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White Hot Stamper

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Porgy and Bess

  (Item #: fitzgporgy_1904) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • Stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on sides two, three and four and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the first side of this Ella & Louis classic
  • Spacious, full-bodied and Tubey Magical, with Ella and Louis front and center, this is the sound you want for their brilliant collaboration from 1958
  • Two vocal giants came together to perform Gershwin's timeless opera, revered by both music lovers and audiophiles to this day
  • 4 1/2 stars: "What's really great about the Ella and Louis version is Ella, who handles each aria with disarming delicacy, clarion intensity, or usually a blend of both."
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White Hot Stamper (With Issues)

Stevie Wonder
Songs In The Key Of Life

  (Item #: wondesongs_1904) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A stunning copy of Stevie Wonder's epic double album with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to last
  • This is an amazing sounding copy, as good as anything we've ever played, but the vinyl has a number of issues, so we've lowered the price accordingly
  • From top to bottom, on all four sides, the sound is rich, warm and natural with wonderful transparency, ambience and loads of Tubey Magic
  • 5 stars: "...Stevie Wonder's longest, most ambitious collection of songs... that — just as the title promised — touched on nearly every issue under the sun, and did it all with ambitious (even for him), wide-ranging arrangements and some of the best performances of Wonder's career. "
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Super Hot Stamper

The Rolling Stones
It's Only Rock 'N' Roll

  (Item #: rolliitson_1904_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding early pressing of this Rolling Stones classic, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The best pressings are cleaner and clearer, with much less grit and grain - richness is also key to the sound of the killer copies
  • The superbly talented Andy Johns engineered, so you can be sure that this is the sound the Stones were aiming for
  • "Throughout, the Stones wear their title as the "World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band" with a defiant smirk, which makes the bitter cynicism of "If You Can't Rock Me" and the title track all the more striking, and the reggae experimentation... all the more enjoyable."
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Super Hot Stamper

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
So Far

  (Item #: crosbsofar_1904) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this outstanding copy of So Far - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound on this superb pressing is full-bodied and lively, with solid and present vocals, as well as vocal dynamics that are hard to find on most rock records
  • The two exclusive tracks, Ohio and Find the Cost of Freedom, are amazingly well recorded - both sound fantastic here
  • If you've made the mistake of buying any Heavy Vinyl pressing containing any of these songs, this record will show you just exactly what you've been missing
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Super Hot Stamper

Joni Mitchell
Mingus

  (Item #: mitchmingu_1904) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of this wonderful collaboration from 1979 with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Rich, dynamic and natural sounding with low end weight, midrange smoothness and powerful, punchy bass
  • If you're a fan of Joni's more adventurous work you'll find a lot to like here
  • Features "luminaries" including Herbie Hancock and some of Weather Report, who join Mingus in helping Joni bring these jazzy works to life
  • "... Mitchell could not have chosen any finer musicians than the sextet she ultimately incorporated into this work."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet)

Humble Pie
Performance - Rockin' The Fillmore

  (Item #: humblperfo_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades on three sides, and outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on the fourth, this original pressing on the custom A&M label is ROCKIN' all right - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Performance is one of the best sounding - perhaps even THE best sounding - Hard Rock concert albums we've ever heard
  • Engineered by the legendary Eddie Kramer, what other live rock record sounds this good?
  • "There was a time where this kind of self-congratulatory improvisation was not only accepted but expected and Performance not only captures that point in time, but in its exacting detail it illustrates how this self-satisfied instrumental exploration could be a very good thing."
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Earth, Wind & Fire
That's The Way of the World

  (Item #: earththats_1904_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding pressing of the band's 1975 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • Both sides are open, spacious and transparent, with a huge three-dimensional soundfield and an energy level that's off the charts
  • Includes EWF classics, Shining Star and, of course, That's The Way of The World
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Earth, Wind & Fire has delivered more than its share of excellent albums, but if a person could own only one EWF release, the logical choice would be That's the Way of the World, which was the band's best album as well as its best-selling. There are no dull moments on World, one of the strongest albums of the 1970s and EWF's crowning achievement."
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Dr. John
Desitively Bannaroo

  (Item #: drjohdesit_1812_1904) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding early Atco pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Richness and plenty of tight bass are key to bringing the rhythmically challenging music of New Orleans to life, and here there is plenty of both
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl they're making - for Tubey Magic and energy, this is the only way to go
  • "As in In the Right Place, Mac has taken advantage of the specialized production talents of Allen Toussaint (at Toussaint's own Sea-Saint Studios in New Orleans), and has again used the fabled New Orleans band The Meters as his studio group. Each of the twelve cuts on the LP has been well-conceived, clearly thought-out, and reveals a new level of musical depth for the doctor."
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Super Hot Stamper

Poco
Poco

  (Item #: poco_poco_1812_1904) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this copy of Poco's sophomore release - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This vintage reissue is guaranteed to beat the pants off any original you have ever heard
  • Here is the size, the space, the depth, the Tubey Magic and, most importantly, the ability to get good and loud the right way
  • There are two Must Own Poco releases, including the first album - we think this is clearly the more interesting of the two
  • 4 stars: "These songs represent the group's blend of country and rock at its finest and brightest... Poco is well worth owning by anyone interested in the early days of this particular band, and of country-rock in general."
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Bob Dylan
New Morning

  (Item #: dylannewmo_1808_1904) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • A superb vintage pressing with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or better throughout - on exceptionally quiet vinyl to boot
  • During our recent shootout we found 1970's New Morning to be surprisingly enjoyable - it fits in nicely between Dylan's country era and his later '70s works such as Blood On The Tracks
  • He's also singing in his familiar Bob Dylan "nasally" voice, not the country croon he developed for Nashville Skyline
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... the overall quality is quite high, and many of the songs explore idiosyncratic routes Dylan had previously left untouched... Such offbeat songs make New Morning a charming, endearing record."
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The Zombies
The World of the Zombies

  (Item #: zombiworld_1810_1904) 

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


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

  (Item #: stevemonab_1904) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find superb Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides of this copy of Cat Stevens' brilliant third album
  • So transparent, open, and spacious that nuances and subtleties that escaped you before are now front and center
  • When you hear I Wish I Wish and I Think I See The Light here you will understand why this is one of the greatest popular recordings in history
  • These originals are nearly impossible to find in good shape - this copy plays quieter than any other we have in stock
  • "A delight, and because it never achieved the Top 40 radio ubiquity of later albums, it sounds fresh and distinct."
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Super Hot Stamper

Rod Stewart
Every Picture Tells A Story

  (Item #: stewaevery_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding pressing boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - 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 - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • A Top 100 album, and Rod's best music and best recording by far - nothing can touch it
  • 5 stars: "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."
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Steely Dan
Katy Lied

  (Item #: steelkatyl_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding original copy of Steely Dan's fourth album with solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • Take it from Steely Dan: "The sound created by musicians and singers is reproduced as faithfully as possible, and special care is taken to preserve the band-width and transient response of each performance."
  • Our pick for the best Dan album of them all, a Masterpiece of Jazzy Swing Pop that is sure to reward hundreds of plays
  • 5 stars: "Each song is given a glossy sheen, one that accentuates not only the stronger pop hooks, but also the precise technical skill of the professional musicians drafted to play the solos."
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Super Hot Stamper

The Gregg Allman Band
Playin' Up A Storm

  (Item #: allmaplayi_1904) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This outstanding copy boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • A surprisingly well-recorded album - the sound is exceptionally rich, smooth and natural in the best tradition of Seventies Analog
  • "Playin' Up a Storm is a well-made, expertly performed set of blues-rock, soul-pop, and straight-ahead rock & roll ...the thing that makes it one of Allman's best solo efforts is the terrific performances. Not only is he in fine voice, delivering each song with conviction, but his supporting band - featuring such luminaries as Dr. John and Bill Payne - is sterling."
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Super Hot Stamper

David Bowie
Hunky Dory

  (Item #: bowiehunky_1904_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This UK pressing of Bowie's pre-Ziggy Folk Rock masterpiece earned outstanding Double (A++) grades for sound
  • The best tracks on the album are Demonstration Quality - Oh You Pretty Things is a KNOCKOUT here
  • Rich, spacious and sweet, with a HUGE soundstage - drop the needle on Changes and listen to how dynamic it is
  • 5 stars: "On the surface, such a wide range of styles and sounds would make an album incoherent, but Bowie's improved songwriting and determined sense of style instead made Hunky Dory a touchstone for reinterpreting pop's traditions into fresh, postmodern pop music."
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Traffic
John Barleycorn Must Die

  (Item #: traffjohnb_1904_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good sides each rating a Double Plus (A++) or BETTER, this copy was one of the better pressings we played in our shootout
  • Both sides have the vintage analog sound we love - rich and smooth, with plenty of Tubey Magic and studio space
  • Arguably their best album, certainly their most groundbreaking, original and involving - Low Spark would rank a close second
  • "...the band sounds utterly grounded. As the grooves percolate effortlessly along, it becomes clear that unity, not any technical skill, is what makes the music levitate."
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Steely Dan
The Royal Scam

  (Item #: steelroyal_1904) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This early pressing earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) sonic grades - this is a Royal Scam with energy and drive
  • This copy of The Dan's hard-rockin' classic from 1976 has the right sound for this music - rich and meaty, with powerful rhythmic energy
  • "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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Joni Mitchell
Court and Spark

  (Item #: mitchcourt_1904) 

Our Price: $99.99
Sale Price: $79.00 (You save $20.99 / 21%)


  • An outstanding early pressing with seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides
  • It's rich, warm and natural with wonderful transparency, loads of ambience and - this is key - Tubey Magic
  • One of our very favorite Joni albums here at Better Records, and probably The Best Sounding Record She Ever Made
  • 5 stars: "A remarkably deft fusion of folk, pop, and jazz ... the music is smart, smooth, and assured from the first note to the last."
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The Allman Brothers
Idlewild South

  (Item #: allmaidlew_1904_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This original Atco pressing has outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout, with the kind of energy this music needs
  • Easily the group's best sounding studio recording and especially impressive on a copy like this - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Cue up Midnight Rider or In Memory Of Elizabeth Read to hear the Allman Brothers magic in these grooves
  • 5 stars "The best studio album in the group's history, electric blues with an acoustic texture, virtuoso lead, slide, and organ playing, and a killer selection of songs, including "Midnight Rider," "Revival," "Don't Keep Me Wonderin'," and "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed"..."
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Super Hot Stamper

Roxy Music
Siren

  (Item #: roxymsiren_1904) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides of this outstanding early pressing of Roxy's Art Rock classic from 1975
  • The sound is quite a bit richer and fuller than on most of the copies we played , with much less grain and much more Tubey Magic, two qualities that earn a lot of points in our shootouts
  • Some of Bryan Ferry's strongest and most consistent songwriting - Love Is The Drug, End of the Line, Sentimental Fool and more
  • 5 stars: "Abandoning the intoxicating blend of art rock and glam-pop that distinguished Stranded and Country Life, Roxy Music concentrates on Bryan Ferry's suave, charming crooner persona for the elegantly modern Siren."
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Pink Floyd
Dark Side Of The Moon

  (Item #: pinkfdarks_1904) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Two very good Hot Stamper sides that are guaranteed to trounce any copy you've ever heard
  • These very special import pressings give you the kind of sound you've always dreamed of for Dark Side
  • When the sax player rip into his solo as Money gets rockin' it's almost scary how big and lively it is
  • Alan Parsons Claim to Fame, 5 Stars on AMG, a Top 100 album for us (of course) and Demo Disc to beat them all
More Dark Side of the Moon / More Pink Floyd


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White Hot Stamper

Stealers Wheel
Stealers Wheel

  (Item #: stealsteal_1807_1904) 

Our Price: $349.99
Sale Price: $299.00 (You save $50.99 / 15%)


  • This early British pressing has two outstanding sides, both earning shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades for their amazingly Tubey Magical sound
  • The legendary Geoff Emerick engineered, which explains why the sound is (potentially) so good on the better pressings.
  • Take it from us: the real British-pressed vinyl from the real master tape makes all the difference in the world
  • 4 Stars: "Ultimately, this very solid outing casts a somber shadow because of unfulfilled expectations. And any record this carefully crafted doesn't deserve to languish in the bins of obscurity..."
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The Allman Brothers Band
... At Fillmore East

  (Item #: allmaatfil_1904) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With four outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, this Pink Label original is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other copy you've heard
  • This is one of the all-time great live albums, and with a copy like this one YOU ARE THERE at the Fillmore
  • The WHOMP factor here kicks up the excitement - here is the low-end foundation that lets the extended guitar jams work
  • 5 stars: "At Fillmore East is like a great live jazz session, where the pleasure comes from the musicians' interaction and playing... The pinnacle of the Allmans and Southern rock at its most elastic, bluesy, and jazzy."
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Creedence Clearwater Revival
Pendulum

  (Item #: creedpendu_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This Fantasy stereo pressing boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side one and an outstanding Double Plus ( A++) side two
  • Both sides here are quite a bit richer and fuller than most with a big bottom end and solid midrange presence and energy
  • 4 stars: "John Fogerty spent time polishing the production, bringing in keyboards, horns, even a vocal choir. His songs became self-consciously serious and tighter, working with the aesthetic of the rock underground — Pendulum was constructed as a proper album, contrasting dramatically with CCR's previous records, all throwbacks to joyous early rock records where covers sat nicely next to hits and overlooked gems tucked away at the end of the second side."
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Jimi Hendrix / Otis Redding
Historic Performances...

  (Item #: hendrhisto_1904) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • Insanely good Triple Plus (A+++) sound for both the Hendrix and Otis Redding sides; exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Both sides here are incredibly clean, clear, full-bodied and present with a solid bottom end and tons of energy
  • "... this was the album that made stars out of both Hendrix and Redding. Other than the original Whiskey A Go-Go record, it's the best live Redding set ever issued, and was the definitive live Hendrix as well until Band of Gypsys." - All Music, 4 1/2 Stars
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Miles Davis
Basic Miles

  (Item #: davisbasic_1901_1903) 

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


  • Insanely good Classic Jazz sound for this wonderful Miles Davis collection, with both sides rating Triple Plus (A+++)
  • The nine minute plus Green Dolphin Street that opens side two has some of the coolest jazz you will ever hear, on any record, at any price
  • If you want to know what the best copies of Kind of Blue sound like, this pressing will tell you, because it has that sound
  • We're talking Bill Evans, John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley in their prime, 1958, with top 1958 sound to match
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Super Hot Stamper

Ambrosia
Somewhere I’ve Never Travelled

  (Item #: ambrosomew_1904) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them on both sides of this truly phenomenal '70s Big Rock Production - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The best sides have the trademark Alan Parsons sound, with huge amounts of space in the studio, and the kind of musical energy that made the first Ambrosia album (which he mixed) such a joy to play
  • This band, their producers, and their engineers sweated every detail of this remarkable recording
  • "There is an unusual dreamlike quality that pervades its work. The songs seem to be reaching the listener direct from some strange and beautiful realm of the unconscious. It is an experience rare in popular music today or at any time. " - Billboard
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Hot Stamper

Neil Young
Zuma

  (Item #: youngzuma_1904) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A very good copy of Neil's exceptionally well recorded 1975 Masterpiece with Hot Stamper sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The best sides are clean, clear and super spacious with a punchy bottom end and lots of bottom end weight
  • Zuma captures a kind of garage band purity that makes practically any other studio album you own sound processed and desiccated in comparison
  • A Must Own Top 100 Title - just drop the needle on Danger Bird or Cortez the Killer to have your mind blown!
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Super Hot Stamper

B.B. King
In London

  (Item #: king_inlon_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this early pressing of B.B. King In London
  • Clean, clear and dynamic with tons of space and transparency, this is the way to hear B.B. and this big group of master musicians
  • Ringo, Peter Green, Klaus Voorman, Steve Winwood, Alexis Korner, Gary Wright and Dr. John are just a few of the artists featured on this record behind B.B. - quite a cast of luminaries
  • "... all 9 tracks are top notch fusion between US Legend and awe inspired younger British bluesmen. A must have!"
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John Coltrane
More Lasting Than Bronze

  (Item #: coltrmorel_1812_1904) 

Our Price: $169.99
Sale Price: $169.00 (You save $0.99 / 1%)


  • This superb Prestige Two-Fer offer outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from top to bottom - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Compiled from two nearly complete Classic albums, Lush Life and Coltrane, this collection boasts masterful sound - thanks RVG!
  • Full-bodied, energetic, and tonally correct from top to bottom and, these pressings are guaranteed to bring Coltrane's music to life
  • "Rarely does a single performance uncover the essence of an artist with such aptness. The well-crafted melody is treated above all with dignity, which may be part of the reason it remains flawless."
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Ambrosia
Ambrosia

  (Item #: ambroambro_1904) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • Spectacular Prog Rock sound explodes on this copy of the band's phenomenally well-recorded debut album, mixed by none other than Alan Parsons
  • With seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER throughout, this copy has the sound we were looking for - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Big Whomp Factor here - the bottom end is huge and punchy on this copy, like nothing you've heard
  • A Better Records All-Time Favorite & Top 100 Demo Disc: " Its songs skillfully blend strong melodic hooks and smooth vocal harmonies with music of an almost symphonic density."
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Brian Eno
Before And After Science

  (Item #: eno__befor_1801_1904) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This outstanding copy of Before And After Science boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - Exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides have that rare combination of silky highs and deep low end, with huge amounts of space in the middle, that make any record magical
  • 5 stars: "Despite the album's pop format, the sound is unique and strays far from the mainstream. The music on Before and After Science at times resembles Another Green World ("No One Receiving") and Here Come the Warm Jets ("King's Lead Hat") and ranks alongside both as the most essential Eno material."
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Queen
A Day At the Races

  (Item #: queendayat_1904) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This outstanding UK copy of the band's fifth studio album earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • The sound on this early British pressing is incredibly present and punchy with great clarity, excellent bass, freedom from grain and real rockin' Queen energy
  • It's incredibly difficult to find big, bold, lively sound like this for Queen - it takes us years to do the shootout
  • "Its sleek, streamlined finish is the biggest indication that Queen has entered a new phase, where they're globe-conquering titans instead of underdogs on the make."
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Billy Joel
Streetlife Serenade

  (Item #: joel_stree_1807_1904) 

Our Price: $99.99
Sale Price: $69.00 (You save $30.99 / 31%)


  • This outstanding copy of Joel's third studio album earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - exceptionally queit vinyl too
  • The sound is open and transparent and the piano is clear and correct, showcasing Joel's immeasurable talent on the keys
  • Features some of Billy's big hits, including The Entertainer as well as Los Angelenos
  • This is one of the toughest classic Billy Joel albums to find with good sound and quiet vinyl, but this one is doing it all
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Chicago
Chicago VII

  (Item #: chicachica7_1904) 

Our Price: $99.99
Sale Price: $79.00 (You save $20.99 / 21%)


  • With 8 pluses out of a possible 12, this is one of the better copies of Chicago VII from our most recent shootout
  • All four sides are super big and solid with great bass and lots of energy, just the right sound for this album
  • Happy Man, (I've Been) Searchin' So Long and Wishing You Were Here (with Beach Boys backing vox) are the big hits here
  • "It was Peter Cetera who made the biggest strides on Chicago VII, composing his two most impressive songs thus far, Happy Man and "Wishing You Were Here" (#11), a lush ballad (signs of the future) that features three of The Beach Boys on backing vocals and which became a big hit in late 1974."
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Fleetwood Mac
Penguin

  (Item #: fleetpengu_1811_1903) 

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


  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better copies we played in our recent shootout
  • This early Reprise LP is a huge step up from most - this copy is full-bodied, smooth and musical - classic Fleetwood Mac sound
  • One of my favorite songs on the album is one of Christine McVie's best from this period, Did You Ever Love Me - on this pressing it's rich and sweet exactly the way it should be
  • "Fleetwood Mac's first album made after the departure of Danny Kirwan features the additions of guitarist Bob Weston and singer Dave Walker... This album gave Fleetwood Mac its best U.S. chart showing yet..."
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Talking Heads
Fear of Music

  (Item #: talkifearo_1811_1903) 

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


  • This Talking Heads LP boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • I'd be hard-pressed to name another group from the era who put out more groundbreaking yet accessible records than the Talking Heads
  • Producer Brian Eno wasn't shy about adding multiple layers of effects and processing; the texture of Eno's synthesizers gives the music depth and character
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...the music is becoming denser and more driving... with lyrics that match the music's power... its better songs are as good as any Talking Heads ever did"
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James Taylor
Mud Slide Slim

  (Item #: taylomudsl_1802_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • A wonderful copy of JT's classic followup to Sweet Baby James, boasting outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both of its sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This original WB Green Label pressing demonstrates the Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records almost never reproduce
  • Some of old JT's strongest material: You've Got a Friend; You Can Close Your Eyes; Hey Mister, That's Me up on the Jukebox and more
  • 4 stars on Allmusic - it destroys the recent reissue, which lacks the texture and warmth you get in abundance on these killer originals
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Rod Stewart
Never A Dull Moment

  (Item #: stewanever_1903) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides, this copy is getting the heart of Rod's Brit rock right - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Extremely well-recorded, full of great songs, Rod Stewart was on top of the world when he followed up the brilliant Every Picture Tells a Story with this album in 1972
  • The music comes alive on this vintage pressing, assuming you have your volume up good and loud
  • Top 100, 5 stars in AMG, and simply "... a masterful record ... He never got quite this good ever again."
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Van Morrison
Veedon Fleece

  (Item #: morriveedo_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb sounding copy of this 1974 release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • These sides are super full-bodied, present and Tubey Magical with plenty of extension on both ends
  • This inspired collection reflects Morrison's Irish roots, with Celtic, acoustic influences, and the same introspective quality found on Astral Weeks
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Veedon Fleece is every bit the creative equal of its more famous predecessors... If any album reflects a real period of transition for an artist, it's this one. It's brilliant."
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The Police
Outlandos d’Amour

  (Item #: policoutla_1903_2) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding UK pressing, boasting excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • SO much better than any domestic pressing - here is the spaciousness, clarity and resolution that no American copy can offer
  • Until we discovered the right import pressings of this album we had no idea that it could sound remotely as good as it does here
  • Packed with hits - Roxanne, So Lonely, Can't Stand Losing You - and they are all rockin' like crazy
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...a set of strong, adrenaline-charged rock, albeit with a reggae tinge... unquestionably one of the finest debuts to come out of the '70s punk/new wave movement."
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Duke Ellington
Duke's Big 4

  (Item #: ellindukes_1903_3) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This is an exceptionally well recorded small group date, with KILLER Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side two and a Double Plus (A++) side one
  • I don't know of any other Pablo recording of the Duke from this era that has such big, open, clear, solid sonics
  • Val Valentin did the engineering - as he often did over the course of his long and storied career, he knocked this one out of the park
  • 4 1/2 stars: "One of Duke Ellington's finest small group sessions from his final decade was this frequently exciting quartet date with guitarist Joe Pass, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Louie Bellson ... Highly recommended."
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Neil Young
Live Rust

  (Item #: youngliver_1903_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • One of the best copies of this classic live double album to hit the site in over a year!
  • Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on sides one, three and four -- it's an absolute beast -- so rich and Tubey Magical with a HUGE bottom end - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Not many recordings, live or otherwise, give you this kind of unvarnished, front-row experience
  • This KILLER live set, the ultimate Neil Young acoustic and electric concert collection, combines brilliant early material (After the Gold Rush) with wonderful later songs such as the amazing "My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)" and Hey Hey, My My and Tonight's the Night
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic, just check the tracklisting and get ready to hear these NY classics come to life
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Stevie Wonder
Innervisions

  (Item #: wondeinner_1903) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, this is an all around killer pressing; exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • This Stevie Wonder classic is one of the funkiest discs money can buy, but you will need a copy like this one to prove it
  • You need richness, warmth, Tubey Magic, and clarity, and here you will find a healthy dose of all four
  • "Stevie Wonder applied his tremendous songwriting talents to the unsettled social morass that was the early '70s and produced one of his greatest, most important works, a rich panoply of songs addressing drugs, spirituality, political ethics, and what looked to be the failure of the '60s dream -- all set within a collection of charts as funky and catchy as any he'd written before."
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Carole King
Music

  (Item #: king_music_1903_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb sound throughout with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER
  • The vocals are present and breathy, the piano and bass clear, not smeary or murky -- this one was one of the better copies from our recent shootout
  • "... time has shown this album to be one of her finest... her songwriting is still in peak form, and there are many highlights including "It's Gonna Take Some Time" (also made into a hit by the Carpenters) and "Song of Long Ago" (with backing vocals by James Taylor)." - All Music, 4 Stars
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The Allman Brothers
Eat A Peach

  (Item #: allmaeatap_1803_1903) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on all four sides - these two discs are rockin' from first note to last
  • The heartfelt radio-friendly songs such as Melissa and Little Martha keep up the energy and add to the enjoyment factor
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl for this title -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • 5 stars: "The record showcases the Allmans at their peak, and it's hard not to feel sad as the acoustic guitars of "Little Martha" conclude the record, since this tribute isn't just heartfelt, it offers proof of Duane Allman's immense talents and contribution to the band."
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Leonard Cohen
Death of a Ladies' Man

  (Item #: cohendeath_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This superb copy of Cohen's fifth studio album boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound, or close to it throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This one is almost impossible to find with good sound and quiet vinyl, but we've done it here
  • Clear, full, and with plenty of space, this pressing brilliantly showcases Phil Spector's Wall of Sound production technique
  • 4 stars: "Death of a Ladies' Man represents the peak of Cohen's first decade or so as a recording artist, both lyrically and stylistically stepping into wholly untapped musical directions... It might even be his masterpiece."
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Tom Waits
Nighthawks At The Diner

  (Item #: waitsnight_1903) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • A superb copy of Waits' first live album, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on all FOUR sides
  • One of our very favorite Waits albums for music and sound, and this copy will show you why
  • The clarity, transparency and immediacy put you right there as Waits and crew lay it down live in the studio
  • A one-of-a-kind album (and incredible recording) with elements of poetry, spoken word and jazz -- great fun if you're into it
  • "... one of Waits' most thoroughly enjoyable albums... if this plays more like a "show" than a "concert," it's a show you'd gladly pay to hear more than once... it's hard to imagine anyone not being charmed by it."
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Ry Cooder
Ry Cooder

  (Item #: cooderycoo_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this vintage Reprise pressing of Cooder's debut album from 1970
  • If you want to hear the brilliant Lee Herschberg's All Analog Recording skills brought to bear on so many different instruments serving an assortment of sonic textures, this is the copy that will let you do it
  • 4 stars: "Cooder's debut creates an intriguing fusion of blues, folk, rock & roll, and pop, filtered through his own intricate, syncopated guitar; Van Dyke Parks and Lenny Waronker's idiosyncratic production... Cooder puts this unique blend across with a combination of terrific songs, virtuosic playing, and quirky, yet imaginative, arrangements."
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Duke Ellington
Duke's Big 4

  (Item #: ellindukes_1903_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This is an exceptionally well recorded small group date, with wonderful Double Plus (A++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • I don't know of any other Pablo recording of the Duke from this era that has such sound this big, open, clear and solid
  • Val Valentin did the engineering - as he often did over the course of his long and storied career, he knocked this one out of the park
  • 4 1/2 stars: "One of Duke Ellington's finest small group sessions from his final decade was this frequently exciting quartet date with guitarist Joe Pass, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Louie Bellson ... Highly recommended."
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Roxy Music
For Your Pleasure

  (Item #: roxymforyo_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, this UK LP is sure to be one of the best sounding Roxy Music records you'll ever play - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • These sides are exceptionally rich and Tubey Magical - Roxy on record just does not get much better than this
  • 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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The Band
Northern Lights - Southern Cross

  (Item #: band_north_1903) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy was one of the best we played in our recent shootout
  • These sides are bigger, more natural, warmer and more solid than most of the others we played
  • This is The Band's undiscovered gem, containing the most powerful tearjerker they ever wrote: "It Makes No Difference"
  • 4 stars: "...the Band's finest since their self-titled sophomore effort ... "Acadian Driftwood" stands out as one of Robertson's finest compositions, the equal to anything else the Band ever recorded."
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Townes Van Zandt
Delta Momma Blues

  (Item #: vanzadelta_1903_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Excellent sound throughout for this original Tomato LP with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades
  • The overall sound here is rich, full-bodied and Tubey Magical with plenty of energy and bottom end weight
  • No one does beautifully spare and gut-wrenching country music quite like TVZ; this set contains two of his best songs -- Tower Song and Nothin'
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Leonard Cohen
New Skin For the Old Ceremony

  (Item #: cohennewsk_1808_1903) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first
  • If you're trying recreate a solid, palpable Leonard Cohen singing live in your listening room - sounding just as his did in the studio back in 1974 - this side two will let you do just that
  • "New Skin for the Old Ceremony may be Leonard Cohen's most musical album, as he is accompanied by violas, mandolins, banjos, and percussion that give his music more texture than usual. The fact that Cohen does more real singing on this album can be seen as both a blessing and a curse -- while his voice sounds more strained, the songs are delivered with more passion than usual."
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Bee Gees et al.
Saturday Night Fever

  (Item #: beegesatur_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Double Plus (A++) sound, or close to it, on all four of these outstanding sides
  • There's real Bee Gees vocal magic here - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Stayin' Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, More Than a Woman, Jive Talkin', and even A Fifth of Beethoven all sound great
  • It's no walk in the park to find a copy with sound this good and exceptionally quiet vinyl, but here it is
  • 5 stars: "Saturday Night Fever is virtually indispensable as a Bee Gees album, not just for the presence of an array of songs that were hits in their own right but because it offered the Gibb brothers as composers as well as artists..."
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Miles Davis
Miles Davis

  (Item #: davismiles_1903_1x) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Two Miles Davis classics, representing another remarkable find from the relentless Record Hunting Audiophiles here at Better Records
  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound or very close to it on all four sides!
  • Must Own Music with top sound - the better tracks here can hold their own with virtually any Miles record we know of
  • "[These two discs present] the Miles Davis Quintet from a pair of legendary recording dates which would generate enough music to produce four separate long-players ... Each is considered not only to be among the pinnacle of Davis' work, but of the entire bop subgenre as well."
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Leonard Cohen
Live Songs

  (Item #: cohenlives_1903) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides
  • The overall sound are super rich and full-bodied with a nice bottom end and plenty of presence
  • This live album is compiled from different shows Cohen performed in 1970 and 1972
  • "... for those who've formed a friendship with the words and wisdom of Leonard Cohen, this album finds him raw and naked in one of his finest hours."
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Roxy Music
Manifesto

  (Item #: roxymmanif_1903) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A killer copy of Manifesto, with superb Double Plus (A++) sound and exceptionally quiet vinyl
  • Big, rich and lively throughout - the Tubey Magic on this early UK pressing will show you just how good this album can sound
  • 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 Manifesto
  • "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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Neil Young
Zuma

  (Item #: youngzuma_1903_1) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • These Double Plus (A++) sides of Neil's exceptionally well recorded 1975 Masterpiece are guaranteed to floor audiophiles and Neil Young fans alike - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Zuma captures a kind of garage band purity that makes practically any other studio album you own sound processed and desiccated in comparison
  • For a hard-rockin' Neil Young album with Demonstration Quality sound, you'll have a hard time finding a better choice than a Hot Stamper pressing of Zuma
  • A Must Own Top 100 Title - just drop the needle on Danger Bird or Cortez the Killer to have your mind blown!
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Graham Nash
Songs For Beginners

  (Item #: nash_songs_1812_1903) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy is close to our killer Shootout Winner from not long ago - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • We love the All Analog Tubey Magical sound of the recording, especially on a copy as rich and full-bodied as this one
  • Arguably the best of the solo CSN albums - a founding member of our Top 100 Rock and Pop List and a True Demo Disc with grades like these
  • 4 1/2 stars: "From the soaring "I Used to Be a King" through the gossamer "Simple Man" to the wah-wah-laden "Military Madness," the record is filled with gorgeous melodies, flawless singing, and lyrical complexities that hold up decades later."
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Joni Mitchell
Court and Spark (Quiet Vinyl)

  (Item #: mitchcourt_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding early pressing with seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • It's rich, warm and natural with wonderful transparency, loads of ambience and - this is key - Tubey Magic
  • One of our very favorite Joni albums here at Better Records, and probably The Best Sounding Record She Ever Made
  • 5 stars: "A remarkably deft fusion of folk, pop, and jazz ... the music is smart, smooth, and assured from the first note to the last."
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Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin III

  (Item #: ledze3_1903x) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Outstanding sound throughout with each side earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Huge, Tubey Magical and lively, with solid weight down low and lots of space around all the instruments, this copy is guaranteed to rock like nothing you have ever heard
  • Since I've Been Loving You, Gallows Pole, Tangerine and That's the Way have truly awesome Demo Disc sound
  • "On their first two albums, Led Zeppelin unleashed a relentless barrage of heavy blues and rockabilly riffs, but Led Zeppelin III provided the band with the necessary room to grow musically. While there are still a handful of metallic rockers, III is built on a folky, acoustic foundation that gives the music extra depth."
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Harry Nilsson
Pussy Cats

  (Item #: nilsspussy_1903_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish; exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides here are rich, full-bodied and Tubey Magical with lots of energy
  • Produced by John Lennon, Nilsson's partner in crime, it's a really fun album, with an appealingly ragged and spontaneous vibe
  • "It may not be as wild as the lost weekend itself, but it couldn't have been recorded at any other time and remains a fascinating aural snapshot of the early days of 1974." - All Music
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Cat Stevens
Catch Bull At Four

(UK Island)

  (Item #: stevecatch_1903_import) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, this vintage UK Island pressing is guaranteed to beat any original pressing you have ever heard, from any country - and it will beat it by a wide margin
  • The sound here is bigger, tubier, more dynamic, more lively, more present and just plain more EXCITING than anything you've heard before
  • Many of Cat's best songs are on this one - Can't Keep It In, Angelsea, 18th Avenue, Freezing Steel and more
  • "Celebrated and adored for his sanguine lyrics and irresistible hooks, Cat Stevens was one of the rare singer-songwriters capable of composing genuinely optimistic songs that didn't leave a sappy residue in listeners' ears."
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Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee
Sonny and Brownie

  (Item #: terrysonny_1903_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With superb Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides, so natural and relaxed - this is the right sound for this bluesy music - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This early pressing puts a Folk Blues jam from 1973 live in your living room, showcasing two of the true masters of the form
  • The immediacy, clarity and transparency are excellent, but the key element is Tubey Magical warmth, and these vintage pressings have plenty of it
  • "John Mayall and John Hammond, Jr. are among the "youngsters" on this powerful statement that includes a definitive version of Randy Newman's wickedly subtle anti-slavery tune Sail Away."
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Muddy Waters
The London Muddy Waters Sessions

  (Item #: waterlondo_1812_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • This outstanding copy boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound here is incredibly big and bold with excellent clarity, deep punchy bass and wonderfully full vocals
  • The London Muddy Waters Sessions won the 1972 Grammy Award for Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording!
  • A great lineup: Rory Gallagher, Steve Winwood and Mitch Mitchell all feature here
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Kris Kristofferson
Jesus Was A Capricorn

  (Item #: kristjesus_1811_1903) 

Our Price: $99.99
Sale Price: $69.00 (You save $30.99 / 31%)


  • An outstanding copy Kris' 4th album, with solid Double Plus (A++)sound from first note to last
  • It's richer, fuller, more musical and more natural - Kristofferson's breathy voice is reproduced with a solidity and immediacy that's not easy to find
  • The vocals sound particularly nice on this copy - rich, warm and full, just as they should
  • "Both album and single went gold, giving Kristofferson his greatest success as a recording artist."
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The Doobie Brothers
Toulouse Street

  (Item #: doobitoulo_1901_1903) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A killer original Green Label pressing with amazing Tubey Magical Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • Two of our favorite engineers - Stephen Barncard & Donn Landee - worked their magic here, and they really knocked it out of the park
  • Back in the '70s I had no idea that any pressing could be this punchy in the bass, this dynamic in the choruses, yet still have smooth, sweet vocals (partly because I heard it on crap equipment at Pacific Stereo)
  • 4 stars: "...it all still sounds astonishingly bracing 30 years later; it's still a keeper, and one of the most inviting and alluring albums of its era."
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Frank Zappa
Zappa In New York

  (Item #: zappainnew_1802_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on all four sides of this classic Zappa Double Live album from 1977
  • The first copy EVER to hit the site - after looking for years for enough clean copies to do a shootout, our hard work finally paid off with this outstanding vintage pressing - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • 4 Stars: "The Zappa band, which includes bassist Patrick O'Hearn, percussionist Ruth Underwood, and keyboard player Eddie Jobson, along with a horn section including the two Brecker brothers, was one of the bandleader's most accomplished. Zappa also was at the height of his comic stagecraft, notably on songs like "Titties & Beer," which is essentially a comedy routine between Zappa and Bozzio..."
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The Kinks
Sleepwalker

  (Item #: kinkssleep_1802_1903) 

Our Price: $99.99
Sale Price: $79.00 (You save $20.99 / 21%)


  • A superb copy of the Kinks triumphant return to the charts, with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on side two and a solid Double Plus (A++) side one
  • It's the first copy to hit the site in a year, and plays on relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • The sound is full-bodied, lively and smooth - RL's mastering contributes the big bottom end you want for this music
  • Juke Box Music, representing Ray Davies' fun and engaging pop sensibilities at their best
  • Rolling Stone raved that "The Kinks' playing on Sleepwalker is easily their most powerful since 'Lola.'"
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Jesse Colin Young
Together

  (Item #: youngtoget_1805_1903) 

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


  • Together finally comes to the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • The sound here is richer, fuller, more musical and more natural - Young's breathy voice is reproduced with a solidity and immediacy that's not easy to find on vinyl
  • As an eclectic collection of both covers and original material, this album showcases Jesse's versatility and expansive artistic range
  • "[Young] played favorite songs from a variety of genres... Having covered those bases, Young also introduced some timely originals, such as "Peace Song," an anti-war anthem, and "Good Times," which was very reminiscent of the rustic sound Van Morrison had found recently on such albums as Tupelo Honey."
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Freddie Hubbard
Red Clay

  (Item #: hubbaredcl_1902x) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Hubbard's funkiest record - this classic earned shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or close to them throughout
  • One of our favorite CTI albums for sound and music - it's Hubbard's Soul Jazz Masterpiece, and it's a record that belongs in any audiophile's jazz collection
  • Lenny White (Return to Forever) drums up a storm on this album - with sound this good, he is playing right in the room with you!
  • 5 Stars: "This may be Freddie Hubbard's finest moment as a leader, in that it embodies and utilizes all of his strengths as a composer, soloist, and frontman. This session places the trumpeter in the company of giants such as tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Lenny White... This is a classic, hands down."
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Patti Smith Group
Easter

  (Item #: smitheaste_1903_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Both sides are super full-bodied and present with plenty of extension on both ends
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "... it became her biggest seller, staying in the charts more than five months and getting into the Top 20 LPs... Easter turned out to be the best compromise Smith achieved between her artistic and commercial aspirations." - All Music, 4 1/2 Stars
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Deodato
Prelude

  (Item #: deodaprelu_1712_1903) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This killer pressing earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The brass and percussion are amazing on 2001 (and every other track), thanks to RVG, a many who knows how to do these kinds of big jazz productions better than practically anyone alive in 1973
  • We had no idea there was space this huge in the recording until we heard the best copies
  • "Though overshadowed by "2001," the other tracks also hold up well today, being mostly medium-tempo, sometimes lushly orchestrated, conga-accented affairs that provide velvety showcases for Deodato's lyrical electric piano solos... it still makes enjoyable listening." [Our rating: 4 stars]
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Supertramp
Crime of the Century
(UK Pressing)

  (Item #: supercrime_1903) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • A huge and powerful UK pressing of Supertramp's Masterpiece, offering outstanding Double Plus (A++) quality sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Ken Scott engineered this one to have Cinerama-sized height, width and depth to rival the best albums you've ever heard
  • Clearly their Magnum Opus, a great leap forward and a permanent member of our Rock & Pop Top 100 Album List
  • "The tuneful, tightly played songs, pristine clarity of sound, and myriad imaginative sound effects, helped create an album that Sounds magazine likened to 'Genesis, The Beach Boys...a smattering of [Pink] Floyd.'"
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Linda Ronstadt
Simple Dreams

  (Item #: ronstsimpl_1903) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides for Linda's best sounding recording - the only one of hers on our Top 100
  • The sound is huge, solid and present with big punchy drums on both sides - we love Val Garay's engineering!
  • Tremendous energy and top-quality musicianship characterize practically every track on this wonderful record
  • "The consistently adventurous material and Ronstadt's powerful performance makes the record rival Heart Like a Wheel in sheer overall quality."
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Damn the Torpedoes

  (Item #: pettydamnt_1903_3) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding hard rockin' pressing earned Double Plus (A++) grades for sound and plays on relatively quiet vinyl too
  • Credit for the tremendous presence and energy of the recording goes to the brilliant engineer Shelly Yakus
  • Damn the Torpedoes is, simply put, the best sounding Tom Petty album we have ever played
  • Tons of hits too: Refugee, Here Comes My Girl, and my favorite of the bunch, Don't Do Me Like That
  • 5 stars: "Few mainstream rock albums of the late '70s and early '80s were quite as strong as this, and it still stands as one of the great records of the album rock era."
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Steely Dan
Katy Lied

  (Item #: steelkatyl_1901_1903) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A killer copy with a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • The sound is HUGE -- big, bold, dynamic, and lively, just the way you want The Dan to sound
  • Our pick for the best Steely Dan album of them all, a Masterpiece of jazzy swing pop that will surely reward hundreds of plays
  • 5 stars: "Each song is given a glossy sheen, one that accentuates not only the stronger pop hooks, but also the precise technical skill of the professional musicians drafted to play the solos."
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David Bowie
Lodger

  (Item #: bowielodge_1903_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb copy with Double Plus (A++) sound throughout making this one of the better copies from our most recent shootout
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Lodger is 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 like Low and Heroes, but it arguably utilizes those ideas in a more effective fashion." -- All Music
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Led Zeppelin
Physical Graffiti

  (Item #: ledzephysi_1903_2) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This copy is outstanding from first note to last, earning Double Plus (A++) sonic grades or BETTER on sides one, two and four and just shy of Double Plus (A+ to A++) on the third side
  • Here's the energy, presence, and sheer rock and roll power that lets this music come to life like you've never heard in your life
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout with all four sides playing Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • 5 stars: "Captures the whole experience of Led Zeppelin at the top of their game better than any of their other albums."
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Frank Zappa
Apostrophe (')

  (Item #: zappaapost_1903_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding copy, earning seriously good grades of Double Plus (A++) or BETTER on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is super big and full-bodied with super present vocals, a big bottom end, and lots of energy/li>
  • Guaranteed to beat your old copy and the recent reissue or your money back (of course)
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic and Zappa's only album to crack the Top Ten
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Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel (1)

  (Item #: gabrigabr1_1901_1903) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A stunning sounding early UK copy with shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Killer throughout - bigger, bolder, more bass, more energy, more presence, and tons of the glorious Tubey Magic that really sets the best pressings apart
  • Clearly the hardest of the first five PG records to find with good sound and decent vinyl, which is why these rarely make the site
  • "...much of the record teems with invigorating energy (as on Slowburn, or the orchestral-disco pulse of Down the Dolce Vita), and the closer "Here Comes the Flood" burns with an anthemic intensity that would later become his signature in the '80s."
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Rick Wakeman
The Myths and Legends of King Arthur...

  (Item #: wakemmyths_1812_1903) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Superb sound for this A&M British Import LP with each side rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or BETTER
  • Both sides here are big, full-bodied and present with lots of energy and a nice extended top end
  • Fairly quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Rick Wakeman's third solo album is among his best... it still stands along with Journey to the Center of the Earth and The Six Wives of Henry VIII as one of his most astute pieces." - All Music
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Donald Byrd
House of Byrd

  (Item #: byrd_house_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Two rare Donald Byrd albums in one, both with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on all sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The Tubey Magic is fully intact, making these two albums sound just the way a pair of classic All Tube 1956 Rudy Van Gelder jazz albums should
  • Composed of two superb LPs - 2 Trumpets and The Young Bloods - these wonderful pressings capture some of Byrd's best music and sound
  • "Art and Donald are in fine form, and if there is any competition it serves only to increase the musical yield."
  • "... These blowing sessions (typical of Prestige's albums of the 1950s) have their enjoyable moments with Farmer and Woods taking overall solo honors.
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Eagles
Hotel California

  (Item #: eaglehotel_1812_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb copy with seriously good Double Plus (A++) sound 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
  • 5 stars: "Hotel California unveiled what seemed almost like a whole new band."
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Damn the Torpedoes

  (Item #: pettydamnt_1903_2) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • This outstanding hard rockin' pressing earned Triple Plus (A+++) grades or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Credit for the tremendous presence and energy of the recording goes to the brilliant engineer Shelly Yakus
  • Damn the Torpedoes is, simply put, the best sounding Tom Petty album we have ever played
  • Tons of hits too: Refugee, Here Comes My Girl, and my favorite of the bunch, Don't Do Me Like That
  • 5 stars: "Few mainstream rock albums of the late '70s and early '80s were quite as strong as this, and it still stands as one of the great records of the album rock era."
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Four Tops
Still Waters Run Deep

  (Item #: fourtstillw_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • The band's 1970 release finally arrives on the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • This copy is hard to fault - big, open, clear, with space and three-dimensionality that modern pressings can only dream of
  • It's not easy to find Motown records with natural tonal balance and freedom from distortion, but here's one that has both those qualities, and more
  • These guys helped establish that quintescential Motown sound that brought "Still Water (Love)" and "It's All In The Game" instant success
  • "Everything from the vocals to the music to the brilliant production and songwriting came together here to form a near-masterpiece of soul-stirring entertainment."
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Richie Havens
The End Of The Beginning

  (Item #: haventheen_1805_1903) 

Our Price: $99.99
Sale Price: $79.00 (You save $20.99 / 21%)


  • With Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides, this copy of Richie's 1976 release will be hard to beat
  • This copy has surprisingly big, punchy, spacious and open Demo Quality Sound from start to finish
  • Havens' eclectic, unique style embraces elements of folk, soul, and rhythm & blues - on this pressing his music really comes to life
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Cheap Trick
At Budokan

  (Item #: cheapatbud_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding sound on this true classic from Cheap Trick, with each side earning Double Plus (A++) or better sonic grades - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This one is doing pretty much everything right, with deeper bass, less distortion, grungier guitars, and the kind of LIVE ROCK and ROLL ENERGY that Cheap Trick is known for
  • This is one of only two Cheap Trick albums that cuts it for us sonically and musically (the other being Dream Police)
  • "With their ear-shatteringly loud guitars and sweet melodies, Cheap Trick unwittingly paved the way for much of the hard rock of the next decade, as well as a surprising amount of alternative rock of the 1990s, and it was At Budokan that captured the band in all of its power."
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Styx
Equinox

  (Item #: styx_equin_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding sounding copy of the band's first A&M release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Big, balanced, lively and musical, these two sides had better sound than much of what we heard in our most recent shootout
  • ""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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10cc
Sheet Music

  (Item #: tenccsheet_1806_1903) 

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


  • This copy of Sheet Music boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound and relatively quiet vinyl too
  • Rich, full and balanced with plenty of deep bass and Arty Rock energy, this is a Truly Amazing Demo Disc
  • Bassist Graham Gouldman calls it "the definitive 10cc album" and he's probably right about that (although we love The Original Soundtrack that came out a year later)
  • "Three hit singles spun off the record, and most of the other tracks could have followed suit; it says much for Sheet Music's staying power that, no matter how many times the album is reissued, it has never lost its power to delight, excite, and set alight a lousy day."
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Jimi Hendrix
Band of Gypsys

  (Item #: hendrbando_1903x) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Excellent sound for this Robert Ludwig mastered Capitol Green Label pressing with each side rating a solid Double Plus (A++)
  • Both sides are rich, full-bodied and lively with plenty of extension on both ends
  • Trust me on this one -- you're going to have a difficult and expensive adventure trying to find a great sounding copy of this one on your own
  • "Although he could be an erratic live performer, for these shows, Hendrix was on — perhaps his finest performances... not only an important part of the Hendrix legacy, but one of the greatest live albums ever." - All Music, 4 1/2 Stars
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Jimi Hendrix
War Heroes

  (Item #: hendrwarhe_1903_1) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find superb Double Plus (A++) from first note to last on this Hendrix classic
  • The material here is exceptionally well-recorded; the sound is competitive with - maybe even better than - Hendrix's "real" albums
  • Features top-tier Hendrix rarities such as Izabella, Highway Chile, Bleeding Heart and Stepping Stone
  • "One of the few consistent compilations of unreleased Hendrix." -- Allmusic
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David Bowie
Pin-Ups

  (Item #: bowiepinup_1903_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Two superb sides each rating a Double Plus (A++) or BETTER, a truly killer pressing that can really rock when it needs to
  • Both sides are huge, clear and rich with phenomenal amounts of Tubey Magic, thanks to the engineering of Ken Scott
  • A really fun listen, with Bowie running through covers of his favorite 60s hits in true Demo Disc sound
  • Turns out he's a great interpreter, turning in passionate versions of songs by The Who, Pink Floyd, The Yardbirds and more
  • He brings a fresh perspective to this material, just as Bryan Ferry did so brilliantly on his first two solo albums
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Neil Young
After The Gold Rush

  (Item #: youngafter_1903) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding pressing, with solid Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them on both sides - guaranteed excellent sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This is the vinyl embodiment of the Classic Analog Rock sound we love - rich, full-bodied, warm, punchy, dynamic and clear
  • 5 Stars in Allmusic, Top 100, and a Demo Disc that is guaranteed to knock your socks off
  • "It's a magnificent, style-setting album which saw the Canadian's elevation to rock hero. For those who like their emotion raw."
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Steely Dan
Countdown to Ecstasy

  (Item #: steelcount_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • This Steely Dan favorite boasts excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and the vinyl is about as quiet as we can find it
  • Razor Boy (a personal favorite), Show Biz Kids, My Old School, Pearl of the Quarter and King of the World are superb here
  • Richer and clearer than most, with a more solid bottom end - this is the sound that lets the only real rock album this band ever made actually ROCK the way it should
  • 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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Harry Nilsson
Pussy Cats

  (Item #: nilsspussy_1903) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A superb sounding copy with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish; exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides are incredibly rich, full-bodied and Tubey Magical yet still clean, clear, open and spacious
  • Produced by John Lennon, Nilsson's partner in crime, it's a really fun album, with an appealingly ragged and spontaneous vibe
  • "It may not be as wild as the lost weekend itself, but it couldn't have been recorded at any other time and remains a fascinating aural snapshot of the early days of 1974." - All Music
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Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye
Diana & Marvin

  (Item #: rossgdiana_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent copy which earned Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides - there's plenty of rich, Tubey Magic from 1973 to be found on this vintage stereo pressing
  • Rich, sweet, open, and smooth, this is awfully good sound for an early '70s Motown recording
  • The mix of these two legendary voices - Ross' dulcet tone and Gaye's signature soulfulness - is nothing short of sensational
  • 4 stars: "What they shared, apart from a mutual admiration, was that they were two of the biggest artists on Motown and that their voices sounded terrific together. Although the album didn't produce any timeless classics, the results were still very good … even the weaker tunes are redeemed by the duo's indelible chemistry..."
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Blondie
Eat To The Beat

  (Item #: blondeatto_1812_1903) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Here's a superb early pressing of the band's followup to Parallel Lines with both sides earning outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for their big, lively sound - pressed on exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Turn it up as loud as you want - the top end and vocals are balanced, smooth and tonally correct, not gritty or edgy
  • The drums and bass of Die Young Stay Pretty are as real sounding as if you were standing five feet from the band
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The British... made Eat to the Beat another chart-topper, with three major hits, including a number one ranking for Atomic and almost the same success for Dreaming."
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