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Love
Da Capo

  (Item #: love_dacap_1811_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound throughout and one of the few copies to hit the site over the years - they're just too hard to find in audiophile playing condition
  • The recording quality here is big and rich, with lovely breathy vocals and a massive bottom end - thanks Bruce Botnick!
  • We are HUGE fans of Love here at Better Records - side one has three of the best songs by the band: Stephanie Knows Who, Orange Skies and Seven & Seven Is
  • "... a truly classic body of work, highlighted by the atomic blast of pre-punk rock "7 and 7 Is" (their only hit single)"
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John Lee Hooker
Never Get Out Of These Blues Alive

  (Item #: hookenever_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • One of the better sounding John Lee Hooker albums we've heard, recorded at Wally Heiders'
  • Both sides show you just how big, rich and clear this record can sound; Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • Van Morrison, Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite, and Steve Miller lend a hand
  • "...this album continues his work with mostly younger musicians and predates similar projects The Healer and Mr. Lucky by about 20 years."
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Traffic
The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys

  (Item #: trafflowsp_1811_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This is an outstanding Island Sunray pressing which offers Tubey Magical Double Plus (A++) sound throughout - on exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Low Spark is clearly one of the best sounding Proggy/Arty Rock records ever made - the space it recreates in your listening room is huge
  • A Better Records Top 100 album and a real Demo Disc on a pressing that sounds as good as this one does
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The commercial and artistic apex of the second coming of Traffic... The standout was the 12-minute title track, with its distinctive piano riff and its lyrics of weary disillusionment with the music business. "
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Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin IV

  (Item #: ledze4_1811) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A Hard Rockin' Zep IV, one that earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Dramatically fuller and smoother than most, making it possible to get the volume up good and high 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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Led Zeppelin
Houses of the Holy

  (Item #: ledzehouse_1801_1811) 

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


  • Two SUPERB Tubey Magical sides, each earning very strong Double Plus (A++) grades and playing exceptionally well for this album
  • The sound here is big, lively, transparent (check out The Rain Song) and energetic (The Song Remains the Same is really rockin')
  • A Better Records Top 100 album (along with 4 other Zep titles), 5 Stars in AMG and a True Rock and Roll Classic
  • "Jimmy Page's riffs rely on ringing, folky hooks as much as they do on thundering blues-rock, giving the album a lighter, more open atmosphere..."
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Fleetwood Mac
Rumours

  (Item #: fleetrumou_1811) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with both sides rating a solid Double Plus (A++) and on fairly quiet vinyl too!
  • Tubey Magical Analog - The sound is open, spacious and transparent, with a huge three-dimensional soundfield
  • When you hear it sound as good as it does here, you'll know why we consider Rumours a Better Records Top 100 Demo Disc
  • 5 stars: "Each tune, each phrase regains its raw, immediate emotional power—which is why Rumours touched a nerve upon its 1977 release, and has since transcended its era to be one of the greatest, most compelling pop albums of all time."
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The Faces
A Nod Is As Good As A Wink

  (Item #: facesanodi_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99
Sale Price: $49.00 (You save $50.99 / 51%)


  • Two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides mean The Faces' British Blues Rock is alive and well on this vintage all analog pressing
  • Rich and solid, yet fairly spacious and transparent, this early Green Label pressing did well in our shootout by having a combination of weight and clarity that really worked for us
  • 5 stars: The Faces' third album finally gave the group their long-awaited hit single in "Stay with Me," helping send the album into the Billboard Top Ten... [It's] the tightest record the band ever made. It's another classic — and when you consider that the band also had Long Player to their credit and had their hands all over Every Picture in 1971, it's hard to imagine another band or singer having a year more extraordinary as this."
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Prince
Around The World In A Day

  (Item #: princaroun_1811_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first
  • This copy was just BIGGER and RICHER than nearly every other we played, with rock solid energy and a big bottom end
  • Clean and clear and open are nice qualities to have, but rich and full are harder to come by on this record - but here they are!
  • "... a brave and deeply personal project, exploring sounds and ideas that were almost shocking coming from a pop icon at his peak." - Pitchfork
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Kenny Burrell
Blues — The Common Ground

  (Item #: burreblues_1811_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Stunning sound for this original Verve LP with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first
  • Both sides here are incredibly full-bodied, present, and spacious with plenty of energy and a lovely bottom end
  • "Blues - The Common Ground finds Burrell backed by lots of brass and wind instruments for most of the album, hardly his usual setting. But his guitar successfully weaves in and out of songs... blending with the band and creating a pleasant balance". - All Music
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Johnny Cash
The Fabulous Johnny Cash

  (Item #: cash_fabul_1807_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish for Johnny Cash's first album for Columbia
  • Both sides are Tubey and clear, with plenty of energy and a lovely musical quality that's noticeably (and sadly) missing from most copies
  • Fabulous is very well recorded for a country album from 1958, and the material is consistently engaging
  • 4 1/2: "What makes it so entertaining are the songs themselves. From "Don't Take Your Guns to Town" and "Frankie's Man, Johnny" to "Pickin' Time" and "The Troubador," the album is filled with first-rate songs."
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Phil Collins
Face Value

  (Item #: collifacev_1810x) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This incredible UK pressing boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides (but there are some condition issues)
  • Hugh Padgham discovered an amazing drum sound on Peter Gabriel's 3rd album, and he really went to town with it on this one, Collins' debut (and Masterpiece)
  • 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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Frank Sinatra
Swing Along With Me

  (Item #: sinatswing_1808_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb sound throughout with each side rating a solid Double Plus (A++) grade and playing fairly quietly
  • Both sides here are rich, smooth and full-bodied with much of the Tubey Magic that's missing from the average copy
  • This album is very tough to come by in stereo in anything but beat condition, let alone with this kind of sound!
  • "Twelve of the most uninhibited Sinatra things ever recorded!"
  • "Recorded with Billy May, Sinatra Swings was Frank Sinatra's first straight swing album for Reprise Records. In terms of content and approach, the record is remarkably similar to his final Capitol swing effort, Come Swing with Me."
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Frank Sinatra
Softly, As I Leave You

  (Item #: sinatsoftl_1810x) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side two and a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one, this original stereo pressing blew away practically every copy in our shootout
  • Big, rich and natural sounding, the new material on this album was recorded in 1964 when Sinatra's voice was in very fine form indeed
  • Fairly quiet throughout - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus on both sides
  • "The highlight of the record was the hit title song, which featured a subdued but forceful and steady backbeat. The rhythm itself was indicative of Sinatra's effort to accept the new popular music."
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Ray Charles & Betty Carter
Ray Charles & Betty Carter

  (Item #: charlraych_1803_1811) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on this exceptionally quiet vintage stereo pressing - it's the first truly killer copy to EVER hit the site
  • This 1961 release showcases two of the most soulful singers to ever share a microphone, both at the height of their powers
  • Includes the still-popular "Baby It's Cold Outside" (no one has ever recorded it quite like these two), People Will Say We're In Love, Side By Side, and many more
  • 4 stars: "There is certainly a powerful, often sexy rapport between the two -- Charles in his sweet balladeering mode, Carter with her uniquely keening, drifting high register -- and they definitely create sparks in the justly famous rendition of "Baby, It's Cold Outside.""
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Little Feat
Hoy-Hoy

  (Item #: littlhoyho_1609_1811) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • Three sides earned Double Plus (A++) grades for sound or better - side four earned a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++)
  • Our pick for the best sounding Little Feat album -- it's a monster, and a Must Own for any fan of the band
  • "Filled with live performances, obscurities, album tracks, and a new song apiece from Bill Payne and Paul Barrere, Hoy Hoy is a bit scattered, a bit incoherent, a little bewildering, and wholly delightful -- a perfect summation of a group filled with quirks, character, and funk, traits which were as much a blessing as they were a curse."
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James Taylor
Dad Loves His Work

  (Item #: taylodadlo_1806_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding copy boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last - 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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Art Garfunkel
Breakaway

  (Item #: garfubreak_1802_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Both sides of this hit-filled solo album from 1975 earned seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades for sound
  • Open, rich, musical and full - Richard Perry went for the Big Sound here and he got it
  • Relatively quiet vinyl for this album, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - most copies are much, much noisier than this one
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Duke Ellington
Yale Concert

  (Item #: ellinyalec_1805_1811) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from first note to last on this "live" recording
  • Superb Ellington Big Band sound from 1968 - remarkably rich and real sounding for the time
  • This copy plays on relatively quiet vinyl (for '70s Fantasy), Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • "The great Duke Ellington Orchestra was still intact and in its late prime at the time of this performance from 1968... even as he neared 70, [Ellington] was still at his peak. "
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Van Morrison
Wavelength

  (Item #: morriwavel_1803_1811) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • This pressing of Morrison's 1978 album boasts very good Hot Stamper sound on both sides
  • His biggest selling album to date? Seems hard to believe but that's what Wikipedia says - it went gold in 3 months
  • This copy plays on relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • Time magazine raved: "Morrison has made two, maybe three albums that rank high among the finest of all rock 'n' roll. Wavelength is good enough to stand close by Morrison's best work, a record of sinuous, sensuous magic. The man just can't be beat."
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Donovan
In Concert

  (Item #: donovincon_1709_1811) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy was one of the best we played in our recent shootout
  • A shockingly well recorded live set, so REAL and natural, with some of Donovan's best songs played with real feeling
  • This early Epic stereo pressing is the only way to hear the MIDRANGE MAGIC that’s missing from modern records
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The only album that comes close to having the flow of this concert was the studio recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks ... One of the great live albums of the '60s."
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Frank Sinatra
Come Dance With Me

  (Item #: sinatcomed_1710_1811) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • Very good Hot Stamper sound from start to finish for this classic Frank Sinatra album from 1959
  • Both sides here play Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus, which is about as quiet as we can find them
  • 5 stars: "Working with Billy May again, Frank Sinatra recorded his hardest swing album ever with Come Dance with Me! Driven by an intensely swinging horn section, the album has a fair share of slower numbers, but the songs that make the biggest impression are the up-tempo cuts."
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The Moody Blues
On The Threshold Of A Dream

  (Item #: moodyonthe_1709_1811) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • With very good Hot Stamper grades on both sides, sonically this is a big step up over most pressings, and is guaranteed to beat any modern reissue handily
  • Both sides here are big, full and lively with a nice bottom end; dead quiet too -- a true Mint Minus
  • A British import such as this is guaranteed to bring all the psychedelic Moody Blues magic to life in your living room
  • "... [I]n 1969 this was envelope-ripping, genre-busting music, scaling established boundaries into unknown territory, not only "outside the box" but outside of any musical box that had been conceived at that moment..."
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Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Tarkus

  (Item #: emerstarku_1804_1811) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • This UK copy of the band's sophomore album earned very good Hot Stamper grades on both sides
  • The best British pressings took top honors for sound in our shootout, with the kind of sweetness, openness, Tubey Magic, correct tonality, presence without aggressiveness, well-defined note-like bass, extended airy highs and all the rest that are the hallmarks of the Hottest of the Hot
  • Emerson admitted that Tarkus was one of his favorite albums, "not least because the title track has taken on a life of its own."
  • "Tarkus is a thoroughly written, focused piece of music. It remains among the Top Ten classic tracks in progressive rock history..."
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Sarah Vaughan
Dreamy

  (Item #: vaughdream_1804_1811) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • This outstanding copy boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from first note to last
  • Forget the honky originals - our killer reissues of this 1960 All Tube Recording are rich and relaxed, just the way they should be
  • The combination of old and new works wonders on this title as you will surely hear for yourself on these superb sides
  • "Trumpeter Harry 'Sweets' Edison contributes some soft, melodic trumpet but the focus is very much on the singer during such numbers as 'The More I See You,' 'Star Eyes,' 'My Ideal,' and 'Crazy He Calls Me.'" - Allmusic
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Boz Scaggs
Boz Scaggs

  (Item #: scaggbozsc_1804_1811) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • This original pressing (the only way to fly) has great Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides, and fairly quiet vinyl
  • Full of analog richness, sweetness and naturalness -- this record sounds right to us
  • The nearly 13-minute long version of Loan Me A Dime on side two is out of this world
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Boz Scaggs' musical vision [...] would grow smoother and more assured over the years, but the slight bit of raggedness suits the funky, down-home performances and helps make this not only a great debut, but also an enduring blue-eyed soul masterpiece."
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Bryan Ferry
Another Time, Another Place

  (Item #: ferryanoth_1803_1811) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • With solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish, this was one of the better copies from our recent shootout
  • The overall sound here is big, full and lively with a huge bottom end and lots of energy and presence
  • The Island imports are the only way to go, and this copy will show you why!
  • Allmusic: "Ferry and company, plus various brass and string sections, turn on the showiness enough to make it all fun."
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Joe Cocker
Joe Cocker (1969)

  (Item #: cockejoeco_1969_1803_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This Joe Cocker favorite earned strong Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides and plays on relatively quiet vinyl
  • Consistently stronger material - did Cocker ever release an album with more good songs than these?
  • How's this for a track listing: Dear Landlord; Bird on the Wire; She Came in Through the Bathroom Window; Something; Delta Lady; Darling Be Home Soon - and there's more
  • "Cocker mixed elements of late-'60s English blues revival recordings (John Mayall, et al.) with the more contemporary sounds of soul and pop; a sound fused in no small part by producer and arranger Leon Russell, whose gumbo mix figures prominently on this eponymous release and the infamous Mad Dogs & Englishmen live set."
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Neil Young
Old Ways

  (Item #: youngoldwa_1803_1811) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • A surprisingly good sounding pressing - Hot Stamper grades on both sides
  • Big, full-bodied and energetic, with wonderfully present vocals and a huge bottom end - shocking for 1985
  • Neil's unabashed country album (hello Waylon Jennings!) has been a long time coming; it's the first copy to hit the site in over five years
  • We guarantee this one will make your MoFI pressing sound like the bad joke it was back in 1996 or your money back and then some
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Harry Nilsson
Son of Schmilsson

  (Item #: nilsssonof_1711_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Both sides of this killer cult classic pressing earned excellent Double Plus (A++) grades and play on quiet vinyl
  • Rich and full-bodied, clean, and clear, while the bass is big and punchy, and the energy level is off the charts
  • One of Nilsson's best albums, both sonically and musically - for fans this is an absolute Must Own
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... a fantastic set of songs that illustrate what a skilled, versatile songsmith Nilsson was... if you appreciate Nilsson's musicality and weirdo humor, he never got any better."
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Tears For Fears
Songs From The Big Chair

  (Item #: tearssongs_1811) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An excellent early British pressing, with Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - quiet vinyl too
  • Rich, spacious and lively, with an open, extended top end - this is the sound you want from Tears for Fears
  • More great songs than practically anything from the '80s - Shout, Everybody Wants To Rule The World and Head Over Heels, just to name a few
  • "It is not only a commercial triumph, it is an artistic tour de force. And in the loping, percolating "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," Tears for Fears perfectly captured the zeitgeist of the mid-'80s while impossibly managing to also create a dreamy, timeless pop classic. Songs From the Big Chair is one of the finest statements of the decade."
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Cat Stevens
Catch Bull At Four

  (Item #: stevecatch_1811_) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • 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
  • 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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The Doors
L.A. Woman

  (Item #: doorslawom_1811) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • 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
  • Unusually quiet vinyl for the album, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - they rarely can be found this quiet
  • "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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The Who
Tommy

  (Item #: who__tommy_1811) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • A killer UK copy with two Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sides and two that earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER
  • You're going to be blown away by this early Track pressing's rock-solid bottom end, jumpin'-out-of-the-speakers presence, and amazing dynamics
  • Yes, Tommy is one of the Ten Most Tubey Magical Rock Recordings of All Time, and surely the best sounding album ever recorded by the band
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Despite the complexity of the project, [Townshend] and the Who never lost sight of solid pop melodies, harmonies, and forceful instrumentation, imbuing the material with a suitably powerful grace."
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The Who
Who Are You

  (Item #: who__whoar_1809_1811) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and Double Plus (A++) on the second; you'll have a hard time finding a copy that sounds remotely as good as this one does!
  • Both sides are dramatically richer, fuller and punchier than every other copy we played
  • This copy has the Glyn Johns/The Who BIG and BOLD Sound we demand from this famous producer/artist collaboration
  • Very quiet throughout -- both sides play Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • The title song sounds great on this killer copy -- the dynamic power of the recording comes through loud and clear
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The Who
Tommy

  (Item #: who__tommy_1806_1811) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Outstanding sound for all four sides - nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) on two sides (close to our Shootout Winners) and two at Double Plus (A++)
  • Our Black Label Track pressing here has the rich, spacious, Tubey Magical sound that truly brings the story of a deaf, dumb and blind boy to life
  • A truly incredible recording and a completely immersive experience on a copy that sounds as good as this one does
  • Top 100 (of course), and we're happy to report that the British Track vinyl is fairly quiet throughout
  • "...Townshend's ability to construct a lengthy conceptual narrative brought new possibilities to rock music."
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Duke Ellington
Indigos

  (Item #: ellinindig_1811) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two and a side one that's close to it, this early pressing has the magic of analog in its grooves
  • This 360 Stereo LP impressed us with its superbly well recorded big band jazz, in the romantic style Ellington had truly mastered
  • A lovely demonstration of just how good 1958 All Tube Analog sound can be - no modern record can hold a candle to a pressing as good as this one
  • If you like your jazz ballads performed with deep feeling, by a road-tested group of virtuoso players, this record is going to be hard to beat
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Duke Ellington
Up In Duke's Workshop

  (Item #: ellinupind_1712_1811) 

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


  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) Ellington Big Band sound, taken from 1969-1972 recordings, can be found on both of these outstanding sides
  • Pablo has here compiled some of Ellington's best later music and mastered and pressed it wonderfully as well
  • "At first listen it is rougher, seems to be less evolved than his earlier easier-to-notice stylistic approach. If you give this a couple of plays, you will find it totally mesmerizing."
  • "Duke Ellington was the most important composer in the history of jazz as well as being a bandleader who held his large group together continuously for almost 50 years."
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Count Basie Meets Oscar Peterson
The Timekeepers

  (Item #: basietimek_1709_1811) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish, this copy was one of the best we heard in our most recent shootout
  • Basie and Peterson recorded five albums together, and this may very well be the best of the bunch, though I have yet to hear one that I didn't enjoy the hell out of
  • Wonderful engineering from the legendary Val Valentin, the man behind some of the best sounding jazz records of all time
  • "... this quartet date features the two pianos of Oscar Peterson and Count Basie collaborating and interacting on swing standards and blues. Any of their five albums together are worth acquiring."
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Gerry Rafferty
City To City

  (Item #: raffecityt_1811) 

Our Price: $49.99

  • You'll find Hot Stamper sound on both sides of this early British pressing of Rafferty's Must Own Classic
  • A Personal Favorite from way back - one of the true Must Own British Folk Rock Albums of its day
  • "Rafferty's turns of phrase and tight composition skills create a fresh sound and perspective all his own. Any diverse style (and he attempts many) filters through his unique mindset, resulting in a classic platter buoyed by many moments of sheer genius. "Whatever's written in your heart, that's all that matters.""
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Linda Ronstadt
Prisoner In Disguise

  (Item #: ronstpriso_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this copy of Prisoner, the followup to Linda's Masterpiece, Heart Like a Wheel
  • This is an amazing recording, but it takes a special copy like this one to reveal all the magic that we know must be on the tape
  • 4 1/2 stars - Love Is a Rose, Tracks of My Tears and Heat Wave were hits, but Linda really pours her heart into Hey Mister, That's Me up on the Jukebox
  • Andrew Gold (so critical to the success of HLAW) is still heavily involved, along with EmmyLou Harris, James Taylor, Lowell George, David Lindley, JD Souther, and of course Peter Asher
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Steely Dan
Can't Buy A Thrill

  (Item #: steelcantb_1809_1811) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Both sides of this Steely Dan classic earned seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is big, bold and Tubey Magical, with guitars and vocals that will jump out of your speakers
  • After doing some shootouts recently we found the sound of this album a whole lot more to our liking than before
  • "Walter Becker and Donald Fagen were remarkable craftsmen from the start, as Steely Dan's debut illustrates. Each song is tightly constructed, with interlocking chords and gracefully interwoven melodies, buoyed by clever, cryptic lyrics."
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Steely Dan
Countdown to Ecstasy

  (Item #: steelcount_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • This Steely Dan favorite boasts excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Razor Boy (a personal favorite), Show Biz Kids, My Old School, Pearl of the Quarter and King of the World are superb here
  • Rich and clear with a 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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The Beatles
A Hard Day’s Night

  (Item #: beatlahard_1811) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • With Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it throughout, we guarantee you've never heard A Hard Day's Night sound remotely as good as it does here
  • On top of that this vintage UK pressing plays on relatively quiet vinyl - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • Both sides are big, spacious and absolutely jumping out of the speakers, with relatively rich, smooth sound
  • This one gets the heart of the music right - the lad's voices - and that's what makes The Beatles FUN to listen to
  • 100% Lennon-McCartney originals: "Decades after its original release, its punchy blend of propulsive rhythms, jangly guitars, and infectious, singalong melodies is remarkably fresh." 5 Stars
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Yes
Close To The Edge

  (Item #: yes__close_1811_1) 

Our Price: $199.99
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  • Two outstanding sides, each earning seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades - they make sense of this sophisticated music
  • An incredibly complex recording, with huge organs, light-speed changes and an abundance of multi-tracked parts
  • As amazing as the sound may be, the good news is that the vinyl is actually fairly quiet, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • 5 stars: "Close to the Edge comprised just three tracks, the epic "And You and I" and "Siberian Khatru," plus a side-long title track that represented the musical, lyrical, and sonic culmination of all that Yes had worked toward over the past five years."
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Yes
Close To The Edge

  (Item #: yes__close_1811) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • This early domestic Atlantic pressing of Yes's classic fifth album earned Hot Stamper sonic grades on both sides
  • Exceptionally QUIET vinyl for this title - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - they don't come any cleaner than this
  • 5 stars: "Close to the Edge comprised just three tracks, the epic "And You and I" and "Siberian Khatru," plus a side-long title track that represented the musical, lyrical, and sonic culmination of all that Yes had worked toward over the past five years."
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Tom Waits
Nighthawks At The Diner

  (Item #: waitsnight_1811_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish; mostly quiet vinyl too!
  • One of our very favorite Waits albums for music and sound, and this copy will show you why!
  • The clarity, transparency and immediacy put you right there as Waits and crew lay it down live in the studio
  • A one-of-a-kind album (and incredible recording) with elements of poetry, spoken word and jazz -- tons of fun
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Peter Gabriel
So

  (Item #: gabriso_1811_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A stunning copy of Gabriel's breakthrough with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides, finishing right behind our recent shootout winner
  • You'll be surprised how ANALOG this music can sound on the best copies - you've never heard the album sound better
  • Great songs including Don't Give Up, Sledgehammer, Big Time, Mercy Street, Red Rain, In Your Eyes and more
  • "Excellent albums followed, but the breathtaking So is the best introduction to a dazzling discography." Bruno MacDonald
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ZZ Top
Fandango

  (Item #: zztopfanda_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) grades grace both sides of this '75 classic
  • From first note to last, the sound works for this music — tonally right, lively and plenty of top end extension
  • This is some of the grungiest guitar rock we've heard in a while and we were lovin' every minute of it
  • A mix of live material (Jailhouse Rock) and studio cuts (Tush, Heard It on the X)
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Sting
The Dream Of The Blue Turtles

  (Item #: stingdream_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This killer copy boasts excellent Double Plus (A++) sonic grades or BETTER on both sides - quiet vinyl too
  • Sting's vocals sound excellent here -- breathy, full-bodied and natural
  • Exceptionally big, full and musical with lots of presence, dramatically better than most copies we heard
  • 4 Stars: "Sting incorporated heavy elements of jazz, classical, and worldbeat into his music, writing lyrics that were literate and self-consciously meaningful... he proves that he's subtler and craftier than his peers."
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The Allman Brothers
Brothers and Sisters

  (Item #: allmabroth_1811) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • A very respectable copy, with each side earning Hot Stamper grades and blessed with fairly quiet vinyl
  • 4 stars on Allmusic and the band's commercial peak, featuring great songs as well as stellar guitar work from Dickie Betts
  • "The Allman Brothers Band's first new studio album in two years shows off a leaner brand of musicianship, which, coupled with a pair of serious crowd-pleasers, "Ramblin' Man" and "Jessica," helped drive it to the top of the charts for a month and a half and to platinum record sales."
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Thelonious Monk
Monk's Dream

  (Item #: monk_monks_1811) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Both sides here are super full, rich, spacious, big and present, with none of the smear that plagues other copies
  • Classic Columbia 360 Label sound from their legendary 30th Street studio!
  • 5 stars: "Although he would perform and record supported by various other musicians, the tight -- almost telepathic -- dimensions that these four shared has rarely been equalled in any genre... Monk's Dream is recommended, with something for every degree of Monk enthusiast."
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Chet Baker
Plays The Best Of Lerner And Loewe

  (Item #: bakerplays_1811) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) side two and an excellent Double Plus (A++) side one, this copy is one of the BEST we have ever heard
  • Big, rich, smooth, open, natural, with plenty of tight bass - what's not to like? This copy is killin' it
  • Some of the best jazz guys of the day back up Chet on this one: Zoot Sims, Pepper Adams, Bill Evans, Herbie Mann and more
  • "...the timelessness of the melodies, coupled with the assembled backing aggregate, make Chet Baker Plays the Best of Lerner and Loewe (1959) a memorable concept album."
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Fleetwood Mac
Penguin

  (Item #: fleetpengu_1811_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • With two stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sides, this was the best copy we played in our most recent shootout
  • This early Reprise LP was a huge step up from every other copy we played — incredibly full-bodied, smooth and musical with plenty of extension on both ends - classic Fleetwood Mac sound
  • One of my favorite songs on the album is one of Christine McVie's best from this period, Did You Ever Love Me - on this pressing it's rich and sweet exactly the way it should be
  • "Fleetwood Mac's first album made after the departure of Danny Kirwan features the additions of guitarist Bob Weston and singer Dave Walker... This album gave Fleetwood Mac its best U.S. chart showing yet..."
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The Beatles
Beatles For Sale

  (Item #: beatlforsa_1811) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • This British Parlophone copy is guaranteed to give you an entirely new appreciation for the band's fourth album
  • An underrated album that sounds much better than most audiophiles think it does - better music too
  • "...the group were starting to take in new influences; in this case, they were adding folk music into the mix thanks to their new-found friendship with Bob Dylan. Dylan's reflection in Lennon's work was nearly immediate, thanks to tunes like "No Reply", "I'm a Loser", "Baby's In Black" and "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party"."
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The Beatles
With The Beatles

  (Item #: beatlwitht_1811) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • Hot Stamper sound on both sides - guaranteed to beat any Heavy Vinyl or Half-Speed Mastered pressing you may have
  • Looking for the best sound? Try Till There Was You on side one and You Really Got A Hold On Me on the flipside
  • So many great songs: All My Loving, Roll over Beethoven, Money (That's What I Want), Devil In Her Heart...
  • "A sequel of the highest order - one that betters the original by developing its own tone and adding depth. While it may share several similarities with its predecessor - there is an equal ratio of covers-to-originals, a familiar blend of girl group, Motown, R&B, pop, and rock... With the Beatles is a better record that not only rocks harder, it's considerably more sophisticated...
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Billie Holiday
Lady In Satin

  (Item #: holidladyi_1712_1811) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • Very good Hot Stamper grades grace both sides of this vintage pressing, on reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • A superb album, inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Lady Day herself said that this session was her personal favorite."
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Gerry Rafferty
City To City

  (Item #: raffecityt_1710_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish on this early British pressing of Rafferty's Must Own Classic
  • City to City is truly an Undiscovered Gem - no right-thinking audiophile can fail to be impressed the songwriting and production of Rafferty's Masterpiece of British Folk Pop
  • You won't believe how rich, Tubey Magical, big, undistorted and present this copy is (until you play it anyway)
  • Allmusic 4 1/2 stars: "Rafferty's turns of phrase and tight composition skills create a fresh sound and perspective all his own... resulting in a classic platter buoyed by many moments of sheer genius."
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Dire Straits
Making Movies

  (Item #: diresmakin_1811) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • With two Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning sides, this copy is As Good As It Gets!
  • Both sides here are rich, smooth and Tubey Magical, with breathy vocals and huge amounts of studio space around the instruments
  • The sound is dramatically bigger, richer and livelier than what we're used to hearing from this album, finally!
  • 4 1/2 stars Allmusic: "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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Roger Waters
The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking

  (Item #: waterprosa_1811) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this early Columbia pressing
  • Like the recordings of Floyd, the sound is BIG, with lots of energy, excellent presence and real weight down low
  • A tough album to find with this kind of sound, and our pressing here features quiet vinyl too, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • 4 Stars:"The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking continues to showcase Waters' unprecedented knack of addressing his darkest thoughts and conceptions in a most extraordinary fashion."
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Janis Joplin
Pearl

  (Item #: joplipearl_1706_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Two strong Double Plus (A++) sides on relatively quiet vinyl - a big step up over most of the copies we played
  • Richer, clearer and more tonally correct, with more energy and presence, all qualities that help to bring this music to life
  • Janis's vocals sound right here - smooth enough to let you crank this one up good and loud without the sound getting hard and edgy
  • 5 stars: "Janis Joplin's second masterpiece (after Cheap Thrills), Pearl was designed as a showcase for her powerhouse vocals, stripping down the arrangements that had often previously cluttered her music or threatened to drown her out."
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Pink Floyd
The Final Cut

  (Item #: pinkffinal_1803_1811) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An exceptionally impressive copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish - quiet vinyl too
  • Big, open and three-dimensional with real analog richness - the kind that's hard to come by in 1983
  • A very tough Floyd album to find with the kind of big, bold, spacious, Tubey Magical sound this pressing offers
  • "This has the texture of classic Pink Floyd, somewhere between the brooding sections of The Wall and the monolithic menace of Animals."
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The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

  (Item #: beatlsgtpe_1811_1) 

Our Price: $199.99
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  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy was one of the best we played in our recent shootout
  • Huge, spacious and detailed, with the Tubey Magic of a fresh tape, this is the way you want to hear Sgt. Pepper
  • Most pressings - especially the new ones - have nothing like this kind of Tubey Magic, space and energy
  • A Better Records Top 100 - "It's possible to argue that there are better Beatles albums, yet no album is as historically important as this."
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Sade
Diamond Life

  (Item #: sade_diamo_1811) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • "Triple Triple" for this sultry chanteuse's debut album -- both sides earned our top grade of Triple Plus (A+++)
  • This UK disc is dramatically better than any domestic pressing we played - clean, clear and open, yet rich and natural
  • The key to the best copies is Tubey Magical richness and sweetness, and this vintage analog import has a sizablehelping of both
  • "[Sade] projects a wised-up sensuality, and the record neither creaks with the revivalism of Harry Connick nor the sterility of Simply Red, to name but two of Sade's neo-cocktail rivals."
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The Yardbirds
Roger The Engineer

  (Item #: yardbroger_1707_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one and a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy will be very hard to beat
  • Here are the full-bodied mids, punchy lows and clear, open top that let this Psych Classic by the band come alive
  • Over, Under, Sideways, Down - the big hit off the album - sounds great here in MONO
  • 5 stars in Allmusic: "The Yardbirds' best individual studio album."
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Ray Charles
The Genius of Ray Charles

  (Item #: charlgenius_of_1811_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb sounding copy of Ray's 1959 All Tube Tom Dowd engineered recording, earning solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grades from start to finish
  • The presentation is rich, full and Tubey Magical, with the kind of big, lively, swinging sound that lets this music come alive in your listening room
  • Robert Christgau noted that "Charles tried many times, but except for Modern Sounds, he never again assembled such a consistent album in this mode."
  • "Charles' voice is heard throughout in peak form, giving soul to even the veteran standards."
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Elvis Costello
Trust

  (Item #: costetrust_1811) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side two and a superb Double Plus (A++) side one, this copy has a Demo Disc side that is guaranteed to knock you right out of your listening chair
  • The clarity and transparency here are superb, allowing you to appreciate subtleties in the high end even when the bass and drums are really POUNDING - quiet vinyl too
  • 5 stars: "...their most ambitious and eclectic album to date... Costello & the Attractions demonstrate their musical skill and savvy by essentially sticking to the direct sound of their four-piece band. In the process, they recorded, arguably, their most impressive album, one that demonstrates all sides of Costello's songwriting and performing personality without succumbing to pretentiousness."
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Thelonious Monk
Underground

  (Item #: monk_under_1803_1811) 

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


  • An outstanding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides - quiet vinyl too
  • Charlie Rouse's sax is just right - natural with lots of body and breath - we love that sound
  • So many copies just sound like an old jazz record, but this one lets you feel like you are right there as the music happens
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The instantly recognizable stride piano lines are delivered with the same urgency and precision that they possessed over two decades earlier..."
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Roxy Music
For Your Pleasure

  (Item #: roxymforyo_1807_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, this UK LP is sure to be one of the best sounding Roxy Music records you'll ever play
  • These sides are exceptionally rich and Tubey Magical - Roxy on record just does not get much better than this
  • We've been working on this shootout for over ten years - here is one of the better copies we have to show for our effort
  • 5 Stars: "...another extraordinary record from Roxy Music, one that demonstrates even more clearly than the debut how avant-garde ideas can flourish in a pop setting."
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Elvis Costello
Armed Forces (with Bonus 7")

  (Item #: costearmed_1804_1811) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A KILLER early UK pressing, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides - quiet vinyl too
  • Some of the biggest, boldest rock sound ever recorded, a True Demo Disc, just amazing on a pressing like this
  • 5 Stars and a Better Records Rock and Pop Top 100 album - every track is Elvis at this best
  • AMG is right: "It's a dense but accessible pop record and ranks as his third masterpiece in a row."
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Led Zeppelin
Presence

  (Item #: ledzeprese_1806_1811) 

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


  • You'll hear massive amounts of Zeppelin Rock and Roll energy on this copy - both sides rate Double Plus (A++) or better
  • This is all the power, dynamics, whomp, and presence (pun only slightly intended) you could hope for
  • Featuring a stripped down, harder rock sound, Presence really benefits from the killer bottom end found on this pressing
  • "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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Elvis Costello
King of America

  (Item #: costekingo_1804_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An excellent sounding copy of Elvis's brilliant 1986 release with two Double Plus (A++) sides
  • Forget the dubby domestic pressings - it's only these good imports that have the sound of the master tape
  • Nina Simone's "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" is only one highlight among many - these are some of his best songs
  • AMG raves: "Stripping away much of the excess that cluttered Punch the Clock and Goodbye Cruel World, Elvis Costello returned to his folk-rock and pub rock roots with King of America, creating one of his most affecting and personal records ... one of his masterpieces."
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Bruce Springsteen
Darkness On The Edge Of Town

  (Item #: sprindarkn_1804_1811) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding copy of this Springsteen classic - nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) on side two, close behind on side one (A++)
  • The open, spacious soundstage and 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
  • This 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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Eagles
Hotel California

  (Item #: eaglehotel_1811) 

Our Price: $649.99

  • A stunning "Triple Triple" copy that earned our top A+++ grade 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
  • "Hotel California unveiled what seemed almost like a whole new band" -- Allmusic, 5 stars
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Bill Evans
You Must Believe In Spring

  (Item #: evansyoumu_1811) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Amazing shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last
  • Both sides here are lively, dynamic and full-bodied. There's real weight to the piano, always critically important on the piano recordings we play
  • An exceptionally well-recorded album, especially the piano, thanks to Al Schmitt
  • Allmusic: "This well-rounded set (released posthumously) features the highly influential pianist Bill Evans in a set of typically sensitive trio performances... It's a solid example of the great pianist's artistry."
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The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

  (Item #: beatlsgtpe_1811) 

Our Price: $699.99

  • A stunning copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last
  • Huge, spacious and detailed, with the Tubey Magic of a fresh tape, this is the way to hear Sgt. Pepper in all its analog glory
  • Most pressings - especially the new ones - have nothing approaching the Tubey Magic, space and energy of this LP
  • A Better Records Top 100 - "It's possible to argue that there are better Beatles albums, yet no album is as historically important as this."
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Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton

  (Item #: claptericc_1808_1811) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • A killer early UK copy, earning Double Plus (A++) sonic grades for both sides, guaranteed to trounce whatever you've heard
  • An underrated Blues Rock masterpiece from 1970 - easily his best studio album outside of Layla - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 4 1/2 stars in the All Music Guide and a longtime Better Records favorite - almost every song is good, and many are superb
  • "Clapton turns out concise solos that de-emphasize his status as guitar god, even when they display astonishing musicality and technique."
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Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton

  (Item #: claptericc_1811) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A knockout UK pressing with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish - nothing could touch this bad boy! (ahem)
  • Both sides deliver excellent clarity and transparency, real Rock and Roll energy, and solid weight and whomp down low
  • An underrated masterpiece from 1970 - easily his best studio album outside of Layla
  • 4 1/2 stars in the All Music Guide and a longtime Better Records favorite - this is Clapton in his prime
  • "Clapton turns out concise solos that de-emphasize his status as guitar god, even when they display astonishing musicality and technique."
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The Rolling Stones
Flowers

  (Item #: rolliflowe_1808_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with each side rating a Double Plus (A++) or BETTER
  • Both sides are big, clean and clear with good vocal presence and plenty of 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..."
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Neil Young
Neil Young

  (Item #: youngneily_1808_1811_) 

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


  • This vintage pressing has superb Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last for Neil Young's solo debut
  • Surely one of Neil's toughest to find with top quality sound, but here it is, sound rich, warm and clear
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl for any early Neil Young album, especially this one
  • "...a flowing tributary from the over-all Springfield river of twangs, breathless vocals and slim yet stout instrumentation. Especially vivid is Young's sense of melancholy and the ingenious clusters of images he employs in his lyrics (printed in full)."
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The Beatles
Let It Be

  (Item #: beatlletit_1811_1) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • You'll find very good sound on this Hot Stamper UK pressing of Let It Be from start to finish - quiet vinyl too
  • A late-period album with real rock 'n' roll power - we love the "live-in-the-studio" rockers like I’ve Got a Feeling
  • If all you have is the Heavy Vinyl pressing or the MoFi, you will not believe how good this album can sound on a real UK Parlophone such as this one
  • AMG: "...it's an album well worth having, as when the Beatles were in top form here, they were as good as ever."
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Neil Young
Comes A Time

  (Item #: youngcomes_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Drop the needle on Comes A Time or Look Out For My Love and hear how rich, warm and Tubey Magical the sound is
  • The top copies of Comes a Time are the sonic equal of the best recordings in Neil's catalog. That's saying a lot
  • Top 100 and Allmusic 4 1/2 stars: "Comes a Time finally was the Neil Young album for the millions of fans who had loved Harvest."
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The Allman Brothers
Eat A Peach

  (Item #: allmaeatap_1803_1811) 

Our Price: $169.99

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

  (Item #: ronstheart_1708_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound for our favorite Linda Ronstadt album, hands down her Masterpiece
  • When Will I Be Loved?, You're No Good, It Doesn't Matter Anymore and You Can Close Your Eyes are crazy good here
  • Both sides here are big, full and lively with huge punchy bass and tons of energy
  • By far the best album Ms Ronstadt ever made - truly a Masterpiece and a Mid-'70s Must Own Classic
  • 5 stars: "A veritable catalog of Californian soft rock, and it stands as a landmark of '70s mainstream pop/rock."
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Paul McCartney
Unplugged

  (Item #: mccarunplu_1806_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A true Demo Disc and killer original UK pressing: Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish; quiet vinyl too!
  • A strikingly intimate document of a live show, fronted by one of the greatest performers in history, Sir Paul McCartney
  • You get more extension up top, more weight down low, and more transparency in the midrange
  • "... it remains one of the most enjoyable records in McCartney's catalog. McCartney is carefree and charming, making songs like "Be-Bop-a-Lula" and "Blue Moon of Kentucky" sound fresh."
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The Beatles
Let It Be

  (Item #: beatlletit_1811) 

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


  • With two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, this UK pressing is bringing out the best qualities Let It Be's sound
  • There's no studio wizardry, no heavy-handed mastering, no phony EQ - here is some of the most realistic, natural Beatles sound you can get
  • Copies like this one make good on the promise that Let It Be captures the greatest rock band of all time playing and singing their hearts out
  • "The album is on the whole underrated... it's an album well worth having, as when the Beatles were in top form here, they were as good as ever."
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Neil Young
Zuma

  (Item #: youngzuma_1811) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Both these Double Plus (A++) sides of Neil's exceptionally well recorded 1975 Masterpiece are guaranteed to floor audiophiles and Neil's fans alike
  • Zuma captures a kind of garage band purity that makes practically any other studio album you own sound processed and desiccated in comparison
  • For a hard-rockin' Neil Young album with Demonstration Quality sound, you'll have a hard time finding a better choice than a Hot Stamper pressing of Zuma
  • A Must Own Top 100 Title - just drop the needle on Danger Bird or Cortez the Killer to have your mind blown!
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Neil Young
Hawks and Doves

  (Item #: younghawks_1808_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb sounding pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • The trick on Hawks and Doves is to find rich, smooth, edge-free sound, and this copy delivers those qualities like nothing you've ever heard, guaranteed
  • "Hawks and Doves has a homey feel. "Little Wing," bare and haltingly lyrical with its miked harp and unaccompanied acoustic, is simpler than anything on the folky Comes a Time, and the rest of the music is defined by Ben Keith's laconic dobro and steel and Rufus Thobodeaux's sawing fiddle." Robert Christgau (A-)
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Neil Young
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

  (Item #: youngevery_1810x) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A MONSTER Shootout Winning early pressing with incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides - this is the EKTIN you have been waiting for!
  • Live-in-Your-Listening-Room sound throughout - miles beyond any copy you've heard (or ever will hear)
  • Includes immortal classics such as "Cinnamon Girl," "Cowgirl in the Sand," and "Down by the River," just to name three
  • 5 stars: "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere was breathtakingly different when it appeared in May 1969, both for Young and for rock in general... almost 30 years later [make that 49], he was still playing this sort of music with Crazy Horse, and a lot of contemporary bands were playing music clearly influenced by it."
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Freddie Hubbard
Ready For Freddie

  (Item #: hubbaready_1811_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two Hot Stamper sides, this stereo copy of Hubbard's classic 1962 release did well in our shootout from earlier this year
  • "Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard really came into his own during this Blue Note session. ... highly recommended; it's one of the trumpeter's most rewarding Blue Note albums."
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Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie
Ella and Basie!

  (Item #: fitzgella_and_basie_1804_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound throughout, this was one of the better copies from our most recent shootout
  • It's very difficult to get the vocals AND the brass to sound right on the same copy, but these two sides pulled that trick off nicely
  • This early Verve stereo pressing plays about as quiet as they ever do - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus on both sides
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Surprisingly enough this 1963 LP was the first time (other than a couple songs) that Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie recorded together. The match-up was so logical that it would be repeated many times over the next 20 years."
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Elvis Presley
Elvis Is Back!

  (Item #: preslelvis_is_back_1801_1811) 

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


  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish for this Vintage 1960 Tube Recording from RCA
  • This Living Stereo pressing is doing it right - it's big, rich and full yet still clean, clear and lively with excellent bass
  • About as quiet as any original we have ever played - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - good luck finding a copy this quiet on your own
  • 4 1/2 Stars in All Music, the first top title he produced for RCA, and one of the best sounding Elvis records we know of
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Frank Sinatra
All The Way

  (Item #: sinatallth_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This vintage '60s Capitol pressing did very well in our shootout, earning sonic grades of Double Plus (A++) or close to it on both sides
  • It has the all the Tubey Magic one could ask for, allowing Sinatra's rich baritone to work its magic on every phrase
  • This group of singles and B-sides was recorded from 1957 to 1960 and contain some of Sinatra's better-known songs arranged by Nelson Riddle
  • As you can well imagine, finding clean, scratch-free '60s Sinatra records like this one, in stereo no less, is no walk in the park
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Frank Sinatra
Strangers In The Night

  (Item #: sinatstran_1802_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides, this Sinatra title surprised us with its DEMO DISC sound
  • It's clearly one of the best sounding Reprise-era Sinatra albums we know of - it might even be THE best
  • Credit must given to the extraordinarily inventive arrangements of Nelson Riddle and the All Tube engineering of Lee Herschberg
  • "Sinatra's singing is relaxed, confident, and surprisingly jazzy, as he plays with the melody of "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" and delivers a knockout punch with the assured, breathtaking "Summer Wind."
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Frank Sinatra
Sinatra '65

  (Item #: sinatsinat65_1711_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding early pressing, with excellent Double Plus (A++) sound for 'Ol Blue Eyes and his backing band, first note to last
  • Both sides here are rich, full and lively with wonderfully present vocals and plenty of Tubey Magic - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This album contains two of Frank's biggest hits: My Kind of Town and Luck Be a Lady
  • 78% of the reviewers on Amazon give the album Five Stars
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AC/DC
Back In Black

  (Item #: acdc_backi_1811_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) sonic grades or BETTER on both sides, this Back in Black ROCKS like no other copy you've heard
  • Both sides play exceptionally well for a Robert Ludwig original, which is absolutely the only way to go on the album
  • Top 100, and if you turn it up good and loud, one of the biggest, boldest, hardest rockin' records ever made
  • 5 stars: "... tawdry celebration of sex is what made AC/DC different from all other metal bands — there was no sword & sorcery, no darkness, just a rowdy party, and they never held a bigger, better party than they did on Back in Black."
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Michael Jackson
Thriller

  (Item #: jacksthril_1806_1811) 

Our Price: $499.99
Sale Price: $399.00 (You save $100.99 / 20%)


  • The two INCREDIBLE sides here are guaranteed to make this by far the best sounding Thriller you have ever heard - Triple Plus (A+++) or very close to it
  • The sound is HUGE - wide, deep, and open, with a solid bottom end and relentless rhythmic energy to spare
  • Billie Jean and Beat It sound out of this world, but that's not fair, since every track on this copy is good enough to blow your mind
  • 5 stars: "This was a record that had something for everybody, building on the basic blueprint of Off the Wall by adding harder funk, hard rock, softer ballads, and smoother soul — expanding the approach to have something for every audience."
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Frank Sinatra
Sinatra-Basie

  (Item #: sinatsinat_1811) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides of this beloved Sinatra/Basie collaboration
  • Tubey, warm and smooth, with an extended top and bottom, the louder you play this record the better it sounds
  • "The long-awaited first collaboration between two icons did something unique for the reputations of both. For Basie, the Sinatra connection inaugurated a period in the 1960s where his band was more popular and better-known than it ever was, even in the big band era. For Sinatra, Basie meant liberation, producing perhaps the loosest, rhythmically free singing of his career."
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Humble Pie
Performance - Rockin' The Fillmore

  (Item #: humblperfo_1712_1811) 

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


  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades or better on all four sides, this live rock album really ROCKS
  • One of the best sounding - if not THE best - Hard Rock concert albums we have ever heard
  • Engineered by the legendary Eddie Kramer, what other live rock record sounds this good?
  • Allmusic: "Captured the group at their elongated best, playing for upwards of a half-hour without a care in the world."
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Freddie Hubbard
Sky Dive

  (Item #: hubbaskydi_1802_1811) 

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


  • Excellent sound for both sides of this classic Freddie Hubbard CTI album with each side rating a Double Plus (A++) or BETTER
  • This is the kind of spacious, low-distortion, dynamic and energetic sound Rudy Van Gelder was getting in the early '70s
  • Hubbard got together a great group of Funky Jazz players to support him here, with Don Sebesky doing his usual inventive arrangements
  • 4 Stars: "Freddie Hubbard's fourth CTI recording certainly has a diverse repertoire. The charts for the brass and woodwinds are colorful; there is a fine supporting cast that includes guitarist George Benson, Keith Jarrett on keyboards, and flutist Hubert Laws; and Hubbard takes several outstanding trumpet solos."
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Roxy Music
Stranded

  (Item #: roxymstran_1802_1811) 

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


  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides and some of the band's best post-Eno music
  • The sound on this British original Island pressing is wonderful throughout - rich, smooth and oh-so-analog
  • One of the group's best sounding recordings, the Tubey Magic on their early albums is off the scale, especially here
  • "The operative adjective for Roxy's first true masterpiece is gorgeous (it's the same adjective for their final one, too) - The centerpiece, "Mother Of Pearl", might be Roxy's finest seven minutes."
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