit

  (Item #: spirispiri_1904) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • Incredible sound for this psychedelic masterpiece with both sides rating a Triple Plus (A+++)
  • Wall to wall, with layered studio depth like you will not believe, the kind of space you hear on an engineering classic like Dark Side
  • The first Triple Triple Shootout Winning copy to hit the site in years, and one of the few that's quiet enough to enjoy
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic, but in our estimation it deserves at least five - it's simply BRILLIANT
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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
So Far

  (Item #: crosbsofar_1904) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this outstanding copy of So Far - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound on this superb pressing is full-bodied and lively, with solid and present vocals, as well as vocal dynamics that are hard to find on most rock records
  • The two exclusive tracks, Ohio and Find the Cost of Freedom, are amazingly well recorded - both sound fantastic here
  • If you've made the mistake of buying any Heavy Vinyl pressing containing any of these songs, this record will show you just exactly what you've been missing
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Joni Mitchell
Mingus

  (Item #: mitchmingu_1904) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of this wonderful collaboration from 1979 with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Rich, dynamic and natural sounding with low end weight, midrange smoothness and powerful, punchy bass
  • If you're a fan of Joni's more adventurous work you'll find a lot to like here
  • Features "luminaries" including Herbie Hancock and some of Weather Report, who join Mingus in helping Joni bring these jazzy works to life
  • "... Mitchell could not have chosen any finer musicians than the sextet she ultimately incorporated into this work."
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Journey
Escape

  (Item #: journescap_1904) 

Our Price: $169.99

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

  (Item #: vanhavanha_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding copy of the band's debut album boasts solid Double Plus sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides here are smooth, rich and Tubey Magical, with soaring guitars and huge choruses that really get loud
  • One of the most powerful rock recordings of its day (if you get one that sounds like this)
  • 5 stars: "They sound vital, surprising, and ultimately fun -- and really revolutionary, because no other band rocked like this before Van Halen, and it's still a giddy thrill to hear them discover a new way to rock on this stellar, seminal debut. "
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Humble Pie
Performance - Rockin' The Fillmore

  (Item #: humblperfo_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades on three sides, and outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on the fourth, this original pressing on the custom A&M label is ROCKIN' all right - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Performance is one of the best sounding - perhaps even THE best sounding - Hard Rock concert albums we've ever heard
  • Engineered by the legendary Eddie Kramer, what other live rock record sounds this good?
  • "There was a time where this kind of self-congratulatory improvisation was not only accepted but expected and Performance not only captures that point in time, but in its exacting detail it illustrates how this self-satisfied instrumental exploration could be a very good thing."
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Earth, Wind & Fire
That's The Way of the World

  (Item #: earththats_1904_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding pressing of the band's 1975 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • Both sides are open, spacious and transparent, with a huge three-dimensional soundfield and an energy level that's off the charts
  • Includes EWF classics, Shining Star and, of course, That's The Way of The World
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Earth, Wind & Fire has delivered more than its share of excellent albums, but if a person could own only one EWF release, the logical choice would be That's the Way of the World, which was the band's best album as well as its best-selling. There are no dull moments on World, one of the strongest albums of the 1970s and EWF's crowning achievement."
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Julie London
About The Blues

  (Item #: londoabout_1904) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy of London's 1957 release will be very hard to beat
  • Julie's lilting vocals are clear, breathy, Tubey Magical, and sweet, like practically nothing you've ever heard
  • Rich, smooth, sweet, full of ambience, dead-on correct tonality - everything that we listen for in a great record is here
  • 4 stars: "About the Blues ... may just be her best orchestral session. Since downbeat torch songs were London's specialty, the album features an excellent selection of nocturnal but classy blues songs that play to her subtle strengths..."
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Cream
Fresh Cream

  (Item #: creamfresh_1904) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy was one of the best we played in our recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Cream's debut has much better sound than most of the albums that followed - it's surprisingly Tubey Magical, with tons of studio space and lovely vocal presence
  • If all you know is the DCC pressing, or any other Heavy Vinyl pressing, you are in for quite a treat with this Hot Stamper import
  • "Fresh Cream represents so many different firsts, it's difficult to keep count. Cream, of course, was the first supergroup, but their first album not only gave birth to the power trio, it also was instrumental in the birth of heavy metal and the birth of jam rock..."
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Muddy Waters
I’m Ready

  (Item #: waterimrea_1904) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A KILLER copy with superb Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the first - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • If you're looking for a Hot Stamper Blues album to add variety to your collection, you can't do much better Muddy Waters' I'm Ready
  • 'Waters and band provide these well-worn gems with a little new studio polish, but it is with the newer songs that the performers really shine... For new listeners trying to get a feel of what the blues is all about, I'm Ready and its bookends are the albums to start with. Once you experience a taste of Muddy Waters, you'll be ready for more."
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Dr. John
Desitively Bannaroo

  (Item #: drjohdesit_1812_1904) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding early Atco pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Richness and plenty of tight bass are key to bringing the rhythmically challenging music of New Orleans to life, and here there is plenty of both
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl they're making - for Tubey Magic and energy, this is the only way to go
  • "As in In the Right Place, Mac has taken advantage of the specialized production talents of Allen Toussaint (at Toussaint's own Sea-Saint Studios in New Orleans), and has again used the fabled New Orleans band The Meters as his studio group. Each of the twelve cuts on the LP has been well-conceived, clearly thought-out, and reveals a new level of musical depth for the doctor."
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Joni Mitchell
Court and Spark

  (Item #: mitchcourt_1904_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and Double Plus (A++) sound on the first; exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • The sound is rich, warm and natural with wonderful transparency, ambience and loads of Tubey Magic
  • One of our very favorite Joni albums here at Better Records, and probably her Best Sounding Album
  • "[A] remarkably deft fusion of folk, pop, and jazz ... the music is smart, smooth, and assured from the first note to the last." - AMG 5 Stars
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The Rolling Stones
No. 2

  (Item #: rollino2_1812_1904) 

Our Price: $179.99
Sale Price: $149.00 (You save $30.99 / 17%)


  • This vintage Decca pressing has outstanding sound - both sides did very well in our recent shootout, earning Double Plus (A++) grades and playing fairly quietly
  • This Mono pressing (made from the mono tapes) will show you the real, honest sound of the early, early Stones
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "...[No. 2 includes] one of the group's best blues covers, their version of Muddy Waters' "I Can't Be Satisfied," which wasn't released in America until 1973 and features some killer slide playing by Brian Jones."
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U2
War

  (Item #: u2___war_1802_1904) 

Our Price: $119.99
Sale Price: $99.00 (You save $20.99 / 17%)


  • A wonderful copy, this pressing earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Here you will find big bass, great energy and even a pretty sizable helping of Tubey Magic (for 1983)
  • Full-bodied, smooth analog sound is the key to the best pressings, and here both sides have it
  • 5 Stars: "Opening with the ominous, fiery protest of "Sunday Bloody Sunday," War immediately announces itself as U2's most focused and hardest-rocking album to date. Blowing away the fuzzy, sonic indulgences of October with propulsive, martial rhythms and shards of guitar, War bristles with anger, despair, and above all, passion... U2 always aimed at greatness, but War was the first time they achieved it."
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Milt Jackson
Plenty, Plenty Soul

  (Item #: jacksplent_1812_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding vintage stereo pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - if you want to hear the Tubey Magic, size and energy of this wonderful session from 1957, this is the way to go
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The first side of Plenty, Plenty Soul, which features a nine-piece group, is highlighted by the contributions of the exuberant altoist Cannonball Adderley, while the flip side has a sextet that is not hurt by the solos of tenor-saxophonist Lucky Thompson. With pianist Horace Silver helping out on both sessions, these all-star dates still sound fresh and enthusiastic decades later."
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Poco
Poco

  (Item #: poco_poco_1812_1904) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this copy of Poco's sophomore release - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This vintage reissue is guaranteed to beat the pants off any original you have ever heard
  • Here is the size, the space, the depth, the Tubey Magic and, most importantly, the ability to get good and loud the right way
  • There are two Must Own Poco releases, including the first album - we think this is clearly the more interesting of the two
  • 4 stars: "These songs represent the group's blend of country and rock at its finest and brightest... Poco is well worth owning by anyone interested in the early days of this particular band, and of country-rock in general."
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Bob Dylan
New Morning

  (Item #: dylannewmo_1808_1904) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • A superb vintage pressing with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or better throughout - on exceptionally quiet vinyl to boot
  • During our recent shootout we found 1970's New Morning to be surprisingly enjoyable - it fits in nicely between Dylan's country era and his later '70s works such as Blood On The Tracks
  • He's also singing in his familiar Bob Dylan "nasally" voice, not the country croon he developed for Nashville Skyline
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... the overall quality is quite high, and many of the songs explore idiosyncratic routes Dylan had previously left untouched... Such offbeat songs make New Morning a charming, endearing record."
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The Zombies
The World of the Zombies

  (Item #: zombiworld_1810_1904) 

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


  • Two outstanding sides each rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or close to it - you have never heard The Zombies sound better, guaranteed
  • When you get hold of a sublimely Tubey Magical copy such as this, the sound of Rod Argent's Hammond B-3 is nothing less than glorious
  • This UK compilation plays very quiet throughout - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - they don't come quieter
  • 4 Stars: "The Zombies' obvious appreciation for adeptly crafted melodies and rich vocal harmonies likewise made them favorites of pop fans as well as more discerning listeners."
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Cat Stevens
Mona Bone Jakon

  (Item #: stevemonab_1904) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • You'll find superb Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides of this copy of Cat Stevens' brilliant third album
  • So transparent, open, and spacious that nuances and subtleties that escaped you before are now front and center
  • When you hear I Wish I Wish and I Think I See The Light here you will understand why this is one of the greatest popular recordings in history
  • These originals are nearly impossible to find in good shape - this copy plays quieter than any other we have in stock
  • "A delight, and because it never achieved the Top 40 radio ubiquity of later albums, it sounds fresh and distinct."
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Hampton Hawes
Vol 2: The Trio

  (Item #: hawesvol2t_1901_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) pressing from '55/'56 mono tapes is EVERYTHING that's good about mono
  • Finishing right behind our Shootout Winner, here is the size, the weight, the solidity, the clarity, the energy, the rhythmic drive, and more!
  • Some of the best sound and the best music we have ever heard on any Hampton Hawes album
  • 4 1/2 Stars [but we give it 5]: "... this Hampton Hawes date would certainly make good company for any other top jazz piano trio records in your collection."
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Cannonball Adderley
Somethin' Else

  (Item #: addersomet_1803_1904) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Outstanding sound throughout with both sides rating a solid Double Plus (A++) - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • A triumph for Rudy Van Gelder, a Top Blue Note title, and as much a showcase for Miles Davis as it is for Cannonball
  • The best copies of this album set a standard that practically no other jazz record we're aware of can meet
  • 5 stars: "Both horn players are at their peak of lyrical invention, crafting gorgeous, flowing blues lines."
  • "...signs of Milesian influence are the calm, conversational delivery of the title track and the newfound lyricism in Adderley’s playing that followed from his nightly experience at the trumpeter’s side."
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Rod Stewart
Every Picture Tells A Story

  (Item #: stewaevery_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: daviscooki_1904) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • Both sides here are big, full-bodied, clear and present with plenty of energy
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "As these recordings demonstrate, there is an undeniable telepathic cohesion that allows this band to work so efficiently both on the stage and the studio... Davis' pure-toned solos and the conversational banter that occurs with Coltrane, and later Garland during "When the Lights Are Low," resound as some of these musicians' finest moments." - All Music, 4 1/2 Stars
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Steely Dan
Katy Lied

  (Item #: steelkatyl_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding original copy of Steely Dan's fourth album with solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • Take it from Steely Dan: "The sound created by musicians and singers is reproduced as faithfully as possible, and special care is taken to preserve the band-width and transient response of each performance."
  • Our pick for the best Dan album of them all, a Masterpiece of Jazzy Swing Pop that is sure to 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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Astrud Gilberto
Windy

  (Item #: gilbewindy_1812_1904) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound throughout, just shy of our shootout winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Forget whatever Heavy Vinyl imposter is in print - this vintage Verve stereo pressing has the kind of High-Rez Tubey Magical Midrange that's the only way to bring Astrud's music to life in your very own listening room
  • "... Windy nevertheless proves one of Astrud Gilberto's most consistent and sublime efforts, artfully straddling the division between Brazilian bossa nova and American sunshine pop."
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The Who
Quadrophenia

  (Item #: who__quadr_1904) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on all four sides of this British Track pressing
  • Quadrophenia - a Top 100 Title - is the last of the truly great Who albums, and you won't believe how good it sounds here
  • If you want to hear this music explode out of the speakers and come to life the way The Who intended it to, just set the volume good and high and let 'er rip
  • 5 stars: "Some of Townshend's most direct, heartfelt writing is contained here, and production-wise it's a tour de force, with some of the most imaginative use of synthesizers on a rock record."
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Bob Marley
Live!

  (Item #: marlelive_1904_1) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • Amazing sound on this Shootout Winning British Island pressing - Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it on both sides
  • We were blown away by this copy - you won't believe how big and rich this music can sound (especially if all you know is domestic or modern pressings)
  • Recorded in 1975 and released between Natty Dread (1974) and Rastaman Vibration (1976), Marley was at the peak of his powers at this time
  • This album is a real contender to make the next update of our Top 100 list - it's that impressive
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "One of the most memorable concert recordings of the pop music era."
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Steely Dan
Pretzel Logic

  (Item #: steelpretz_1904) 

Our Price: $649.99

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

  (Item #: rollitheir_1805_1904) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This elusive Rolling Stones classic 2-pack boasts KILLER Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side two and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side one
  • 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 that sounds as good as this one
  • You get some real Stones classics as well - Citadel, 2000 Man, and 2000 Light Years From Home, to name a few
  • Exceptionally quiet for a vintage Decca Stones album, this one plays Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus, as quiet as any copy we have ever played
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Pink Floyd
Piper at the Gates of Dawn

  (Item #: pinkfpiper_1904_1) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An outstanding import pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This vintage British LP is spacious, lively, full-bodied, and full of the Tubey Magic that lets the early Floyd sound the way it should
  • Based on our extensive experience, it's highly unlikely any (pricey!) original can touch this later pressing
  • 5 stars: "...successfully captures both sides of psychedelic experimentation — the pleasures of expanding one’s mind and perception, and an underlying threat of mental disorder and even lunacy... One of the best psychedelic albums of all time."
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The Gregg Allman Band
Playin' Up A Storm

  (Item #: allmaplayi_1904) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This outstanding copy boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • A surprisingly well-recorded album - the sound is exceptionally rich, smooth and natural in the best tradition of Seventies Analog
  • "Playin' Up a Storm is a well-made, expertly performed set of blues-rock, soul-pop, and straight-ahead rock & roll ...the thing that makes it one of Allman's best solo efforts is the terrific performances. Not only is he in fine voice, delivering each song with conviction, but his supporting band - featuring such luminaries as Dr. John and Bill Payne - is sterling."
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David Bowie
Hunky Dory

  (Item #: bowiehunky_1904_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This UK pressing of Bowie's pre-Ziggy Folk Rock masterpiece earned outstanding Double (A++) grades for sound
  • The best tracks on the album are Demonstration Quality - Oh You Pretty Things is a KNOCKOUT here
  • Rich, spacious and sweet, with a HUGE soundstage - drop the needle on Changes and listen to how dynamic it is
  • 5 stars: "On the surface, such a wide range of styles and sounds would make an album incoherent, but Bowie's improved songwriting and determined sense of style instead made Hunky Dory a touchstone for reinterpreting pop's traditions into fresh, postmodern pop music."
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Oscar Peterson Trio
West Side Story

  (Item #: peterwests_1904_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • Both sides here are super big, rich and full-bodied with plenty of energy and bottom end weight
  • Credit engineer Bob Simpson, the man behind the legendary Belafonte at Carnegie Hall
  • Which wouldn't mean much if the music wasn't swingin', but it is - this trio's on fire
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Traffic
John Barleycorn Must Die

  (Item #: traffjohnb_1904_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good sides each rating a Double Plus (A++) or BETTER, this copy was one of the better pressings we played in our shootout
  • Both sides have the vintage analog sound we love - rich and smooth, with plenty of Tubey Magic and studio space
  • Arguably their best album, certainly their most groundbreaking, original and involving - Low Spark would rank a close second
  • "...the band sounds utterly grounded. As the grooves percolate effortlessly along, it becomes clear that unity, not any technical skill, is what makes the music levitate."
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The Beatles
Beatles For Sale

  (Item #: beatlforsa_1901_1904) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Off the charts sound for the band's classic fourth album; Triple Plus (A+++) on side two, Double Plus (A++) on the first - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Superb energy and presence - the band is RIGHT THERE and full of the LIFE the best Beatles pressings always have
  • An underrated Beatles album - 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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David Bowie
David Live

  (Item #: bowiedavid_1812_1904) 

Our Price: $169.99
Sale Price: $129.00 (You save $40.99 / 24%)


  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades, or close to them, on all four sides of this Bowie classic -fairly quiet vinyl too
  • One of our favorite live recordings - a great overview of Bowie's career through 1974
  • 1984, Rebel Rebel, Sweet Thing and Rock & Roll With Me come ALIVE in performance like you have never heard before
  • A-List players of the day deliver sonic treats, including multiple horn players, multiple percussionists, all-male chorus background vocals, the searing fuzzed-out guitar leads of Earl Slick, piano and Mellotron by Mike Garson, and the amazing Herbie Flowers on bass
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The Police
Zenyatta Mondatta

  (Item #: policzenya_1810_1904) 

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


  • 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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Ella Fitzgerald
The Johnny Mercer Song Book

  (Item #: fitzgsings_mercer_1812_1904) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A stunning Triple Plus (A+++) side two backed with a superb Double Plus (A++) side one for this Verve stereo original LP
  • The huge, rich orchestral sound captured so beautifully by Val Valentin is always one of the highlights of these songbooks
  • By the time this one came out in 1964 Ella had already recorded 18 LPs of songbooks - this was the last, going out on a high note
  • Some of the Mercer Classics here are Too Marvelous For Words, Day In-Day Out, Laura, Skylark, Midnight Sun, I Remember You
  • AMG raves "this is one of the best of Ella Fitzgerald's songbooks. Fitzgerald's assured and elegant voice is a perfect match for Mercer's urbane lyrics and Nelson Riddle's supple arrangements..."
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Ray Charles
Sweet & Sour Tears

  (Item #: charlsweet_1804_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides of this Shootout Winning 1964 pressing - exceptionally QUIET vinyl for a vintage Ray Charles record (!)
  • This stereo pressing is the only way to hear these classic songs sound rich, powerful and free from coloration
  • A concept album filled with an eclectic collection of themed music, this release showcases Charles' innovative approach to recording
  • "...One is almost tempted to think that Charles was toying with audience expectations by mixing unabashedly sentimental slow tunes with the far more bluesy, satisfying, and upbeat numbers, such as his surprisingly brassy, punchy treatment of "Cry Me a River.""
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Steely Dan
The Royal Scam

  (Item #: steelroyal_1904) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This early pressing earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) sonic grades - this is a Royal Scam with energy and drive
  • This copy of The Dan's hard-rockin' classic from 1976 has the right sound for this music - rich and meaty, with powerful rhythmic energy
  • "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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Joni Mitchell
Court and Spark

  (Item #: mitchcourt_1904) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding early pressing with seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides
  • It's rich, warm and natural with wonderful transparency, loads of ambience and - this is key - Tubey Magic
  • One of our very favorite Joni albums here at Better Records, and probably The Best Sounding Record She Ever Made
  • 5 stars: "A remarkably deft fusion of folk, pop, and jazz ... the music is smart, smooth, and assured from the first note to the last."
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Black Sabbath
Vol. 4

  (Item #: blackvol4_1904) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides here are really rockin' -- big and full-bodied with tight punchy bass and lots of energy
  • We agree with Henry Rollins, who said, "Sabbath could be my favourite band... There's something about their music that's so painful and yet so powerful."
  • 5 Stars: "... it does find Sabbath at their most musically varied, pushing to experiment amidst the drug-addled murk... Die-hard fans sick of the standards come here next, and some end up counting this as their favorite Sabbath record for its eccentricities and for its embodiment of the band's excesses."
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Free
Free

  (Item #: free_free_1904_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • An insanely good sounding Island import pressing with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish and one of the few copies to hit the site in many years!
  • These side were doing everything right -- incredibly big, full-bodied and spacious with tons of big rock energy and a solid bottom end
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "... an album that stands alongside its predecessor as a benchmark of British blues at the turn of the 1960s." - All Music, 4 Stars
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Shelly Manne & His Friends
My Fair Lady

  (Item #: mannemyfai_1904_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This early Black Label Stereo pressing earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl
  • This Contemporary pressing has the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records can barely BEGIN to reproduce
  • Recorded entirely in one session, this album was the first jazz recording comprised entirely of songs from a Broadway musical - the results are decidedly provocative
  • 5 stars: "This trio set by Shelly Manne & His Friends... was a surprise best-seller and is now considered a classic...The result is a very appealing set that is easily recommended."
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Andre Previn & His Pals
Gigi

  (Item #: previgigi_1904_1) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • A superb sounding Contemporary Yellow Label Stereo pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER 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 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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Hampton Hawes
Everybody Likes Hampton Hawes...

  (Item #: hawesevery_volume_3_1904_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb sound throughout for this Contemporary Yellow Label stereo pressing with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER
  • 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." -- All Music
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Frank Sinatra
Nice and Easy

  (Item #: sinatnicea_1904_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Outstanding sound throughout with both sides rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or BETTER
  • The Chairman sounds out of this world here -- incredibly rich, smooth, musical and balanced
  • Take this one home and play it against the MoFi pressing for a good laugh -- this thing will positively SMOKE whatever other version you might have in your collection, guaranteed
  • "... a breezy collection of mid-tempo numbers arranged by Nelson Riddle" - All Music
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The Allman Brothers
Idlewild South

  (Item #: allmaidlew_1904_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This original Atco pressing has outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout, with the kind of energy this music needs
  • Easily the group's best sounding studio recording and especially impressive on a copy like this - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Cue up Midnight Rider or In Memory Of Elizabeth Read to hear the Allman Brothers magic in these grooves
  • 5 stars "The best studio album in the group's history, electric blues with an acoustic texture, virtuoso lead, slide, and organ playing, and a killer selection of songs, including "Midnight Rider," "Revival," "Don't Keep Me Wonderin'," and "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed"..."
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Miles Davis
Kind of Blue

  (Item #: daviskindo_1904_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An outstanding pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER 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 pressing
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "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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Roxy Music
Siren

  (Item #: roxymsiren_1904) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides of this outstanding early pressing of Roxy's Art Rock classic from 1975
  • The sound is quite a bit richer and fuller than on most of the copies we played , with much less grain and much more Tubey Magic, two qualities that earn a lot of points in our shootouts
  • Some of Bryan Ferry's strongest and most consistent 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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Pink Floyd
Dark Side Of The Moon

  (Item #: pinkfdarks_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Two very good Hot Stamper sides that are guaranteed to trounce any copy you've ever heard
  • These very special import pressings give you the kind of sound you've always dreamed of for Dark Side
  • When the sax player rip into his solo as Money gets rockin' it's almost scary how big and lively it is
  • Alan Parsons Claim to Fame, 5 Stars on AMG, a Top 100 album for us (of course) and Demo Disc to beat them all
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Stealers Wheel
Stealers Wheel

  (Item #: stealsteal_1807_1904) 

Our Price: $349.99
Sale Price: $299.00 (You save $50.99 / 15%)


  • This early British pressing has two outstanding sides, both earning shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades for their amazingly Tubey Magical sound
  • The legendary Geoff Emerick engineered, which explains why the sound is (potentially) so good on the better pressings.
  • Take it from us: the real British-pressed vinyl from the real master tape makes all the difference in the world
  • 4 Stars: "Ultimately, this very solid outing casts a somber shadow because of unfulfilled expectations. And any record this carefully crafted doesn't deserve to languish in the bins of obscurity..."
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Herbie Mann
Live At The Village Gate

  (Item #: mann_livea_1802_1904) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • This outstanding vintage pressing of Herbie Mann's Live Must Own Classic boasts excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • One of the better flute jazz albums we've heard, both in terms of sonics and music
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Mann's hit version of "Comin' Home Baby" from this live set became his first big hit. In addition to 'Comin' Home Baby,' Mann and his men perform memorable versions of 'Summertime' and 'It Ain't Necessarily So'; the latter is 20 minutes long."
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John Coltrane
A Love Supreme

  (Item #: coltrloves_1810_1904) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb sounding early stereo copy - each side earned solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grade or BETTER
  • Here's the explosive improvisational energy that made the album such a revelation in 1964 - copies of A Love Supreme that sound as good as this one are rare indeed
  • 5 stars: "Trane's classic quartet of Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, and Jimmy Garrison stepped into the studio and created one of the most thought-provoking, concise, and technically pleasing albums of their bountiful relationship (not to mention his best-selling to date)... It is almost impossible to imagine a world without A Love Supreme having been made, and it is equally impossible to imagine any jazz collection without it."
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Ellington-Basie
The Count Meets the Duke

  (Item #: ellinfirst_1805_1904) 

Our Price: $199.99

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

  (Item #: burreblues_1812_1904) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides of this original Verve pressing
  • The sound is wonderful -- big, lively, open and clear with Tubey Magical richness that only these good early pressings can show you
  • "Blues - The Common Ground finds Burrell backed by lots of brass and wind instruments for most of the album, hardly his usual setting. But his guitar successfully weaves in and out of songs... blending with the band and creating a pleasant balance". - All Music
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Miles Davis
Miles In The Sky

  (Item #: davismiles_in_1811_1904) 

Our Price: $199.99
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  • Miles Davis' 1968 release returns to the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound and exceptionally quiet vinyl (for an original)
  • This Columbia 360 LP boasts rich, full-bodied, clear sound with the space and three-dimensionality that we had trouble finding on later pressings - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Excellent sound courtesy of Arthur Kendy's and Frank Laico's engineering at the famed Columbia Studio B in NYC
  • Miles here is backed by his classic '60s All Star crew - Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter & Tony Williams
  • "...Miles Davis explicitly pushed his second great quintet away from conventional jazz, pushing them toward the jazz-rock hybrid that would later become known as fusion... intriguing music..."
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Elvis Presley
Fun In Acapulco

  (Item #: preslfunin_1904) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • You'll find superb Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides of this original RCA stereo pressing
  • Big and full-bodied with wonderfully breathy vocals, and tons of rockin' energy from none other than The King himself
  • Finding original RCA Black Label pressings from 1963, in stereo, in audiophile playing condition, is getting tougher every day, but here's one, and it sounds amazing
  • A wonderful soundtrack album for Presley's tropical travelogue film by the same name, this unique collection spotlight's Elvis' versatility, as well as his whimsical side
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Thelonious Monk
The Riverside Trios

  (Item #: monk_rivers_1902_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This Milestone 2 LP set has superb Double Plus (A++) sound on all four sides and plays about as quietly as these pressings ever do
  • We know of no better way to hear these legendary mono recordings - these are by far the best sounding pressings of both these albums we've yet to play
  • 4 1/2 stars: "When Thelonious Monk first signed with Riverside Records in 1955, producer Orrin Keepnews thought that it would be a good idea for the unrecognized giant to record an album of Duke Ellington compositions and follow it up with a set of standards so as to discount his eccentric and forbidding image. The results were quite satisfying, trio performances that made Monk's playing seem more accessible to the regular jazz audience without watering down his style."
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Hampton Hawes
Everybody Likes Hampton Hawes...

  (Item #: hawesevery_volume_3_1904) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • 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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Bob Dylan
Hard Rain

  (Item #: dylanhardr_1904) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A KILLER copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Both sides here are incredibly big, open and spacious with wonderfully present vocals
  • "At times, Hard Rain sounds bloated, featuring performances that are sometimes too ragged; though knowing the subtext of the events, some moments feel triumphant: musical and personal. We may not know Bob Dylan, but it’s an awfully close look at a stranger." - Magnet Magazine
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Fleetwood Mac
Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac

  (Item #: fleetpeter_1904_1) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • With two Hot Stamper sides, this original Epic Yellow Label pressing was a joy to hear - mostly quiet vinyl too
  • Fleetwood Mac is by far our favorite British Blues band - they put even the most popular Blues groups running around England in 1968 to shame
  • 4 1/2 star: "Fleetwood Mac's debut LP was a highlight of the late-'60s British blues boom. Green's always inspired playing, the capable (if erratic) songwriting, and the general panache of the band as a whole placed them leagues above the overcrowded field..."
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Fleetwood Mac
Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac

  (Item #: fleetpeter_1901_1904) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this UK pressing was one of the best we played in our recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Fleetwood Mac is by far our favorite British Blues band - these intensely heartfelt performances put even the most popular Blues groups' running around England in 1968 to shame
  • Forget whatever Heavy Vinyl imposter is in print - this vintage UK pressing has the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that those modern LPs barely BEGIN to reproduce
  • 4 1/2 star: "Fleetwood Mac's debut LP was a highlight of the late-'60s British blues boom. Green's always inspired playing, the capable (if erratic) songwriting, and the general panache of the band as a whole placed them leagues above the overcrowded field..."
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The Allman Brothers Band
... At Fillmore East

  (Item #: allmaatfil_1904) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With four outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, this Pink Label original is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other copy you've heard
  • This is one of the all-time great live albums, and with a copy like this one YOU ARE THERE at the Fillmore
  • The WHOMP factor here kicks up the excitement - here is the low-end foundation that lets the extended guitar jams work
  • 5 stars: "At Fillmore East is like a great live jazz session, where the pleasure comes from the musicians' interaction and playing... The pinnacle of the Allmans and Southern rock at its most elastic, bluesy, and jazzy."
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Harry Nilsson
Aerial Ballet

  (Item #: nilssaeria_1810_1904) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This outstanding copy boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • With tons of ambience, amazing richness, you-are-there immediacy, and tight bass, this is a stunning pressing of this Must Own Nilsson album
  • We're big Nilsson fans here at Better Records - play this record and you might become one too!
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "Harry Nilsson decided to pick up where he left off with his debut, offering another round of effervescent, devilishly clever pop, equal parts lite psychedelia, pretty ballads, and music hall cabaret."
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Talking Heads
Stop Making Sense

  (Item #: talkistopm_1809_1904) 

Our Price: $249.99

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

  (Item #: previgigi_1904) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • 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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Yes
The Yes Album

  (Item #: yes__yesal_1812_1904) 

Our Price: $349.99

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

  (Item #: creedpendu_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: basie88bas_1904) 

Our Price: $129.99

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

  (Item #: hendrhisto_1904) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • Insanely good Triple Plus (A+++) sound for both the Hendrix and Otis Redding sides; exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Both sides here are incredibly clean, clear, full-bodied and present with a solid bottom end and tons of energy
  • "... this was the album that made stars out of both Hendrix and Redding. Other than the original Whiskey A Go-Go record, it's the best live Redding set ever issued, and was the definitive live Hendrix as well until Band of Gypsys." - All Music, 4 1/2 Stars
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Pink Floyd
Piper at the Gates of Dawn

  (Item #: pinkfpiper_1904) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • An outstanding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from the first note to the last
  • Both sides of this UK import are incredibly big and Tubey Magical with a massive bottom end, excellent transparency and lots of detail and texture
  • 5 stars: "... successfully captures both sides of psychedelic experimentation — the pleasures of expanding one’s mind and perception, and an underlying threat of mental disorder and even lunacy... One of the best psychedelic albums of all time."
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The Beatles
A Hard Day’s Night

  (Item #: beatlahard_1904) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • With Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout, we guarantee you've never heard A Hard Day's Night sound remotely as good as it does here
  • On top of that this vintage UK pressing plays on relatively quiet vinyl - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • Both sides are big, spacious and absolutely jumping out of the speakers, with relatively rich, smooth sound
  • This one gets the heart of the music right - the lad's voices - and that's what makes The Beatles FUN to listen to
  • 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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Badfinger
Straight Up

  (Item #: badfistrai_1904) 

Our Price: $349.99

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

  (Item #: traffjohnb_1904) 

Our Price: $349.99

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

  (Item #: minguahum_1812_1904) 

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


  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better copies we played in our recent shootout
  • Another amazing 30th Street Studio recording by the legendary Fred Plaut - if you like Kind of Blue, here's another album with that sound (same year, same studio, same engineer)
  • The rich, sweet, spacious sound of the vintage tubes used to record the session is reproduced faithfully here
  • 5 stars: "Mingus Ah Um is a stunning summation of the bassist's talents and probably the best reference point for beginners... Mingus' compositions and arrangements were always extremely focused, assimilating individual spontaneity into a firm consistency of mood, and that approach reaches an ultra-tight zenith on Mingus Ah Um"
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Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin I

  (Item #: ledze1_1904_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of Zep's debut, rating Double Plus (A++) on both sides - (there are some condition issues though)
  • Arguably the biggest, clearest and most Tubey Magical Zeppelin album ever recorded, thanks to the engineering of Mr Glyn Johns
  • Just look at that track list - the lucky buyer of this copy will be hearing those songs come to life like never before
  • 5 stars: "Taking the heavy, distorted electric blues of Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, and Cream to an extreme... But the key to the group's attack was subtlety: it wasn't just an onslaught of guitar noise, it was shaded and textured, filled with alternating dynamics and tempos."
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Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin I

  (Item #: ledze1_1904) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A very impressive copy of Zep's amazing debut, rating Double Plus (A++) on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Arguably the biggest, clearest and most Tubey Magical Zeppelin album ever recorded, thanks to the engineering genius of Mr Glyn Johns
  • Just look at that track list - the lucky buyer of this copy will be hearing those songs come to life like never before
  • 5 stars: "Taking the heavy, distorted electric blues of Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, and Cream to an extreme... But the key to the group's attack was subtlety: it wasn't just an onslaught of guitar noise, it was shaded and textured, filled with alternating dynamics and tempos."
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Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Tarkus

  (Item #: emerstarku_1803_1904) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Triple Triple (A+++) - this shockingly good copy had Shootout Winning sound on BOTH SIDES and plays as quietly as any copy ever will (and far better than most)
  • Our monster Tarkus shootout produced exactly one amazing sounding British pressing of this quality, this one, guaranteed to rock your world
  • Eddie Offord's trademark Tubey Magic, energy, resolution, whomp factor and dynamics are all over this phenomenal recording
  • "More accomplished than the trio's first album, but not quite as polished as Brain Salad Surgery, Tarkus is nevertheless a must-have."
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Miles Davis
Basic Miles

  (Item #: davisbasic_1901_1903) 

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


  • Insanely good Classic Jazz sound for this wonderful Miles Davis collection, with both sides rating Triple Plus (A+++)
  • The nine minute plus Green Dolphin Street that opens side two has some of the coolest jazz you will ever hear, on any record, at any price
  • If you want to know what the best copies of Kind of Blue sound like, this pressing will tell you, because it has that sound
  • We're talking Bill Evans, John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley in their prime, 1958, with top 1958 sound to match
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Elton John
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

  (Item #: john_goodb_1904_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An outstanding early British pressing with big, bold Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • There's real Tubey Magic on this album, along with breathy vocals, in-your-listening-room midrange presence and no shortage of rock and roll energy
  • Overflowing with great songs, way too many to list - Candle In The Wind, Bennie And The Jets, and GYBR all sound killer here
  • A Top 100 Title: "...its individual moments are spectacular and the glitzy, crowd-pleasing showmanship that fuels the album pretty much defines what made Elton John a superstar in the early '70s."
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Spirit
Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus

  (Item #: spiritwelv_1904) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A stunning copy of Spirit's 1970 Trippy Masterpiece - Triple Plus (A+++) or very close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Huge, lively and dynamic - this legendary Psych album creates a wall to wall, three dimensional psychedelic 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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Ambrosia
Somewhere I’ve Never Travelled

  (Item #: ambrosomew_1904) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them on both sides of this truly phenomenal '70s Big Rock Production - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The best sides have the trademark Alan Parsons sound, with huge amounts of space in the studio, and the kind of musical energy that made the first Ambrosia album (which he mixed) such a joy to play
  • This band, their producers, and their engineers sweated every detail of this remarkable recording
  • "There is an unusual dreamlike quality that pervades its work. The songs seem to be reaching the listener direct from some strange and beautiful realm of the unconscious. It is an experience rare in popular music today or at any time. " - Billboard
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Neil Young
Zuma

  (Item #: youngzuma_1904) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A very good copy of Neil's exceptionally well recorded 1975 Masterpiece with Hot Stamper sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The best sides are clean, clear and super spacious with a punchy bottom end and lots of bottom end weight
  • Zuma captures a kind of garage band purity that makes practically any other studio album you own sound processed and desiccated in comparison
  • A Must Own Top 100 Title - just drop the needle on Danger Bird or Cortez the Killer to have your mind blown!
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