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Super Hot Stamper

Hampton Hawes
At The Piano

  (Item #: hawesatthe_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This vintage Contemporary pressing boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Huge, Tubey Magical and dynamic, with solid weight down low and lots of space around the instruments, this copy is guaranteed to fill your listening room with truly brilliant jazz music
  • "Hampton Hawes' final recording found him returning not only to the acoustic piano after having dabbled in electric keyboards from 1972-74, but to producer Lester Koenig and his Contemporary label, where Hawes recorded most of his classic gems of the 1950s... Teamed up with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Shelly Manne, Hawes shows that he was still in prime form."
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The Grateful Dead
American Beauty

  (Item #: grateameri_1906) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • Two insanely good sides each earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to it
  • The acoustic guitars are magical on this copy, and you won't believe how wonderfully breathy and sweet these guys' voices sound
  • American Beauty is one of Stephen Barncard's greatest recording achievements - the richness and clarity are really something here
  • A 5 Star Top 100 album - "A companion piece to the luminous Workingman's Dead, American Beauty is an even stronger document of the Grateful Dead's return to their musical roots. American Beauty remains the Dead's studio masterpiece."
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Paul McCartney
Ram

  (Item #: mccarram_1906) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A KILLER copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the first - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • A copy like this is a real audiophile treat - here is the rich, warm, clear, natural and lively sound you want for Ram
  • Many of the man's most memorable songs are here: Too Many People, Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey, Monkberry Moon Delight, Heart Of The Country and more
  • 5 stars: "These songs may not be self-styled major statements, but they are endearing and enduring, as is Ram itself, which seems like a more unique, exquisite pleasure with each passing year."
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Ry Cooder
Into the Purple Valley

  (Item #: coodeintot_1906) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of Cooder's sophomore release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from start to finish - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Ry digs up a wonderful sampling of Dust Bowl-era songs that would otherwise have been lost to history
  • When the man picks up an instrument -- principally guitar and mandolin on this album -- he sure can play the heck out of it
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Phenomenal' is the descriptive word to describe his playing...This is a must for those who love instrumental virtuosity, authentic reworkings of an era, or just plain good music."
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Pink Floyd
The Wall

  (Item #: pinkfthewa_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This wonderful copy of The Wall earned very good Hot Stamper grades or BETTER throughout
  • Buzzing helicopters, ringing telephones, clicking typewriters and so on happen RIGHT THERE in the room with you
  • James Guthrie labored mightily to make this one as big, bold and immersive as any Prog Rock recording we know of, and succeeded brilliantly
  • Rock & Pop Top 100 - "A triumph of production..." and indisputable proof that analog in 1979 could still be absolutely amazing
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Genesis
Trespass

  (Item #: genestresp_1906) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this early UK Charisma pressing - it's guaranteed to beat any Heavy Vinyl (or other) pressing you may have- extremely quiet too
  • The sound here is rich and Tubey Magical, which is the only way this music makes any sense at all
  • Probably for the more serious fan, but Melody Maker found it "...tasteful, subtle and refined."
  • "... cannot find many 'modern' acts that can even come close to the brilliance demonstrated in these six songs... cannot recommend this album enough."
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Steely Dan
Can't Buy A Thrill

  (Item #: steelcantb_1906) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Both sides of this Steely Dan classic earned seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades or close to it for their big, bold, Tubey Magical sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • After doing so many shootouts over the years, and hearing the guitars and vocals jumping out of our speakers right into our listening room, we now find the recording a lot more to our liking than we used to
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Walter Becker and Donald Fagen were remarkable craftsmen from the start, as Steely Dan's debut illustrates. Each song is tightly constructed, with interlocking chords and gracefully interwoven melodies, buoyed by clever, cryptic lyrics."
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Paul Simon
Paul Simon

  (Item #: simonpauls_1906) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • An outstanding copy of Simon's sophomore album with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Balanced, musical and full throughout - this pressing is a big step up from many of the other copies we played
  • Roy Halee handled the engineering and as usual he did a great job for the time - thankfully it was recorded in 1972, not 1982
  • A member of our Top 100 and 5 stars: "It was miles removed from the big, stately ballad style of Bridge Over Troubled Water and signaled that Simon was a versatile songwriter as well as an expressive singer with a much broader range of musical interests than he had previously demonstrated."
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Rush
2112

  (Item #: rush_2112_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding copy really delivers, earning excellent Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • A transparent, clear, lively and full copy with huge drums and natural cymbals
  • It's beyond difficult to find truly great sound for Rush, but this copy rocks like crazy
  • 4 1/2 stars: "2112 proved to be their much sought-after commercial breakthrough and remains one of their most popular albums ... the trio's members were fast becoming rock's most accomplished instrumentalists."
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Wings
Wings At the Speed of Sound

  (Item #: mccaratthe_1906) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding pressing of Wings' follow-up to Venus and Mars, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • This copy has a "cinematic" quality - it's just plain bigger, with more depth to the soundfield, and stronger dynamics
  • The big hits, Let 'Em In and Silly Love Songs, as well as minor gems, such as Beware My Love, are musical here with good body and a smoother top end
  • Allmusic: "A full-band effort, where everybody gets a chance to sing, and even contribute a song."
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Roxy Music
For Your Pleasure

  (Item #: roxymforyo_1901_1906) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two stunning Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this UK LP came in just shy of our shootout winner
  • Roxy and their engineers and producers manage to capture a keyboard sound on their first two albums few bands in the history of the world can lay claim to
  • We've been working on this shootout for over ten years - here is one of the better copies we have to show for our effort
  • 5 Stars: "...another extraordinary record from Roxy Music, one that demonstrates even more clearly than the debut how avant-garde ideas can flourish in a pop setting."
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Stevie Wonder
Fulfillingness’ First Finale

  (Item #: wondefulfi_1807_1906) 

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


  • This pressing of the classic 1974 album from Stevie Wonder boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Finding the right balance between Tubey Magical Richness and Transparency is the trick, and we think this copy strikes that balance well
  • Boogie On Reggae Woman and You Haven't Done Nothing were the big hits but the other tracks on the album are where the real Stevie Wonder MAGIC can be found
  • 4 1/2 stars [but we give it 5]: "The songs and arrangements are the warmest since Talking Book, and Stevie positively caresses his vocals on this set, encompassing the vagaries of love, from dreaming of it ("Creepin'") to being bashful of it ("Too Shy to Say") to knowing when it's over ("It Ain't No Use")."
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Peter Tosh
Legalize It

  (Item #: tosh_legal_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Peter Tosh's debut album finally arrives on the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • You won't believe how big, rich and full this album can sound on a copy this good
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The album's highlight is 'Why Must I Cry,' a multi-layered song (co-written with Bob Marley) that conveys a sense of personal failure when fighting an uphill battle, whether it be against injustices of the world or within the confines of a relationship. Legalize It cemented Tosh's position as a giant in reggae, and the album is one of the best albums of the genre."
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Eagles
Hotel California

  (Item #: eaglehotel_1905_2) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A stunning copy that earned nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades on both sides!
  • Incredible Demo Disc sound -- big and bold with super punchy drums and a fully extended top end
  • A Better Records Top 100 pick that's amazingly powerful on the best copies such as these
  • "Hotel California unveiled what seemed almost like a whole new band" -- Allmusic, 5 stars
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Super Hot Stamper

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Deja Vu

  (Item #: crosbdejav_1905_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A superb Big and Bold copy that earned seriously good sonic grades of Double Plus (A++) on both sides
  • The sound is HUGE -- lively, present and rich in a way that nothing you've heard can compete with
  • One of our all time favorite albums at Better Records and one that almost never sounds THIS good
  • 5 stars: "...this variety made Déjà Vu a rich musical banquet for the most serious and personal listeners, while mass audiences reveled in the glorious harmonies and the thundering electric guitars..."
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Pink Floyd
The Wall

  (Item #: pinkfthewa_1905_3) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A superb Demo Disc Quality pressing - all four sides earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) sonic grades
  • Buzzing helicopters, ringing telephones, clicking typewriters and so on happen RIGHT THERE in the room with you
  • James Guthrie labored mightily to make this one as big, bold and immersive as any Prog Rock recording we know of, and succeeded brilliantly
  • Rock & Pop Top 100 - "A triumph of production..." and indisputable proof that analog in 1979 could still be absolutely amazing
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Count Basie
Kansas City 5

  (Item #: basiekansa_1905_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Presenting yet another amazingly well recorded Count Basie album, with superb Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • Both sides are rich, smooth, full-bodied and musical with a lovely bottom end
  • A great session with a fresh sound for Basie, with two top players at his side: Milt Jackson on vibes and Joe Pass on guitar
  • "It is always interesting to hear Basie in a hornless setting like this one where he gets opportunities to stretch out on the piano."
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Van Morrison
His Band And Street Choir

  (Item #: morrihisba_1905_1) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With both sides earning outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER, this is a killer copy of a wonderful sounding, shockingly underrated album; super quiet vinyl too
  • The band is swinging, the material top-notch - Domino, Crazy Face, Blue Money and other classics are right here
  • We vote this The Best Sounding Van Morrison Album - a classic of 1970 Tubey Magical analog - and his only title to make our Top 100
  • "As 'Domino' opens the album with a show of strength, 'Street Choir' closes it with a burst of both musical and poetic energy which is not only better than anything else on the album but may well be one of Van's two or three finest songs." Rolling Stone
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Fleetwood Mac
Heroes Are Hard To Find

  (Item #: fleetheroe_1905_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • Both sides here are clean, clear and open, providing lots of space for the musicians to occupy. It's not midrangy, but instead, rich and full, with sweet, silky vocals. This is the sound you want on Heroes Are Hard to Find
  • "... the album is one of their most cohesive yet diverse... Heroes is a minor gem that retains its effortless pop charms and contains some buried jewels in the extensive Fleetwood Mac catalog." - All Music
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White Hot Stamper

David Bowie
Station To Station

  (Item #: bowiestati_1905) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • You'll find Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides of this 1976 Art Rock Classic - these tracks are rockin' like you will not believe
  • This is a dense, difficult recording to find the right sound for, which means you really need Hot Stampers on Station to Station to enjoy it
  • Superb presence and energy - the title cut and Golden Years are wonderful here, as does the classic, radio-friendly TVC 15
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Station to Station is an avant-garde art-rock album ... its epic structure and clinical sound were an impressive, individualistic achievement, as well as a style that would prove enormously influential on post-punk."
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Richie Furay
I've Got a Reason

  (Item #: furayivego_1905) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last
  • The overall sound here is big, full-bodied and Tubey Magical with plenty of extension on both ends
  • "... it's Furay's clear, emotive tenor, along with his sense of melody and passion for the material, that carries the album... it remains a strong personal statement for Richie Furay." - All Music
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Deep Purple
In Rock

  (Item #: deeppinroc_1905_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Both these UK sides have excellent sound for the band's 1970 Classic, earning Double Plus (A++) grades
  • Only the Brit Harvest LPs such as this one are made from the actual master tape, and it sure ain't hard to hear the difference using the real tape makes
  • In our experience, these import pressings are the only way to hear the band with the big, rich, Tubey Magical sound they're famous for
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Deep Purple's soon to be classic Mark II version made its proper debut and established the sonic blueprint that would immortalize this lineup of the band on 1970's awesome In Rock."
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Deep Purple
In Rock

  (Item #: deeppinroc_1905) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Both these UK sides have excellent sound for the band's 1970 Classic, earning Double Plus (A++) grades - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Only the Brit Harvest LPs such as this one are made from the actual master tape, and it sure ain't hard to hear the difference using the real tape makes
  • In our experience, these import pressings are the only way to hear the band with the big, rich, Tubey Magical sound they're famous for
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Deep Purple's soon to be classic Mark II version made its proper debut and established the sonic blueprint that would immortalize this lineup of the band on 1970's awesome In Rock."
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Steely Dan
The Royal Scam

  (Item #: steelroyal_1812_1905) 

Our Price: $399.99
Sale Price: $349.00 (You save $50.99 / 13%)


  • Stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish - the GLORIOUS sound of the One True Royal Scam is back
  • This killer Shootout Winning copy has what you need for The Dan's hard-rockin' classic from 1976 - it's bursting with driving rhythmic energy and offers relatively smooth vocals
  • "Drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie lashes out the rolling grooves on most of the nine tracks, establishing the album's anxious feel, and Larry Carlton's jaw-dropping guitar work provides a running commentary to Fagen's strangulated vocals... These are not the sort of Steely Dan songs favored by smooth-jazz stations."
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White Hot Stamper

Styx
Equinox

  (Item #: styx_equin_1901_1905) 

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


  • A stunning sounding copy of the band's first A&M release, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This superb original pressing is huge and rich, with prodigious amounts of bass, like no other copy you've heard
  • ""Equinox" would prove to be the last album from the original lineup of Styx. This would also be the band's first album for major label A&M and probably the album where the band really developed their signature sound, a mix of progressive rock, straight ahead pop, and arena style rock. "Equinox" is a must own album for Styx fans and remains one of the band's best works." Amazon Reviewer
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The Oscar Peterson Trio
The Trio

  (Item #: petertrio_pablo_1901_1905) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this Pablo LP
  • The size, the weight, the solidity, the clarity, the energy, the rhythmic drive - it's all here and more
  • 5 stars: "Guitarist Joe Pass and bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen both play well on these live performances, but the reason to acquire this set is for the remarkable Oscar Peterson. Peterson really flourished during his years with Norman Granz's Pablo label, and this was one of his finest recordings of the period."
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Foreigner
Foreigner

  (Item #: foreiforei_1905_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This stunning copy of Foreigner's self-titled debut album boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from first note to last
  • Fuller, smoother, and more energetic, with clarity, size and space, this is the way you want Foreigner's classic debut to sound
  • Includes the classics: "Feels Like The First Time," "Cold As Ice," and "Long, Long Way From Home," along with many others
  • 4 stars: "The album spawned some of the biggest FM hits of 1977... and the state-of-the-art rock production values of the day, which allowed the band to sound hard but polished. As pure rock craftsmanship goes, Foreigner was as good as it got in the late '70s."
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Van Morrison
His Band And Street Choir

  (Item #: morrihisba_1905) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • A stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) copy of this great sounding Van Morrison album, a favorite of ours here at Better Records
  • The sound is incredible throughout - full-bodied, clear, and brimming with the soulful energy of this great artist
  • The material is top-notch - Domino, Crazy Face, Blue Money and other classics are all here
  • The best sounding Van Morrison album, a Top 100 title, with classic 1970 Analog sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • "As "Domino" opens the album with a show of strength. "Street Choir" closes it with a burst of both musical and poetic energy which is not only better than anything else on the album but may well be one of Van's two or three finest songs." Rolling Stone
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Count Basie
Kansas City 5

  (Item #: basiekansa_1905) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Presenting yet another amazingly well recorded Count Basie album, with STUNNING Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout
  • It's bigger, richer, more Tubey Magical, with more extension on both ends of the spectrum than every other other copy we played
  • A great session with a fresh sound for Basie, with two top players at his side: Milt Jackson on vibes and Joe Pass on guitar
  • "It is always interesting to hear Basie in a hornless setting like this one where he gets opportunities to stretch out on the piano."
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Foreigner
Foreigner

  (Item #: foreiforei_1905) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding copy of Foreigner's self-titled debut album with solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout- exceptionally quiet too
  • Super big, lively, clear, open and resolving of musical information - this is the way you want your Foreigner album to sound
  • Includes the classics: "Feels Like The First Time," "Cold As Ice," and "Long, Long Way From Home," along with many others
  • 4 stars: "The album spawned some of the biggest FM hits of 1977... and the state-of-the-art rock production values of the day, which allowed the band to sound hard but polished. As pure rock craftsmanship goes, Foreigner was as good as it got in the late '70s."
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The Rolling Stones
Some Girls

  (Item #: rollisomeg_1804_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides of this copy of the Stones' landmark 1978 album
  • It's got everything you want - weight, punch, energy and fullness, qualities key to the best sounding pressings
  • Tons of great songs - Miss You, Beast of Burden and Shattered, all sounding shockingly good on this copy
  • 5 Stars: "Some Girls may not have the back-street aggression of their '60s records, or the majestic, drugged-out murk of their early-'70s work, but its brand of glitzy, decadent hard rock still makes it a definitive Stones album."
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Styx
Pieces Of Eight

  (Item #: styx_piece_1905) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Here is the kind of sound we want on our ELP, Yes and Queen-like multi-layered Proggy Pop Rock - big, full-bodied and lively
  • 4 stars: "Styx's feisty, straightforward brand of album rock is represented best by 'Blue Collar Man,' an invigorating keyboard and guitar rush... reaching number 21, with the frolicking romp of 'Renegade' edging in at number 16 only six months later... the rest of the album includes tracks that rekindle some of Styx's early progressive rock sound, only cleaner. Tracks like 'Sing for the Day,' 'Lords of the Ring,' and 'Aku-Aku' all contain slightly more complex instrumental foundations..."
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America
History: America's Greatest Hits

  (Item #: amerihisto_1905) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of America's 1975 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from start to finish
  • THE BIG SOUND on both sides lets this Greatest Hits compilation hold its own against the originals
  • 4 1/2 stars: "History: Greatest Hits perfectly spotlights both the polished and layered production of British studio legend George Martin and the West Coast tones of the band's folk-pop style. Featuring the group's many chart toppers from the first half of the '70s, this definitive roundup includes Neil Young-style acoustic sides like "Lonely People," the hippie MOR of "Muskrat Love," and breezy acid rock like "Sandman." An essential collection for fans who like their '70s folk with a pop sheen, loads of hooks, and top-drawer arrangements."
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Gerry Rafferty
City To City

  (Item #: raffecityt_1905) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on this early British pressing of Rafferty's Must Own Classic - exceptionally vinyl too
  • City to City is truly an Undiscovered Gem - no right-thinking audiophile can fail to be impressed the songwriting and production of Rafferty's Masterpiece of British Folk Pop
  • You won't believe how rich, Tubey Magical, big, undistorted and present this copy is (until you play it anyway)
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Rafferty's turns of phrase and tight composition skills create a fresh sound and perspective all his own... resulting in a classic platter buoyed by many moments of sheer genius."
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Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel (2)

  (Item #: gabrigabr2_1801_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A KILLER Shootout Winning UK copy of Peter Gabriel's sophomore release with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This is Gabriel's One True Rock Album, and it can really be a knockout when it has this kind of punchy bass and pile-driving energy
  • With the help of the estimable Robert Fripp on guitar, it has to be his most consistent recording, featuring his most innovative mainstream music
  • 4 1/2 stars: "'On the Air' and 'D.I.Y.' are stunning slices of modern rock circa 1978, bubbling with synths, insistent rhythms, and polished processed guitars, all enclosed in a streamlined production that nevertheless sounds as large as a stadium."
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Joni Mitchell
For The Roses

  (Item #: mitchforth_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • This outstanding copy of Joni Mitchell's fifth studio album boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Incredibly rich, warm and natural with real immediacy to Joni's vocals, and Tubey Magic for days, this pressing was doing it all right
  • One of the best sounding Joni records, on a par with Court and Spark and Blue - fine company indeed
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The lyrics here are among Mitchell's best, continuing in the vein of gripping honesty and heartfelt depth exhibited on Blue.... More than a bridge between great albums, this excellent disc is a top-notch listen in its own right."
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War
Deliver The Word

  (Item #: war__deliv_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Insanely good Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides of this Shootout Winning copy - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Thanks to the brilliant engineering of Chris Huston, the sound is War at its best: big, rich, smooth and clear, with the kind of low end whomp that few rock records from the era can claim
  • 4 Stars: "A smooth blend of the band's more progressive jazz-rock fusion, the LP shot to the top of the R&B charts, their second of four number one records in a row. It was a perfect tonic to the mediocre MOR music rampaging its way through the early part of the decade...A magical ride with plenty of surprises to keep the listener on his or her toes, this set is a perfect example of the band at their genre-fusing best."
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Santana
Santana (III)

  (Item #: santasant3_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With two stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sides, this copy finished top of the pile in our recent shootout - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Amazing transparency - you hear into the huge, deep soundfield with almost nothing between you and the musicians
  • Surprising amounts of Tubey Magic - some of the best sound this very well recorded band achieved in the studio
  • 4 1/2 stars: "It's an album that has aged extremely well due to its spare production (by Carlos and the band) and its live sound. This is essential Santana, a record that deserves to be reconsidered in light of its lasting abundance and vision."
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Elton John
Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player

  (Item #: john_donts_1903_1905) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) Shootout Winning side one and a Double Plus (A++) side two, this UK copy has a side one that cannot be beat
  • Forget the dubby, closed-in and transistory domestic pressings - here is the relaxed, rich, spacious, musical, lifelike sound that only the best imports can show you
  • Thanks to Ken Scott's brilliant engineering and Gus Dudgeon's production savvy, every song here sounds better than you imagined
  • 4 stars: "His most direct, pop-oriented album... a very enjoyable piece of well-crafted pop/rock."
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America
Homecoming

  (Item #: amerihomec_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A stunning copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides - the first such copy we've found in almost two years (!)
  • This is a simply wonderful Green Label original pressing - big, rich and Tubey Magical with excellent transparency and breathy harmony and lead vocals
  • Some of the most tubey and warm acoustic guitar reproduction you could ever ask for - this is the sound of real analog!
  • Ventura Highway sounds amazing here, as does everything else; it's a Demo Disc for acoustic guitars and vocals
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David Bowie
Young Americans

  (Item #: bowieyoung_1810_1905) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • One of the better copies of Bowie's soul album to hit the site this year - incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side two and excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on one
  • This vintage pressing is simply bigger and fuller than the competition, with massive amounts of energy and rich punchy bass
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl too - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout - they don't come any quieter
  • One of our favorites by The Man, with so many killer tracks: Young Americans, Win, Fascination, Somebody Up There Likes Me, Across the Universe and, of course, Fame
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The Police
Outlandos d’Amour

  (Item #: policoutla_1903_1905) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • One of the best copies to hit the site in quite a while - Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • Few audiophiles (I'm guessing) know how well recorded this album is - you need just the right UK pressing to show you what's really on the tape
  • Roxanne, So Lonely, Can't Stand Losing You all sound amazing on these Shootout Winning (or close to them) sides
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Although Sting, Andy Summers, and Stewart Copeland were all superb instrumentalists with jazz backgrounds, it was much easier to get a record contract in late-'70s England if you were a punk/new wave artist, so the band decided to mask their instrumental prowess with a set of strong, adrenaline-charged rock, albeit with a reggae tinge. "
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David Bowie
Lodger

  (Item #: bowielodge_1903_1905) 

Our Price: $399.99
Sale Price: $349.00 (You save $50.99 / 13%)


  • A KILLER copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second - exceptionally quiet UK vinyl too
  • This copy was doing it all right -- bigger, richer, more full-bodied, more present, better bass and the list goes on
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The most accessible of the three Berlin-era records David Bowie made with Brian Eno, simply because there are no instrumentals and there are a handful of concise pop songs. Nevertheless, Lodger is still gnarled and twisted avant pop... It might not stretch the boundaries of rock... but it arguably utilizes those ideas in a more effective fashion."
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Bob Dylan
Blood On The Tracks

  (Item #: dylanblood_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A shootout winning copy of the only Dylan record to make our Top 100 list - this one earned Triple Plus (A+++) grades or close to them on both sides
  • For musical, un-hyped acoustic guitars and vocals, the sound of this album is tough to beat in Dylan's catalog
  • The better copies are rich, warm, tubey and full-bodied - in other words, they are what's good about vintage analog
  • 5 stars: "...it's an affecting, unbearably poignant record, not because it's a glimpse into his soul, but because the songs are remarkably clear-eyed and sentimental, lovely and melancholy at once. Dylan made albums more influential than this, but he never made one better."
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Steely Dan
Countdown to Ecstasy

  (Item #: steelcount_1812_1905) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • This shootout winning copy has stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Show Biz Kids, My Old School, Pearl of the Quarter and King of the World are As Good As It Gets on this pressing
  • The richest and clearest we played all day - this is the sound that lets the only real rock album this band ever made actually ROCK
  • 5 Stars: "...its eight songs are rich with either musical or lyrical detail that their album rock or art rock contemporaries couldn't hope to match."
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Dire Straits
Dire Straits

  (Item #: diresdires_1809_1905x) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • Stunning shootout winning sound throughout, with both sides of this very special British pressing rating a Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is shockingly rich, full and solid yet still incredibly clean, clear and open with fantastic energy - you will not believe all the space and ambience on this copy
  • A Better Records Rock & Pop Top 100 title, a True Demo Disc, and our favorite by the band for both sound and music - quiet vinyl too
  • "...the album is remarkably accomplished for a debut, and Dire Straits had difficulty surpassing it throughout their career."
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Carole King
Tapestry

  (Item #: king_tapes_1903_1905) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • This KILLER copy of King's beloved Tapestry earned top honors -- Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides are big, full and Tubey Magical yet still clean, clear and open - you will hear that the dark veils of most copies have finally been lifted
  • This album is clearly Carole's masterpiece - it's loaded with great songs, and they all sound fantastic here
  • 5 stars: "...an intensely emotional record, the songs confessional and direct; in its time it connected with listeners like few records before it, and it remains an illuminating experience decades later."
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T.Rex
The Slider

  (Item #: trex_slide_1808_1905) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • Insanely good sound throughout this early UK pressing with each side rating a Triple Plus (A+++) or very close to it - quiet vinyl too
  • These sides were bigger, richer and livelier, with more bass, energy and Tubey Magic than the other copies we played (which is why this copy won the shootout)
  • Even the best domestic pressings always sounded dubby to us - we gave up playing them years ago
  • 5 stars: "The Slider essentially replicates all the virtues of Electric Warrior, crammed with effortless hooks and trashy fun. All of Bolan's signatures are here - mystical folk-tinged ballads, overt sexual come-ons crooned over sleazy, bopping boogies, loopy nonsense poetry, and a mastery of the three-minute pop song form."
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Frank Zappa
Waka/Jawaka

  (Item #: zappawakaj_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound throughout and exceptionally quiet vinyl, this copy delivers plenty of Zappa's Waka/Jawaka Big Band Magic
  • A Top 100 Title, and deservedly so - the sound is big, rich, punchy, lively, clear and above all, ANALOG
  • This copy will show you the size and power of a big band, Frank Zappa style - there is (almost*) nothing like it
  • Rolling Stone raved that this Jazz Rock Fusion album contains "...some of the best material he's done in years." and we could not agree more
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Bob Dylan
Hard Rain

  (Item #: dylanhardr_1905) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of Dylan's live 1976 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from first note to the last
  • This copy is hard to fault - big, open, clear, with space and three-dimensionality that modern pressings can only dream of
  • "At times, Hard Rain sounds bloated, featuring performances that are sometimes too ragged; though knowing the subtext of the events, some moments feel triumphant: musical and personal. We may not know Bob Dylan, but it’s an awfully close look at a stranger." - Magnet Magazine
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Neil Young
Harvest

  (Item #: youngharve_1905_3) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides or BETTER, this vintage pressing of Neil's undeniable classic is guaranteed to beat any Harvest you've ever heard
  • The sound is rich and full-bodied with exceptional analog warmth and wonderful vocal presence
  • A Top 100 album and a sublime recording of the first order that no audiophile collection should be without
  • "...the love songs and the harrowing portrait of a friend's descent into heroin addiction, "The Needle and the Damage Done," remain among Young's most affecting and memorable songs."
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The Doobie Bros.
Minute By Minute

  (Item #: doobiminut_1905_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding copy of the band's 1978 release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Open Your Eyes, What A Fool Believes, and the title track all sound wonderful here
  • This vintage pressing is well balanced, yet big and lively, with such wonderful clarity in the mids and highs as well as deep punchy bass and a big open and spacious soundfield
  • An Audiophile Quality Pop Music Production as close to perfect as one can ask for, thanks to Ted Templeman and Donn Landee
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David Crosby
If I Could Only Remember My Name

  (Item #: crosbifico_1905) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With two seriously good sides each rating a Double Plus (A++) or very close to it, this is an outstanding copy of Crosby's first album, and the vinyl is as quiet as gets
  • Traction in the Rain on this killer side two sounds amazing, it's one of the most hallucinogenic tracks of all time
  • TAS List and Top 100 - one of the best sounding rock records ever made - Stephen Barncard's engineering masterpiece
  • "The songs range from brief snapshots of inspiration to the full-blown, rambling western epic "Cowboy Movie," and there are absolutely no false notes struck or missteps taken." 4 1/2 stars
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Rod Stewart
Every Picture Tells A Story

  (Item #: stewaevery_1905) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • A truly incredible copy - Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and Double Plus (A++) sound on the second - a sonic powerhouse and Demo Disc par excellence
  • If you're a fan of BIG DRUMS in a BIG ROOM, with jump-out-of-the-speakers sound, this is the album for you
  • A Top 100 album, and Rod's best music and best recording by far - nothing can touch it
  • "It's a beautiful album, one that has the timeless qualities of the best folk, yet one that rocks harder than most pop music — few rock albums are quite this powerful or this rich." - 5 Stars
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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
4 Way Street

  (Item #: crosb4ways_1905_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Consistently outstanding sound for CSN&Y's classic live double album, with all four sides boasting solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it
  • This live album gives you the "naked" sound of the real thing - the real voices and the real guitars and the real everything else, in a way that would never happen again
  • Their brilliant engineer, Bill Halverson, worked his magic here, but only the best pressings let his genius shine the way this one does
  • Rolling Stone raves that "Crosby, Stills. Nash, and Young are all performers of unquestionable talent, and mostly because they stay out of each others' way, 4 Way Street must surely be their best album to date."
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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
4 Way Street

  (Item #: crosb4ways_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Consistently outstanding sound for CSN&Y's classic live double album, with all four sides boasting solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it AND exceptionally quiet vinyl
  • This live album gives you the "naked" sound of the real thing - the real voices and the real guitars and the real everything else, in a way that would never happen again
  • Their brilliant engineer, Bill Halverson, worked his magic here, but only the best pressings let his genius shine the way this one does
  • Rolling Stone raves that "Crosby, Stills. Nash, and Young are all performers of unquestionable talent, and mostly because they stay out of each others' way, 4 Way Street must surely be their best album to date."
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Supertramp
Breakfast In America

  (Item #: superbreak_1905_2) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides, this copy is guaranteed to have the best sound you have ever heard for Breakfast in America
  • A truly superb recording with huge, spacious, dynamic, lively sound - Tubey Magical richness is a big plus too
  • A Top 100 title and True Demo Disc - turn it up and this recording gets LOUD like nothing you have ever experienced
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The majority of the album consisted of tightly written, catchy, well-constructed pop songs, like the hits 'The Logical Song,' 'Take the Long Way Home,' and 'Goodbye Stranger.'"
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Carly Simon
Carly Simon

  (Item #: simoncarly_1905) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Both sides of this original Elektra LP earned excellent Double Plus (A++) grades for their sound and play exceptionally quietly
  • Legendary producer and engineer Eddie Kramer lends his talent to this album and knows how to get the best sound
  • That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be is the killer track here and it sounds fantastic on this copy
  • Can you believe that the producer and engineer of Carly's 1971 debut here is none other than Eddie Kramer!?
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Captain Beefheart
Clear Spot

  (Item #: captaclear_1905_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding pressing of Clear Spot boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • One of the better copies of Clear Spot to hit the site in recent years - no question about it, this is his Masterpiece!
  • Produced by Ted Templeman, Clear Spot is one of Beefheart's most accessible albums and, IMHO, his best
  • 4 stars: "The sound is great throughout, and the feeling is of the coolest bar-band in town, not to mention one that could eat all the patrons for breakfast if it felt like it."
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Supertramp
Even In The Quietest Moments

  (Item #: supereveni_1905) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An insanely good sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the first - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Quietest Moments can hold its own with any of the band's classics, from Crime all the way through to Breakfast
  • Big Production Tubey Magical British Art Rock just doesn't get much better than Supertramp in the Seventies
  • "The title of Even in the Quietest Moments... isn't much of an exaggeration — this 1977 album finds Supertramp indulging in some of their quietest moments... It feels more pop than it actually is, despite the opening single, "Give a Little Bit," their poppiest song to date, as well as their biggest hit."
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Electric Light Orchestra
Out Of The Blue

  (Item #: electoutof_1905) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • This outstanding copy of ELO's seventh studio album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last- exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • All four sides here are super lively and clear with the kind of bass that most pressings just don't have
  • Lots of hits on this one, Turn to Stone and Mr. Blue Sky among them
  • "The last ELO album to make a major impact on popular music, Out of the Blue was of a piece with its lavishly produced predecessor, A New World Record... Out of the Blue was massively popular and did become the centerpiece of a huge worldwide tour that earned the group status as a major live attraction for a time."
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Muddy Waters
Hard Again

  (Item #: waterharda_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last, this is an outstanding pressing of Hard Again
  • Both sides here are big, lively and jumpin' out of the speakers - just right for this down and dirty music
  • A Grammy Winner, an Allmusic Five Star album - simply a superb recording and one of our favorites for '70s blues
  • 5 stars: "Christgau attributed the record's intense quality to 'the natural enthusiasm of an inspired collaboration,' and remarked on its standing in Chicago blues, 'except maybe for B.B. King's Live at the Regal and Otis Spann's Walking the Blues... I can't recall a better blues album than this.'"
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Paul McCartney & Wings
Band on the Run

  (Item #: mccarbando_1812_1905) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An outstanding British pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and exceptionally quiet vinyl (for this title anyway)
  • Both sides of this early UK pressing sound right to us, and that makes it a very special copy indeed
  • The legendary Geoff Emerick engineered the album, a Top 100 title here at Better Records - it's an impressive recording when it sounds as good as this copy does
  • The title track, Jet, Bluebird, Mrs. Vandebilt, Let Me Roll It, Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five - so many great songs!
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "...sophisticated, nuanced arrangements and irrepressibly catchy melodic hooks... McCartney's infallible instinct for popcraft overflows on this excellent release."
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The Beach Boys
Endless Summer

  (Item #: beachendle_1901_1905) 

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


  • A stunning sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on all four sides
  • Stunning Demo Disc sound on the best tracks -- rich, full and sweet beyond belief
  • Surfer Girl and In My Room are sublime on this pressing -- you will be blown away
  • 5 stars: "Endless Summer, which was assembled in consultation with Mike Love, soared to number one and charted high over two subsequent summers (spending three years on the charts, the longest of any of the group's albums)."
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Roxy Music
Manifesto

  (Item #: roxymmanif_1810_1905) 

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


  • A killer copy of Manifesto, with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first
  • Big, rich and lively throughout - the Tubey Magic on this early UK pressing will show you just how good this Rhett Davies' recording can sound
  • This one may have won our shootout, but it has some minor condition issues, so we're keeping the price down
  • "The songs ending each side fade out with real grace and leave you hanging, wanting more — drenched in a romance out of reach." Rolling Stone
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Harry Nilsson
Nilsson Schmilsson

  (Item #: nilssschmi_1905) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it for Harry Nilsson's indisputable Masterpiece of Bent Rock
  • Both sides are exceptionally good sounding, and the recording is brilliant thanks to the skills of Phill (That's Two L's) Brown
  • A Better Records favorite (we give it Five Stars) that really comes to life on an amazingly good pressing such as this one
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...it's a near-perfect summary of everything Nilsson could do; he could be craftier and stranger, but never did he achieve the perfect balance as he did here."
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Herbie Hancock
Head Hunters

  (Item #: hancoheadh_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of Hancock's 1973 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • If you've been disappointed by the sound of the album in the past, here's a copy that can show you a whole new Head Hunters
  • Described as "a key release in Hancock's career and a defining moment in the genre of jazz" and a member of Rolling Stone's 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time
  • 5 stars: "It had all of the sensibilities of jazz, particularly in the way it wound off into long improvisations, but its rhythms were firmly planted in funk, soul, and R&B, giving it a mass appeal that made it the biggest-selling jazz album of all time (a record which was later broken)."
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Neil Young
Comes A Time

  (Item #: youngcomes_1905_1) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • An incredible copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides
  • Drop the needle on Comes A Time or Look Out For My Love and hear how rich, warm and Tubey Magical the sound is
  • The best copies of Comes a Time are the sonic equal of the best recordings in Neil's catalog. That's saying a lot
  • Top 100 and Allmusic 4 1/2 stars: "Comes a Time finally was the Neil Young album for the millions of fans who had loved Harvest."
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Led Zeppelin
In Through The Out Door

  (Item #: ledzeinthr_1905) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • Incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides; this album really doesn't get any better than this -- exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • It's all here: huge amounts of rock solid bass; grungy guitars; breathy, natural vocals and jump out of the speakers presence and energy
  • Fool In The Rain and All My Love are two of the best, and best sounding, tracks on the album
  • "The album's opening number, "In the Evening," with its stomping rhythms and heavy, staggered riffs, suggests that Zeppelin haven't deviated from their course, but by the time the rolling shuffle of "South Bound Suarez" kicks into gear, it's apparent that they've regained their sense of humor."
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Talking Heads
More Songs About Buildings and Food

  (Item #: talkimores_1905) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An unbeatable copy of 'More Songs' with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides, The Talking Head's One True Masterpiece
  • Never before have you heard these songs sound as BIG, BOLD and ALIVE! Take Me to the River rocks like you won't believe
  • Eno produced, Rhett Davies engineered, every track is (psycho) killer - a Must Own from 1978
  • 5 stars: "Brian Eno brought a musical unity that tied the album together, especially in terms of the rhythm section, the sequencing, the pacing, and the mixing."
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Kenny Burrell
God Bless The Child

  (Item #: burregodbl_1901_1905) 

Our Price: $129.99
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  • With a Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grade on side one and a solid Double Plus (A++) grade on side two, this one of the better copies we played in our recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • One of our favorite CTI albums, and surely one of the best sounding, especially on this pressing
  • Credit goes to RVG once again for the huge space that the superbly well recorded orchestra occupies
  • AMG raves: "This is Burrell at his level best as a player to be sure, but also as a composer and as a bandleader. Magnificent."
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Deodato
Prelude

  (Item #: deodaprelu_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • The two year wait is over - here's an out of this world copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to last
  • You will not believe how good this record sounds - it's a funky jazz Demo Disc like no other
  • The brass and percussion are amazing on 2001 (and every other track) - thanks RVG
  • We had no idea there was space this huge in the recording until we heard this copy
  • "Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)", won the 1974 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance
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Eagles
Eagles

  (Item #: eagleeagle_1905) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A truly killer early pressing, earning seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • You will be floored by the huge, rich, Tubey Magical guitars exploding out from your speakers on Take It Easy
  • One of the Best Sounding Rock Records Ever Made, a member of our Top Ten and without a doubt Glyn Johns' engineering (and producing) Masterpiece
  • A Top 100 Tubey Magical Demo Disc that is guaranteed to blow your mind on a pressing that sounds as good as this one does
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James Taylor
Sweet Baby James

  (Item #: taylosweet_1905_2) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • This wonderful copy of Sweet Baby James boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • Just listen to all that lovely echo - it's a dead giveaway that both sides have resolving power far beyond the other copies you may have heard
  • A Top 100 Title, inarguably a Masterpiece - Fire and Rain and Suite for 20 G (one of JT's All Time Best) are out of this world here
  • 5 Stars: "Sweet Baby James launched not only Taylor's career as a pop superstar but also the entire singer/songwriter movement of the early '70s that included Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Jackson Browne, Cat Stevens, and others..."
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Deep Purple
Fireball

  (Item #: deeppfireb_1903_1905_) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Outstanding sound throughout for this original Harvest import pressing with each side earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades for sound or BETTER - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This LP was simply bigger, richer and clearer, with more Tubey Magic, less smear and less congestion than most of the other vintage imports we played
  • One of Ian Gillian's favorite albums, "... it was really the beginning of tremendous possibilities of expression."
  • 4 1/2 stars: "One of Deep Purple's four indispensable albums (the others being In Rock, Machine Head, and Burn), 1971's Fireball saw the band broadening out from the no-holds-barred hard rock direction of the previous year's cacophonous In Rock."
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Count Basie & Oscar Peterson
Yessir, That’s My Baby

  (Item #: basieyessi_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Both sides of this wonderful Basie/Peterson record are out of this world: Triple Plus (A+++) on the first side, Double Plus (A++) on the second - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Jazz records don't get a whole lot bigger, clearer or more full-bodied. Man, that is the glorious sound of ANALOG!
  • Guaranteed to blow the doors off any Heavy Vinyl pressing AP will ever do, at any speed, and of course any pressing by Pablo
  • "The two pianists (backed by bassist John Heard and drummer Louis Bellson) play five standards and three blues with predictable swing, finding much more in common with each other than one might have originally suspected."
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Bill Withers
Menagerie

  (Item #: withemenag_1812_1905) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • KILLER sound for Menagerie with both sides earning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or close to them - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • These sides are extraordinarily spacious and three-dimensional, as well as relaxed and full-bodied - just wonderful
  • Includes Withers' signature hit, "Lovely Day" as well as "Lovely Night For Dancing"
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... an assured return to form by one of soul's greatest singer/songwriters of the '70s... this is an easy record to like, after all, with a consistent tone and a soothing vibe, plus a good set of songs."
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Elton John
Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player

  (Item #: john_donts_1810_1905-) 

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


  • An outstanding UK copy with both sides rating a strong Double Plus (A++) or better - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Forget the dubby, closed-in and transistory domestic pressings - here is the relaxed, rich, spacious, musical, lifelike sound that only the best imports can show you
  • Thanks to Ken Scott's brilliant engineering and Gus Dudgeon's production savvy, every song should sound better than you have ever heard it
  • 4 stars: "His most direct, pop-oriented album... a very enjoyable piece of well-crafted pop/rock."
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Yes
Time And A Word

  (Item #: yes__timea_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • Insanely good Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish - one of the best copies to ever hit the site!
  • Our rare, original Plum and Orange UK original here put every other pressing to shame - some of the best High Production Value rock music of the '70s, thanks to the band and a Mr Eddie Offord
  • If you've ever heard one of our Yes Album Hot Stampers, you'll know what to expect here - HUGE and POWERFUL sound
  • "If Yes‘ debut was a prelude to their glory years as a band, Time and a Word sees them making a bold first step into the realm of prospective greatness."
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Eagles
The Long Run

  (Item #: eaglelongr_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $399.99
Sale Price: $349.00 (You save $50.99 / 13%)


  • Stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides, making this one of the best sounding copies of The Long Run you could ask for - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This pressing is head and shoulders above the pack, with the kind of big, punchy, full-bodied sound this music absolutely demands
  • The best songs - and only the best songs - prove that the Eagles were still at the height of their powers
  • "The Long Run is a chilling and altogether brilliant evocation of Hollywood's nightly Witching Hour, that nocturnal feeding frenzy first detailed by Warren Zevon on his haunting Asylum debut (Warren Zevon, 1976) and the equally powerful Excitable Boy." Rolling Stone
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Roxy Music
Stranded

  (Item #: roxymstran_1901_1905) 

Our Price: $169.99
Sale Price: $149.00 (You save $20.99 / 12%)


  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides and some of the band's best post-Eno music
  • The sound on this British original Island pressing is wonderful throughout - rich, smooth and oh-so-analog
  • One of the group's best sounding recordings, the Tubey Magic on their early albums is off the scale, especially here
  • "The operative adjective for Roxy's first true masterpiece is gorgeous (it's the same adjective for their final one, too) - The centerpiece, "Mother Of Pearl", might be Roxy's finest seven minutes."
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Lou Reed
Transformer

  (Item #: reed_trans_1901_1905) 

Our Price: $179.99
Sale Price: $149.00 (You save $30.99 / 17%)


  • Excellent sound for Lou Reed's Glam Rock Classic, Transformer - this copy earned seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides
  • Here is an import pressing with the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records cannot even BEGIN to reproduce
  • Transformer is an absolute tour de force of well-recorded Seventies Glam Rock / Classic Rock / Alternative Rock
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...Bowie and Ronson gave their hero a new lease on life -- and a solid album in the bargain."
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Queen
Queen

  (Item #: queenqueen_1811_1905) 

Our Price: $169.99
Sale Price: $149.00 (You save $20.99 / 12%)


  • With a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two and a side one that's close to it, this vintage UK pressing has the analog magic in its grooves - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides here are big, full-bodied, clear and spacious with a nice bottom end and plenty of rock energy
  • "Almost every one of Queen's signatures are already present, from Freddie Mercury's operatic harmonies to Brian May's rich, orchestral guitar overdubs and the suite-like structures of "Great King Rat"... It showcases the band in all their ornate splendor yet it's strangely lean and hard, revealing just how good the band was in their early days as a hard rock band."
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Bill Withers
Menagerie

  (Item #: withemenag_1812_1_1905) 

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


  • An outstanding copy of Menagerie with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Big, clean and clear, with far more bass than most copies, this is just the right sound for this music
  • Includes Withers' signature hit, "Lovely Day" as well as "Lovely Night For Dancing"
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Where his Sussex material was slyly eclectic, touching on a number of different styles, this album is more cohesive, a smooth album that points the way toward quiet storm while retaining a warm soulfulness, largely due to Withers' wonderful voice."
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Crosby, Stills and Nash
CSN

  (Item #: crosbcsn_1812_1_1905) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • This superb sounding copy of CSN earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides
  • The sound is big and rich, yet still wonderfully clean, clear and open with fantastic energy - you will not believe all the space and ambience here
  • Includes CSN classics Just A Song Before I Go and Fair Game
  • 4 stars: "It has held up remarkably well, both as a memento of its time, and as a thoroughly enjoyable musical work."
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The Band
Rock Of Ages

  (Item #: band_rocko_1902_1905) 

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


  • Superb sound throughout with all four sides rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or BETTER - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • The best copies are surprisingly TRANSPARENT -- just listen to all the "room" around the vocals on these four sides
  • A classic double live album with a consistently well-arranged and energetically performed set of songs
  • 4 stars" "It could be argued that it captured the spirit of the Band at the time in a way none of their other albums do."
  • One of the few copies from our shootout that had no marks that play, a rarity for this title!
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Paul McCartney
McCartney

  (Item #: mccarmccar1_1901_1_1905) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This copy of McCartney's Apple debut boasts killer Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from first note to last
  • Both sides are big and rich, with plenty of low end, strong midrange presence and the kind of spatiality that will fill your entire listening room
  • Record Collector highlighted "Every Night", "Junk," and "Maybe I'm Amazed" as songs that "still sound absolutely effortless and demonstrate the man's natural genius with a melody."
  • A Top 100 pick and Paul McCartney's One and Only Masterpiece - a Must Own when it sounds this good!
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Carole King
Tapestry

  (Item #: king_tapes_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This copy of Carole King's beloved Tapestry boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • This killer Ode Stereo pressing is wonderfully Tubey Magical, full-bodied and solid, with note-like, clear bass
  • This album is clearly Carole's masterpiece - it's loaded with great songs, and they all sound fantastic here
  • 5 stars: "...an intensely emotional record, the songs confessional and direct; in its time it connected with listeners like few records before it, and it remains an illuminating experience decades later."
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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Deja Vu

  (Item #: crosbdejav_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb Big and Bold copy that earned seriously good sonic grades of Double Plus (A++) on both sides
  • The sound is HUGE -- lively, present and rich in a way that nothing you've heard can compete with
  • One of our all time favorite albums at Better Records and one that almost never sounds THIS good
  • 5 stars: "...this variety made Déjà Vu a rich musical banquet for the most serious and personal listeners, while mass audiences reveled in the glorious harmonies and the thundering electric guitars..."
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Jackson Browne
The Pretender

  (Item #: brownprete_1806_1905) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound AND exceptionally quiet vinyl on both sides make this a Pretender that will rock with the best of them
  • This vintage pressing is well balanced, yet big and lively, with such wonderful clarity in the mids and highs as well as deep punchy bass and a big open and spacious soundfield
  • Five Stars in Rolling Stone, one of their Top 500 Albums, and a true classic from 1976
  • Without a doubt the best sounding record Jackson Browne ever made - this is the pressing that backs up everything we say and more
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Leonard Cohen
Recent Songs

  (Item #: cohenrecen_1802_1905) 

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


  • An outstanding copy of Cohen's 1979 return to form, with solid Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides
  • Not only is the sound excellent, but the vinyl is exceptionally quiet - this pressing plays Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • Our Hot Stamper pressings, of this and Cohen's other albums as well, offer dramatically more warmth, richness and smoothness than any other copy you have heard, guaranteed
  • "The first thing Leonard Cohen's music fans noticed about his sixth new studio album, given the typically open-ended title Recent Songs, was that, musically, it marked a return to the gypsy folk sound of his early records..."
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Jackson Browne
The Pretender

  (Item #: brownprete_1905_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This superb pressing of JB's fourth studio album boasts Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish
  • One of the all time great rock / pop Demo Discs -- the best copies are so rich and full-bodied they make most rock records sound positively anemic
  • Five Stars in Rolling Stone, one of their Top 500 Albums, and a true classic from 1976
  • Without a doubt the best sounding record Jackson Browne ever made - this is the pressing that backs up everything we say and more
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Stanley Turrentine
Don't Mess With Mister T

  (Item #: turredontm_1905) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • STUNNING Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last and the first copy to ever hit the site
  • Rich and Tubey Magical like you will not believe - this killer copy is as about as huge and as real as it gets
  • The soul within Turrentine's horn had been at the center of his earlier successes for the label... but it really rose to the surface and reached its peak with this release... This is indispensable Stanley Turrentine soul-jazz..." - All About Jazz
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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
You're Gonna Get It!

  (Item #: pettyyoure_1905_1) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • A solidly hard rockin' copy with seriously good grades of Double Plus (A++) or BETTER on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Rich and open with a killer bottom end, musically it's surely the best record Tom Petty ever made - a late '70s Rock Classic
  • Three of Petty's best songs are on this one - Restless, I Need To Know and Listen To Her Heart - and they sound amazing
  • "Overall, the current LP boasts an impressive stylistic cohesiveness with its predecessor, but what makes the album exciting are the fresh hints of openness and expansion just beneath the surface. The rhythms are a bit looser, and there's a new emphasis on Petty's rough, driving, rock & roll guitar in the mix." Rolling Stone
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Roy Orbison
The All-Time Greatest Hits of Roy Orbison

  (Item #: orbisallti_1905_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side four and solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on the other three sides
  • The phenomenally talented Bill Porter recorded many of Orbison's classic songs from the early '60s that are found on this compilation
  • All four sides here sound the way you want them to, with richness, space and Tubey Magic to die for
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... no one conveys pain and longing more sublimely or succinctly than Roy Orbison. But his songs are also masterpieces of production: so technically precise that his deceptively simple tunes and lush melodies flow even more smoothly behind his desperate baritone croon and quivering falsetto."
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Stephen Stills
Stephen Stills

  (Item #: stillsteph_1905) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With two Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sides, this copy of Still's amazing debut is as good as it gets
  • Love the One You're With and Sit Yourself Down are to die for, but there's really not a bad track on the album
  • A triumph of engineering for Bill Halverson and Andy Johns - this and Deja Vu are the very definition of Big Production Rock
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Listening to this album three decades on, it's still a jaw-dropping experience, the musical equal to Crosby, Stills & Nash or Déjà Vu, and only a shade less important than either of them."
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Bob Marley
Live!

  (Item #: marlelive_1905) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This outstanding Island British import copy of Live! boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • We were blown away by this copy - you won't believe how big and rich this music can sound (especially if all you know is domestic or modern pressings)
  • Recorded in 1975 and released between Natty Dread (1974) and Rastaman Vibration (1976), Marley was at the peak of his powers at this time
  • This album is a real contender to make the next update of our Top 100 list - it's that impressive
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "One of the most memorable concert recordings of the pop music era."
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Super Hot Stamper

Little Feat
Waiting For Columbus

  (Item #: littlwaiti_1905) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on all four sides, this copy of Waiting for Columbus is outstanding from first note to last
  • Some of the best sounding live rock and roll sound you will ever hear outside of a concert venue
  • One of our all-time favorite live recordings and their single best release - a true Masterpiece
  • 4 1/2 stars: "There's much to savor on Waiting for Columbus, one of the great live albums of its era, thanks to rich performances that prove Little Feat were one of the great live bands of their time."
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Gregg Allman
Laid Back

  (Item #: allmalaidb_1905) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • An astounding copy with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound throughout, it blew away just about every other pressing in our recent shootout
  • We were surprised at how well recorded the album is, dramatically better than the Allmans album from the same year, Brothers and Sisters
  • Full-bodied and Tubey Magical, with especially smooth, present vocals - this is the sound we love at Better Records
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Recorded in the same year as the Brothers and Sisters album, this solo debut release is a beautiful amalgam of R&B, folk, and gospel sounds, with the best singing on any of Gregg Allman's solo releases."
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The Outlaws
Outlaws

  (Item #: outlaoutla_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • These superb sides each rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or BETTER give you Top Quality Country Rock sound from first note to last
  • Big, rich and meaty, this pressing shows you just how well recorded their Classic Debut album really is
  • There Goes Another Love Song and Green Grass & High Tides (at almost ten minutes!) sound surprisingly good here
  • "The Outlaws' debut blew a fresh blast of rock & roll onto a scene increasingly dominated by synthesizers and dance music. It will leave the listener singing along and dreaming about the good ol' days." (You got that right)


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