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The Doors
The Soft Parade

  (Item #: doorssoftp_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound and fairly quiet vinyl on both sides, this copy will be very hard to beat
  • The sound is rich and lively, with solid brass and punchy drums - thanks Bruce Botnick, where would The Doors be without you?
  • Full of great songs: Touch Me, Runnin' Blue, Wild Child, Wishful Sinful and the amazingly trippy Soft Parade extended suite
  • "Much like a true “parade” of an English fugue, the song morphs from Morrison’s a capella sermon-like intro to a Baroque ballad to a show tune-like section to the long rock outro, the music masterfully following the flowing, stream of consciousness lyric." Hell yeah!
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Carole King
Tapestry

  (Item #: king_tapes_1909) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This copy of Carole King's beloved Tapestry boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • This killer Ode Stereo pressing is wonderfully Tubey Magical, full-bodied and solid, with note-like, clear bass
  • This album is clearly Carole's masterpiece - it's loaded with great songs, and they all sound fantastic here
  • 5 stars: "...an intensely emotional record, the songs confessional and direct; in its time it connected with listeners like few records before it, and it remains an illuminating experience decades later."
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Charles Mingus
Mingus Dynasty

  (Item #: mingumingu_dynasty_1909) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This outstanding Columbia Stereo pressing boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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 vintage pressing
  • 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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Frank Zappa
Apostrophe (')

  (Item #: zappaapost_1909) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A KILLER copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish; As Good As It Gets
  • The sound is incredibly clean, clear 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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Chicago
Chicago VII

  (Item #: chicachica7_1909) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on three sides, and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) fourth, this was one of the best copies of Chicago VII from our most recent shootout
  • These pressings have real depth to the soundfield, full-bodied, present vocals, and lovely analog warmth
  • 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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Steely Dan
Countdown to Ecstasy

  (Item #: steelcount_1909_2) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This Steely Dan favorite boasts excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and the vinyl is about as quiet as we can find it
  • Razor Boy (a personal favorite), Show Biz Kids, My Old School, Pearl of the Quarter and King of the World are superb here
  • Richer and clearer than most, with a more solid bottom end - this is the sound that lets the only real rock album this band ever made actually ROCK the way it should
  • 5 Stars: "...its eight songs are rich with either musical or lyrical detail that their album rock or art rock contemporaries couldn't hope to match."
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Cat Stevens
Teaser & The Firecat

  (Item #: stevetease_1909_3) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An impressive copy of this Cat Stevens classic, with stunning Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • This pressing is clearly fuller, bigger, more lively and more Tubey Magical than almost any other copy we played
  • AMG 5 Stars and a Top 100 album - in some ways it's the Best Sounding record Cat Stevens ever made
  • Tuesday’s Dead, Morning Has Broken, Bitterblue, Moonshadow, Peace Train - and that's just side two! What side of any album has five songs of such quality?
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Cat Stevens
Tea for the Tillerman

  (Item #: steveteafo_1909_2) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • This superb UK Pink Rim Label Island pressing of TFTT - The Pinnacle of British Folk Rock from 1970 - earned Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to them on both sides
  • 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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Paul Simon
Graceland

  (Item #: simongrace_1909) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This superb pressing of Graceland offers Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from first note to last - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • These side are doing it all right -- big, rich and Tubey Magical yet still clean, clear and present with lovely breathy vocals
  • Guaranteed to TROUNCE the well-reviewed but nevertheless awful Heavy Vinyl LP in every way, or your money back and the shipping is on us
  • 5 stars: "An enormously successful record, Graceland became the standard against which subsequent musical experiments by major artists were measured."
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Paul Desmond & Gerry Mulligan
Two Of A Mind

  (Item #: desmotwoof_1901_6_8ex) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb sounding vintage Living stereo pressing, this one earned Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides
  • If you're looking to demonstrate just how good 1962 All Tube Analog sound can be, this is the record that can do it
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Desmond and Mulligan always made for a perfect team during their infrequent collaborations. Both of the saxophonists had immediately distinctive light tones, strong wits, and the ability to improvise melodically. ... the interplay between Desmond and Mulligan is consistently delightful."
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Crosby, Stills and Nash
Daylight Again

  (Item #: crosbdayli_1905_9) 

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


  • This outstanding copy of Daylight Again (the last good record these guys would ever make) earned solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grades - relatively quiet vinyl too
  • This is the embodiment of the Classic CSN sound we love - rich, full-bodied, warm, punchy, dynamic and clear
  • Steven Barncard, one of our favorite recording engineers, no doubt deserves most of the credit
  • Allmusic on Wasted on the Way and Southern Cross: "Both were extracted as singles and became among the best-known tracks not only on Daylight Again, but also in the post-'60s CSN canon."
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Richard & Linda Thompson
Shoot Out The Lights

  (Item #: thompshoot_1905_9) 

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


  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this copy of the Thompsons' final album - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Without a doubt this is the best record Richard and Linda Thompson ever made - for sound and music
  • DYNAMIC, huge, lively, powerful and musical - a real Demo Disk - both sides here are guaranteed to rock your world
  • A Top 100 album, and clearly Thompson's Masterpiece of Grungy Guitar Rock
  • 5 stars: "Shoot Out The Lights found them rallying their strengths to the bitter end; it's often been cited as Richard Thompson's greatest work, and it's difficult for anyone who has heard his body of work to argue the point."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Neil Young
Rust Never Sleeps

  (Item #: youngrustn_1904_9) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides, making this one of the more enjoyable copies we've played in our recent 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 does
  • Considering how many quiet passages there are on the album, both sides play exceptionally well - 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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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet)

Humble Pie
Performance - Rockin' The Fillmore

  (Item #: humblperfo_1904_9) 

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


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

Townes Van Zandt
Live At The Old Quarter

  (Item #: vanzalivea_1909_2) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Outstanding sound for this original Tomato LP with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on sides two and three and Double Plus (A++) sound on the other two sides
  • Rich, natural and clear, with a striking musical quality that was missing from some of the originals we played (and surely nowhere to be found on the reissues currently being made from digital copies of the forty plus year old tapes)
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Van Zandt could work magic in front of an audience under the right circumstances, and while a wealth of live recordings of Van Zandt have emerged since his passing on the first day of 1997, Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas ranks with the very best of his concert albums."
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Ray Charles
Ingredients In A Recipe For Soul

  (Item #: charlingre_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding pressing of Charles' 1963 release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • These sides are doing it all right -- richer, fuller, better bass, more Tubey Magic, and the list goes on!
  • Ray Charles was a genius and the music on this record is just more proof of the undeniability of that fact
  • 4 stars: "The high points are very high -- 'Busted,' his hit reworking of a composition by country songwriter Harlan Howard, is jazzy and tough, and one of his best early-'60s singles..."
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Cannonball Adderley
Domination

  (Item #: adderdomin_1907_9) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - mostly quiet vinyl too
  • This is an AMAZINGLY well-recorded album - big, rich, and positively exploding with the fun jazz energy Adderley is known for
  • And don't forget Oliver Nelson's swinging arrangements for this group, surely a match made in Heaven
  • Why isn't this LP better known? It's one of the best jazz albums we've "discovered" recently, with the Big Sound we Big Speaker guys flip for
  • "Both Adderleys feature through a series of monumental sounding charts by Oliver Nelson on some very enterprising material"
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Airto
Fingers

  (Item #: airtofinge_1909) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Excellent from first note to last - Double Plus sound (A++) on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Incredibly impressive funky Brazilian jazz sound with HUGE lifelike percussion - thanks RVG!
  • "Produced by Taylor and recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's famous New Jersey studio, this LP demonstrates just how exciting and creative 1970s fusion could be. When Moreira and his colleagues blend jazz with Brazilian music, rock and funk on such cuts as "Wind Chant," "Tombo in 7/4" and "Romance of Death," the results are consistently enriching. Fingers is an album to savor."
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The Pretenders
The Pretenders

  (Item #: preteprete_1909_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding UK pressing of the band's debut studio album with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from top to bottom - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Here are the full-bodied mids, punchy lows and clear, open, extended highs that let this Pretenders Classic come alive
  • This is one of engineer Bill Price's better efforts behind the boards, and Chris Thomas's production is State of the Art
  • 5 stars: "Few rock & roll records rock as hard or with as much originality as the Pretenders' eponymous debut album. A sleek, stylish fusion of Stonesy rock & roll, new wave pop, and pure punk aggression, Pretenders is teeming with sharp hooks and a viciously cool attitude."
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Prince
Purple Rain

  (Item #: princpurpl_1909ex) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A stunning copy of Prince's legendary 1984 release, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout
  • This side two was just BIGGER and RICHER than practically any other we played, with rock solid energy to beat them all
  • Clean and clear and open are nice qualities to have, but rich and smooth are harder to come by on this record - and here they are!
  • 5 stars "Purple Rain finds Prince consolidating his funk and R&B roots while moving boldly into pop, rock, and heavy metal with nine superbly crafted songs... a stunning statement of purpose that remains one of the most exciting rock & roll albums ever recorded."
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Jesse Colin Young
Together

  (Item #: youngtoget_1909) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Together finally returns 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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Earth, Wind and Fire
Raise!

  (Item #: earthraise_1909_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding pressing of Raise! offers solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER and exceptionally quiet vinyl from first note to last
  • Full-bodied and Tubey Magical, with especially smooth, present vocals - this is the sound we love at Better Records
  • "With each new album, Earth, Wind and Fire remain relatively true to their original sound: elaborate, neatly orchestral funk, influenced equally by American and African sources. But the band also keeps its ear to the radio. Accordingly, Raise! reflects the current wave of street-gritty black pop, from Lakeside to Rick James. Most of the tracks crank up the bass and feature rattling percussion that scrapes against the beat." - Rolling Stone
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Van Halen
1984

  (Item #: vanha1984_1906_9) 

Our Price: $299.99
Sale Price: $199.00 (You save $100.99 / 34%)


  • A stunning copy of this hard rock classic with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides are rockin' like crazy - lots of energy, impressive size and big-time presence
  • Tons of hits: Panama, Hot For Teacher, Jump, and you won't believe how good they sound on this copy
  • 5 stars: "It's the best showcase of Van Halen's instrumental prowess as a band... the best showcase for their songwriting, just their flat-out best album overall."
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Bruce Springsteen
Born In The U.S.A.

  (Item #: sprinborni_1909_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This superb copy of Springsteen's 80's classic boasts Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound and exceptionally quiet vinyl on both sides - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • This pressing is head and shoulders above the pack, with the kind of big, punchy, full-bodied sound this music absolutely demands
  • Some of The Boss's biggest hits, including the title track, Glory Days and Dancin' in the Dark
  • 5 stars: "... 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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Super Hot Stamper

ZZ Top
Deguello

  (Item #: zztopdegue_1909_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding early pressing of Deguello with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • The vinyl embodiment of the Classic Analog Rock sound we love - rich, full-bodied, warm, punchy, dynamic and clear
  • A surprisingly good recording - here is exactly the kind of hard-rockin' energy you want from these three guys
  • Excellent songs including Hi Fi Mama, Cheap Sunglasses (an all-time classic), She Loves My Automobile, and more
  • 4 1/2 stars: "ZZ Top returned after an extended layoff in late 1979 with Degüello, their best album since 1973's Tres Hombres... The trio is in fine shape here, knocking out a great set of rockers and sounding stylish all the time."
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Emmylou Harris
Quarter Moon In A Ten Cent Town

  (Item #: harriquart_1909) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of Harris' 1978 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to the last
  • Both sides are big, rich and sweet with wonderfully breathy vocals, excellent clarity and a plenty of bottom end weight
  • 4 stars: "Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town is a transitional effort that bridges the curveballs of Emmylou Harris' earliest solo work with the more traditional country albums that comprise the bulk of the second phase of her career."
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Ry Cooder
Jazz

  (Item #: coodejazz_1909_2) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This superb copy of Ry Cooder's classic 1978 release earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • Exceptionally spacious and three-dimensional, as well as relaxed and full-bodied - this pressing was a noticeable step up over many of the copies we played
  • The Audiophile Pressings of this album are a disgrace - THIS is the way it should sound
  • "The complexity of the material on Jazz, as well as the arrangements by Joseph Byrd, dictate that this is Cooder's most polished and orchestrated effort to date."
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Steely Dan
Aja

  (Item #: steelaja_1909) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding copy of Steely Dan's 1977 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Punchy, full and smooth, with the kind of rhythmic energy that brings out the jazzy funk in the music
  • A Better Records Rock and Pop Top 100 album and a true Demo Disc on an exceptional pressing like this
  • 4 1/2 stars: "With Aja, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen's obsession with sonic detail and fascination with composition reached new heights. A coolly textured and immaculately produced collection of sophisticated jazz-rock, Aja has none of the overt cynicism or self-consciously challenging music that distinguished previous Steely Dan records ... a shining example of jazz-rock at its finest. "
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Dio
Holy Diver

  (Item #: dio_holyd_1909_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This outstanding pressing of the band's debut album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Surprisingly rich and full-bodied, this pressing really ROCKS with big bass and punchy drums
  • "... hailed by critics as Dio's best work and a classic staple in the heavy metal genre"
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... it wasn't all that surprising -- impressive, but not surprising -- when he struck gold yet again when launching his solo vehicle, Dio, via 1983's terrific Holy Diver album... Holy Diver still the undisputed highlight of Dio's career, and, indeed, one of the finest pure heavy metal albums of the 1980s."
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Steely Dan
Pretzel Logic

  (Item #: steelpretz_1909_2) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • Clear, present and dynamic, with a punchy bottom end - you'd be hard pressed to find a better sounding copy
  • Becker and Fagen spared no effort in the recording of this album - the mix is PERFECTION
  • A Top 100 Album and our pick for The Best Sounding Steely Dan Recording of Them All
  • 5 stars; "Steely Dan made more accomplished albums than Pretzel Logic, but they never made a better one."
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Eddie Money
Eddie Money

  (Item #: moneyeddie_1909_1) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding copy of Eddie Money's debut studio album, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - fairly 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 you've been waiting for
  • "With much of the same urgency Money stands as perhaps a lighter but still gutsy-voiced Bruce Springsteen. His performance exudes a certain authenticity of main line rock without seeming derivative or repetitious." - Billboard
  • 4 1/2 stars: "This strong debut benefits greatly from the expertise of veteran producer Bruce Botnick as well as the likes of former Steve Miller bassist Lonnie Turner and saxman Tom Scott... long on craft but not without inspiration..."
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Billie Holiday
All Or Nothing At All

  (Item #: holidallor_1909) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • A superb copy of this outstanding double album with solid Double Plus (A+++) sound or BETTER on all four sides
  • This 2 LP set features most of the tracks from the original release plus another handful of recordings from the same period (1955-1956)
  • It's one of the better sounding Billie Holiday records we've heard, any guaranteed to beat any Heavy Vinyl reissue you've wasted your money on
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... features some of Billie Holiday's top Verve performances from the mid-'50s... she runs the emotional gamut from summery optimism to pathos-rich musings. Befitting her perennial after-hours mood, the majority of songs here feature Holiday in a low-down mood of the highest order."
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Bob Dylan
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

  (Item #: dylanfreew_1903_6_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This 360 stereo copy has outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • You'll find this copy surprisingly spacious, full-bodied and natural, with relatively few of the problems that plague most pressings
  • It's clear these classic songs have stood the test of time: Blowin' in the Wind; Girl from the North Country; Masters of War; A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall; Don't Think Twice, It's All Right and many more
  • 5 stars: "This is rich, imaginative music, capturing the sound and spirit of America... Dylan, in many ways, recorded music that equaled this, but he never topped it."
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Van Morrison
Tupelo Honey

  (Item #: morritupel_1909) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better copies we played in our recent shootout
  • Wild Night and the title track sound amazing - rich and full-bodied with lovely warmth and above all naturalness
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic and featuring some of Stephen Barncard's best engineering - this is Analog Sound at its best
  • "Tupelo Honey is in one sense but another example of the artist making increased use of the album as the unit of communication as opposed to merely the song or the cut. Everything on it is perfectly integrated."
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Talking Heads
More Songs About Buildings and Food

  (Item #: talkimores_1802_1909) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound throughout for More Songs, The Talking Head's One True Masterpiece - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Plenty of rhythmic energy - Take Me to the River rocks like you won't believe
  • Eno produced, Rhett Davies engineered, every track is (psycho) killer - this is absolutely a Must Own Album from 1978
  • 5 stars: "Brian Eno brought a musical unity that tied the album together, especially in terms of the rhythm section, the sequencing, the pacing, and the mixing."
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B.B. King
In London

  (Item #: king_inlon_1904_9) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • 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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Carole King
Music

  (Item #: king_music_1903_9) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • 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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Ry Cooder
Ry Cooder

  (Item #: cooderycoo_1903_9) 

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


  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this vintage Reprise pressing of Cooder's debut album from 1970 - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • 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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Andre Previn & His Pals
Gigi

  (Item #: previgigi_1904_9) 

Our Price: $119.99

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

  (Item #: deeppfireb_1906_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Outstanding sound throughout for this original Harvest import pressing, with each side earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades for sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This LP was simply bigger, richer and clearer, with more Tubey Magic, less smear and less congestion than most of the other vintage imports we played
  • One of Ian Gillian's favorite albums, "... it was really the beginning of tremendous possibilities of expression."
  • 4 1/2 stars: "One of Deep Purple's four indispensable albums (the others being In Rock, Machine Head, and Burn), 1971's Fireball saw the band broadening out from the no-holds-barred hard rock direction of the previous year's cacophonous In Rock."
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Creedence Clearwater
Creedence Clearwater...

  (Item #: creedcreed_1905_9) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This an unusually good sounding copy of CCR's debut boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides - QUIET vinyl too
  • Low-distortion, lively, solid and dynamic - this is the sound that Creedence was going for
  • Probably the most difficult CCR studio album to find with excellent sound, and to find one that plays this quietly, fuhgeddaboudit
  • Featuring I Put a Spell on You as well as the extended-length jam, Susie Q, at 8:37 just perfect for Underground Radio
  • "... the band's sound is vibrant, with gutsy arrangements that borrow equally from Sun, Stax, and the swamp."
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Eric Clapton
Journeyman

  (Item #: claptjourn_1903_6_9) 

Our Price: $129.99

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

  (Item #: allmalaidb_1908_1_) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Stunning sound throughout with both sides earning nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades, right up there with our Shootout Winner!
  • 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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The Beatles
Help

  (Item #: beatlhelp_1908_) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Two killer sides with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - we guarantee you've never heard Help sound better
  • Want to hear The Beatles at their Tubey Magical best? Just play You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away on this UK stereo pressing
  • Everything that's great about Help is here - jangly 12 string guitars, harmonically rich tambourines, and breathy vocals
  • Side one alone boasts 7 classics: Help!, The Night Before, You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, I Need You, Another Girl, You’re Gonna Lose That Girl and Ticket to Ride - whew!
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Harry Nilsson
Pussy Cats

  (Item #: nilsspussy_1903_6_9) 

Our Price: $199.99
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  • A superb sounding copy with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • You have to work very hard to find a copy of this famously troubled album that sounds as good as this one does,
  • 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."
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Louis Armstrong
I've Got The World On A String

  (Item #: armstivego_1810_4_9) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding pressing earned solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Russell Garcia's orchestral arrangements and Louis Armstrong's sublime interpretations of The Great American Songbook are a match made in heaven
  • Classic Records remastered this title back in their heyday, but if you have any doubts that our Hot Stamper will murder it we encourage you to do the shootout for yourself
  • "Armstrong finds the essence of each tune, bending and projecting them with his patented joie de vivre and gravel-voiced warmth every time."
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Otis Redding
The Dock of the Bay

  (Item #: reddidocko_1812_4_9) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding vintage pressing of The Dock of the Bay, earning strong Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides
  • It's a well-recorded album - the better copies are big, rich and smooth yet still clean, clear and spacious
  • "...this is an impossible record not to love ... Cropper chose his tracks well, selecting some of the strongest and most unusual among the late singer's orphaned songs... No one could complain about the album then, and it still holds more than four decades later."
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Spirit
Clear

  (Item #: spiriclear_1711_4_9) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from beginning to end for Spirit's classic third album
  • These Hot Stampers give you the Tubey Magical sound that's missing from the CD and the Sundazed vinyl
  • Dark Eyed Woman was the big hit from this one, and it rocks with the kind of all-out psychedelic energy the band was known for
  • 4 Stars: "Several moments of brilliance that prove what a revolutionary band they were."
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Boz Scaggs
Silk Degrees

  (Item #: scaggsilkd_1909) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Superb sound for Boz's very well recorded Masterpiece of Soulful Pop, earning Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • Punchy, open and clear throughout with the big bass and energy so critical to this rhythmic music
  • This copy brings out of the mix the solid, weighty piano that's missing from the CBS Half-Speed and 90% of the reissues
  • 5 stars: "[Scaggs] hit the R&B charts in a big way with the addictive, sly Lowdown... and expressed his love of smooth soul music almost as well on the appealing What Can I Say."
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Genesis
Nursery Cryme

  (Item #: genesnurse_1909) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This outstanding pressing of the band's third studio album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • This UK pressing is guaranteed to handily beat every other copy you've heard, especially the terrible Classic heavy vinyl version
  • The band's first album to feature both Steve Hackett and Phil Collins, whose backing vocals and rhythmic precision "brought a new dimension to the group"
  • "... these are the songs that showed what Genesis could do, and they still stand as pinnacles of what the band could achieve."
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Sergio Mendes
Stillness

  (Item #: mendestill_1909) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • 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
  • If you are looking for killer sound, with music every bit as wonderful, look no further -- this is the record for you
  • Their Psych Masterpiece and a permanent member of our Top 100 list -- we're crazy about Sergio's Forgotten Psych Classic from 1970
  • "Stillness is the great sleeper album of Sergio Mendes' first A&M period." -- Allmusic
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Steely Dan
Gaucho

  (Item #: steelgauch_1905_7_9) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Amazing Triple Plus (A+++) sound from beginning to end for the last of Steely Dan's insanely well recorded Classic Seven Albums
  • This copy offers tons of ambience, amazing richness, you-are-there immediacy, tight bass, clear guitar transients, silky highs, and truckloads of analog magic
  • 4 stars in the AMG, 4 1/2 in Rolling Stone, and one of their Three Best Sounding Albums - a true Must Own
  • "Despite its coolness, the music is quite beautiful. With its crystalline keyboard textures and diaphanous group vocals, ''Gaucho'' contains the sweetest music Steely Dan has ever made." New York Times
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INXS
Listen Like Thieves

  (Item #: inxs_liste_1903_9) 

Our Price: $99.99
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  • Superb sound throughout with each side earning a sonic grade of Double Plus (A++) - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The Big Rock sound is courtesy of Chris Thomas' production - if you know his work, you know this sound
  • AMG: "INXS completes its transition into an excellent rock & roll singles band with this album."
  • "...with Thomas they "forge an unlikely union between the sonic extremism of Led Zeppelin-style crunch rock and the step-lively beat of disco" such that the album "rocks with passion and seals the deal with a backbeat that'll blackmail your feet.""
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Debussy / Clair de Lune / Agoult

  (Item #: debusclair_1907_9) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • These sides are incredibly rich, sweet and full-bodied yet still very clean, clear and spacious; Demo Disc sound throughout!
  • I can't imagine a more beautiful record, both in terms of the programme and the sound; this record is a wonderful example of what the Decca recording engineers (Kenneth Wilkinson in this case) were able to capture on tape
  • This is the exact same recording as the famous Living Stereo Clair De Lune, LSC-2326, but with a couple of extra tracks included
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Tchaikovsky / Concerto for Violin / Campoli / Argenta / LSO

  (Item #: tchaiconce_6011_1909_) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • Another Blockbuster classical recording comes to the site - a rare and amazing Blueback pressing with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • One of the best sounding copies of the work we have ever played - the orchestra is big, rich and tubey, yet the dynamics and transparency are first rate
  • The violin here is superb, as good as we've heard -- rich, smooth, clear, resolving
  • What sets the truly killer pressings apart is the depth, width and three-dimensional quality of the sound
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Ry Cooder
Jazz

  (Item #: coodejazz_1909_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy is close to the best we've heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner
  • These are the stampers that always win our shootouts, and when you hear the big, rich, clear sound of this pressing, you will know why
  • The Audiophile Pressings of this album are a disgrace - THIS is the way it should sound I tell you!
  • "Beginning with his self-titled debut in 1970, Ry Cooder's records seemed to be as much history lesson as they were entertainment. Not because Cooder was trying to club you over the head with this stuff; he simply gravitated to great songs, no matter what the era or genre. Here he pays homage to some of the early tunes and masters of jazz... "
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Sammy Davis Jr.
Sings The Big Ones For Young Lovers

  (Item #: davissings_1904_9) 

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


  • This original Reprise stereo pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Rich, smooth, sweet, full of ambience, dead on correct tonality, and wonderfully breathy vocals - everything that we listen for in a great record is here
  • "Sammy Davis, who is widely acclaimed to be the greatest all-around-entertainment talent of our times, here swings thru an album filled with the greatest songs he's ever tackled in his entire recording career. The result ? It has to be the greatest album Sammy's ever recorded."
  • 4 stars: "...[a] dozen-song outing, supported by some irresistible backdrops courtesy of arrangers Jimmie Haskell and Perry Botkin Jr... Sings the Big Ones for Young Lovers primarily consists of well-known covers..."
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Dave Mason
Alone Together

  (Item #: masonalone_1909) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This outstanding copy of Mason's Masterpiece boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Listen to how big and rich the dynamic chorus gets on the first track, Only You Know and I Know - what a thrill to hear it like that
  • A killer Bruce Botnick recording - Tubey Magical Analog, smooth and natural, with the whole production sitting on a rock solid bottom-end foundation
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Alone Together represents Dave Mason at his peak... everything comes together perfectly."
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Dave Mason
Headkeeper

  (Item #: masonheadk_1909_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An excellent copy with Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Some of the best sound Dave Mason ever managed, so let's give credit where credit is due, to the amazing engineer Al Schmitt
  • If you're a Dave Mason fan this is one of the better albums he's put out and it deserves a place in your collection
  • "The spare, acoustic solo performance of "Can't Stop Worrying, Can't Stop Loving" heard here, for example, makes the undistinguished full-band studio version instantly obsolete. And the live version of "World In Changes" is one of the best pieces of early '70s rock, period."
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Deep Purple
In Rock

  (Item #: deeppinroc_1909_) 

Our Price: $99.99

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

  (Item #: tormesongs_1909) 

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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Sonny Rollins & Coleman Hawkins
Sonny Meets Hawk

  (Item #: rollisonny_1903_7_9) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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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Art Pepper
Meets The Rhythm Section

  (Item #: peppemeets_1909_1) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find very good Hot Stamper sound on both sides of this wonderful pressing - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Widely considered Art Pepper's masterpiece and we couldn't agree more
  • 5 stars: "... this recording convinced [Pepper] that emotion was the paramount impulse of jazz performance... a diamond of recorded jazz history."
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Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris
Trio

  (Item #: partotrio_1906_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound and exceptionally quiet vinyl on both sides - proof positive that Trio is a surprisingly well-recorded album
  • Big, rich, smooth, and sweet, how did George Massenburg pull off this kind of analog sound in 1987?
  • We don't know, but we do know good sound when we hear it, and we heard exceptionally good sound on this copy
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...that rare example of an all-star collaborative effort that truly shows everyone involved to their best advantage, and it ranks with the best of all three headliners' work."
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Horace Silver
Serenade to a Soul Sister

  (Item #: silveseren_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding pressing of Silver's 1968 release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from first note to the last - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • This copy was clearly cut with super-low distortion mastering equipment, and boy does it help the sound
  • Rudy Van Gelder did an outstanding job as usual engineering these 1968 quintet sessions, some of which include one of our favorite tenor men, Stanley Turrentine
  • 4 1/2 stars: "One of the last great Horace Silver albums for Blue Note, Serenade to a Soul Sister is also one of the pianist's most infectiously cheerful, good-humored outings... it's hard to argue with musical results as joyous and tightly performed as Serenade to a Soul Sister."
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The Flying Burrito Bros.
The Gilded Palace of Sin

  (Item #: flyingilde_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A wonderful original pressing of this Country Rock classic with very good Hot Stamper sound and exceptionally quiet vinyl from start to finish
  • Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman fused folk and country with rock and soul influences on this superb debut release
  • 5 stars: "The Gilded Palace of Sin, was where [Gram] revealed the full extent of his talents, and it ranks among the finest and most influential albums the [country-rock] genre would ever produce... no one ever brought rock and country together quite like the Flying Burrito Brothers, and this album remains their greatest accomplishment."
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Roberta Flack
Feel Like Makin' Love

  (Item #: flackfeell_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This Atlantic pressing has insanely good Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • These KILLER sides are doing everything right -- clean, clear, full-bodied and spacious with a big punchy bottom end
  • "Capping off a string of early-'70s hits with this album's title track, Roberta Flack would soon take a sabbatical from the spotlight in 1975. And while she would return to the stage and studio, Flack never quite hit the heights of this and the handful of other MOR soul releases from the first half of the decade... Feel Like Making Love will still please the singer's dedicated fans."
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Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin IV

  (Item #: ledze4_1909) 

Our Price: $249.99

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

  (Item #: rolliexile_1905_9) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • 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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John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers
A Hard Road

  (Item #: mayalhardr_1909_) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding copy of the band's third album, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - reasonably quiet vinyl for this title 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
  • 4 stars: "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.'"
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Muddy Waters
Folk Singer

  (Item #: waterfolks_1906_9) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An outstanding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Folk Singer is an exceptional live-in-the-studio recording, with some of the best sound Muddy Waters ever managed
  • This '80s reissue is guaranteed to trounce any heavy vinyl pressing you've heard of it or we'll give you your money back!
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Muddy's "unplugged" album was cut in September of 1963 and still sounds fresh and vital today. It was Muddy simply returning to his original style on a plain acoustic guitar in a well-tuned room..."
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Eagles
Desperado

  (Item #: eagledespe_1909) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This very good copy of the band's sophomore release boasts Hot Stamper sound on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • The sound on this early Asylum pressing is wonderful -- big, lively, open and clear with Tubey Magical richness that only these good early pressings can show you
  • This is the second-best sounding Eagles record of all time, no doubt thanks to the engineering of our man Glyn Johns
  • "A solid country-rock classic... the music stands the test of time, especially when Desperado is heard in its entirety, from start to finish."
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Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac

  (Item #: fleetfleet_1909_1) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • With very good Hot Stamper grades on both sides, this pressing of the self-titled album boasts wonderful sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • A Rock and Pop Top 100 Title - their best sounding album bar none - the sound is Tubey Magical like no other Mac LP
  • Unlike the MoFi, the best early pressings have huge amounts of deep bass, and if you've got the speakers to play an album with a bottom this big, you are in for a thrill
  • 5 Stars: "Fleetwood Mac is a blockbuster album that isn't dominated by its hit singles, and its album tracks demonstrate a depth of both songwriting and musicality that would blossom fully on Rumours.
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David Bowie
The Man Who Sold The World

  (Item #: bowiemanwh_1909) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This UK RCA copy is outstanding - both sides earned seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades for sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Big space, breathy vocals, grungy guitars and plenty of Ken Scott's luscious Tubey Magic makes this album a true audiophile treat
  • As it says on the back of the jacket, "Many thanks to our engineer Ken (Scott, one of our favorites)."
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Working with guitarist Mick Ronson and producer Tony Visconti for the first time, Bowie developed a tight, twisted heavy guitar rock that appears simple on the surface but sounds more gnarled upon each listen."
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Yes
90125

  (Item #: yes__90125_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding British pressing of 90125 boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from start to finish - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • It's spacious, solid and dynamic with huge amounts of bass and analog richness that's hard to find on this album
  • Forget the dubby domestic pressings and whatever crappy Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - the UK pressings are the only way to fly on 90125
  • 4 1/2 stars: "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."
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Charles Mingus
Tijuana Moods

  (Item #: mingutijua_1909) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This outstanding copy of Mingus' 1962 release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from start to finish - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • This is vintage Sixties Living Stereo at its best - big, rich and Tubey Magical like you will not believe
  • 5 stars: "Mingus at the time said that this was his greatest recording, and it certainly ranks near the top. The passionate playing, exciting ensembles, and high-quality compositions make this a real gem, and it represents one of Charles Mingus' finest hours."
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John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers
A Hard Road

  (Item #: mayalhardr_1909_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of the band's third album, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • 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
  • 4 stars: "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.'"
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Chabrier / Orchestral Music / Ansermet

  (Item #: chabrorche_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This superb Classical album finally returns to the site, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it and exceptionally quiet vinyl on both sides - this is a DEMO DISC orchestral recording
  • This spectacular recording is big, clear, rich, dynamic, transparent and energetic - it's the sound we love
  • Here is the energy and power of Chabrier's remarkable orchestration, thanks to the brilliant engineering of Roy Wallace
  • Ansermet's Chabrier disc has long been a favorite of ours here at Better Records - this copy will show you why
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Tchaikovsky / Piano Concerto #1 / Richter / Karajan

  (Item #: tchaipiano_dg_1909) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound and exceptionally quiet vinyl on both sides makes this one powerful Demo Disc set
  • Without a doubt some of THE BEST SOUND we have ever heard for this recording!
  • The huge space of a real concert hall seemingly transported right into your listening room
  • Richter is magnificent - our favorite performance of the Tchaikovsky First bar none
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The Beatles
Beatles For Sale

  (Item #: beatlforsa_1909_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • There's superb Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER to be found on both sides of The Fab Four's very well recorded fourth album - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Especially rich and spacious, this is the album that moves away from the mostly midrangy sound of A Hard Day's Night and With the Beatles
  • A criminally underrated album by the Fab Four - Allmusic gives it Five Big Stars and we like it every bit as much as they do
  • I'm A Loser, Baby's In Black, Rock And Roll Music, I'll Follow The Sun. Eight Days A Week, Words Of Love, Every Little Thing, I Don't Want To Spoil The Party, What You're Doing and 4 more - 14 tracks in all (!)
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The Kinks
The Great Lost Kinks Album

  (Item #: kinksgreat_1909) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding copy of the band's 1973 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • This one knocks it out of the park - it's lively and rich, with plenty of deep punchy bass, a nicely extended top and a huge three-dimensional soundfield
  • If you enjoy the classic late '60s Kinks albums such as Village Green, Arthur, and Lola, you are going to love this album
  • 4 1/2 stars: "An aptly titled collection; out of print for many years, there are even some Kinks cultists who have never been able to hear this ragtag but worthy collection of late-'60s and early-'70s outtakes and rarities... Kinks fans will find it quite worthwhile, and should be on the lookout for it..."
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Albert King
Years Gone By

  (Item #: king_years_1909) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding copy of King's third studio album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Punchy and present, open and transparent, with real weight and power to the low end - only the best pressings let that Albert King energy come through
  • 4 1/2 stars: "With Booker T. drummer Al Jackson producing, the set includes such staples as "You Threw Your Love on Me Too Strong," "Wrapped up in Love Again," and a powerful version of Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor." For fans of King's guitar work, the inclusion of the instrumental workouts on "You Don't Love Me" and "Drowning on Dry Land" are a special bonus..."
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Bruce Springsteen
Darkness On The Edge Of Town

  (Item #: sprindarkn_1909_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this original pressing has the right sound for Darkness... and a healthy dose of analog magic in its grooves
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - if you want to hear the size and energy of this classic from 1978, this is the only way to go
  • The piano is solid and weighty, and there's a fair amount of Tubey Magic considering the troubled history of the project
  • 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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Dire Straits
Making Movies

  (Item #: diresmakin_1909_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A stunning UK early pressing, with a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side two and outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on side one - guaranteed to be a huge improvement over anything you've heard
  • Rich, smooth and Tubey Magical, here you will find the breathy, immediate vocals and huge amounts of studio space that only the best copies can show you
  • 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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Lionel Richie
Can't Slow Down

  (Item #: richicants_1903_9) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • Stunning sound throughout with both sides rating a Triple Plus (A+++) or very close to it
  • Rich, smooth and natural, the sound here is guaranteed to please - recall that the 12" of All Night Long was on the TAS List back in the day (and yes, I used to sell it!)
  • "In 1999, Q magazine included Can't Slow Down on its list of the best Motown records of all time and stated, "Production values are high, his songwriting craft is at its peak and at least one track - the global smash 'All Night Long' - is an anthem to good times that makes the heart sing and feet twitch.""
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Aretha Franklin
Aretha Arrives

  (Item #: frankareth_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side one and a solid Double Plus (A++) side two, this Atlantic stereo pressing was a HUGE step up over most of what we played
  • The tonal balance is correct on both sides, with a fairly extended top end that allows The First Lady of Soul's vocals to get loud without getting too harsh
  • The vocal presence on these vintage pressings is good enough to put Aretha right in your listening room
  • "...captures Aretha Franklin in peak form... the core band is the same one that provided the fire on her previous album... An essential addition to her discography."
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Al Green
Call Me

  (Item #: greencallm_1909) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding pressing, with solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - guaranteed killer sound from first note to last
  • This vintage pressing has the MIDRANGE MAGIC that’s surely missing from whatever 180g reissue has been made from the 40+ year old tapes (or, to be clear, a modern digital master copied from those tapes)
  • 5 stars: "Al Green reached his creative peak with the brilliant Call Me, the most inventive and assured album of his career. So silky and fluid as to sound almost effortless, Green's vocals revel in the lush strings and evocative horns of Willie Mitchell's superbly intimate production... A classic."
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Mark Knopfler
Local Hero

  (Item #: knopflocal_1909) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A KILLER Warner Brothers pressing of Knopfler's 1983 soundtrack album, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and a solid Double Plus (A++) side one
  • This one is doing everything right-- it's bigger, bolder, richer and more clean, clear and open than anything else we played
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Dire Straits leader Mark Knopfler's intricate, introspective finger-picked guitar stylings make a perfect musical complement to the wistful tone of Bill Forsyth's comedy film, Local Hero... The low-key music picks up traces of Scottish music, but most of it just sounds like Dire Straits doing instrumentals, especially the recurring theme, one of Knopfler's more memorable melodies."
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Oliver Nelson
More Blues and the Abstract Truth

  (Item #: nelsomoreb_1909) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Nelson's 1965 release makes its Hot Stamper debut with stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - if you want to hear the Tubey Magic, size and energy of this wonderful album, a vintage pressing like this one is the only way to hear it
  • 4 stars: "... there are some strong moments from such all-stars as trumpeter Thad Jones, altoist Phil Woods, baritonist Pepper Adams, pianist Roger Kellaway and guest tenor Ben Webster (who is on two songs). The emphasis is on blues-based pieces and there are some strong moments even if the date falls short of its predecessor."
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Earth, Wind and Fire
Raise!

  (Item #: earthraise_1909) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last
  • These sides are doing it all right -- big, full-bodied and wonderfully present with tons of space around all of the players
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "With each new album, Earth, Wind and Fire remain relatively true to their original sound: elaborate, neatly orchestral funk, influenced equally by American and African sources. But the band also keeps its ear to the radio. Accordingly, Raise! reflects the current wave of street-gritty black pop, from Lakeside to Rick James. Most of the tracks crank up the bass and feature rattling percussion that scrapes against the beat." - Rolling Stone
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Gene Ammons/Sonny Stitt
Prime Cuts

  (Item #: ammonprime_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This copy of Ammons and Stitt's 1972 soulful mainstream bop collaboration boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on all four sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Remarkable Tubey Magical richness, as well as the kind of immediacy and transparency that most copies failed to match
  • We've known this was a great sounding record for a very long time, and now we have the copy to prove it
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt always made for a perfect team... The two tenors (with Stitt doubling on alto) are heard at their most combative during these consistently exciting performances"
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Bob Dylan
Oh Mercy

  (Item #: dylanohmer_1909) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this pressing of Dylan's 1989 release
  • These sides were doing just about everything right - clean, clear and spacious with good weight down low and strong vocal presence
  • "Oh Mercy was hailed as a comeback, not just because it had songs noticeably more meaningful than anything Bob Dylan had recently released, but because Daniel Lanois' production gave it cohesion... at the time, this production made it seem like the equivalent of his '60s records, meaning that its artiness was cutting edge, not portentous..."
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Horace Silver
Song For My Father

  (Item #: silvesongf_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides of this Blue Note Jazz classic
  • The piano is clear and clean here, with much more weight and solidity than one would expect from an RVG recording
  • This copy was obviously cut with super-low distortion mastering equipment, and boy does it help the sound
  • 5 Stars: "Horace Silver's signature LP and the peak of a discography already studded with classics. Silver was always a master at balancing jumping rhythms with complex harmonies for a unique blend of earthiness and sophistication, and Song for My Father has perhaps the most sophisticated air of all his albums..."
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John Coltrane
On A Misty Night

  (Item #: coltronami_1909) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This copy of Coltrane's superb compilation of two complete, rare mono dates boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it an all four sides - fairly 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 fill your listening room with truly brilliant jazz music
  • This copy excelled in the area of real analog richness, which is the one quality that makes the '50s sound like the '50s
  • 4 stars: "Coltrane incorporates a wider range of sound to a tremendous emotional effect.... [he] give[s] the performance a bit of a lift that may be part of the reason for its well-deserved placement in the rarefied strata of Coltrane's most revered works."
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Muddy Waters
The Real Folk Blues

  (Item #: waterrealf_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of this compilation album with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last - mostly quiet vinyl too
  • Like its Audiophile Favorite brother, Folk Singer, also on Chess, The Real Folk Blues is another exceptional live-in-the-studio recording, with some of the best sound Chess ever managed
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Once Chess discovered a white folk-blues audience ripe and ready to hear the real thing, they released a series of albums under the Real Folk Blues banner. This is one of the best entries in the series..."
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Pink Floyd
Piper at the Gates of Dawn

  (Item #: pinkfpiper_1909) 

Our Price: $129.99

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

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Deja Vu

  (Item #: crosbdejav_1909_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

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

  (Item #: superbreak_1909) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This killer copy of Breakfast In America boasts Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides, right up there with our Shootout Winner
  • A Top 100 title and True Demo Disc, with huge, dynamic, lively sound - on a copy like this, played good and loud, it's guaranteed to blow your mind
  • Forget the current dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl pressing - here is the Tubey Magic, size and energy of this wonderful album, captured on vintage analog vinyl
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The majority of the album consisted of tightly written, catchy, well-constructed pop songs, like the hits 'The Logical Song,' 'Take the Long Way Home,' and 'Goodbye Stranger.' ...Breakfast in America had very few weak moments. It was clearly their high-water mark."
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Creedence Clearwater Revival
Cosmo's Factory

  (Item #: creedcosmo_1909_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb copy of Cosmo's Factory, with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • Huge, spacious and detailed, with the Tubey Magic of a fresh tape, this is the way you want to hear CCR
  • Their best batch of songs? Check them out: Run Through the Jungle, Lookin' Out My Back Door, Who'll Stop the Rain, etc.
  • A 5 star album and arguably 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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Art Pepper
... The Way It Was

  (Item #: peppethewa_1909_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding pressing boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • It’s airy, open, and spacious with superb clarity and an extended top end - the beautiful reading of Autumn Leaves on side two is demo disk quality
  • Excellent music, including numerous tracks featuring renowned tenor Warne Marsh
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Despite his very erratic lifestyle, altoist Art Pepper never made a bad record. The first four titles team together Pepper with tenor-saxophonist Warne Marsh... for generally intriguing explorations of four standards..."
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