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White Hot Stamper

Hampton Hawes
Four!

  (Item #: hawesfour_1902_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A stunning copy of Four! with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from first note to last
  • The timbre of the instruments in this brilliant jazz quartet is so spot-on it makes all the hard work and money you've put into your stereo more than pay off
  • Roy DuNann 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
  • 5 stars: "Pianist Hampton Hawes' 1950s recordings for the Contemporary label are at such a high level that they could all be given five stars."
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Bob Cooper
Coop! The Music Of Bob Cooper

  (Item #: coopecoopt_1708_1902) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy was one of the best we played in our recent shootout
  • These guys are playing live in the studio and you can really feel their presence on every track -- assuming you have a copy that sounds like this one
  • An amazing 1958 All Tube Live-in-the-Studio Jazz recording by the legendary Roy DuNann
  • "Tenor saxophonist Bob Cooper's only Contemporary album is a near-classic and one of his finest recordings ...This set is an underrated gem."
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Hampton Hawes
All Night Session, Vol. 2

  (Item #: hawesallni_1902_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • Both sides here are super big, clean, clear and open with lots of energy
  • "Although Hampton Hawes spontaneously created five original tunes at this extraordinarily inspired date, everything on Vol. 2 comes directly out of the standard bop musician's working repertoire." - All Music, 4 1/2 Stars
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Duke Ellington
Indigos

  (Item #: ellinindig_1811_1902) 

Our Price: $129.99

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

Miles Davis
Basic Miles

  (Item #: davisbasic_1902) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Demo Disc Jazz sound for this wonderful collection, with side two earning a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grade, mated with a side one that's not far behind
  • The 9+ minute On Green Dolphin Street that opens side two has some of the coolest jazz you will ever hear, on any record, at any price
  • If you want to know what the best copies of Kind of Blue sound like, this pressing will tell you, because it has that sound
  • We're talking Bill Evans, John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley in their prime, 1958, with top 1958 sound to match
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Super Hot Stamper

Perez Prado
Prez

  (Item #: pradoprez_1808_1902) 

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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White Hot Stamper

Hampton Hawes
All Night Session, Vol. 2

  (Item #: hawesallni_1902) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it throughout
  • Both sides here are rich, full and Tubey Magical with tons of bottom end weight and an energy level that's off the charts
  • "Although Hampton Hawes spontaneously created five original tunes at this extraordinarily inspired date, everything on Vol. 2 comes directly out of the standard bop musician's working repertoire." - All Music, 4 1/2 Stars
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Super Hot Stamper

Sonny Rollins
Alternate Takes

  (Item #: rollialter_1901_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • One of our favorite Sonny Rollins records for sound -- both sides here are super big, full-bodied and spacious
  • Exceptionally quiet throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • 4 1/2 stars in the AMG: "Hard-swinging and frequently superb."
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Nat King Cole
Just One of Those Things

  (Item #: cole_justo_1901_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This outstanding vintage Stereo Capitol pressing earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades 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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White Hot Stamper

Gene Ammons
Blue Gene

  (Item #: ammonblueg_1901) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This Prestige jazz classic finally arrives on the site with KILLER Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from first note to last
  • 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 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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White Hot Stamper

Sonny Rollins
Alternate Takes

  (Item #: rollialter_1901) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A stunning sounding copy and the first to hit the site in many years: Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it throughout
  • One of our favorite Sonny Rollins records for sound -- both sides here are incredibly big, full-bodied and Tubey Magical
  • Exceptionally quiet throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • 4 1/2 stars in the AMG: "Hard-swinging and frequently superb."
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Super Hot Stamper (with Issues)

Harry Belafonte
Sings The Blues

  (Item #: belafsings_1901_issues) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding Living Stereo pressing of Belafonte's 1958 release, with solid Doulbe Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Belafonte Sings the Blues is surely one of the most amazing Male Vocal Albums we've ever played - the sound is breathtakingly real
  • This copy is guaranteed to have the authentic 1958 All Tube Analog sound that no reissue will ever be able to reproduce
  • A criminally underrated album - Harry Belafonte's performance and the brilliant sound the RCA engineers were able to capture are both first rate throughout
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Super Hot Stamper

Lee Morgan
The Cooker

  (Item #: morgacooke_1804_1901) 

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


  • This copy of The Cooker boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The best sides of this Blue Note pressing are open, spacious and transparent, with a lovely, extended top end
  • "...a particularly strong set that is highlighted by a lengthy and fiery 'Night in Tunisia'... Morgan plays remarkably well for his age (already ranking just below Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis), making this an essential acquisition."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Swings Lightly

  (Item #: fitzgella_swings_lightly_1808_1901) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $169.99 (You save $30.00 / 15%)


  • 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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Duke Ellington
At the Bal Masque

  (Item #: ellinbalma_1901_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent sounding Six-Eye copy with Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Both sides here clean, clear and spacious yet still pretty rich and Tubey Magical
  • 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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White Hot Stamper

Duke Ellington
At the Bal Masque

  (Item #: ellinbalma_1901_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A stunning sounding Six-Eye copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides; the first to hit the site in many years!
  • Both sides here have the Tubey Magical richness we love about vintage Columbia recordings
  • 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
Basic Miles

  (Item #: davisbasic_1901) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Insanely good Classic Jazz sound for this wonderful Miles Davis collection, with both sides rating Triple Plus (A+++)
  • The nine minute plus Green Dolphin Street that opens side two has some of the coolest jazz you will ever hear, on any record, at any price
  • If you want to know what the best copies of Kind of Blue sound like, this pressing will tell you, because it has that sound
  • We're talking Bill Evans, John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley in their prime, 1958, with top 1958 sound to match
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Super Hot Stamper

Billie Holiday
Lady In Satin

  (Item #: holidladyi_1802_1901) 

Our Price: $169.99
Sale Price: $129.00 (You save $40.99 / 24%)


  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and exceptionally 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
  • 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

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Porgy & Bess

  (Item #: fitzgporgy_1901) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it for all four sides of this Ella & Louis classic - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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_1901_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • 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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Super Hot Stamper

John Coltrane
Standard Coltrane

  (Item #: coltrstand_1804_1812) 

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


  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this remarkable vintage reissue, remastered correctly
  • Big, lively, present and dynamic, this is a killer '58 Rudy Van Gelder Golden Age recording that sounds the way it should
  • Should easily qualify as one of the better sounding Coltrane albums you've ever heard
  • Down Beat gives it Four Stars - it's another fine example of Coltrane's unique take on classic material
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Super Hot Stamper

Sarah Vaughan
Golden Hits

  (Item #: vaughgolde_1812) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with each side rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or BETTER
  • Only the second copy to hit the site in over a year, with breathy, natural vocal reproduction full of presence and texture
  • Surprisingly dynamic on both sides - this is Sarah in her prime
  • A good overview of her best Mercury recordings, dating from 1954-58
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Super Hot Stamper

Tchaikovsky / 1812 Overture / Marche Slave and More / Alwyn

  (Item #: tchai1812o_decca_1812) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sonic grades or BETTER from start to finish - hear Tchaicovsky's 1812 with Demo Disc sound
  • 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
  • Both sides are BIG, lively, clear, open and resolving of musical information like no copy 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 your best recording
More of the music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)


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Johnny Cash
The Fabulous Johnny Cash

  (Item #: cash_fabul_1812) 

Our Price: $129.99

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

  (Item #: colemsomet_1811) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy was one of the best we played in our recent shootout
  • With its presence, clarity, space and timbral accuracy, this is sure to be one of the best sounding jazz records you've heard
  • Not quite as 'out there' as some others - those of you with a taste for adventurous jazz will still find much to love
  • 4 1/2 stars:"... the most important thing about Something Else! was that, in its angular, almost totally oppositional way, it swung and still does; like a finger-poppin' daddy on a Saturday night, this record swings from the rafters of the human heart with the most unusually gifted, emotional, and lyrical line since Bill Evans first hit the scene."
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Duke Ellington
Indigos

  (Item #: ellinindig_1811) 

Our Price: $129.99

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

  (Item #: holidladyi_1712_1811) 

Our Price: $79.99

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

  (Item #: addersomet_1803_1811) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Outstanding sound throughout with both sides rating a solid Double Plus (A++) and playing reasonably quietly
  • A triumph for Rudy Van Gelder, a Top Blue Note title, and as much a showcase for Miles Davis as it is for Cannonball
  • Tonally correct from top to bottom, the best copies of this album set a standard that no other jazz record we're aware of can meet
  • 5 stars: "Both horn players are at their peak of lyrical invention, crafting gorgeous, flowing blues lines."
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