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Super Hot Stamper

Dave Brubeck Quartet
Time Further Out

  (Item #: brubetimef_1904) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Stunning! With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one mated to a Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy has the magic of 1961 in its grooves - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • These original 6 Eye stereo sides are exceptionally tubey - rich, full-bodied and warm - yet clear, lively and dynamic
  • This copy clearly demonstrates the big-as-life Fred Plaut Columbia Sound at its best - better even than Time Out in our opinion, and that's saying something
  • 4 1/2 stars in the All Music Guide and a True Jazz Classic with Demo Disc sound - Unsquare Dance is crazy good here
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Dave Brubeck Quartet
Time Further Out

  (Item #: brubetimef_1810_1904) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, this was the best sounding Red Label pressings of Time Further Out we have ever played - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • These sides are clear, lively and dynamic, without sacrificing very much of the Tubey Magic that makes this record so enjoyable
  • This recording demonstrates the big-as-life Fred Plaut Columbia Sound at its best - better even than Time Out (!)
  • "Brubeck treats the fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth tunes in corresponding meters, to particular effect on the 7/4 hoedown of 'Unsquare Dance.' the 8/8 barrelhouse changes of 'Bru's Boogie Woogie' and the engaging dissonances of his 9/8 mood piece 'Blue Shadows in the Street.'"
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Shelly Manne & His Friends
My Fair Lady

  (Item #: mannemyfai_1904) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • This early Black Label Stereo pressing earned KILLER Triple Plus (A+++) grades from start to finish
  • It's taken us a long time to find an early stereo copy that sounds this good!
  • 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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Peggy Lee
If You Go

  (Item #: lee__ifyou_1904) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Stunning sound throughout with a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grade on the second side and a solid Double Plus (A++) grade on the first
  • This vintage Capitol stereo pressing is rich, full-bodied and Tubey Magical - we're talking All Tube Analog from 1961 after all - with wonderfully sweet and breathy vocals
  • "... the man writing the charts here is Quincy Jones, and he is only occasionally interested in underscoring the heartbreak with suitably sad music... Lee responds to the music with a world-weary tone, but an occasional swing in her step, as if this is not her first romance, nor her first one to go wrong."
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Johnny Mathis
Johnny's Newest Hits

  (Item #: mathijohnn_1904) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This early Columbia 360 pressing of Johnny's Newest Hits (hey, they were new in 1963!) boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from start to finish
  • The best copies demonstrate the big-as-life early Columbia Sound at its best - full-bodied and warm yet clear, lively and dynamic
  • Both sides here are clean and present with wonderfully full strings and rich vocals
  • "...a collection of his 'latest hits, the ones that brought him back to the singles charts.'"
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B.B. King
In London

  (Item #: king_inlon_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this early pressing of B.B. King In London
  • Clean, clear and dynamic with tons of space and transparency, this is the way to hear B.B. and this big group of master musicians
  • Ringo, Peter Green, Klaus Voorman, Steve Winwood, Alexis Korner, Gary Wright and Dr. John are just a few of the artists featured on this record behind B.B. - quite a cast of luminaries
  • "... all 9 tracks are top notch fusion between US Legend and awe inspired younger British bluesmen. A must have!"
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Journey
Frontiers

  (Item #: journfront_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb sounding copy of the band's 1983 release, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Surprisingly rich and full-bodied, the best copies really ROCK with big bass and punchy drums
  • Copies that are exceptionally open, clear and big present this music the way it was meant to be heard
  • 4 stars: "Frontiers managed to give Journey four Top 40 hits, with 'After the Fall' and 'Send Her My Love' both reaching number 23, 'Faithfully' at number 12, and 'Separate Ways' peaking at number eight -- the same amount that 1981's Escape brandished..."
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The Doors
Waiting For the Sun

  (Item #: doorswaiti_1810_1904) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Very good Hot Stamper sound on both sides of this classic Doors album on the early Gold Label, a personal favorite to this very day
  • The sound is present and lively, with Morrison's rich vocals having the Tubey Magic that only vintage vinyl pressings are capable of reproducing
  • It's tough (not to mention expensive) to find these early Gold Label pressings with this kind of sound and vinyl that plays as quietly as this copy does
  • 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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The Rolling Stones
Beggars Banquet

  (Item #: rollibegga_1805_1904) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • A killer vintage copy of this exceptionally well-recorded Stones album from '69, with superb Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Clear, rich and lively throughout - the Tubey Magic of the best pressings is what has them sounding the way they should
  • One of a select group of Rolling Stones Must Own records which we prize above all others - Sticky Fingers and Let It Bleed round out the trio
  • 5 stars: "Basic rock & roll was not forgotten, however: 'Street Fighting Man'... was one of their most innovative singles, and 'Sympathy for the Devil'... was an image-defining epic."
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Joni Mitchell
Blue

  (Item #: mitchblue_1904) 

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


  • Stunning sound throughout for arguably Joni's greatest album with both sides rating a Double Plus (A++) for sound
  • Full-bodied and balanced with the kind of smooth musicality that's not always easy to find for Blue
  • A Better Records Top 100 title that belongs in any audiophile music collection worthy of the name
  • 5 stars: "Sad, spare, and beautiful, Blue is the quintessential confessional singer/songwriter album. Forthright and poetic, Joni Mitchell's songs are raw nerves, tales of love and loss (two words with relative meaning here) etched with stunning complexity..."
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The Who
Magic Bus

  (Item #: who__magic_1904) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this early Colorband Decca pressing
  • Big and (relatively) smooth, the sound on this Decca LP is right for this eclectic collection that includes some of the band's earliest work
  • "Townshend and co were always trying different ideas out in the studio and stretching rock’s boundaries as far as possible... [Magic Bus] has moments of brilliance."
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John Coltrane
More Lasting Than Bronze

  (Item #: coltrmorel_1812_1904) 

Our Price: $169.99
Sale Price: $169.00 (You save $0.99 / 1%)


  • This superb Prestige Two-Fer offer outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from top to bottom - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Compiled from two nearly complete Classic albums, Lush Life and Coltrane, this collection boasts masterful sound - thanks RVG!
  • Full-bodied, energetic, and tonally correct from top to bottom and, these pressings are guaranteed to bring Coltrane's music to life
  • "Rarely does a single performance uncover the essence of an artist with such aptness. The well-crafted melody is treated above all with dignity, which may be part of the reason it remains flawless."
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Gregg Allman
Laid Back

  (Item #: allmalaidb_1901_1903) 

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


  • An astounding Triple Triple (A+++) copy that blew away every other pressing in our recent shootout
  • We were surprised at how well recorded the album is, dramatically better than the Allmans album from the same year, Brothers and Sisters
  • Full-bodied and Tubey Magical, with especially smooth, present vocals - this is the sound we love at Better Records
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Recorded in the same year as the Brothers and Sisters album, this solo debut release is a beautiful amalgam of R&B, folk, and gospel sounds, with the best singing on any of Gregg Allman's solo releases."
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Ambrosia
Ambrosia

  (Item #: ambroambro_1904) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • Spectacular Prog Rock sound explodes on this copy of the band's phenomenally well-recorded debut album, mixed by none other than Alan Parsons
  • With seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER throughout, this copy has the sound we were looking for - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Big Whomp Factor here - the bottom end is huge and punchy on this copy, like nothing you've heard
  • A Better Records All-Time Favorite & Top 100 Demo Disc: " Its songs skillfully blend strong melodic hooks and smooth vocal harmonies with music of an almost symphonic density."
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Hot Stamper (Quiet)

The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

  (Item #: beatlsgtpe_1904) 

Our Price: $69.99

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

  (Item #: vinneleroy_1904) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Leroy Vinnegar's debut album finally arrives on the site with a KILLER Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side two and a truly oustanding Double Plus (A++) side one
  • The Contemporary LP stereo sound here is completely natural in every respect, yet still rich, warm and smooth
  • Roy DuNann and Howard Holzer engineered some of the best sounding records we have ever heard - here's a textbook example of what the audiophiles at Contemporary were able to achieve in the studio
  • 4 stars: "...Vinnegar generously features his talented sidemen... A fine, straight-ahead session."
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Super Hot Stamper

Toto
IV

  (Item #: toto_IV_1904) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this copy of Toto's Must Own Masterpiece - true Mint Minus vinyl on side two!
  • Clear, lively and rockin' with the kind of smooth, rich, tubey sound you sure don't hear on too many '80s pop albums
  • Rosanna and Africa are both knockouts here, with amazing weight, scale and energy
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Toto IV was both the group's comeback and its peak... and Toto's best and most consistent record."
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The Pretenders
Learning To Crawl

  (Item #: pretelearn_1904) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This killer - and very specific - German pressing offers outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or better from beginning to end - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • It's richer, clearer and more energetic than the others we played, including any and all British pressings
  • With Robbie McIntosh having joined the band, this is first and foremost a guitar rock record - his jangly, grungy riffs drive every song
  • 5 Stars: "While Hynde hardly held back in her emotionally potent songwriting in the Pretenders' early work, on Learning to Crawl there's a gravity to her lyrics that blended with her tough but wiry melodic sense and streetwise intelligence to create a set of truly remarkable tunes..."
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The Rolling Stones
Beggars Banquet

  (Item #: rollibegga_1806_1904) 

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


  • A killer vintage copy of this exceptionally well-recorded Stones album from '68, with superb Double Plus (A++) sound and QUIET vinyl
  • The long lost Tubey Magic of these early pressings has them sounding clear, rich and lively throughout
  • This is the way Beggar's Banquet should sound and it doesn't take a pair of golden ears to hear it
  • One of a select group of Rolling Stones Must Own titles we prize above all others - Sticky Fingers and Let It Bleed round out the trio
  • 5 stars: "Basic rock & roll was not forgotten, however: 'Street Fighting Man'... was one of their most innovative singles, and 'Sympathy for the Devil'... was an image-defining epic."
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Brian Eno
Before And After Science

  (Item #: eno__befor_1801_1904) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This outstanding copy of Before And After Science boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - Exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides have that rare combination of silky highs and deep low end, with huge amounts of space in the middle, that make any record magical
  • 5 stars: "Despite the album's pop format, the sound is unique and strays far from the mainstream. The music on Before and After Science at times resembles Another Green World ("No One Receiving") and Here Come the Warm Jets ("King's Lead Hat") and ranks alongside both as the most essential Eno material."
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Queen
A Day At the Races

  (Item #: queendayat_1904) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This outstanding copy of the band's fifth studio album earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • The sound on this early British pressing is incredibly present and punchy with great clarity, excellent bass, freedom from grain and real rockin' Queen energy
  • It's incredibly difficult to find big, bold, lively sound like this for Queen - it takes us years to do the shootout
  • "Its sleek, streamlined finish is the biggest indication that Queen has entered a new phase, where they're globe-conquering titans instead of underdogs on the make."
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Bill Evans
California Here I Come

  (Item #: evanscalif_1904) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This wonderful live double album boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl on three sides too
  • You'd be hard-pressed to find a copy that's this well balanced, yet big and lively, with such wonderful clarity in the mids and highs
  • Recorded live at Village Vanguard in New York City in August of 1967, this LP captures this stellar trio's superb sound
  • 4 1/2 stars: "[Evans] trades introspection for upbeat on this entertaining live set featuring the propulsive drumming of 'Philly' Joe Jones and Evans' new young bassist Eddie Gomez... This trio swings and sparkles through a varied song-list that includes show tunes, some jazz standards and a few originals."
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Billy Joel
Streetlife Serenade

  (Item #: joel_stree_1904) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • This outstanding copy of Joel's third studio album earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides - exceptionally queit vinyl too
  • The sound is open and transparent and the piano is clear and correct, showcasing Joel's immeasurable talent on the keys
  • Features some of Billy's big hits, including The Entertainer as well as Los Angelenos
  • This is one of the toughest classic Billy Joel albums to find with good sound and quiet vinyl, but this one is doing it all
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Chicago
Chicago VII

  (Item #: chicachica7_1904) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With 8 pluses out of a possible 12, this is one of the better copies of Chicago VII from our most recent shootout
  • All four sides are super big and solid with great bass and lots of energy, just the right sound for this album
  • 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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Fleetwood Mac
Penguin

  (Item #: fleetpengu_1811_1903) 

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


  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better copies we played in our recent shootout
  • This early Reprise LP is a huge step up from most - this copy is full-bodied, smooth and musical - classic Fleetwood Mac sound
  • One of my favorite songs on the album is one of Christine McVie's best from this period, Did You Ever Love Me - on this pressing it's rich and sweet exactly the way it should be
  • "Fleetwood Mac's first album made after the departure of Danny Kirwan features the additions of guitarist Bob Weston and singer Dave Walker... This album gave Fleetwood Mac its best U.S. chart showing yet..."
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Miles Davis
Quiet Nights

  (Item #: davisquiet_1803_1903) 

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


  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this Miles Davis-Gil Evans classic
  • This copy plays about as quiet as we can find these early pressings, Mint Minus Minus througout
  • Fred Plaut engineered the sessions, and on this amazing early pressing they sound rich, warm, smooth and clear
  • In the Saturday Review, Quiet Nights received praise for Davis' "wonderfully songful trumpet in a Latin-American vein", set against "piercingly lustrous curtains of tone and discreet Caribbean rhythms."
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Talking Heads
Fear of Music

  (Item #: talkifearo_1811_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $129.00 (You save $20.99 / 14%)


  • This Talking Heads LP boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • I'd be hard-pressed to name another group from the era who put out more groundbreaking yet accessible records than the Talking Heads
  • Producer Brian Eno wasn't shy about adding multiple layers of effects and processing; the texture of Eno's synthesizers gives the music depth and character
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...the music is becoming denser and more driving... with lyrics that match the music's power... its better songs are as good as any Talking Heads ever did"
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James Taylor
Mud Slide Slim

  (Item #: taylomudsl_1802_1903) 

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


  • A wonderful copy of JT's classic followup to Sweet Baby James, boasting outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both of its sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This original WB Green Label pressing demonstrates the Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records almost never reproduce
  • Some of old JT's strongest material: You've Got a Friend; You Can Close Your Eyes; Hey Mister, That's Me up on the Jukebox and more
  • 4 stars on Allmusic - it destroys the recent reissue, which lacks the texture and warmth you get in abundance on these killer originals
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Brian Eno & David Byrne
My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts

  (Item #: eno__mylif_1803_1903) 

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


  • An outstanding original pressing with seriously good Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and quiet vinyl to boot
  • Spacious, full-bodied and Tubey Magical with a solid bottom end and driving rhythmic energy, this is the sound you want for this brilliant collaboration
  • Rick Wright of Pink Floyd noted that the album "knocked me sideways when I first heard it – full of drum loops, samples and soundscapes. The way the sounds were mixed in was so fresh, it was amazing."
  • 5 Stars: "... a whirlwind 45 minutes of worldbeat/funk-rock ... it's a tremendously prescient record for the future development of music during the 1980s and '90s."
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Nat King Cole Sings / George Shearing Plays

  (Item #: cole_nat_king_cole_sings_1808_1903) 

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


  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on this wonderful Capitol collaboration from 1962 - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Two masters came together to create wonderful performances of timeless standards, still appreciated by both music lovers and audiophiles to this day
  • It's tough to find top quality sound for Nat King Cole - here's your chance to hear just how good he could be on an All Tube Recording from the early '60s
  • "Cole is in prime form on such songs as "September Song," "Pick Yourself Up," and "Serenata." Shearing's accompaniment is tasteful and lightly swinging, and the string arrangements help to accentuate the romantic moods."
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Grateful Dead
Wake Of The Flood

  (Item #: gratewakeo_1808_1903) 

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


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

  (Item #: youngneily_1901_1903) 

Our Price: $249.99
Sale Price: $199.00 (You save $50.99 / 20%)


  • This vintage pressing of Neil Young's solo debut has superb Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last
  • Surely one of Neil's toughest to find with top quality sonics, but here it is, sounding rich, warm and clear
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl for any early Neil Young album, especially this one - it's rare to find one in audiophile playing condition
  • "...a flowing tributary from the over-all Springfield river of twangs, breathless vocals and slim yet stout instrumentation. Especially vivid is Young's sense of melancholy and the ingenious clusters of images he employs in his lyrics (printed in full)."
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Rod Stewart
Never A Dull Moment

  (Item #: stewanever_1903) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides, this copy is getting the heart of Rod's Brit rock right - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Extremely well-recorded, full of great songs, Rod Stewart was on top of the world when he followed up the brilliant Every Picture Tells a Story with this album in 1972
  • The music comes alive on this vintage pressing, assuming you have your volume up good and loud
  • Top 100, 5 stars in AMG, and simply "... a masterful record ... He never got quite this good ever again."
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The Rolling Stones
Some Girls

  (Item #: rollisomeg_1901_1903) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A KILLER copy of the Stones' last great album with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally QUIET vinyl too
  • You aren't going to believe how hard this pressing rocks, with all the WHOMP and ENERGY you never knew was there
  • Tons of great songs - Miss You, Beast of Burden and Shattered, all sounding shockingly good on this Shootout Winning 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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Bruce Springsteen
Born In The U.S.A.

  (Item #: sprinborni_1903) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • An excellent copy with Hot Stamper sound or better for this gazillion-selling 80's classic - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • We would be foolish to make claims for "audiophile quality" sound on Springsteen's albums - they are what they are (but here's a good one)
  • 5 stars: "The "romantic young boys" of his first two albums, chastened by "the working life" encountered on his third, fourth, and fifth albums and having faced the despair of his sixth, were still alive on this, his seventh, with their sense of humor and their determination intact. Born in the U.S.A. was their apotheosis, the place where they renewed their commitment and where Springsteen remembered that he was a rock & roll star, which is how a vastly increased public was happy to treat him."
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Genesis
Foxtrot

  (Item #: genesfoxtr_1903) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides of this Five Star Genesis album
  • One of the tougher Genesis albums to find with good sound - this British Charisma LP is much more impressive than most of what we played, and guaranteed to trounce any domestic or Heavy Vinyl pressing you may have heard
  • 5 stars: "Foxtrot is where Genesis began to pull all of its varied inspirations into a cohesive sound -- which doesn't necessarily mean that the album is streamlined, for this is a group that always was grandiose even when they were cohesive, or even when they rocked, which they truly do for the first time here. This is the rare art-rock album that excels at both the art and the rock, and it's a pinnacle of the genre because of it."
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Van Morrison
Veedon Fleece

  (Item #: morriveedo_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb sounding copy of this 1974 release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • These sides are super full-bodied, present and Tubey Magical with plenty of extension on both ends
  • This inspired collection reflects Morrison's Irish roots, with Celtic, acoustic influences, and the same introspective quality found on Astral Weeks
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Veedon Fleece is every bit the creative equal of its more famous predecessors... If any album reflects a real period of transition for an artist, it's this one. It's brilliant."
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Clark Terry
The Happy Horns of Clark Terry

  (Item #: terryhappy_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Clark Terry's three horn lineup album finally arrives on the site with superb Double Plus (A++) sound from beginning to end
  • Both sides here are clean, clear and present with a solid bottom end and plenty of energy
  • Credit goes to Rudy Van Gelder once again for the huge space this superbly well-recorded ensemble occupies
  • 4 stars: "This all-star LP has plenty of memorable moments... The lively music is quite enjoyable."
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Yes
Fragile

  (Item #: yes__fragi_1903_1) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy was one of the better we played in our recent shootout
  • Long Distance Runaround is the Demo Disc track here and it is big and bold
  • Roundabout will blow your mind with its superb clarity, lack of smear, and shocking transparency - thanks Eddie Offord for your amazing engineering
  • AMG 5 stars, our Top 100, and the second of the band's three Must Own Prog Rock Masterpieces*
  • "Fragile was Yes' breakthrough album... it also marked the point where all of the elements of the music (and more) that would define their success for more than a decade fell into place fully formed."
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The Police
Outlandos d’Amour

  (Item #: policoutla_1903_2) 

Our Price: $129.99

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

  (Item #: ellindukes_1903_3) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This is an exceptionally well recorded small group date, with KILLER Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side two and a Double Plus (A++) side one
  • I don't know of any other Pablo recording of the Duke from this era that has such big, open, clear, solid sonics
  • Val Valentin did the engineering - as he often did over the course of his long and storied career, he knocked this one out of the park
  • 4 1/2 stars: "One of Duke Ellington's finest small group sessions from his final decade was this frequently exciting quartet date with guitarist Joe Pass, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Louie Bellson ... Highly recommended."
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Jerry Read Smith & Tom Fellenbaum
The Strayaway Child

  (Item #: smithstray_1903) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This superb collaboration has been a member of the TAS Super Disc List for decades, and here it is with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side one and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side two - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This copy is surprisingly spacious, full-bodied and natural, with few of the problems that plagued most of the pressings we played
  • The sound of Smith's dulcimer is enchanting here, with a nice extended top end and plenty of space around all the instruments
  • "The full, shimmering waterfall of Jerry Read Smith's hammered-dulcimer playing takes center stage, flowing together with a sumptuous variety of accompanying instruments..."
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Sonny Rollins & Coleman Hawkins
Sonny Meets Hawk

  (Item #: rollisonny_1903_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side one and a Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy is practically as good as it gets
  • 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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Charles Mingus
Mingus Dynasty

  (Item #: mingumingu_dynasty_1903) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This outstanding original 6 Eye Stereo pressing boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or better from first note to last
  • You could easily spend a hundred bucks buying a copy off the web that would not sound as good or play as quietly as this original
  • Studio ambience and Tubey Magic is already baked in - this 30th Street recording shows just how good Columbia's engineers were back then
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Mingus Dynasty is still an excellent album; in fact, it's a testament to just how high a level Mingus was working on that an album of this caliber could have gotten lost in the shuffle."
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The Rolling Stones
Out of Our Heads

  (Item #: rollioutof_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - you will have a very hard time finding better sound for this album
  • These British sides impressed us -- big and full with great bass and midrange presence
  • With top engineers like Dave Hassinger and Glyn Johns one would hope for better sound, but this, folks, is about as good as it gets as far as we know
  • 4 1/2 Stars on Allmusic: "It's all good, solid, first-rate rock & roll and R&B, with a certain developing sophistication on songs like I'm Free."
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Neil Young
Live Rust

  (Item #: youngliver_1903_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • One of the best copies of this classic live double album to hit the site in over a year!
  • Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on sides one, three and four -- it's an absolute beast -- so rich and Tubey Magical with a HUGE bottom end - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Not many recordings, live or otherwise, give you this kind of unvarnished, front-row experience
  • This KILLER live set, the ultimate Neil Young acoustic and electric concert collection, combines brilliant early material (After the Gold Rush) with wonderful later songs such as the amazing "My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)" and Hey Hey, My My and Tonight's the Night
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic, just check the tracklisting and get ready to hear these NY classics come to life
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John Coltrane
John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman

  (Item #: coltrjohnc_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of this classic Jazz Vocal album, with superb Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • The sound is huge and spacious with richness and Tubey Magic like nothing you've heard
  • I defy you to find a Male Vocal record produced in the last thirty years that can hold a candle to this one, sonically or musically
  • A wonderful collaboration between a horn player and a singer, perhaps the greatest one of all time
  • "John Coltrane's matchup with singer Johnny Hartman works extremely well. Hartman was in prime form on the six ballads, and his versions of "Lush Life" and "My One and Only Love" have never been topped. Classic, essential for all jazz collections" - 5 stars
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Stevie Wonder
Innervisions

  (Item #: wondeinner_1903) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, this is an all around killer pressing; exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • This Stevie Wonder classic is one of the funkiest discs money can buy, but you will need a copy like this one to prove it
  • You need richness, warmth, Tubey Magic, and clarity, and here you will find a healthy dose of all four
  • "Stevie Wonder applied his tremendous songwriting talents to the unsettled social morass that was the early '70s and produced one of his greatest, most important works, a rich panoply of songs addressing drugs, spirituality, political ethics, and what looked to be the failure of the '60s dream -- all set within a collection of charts as funky and catchy as any he'd written before."
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Carole King
Music

  (Item #: king_music_1903_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb sound throughout with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER
  • The vocals are present and breathy, the piano and bass clear, not smeary or murky -- this one was one of the better copies from our recent shootout
  • "... time has shown this album to be one of her finest... her songwriting is still in peak form, and there are many highlights including "It's Gonna Take Some Time" (also made into a hit by the Carpenters) and "Song of Long Ago" (with backing vocals by James Taylor)." - All Music, 4 Stars
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The Allman Brothers
Eat A Peach

  (Item #: allmaeatap_1803_1903) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on all four sides - these two discs are rockin' from first note to last
  • The heartfelt radio-friendly songs such as Melissa and Little Martha keep up the energy and add to the enjoyment factor
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl for this title -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • 5 stars: "The record showcases the Allmans at their peak, and it's hard not to feel sad as the acoustic guitars of "Little Martha" conclude the record, since this tribute isn't just heartfelt, it offers proof of Duane Allman's immense talents and contribution to the band."
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Leonard Cohen
Death of a Ladies' Man

  (Item #: cohendeath_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This superb copy of Cohen's fifth studio album boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound, or close to it throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This one is almost impossible to find with good sound and quiet vinyl, but we've done it here
  • Clear, full, and with plenty of space, this pressing brilliantly showcases Phil Spector's Wall of Sound production technique
  • 4 stars: "Death of a Ladies' Man represents the peak of Cohen's first decade or so as a recording artist, both lyrically and stylistically stepping into wholly untapped musical directions... It might even be his masterpiece."
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Ten Years After
Cricklewood Green

  (Item #: tenyecrick_1903) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding Deram British pressing of the band's fourth studio album earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them on both sides
  • The 1970 sound is wonderfully Tubey Magical, full-bodied and solid, the bass is note-like and clear
  • "Me and My Baby" sounds particularly good here, like it was recorded live in the studio (which it probably was)
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Cricklewood Green provides the best example of Ten Years After's recorded sound. ...the band and engineer Andy Johns mix studio tricks and sound effects, blues-based song structures, a driving rhythm section, and Alvin Lee's signature lightning-fast guitar licks into a unified album that flows nicely from start to finish."
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Tony Bennett
The Movie Song Album

  (Item #: bennemovie_1903) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Tony Bennett's 1966 album of movie songs arrives on the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound on this superb pressing is full-bodied and lively, with the kind of Tubey Magic Columbia still knew how to get on analog tape
  • Musical Director Johnny Mandel partnered with Neal Hefti and Quincy Jones, arranging and conducting their own compositions, including "Girl Talk," from Harlow, and "Emily," from The Americanization of Emily
  • Some of the songs that Bennett could hardly have sung any better are "Days Of Wine And Roses," "The Shadow Of Your Smile" and "The Second Time Around," the last two previously recorded by Frank Sinatra, and we leave it to you to judge who comes off better
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Tom Waits
Nighthawks At The Diner

  (Item #: waitsnight_1903) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • A superb copy of Waits' first live album, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on all FOUR sides
  • One of our very favorite Waits albums for music and sound, and this copy will show you why
  • The clarity, transparency and immediacy put you right there as Waits and crew lay it down live in the studio
  • A one-of-a-kind album (and incredible recording) with elements of poetry, spoken word and jazz -- great fun if you're into it
  • "... one of Waits' most thoroughly enjoyable albums... if this plays more like a "show" than a "concert," it's a show you'd gladly pay to hear more than once... it's hard to imagine anyone not being charmed by it."
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Johnny Winter
Johnny Winter

  (Item #: wintejohnn_1903_2) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Two superb sides, each earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides are super big and full-bodied with plenty of bottom end weight and energy - the right sound for this lively blues-rock music
  • Winter's debut album for Columbia was also arguably his bluesiest and best... [his] playing and vocals have yet to become mannered or clichéd on this session, and if you've ever wondered what the fuss is all about, here's the best place to check out his true legacy." - All Music, 4 1/2 Stars
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Donald Byrd
Royal Flush

  (Item #: byrd_royal_1903) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • A superb sounding copy with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades or very close to it
  • Both sides here are big, full-bodied and lively with plenty of top end extension
  • "Donald Byrd was at his peak as a straight-ahead hard bop band leader in the early '60s, turning a series of remarkably solid, enjoyable sessions for Blue Note. Royal Flush is no exception to the rule." - All Music
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Sonny Stitt & Paul Gonsalves
Salt & Pepper

  (Item #: stittsalta_1903_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from start to finish on this excellent pressing
  • This copy is hard to fault - big, open, clear, with space and three-dimensionality that modern pressings can only dream of
  • Van Gelder was masterful at the kind of spacious, dynamic, energetic sound found on this vintage pressing
  • "[Stitt's] beautiful playing behind Gonsalves' warm melody statement raises the session to the classic level."
  • 4 1/2 stars: "an exciting match-up of tenors Sonny Stitt and Paul Gonsalves... Highly recommended to bebop and straight-ahead jazz fans."
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Eric Clapton
Unplugged

  (Item #: claptunplu_1903_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A superb sounding copy of Clapton's acoustic classic with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish and mostly quiet vinyl
  • The best album Clapton has made in 20 years and an absolute Must Own - no one recorded an Unplugged session to rival this one except Paul McCartney, not bad company to find yourself in
  • The music on this masterpiece is every bit as good as they say -- deserving of the six Grammys it won
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Clapton is embracing his middle age and the pleasure of Unplugged is to hear him opt out of the pop star game as he plays songs he's always loved."
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Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here

  (Item #: pinkfwishy_1903_2) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • An outstanding vintage pressing of this Pink Floyd classic, with solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides
  • Demo Disc Quality Floyd Magic - big and present with life, clarity and richness like you have never heard for WYWH before
  • 5 stars on Allmusic, a Top 100 title and one that is RIDICULOUSLY tough to find with sound this good
  • "Showcasing the group's interplay and David Gilmour's solos in particular... the long, winding soundscapes are constantly enthralling."
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Hampton Hawes
All Night Session!, Vol. 1

  (Item #: hawesall_night_1_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Hampton Hawes Quartet's first volume from his All Night Session! series makes its Hot Stamper debut with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • A wonderful sounding Contemporary title - as usual you can thank the brilliant engineer Roy DuNann, who clearly knew what he was doing recording in stereo all the way back in 1956, when these sessions were taped over the course of a single night
  • 4 1/2 stars: "A remarkable freshness and spontaneity prevailed throughout the session... The interplay between these four men is marvelous, particularly when heard with headphones or through a sound system allowing for a full appreciation of the stereophonic balance achieved by the recording engineers."
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Dire Straits
Making Movies

  (Item #: diresmakin_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding UK early pressing, with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides, guaranteed to be a huge improvement over anything you've heard
  • This Brit is big, punchy, and full-bodied with excellent presence - Mark Knopfler's leads really soar - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Romeo and Juliet comes to life the way you want it to here, and the song Solid Rock lives up to its title
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Making Movies is helped by a new wave-tinged pop production, which actually helps Knopfler's jazzy inclinations take hold ... ranks among the band's finest work."
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Miles Davis
Birth of the Cool

  (Item #: davisbirth_1810_1903) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding copy of this Groundbreaking Jazz Classic, with seriously good Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • This vintage mono pressing will show you just how well-recorded these 1949-50 sessions were
  • It's the records they made from these tapes (more often from the dubs of them) that have given everybody the wrong idea about these wonderful sounding recordings
  • 5 stars: "So dubbed because these three sessions are where the sound known as cool jazz essentially formed, Birth of the Cool remains one of the defining, pivotal moments in jazz. This is where the elasticity of bop was married with skillful, big-band arrangements and a relaxed, subdued mood that made it all seem easy, even at its most intricate."
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Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie
Ella and Basie!

  (Item #: fitzgella_and_basie_1901) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • With a shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) side two and a solid Double Plus (A++) side one, this Verve stereo pressing came in way ahead of the pack
  • Ella is especially rich, Tubey Magical and breathy - this is the way she should sound, and that makes this copy a true Demo Disc
  • It's very difficult to get the vocals AND the brass to sound right on the same copy, but these two sides pulled it off
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Surprisingly enough this 1963 LP was the first time (other than a couple songs) that Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie recorded together. The match-up was so logical that it would be repeated many times over the next 20 years."
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Sammy Davis Jr.
The Nat King Cole Song Book

  (Item #: davisnatki_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb sounding original stereo copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or very close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Bigger and richer, with lovely Tubey Magic and breathy vocals, this Tri-Color Reprise pressing lets us hear Sammy at the peak of his powers performing some of Nat's most memorable songs
  • 4 Stars: "Alongside Cole's collaborator, Billy May, and notable jazz arranger Claus Ogerman, Davis and company turned in one of the finest and most underrated efforts."
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Creedence Clearwater Revival
Cosmo's Factory

  (Item #: creedcosmo_1903) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With seriously good Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it throughout, we guarantee this will be the best sounding Cosmo's Factory you have ever heard - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Surprisingly good bottom end weight, midrange presence, freedom from grain and real swamp rockin' energy
  • So many great songs: Run Through the Jungle, Lookin' Out My Back Door, Who'll Stop the Rain, etc.
  • A 5 star album and surely the best record the band ever made: "...an album made during stress and chaos, filled with raging rockers, covers, and intense jams..."
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Herbie Hancock
Head Hunters

  (Item #: hancoheadh_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy with each side rating seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades or better for sound
  • If you've been disappointed by the sound of the album in the past, here's a copy that can show you a whole new Head Hunters
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • 5 stars: "It had all of the sensibilities of jazz, particularly in the way it wound off into long improvisations, but its rhythms were firmly planted in funk, soul, and R&B, giving it a mass appeal that made it the biggest-selling jazz album of all time (a record which was later broken)."
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Bud Shank
Brazilliance Vol. 2

  (Item #: shankbrazi_1903) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Shank's 1962 collaboration with Laurindo Almeida arrives with a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side one and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side two - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Another superb Rickard Bock production from the early '60s, with huge amounts of studio space and Tubey Magic to die for
  • The combination of Shank's sax and flute with Almeida's Brazilan folk-influenced guitar creates a delightful and unique fusion of bossa nova-influenced jazz
  • These two would go on to form the L.A. 4, but we much prefer their earlier work on this album
  • 4 stars: "...once again combining Brazilian rhythms and folk melodies with cool bop improvising... highly recommended."
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Albert King
I'll Play The Blues For You

  (Item #: king_illpl_1903) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This original Stax LP earned outstanding Double Plus (++) grades for sound, or close to it, on both sides
  • Big, rich and relatively smooth, here are the wonderfully breathy vocals and Electric Blues energy that are missing from the reissues (including, no doubt, any and all Heavy Vinyl ones)
  • Mint Minus Minus throughtout - about as quiet as we can find these vintage Stax pressings
  • 4 stars: "...the combination of King, members of the legendary Bar-Kays, the Isaac Hayes Movement, and the sparkling Memphis Horns was hardly a risky endeavor... The result was a trim, funk-infused blues sound that provided ample space for King's oft-imitated guitar playing."
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Ry Cooder
Ry Cooder

  (Item #: cooderycoo_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this vintage Reprise pressing of Cooder's debut album from 1970
  • If you want to hear the brilliant Lee Herschberg's All Analog Recording skills brought to bear on so many different instruments serving an assortment of sonic textures, this is the copy that will let you do it
  • 4 stars: "Cooder's debut creates an intriguing fusion of blues, folk, rock & roll, and pop, filtered through his own intricate, syncopated guitar; Van Dyke Parks and Lenny Waronker's idiosyncratic production... Cooder puts this unique blend across with a combination of terrific songs, virtuosic playing, and quirky, yet imaginative, arrangements."
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Duke Ellington
Duke's Big 4

  (Item #: ellindukes_1903_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This is an exceptionally well recorded small group date, with wonderful Double Plus (A++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • I don't know of any other Pablo recording of the Duke from this era that has such sound this big, open, clear and solid
  • Val Valentin did the engineering - as he often did over the course of his long and storied career, he knocked this one out of the park
  • 4 1/2 stars: "One of Duke Ellington's finest small group sessions from his final decade was this frequently exciting quartet date with guitarist Joe Pass, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Louie Bellson ... Highly recommended."
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Roxy Music
For Your Pleasure

  (Item #: roxymforyo_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, this UK LP is sure to be one of the best sounding Roxy Music records you'll ever play - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • These sides are exceptionally rich and Tubey Magical - Roxy on record just does not get much better than this
  • We've been working on this shootout for over ten years - here is one of the better copies we have to show for our effort
  • 5 Stars: "...another extraordinary record from Roxy Music, one that demonstrates even more clearly than the debut how avant-garde ideas can flourish in a pop setting."
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Pink Floyd
Dark Side Of The Moon

  (Item #: pinkfdarks_1903) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • With two stunning sounding sides, each rating a Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++), this mindblowing recording is guaranteed to rock your world
  • The transparency, the clarity, the energy, the power - it's all here on these very special import pressings
  • Just listen to how clear the clocks are on Time, how breathy the vocals are on Breathe, how textured the synthesizers are and how silky the top end is from the beginning of the album all the way to the end
  • A Top 100 album (Top Ten actually) and Demo Disc to rival the most amazing sounding records of all time
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The Band
Northern Lights - Southern Cross

  (Item #: band_north_1903) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy was one of the best we played in our recent shootout
  • These sides are bigger, more natural, warmer and more solid than most of the others we played
  • This is The Band's undiscovered gem, containing the most powerful tearjerker they ever wrote: "It Makes No Difference"
  • 4 stars: "...the Band's finest since their self-titled sophomore effort ... "Acadian Driftwood" stands out as one of Robertson's finest compositions, the equal to anything else the Band ever recorded."
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Townes Van Zandt
Delta Momma Blues

  (Item #: vanzadelta_1903_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Excellent sound throughout for this original Tomato LP with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades
  • The overall sound here is rich, full-bodied and Tubey Magical with plenty of energy and bottom end weight
  • No one does beautifully spare and gut-wrenching country music quite like TVZ; this set contains two of his best songs -- Tower Song and Nothin'
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John Coltrane
The Stardust Session

  (Item #: coltrstard_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent copy of this Coltrane double album - recorded in one day! - with all four sides rating Double Plus (A++) or close to it - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Spacious, open, transparent, rich and sweet, it's a remarkable disc from the Golden Age of Jazz with the benefits brought about by lower-distortion, wider-bandwidth cutting equipment in the '70s
  • Superb sound quality courtesy of Rudy van Gelder's engineering (1958/1963) and the talented mastering of David Turner at Fantasy (1972)
  • 4 Stars: "...Coltrane is heard near the end of his 'sheets of sound' period, perfecting his distinctive style and taking colorful and aggressive solos."
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John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers
A Hard Road

  (Item #: mayalhardr_1903_1) 

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 - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • Forget the dubby domestic pressings and whatever crappy Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - these early UK stereo LPs are the only way to fly
  • "Eric Clapton is usually thought of as John Mayall's most important right-hand man, but the case could also be made for his successor, Peter Green. The future Fleetwood Mac founder leaves a strong stamp on his only album with the Bluesbreakers, singing a few tracks and writing a couple, including the devastating instrumental "Supernatural." - All Music
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Cat Stevens
Tea for the Tillerman

  (Item #: steveteafo_1903) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • This superb UK Pink Rim Label Island pressing of TFTT - The Pinnacle of British Folk Rock from 1970 - earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • This import is ALIVE with musical energy and Tubey Magical Analog sound the likes of which you may never have experienced
  • The emotional power of the songs is communicated completely - we can assure you the experience will be like playing the album for the first time (so this is your chance!)
  • 5 Stars on Allmusic, a stunning Demo Disc, and a permanent member of the Better Records Top 100
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Leonard Cohen
Songs Of Leonard Cohen

  (Item #: cohensongs_of_leonard_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This is an outstanding vintage Red Label copy with superb Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Bigger, richer and clearer than most of what we played - intimate, breathy vocals are key to the better copies such as this one
  • 5 stars: "The ten songs on Songs of Leonard Cohen were certainly beautifully constructed, artful in a way few (if any) other lyricists would approach for some time, but what's most striking about these songs isn't Cohen's technique, superb as it is, so much as his portraits of a world dominated by love and lust, rage and need, compassion and betrayal...few musicians have ever created a more remarkable or enduring debut."
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Leonard Cohen
New Skin For the Old Ceremony

  (Item #: cohennewsk_1808_1903) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first
  • If you're trying recreate a solid, palpable Leonard Cohen singing live in your listening room - sounding just as his did in the studio back in 1974 - this side two will let you do just that
  • "New Skin for the Old Ceremony may be Leonard Cohen's most musical album, as he is accompanied by violas, mandolins, banjos, and percussion that give his music more texture than usual. The fact that Cohen does more real singing on this album can be seen as both a blessing and a curse -- while his voice sounds more strained, the songs are delivered with more passion than usual."
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Bee Gees et al.
Saturday Night Fever

  (Item #: beegesatur_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Double Plus (A++) sound, or close to it, on all four of these outstanding sides
  • There's real Bee Gees vocal magic here - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Stayin' Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, More Than a Woman, Jive Talkin', and even A Fifth of Beethoven all sound great
  • It's no walk in the park to find a copy with sound this good and exceptionally quiet vinyl, but here it is
  • 5 stars: "Saturday Night Fever is virtually indispensable as a Bee Gees album, not just for the presence of an array of songs that were hits in their own right but because it offered the Gibb brothers as composers as well as artists..."
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Miles Davis
Miles Davis

  (Item #: davismiles_1903_1x) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Two Miles Davis classics, representing another remarkable find from the relentless Record Hunting Audiophiles here at Better Records
  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound or very close to it on all four sides!
  • Must Own Music with top sound - the better tracks here can hold their own with virtually any Miles record we know of
  • "[These two discs present] the Miles Davis Quintet from a pair of legendary recording dates which would generate enough music to produce four separate long-players ... Each is considered not only to be among the pinnacle of Davis' work, but of the entire bop subgenre as well."
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Leonard Cohen
Live Songs

  (Item #: cohenlives_1903) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides
  • The overall sound are super rich and full-bodied with a nice bottom end and plenty of presence
  • This live album is compiled from different shows Cohen performed in 1970 and 1972
  • "... for those who've formed a friendship with the words and wisdom of Leonard Cohen, this album finds him raw and naked in one of his finest hours."
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Miles Davis
Milestones

  (Item #: davismilestones_1903_2) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This original Columbia Mono Six-Eye pressing has superb Double Plus (A++) sound or better from the first note to the last
  • The All Tube recording chain at their 30th Street studios allowed Columbia's engineers to do some amazing work back then - here's the proof
  • 5 stars: "What is immedately noticeable upon listening to Miles Davis' classic first -- and only -- album with his original sextet is how deep the blues presence is on it. Though it's true that the album's title cut is rightfully credited with introducing modalism into jazz, and defining Davis' music for years to come, it is the sole selection of its kind on the record. The rest is all blues in any flavor you wish you call your own."
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Bill Evans
At The Montreux Jazz Festival

  (Item #: evansmontr_festival_1903x) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Evan's Classic Live album from the Montreux Jazz Festival returns to the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last
  • A killer Verve stereo pressing, with lovely richness and warmth, real space and wonderful immediacy throughout
  • Recorded live in 1968, this superb release pairs Evans' unique piano improvisations with bandmates Eddie Gomez and Jack DeJohnette
  • 4 stars: "Evans, famous for a soft-spoken pianistic touch, seems driven to new vistas on this album. He experiments more with harmonic dissonance and striking rhythmical contrasts, making this his most extroverted playing since his freshman release, New Jazz Conceptions."
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Supertramp
Crime of the Century

  (Item #: supercrime_1903_1) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • A huge and powerful pressing of Supertramp's Masterpiece, offering spectacular Double Plus (A++) or BETTER quality sound on both sides
  • Ken Scott engineered this one to have Cinerama-sized height, width and depth to rival the best albums you've ever heard
  • Clearly their Magnum Opus, a great leap forward and a permanent member of our Rock & Pop Top 100 Album List
  • "The tuneful, tightly played songs, pristine clarity of sound, and myriad imaginative sound effects, helped create an album that Sounds magazine likened to "Genesis, The Beach Boys...a smattering of [Pink] Floyd.""
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Roxy Music
Manifesto

  (Item #: roxymmanif_1903) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A killer copy of Manifesto, with superb Double Plus (A++) sound and exceptionally quiet vinyl
  • Big, rich and lively throughout - the Tubey Magic on this early UK pressing will show you just how good this album can sound
  • Forget the dubby domestic pressings and whatever crappy Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - the UK LPs are the only way to fly on Manifesto
  • "The songs ending each side fade out with real grace and leave you hanging, wanting more — drenched in a romance out of reach." Rolling Stone
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Neil Young
Zuma

  (Item #: youngzuma_1903_1) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • These Double Plus (A++) sides of Neil's exceptionally well recorded 1975 Masterpiece are guaranteed to floor audiophiles and Neil Young fans alike - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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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Cheap Trick
Dream Police

  (Item #: cheapdream_1903) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • 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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Eric Clapton
Unplugged

  (Item #: claptunplu_1903) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • A stunning import copy of Clapton's acoustic classic with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Forget the CD - playing the vinyl is the only way to retrieve the warm, natural sound of the live event
  • The best album Clapton has made in 20 years and an absolute Must Own - no one recorded an Unplugged session to rival this one
  • The music on this masterpiece is every bit as good as they say -- deserving of the six Grammys it won
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Clapton is embracing his middle age and the pleasure of Unplugged is to hear him opt out of the pop star game as he plays songs he's always loved."
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Neil Young
Rust Never Sleeps

  (Item #: youngrustn_1903) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • With KILLER Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to last, this pressing blew away every other in our shootout
  • It's not easy to find copies that get both the quieter, acoustic material and the big, rockin' Crazy Horse stuff right, but this one did
  • With some fairly quiet passages of music, both sides play exceptionally well for this title - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • 5 stars: "His strongest collection since Tonight's the Night, its obvious antecedent was Bob Dylan's Bringing It All Back Home, and, as Dylan did, Young divided his record into acoustic and electric sides while filling his songs with wildly imaginative imagery."
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The Moody Blues
In Search Of The Lost Chord

  (Item #: moodyinsea_1903) 

Our Price: $399.99

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

  (Item #: traffbesto_1810_1903) 

Our Price: $249.99
Sale Price: $199.00 (You save $50.99 / 20%)


  • Great sound throughout with both sides of this Pink Label pressing rating nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++), this will beat almost any Traffic album you have ever heard!
  • This amazing compilation boasts superb sound, often better than the very same tracks on the original British releases
  • Exceptionally QUIET vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus on both sides - Island didn't press them any quieter in 1969
  • Top 100 - "The entire second side of the LP, comprising 'Medicated Goo,' 'Forty Thousand Headmen,' 'Feelin' Alright,' 'Shanghai Noodle Factory,' and 'Dear Mr. Fantasy,' was the kind of progressive rock that would define Traffic and give it its place in the rock pantheon."
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Simon & Garfunkel
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary...

  (Item #: simonparsl_1902x) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A stunning copy with Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish, just shy of our shootout winner
  • This Columbia 360 is incredibly big and present, with excellent clarity, wonderfully breathy vocals and low levels of spit (the result of clean cutting)
  • A Demo Disc for Tubey Magical voices and guitars, as well as a longtime Better Records Top 100 album
  • 4 1/2 stars Allmusic: "[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."
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Graham Nash
Songs For Beginners

  (Item #: nash_songs_1812_1903) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy is close to our killer Shootout Winner from not long ago - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • We love the All Analog Tubey Magical sound of the recording, especially on a copy as rich and full-bodied as this one
  • Arguably the best of the solo CSN albums - a founding member of our Top 100 Rock and Pop List and a True Demo Disc with grades like these
  • 4 1/2 stars: "From the soaring "I Used to Be a King" through the gossamer "Simple Man" to the wah-wah-laden "Military Madness," the record is filled with gorgeous melodies, flawless singing, and lyrical complexities that hold up decades later."
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Heart
Little Queen

  (Item #: heartlittl_1902x) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • The best copy to hit the site in a long time - killer Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from start to finish
  • Barracuda and Love Alive are two of Heart's best songs bar none and they are guaranteed to blow your mind here
  • It's the rare copy that has the powerful dynamics, deep bass, punchy drums and meaty guitars like you get here
  • A Rock and Pop Top 100 album with Demo Disc sound on a very special pressing such as this - it will rock your world
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Fleetwood Mac
Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac

  (Item #: fleetpeter_1903) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Dramatically more impressive than any other copy we played - Triple Plus (A+++) throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The size, clarity, presence and energy are off the charts - and talk about Tubey Magic, this pressing is overflowing with it
  • The Mac's debut is an extraordinary collection of Guitar-Based British Blues and an album that's rarely on the site with sound this good and surfaces this clean
  • 4 1/2 stars: "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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Roxy Music
Roxy Music

  (Item #: roxymroxym_1903) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides of this UK pressing - 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 truly a Must Own Desert Island Disc of Glammy, Arty Rock
  • "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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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
So Far

  (Item #: crosbsofar_1903) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • Insanely good Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Huge, rich and energetic, this is the way you want to hear the gorgeous harmonies of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
  • 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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The Jacksons
Triumph

  (Item #: jackstrium_1903_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • KILLER sound throughout -- Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second
  • If you've heard one of our amazing Hot Stamper pressings of Off the Wall - the best sounding record Michael Jackson ever made - then you know exactly the Tubey Magical sound of the best copies of Triumph
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • Released during the summer of 1980, just as the hits from Michael's Off the Wall were sliding off the charts, Triumph became the Jacksons' first Top Ten pop album since 1972's Lookin' Through the Windows..."
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Hampton Hawes
All Night Session!, Vol. 3

  (Item #: hawesall_night_3_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Hampton Hawes Quartet's third All Night Session! album finally arrives on the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last
  • Clean, clear, spacious and present yet still super rich and full - just the right sound for this wonderful quartet
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "... more than two hours of exceptionally fine quartet jazz. "
  • "From gently swinging to more uptempo songs this group plays almost telepathically... When people speak of jazz -- this is what should come to mind."
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