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Super Hot Stamper

Coleman Hawkins
Night Hawk

  (Item #: hawkinight_1812_7_02) 

Our Price: $99.99
Sale Price: $74.99 (You save $25.00 / 25%)


  • An outstanding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • With a nearly perfect balance of analog richness and high-res clarity and space, this reissue showed us once again just how good an engineer Rudy Van Gelder could be back in 1961
  • "This [album] has many fine moments from these two highly competitive jazzmen, particularly the lengthy title cut and a heated tradeoff on "In a Mellow Tone," on which Davis goes higher but Hawkins wins on ideas."
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Frank Sinatra
Francis A. Sinatra & Antonio C. Jobim

  (Item #: sinatjobim_1907_02) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This outstanding original stereo pressing of Sinatra and Jobim's sublime collaboration earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides and plays about as quietly as any copy ever does
  • The Tubey Magical space, ambience and richness of the sound here is the only way we know of to bring the Chairman of the Board and his Brazilian buddy into your listening room
  • This is a magical album from start to finish, one of a handful of a Must Own Sinatra releases, and my personal favorite of all his recordings
  • 4 1/2 stars: "After a few plays, the album begins to slowly work its way underneath a listener's skin, and it emerges as one of his most rewarding albums of the '60s."
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Bob Dylan
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

  (Item #: dylanfreew_1903_6_9_02) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This 360 stereo copy has outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • You'll find this copy surprisingly spacious, full-bodied and natural, with relatively few of the problems that plague most pressings
  • It's clear these classic songs have stood the test of time: Blowin' in the Wind; Girl from the North Country; Masters of War; A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall; Don't Think Twice, It's All Right and many more
  • 5 stars: "This is rich, imaginative music, capturing the sound and spirit of America... Dylan, in many ways, recorded music that equaled this, but he never topped it."
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Miles Davis
Sorcerer

  (Item #: davissorce_1904_9_11_02) 

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


  • With two seriously good sides each rating a Double Plus (A++) or BETTER, this original White Arrows 360 stereo pressing was one of the best copies we played in our recent shootout
  • Sorcerer demonstrates the big-as-life, spacious and unerringly accurate 30th Street Studio Sound Fred Plaut was justly famous for
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The emphasis is as much on complex, interweaving chords and a coolly relaxed sound as it is on sheer improvisation, though each member tears off thoroughly compelling solos. Still, the individual flights aren't placed at the forefront the way they were on the two predecessors -- it all merges together, pointing toward the dense soundscapes of Miles' later '60s work."
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Shelly Manne & His Men
At The Black Hawk, Vol. 3

  (Item #: manneatthe3_1903_7_02) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with a shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) side one backed with a solid Double Plus (A++) side two
  • This is West Coast Jazz at its best, and if anyone can capture the feeling of hearing jazz in a small club, it's the engineers and producers at Contemporary
  • The sound is SUPERB - airy, open, and spacious with a solid bottom end - the depth and definition are out of this world
  • "Considering how much music was documented, it is fortunate that trumpeter Joe Gordon, tenorman Richie Kamuca, pianist Victor Feldman, bassist Monty Budwig and drummer Shelly Manne were in top form for this enjoyable gig. The music is high-quality straightforward and uncomplicated bebop."
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The Rolling Stones
Let It Bleed

  (Item #: rolliletit_2002) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them and playing on reasonably vinyl, this is an excellent vintage pressing showcasing the Stones at the peak of their powers
  • Unlike Sticky Fingers, this is a record we can actually find in audiophile playing condition (without having to charge a fortune for the privilege of hearing it right)
  • Love In Vain is one of the best sounding Stones songs ever recorded - the acoustic guitar harmonics and the rich whomp of the snare prove indisputably that Glyn Johns is one of the Engineering Greats
  • Top 100, 5 stars - Jason McNeil wrote that Beggars Banquet and Let It Bleed are "the two greatest albums the band’s (or anyone’s) ever made." [Add Sticky Fingers to complete the trilogy.]
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Love
Da Capo

  (Item #: love_dacap_2002_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this early Gold Label stereo pressing is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other Love album you've heard - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • If you're looking to demonstrate just how good 1967 All Tube Analog sound can be, this killer copy will do the trick, thanks to the superb engineering skills of Bruce Botnick
  • "... a truly classic body of work, highlighted by the atomic blast of pre-punk rock "7 and 7 Is" (their only hit single), the manic jazz tempos of "Stephanie Knows Who," and the enchanting "She Comes in Colors," perhaps Lee's best composition (and reportedly the inspiration for the Rolling Stones' "She's a Rainbow")."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Sings The Rodgers And Hart Song Book

  (Item #: fitzgsings_rodgers_and_hart_1910_02ex) 

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


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

  (Item #: doorssoftp_1906_10_12_02) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • 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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Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin II

  (Item #: ledze2_1907_10_02) 

Our Price: $749.99

  • A stunning copy that is absolutely guaranteed to rock your world like no other - QUADRUPLE Plus (A++++) on side one and nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) on side two
  • Even though the grade is a bit below our Mint Minus Minus, the surfaces are only really audible between tracks and in the quieter sections, and even then the noise is not that bothersome, at least to those of us who play vintage records all day
  • The sound is freakishly good - we created a Top Ten list just to put this album on it
  • Years ago we gave up on everything but these killer RL (and SS) pressings, because nothing else comes close
  • With copies selling for $1000+ on ebay, sometimes $3000+, we're paying big bucks for Zep II these days, but if any album is worth it, it's this one
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The Beatles
Magical Mystery Tour

  (Item #: beatlmagic_1909_12_02) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • Incredible Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it from beginning to end, this copy is guaranteed to blow your mind - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • A stunning copy with some of the best Beatles sound money can buy - superb work from Ken Scott here
  • Demo Quality Sound for I Am The Walrus, Strawberry Fields Forever, Baby You're A Rich Man and more
  • You won't believe how powerful the sound is - it's big, rich, open and lively beyond any expectations you may have had
  • A longtime Top 100 album and Psych Masterpiece that knocks us out every time we do the shootout for it
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Ellington-Basie
The Count Meets the Duke

  (Item #: ellinfirst_1912_02) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Two stunning Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, both coming in just shy of our amazing sounding Shootout Winner
  • Huge amounts of three-dimensional space and ambience, and Tubey Magic by the boatload - this 30th Street recording from 1961 shows just how good Columbia's engineers were back then
  • Fairly quiet throughout - good luck finding a Six Eye Stereo pressing this nice on your own, they sure don't grow on trees
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... a very successful and surprisingly uncrowded encounter... Ellington and Basie both play piano (their interaction with each other is wonderful) and the arrangements allowed the stars from both bands to take turns soloing."
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Bud Shank
And the Sax Section

  (Item #: shankandth_1902_7_11_02) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Bud Shank & Clare Fischer
Bossa Nova Jazz Samba

  (Item #: shankbossa_1903_10_02) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This superb collaboration from 1962 makes its Hot Stamper debut with stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout
  • With a breathy sax, lively and present piano, clarity, space and timbral accuracy, this is guaranteed to be one of the best sounding jazz records you've heard
  • A wonderful Bossa Nova classic that shows you just how lovely this music can sound when properly mastered and pressed
  • This is vintage Sixties Pacific Jazz Stereo at its best - big, rich and Tubey Magical like you will not believe
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Bob Dylan
John Wesley Harding

  (Item #: dylanjohnw_2002) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • A wonderful sounding original Columbia 360 Stereo pressing of this pivotal Dylan LP, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • Here is the bass, richness & vocal presence that are hard to come by on John Wesley Harding - the vinyl is about as quiet as we can find it too
  • The title track, Dear Landlord, I'll Be Your Baby Tonight, All Along the Watchtower and I Pity The Poor Immigrant are a few of the more memorable songs here
  • 5 stars: "The music is simple, direct, and melodic, providing a touchstone for the country-rock revolution that swept through rock in the late '60s."
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White Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Johnny Cash
At San Quentin

  (Item #: cash_atsan_2002) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) Shootout Winning side two and a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side one, this 360 pressing had some of the best sound we have ever heard for the album - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Forget the '70s pressings and whatever Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - if you want to hear the Tubey Magical you-are-there immediacy of Johnny Cash live in concert, this is the only way to go
  • 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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Frank Zappa
Cruising With Ruben & The Jets

  (Item #: zappacruis_1908_02) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A KILLER copy with both sides earning top honors in our recent shootout - Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Both sides here are stunning -- clean, clear and present with a big bottom end, tons of energy and lots of space around all of the players
  • It's a classic of twisted Doo-Wop that belongs in your collection. At least we think you should give it a chance anyway; hearing it sound this good might just make a believer out of you
  • The new CD - with its modernized sound and wrong-headed re-recorded rhythm tracks - is a bad joke next to the top early pressings
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Jimmy Smith
Hobo Flats

  (Item #: smithhobof_1806_7_02) 

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


  • Incredible Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last
  • Both sides are wonderfully big, rich and LIVELY, with boatloads of Tubey Magic and the kind of three-dimensional space that's a hallmark of Bob Simpson's engineering
  • "Smith bubbles and bounces through all of it at the B-3 while Nelson proceeds to fill every available corner with huge, sweeping orchestral washes and crescendos. The clear highlight, though, is the lead and title track, "Hobo Flats," which moves at a languid but wonderfully funky pace and establishes a groove as wide as the Mississippi River."
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Tom Jones
A-tom-ic Jones

  (Item #: jonesatomi_2002) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Tom Jones' sophomore release makes its Hot Stamper debut here with STUNNING Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Punchy, dynamic, transparent, spacious and musical throughout - you won't believe how big and bold the sound is on this Parrot original pressing
  • The over-the-top production for the theme song to Thunderball may be a bit much (although we love it for what it is), but the rest of the album is classic Tom Jones
  • This is what vintage '60s analog is all about, that smooth, relaxed sound that never calls attention to itself and just lets the music flow
  • " From tender ballads sung in understated style like 'Where Do You Belong' to all out rockers like 'This and That,' Jones voice and charisma shine effortlessly..."
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The Byrds
Mr. Tambourine Man

  (Item #: byrdsmrtam_2002) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding vintage Columbia pressing, earning seriously good Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Lively, balanced and vibrant, with a healthy dose of the Tubey Magical richness these recordings need in order to work
  • Listen to how breathy Jim (later Roger) McGuinn's vocals are - his vocals are key to the better sounding Byrds records
  • 5 Stars: "One of the greatest debuts in the history of rock ... nothing less than a significant step in the evolution of rock & roll itself, demonstrating that intelligent lyrical content could be wedded to compelling electric guitar riffs and a solid backbeat."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Jefferson Airplane
Surrealistic Pillow

  (Item #: jeffesurre_1907_10_02) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This outstanding stereo copy of the band's sophomore release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally QUIET vinyl too
  • It's the rare copy of this '60s Psych Classic that has this kind of freedom from distortion, as well as clarity, openness, and spaciousness
  • An incredibly difficult album to find with audiophile sound, but this copy has the goods and will beat whatever you throw at it
  • 5 stars: "Every song is a perfectly cut diamond ... a groundbreaking piece of folk-rock-based psychedelia that hit — literally — like a shot heard round the world..."
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Iron Butterfly
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

  (Item #: ironbinaga_2002) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one and a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy of the band's Magnum Opus, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, will be very hard to beat
  • You won't believe how good this copy sounds - huge and lively with rich, meaty, Tubey Magical guitars and big, punchy drums
  • The title track is clean, open, full and solid, and the vocals aren't screechy (for once!)
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The epitome of heavy psychedelic excess... the group's definitive album."
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Lee Morgan
The Gigolo

  (Item #: morgagigol_1910_02) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Lee Morgan's 1968 release comes to the site with superb Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound, right up there with our shootout winner
  • Fans of The Sidewinder and Rumproller will immediately recognize this horn sound heard here - rich, big and full-bodied, with clarity and energy to spare
  • Another triumph for Rudy Van Gelder - he refined a "live-in-the-studio" jazz sound that still sounds fresh to us audiophiles more than fifty years on
  • 4 1/2 stars: "There are no weak selections on this set and the playing by the leader, Wayne Shorter on tenor, pianist Harold Mabern, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummer Billy Higgins is beyond any serious criticism."
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The Beach Boys
Pet Sounds

  (Item #: beachpetso_2002) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • This stunning copy offers Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - if you want to hear the Tubey Magic, size and energy of this wonderful album, a vintage pressing like this one is the way to go
  • The Beach Boys revolutionized the popular music of the day with their genius for harmony, and a killer copy like this has their voices sounding the way they should
  • 5 stars: "The group here reached a whole new level in terms of both composition and production, layering tracks upon tracks of vocals and instruments to create a richly symphonic sound."
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Frank Sinatra / Count Basie
It Might As Well Be Swing

  (Item #: sinatitmig_1907_10_02) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last- fairly quiet vinyl for an original Reprise pressing from this era too
  • The presence and immediacy here are staggering. Turn it up and Frank is right between your speakers, putting on the performance of a lifetime, with the Basie big band stretched out from wall to wall behind him (which is why the stereo pressings are the only way to go on these kinds of albums)
  • "A more structured, swing-oriented set than Sinatra-Basie, and in many ways the superior album... , what makes [it] more successful is the consistently high level of the performances. ...throughout this record they play with energy and vigor."
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Ornette Coleman
Ornette On Tenor

  (Item #: colemornet_1910_02) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A big, bold, KILLER sounding Atlantic pressing with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it throughout
  • Engineered by the team of Tom Dowd (whose work you surely know well) and Phil Iehle, who recorded some of Coltrane’s most iconic albums for Atlantic: Giant Steps (1960) and Coltrane Jazz (also in 1961)
  • 5 stars in Downbeat - Allmusic notes: "It's an understatement to say that Ornette Coleman's stint with Atlantic altered the jazz world forever, and Ornette on Tenor was the last of his six LPs (not counting outtakes compilations) for the label, wrapping up one of the most controversial and free-thinking series of recordings in jazz history... far ahead of its time."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely...

  (Item #: beatlsgtpe_2002) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides and exceptionally quiet vinyl, this pressing is guaranteed to smoke any copy of the album you've heard
  • 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, not remixed and not remastered
  • Most pressings - especially the new ones - have nothing approaching the Tubey Magic, space and energy of this LP
  • A Better Records Top 100 - "It's possible to argue that there are better Beatles albums, yet no album is as historically important as this."
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John Coltrane
My Favorite Things

  (Item #: coltrmyfav_2002) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner
  • We guarantee you will hear a dramatic increase in richness, presence and musical energy relative to any copy you've auditioned - or your money back
  • With McCoy Tyner on piano, Steve Davis on bass and Elvin Jones on the drums, this is a group that can do no wrong with these four standards from the Great American Songbook
  • 5 stars: "The unforced, practically casual soloing styles of the assembled quartet allow for tastefully executed passages a la the Miles Davis Quintet, a trait Coltrane no doubt honed during his tenure in that band. Each track of this album is a joy to revisit."
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The Beatles
Abbey Road

  (Item #: beatlabbey_2002) 

Our Price: $749.99

  • An exceptional copy of The Beatles' last and arguably greatest album, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Here's an Abbey Road that's big, rich, sweet and present, with strong energy, wonderfully breathy vocals and huge guitars
  • If you've heard the disastrous new pressing, then you know how important it is to play a real, vintage, analog pressing
  • A copy this good might just give you a new appreciation for one of the Greatest Rock Albums of All Time
  • 5 Stars, a permanent member of the Better Records Top 100, and a Desert Island Disc if ever there was one
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Neil Young
Neil Young

  (Item #: youngneily_1901_7_1_) 

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


  • This vintage pressing of Neil Young's solo debut has superb Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last
  • Surely one of Neil's toughest to find with top quality sonics, but here it is, sounding rich, warm and clear
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl for any early Neil Young album, especially this one - it's rare to find one in audiophile playing condition
  • "...a flowing tributary from the over-all Springfield river of twangs, breathless vocals and slim yet stout instrumentation. Especially vivid is Young's sense of melancholy and the ingenious clusters of images he employs in his lyrics (printed in full)."
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Mel Torme
I Dig The Duke - I Dig The Count

  (Item #: tormeidigd_2002_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner - relatively quiet vinyl too
  • This may not be one of Mel's better known albums, but we found it to be prime Velvet Fog, right up there with the best of his work auditioned to date - if you haven't heard the man in his prime, this is a great place to start
  • Val Valentin did the engineering - as he often did over the course of his long and storied career, he knocked this one out of the park
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Recorded with the Johnny Mandel Orchestra at sessions in Los Angeles, it includes one half Duke Ellington and one half Count Basie... With all these things going for it, how can Tormé do wrong?"
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Bill Evans
Conception

  (Item #: evansconce_2002) 

Our Price: $199.99

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

  (Item #: monk_itsmo_1908_02) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Superb Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish for this original 360 label pressing, coming in right behind our even more amazing Shootout Winner
  • We guarantee there is dramatically more richness, fullness, presence, and performance energy on this copy than others you've heard, and that's especially true if you made the mistake of buying whatever Heavy Vinyl pressing is currently on the market
  • AMG raves it "contains some of the best -- if not arguably the best -- studio sides that the pianist cut during his final years as a recording musician..."
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Cannonball Adderley
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy!

  (Item #: addermercy_1910_02) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Exceptional Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this 1965 release, one of the better copies from our shootout
  • One of the man's most enjoyable albums - the sound here is bigger and livelier than most, and above all it's balanced, avoiding many of the problems we heard on other pressings
  • Joe Zawinul (Weather Report) wrote the title song, which became a big hit for Adderley (and later The Buckinghams), and he plays on the album
  • 5 Stars: "Adderley's irrepressible exuberance was a major part of his popularity, and no document captures that quality as well -- or with such tremendous musical rewards -- as Mercy, Mercy, Mercy."
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Joan Baez
Joan Baez in Concert

  (Item #: baez_joan_baez_in_concert_2002) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Joan's live release from 1962 makes its Hot Stamper debut here with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • We just did a big shootout for this album, compiled from different shows Baez performed in 1962, and we're pleased to report that the sound was SUPERB on both sides of this early stereo Vanguard pressing
  • So transparent, open, and spacious - nuances and subtleties that may have gone unnoticed are now revealed as never before
  • 4 stars: "In Concert, Pt. 1 captures the undisputed queen of folk music at the onset of her fabled career... The exhaustive selection of material represents her diverse influences... Baez's performances still retain freshness and vitality after four [make that five] decades."
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Bob Dylan
Highway 61 Revisited

  (Item #: dylanhighw_1907_10_02) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb 360 Stereo pressing of Dylan's 1965 release with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides, right up there with our Shootout Winner
  • Live-in-Your-Listening-Room sound throughout - guaranteed miles beyond any copy you've ever heard
  • 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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Andrew Hill
Point of Departure

  (Item #: hill_point_2002) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Andrew Hill makes his debut here with this stunning 1965 release, boasting Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it throughout
  • With a lively and present piano, clarity, space and timbral accuracy, this is guaranteed to be one of the best sounding jazz records you've heard
  • Credit must go to Rudy Van Gelder once again for capturing the jazz energy of this superbly sympathetic ensemble
  • 5 stars: "Pianist and composer Andrew Hill is perhaps known more for this date than any other in his catalog -- and with good reason... This is a stellar date, essential for any representative jazz collection, and a record that, in the 21st century, still points the way to the future for jazz."
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Harry Belafonte
The Midnight Special

  (Item #: belafmidni_2002) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Belafonte's 1962 release finally arrives on the site, with a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side two and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side one
  • Lively, balanced and vibrant, with a healthy dose of the Tubey Magical richness these recordings need to sound right (and which is rarely evident on the modern reissues made from these kinds of recordings)
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Known to rock collectors as being the first album to feature Bob Dylan (he plays harmonica on the title track), The Midnight Special is also a record that best exemplifies Harry Belafonte's uniqueness as a recording artist... Combining blues, big band, gospel, and soul, Belafonte utilizes mainly traditional material on one of his best programmed albums of the sixties."
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Fairport Convention
Unhalfbricking

  (Item #: fairpunhal_2002) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • The band's very well-recorded third album is here, and this early British Island pressing is killing it, with stunning Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound throughout and reasonably quiet vinyl
  • A copy like this is a rare audiophile treat - here is the rich, warm, clear, natural and lively sound you want for Fairport Convention
  • A superb collection of songs, including two previously unreleased Bob Dylan tracks, as well as Sandy Denny's first foray into songwriting, with the achingly powerful "Who Knows Where the Time Goes?"
  • 5 stars: "Unhalfbricking was a transitional album for the young Fairport Convention, in which the group shed its closest ties to its American folk-rock influences and started to edge toward a more traditional British folk-slanted sound."
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Muddy Waters
Folk Singer

  (Item #: waterfolks_2002) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Folk Singer is an exceptional live-in-the-studio recording, with some of the best sound Muddy Waters ever managed
  • This '80s reissue is guaranteed to trounce any heavy vinyl pressing you've heard of it or we'll give you your money back!
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Muddy's "unplugged" album was cut in September of 1963 and still sounds fresh and vital today. It was Muddy simply returning to his original style on a plain acoustic guitar in a well-tuned room..."
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King Crimson
In The Court Of The Crimson King

  (Item #: kingcinthe_2002) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An outstanding early British Island pressing of the band's debut album, earning killer Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides - exceptionally QUIET vinyl too
  • The sound is rich, warm and Tubey Magical, with breath and presence on the vocals, surrounded by studio space
  • At good loud levels the horns blasting away on 21st Century Schizoid Man are guaranteed to blow your mind
  • 5 stars: "The group's definitive album, and one of the most daring debut albums ever .... it blew all of the progressive/psychedelic competition out of the running, although it was almost too good for the band's own good -- it took King Crimson nearly four years to come up with a record as strong or concise."
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Phineas Newborn, Jr. Trio
The Newborn Touch

  (Item #: newbonewbo_2002) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Newborn's wonderful 1966 release makes its Hot Stamper debut with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • The timbre of the instruments in this brilliant jazz trio is so spot-on it makes all the hard work and money you've put into your stereo more than pay off
  • This vintage Contemporary pressing boasts exceptionally natural piano sound (courtesy of Howard Holzer) and live-in-the-studio jazz energy
  • 4 1/2 stars: "As is usual on his Contemporary recordings, the pianist explores superior jazz compositions... Newborn's remarkable control of the piano was still unimpaired, and he is heard giving Oscar Peterson a run for his money."
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The Monkees
The Monkees

  (Item #: monkemonke_2002) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Outstanding sound for this original Colgems stereo pressing with both sides earning Double Plus (A++) sonic grades and playing as quietly as any copy we've ever heard
  • We guarantee there is dramatically more richness, fullness, vocal presence, and performance energy on this copy than others you've heard, and that's especially true if you made the mistake of buying whatever Heavy Vinyl pressing is currently on the market
  • 4 stars: "The record wasn't only a commercial juggernaut, it also stands as one of the great debuts of all time, and while the record and the group have faced criticism from rock purists through the ages, it stands the test of time perfectly well, sounding as alive and as much fun 40 years later."
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The Dillards
Wheatstraw Suite

  (Item #: dillawheat_2002) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Stunning sound for this original Elektra Gold Label pressing with both sides earning nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades and playing as quietly as these early pressings ever do
  • This is a SHOCKINGLY well recorded album, full of Tubey Magic and as relaxed, smooth and natural as any record from 1968 has a right to be
  • 4 1/2 stars: "It never got any better than this... 13 all-but-perfect tracks... this is a finer rural/rock fusion album than Sweetheart of the Rodeo, the first Flying Burrito Brothers album, or the Beau Brummels' efforts during this same period, and an indispensable part of any collection of '60s music."
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The Beach Boys
Endless Summer

  (Item #: beachendle_1909_02) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side two and outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound for sides one, three and four - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Stunning Demo Disc sound on the best tracks -- rich, full and sweet beyond belief
  • Surfer Girl and In My Room are sublime on this pressing -- you will be blown away
  • 5 stars: "Endless Summer, which was assembled in consultation with Mike Love, soared to number one and charted high over two subsequent summers (spending three years on the charts, the longest of any of the group's albums)."
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Miles Davis
In Person - Friday Night

  (Item #: davisinper_1905_10_02) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • Superb sound throughout for this Columbia reissue pressing with each side rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or very close to it
  • Love the sound of vintage tube jazz recordings? This copy delivers like very few records can
  • Rich, smooth, and above all Tubey Magical, here is the ideal sound for this very special live date
  • 4 1/2 stars: Davis himself has never played with more intensity and muscularity on record than he does here. He is absolutely fierce ... an underappreciated group because of its relatively short life, but as evidenced here, the bandmembers swung fast and hard and never looked back. Miles fans will need both [Friday and Saturday Night] to fully appreciate how special this engagement with this particular band was."
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Frank Sinatra-Count Basie
At The Sands

  (Item #: sinatatthe_1901_7_02) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This wonderful set boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on all four sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Truly one of the greatest live albums of all time, recorded late at night in the big room at the Sands Hotel in Vegas
  • This is Basie and Sinatra in their natural habitat and in their prime, putting on the show of a lifetime
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Basie and the orchestra are swinging and dynamic, inspiring a textured, dramatic, and thoroughly enjoyable performance from Sinatra ... the definitive portrait of Frank Sinatra in the '60s."
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The Beatles
A Collection of Beatles Oldies

  (Item #: beatlcolle_1906_10_02) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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The Beatles
Please Please Me

  (Item #: beatlpleas_2002_1) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • This British stereo pressing offers excellent Hot Stamper sound for both sides of the brilliant debut from the Fab Four - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Here's proof that any Hot Stamper will soundly (ahem) beat the Heavy Vinyl pressing, and anything else you care to throw at it
  • 5 Stars at Allmusic and a Top 100 album, as well as our clear favorite of the band's first five releases
  • Glorious live-in-the-studio sound to rival The Beatles' best recordings - the immediacy and energy are really something to hear
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Love
Da Capo

  (Item #: love_dacap_2002) 

Our Price: $549.99

  • Insanely good Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish and one of the few White Hot copies to ever make it to the site
  • The recording quality here is big, rich and Tubey Magical, with lovely breathy vocals and a massive bottom end - thanks Bruce Botnick!
  • "... a truly classic body of work, highlighted by the atomic blast of pre-punk rock "7 and 7 Is" (their only hit single), the manic jazz tempos of "Stephanie Knows Who," and the enchanting "She Comes in Colors," perhaps Lee's best composition (and reportedly the inspiration for the Rolling Stones' "She's a Rainbow")."
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Horace Silver Quintet
The Tokyo Blues

  (Item #: silvetokyo_1903_6_9_02ex) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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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Junior Mance
Get Ready, Set, Jump!!!

  (Item #: mancegetre_1907_02) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding copy of Mance's 1964 release boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Wonderfully big, rich and LIVELY, with boatloads of Tubey Magic and three-dimensional space
  • This vintage stereo pressing boasts exceptionally natural piano sound and the live-in-the-studio energy of a swingin' group of veteran horn players
  • 4 stars: "Mance is joined by some of the cream of the West Coast studio and jazz players for a session that features Mance doing his blues thing on piano while the band swings at various tempi... resembling somewhat the style of the Count Basie Orchestra."
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Booker Ervin
The In Between

  (Item #: ervininbet_2002) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Booker Ervin makes his long-awaited site debut with this 1968 release, boasting a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side two and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side one - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound here is wonderful - big, lively, textured, open and clear with Tubey Magical richness that brings out the best in this jazzy hard bop sound
  • Credit must go to Rudy Van Gelder once again for the huge space this superbly well-recorded quintet occupies
  • 4 stars: "Every song on The In Between is an Ervin original designed to challenge the musicians... it's edgy, volatile hard bop that comes from the mind as much as the soul... The result is a satisfying, cerebral set of adventurous hard bop that finds Booker Ervin at a creative peak."
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Phineas Newborn, Jr.
A World of Piano!

  (Item #: newboaworl_2002) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Newborn's first album for Contemporary makes its Hot Stamper debut with killer Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish, coming in just shy of our Shootout Winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • One of the most musically impressive jazz piano recordings we've played in years - Newborn's improvisational skills are operating at the very highest level
  • The team of Ray DuNann and Howard Holzer insure that everything you want in an Audiophile Quality piano trio recording is here
  • 5 stars: "Phineas Newborn's Contemporary debut (he would record six albums over a 15-year period for the label) was made just before physical problems began to interrupt his career.... He performs five jazz standards and three obscurities by jazz composers on this superb recital..."
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The Beatles
Help

  (Item #: beatlhelp_1908_02) 

Our Price: $99.99
Sale Price: $74.99 (You save $25.00 / 25%)


  • Two killer sides with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - we guarantee you've never heard Help sound better
  • Want to hear The Beatles at their Tubey Magical best? Just play You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away on this UK stereo pressing
  • Everything that's great about Help is here - jangly 12 string guitars, harmonically rich tambourines, and breathy vocals
  • Side one alone boasts 7 classics: Help!, The Night Before, You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, I Need You, Another Girl, You’re Gonna Lose That Girl and Ticket to Ride - whew!
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Sunnyland Slim
Slim's Got His Thing Goin' On

  (Item #: slim_slims_2002) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Albert Luandrew, aka Sunnyland Slim, makes his Hot Stamper debut with this 1969 release, boasting outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • Huge, Tubey Magical and dynamic, with solid weight down low and lots of space around the instruments, this copy is guaranteed to fill your listening room with truly brilliant electric blues
  • "'Slim's Got His Thing Goin' On' may be classic, but it's not ordinary. More, it's totally unique. The blend of electric guitars, harmonicas and pianos is wonderful, production just rocks."
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The Beatles
Please Please Me

  (Item #: beatlpleas_2002) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this copy of the Beatles' debut album - exceptionally 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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Lalo / Symphonie Espagnole / Szeryng / Hendl

  (Item #: lalo_symph_2001) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This magnificent All Tube disc finally returns to the site for the first time in years, boasting stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from top to bottom
  • Henryk Szeryng performs with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Living Stereo it's one of the best sounding Victrola titles we have ever played, if not THE best
  • On this disc the exceedingly difficult violin pyrotechnics called for in the work are performed with consummate skill by one of the greatest players of the last century
  • With Stereo dynamics coupled with Tubey Orchestral Magic, this copy blew away the competition - a true Demo Disc
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Astrud Gilberto & Walter Wanderley
A Certain Smile...

  (Item #: gilbecerta_2001) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of this superb collaboration with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Both sides are rich, sweet and Tubey Magical with wonderfully breathy vocals, excellent clarity and solid down low
  • "Wanderley's organ playing is as enthusiastic and fluffy as ever, while Gilberto's singing (in both English and Portuguese) remains smile-inducing. Both manage to create an incredibly warm sound, and when Wanderley plays some piano (as on the beautiful "A Certain Sadness"), you can sense a spark between the two." - All Music
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The Curtis Counce Group
Carl's Blues

  (Item #: counccarls_1908_11_01) 

Our Price: $199.99
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  • A superb sounding copy on the real Contemporary label, boasting outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - fairly quiet vinyl throughout
  • This vintage pressing has the studio space, presence, driving energy, and midrange magic that’s almost always missing from whatever 180g reissue (at 33 or 45, don't fall for that BS) has been made from the 59 year old tapes
  • "Although the Curtis Counce Quintet was not a commercial success, their four Contemporary albums were all timeless in their own way, undated examples of high-quality hard bop from the late '50s. Excellent music that still sounds fresh four decades later."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Swings Brightly...

  (Item #: fitzgella_swings_brightly_2001) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An excellent early stereo copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Exceptionally lovely All Tube sound from 1961, with a huge, rich orchestra conducted by the legendary Nelson Riddle
  • Fitzgerald's performance on this album won her the Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance, her 7th Grammy
  • "The singer has rarely sounded better than during this period. Fitzgerald sticks mostly to familiar standards and is particularly memorable on 'Don't Be That Way,' 'What Am I Here For,' 'I'm Gonna Go Fishin',' and 'I Won't Dance.'"
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Cream
Disraeli Gears

  (Item #: creamdisra_2001) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A KILLER UK stereo copy of Cream's second studio album with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it throughout
  • 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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Harold Land
West Coast Blues!

  (Item #: land_westc_1911_01) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Truly superb sound can be found on both sides of this Jazzland recording, with each earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • Wally Heider, recording in San Francisco in 1960, captured the jazz excitement on tape, and George Horn took those tapes and mastered them faultlessly
  • "Tenor saxophonist Harold Land leads an all-star sextet that includes guitarist Wes Montgomery, trumpeter Joe Gordon, pianist Barry Harris, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Louis Hayes... The music is as well-played and swinging as one would expect from this superior bop group."
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The Beatles
The White Album

  (Item #: beatlwhite_2001) 

Our Price: $699.99

  • 11 pluses out of a possible 12?! Folks, this Triple Plus (A+++) White Hot White Album is just plain UNBEATABLE
  • This copy of the Beatles' double album masterpiece is going to thrill and delight the lucky person who snags it
  • Some of the most powerful and immersive Beatles sound you will ever hear - we guarantee you will be KNOCKED OUT
  • "If there is still any doubt that Lennon and McCartney are the greatest song writers since Schubert, then next Friday - with the publication of the new Beatles double LP - should surely see the last vestiges of cultural snobbery and bourgeois prejudice swept away in a deluge of joyful music making..." Right On!
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The Rolling Stones
Beggars Banquet

  (Item #: rollibegga_2001) 

Our Price: $799.99

  • A truly stunning copy of this exceptionally well-recorded Stones album from '68, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish; super quiet vinyl too!
  • The sound is rich and lively throughout -- the vocals are dramatically less gritty here than they are on most copies
  • This is the way Beggar's Banquet should sound and it doesn't take a pair of golden ears to hear it
  • One of a select group of Rolling Stones Must Own titles 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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The Beatles
Please Please Me

  (Item #: beatlpleas_2001) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A stunning copy of the Beatles debut studio album with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound 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 cleaner, clearer and more open than every other copy we played
  • 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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Joe Cocker
Joe Cocker! (1969)

  (Item #: cockejoeco_1969_2001) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This Joe Cocker favorite has KILLER Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last
  • Consistently stronger material - did Cocker ever release an album with more good songs than these?
  • How's this for a track listing: Dear Landlord; Bird on the Wire; She Came in Through the Bathroom Window; Something; Delta Lady; Darling Be Home Soon - and there's more
  • "Cocker mixed elements of late-'60s English blues revival recordings (John Mayall, et al.) with the more contemporary sounds of soul and pop; a sound fused in no small part by producer and arranger Leon Russell, whose gumbo mix figures prominently on this eponymous release and the infamous Mad Dogs & Englishmen live set."
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Judy Collins
Judy Collins #3

  (Item #: collijudy_collins_2001) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one and a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two, this pressing will be very hard to beat - exceptionally QUIET vinyl too
  • The "breath of life" is alive and well on these old LPs, the best reason for the truly serious audiophile to stay committed to analog
  • "Having established herself as one of the foremost interpreters of traditional material, Collins did the same for contemporary folk songwriters on this album, which mixed standards with pristine covers of compositions by Dylan, Pete Seeger and Shel Silverstein. With Jim (Roger) McGuinn arranging and playing second guitar and banjo, this album, which included a fine version of Seeger's "Turn! Turn! Turn!," had a clear (if overlooked) influence on the folk-rock he pioneered with the Byrds."
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The Everly Brothers
The Hit Sound Of...

  (Item #: everlhitso_2001_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner
  • The engineering team of Eddie Brackett and Lee Herschberg provide the exceptional recording fidelity - they would go on to win the Best Engineering Grammy for Strangers in the Night the same year
  • "Snow's I'm Movin' On rocks, and Little Richard's Good Golly Miss Molly clearly provided the blueprint for CCR's cover several years later. While they may not make you forget the Animal's version of the House of the Rising Sun, they do a fine version themselves. They were still struggling to find where they belonged on this LP, but they take us on enough highs through the trip to make it a worthwhile 37 minutes."
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Miles Davis
Birth of the Cool

  (Item #: davisbirth_1904_7_9_01ex) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: smithdynam_1908_01) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound, this is a wonderful vintage stereo pressing of a classic jazz collaboration from 1966 - exceptionally QUIET vinyl for a jazz record from this era as well
  • Big, rich and lively, thanks to Oliver Nelson's arrangements (and RVG's engineering), this big group of top players is having a blast and we think you will too
  • 5 stars: "The romping, aggressive big band charts [represent] Oliver Nelson at his best... The results are incendiary -- a near-ideal meeting of yin and yang... They are an amazing pair, complementing each other, driving each other, using their bop and blues taproots to fuse together a sound."
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Bizet-Shchedrin / Carmen Ballet Suite / Rozhdestvensky

  (Item #: bizetcarme_2001_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Unbelievable Shootout Winning Demo Disc quality sound on side one - this Triple Plus (A+++) side had more energy and snap than practically any we played
  • Side two was not especially good, but that's really not a problem since side one has by far the better music - it's where the most exciting, most percussive movements can be found
  • To be honest, the copy I owned for years still had a pristine side two, mostly because I never bothered to play it much
  • When you come to the end of side one you will not be wanting more - you will have heard everything that's good about this remarkable composition
  • This gloriously exciting and fun music belongs in any audiophile's collection
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The Beatles
A Hard Day’s Night

  (Item #: beatlahard_1904_6_10_01) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout, we guarantee you've never heard A Hard Day's Night sound remotely as good as it does here
  • On top of that this vintage UK pressing plays on relatively quiet vinyl - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • Both sides are big, spacious and absolutely jumping out of the speakers, with relatively rich, smooth sound
  • This one gets the heart of the music right - the lad's voices - and that's what makes The Beatles FUN to listen to
  • 5 stars: "Decades after its original release, its punchy blend of propulsive rhythms, jangly guitars, and infectious, singalong melodies is remarkably fresh."
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Joni Mitchell
Clouds

  (Item #: mitchcloud_1906_10_01) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • A lovely vintage pressing of Clouds, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Check out the clear transients on the acoustic 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... This essential release is a must-listen."
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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
So Far

  (Item #: crosbsofar_2001_2) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other pressing of So Far you've heard
  • The two tracks exclusive to this album, Ohio and Find the Cost of Freedom, are amazingly well recorded
  • Huge, rich and energetic, this pressing brings the gorgeous harmonies of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young to life like nothing you have ever heard
  • 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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Lee Morgan
The Sidewinder

  (Item #: morgasidew_1908_01) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This wonderful copy of this Blue Note classic earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides and plays about as quietly as a vintage Blue Note ever does
  • Unusually rich, full-bodied, lively and present sound which brings out the best in this music
  • It's nearly impossible to find clean vintage pressings of Blue Notes these days, let alone copies that sound as good as this one does
  • 5 stars: "Carried by its almost impossibly infectious eponymous opening track, The Sidewinder helped foreshadow the sounds of boogaloo and soul-jazz with its healthy R&B influence and Latin tinge... The group works together seamlessly to create an album that crackles with energy while maintaining a stylish flow."
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Eric Dolphy
Caribé

  (Item #: dolphcarib_1910_01) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • KILLER sound on both sides of this later Prestige pressing with each earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • Not knowing much about the album, we were shocked at how well recorded Caribé is - RVG in 1960 is hard to beat for ENERGY and the sense of immediacy you get from being right in the room with these exciting musicians
  • "This record is the equivalent of throwing a stick of dynamite into a sedate, well-ordered dinner party, having the dynamite go off with a bang, and somehow leaving everything in its place. Such is the volatile Eric Dolphy, a serious wailer on the alto sax and even more idiosyncratic and radical on the bass clarinet, who barges into the lair of Juan Amalbert's Latin Jazz Quintet and doesn't perturb them in the least... fascinating without a doubt."
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Sonny Rollins
Alfie (Original Music From The Score)

  (Item #: rollialfie_2001) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A superb copy of Sonny Rollins' Alfie, boasting outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • 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 Van Gelder, a Top Impulse title, and as much a showcase for Oliver Nelson (+11) as it is for Sonny Rollins
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail vinyl they're pressing these days - if you want to hear the Tubey Magic, size and energy of this wonderful album, an early pressing is the only way to go
  • 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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Jimi Hendrix
Are You Experienced

  (Item #: hendrareyo_2001_1) 

Our Price: $749.99

  • SUPERB! An insanely good copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides -- this one will blow you away!
  • The sound is dramatically bigger, cleaner, livelier and more present than you'll hear on any other copy
  • Incredible sound for Purple Haze, Hey Joe, The Wind Cries Mary, Fire and Foxy Lady
  • No matter what version you've been playing, we guarantee you'll be blown away by the energy and punch on this import
  • "One of the most stunning debuts in rock history, and one of the definitive albums of the psychedelic era." 5 stars
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Leonard Bernstein
Conducts Symphonic Dances...

  (Item #: bernsconducts_1908_01) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides of this vintage Columbia pressing - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • The best copies are out of this world, reproducing some of the most dynamic, exciting, richest, and most spacious sound we have ever heard from the man's records
  • The music is wonderful of course, with the Suites giving you all the best parts of his marvelous compositions with none of the filler
  • Vibrant orchestrations, high quality sound and fairly quiet surfaces combine for an immersive and engrossing listening experience
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Blind Faith
Blind Faith

  (Item #: blindblind_2001) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) Shootout Winning side one and a Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy had some of the best sound we have ever heard on the album
  • This is no audiophile "made-from-the-master-tape" snake oil, this is the real thing from the UK - the difference will be dramatic as soon as the needle hits the groove
  • Can't Find My Way Home sounds superb here - we guarantee you've never heard it sound better - exceptionally QUIET vinyl too
  • "As much a follow-up to Traffic's self-titled second album as it is to Cream's final output, it merges the soulful blues of the former with the heavy riffing and outsized song lengths of the latter for a very compelling sound unique to this band."
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Jimmy Reed
Jimmy Reed at Carnegie Hall

  (Item #: reed_jimmy_1910_01) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Jimmy Reed makes his debut on this site with this stunning copy of Jimmy Reed at Carnegie Hall
  • You'll find Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on ALL FOUR sides of this killer album
  • A surprisingly good recording - this early stereo pressing is wonderfully big and rich, with natural tonality and more three-dimensional space than any other copy we played
  • It took us years to find enough early Vee-Jay stereo (and mono) pressings that played quietly in order to do this shootout, and here is the winner in all its glory!
  • 5 stars: "... In some ways, it almost does make for a greatest-hits compilation, as it contains most of Reed's most popular tunes... it was highly popular and influential, making the Top 50 at a time when few blues LPs charted."
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Bud Shank
Brazilliance Vol. 2

  (Item #: shankbrazi_1903_9_01) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Shank's 1962 collaboration with Laurindo Almeida arrives with a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side one and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side two - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Another superb Rickard Bock production from the early '60s, with huge amounts of studio space and Tubey Magic to die for
  • The combination of Shank's sax and flute with Almeida's Brazilan folk-influenced guitar creates a delightful and unique fusion of bossa nova-influenced jazz
  • These two would go on to form the L.A. 4, but we much prefer their earlier work on this album
  • 4 stars: "...once again combining Brazilian rhythms and folk melodies with cool bop improvising... highly recommended."
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The Moody Blues
On The Threshold Of A Dream

  (Item #: moodyonthe_2001_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb copy with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • You will not believe how punchy, lively, dynamic, and exciting some of these tracks sound here - this is one of their best albums for both music and sound!
  • 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 UK pressing is the way to go
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... [I]n 1969 this was envelope-ripping, genre-busting music, scaling established boundaries into unknown territory, not only "outside the box" but outside of any musical box that had been conceived at that moment..."
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Love
Love

  (Item #: love_love_2001) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A superb sounding stereo original of Love's first album, with a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side two and an excellent Double Plus (A++) side one - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • A classic from 1966, a combination of proto-punk and psychedelia featuring My Little Red Book, Hey Joe and more
  • The first Love album is without a doubt the punchiest, liveliest, most POWERFUL recording in the Love catalog
  • Engineered by none other than Bruce Botnick, here is the kind of massive bottom end weight and energy that we like to call WHOMP
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Love's debut is both their hardest-rocking early album and their most Byrds-influenced..."
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Wilson Pickett
I'm In Love

  (Item #: pickeimini_1908_10_01) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Stunning sound throughout with both sides of this original Atlantic Green and Blue label stereo LP earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • We guarantee there is dramatically more richness, fullness, vocal presence, and performance energy on this copy than others you've heard, and that's especially true for whatever godawful Heavy Vinyl pressing is currently being foisted on an unsuspecting record buying public
  • "... the Wicked Pickett sounds a lot more convincing on this album's romantic numbers than anyone would have had a right to expect from one of the baddest cats of Southern soul... it's a good set of tunes, performed with Pickett's usual high level of passion and skill, and if you're any kind of fan you'll revel in it." - All Music
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Leonard Cohen
Songs Of Leonard Cohen

  (Item #: cohensongs_of_leonard_2001) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This is an outstanding vintage pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound on BOTH sides - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • Bigger and clearer than most of what we played - intimate, breathy vocals are key to the better copies such as this one
  • 5 stars: "The ten songs on Songs of Leonard Cohen were certainly beautifully constructed, artful in a way few (if any) other lyricists would approach for some time, but what's most striking about these songs isn't Cohen's technique, superb as it is, so much as his portraits of a world dominated by love and lust, rage and need, compassion and betrayal...few musicians have ever created a more remarkable or enduring debut."
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Bob Dylan
Another Side of Bob Dylan (in Stereo)

  (Item #: dylananoth_2001) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An excellent Stereo copy of this early Dylan classic with surprisingly good Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The mono pressings are superb as well, but we were surprised at just how clear and present Dylan's voice sounded on this copy
  • Many classics are here: All I Really Want To Do, Chimes Of Freedom, My Back Pages, It Ain't Me Babe and 7 more
  • 5 Stars: "Another Side of Bob Dylan is a more varied record and it's more successful, too, since it captures Dylan expanding his music, turning in imaginative, poetic performances on love songs and protest tunes alike. The result is one of his very best records, a lovely intimate affair."
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Roy Orbison
In Dreams

  (Item #: orbisindre_1908_01) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Superb sound for this copy of Orbison's 1963 release, with both stereo sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER
  • It does have some condition issues though - finding clean copies of early Orbison albums has always been an uphill battle, which is why so few copies have ever made it to the site
  • Full-bodied and warm, exceptionally open and clear with wonderfully sweet vocals - this pressing presents the music the way it was meant to be heard - thanks Bill Porter!
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Orbison's voice was never better than on this recording. The heights he reaches on the title cut, 'Lonely Wine,' the swaggering country and R&B of 'Blue Avenue,' and 'My Prayer' are simply mind-blowing... the song choices are impeccable."
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Coleman Hawkins
Today and Now

  (Item #: hawkitoday_1904_6_01ex) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this superbly engineered recording by Rudy Van Gelder
  • This vintage Impulse stereo LP has plenty of Tubey Magic and driving energy - we expect nothing less from RVG in 1962, and this pressing delivers
  • Tommy Flanagan on piano provides fine support for Mr. Hawkins' breathy stylings - both Down Beat and Allmusic awarded Today and Now 4 Stars!
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Sarah Vaughan
Dreamy

  (Item #: vaughdream_1907_10_01) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides of this copy of Sarah Vaughan's 1960 release - exceptionally rare quiet vinyl too
  • 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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Sammy Davis Jr.
The Nat King Cole Song Book

  (Item #: davisnatki_1903_9_01) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • A superb sounding original stereo copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or very close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Bigger and richer, with lovely Tubey Magic and breathy vocals, this Tri-Color Reprise pressing lets us hear Sammy at the peak of his powers performing some of Nat's most memorable songs
  • 4 Stars: "Alongside Cole's collaborator, Billy May, and notable jazz arranger Claus Ogerman, Davis and company turned in one of the finest and most underrated efforts."
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Wes Montgomery
Goin' Out of My Head

  (Item #: montggoino_1906_10_01) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout -- this early stereo copy blew most of the competition away with its Tubey Magical richness and vibrant jazz energy
  • Once again Oliver Nelson's Big Band arrangements take the music to another level - the guy's a genius
  • "...it's a classic big-band album, with smart charts by Nelson and stolen moments of Montgomery's guitar grandeur and romantic truth scattered throughout.
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Santana
Santana

  (Item #: santasant1_1906_8_10_01) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • WOW! Amazing sound throughout with both sides of this 360 early pressing earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to them - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • A Must Own album, clearly their Masterpiece, and one of the truly groundbreaking debuts in rock history - a personal favorite that knocked me out when I first heard it back in high school, and over the decades it has become even more impressive
  • The drums have real snap to them - this copy delivers the fast, clean percussion that is absolutely critical to Santana's music
  • "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. The combination of rock guitar and funk percussion was undeniable." Rolling Stone
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Gershwin / Con. In F & Rhapsody In Blue / Previn / Kostelanetz

  (Item #: gershconce_8286_2001) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This Columbia Black Print early stereo 360 has outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - reasonably quiet vinyl too, especially for a vintage pressing
  • As would be expected, both sides are exceptionally rich and Tubey Magical, with the clarity, deep bass and powerful, dynamic sound the work needs
  • Both sides earned excellent sonic grades for their full brass and especially clear, solid, present piano, one with practically no trace of vintage analog tube smear
  • Performed with consummate skill and attention to detail - the results are magnificent!
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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
So Far

  (Item #: crosbsofar_2001) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This stunning copy offers exceptionally good Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second
  • The two tracks exclusive to this album, Ohio and Find the Cost of Freedom, are amazingly well recorded - both have Demo Disc quality sound on this killer side one
  • Huge, rich and energetic, this pressing brings the gorgeous harmonies of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young to life like nothing you have ever heard
  • 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 Allman Brothers
The Allman Brothers

  (Item #: allmaallma_2001) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent copy of the band's debut, with seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides and reasonably quiet vinyl, especially on side one
  • 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
  • 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
Revolver

  (Item #: beatlrevol_2001) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other Revolver you've heard - exceptionally quiet vinyl for the most part too
  • Here is the space, energy, presence clarity and massive bottom end you had no idea were even possible on Revolver
  • 14 amazing tracks including Taxman; Eleanor Rigby; Here, There and Everywhere; Yellow Submarine; Good Day Sunshine; Got To Get You Into My Life and Tomorrow Never Knows (!)
  • "Even after Sgt. Pepper, Revolver stands as the ultimate modern pop album and it's still as emulated as it was upon its original release."
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Jackie McLean
Let Freedom Ring

  (Item #: mclealetfr_2001) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better sounding copies we played in our shootout
  • Superb All Tube Stereo sound by Rudy Van Gelder, and the high-rez, tonally correct mastering brings out even the most subtle nuances of the sound of this adventurous quartet
  • Allmusic 5 out of 5 stars / Penguin Guide to Jazz 4 out of 4 stars / The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 5 out of 5 stars - you can't do much better than that!
  • "Jackie McLean had always been a highly emotional soloist, so it makes sense that he was one of the first hard bop veterans to find a new voice in the burning intensity of jazz's emerging avant-garde... Let Freedom Ring was the landmark masterpiece where he put everything together and ushered in the era of the modernists at Blue Note."
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Mel Torme
Songs of New York

  (Item #: tormesongs_1909_01) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This surprisingly good sounding pressing of Mel Torme's 1963 album earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • Like many of the best Mel Torme recordings from back in the day, the sound here is rich, warm and smooth, with Vintage Analog Tubey Magic to die for
  • Turn it up and The Velvet Fog will be standing right between your speakers, putting his heart and soul into these American standards
  • "This thematic recording, with songs all relating to New York City, has vocalist Mel Tormé singing in fine fashion... done with the heartfelt passion of a man who has lived in the Big Apple and has many tales to tell."
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