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Super Hot Stamper

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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Oscar Peterson
Put On A Happy Face

  (Item #: peterputon_1902_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish; exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • On a live jazz club recording such as this, the transparency of this killer analog pressing has the power to transport you to the front row of a small jazz club circa 1962 - what a thrill!
  • Peterson's live album from 1962 was recorded at the London House jazz club in Chicago and features Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums
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Miles Davis
Someday My Prince Will Come

  (Item #: davissomed_1809_1902) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of this Miles Davis classic with Double Plus grades (A++) for sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This stereo pressing is Tubey Magical, full-bodied and high-rez, not to mention uncannily present - an outstanding pressing of a superb recording
  • Another engineering triumph for Fred Plaut at Columbia's legendary 30th Street Studios - the man is a genius
  • Musically this is one of our very favorite Classic Jazz albums - the sound is Demo Disc Quality on the better copies
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Simon & Garfunkel
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary...

  (Item #: simonparsl_1902_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A stunning copy with Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish, just shy of our shootout winner
  • This Columbia 360 is incredibly big and present, with excellent clarity, wonderfully breathy vocals and low levels of spit (the result of clean cutting)
  • A Demo Disc for Tubey Magical voices and guitars, as well as a longtime Better Records Top 100 album
  • 4 1/2 stars Allmusic: "[I]t is an achievement akin to the Beatles' Revolver or the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album, and just as personal and pointed as either of those records at their respective bests."
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Dave Brubeck
Bossa Nova USA

  (Item #: brubebossa_1902_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Presenting one of the best sounding Brubeck records we have ever played with Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish; just shy of our shootout winner!
  • 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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Paul Gonsalves
Tell It The Way It Is!

  (Item #: gonsatelli_1902) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This killer Gonsalves release makes its debut on the site with Shooutout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is huge and spacious with richness and Tubey Magic like nothing you've heard
  • Engineered by the great Bob Simpson, this album has got it going on - musically, sonically, you name it
  • Gonsalves was Ellington's tenor man, and his wonderfully expressive tone is what makes many of Ellington's recordings the joy they are to this day
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Clark Terry
The Happy Horns of Clark Terry

  (Item #: terryhappy_1902) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Clark Terry's three horn lineup album finally arrives on the site with stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from beginning to end AND exceptionally quiet vinyl
  • Big and lively, rich and full, no other copy in our shootout impressed us the way this killer pressing did
  • Credit goes to Rudy Van Gelder once again for the huge space this superbly well-recorded ensemble occupies
  • 4 stars: "This all-star LP has plenty of memorable moments... The lively music is quite enjoyable."
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John Coltrane
Coltrane Jazz

  (Item #: coltrcoltrane_jazz_1902_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • The overall sound here is incredibly rich, warm and Tubey Magical with a lovely bottom end
  • "Coltrane Jazz was a good consolidation of his gains as he prepared to launch into his peak years of the 1960s." - All Music
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones

  (Item #: rollirolli_1810_1902) 

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


  • You'll find outstanding nearly Triple Plus (A++) sound - close to our Shootout Winner - on this vintage pressing of The Stones' 1964 release
  • Both sides of this Red Label British Decca Mono are doing it right - they're big, rich and fairly tonally correct
  • This is the real, honest sound of the early, early Stones - it is what it is, and trying to fix it will almost surely ruin what's good about it
  • "Set against the dependency on covers and the inexperienced vocalist, however, is a truly cooking and imaginative band. Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman provide a brawny frame for the intermeshing guitars of Richards and Brian Jones as the ensemble lovingly deliver some of their favourite shots of rhythm ‘n’ blues." - BBC
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Miles Davis
"Four" & More

  (Item #: davisfoura_1808_1902) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding 2-pack of this classic Miles Davis Live album - both sides earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • These sides was clearer, bigger and just more REAL sounding than most of the others we played - you are there!
  • The brilliant engineering of Fred Plaut (Kind of Blue) is surely the reason this album sounds so vivid and lifelike
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Highly recommended and rather exciting music, it's one of the last times Davis would be documented playing a full set of standards."
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Sly & The Family Stone
Stand

  (Item #: slyanstand_1812_1902) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • With stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides, this copy will be tough to beat!
  • Tired of the crude, congested, hard, harsh and otherwise unpleasant sound of most pressings? We have the answer
  • Stand, I Want To Take You Higher, Sing A Simple Song, Everyday People, You Can Make It If You Try -- what a killer lineup of songs!
  • 5 stars: "Stand! is the pinnacle of Sly & the Family Stone's early work, a record that represents a culmination of the group's musical vision and accomplishment."
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Oscar Peterson
Put On A Happy Face

  (Item #: peterputon_1902_) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish - the first copy to ever hit the site
  • On a live jazz club recording such as this, the transparency of this killer analog pressing has the power to transport you to the front row of a small jazz club circa 1962 - what a thrill!
  • Peterson's live album from 1962 was recorded at the London House jazz club in Chicago and features Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums
  • Not the quietest copy we've ever heard, so we're keeping the price way, way down - if you can put up with some surface issues you are going to get a killer live jazz piano album at a "bargain" price
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Duke Ellington
Piano In The Background

  (Item #: ellinpiano_1902) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Piano In The Background makes its Hot Stamper debut with killer Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Full-bodied and warm, exactly the way you want your vintage analog to sound - the piano is surprisingly real here, solid and dynamic
  • Classic Records remastered the album in the 2000s, as has Speakers Corner, but if you think either one of those versions can hold a candle to the real thing from 1960, let us send you this record and disabuse you of that notion
  • 4 stars: "One of Ellington's rarer studio sessions... Ellington's solo abilities were always a bit underrated due to his brilliance in other areas, but this set shows just how modern he remained through the years as a player."
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Linda Ronstadt
The Stone Poneys Feat. Linda Ronstadt

  (Item #: ronststone_1710_1902) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better copies we played in our shootout for these later pressings - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Much more folk than pop, for the most part the sound here is tubey, rich and sweet
  • The originals from 1967 have never impressed us much - re-released when HLAW hit big, it features three great Linda solos
  • "It doesn't have "Different Drum," but the first Stone Poneys album is their folkiest and best, dominated by close harmonies and strong original material by the group's guitarists, Bob Kimmel and Ken Edwards."
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Tony Bennett
The Many Moods Of Tony

  (Item #: bennemanym_1805_1902) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Both sides of this vintage Black Print 360 pressing earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for their superb sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Everything that's good about All Tube Vocal Recordings from the '50s and '60s is precisely what's good about the sound of this record
  • "The moods vary from a wild Caravan, introduced with a drum solo by Chico Hamilton joined by flute and bass and seemingly held together by Tony's voice alone, to Don Costa's almost cinematic big orchestra styling of Spring in Manhattan as well as the lightly melancholy moods of When Joanna Loved Me and Don't Wait Too Long. Throughout the album, Tony's effortlessly soaring voice gives meaning to every number."
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Frank Sinatra
September Of My Years

  (Item #: sinatsepte_1810_1902) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy was one of the better pressings we played in our recent shootout
  • These sides are exceptionally spacious and three-dimensional, as well as relaxed and full-bodied - just wonderful
  • A Demo Quality Tubey Magical recording, but that sound is only found on the best Blue Green original Reprise stereo pressings - like this one
  • 5 stars on Allmusic ("One of Frank Sinatra's triumphs of the '60s") and Grammy Album of the Year for 1967
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Leonard Cohen
Songs From A Room

  (Item #: cohensongs_1810_1902) 

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


  • This outstanding '70s pressing earned Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • Yes, it's true, the Red Labels often have better sound, with even more Tubey Magic, than many of the 360 pressings
  • 4 stars: "Songs from a Room's strongest moments convey a naked intimacy and fearless emotional honesty that's every bit as powerful as the debut, and it left no doubt that Cohen was a major creative force in contemporary songwriting."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!

  (Item #: fitzgclaph_1902) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This original pressing is superb from first note to last, earning Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER for sound
  • Clean, clear, open and spacious with lovely breathy vocals and plenty of Tubey Magic - this is just the right sound for this music
  • The vocal naturalness and immediacy here will put Ella practically in the room with you - it lets her performance come to life
  • Our single Favorite Female Vocal album here at Better Records, one that gets better with each passing year
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Miles Davis
Basic Miles

  (Item #: davisbasic_1902) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: creedgreen_1902) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • This outstanding pressing of CCR's third studio album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • An essential, Must Own album for every CCR collection, this LP includes some of the band's biggest hits: Green River and Bad Moon Rising, Lodi and plenty more
  • 5 Stars: "CCR's third album Green River represents the full flower of their classic sound initially essayed on its predecessor, Bayou Country."
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Diana Ross and the Supremes
Let The Sunshine In

  (Item #: supreletth_1902) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A stunning copy of this exceptionally well recorded album - it earned Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to them on both sides
  • 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
  • Unusually quiet vinyl throughout - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "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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Aretha Franklin
Soul '69

  (Item #: franksoul6_1805_1811_1902) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish and on relatively quiet vinyl too!
  • Both sides here are super big, full and lively with most of the bass and Tubey Magic that's missing from so many copies
  • A tough album to find without condition issues - Aretha's records from this period are amazingly good and far too many of them got played hard
  • "Her vocals are consistently passionate and first-rate... as is the musicianship."
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The Doors
Strange Days

  (Item #: doorsstran_1902) 

Our Price: $499.99

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

  (Item #: preslithap_1902) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An insanely good sounding copy: Triple Plus (A+++) on the second side, Double Plus (A++) on the first
  • If you want to know just how rich, spacious, natural and Tubey Magical an Elvis record can sound, here's your chance to find out
  • Elvis's early albums are rarely in audiophile playing condition, so finding these later pressings with such good sound has been a real ear opener
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The Beatles
The White Album

  (Item #: beatlwhite_1902) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This British pressing earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on all four sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Some of the most powerful and immersive Beatles sound you will ever hear - we guarantee you have never heard the album sound as good as this copy does
  • "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 Beatles
Rubber Soul

  (Item #: beatlrubbe_1902) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • You'll find insanely good Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from first note to last on this UK pressing, just barely beat out by our recent shootout winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • We guarantee you've never heard Drive My Car, Norwegian Wood, Nowhere Man and Michelle sound better - and that's just side one
  • A Better Records Rock & Pop Top 100 Title, 5 Stars on Allmusic, and a Must Own Folk Rock Masterpiece
  • "The lyrics represented a quantum leap in terms of thoughtfulness, maturity, and complex ambiguities. Musically, too, it was a substantial leap forward, with intricate folk-rock arrangements that reflected the increasing influence of Dylan and the Byrds."
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Gary McFarland & Co./Clark Terry
Tijuana Jazz

  (Item #: mcfartijua_1902) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Tijuana Jazz finally arrives on the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - mostly quiet vinyl too
  • The superb eclectic jazz sound here is big and rich, yet still clean, clear and open with good energy, space, and ambience
  • Terry and McFarland combine the Mexican milieu and jazz with warmth and whimsy - Toots Thielemans on harmonica is a nice addition to the festivities
  • "Marimbas, sexy rhythms, perfectly buffered horn arrangements cover this album, and the results are like sitting by a fire on a dark night, cold outside but comforted, completely snug, and watching the flames dance."
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Duke Ellington
Ellington '66

  (Item #: ellinellin_1902) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Insanely good shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout and the first copy to ever hit the site!
  • Both sides here are incredibly clean, clear, spacious and dynamic 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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George Shearing Quintet
Latin Rendezvous

  (Item #: shearlatin_1902) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Latin Rendezvous makes its Hot Stamper debut with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Clean, clear and dynamic, this copy has huge amounts of bass and tremendous space around the keyboards and percussion
  • A wonderful Latin jazz collection, with the unbeatable combination of the quintet's "celebrated piano-vibes, liltingly embellished by Latin percussion and occasional flute"
  • "In this collection, you'll find Latin at its most alluring, as a musical language interpreted by Shearing."
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Elvis Presley
Something For Everybody

  (Item #: preslsomet_1902) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding copy boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from beginning to end
  • If you want to know just how rich, spacious, natural and Tubey Magical even a reissue Elvis record can sound, here's your chance to find out
  • Recorded partly in Nashville by the brilliant Bill Porter, and with the Jordanaires singing backup, what's not to like?
  • "...his voice is better than ever, and this is reflected in the arrangements, most of which are closer in spirit to the finely crafted pop symphonies of Roy Orbison than they are to any of Presley's earlier work." --Allmusic
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Gerry Mulligan
Gerry Mulligan '63

  (Item #: mulligerry_1902) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This original Verve stereo pressing has KILLER sound throughout with both sides rating a Triple Plus (A++) or close to it
  • Both sides here were out of this world -- clean, clear and full-bodied with TONS of Tubey Magic and plenty of extension on both ends
  • "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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The Beatles
Rubber Soul

  (Item #: beatlrubbe_1811_1902) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding vintage UK pressing earned seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides - lovely quiet vinyl too
  • We guarantee you've never heard Drive My Car, Norwegian Wood, Nowhere Man and Michelle sound better - and that's just side one!
  • A Better Records Rock & Pop Top 100 Title, 5 Stars on Allmusic, and a Must Own Folk Rock Masterpiece
  • "The lyrics represented a quantum leap in terms of thoughtfulness, maturity, and complex ambiguities. Musically, too, it was a substantial leap forward, with intricate folk-rock arrangements that reflected the increasing influence of Dylan and the Byrds."
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Count Basie
On My Way & Shoutin' Again

  (Item #: basieonmyw_1902) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Incredible shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it from start to finish
  • Both sides here are super clean, clear, lively and present with a nice bottom end and tons of space around the players
  • "A solid and worthwhile album that has been out of print for far too long, this will be a welcome addition to any Basie lover's collection, and comes highly recommended to anyone even mildly interested in excellent large-ensemble mainstream jazz." - All Music
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Paul Desmond
Take Ten

  (Item #: desmotaket_1902) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • Paul Desmond's 1963 Cool Jazz Classic arrives with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The brilliant Ray Hall engineered - anyone hearing this copy will understand exactly why we love his fabulous '60s recordings here at Better Records
  • Desmond joins forces with longtime collaborator Jim Hall, whose guitar stylings perfectly complement Paul's velvety sax tone
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Everyone wanted Desmond to come up with a sequel to the monster hit "Take Five"; and so he did, reworking the tune and playfully designating the meter as 10/8. Hence "Take Ten," a worthy sequel... There is not a single track here that isn't loaded with ingeniously worked out, always melodic ideas."
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Miles Davis
Miles In The Sky

  (Item #: davismiles_in_1811_1902) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Miles Davis' 1968 release returns to the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound and exceptionally quiet vinyl (for an original)
  • This Columbia 360 LP boasts rich, full-bodied, clear sound with the space and three-dimensionality that we had trouble finding on later pressings - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Excellent sound courtesy of Arthur Kendy's and Frank Laico's engineering at the famed Columbia Studio B in NYC
  • Miles here is backed by his classic '60s All Star crew - Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter & Tony Williams
  • "...Miles Davis explicitly pushed his second great quintet away from conventional jazz, pushing them toward the jazz-rock hybrid that would later become known as fusion... intriguing music..."
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Gerry Mulligan
Jeru

  (Item #: mullijeru_1902) 

Our Price: $299.99

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

  (Item #: desmotwoof_1901) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: gordodoina_1902) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This superb 1961 release by Dexter Gordon finally returns to the site, now with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • These early sides are incredibly tubey - rich, full-bodied and warm - yet clear, lively and dynamic
  • A dynamic and energetic recording by Rudy Van Gelder that really jumps on a copy that sounds as good as this one does
  • 4 stars: "Gordon's Blue Note recordings (of which this was the first) led to his rediscovery.... a strong set of music..."
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Sonny Rollins
The Standard Sonny Rollins

  (Item #: rollistand_1901) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • The Standard Sonny Rollins finally makes its Hot Stamper debut with killer Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to last
  • With its presence, clarity, space and timbral accuracy, this is guaranteed to be one of the best sounding jazz records you've heard
  • Includes superstars like Herbie Hancock, Jim Hall, and Bob Cranshaw, who've lent their talents to some of the greatest jazz recordings of all time
  • "Like The Sound Of Sonny some eight years ago, here’s another classic standard album from The Saxophone Colossus that will remain as bright and timeless as ever."
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Jeff Beck
Truth

  (Item #: beck_truth_1707_1902) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from beginning to end for Beck's amazingly well recorded masterpiece - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Here is the Big Rock Sound and the kind of Powerful Rock Energy that 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
  • Easily and by a wide margin the best sounding record Jeff Beck ever made - thanks Ken!
  • 5 Stars "...almost as groundbreaking and influential a record as the first Beatles, Rolling Stones, or Who albums."
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Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery
The Dynamic Duo

  (Item #: smithdynam_1811_1902) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound or close to them, this is a wonderful vintage stereo pressing of a classic jazz collaboration from 1966 - exceptionally QUIET vinyl too (for a jazz record from this era)
  • 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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Ray Charles
Ingredients In A Recipe For Soul

  (Item #: charlingre_1809_1902) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Insanely good sound throughout with both sides earning shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • These sides are doing it all right -- richer, fuller, better bass, more Tubey Magic, and the list goes on!
  • "The high points are very high -- "Busted," his hit reworking of a composition by country songwriter Harlan Howard, is jazzy and tough, and one of his best early-'60s singles..."
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The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

  (Item #: beatlsgtpe_1811_1901_) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • A stunning copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last
  • Huge, spacious and detailed, with the Tubey Magic of a fresh tape, this is the way to hear Sgt. Pepper in all its analog glory
  • Most pressings - especially the new ones - have nothing approaching the Tubey Magic, space and energy of this LP
  • A Better Records Top 100 - "It's possible to argue that there are better Beatles albums, yet no album is as historically important as this."
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Leonard Cohen
Songs Of Leonard Cohen

  (Item #: cohensongs_of_leonard_1902) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An excellent copy with superb Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides - one of the few to hit the site in quite a while
  • Bigger, richer and clearer than most of what we played - intimate, breathy vocals are key to the better copies such as this one
  • Quiet vinyl on this mostly quiet music is a big help here - this one plays Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • 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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Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie
Ella and Basie!

  (Item #: fitzgellaandbasie_1901) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • With a shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) side two and a solid Double Plus (A++) side one, this Verve stereo pressing came in way ahead of the pack
  • Ella is especially rich, Tubey Magical and breathy - this is the way she should sound, and that makes this copy a true Demo Disc
  • It's very difficult to get the vocals AND the brass to sound right on the same copy, but these two sides pulled it off
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Surprisingly enough this 1963 LP was the first time (other than a couple songs) that Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie recorded together. The match-up was so logical that it would be repeated many times over the next 20 years."
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The Beatles
With The Beatles

  (Item #: beatlwitht_1901_3) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • An incredible sounding copy, Triple Plus (A+++) from start to finish!
  • Superb space and immediacy, rich and (relatively) smooth and so Tubey Magical -- exactly the right sound for this music
  • So many great songs: Til There Was You, You've Really Got A Hold On Me, Devil In Her Heart...
  • Allmusic: "It was clear that, even at this early stage, the Beatles were rapidly maturing and changing, turning into expert craftsmen and musical innovators."
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Miles Davis
Someday My Prince Will Come

  (Item #: davissomed_1901_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find very good Hot Stamper sound from beginning to end on this Miles Davis classic- exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This stereo represents yet another engineering triumph for Fred Plaut at Columbia's legendary 30th Street Studios - the man is a genius
  • Musically this is one of our very favorite Classic Jazz albums - the sound is wonderful on the better copies
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The Association
Insight Out

  (Item #: associnsig_1901) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - Windy and Never My Love are simply amazing here - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The Tubey Magical sound, the lively, tight playing by The Wrecking Crew, not to mention some killer Chart Topping '60s pop, make this THE Association record to own
  • With this copy the Sound of the Sixties will fill your room like never before - wall to wall, floor to ceiling, with layers upon layers of depth
  • "The harmonies and choruses are among the most beautifully textured singing in a rock outfit this side of the Beach Boys."
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Ray Charles
Sweet & Sour Tears

  (Item #: charlsweet_1804_1901) 

Our Price: $199.99
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  • You'll find stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides of this Shootout Winning 1964 pressing
  • This vintage stereo pressing is the only way to hear these classic songs sound rich, powerful and free from coloration
  • A concept album filled with an eclectic collection of themed music, this release showcases Charles' innovative approach to recording
  • "...One is almost tempted to think that Charles was toying with audience expectations by mixing unabashedly sentimental slow tunes with the far more bluesy, satisfying, and upbeat numbers, such as his surprisingly brassy, punchy treatment of "Cry Me a River.""
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Frank Sinatra
All The Way

  (Item #: sinatallth_1901_3) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • This vintage '60s Capitol pressing did very well in our shootout, earning sonic grades of Double Plus (A++) or close to it on both sides
  • It has the all the Tubey Magic one could ask for, allowing Sinatra's rich baritone to work its magic on every phrase
  • This group of singles and B-sides was recorded from 1957 to 1960 and contain some of Sinatra's better-known songs arranged by Nelson Riddle
  • As you can well imagine, finding clean, scratch-free '60s Sinatra records like this one, in stereo no less, is no walk in the park
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Frank Sinatra
All The Way

  (Item #: sinatallth_1901_2) 

Our Price: $49.99

  • This vintage '60s Capitol pressing boasts Hot Stamper sound from first note to last and reasonably quiet vinyl
  • This group of singles and B-sides was recorded from 1957 to 1960 and contain some of Sinatra's better-known songs arranged by Nelson Riddle
  • As you can well imagine, finding clean, scratch-free '60s Sinatra records like this one, in stereo no less, is no walk in the park
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Gerry Mulligan
Jeru

  (Item #: mullijeru_1901) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This Black Print 360 original stereo pressing put most copies we played to shame with wonderful Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Tubier, more transparent, more dynamic, with that "jumpin' out of the speakers' quality that only The Real Thing (an old record) ever has
  • Hard to imagine any reissue, vintage or otherwise, can beat the sound of this LP - we sure couldn't find one
  • "Jeru flawlessly swings with a relaxed, throbbing, positive life force."
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Miles Davis
Birth of the Cool

  (Item #: davisbirth_1810_1901) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding copy of this Groundbreaking Jazz Classic, with seriously good Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • 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 the dubs of them) that have given everybody the wrong idea about these wonderful sounding 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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Miles Davis
Quiet Nights

  (Item #: davisquiet_1901) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A Shootout Winning Six-Eye copy of this Miles Davis-Gil Evans classic - one of only a handful to hit the site in years because they are so hard to find with this kind of spacious, natural sound!
  • Side one earned our top grade of Triple Plus (A+++), side two was close behind (A++ to A+++)
  • Fred Plaut engineered the sessions, and on this amazing early pressing they sound rich, warm, smooth and clear
  • Not the quietest copy we've ever played - Mint Minus Minus to EX++ on both sides - but clearly one of the best sounding
  • In the Saturday Review, Quiet Nights received praise for Davis' "wonderfully songful trumpet in a Latin-American vein", set against "piercingly lustrous curtains of tone and discreet Caribbean rhythms."
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Frank Sinatra
Francis A. Sinatra & Antonio C. Jobim

  (Item #: sinatjobim_1901_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This outstanding original copy earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades for sound or BETTER on both sides - exceptionally queit vinyl too
  • With clear, open sound and breathy vocals, this pressing brings the Chairman of the Board to life in your listening room
  • Sinatra and Jobim are magical here - this is one of best albums Frank Sinatra ever recorded
  • "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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The Rolling Stones
Out of Our Heads

  (Item #: rollioutof_1808_1901) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: armstgreat_1901_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two excellent sides each rating a solid Double Plus (A++), this vintage stereo pressing was one of the better copies in our most recent shootout
  • Both sides here are incredibly big, full-bodied, clean and clear with lots of deep punchy bass
  • We remember the Classic pressing as being a very good sounding record but make no mistake, this is a GREAT sounding one
  • "One of the best things about this configuration is the sound of the Duke’s piano - an underrated pianist, he seldom recorded in such an intimate context."
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The Beatles
With The Beatles

  (Item #: beatlwitht_1901_2) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other With the Beatles you've heard - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Good space and vocal immediacy, relatively rich and smooth, and much more Tubey Magical than most - this is a good way to go for the second Beatles album
  • So many great songs: All My Loving, Please Mr. Postman, Til There Was You, You've Really Got A Hold On Me, Devil In Her Heart... fourteen in all
  • 5 stars: "It was clear that, even at this early stage, the Beatles were rapidly maturing and changing, turning into expert craftsmen and musical innovators."
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Ramsey Lewis
Maiden Voyage

  (Item #: lewismaide_1806_1901) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This copy of Lewis' 1968 release boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound, or close to it, from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • A wonderful sounding record and all but Forgotten Classic, with Ramsey Lewis and his Trio at the top of their game
  • Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire fame was Ramsey's drummer back in the day
  • "The remarkable Charles Stepney production and arrangement and the brilliant rhythm section means this album is not just another jazz covers record. Highly recommended." - Allmusic Review
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Santana
Santana

  (Item #: santasant1_1901) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • Very good Hot Stamper sound on both sides - rich and relaxed with powerful guitar-fueled Latin Rock energy - quiet vinyl too
  • Folks, you owe it to yourself to hear what a great band Santana were back in the day
  • A Must Own album, clearly their Masterpiece, and one of the truly groundbreaking debuts in rock history
  • "Santana combined Latin rhythms with jazz-inspired improvisation, hard-rock guitar and lyrical, B.B. King-style blues - and even had a hit single, "Evil Ways." Rolling Stone
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John Coltrane
John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman

  (Item #: coltrjohnc_1901) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of this classic Jazz Vocal album, with superb Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • The sound is huge and spacious with richness and Tubey Magic like nothing you've heard
  • I defy you to find a Male Vocal record produced in the last thirty years that can hold a candle to this one, sonically or musically
  • A wonderful collaboration between a horn player and a singer, perhaps the greatest one of all time
  • "John Coltrane's matchup with singer Johnny Hartman works extremely well. Hartman was in prime form on the six ballads, and his versions of "Lush Life" and "My One and Only Love" have never been topped. Classic, essential for all jazz collections" - 5 stars
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Muddy Waters
The Real Folk Blues

  (Item #: waterrealf_1808_1901) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last
  • Both sides are super full-bodied, clear and present with a solid bottom end and plenty of energy
  • "Once Chess discovered a white folk-blues audience ripe and ready to hear the real thing, they released a series of albums under the Real Folk Blues banner. This is one of the best entries in the series..." - All Music
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Thelonious Monk
Misterioso (Recorded On Tour)

  (Item #: monk_miste_1809_1901) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This early stereo pressing had excellent sound throughout with each side rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or BETTER
  • The overall sound here is big and full - Monk's passionate playing really shines
  • Pretty darn quiet throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • This is an excellent collection of live material recorded on tour from 1963 - 1965
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Sonny Rollins & Coleman Hawkins
Sonny Meets Hawk

  (Item #: rollisonny_1811_1901) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two and a side one that's close to it, this copy is going to be tough to beat
  • Exceptionally big, rich and Tubey Magical, here is the natural tonality that's a hallmark of Living Stereo in 1963
  • Amazing music from two saxophone masters on one of the most exciting jazz records we've heard in some time
  • 4 stars: "Coleman Hawkins and Sonny Rollins each virtually defined the tenor saxophone for his respective generation. To hear the two of them interacting freely is a deliciously exciting experience. Hawkins is able to cut loose like never before. "
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B.B. King
Live & Well

  (Item #: king_livea_1801_1901) 

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


  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides, this original Bluesway pressing from 1969 will be very hard to beat
  • Surprisingly dynamic, with great energy, this copy brought BB King's music to life in our listening room
  • Phenominal sound, with the Tubes and Big Bass this music needs to work its Electric Blues Magic from The Master himself
  • "...a worthy recording on its own merits, divided evenly between live and studio material. King's always recorded well as a live act, and it's the concert tracks that shine brightest..."
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The Moody Blues
Days of Future Passed

  (Item #: moodydayso_1810_1901) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding pressing of The Moody Blues' Masterpiece earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • The sound is huge, rich and lively throughout - you need this kind of space for the orchestral parts to work
  • An Album Experience beyond practically anything that had come before (Sgt. Pepper excluded)
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Days of Future Passed became one of the defining documents of the blossoming psychedelic era, and one of the most enduringly popular albums of its era."
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Frank Sinatra
All The Way

  (Item #: sinatallth_1901_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

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

  (Item #: smithhobof_1901) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this outstanding copy of Hobo Flats
  • Full, lively, and solid, this pressing has just the right sound for this collection of jumpin' jazz tracks
  • "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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John Coltrane
Coltrane's Sound

  (Item #: coltrcoltranes_sound_1901) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound, or close to it, on both sides of this early pressing of Coltrane's Sound
  • An authentic Green and Blue Atlantic stereo pressing, the only version of the album that has the potential for Hot Stamper sound, which explains why this is only the third copy to hit the site since 2011
  • 4 stars: "This is one of the most highly underrated entries in Coltrane's voluminous catalog. Although the same overwhelming attention bestowed upon My Favorite Things was not given to Coltrane's Sound upon its initial release, both were actually recorded during the same three-day period in the fall of 1960... these recordings remain among Trane's finest."
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Gene Ammons
The Gene Ammons Story: Gentle Jug

  (Item #: ammongenea_1901) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish for this Moodsville Classic - on fairly quiet vinyl too!
  • These two killer Rudy Van Gelder recordings capture the truly wonderful sound of Ammons' smooth, rich, breathy, bluesy sax
  • We love the reverb RVG placed on the drums here - it's sounds just right for a classic jazz album from the '60s
  • "...the tradition of the tenor ballad was fully defined by Gene Ammons and Ben Webster... this [album] is the source of a tradition. One of the absolute necessities to any jazz collection."
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The Beatles
Yellow Submarine

  (Item #: beatlyello_1901) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy of Yellow Submarine with a Triple Plus (A+++) side one (the good side, IMO!) and a Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side two
  • The overall sound here is super big, full, lively and present with a solid bottom end
  • The only place to find Hey Bulldog, All Together Now and It's All Too Much
  • Hands down, the toughest Beatles album to get good sound for, they rarely hit the site
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Sarah Vaughan
Dreamy

  (Item #: vaughdream_1810_1901) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This outstanding pressing earned nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades for sound on both sides, nearly as good as our Shootout Winner!
  • Forget the honky originals - our killer reissues of this 1960 All Tube Recording are rich and relaxed, just the way they should be
  • Pretty darn quiet throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - if you can find a copy in the bins that plays this quiet, count your lucky stars
  • "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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Frank Sinatra
Come Swing With Me!

  (Item #: sinatcomes_1811_1901) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding Capitol stereo pressing boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • On this superb pressing you'll hear Billy May's arrangements - just brass, no strings or winds - blasting behind Sinatra like never before
  • This was Sinatra's final swing session with Capitol and on a pressing as good as this one you can tell he and the band are having a blast
  • "...his intense, speedy energy gives the album an edge that distinguishes the record... it [has] enough genuine gems to make it necessary."
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Ray Charles
Modern Sounds In Country & Western...V. 2

  (Item #: charlmoder_2_1811_1901) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this stereo copy of Charles' 1962 follow up to Modern Sounds In Country and Western Music
  • Features Ray's Big Band with the Raelettes on one side and the legendary Jack Halloran Singers on the other
  • Both sides are big, open, and lively - just the right sound for this acclaimed album full of songs you know well
  • 5 stars: "Vol. 2 defied the curse of the sequel and was just as much of an artistic triumph as its predecessor, if not as immediately startling."
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Jimi Hendrix
Hendrix In The West

  (Item #: hendrinthe_1901_2) 

Our Price: $199.99

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

  (Item #: nilssaeria_1809_1901) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • A wonderful Hot Stamper copy, with both sides getting most of what we like about the sound of the album right
  • A Must Own Harry Nilsson album - these sides are fairly open, clear and full-bodied
  • We're big Nilsson fans here at Better Records - play this record and you might become one too!
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "Harry Nilsson decided to pick up where he left off with his debut, offering another round of effervescent, devilishly clever pop, equal parts lite psychedelia, pretty ballads, and music hall cabaret."
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The Kinks
Kinks Kinkdom

  (Item #: kinkskinkd_1901_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This outstanding pressing of The Kinks excellent third album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • This Reprise Pink and Green original mono pressing is lively, balanced and vibrant, with a healthy dose of the Tubey Magical Richness these tracks need in order to sound their best
  • Fairly quiet vinyl for a vintage Kinks record - they don't come much quieter or sound much better than this one
  • "There are some terrific numbers here -- not just 'A Well Respected Man' and 'Dedicated Follower of Fashion,' but the exuberant 'Who'll Be the Next in Line' and 'I Need You,' the menacing 'I'm Not Like Everybody Else,' and the haunting 'See My Friends.'"
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Josh White
At Town Hall

  (Item #: whiteattow_1901) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Incredible sound from start to finish with each side earning shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades - exceptionally quiet viny too!
  • Clean, clear and open with strong vocal presence and lots of concert hall space around the singers
  • As for the singers, Josh is joined on stage by his son and daughter, who take the lead on a few of the tracks here
  • "A fine guitar technician with an appealing voice... like several other canny blues players, he used his roots music to broaden and enhance his life experience, and his talent was such that he could choose the musical idiom that was most lucrative at the time."
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Aretha Franklin
Lady Soul

  (Item #: frankladys_1901) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding copy of Aretha's 1968 release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from first note to last
  • Both sides are clean, clear and lively with lots of natural ambience - Aretha's vocals sound excellent with lots of presence, breath and texture
  • You'd need either a lot of copies, a lot of luck or both to come up with a pressing that sounds this good
  • 5 stars: "... 1968's Lady Soul proved Aretha Franklin, the pop sensation, was no fluke... an inspired blend of covers and originals from the best songwriters in soul and pop music... "/li>
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Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto
Getz - Gilberto #2

  (Item #: getz_getz_gilberto_2_1809_1901) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding copy with Double Plus (A++) Live Jazz sound or BETTER from start to finish, and vinyl that's about as quiet as we can find
  • This original stereo pressing is only the second copy to make it to the site in years - boy are these hard to find in this kind of clean condition with top quality sonics
  • Rich, tubey and musical, the sound is wonderful for these live performances of two very different groups, one featuring Getz, the other Jobim
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Getz/Gilberto #2 holds its own with an appealing selection of fine jazz and bossa nova cuts."
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Rod Stewart
An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down

  (Item #: stewaanold_1807_1901) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This superb UK Vertigo copy of An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Rich, smooth and Tubey Magical, this pressing has a lovely musical quality that's missing from most copies
  • Impossibly QUIET VINYL for an authentic British Vertigo pressing - this copy actually plays Mint Mnus to Mint Minus Minus!
  • Titled The Rod Stewart Album for US release, this is Rod the Mod's acclaimed debut
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The music and the songs are so vivid and rich with detail that they reflect a whole way of life, and while Stewart would later flesh out this blueprint, it remains a stunningly original vision."
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Dave Brubeck
Countdown - Time In Outer Space

  (Item #: brubecount_1901_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: brubecount_1901) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A KILLER 6-Eye original stereo pressing of this wonderful recording, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from first note to last
  • An incredibly Tubey Magical disc, exactly what would be expected with Teo Macero producing and Fred Plaut engineering in the Jazz Golden Age
  • Reasonably quiet playing surfaces considering that we're dealing here with a more than 50 year old Six Eye Columbia pressing
  • 4 Stars: "One of Dave Brubeck's more adventurous albums... Highly recommended along with Brubeck's other Time recordings."
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Miles Davis
Filles de Kilimanjaro

  (Item #: davisfille_1901_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A superb sounding 360 stereo pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish; fairly quiet vinyl
  • Both sides here are clean, clear and lively with plenty 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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Stan Getz
Getz Au Go Go

  (Item #: getz_getza_1901) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Stunning sound for this incredible recording with both sides rating a Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) throughout, just shy of our shootout winner
  • Musically and sonically, this is one of our favorite jazz albums
  • This is an incredibly tough album to find with the right sound and decent surfaces, which is the main reason we are rarely able to do this shootout
  • 4 stars on Allmusic: "Highly recommended for all dimensions of jazz enthusiasts." [We would of course give it the full 5 Stars]
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Frank Sinatra
Softly, As I Leave You

  (Item #: sinatsoftl_1810_1901) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side two and a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one, this original stereo pressing blew away practically every copy in our shootout
  • Big, rich and natural sounding, the newer material for this album was recorded in 1964 when Sinatra's voice was in very fine form indeed
  • Exceptionally quiet throughout - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus on both sides
  • "The highlight of the record was the hit title song, which featured a subdued but forceful and steady backbeat. The rhythm itself was indicative of Sinatra's effort to accept the new popular music."
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The Byrds
Mr. Tambourine Man

  (Item #: byrdsmrtam_1809_1901) 

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


  • An exceptionally good sounding copy, earning Double Plus (A++) 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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Frank Sinatra
Sinatra-Basie

  (Item #: sinatsinat_1811_1901) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides of this beloved Sinatra/Basie collaboration
  • Tubey, warm and smooth, with an extended top and bottom, the louder you play this record the better it sounds
  • "The long-awaited first collaboration between two icons did something unique for the reputations of both. For Basie, the Sinatra connection inaugurated a period in the 1960s where his band was more popular and better-known than it ever was, even in the big band era. For Sinatra, Basie meant liberation, producing perhaps the loosest, rhythmically free singing of his career."
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Bob Dylan
John Wesley Harding

  (Item #: dylanjohnw_1806_1901) 

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


  • A wonderful sounding copy of this pivotal Dylan LP, earned Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides
  • Here is the bass, richness & vocal presence that are hard to come by on John Wesley Harding
  • 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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Oliver Nelson's Big Band
Live From Los Angeles

  (Item #: nelsolivef_1810_1901) 

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


  • An incredible sounding copy - Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first
  • If you love the swinging sounds of Oliver Nelson's Big Band arrangements behind Jimmy Smith, Frank Sinatra, Monk and others, you can't go wrong here
  • The 1967 stereo sound here is clear, open and highly resolving, yet still rich, warm and smooth
  • "Here's a driving high flying record from start to finish. It's jazz at it's exciting best as Nelson's arranging conducting and zippy sax work lead real quality playing..." - Billboard
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Buffalo Springfield
Again

  (Item #: buffaagain_1901) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Insanely good Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) Tubey Magical Analog sound from start to finish
  • This copy came in just shy of our shootout winner - few copies we play are as big, lively and clear as this one
  • The vinyl plays pretty well, Mint Minus Minus - it sure isn't easy to find them any quieter, not with sound this good
  • AMG 5 stars and a Desert Island Disc for yours truly - "...this record stands as their greatest triumph."
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Jimi Hendrix
Axis: Bold As Love

  (Item #: hendraxisb_1712_1901) 

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


  • This Polydor import pressing offers outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish and is guaranteed to blow the doors off of any other version of the album you've heard
  • Spacious, solid and dynamic with tons of bass and electrified energy that this problematical album almost never has
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl, playing Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus on both sides - for audiophile surfaces these imports are the only way to go
  • 5 stars: "...a solid collection of great tunes and great interactive playing between himself, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell, and the recording studio itself. "
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Traffic
The Best of Traffic

  (Item #: traffbesto_1810_1901) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Great sound throughout with both sides of this Pink Label pressing rating nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++), this will beat almost any Traffic album you have ever heard!
  • This amazing compilation boasts superb sound, often better than the very same tracks on the original British releases
  • Exceptionally QUIET vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus on both sides - Island didn't press them any quieter in 1969
  • Top 100 - "The entire second side of the LP, comprising 'Medicated Goo,' 'Forty Thousand Headmen,' 'Feelin' Alright,' 'Shanghai Noodle Factory,' and 'Dear Mr. Fantasy,' was the kind of progressive rock that would define Traffic and give it its place in the rock pantheon."
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Lee Morgan
The Sidewinder

  (Item #: morgasidew_1804_1901) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • This wonderful copy of this Blue Note classic earned Double Plus (A++) grades or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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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The Beatles
Beatles For Sale

  (Item #: beatlforsa_1901_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Off the charts sound for the band's classic fourth album; Triple Plus (A+++) on the second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first
  • Superb energy and presence - the band is RIGHT THERE and full of the LIFE the best Beatles pressings always have
  • An underrated Beatles album - Allmusic gives it Five Big Stars and we like it every bit as much as they do
  • I'm A Loser, Baby's In Black, Rock And Roll Music, I'll Follow The Sun. Eight Days A Week, Words Of Love, Every Little Thing, I Don't Want To Spoil The Party, What You're Doing and 4 more - 14 tracks in all (!)
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Louis Armstrong
I've Got The World On A String

  (Item #: armstivego_1810_1901) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This outstanding pressing earned solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Russell Garcia's orchestral arrangements and Louis Armstrong's sublime interpretations of The Great American Songbook are a match made in heaven
  • Classic Records remastered this title back in their heyday, but if you have any doubts that our Hot Stamper will murder it we encourage you to do the shootout for yourself
  • "Armstrong finds the essence of each tune, bending and projecting them with his patented joie de vivre and gravel-voiced warmth every time."
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Johnny Cash
At Folsom Prison

  (Item #: cash_atfol_1901) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • The sound is much bigger, richer and more transparent than most of what we played - in some ways it's not even close
  • Pretty darn quiet throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • 5 stars: "The quintessential Johnny Cash album, the place where his legend burns bright and eternal"
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The Zombies
The World of the Zombies

  (Item #: zombiworld_1811_1901) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Two outstanding sides each rating a solid Double Plus (A++) - you have never heard The Zombies sound better, guaranteed
  • When you get hold of a sublimely Tubey Magical copy such as this, the sound of Rod Argent's Hammond B-3 is nothing less than glorious
  • This UK compilation plays exceptionally well throughout - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - they don't come quieter
  • 4 Stars: "The Zombies' obvious appreciation for adeptly crafted melodies and rich vocal harmonies likewise made them favorites of pop fans as well as more discerning listeners."
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