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The Allman Brothers
The Allman Brothers

  (Item #: allmaallma_1812) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent copy with seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them
  • The sound is clean, clear and open with the kind of fat bottom end that brings this Blues Rock to life
  • Exceptionally quiet -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout - they don't come quieter
  • 4 1/2 stars: "This might be the best debut album ever delivered by an American blues band, a bold, powerful, hard-edged, soulful essay in electric blues with a native Southern ambience. There isn't a bad song here, and only the fact that the group did even better the next time out keeps this from getting the highest possible rating."
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Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin I

  (Item #: ledze1_1808_1812) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A very impressive copy of Zep's amazing debut, rating Double Plus (A++) on both sides; fairly quiet vinyl too - this pressing will be very hard to beat
  • 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 Allmusic: "Taking the heavy, distorted electric blues of Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, and Cream to an extreme"
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Dexter Gordon
One Flight Up

  (Item #: gordoonefl_1812) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • 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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Simon and Garfunkel
Sounds of Silence

  (Item #: simonsound_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Two very good sounding sides, earning Double Plus (A++) sonic grades or very close to them - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Forget that critical listening stuff and just notice that these hot copies are simply more relaxed, musical and involving
  • Although the rock tracks come to life and really do sound good, the Tubey Magical folkie tracks are the real reason to play the album
  • "A work of finely expressed folk. It’s arguably the duo’s big breakout, a crossover success with some handsome hits." COS
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Simon & Garfunkel
Wednesday Morning 3 A.M.

  (Item #: simonwedne_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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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Ray Charles
Sweet & Sour Tears

  (Item #: charlsweet_1804_1811) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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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Diana Ross and the Supremes
Let The Sunshine In

  (Item #: supreletth_1811_1) 

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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Pink Floyd
Piper at the Gates of Dawn

  (Item #: pinkfpiper_1811) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish - fairly quiet vinyl too!
  • Both sides of this UK import are big, 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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Otis Redding
The Dock of the Bay

  (Item #: reddidocko_1811) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side two and a superb Double Plus (A++) side one, this copy will be very hard to beat
  • A well-recorded album, with sound that's exceptionally big, rich and smooth, yet still clean, clear and spacious
  • "...this is an impossible record not to love ... Cropper chose his tracks well, selecting some of the strongest and most unusual among the late singer's orphaned songs... No one could complain about the album then, and it still holds more than four decades later."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Swings Brightly With Nelson

  (Item #: fitzgellaswingb_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: sinatcomes_1811) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • 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
  • Allmusic: "...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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Frank Sinatra
Ring-A-Ding-Ding!

  (Item #: sinatringa_1811_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish on this superb copy of Sinatra's inaugural release for his new label, Reprise
  • Both sides are exceptionally spacious and three-dimensional, as well as relaxed and full-bodied - this is the way Sinatra on record should sound
  • "The title track was written especially for Sinatra by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen. And that song reflects the brassy, swaggering feeling of the record -- even the ballads are arrogant and self-confident."
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Mike Bloomfield & Al Kooper
The Live Adventures Of...

  (Item #: bloomlivea_1811) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • A very strong copy with Double Plus (A++) sound, or close to it, on all four sides of this double album
  • Great material to be found here, including covers of well-known tracks by Paul Simon, The Band, and Traffic
  • "One of the seminal live albums of the late '60s..." - All Music


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Dave Brubeck
Time Changes

  (Item #: brubetimec_1811) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This 360 Stereo pressing earned oustanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides
  • The size, the weight, the solidity, the clarity, the energy, the rhythmic drive - it's all here and more
  • More superb sound from the legendary CBS 30th Street Studios in New York
  • Produced by the legendary Teo Macero, this is the fourth entry in Brubeck's time signature series of classic jazz
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Charles Mingus
Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus

  (Item #: mingumingumingu_1811) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • An insanely good copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Incredibly big, bold and detailed with lots of space around all of the players and plenty of energy
  • 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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Frank Sinatra - Duke Ellington
Francis A. & Edward K.

  (Item #: sinatfranc_1811) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • 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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Miles Davis
Miles In The Sky

  (Item #: davismiles_in_1811) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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 the later pressings we played
  • 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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Bob Dylan
Another Side of Bob Dylan (in Stereo)

  (Item #: dylananoth_1811_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: brewedowni_1805_1811) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This 2-pack boasts nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on side one and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side two
  • With smooth sweet analog sound, paired with clarity and freedom from smear, these pressings provide the best of both worlds
  • A longtime Better Records favorite - this is Hippie Folk Rock at its BEST - a Desert Island disc in my world
  • "Brewer & Shipley retained more of the wholesome, strident qualities of early-'60s folk revival harmonizing than almost anyone."
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The Lovin' Spoonful
John Sebastian Songbook, Vol. 1

  (Item #: lovinjohns_1801_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

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

  (Item #: byrdsyoung_1807_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER for this early Byrds gem from 1967 - quiet vinyl too
  • It's clear, undistorted, rich and tubey - this sound lets the Byrds jangly folk pop work
  • So You Want to Be a Rock 'N'Roll Star, My Back Pages and Have You Seen Her Face are all here, and sounding wonderful
  • 5 stars: "Time has shown it to be the most durable of the Byrds' albums, with the exception of Mr. Tambourine Man. David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, and especially Chris Hillman come into their own as songwriters on an eclectic but focused set blending folk-rock, psychedelia, and early country-rock."
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Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery
The Dynamic Duo

  (Item #: smithdynam_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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
  • 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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Jimmy Smith
Hobo Flats

  (Item #: smithhobof_1806_1811) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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-dimendional 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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Herbie Mann
Live At The Village Gate

  (Item #: mann_livea_1802_1811) 

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


  • This excellent copy of Herbie Mann's classic boasts excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • This copy plays on relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • One of the better flute jazz albums we've heard, both in terms of sonics and music
  • 4 1/2 stars: "In addition to 'Comin' Home Baby,' Mann and his men perform memorable versions of 'Summertime' and 'It Ain't Necessarily So'; the latter is 20 minutes long. Recommended."
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The Electric Flag
A Long Time Comin'

  (Item #: electalong_1710_1811) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this rare 360 original LP was one of the best we played in our recent shootout
  • Exceptional vinyl for an early Columbia - it plays Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - they don't really come any quieter
  • The all-star lineup here features Michael Bloomfield, Buddy Miles, Richie Havens and many more
  • "Though launched after Al Kooper's the Blues Project, A Long Time Comin' itself influenced bands who would go on to sell more records. Amazing stuff all in all... fun listening and a revelation."


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The Who
Magic Bus

  (Item #: who__magic_1806_1811) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound, or close to it, from first note to last
  • Big and (relatively) smooth, the sound on this Decca pressing is right for this eclectic collection that includes some of the band's earliest work
  • This copy plays on exceptionally quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout - Decca in the Sixties didn't know how to press them any quieter
  • "Townshend and co were always trying different ideas out in the studio and stretching rock’s boundaries as far as possible... [Magic Bus] has moments of brilliance."
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The Who
My Generation

  (Item #: who__mygen_1802_1811) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish on this killer MONO pressing
  • Our Virgin UK Import pressing here is superb on both sides - clear and solid with the presence and hard-rockin' energy this music deserves
  • We've rarely heard these songs sound better than they do here
  • "An explosive debut, and the hardest mod pop recorded by anyone. ... At the time of its release, it also had the most ferociously powerful guitars and drums yet captured on a rock record. The Who never surpassed the pure energy level of this record."
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Bob Dylan
Highway 61 Revisited

  (Item #: dylanhighw_1811_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This 360 Label stereo copy boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last - and it's QUIET
  • Clean stereo pressings of this album are ridiculously hard to come by these days, not to mention 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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Ray Charles
Ingredients In A Recipe For Soul

  (Item #: charlingre_1807_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Outstanding sound throughout with both sides rating a Double Plus (A++) or BETTER
  • These sides are super big and full-bodied with lots of energy and a nice extended top end
  • "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..." - All Music
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The Beatles
Rubber Soul

  (Item #: beatlrubbe_1811) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An exceptionally good sounding vintage pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER
  • Superb sound for Drive My Car, Norwegian Wood, Nowhere Man, Michelle - 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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Aretha Franklin
Soul '69

  (Item #: franksoul6_1805_1811) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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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Thelonious Monk
Straight, No Chaser

  (Item #: monk_strai_1811) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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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Big Brother & The Holding Company
Self-Titled

  (Item #: bigbrbigbr_1811) 

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
  • 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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Art Pepper
Smack Up

  (Item #: peppesmack_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding Contemporary-mastered stereo pressing boasting Hot Stamper sound on both sides - fairly 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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Kenny Burrell
Blues — The Common Ground

  (Item #: burreblues_1811_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Stunning sound for this original Verve LP with a Triple Plus (A+++) grade on the second side and a Double Plus (A++) on the first
  • This is an exceptionally well-recorded album, with Burrell's small jazz guitar group aided by Don Sebesky's superb orchestral arrangements
  • "Blues - The Common Ground finds Burrell backed by lots of brass and wind instruments for most of the album, hardly his usual setting. But his guitar successfully weaves in and out of songs... blending with the band and creating a pleasant balance".
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Frank Sinatra
Swing Along With Me

  (Item #: sinatswing_1808_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb sound throughout with each side rating a solid Double Plus (A++) grade and playing fairly quietly
  • Both sides here are rich, smooth and full-bodied with much of the Tubey Magic that's missing from the average copy
  • This album is very tough to come by in stereo in anything but beat condition, let alone with this kind of sound!
  • "Twelve of the most uninhibited Sinatra things ever recorded!"
  • "Recorded with Billy May, Sinatra Swings was Frank Sinatra's first straight swing album for Reprise Records. In terms of content and approach, the record is remarkably similar to his final Capitol swing effort, Come Swing with Me."
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Ray Charles & Betty Carter
Ray Charles & Betty Carter

  (Item #: charlraych_1803_1811) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on this exceptionally quiet vintage stereo pressing - it's the first truly killer copy to EVER hit the site
  • This 1961 release showcases two of the most soulful singers to ever share a microphone, both at the height of their powers
  • Includes the still-popular "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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Duke Ellington
Yale Concert

  (Item #: ellinyalec_1805_1811) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from first note to last on this "live" recording
  • Superb Ellington Big Band sound from 1968 - remarkably rich and real sounding for the time
  • This copy plays on relatively quiet vinyl (for '70s Fantasy), Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • "The great Duke Ellington Orchestra was still intact and in its late prime at the time of this performance from 1968... even as he neared 70, [Ellington] was still at his peak. "
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Donovan
In Concert

  (Item #: donovincon_1709_1811) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy was one of the best we played in our recent shootout
  • A shockingly well recorded live set, so REAL and natural, with some of Donovan's best songs played with real feeling
  • This early Epic stereo pressing is the only way to hear the MIDRANGE MAGIC that’s missing from modern records
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The only album that comes close to having the flow of this concert was the studio recording of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks ... One of the great live albums of the '60s."
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The Moody Blues
On The Threshold Of A Dream

  (Item #: moodyonthe_1709_1811) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • With very good Hot Stamper grades on both sides, sonically this is a big step up over most pressings, and is guaranteed to beat any modern reissue handily
  • Both sides here are big, full and lively with a nice bottom end; dead quiet too -- a true Mint Minus
  • A British import such as this is guaranteed to bring all the psychedelic Moody Blues magic to life in your living room
  • "... [I]n 1969 this was envelope-ripping, genre-busting music, scaling established boundaries into unknown territory, not only "outside the box" but outside of any musical box that had been conceived at that moment..."
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Sarah Vaughan
Dreamy

  (Item #: vaughdream_1804_1811) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • This outstanding copy boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from first note to last
  • Forget the honky originals - our killer reissues of this 1960 All Tube Recording are rich and relaxed, just the way they should be
  • The combination of old and new works wonders on this title as you will surely hear for yourself on these superb sides
  • "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.'" - Allmusic
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Joe Cocker
Joe Cocker (1969)

  (Item #: cockejoeco_1969_1803_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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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The Who
Tommy

  (Item #: who__tommy_1806_1811) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • 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 fairly quiet throughout
  • "...Townshend's ability to construct a lengthy conceptual narrative brought new possibilities to rock music."
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Duke Ellington
Up In Duke's Workshop

  (Item #: ellinupind_1712_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) Ellington Big Band sound, taken from 1969-1972 recordings, can be found on both of these outstanding sides
  • Pablo has here compiled some of Ellington's best later music and mastered and pressed it wonderfully as well
  • "At first listen it is rougher, seems to be less evolved than his earlier easier-to-notice stylistic approach. If you give this a couple of plays, you will find it totally mesmerizing."
  • "Duke Ellington was the most important composer in the history of jazz as well as being a bandleader who held his large group together continuously for almost 50 years."
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The Beatles
A Hard Day’s Night

  (Item #: beatlahard_1811) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • With Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it throughout, we guarantee you've never heard A Hard Day's Night sound remotely as good as it does here
  • On top of that this vintage UK pressing plays on relatively quiet vinyl - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • Both sides are big, spacious and absolutely jumping out of the speakers, with relatively rich, smooth sound
  • This one gets the heart of the music right - the lad's voices - and that's what makes The Beatles FUN to listen to
  • 100% Lennon-McCartney originals: "Decades after its original release, its punchy blend of propulsive rhythms, jangly guitars, and infectious, singalong melodies is remarkably fresh." 5 Stars
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The Beatles
Beatles For Sale

  (Item #: beatlforsa_1811) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • This British Parlophone copy is guaranteed to give you an entirely new appreciation for the band's fourth album
  • An underrated album that sounds much better than most audiophiles think it does - better music too
  • "...the group were starting to take in new influences; in this case, they were adding folk music into the mix thanks to their new-found friendship with Bob Dylan. Dylan's reflection in Lennon's work was nearly immediate, thanks to tunes like "No Reply", "I'm a Loser", "Baby's In Black" and "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party"."
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The Beatles
With The Beatles

  (Item #: beatlwitht_1811) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • 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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The Yardbirds
Roger The Engineer

  (Item #: yardbroger_1707_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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
  • 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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Thelonious Monk
Underground

  (Item #: monk_under_1803_1811) 

Our Price: $199.99
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  • An outstanding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides - 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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Neil Young
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

  (Item #: youngevery_1810x) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A MONSTER Shootout Winning early pressing with incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides - this is the EKTIN you have been waiting for!
  • Live-in-Your-Listening-Room sound throughout - miles beyond any copy you've heard (or ever will hear)
  • Includes immortal classics such as "Cinnamon Girl," "Cowgirl in the Sand," and "Down by the River," just to name three
  • 5 stars: "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere was breathtakingly different when it appeared in May 1969, both for Young and for rock in general... almost 30 years later [make that 49], he was still playing this sort of music with Crazy Horse, and a lot of contemporary bands were playing music clearly influenced by it."
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Freddie Hubbard
Ready For Freddie

  (Item #: hubbaready_1811_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two Hot Stamper sides, this stereo copy of Hubbard's classic 1962 release did well in our shootout from earlier this year
  • "Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard really came into his own during this Blue Note session. ... highly recommended; it's one of the trumpeter's most rewarding Blue Note albums."
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Frank Sinatra
All The Way

  (Item #: sinatallth_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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
Strangers In The Night

  (Item #: sinatstran_1802_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides, this Sinatra title surprised us with its DEMO DISC sound
  • It's clearly one of the best sounding Reprise-era Sinatra albums we know of - it might even be THE best
  • Credit must given to the extraordinarily inventive arrangements of Nelson Riddle and the All Tube engineering of Lee Herschberg
  • "Sinatra's singing is relaxed, confident, and surprisingly jazzy, as he plays with the melody of "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" and delivers a knockout punch with the assured, breathtaking "Summer Wind."
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Frank Sinatra
Sinatra '65

  (Item #: sinatsinat65_1711_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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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Sarah Vaughan
Dreamy

  (Item #: vaughdream_1810x) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • 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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Jefferson Airplane
Surrealistic Pillow

  (Item #: jeffesurre_1810x) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides, this stereo copy of Surrealistic Pillow put to shame most of what we played
  • It's the rare copy of this '60s Psych Classic that has this kind of freedom from distortion, as well as clarity, openness, and spaciousness
  • An incredibly difficult album to find with audiophile sound, but this copy has the goods and will beat whatever you throw at it; fairly quiet vinyl too!
  • 5 stars in the AMG: "Every song is a perfectly cut diamond ... a groundbreaking piece of folk-rock-based psychedelia that hit — literally — like a shot heard round the world..."
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Miles Davis
E.S.P.

  (Item #: davisesp_1810x) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • 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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Love
Revisited

  (Item #: love_revis_1802_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent throughout with both sides earning outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for their Bruce Botnick Big Rock Sound
  • The best pressings give you the kind of low-end punch and midrange presence you hear on The Doors' first and second albums
  • Bruce Botnick engineered both The Doors and Love, and their albums are hard to beat for recordings from '66 and '67
  • "A listener might find they have all the Love they need, if such a thing was ever possible, by just owning one album such as this."
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Ben Webster
The Warm Moods

  (Item #: webstwarmm_1805_1811) 

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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Tony Bennett
The Many Moods Of Tony

  (Item #: bennemanym_1805_1811) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Both sides of this vintage Black Print 360 pressing earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for their superb sound - 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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Miles Davis
Quiet Nights

  (Item #: davisquiet_1803_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this Miles Davis-Gil Evans classic
  • This copy plays about as quiet as we can find these early pressings, Mint Minus Minus througout
  • Fred Plaut engineered the sessions, and on this amazing early pressing they sound rich, warm, smooth and clear
  • 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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Jefferson Airplane
2400 Fulton Street

  (Item #: jeffe2400f_1803_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • These superb pressings earned Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on all four sides
  • If you're looking for excellent sound, quiet vinyl, and practically all the band's best material, this is the double album for you
  • We, of course, can't say these pressings are competitive with Hot Stampers of the original albums, but the best of them can be quite good sounding
  • 4 Stars: "...all of the essentials are here -- most of Surrealistic Pillow, along with highlights from the surrounding albums up through the end of the group's history and a few odd singles and B-sides that otherwise usually get overlooked."
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The Moody Blues
On The Threshold Of A Dream

  (Item #: moodyonthe_1806_1811) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This excellent pressing earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • The richness, sweetness, and warmth on this one give you exactly the sound you want for this wonderful music
  • This copy plays on relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... [I]n 1969 this was envelope-ripping, genre-busting music, scaling established boundaries into unknown territory, not only "outside the box" but outside of any musical box that had been conceived at that moment..."
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Charles Mingus
Tijuana Moods

  (Item #: mingutijua_1807_1811) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Two outstanding sides each rating a solid Double Plus (A++) - guaranteed to smoke any copy you have ever heard
  • This is vintage Sixties Living Stereo at its best - big, rich and Tubey Magical like you will not believe
  • These Black Label originals can rarely be found any quieter than this one - it plays Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • 5 stars: "Mingus at the time said that this was his greatest recording, and it certainly ranks near the top."
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Country Joe & The Fish
Electric Music For The Mind...

  (Item #: countelect_1806_1811) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A stunning Triple Plus (A+++) side one backed with an excellent Double Plus (A++) side two
  • A very difficult record to find with good sound and audiophile quality surfaces, which is why we rarely have them on the site
  • Incredibly, clean, clear and tonally correct and guaranteed to easily beat any copy of the record you have ever heard
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Their full-length debut is their most joyous and cohesive statement and one of the most important and enduring documents of the psychedelic era ..."


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Sonny Rollins & Coleman Hawkins
Sonny Meets Hawk

  (Item #: rollisonny_1811) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • 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
  • These sides are exceptionally big, rich and Tubey Magical, with the natural tonality that is the hallmark of a classic RCA Living Stereo recording from 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. Sometimes the two collide, locking horns and wrestling happily without holding back. "


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The Beach Boys
Surfin' U.S.A.

  (Item #: beachsurfi_1802_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: beck_truth_1811) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side two and a better than Double 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!
  • Both sides have the Big Rock Sound and powerful Rock Energy, 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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The Beatles
A Collection of Beatles Oldies

  (Item #: beatlcolle_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy was one of the best we played in our recent shootout
  • An excellent source for many of the Beatles' greatest hits up to 1966 - with 8 songs per side you are geting a lot for your money with this one
  • Several tracks, including "I Want to Hold Your Hand", "Day Tripper", "We Can Work It Out" and "Paperback Writer", were given their first stereo mixes for this very album
  • Surprisingly good sound for From Me to You, We Can Work It Out, Yesterday, I Feel Fine and others as well
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Creedence Clearwater Revival
Bayou Country

  (Item #: creedbayou_1810x) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • 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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Bob Dylan
Nashville Skyline

  (Item #: dylannashv_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of this Dylan classic with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • The right 360 pressings always win the shootouts - they have more of the Tubey Magical intimacy the recording needs
  • "Lay Lady Lay," "To Be Alone With You," "I Threw It All Away," "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You," and the duet with Johnny Cash on "Girl From the North Country" have become 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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Ray Charles
Modern Sounds In Country & Western...V. 2

  (Item #: charlmoder_2_1811) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • 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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David Bowie
Space Oddity

  (Item #: bowiespace_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides, this is the right sound for Bowie's 1969 classic
  • Very full-bodied and lively sound, solid and present vocals, as well as excellent clarity all around
  • Ken Scott engineered at Trident; Rick Wakeman plays a mean mellotron
  • "Abandoning both the mod and Anthony Newley fascinations that marked his earlier recordings, Bowie delves into a lightly psychedelic folk-rock, exemplified by the album's soaring title track..."
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Johnny Hodges / Wild Bill Davis
Blue Rabbit

  (Item #: hodgebluer_1806_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This KILLER jazz pressing boasts shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to last
  • The sound here is Tubey Magical, lively and clear, with three-dimensionality that goes deep and fills the listening room from wall to wall
  • This copy plays on relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • "One of altoist Johnny Hodges' many solo records in the 1960s... Tasty and swinging music." - Allmusic
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Frank Sinatra
Francis A. Sinatra & Antonio C. Jobim

  (Item #: sinatjobim_1811) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This outstanding original copy earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades for sound or BETTER on both sides
  • 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 our favorite Male Vocal albums
  • 4 1/2 stars: "After a few plays, the album begins to slowly work its way underneath a listener's skin, and it emerges as one of his most rewarding albums of the '60s."
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Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto
Getz - Gilberto

  (Item #: getz_getzg_1811) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • You'll find truly wonderful sound on this stereo 2-pack, with Double Plus (A++) grades on both the good sides
  • 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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Bob Dylan
Nashville Skyline

  (Item #: dylannashv_1805_1811) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • 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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The Zombies
The World of the Zombies

  (Item #: zombiworld_1811) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • 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 very quiet 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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Muddy Waters
Folk Singer

  (Item #: waterfolks_1811) 

Our Price: $249.99

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

  (Item #: getz_jazzs_1810) 

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 excellent sonics
  • The sound here is clean, clear, open and highly resolving, yet still rich and warm and smooth - thanks Ed Greene!
  • An album we almost never find with sound this good and surfaces this quiet
  • 5 Stars: "A shimmering, graceful collection that's as subtly advanced — in harmony and rhythm — as it is beautiful."
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Thelonious Monk
Misterioso (Recorded On Tour)

  (Item #: monk_miste_1809_1) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This early stereo pressing had excellent sound throughout with each side rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or BETTER
  • The overall sound here is super big and full with a lovely bottom end and plenty of energy - 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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Coleman Hawkins
Today and Now

  (Item #: hawkitoday_1810) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this superb pressing
  • Tommy Flanagan on piano provides fine support for Mr. Hawkins' breathy stylings
  • This Impulse stereo pressing has plenty of Tubey Magic and driving energy
  • Both Down Beat and Allmusic give Today and Now 4 Stars!
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Bob Dylan
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

  (Item #: dylanfreew_1811) 

Our Price: $249.99

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

  (Item #: beatlrevol_1810_2) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding UK pressing with two very strong sides, earning Double Plus (A++) grades for sound and playing quietly
  • 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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Art Pepper
Smack Up

  (Item #: peppesmack_1803_1810) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding Contemporary stereo pressing boasting Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - fairly 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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Ray Charles
Have a Smile With Me

  (Item #: charlhavea_1705_1810) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • With two Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning sides, this original stereo copy simply could not be beat
  • The richness in the vocals and the overall Tubey Magical sound are what put this pressing over the top in our shootout
  • We have a devil of a time finding Ray Charles records that sound this good and are clean enough to offer our customers - this is a rare one
  • "...he elevates the material with soulful vocals and good arrangements, particularly when the Raeletts back him up (as they do on half the tracks)." Allmusic
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Burt Bacharach
Reach Out

  (Item #: bachareach_1810) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better copies we played in our recent shootout
  • This copy had extension high and low and dynamic power that greatly impressed us
  • Tons of hits - The Look Of Love, Message To Michael, Alfie, What The World Needs Now, I Say A Little Prayer and more
  • Engineering by Phil Ramone (Casino Royale) and Henry Lewy (Sergio Mendes, Joni Mitchell) each doing their own tracks - compare and contrast for yourself
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Muddy Waters
The Real Folk Blues

  (Item #: waterrealf_1808_1810) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • 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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Creedence Clearwater Revival
Creedence Clearwater...

  (Item #: creedcreed_1806_1810) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This an unusually good sounding copy of CCR's debut boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • The sound is big and rich with a punchy bottom, perfect for swamp rockers like I Put a Spell on You and Susie Q
  • A tough album to find with sound and surfaces as good as these - not as many copies qualify to make it to the site as we would like
  • 4 stars: "...the band's sound is vibrant, with gutsy arrangements that borrow equally from Sun, Stax, and the swamp."
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Leonard Cohen
Songs From A Room

  (Item #: cohensongs_1810) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding Red Label 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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Miles Davis
Birth of the Cool

  (Item #: davisbirth_1810) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An outstanding pressing of this Jazz Classic, with Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • Both sides here are super clean, clear, lively and dynamic with a nice bottom end and lots of space around the instruments
  • We have one these hit the site about once every 3-4 years, so Miles fans should jump on this one
  • 5 stars: "Birth of the Cool remains one of the defining, pivotal moments in jazz."
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The Doors
Waiting For the Sun

  (Item #: doorswaiti_1810) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Very good Hot Stamper sound on both sides of this classic Doors album on the early Gold Label, a personal favorite to this very day
  • The sound is present and lively, with Morrison's rich vocals having the Tubey Magic that only vintage vinyl pressings are capable of reproducing
  • It's tough (not to mention expensive) to find these early Gold Label pressings with this kind of sound and vinyl as quiet as this
  • A Top 100 Title - "Krieger, Ray Manzarek and John Densmore were never more lucid... This was a band at its most dexterous, creative, and musically diverse ..."
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Coleman Hawkins and Clark Terry
Back In Bean’s Bag

  (Item #: hawkibacki_1810) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side one and a side two that's right up there with it, this copy has the breathy sax sound we love
  • All Tube, Live in the Studio Columbia Sound from 1962 - it makes a mockery of most jazz recordings
  • What a swingin' group - there is simply not a false step to be found anywhere on either side of this wonderful record
  • "Hawkins teamed up with the personable trumpeter Clark Terry for this upbeat set of-of solid swing. Terry, in particular, is in exuberant form on "Feedin' the Bean"... but Hawkins's playing (particularly on the trumpeter's ballad "Michelle") is also in fine form."
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Astrud Gilberto
Look To The Rainbow

  (Item #: gilbelookt_1807_1810) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • This kind of spacious, warm, rich, Tubey Magical analog sound is gone forever - you have to go back to 1966 to find it
  • Creed Taylor (the CTI man) produced, Gil Evans did most of the arrangements, Rudy Van Gelder and Val Valentin engineered - what's not to like?
  • 4 1/2 stars: "This was a beautiful bossa nova record of Astrud Gilberto's vocal stylings..."
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Creedence Clearwater Revival
Bayou Country

  (Item #: creedbayou_1810_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Two outstanding sides, earning very strong Double Plus (A++) sonic grades and pressed on fairly 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." — 4 1/2 stars
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B.B. King
Blues On Top Of Blues

  (Item #: king_blues_on_top_1804_1809x) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • You'll find Hot Stamper sound from first note to last on this 1968 pressing, BB King's fourteenth studio album
  • This copy plays on relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • This is the album he made right before Lucille, so the man was definitely on a roll and doing some great work in the late '60s
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Featuring brassy arrangements by Johnny Pate, it presents King's sound at its fullest without sacrificing any of his grit or sophisticated swing ... the material is very strong throughout."
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B.B. King
Blues On Top Of Blues

  (Item #: king_blues_on_top_1804_1809) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two excellent Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better copies of B.B.'s 1968 Classic that we heard in our most recent shootout
  • This is the album he made right before Lucille, so the man was definitely on a roll and doing some great work in the late '60s
  • Smoother, more musical, with more top end extension and more weight down below, this is the way to hear B.B. when he was still in his prime
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Featuring brassy arrangements by Johnny Pate, it presents King's sound at its fullest without sacrificing any of his grit or sophisticated swing ... the material is very strong throughout."
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Harry Nilsson
Aerial Ballet

  (Item #: nilssaeria_1810) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This outstanding copy boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • With tons of ambience, amazing richness, you-are-there immediacy, and tight bass, this is a stunning pressing of this Must Own Nilsson album
  • 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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Ray Charles
Genius + Soul = Jazz

  (Item #: charlgeniu_1808_1810) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • With stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides and Count Basie backing up The Genius himself, this copy is As Good As It Gets!
  • Most of this album is Ray stretching out with "some pretty mean and lean, cut-to-the-heart-of-the-matter B-3 Hammond organ licks."
  • Big and rich, clear and Tubey Magical, the 1962 sound of this vintage stereo pressing is just right; quiet vinyl too!
  • Allmusic notes: "...one of those instrumentals, a cover of the Clovers' "One Mint Julep," would give Charles one of his most unpredictable (and best) early-'60s hits."
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Milt Jackson Quintet
That's The Way It Is

  (Item #: jacksthats_1806_1810) 

Our Price: $149.99

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