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Julie London
Make Love To Me

  (Item #: londomakel_1811_4_10) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This outstanding original Liberty Turquoise mono pressing boasts solid Double Plus (A++) grades, or close to them, on both sides
  • Thanks to superb engineering and vintage All Tube mastering, this 1957 LP is wonderfully rich and sweet, with a breathy, intimate 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 quieter
  • 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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Charles Mingus
Tijuana Moods

  (Item #: mingutijua_1807_7_10) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • 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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Count Basie
April In Paris

  (Item #: basieapril_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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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Art Pepper
Meets The Rhythm Section

  (Item #: peppemeets_1909_1) 

Our Price: $129.99

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

  (Item #: peppethewa_1909_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: peppethewa_1909_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • This KILLER stereo pressing boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from first note to last
  • It’s airy, open, and spacious with superb clarity and an extended top end. The beautiful reading of Autumn Leaves on side two is DEMO DISC QUALITY!!
  • Excellent music, including numerous tracks featuring renowned tenor Warne Marsh
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Despite his very erratic lifestyle, altoist Art Pepper never made a bad record. The first four titles team together Pepper with tenor-saxophonist Warne Marsh... for generally intriguing explorations of four standards..."
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Jackie McLean
A Long Drink of the Blues

  (Item #: mclealongd_1904_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Frank Sinatra
Close To You

  (Item #: sinatclose_1906_9) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This early mono pressing of Sinatra's 1957 release boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides here are wonderful - full, musical and Tubey Magical with excellent clarity
  • Rich, sweet, and completely free of phony EQ, this record will put a living, breathing Sinatra standing right there between your speakers
  • 4 stars: "...one of Frank Sinatra's most gentle and intimate albums... has a delicate, lovely quality..."
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Art Pepper
Meets The Rhythm Section

  (Item #: peppemeets_1909) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • You'll find superb Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this wonderful pressing
  • The Contemporary stereo sound here is completely natural in all respects - rich, warm and smooth, the sound we love
  • 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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Nat King Cole
This Is Nat "King" Cole

  (Item #: cole_thisi_1909) 

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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Nat "King" Cole
Love Is The Thing

  (Item #: cole_lovei_1905_9) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • 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 (on Analogue Productions vinyl too) 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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Sonny Rollins
Rollins Plays For Bird

  (Item #: rolliplays_1901_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound throughout making this one of the better copies from our most recent shootout
  • Both sides are super clean, clear and full-bodied with a lovely bottom end
  • 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 music, backed with excellent performances!
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Ben Webster
Soulville

  (Item #: webstsoulv_1904_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Andre Previn & His Pals
Pal Joey

  (Item #: previpaljo_1902_1908) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • 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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Milt Jackson
Plenty, Plenty Soul

  (Item #: jacksplent_1812_1904_1908) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • 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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Nat "King" Cole
Love Is The Thing

  (Item #: cole_lovei_1908) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • A lovely pressing of this audiophile favorite, with KILLER Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides; one of the best pop vocal recordings we know of!
  • With the biggest, clearest, richest, most present and most natural vocal reproduction, this copy took Nat's performance to another level
  • If all you know of this album is the weirdly unnatural remix DCC did (on Analogue Productions vinyl too) 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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Art Pepper
Meets The Rhythm Section

  (Item #: peppemeets_1908_1) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • 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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Nat King Cole
Just One of Those Things

  (Item #: cole_justo_1901_1908) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This outstanding vintage Stereo Capitol pressing earned solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides
  • This 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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Thelonious Monk
Brilliant Corners

  (Item #: monk_brill_1907_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • KILLER nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish; exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Rich, full-bodied and present yet still very clean, clear and spacious - the mastering is near perfection
  • 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 groundbreaking 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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June Christy
Fair And Warmer!

  (Item #: chrisfaira_1907_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • 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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John Coltrane
John Coltrane

  (Item #: coltrjohnc_1972_1905_1907) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This Prestige 2 disc set from 1972 has very good Hot Stamper sound on three sides and even better Double Plus (A++) sound on the 4th
  • Combining Traneing In and Soultrane, this album gives you some of the best of Coltrane's late '50s music, complete in every way
  • Four Stars for Soultrane: "Not indicative of the quality of this set is the observation that, because of the astounding Coltrane solo works that both precede and follow Soultrane -- most notably Lush Life and Blue Train -- the album has perhaps not been given the exclusive attention it so deserves."
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The Curtis Counce Group
Vol 2: Counceltation

  (Item #: counccounc_1907) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Insanely good sound throughout for this Contemporary Yellow Label pressing with both sides earning nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades, just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • These sides are superb -- clean, clear, full-bodied and dynamic with tons of energy
  • Counce is a wonderful bassist and here he's joined by Jack Sheldon, Harold Land, Carl Perkins and Frank Butler; I think you'll be very impressed with how good this music from the late '50s still sounds today
  • "Bassist Curtis Counce led one of the finer West Coast-based groups of the 1950s, a quintet that was greatly underrated... This excellent music falls somewhere between hard bop and cool jazz." - All Music, 4 1/2 Stars
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June Christy
Fair And Warmer!

  (Item #: chrisfaira_1907) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An incredible sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound 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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Leonard Bernstein
West Side Story

  (Item #: bernswests_1907_3) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with DEMO DISC quality sound on a huge stage -- solid Double Plus (A++) on both sides
  • These sides are full, rich, spacious, dynamic and just plain more REAL - from 1957! Exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Another engineering triumph for Fred Plaut at Columbia's legendary 30th Street Studios - the man is a genius
  • "... a score that is infused with Bernstein's classical sensibility, even as it deliberately draws in influences from jazz and Latin music... a landmark among Broadway cast albums as well as Broadway musicals." - All Music
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Barney Kessel
Let's Cook

  (Item #: kesseletsc_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • We were impressed with this Contemporary stereo pressing - we gave it outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades in our shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The transparency and clarity are SUPERB - there's plenty of Tubey Magic, and good bottom end weight as well
  • If you like guitar jazz, do not miss out on this album. I guarantee you will be absolutely knocked out by the sound of this pressing, not to mention the wonderful music
  • Ben Webster on sax, Hampton Hawes on the piano, Victor Feldman on vibes, Shelly Manne on drums - they're all here and havin' a good time
  • "This is an excellent session from guitarist Barney Kessel... [he] keeps up with the other all-stars, swinging hard while paying tribute to the legacy of Charlie Christian."
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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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Ella Fitzgerald
The Duke Ellington Songbook, Vol. 2

  (Item #: fitzgsings_the_duke_1903_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Leroy Vinnegar Sextet
Leroy Walks!

  (Item #: vinneleroy_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Sonny Rollins
Way Out West

  (Item #: rolliwayou_1901_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent copy, earning Double Plus (A++) grades, or close to them, on both sides
  • This stereo pressing has superb 1957 Contemporary sound - big, open and natural throughout
  • The Contemporary 1957 sax sound is so smooth and tubey it will have you drooling
  • One of our favorite Rollins records, this copy will show you why we love the recordings of Roy DuNann
  • 5 Stars: "The timeless Way out West established Sonny Rollins as jazz's top tenor saxophonist"
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Paul Quinichette
On The Sunny Side

  (Item #: quinionthe_1708_1905-) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • 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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June Christy
Gone For The Day

  (Item #: chrisgonef_1804_1807) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • This very good sounding original Turquoise Capitol pressing boasts Hot Stampers on both sides
  • Musically, this album is right up there with the best female vocal records we have ever played
  • The best of these original monos from 1957 have all the TUBEY MAGIC these vintage Capitol pressings are famous for
  • Allmusic reviewers give it Four Stars and we would give it at least that many
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