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Cannonball Adderley
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy!

  (Item #: addermercy_1812_1903) 

Our Price: $129.99
Sale Price: $99.00 (You save $30.99 / 24%)


  • This outstanding 2-pack boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this 1965 release
  • One of the man's most enjoyable albums - the sound is bigger and livelier and above all balanced, avoiding many of the problems we heard on the originals
  • 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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Bob Dylan
Another Side of Bob Dylan

  (Item #: dylananoth_1903) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • An amazing 360 Mono pressing of this early Dylan classic, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides are tonally correct, Tubey Magical, clear and present - this copy puts a living, breathing, 23 year old Bob Dylan right between your speakers
  • Many of his 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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Bobby Darin
From Hello Dolly To Goodbye Charlie

  (Item #: darinfromh_1902_1) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This original Capitol rainbow label LP has excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • 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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Donald Byrd
The Cat Walk

  (Item #: byrd_catwa_1903) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Donald Byrd's brilliant 1962 release finally arrives with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally 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 the man consistently managed to get on tape, and other engineers struggled to find
  • 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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Deep Purple
The Book of Taliesyn

  (Item #: deeppbooko_1902_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Both sides here are big and full-bodied with tons of bottom end weight
  • 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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Ella Fitzgerald
Sings The Jerome Kern Songbook

  (Item #: fitzgsings_kern_1903) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Ella's Great American Song Book release of Kern standards from The Golden Age of All Tube Audio (1963 in this case) comes to the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • A superb recording of standards with a wonderful lineup and Ella in top form - plenty of Tubey Magical, breathy vocals as well
  • Arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle, the orchestration of each song is "smart and swinging, with a lush, full sound that balances punch and lyricism."
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...the album proves Fitzgerald's voice as golden as ever... It's sure to please fans of Kern and big-band standards, and for aficionados of Fitzgerald's other Song Book albums, this is a must."
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Bola Sete
At The Monterey Jazz Festival

  (Item #: sete_monte_1903) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Sete's superb trio album from 1967 makes its Hot Stamper debut with outstanding nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish, right up there with our Shootout Winner
  • We are big fans of Bola Sete here - his Tour De Force has been a favorite of ours for more than twenty years (if only we could find clean, good sounding copies to sell)
  • Recorded in 1966, this vintage stereo pressing boasts exceptionally natural guitar sound, as well as note-like bass and the kind of energy you rarely get outside of a live performance
  • "Soulful, unpretentious, unaffected, intimate, candid, organic Afro-Brazilian jazz."
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Coleman Hawkins
Coleman Hawkins All Stars

  (Item #: hawkicolem_1902_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades
  • Both sides here are full-bodied, lively and super spacious with a lovely bottom end
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Hawkins proves again and again why his sound is not only the epitome of jazz, but forever timeless... The demonstrative yet subtle Hawkins is in full flight here..." - All Music
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Donald Byrd
A New Perspective

  (Item #: byrd_newpe_1808_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $129.00 (You save $20.99 / 14%)


  • An outstanding stereo pressing of one of our all-time favorite Blue Note albums with solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • The gospel vocals are amazingly well recorded (thanks RVG!) - with the transparency of this copy, you can easily pick out and follow each voice
  • To hear the real RVG magic, play Beast of Burden on side one - that's some real audiophile Demo Disc sound
  • 5 stars: "One of the most successful uses of a gospel choir in a jazz context. This is a memorable effort that is innovative in its own way, a milestone in Donald Byrd's career."
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Pink Floyd
Piper at the Gates of Dawn

  (Item #: pinkfpiper_1903_1) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An outstanding import pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This vintage British LP is spacious, lively, full-bodied, and full of the Tubey Magic that lets the early Floyd sound the way it should
  • Based on our extensive experience, it's highly unlikely any (pricey!) original can touch this later pressing
  • 5 stars: "...successfully captures both sides of psychedelic experimentation — the pleasures of expanding one’s mind and perception, and an underlying threat of mental disorder and even lunacy... One of the best psychedelic albums of all time."
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Ella Fitzgerald
The Johnny Mercer Song Book

  (Item #: fitzgsings_mercer_1802_1903) 

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


  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this superb Verve stereo original LP
  • The huge, rich orchestral sound captured so beautifully by Val Valentin is always one of the highlights of these songbooks
  • By the time this one came out in 1964 Ella had already recorded 18 LPs of songbooks - this was the last, going out on a high note
  • Some of the Mercer Classics here are Too Marvelous For Words, Day In-Day Out, Laura, Skylark, Midnight Sun, I Remember You
  • AMG raves "this is one of the best of Ella Fitzgerald's songbooks. Fitzgerald's assured and elegant voice is a perfect match for Mercer's urbane lyrics and Nelson Riddle's supple arrangements..."
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Cannonball Adderley
Cannonball's Bossa Nova

  (Item #: addercanno_1812_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An exceptionally rare and superb sounding early stereo pressing - it boasts Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it 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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Bob Dylan
The Times They Are A-Changin'

  (Item #: dylantimes_1808_1903) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Oustanding sound throughout on this 360 stereo pressing, with each side rating a solid Double Plus (A++)
  • The key to this stark recording - just Bob and his acoustic guitar and harmonica - is correct tonality, presence and intimacy, and here you get a good helping of all three
  • If you've played other copies of the album - on MoFi, Sundazed or Columbia LP, on the CD, on whatever - the Tubey Magic of the midrange here are going to blow your mind.
  • His classic 3rd LP (1964) - all original and often groundbreaking material; 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic
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Art Pepper
Smack Up

  (Item #: peppesmack_1803_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Frank Sinatra
My Kind of Broadway

  (Item #: sinatmykin_1812_1903) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $169.00 (You save $30.99 / 15%)


  • This superb pressing of Sinatra's 1965 release boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or close to them on both sides
  • Superb Tubey Magical mid-'60s Sinatra sound which was recorded in various sessions from 1961 to 1965
  • The sound on this original Reprise LP is richer, fuller and, importantly, SMOOTHER than the other pressings we played
  • "When Sinatra delivers, as he does on the show-stopper "Luck Be a Lady," the results are pretty spectacular..."
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Charles Mingus
Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus

  (Item #: mingumingumingu_1808_1902) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding vintage stereo copy boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound, or close to it, from start to finish
  • Impulse released a Heavy Vinyl pressing in 1995, as did Speakers Corner in 2003, but neither can hold a candle to the real thing
  • Mingus was a genius and the original music on this record is just one more album's worth of proof of the undeniability of that fact
  • 5 stars: "It closes out the most productive and significant chapter of his career, and one of the most fertile, inventive hot streaks of any composer in jazz history."
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Mel Torme
Swings Shubert Alley

  (Item #: tormeswing_1802_1903) 

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


  • Both sides of this Mel Torme vintage masterpiece boast Double Plus (A++) grades for their excellent sound quality - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • One of our all-time favorite Male Vocal albums - exceptionally well recorded and just about mindblowing on a copy like this
  • Big and spacious with amazing richness and warmth, this is a Vocal Demo Disc like few others - Mel is magnificent
  • 5 stars: "The overall mood... is unrestrained enthusiasm, and it makes for an excellent record."
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Sammy Davis Jr.
Sings The Big One For Young Lovers

  (Item #: davissings_1902x) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • 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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Bob Dylan
Nashville Skyline

  (Item #: dylannashv_1805_1903) 

Our Price: $249.99
Sale Price: $199.00 (You save $50.99 / 20%)


  • With Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and Double Plus (A++) on the second, this copy has the real Nashville Skyline magic
  • A notoriously difficult record to find with the right sonics and surfaces - this one is about as quiet as they come
  • "Lay Lady Lay," "To Be Alone With You," "I Threw It All Away," "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You" are true country-rock standards
  • 5 stars: "It's a warm, friendly album, particularly since Bob Dylan is singing in a previously unheard gentle croon — the sound of his voice is so different it may be disarming upon first listen, but it suits the songs."
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Albert King
Live Wire - Blues Power

  (Item #: king_livew_1812_1903) 

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


  • An insanely good copy of this Must Own Live Blues album, with Triple Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • Accept no substitutes - no reissue of the album can ever give you the energy, size and you-are-there presence that's on this disc
  • Finding originals with top quality sound and surfaces this quiet is quite a feat, but here one is - it plays Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Live Wire/Blues Power is one of Albert King's definitive albums. Recorded live at the Fillmore Auditorium in 1968, the guitarist is at the top of his form throughout the record — his solos are intense and piercing... he makes Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man" dirty and funky and wrings out all the emotion from "Blues at Sunrise.""
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John Mayall
The Turning Point

  (Item #: mayalturni_1902_1) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • This is a superb recording, something that cannot be said for most of Mayall's output from this period (and none of his later albums in our experience)
  • More importantly, this is some of the best music we have ever heard from the man - this is a uniquely special group effort
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "This album also signifies a distinct departure from the decibel-drowning electrified offerings of his previous efforts, providing instead an exceedingly more folk- and roots-based confab... [Jon] Mark's precision and tasteful improvisational skills [on acoustic guitar] place this incarnation into heady spaces."
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Cream
Wheels of Fire

  (Item #: creamwheel_1902) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding copy of Wheels of Fire, with a Triple Plus (A+++) side four and solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on one, two and three - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • UK pressed. huge and rich, with plenty of low end and hard-rockin' energy - good luck finding another that sounds this good
  • For '60s power trio, you just can't do much better than the live material on this album
  • White Room, Sitting On Top Of The World, Politician, Born Under A Bad Sign -- this is the essence of British Blues Rock
  • "In almost every regard, Wheels of Fire is a terrific showcase for Clapton as a guitarist, especially on the first side of the live album with "Crossroads," a mighty encapsulation of all of his strengths."
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Coleman Hawkins
Coleman Hawkins All Stars

  (Item #: hawkicolem_1902) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Stunning sound throughout with both sides earning shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • This one was doing it all right -- richer, fuller, better bass, more Tubey Magic, and the list goes on
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Hawkins proves again and again why his sound is not only the epitome of jazz, but forever timeless... The demonstrative yet subtle Hawkins is in full flight here..." - All Music
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Deep Purple
The Book of Taliesyn

  (Item #: deeppbooko_1902) 

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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Dexter Gordon
One Flight Up

  (Item #: gordoonefl_1812_1902) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better copies we played in our most recent shootout
  • With its presence, clarity, space and timbral accuracy, this is guaranteed to be one of the best sounding jazz records you've heard
  • One of our very favorite Blue Notes for both music and sound, a Dexter Gordon Classic of soulful hard bop
  • Turn it up good and loud and it's as if you are right up front at one of the best '60s jazz concerts imaginable
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Jimmy Smith
Hobo Flats

  (Item #: smithhobof_1806_1902) 

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


  • 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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Sonny Rollins
What's New?

  (Item #: rolliwhatsn_1812_1902) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Two superb sides with each rating a seriously good Double Plus (A++) grade for sound
  • This is vintage 1962 Living Stereo sound at its best - big, rich, relaxed, tonally correct and full of Tubey Magic - thanks Ray Hall!
  • Damn quiet for a Black Label stereo original - it plays Mint Minus Minus and has no audible marks of any kind
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Rollins' characteristically huge tone, relentless harmonic and rhythmic inventiveness, and fierce solos were consistently impressive. Not only did he state the melody clearly and superbly, but his ideas and pacing were remarkable; no solo rambled and his phrases were lean, thick and furious."
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Cream
Disraeli Gears

  (Item #: creamdisra_1809_1902) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding UK Reaction pressing of Cream's second studio album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The best sounding pressngs have raw, hard-rockin', power trio magic in spades and much less grit and grain
  • Excellent 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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Jethro Tull
Stand Up

  (Item #: jethrstand_1902_1) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two and a side one that's right up there with it, this copy has much to recommend it
  • This Jethro Tull Classic is a tough record to come by with this kind of sound and vinyl that plays so QUIETLY
  • Tull's best album? It gets my vote, and this copy will make the case if you turn it up good and loud
  • "Stand Up! has great textural interest, due, in part, to a more sophisticated recording technique, in part to the organ, mandolin, balalaika, etc., which Anderson plays to enrich each song. The band is able to work with different musical styles, but without a trace of the facile, glib manipulation which strains for attention."
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Barbra Streisand
The Barbara Streisand Album

  (Item #: streibarbr_1902_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this 360 original stereo pressing was one of the better copies we played in our recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Amazingly Tubey Magical and intimate, this copy will teleport a living, breathing Barbra Streisand directly into your listening room like no album of hers you have ever heard
  • 5 stars: "Of course, the first thing that strikes you listening to the first Barbra Streisand album, recorded and released before the singer's 21st birthday, is that great voice. And it isn't just the sheer quality of the voice, its purity and its strength throughout its register, it's also the mastery of vocal effects that produce dramatic readings of the lyrics -- each song is like a one-act musical."
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Neil Young
Neil Young

  (Item #: youngneily_1901_) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • 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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The Beatles
Abbey Road

  (Item #: beatlabbey_1902_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A wonderful copy of The Beatles' last and arguably greatest album, with superb Double 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
  • A copy this good might just give you a new appreciation for one of the Greatest Rock Albums of All Time
  • Allmusic 5 Stars, a permanent member of the Better Records Top 100, and a Desert Island Disc if there ever was one
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Wes Montgomery
Willow Weep For Me

  (Item #: montgwillo_1902) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • 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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Miles Davis
Sketches Of Spain

  (Item #: davissketc_1902_1) 

Our Price: $649.99

  • Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish, making this a truly killer copy!
  • Both of these Six Eye original stereo sides were stunning, knocking us out and naturally earning our top sonic grade
  • Tons of ambience and Tubey Magic - this 30th Street recording shows just how good Columbia's engineers were back then
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "The most luxuriant and stridently romantic recording Davis ever made"
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Aretha Franklin
Aretha Arrives

  (Item #: frankareth_1902_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • With insanely good Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side two and a solid Double Plus (A++) side one, this original Atlantic stereo pressing was a HUGE step up over most of what we played
  • The tonal balance is correct on both sides, with a fairly extended top end that allows The First Lady of Soul's vocals to get loud without getting too harsh
  • The vocal presence on these vintage pressings is good enough to put Aretha right in your listening room
  • "...captures Aretha Franklin in peak form... the core band is the same one that provided the fire on her previous album... An essential addition to her discography."
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Cream
Fresh Cream

  (Item #: creamfresh_1902x) 

Our Price: $649.99

  • 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
  • "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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The Band
Music From Big Pink

  (Item #: band_music_1812_1902) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Outstanding sound for The Band's auspicious debut, with seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Forget all those lifeless, ambience-free, vague sounding Heavy Vinyl pressings - THIS is the right sound for the album
  • It's big, punchy and dynamic, and resolves the intricacies of the recording that make it so interesting to us audiophiles
  • 5 stars: "...as soon as "The Weight" became a singles chart entry, the album and the group made their own impact, influencing a movement toward roots styles and country elements in rock. Over time, [the album] came to be regarded as a watershed work in the history of rock, one that introduced new tones and approaches to the constantly evolving genre."
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The Band
The Band

  (Item #: band_band_1810_1902) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sonic grades on both sides, this is a great sounding copy of an absolutely essential album
  • Big bass, rich meaty guitars and smooth silky vocals make this a Band album like you have never heard before.
  • Not only is the sound superb, but both sides here play Mint Minus Minus, about as quiet as we can find them
  • 5 stars: "The arrangements were simultaneously loose and assured, giving the songs a timeless appeal..."
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Creedence Clearwater Revival
Bayou Country

  (Item #: creedbayou_1902_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
  • Proud Mary and Good Golly Miss Molly are two of the best sounding tracks found on the album - they sound great here
  • Our pick for the best sounding CCR recording - when you have a copy that sounds as good as this one does
  • "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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Creedence Clearwater Revival
Bayou Country

  (Item #: creedbayou_1902) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Two outstanding sides, earning very strong Double Plus (A++) sonic grades and pressed on exceptionally quiet vinyl
  • Proud Mary and Good Golly Miss Molly are two of the best sounding tracks found on the album - they sound great here
  • Our pick for the best sounding CCR recording -- when you have a copy that sounds as good as this one does
  • "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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Thelonious Monk
Straight, No Chaser

  (Item #: monk_strai_1811_1902) 

Our Price: $199.99
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  • This early 360 Stereo Columbia pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • If you want to hear just how good Monk's big, rich piano sounds, this copy can show you like nothing you've heard
  • Four Stars in Allmusic, with Teo Macero producing and top Columbia engineering to insure audiophile standard sonics
  • "Thelonious Monk’s Straight, No Chaser is the pinnacle of his recordings for Columbia Records..." — TheAudioBeat.com
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The Who
Tommy

  (Item #: who__tommy_1806_1902) 

Our Price: $249.99
Sale Price: $199.00 (You save $50.99 / 20%)


  • Outstanding sound for all four sides - nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) on two sides (close to our Shootout Winners) and two at Double Plus (A++)
  • Our Black Label Track pressing here has the rich, spacious, Tubey Magical sound that truly brings the story of a deaf, dumb and blind boy to life
  • A truly incredible recording and a completely immersive experience on a copy that sounds as good as this one does
  • Top 100 (of course), and we're happy to report that the British Track vinyl is exceptionally QUIET throughout
  • "...Townshend's ability to construct a lengthy conceptual narrative brought new possibilities to rock music."
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Frank Sinatra - Duke Ellington
Francis A. & Edward K.

  (Item #: sinatfranc_1811_1902) 

Our Price: $249.99
Sale Price: $199.00 (You save $50.99 / 20%)


  • A stunning sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first
  • Incredibly big, rich and Tubey Magical yet still clean, clear and open with excellent bass
  • Sinatra is both natural and present - he actually sounds like he is standing on the same stage as Ellington's band
  • "Recorded on Sinatra's birthday in 1967, this collaboration between America's most popular singing icon and pre-eminent jazz composer still endures as one of Sinatra's most enjoyable Reprise-era albums." - Amazon
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Jimmy Smith
Bashin'

  (Item #: smithbashi_1812_1902) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • One of the better copies from our most recent shootout of this Big Band Jazz classic led by Jimmy Smith's organ; Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • If you choose to only own one Jimmy Smith album, make it this one - the first side swings like you will not believe
  • A Five Star album on Allmusic: "On the first half of the program, Smith was for the first time joined by a big band. Oliver Nelson provided the arrangements, trumpeter Joe Newman and altoist Phil Woods have a solo apiece, and "Walk on the Wild Side" became Smith's biggest hit up to that point."
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Fleetwood Mac
Greatest Hits

  (Item #: fleetgreat_1901x) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding original British pressing with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides
  • Big, rich, energetic, with tons of Analog Tubey Magic, this original Orange Label pressing has exactly the right sound for this music
  • Oh Well, Parts One and Two; Black Magic Woman; Man of the World, and the surprise Number One single Albatross are all here and sounding great
  • Peter Green is hands down our favorite British Blues Guitarist of All Time - play this record and you will surely see why we feel that way
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Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd
Jazz Samba

  (Item #: getz_jazz_samba_1810_1902) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A wonderful vintage stereo copy of this Bossa Nova classic - both sides rate a Double Plus (A++) or close to it for their outstanding sonics
  • The 1962 sound here is clear, open and highly resolving, yet still rich, warm and smooth - thanks to the brilliant engineering of Ed Greene
  • We rarely see surfaces this nice - clean copies that play as quietly as this LP are nearly impossible to find nowadays
  • 5 Stars: "Jazz Samba stands on its own artistic merit as a shimmering, graceful collection that's as subtly advanced - in harmony and rhythm - as it is beautiful. Getz and guitarist Charlie Byrd - who was actually responsible for bringing bossa nova to the U.S. and introducing Getz to the style - have the perfect touch for bossa nova's delicate, airy texture."
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Herbie Hancock
My Point of View

  (Item #: hancomypoi_1812_1902) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb sounding copy of Hancock's sophomore release from 1963 - this one earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides
  • Grant Green on guitar and killer horn men (Hank Mobley on tenor, Grachan Moncur III on trombone, and Donald Byrd on trumpet) make this a special date indeed
  • About as quiet a copy as you will ever find- this one plays Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • "Hot on the heels of his debut album Takin’ Off Hancock piled on the punishment with another must-have recording, My Point of View. He assembled an astonishing septet for the sessions [which] gave him three brass voices to play with, the contrasting luminous flow of Grant Green, with free-swinging Anthony Williams and Chuck Israels at the anchor."
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Miles Davis
E.S.P.

  (Item #: davisesp_1810_1902) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This pressing boasts an insanely good Triple Plus (A+++) side one mated with an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side two - it's one of the winning copies from our recent shootout
  • There's plenty of 1965 Columbia 360 Label Stereo Tubey Magic - the vintage analog sound here is real, tonally correct, and above all, natural
  • Miles fronts his second classic quintet here, made up of Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams
  • "The very sound of modern jazz ... The compositions are brilliantly structured, encouraging such free-form exploration with their elliptical yet memorable themes. This quintet may have cut more adventurous records, but ESP remains one of their very best albums."
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Coleman Hawkins
Today and Now

  (Item #: hawkitoday_1810_1902) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this superbly engineered recording by Rudy Van Gelder - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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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Cream
Goodbye

  (Item #: creamgoodb_1902) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two and a side one that's close to it, this British copy has killer sound for the amazing "Badge"
  • The low end speed and energy on this copy are crazy good - it's like a Cream concert in your listening room
  • The best pressings, the ones that are full-bodied and smooth, let you crank the levels and reproduce the album good and loud the way it was meant to be heard - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • "The live music on the whole is better than that on Wheels of Fire, capturing the trio at an empathetic peak as a band."
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The Beatles
With The Beatles

  (Item #: beatlwitht_1811_1902) 

Our Price: $39.99

  • Hot Stamper sound on both sides - guaranteed to beat any Heavy Vinyl or Half-Speed Mastered pressing you may have
  • Looking for the best sound? Try Till There Was You on side one and You Really Got A Hold On Me on the flipside
  • So many great songs: All My Loving, Roll over Beethoven, Money (That's What I Want), Devil In Her Heart...
  • "A sequel of the highest order - one that betters the original by developing its own tone and adding depth. While it may share several similarities with its predecessor - there is an equal ratio of covers-to-originals, a familiar blend of girl group, Motown, R&B, pop, and rock... With the Beatles is a better record that not only rocks harder, it's considerably more sophisticated...
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Oscar Peterson Trio w/ Milt Jackson
Very Tall

  (Item #: peterveryt_1902) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent copy which earned Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides - there's plenty of rich, Tubey Magic from 1962 to be found on this vintage stereo pressing
  • If you made the mistake of buying the atrocious Anadisq pressing MoFi put out in the '90s, here is your chance to hear what a wonderful recording Val Valentin cooked up with these cats in their prime
  • "This first matchup on records between pianist Oscar Peterson and vibraphonist Milt Jackson was so logical that it is surprising it did not occur five years earlier... this first effort is a particularly strong set."
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Cream
Disraeli Gears

  (Item #: creamdisra_1902x) 

Our Price: $549.99

  • 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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Peggy Lee
Latin Ala Lee

  (Item #: lee__latin_1902_1) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Superb sound throughout with both sides rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or very close to it
  • Both sides are super big, rich and full-bodied with a solid bottom end
  • "The rhythms are not only authentically Afro-Cuban, but surprisingly strong and rarely watered down. The rest of the arrangements, though breezy and pop-slanted, support Lee's vocals perfectly. And though her voice isn't quite as strong as it had been during the '50s, Lee uses the cracks on her high notes to accentuate the songs." - All Music
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The Moody Blues
In Search Of The Lost Chord

  (Item #: moodyinsea_1710_1902) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • This early UK pressing offers excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from beginning to end - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This copy is tubey and rich the way all the best copies always are, yet it has clarity, space and transparency beyond anything you've heard
  • 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 Monkees
Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.

  (Item #: monkepisce_1809_1902) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This 1967 Stereo pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from beginning to end
  • These two sides are exceptionally (for this album) smooth, rich, sweet, and clear
  • 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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Miles Davis
Sorcerer

  (Item #: davissorce_1812_1902) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better 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: "Sorcerer, the third album by the second Miles Davis Quintet, is in a sense a transitional album, a quiet, subdued affair that rarely blows hot, choosing to explore cerebral tonal colorings."
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Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin I

  (Item #: ledze1_1808_1902) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A very impressive copy of Zep's amazing debut, rating Double Plus (A++) 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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Sonny Rollins
Now's The Time

  (Item #: rollinowst_1902) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • A superb sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or better throughout
  • Both sides here are super rich, Tubey Magical and present with plenty of energy
  • Features performances by Rollins with Herbie Hancock, Thad Jones, Ron Carter, Bob Cranshaw and Roy McCurdy on several bebop tunes
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Buffalo Springfield
Again

  (Item #: buffaagain_1902_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • 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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Sonny Rollins
Alfie (Original Music From The Score)

  (Item #: rollialfie_1902_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from the first note to the last
  • 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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Bud Shank
And the Sax Section

  (Item #: shankandth_1902_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • Clean, clear, spacious, dynamic and, better yet, never dry, hard or transistory
  • The sound of multiple saxes playing these lively arrangements is music to our ears
  • An absolutely amazing recording engineered by none other than Bruce Botnick
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Creedence Clearwater Revival
Bayou Country

  (Item #: creedbayou_1810_1902) 

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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Miles Davis
Filles de Kilimanjaro

  (Item #: davisfille_1901x) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A stunning copy with shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last
  • Both sides here are incredibly clean, clear and present with a huge bottom end, excellent clarity and lots of space around the players
  • "... this middle ground between the adventurous bop of the mid-'60s and the fusion of the late '60s is rewarding in its own right, since it's possible to hear great musicians find the foundation of a new form. For that alone, Filles de Kilimanjaro is necessary listening." - All Music, 4 1/2 Stars
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Barbra Streisand
The Barbara Streisand Album

  (Item #: streibarbr_1902_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A superb 360 original stereo pressing with Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish - just shy of our shootout winner
  • Amazingly Tubey Magical and intimate, this copy will teleport a living, breathing Barbra Streisand directly into your listening room like no album of hers you have ever heard
  • 5 stars: "Of course, the first thing that strikes you listening to the first Barbra Streisand album, recorded and released before the singer's 21st birthday, is that great voice. And it isn't just the sheer quality of the voice, its purity and its strength throughout its register, it's also the mastery of vocal effects that produce dramatic readings of the lyrics -- each song is like a one-act musical."
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Getz & Gilberto
Getz - Gilberto

  (Item #: getz_getzg_1902) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides, this is one of a small handful of copies to ever hit the site
  • Surprisingly present, immediate and REAL - musically and sonically, this is one of our favorite jazz albums
  • An All Time Bossa Nova classic that shows you just how lovely this music can sound when properly mastered and pressed
  • 5 stars: "Bossa nova's finest moment, Getz/Gilberto [brought] two of bossa nova's greatest innovators — guitarist/singer João Gilberto and composer/pianist Antonio Carlos Jobim — to New York to record with Stan Getz. The results were magic... One of those rare jazz records about which the purist elite and the buying public are in total agreement. Beyond essential."
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The Beach Boys
Pet Sounds

  (Item #: beachpetso_1902) 

Our Price: $649.99

  • As Good As It Gets! This is a stunning "Triple Triple" copy with A+++ Sound on BOTH sides
  • The sound is exceptionally lively, clean, clear, spacious and immediate
  • Play this against any and all versions you have - this will be the last copy of Pet Sounds you will ever have to buy
  • 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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The Mastersounds
Swinging With The Mastersounds

  (Item #: masteswing_1902x) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • 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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Ray Charles & Betty Carter
Ray Charles & Betty Carter

  (Item #: charlraych_1902_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound for this hard-to-find vintage stereo pressing
  • Ray's 1961 release here showcases two of the most soulful singers to ever share a microphone, both at the height of their powers
  • Includes the now "controversial" Baby It's Cold Outside (no one has ever recorded it quite like these two), People Will Say We're In Love, Side By Side, and many more
  • 4 stars: "There is certainly a powerful, often sexy rapport between the two -- Charles in his sweet balladeering mode, Carter with her uniquely keening, drifting high register -- and they definitely create sparks in the justly famous rendition of "Baby, It's Cold Outside.""
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Buffalo Springfield
Again

  (Item #: buffaagain_1902) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find Double 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!
  • The vinyl plays exceptionally quietly, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - we never find any that play better, folks
  • 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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Peter, Paul & Mary
See What Tomorrow Brings

  (Item #: peterseewh_1806_1902) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This incredible copy boasts killer Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side two and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side one
  • Wonderfully rich, sweet vocals - it’s hard to imagine this trio sounding much better than they do on this very copy
  • Very quiet for a WB Gold label original -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "See What Tomorrow Brings is a strong album that plays to the strengths of Peter, Paul, & Mary. There is a good variety of material within their folk format, and a nice esprit de corps that pervades the recording. All members sing lead, which brings a good balance to the proceedings."
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Freddie Hubbard
The Body & The Soul

  (Item #: hubbabodya_1806_1902) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on this copy of Hubbard's straight ahead jazz outing from 1963
  • This copy was hard to fault - big, open, clear, with space and three-dimensionality that modern pressings can only dream of
  • With so many instruments to deal with the mastering and pressing have to be stellar, and here they are
  • 4 Stars: "Utilizing a septet, 16-piece big band, and orchestra plus strings to play concise, tight tunes, Shorter provides the backdrop to employ Hubbard's bold toned trumpet and all of its devices in a full display of his powerful melodic talents."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!

  (Item #: fitzgclaph_1803_1902) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • This early stereo pressing is excellent from first note to last, earning Hot Stamper grades for its lovely sound
  • Both sides are rich, smooth and dynamic with lovely, breathy vocals and plenty of Tubey Magic
  • Our single favorite female vocal album here at Better Records, Ella's small group masterpiece
  • "After the lush orchestrations of her classic series of composer songbooks, which found her collaborating with the best arrangers, the intimate scale and easy interplay of a crack band provide a wonderful platform for the spirited performances here."
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Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66
Fool on the Hill

  (Item #: mendefoolo_1804_1902) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • Excellent sound on both sides, each rating a Double Plus (A++) or close to it - quiet vinyl too
  • Sergio's unique rearrangement of two songs in particular here make this a Must Own album: Scarborough Fair and The Fool On The Hill
  • We rarely have had good copies on the site up in recent years - these are tough to come by in clean condition with this kind of sound
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Even though he had become thoroughly embedded in the consciousness of mainstream America, Mendes still managed to have it three ways, exposing first-class tunes from little-known Brazilian talent, garnering commercial hits, and also making some fine records."
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Simon & Garfunkel
Wednesday Morning 3 A.M.

  (Item #: simonwedne_1811_1902) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • Rating a solid Double Plus (A++) for sound, this early 360 stereo pressing is outstanding from first note to last
  • It's clean, clear, open and spacious with lovely breathy vocals and plenty of Columbia Tubey Magic
  • You won't find this kind of transparency or clarity on the typical vintage pressing, and the red label reissues are completely hopeless
  • Their one true Folk Duo album, featuring the original version of The Sound Of Silence
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Mose Allison
Mose Alive!

  (Item #: allismosea_1808_1902) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • An outstanding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or very close to it on both sides
  • Both sides are rich, full and tonally right on the money with a nice extended top end
  • Pretty darn quiet -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout, these are tough to find in this shape!
  • "Allison was one of the finest songwriters in blues of the 20th and early 21st centuries." - All Music Bio
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Marty Robbins
More Gunfighter Ballads And Trail Songs

  (Item #: robbimoreg_1807_1902) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • This outstanding copy of More Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs boasts superb Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • An inspired follow-up to Robbins' 1959 release, this album features several of Marty's original songs, including San Angelo, My Love and She Was Young And She Was Pretty
  • Transparency and Tubey Magic are critical to the sound of the arrangements and you will find both are abundant, especially on side two
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Robbins' originals are authored in an authentically vintage style, interspersed with public domain titles that are the real article..."
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Johnny Hodges / Wild Bill Davis
Blue Rabbit

  (Item #: hodgebluer_1810_1902) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • You'll find oustanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this superb 1964 release
  • Full, lively, and solid, this copy has just the right sound for this collection of carefree, loose jazz tracks
  • Thanks to Val Valentin's brilliant engineering, every song here sounds better than you imagined
  • "One of altoist Johnny Hodges' many solo records in the 1960s... Tasty and swinging music." - Allmusic
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Joe Cocker
Joe Cocker (1969)

  (Item #: cockejoeco_1969_1803_1902) 

Our Price: $99.99
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  • This Joe Cocker favorite earned strong Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides and plays on relatively quiet vinyl
  • 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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Frank Sinatra
Sinatra '65

  (Item #: sinatsinat65_1711_1902) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • An outstanding early pressing, with excellent Double Plus (A++) sound for 'Ol Blue Eyes and his backing band, first note to last
  • Both sides here are rich, full and lively with wonderfully present vocals and plenty of Tubey Magic - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This album contains two of Frank's biggest hits: My Kind of Town and Luck Be a Lady
  • 78% of the reviewers on Amazon give the album Five Stars
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Donovan
The Real Donovan

  (Item #: donovreald_1710_1902) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • With a superbly balanced nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side two and nearly Double Plus (A+ to A++) side one, this is a great way to hear these songs from '65 & '66
  • If more mono records sounded as big and open as this one we would totally be on board with the current movement towards One Channel
  • The Real Donovan is a compilation of singles, along with some tracks sourced from the first two albums, and an EP, as well as a couple of b-sides
  • Catch the Wind and Colours are two of the better known songs here, but really, all these folk songs are well written and performed with real feeling
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Diana Ross and the Supremes
Let The Sunshine In

  (Item #: supreletth_1811_1902) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - this copy is guaranteed to beat anything you've heard or your money back
  • We would love to do more Supremes records, but we've had a devilishly hard time finding copies of their earlier albums that sound as big, rich and smooth as this one does
  • "The album is still solid listening 40-plus years later, with three hit singles present to help drive sales. Ross is in excellent form throughout, and the arrangements reach for the lush side of soul, which would become her trademark as a solo artist."
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Dave Brubeck Trio Featuring Gerry Mulligan
Compadres

  (Item #: brubecompa_1711_1902) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this Brubeck Mulligan Masterpiece
  • The fullness of the lower midrange on this Columbia 360 Stereo pressing brings out all the magic of this pair's piano and baritone, respectively
  • Recorded in Mexico, the superb sound captured here was no easy feat, but the Columbia engineers were clearly up to the challenge
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "This fine LP was the debut of Brubeck's new Quartet, a group featuring baritonist Gerry Mulligan... this enjoyable set showed that for Brubeck there was life after Paul Desmond."
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Ben Webster
The Warm Moods

  (Item #: webstwarmm_1805_1902) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An excellent copy of this great jazz "plus strings" album starring our man Ben Webster; Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • The sound is rich, warm and full-bodied, with you-are-there immediacy and impressive dynamics
  • With a wonderful combination of material, performance, and sonics, this is a record you'll want to play again and again
  • If your collection could use some romantic jazz ballads, look no further, this is the album for you
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Thelonious Monk
Criss-Cross

  (Item #: monk_criss_1811_1902) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • This early stereo pressing won our shootout - insanely good Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides
  • 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
  • "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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The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones

  (Item #: rollirolli_1902) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this outstanding pressing of The Stones' 1964 release - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides of this British Decca Mono are doing it right - they're big, rich and full yet still clean, clear and lively with excellent bass
  • This is the real, honest sound of the early, early Stones
  • "The Stones’ debut knocked The Beatles from the chart summit… They were on their way." - BBC Review
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Dave Brubeck
Bossa Nova USA

  (Item #: brubebossa_1902_2) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better copies we played in our recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Clean, clear, spacious and present yet still super rich and full, this is Columbia All Tube Sound at its best
  • So rich, clear and resolving this copy will put even Time Out to shame
  • "With the popularization of bossa nova in the early ’60s, practically every recording artist had to have at least one bossa nova album. This effort by the Dave Brubeck Quartet is better than most due to the high quality of the compositions, of which the title cut is best-known." - All Music
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Thelonious Monk
Underground

  (Item #: monk_under_1902) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • 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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The Yardbirds
Roger The Engineer

  (Item #: yardbroger_1707_1902) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $129.00 (You save $20.99 / 14%)


  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one and a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy will be very hard to beat - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Here are the full-bodied mids, punchy lows and clear, open top that let this Psych Classic by the band come alive
  • Over, Under, Sideways, Down - the big hit off the album - sounds great here in MONO
  • 5 stars in Allmusic: "The Yardbirds' best individual studio album."
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The Beatles
Revolver

  (Item #: beatlrevol_1810_1902) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • An outstanding UK pressing with two very strong sides, earning Double Plus (A++) grades for sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This copy of The Beatles' landmark Psych album from 1966 will show you richness, energy, clarity and bottom end weight you had no idea was even possible on Revolver
  • Guaranteed to beat any original, the Heavy Vinyl (mono or stereo), the Half-Speed - you name it, this copy will beat it
  • 5 Stars and 14 glorious tracks including Taxman; Eleanor Rigby; Good Day Sunshine; Got To Get You Into My Life, Tomorrow Never Knows (!) and more
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Big Brother & The Holding Company
Self-Titled

  (Item #: bigbrbigbr_1811_1902) 

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


  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better copies we played in our recent shootout
  • Forget the Mainstream originals and the Columbia reissues - the solid, rich, Tubey Magical sound here is only found on these copies with these stampers
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout - they didn't press them any quieter in our experience
  • A tough record to find with audiophile quality sound and clean vinyl, two reasons you rarely can find it on the site
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Jeff Beck
Truth

  (Item #: beck_truth_1811_1902) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side two and a Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one, this copy is practically as good as it gets
  • Easily - and by a wide margin - the best sounding record Jeff Beck ever made - thanks Ken Scott!
  • This pressing embodies the Big Rock Sound, the kind we go crazy for here at Better Records
  • Really fun music - it's a blast to hear Rod Stewart fronting such a heavy rock band
  • AMG 5 Stars "...almost as groundbreaking and influential a record as the first Beatles, Rolling Stones, or Who albums."
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Bob Dylan
Highway 61 Revisited

  (Item #: dylanhighw_1902) 

Our Price: $299.99
Sale Price: $249.00 (You save $50.99 / 17%)


  • This 360 Label stereo copy 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 that 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
  • "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." - 5 Stars
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Ella Fitzgerald
Rhythm Is My Business

  (Item #: fitzgrhyth_1902) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Ella's first album to come out after Clap Hands comes in with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • What took us by surprise was how rich and sweet this original Verve was - so many of Ella's early albums don't have the smooth, natural vocals of this pressing
  • We absolutely love the swinging R&B organ Bill Doggett brought to these big band sessions, all backing an exceptionally well recorded First Lady of Song
  • "Ella Fitzgerald is in the spotlight throughout, mostly singing swing-era songs along with a couple of newer pieces... [her] voice was in its prime, and the charts are excellent."
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Leonard Cohen
Songs Of Leonard Cohen

  (Item #: cohensongs_of_leonard_1902_1) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • A KILLER sounding original 360 copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Bigger, richer and clearer than any other copy we played - the wonderfully intimate, breathy vocals are the key to these amazing sounding pressings
  • 5 stars: "A breathtaking and perfect debut, Songs of Leonard Cohen marked the emergence of one of the most enduring, unique, and brilliant voices in popular music... A masterpiece of perversity and pain."
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Bud Shank
And the Sax Section

  (Item #: shankandth_1902) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • Full, rich, spacious, dynamic with tons of Tubey Magic and, better yet, never dry, hard or transistory -- true DEMO DISC QUALITY sound
  • The sound of multiple saxes playing these lively arrangements is music to our ears
  • An absolutely amazing recording engineered by none other than Bruce Botnick
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Gerry Mulligan
Gerry Mulligan '63

  (Item #: mulligerry_1902_1) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • This original Verve stereo pressing has excellent sound throughout with both sides rating a solid Double Plus (A++)
  • Both sides here are clean, clear and full-bodied with most of the Tubey Magic and bottom end weight that's missing from the average copy
  • "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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Ella Fitzgerald
These Are The Blues

  (Item #: fitzgthese_1902_1) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • A superb early Stereo copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from start to finish
  • Only the best vintage vinyl pressings like this one offer the kind of Tubey Magic that was on the tapes in 1963
  • "Ella Fitzgerald was never thought of as a blues singer but she does a surprisingly effective job on the ten blues songs here... an interesting set."
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Duke Ellington
Ellington '66

  (Item #: ellinellin_1902_1) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • A superb sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides
  • Both sides here are super clean, clear and present with a solid bottom end and plenty of energy
  • This Grammy award winning title features Ellington performing some of the biggest pop hits of the day: Red Roses For a Blue Lady, I Want to Hold Your Hand, All My Loving, and more
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Dinah Washington
Unforgettable

  (Item #: washiunfor_1902_1) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An excellent copy with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Both sides are big, rich and full-bodied with lovely breathy vocals -- the right sound for this music
  • "The songs on this 1961 release focus on love, and they're distinguished by Washington's ability to mingle loss and resignation with the promise of the future and a steely determination to make it happen. Ultimately Washington's art is the romance of experience itself, its enduring truths and possibilities etched in her unforgettable voice. -- Stuart Broomer
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