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Jackie McLean
McLean's Scene

  (Item #: mcleamclea_1911_5) 

Our Price: $249.99
Sale Price: $199.99 (You save $50.00 / 20%)


  • 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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Super Hot Stamper

Paganini - Kreisler / Concerto In One Movement / Campoli

  (Item #: paganconce_1911_5) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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
More of the music of Niccolo Paganini / More of the music of Camille Saint-Saens


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Nat "King" Cole
Love Is The Thing

  (Item #: cole_lovei_2005) 

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 you know the album through 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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Nat King Cole
Just One of Those Things

  (Item #: cole_justo_2005) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This outstanding copy earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them for sound on both sides
  • This is the sound we love at Better Records -- both 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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Art Pepper
Meets The Rhythm Section

  (Item #: peppemeets_2001_5) 

Our Price: $249.99
Sale Price: $199.99 (You save $50.00 / 20%)


  • 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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Nat King Cole
This Is Nat "King" Cole

  (Item #: cole_thisi_1909_4) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This vintage '50s Capitol pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • These sides are insanely good -- BIG, rich and Tubey Magical, yet clear and not the least bit thick or opaque
  • Turn down the lights, gently drop the needle at the start of side one and you will soon find a living breathing Nat King Cole standing between your speakers
  • "Cole as usual gives warm, confident readings of all this material, and fans welcomed the packaging of some songs previously available only on singles..."
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Jackie McLean
A Long Drink of the Blues

  (Item #: mclealongd_1904_9_03) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Superb sound throughout with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Shockingly good All Tube Mono sound from 1957 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 this superb sextet
  • McLean's sax is joined on the first side by Curtis Fuller on trombone and Webster Young on Trumpet
  • 4 stars: "Although not quite as intense as McLean's later Blue Note dates, the ballad renditions show just how mature and original a soloist he was even at this early stage."
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Milt Jackson
Plenty, Plenty Soul

  (Item #: jacksplent_1812_4_8_03) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding vintage stereo pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - if you want to hear the Tubey Magic, size and energy of this wonderful session from 1957, this is the way to go
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The first side of Plenty, Plenty Soul, which features a nine-piece group, is highlighted by the contributions of the exuberant altoist Cannonball Adderley, while the flip side has a sextet that is not hurt by the solos of tenor-saxophonist Lucky Thompson. With pianist Horace Silver helping out on both sessions, these all-star dates still sound fresh and enthusiastic decades later."
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Sonny Rollins
Rollins Plays For Bird

  (Item #: rolliplays_1901_08_03) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound throughout making this one of the better copies from our most recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The best reissue pressings from the '80s sound right to us, and surprisingly like vintage analog from back in the day - that's the sound we want from Sonny Rollins at his peak in 1957
  • It's beyond difficult to find good sound for the music of Charlie Parker, but this Sonny Rollins Hot Stamper LP gives you just that for some of Bird's most famous tunes, backed with excellent performances from the likes of Kenny Dorham and Max Roach
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Nat "King" Cole
Where Did Everyone Go?

  (Item #: cole_where_2003) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this early Capitol Rainbow Label stereo pressing will be very hard to beat - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • With especially rich, intimate and natural vocal reproduction, this side one was close to the best we played of Nat's wonderful "songs of love and loss"
  • If all you know are the weirdly unnatural remixes DCC did (or the dreadful Analogue Productions pressings), this LP will be nothing less than a revelation
  • "His rich and cozy baritone carries the ache of "Am I Blue?" and the slinky "I Keep Goin' Back to Joe's" into an understated, almost plaintive blues. Here he perfectly demonstrates a boundless capacity as a melodic interpreter of song."
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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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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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Andre Previn & His Pals
Pal Joey

  (Item #: previpaljo_1902_8_01) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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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White Hot Stamper

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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Art Pepper
Meets The Rhythm Section

  (Item #: peppemeets_1909_12) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • 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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Nearly White Hot Stamper

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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Super Hot Stamper

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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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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June Christy
Gone For The Day

  (Item #: chrisgonef_1805_1906) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one and a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two, this Capitol Turquoise label original will be very hard to beat
  • This 1957 mono has all the TUBEY MAGIC these vintage Capitol pressings are famous for - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • It's balanced and natural, with the kind of rich, full-bodied sound that no one seems to know how to record anymore
  • Allmusic reviewers give it Four Stars and we would give it at least that many - we love the unique sound of June Christy's breathy, sweet voice
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Super Hot Stamper

Paul Quinichette
On The Sunny Side

  (Item #: quinionthe_1708_1905-) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • Both sides of this long out of print OJC title boast lively, big and clear Double Plus (A++) sound quality
  • With three saxophones and a trombone, this is a fresh combination that really brings out the best in all the players during this Prestige jam session, a format for which they are justly famous
  • I raved about this album when it was in print many years ago - it's solidly swinging jazz that belongs in your collection
  • Allmusic 4 Stars: "Waldron's three originals (highlighted by "Cool-Lypso") allow plenty of room for swinging, and Quinichette (who also performs "On the Sunny Side of the Street") sounds comfortable interacting with the younger musicians. An enjoyable and underrated release."
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