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Super Hot Stamper

Miles Davis
Filles de Kilimanjaro

  (Item #: davisfille_1901_6_10) 

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


  • A superb sounding stereo pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This Columbia 360 Label LP boasts rich, full-bodied, clear sound with the space and three-dimensionality that was difficult to find on the later pressings we played
  • "... 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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Oliver Nelson's Big Band
Live From Los Angeles

  (Item #: nelsolivef_1810_6_10) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • 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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The Moody Blues
In Search Of The Lost Chord

  (Item #: moodyinsea_1903_6_10) 

Our Price: $199.99

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

  (Item #: morgagigol_1910_) 

Our Price: $249.99

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

  (Item #: frankaretha_now_1910) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Excellent sound throughout for this original Atlantic Green and Blue label LP with both sides earning a solid Double Plus (A++) or BETTER
  • Practically UNHEARD of vinyl for an original stereo pressing - I don't recall finding any early pressing that played this quietly
  • These original pressings give Aretha's voice a Tubey Magical, relaxed quality that's simply not to be found on the reissues, as good as those may be in other ways
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... this still caught Aretha Franklin at the peak of her early form. Think, I Say a Little Prayer, See Saw, and I Can’t See Myself Leaving You were all big hits."
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Simon & Garfunkel
Bookends

  (Item #: simonbooke_1903_6_10) 

Our Price: $169.99

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

  (Item #: hancospeak_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding copy of Hancock's 1968 release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from start to finish
  • These sides are big and full-bodied with well-defined bass, with lively transient energy on the brass instruments, a signature sound of our man RVG's
  • Featuring Hancock's arrangements for an unusual front line of alto flute, bass trombone and flugelhorn, none of which solo (!)
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The key to Speak Like a Child is in Hancock's graceful, lyrical playing and compositions, which are lovely on the surface and provocative and challenging upon closer listening."
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Steppenwolf
Steppenwolf

  (Item #: steppstepp_1901_6_10ex) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Steppenwolf's first album arrives on the site with stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout
  • Rich, clear and dynamic, this copy has the bass these rockers need - this is undeniably the right sound for the album
  • Includes killer hits "Born To Be Wild" and "The Pusher," both featured in the 1969 movie Easy Rider
  • 4 stars: "...a surprisingly strong debut album from a tight hard rock outfit... The playing is about as loud and powerful as anything being put out by a major record label in 1968..."
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Fleetwood Mac
Greatest Hits

  (Item #: fleetgreat_1812_6_10ex) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Stunning sound from start to finish with both sides earning our top grade of Triple Plus (A+++) or something very close to it
  • Big, rich, energetic, with tons of Analog Tubey Magic, this original Orange Label pressing has exactly the right sound for this music
  • Oh Well, Parts One and Two; Black Magic Woman; Man of the World, and the surprise Number One single Albatross are all here and sounding great
  • Peter Green is hands down our favorite British Blues Guitarist of All Time - play this record and you will surely see why we feel that way
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The Doors
Waiting For the Sun

  (Item #: doorswaiti_1906_10) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • Two insanely good sides for this superbly recorded Doors album, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it throughout - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is present, lively and tonally correct, with Morrison's rich vocals well reproduced and especially Tubey Magical
  • It's tough (not to mention expensive) to find these early Gold Label pressings with this kind of sound and vinyl that's scratch free
  • "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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Wilson Pickett
I'm In Love

  (Item #: pickeimini_1908_10) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Stunning sound throughout with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • Both sides of this original Atlantic Green and Blue label pressing are incredibly big, full-bodied and lively with a solid bottom end and lots of space around all of the instruments
  • "... the Wicked Pickett sounds a lot more convincing on this album's romantic numbers than anyone would have had a right to expect from one of the baddest cats of Southern soul... it's a good set of tunes, performed with Pickett's usual high level of passion and skill, and if you're any kind of fan you'll revel in it." - All Music
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Otis Redding
The Immortal Otis Redding

  (Item #: reddiimmor_1910) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An outstanding copy of this superb posthumous release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • The sound here is amazingly clear and open, superior to most in that regard, with fairly smooth and rich vocals to boot
  • The richness in Redding's vocals and the wonderfully Tubey Magical sound makes this copy especially impressive
  • "... among the last tunes Redding cut during what turned out to be a prophetic three-week stretch of sessions -- concluding just days prior to his untimely passing... any Otis Redding recordings should be considered welcome (if not mandatory) additions to all manner of listeners."
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Fleetwood Mac
Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac

  (Item #: fleetpeter_1910) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • With two Hot Stamper sides and exceptionally quiet vinyl, this original Epic Yellow Label pressing is a joy to hear
  • Fleetwood Mac is by far our favorite British Blues band - they put even the most popular Blues groups running around England in 1968 to shame
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Fleetwood Mac's debut LP was a highlight of the late-'60s British blues boom. Green's always inspired playing, the capable (if erratic) songwriting, and the general panache of the band as a whole placed them leagues above the overcrowded field..."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet)

Creedence Clearwater
Creedence Clearwater...

  (Item #: creedcreed_1905_9) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This an unusually good sounding copy of CCR's debut boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides - QUIET vinyl too
  • Low-distortion, lively, solid and dynamic - this is the sound that Creedence was going for
  • Probably the most difficult CCR studio album to find with excellent sound, and to find one that plays this quietly, fuhgeddaboudit
  • Featuring I Put a Spell on You as well as the extended-length jam, Susie Q, at 8:37 just perfect for Underground Radio
  • "... the band's sound is vibrant, with gutsy arrangements that borrow equally from Sun, Stax, and the swamp."
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Otis Redding
The Dock of the Bay

  (Item #: reddidocko_1812_4_9) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding vintage pressing of The Dock of the Bay, earning strong Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides
  • It's a well-recorded album - the better copies are 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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Horace Silver
Serenade to a Soul Sister

  (Item #: silveseren_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: rollibegga_1907_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A killer vintage copy of this exceptionally well-recorded Stones album from '68, with superb Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • The long lost Tubey Magic of these early pressings has them sounding clear, rich and lively throughout
  • This is the way Beggar's Banquet should sound and it doesn't take a pair of golden ears to hear it
  • One of a select group of Rolling Stones Must Own titles we prize above all others - Sticky Fingers and Let It Bleed round out the trio
  • 5 stars: "Basic rock & roll was not forgotten, however: 'Street Fighting Man'... was one of their most innovative singles, and 'Sympathy for the Devil'... was an image-defining epic."
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Creedence Clearwater Revival
Creedence Clearwater...

  (Item #: creedcreed_1905_7_9) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Wow - Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • These sides are exceptionally low-distortion, solid, dynamic, with the neutral tonality completely missing from the current spate of reissues
  • Featuring classics such as I Put a Spell on You, the extended-length jam Susie Q (8:37, perfect for Underground Radio), The Working Man, Porterville and more
  • 4 stars: "CCR's self-titled debut album was gloriously out-of-step with the times, teeming with John Fogerty's Americana fascinations. ... the band's sound is vibrant, with gutsy arrangements that borrow equally from Sun, Stax, and the swamp."
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Ramsey Lewis
Maiden Voyage

  (Item #: lewismaide_1806_1_9) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • 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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The Monkees
The Birds,The Bees and The Monkees

  (Item #: monkebirds_1909_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • KILLER sound throughout for this original Colgems pressing with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to it
  • These sides are doing just about everything right -- rich, full-bodied and Tubey Magical with wonderfully sweet and breathy vocals and a huge bottom end
  • "Featuring more than half of its material written by band members, The Birds, the Bees & the Monkees ranks as a favorite among longtime fans... it's one of the band's finest records, a great representation of the era and an even better pop album." - Ultimate Classic Rock
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Creedence Clearwater
Creedence Clearwater...

  (Item #: creedcreed_1909) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This outstanding copy of CCR's debut earned Double Plus (A++) sonic grades or close to them on both sides
  • Probably the most difficult CCR studio album to find with excellent sound and reasonably quiet surfaces
  • Featuring classics such as I Put a Spell on You, the extended-length jam Susie Q (8:37, perfect for Underground Radio), The Working Man, Porterville and more
  • 4 stars: "... the band's sound is vibrant, with gutsy arrangements that borrow equally from Sun, Stax, and the swamp."
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Blood, Sweat & Tears
Child is Father to the Man

  (Item #: bloodchild_1905_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: frankladys_1906_9) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This superb copy of Aretha's 1968 release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • Both sides are rich, full-bodied and Tubey Magical 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 and plays this quietly
  • 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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T-Bone Walker
Stormy Monday Blues

  (Item #: walkestorm_1909_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of Waker's 1968 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from start to finish
  • The stereo sound here is Tubey Magical, lively and clear, with three-dimensionality that will fill your listening room from wall to wall
  • "The high level of creativity in play here isn't obvious on a cursory listen, since a lot of the tracks favor the same sort of midtempo blues shuffle, but a closer listen reveals a stunning guitarist who plays the blues with a jazzman's soul.. when he cuts loose a little on guitar, the sparks fly with elegant tension."
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Johnny Cash
At Folsom Prison

  (Item #: cash_atfol_1901_6_9) 

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


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

  (Item #: beck_truth_1909) 

Our Price: $299.99

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

  (Item #: morriastra_1905_9_) 

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


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

  (Item #: hancospeak_1905_9) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades, close to our Shootout Winning copy
  • These sides are big and full-bodied with well-defined bass, with lively transient energy on the brass instruments, a signature sound of our man RVG's
  • Featuring Hancock's arrangements for an unusual front line of alto flute, bass trombone and flugelhorn, none of which solo (!)
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The key to Speak Like a Child is in Hancock's graceful, lyrical playing and compositions, which are lovely on the surface and provocative and challenging upon closer listening."
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Pink Floyd
A Saucerful of Secrets

  (Item #: pinkfsauce_1905_9) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Two Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sides, making this vintage stereo UK pressing the best sounding copy we've ever heard
  • Forget whatever semi-comatose Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - if you want to hear the Tubey Magic, size and energy of these wonderful sessions from 1967 (some with Syd, some with David), this is the way to go
  • in 2014, Nick Mason named A Saucerful of Secrets as his favorite of Pink Floyd's studio albums. “I think there are ideas contained there that we have continued to use all the way through our career,” he says. “I think [it] was a quite good way of marking Syd [Barrett]’s departure and Dave [Gilmour]’s arrival. It’s rather nice to have it on one record, where you get both things. It’s a cross-fade rather than a cut.”
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Otis Redding
The Immortal Otis Redding

  (Item #: reddiimmor_1909) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A stunning copy of this superb posthumous release with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • The richness in Redding's vocals and the wonderfully Tubey Magical sound makes this copy especially impressive
  • This vintage Plum and Tan label LP plays fairly quietly for an original Atco pressing
  • "... among the last tunes Redding cut during what turned out to be a prophetic three-week stretch of sessions -- concluding just days prior to his untimely passing... any Otis Redding recordings should be considered welcome (if not mandatory) additions to all manner of listeners."
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T-Bone Walker
Stormy Monday Blues

  (Item #: walkestorm_1909) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it from start to finish
  • Both sides here are incredible -- clean, clear, spacious and present with wonderfully full vocals and a huge bottom end
  • "The high level of creativity in play here isn't obvious on a cursory listen, since a lot of the tracks favor the same sort of midtempo blues shuffle, but a closer listen reveals a stunning guitarist who plays the blues with a jazzman's soul.. when he cuts loose a little on guitar, the sparks fly with elegant tension." - All Music
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The Pentangle
Pentangling

  (Item #: pentapentangling_1909) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side one and a superb Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy could not be beat
  • The unprocessed quality found throughout the album has its audiophile credentials fully in order, especially in the area of guitar harmonics, as well as drums that sound like real drums actually sound
  • The foundation of the music is provided by two legendary guitar heavyweights, Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, with Jacqui McShee's almost unbearably sweet vocals soaring above them
  • The best material from Pentangle's amazing first six albums, with sound that's full of British Analog Tubey Magic
  • "Pentangling is filled to the brim with some of the finest recordings the British folk movement had to offer..."
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Super Hot Stamper

The Doors
Waiting For the Sun

  (Item #: doorswaiti_1905_9) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Two outstanding sides for this superbly recorded Doors album, with strong Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • The sound is present, lively and tonally correct, with Jim Morrison's baritone reproduced with weight and Tubey Magical richness missing from the reissues
  • It's tough (not to mention expensive) to find these early Gold Label pressings with this kind of sound and reasonably quiet vinyl
  • "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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Steppenwolf
Steppenwolf

  (Item #: steppstepp_1812_4_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding copy of Steppenwolf's debut album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Both sides here are really rockin' -- big and full-bodied with tight punchy bass and lots of energy
  • Condition is often an issue with extremely popular rock records from this era, but this one is scratch free and fairly quiet throughout
  • Includes killer hits "Born To Be Wild" and "The Pusher," both featured in the 1969 movie Easy Rider
  • 4 stars: "...a surprisingly strong debut album from a tight hard rock outfit... The playing is about as loud and powerful as anything being put out by a major record label in 1968..."
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Miles Davis
Filles de Kilimanjaro

  (Item #: davisfille_1904_1908) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • A KILLER sounding stereo pressing with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish, just shy of our Shootout Winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This Columbia 360 Label LP boasts rich, full-bodied, clear sound with the space and three-dimensionality that was difficult to find on the later pressings we played
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... 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."
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Hot Stamper (quiet vinyl)

The Band
Music From Big Pink

  (Item #: band_music_1908) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • You'll find very good Hot Stamper sound on both sides of this copy of the band's debut - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound on the best copies is natural and present, with richness, clarity, transparency and energy
  • 5 stars: "...as soon as "The Weight" became a singles chart entry, the album and the group made their own impact, influencing a movement toward roots styles and country elements in rock. Over time, [the album] came to be regarded as a watershed work in the history of rock, one that introduced new tones and approaches to the constantly evolving genre."
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Illinois Jacquet
Bottoms Up

  (Item #: jacqubotto_1801_1908) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last, this copy of Bottoms Up has much to recommend it
  • The sax is especially well recorded with just the right amount of bite and only the squawk of the real thing
  • Surprisingly transparent and dynamic, this recording elegantly highlights Jacquet's soulful style
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Even in 1968 when the jazz avant-garde was becoming quite influential, tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet played in his own timeless style, performing in an idiom little changed during the previous 20 years."
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Illinois Jacquet
How High The Moon

  (Item #: jacquhowhi_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This superb Prestige Two-Fer boasts outstanding double plus (A++) sound on all four sides - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • Compiled from four Jacquet albums released in 1968 and 1969, including favorites like "Bottoms Up,"The Blues; That's Me", and "The King"
  • Jacquet is one of the creators of the big, soulful tenor sax sound - I know of no one who plays the style better
  • "... a fine sampler to Jacquet's music... it features Illinois in a variety of settings (ranging from a quartet to a mini-big band)..."
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Frank Zappa
Cruising With Ruben & The Jets

  (Item #: zappacruis_1908) 

Our Price: $299.99

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

  (Item #: sinatfranc_1708_1904_1908) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • One of the better copies of this top quality recording to hit the site, with superb Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Sinatra is both natural and present - he actually sounds like he is standing on the same stage as Ellington's band
  • Outstanding size and weight with rich, clear brass and good space up top, thanks to Lee Herschberg's engineering skills
  • "... 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."
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Deep Purple
The Book of Taliesyn

  (Item #: deeppbooko_1902_1908) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An insanely good sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish and the first copy to ever hit the site!
  • Forget the dubby domestic pressings and whatever crappy Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - the UK LPs are the only way to fly on this album
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Several months after the innovative remake of "You Keep Me Hanging On," England's answer to Vanilla Fudge was this early version of Deep Purple, which featured vocalist Rod Evans, and bassist Nick Simper, along with mainstays Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, and Ian Paice."
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The Moody Blues
In Search Of The Lost Chord

  (Item #: moodyinsea_1908_1) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This outstanding early UK pressing earned excellent Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Just full of that Moodies Magic - warm, full-bodied, rich and smooth with excellent size and energy
  • The first Moody Blues album to feature their trademark mellotron arrangements
  • "...the album on which the Moody Blues discovered drugs and mysticism as a basis for songwriting and came up with a compelling psychedelic creation, filled with songs about Timothy Leary and the astral plane and other psychedelic-era concerns."
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Jimi Hendrix
Electric Ladyland

  (Item #: hendrelect_1908_2) 

Our Price: $699.99

  • With 10.5 pluses out of a possible 12, this is one of the best copies from our recent shootout
  • Insanely good Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on sides one, three and four and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second side
  • Probably the best-recorded of Hendrix's studio albums - huge studio space and Tubey Magical richness are key to the shootout winners like this one
  • 5 stars: "...not only one of the best rock albums of the era, but also Hendrix's original musical vision at its absolute apex."
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Fleetwood Mac
Greatest Hits

  (Item #: fleetgreat_1901_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: king_lucil_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Lucille (the album, not the guitar) finally comes to the site with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or very close to it throughout
  • An exceptionally hard album to find with good sound, but here it is - clean, clear and spacious with a solid bottom end - qualities that bring out the best in B.B.'s Blues
  • It has taken us years to find clean copies with the right stampers for Lucille, but finally our efforts have paid off with this Hot Stamper copy
  • "Lucille is an album alive and pulsing with a beautifully thick blues soul that is showcased everywhere, from Mr. King’s roaring vocals to the blazing brass in the background."
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Joni Mitchell
Song To A Seagull

  (Item #: mitchsongt_1908) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This stunning copy boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the first
  • The vocals are breathy and clear, and the overall sound is rich, full and Tubey Magical with especially lovely guitar tone
  • Our favorite early Joni Mitchell album by far - as good as her others are, this one has a special charm we can find on no other record, by Joni or anyone else
  • "What sets this release apart from those of other confession-style singer/songwriters of the time is the craft, subtlety, and evocative power of Mitchell's lyrics and harmonic style... "
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Neil Young
Neil Young

  (Item #: youngneily_1907_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This rare, original pressing of Neil Young's solo debut earned superb Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides
  • One of Neil's toughest to find with top quality sound and audiophile playing surfaces - this copy has a few problems, but we expect the sound of the original will win you over - and the cover is truly exceptional as well
  • Only these early pressings with the first mix have the potential to sound as good as this one does - play The Loner to hear it finally ROCK
  • "...a flowing tributary from the over-all Springfield river of twangs, breathless vocals and slim yet stout instrumentation. Especially vivid is Young's sense of melancholy and the ingenious clusters of images he employs in his lyrics (printed in full)."
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Buffalo Springfield
Last Time Around

  (Item #: buffalastt_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides and reasonably quiet vinyl, this was clearly one of the most enjoyable copies we played in our last shootout
  • Relaxed, rich and tubey, yet clear, this is the kind of sound you always wanted from The Buffalo Springfield but had no way to hear, until now
  • Some of the best songs the band ever wrote are right here: I Am A Child, Kind Woman and too many more to list
  • If Buffalo Springfield Again deserves a Five Star rating then Last Time Around does too - it's every bit as brilliant
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Fleetwood Mac
Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac

  (Item #: fleetpeter_1903_1907) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Dramatically more impressive than any other copy we played - Triple Plus (A+++) throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The size, clarity, presence and energy are off the charts - and talk about Tubey Magic, this pressing is overflowing with it
  • The Mac's debut is an extraordinary collection of Guitar-Based British Blues and an album that's rarely on the site with sound this good and surfaces this clean
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Fleetwood Mac's debut LP was a highlight of the late-'60s British blues boom. Green's always inspired playing, the capable (if erratic) songwriting, and the general panache of the band as a whole placed them leagues above the overcrowded field..."
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Neil Young
Neil Young

  (Item #: youngneily_1901_1907) 

Our Price: $199.99

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

  (Item #: spirispiri_1904_1907) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Incredible sound for this psychedelic masterpiece with both sides rating a Triple Plus (A+++)
  • Wall to wall, with layered studio depth like you will not believe, the kind of space you hear on an engineering classic like Dark Side of the Moon
  • The first Triple Triple Shootout Winning copy to hit the site in years, and one of the few that's quiet enough to enjoy
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic, but in our estimation it deserves at least five - it's simply one of the All Time Greats from the era
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The Band
Music From Big Pink

  (Item #: band_music_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

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

  (Item #: simonbooke_1903_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent 360 stereo pressing earning Double Plus grades throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Our hottest copies have lovely midrange magic on the guitars and voices as well as plenty of studio ambience on most tracks, especially the simpler, more folky ones
  • An album that has become much tougher to come by, especially ones that play this well
  • Top 100, Five Stars - side two alone has four classics: Fakin' It, Mrs. Robinson, A Hazy Shade of Winter and At the Zoo
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Joni Mitchell
Song To A Seagull

  (Item #: mitchsongt_1907_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding copy boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • The vocals are breathy and clear, and the overall sound is rich and full with lovely guitar transients
  • Our favorite early (pre-Blue) Joni Mitchell album by far - as good as her others are, this one has a special charm we can find on no other record, by Joni or anyone else
  • "What sets this release apart from those of other confession-style singer/songwriters of the time is the craft, subtlety, and evocative power of Mitchell's lyrics and harmonic style... "
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Van Morrison
Astral Weeks

  (Item #: morriastra_1907) 

Our Price: $399.99

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

  (Item #: threecoldw_1903_1906) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides and only the second copy to ever hit the site
  • A shockingly well recorded album, with Oliver Nelson's arrangements exploding from the speakers with all the brilliant energy and color we've come to expect from the man
  • "For this date, the group decided to emphasize its pop side, recording the record with the lush Oliver Nelson Orchestra and choosing to cover such pop hits as "The Look of Love" and "Last Train to Clarksville"... the glossy production has its appealing moments..."
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Blood, Sweat & Tears
Child is Father to the Man

  (Item #: bloodchild_1906) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Absolutely amazing sound throughout, with both sides earning our highest sonic grade of Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it
  • This copy will show you just how big, full-bodied, lively and POWERFUL this music can be on the right pressing
  • Not many records on this site are harder to find with top quality sound and reasonably quiet surfaces
  • 5 stars: "Child Is Father to the Man is keyboard player/singer/arranger Al Kooper's finest work, an album on which he moves the folk-blues-rock amalgamation of the Blues Project into even wider pastures... One of the great albums of the eclectic post-Sgt. Pepper era of the late '60s."
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Fleetwood Mac
Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac

  (Item #: fleetpeter_1901_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this UK pressing was one of the best we played in our recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Fleetwood Mac is by far our favorite British Blues band - these intensely heartfelt performances put even the most popular Blues groups' running around England in 1968 to shame
  • Forget whatever Heavy Vinyl imposter is in print - this vintage UK pressing has the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that those modern LPs barely BEGIN to reproduce
  • 4 1/2 star: "Fleetwood Mac's debut LP was a highlight of the late-'60s British blues boom. Green's always inspired playing, the capable (if erratic) songwriting, and the general panache of the band as a whole placed them leagues above the overcrowded field..."
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Bill Evans
At The Montreux Jazz Festival

  (Item #: evansmontr_festival_1903_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Evan's Classic Live album from the Montreux Jazz Festival returns to the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last
  • A killer Verve stereo pressing, with lovely richness and warmth, real space and wonderful immediacy throughout
  • Recorded live in 1968, this superb release pairs Evans' unique piano improvisations with bandmates Eddie Gomez and Jack DeJohnette
  • 4 stars: "Evans, famous for a soft-spoken pianistic touch, seems driven to new vistas on this album. He experiments more with harmonic dissonance and striking rhythmical contrasts, making this his most extroverted playing since his freshman release, New Jazz Conceptions."
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The Butterfield Blues Band
In My Own Dream

  (Item #: butteinmyo_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: burreblues_1812_1906) 

Our Price: $69.99

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

  (Item #: monk_under_1902_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: king_livew_1812_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of this Must Own Live Blues album, with Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Accept no substitutes - no reissue of the album can ever give you the energy, size and you-are-there presence that's on this disc
  • This copy plays exceptionally well - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - finding the originals with this kind of top quality sound and surfaces this quiet is getting harder every day
  • "Live Wire/Blues Power is one of Albert King's definitive albums. Recorded live at the Fillmore Auditorium in 1968, the guitarist is at the top of his form throughout the record — his solos are intense and piercing... he makes Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man" dirty and funky and wrings out all the emotion from "Blues at Sunrise.""
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Frank Sinatra - Duke Ellington
Francis A. & Edward K.

  (Item #: sinatfranc_1803_1905-) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • This pressing boasts very respectable Hot Stamper sound from first note to last
  • Sinatra is both natural and present - on the best pressings, he actually sounds like he is standing on the same stage as Ellington's band
  • This copy plays on relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • "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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Marty Robbins
By The Time I Get To Phoenix

  (Item #: robbibythe_1803_1904-) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • An excellent 360 stereo pressing, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • This copy plays on relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • We love the sound on the better copies, rich, tubey, clear and present
  • This one features a mixture of originals and covers - a showcase for Marty's tremendous range and ability to cross musical genres
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Spirit
Spirit

  (Item #: spirispiri_1905) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • Excellent sound for this psychedelic Masterpiece from 1968, with both sides rating a strong Double Plus (A++) for sonics
  • Wall to wall, with layered studio depth like you will not believe, the kind of space you hear on an engineering classic like Dark Side
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic, but in our estimation it deserves at least five - it's simply one of the Sixties' Greatest Debut Albums of All Time
  • "Spirit's debut unveiled a band that seemed determine to out-eclecticize everybody else on the California psychedelic scene, with its melange of rock, jazz, blues, folk-rock, and even a bit of classical and Indian music"
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Buffalo Springfield
Retrospective - The Best Of...

  (Item #: buffaretro_1904_1) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • An excellent copy with Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last
  • The Tubey Magical richness on the best pressings is a joy to hear
  • Kind Woman and I Am A Child sound incredible - listen to all that space
  • A wonderful compilation, 5 stars on Allmusic - this is absolutely Must Own Music
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Jerry Jeff Walker
Mr. Bojangles

  (Item #: walkemrboj_1903) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • A wonderful find of Jerry Jeff's from 1968, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Clean and clear, rich and natural, with good vocal presence and wonderful energy throughout
  • The title track sounds amazing, but that's just one of the great songs with excellent sound on the album
  • The engineering team of Tom Dowd and Phil Iehle really worked their magic on this one
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "...Walker favored the country and folk side of folk-rock much more than the rock side."
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Harry Nilsson
Aerial Ballet

  (Item #: nilssaeria_1809_1901) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • 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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