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White Hot Stamper

Nat "King" Cole
To Whom It May Concern

  (Item #: cole_towho_2002_) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • Nat "King" Cole's wonderful 1959 release makes its Hot Stamper debut with KILLER Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • The presence and immediacy of Nat's vocals here are '50s Capitol Recording Magic at its best - you won't believe how good this early stereo pressing sounds
  • With the biggest, clearest, richest, most present and most natural vocal reproduction, this copy took Nat's performance to another level, which is exactly what earned this copy its Three Pluses
  • "For this album, Cole had the idea of putting together a set of newly written songs in the classic style, with typically sympathetic arrangements by Nelson Riddle..."
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Miles Davis
Steamin’

  (Item #: davissteam_2002) 

Our Price: $999.99

  • Insanely good sound throughout for this extremely rare original Prestige Yellow and Black label pressing with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This early Mono pressing takes the sound of the recording to a place we never thought it could go - never have we heard an album from these famous sessions sound as good as this very LP
  • An original in pristine condition, with this kind of sound, is a record that is very unlikely to pass our way again
  • 5 stars: "The end results are consistently astonishing. At the center of Steamin', as with most outings by this band, are the group improvisations which consist of solo upon solo of arguably the sweetest and otherwise most swinging interactions known to have existed between musicians."
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Andre Previn & His Pals
West Side Story

  (Item #: previwests_2002) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Previn's stellar piano trio returns to the site with jazzy interpretations of the best songs from West Side Story, in stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound
  • You win shootouts with this kind of All Tube Analog sound - warm, natural, lively and clear, with solid support down low, a nicely extended top and a huge three-dimensional soundfield
  • Andre Previn and his friends take eight classic tunes from West Side Story - it would be hard to imagine having better material to work with in a jazz setting
  • 4 stars: "The last of a series of showtune albums recorded by the trio finds the all-star group focusing on the music of West Side Story... As usual, the melodies are treated respectfully yet swingingly, and Andre Previn in particular excels in this setting. Recommended."
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Johnny Mathis
Open Fire, Two Guitars

  (Item #: mathiopenf_2002) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • Mathis' superb 1959 release finally arrives on the site with STUNNING Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • The All Tube recording chain at Columbia's 30th Street studios allowed their engineers to make recordings practically unequaled in the decades since
  • An outrageous claim? Not really, because this very pressing backs up every thing we say
  • 4 1/2 stars: "On this album, Johnny Mathis creates an atmosphere of fireside intimacy by dispensing with his usual orchestral accompaniment so that the purity of his voice entices the listener's full attention... The enduring popularity of Open Fire, Two Guitars is attributable in part to its hypnotic aura of closeness and confidentiality..."
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Art Pepper
... The Way It Was

  (Item #: peppethewa_1909_02) 

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 has demo disc quality sound
  • Included are three tracks left off some of Pepper's best albums on Contemporary - Meets the Rhythm Section, Intensity and Gettin' Together
  • 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... this album finds Art Pepper in top form."
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Johnny Hodges
The Big Sound

  (Item #: hodgebigso_2002) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Hodges' superb and quite rare release arrives on the site with STUNNING Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it
  • Spacious and transparent, this mono copy has the big three-dimensional soundstage that makes an All Tube recording from 1957 such a joy to listen to
  • Featuring some of the swingingest cats from Duke Ellington's band, all playing the music they love and performing at the peak of their powers
  • 4 stars: "No surprises, but the session was as good as one might hope. Gathered here was the Ellington band with Billy Strayhorn at the piano...This was an integrated unit, not some detached studio band for Hodges to blow over, under, around, and through. It was wonderful Hodges and fine Ellington."
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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Porgy and Bess

  (Item #: fitzgporgy_1904_9_02) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Excellent sound throughout this Ella & Louis classic with all four sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades
  • Spacious, full-bodied and Tubey Magical, with Ella and Louis front and center, this is the sound you want for their brilliant collaboration from 1958
  • Two vocal giants came together to perform Gershwin's timeless opera, revered by both music lovers and audiophiles to this day
  • 4 1/2 stars: "What's really great about the Ella and Louis version is Ella, who handles each aria with disarming delicacy, clarion intensity, or usually a blend of both."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Sings The Rodgers And Hart Song Book

  (Item #: fitzgsings_rodgers_and_hart_1910_02ex) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $149.99 (You save $50.00 / 25%)


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

  (Item #: coltronami_1902_6_10_02) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: londomakel_2002) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • With Triple Plus (A+++) Shootout Winning grades or close to them on both sides, this mono copy took top honors in our first shootout in almost two years, and has the highest grades of any copy to ever hit the site
  • Thanks to superb engineering and vintage All Tube mastering, this 1957 LP is wonderfully rich and sweet, with a breathy, intimate, 31-year-old Julie London performing live in your listening room
  • It's also pressed on unusually quiet vinyl - Mint Minus Minus, with no issues to speak of - they don't come any quieter in our experience
  • 4 stars: "Julie London's concise and melodic versions of standards were quite popular during the latter half of the 1950s. Her subtle sensuality and lightly swinging style made for a potent combination."
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Bob Brookmeyer
The Dual Role of Bob Brookmeyer

  (Item #: brookdualr_2002) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This superb 1956 mono album makes its Hot Stamper debut with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from start to finish
  • We have never seen the original, but our retitled pressing here from 1964 will show you just how big, solid and musical this session by Rudy Van Gelder can sound
  • If you can tolerate the somewhat noisier surfaces on side two you are in for some amazing Bob Brookmeyer music with top quality sound
  • "Bob Brookmeyer plays valve trombone and piano on two songs apiece with his 1955 quartet, a group also including guitarist Jimmy Raney, bassist Teddy Kotick and drummer Mel Lewis... the music is pleasing and reasonably creative."
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Modern Jazz Quartet
Django

  (Item #: moderdjang_1906_8_02) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER!
  • We guarantee there is dramatically more richness, fullness, vocal presence, and performance energy on this copy than others you've heard, and that's especially true if you made the mistake of buying whatever Heavy Vinyl pressing is currently on the market
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus, as quiet as they pressed them
  • 4 stars: "The MJQ maneuver with unquestionable grace, alternately supporting and soloing, each taking the reigns as the others construct their contributions around the respective soloist... it is hard to exceed the variety of styles and performances gathered on Django."
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Sarah Vaughan
After Hours At The London House

  (Item #: vaughafter_london_2002) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Vaughan's 1959 live album finally arrives on the site with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • No other copy could touch this pressing for warmth, richness, and, most especially, vocal intimacy and in-the-room presence
  • The multiple takes Sarah Vaughan does on Thanks for the Memory here blows my mind to this very day - pull it up on youtube and hear it for yourself
  • "... the producers invited a small group of friends and well-wishers to another Chicago club, London House, for an after-hours session. Vaughan expanded her trio with a quartet of Count Basie titans, including trumpeter Thad Jones and tenor Frank Wess, and... decided to record a set that, in true after-hours fashion, was completely improvised."
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The Curtis Counce Group
Volume 1 - Landslide

  (Item #: counclands_2002) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This superb 1956 release makes its Hot Stamper debut here with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • The clarity and transparency on this vintage pressing are wonderful, but more importantly it's the unerringly correct tonality that's most impressive when you play these real Contemporary pressings against the competition
  • Yet another amazing All Tube Contemporary recording from Roy DuNann and Lester Koenig at the beginning of the stereo era
  • 4 1/2 stars: "During 1956-1957, bassist Curtis Counce led an excellent Los Angeles-based hard bop quintet... All of Counce's recordings are well-worth getting by collectors [and especially audiophiles] interested in 1950s straight-ahead jazz [with top quality sound]."
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Duke Ellington
Masterpieces By Ellington

  (Item #: ellinmaste_2002) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • You'll find DEMO quality sound on this 6 Eye pressing, earning outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • For his first LP, Ellington is freed from prior 3-minute constraints and the results are nothing short of breathtaking on a record this good
  • The early mono sound is shockingly real - not for the era, but for any era - it's remarkably big, rich and Tubey Magical
  • If you could have on one Ellington LP, Indigos or Masterpieces would have to be among your first two choices
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...he and the band rose to the occasion with extended (11-minute-plus) "uncut concert arrangements" of "Mood Indigo," "Sophisticated Lady," and "Solitude,""
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Bill Evans
Conception

  (Item #: evansconce_2002) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on three sides and an actual Triple Plus (A+++) side one, this copy is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner
  • You'd be hard-pressed to find a copy that's this well balanced, big and lively, with wonderful clarity in the mids and highs
  • 4 stars: "Even in 1956, Evans had his own chord voicings and a lyrical yet swinging style... A strong start to a significant career."
  • "In addition, there is a full album of previously unreleased music: an alternate take of "No Cover, No Minimum," an unaccompanied version of "Some Other Time" from 1958 and four solo pieces that Evans cut in 1962, his first recordings after the tragic death of his bassist Scott LaFaro."
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Leroy Vinnegar Sextet
Leroy Walks!

  (Item #: vinneleroy_2002) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Leroy Vinnegar's debut album finally arrives on the site with a KILLER Triple Plus (A+++) on side two and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) on side one
  • The Contemporary stereo sound here is completely natural in all respects - rich, warm and smooth, the sound we love
  • I had no idea this record was a Top Contemporary Title, but I sure know it now. After playing this bad boy's side two, I would put it up against practically any jazz record from the era
  • Roy DuNann and Howard Holzer engineered some of the best sounding records we have ever heard - here's a textbook example of what the audiophiles at Contemporary were able to achieve in the studio
  • 4 stars: ...Vinnegar generously features his talented sidemen... A fine, straight-ahead session.
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Super Hot Stamper

Count Basie
April In Paris

  (Item #: basieapril_1910_02) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • April in Paris makes its Hot Stamper debut with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound fon this vintage mono pressing
  • This pressing showed us the sound we were looking for - big, bold, full-bodied mono, the kind they knew how to record in 1957
  • Here is the MIDRANGE MAGIC that’s surely missing from whatever modern reissue has been made from the 60+ year old tapes (or, to be clear, a modern digital master copied from those tapes)
  • 5 stars: "April in Paris is one of those rare albums that makes its mark as an almost instant classic in the jazz pantheon... The title track has come to define elegance in orchestral jazz... Recorded in 1955 and 1956, April in Paris proved Count Basie's ability to grow through modern jazz changes while keeping the traditional jazz orchestra vital and alive."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Miles Davis
Kind of Blue

  (Item #: daviskindo_2002) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding stereo pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally QUIET vinyl too
  • The pure embodiment of the big-as-life, spacious and timbrally accurate 30th Street Studio Sound Fred Plaut was justly famous for
  • Space, clarity, transparency, and in-the-room immediacy are some of the qualities to be found on this pressing - it's guaranteed to beat any copy you've ever heard
  • 5 stars: "KOB isn't merely an artistic highlight for Miles Davis, it's an album that towers above its peers, a record generally considered as the definitive jazz album, a universally acknowledged standard of excellence."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Get Happy!

  (Item #: fitzggetha_2002) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Ella's 1959 release for Verve (in stereo!) makes its Hot Stamper debut here with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides
  • The sound is big, rich, lively and dynamic, with Ella's astounding vocal range rendered as only an All Tube Analog chain can
  • These sides reproduce both the breath, as well as the front and center immediacy, of The First Lady of Song's vocals, with tubey rich orchestral arrangements in support
  • "As usual, Ella uplifts all of the material and her best moments come on 'Somebody Loves Me,' a heartfelt 'Moonlight Becomes You,' a scat-filled 'Blue Skies' and (somewhat surprisingly) 'St. Louis Blues.'... the formerly obscure 'Get Happy' finds Ella Fitzgerald at the peak of her powers."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Hello Love

  (Item #: fitzghello_2002) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Ella's 1959 release finally arrives on the site with STUNNING Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) Mono sound from first note to last
  • The sound is relaxed, full-bodied and lively, with Tubey Magical richness befitting the 1957 and 1959 recording dates of these sessions
  • Skip the stereo pressing on this title - none of the copies we played could hold a candle to this killer mono LP
  • "The album focuses on well-known songs not included in Fitzgerald's epic Songbooks project, and several of the songs are tunes that she had recently recorded in duet with Louis Armstrong."
  • 4 stars: "A fine gem among the diamonds of Ella Fitzgerald's late-'50s period with Verve... Wrapped in the strings of Frank DeVol's orchestra, Fitzgerald is a bewitching presence singing these dreamy standards..."
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Andre Previn & His Pals
Pal Joey

  (Item #: previpaljo_1902_8_01) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $99.99 (You save $50.00 / 33%)


  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides - this copy is truly a knockout Piano Trio record
  • Our best Hot Stamper copies will show you just how good Fifties All Tube Analog can sound
  • Yet another Demo Disc for Contemporary, the brilliant work of the engineering team of Dunann and Holzer
  • One of Andre Previn's better jazz performances on record - his pals Manne and Mitchell are no slouches either
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Billie Holiday
All Or Nothing At All

  (Item #: holidallor_1909_01) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Gerry Mulligan Quartet
Reunion With Chet Baker

  (Item #: mullireuni_1908_01) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This outstanding copy of Mulligan's superb collaboration with Chet Baker boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Remarkable Tubey Magical richness, as well as the kind of immediacy and transparency that few copies have - all qualities essential to reproducing both the trumpet and the baritone sax with exceptional fidelity
  • The sound of a vintage Pacific Jazz recording from 1957, on the rare stereo pressing no less, is really something to hear - you can be sure that no reissue can hold a candle to this LP
  • 4 stars: "The Gerry Mulligan Quartet of 1952-53 was one of the best-loved jazz groups of the decade and it made stars out of both the leader and trumpeter Chet Baker... the music is quite enjoyable and the interplay between the two horns is still special."
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Miles Davis
Birth of the Cool

  (Item #: davisbirth_1904_7_9_01ex) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: waterbesto_1908_01) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This outstanding copy of The Best of Muddy Waters boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from top to bottom
  • Huge, Tubey Magical and lively, with solid weight down low and lots of space around all the instruments
  • Comprised of twelve killer tracks, all originally released as singles, including Rollin' Stone, Long Distance Call, Hoochie Coochie, and many more
  • 5 Stars: "The material this artist cut for Chess during this period is nothing short of a blues revelation. There has never been anything quite like it, before or after, and when one has heard Muddy Waters from this period, one has simply heard the best blues has to offer."
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Super Hot Stamper (With Issues)

Miles Davis
Kind of Blue

  (Item #: daviskindo_2001) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding pressing with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - decent vinyl (for this album anyway, but there is a mark that plays)
  • Big-as-life, spacious and timbrally accurate 30th Street Studio Sound, courtesy of Fred Plaut
  • Space, transparency, and in-the-room immediacy are some of the qualities to be found here - it's guaranteed to beat any copy you've ever heard
  • 5 stars: "KOB isn't merely an artistic highlight for Miles Davis, it's an album that towers above its peers, a record generally considered as the definitive jazz album, a universally acknowledged standard of excellence."
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Dave Brubeck
Time Out

  (Item #: brubetimeo_1910_01) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This outstanding White Print 360 Stereo pressing boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and fairly quiet vinyl
  • Spacious and transparent, this copy has the big three-dimensional soundstage that makes this record such a joy to listen to
  • Brubecks's piano is solid, the drums are big and dynamic, and everything is relaxed and sweet - this copy is doing what we want a top quality Time Out to do
  • 5 stars: "Buoyed by a hit single in Desmond's ubiquitous "Take Five," Time Out became an unexpectedly huge success, and still ranks as one of the most popular jazz albums ever. That's a testament to Brubeck and Desmond's abilities as composers, because Time Out is full of challenges both subtle and overt -- it's just that they're not jarring."
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Frank Sinatra
The Voice

  (Item #: sinatthevo_2001) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With superb Double Plus (A++) sound, this killer 6 Eye mono LP is full of the analog warmth and sweetness missing from the Classic reissue and probably anything else pressed in the last twenty five years - relatively quiet vinyl too
  • Featuring most of his best Columbia material, here is the Tubey Magical Midrange missing from the Classic reissue - theirs was not a bad record per se, but without the presence, breathiness and intimacy of the younger Sinatra's vocals reproduced faithfully, boredom will likely set in before the side is over
  • 4 stars: "...the focus is on the ballads, and the dozen represented here constitute a bumper crop of classics, all resplendent in the singer's richest, most overpowering intonation and most delicately nuanced work."
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June Christy
Something Cool

  (Item #: chrissomet_2001) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • Miss Christy's Must Own Masterpiece returns to the site, this time with stunning Triple Triple (A+++) Mono Hot Stamper sound
  • Need a refresher course in Tubey Magic after playing too many remastered records? This 1955 original Capitol turquoise pressing is overflowing with it
  • One of our favorite Cool School vocalists - we just wish we could find more clean copies of her albums
  • Allmusic 5 Stars: "Christy established herself as an artist who strove for the very best in song selection, arrangements, and notably intelligent interpretation. There were perhaps other vocalists with greater vocal equipment, but few could match June Christy's artistic integrity."
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Andre Previn & His Pals
Gigi

  (Item #: previgigi_1904_9_01) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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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Donald Byrd
House of Byrd

  (Item #: byrd_house_1906_8_11_01) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Two rare Donald Byrd albums in one, both with stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on one side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on the other
  • The Tubey Magic is fully intact, making these two albums sound just the way a pair of classic All Tube 1956 Rudy Van Gelder jazz albums should
  • Composed of two superb LPs - 2 Trumpets and The Young Bloods - these wonderful pressings capture some of Byrd's best music and sound
  • "Art and Donald are in fine form, and if there is any competition it serves only to increase the musical yield."
  • "... These blowing sessions (typical of Prestige's albums of the 1950s) have their enjoyable moments with Farmer and Woods taking overall solo honors.
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Chet Baker
Plays The Best Of Lerner And Loewe

  (Item #: bakerplays_2001) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from start to finish, this is one of the best copies we have ever played - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Big, rich, smooth, open, natural, with plenty of note-like 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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Miles Davis
The Beginning (aka: The Musings of Miles)

  (Item #: davisbegin_1910_01ex) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Here is a killer early pressing of Miles' 1955 Prestige album with superb Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides and vinyl that is going to be very hard to find any quieter
  • Unusually rich, full-bodied, lively and present, sound that brings out the best in Miles' music
  • Recorded in All Tube Mono, this is the real sound of these four jazz giants playing live-in-the-home-studio of none other than a Mr Rudy Van Gelder
  • "Miles Davis was in the process of forming his first classic quintet when he recorded this date... The trumpeter is featured with pianist Red Garland, bassist Oscar Pettiford, and drummer Philly Joe Jones, playing four standards plus a blues ("Green Haze") and "I Didn't," his answer to Monk's "Well, You Needn't.""
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Charles Mingus
Tijuana Moods

  (Item #: mingutijua_1807_7_10_01ex) 

Our Price: $199.99

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

  (Item #: sinatonlyt_1909_01) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades
  • Both sides are clean, clear and present with breathy vocals, rich texture to the strings and plenty of wide and deep orchestral detail
  • Full of Sinatra classics such as What's New?, Willow Weep for Me, Blues in the Night, One for My Baby and six more
  • 5 stars: "Sinatra never forces emotion out of the lyric, he lets everything flow naturally, with grace. It's a heartbreaking record, the ideal late-night album."
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Ornette Coleman
Tomorrow Is The Question

  (Item #: colemtomor_1812_3_8_01) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • An outstanding copy of Coleman's sophomore release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • Our Contemporary Yellow Label Stereo LP here has have breathy, full-bodied brass and lots of tight, well-defined bass
  • The top end is nicely extended, which results in excellent space, transparency and clarity
  • 4 stars: "...this is one of the things that came to define Ornette -- his willingness to let simplicity and its bright colors and textures confound not only other players and listeners, but also him too."
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Charles Mingus
Mingus Dynasty

  (Item #: mingumingu_dynasty_1909_01) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • 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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Miles Davis
Milestones

  (Item #: davismilestones_1903_6_8_01ex) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This original Columbia Mono Six-Eye pressing has STUNNING Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • This one has some condition issues (see below), so we're discounting it accordingly
  • The All Tube recording chain at their 30th Street studios allowed Columbia's engineers to do some amazing work back then - here's the proof
  • 5 stars: "What is immedately noticeable upon listening to Miles Davis' classic first -- and only -- album with his original sextet is how deep the blues presence is on it. Though it's true that the album's title cut is rightfully credited with introducing modalism into jazz, and defining Davis' music for years to come, it is the sole selection of its kind on the record. The rest is all blues in any flavor you wish you call your own."
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Frank Sinatra
No One Cares

  (Item #: sinatnoone_2001_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound throughout, this early Capitol stereo LP has some of the best Sinatra sound you will ever hear - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • No One Cares is an orchestrated album of ballads, boasting superb All Tube Analog sound from 1959
  • This early pressing has the MIDRANGE MAGIC that’s simply missing from the later reissues we've played - it gives you the sense that Frank Sinatra is right in the room with you
  • These sides have two very important qualities - they reproduce both the breath, as well as the front and center immediacy, of Sinatra's vocals, with Jenkins' tubey rich orchestral arrangements in support
  • "Jenkins gives the songs a subtly tragic treatment, and Sinatra responds with a wrenching performance."
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Duke Ellington
Jazz Party in Stereo

  (Item #: ellinjazzp_2001) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This original stereo Six-Eye from 1959 is one of the few copies of this famous album to hit the site in many years, and of course one of the best
  • Many copies of the copies we played would get aggressive or edgy, but this one is smooth in the right way, and for that you can thank CBS's legendary 30th St. studios
  • 4 stars: "A most unusual Duke Ellington record, two selections feature nine symphonic percussionists on tympani, vibes, marimbas and xylophones."
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Miles Davis
Porgy and Bess

  (Item #: davisporgy_1904_8_01) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - you will have a very hard time finding a better Porgy and Bess than this one
  • This 30th Street recording shows just how good Columbia's legendary engineers were back then
  • If you're looking for a stunningly natural, lifelike large group jazz recording, you can't do much better than this album
  • 5 stars: "The musical and social impact of Miles Davis, his collaborative efforts with Gil Evans, and in particular their reinvention of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess are indeed profound... It was Evans' intimate knowledge of the composition that allowed him to so definitively capture the essence... No collection of American jazz can be deemed complete without this recording..."
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Art Pepper + Eleven
Modern Jazz Classics

  (Item #: peppemoder_2001) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This Must Own Art Pepper release earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Rich, warm and full-bodied, the brass is phenomenal on this pressing - here is the Tubey Magic of the originals without the problems that cause many originals to be opaque and uninvolving
  • If you buy only one Large Group Hot Stamper jazz record from us, make it this one - the music is swingin' fun and the sound is truly impressive, especially if all you know is the too modern OJC or the godawful Heavy Vinyl Analogue Productions reissue
  • A personal favorite - 5 stars: "This is a true classic. Essential music for all serious jazz collections."
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Andre Previn & His Pals
Gigi

  (Item #: previgigi_1904_7_01) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A KILLER original Black Label Stereo pressing with Triple Plus (A+++) Demo Disc sound 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 (I'm tempted to write impossibly) 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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Miles Davis
Miles: The New Miles Davis Quintet

  (Item #: davismiles_new_miles_2001) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) Shootout Winning side one and a Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy had some of the best sound we have ever heard for the album - mostly quiet vinyl too
  • Big, rich and spacious - RVG's mono recordings of these Jazz Giants from the mid-'50s are the pinnacle of immersive jazz music and sound
  • "[Miles] made simple, but emotionally powerful statements, knowing just when to step away, having said exactly enough. This material, recorded in big batches, is all of a piece, and it's all killer." - Stereogum
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Art Pepper
Meets The Rhythm Section

  (Item #: peppemeets_2001) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • The Contemporary stereo sound here is completely natural in all respects - rich, warm and smooth, the sound we love
  • Recorded in 1957 (the same year as Way Out West) by the legendary Roy DuNann, the sound is absolutely wonderful
  • 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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Miles Davis
Birth of the Cool

  (Item #: davisbirth_1810_8_01ex) 

Our Price: $119.99

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

  (Item #: jacksbagsa_1908_01) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This original Atlantic stereo pressing has Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days (as well as the early mono pressings) - if you want to hear the Tubey Magic, size and energy of this wonderful album from 1959, a vintage pressing like this one is the only way to go
  • "Jackson is partnered alternately with Frank Wess and Bobby Jaspar -- two of the leading pioneers that helped bring the flute into the mainstream of jazz. For these performances, the rhythm section blends and balances superbly, creating supple, meaty, hard bopping grooves for Jackson's limitless capacity for invention and for the stellar, swinging performances of Jaspar and Wess."
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Ella Fitzgerald
The Duke Ellington Songbook, Vol. 2

  (Item #: fitzgsings_the_duke_1903_6_10_01) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on all four sides!
  • Forget the originals - like so many of the early songbook pressings, they suffer from painfully hard and honky mastering EQ (and gritty sounding vinyl)
  • We know whereof we speak when it comes to early Ella records - we've played plenty of them and found that most just don't sound very good
  • "Duke's spectacular catalog dazzles, and his sprightly, lush textures are transfigured under Fitzgerald's warm-timbred voice and elegant, precise delivery... each tune as familiar as it is delightful to hear in this new context."
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Duke Ellington
Indigos

  (Item #: ellinindig_2001) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • With Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides, this incredible late-'50s pressing has the magic of analog in its grooves
  • Our Six Eye Stereo Columbia here impressed us with its superbly well recorded big band jazz, in the romantic style Ellington refined to an art form, never more so than on this very album
  • A near-perfect 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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Perez Prado
Prez

  (Item #: pradoprez_1912_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout - this bad boy is a BIG step up from any Perez Prado record you have ever heard, guaranteed
  • With Tubey Magical Stereoscopic presentation like you will not believe - this copy is spacious, sweet and positively dripping with ambience
  • The driving, syncopated, heavily percussive arrangements add immensely to the fun, with the timbre of every scratcher and drum rendered in glorious Technicolor sound
  • This is Vintage All Tube Analog at its best - the magic hidden in the grooves of the record really comes through on this pressing
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Harry Belafonte
Belafonte at Carnegie Hall

  (Item #: belafbelaf_1907_12) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This White Dog stereo (not Living Stereo) pressing has superb Double Plus (A++) sound or very close to it on all four sides
  • You'll hear a very large group of musicians bring their wonderful energy to this music, all backing Harry live on stage in real time and in ANALOG
  • HP made his reputation bringing this kind of live-in-your-listening-room record to the attention of the audiophile public, and for that we owe him a debt of gratitude
  • 5 stars: "The granddaddy of all live albums, this double-LP set captures the excitement of a Harry Belafonte concert at the height of his popularity."
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Julie London
Lonely Girl

  (Item #: londolonel_1912) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • A superb early mono pressing which offers outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - the vinyl is a problem, but it almost always is...
  • Julie is in the room with you - intimate, breathy and Tubey Magical like practically nothing you've ever heard
  • One of the best Sultry Female Vocal recordings ever made - Julie is practically holographic
  • 4 stars: "Lone guitarist Al Viola plays gentle Spanish-tinged acoustic behind the hushed vocalist, and it suits London perfectly. While the singer was often chided for her beauty and lack of range, she deftly navigates these ballads without any rhythmic underpinnings to fall back on. London's intense focus on phrasing and lyrics recalls Chet Baker's equally telescopic approach."
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Billie Holiday
All Or Nothing At All

  (Item #: holidallor_1908_1912) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An outstanding original pressing of Holiday's 1958 release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • This vintage pressing is well balanced, yet big and lively, with such wonderful clarity in the mids and highs as well as deep punchy bass and a big open and spacious soundfield
  • 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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Ella Fitzgerald
The Rodgers & Hart Song Book, Vol. 1

  (Item #: fitzgsings_rodgers_1_1909_12) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb copy with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • The 1956 recording quality is excellent, with space and midrange richness that is sure to impress
  • 5 stars: "The arrangements by Buddy Bregman for the string orchestra and big band only border on jazz but she manages to swing the medium-tempo numbers and give sensitivity to the ballads. With such songs as "You Took Advantage of Me," "The Lady Is a Tramp," "It Never Entered My Mind," "Where or When," "My Funny Valentine," and "Blue Moon," it is not too surprising that these recordings were so popular."
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Nat "King" Cole
Love Is The Thing

  (Item #: cole_lovei_1905_9_12) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A lovely pressing of this audiophile favorite, with Double Plus (A++) sound and fairly quiet vinyl on both sides to rival the best pop vocal recordings we know of
  • Nat himself sounds especially immediate and real, and the strings are much less of a problem here than they are on most pressings
  • If all you know of this album is the weirdly unnatural remix DCC did (or the awful Analogue Productions vinyl), this pressing will be nothing less than a revelation
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Nat King Cole's collaborations with Gordon Jenkins rank among the finest from either artist or arranger. 1957's Love Is the Thing remains the epitome of the pair's undeniable compatibility, and it topped the album charts for eight weeks."
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John Coltrane
Soultrane

  (Item #: coltrsoult_1907_12ex) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This Prestige "stereo" pressing boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side one followed by an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side two
  • Unlike most versions of this album, these sides are full-bodied, relaxed, Tubey Magical and tonally correct
  • Here is the palpable jazz energy, the life of the music, that's sure to be missing from whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl pressing is being stamped out these days
  • "... a classic of the 20th century jazz canon and an essential point of reference in Coltrane's own tumultuous career.... this is the album on which Coltrane first emerged as the primary innovator of the jazz world, wielding an astonishing technical virtuosity and a blinding vision of the possibilities of the tenor sax."
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Johnny Cash
The Fabulous Johnny Cash

  (Item #: cash_fabul_1812_6_10_12) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding vintage stereo pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound for Cash's first album for Columbia - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides are Tubey Magical yet clear, with plenty of energy and a lovely musical quality that's noticeably missing from many of the copies we've played over the years (and no doubt the Heavy Vinyl pressing)
  • For a country album from 1958, "Fabulous" is very well recorded, with consistently engaging songs sung from the heart
  • 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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Nat King Cole
Just One of Those Things

  (Item #: cole_justo_1901_8_12) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding vintage Stereo Capitol pressing earned solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides
  • Here is the sound we love at Better Records - these sides are full-bodied and Tubey Magical, with especially smooth, present vocals
  • "Cole gives an assured, unhurried performance. And that's the point: that Cole has tamed the rambunctious May does not mean he doesn't give wonderful interpretations to some wonderful songs: 'Don't Get Around Much Anymore,' 'Just One of Those Things,' 'The Song Is Ended (But the Melody Lingers On).' And the light-handed swing supports those efforts well." - All Music
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Sonny Rollins
Alternate Takes

  (Item #: rollialter_1901_8_12) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding vintage pressing which earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • If you want to know just how amazing some of the tracks recorded during the Way Out West sessions can sound, this is the album that can show you
  • Big, rich and Tubey Magical, here is the natural tonality that's the hallmark of the best Contemporary recordings by Roy DuNann in the '50s
  • 4 1/2 stars in the AMG: "Hard-swinging and frequently superb."
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Art Pepper
Meets The Rhythm Section

  (Item #: peppemeets_1909_12) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find very good Hot Stamper sound on both sides of this wonderful pressing - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - if you want to hear this wonderful album sound the way it is supposed to, a Hot Stamper pressing like this one is the way to go
  • 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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Thelonious Monk
In Person

  (Item #: monk_inper_1908_12) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • In Person makes its Hot Stamper debut with stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on all four sides
  • Unusually rich, full-bodied, lively and present sound which brings out the best in this music
  • Features incomparable jazz greats Donald Byrd and Joe Gordon
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The first half of In Person contains the pianist/composer's famous Town Hall concert of 1959... The second half of this two-fer finds Monk leading a strong sextet with trumpeter Joe Gordon and tenors Rouse and Harold Land live..."
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Art Pepper
Meets The Rhythm Section

  (Item #: peppemeets_1908_10_12ex) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Amazing Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and solid Double Plus (A++) on the first, this is one of the best copies to hit the site this year!
  • The stereo sound is incredibly rich and full with wonderful immediacy, a lovely breathy sax sound and none of the bloated bass and murky mids of the originals
  • 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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Cannonball Adderley
Jump For Joy

  (Item #: adderjumpf_1910_12) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An incredible sounding copy - this early stereo pressing boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • We were knocked out by the Tubey Magical midrange of this killer original, with all the saxophone's breath and bite you would expect to hear on an All Tube affair from 1958
  • This is precisely what is sure to be missing from whatever reissue has been made from the tapes (or, to be clear, a modern digital master copied from who-knows-what-tapes)
  • "Jump for Joy is Adderley's reinterpretation of a Duke Ellington stage musical from 1941... Hearing Adderley's often thrilling, always well-constructed alto sax improvisations over tunes like "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good" is reason enough for the album to exist..."
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Thelonious Monk
Brilliant Corners

  (Item #: monk_brill_1907_12) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • KILLER nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish, close behind our amazing Shootout Winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Rich, full-bodied and present yet still clear and spacious - we guarantee this copy sounds better than any pressing you've heard, and should beat the pricey originals hands down
  • With masterful horn playing from Sonny Rollins and Clark Terry, and a rhythm section that can actually keep up with Monk - made up of Max Roach, Oscar Pettiford and Paul Chambers - this is a Must Own for any music loving audiophile
  • 5 Stars: "Brilliant Corners may well be considered the alpha and omega of post-World War II American jazz. No serious jazz collection should be without it."
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Debussy / Clair de Lune / Agoult

  (Item #: debusclair_1907_9_12) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • 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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Bruch - Scottish Fantasia / Mendelssohn - Violin Con. - Campoli

  (Item #: bruchscott_15015_1912) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • As good as the Mendelssohn is on side one - with Double Plus (A++) sound it would have to be excellent indeed - the crowning glory of this disc is the Scottish Fantasy on side two
  • It's some of the best sound we have ever heard for the work, right up there with our longtime favorite, the Heifetz on Living Stereo (LSC 2603)
  • One of the truly great 1959 All Tube Kenneth Wilkinson "Decca Tree" recordings in Kingsway Hall, captured faithfully in all its beauty on this very disc
  • Referring to the Mendelssohn, Gramophon noted: "[Campoli's] virtuosity in the finale are as self-evident as is the excellence of the accompaniment under Sir Adrian Boult. There are many felicitous touches and the distinguished soloist plays magnificently throughout."
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Tchaikovsky / 1812 Overture / Marche Slave and More / Alwyn

  (Item #: tchai1812o_decca_1812_6_9_12) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sonic grades or BETTER from start to finish - hear Tchaicovsky's 1812 with Demo Disc sound - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • The 1812 is found on the better sounding side here - with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound this British LP is guaranteed to rock your world
  • This UK pressing is BIG, lively, clear, open and resolving of musical information like no copy of the 1812 you've heard
  • The two coupling pieces, Marche Slave and the Capriccio Italien, also have rich, powerful, weighty brass and lower strings
  • The most exciting and beautifully played 1812 we know of - we encourage you to compare this to the best recording in your collection
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Cannonball Adderley
Somethin' Else

  (Item #: addersomet_1912) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding sound on both sides of this 1958 recording, with each rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or something close to it - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • A triumph for Rudy Van Gelder, a Top Blue Note title, and as much a showcase for Miles Davis as it is for Cannonball
  • The best copies of this album set a standard that practically no other jazz record we know of can meet
  • 5 stars: "Both horn players are at their peak of lyrical invention, crafting gorgeous, flowing blues lines."
  • "...signs of Milesian influence are the calm, conversational delivery of the title track and the newfound lyricism in Adderley’s playing that followed from his nightly experience at the trumpeter’s side."
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June Christy
Fair And Warmer!

  (Item #: chrisfaira_1907_12) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER from the first note to the last - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • If you want to hear just how good an All Tube Capitol recording, in mono, from 1957 can sound, this record is guaranteed to do the trick
  • All the top West Coast Cool School jazz vets are here: Shelly Manne, Bud Shank, Bob Cooper, and the arrangements are by the wonderfully talented Pete Rugolo
  • "... the cool-toned singer is the main star. Highlights include a definitive "I Want to Be Happy," "Imagination," "When Sunny Gets Blue," and "It's Always You." All of June Christy's Capitol dates are well worth picking up."
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Sons of the Pioneers
Cool Water

  (Item #: sonsocoolw_1912) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • These sides have a richness and sweetness that's disappeared entirely from modern recordings yet they're still incredibly clean, clear and spacious
  • If you want to know why people love Living Stereo records, playing either side of this record should be more than sufficient
  • "The original release, issued at the height of the stereophile boom of the late 1950s, was a vivid display of close, intimate presence and discreet channel separation." - All Music
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Perez Prado
Prez

  (Item #: pradoprez_1912) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A Shootout Winning copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides - this bad boy is a HUGE step up from anything Perez Prado record you have ever heard, guaranteed
  • With Tubey Magical Stereoscopic presentation like you will not believe; this copy is spacious, sweet and positively dripping with ambience
  • The driving, syncopated, heavily percussive arrangements add immensely to the fun, with the timbre of every scratcher and drum rendered in glorious Technicolor sound
  • This is Vintage All Tube Analog at its best - the magic hidden in the grooves of the record really comes through on this pressing
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Paganini - Kreisler / Concerto In One Movement / Campoli

  (Item #: paganconce_1911) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This exceptionally rare early London pressing features Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER and includes a wonderful performance of the Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No. 3
  • This is a spectacular recording - it's big, clear, rich, dynamic, transparent and energetic, and is guaranteed to put to shame any Heavy Vinyl pressing of orchestral music you own
  • Campoli brings his warmth, feeling, and technical precision to these classical masterpieces
  • The Decca engineers captured the correct amount of detail in the bowing and fingering - it's not overdone as it is in so many records that many audiophiles prefer, with the mics much too close to the strings
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Rimsky-Korsakov / Rossini / Tchaikovsky / Fiedler

  (Item #: rimskhififiedler_1911) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This exceptionally rare and practically-impossible-to-find-in-audiophile-playing-condition Shaded Dog from 1958 has outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Plenty of Tubey Magic, utilizing a closer mic setup than many early recordings - this provides more immediacy at the expense of less soundstage depth and width relative to other Hi-Fi Specataculars from this era
  • "R. D. Darrell’s notes for the l958 stereo LP release state that the three selections were specifically designed for demonstrate the newest heights yet attainable in the never-ending but ever-closer approach to perfect sonic replicas of the original “live” symphonic performances."
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Ben Webster
Soulville

  (Item #: webstsoulv_1904_8_11) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Outstanding sound throughout for this Verve Two-Fer set with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on all four sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Unlike the Speakers Corner versions from a few years back, this is the real thing, mastered by real pros, not audiophiles
  • This reissue combines the albums Soulville and Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson
  • With rave reviews for both albums, AMG lauds Soulville is, "one of the highlights of that golden '50s run," and notes the collaboration as "one of the jazz legend's all-time great records."
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Count Basie
Basie Plays Hefti

  (Item #: basiebasie_plays_1905_7_11) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • The first copy to hit the site in years and boy does our Shootout Winner here have STUNNING sound - it earned Triple Plus (A+++) grades from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • If all you've ever heard is the Roulette original (or the wacky MoFi, or whatever current Heavy Vinyl pressing is being made, this LP is guaranteed to be a REVELATION
  • Basie Plays Hefti catches Basie's band at the peak of their powers in 1958, and in this All Tube Recording you get every bit of the magic they made in the studio
  • "The Count Basie Orchestra was in top form for this set of Neal Hefti arrangements. Hefti had been one of the main architects of the new Basie sound of the '50s... "Cute" (heard here in its initial recording) became a standard."
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Duke Ellington
At the Bal Masque

  (Item #: ellinbalma_1901_8_11) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A stunning sounding Six-Eye Columbia pressing with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • Here are boatloads of the kind of Tubey Magical richness that make these vintage Columbia recordings the uniquely satisfying listening experience we know them to be
  • More superb sound from the legendary CBS 30th street studios in New York - the size and power of a jazz orchestra in glorious all ANALOG sound
  • "Ellington and his all-star orchestra manage to transform what could be a set of tired revival swing into superior dance music and swinging jazz... a surprise success."
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Miles Davis
Kind of Blue

  (Item #: daviskindo_1908_11) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • A Shootout Winning copy with KILLER Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • The embodiment of the big-as-life, spacious and timbrally accurate 30th Street Studio Sound Fred Plaut was justly famous for
  • Space, clarity, transparency, and in-the-room immediacy are some of the qualities to be found on this pressing - it's guaranteed to beat any copy you've ever heard
  • 5 stars: "KOB isn't merely an artistic highlight for Miles Davis, it's an album that towers above its peers, a record generally considered as the definitive jazz album, a universally acknowledged standard of excellence."
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Duke Ellington
Indigos

  (Item #: ellinindig_1911) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish, this early pressing has the magic of analog in its grooves
  • This early Black Print 360 Stereo Columbia 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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Jackie McLean
McLean's Scene

  (Item #: mcleamclea_1911_) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • McLean's 1959 release makes its Hot Stamper debut with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A++) sound on side one and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side two - exceptionally quiet vinyl for the most part as well
  • Surprisingly rich, lively and clear, with plenty of space for this exceptional group to occupy
  • Credit must go to Rudy Van Gelder once again for capturing the swinging energy of this superbly sympathetic ensemble
  • 4 stars: "McLean never really copied Charlie Parker and was one of the first in his generation to develop his own sound."
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Billie Holiday
Music For Torching

  (Item #: holidmusic_1909_11) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • An outstanding copy of Holiday's 1955 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • A superb recording of jazz standards with a great lineup and Billie in top form - plenty of Tubey Magic and especially breathy vocals as well
  • Great performances with stellar sound for It Had to Be You, Come Rain or Come Shine, A Fine Romance and too many more to list
  • "The overall feeling on this 1955 recording is strictly after-hours: the party is long over but a few close friends remain for nightcaps and, is that the sun peeking through the windows?"
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Horace Silver Quintet
Blowin' The Blues Away

  (Item #: silveblowi_1911) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it throughout
  • Another triumph for Rudy Van Gelder - he refined a "live-in-the-studio" jazz sound that still sounds fresh to this day, even after 60 years
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Blowin' the Blues Away is one of Horace Silver's all-time Blue Note classics. The pacing of the album is impeccable, offering up enough different feels and slight variations on Silver's signature style to captivate the listener throughout... The typical high-impact economy of his and the rest of the band's statements is at its uppermost level, and everyone swings with exuberant commitment. Blowin' the Blues Away is one of Silver's finest albums, and it's virtually impossible to dislike."
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Sarah Vaughan
Golden Hits

  (Item #: vaughgolde_1812_7_11) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with each side rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or BETTER - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Surprisingly dynamic on both sides - this pressing lets you hear The Divine One when she really was that good
  • The best sounding copies are the ones that put Sarah right in front of you - the average copy with its typically veiled vocal can't create the illusion that there is living, breathing person between the speakers the way this one can
  • This is Sarah in her prime, presenting the listener with an especially good overview of her best Mercury recordings from 1954-58
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Leroy Vinnegar Sextet
Leroy Walks!

  (Item #: vinneleroy_1905_11) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding pressing of Leroy Vinnegar's debut album has solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet too
  • The Contemporary LP stereo sound here is completely natural in every respect - rich, warm and smooth
  • Roy DuNann and Howard Holzer engineered some of the best sounding records we have ever heard - here's a textbook example of what the audiophiles at Contemporary were able to achieve in the studio
  • 4 stars: "...Vinnegar generously features his talented sidemen... A fine, straight-ahead session."
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Art Blakey
At The Jazz Corner of the World, Vol. 1

  (Item #: blakeatthe1_1910_1) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An outstanding copy of this classic live album, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • We guarantee you will find dramatically more richness, fullness and presence here, and that's especially true compared to whatever Heavy Vinyl pressing is currently being foisted on an unsuspecting record buying public
  • Turn it up loud and it'll be as if you were right there at the Jazz Corner of the World with Blakey and the boys
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Mixing up standards and favored originals from peer group composers, the band is, in the vernacular of the era, cooking... this band was as definitive a modern jazz ensemble as there ever was, and the immaculately chosen repertoire elevates this to one of the greatest live jazz session ever, and belongs on the shelf of all serious jazz listeners."
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Ella Fitzgerald
The Rodgers & Hart Song Book, Vol. 2

  (Item #: fitzgsings_rodgers_2_1908_10) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An incredible sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from the first note to the last
  • The 1956 recording quality is excellent, with space and midrange richness that might just take your breath away
  • 5 stars: "With such songs as "You Took Advantage of Me," "The Lady Is a Tramp," "It Never Entered My Mind," "Where or When," "My Funny Valentine," and "Blue Moon," it is not too surprising that these recordings were so popular." - All Music (Vol. 1 & Vol. 2)
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Jackie McLean
4, 5 and 6

  (Item #: mclea45and_1910_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Outstanding sound throughout for this Prestige/OJC pressing with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Shockingly good All Tube Mono sound from 1956 courtesy of Rudy Van Gelder, and the high-rez, tonally correct and wide-bandwidth mastering brings out even the most subtle nuances of the sound of these superbs groups of four, five and six players
  • 4 stars: "4, 5 and 6 presents McLean's quartet on half the date, and tunes with an expanded quintet, and one sextet track -- thus the title... [it] does foreshadow the future of McLean as an innovative musician in an all-too-purist mainstream jazz world."
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Harry Belafonte
Belafonte at Carnegie Hall

  (Item #: belafbelaf_1906_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This Living Stereo pressing has Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on sides one and three, and superb Double Plus (A++) sound on sides two and four
  • You'll hear a very large group of musicians bring their wonderful energy to this music, all backing Harry live on stage in real time and in ANALOG
  • HP made his reputation bringing this kind of live-in-your-listening-room record to the attention of the audiophile public, and for that we owe him a debt of gratitude
  • 5 stars: "The granddaddy of all live albums, this double-LP set captures the excitement of a Harry Belafonte concert at the height of his popularity."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Swings Lightly

  (Item #: fitzgella_swings_lightly_1906_10) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two insanely good sides each rating a Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it, this original Bow Tie Verve Stereo pressing was one of the best we heard in our recent shootout
  • Lovely All Tube sound from 1958, with a huge, rich orchestra conducted by one of our favorite arrangers, Marty Paich
  • Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo - these were the days when Ella was on top of the world
  • "The bright, sunny optimism of Fitzgerald’s style comes through in several tracks, including 'If I Were a Bell' (which also includes several remarkable variations on the melody), and 'Teardrops From My Eyes' (which alternates between rock and jazz beats—not a big leap back then!)"
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Billie Holiday
The First Verve Sessions

  (Item #: holidfirst_1902_6_10) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • All four sides here are clear and full-bodied with wonderfully breathy vocals and the kind of vintage analog sound you won't hear from any modern reissue or CD, that's for sure
  • This double LP set captures some of Billie's best music from the years 1952 to 1954 and features Oscar Peterson, Barney Kessel, Ray Brown, Flip Phillips, Freddie Green, Charlie Shavers and more
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Perez Prado
Pops and Prado

  (Item #: pradopopsa_1910_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: fitzgporgy_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb copy with a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side one, followed by NearlyTriple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound or close to it on sides two, three and four
  • Spacious, full-bodied and Tubey Magical, with Ella and Louis front and center, this is the sound you want for their brilliant collaboration from 1958
  • Two vocal giants came together to perform Gershwin's timeless opera, revered by both music lovers and audiophiles to this day
  • 4 1/2 stars: "What's really great about the Ella and Louis version is Ella, who handles each aria with disarming delicacy, clarion intensity, or usually a blend of both."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Swings Lightly

  (Item #: fitzgella_swings_lightly_1808_4_10) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, this original "Bow Tie" Verve Stereo pressing is going to be very hard to beat - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Lovely All Tube sound from 1958, with a huge, rich orchestra conducted by one of our favorite arrangers, Marty Paich
  • Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo - these were the days when Ella was on top of the world
  • "The bright, sunny optimism of Fitzgerald’s style comes through in several tracks, including 'If I Were a Bell' (which also includes several remarkable variations on the melody), and 'Teardrops From My Eyes' (which alternates between rock and jazz beats—not a big leap back then!)"
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Debussy / Clair de Lune / Agoult

  (Item #: debusclair_1907_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • These sides are 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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Billie Holiday
Lady In Satin

  (Item #: holidladyi_1910) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and reasonably quiet vinyl, this Billie Holiday classic will be hard to beat
  • Dramatically richer, fuller and more Tubey Magical than most, with breathy vocals and rosiny, fairly smooth strings
  • Huge amounts of three-dimensional space and ambience, and Tubey Magic by the boatload - this 30th Street recording from 1958 shows how amazing Columbia's engineers were back then (not to mention the All Tube Chain technology they employed)
  • I'm a Fool to Want You on this copy may just send chills racing up and down your spine
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Lady Day herself said that this session was her personal favorite..."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Billie Holiday
Music For Torching

  (Item #: holidmusic_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of Holiday's 1955 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl on side one too
  • A superb recording of jazz standards with a great lineup and Billie in top form - plenty of Tubey Magic and especially breathy vocals as well
  • Great performances with stellar sound for It Had to Be You, Come Rain or Come Shine, A Fine Romance and too many more to list
  • "The overall feeling on this 1955 recording is strictly after-hours: the party is long over but a few close friends remain for nightcaps and, is that the sun peeking through the windows?"
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Billie Holiday
Stormy Blues

  (Item #: holidstorm_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Outstanding throughout with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the other three sides
  • All four sides here have intimate, relaxed, breathy vocals - the only way to hear Lady Day in her prime sounding the way she should
  • This double LP set captures Billie from 1954-1955 and features Benny Carter, Jimmy Rowles, Tony Scott, Harry Edison, Chico Hamilton and other jazz greats
  • "The first popular jazz singer to move audiences with the intense, personal feeling of classic blues, Billie Holiday changed the art of American pop vocals forever."
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Benny Carter
Swingin' the '20s

  (Item #: carteswing_1907_1_1910_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With superb sides rating Double Plus (A++) or BETTER, this Contemporary pressing was one of the best we played in our shootout
  • These excellent sides are so much bigger and more open, with more bass and energy - the saxes and trumpets are immediate and lively
  • Mr. Earl Hines himself showed up, a man who knows this music like nobody's business - Leroy Vinnegar and Shelly Manne round out the quartet
  • "Great musicians produce great results, and most of the LP's tracks were done in one or two takes. The result is 'a spontaneous, swinging record of what happened' when Carter met Hines 'for the first time. . . .'"
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Ray Charles
The Genius of Ray Charles

  (Item #: charlgenius_of_1904_6_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This KILLER 2-pack boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • It's incredibly rich, full and tubey throughout, as Ray tackles both big band classics and string-backed ballads from the Great American Songbook, all with truly magical results
  • Robert Christgau noted that "Charles tried many times, but except for Modern Sounds, he never again assembled such a consistent album in this mode."
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Charles' voice is heard throughout in peak form, giving soul to even the veteran standards."
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Super Hot Stamper

Gene Ammons
Blue Gene

  (Item #: ammonblueg_1904_7_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This wonderful Prestige recording from 1958 boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • One of the best sounding Ammons records we know of - it's huge, rich and Tubey Magical, with a solid bottom end and energy to beat them all
  • Clean and clear and open are nice qualities to have, but rich and full are harder to come by on this record - this pressing has it all
  • "Some ballad performances in his oeuvre are a testament to an exceptional sense of intonation and melodic symmetry, powerful lyrical expressiveness, and mastery both of the blues and the bebop vernacular that can now be described as, in its own way, 'classical.'"
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