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Ray Charles
Have a Smile With Me

  (Item #: charlhavea_1906_10) 

Our Price: $169.99

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

  (Item #: mingumingu_moves_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding copy of Mingus Moves boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • This vintage pressing is well balanced, yet big and lively, with such wonderful clarity in the mids and highs as well as deep punchy bass and a big open and spacious soundfield
  • 4 stars: "Together this excellent quintet performed seven recent compositions... Only three of the pieces are by Mingus but all of the music is greatly influenced by his searching and unpredictable style."
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Art Blakey
Meet You At The Jazz Corner... Volume 2

  (Item #: blakemeety_vol2_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • The second in this superb 2-volume live set makes its Hot Stamper debut here with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Huge, Tubey Magical and lively, with solid weight down low and lots of space around all the instruments, this copy is guaranteed to fill your listening room with truly brilliant jazz music
  • A dynamic and energetic recording by Rudy Van Gelder that really jumps on a copy like this
  • 4 stars: "The band reels under the authoritative beat of Blakey, who grounds the emerging leadership of Morgan and Shorter... the pair seem to be likewise learning from the experience of simply interacting with each other. This sort of ‘on-the-job training' became an essential element in the Messengers and propelled the likes of Shorter into the orbit of Miles Davis."
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Art Blakey
Meet You At The Jazz Corner... Volume 1

  (Item #: blakemeety_vol1_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • The first in this superb 2-volume live set makes its Hot Stamper debut here with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Tubier, more present, more alive, with more of that "jumpin' out of the speakers" quality that only The Real Thing (an old record) ever has
  • Credit goes to RVG once again for the huge space that the superbly well recorded combo occupies
  • "Here all ears are tuned to the proverbial "jazz corner of the world," better known as Birdland, where the quintet serves up a healthy sampling of its concurrent catalog... a welcome addition to the library of most any jazz lover."
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Jimmy Reed
Jimmy Reed at Carnegie Hall

  (Item #: reed_jimmy_1910) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Jimmy Reed makes his debut on this site with this stunning copy of Jimmy Reed at Carnegie Hall
  • You'll find Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on ALL FOUR sides of this killer album
  • A surprisingly good recording - this early stereo pressing is wonderfully big and rich, with natural tonality and more three-dimensional space than any other copy we played
  • It took us years to find enough early Vee-Jay stereo (and mono) pressings that played quietly in order to do this shootout, and here is the winner in all its glory!
  • 5 stars: "... In some ways, it almost does make for a greatest-hits compilation, as it contains most of Reed's most popular tunes... it was highly popular and influential, making the Top 50 at a time when few blues LPs charted."
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Yes
Time And A Word

  (Item #: yes__timea_1910) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this killer UK pressing of Time And A Word - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Some of the best High Production Value rock music of the '60s and '70s, thanks to the band and a Mr Eddie Offord
  • If you've ever heard one of our Yes Album Hot Stampers, you'll know what to expect here - huge and powerful sound
  • "If Yes‘ debut was a prelude to their glory years as a band, Time and a Word sees them making a bold first step into the realm of prospective greatness."
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Deep Purple
Who Do We Think We Are!

  (Item #: deeppwhodo_1910_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Outstanding sound throughout for this UK import pressing with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades
  • The clarity, transparency, and freedom from smear and distortion really set these better pressings apart from the pack
  • The big hit song from this one was Woman From Tokyo and it sounds excellent on this copy -- very natural with real texture to the guitars and lots of WHOMP down low
  • On the best copies you can really hear the sound bouncing off the studio walls, just as you can on the best Zep, AC/DC and Bad Co. albums; you can just tell they are all playing much of this one live in the studio: it's so relaxed and natural and REAL sounding
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Traffic
Welcome to the Canteen

  (Item #: traffwelco_1910) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find superb Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on this outstanding UK copy of the band's first live album
  • Forget the dubby domestic pressings and whatever crappy Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - these UK LPs are the only way to fly
  • 4 stars: "... the playing was exemplary, and the set list was an excellent mixture of old Traffic songs and recent Mason favorites. "Dear Mr. Fantasy" got an extended workout, and the capper was a rearranged version of Steve Winwood's old Spencer Davis Group hit "Gimme Some Lovin'." ...Welcome to the Canteen's status as only a semi-legitimate offering was emphasized by the release of The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys). But that doesn't make it any less appealing as a summing up of the Winwood/Mason/Traffic musical world."
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The Band
The Band

  (Item #: band_band_1910ex) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With superb Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides, this is an outstanding copy of an absolutely essential album
  • Big bass, rich meaty guitars and smooth silky vocals make this a Band album like you have never heard before
  • Energy, presence, transparency, Tubey Magic - you name it, you will find it here
  • 5 stars: "As had been true of the first album, it was the Band's sound that stood out the most... The arrangements were simultaneously loose and assured, giving the songs a timeless appeal..."
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Rod Stewart
Gasoline Alley

  (Item #: stewagasol_1802_7_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - these UK pressings are ridiculously hard to find in this kind of shape with top quality sound
  • These early Vertigo sides are rich, smooth and Tubey Magical yet still relatively clean, clear and spacious
  • Absolutely as QUIET as any pressing we have played - it is the exceptionally rare copy that will play with audiophile quality surfaces
  • 5 Stars: "Of course, being a rocker at heart, Stewart doesn't let these songs become limp acoustic numbers -- these rock harder than any fuzz-guitar workout. The drums crash and bang, the acoustic guitars are pounded with a vengeance -- it's a wild, careening sound that is positively joyous with its abandon."
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Sonny Rollins & Coleman Hawkins
Sonny Meets Hawk

  (Item #: rollisonny_1811_7_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two and a side one that's close to it, this copy is going to be tough to beat
  • Exceptionally big, rich and Tubey Magical, here is the natural tonality that's a hallmark of Living Stereo in 1963
  • Amazing music from two saxophone masters on one of the most exciting jazz records we've heard in some time
  • 4 stars: "Coleman Hawkins and Sonny Rollins each virtually defined the tenor saxophone for his respective generation. To hear the two of them interacting freely is a deliciously exciting experience. Hawkins is able to cut loose like never before. "
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The Doors
L.A. Woman

  (Item #: doorslawom_1905_7_10) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This original is huge, lively and rich, earning outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound or BETTER on both sides
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl for ANY Doors album, but side two does have a handful of (mostly light) stitches that are audible
  • Our Hot Stamper of L.A. Woman was one of the better copies we heard in our recent shootout - it's got the big Bruce Botnick sound we love
  • If all you know are the various Heavy Vinyl versions, our outstanding Super Hot will show you just what you've been missing
  • "The seven-minute title track was a car-cruising classic that celebrated both the glamour and seediness of Los Angeles; the other long cut, the brooding, jazzy 'Riders on the Storm,' was the group at its most melodic and ominous."
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Cheap Trick
Dream Police

  (Item #: cheapdream_1903_7_10) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • KILLER sound throughout with both sides earning shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • Both sides here are clean, clear, full-bodied and spacious with a huge bottom end and lots of big rock energy
  • "Underneath the gloss, there are a number of songs that rank among Cheap Trick's finest, particularly the paranoid title track... ... it would later feel like one of the group's last high-water marks." - All Music, 4 1/2 Stars
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The Who
My Generation

  (Item #: who__mygen_1807_7_10) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • This import pressing is killer, with more correct tonality, dramatically less distortion and much more energy than anything you've heard, guaranteed
  • Some tracks do sound better than others, but that’s par for the course with early Who material
  • "An explosive debut, and the hardest mod pop recorded by anyone. At the time of its release, it also had the most ferociously powerful guitars and drums yet captured on a rock record. While the execution was sometimes crude, and the songwriting not as sophisticated as it would shortly become, the Who never surpassed the pure energy level of this record."
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Renaissance
Renaissance

  (Item #: renairenai_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A killer copy of the band's debut album, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or better on both sides
  • This is an outstanding recording. And why shouldn't it be? It's engineered by Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin II and many more)
  • "The original group's debut album was a then-groundbreaking meld of progressive rock with classical and jazz influences... [it's] far druggier than the later group in its ambience (cofounders Keith Relf and Jim McCarty were the heavily psychedelic half of the final lineup of the Yardbirds, which made them anathema to Jimmy Page), but vocalist Jane Relf had a striking individual style, and the classical influence was unique for its time."
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George Harrison
All Things Must Pass

  (Item #: harriallth_1905_7_10) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With superb Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER across all six sides, this early British box set of All Things Must Pass has sound that will be tough to beat - very 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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David Bowie
Pin-Ups

  (Item #: bowiepinup_1903_6_10) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A stunning copy of this Classic Bowie album from 1973 with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides have phenomenal amounts of Tubey Magic, thanks to the engineering of Ken Scott
  • The bottom end is huge, as would be expected from anything Ken recorded, and if you don't believe me, check out Baby You're a Rich Man off MMT
  • A really fun listen, with Bowie running through covers of his favorite Sixties hits in true Demo Disc sound
  • Turns out he's a great interpreter, turning in passionate versions of songs by The Who, Pink Floyd, The Yardbirds and more
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Julie London
Lonely Girl

  (Item #: londolonel_1910_1ex) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This KILLER early mono pressing boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Shockingly Tubey Magical and solid, with huge amounts of studio space - the vocals are sweet and breathy and the overall sound is rich and full
  • One of the best Sultry Female Vocal recordings ever made - Julie is practically holographic
  • 4 stars: "Lone guitarist Al Viola plays gentle Spanish-tinged acoustic behind the hushed vocalist, and it suits London perfectly. While the singer was often chided for her beauty and lack of range, she deftly navigates these ballads without any rhythmic underpinnings to fall back on. London's intense focus on phrasing and lyrics recalls Chet Baker's equally telescopic approach."
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The Flying Burrito Bros.
Burrito Deluxe

  (Item #: flyinburri_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb copy with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • These sides are exceptionally low-distortion, lively, solid and dynamic - just what this music needs
  • 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 recording, a vintage pressing like this one is the way to go
  • "Indeed with this album, Hillman and Parsons carved a substantial place in music history as one of the most influential bands of all time."
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Simon & Garfunkel
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary...

  (Item #: simonparsl_1910_1) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This Columbia 360 pressing of Simon and Garfunkel's breakthrough from 1966 boasts Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • A longtime Better Records Top 100 album and a Demo Disc for Tubey Magical voices and guitars
  • 4 1/2 stars: "[I]t is an achievement akin to the Beatles' Revolver or the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album, and just as personal and pointed as either of those records at their respective bests."
  • "Few others have come close to the intelligence, beauty, variety, creativity, and craftsmanship that [PSR&T] captured." Pete Fornatale
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Simon & Garfunkel
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary...

  (Item #: simonparsl_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding Columbia 360 pressing of Simon and Garfunkel's breakthrough from 1966 boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Here is a copy with especially smooth, present, breathy vocals - this is the sound we love at Better Records, and the sound that the modern reissue too often fails to capture
  • A longtime Better Records Top 100 album and a Demo Disc for Tubey Magical voices and guitars
  • 4 1/2 stars: "[I]t is an achievement akin to the Beatles' Revolver or the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album, and just as personal and pointed as either of those records at their respective bests."
  • "Few others have come close to the intelligence, beauty, variety, creativity, and craftsmanship that [PSR&T] captured." Pete Fornatale
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Neil Diamond
Hot August Night

  (Item #: diamohotau_1904_6_10) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding original pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on all four sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The superb presence and energy here have the power to bring the definitive Neil Diamond concert performance right into your very own listening room
  • If you own the MoFi, this copy will show you how they screwed up the sound of Neil's voice - nothing new there, right?
  • 4 1/2 stars: "This is the ultimate Neil Diamond record. Not necessarily the best - he's at his most appealing crafting in the studio - but certainly the ultimate, capturing all the kitsch and glitz of Neil Diamond, the showman."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Tears For Fears
The Seeds Of Love

  (Item #: tearsseeds_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This early import pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The Seeds Of Love is the band's masterpiece, and hearing it sound this big and lively is nothing short of a THRILL
  • Both sides here have smooth, sweet, analog richness and spaciousness you may not have known were possible on this record
  • 4 stars: "Along with Songs from the Big Chair, The Seeds of Love was part of a one-two artistic punch in the late '80s that situated Tears for Fears as one of the decade's more ambitious pop groups."
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Elton John
Elton John

  (Item #: john_elton_1910_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding pressing of this notoriously troublesome title, Elton's follow-up to Empty Sky, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides
  • The chances of us finding a copy that plays any quieter than this one lie somewhere between slim and none
  • So many Elton John classics are here and there's not a dog in the bunch: Border Song, Take Me to the Pilot, Sixty Years On, Your Song, etc.
  • The strings on Sixty Years On are huge, rich and rosiny and the arrangements by Paul Buckmaster are advanced even by today's standards
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Even with the strings and choirs that dominate the sound of the album, John manages to rock out on a fair share of the record... Elton John remains one of his best records."
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Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Trilogy

  (Item #: emerstrilo_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this UK Island pressing was one of the better copies we played in our recent shootout - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • From The Beginning has the kind of Tubey Magical liquidity that made it a staple in practically every stereo store I walked into in the '70s
  • An excellent recording by the Prog Engineering Master, Eddie Offord, that really shines on a pressing as good as this one
  • 4 stars: "By 1972, Eddie Offord's recording and producing techniques had reached a peak. He provided a lush, comfy finish to the album that made it particularly suited for living-room listening and the FM airwaves... Every track on this album has been carefully thought, arranged, and performed to perfection..."
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Dennis Wilson
Pacific Ocean Blue

  (Item #: wilsopacif_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb copy of Wilson's debut album, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Huge, Tubey Magical and lively, with solid weight down low and lots of space around all the instruments - just the right sound for this music
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The set's 12 songs reveal a songwriter who was looking to stretch out on his own and engage a vision of music that stood far outside what the Beach Boys were capable of handling or executing... This album is a classic, blissed-out, coked-up slice of '70s rock and pop that is as essential as Fleetwood Mac's Rumours..."
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Kenny Burrell
Guitar Forms

  (Item #: burreguita_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of Burrell's 1965 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Balanced, musical and full throughout - this pressing is a big step up from most other copies we played
  • We agree with the Allmusic reviewer, this album is every bit as the groundbreaking work Evans did with Miles, and for our money, makes for an even more enjoyable album length listen
  • 4 stars: "His landmark 1965 collaboration with Gil Evans, Guitar Forms rivals anything the arranger did with Miles Davis. Indeed, the track "Lotus Land" has a bolero form very reminiscent of Sketches of Spain. Throughout, Burrell takes thoughtful, concise, and utterly musical solos, and even switches to acoustic classical guitar on Prelude #2 and Loie."
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Devo
Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo

  (Item #: devo_arewe_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Devo's superb debut finally returns to the site after more than a year, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • This pressing is head and shoulders above the pack, with the kind of big, punchy, full-bodied sound this music absolutely demands
  • Tons of great songs on here, including Uncontrollable Urge, Jocko Homo, Too Much Paranoias, and their killer cover of The Stones' Satisfaction
  • 4 1/2 stars: "A seminal touchstone in the development of American new wave... had a conceptual unity that bolstered the consistent songwriting, making it an essential document of one of new wave's most influential bands."
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Deep Purple
Machine Head

  (Item #: deeppmachi_1910_1) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Two killer sides clocking in at Double Plus (A++) or BETTER - the sound is huge, with real energy, presence and whomp
  • Amazingly spacious and three-dimensional, no doubt the result of the album being recorded practically live in the studio
  • Their superbly talented engineer, Martin Barre, recorded the big, bold, rich, smooth sound of British Rock about as well as anyone ever did
  • 5 stars: "Machine Head was anything but a one-trick pony, introducing the bona fide classic opener 'Highway Star,' which epitomized all of Deep Purple's intensity and versatility while featuring perhaps the greatest soloing duel ever between guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and organist Jon Lord."
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Julie London
Lonely Girl

  (Item #: londolonel_1910) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A superb early mono pressing which offers outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl for this title too
  • Julie is in the room with you - intimate, breathy and Tubey Magical like nothing you've ever heard (especially if you own the Heavy Vinyl reissue)
  • One of the best Sultry Female Vocal recordings ever made - Julie is practically holographic
  • 4 stars: "Lone guitarist Al Viola plays gentle Spanish-tinged acoustic behind the hushed vocalist, and it suits London perfectly. While the singer was often chided for her beauty and lack of range, she deftly navigates these ballads without any rhythmic underpinnings to fall back on. London's intense focus on phrasing and lyrics recalls Chet Baker's equally telescopic approach."
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Bob Marley
Live!

  (Item #: marlelive_1905_10) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This outstanding Island British import copy of Live! boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • 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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Bud Shank & Clare Fischer
Bossa Nova Jazz Samba

  (Item #: shankbossa_1903_10) 

Our Price: $129.99

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

(UK Island)

  (Item #: stevecatch_1903_10_island) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, this vintage UK Island pressing is guaranteed to beat any original pressing you have ever heard, from any country - and it will beat it by a wide margin
  • The sound here is bigger, tubier, more dynamic, more lively, more present and just plain more EXCITING than anything you've heard before
  • Many of Cat's best songs are on this one - Can't Keep It In, Angelsea, 18th Avenue, Freezing Steel and more
  • "Celebrated and adored for his sanguine lyrics and irresistible hooks, Cat Stevens was one of the rare singer-songwriters capable of composing genuinely optimistic songs that didn't leave a sappy residue in listeners' ears."
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Roxy Music
Roxy Music

  (Item #: roxymroxym_1904_10) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • 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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Little Feat
Waiting For Columbus

  (Item #: littlwaiti_1905_10) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on all four sides, this copy of Waiting for Columbus is outstanding from first note to last
  • Some of the best sounding live rock and roll sound you will ever hear outside of a concert venue
  • One of our all-time favorite live recordings and their single best release - a true Masterpiece
  • 4 1/2 stars: "There's much to savor on Waiting for Columbus, one of the great live albums of its era, thanks to rich performances that prove Little Feat were one of the great live bands of their time."
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Milt Jackson & John Coltrane
Bags & Trane

  (Item #: jacksbagsa_1812_5_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding sound on this vintage stereo pressing, with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grades and playing fairly quietly
  • One of Tom Dowd's many excellent recordings of John Coltrane at the height of his powers - the sound is to die for
  • If you think the originals of Classic Jazz Albums such as this one are the only ones with the "right sound," this Hot Stamper pressing will surely be a revelation - it's guaranteed to MURDER any early pressing you play it against
  • 5 stars: "Vibraphonist Milt Jackson and tenor saxophonist John Coltrane make for a surprisingly complementary team on this 1959 studio session, their only joint recording."
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Leonard Cohen
Recent Songs

  (Item #: cohenrecen_1809_6_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: montggoino_1906_10) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides, this early stereo copy blew the competition away with its size, Tubey Magical richness and vibrant jazz energy
  • Once again Oliver Nelson's Big Band arrangements take the music to another level - the guy's a genius
  • "...it's a classic big-band album, with smart charts by Nelson and stolen moments of Montgomery's guitar grandeur and romantic truth scattered throughout.
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Jimmy Smith
Bashin'

  (Item #: smithbashi_1910) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • One of the better copies from our most recent shootout of this Big Band Jazz classic led by Jimmy Smith - Double Plus (A++) or BETTER sound throughout
  • If you own only one Jimmy Smith album, make it this one - with Oliver Nelson's arrangements ferociously blasting away, at good loud levels the first side here has the power to swing like you will not believe
  • 5 stars: "On the first half of the program, Smith was for the first time joined by a big band. Oliver Nelson provided the arrangements, trumpeter Joe Newman and altoist Phil Woods have a solo apiece, and "Walk on the Wild Side" became Smith's biggest hit up to that point."
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Barbra Streisand
People

  (Item #: streipeopl_1905_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of Streisand's fourth solo studio album with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This copy is hard to fault - big, open, clear, with space and three-dimensionality that modern pressings can only dream of
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Barbra Streisand returned to form on her fourth album, People, with a selection of songs that showed some of the imagination of her debut album... it was a definite improvement over the second and third albums. (People won Grammy Awards for Best Vocal Performance and Best Album Cover.)"
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Julie London
Make Love To Me

  (Item #: londomakel_1811_4_10) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This outstanding original Liberty Turquoise mono pressing boasts solid Double Plus (A++) grades, or close to them, on both sides
  • Thanks to superb engineering and vintage All Tube mastering, this 1957 LP is wonderfully rich and sweet, with a breathy, intimate Julie London performing live in your listening room
  • It's also pressed on unusually quiet vinyl - Mint Minus Minus, with no issues to speak of - they don't come quieter
  • 4 stars: "Julie London's concise and melodic versions of standards were quite popular during the latter half of the 1950s. Her subtle sensuality and lightly swinging style made for a potent combination."
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The Kinks
Kinda Kinks

  (Item #: kinkskinda_1908_10) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • This outstanding copy of The Kinks' sophomore release earned Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl for a Kinks album too
  • This Pink and Green Reprise original MONO pressing is lively, balanced and vibrant, with a healthy dose of the Tubey Magical Richness the Kinks' recordings need in order to sound the way they should
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...this album showcased a much more sophisticated sound... it also put them right in the front of the British Invasion pack for seriousness and complexity, out in front of where the Beatles or almost any of the competition were in early 1965..."
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Eric Clapton
Just One Night

  (Item #: claptjusto_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With Ten Pluses over its four sides - one Triple Plus (A+++), two Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++), and one Super Hot (A++), this copy did very well in our most recent shootout
  • What is surprising about this album is just how well recorded it is - it's one of our favorite live albums for sound, and the music is hard to fault
  • Sure to be the best live Clapton sound you'll hear on vinyl - the man has made a number of concert recordings, but we feel that this is his best by far
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Led by guitarist Albert Lee, the group is a collective of accomplished professionals who have managed to keep some grit in their playing. They help push Clapton along, forcing him to spit out crackling solos throughout the album."
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Dave Brubeck
Brubeck a La Mode

  (Item #: brubealamo_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find superb sound on this very well-recorded Fantasy session from 1960 - both sides earned Double Plus (A++) sonic grades
  • Wonderfully Tubey Magical and natural - this may not be an original, but it sure sounds like a good All Tube recording from 1960 should
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout with both sides playing Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - they didn't press them any quieter
  • "One of Brubeck's three recordings of the 1959-61 period that featured clarinetist Bill Smith in the place of altoist Paul Desmond with the Quartet, this one finds Smith contributing ten originals that use various modes and unusual scales. The music generally swings and there are some fine solos..."
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Chicago
Chicago VII

  (Item #: chicachica7_1910) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With four seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better copies we played in our recent shootout - 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 album, a vintage pressing like this one is the way to go
  • Happy Man, (I've Been) Searchin' So Long and Wishing You Were Here (with Beach Boys backing vox) are the big hits here
  • "It was Peter Cetera who made the biggest strides on Chicago VII, composing his two most impressive songs thus far, Happy Man and "Wishing You Were Here" (#11), a lush ballad (signs of the future) that features three of The Beach Boys on backing vocals and which became a big hit in late 1974."
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Ray Charles
Sweet & Sour Tears

  (Item #: charlsweet_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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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Prince
1999

  (Item #: princ1999_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb copy of Prince's breakthrough album, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the first side and incredible nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on the remaining three sides, close to our Shootout Winner
  • This one is killer - it's lively and rich, with plenty of deep punchy bass, a nicely extended top and a huge three-dimensional soundfield
  • Packed with hits - Little Red Corvette, Delirious, 1999 - and they are all rockin' like crazy here
  • 5 stars: "Where his earlier albums had been a fusion of organic and electronic sounds, 1999 was constructed almost entirely on synthesizers by Prince himself... the result is a stunning display of raw talent..."
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The Rolling Stones
Some Girls

  (Item #: rollisomeg_1910) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • 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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Neil Young
Comes A Time

  (Item #: youngcomes_1905_7_10) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A stunning copy of Neil Young's 1978 release, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides
  • Drop the needle on Comes A Time or Look Out For My Love and hear how rich, warm and Tubey Magical the sound is
  • The best copies of Comes a Time, like this one, are the sonic equal of the best recordings in Neil's catalog - that's saying a lot
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Comes a Time finally was the Neil Young album for the millions of fans who had loved Harvest, an acoustic-based record with country overtones and romantic, autobiographical lyrics, and many of those fans returned to the fold, enough to make Comes a Time Young's first Top Ten album since Harvest."
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Louis and the All Stars
The Best of Louis Armstrong

  (Item #: armstbesto_1902_7_10) 

Our Price: $199.99
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  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • This is an outstanding recording, bringing Armstrong's "some like it hot" live-in-the-studio New Orleans Creole Jazz music to life like nothing you've heard
  • "The sextet, including veterans Peanuts Hucko on clarinet and Trummy Young on trombone, relaxes into a perfect New Orleans groove, allowing Armstrong to stretch out to especially good effect on the haunting dirge "St. James Infirmary" "
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Tony Bennett
I Left My Heart In San Fran.

  (Item #: benneileft_1905_10) 

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


  • This copy of Tony Bennett's 1962 classic has outstanding sound, rating Double Plus (A++) for its superb sonics - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Brilliant engineering by Frank Laico at his favorite recording digs (and ours), Columbia 30th Street studios
  • Tubey Magical like you will not believe - you may never have heard a vintage vocal album that sounds as good as this one
  • 5 Stars and the winner of two Grammy Awards in 1962 including Record of the Year (not bad!)
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Kenny Burrell
God Bless The Child

  (Item #: burregodbl_1910) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • With a Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grade on side one and a solid Double Plus (A++) grade on side two, this one of the better copies we played in our recent shootout
  • One of our favorite CTI albums, and surely one of the best sounding, especially on this pressing
  • Credit goes to RVG once again for the huge space that the superbly well recorded orchestra occupies
  • AMG raves: "This is Burrell at his level best as a player to be sure, but also as a composer and as a bandleader. Magnificent."
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Santana
Abraxas

  (Item #: santaabrax_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: basiebasie_plays_1905_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish - super quiet vinyl too!
  • If all you've ever heard is the Roulette original (or the wacky MoFi, or whatever current Heavy Vinyl pressing is being made, this LP is guaranteed to knock your socks off
  • Basie Plays Hefti catches Basie's band at the peak of their powers in 1958, and in this All Tube Recording you get every bit of the magic they made in the studio
  • "The Count Basie Orchestra was in top form for this set of Neal Hefti arrangements. Hefti had been one of the main architects of the new Basie sound of the '50s... "Cute" (heard here in its initial recording) became a standard."
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David Bowie
Lodger

  (Item #: bowielodge_1903_7_10) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A KILLER copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second - exceptionally quiet UK vinyl too
  • This early UK pressing showed us a side one that was bigger, richer, more solid, more present, more spacious, with a better bass foundation - everything we wanted in the sound was here
  • 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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King Crimson
In The Court Of The Crimson King

  (Item #: kingcinthe_1907_10) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • With both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) gradest, this was the best copy in our most recent shootout
  • We had a wide variety of Islands (Pink and Sunray) and UK Polydor pressings, and if you want to know which of them sounds the best all you have to do is buy this LP!
  • At good loud levels the horns blasting away on 21st Century Schizoid Man are guaranteed to blow your mind on this copy
  • 5 Stars: "The group's definitive album, and one of the most daring debut albums ever .... it blew all of the progressive/psychedelic competition out of the running, although it was almost too good for the band's own good -- it took King Crimson nearly four years to come up with a record as strong or concise."
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Dean Martin
Dream With Dean

  (Item #: martidream_1910) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This hard-to-find Dean Martin Classic finally returns to the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl for this title too
  • One of our all-time favorite male vocal LPs - the sound on both sides is both warm and natural, with excellent presence and transparency
  • These are almost impossible to find in playable condition these days and this pressing is one of the quietest we've ever heard
  • "It sounds as if they tracked the album in one afternoon, and it is not only a very pleasant listening experience, it shows what a tremendous vocalist Dean Martin truly was."
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Hampton Hawes
Everybody Likes Hampton Hawes...

  (Item #: hawesevery_volume_3_1910_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Superb sound throughout for this Contemporary Yellow Label stereo pressing with both sides earning solid Double 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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Hampton Hawes
Everybody Likes Hampton Hawes...

  (Item #: hawesevery_volume_3_1910) 

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 - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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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Van Halen
1984

  (Item #: vanha1984_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this vintage pressing - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Open, clear, and resolving, this pressing presents Van Halen's rock magic as it was meant to be heard
  • Tons of hits - Panama, Hot For Teacher, Jump, and with excellent sonic grades such as these they all sound fantastic
  • 5 stars: "It's the best showcase of Van Halen's instrumental prowess as a band, the best showcase for Diamond Dave's glorious shtick, the best showcase for their songwriting, just their flat-out best album overall."
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Paul McCartney & Wings
Band on the Run

  (Item #: mccarbando_1910) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An outstanding British pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides of this early UK pressing were sounding right to us in our recent shootout, and that makes it a very special copy indeed
  • The legendary Geoff Emerick engineered the album, a Top 100 title here at Better Records - it's an impressive recording when it sounds as good as this copy does
  • The title track, Jet, Bluebird, Mrs. Vandebilt, Let Me Roll It, Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five - so many great songs
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...sophisticated, nuanced arrangements and irrepressibly catchy melodic hooks... McCartney's infallible instinct for popcraft overflows on this excellent release."
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Vince Guaraldi
Jazz Impressions Of Charlie Brown

  (Item #: guarajazzi_charl_1910) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from top to bottom, this copy has a lot going for it
  • Richer, warmer, more natural, more relaxed, this is what vintage analog is all about, that smooth sound that never calls attention to itself and just lets the music flow
  • Guaraldi introduced the world to his unique, melodic, elegantly simple style with this very album - only a pressing this good does the timeless score justice
  • 5 stars: "The most remarkable thing, besides the high quality of Guaraldi's whimsically swinging tunes, is that he did not compromise his art one iota for the cartoon world; indeed, he sounds even more engaged, inventive, and lighthearted in his piano work here than ever."
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Queen
News Of The World

  (Item #: queennewso_1910ex) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An unusually strong copy of this exceptionally well recorded classic - both sides earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades
  • Powerful sound throughout - huge and present with amazing clarity, tons of Tubey Magic and room-filling studio space
  • Some of the best Queen sound you'll ever hear -- We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions sound amazing here
  • "...it's massive, earth-shaking rock & roll, the sound of a band beginning to revel in its superstardom."
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Esquivel
Infinity In Sound

  (Item #: esquiinfin_1910) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Stunning Living Stereo Sound from 1960; Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the first
  • Both sides are incredibly clear and open, yet rich and and oh-so-Tubey Magical, with brass that has little to none of the "blarey" quality that plagues most copies
  • Folks, I can tell you right now most original Living Stereo Popular (LSP) pressings, of this or any other LSP title, do not begin to recreate the Studio Wizardry found on this album; the sound rivals the best Chet Atkins albums and Bob and Rays in all their delicious three-dimensional Cinerama staging
  • AMG raves that "Esquivel returns to his full glory on Infinity in Sound."
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The Doowackadoodlers
Doo Wacka Doo

  (Item #: doowadoowa_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Incredible sound for this original RCA Living Stereo pressing with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or close to them
  • This copy was just plain bigger, richer, and more Tubey Magical than every other copy we played; the energy level is off the charts and the bottom end is right on the money
  • "These albums aren't quite as wild as Esquivel's, but they're worth looking for if you like music with a big zing, zang, zoom in it." - spaceagepop.com
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Tom Waits
Foreign Affairs

  (Item #: waitsforei_1910) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) Shootout Winning side one and a Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy had some of the best sound we have ever heard for the album
  • This early pressing was hard to fault - it will put Tom Waits right between your speakers, with a batch of great session players behind and to the side, all playing live in the studio
  • "The album contains more ballads than most of his records do, but they were the most effective vehicles for the kind of storytelling he was trying to get to. Produced and engineered by Bones Howe, Foreign Affairs was recorded live in studio by a quintet that included West Coast jazzmen Jack Sheldon on trumpet, saxophonist Frank Vicari, bassist Jim Hughart, and drummer Shelly Manne."
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Talking Heads
Stop Making Sense

  (Item #: talkistopm_1910_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout, and pressed on reasonably quiet vinyl with no marks that play
  • 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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Talking Heads
Stop Making Sense

  (Item #: talkistopm_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout, and pressed on exceptionally quiet vinyl
  • 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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Steely Dan
Katy Lied

  (Item #: steelkatyl_1906_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding original copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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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Dire Straits
Love Over Gold

  (Item #: diresloveo_1910) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A stunning UK import copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - reasonably quiet vinyl too (for this album anyway)
  • Incredibly punchy, dynamic, transparent, spacious and musical throughout - you won't believe how good this copy sounds
  • These top quality copies of Love Over Gold are far more natural than the any pressing you have ever heard
  • "Certainly a quantum leap from the organic R&B impressionism of the band's early LPs and the gripping short stories of Making Movies, Love Over Gold is an ambitious, sometimes difficult record that is exhilarating in its successes and, at the very least, fascinating in its indulgences." - Rolling Stone
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Dire Straits
Brothers In Arms

  (Item #: diresbroth_1910) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other Brothers in Arms you've heard
  • Tonally correct from top to bottom, with a solid bottom end and fairly natural vocals (for the recording), this is the sound they were going for in the studio
  • Drop the needle on So Far Away -- it's airy, open, and spacious, yet still rich and full-bodied
  • "One of their most focused and accomplished albums ... Dire Straits had never been so concise or pop-oriented, and it wore well on them."
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John Mayall with Eric Clapton
Blues Breakers

  (Item #: mayalblues_1903_6_10) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this is a killer copy from our recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Far more richer, smoother and livelier than most, with Tubey Magic and space you won't believe
  • The Decca UK vinyl on this superb pressing is as QUIET as we ever expect to find for this album
  • 5 stars: "Bluesbreakers was Eric Clapton's first fully realized album as a blues guitarist -- more than that, it was a seminal blues album of the 1960s, perhaps the best British blues album ever cut, and the best LP ever recorded by John Mayall's Bluesbreakers."
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Eric Clapton
Journeyman

  (Item #: claptjourn_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

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

  (Item #: diresdires_1809_8_10) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • 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
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...the album is remarkably accomplished for a debut, and Dire Straits had difficulty surpassing it throughout their career."
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John Klemmer
Touch

  (Item #: klemmtouch_1810_4_10) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides, this is an outstanding copy of the best MoFi title to ever hit the site - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Musically and sonically this is the pinnacle of Klemmer's smooth jazz - we know of none better
  • The best sounding Smooth - But Real - Jazz Album ever made, and the only vintage MoFi we know of that deserves a place in your collection
  • "Klemmer sets up the mellow grooves that we have come to associate with smooth jazz. But there are no cliche blues licks, none of the crap that players in this genre try to foist upon as "hip.""
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Stanley Turrentine
Sugar

  (Item #: turresugar_1906_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

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

  (Item #: jacksthats_1904_6_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound and fairly quiet vinyl on both sides of this is a killer live jazz album from Shelly's Manne-Hole
  • Big, rich and real, with the kind of relaxed Tubey Magical sound that not many live albums achieve
  • Wally Heider engineered and he knocked it out of the park - You Are There, and even better, it's 1969
  • "This is not experimental jazz. It's beyond that, or as they say in New York, outside that. This is solid, rooted, sweet-smelling earth of an enduring style, as played by masters."
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John Coltrane
On A Misty Night

  (Item #: coltronami_1902_6_10) 

Our Price: $169.99

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

  (Item #: mingutijua_1807_7_10) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This stunning sounding original copy has amazing Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - it's guaranteed to blow your mind
  • The sound here is vintage Living Stereo at its best - big, rich and Tubey Magical like you will not believe
  • These Black Label originals can rarely be found any quieter than this one - it plays Mint Minus Minus for the most part
  • 5 stars: "Mingus at the time said that this was his greatest recording, and it certainly ranks near the top."
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Miles Davis
Decoy

  (Item #: davisdecoy_1907_10) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • STUNNING sound throughout with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to it
  • Fans of Bitches Brew will find much to like here, and at least in most ways, this is actually a better sounding album
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Mr. Davis has made tasteful creative use of synthesizers, drum machines and other modern gizmos, voicing them with saxophone, guitar and other traditional instruments without letting them dominate the music." - NY Times
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The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely...

  (Item #: beatlsgtpe_1910) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides or better, this copy was getting Pepper to sound the way we like it - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Huge, spacious and detailed, with the Tubey Magic of a fresh tape, this is the way you want to hear Sgt. Pepper
  • Most pressings - especially the new ones - have nothing like this kind of Tubey Magic, space and energy
  • A Better Records Top 100 Title and AMG 5 stars: "It's possible to argue that there are better Beatles albums, yet no album is as historically important as this."
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The Beatles
Revolver

  (Item #: beatlrevol_1910) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • A stunning copy: Nearly Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - Tomorrow Never Knows will blow your mind (even more than it blew everybody's mind way back in '66!)
  • Here is the space, energy, presence clarity and massive bottom end you had no idea were even possible on Revolver
  • 14 amazing tracks including Taxman; Eleanor Rigby; Here, There and Everywhere; Yellow Submarine; Good Day Sunshine; Got To Get You Into My Life and Tomorrow Never Knows (!)
  • "Even after Sgt. Pepper, Revolver stands as the ultimate modern pop album and it's still as emulated as it was upon its original release."
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Frank Zappa
Waka/Jawaka

  (Item #: zappawakaj_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound throughout, this copy delivers plenty of Zappa's Waka/Jawaka Big Band Magic
  • A Top 100 Title, and deservedly so - the sound is big, rich, punchy, lively, clear and above all, ANALOG
  • This copy will show you the size and power of a big band, Frank Zappa style - there is (almost*) nothing like it
  • Rolling Stone raved that this Jazz Rock Fusion album contains "...some of the best material he's done in years." and we could not agree more
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Eagles
Eagles

  (Item #: eagleeagle_1905_10) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • A truly killer early pressing, earning seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • You will be floored by the huge, rich, Tubey Magical guitars exploding out from your speakers on Take It Easy
  • One of the Best Sounding Rock Records Ever Made, a member of our Top Ten and without a doubt Glyn Johns' engineering (and producing) Masterpiece
  • A Top 100 Tubey Magical Demo Disc that is guaranteed to blow your mind on a pressing that sounds as good as this one does
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Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin IV

  (Item #: ledze4_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A Hard Rockin' Zep IV, one that earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) sonic grades or BETTER on both sides
  • Dramatically fuller and smoother than most, making it possible to get the volume up good and loud where it belongs
  • Here they are: Black Dog, Rock & Roll, Stairway, When the Levee Breaks, and more, sounding better than you've ever heard them
  • 5 stars: "Encompassing heavy metal, folk, pure rock & roll, and blues, Led Zeppelin's untitled fourth album is a monolithic record, defining not only Led Zeppelin but the sound and style of '70s hard rock."
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Willie Nelson
Yesterday's Wine

  (Item #: nelsoyeste_1907_10) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with both sides earning nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades, just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • Incredibly rich, full-bodied and Tubey Magical with a big bottom end and wonderfully present vocals
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout with both sides playing Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Yesterday's Wine should also take its rightful place among his best-loved works... "Family Bible," "Me and Paul," and the title track are all particularly fine examples of Nelson's songcraft. As a whole, Yesterday's Wine provides further insight into the development of his art during this prolific period." - All Music
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Bizet-Shchedrin / Carmen Ballet Suite / Rozhdestvensky

  (Item #: bizetcarme_1910) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • Unbelievable Shootout Winning Demo Disc quality sound throughout -- QUADRUPLE PLUS (A++++) on the first side and Triple Plus (A+++) on the second
  • Both sides are incredibly open, high-rez, and spacious, with depth like you will not believe and least shrill string reproduction we have ever heard for this music
  • Side one has by far the better music - it's where the most exciting, most percussive movements can be found - and this pressing, with Beyond White Hot sound for that side, is guaranteed to be bigger and more lively than you ever imagined (because that's how we felt about it, hence the fourth plus)
  • Gloriously exciting and fun music that belongs in any audiophile's collection
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Perez Prado
Pops and Prado

  (Item #: pradopopsa_1910) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Incredible sound for this Living Stereo pressing with each side earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades and playing about as quietly as any RCA from 1959 ever does
  • These sides are unbelievably Tubey Magical, dynamic and spacious - this is vintage Analog Exotica at its best
  • Credit for the Demo Disc sound of this one must go to one of our favorite engineers, Bob Simpson, here working with the glorious acoustics of Webster Hall
  • "... the use of two organs, or double the signature sound of the next phase of Prado, is significant and very effective. This is more fun than any of his previous attempts at safe commercialism."
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Stevie Wonder
Talking Book

  (Item #: wondetalki_1910) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second - this is the way Talking Book is supposed to sound
  • Richer, warmer, more natural, more relaxed, this is what vintage analog is all about, that smooth sound that never calls attention to itself and just lets the music flow
  • So many great songs: You Are the Sunshine of My Life, Tuesday Heartbreak, You've Got It Bad Girl, Superstition, etc.
  • 5 Stars: "What had been hinted at on the intriguing project Music of My Mind was here focused into a laser beam of tight songwriting, warm electronic arrangements, and ebullient performances -- altogether the most realistic vision of musical personality ever put to wax..."
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Stevie Ray Vaughan
Couldn't Stand The Weather

  (Item #: vaughcould_1910) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • A truly KILLER pressing with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades!
  • 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
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout - they didn't press them any quieter in our experience
  • 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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Johnny Cash
Blood, Sweat and Tears

  (Item #: cash_blood_1910) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A stunning copy of Cash's 1963 release, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from top to bottom - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides here are just about AS Good As It Gets -- full-bodied, Tubey Magical and super present with plenty of extension on both ends
  • "The delivery is plain, simple, and never overly sentimental, but the thing that makes the record really work is the fact that the album consists almost entirely of first-rate material, without much of the unintentionally corny history lessons that weigh down most of Johnny Cash's Americana records."
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Talking Heads
More Songs About Buildings and Food

  (Item #: talkimores_1910) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • A wonderful Hot Stamper early pressing of this Talking Heads classic - both sides earned very good grades and play exceptionally quietly
  • The band's Masterpiece - Art School Rock that's fun - a Must Own from 1978
  • Eno produced, Rhett Davies engineered, every track is (psycho) killer
  • 5 stars: "If the band's sound seems more conventional, the reason simply may be that one had encountered the odd song structures, staccato rhythms, strained vocals, and impressionistic lyrics once before. Another was that new co-producer Brian Eno brought a musical unity that tied the album together, especially in terms of the rhythm section, the sequencing, the pacing, and the mixing."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Swings Gently with Nelson

  (Item #: fitzgella_swings_gently_1906_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent sounding stereo copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • Here are the natural, present, wonderfully breathy vocals that can only be heard on these vintage vinyl pressings
  • "In 1961 Ella Fitzgerald recorded two albums with Nelson Riddle's Orchestra. Her voice was in peak form and, even if the backup band was somewhat anonymous, Fitzgerald uplifted the 15 songs on this set... Although the accent is on ballads, several of the songs are taken at medium tempos and she swings throughout. Highlights include "Georgia on My Mind," "The Very Thought of You," "It's a Pity to Say Goodnight," "Darn That Dream," "Body and Soul" and a cooking "All of Me.""
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Ella Fitzgerald
Sings The Rodgers And Hart Song Book

  (Item #: fitzgsings_rodgers_and_hart_1910ex) 

Our Price: $199.99

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

  (Item #: stevecatch_1905_10) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • With two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, this original pressing will be tough to beat - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Bigger, more dynamic, more lively, more present and just plain more EXCITING than anything you've heard before
  • This one can show you the sweeter, tubier Midrange Magic that we love about Cat Stevens recordings
  • Many of Cat's best songs are here - Can't Keep It In, Angelsea, 18th Avenue, Freezing Steel and more
  • "Celebrated and adored for his sanguine lyrics and irresistible hooks, Cat Stevens was one of the rare singer-songwriters capable of composing genuinely optimistic songs that didn't leave a sappy residue in listeners' ears."
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Cat Stevens
Teaser & The Firecat

  (Item #: stevetease_1910) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This timeless Classic Folk Rock recording on the original A&M label offers superb Demo Disc Quality sound on both sides
  • With Double Plus (A++) grades this copy is guaranteed to have the kind of richness, clarity, transparency and ENERGY you never knew was possible
  • AMG 5 Stars and a Top 100 album - it just may be the Best Sounding record Cat Stevens ever made, but he made so many with amazingly good sound, who can say?
  • Tuesday’s Dead, Morning Has Broken, Bitterblue, Moonshadow, Peace Train - and that's just side two! What side of any album has five songs of such quality?
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Prince
Around The World In A Day

  (Item #: princaroun_1810_10) 

Our Price: $99.99
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  • An outstanding copy of the album, with solid 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
  • "If Prince had [previously] streamlined and rocked up his approach for global domination, now he was creating something more intimate, cerebral, and challenging... a brave and deeply personal project, exploring sounds and ideas that were almost shocking coming from a pop icon at his peak."
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Joni Mitchell
Court and Spark

  (Item #: mitchcourt_1906_1910) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A stunning copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • The sound is rich, warm and natural with wonderful transparency, ambience and loads of Tubey Magic
  • One of our very favorite Joni albums here at Better Records, and probably her Best Sounding Album
  • Court and Spark recently joined Blue on our updated Top 100 Rock and Pop List for 2019
  • 5 stars: "[A] remarkably deft fusion of folk, pop, and jazz ... the music is smart, smooth, and assured from the first note to the last."
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Deep Purple
Machine Head

  (Item #: deeppmachi_1910) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Two killer sides clocking in at Double Plus (A++) or BETTER - the sound is huge, with real energy, presence and whomp - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Amazingly spacious and three-dimensional, no doubt the result of the album being recorded practically live in the studio
  • Their superbly talented engineer, Martin Barre, recorded the big, bold, rich, smooth sound of British Rock about as well as anyone ever did
  • 5 stars: "Machine Head was anything but a one-trick pony, introducing the bona fide classic opener "Highway Star," which epitomized all of Deep Purple's intensity and versatility while featuring perhaps the greatest soloing duel ever between guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and organist Jon Lord."
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Neil Young
Zuma

  (Item #: youngzuma_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • These Double Plus (A++) sides of Neil's exceptionally well recorded 1975 Masterpiece are guaranteed to floor audiophiles and Neil Young fans alike
  • Zuma captures a kind of garage band purity that makes practically any other studio album you own sound processed and desiccated in comparison
  • For a hard-rockin' Neil Young album with Demonstration Quality sound, you'll have a hard time finding a better choice than a Hot Stamper pressing of Zuma
  • 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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