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Joni Mitchell
Court and Spark (Quiet Vinyl)

  (Item #: mitchcourt_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: ledze3_1903x) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Outstanding sound throughout with each side earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Huge, Tubey Magical and lively, with solid weight down low and lots of space around all the instruments, this copy is guaranteed to rock like nothing you have ever heard
  • Since I've Been Loving You, Gallows Pole, Tangerine and That's the Way have truly awesome Demo Disc sound
  • "On their first two albums, Led Zeppelin unleashed a relentless barrage of heavy blues and rockabilly riffs, but Led Zeppelin III provided the band with the necessary room to grow musically. While there are still a handful of metallic rockers, III is built on a folky, acoustic foundation that gives the music extra depth."
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Harry Nilsson
Pussy Cats

  (Item #: nilsspussy_1903_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish; exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides here are rich, full-bodied and Tubey Magical with lots of energy
  • Produced by John Lennon, Nilsson's partner in crime, it's a really fun album, with an appealingly ragged and spontaneous vibe
  • "It may not be as wild as the lost weekend itself, but it couldn't have been recorded at any other time and remains a fascinating aural snapshot of the early days of 1974." - All Music
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Cat Stevens
Catch Bull At Four

(UK Island)

  (Item #: stevecatch_1903_import) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee
Sonny and Brownie

  (Item #: terrysonny_1903_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With superb Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides, so natural and relaxed - this is the right sound for this bluesy music - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This early pressing puts a Folk Blues jam from 1973 live in your living room, showcasing two of the true masters of the form
  • The immediacy, clarity and transparency are excellent, but the key element is Tubey Magical warmth, and these vintage pressings have plenty of it
  • "John Mayall and John Hammond, Jr. are among the "youngsters" on this powerful statement that includes a definitive version of Randy Newman's wickedly subtle anti-slavery tune Sail Away."
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The Rolling Stones
Exile On Main Street

  (Item #: rolliexile_1903) 

Our Price: $699.99

  • A KILLER copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on sides one, two and three and superb Double Plus (A++) sound on the fourth side
  • This is Exile raw and real the way it should be - full-bodied and punchy with great presence and energy
  • Exceptionally QUIET vinyl for this Stones album - here is a copy that plays Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus on all four sides
  • 5 stars: "Few other albums, let alone double albums, have been so rich and masterful as Exile on Main St., and it stands not only as one of the Stones' best records, but sets a remarkably high standard for all of hard rock."
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Cat Stevens
Catch Bull At Four

  (Item #: stevecatch_1811_1903) 

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


  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side two, 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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John Mayall with Eric Clapton
Blues Breakers

  (Item #: mayalblues_1902x) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Two outstanding sides for what gets our vote as John Mayall's best album - with Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound throughout, just shy of our shootout winner
  • Richer, smooth and livelier than practically any copy we heard, with Tubey Magic and space you won't believe
  • The British Decca vinyl on this amazing pressing is about as quiet as we ever expect to find for this album
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "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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Paul McCartney
McCartney II

  (Item #: mccarmccar2_1903) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An outstanding UK pressing with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish, coming in just shy of our shootout winner
  • Forget the dubby domestic pressings - these UK imports are the only ones that can deliver the McCartney Magic
  • Fairly quiet vinyl -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus on both sides
  • "McCartney II finds Paul in an adventurous state of mind, which is a relief after years of formulaic pop." - All Music
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Billie Holiday
Stormy Blues

  (Item #: holidstorm_1902x) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • KILLER sound throughout with all four sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades
  • All four sides here are superb -- clean, clear, full-bodied and lively with lovely breathy vocals and plenty of bottom end weight
  • This double LP set captures Billie from 1954-1955 and features Benny Carter, Jimmy Rowles, Tony Scott, Harry Edison, Chico Hamilton and others
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U2
The Unforgettable Fire

  (Item #: u2___unfor_1903) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last - this is the way the album is supposed to sound
  • Pride (In the Name of Love) is the big hit on this one, and the sound is appropriately glorious on this vintage copy
  • "U2 took their fondness for sonic bombast as far as it could go on War, so it isn't a complete surprise that they chose to explore the intricacies of the Edge's layered, effects-laden guitar on the follow-up. Working with producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, U2 created a dark, near-hallucinatory series of interlocking soundscapes ... ranking among U2's very best music..."
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T.Rex
The Slider

  (Item #: trex_slide_1808_1903) 

Our Price: $599.99
Sale Price: $449.00 (You save $150.99 / 25%)


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

  (Item #: waterlondo_1812_1903) 

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


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

  (Item #: kristjesus_1811_1903) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • An outstanding copy Kris' 4th album, with solid Double Plus (A++)sound from first note to last
  • It's richer, fuller, more musical and more natural - Kristofferson's breathy voice is reproduced with a solidity and immediacy that's not easy to find
  • The vocals sound particularly nice on this copy - rich, warm and full, just as they should
  • "Both album and single went gold, giving Kristofferson his greatest success as a recording artist."
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The Doobie Brothers
Toulouse Street

  (Item #: doobitoulo_1901_1903) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A killer original Green Label pressing with amazing Tubey Magical Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • Two of our favorite engineers - Stephen Barncard & Donn Landee - worked their magic here, and they really knocked it out of the park
  • Back in the '70s I had no idea that any pressing could be this punchy in the bass, this dynamic in the choruses, yet still have smooth, sweet vocals (partly because I heard it on crap equipment at Pacific Stereo)
  • 4 stars: "...it all still sounds astonishingly bracing 30 years later; it's still a keeper, and one of the most inviting and alluring albums of its era."
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James Taylor
Dad Loves His Work

  (Item #: taylodadlo_1806_1903) 

Our Price: $119.00
Sale Price: $89.00 (You save $30.00 / 25%)


  • This outstanding copy boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Dramatically bigger, clearer and richer sounding than most, with a far more accurate and natural tonal balance
  • One of our favorite JT albums and perhaps his most underrated, with a great set of songs including Stand and Fight and Summer's Here
  • 4 stars on Allmusic: "James Taylor bounced back from the spotty Flag with this all-original album led by his collaboration with J.D. Souther on "Her Town Too," his biggest pop hit since "Handy Man," and his biggest non-cover hit since his first, "Fire And Rain," in 1970."
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Tom Waits
Blue Valentine

  (Item #: waitsbluev_1812_1903) 

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


  • An outstanding copy of Blue Valentine with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Both sides have a wonderful bottom end -- check out all the WEIGHT to that rich, meaty bass
  • Drop the needle on Romeo Is Bleeding for some of the best music on the album. When you've got the kind of bass definition that this copy offers, the sound for that song can be killer, as it is here
  • "... a broadening of subject matter, a narrative discipline that makes most of the tunes story songs, and a coherent framing for Waits' typically colorful and intriguing imagery." - AMG
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Bruce Springsteen
Darkness On The Edge Of Town

  (Item #: sprindarkn_1812_1903) 

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


  • An outstanding copy of this Springsteen classic - nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) on side one, close behind on side two (A++) - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The full-bodied tonality here bring every passionate, emotionally charged track to life
  • The piano is solid and weighty, and the Tubey Magic is obvious for all to hear - huge, punchy, lively and rockin' throughout
  • The followup to Born to Run earned 4 1/2 stars: "Springsteen presented these hard truths in hard rock settings, the tracks paced by powerful drumming and searing guitar solos."
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The Rolling Stones
Flowers

  (Item #: rolliflowe_1901_1903) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with each side rating a Double Plus (A++) or close to it - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides are big, clean and clear with strong midrange presence and lovely Tubey Magic
  • So many great songs: Ruby Tuesday; Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?; Let's Spend the Night Together; Lady Jane - and that's just four from side one!
  • "There's some outstanding material you can't get anywhere else, and the album as a whole plays very well from end to end..." - All Music
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Bob Seger
Night Moves

  (Item #: segernight_1812_1903) 

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


  • An excellent copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or better from the first note to the last for Seger's breakthrough (the 8th time's the charm)
  • A huge step up over most of what we've heard: richer, fuller, more dynamic, more lively and just plain more fun
  • Knock the album if you like, but there's no denying it's one of Seger's best and certainly a '70s classic - every song's a hit
  • 5 stars in the AMG: "One of the universally acknowledged high points of late-'70s rock & roll. And, because of his passion and craft, it remains a thoroughly terrific record years later."
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Jimmy Smith
Bucket!

  (Item #: smithbucke_1812_1903) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find crazy good sound on this vintage Blue Note stereo LP, with both sides earning Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades, just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • This copy is spacious, sweet and positively dripping with ambience
  • A trio date, with just organ, guitar and drums, the grouping that Smith pioneered - nobody does it better
  • This album is a little more mellow than others I have heard. It's very relaxed and enjoyable. Highly recommended
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Ella Fitzgerald
Sings The Gershwin Song Book Vol. 1

  (Item #: fitzgsings_gershwin_1_1802_1903) 

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


  • This superb stereo 2-pack offers excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and fairly quiet vinyl considering the age of these records
  • Ella sounds rich, Tubey Magical and breathy on this 1959 release - this is the glorious sound of ALL TUBE ANALOG
  • It's very difficult to get the vocals AND the brass right together, but these pressings prove it can be done
  • Nelson Riddle's arrangements are especially interesting and artful throughout - we love the guy!
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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Swings Brightly With Nelson

  (Item #: fitzgellaswingb_1811_1903) 

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


  • An excellent early stereo copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides - quiet vinyl too
  • Exceptionally lovely All Tube sound from 1961, with a huge, rich orchestra conducted by the legendary Nelson Riddle
  • Fitzgerald's performance on this album won her the Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance, her 7th Grammy
  • "The singer has rarely sounded better than during this period. Fitzgerald sticks mostly to familiar standards and is particularly memorable on 'Don't Be That Way,' 'What Am I Here For,' 'I'm Gonna Go Fishin',' and 'I Won't Dance.'"
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Taj Mahal
Oooh So Good 'N Blues

  (Item #: mahalooohs_1803_1903) 

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


  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this 1973 album of primarily acoustic Folky Blues
  • If you like the music of Ry Cooder this album should be right up your alley - it's as well recorded as Ry's stuff, and that's saying something
  • As quiet as we can find them - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Ooh So Good 'N' Blues takes a more straight-ahead approach that keeps the experimentation down to a minimum. As a result, this is one of his most consistently enjoyable and even albums."
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Stevie Wonder
Fulfillingness’ First Finale

  (Item #: wondefulfi_1807_1903) 

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


  • Outstanding sound for the followup to Innervisions, with both sides rating a strong Double Plus (A++) and playing reasonably quietly
  • Finding the right balance between Tubey Magical Richness and Transparency is the trick, and we think this copy strikes that balance well
  • Boogie On Reggae Woman and You Haven't Done Nothing were the big hits but the other tracks on the album are where the real Stevie Wonder MAGIC can be found
  • 4 1/2 stars [but we give it 5]: "The songs and arrangements are the warmest since Talking Book, and Stevie positively caresses his vocals on this set, encompassing the vagaries of love, from dreaming of it ("Creepin'") to being bashful of it ("Too Shy to Say") to knowing when it's over ("It Ain't No Use")."
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Heart
Dreamboat Annie

  (Item #: heartdream_1807_1903) 

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


  • An excellent sounding copy of this quintessential Heart album, with superb Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Punchy and present, open and transparent, with real weight and power to the low end - only the best pressings let that energy come through
  • A Better Records Top 100 album, 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "Aggressive yet melodic rockers like 'Sing Child,' 'White Lightning & Wine,' and the rock radio staples 'Magic Man' and 'Crazy on You' led to the tag 'the female Led Zeppelin.'"
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Billie Holiday
Music For Torching

  (Item #: holidmusic_1809_1903) 

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


  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides, this is a killer copy of one of Billie's best - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • A superb recording of jazz standards with a great lineup and Billie in top form - plenty of Tubey Magic and especially breathy vocals as well
  • Great performances with stellar sound for It Had to Be You, Come Rain or Come Shine, A Fine Romance and too many more to list
  • "The overall feeling on this 1955 recording is strictly after-hours: the party is long over but a few close friends remain for nightcaps and, is that the sun peeking through the windows?"
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Frank Zappa
Zappa In New York

  (Item #: zappainnew_1802_1903) 

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


  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on all four sides of this classic Zappa Double Live album from 1977
  • The first copy EVER to hit the site - after looking for years for enough clean copies to do a shootout, our hard work finally paid off with this outstanding vintage pressing - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • 4 Stars: "The Zappa band, which includes bassist Patrick O'Hearn, percussionist Ruth Underwood, and keyboard player Eddie Jobson, along with a horn section including the two Brecker brothers, was one of the bandleader's most accomplished. Zappa also was at the height of his comic stagecraft, notably on songs like "Titties & Beer," which is essentially a comedy routine between Zappa and Bozzio..."
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Fleetwood Mac
Bare Trees

  (Item #: fleetbaret_1706_1903) 

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


  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side two and a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side one, this copy will be very hard to beat
  • It's the impossibly rare copy that's this lively, solid and rich... drop the needle on the title track and you'll see what we mean
  • The albums from Kiln House (1970) through Mystery to Me (1973) have always been some of our favorites by the band
  • "Arguably the first consistently strong album Fleetwood Mac ever recorded [not true, Kiln House is] ... 1972's Bare Trees is also the album where the band finally defines its post-blues musical personality."
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The Kinks
Sleepwalker

  (Item #: kinkssleep_1802_1903) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb copy of the Kinks triumphant return to the charts, with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on side two and a solid Double Plus (A++) side one
  • It's the first copy to hit the site in a year, and plays on relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • The sound is full-bodied, lively and smooth - RL's mastering contributes the big bottom end you want for this music
  • Juke Box Music, representing Ray Davies' fun and engaging pop sensibilities at their best
  • Rolling Stone raved that "The Kinks' playing on Sleepwalker is easily their most powerful since 'Lola.'"
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Styx
Pieces Of Eight

  (Item #: styx_piece_1808_1903) 

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


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

  (Item #: youngtoget_1805_1903) 

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


  • Together finally comes to the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • The sound here is richer, fuller, more musical and more natural - Young's breathy voice is reproduced with a solidity and immediacy that's not easy to find on vinyl
  • As an eclectic collection of both covers and original material, this album showcases Jesse's versatility and expansive artistic range
  • "[Young] played favorite songs from a variety of genres... Having covered those bases, Young also introduced some timely originals, such as "Peace Song," an anti-war anthem, and "Good Times," which was very reminiscent of the rustic sound Van Morrison had found recently on such albums as Tupelo Honey."
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Dave Brubeck
Time Changes

  (Item #: brubetimec_1811_1903) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This 360 Stereo pressing earned oustanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides
  • The size, the weight, the solidity, the clarity, the energy, the rhythmic drive - it's all here and more
  • More superb sound from the legendary CBS 30th Street Studios in New York
  • Produced by the legendary Teo Macero, this is the fourth entry in Brubeck's time signature series of classic jazz
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Sarah Vaughan
After Hours

  (Item #: vaughafter_1810_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last, this copy of After Hours put the living, breathing Divine One right between our speakers
  • With simple arrangements, featuring Mundell Lowe's guitar and George Duvivier's double bass, Vaughan's soulful voice can take center stage
  • This copy was pressed on exceptionally quiet vinyl - it plays as quietly as any copy we have ever heard
  • "...a quiet and intimate affair, with Vaughan more subtle than she sometimes was... some fine jazz singing."
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June Christy
The Misty Miss Christy

  (Item #: chrismisty_1805_1903) 

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


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

  (Item #: threethree_33_1801_1903) 

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


  • A true Demo Disc, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound or BETTER on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • The transients are uncannily lifelike - listen for the huge amounts of kinetic energy produced when Shelly whacks the hell out of his cymbals
  • My favorite Piano Trio Jazz Album of All Time; every one of those six tracks is brilliantly arranged and performed (if you have the right takes of course; more about that later)
  • 4 Stars: "One of Joe Sample's finest sessions as a leader" - with Shelly Manne and Ray Brown, we would say it's clearly his finest session, as a leader or simply as the piano player in a killer trio
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Freddie Hubbard
Red Clay

  (Item #: hubbaredcl_1902x) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Hubbard's funkiest record - this classic earned shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or close to them throughout
  • One of our favorite CTI albums for sound and music - it's Hubbard's Soul Jazz Masterpiece, and it's a record that belongs in any audiophile's jazz collection
  • Lenny White (Return to Forever) drums up a storm on this album - with sound this good, he is playing right in the room with you!
  • 5 Stars: "This may be Freddie Hubbard's finest moment as a leader, in that it embodies and utilizes all of his strengths as a composer, soloist, and frontman. This session places the trumpeter in the company of giants such as tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Lenny White... This is a classic, hands down."
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Led Zeppelin
Presence

  (Item #: ledzeprese_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • You'll hear massive amounts of Zeppelin Rock and Roll energy on this copy - both sides rated Double Plus (A++) for sound - quiet vinyl too
  • Here is a pressing with the power, the dynamic contrasts, the low end whomp, as well as the in-the-room midrange presence (pun only slightly intended) you 've been waiting for
  • Featuring a stripped down, harder rock sound, Presence really benefits from the killer bottom end found on this early LP
  • "Presence has more majestic epics than its predecessor, opening with the surging, ten-minute Achilles Last Stand and closing with the meandering, nearly ten-minute Tea for One."
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Phil Collins
Face Value

  (Item #: collifacev_1903_) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • Great sound throughout with both sides of this original UK pressing rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or BETTER
  • The sound on this superb pressing is full-bodied and lively, with solid and present vocals, as well as excellent clarity all around
  • His most consistent songwriting and many of his biggest hits - In The Air Tonight sounds amazing, but practically everything here does
  • 5 stars: "Phil Collins' first solo album, 1981's Face Value, was a long time coming, but it proved worth the wait... He went on to become a huge star, with loads more hits, but Face Value stands as his masterpiece and one of the finest moments of the '80s musical landscape."
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Jerry Jeff Walker
Mr. Bojangles

  (Item #: walkemrboj_1903) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • A wonderful find of Jerry Jeff's from 1968, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Clean and clear, rich and natural, with good vocal presence and wonderful energy throughout
  • The title track sounds amazing, but that's just one of the great songs with excellent sound on the album
  • The engineering team of Tom Dowd and Phil Iehle really worked their magic on this one
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "...Walker favored the country and folk side of folk-rock much more than the rock side."
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Four Tops
Reach Out

  (Item #: fourtreach_1903) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • A superb copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last
  • Both sides here are super clean, clear and lively with plenty of bottom end weight
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "... it's one of the best Four Tops records of the '60s... Reach Out still did better than any other original LP by the group, almost breaking the Top Ten." - All Music
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Eric Clapton
Another Ticket

  (Item #: claptanoth_1903_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better copies we played in our recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This vintage pressing has the richness, clarity and British Blues Rock Energy that was missing from many of the copies we played, which of course explains why it earned such good grades
  • "The first and last Clapton studio album to feature his all-British band of the early '80s, it gave considerable prominence to second guitarist Albert Lee and especially to keyboard player/singer Gary Brooker (formerly leader of Procol Harum), and they gave it more of a blues-rock feel than the country-funk brewed up by the Tulsa shuffle crew Clapton had used throughout the 1970s."
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Patti Smith Group
Easter

  (Item #: smitheaste_1903_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Both sides are super full-bodied and present with plenty of extension on both ends
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "... it became her biggest seller, staying in the charts more than five months and getting into the Top 20 LPs... Easter turned out to be the best compromise Smith achieved between her artistic and commercial aspirations." - All Music, 4 1/2 Stars
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David Bowie
Lodger

  (Item #: bowielodge_1903_2) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A KILLER copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second
  • This copy was doing it all right -- bigger, richer, more full-bodied, more present, better bass and the list goes on
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Lodger is 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 like Low and Heroes, but it arguably utilizes those ideas in a more effective fashion." -- All Music
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Deodato
Prelude

  (Item #: deodaprelu_1712_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This killer pressing earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The brass and percussion are amazing on 2001 (and every other track) - thanks RVG
  • We had no idea there was space this huge in the recording until we heard the best copies
  • "Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)," won the 1974 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance
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Pink Floyd
Meddle

  (Item #: pinkfmeddl_1901_1903) 

Our Price: $699.99
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  • A stunning British copy of this shockingly well recorded album with a Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides
  • Both sides here are KILLER - huge and tubey with incredible presence, size and space
  • A Top 100 album and Demo Disc on a par with Dark Side of the Moon (which is really saying something!)
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Pink Floyd were nothing if not masters of texture, and Meddle is one of their greatest excursions into little details, pointing the way to the measured brilliance of Dark Side of the Moon and the entire Roger Waters era."
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Black Sabbath
Master of Reality

  (Item #: blackmaste_1903) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An excellent original pressing of Black Sabbath's third studio release, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • These sides are big and bold with plenty of bass and driving rock energy - this is the right sound for this heavy music
  • It is ridiculously tough to find copies of this album that sound this good and play this quietly, tougher even than it is for Paranoid or the first album
  • 5 stars: "Master of Reality essentially creates multiple metal subgenres all by itself, laying the sonic foundations for doom, stoner, AND sludge metal, all in the space of just over half an hour."
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Carole King
Tapestry

  (Item #: king_tapes_1903_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This wonderful original pressing of King's beloved Tapestry boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This is clearly Carole's masterpiece - it's loaded with more great songs than you can shake a stick at, and they all sound surprisingly good here
  • The sound is punchy, clear and open, and the good news is that this copy is pressed on exceptionally quiet vinyl (for this title!)
  • 5 stars: "...an intensely emotional record, the songs confessional and direct; in its time it connected with listeners like few records before it, and it remains an illuminating experience decades later."
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The Police
Ghost in the Machine

  (Item #: policghost_1812_1903) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other Ghost in the Machine you've heard
  • Some of the band's most sophisticated hits: Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, Invisible Sun, Spirits In The Material World, and more
  • Hugh Padgham took over engineering duties for Ghost and The Police's next album - the quality of their recordings is much the better for it
  • "This album has more variety than the menu in a Bangkok brothel. In particular, Sting's voice has taken on a new depth and fresh maturity. The opening song, 'Spirits In The Material World', may have what sounds like a dumb title, but the song is a dream of close harmonies and nicely understated drums." Record Mirror
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The Beatles
A Collection of Beatles Oldies

  (Item #: beatlcolle_1903_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides or BETTER, this copy was one of the better British pressings we played in our recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • An excellent source for many of the Beatles' greatest hits up to 1966 - with 8 songs per side you are geting a lot for your money with this one
  • Several tracks, including "I Want to Hold Your Hand", "Day Tripper", "We Can Work It Out" and "Paperback Writer" were given their first stereo mixes for this very album
  • Surprisingly good sound for From Me to You, We Can Work It Out, Yesterday, I Feel Fine, and the list goes on
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Supertramp
Crime of the Century
(UK Pressing)

  (Item #: supercrime_1903) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A huge and powerful UK pressing of Supertramp's Masterpiece, offering outstanding Double Plus (A++) quality sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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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Annie Lennox
Diva

  (Item #: lennodiva_1903) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This vintage import offers outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this Annie Lennox classic from 1992
  • Dramatically bigger, richer, smoother, more transparent and just more ANALOG sounding than any other copy you've
  • "State-of-the-art soul pop, Annie Lennox's solo debut is sonically gorgeous..." - Rolling Stone
  • "Diva glides with a rich, feminine dignity that stands tall in pop history." - Slant
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Linda Ronstadt
Simple Dreams

  (Item #: ronstsimpl_1903) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides for Linda's best sounding recording - the only one of hers on our Top 100
  • The sound is huge, solid and present with big punchy drums on both sides - we love Val Garay's engineering!
  • Tremendous energy and top-quality musicianship characterize practically every track on this wonderful record
  • "The consistently adventurous material and Ronstadt's powerful performance makes the record rival Heart Like a Wheel in sheer overall quality."
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Mel Torme
Songs of New York

  (Item #: tormesongs_1903_) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This surprisingly good sounding pressing of Mel Torme's 1963 album earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • Like many of the best Mel Torme recordings from back in the day, the sound here is rich, warm and smooth, with Vintage Analog Tubey Magic to die for
  • Turn it up and The Velvet Fog will be standing right between your speakers, putting his heart and soul into these American standards
  • "This thematic recording, with songs all relating to New York City, has vocalist Mel Tormé singing in fine fashion... done with the heartfelt passion of a man who has lived in the Big Apple and has many tales to tell."
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Jethro Tull
Benefit

  (Item #: jethrbenef_1903) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side one and a better than Double Plus (A++ to A+++) side two, this copy is practically as good as it gets
  • Huge, rich, tubey and solid, the best track on the album - To Cry You a Song - rocks like you will not believe
  • The sound is spacious, sweet and positively dripping with ambience - talk about Tubey Magic, the liquidity of the sound here is positively uncanny
  • "Benefit forms the perfect bridge between the rolling, tumbling Tull of old and the tightly braided riffs and prickly lyrics presented by Aqualung." Record Collector
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Yello
One Second

  (Item #: yelloonese_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this superb copy of the band's 1987 release - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This British pressing boasts a wonderful combination of material, performance, and sonics from these German Studio Wizards
  • A true Demo Disc for everything-but-the-kitchen-sink sound
  • "...pounding drums, emotional vocals, downright evil backgrounds and completely zany, crazy and fun experiments in music production."
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Damn the Torpedoes

  (Item #: pettydamnt_1903_3) 

Our Price: $99.99

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

  (Item #: cash_atsan_1903_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A great sounding vintage 360 pressing of a legendary live album - this copy earned Double Plus (A++) grades or better on both sides
  • Full, rich, lively and clean - Johnny Cash gets the sonic treatment he deserves here - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • So many great songs: Wanted Man, I Walk the Line, San Quentin, A Boy Named Sue, Folsom Prison Blues and more
  • 5 stars: "...listen to "A Boy Named Sue," ... rescued by the wild-eyed, committed performance by Cash, where it sounds like he really was set on murdering that son of a bitch who named him Sue. He sounds that way throughout the record... "
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Tony Bennett
I Left My Heart In San Francisco

  (Item #: benneileft_1903_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This copy of Tony Bennett's 1962 classic has outstanding sound with a rating of Double Plus (A++) or BETTER on both sides
  • Tubey Magical like you will not believe - this killer copy is as about as huge and as real as it gets
  • Brilliant engineering by Frank Laico at his favorite recording digs (and ours), Columbia 30th Street studios
  • 5 Stars and the winner of two Grammy Awards in 1962 including Record of the Year (not bad!)
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Steely Dan
Katy Lied

  (Item #: steelkatyl_1901_1903) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A killer copy with a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • The sound is HUGE -- big, bold, dynamic, and lively, just the way you want The Dan to sound
  • Our pick for the best Steely Dan album of them all, a Masterpiece of jazzy swing pop that will surely reward hundreds of plays
  • 5 stars: "Each song is given a glossy sheen, one that accentuates not only the stronger pop hooks, but also the precise technical skill of the professional musicians drafted to play the solos."
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David Bowie
Lodger

  (Item #: bowielodge_1903_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A superb copy with Double Plus (A++) sound throughout making this one of the better copies from our most recent shootout
  • Both sides are very clean, clear and full-bodied with lots of deep punchy bass
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Lodger is 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 like Low and Heroes, but it arguably utilizes those ideas in a more effective fashion." -- All Music
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Elvis Costello
Spike

  (Item #: costespike_1903_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • A superb sounding copy of Elvis Costello’s Last Really Good Album with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • This copy showed us a Spike we never knew existed -- so much energy and presence to the sound, it came jumping out of the speakers and simply refused to mind its manners. Elvis should be proud. Why don’t more records sound like this?
  • This is one of the best batches of songs Elvis (and his buddy Paul McCartney) ever wrote!
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Genesis
Abacab

  (Item #: genesabaca_1903_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with both sides of this vintage UK pressing earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades or better
  • Forget the thin sounding domestic pressings - these British sides are rich, full-bodied and spacious with real bottom end weight
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Abacab was where this new incarnation of the band came into its own. Working with producer Hugh Padgham, the group escalated the innovations of Duke, increasing the pop hooks, working them seamlessly into the artiest rock here... as bright, bold, and jagged as the modernist artwork on the cover."
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The Byrds
Fifth Dimension

  (Item #: byrdsfifth_1903) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides of this vintage Columbia 360 pressing from 1966 - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides are balanced, clear and open with wonderful Sixties Folk Rock energy to spare
  • Many of their classics are here: Eight Miles High, Hey Joe, 5D (Fifth Dimension), Wild Mountain Thyme, Mr. Spaceman and more
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... its high points were as innovative as any rock music being recorded in 1966... For the originals, they devised some of the first and best psychedelic rock..."
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Led Zeppelin
Physical Graffiti

  (Item #: ledzephysi_1903_2) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This copy is outstanding from first note to last, earning Double Plus (A++) sonic grades or BETTER on sides one, two and four and just shy of Double Plus (A+ to A++) on the third side
  • Here's the energy, presence, and sheer rock and roll power that lets this music come to life like you've never heard in your life
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout with all four sides playing Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • 5 stars: "Captures the whole experience of Led Zeppelin at the top of their game better than any of their other albums."
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Joe Newman Quintet
Jive At Five

  (Item #: newmajivea_1903_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This outstanding copy of Jive At Five boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This Prestige reissue LP is big, spacious, swinging with energy and absolutely jumping out of the speakers
  • 4 stars: "...[this music] is very much in the Count Basie vein. That fact is not too surprising when one considers that the quintet includes three members of Basie's men: trumpeter Joe Newman, tenor saxophonist Frank Wess and bassist Eddie Jones. Joined by the complementary pianist Tommy Flanagan and drummer Oliver Jackson, Newman and his friends swing their way through four vintage standards and a couple of the leader's original blues..."
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Frank Zappa
Apostrophe (')

  (Item #: zappaapost_1903_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding copy, earning seriously good grades of Double Plus (A++) or BETTER on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is super big and full-bodied with super present vocals, a big bottom end, and lots of energy/li>
  • Guaranteed to beat your old copy and the recent reissue or your money back (of course)
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic and Zappa's only album to crack the Top Ten
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The Three Sounds
Coldwater Flat

  (Item #: threecoldw_1903_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides and only the second copy to ever hit the site
  • A shockingly well recorded album, with Oliver Nelson's arrangements exploding from the speakers with all the brilliant energy and color we've come to expect from the man
  • "For this date, the group decided to emphasize its pop side, recording the record with the lush Oliver Nelson Orchestra and choosing to cover such pop hits as "The Look of Love" and "Last Train to Clarksville"... the glossy production has its appealing moments..."
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Cal Tjader
Sounds Out Bacharach

  (Item #: tjadesound_1903_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • A superb sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • Both sides are big, full-bodied and present with plenty of energy and a solid bottom end
  • Critics may pooh-pooh this record but if Bachelor Pad music is your thing, you'll find plenty to like on this wonderfully arranged, groovy tribute to the melodic music of Burt Bacharach
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Miles Davis
Sketches Of Spain

  (Item #: davissketc_1903_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

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


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Love
Love

  (Item #: love_love_1903_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy will be very hard to beat
  • A classic from 1966, a combination of proto-punk and psychedelia featuring My Little Red Book, Hey Joe and more
  • The first Love album is without a doubt the punchiest, liveliest, most POWERFUL recording in the Love catalog
  • Engineered by none other than Bruce Botnick, here is the kind of massive bottom end weight and energy that we like to call WHOMP
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Love's debut is both their hardest-rocking early album and their most Byrds-influenced..."
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Aretha Franklin
Aretha Now

  (Item #: frankaretha_now_1903_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Excellent sound throughout for this original Atlantic Green and Blue label LP with both sides earning a solid Double Plus (A++) or BETTER
  • These original pressings can be amazing - they give Aretha's voice a Tubey Magical relaxed quality that's simply not on the reissues, as good as they may be in other ways
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... this still caught Aretha Franklin at the peak of her early form. Think, I Say a Little Prayer, See Saw, and I Can’t See Myself Leaving You were all big hits."
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Bill Evans
Explorations

  (Item #: evansexplo_1903) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Outstanding sound throughout with both sides rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or close to it
  • The sound here is, above all, natural - the tonality is correct, and the recording sounds right for Riverside circa 1961
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Explorations proves that the artist was worth waiting for no matter what else was going on out there. Evans, with Paul Motian and Scott LaFaro, was onto something as a trio, exploring the undersides of melodic and rhythmic constructions that had never been considered by most... an extraordinary example of the reach and breadth of this trio at its peak."
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Yes
90125

  (Item #: yes__90125_1903_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An excellent copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • Both sides are full-bodied, clean, clear and lively with plenty of extension on both ends
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "A stunning self-reinvention by a band that many had given up for dead, 90125 is the album that introduced a whole new generation of listeners to Yes... there's nary a duff track on the album." - All Music, 4 1/2 Stars
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Anita O'Day
Trav'lin' Light

  (Item #: oday_travl_1903_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb copy of Anita's 1961 release, with a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side one and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side two
  • Big space, breathy vocals, lovely leading edge transients on the brass, and plenty of Tubey Magic make this album a true audiophile treat
  • Johnny Mandel's and Russell Garcia's superb arrangements are the perfect compliment to O'Day's swinging vocals on this tribute to Billie Holiday
  • 4 stars: "... most of this beautiful record find O'Day going her own way in a more forthright, less vulnerable manner... that make[s] haunting use of muted brass at ballad tempos. This was O'Day's favorite among her Norgran/Verve albums."
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Horace Silver Quintet
The Tokyo Blues

  (Item #: silvetokyo_1903_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • Both sides here are super clean, clear and open with a wonderfully rich and sweet horn sound
  • At Mint Minus Minus with no marks, this is about as quiet as copy as we could find
  • "Silver's Tokyo-influenced compositions fit right in with the subtle cross-cultural but very American hard bop he'd been doing all along... [his] compositions have a light, airy feel, with plenty of space, and no one used that space better at these sessions than Cook, whose tenor sax lines are simply wonderful, adding a sturdy, reliable brightness." - All Music, 4 Stars
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Count Basie
Me and You

  (Item #: basiemeand_1903_1) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with each side earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER
  • Both sides are big, full-bodied and Tubey Magical with a lovely bottom end
  • "... recorded only a little more than a year before his death. However, the spirit of this music (helped out by some Ernie Wilkins) arrangements) make Count Basie seem ageless." - All Music
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Arlo Guthrie
Alice’s Restaurant

  (Item #: guthralice_1903) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This superb 2-pack boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout for Arlo Guthrie's classic debut - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • These stereo pressings on the early Two Tone label are practically impossible to find with surfaces this quiet, but here they are
  • The 18 minute plus title song sounds wonderful here - natural, Tubey Magical, and tonally correct, as befits any top quality vintage pressing
  • 4 stars: "... provide[s] an insight into his uniformly outstanding — yet astoundingly overlooked — early sides on Warner Bros."
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Peterson / Riddle
Oscar Peterson & Nelson Riddle

  (Item #: peteroscar_1903) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Peterson and Riddle's 1963 collaboration finally arrives on the site with stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to last
  • With a lively and present piano, and a smooth, full sounding orchestra, this is just the right sound for this music
  • "From the opening flutes to the last flush of piano and orchestra, this is smooth-swinging jazz par excellence."
  • 4 stars: "... a quietly strong, rich, fully evocative set of great tracks that emphasize the undercurrent rather than the overflow of emotions."
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The Jacksons
Triumph

  (Item #: jackstrium_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb sound throughout with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER
  • The overall sound here is clean, clear, lively and musical with lots of deep punchy bass
  • 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..." - All Music
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Bud Shank & Clare Fischer
Bossa Nova Jazz Samba

  (Item #: shankbossa_1903) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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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Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel (1)

  (Item #: gabrigabr1_1901_1903) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Killer throughout - bigger, bolder, more bass, more energy and presence, and the list goes on
  • Clearly the hardest of the first five PG records to find with good sound and decent vinyl, which is why these rarely make the site
  • "...much of the record teems with invigorating energy (as on Slowburn, or the orchestral-disco pulse of Down the Dolce Vita), and the closer "Here Comes the Flood" burns with an anthemic intensity that would later become his signature in the '80s."
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B.B. King
Friends

  (Item #: king_frien_1810_1903) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • One of the better sounding B.B. King records we've heard - it's a treat to hear B.B. singing, playing guitar and backed by a horn section without the mediocre sonics of the average copy ruining the fun
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Rick Wakeman
The Myths and Legends of King Arthur...

  (Item #: wakemmyths_1812_1903) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Superb sound for this A&M British Import LP with each side rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or BETTER
  • Both sides here are big, full-bodied and present with lots of energy and a nice extended top end
  • Fairly quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Rick Wakeman's third solo album is among his best... it still stands along with Journey to the Center of the Earth and The Six Wives of Henry VIII as one of his most astute pieces." - All Music
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America
America's Greatest Hits

  (Item #: amerihisto_1809_1903) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding copy of America's 1975 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • Both sides have amazing clarity and presence, which is especially noticeable on the vocals
  • THE BIG SOUND on both sides lets this Greatest Hits compilation hold its own against the originals
  • "An essential collection for fans who like their '70s folk with a pop sheen, loads of hooks, and top-drawer arrangements."
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Electric Light Orchestra
A New World Record

  (Item #: electnewwo_1812_1903) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • ELO's Masterpiece returns to the site - this UK pressing boasts superb Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides, coming in just shy of our Shootout Winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • For ELO-loving audiophiles it just doesn't get any better than A New World Record, sonically or musically
  • A Must Own Arty Pop Rock Classic, with brilliant songwriting, production and sound - no other album of theirs comes close
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Opening with the opulently orchestrated "Tightrope," which heralds the perfect production found throughout this album, A New World Record contains seven of the best songs ever to come out of the group."
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Donald Byrd
House of Byrd

  (Item #: byrd_house_1903) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Two rare Donald Byrd albums in one, both with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on all sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The Tubey Magic is fully intact, making these two albums sound just the way 1956 RVG jazz should
  • Composed of two superb LPs, 2 Trumpets and The Young Bloods, these wonderful pressings capture some of Byrd's best sound
  • "Art and Donald are in fine form, and if there is any competition it serves only to increase the musical yield."
  • "... These blowing sessions (typical of Prestige's albums of the 1950s) have their enjoyable moments with Farmer and Woods taking overall solo honors.
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King Crimson
The Young Persons' Guide To King Crimson

  (Item #: kingcyoung_1808_1903) 

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


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

  (Item #: wrighdream_1711_1903) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find superb Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this Gary Wright classic - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Big, rich, and full-bodied with lovely texture to the synths and relatively little grit - all crucially important to the best copies
  • Not many of these hit the site - they're tougher to come by with this kind of sound than you might imagine
  • 4 Stars: "Backed with only drums and a wide assortment of keyboards, Gary Wright crafted instantly recognizable tunes such as the title cut and 'Love Is Alive,' which caught on and remain staples of classic rock stations around the U.S. ... Dream Weaver hasn't lost any of its magic over time."
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The Doors
L.A. Woman

  (Item #: doorslawom_1901_1903) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This original is huge, lively and rich, earning outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides
  • Our Hot Stamper here 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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Sammy Davis Jr.
Sings, Laurindo Almeida Plays

  (Item #: davissammy_1901_1903) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish -- this copy is truly a Demo Disc for vocal reproduction
  • One of the most emotionally rich and sublimely enjoyable collections of romantic ballads ever recorded
  • The sound here is rich and tubey with incredible immediacy; unquestionably one of the better Sammy Davis Jr. albums we have ever played
  • "The intimacy inherent in this collection places 1966's Sammy Davis, Jr. Sings and Laurindo Almeida Plays in a class unto itself." - All Music
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Eagles
Hotel California

  (Item #: eaglehotel_1812_1903) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $179.00 (You save $20.99 / 10%)


  • A superb copy with seriously good Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Incredible Demo Disc sound -- big and bold with super punchy drums and a fully extended top end
  • A Better Records Top 100 pick that's amazingly powerful on the best copies such as these
  • 5 stars: "Hotel California unveiled what seemed almost like a whole new band."
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Damn the Torpedoes

  (Item #: pettydamnt_1903_2) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • This outstanding hard rockin' pressing earned Triple Plus (A+++) grades or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Credit for the tremendous presence and energy of the recording goes to the brilliant engineer Shelly Yakus
  • Damn the Torpedoes is, simply put, the best sounding Tom Petty album we have ever played
  • Tons of hits too: Refugee, Here Comes My Girl, and my favorite of the bunch, Don't Do Me Like That
  • 5 stars: "Few mainstream rock albums of the late '70s and early '80s were quite as strong as this, and it still stands as one of the great records of the album rock era."
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David Bowie
Space Oddity

  (Item #: bowiespace_1811_1903) 

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


  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides, this is the right sound for Bowie's 1969 classic
  • This killer pressing is full-bodied and lively, with solid and present vocals, as well as excellent clarity all around
  • Ken Scott engineered at Trident, and Rick Wakeman plays a mean mellotron on some tracks - what's not to like?
  • "Abandoning both the mod and Anthony Newley fascinations that marked his earlier recordings, Bowie delves into a lightly psychedelic folk-rock, exemplified by the album's soaring title track..."
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Van Morrison
Moondance

  (Item #: morrimoond_1903_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding Green Label early pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • Drop the needle anywhere on the album for a taste of early-'70s Tubey Magical analog sound, not to mention some lovely blue-eyed soul
  • An incredibly tough title to find in clean condition with audiophile quality sound, but we did it, and here it is
  • "An album worthy of an Irish r&b singer who wrote a teen hit called "Mystic Eyes" (not to mention a Brill Building smash called "Brown Eyed Girl"), adding punchy brass (including pennywhistles and foghorn) and a solid backbeat (including congas) to his folk-jazz swing, and a pop-wise formal control to his Gaelic poetry." Christgau - A+ (a grade he does not give out often)
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The Three Sounds
Coldwater Flat

  (Item #: threecoldw_1903) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Our first Three Sounds Hot Stamper - incredible sound throughout, both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • A shockingly well recorded album, with Oliver Nelson's arrangements exploding from the speakers with all the brilliant energy and color we've come to expect from the man
  • "For this date, the group decided to emphasize its pop side, recording the record with the lush Oliver Nelson Orchestra and choosing to cover such pop hits as "The Look of Love" and "Last Train to Clarksville"... the glossy production has its appealing moments..."
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James Taylor
Sweet Baby James

  (Item #: taylosweet_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy was one of the best we played in our recent shootout
  • Just listen to all that lovely echo - it's a dead giveaway that both sides have resolving power far beyond other copies you may have heard
  • A Top 100 Title, inarguably a Masterpiece - Fire and Rain and Suite for 20 G (one of JT's All Time Best) are out of this world here
  • 5 Stars: "Sweet Baby James launched not only Taylor's career as a pop superstar but also the entire singer/songwriter movement of the early '70s that included Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Jackson Browne, Cat Stevens, and others..."
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Leon Russell
Leon Russell

  (Item #: russeleonr_1901_1903) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With a solid Double Plus (A++) side one and a side two that's right up there with it, this outstanding UK pressing of Russell's debut release has much to recommend it
  • His first and best album, engineered by our man Glyn Johns, but it only sounds this brilliant on these UK original pressings - the domestic LPs are dead on arrival
  • Delta Lady, A Song for You and Roll Away the Stone are all here, which makes this a true Must Own for fans of the Classic Era
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Leon Russell never quite hit all the right notes the way he did on his eponymous debut. He never again seemed as convincing in his grasp of Americana music and themes, never again seemed as individual, and never again did his limited, slurred bluesy voice seem as ingratiating."
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Canned Heat
Canned Heat

  (Item #: cannecanne_1901_1903) 

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


  • A stunning sounding original copy: Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side, Double Plus (A++) on the second
  • The sound is present, lively and tonally correct, with rich, Tubey Magical vocals that are only found on these good vintage pressings
  • These "authentic renderings" of blues covers include classics such as Muddy Waters' Rollin' and Tumblin' and Robert Johnson's Dust My Broom
  • 4 stars: "This debut was issued shortly after their appearance at the Monterey International Pop Music Festival... While decidedly more obscure to the casual listener, Eddie "Guitar Slim" Jones "Story of My Life" is both a high point on this recording, as well as one of the fiercest renditions ever committed to tape."
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Cal Tjader
Sounds Out Bacharach

  (Item #: tjadesound_1903) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and Double Plus (A++) sound on the first
  • Both sides are super big, full-bodied and present with tons of energy and a solid bottom end
  • Critics may pooh-pooh this record but if Bachelor Pad music is your thing, you'll find plenty to like on this wonderfully arranged, groovy tribute to the melodic music of Burt Bacharach
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