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Super Hot Stamper

Horace Silver
Serenade to a Soul Sister

  (Item #: silveseren_1904_1906) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last
  • This copy was clearly cut with super-low distortion mastering equipment, and boy does it help the sound
  • Rudy Van Gelder did an outstanding job as usual engineering these 1968 quintet sessions, some of which include one of our favorite tenor men, Stanley Turrentine
  • 4 1/2 stars: "One of the last great Horace Silver albums for Blue Note, Serenade to a Soul Sister is also one of the pianist's most infectiously cheerful, good-humored outings... it's hard to argue with musical results as joyous and tightly performed as Serenade to a Soul Sister."
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Simon & Garfunkel
Bookends

  (Item #: simonbooke_1903_1906) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An excellent 360 stereo pressing earning Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades throughout, just shy of our Shootout Winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Our hottest copies have lovely midrange magic on the guitars and voices as well as plenty of studio ambience on most tracks, especially the simpler, more folky ones
  • An album that has become much tougher to come by, especially ones that play this well
  • Top 100, Five Stars - side two alone has four classics: Fakin' It, Mrs. Robinson, A Hazy Shade of Winter and At the Zoo
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Burt Bacharach
Casino Royale

  (Item #: bachacasin_1906) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A superb original stereo copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish - exceptionally QUIET vinyl for this album too
  • A record that has its share of problems, but if you've got the system for it (huge, heavily tweaked, fast, free from obvious colorations and capable of tremendous resolution), this copy is sure to impress
  • A TAS List favorite that sounds amazing on a the right early pressing and dramatically better than any Heavy Vinyl reissue that's we know of
  • "The more recognizable and certainly more straightforward side of Bacharach is here, too, on the Dusty Springfield smash 'The Look of Love.' This is one of Bacharach's best soundtracks..."
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The Doors
Strange Days

  (Item #: doorsstran_1906) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • This phenomenal copy of Strange Days has Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and Double Plus (A++) sound on the second
  • A stunning sounding pressing of one of the most difficult-to-find records in the world of Hot Stampers
  • Demo Quality sound for so many classics: When The Music's Over, Moonlight Drive, Love Me Two Times and more
  • ... if The Beatles had Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club and The Beach Boys had Pet Sounds, then The Doors' answer was Strange Days. This experimentation can be heard in the very first notes of the title track, as Ray Manzarek's spacey keyboards set the tone for Morrison's eerie, distorted warning, "Strange days have found us." It's the perfect introduction to a perfectly strange album."
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White Hot Stamper

Johnny Cash
At San Quentin

  (Item #: cash_atsan_1903_1906) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A KILLER sounding "Triple Triple" copy of a legendary album, A+++ sound from beginning to end
  • Both sides are incredibly big, clean and clear with amazing presence and great bass — Johnny Cash gets the sonic treatment he deserves here!
  • So many great songs: Wanted Man, I Walk the Line, San Quentin, A Boy Named Sue, Folsom Prison Blues and more
  • 5 stars: "...listen to "A Boy Named Sue," ... rescued by the wild-eyed, committed performance by Cash, where it sounds like he really was set on murdering that son of a bitch who named him Sue. He sounds that way throughout the record... "
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The Rolling Stones
Out of Our Heads

  (Item #: rollioutof_1906_1) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish - you will have a very hard time finding better sound for this album
  • These British sides impressed us -- big and full with great bass and midrange presence
  • With top engineers like Dave Hassinger and Glyn Johns one would hope for better sound, but this, folks, is about as good as it gets as far as we know
  • 4 1/2 Stars on Allmusic: "It's all good, solid, first-rate rock & roll and R&B, with a certain developing sophistication on songs like I'm Free."
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Taj Mahal
Giant Step / De Ole Folks at Home

  (Item #: mahalgiant_1906_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • KILLER sound throughout with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on sides two, three and four, and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the first side
  • Incredibly big, rich, and Tubey Magical yet sill open and transparent with lots of energy and wonderfully present vocals
  • Allmusic 4 Stars - "Parties searching for an apt introduction when discovering Taj Mahal's voluminous catalog are encouraged to consider Giant Step as a highly recommended reference point."
  • Two complete LPs worth of material: the first electric, the second acoustic, something for everybody -- it even includes the Monkees hit "Take A Giant Step" if you can believe it
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Super Hot Stamper

McCoy Tyner
Plays Ellington

  (Item #: tynerplays_1906_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Superb sound throughout with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades; exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • With a lively and present piano, clarity, space and timbral accuracy, this is guaranteed to be one of the better sounding jazz records you've heard
  • Credit goes to Rudy Van Gelder once again for the huge space this superbly well-recorded ensemble occupies (the ensemble being a piano trio with two percussionists, but it works!)
  • 4 stars: "An interesting project that works quite well... This is an excellent outing that displays both Tyner's debt to the jazz tradition and his increasingly original style."
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Joe Newman Quintet
Jive At Five

  (Item #: newmajivea_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This KILLER copy of Jive At Five boasts nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish
  • This Prestige reissue LP is incredibly big, spacious, swinging with energy with a massive bottom end and an energy level that's off the charts!
  • 4 stars: "...[this music] is very much in the Count Basie vein. That fact is not too surprising when one considers that the quintet includes three members of Basie's men: trumpeter Joe Newman, tenor saxophonist Frank Wess and bassist Eddie Jones. Joined by the complementary pianist Tommy Flanagan and drummer Oliver Jackson, Newman and his friends swing their way through four vintage standards and a couple of the leader's original blues..."
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Tony Bennett
I've Gotta Be Me

  (Item #: benneivego_1906) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • Superb nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish for this original 360 label Columbia pressing
  • Both sides here wonderfully rich, full-bodied, and as Tubey Magical as you would expect from Columbia in 1969
  • Brilliant engineering by Frank Laico, the man who recorded I Left My Heart In San Francisco and Sketches of Spain, among others
  • Tony Bennett was in fine form and still able to sing the hell out of these songs in 1969 - when you hear the quality of his voice on this very album you will perhaps appreciate the toll this century has taken on him
  • Vintage record guys with top quality turntables - like us - get to hear Tony the way he should be heard, with his voice at the peak of its powers
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Super Hot Stamper

The Beatles
A Collection of Beatles Oldies

  (Item #: beatlcolle_1906) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two outstanding sides each rating a Double Plus (A++) or BETTER, this copy was one of the better British pressings we played in our recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • An excellent source for many of the Beatles' greatest hits up to 1966 - with 8 songs per side you are geting a lot for your money with this one
  • Several tracks, including "I Want to Hold Your Hand", "Day Tripper", "We Can Work It Out" and "Paperback Writer" were given their first stereo mixes for this very album
  • Surprisingly good sound for From Me to You, We Can Work It Out, Yesterday, I Feel Fine, and the list goes on
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Super Hot Stamper

Burt Bacharach
Reach Out

  (Item #: bachareach_1906) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • An outstanding copy of Reach Out, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This copy had extension high and low and dynamic power that greatly impressed us
  • Tons of hits - The Look Of Love, Message To Michael, Alfie, What The World Needs Now, I Say A Little Prayer and more
  • Engineering by Phil Ramone (Casino Royale) and Henry Lewy (Sergio Mendes, Joni Mitchell) each doing their own tracks - compare and contrast for yourself
  • "[Reach Out] present[s] Bacharach's vision of his work at its most straightforward, and it is enjoyable on its own terms, as a snapshot of his own sensibilities at that time."
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Super Hot Stamper

Horace Silver Quintet
The Tokyo Blues

  (Item #: silvetokyo_1906) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound and exceptionally QUIET VINYL on this wonderful Blue Note stereo pressing
  • Exceptionally spacious and three-dimensional, as well as relaxed and full-bodied - this pressing was a noticeable step up over many of the copies we played
  • 4 stars: "Silver's Tokyo-influenced compositions fit right in with the subtle cross-cultural but very American hard bop he'd been doing all along... [his] compositions have a light, airy feel, with plenty of space, and no one used that space better at these sessions than Cook, whose tenor sax lines are simply wonderful, adding a sturdy, reliable brightness."
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Super Hot Stamper

Paul Revere and the Raiders
The Spirit of '67

  (Item #: reverspiri_1902_1_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb sounding copy with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides here are super full-bodied and Tubey Magical with plenty of extension on both ends
  • 4 stars: "The Spirit of '67, Paul Revere and the Raiders' third gold-selling, Top Ten album to be released in 1966, marked the triumph of the group's in-house writing team of lead singer Mark Lindsay, Paul Revere, and producer Terry Melcher... Paul Revere and the Raiders were riding high."
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Super Hot Stamper

Dave Brubeck
Countdown - Time In Outer Space

  (Item #: brubecount_1901_1906) 

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


  • Another wonderful Black Print 360 Columbia stereo pressing from Brubeck and company, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Golden Age Tubey Magical jazz sound, exactly what would be expected with Teo Macero producing and Fred Plaut engineering
  • Reasonably quiet playing surfaces considering that we're dealing here with a vintage Columbia pressing
  • 4 Stars: "One of Dave Brubeck's more adventurous albums... Highly recommended along with Brubeck's other Time recordings."
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White Hot Stamper

The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

  (Item #: beatlsgtpe_1906) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • A stunning copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it from the first note to the last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Huge, spacious and detailed, with the Tubey Magic of a fresh tape, this is the way to hear Sgt. Pepper in all its analog glory
  • Most pressings - especially the new ones - have nothing approaching the Tubey Magic, space and energy of this LP
  • A Better Records Top 100 and 5 stars: "It's possible to argue that there are better Beatles albums, yet no album is as historically important as this."
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Super Hot Stamper

The Allman Brothers
The Allman Brothers

  (Item #: allmaallma_1812_1906) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An excellent copy with seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them
  • 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 album, a vintage pressing like this one is the way to go
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout, and that's as quiet as they come
  • 4 1/2 stars: "This might be the best debut album ever delivered by an American blues band, a bold, powerful, hard-edged, soulful essay in electric blues with a native Southern ambience. There isn't a bad song here, and only the fact that the group did even better the next time out keeps this from getting the highest possible rating."
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The Beatles
Please Please Me

  (Item #: beatlpleas_1811_1906) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this copy of the Beatles' debut album - fairly quiet too
  • We guarantee this pressing will be richer, livelier, cleaner and just more fun than virtually any copy you can find
  • 5 Stars and A Better Records Top 100 album, as well as our clear favorite of their first five releases
  • "The 'evening with the band' feel makes Please Please Me a more coherent experience than other cover-heavy Beatles albums: Here other peoples' songs work not just as filler, but as markers for styles and effects the band admired and might return to as songwriters."
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Hot Stamper

Frank Sinatra
Sings Days of Wine and Roses & more

  (Item #: sinatdayso_1906) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find very good Hot Stamper sound on both sides of this original Reprise Stereo pressing - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • This is one of the best sounding Sinatra recordings we know of from any era - a true Male Vocal Demo Disc
  • It's big, lively, clear and present, with the kind of Tubey Magical richness we flip out for here at Better Records
  • Don't judge the album by its cover - the music is wonderful from beginning to end and so is the sound
  • "Featuring a selection of Oscar-winning standards, ranging from 1934's 'The Continental' to 1962's 'Days of Wine and Roses,' Academy Award Winners is professional and stylish album... Sinatra is charming and lively...while Riddle's charts are light and entertaining."
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Super Hot Stamper

The Lovin' Spoonful
John Sebastian Songbook, Vol. 1

  (Item #: lovinjohns_1801_1906) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides, the sound quality of the tracks on this compilation is impressive - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides are rich, full-bodied and natural - no sign of radio EQ to be found
  • Features most of the band's best songs, including Do You Believe In Magic, You Didn't Have To Be So Nice, Six O'clock and Nashville Cats (a personal fave)
  • The Allmusic critic is not too crazy about this album, but the User Rating is 4 1/2 stars, which we think is about right
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David Bowie
Space Oddity

  (Item #: bowiespace_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides, this is the right sound for Bowie's 1969 classic - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This superb pressing is full-bodied and lively, with solid and present vocals, as well as excellent clarity all around
  • Ken Scott engineered at Trident, and Rick Wakeman plays a mean mellotron on some tracks - what's not to like?
  • "Abandoning both the mod and Anthony Newley fascinations that marked his earlier recordings, Bowie delves into a lightly psychedelic folk-rock, exemplified by the album's soaring title track..."
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White Hot Stamper

Bob Dylan
Highway 61 Revisited

  (Item #: dylanhighw_1906) 

Our Price: $799.99

  • This 360 Stereo pressing of Dylan's 1965 release boasts KILLER Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Clean stereo pressings of this album are ridiculously hard to come by these days, not to mention the fact that few copies (if any!) will sound as good as this one does
  • In the same way Sgt. Pepper changed music a mere two years later, Highway 61 Revisited left all of Dylan's contemporaries behind, scrambling to keep up with the standard it set
  • 5 stars: "Dylan had not only changed his sound, but his persona, trading the folk troubadour for a streetwise, cynical hipster ... it proved that rock & roll needn't be collegiate and tame in order to be literate, poetic, and complex."
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The Butterfield Blues Band
In My Own Dream

  (Item #: butteinmyo_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of the band's 1968 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides
  • Like most of the group's albums on these early pressings, the sound is full-bodied and smooth, with prodigious amounts of bottom end
  • Notable as the last Butterfield record with original members Mark Naftalin and Elvin Bishop who both moved on to solo ventures after its release
  • "More to the point, this album represented a new version of the band being born... there was a widely shared spotlight for the players, and more of a jazz influence on this record than had ever been heard before from the group...The playing is impressive..."
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Frank Sinatra
Sinatra-Basie

  (Item #: sinatsinatra_basie_1811_1906) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This beloved Sinatra/Basie collaboration boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from top to bottom
  • Big space, breathy vocals, lovely leading edge transients, and plenty of Tubey Magic make this album a true audiophile treat
  • 4 stars: "The long-awaited first collaboration between two icons did something unique for the reputations of both. For Basie, the Sinatra connection inaugurated a period in the 1960s where his band was more popular and better-known than it ever was, even in the big band era. For Sinatra, Basie meant liberation, producing perhaps the loosest, rhythmically free singing of his career."
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Frank Sinatra
Moonlight Sinatra

  (Item #: sinatmoonl_1905x) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • You'll find nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from first note to last on this elusive favorite from Ol' Blue Eyes - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • We've been working on this shootout for years - this is one of the few copies to ever hit the site
  • Master engineer Lowell Frank correctly captured the sound of every instrument here: the guitars, piano, strings, drums, percussion instruments -- everything has the natural timbre of the real thing
  • "Driven by a set of lush, sparkling Nelson Riddle arrangements, Moonlight Sinatra is a low-key, charming collection. An enjoyable, romantic listen."
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The Mastersounds
Swinging With The Mastersounds

  (Item #: masteswing_1902_1906) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • The Mastersounds' 1960 release finally arrives on the site with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side two and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side one - exceptionally quiet Red Vinyl too
  • These sides are doing everything right -- full, clear, and solid, with the Tubey Magical Midrange that can only be found on recordings from this era
  • If you're a fan of the Modern Jazz Quartet, you may feel as I do that the Mastersounds' Montgomery brothers on vibes and bass play this kind of smooth jazz much better than the often-sleepy MJQ
  • "Swinging With the Mastersounds is accurately titled; its six tracks are all standards, and all are taken at a gentle, loping tempo and spin out sweetly..."
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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
So Far

  (Item #: crosbsofar_1906) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • This stunning copy offers insanely good Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Huge, rich and energetic, this pressing brings the gorgeous harmonies of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young to life like nothing you have ever heard
  • The two exclusive tracks, Ohio and Find the Cost of Freedom, are amazingly well recorded - both have Demo Disc sound here
  • If you've made the mistake of buying any Heavy Vinyl pressing containing any of these songs, this record will show you just exactly what you've been missing
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The Rolling Stones
Out of Our Heads

  (Item #: rollioutof_1906) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • This is one of the best copies to ever hit the site, as good as we've ever heard, Triple Plus (A+++) on both sides
  • These British sides impressed us with their Tubey Magical, fairly natural sound
  • With top engineers like Dave Hassinger and Glyn Johns one would hope for better sonics, but this is as good as it gets as far as we know
  • 4 1/2 stars: "In 1965, the Stones finally proved themselves capable of writing classic rock singles that mined their R&B/blues roots, but updated them into a more guitar-based, thoroughly contemporary context. The first enduring Jagger-Richards classics are here..."
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Clark Terry
The Happy Horns of Clark Terry

  (Item #: terryhappy_1902_1906) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Clark Terry's three horn lineup album finally arrives on the site with stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from beginning to end AND exceptionally quiet vinyl
  • Big and lively, rich and full, no other copy in our shootout impressed us the way this killer pressing did
  • Credit goes to Rudy Van Gelder once again for the huge space this superbly well-recorded ensemble occupies
  • 4 stars: "This all-star LP has plenty of memorable moments... The lively music is quite enjoyable."
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Rod Stewart
An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down

  (Item #: stewaanold_1807_1906) 

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


  • This UK Vertigo copy of Rod Stewart's debut solo album boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Rich, smooth and Tubey Magical, this pressing has a lovely musical quality that's missing from most copies
  • Titled The Rod Stewart Album for US release, this is Rod the Mod's acclaimed debut
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The music and the songs are so vivid and rich with detail that they reflect a whole way of life, and while Stewart would later flesh out this blueprint, it remains a stunningly original vision."
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Johnny Cash
At Folsom Prison

  (Item #: cash_atfol_1901_1906) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This wonderful copy of Cash's classic live album boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is much bigger, richer and more transparent than most of what we played - in some ways it's not even close
  • It ain't easy to find great sounding Johnny Cash records, but this copy had the sound we were looking for
  • 5 stars: "The quintessential Johnny Cash album, the place where his legend burns bright and eternal"
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The Moody Blues
In Search Of The Lost Chord

  (Item #: moodyinsea_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding early UK pressing has Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Just full of that Moodies Magic - warm, full-bodied, rich and smooth with excellent size and energy
  • The first Moody Blues album to feature their trademark mellotron arrangements
  • "...the album on which the Moody Blues discovered drugs and mysticism as a basis for songwriting and came up with a compelling psychedelic creation, filled with songs about Timothy Leary and the astral plane and other psychedelic-era concerns."
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The Rolling Stones
Between The Buttons

  (Item #: rollibetwe_1906_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This is an outstanding UK pressing, earning Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides - it's one of the better sounding copies from our recent shootout
  • This is classic '60s Stones sound, courtesy of Dave Hassinger, working in L.A. (RCA) and London (Olympic + Pye)
  • If you're looking for the ideal combination of Tubey Magical richness and transparency, this British Decca LP is one of the few that will show it to you
  • 5 Stars - Richie Unterberger hailed it as one of the Rolling Stones' "strongest, most eclectic LPs" and, according to Robert Christgau, Between the Buttons was "among the greatest rock albums."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!

  (Item #: fitzgclaph_1902_1906) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This original pressing is superb from first note to last, earning Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER for sound
  • Clean, clear, open and spacious with lovely breathy vocals and plenty of Tubey Magic - this is just the right sound for this music
  • The vocal naturalness and immediacy here will put Ella practically in the room with you - it lets her performance come to life
  • Our single Favorite Female Vocal album here at Better Records, one that gets better with each passing year
  • "Another typically wonderful LP of Ella Fitzgerald in her prime...this is an excellent (and somewhat underrated) set."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

The Rolling Stones
Between The Buttons

  (Item #: rollibetwe_1906) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An outstanding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - one of the better copies from our recent shootout, and pressed on exceptionally quiet vinyl to boot
  • This is classic '60s Stones sound, courtesy of Dave Hassinger, working in L.A. (RCA) and London (Olympic + Pye)
  • If you're looking for the ideal combination of Tubey Magical richness and transparency, this British Decca LP in stereo is one of the few that will show it to you
  • 5 Stars - Richie Unterberger hailed it as one of the Rolling Stones' "strongest, most eclectic LPs" and, according to Robert Christgau, Between the Buttons was "among the greatest rock albums."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet)

Ella Fitzgerald
Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie

  (Item #: fitzgclaph_1906) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This outstanding pressing of Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Clean, clear, open and spacious with lovely breathy vocals and plenty of Tubey Magic - this is just the right sound for this music
  • The vocal naturalness and immediacy here will put Ella practically in the room with you - it lets her performance come to life
  • Our single Favorite Female Vocal album here at Better Records, one that gets better with each passing year
  • "Another typically wonderful LP of Ella Fitzgerald in her prime...this is an excellent (and somewhat underrated) set."
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Ray Charles
Modern Sounds In Country & Western...V. 2

  (Item #: charlmoder_2_1810_1906) 

Our Price: $299.99
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  • You'll find incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides of this stereo copy of Charles' 1962 follow up to Modern Sounds In Country and Western Music
  • Features Ray's Big Band with the Raelettes on one side and the legendary Jack Halloran Singers on the other
  • Finally, here is the right sound for these acclaimed songs you know well, classics such as You Are My Sunshine; Your Cheating Heart; Oh, Lonesome Me, and nine more
  • 5 stars: "Vol. 2 defied the curse of the sequel and was just as much of an artistic triumph as its predecessor … the miracle is that Charles' hurt, tortured, soulfully twisting voice transforms the backgrounds as well as the material; you believe what he's singing."
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Cream
Disraeli Gears

  (Item #: creamdisra_1902_1906) 

Our Price: $499.99
Sale Price: $449.00 (You save $50.99 / 10%)


  • A KILLER UK stereo Reaction copy of Cream's second studio album, with two Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sides
  • You aren't going to believe how hard this pressing rocks, with all the WHOMP and ENERGY you never knew was there
  • Surprisingly good sound for classics like Strange Brew, Sunshine Of Your Love and Tales of Brave Ulysses
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...the imagination of the arrangements, the strength of the compositions, and especially the force of the musicianship make this album transcend its time."
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Aretha Franklin
Aretha Now

  (Item #: frankaretha_now_1903_1906) 

Our Price: $549.99

  • A stunning "Triple Triple" copy of this original Atlantic Green and Blue label LP with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout
  • These original pressings can be amazing - they give Aretha's voice a Tubey Magical relaxed quality that's simply not on the reissues, as good as they may be in other ways
  • Exceptionally QUIET vinyl for an original stereo pressing - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus, as quiet an early copy as we have ever heard
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... this still caught Aretha Franklin at the peak of her early form. Think, I Say a Little Prayer, See Saw, and I Can’t See Myself Leaving You were all big hits."
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Milt Jackson Quintet
That's The Way It Is

  (Item #: jacksthats_1904_1906) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound and fairly quiet vinyl on both sides of this is a killer live jazz album from Shelly's Manne-Hole
  • Big, rich and real, with the kind of relaxed Tubey Magical sound that not many live albums achieve
  • Wally Heider engineered and he knocked it out of the park - You Are There, and even better, it's 1969
  • "This is not experimental jazz. It's beyond that, or as they say in New York, outside that. This is solid, rooted, sweet-smelling earth of an enduring style, as played by masters."
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Kenny Burrell
Blues — The Common Ground

  (Item #: burreblues_1812_1906) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides of this original Verve pressing - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is wonderful -- big, lively, open and clear with Tubey Magical richness that only these good early pressings can show you
  • "Blues - The Common Ground finds Burrell backed by lots of brass and wind instruments for most of the album, hardly his usual setting. But his guitar successfully weaves in and out of songs... blending with the band and creating a pleasant balance". - All Music
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Bob Dylan
Bringing It All Back Home

  (Item #: dylanbring_1904_1906) 

Our Price: $749.99

  • An amazing Shootout Winning copy of this Dylan classic with Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • These early pressings are can be killer - lively, transparent, and rich, with dramatically improved immediacy in the midrange
  • You will have a hard time finding another copy that sounds this good and plays quietly - we should know, no other copy in our shootout could touch this one
  • 5 stars: "With Bringing It All Back Home, he exploded the boundaries, producing an album of boundless imagination and skill. And it's not just that he went electric, either, rocking hard on "Subterranean Homesick Blues," "Maggie's Farm," and "Outlaw Blues"; it's that he's exploding with imagination throughout the record."
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Miles Davis
Sketches Of Spain

  (Item #: davissketc_1808_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Triple Plus (A+++) sound on first side and Double Plus (A++) on the second, making this a truly killer copy!
  • Tons of ambience and Tubey Magic - this 30th Street recording shows just how good Columbia's engineers were back then
  • This copy gives Davis's horn breath and bite, revealing the sound of the real instrument as only the best pressings can
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "The most luxuriant and stridently romantic recording Davis ever made"
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Sammy Davis Jr.
Sings The Big Ones For Young Lovers

  (Item #: davissings_1902_1906) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • You will find amazing Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides of this original Reprise stereo pressing
  • Big and lively, rich and full, no other copy in our shootout impressed us as much as this killer copy
  • "Sammy Davis, who is widely acclaimed to be the greatest all-around-entertainment talent of our times, here swings thru an album filled with the greatest songs he's ever tackled in his entire recording career. The result ? It has to be the greatest album Sammy's ever recorded."
  • 4 stars: "...[a] dozen-song outing, supported by some irresistible backdrops courtesy of arrangers Jimmie Haskell and Perry Botkin Jr... Sings the Big Ones for Young Lovers primarily consists of well-known covers..."
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The Rolling Stones
Beggars Banquet

  (Item #: rollibegga_1805_1906) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A killer vintage copy of this exceptionally well-recorded Stones album from '69, with superb Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Clear, rich and lively throughout - the Tubey Magic of the best pressings is what has them sounding the way they should
  • One of a select group of Rolling Stones Must Own records which we prize above all others - Sticky Fingers and Let It Bleed round out the trio
  • 5 stars: "Basic rock & roll was not forgotten, however: 'Street Fighting Man'... was one of their most innovative singles, and 'Sympathy for the Devil'... was an image-defining epic."
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Horace Silver Quintet
The Tokyo Blues

  (Item #: silvetokyo_1903_1906) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish, making this the best copy to hit the site in years
  • This pressing is clearly fuller, bigger, more lively and more Tubey Magical than any other copy we played
  • 4 stars: "Silver's Tokyo-influenced compositions fit right in with the subtle cross-cultural but very American hard bop he'd been doing all along... [his] compositions have a light, airy feel, with plenty of space, and no one used that space better at these sessions than Cook, whose tenor sax lines are simply wonderful, adding a sturdy, reliable brightness."
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Thelonious Monk
Underground

  (Item #: monk_under_1902_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: vaughdream_1904_1906) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Insanely good sound throughout with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • Forget the honky originals - our killer Hot Stamper reissues of this 1960 All Tube Recording are rich and relaxed, just the way they should be
  • And please don't confuse the good reissues we offer from decades past with the mediocre crap being pressed today - there is no simply no comparison, not for sound anyway
  • "Trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison contributes some soft, melodic trumpet but the focus is very much on the singer during such numbers as "The More I See You," "Star Eyes," "My Ideal," and "Crazy He Calls Me.""
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Jimi Hendrix
Hendrix In The West

  (Item #: hendrinthe_1901_1906) 

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


  • With stunning Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides, this British Polydor pressing was rockin' like crazy - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This is a fun live album with stellar performances by Jimi - the best of his many posthumous releases
  • The awesome version of Little Wing is just killer on this copy - it's Jimi's best performance of the song
  • "Hendrix in the West is a collection of extremely good live Hendrix performances between 1968-1970. Three different concerts are sampled on this 1972 release, one of the few official live Hendrix releases following his death."
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Jimi Hendrix
Axis: Bold As Love

  (Item #: hendraxisb_1906) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This outstanding import pressing of Hendrix's Axis: Bold As Love boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last
  • Huge and present, rich and full, with the kind of weight and electrified energy this problematical album almost never has
  • On Axis you need rich, full tonality and plenty of space up top if the music is going to work, and on those counts this copy delivers like nothing you've heard
  • 5 stars: "...a solid collection of great tunes and great interactive playing between himself, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell, and the recording studio itself. "
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Paul Desmond & Gerry Mulligan
Two Of A Mind

  (Item #: desmotwoof_1901_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb sounding vintage Living stereo pressing, this one earned Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides
  • If you're looking to demonstrate just how good 1962 All Tube Analog sound can be, this is the record that can do it
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Desmond and Mulligan always made for a perfect team during their infrequent collaborations. Both of the saxophonists had immediately distinctive light tones, strong wits, and the ability to improvise melodically. ... the interplay between Desmond and Mulligan is consistently delightful."
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Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin I

  (Item #: ledze1_1906) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A very impressive copy of Zep's amazing debut, rating Double Plus (A++) or BETTER on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Arguably the biggest, clearest and most Tubey Magical Zeppelin album ever recorded, thanks to the engineering genius of Mr Glyn Johns
  • Just look at that track list - the lucky buyer of this copy will be hearing those songs come to life like never before
  • 5 stars: "Taking the heavy, distorted electric blues of Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, and Cream to an extreme... But the key to the group's attack was subtlety: it wasn't just an onslaught of guitar noise, it was shaded and textured, filled with alternating dynamics and tempos."
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The Grateful Dead
Aoxomoxoa

  (Item #: grateaoxom_1906) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • This original Green Label Warner Brothers LP has STUNNING Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from start to finish
  • These sides were doing everything right -- big, full-bodied and present with tons of energy and a nice extended top end
  • "When the LP hit the racks in the early summer of 1969, Deadheads were greeted by some of the freshest and most innovative sounds to develop from the thriving Bay Area music scene." - All Music
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The Doors
The Soft Parade

  (Item #: doorssoftp_1906_1) 

Our Price: $549.99

  • With Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it throughout, this copy will be all but impossible to beat!
  • The sound is incredibly powerful from start to finish -- big, rich, full-bodied, present and lively -- thanks Bruce Botnick, where would The Doors be without you?
  • Full of great songs: Touch Me, Runnin' Blue, Wild Child, Wishful Sinful and the amazingly trippy Soft Parade extended suite (with Triple Plus sound no less)
  • "Much like a true “parade” of an English fugue, the song morphs from Morrison’s a capella sermon-like intro to a Baroque ballad to a show tune-like section to the long rock outro, the music masterfully following the flowing, stream of consciousness lyric." Hell yeah!
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Santana
Santana

  (Item #: santasant1_1906_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this original pressing has plenty of Columbia analog magic in its grooves
  • The drums have real snap to them - fast, clean percussion is critical to Santana's music and this copy delivers
  • A Must Own album, clearly their Masterpiece, and one of the truly groundbreaking debuts in rock history - a personal favorite to this very day
  • "Santana combined Latin rhythms with jazz-inspired improvisation, hard-rock guitar and lyrical, B.B. King-style blues - and even had a hit single, "Evil Ways." Rolling Stone
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Cannonball Adderley
Cannonball's Bossa Nova

  (Item #: addercanno_1906_1) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • An exceptionally rare and superb sounding early stereo pressing - it boasts Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from the first note to last
  • These originals are by far the best way to go, in stereo of course, putting Cannonball's breathy, melodic sax right between your speakers, with the rest of the band - including Sergio Mendes on keys - spread out around him
  • Truly an undiscovered gem in the Adderley catalog - the audiophiles here at Better Records were digging both the music and especially the superb sound
  • Another top quality recording from the superbly talented Ray Fowler, the house engineer for Riverside and the man behind many of the best Thelonious Monk and Cannonball Adderley recordings done for that great jazz label
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John Mayall with Eric Clapton
Blues Breakers

  (Item #: mayalblues_1903_1906) 

Our Price: $249.99
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  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this is a killer copy from our recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Far more richer, smoother and livelier than most, with Tubey Magic and space you won't believe
  • The Decca UK vinyl on this superb pressing is as QUIET as we ever expect to find for this album
  • 5 stars: "Bluesbreakers was Eric Clapton's first fully realized album as a blues guitarist -- more than that, it was a seminal blues album of the 1960s, perhaps the best British blues album ever cut, and the best LP ever recorded by John Mayall's Bluesbreakers."
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Cream
Fresh Cream

  (Item #: creamfresh_1906) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • Stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish on this vintage British import of Cream's classic debut
  • Shockingly Tubey Magical, rich and solid, with huge amounts of studio space - the vocals are sweet and breathy, not something you hear on too many Cream records!
  • Forget the domestic pressings and the godawful DCC Heavy Vinyl, this copy is made from the real British tape and it's obvious from the very first notes
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Fresh Cream represents so many different firsts, it's difficult to keep count. Cream, of course, was the first supergroup, but their first album not only gave birth to the power trio, it also was instrumental in the birth of heavy metal and the birth of jam rock..."
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Miles Davis
Nefertiti

  (Item #: davisnefer_1906) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding pressing boasting solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This Columbia stereo LP has the right sound for this music - rich, clear and lively, with a notably natural and realistic bite to Miles' horn
  • Fred Plaut delivers yet another big-as-life, spacious and unerringly accurate 30th Street Studio recording
  • 5 stars: "What's impressive, like on all of this quintet's sessions, is the interplay, how the musicians follow an unpredictable path as a unit, turning in music that is always searching, always provocative, and never boring."
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Cannonball Adderley
Cannonball's Bossa Nova

  (Item #: addercanno_1906) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • An exceptionally rare and amazing sounding early stereo pressing - it boasts Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to last
  • These originals are by far the best way to go, in stereo of course, putting Cannonball's breathy, melodic sax right between your speakers, with the rest of the band - including Sergio Mendes on keys - spread out around him
  • Truly an undiscovered gem in the Adderley catalog - the audiophiles here at Better Records were digging both the music and especially the superb sound
  • Another top quality recording from the superbly talented Ray Fowler, the house engineer for Riverside and the man behind many of the best Thelonious Monk and Cannonball Adderley recordings done for that great jazz label
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Joni Mitchell
Clouds

  (Item #: mitchcloud_1906) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • Triple Triple! A stunning copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish, As Good As It Gets folks!
  • Check out the clear transients on Joni's guitar -- you can really hear her moving her hands around the fretboard and pulling on the strings
  • It's tough to find this album in clean shape with this kind of warm, natural sound (something the new reissue is no doubt profoundly lacking)
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Clouds is a stark stunner, a great leap forward for Joni Mitchell. Vocals here are more forthright and assured than on her debut and exhibit a remarkable level of subtle expressiveness. Guitar alone is used in accompaniment, and the variety of playing approaches and sounds gotten here is most impressive."
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Santana
Santana

  (Item #: santasant1_1906) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • WOW! Amazing sound throughout with both sides earning top Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to it
  • The drums have real snap to them - fast, clean percussion is critical to Santana's music and this copy delivers
  • A Must Own album, clearly their Masterpiece, and one of the truly groundbreaking debuts in rock history - a personal favorite to this very day
  • "Santana combined Latin rhythms with jazz-inspired improvisation, hard-rock guitar and lyrical, B.B. King-style blues - and even had a hit single, "Evil Ways." Rolling Stone
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John Coltrane
Lush Life

  (Item #: coltrlushl_1906) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • One of the all-time great Coltrane albums returns to the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both side - exceptionally quiet too
  • Only recently did we chance upon the right pressing - the right era, the right label, the right stampers, the right sound
  • Bigger, richer, fuller, livelier and more present than any pressing you've ever heard or your money back
  • 4 stars: "Lush Life (1958) is among John Coltrane's best endeavors on the Prestige label. One reason can easily be attributed to the interesting personnel... The intimate setting is perfect for ballads such as the opener 'Like Someone in Love.'"
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Creedence Clearwater Revival
Willy and the Poor Boys

  (Item #: creedwilly_1905) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Triple Triple! Both sides earned A+++ grades and were a huge step up over every other copy in our shootout
  • The sound is rich and Tubey Magical yet still unusually clean and clear with surprising punch down low and tons of energy
  • Five Stars on Allmusic, featuring Down On The Corner, Fortunate Son, Midnight Special and more
  • "Fortunate Son is one of the greatest, hardest rock & rollers ever cut, so it might seem to be out of step with an album that is pretty laid-back and friendly, but there's that elemental joy that by late '69 was one of CCR's main trademarks."
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Roy Orbison
The Orbison Way

  (Item #: orbisorbis_1906) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • A wonderful copy of Orbison's 1966 release with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from first note to last
  • If you love hearing INTO a recording, actually being able to "see" the performers, and feeling as if you are sitting in the studio with the band, this Tubey Magical record for you
  • "The band-backed stuff has a lean texture that's a marvel of sonic conciseness, while the orchestra-accompanied sides allow Orbison to open up vocally as never before, casting him in an almost operatic setting..." - All Music
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Thelonious Monk
Criss-Cross

  (Item #: monk_criss_1812_1906) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This wonderful pressing of Thelonious Monk's second studio album has outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Columbia records produced by Teo Macero in the early '60s have consistently open, natural sound - this one from '63 is no exception
  • The piano sounds amazing here -- natural and dynamic, letting Monk's passionate playing shine
  • 4 stars: "Thelonious Monk's second album for Columbia Records features some of the finest work that Monk ever did in the studio with his '60s trio and quartet ... This is prime Monk for any degree of listener."
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Sonny Rollins
Alfie (Original Music From The Score)

  (Item #: rollialfie_1902_1906) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A superb copy of Sonny Rollins' Alfie, boasting outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides
  • Even though I've been playing this album for more than 25 years, for some reason this is one of the few truly killer copies to ever hit the site
  • A triumph for Rudy Van Gelder, a Top Impulse title, and as much a showcase for Oliver Nelson (+11) as it is for Sonny Rollins
  • 4 1/2 Stars: " Rollins attempts to capture the textures of life through his incisive and energetic playing, his coherent improvisations, and variations on musical themes."
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Frank Sinatra
All The Way

  (Item #: sinatallth_1901_1906) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This vintage '60s Capitol pressing was one of the best in our most recent shootout: Triple Plus (A+++) on the second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first
  • It has the all the Tubey Magic one could ask for, allowing Sinatra's rich baritone to work its magic on every phrase he sings
  • As you can well imagine, finding clean, scratch-free Sixties Sinatra records like this one, in stereo no less, is no walk in the park
  • This group of singles and B-sides was recorded from 1957 to 1960 - it contains some of Sinatra's better known songs from the period arranged by Nelson Riddle
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Ray Charles & Milt Jackson
Soul Meeting

  (Item #: charlsoulm_1905) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This outstanding pressing of Ray Charles and Milt Jackson's 1958 collaboration boasts solid Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them on both sides - exceptionally quiet too
  • Wonderful sound from start to finish -- full-bodied and warm with wonderfully sweet vocals
  • Kenny Burrell lends his innovative guitar stylings to this soulful jazz collaboration
  • 4 1/2 stars: "With Oscar Pettiford, Connie Kay, and Kenny Burrell in the various lineups, this is bluesy jazz in a laid-back manner; it surprised many hardcore R&B fans when these albums were originally issued."
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Luiz Bonfa
Softly...

  (Item #: bonfasoftl_1905) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This original Epic pressing boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The soundstage, depth and height of this recording are as huge and three-dimensional as any you've heard
  • An enchanting Brazillian guitar album - Luiz Bonfa is superb here, from first note to last
  • "Luiz' guitar is backed by a nice little combo, and the tracks have a lively rhythm, with occasional vocals, and some nice flute solos from time to time."
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Miles Davis
Sketches Of Spain

  (Item #: davissketc_1905) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A wonderful Miles Davis Columbia Six Eye stereo pressing with superb Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound throughout, just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • With the amazing All Tube Analog chain Columbia was using back in 1960, the sound is sublimely Tubey Magical, yet big and clear, with almost no trace of smear
  • Balanced, tonally correct and undistorted, this 30th Street recording is a showcase for Columbia's engineering prowess
  • 5 stars: "Sketches of Spain is the most luxuriant and stridently romantic recording Davis ever made. To listen to it in the 21st century is still a spine-tingling experience..."


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Van Morrison
Astral Weeks

  (Item #: morriastra_1905_2) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • This WB Green Label pressing has STUNNING Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second, for Van The Man's 1968 groundbreaking, introspective classic
  • This record lives or dies by the quality of its Tubey Magical Midrange, a sound modern records rarely begin to reproduce
  • It takes us years to find enough clean copies to do a shootout - these originals are not sitting in the bins at your local store anymore, they're displayed behind the counter for a hundred bucks or more a pop
  • 5 stars: "Astral Weeks is a justified entry in pop music's pantheon. It is unlike any record before or since; it mixes together the very best of postwar popular music in an emotional outpouring cast in delicate, subtle musical structures."
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Bob Dylan
Blonde On Blonde

  (Item #: dylanblond_1905_2) 

Our Price: $649.99

  • With 10.5 pluses out of a possible 12, this copy was one of the best we heard in our recent shootout -- exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • You won't believe how big, rich and full this album can sound on a copy this good
  • Includes tons of quintessential Dylan classics: Rainy Day Women, I Want You, Just Like A Woman, and more - they all sound phenomenal
  • 5 stars: "Blonde on Blonde is an album of enormous depth, providing endless lyrical and musical revelations on each play... It's the culmination of Dylan's electric rock & roll period — he would never release a studio record that rocked this hard, or had such bizarre imagery, ever again."
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Dick Schory
Music To Break Any Mood

  (Item #: schormusic_1905_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Both sides here earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades, making this one of the better copies from our recent shootout
  • The overall sound is super big, rich and Tubey Magical with a lovely bottom end and tons of energy
  • "Dick Schory's second major outing for RCA is more self-assured, from the preposterous jacket art and liner notes to more upbeat tunes... Schory's musical ideas are always fresher than those of Bobby Christian and Mike Simpson, who helped on the previous album. All but two tracks are good to great." - All Music
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Bobby Darin
From Hello Dolly To Goodbye Charlie

  (Item #: darinfromh_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This original Capitol rainbow label LP has excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Having played a good dozen or more vintage Bobby Darin albums, we can tell you that finding sound as good as this is a lot harder than we thought it would be
  • Like the recordings of Nat King Cole, many Darin records are ruined by the heavy-handed use of reverb, but every once in a while you find one like this with the glorious sound of '60s All Tube Analog in its grooves
  • "Darin focused on standards done with jazzy arrangements on this 1964 album... "The Days of Wine and Roses," "Call Me Irresponsible," "Once in a Lifetime," "Sunday in New York," and of course "Hello, Dolly!" and "Goodbye, Charlie" are all on board."
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Frank Sinatra
I Remember Tommy

  (Item #: sinatireme_1905) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This vintage Reprise pressing offers the critical listener outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • We were shocked to hear how good the originals can sound on this album, and just as shocked to hear other copies that can actually beat the best of them
  • The richness of these Tubey Magical Reprise pressings makes them the clear choice for the heavy-on-the-brass sonics (if you have the right stampers)
  • 100% of Amazon reviewers rate this one Four Stars or better, with 77% giving the album Five Stars!
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The Monkees
Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.

  (Item #: monkepisce_1905) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This 1967 Stereo pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from beginning to end
  • These two sides are exceptionally (for this album) smooth, rich, sweet, and clear - and the vinyl is crazy QUIET for a Monkees album
  • Forget the early albums, we've never heard any of them sound good - their fourth release is practically the only one with audiophile potential
  • 4 1/2 stars: "To think that both this album and Headquarters came out the same year! Most bands would be lucky to have two albums this good come out their entire career. Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. is a must-have for any fan of smart, fun, and exciting '60s pop. It doesn't get much better than this."
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Art Pepper
Smack Up

  (Item #: peppesmack_1803_1905) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding Contemporary stereo pressing boasting Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This is a classic from Pepper - all the songs were written by saxophonists and he tears into them with gusto and naked emotion (the two hallmarks of his playing style)
  • One of the best Contemporary titles for sound quality - as usual you can thank the brilliant engineering of Roy DuNann
  • "Pepper is very much on top of his game throughout, ably demonstrating a capacity for precision and intimidating passion. Nowhere is proof more readily available than on these sides, which project Pepper at the peak of his craft."
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The Beatles
Please Please Me

  (Item #: beatlpleas_1812_1905) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides of this copy of the Beatles' debut album - fairly quiet too
  • We guarantee this pressing will be richer, livelier, cleaner and just more fun than virtually any copy you can find
  • 5 Stars and A Better Records Top 100 album, as well as our clear favorite of their first five releases
  • "The 'evening with the band' feel makes Please Please Me a more coherent experience than other cover-heavy Beatles albums: Here other peoples' songs work not just as filler, but as markers for styles and effects the band admired and might return to as songwriters."
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Jimmy Smith
Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf

  (Item #: smithwhosa_1905) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Insanely good Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close it on both sides and one of the best copies from our most recent shootout
  • If you dig Oliver's Nelson's swingin' BIG BRASS as much as we do you are in for a treat with this stereo pressing
  • The best sides have the kind of analog richness, warmth, and smoothness that make listening to records so involving
  • Slaughter On Tenth Avenue is the monster track leading off here, and it swings the way Walk on the Wild Side does - like crazy, man!
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The Beatles
Please Please Me

  (Item #: beatlpleas_1808_1905) 

Our Price: $399.99
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  • A stunning copy of the Beatles debut studio album with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This copy has superb presence, clarity and size - it's bigger, bolder and richer, as well as more clean, clear and open than any copy we played
  • A Triple Plus PPM would clearly be a top pick for a Beatles Demo Disc - your jaw will drop
  • "... [The Beatles] were a group with the luck to meet opportunities, the wit to recognize them, the drive to seize them, and the talent to fulfil them. Please Please Me is the sound of them doing all four."
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The Moody Blues
In Search Of The Lost Chord

  (Item #: moodyinsea_1903_1905) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • This STUNNING early UK pressing has Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it throughout
  • Just full of that Moodies Magic - warm, full-bodied, rich and smooth with excellent size and energy
  • The first Moody Blues album to feature their trademark mellotron arrangements
  • "...the album on which the Moody Blues discovered drugs and mysticism as a basis for songwriting and came up with a compelling psychedelic creation, filled with songs about Timothy Leary and the astral plane and other psychedelic-era concerns."
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Bob Dylan
Highway 61 Revisited

  (Item #: dylanhighw_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This 360 Stereo pressing of Dylan's 1965 release boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Clean stereo pressings of this album are ridiculously hard to come by these days, not to mention the fact that few copies will sound as good as this one does
  • In the same way Sgt. Pepper changed music a mere two years later, Highway 61 Revisited left all of Dylan's contemporaries behind, scrambling to keep up with the standard it set
  • 5 stars: "Dylan had not only changed his sound, but his persona, trading the folk troubadour for a streetwise, cynical hipster ... it proved that rock & roll needn't be collegiate and tame in order to be literate, poetic, and complex."
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Blood, Sweat & Tears
Child is Father to the Man

  (Item #: bloodchild_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this pressing of the band's debut album
  • This copy will show you just how big, full-bodied, lively and POWERFUL this music can be on the right pressing
  • Not many records on this site are harder to find with top quality sound and reasonably quiet surfaces
  • 5 stars: "Child Is Father to the Man is keyboard player/singer/arranger Al Kooper's finest work, an album on which he moves the folk-blues-rock amalgamation of the Blues Project into even wider pastures... One of the great albums of the eclectic post-Sgt. Pepper era of the late '60s."
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The Beatles
Yellow Submarine

  (Item #: beatlyello_1808_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding copy of Yellow Submarine boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last
  • This pressing is clean, clear, solid and energetic - just the right sound for this classic Beatles music
  • The only place to find the All-Time Classic Hey Bulldog, as well as All Together Now and It's All Too Much
  • Hands down the toughest Beatles album to find with good sound (especially on side two), which is why they so rarely hit the site
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Creedence Clearwater Revival
Bayou Country

  (Item #: creedbayou_1810_1905) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A KILLER Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) copy - you won't find better sound for this band on vinyl
  • Proud Mary and Good Golly Miss Molly are absolute MONSTERS on this early pressing - you will be floored
  • Our pick for the best sounding CCR recording -- when you have a copy that sounds like this one, and, trust me, a copy as good sounding as this one is tough to find
  • 4 1/2 stars: "All the songs add up to a superb statement of purpose, a record that captures Creedence Clearwater Revival's muscular, spare, deceptively simple sound as an evocative portrait of America."
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Buffalo Springfield
Again

  (Item #: buffaagain_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find insanely good Triple Plus (A+++) Tubey Magical Analog sound from start to finish for Buffalo Springfield's sophomore release
  • Consistently brilliant songwriting and production: Mr. Soul; A Child's Claim To Fame; Expecting To Fly; Bluebird; Hung Upside Down; Sad Memory; Rock & Roll Woman; Broken Arrow and more!
  • A Desert Island Disc for yours truly - 5 Stars:"...this record stands as their greatest triumph... its classic status cannot be denied"
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Bud Shank
And the Sax Section

  (Item #: shankandth_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This stellar copy of Bud Shank's 1966 release boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - open, lively and dynamic throughout
  • Full, rich, and spacious with tons of Tubey Magic and, better yet, never dry, hard or transistory -- true DEMO DISC QUALITY sound
  • An absolutely amazing recording engineered by none other than Bruce Botnick - the sound of multiple saxes playing these lively arrangements is music to our ears
  • "... the album works, largely because of Bob Florence's arrangements and the shrewd doubling of the baritone and bass sax parts, which give the charts heft at the bottom... The overall sound remains wonderfully reedy and flighty."
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The Beatles
Yellow Submarine

  (Item #: beatlyello_1901_1905) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A STUNNING sounding copy of Yellow Submarine with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from first note to last
  • This is the place to find Hey Bulldog, All Together Now and It's All Too Much, and with this Shootout Winner you will not believe how good those songs can sound
  • Hands down, the toughest Beatles album to get good sound for, especially on side two, which is why top copies like this one so rarely hit the site
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The Beach Boys
Surfin' U.S.A.

  (Item #: beachsurfi_1802_1905) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb copy of this Beach Boys classic from 1963 - this one earned Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides
  • Very few surf records offer the kind of realistic, lifelike sound you get from this pressing, on both sides
  • The sound is big, open, rich and full, with the performers front and center (as well as left and right)
  • "... the album as a whole is the best they would make, prior to the late '60s..." - Allmusic
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Wes Montgomery
Willow Weep For Me

  (Item #: montgwillo_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Wes Montgomery's superb posthumous release finally makes its Hot Stamper debut, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • The stereo sound here is Tubey Magical, lively and clear, with three-dimensionality that will fill your listening room from wall to wall
  • Assembled using additional material from the live Smokin' at the Half Note sessions, this collection served as the perfect memorial to Montgomery's musical genius
  • Grammy Award Winner for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
  • "... what you will hear, bathed in winds or not, is prime, mature Wes Montgomery stretching out in full, with unbelievable confidence in his ear and technique at all times..."
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Art Blakey Jazz Messengers
Free For All

  (Item #: blakefreef_1903_1905x) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Insanely good sound throughout for this Blue Note New York label pressing with both sides earning shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound
  • This LP was simply bigger, richer and clearer, with more Tubey Magic, less smear and distortion, and on and on down the list
  • A Van Gelder recording from 1964 is hard to beat for you-are-there immediacy, and this pressing delivers that qualitiy like no other copy you've heard - we guarantee it
  • "Free for All is a high point in drummer Art Blakey's enormous catalog. This edition of the Jazz Messengers had been together since 1961 with a lineup that would be hard to beat: Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor sax, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Cedar Walton on piano, and Reggie Workman on bass."
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Sonny Rollins
The Standard Sonny Rollins

  (Item #: rollistand_1901_1905) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • The Standard Sonny Rollins finally makes its Hot Stamper debut with killer Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to last
  • Once again the brilliant engineering of Ray Hall for RCA conveys the vitality of live music for these sessions (which were undoubtedly recorded live)
  • Includes superstars like Herbie Hancock, Jim Hall, and Bob Cranshaw, who've lent their talents to some of the greatest jazz recordings of all time
  • Allmusic user rating: 4 stars - "Like The Sound Of Sonny some eight years ago, here’s another classic standard album from The Saxophone Colossus that will remain as bright and timeless as ever."
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Gerry Mulligan
Jeru

  (Item #: mullijeru_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This Black Print 360 original stereo pressing from 1962 put every other copy we played to shame; Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it throughout
  • Tubier, more transparent, more dynamic, with that "jumpin' out of the speakers' quality that only The Real Thing (an old record) ever has
  • Hard to imagine any reissue, vintage or otherwise, can beat the sound of this LP - we sure couldn't find one
  • "Jeru flawlessly swings with a relaxed, throbbing, positive life force."
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Sly & The Family Stone
Stand

  (Item #: slyanstand_1812_1905) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • With stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides, this copy will be tough to beat - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Tired of the crude, congested, hard, harsh and otherwise unpleasant sound of most pressings? The solution is right here!
  • Stand, I Want To Take You Higher, Everyday People, You Can Make It If You Try -- what a killer lineup of songs
  • 5 stars: "Stand! is the pinnacle of Sly & the Family Stone's early work, a record that represents a culmination of the group's musical vision and accomplishment. Add to this a sharpened sense of pop songcraft, elastic band interplay, and a flowering of Sly's social consciousness, and the result is utterly stunning. "
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Deep Purple
The Book of Taliesyn

  (Item #: deeppbooko_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • An insanely good sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish and the first copy to ever hit the site!
  • Both sides here are big, full-bodied, Tubey Magical and present with plenty of extension on both ends
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "By the time 1972 came around, Deep Purple immersed themselves in dumb lyrics, unforgettable riffs, and a huge presence, much like Black Sabbath. The evolution from progressive to hard rock was complete, but a combination of what they did here -- words that mattered matched by innovative musical passages -- would have been a more pleasing combination." - All Music
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Creedence Clearwater
Creedence Clearwater...

  (Item #: creedcreed_1905_2) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This an unusually good sounding copy of CCR's debut boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades
  • Low-distortion, lively, solid and dynamic - this is the sound that Creedence was going for, and here it is!
  • Probably the most difficult CCR studio album to find with excellent sound, and to find one that plays this quietly, fuhgeddaboudit
  • Featuring classics such as I Put a Spell on You, the extended-length jam Susie Q (8:37, perfect for Underground Radio), The Working Man, Porterville and more
  • 4 stars: "... the band's sound is vibrant, with gutsy arrangements that borrow equally from Sun, Stax, and the swamp."
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Donald Byrd
The Cat Walk

  (Item #: byrd_catwa_1905) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This pressing of Donald Byrd's brilliant 1962 release boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Credit must go to Rudy Van Gelder once again for capturing the jazz energy of this superbly sympathetic ensemble
  • These sides are lively and fun, with the kind of sound RVG managed pretty consistently to get on tape
  • 4 stars: "Donald Byrd and baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams worked together on several recordings between 1958 and 1961, and The Cat Walk (released on LP in 1962) is among the best. Byrd's playing throughout is typically sleek and lyrical, and Adams' sturdy, husky baritone sound is the perfect counterbalance, making The Cat Walk an essential Byrd purchase."
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Gerry Mulligan
Gerry Mulligan '63

  (Item #: mulligerry_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This original Verve stereo pressing boasts stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from first note to last
  • This copy is hard to fault - big, open, clear, with space and three-dimensionality that modern pressings can only dream of
  • "With originals by Bob Brookmeyer, Gary McFarland and the baritonist/leader (in addition to the standards "Little Rock Getaway" and "My Kind of Love"), this is a high-quality if rather brief program. Trumpeter Clark Terry and guitarist Jim Hall co-star with Mulligan in the solo department. It is a pity that this orchestra could not prosper; all five of its recordings are worth getting." - All Music
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Al Green
Green Is Blues

  (Item #: greengreen_1905_1) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides of this Al Green classic from 1969
  • Exceptionally spacious and three-dimensional, as well as relaxed and full-bodied - this pressing was a step up over many of the copies we played
  • A superb collaboration between Al and Willie Mitchell, whose brilliant and skillful production elevated Al's music to new heights
  • "[Green] sang with the conviction and talent that provided the final component in an artistically and commercially satisfying union."
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