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Simon & Garfunkel
Bridge Over Troubled Water

  (Item #: simonbridg_2007) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • An insanely good 360 Label pressing of this Simon & Garfunkel classic, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • The sound is here is As Good As It Gets -- big, lively, open and clear with Tubey Magical richness that only these good early pressings can show you
  • The toughest Simon & Garfunkel album to find with excellent sound and reasonable surfaces -- no contest
  • 5 stars: "Perhaps the most delicately textured album to close out the 1960s from any major rock act... the songs matched the standard of craftsmanship that had been established on the duo's two prior albums"
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Van Morrison
Moondance

  (Item #: morrimoond_2008) 

Our Price: $549.99

  • A stunning Green Label early pressing with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it throughout
  • A brilliant example of early-'70s Tubey Magical analog sound and Van's Masterpiece of blue-eyed soul
  • An incredibly tough title to find in clean condition with audiophile quality sound, but we did it, and here it is
  • "An album worthy of an Irish R&B singer who wrote a teen hit called "Mystic Eyes" (not to mention a Brill Building smash called "Brown Eyed Girl"), adding punchy brass (including pennywhistles and foghorn) and a solid backbeat (including congas) to his folk-jazz swing, and a pop-wise formal control to his Gaelic poetry." Christgau - A+ (a grade he does not give out often)
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Chicago
Chicago II

  (Item #: chicachica2_2007_) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • You'll find incredible Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it from first note to last on this outstanding copy of the band's sophomore release
  • Big, rich, and present throughout, with real Jazz Rock energy - this is just the right sound for this album all things considered
  • One of the most difficult rock albums to find good sound for, bar none - it's by far the toughest nut to crack in the entire Chicago catalog
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The contents of Chicago II underscore the solid foundation of complex jazz changes with heavy electric rock & roll that the band so brazenly forged on the first set."
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Elton John
Tumbleweed Connection

  (Item #: john_tumbl_2005) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • An outstanding pressing, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last - mostly quiet vinyl too
  • Engineered by Robin Geoffrey Cable at Trident, there is no other Elton John album that is as big and powerful as Tumbleweed
  • A longtime member of our Top 100, it's our pick for Elton's Masterpiece, and to think it all came together for him and Bernie only a few years into a 50 year career
  • 5 stars: "....their most ambitious record to date... A loose concept album about the American West... draws from country and blues in equal measures..."
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The Doors
Morrison Hotel

  (Item #: doorsmorri_2007) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A wonderful early pressing of this hard-rockin' Doors album, with incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • Rich, big and full-bodied, with clarity and energy to spare, this is the way you want to hear the Doors' Bluesy Rock
  • Roadhouse Blues, Waiting For The Sun and Maggie McGill are KILLER on this pressing - all you Doors fans are gonna flip
  • Circus Magazine praised it as "possibly the best album yet from the Doors" and "Good hard, evil rock, and one of the best albums released this decade."
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Various Artists
Woodstock (3 LPs)

  (Item #: variowoods_2004_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • 15 out of a possible 18 pluses for this classic live album with a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side 5, mated with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound or close to it on all remaining five sides - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • All six sides here are SUPERB -- clean, clear, present and spacious with a lovely bottom end and plenty of energy
  • "As potent a musical time capsule as ever existed, it captures the three-day, 1969 concert event that united close to half a million members of what came to be known as the 'Woodstock Generation'. It topped the Billboard Charts for four weeks and sold two million copies."
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Derek and the Dominos
Layla

  (Item #: dereklayla_2007) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Absolutely KILLER throughout with all four sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to them
  • We guarantee there is dramatically more richness, fullness, vocal presence, and performance energy on this copy than others you've heard, and that's especially true if you own whatever Heavy Vinyl pressing is currently on the market, made from who-knows-what tapes
  • One of the most difficult albums to find great sound for, but the music makes it worth all the time and trouble we spent finding this pressing
  • 5 stars: "What really makes Layla such a powerful record is that Clapton, ignoring the traditions that occasionally painted him into a corner, simply tears through these songs with burning, intense emotion."
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Humble Pie
Humble Pie

  (Item #: humblhumbl_2006_8) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Incredible sound for this classic Humble Pie album from 1970 with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • The overall sound here is big and full-bodied with tons of bottom end weight and a huge three-dimensional soundfield
  • A classic Glyn Johns British Blues Rock recording from 1970 - man, he was really on a roll back then
  • "Alternating hard-driving blues-rockers with country-folk numbers, Humble Pie neatly showcases the two sides of this band's personality on their first release for a major American label and third album overall."
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James Taylor
Sweet Baby James

  (Item #: taylosweet_2005_8ex) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • An amazingly good sounding pressing from start to finish: Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it throughout
  • 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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Sly and the Family Stone
Greatest Hits

  (Item #: slyangreat_2008_) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A KILLER pressing of this nearly perfect Sly record, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides
  • Real resolution to the sound, not the opacity and blur you would expect from a greatest hits compilation
  • 4 1/2 stars: "This summarizes their first four albums perfectly, adding the singles 'Hot Fun in the Summertime,' 'Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin),' and 'Everybody Is a Star,' possibly the loveliest thing they ever recorded... Greatest hits don't come better than this -- in fact, music rarely does."
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The Band
Stage Fright

  (Item #: band_stage_2007) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Both sides earned top grades for their Tubey Magical richness, musical tonality and big bottom end
  • Stage Fright and The Shape I'm In are the better known tracks here and they are out of this world on a copy that sounds as good as this one does
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... their most nakedly confessional [album]. It was certainly different from their previous work, which had tended toward story-songs set in earlier times, but it was hardly less compelling for that."
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The Zombies
The World of the Zombies

  (Item #: zombiworld_2006) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • 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!
  • 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
  • Check out how accurate the label is when it comes to the Mono tracks versus the Stereo ones - even Decca didn't know what was what
  • 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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Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath

  (Item #: blackblack_2008) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) Shootout Winning side one and a Double Plus (A++) side two, this Green Label WB pressing had some of the best sound we have ever heard on the album - exceptionally QUIET vinyl too!
  • Massive, powerful and spacious throughout - this copy of Black Sabbath's debut studio album is big, rich and solid like you won't believe
  • The best copies of the band's best album here are stunning Demo Discs - crank it up and your friends will be blown away by the size and the weight of this early, exceptionally clean pressing
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic and one of the best sounding hard rock recordings from the era, or, to be honest, from any era
  • It should be a member of our Top 100, an oversight we hope to correct soon
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Cat Stevens
Mona Bone Jakon

  (Item #: stevemonab_1906_9_1_6) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second, this copy of Cat Stevens' brilliant third album will be very hard to beat
  • So transparent, open, and spacious - nuances and subtleties that escaped you are now revealed as never before
  • When you play I Wish I Wish and I Think I See The Light on this vintage pressing, we think you will agree with us that this is one of the greatest Folk Rock albums of them all
  • "A delight, and because it never achieved the Top 40 radio ubiquity of later albums, it sounds fresh and distinct."
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Creedence Clearwater Revival
Cosmo's Factory

  (Item #: creedcosmo_1908_11_6_8) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • KILLER Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last - it doesn't get any better than this folks!
  • The sound is present and punchy, with driving bass, freedom from grit and grain, and real swamp rockin' energy - quiet vinyl too
  • So many great songs: Run Through the Jungle, Lookin' Out My Back Door, Who'll Stop the Rain, etc.
  • A 5 star album and arguably the best record the band ever made: "...an album made during stress and chaos, filled with raging rockers, covers, and intense jams..."
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Freddie Hubbard
Red Clay

  (Item #: hubbaredcl_2003_7) 

Our Price: $299.99
Sale Price: $249.99 (You save $50.00 / 17%)


  • With Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides, we guarantee you've never heard Red Clay sound remotely as good as it does here
  • It's one of our Five Favorite CTI albums - Red Clay is Hubbard's Soul Jazz Masterpiece, and it's a record that belongs in every audiophile's jazz collection
  • Lenny White 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. [It] places the trumpeter in the company of giants such as saxophonist Joe Henderson, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Lenny White... This is a classic, hands down."
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Grant Green
Green Is Beautiful

  (Item #: greengreen_2007_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Green Is Beautiful finally arrives on the site, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • A copy like this is a real audiophile treat - here is the punchy, clear, natural and lively sound you want for Green Is Beautiful
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl they're making - the Tubey Magic, size and rock and roll energy of this very special vintage pressing simply cannot be beat
  • Rudy Van Gelder was masterful at this kind of spacious, low-distortion, dynamic, energetic sound
  • "Green Is Beautiful is still explicitly commercial and accessible to non-jazz audiences, and (purist objections notwithstanding) that's not necessarily a bad thing."
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Jimi Hendrix
Band of Gypsys

  (Item #: hendrbando_2004_7ex) 

Our Price: $299.99
Sale Price: $249.99 (You save $50.00 / 17%)


  • KILLER sound for this Robert Ludwig mastered Capitol Green Label pressing with each side earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to them
  • Tons of bass, smooth vocals, and an overall freedom from distortion characterize the overall sound of both sides, and that's unusual, because most copies of this record are just plain dreadful
  • Trust me on this one - you're going to have a difficult and (and expensive!) adventure trying to find a great sounding copy of this one on your own
  • 4 1/2 stars: "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."
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Paul McCartney
McCartney

  (Item #: mccarmccar_2007) 

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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Roberta Flack
Chapter Two

  (Item #: flackchapt_2006) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Amazing sound for Roberta Flack's sophomore title with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • The overall sound here is incredibly full-bodied, musical, clear and spacious with tons of energy and a solid bottom end
  • 4 stars on Allmusic: "The release that made Roberta Flack a major soul and R&B artist... those who thought Flack was a one-hit wonder, or didn't think she could make the transition from doing mostly jazz to other styles, were convinced otherwise."
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Sibelius / Finlandia / Mackerras / London Proms

  (Item #: sibelfinla_2007) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Incredible Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout - a superb Shaded-Dog-beating Finlandia
  • Both sides are big, clear, transparent and dynamic - no Heavy Vinyl pressing can do what this record is doing
  • Yet another wonderful example of what the much-lauded Decca recording engineers were able to capture on analog tape all those years ago
  • Demo Disc sound and music - spectacular works played with feeling
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The Allman Brothers
Idlewild South

  (Item #: allmaidlew_2001_4_7) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A STUNNING 'Triple Triple' (A+++) copy with the kind of energy, body and punch this music needs
  • Easily the group's best sounding studio recording and especially impressive on a copy like this
  • 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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The Dillards
Copperfields

  (Item #: dillacoppe_2007) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Incredible sound throughout and the first copy to hit the site in many years -- Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides
  • These sides are doing just about everything right -- clean, clear and present with a lovely punchy bottom end and tons of energy
  • "... [a] joyous romp through a fusion of bluegrass, rock, folk, and country, with a bit of pop and orchestration along the ride, and the group's superb vocal harmonies being the main constant..." - All Music, 4 Stars
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The Grateful Dead
Workingman's Dead

  (Item #: grateworki_1906_10_3_7) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides, this was one of the best copies in our recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This one is country rockin' like crazy, with full-bodied, smooth, tonally correct, hi-rez sound
  • A Top 100 album, and a truly superb recording of the Dead at the peak of their creativity (along with American Beauty)
  • 5 stars: "The lilting Uncle John's Band, their first radio hit, opens the record and perfectly summarizes its subtle, spare beauty; complete with a new focus on more concise songs and tighter arrangements, the approach works brilliantly."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet UK Vinyl)

Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Emerson...

  (Item #: emersemers_1911_2_7) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This vintage Island Pink Rim import pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally QUIET vinyl too
  • Spacious, rich and dynamic, with especially smooth, present vocals - this is what we love about Eddie Offord's work here
  • ANALOG at its Tubey Magical finest - you'll never play a CD that sounds this good as long as you live
  • Lucky Man and Take A Pebble on this copy have Demo Disc Quality Sound like you won't believe
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Lively, ambitious, almost entirely successful debut album... [which] showcased the group at its least pretentious and most musicianly ...there isn't much excess, and there is a lot of impressive musicianship here."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin III

  (Item #: ledze3_2006) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Outstanding sound throughout with each side earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades - 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 are just a few of the tracks that have truly 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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Super Hot Stamper (quiet)

Simon & Garfunkel
Bridge Over Troubled Water

  (Item #: simonbridg_2007_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An outstanding 360 Label pressing of Simon & Garfunkel's classic, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - reasonably quiet vinyl for this album too
  • The sound is big, lively, open and clear with Tubey Magical richness that only these good 360 pressings can show you
  • Surely this is by far the toughest Simon & Garfunkel album to find with excellent sound and reasonable surfaces
  • 5 stars: "Perhaps the most delicately textured album to close out the 1960s from any major rock act... the songs matched the standard of craftsmanship that had been established on the duo's two prior albums"
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George Harrison
All Things Must Pass

  (Item #: harriallth_2006_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With superb Double Plus (A++) grades or better across all six sides, this early British box set of All Things Must Pass has sound that will be tough to beat - fairly quiet vinyl for this album too
  • It's rich and Tubey Magical, yet still clean and (fairly) clear - comes complete with the rare poster!
  • If you've struggled with domestic pressings and later imports or Heavy Vinyl reissues, your troubles are over - here is the sound you were looking for
  • "Without a doubt, Harrison's first solo recording is his best. Drawing on his backlog of unused compositions from the late Beatles era, Harrison crafted material that managed the rare feat of conveying spiritual mysticism without sacrificing his gifts for melody and grand, sweeping arrangements."
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Bill Evans
Montreux II

  (Item #: evansmontr_2006) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This epic live jazz recording finally returns to the site with incredible Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sides or close to them
  • A killer pressing, with a very strong bottom end, lovely richness and warmth, real space and separation between the instruments and wonderful immediacy throughout
  • Recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, this 1970 release showcases Evans stylings alongside the brilliant talents of Eddie Gomez and Marty Morell
  • "Bill Evans' second recording at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1970 was a highly anticipated concert, finding the pianist in peak form, accompanied by bassist Eddie Gómez and drummer Marty Morell. "
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Booker T & The M.G.'s
Melting Pot

  (Item #: bookemelti_2001_03) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With two Triple Plus (A+++) Shootout Winning sides, this original pressing of Booker's very well recorded album from 1970 is clearly the BEST we have ever heard - exceptionally QUIET vinyl too, especially for a Stax original
  • Here you will find the midrange magic, richness, fullness and presence that’s surely missing from whatever 180g reissue has been made from who-knows-what-tapes
  • "Melting Pot could be the most well-realized of all the albums by Booker T. & the M.G.'s, a smooth and soulful, yet expansive 35 minutes of all originals... Melting Pot managed to be a sort of back-to-the-roots effort, but was also a strikingly more expansive record, with Jones in particular playing with an almost demonic intensity and range..."
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Duke Ellington
Up In Duke's Workshop

  (Item #: ellinupind_2007) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) Ellington Big Band sound or very close to it, taken from 1969-1972 recordings, can be found on both of these outstanding sides
  • Pablo has here compiled some of Ellington's best later music and mastered and pressed it wonderfully - you will not be disappointed with this one
  • "At first listen it is rougher, seems to be less evolved than his earlier easier-to-notice stylistic approach. If you give this a couple of plays, you will find it totally mesmerizing."
  • "Duke Ellington was the most important composer in the history of jazz as well as being a bandleader who held his large group together continuously for almost 50 years."
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Elton John
Elton John

  (Item #: john_elton_2005) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Stunning DEMO DISC sound throughout - Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and close to that on the first
  • An original UK pressing with sound this good is a Must Own for all right thinking audiophile record lovers, not just Elton John fans
  • No modern record ever sounded like this - these sides are HUGE, with sound that positively jumps out of the speakers
  • Some of the most remarkable string arrangements (and Tubey Magical string sound) ever recorded for a pop album
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Even with the strings and choirs that dominate the sound of the album, John manages to rock out on a fair share of the record. ...Elton John remains one of his best records."
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Free
Fire and Water

  (Item #: free_firea_2004) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An incredible copy of the band's third studio album with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - reasonably quiet vinyl for this title too
  • Stunning Live-in-the-Studio Rock Sound that must be heard to be believed - All Right Now sounds out of this world here
  • The recording sounds more alive than 99 out of 100 rock records we've played, and we've played the best sounding rock records ever made
  • Top 100 and 4 1/2 stars: "From Paul Kossoff's exquisite and tasteful guitar work, to Paul Rodgers' soulful vocals, this was a group that was easily worthy of the mantle worn by Cream, Blind Faith, or Derek & the Dominos."
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Judy Collins
Whales And Nightingales

  (Item #: colliwhale_2006) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Judy's superb 1970 release makes its Hot Stamper debut her with STUNNING Shootout Winning Triple Plus sound from top to bottom
  • We guarantee there is dramatically more space, richness, vocal presence, and performance energy on this copy than others you've heard, and that's especially true if you made the mistake of buying whatever Heavy Vinyl pressing is currently on the market
  • " Whales & Nightingales is full of good songs ranging from Bob Dylan's "Time Passes Slowly" to songs by Jacques Brel and Pete Seeger... It opened new doors for her and for folk music in general."
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King Crimson
Lizard

  (Item #: kingclizar_2006) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Incredible sound throughout for this vintage Island Sunray pressing with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to it
  • Every bit the sonic equal of the first album - if colorful Big Production Jazzy Prog Rock (with mellotron!) is your thing, you can't go wrong here
  • "Lizard is very consciously jazz-oriented -- the influence of Miles Davis (particularly Sketches of Spain) being especially prominent -- and very progressive, even compared with the two preceding albums."
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Poco
Deliverin'

  (Item #: poco_deliv_2006) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Poco's superb surprisingly well-recorded live album from 1971 finally makes its Hot Stamper debut here with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it throughout - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • It's rich and natural, which is something you can't say for the average Poco album, especially the first two they put, which tend to be bright and edgy
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Poco had originally made their name as a live act, and they'd always been at their best and most easygoing on-stage. The result is this live album of new and old material, featuring Jim Messina's swan song with the band and some of the tightest playing and best singing in their recorded history. About as perfect an album as they ever made and, not coincidentally, by far the biggest seller the early group ever had."
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Ry Cooder
Ry Cooder

  (Item #: cooderycoo_2007) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • You'll find insanely good Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it 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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Spirit
Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus

  (Item #: spiritwelv_1907_11_8) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A stunning Shootout Winning copy of Spirit's 1970 Trippy Masterpiece with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Huge, lively and dynamic - this legendary Psych album creates a wall to wall, three-dimensional psychedelic world all its own
  • Nature's Way, Animal Zoo and Mr. Skin all sound amazing on this copy - there's really not a bad track to be found
  • "Spirit's crowning moment and one of the era's great underrated albums ... enriched by meaty horn arrangements, imaginative vocal harmonies, and a structured approach to psychedelic studio trickery such as stereo panning and tapes run backward."
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The Lovin' Spoonful
John Sebastian Songbook, Vol. 1

  (Item #: lovinjohns_2003) 

Our Price: $249.99

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

  (Item #: russeleonr_1910_03) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb UK pressing of Russell's debut album, with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • His first and best album, engineered by our man Glyn Johns, but it only sounds as brilliant as this on the right UK original pressings - the domestic LPs are dead on arrival
  • Delta Lady, A Song for You and Roll Away the Stone are all here, which makes this a true Must Own for fans of the Classic Era
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Leon Russell never quite hit all the right notes the way he did on his eponymous debut. He never again seemed as convincing in his grasp of Americana music and themes, never again seemed as individual, and never again did his limited, slurred bluesy voice seem as ingratiating."
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The Band
Stage Fright

  (Item #: band_stage_2003) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • Both sides boast Tubey Magical richness, musical tonality and big bottom end
  • Stage Fright and The Shape I'm In are among the most well-known tracks here and they sound out of this world on a copy like this
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... their most nakedly confessional [album]. It was certainly different from their previous work, which had tended toward story-songs set in earlier times, but it was hardly less compelling for that."
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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Deja Vu

  (Item #: crosbdejav_2008ex) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb Big and Bold copy that earned seriously good Double Plus (A++) sonic grades 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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Badfinger
No Dice

  (Item #: badfinodic_2004) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This outstanding original Apple pressing boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both of these sides are rich, full-bodied and Tubey Magical yet still super clean and clear; the bass is right on the money and the energy level is off the charts
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... boasting old-fashioned rockers, catchy pop tunes, and acoustic ballads... the heart of the album lies in Ham's work.. He proves that songcraft is what separates great power-pop from good, and it's what makes No Dice a superb pop record."
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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
So Far

  (Item #: crosbsofar_2004) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This stunning copy offers exceptionally good Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second
  • The two tracks exclusive to this album, Ohio and Find the Cost of Freedom, are amazingly well recorded - both have Demo Disc quality sound on this killer side one
  • Huge, rich and energetic, this pressing brings the gorgeous harmonies of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young to life like nothing you have ever heard
  • 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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Humble Pie
Humble Pie

  (Item #: humblhumbl_2006_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides of this classic Humble Pie album from 1970
  • The overall sound here is big and full-bodied with tons of bottom end weight and a huge three-dimensional soundfield
  • A classic Glyn Johns British Blues Rock recording from 1970 - man, he was really on a roll back then
  • "Alternating hard-driving blues-rockers with country-folk numbers, Humble Pie neatly showcases the two sides of this band's personality on their first release for a major American label and third album overall."
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Van Morrison
His Band And Street Choir

  (Item #: morrihisba_1905_10_8) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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 full-bodied, clear, and brimming with the soulful energy of this great artist
  • 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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Creedence Clearwater Revival
Pendulum

  (Item #: creedpendu_2002) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This Fantasy stereo pressing boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • 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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Debussy / Clair de Lune / Agoult

  (Item #: debusclair_2005) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the first
  • These sides are incredibly rich, sweet and full-bodied yet still very clean, clear and spacious; Demo Disc sound throughout!
  • I can't imagine a more beautiful record, both in terms of the programme and the sound; this record is a wonderful example of what the Decca recording engineers (Kenneth Wilkinson in this case) were able to capture on tape
  • This is the exact same recording as the famous Living Stereo Clair De Lune, LSC-2326, but with a couple of extra tracks included
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Donald Byrd
Fancy Free

  (Item #: byrd_fancy_2002) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Fancy Free makes its Hot Stamper debut here with STUNNING Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from top to bottom
  • The overall sound here is Tubey Magical, lively and clear, with three-dimensionality that will fill your listening room from wall to wall
  • Credit must go to Rudy Van Gelder once again for capturing the jazz energy and performance space of this superbly sympathetic ensemble
  • "1969's Fancy Free marked the beginning of Donald Byrd's move away from hard bop, staking out fusion-flavored territory... the rare Donald Byrd album that holds appeal for rare-groove fanatics and traditionalists alike."
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Elvis Presley
That's The Way It Is

  (Item #: preslthats_2005) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • KILLER sound for this Elvis release from 1970 with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • Big, open, and clear, this album captures both live and studio performances - a unique collection vital to any Elvis fan
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... [That's The Way It Is] captures a peerless performer putting his amazing band through the paces... Elvis would record more great music in the next few years, but this record captures him at a pivotal moment when he retained the power of his 1968 comeback and had yet to succumb to all the glitz of Vegas."
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Hot Tuna
Hot Tuna

  (Item #: hottuhottu_2005ex) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) Shootout Winning side two and a side one that's not far behind it, this copy is the best sounding Hot Tuna LP we have ever listed
  • If you like the kind of music Brits such as John Renbourn, Stefan Grossman, Bert Jansch and others were making back in the '60s, this should be right up your alley
  • Live, all acoustic, this is about as far from the Jefferson Airplane as you can get
  • 4 Stars: "Kaukonen remained the accomplished fingerpicking stylist he had been before joining the Airplane, while Casady dispensed with the usual timekeeping duties of the bass in favor of extensive contrapuntal soloing, creating a musical conversation that was unique. The result was less an indulgence than a new direction."
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John Lee Hooker
If You Miss 'Im ... I Got 'Im

  (Item #: hookeifyou_2006) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Hooker's wonderful 1970 release finally makes its Hot Stamper debut here with a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side two married with an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side one
  • Rich, smooth and Tubey Magical, this pressing has a lovely musical quality that's missing from some of the copies we played
  • A delightful collaboration between John Lee and his cousin, Earl Hooker - AMG says he "definitely benefits from keeping it in the family" here
  • "Heard here less than a year before his death, Earl still sounds frisky and versatile, often utilizing a funky wah-wah style without ever descending into the psychedelic excesses that plagued so many late-'60s electric blues albums."
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Stephen Stills
Stephen Stills

  (Item #: stillsteph_2008ex) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sides, this copy of Still's superb 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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Stevie Wonder
Signed, Sealed and Delivered

  (Item #: wondesigne_2001) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side one and a better than Double Plus (A++ to A+++) side two, this copy is killin' it - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Much more natural and relaxed, this is what finding the right mastering with the right EQ is all about - it's the only way to hear tonally correct, distortion-free sound for the album
  • Has anyone ever done a better cover of a Beatles' tune than "We Can Work It Out" here?
  • Christgau noted that the album was "still the most exciting LP by a male soul singer in a very long time, and it slips into no mold, Motown's included." Rolling Stone said that the album "holds more creative singing than you're likely to find in another performer's entire body of work."
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Van Morrison
His Band And Street Choir

  (Item #: morrihisba_2007_) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side two mated with an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side one, this is a stunning copy of this great sounding Van Morrison album, a favorite of ours here at Better Records
  • The sound is full-bodied, clear, and brimming with the soulful energy of this great artist
  • 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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Randy Newman
12 Songs

  (Item #: newma12son_2004) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy of what some consider Randy Newman's strongest album is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner - relatively quiet vinyl too
  • An excellent pressing, with a very strong bottom end, lovely richness and warmth, real space and separation between the instruments and wonderful immediacy throughout
  • The clarity of the piano and guitar perfectly support and complement Randy's heartfelt vocals
  • 5 stars" "Superb material brilliantly executed, 12 Songs was Randy Newman's first great album, and is still one of his finest moments on record."
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John Lennon
Plastic Ono Band

  (Item #: lennoplast_2008) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Superb sound for this early UK pressing with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades, an excellent way to hear these amazing songs
  • Forget the dubby domestic pressings and whatever crappy Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - these UK LPs are the only way to fly
  • Working Man's Hero, Love, Mother -- these are immortal Lennon tracks, all with great sound on these Super Hot sides
  • 5 stars: "It's an unflinching document of bare-bones despair and pain, but for all its nihilism, it is ultimately life-affirming; it is unique not only in Lennon's catalog, but in all of popular music. Few albums are ever as harrowing, difficult, and rewarding as John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band."
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Ornette Coleman
The Art of the Improvisers

  (Item #: colemartof_2003) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one and a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy will be very hard to beat - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Engineered by the team of Tom Dowd (whose work you surely know well) and Phil Iehle - the pair recorded some of Coltrane’s most iconic albums for Atlantic: Giant Steps (1960) and Coltrane Jazz (also in 1961)
  • 5 stars in Downbeat - Allmusic notes: "It's an understatement to say that Ornette Coleman's stint with Atlantic altered the jazz world forever, and Ornette on Tenor was the last of his six LPs (not counting outtakes compilations) for the label, wrapping up one of the most controversial and free-thinking series of recordings in jazz history... far ahead of its time."
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Simon & Garfunkel
Bridge Over Troubled Waters

  (Item #: simonbridg_2008ex) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An outstanding 360 Label pressing of Simon & Garfunkel's classic, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • The sound is big, lively, open and clear with Tubey Magical richness that only these good 360 pressings can show you
  • Surely this is by far the toughest Simon & Garfunkel album to find with excellent sound and reasonable surfaces
  • 5 stars: "Perhaps the most delicately textured album to close out the 1960s from any major rock act... the songs matched the standard of craftsmanship that had been established on the duo's two prior albums"
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Charles Earland
Black Talk!

  (Item #: earlablack_2006) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Charles Earland makes his Hot Stamper debut here with this STUNNING pressing of Black Talk!, boasting Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it throughout
  • You'd be hard-pressed to find a copy that's this well balanced, yet big and lively, with such wonderful clarity in the mids and highs
  • Credit goes to Rudy Van Gelder once again for the huge space that the superbly well-recorded group occupies
  • 5 stars: "... one of the few successful examples of jazz musicians from the late '60s taking a few rock and pop songs and turning them into creative jazz... Fans of organ combos are advised to pick up this interesting set."
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The Who
Live At Leeds

  (Item #: who__livea_2004_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A hard-rockin' copy - this British Track pressing boasts powerful Hot Stamper sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The recording is huge and lively with startling dynamics and in-the-room-presence like nothing you've heard
  • Drums so solid, punchy and present they put to shame 99% of the rock records on the planet
  • Cited as the best live rock recording of all time by The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, the BBC Q magazine, and Rolling Stone. In 2003, it was ranked number 170 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
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Booker T & The M.G.'s
Melting Pot

  (Item #: bookemelti_2003) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this original pressing of Booker's very well recorded album from 1970 is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Here you will find the midrange magic, richness, fullness and presence that’s surely missing from whatever 180g reissue has been made from the tapes (or, to be clear, a modern digital master copied from who-knows-what-tapes)
  • "Melting Pot could be the most well-realized of all the albums by Booker T. & the M.G.'s, a smooth and soulful, yet expansive 35 minutes of all originals..."
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Derek and the Dominos
Layla

  (Item #: dereklayla_2006ex) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding pressing of Layla, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on all FOUR sides
  • Some of our favorite Clapton songs are here: Bell Bottom Blues, Tell The Truth, Little Wing, Layla and Have You Ever Loved A Woman?
  • One of the most difficult albums to find audiophile sound for, but a lot easier for us now that we know what pressings can actually sound good
  • Clapton's greatest album: "But what really makes Layla such a powerful record is that Clapton, ignoring the traditions that occasionally painted him into a corner, simply tears through these songs with burning, intense emotion."
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The Grateful Dead
Workingman's Dead

  (Item #: grateworki_2005) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This excellent Green Label WB original pressing offers outstanding Tubey Magical Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • A truly superb recording of the Dead at the peak of their creativity (with American Beauty to follow that same year!)
  • We love the big, rich, weighty bottom end found on the better pressings such as this one
  • 5 stars: "The lilting Uncle John's Band, their first radio hit, opens the record and perfectly summarizes its subtle, spare beauty; complete with a new focus on more concise songs and tighter arrangements, the approach works brilliantly."
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Bread
The Best of Bread

  (Item #: breadbesto_2003) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this pressing will show you just how good Bread's music can sound on All Analog vinyl
  • A Better Records Desert Island Disc if there ever was one -- believe me, there are scores of them
  • This is one of the rare Greatest Hits compilations (and this band had a LOT of hits) that is sonically competitive with the original albums
  • You'll find most of the best Bread ballads here, including Make It With You, Everything I Own, Baby I'm A Want You, and If
  • All Music on their first album - "... effectively the birth of Californian soft rock..." (We think this applies equally well to all of their early material)
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Cat Stevens
Mona Bone Jakon

  (Item #: stevemonab_1911_5) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound throughout for 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 you will see why this is one of our favorite albums
  • One of the most underrated titles on the site - you owe it to yourself to see just how good the album that came out right before Tillerman can be when it sounds this good
  • "A delight, and because it never achieved the Top 40 radio ubiquity of later albums, it sounds fresh and distinct."
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Elton John
Elton John

  (Item #: john_elton_2006) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding UK pressing of this notoriously troublesome title, Elton's follow-up to Empty Sky, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • The chances of us finding a copy that plays any quieter than this one lie somewhere between slim and none
  • So many Elton John classics are here and there's not a dog in the bunch: Border Song, Take Me to the Pilot, Sixty Years On, Your Song, etc.
  • The strings on Sixty Years On are huge, rich and rosiny and the arrangements by Paul Buckmaster are advanced even by today's standards
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Even with the strings and choirs that dominate the sound of the album, John manages to rock out on a fair share of the record... Elton John remains one of his best records."
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Fleetwood Mac
Kiln House

  (Item #: fleetkilnh_1901_9_01) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent sound from beginning to end with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Tubey Magical smooth sound is key to the best copies, and this copy delivers, with the analog richness the music needs
  • Three of the best songs Fleetwood Mac ever did are here: Tell Me All The Things You Do, Station Man and Jewel Eyed Judy
  • A grossly underappreciated album from Fleetwood Mac's awesome post-Peter Green period
  • Danny Kirwan is brilliant here - Kiln House is the last of the Mac's grungy guitar-based albums
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Grand Funk Railroad
Closer To Home

  (Item #: grandclose_2006) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Closer to Home finally returns to the site after more than two years, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • This is the sound you want for their music - huge, punchy, rich and very full-bodied
  • •Closer to Home is supposed to be a big, powerful rock record, and on the better pressings such as this one that's exactly what it is!
  • 4 stars: "... the record that really broke them through to the level of metal masters such as Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath ... instead of the excess force of other bands, such as MC5, Grand Funk Railroad are able to retain the often-elusive melodic element to their heavy compositions."
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Jimi Hendrix
Band of Gypsys

  (Item #: hendrbando_1909_02ex) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Outstanding sound for this Robert Ludwig mastered Capitol Green Label pressing with each side rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or BETTER
  • Tons of bass, smooth vocals, and an overall freedom from distortion characterize the sound of both sides, and that's unusual because most copies of this record are just plain dreadful
  • 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
  • 4 1/2 stars: "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."
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Johnny Cash
The World of Johnny Cash

  (Item #: cash_world_2006) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This wonderful compilation album makes its Hot Stamper debut here with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on all FOUR sides
  • This copy is balanced and natural, with the kind of rich, full-bodied sound that Columbia was famous for back in 1970 (some of the time anyway)
  • We had no idea that a compilation of hits and lesser known tracks by The Man in Black could be so good until we dropped the needle on a copy a while back and were positively floored at the audiophile quality sound
  • 4 1/2 stars on AMG - these two discs are overflowing with both favorites and never before released singles, including I Still Miss Someone and I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
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Larry Coryell
Spaces

  (Item #: coryespace_2003_8ex) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • Larry Coryell makes his Hot Stamper debut with this outstanding copy of Spaces, boasting solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • Just as rich, lively and clear, with plenty of space for this exceptional ensemble to occupy as you would expect from a vintage Vanguard recording (1970)
  • Features jazz greats John McLaughlin on guitar, Chick Corea on electric piano, Miroslav Vitouš on bass, and Billy Cobham on drums
  • 4 stars: "This album features the pioneer fusion guitarist Larry Coryell with quite an all-star group... contains some lyricism often lacking in fusion of the mid-'70s... a stimulating album worth searching for."
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Neil Young
After The Gold Rush

  (Item #: youngafter_2004_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding pressing, which earned seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - brilliant sound from first note to last
  • 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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Rod Stewart
Gasoline Alley

  (Item #: stewagasol_1802_7_10_1_8) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - these UK pressings are ridiculously hard to find in this kind of shape with top quality sound
  • These early Vertigo sides are rich, smooth and Tubey Magical yet still relatively clean, clear and spacious
  • Absolutely as QUIET as any pressing we have played - it is the exceptionally rare copy that will play with audiophile quality surfaces
  • 5 Stars: "Of course, being a rocker at heart, Stewart doesn't let these songs become limp acoustic numbers -- these rock harder than any fuzz-guitar workout. The drums crash and bang, the acoustic guitars are pounded with a vengeance -- it's a wild, careening sound that is positively joyous with its abandon."
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The Doors
Morrison Hotel

  (Item #: doorsmorri_1909_1_8) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding copy of The Doors' 1970 release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • 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
  • Roadhouse Blues, Waiting For The Sun and Maggie McGill are KILLER on this pressing - all you Doors fans are gonna flip
  • Circus Magazine praised it as "possibly the best album yet from the Doors" and "Good hard, evil rock, and one of the best albums released this decade."
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Elvis Presley
On Stage February 1970

  (Item #: preslonsta_2007) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With an amazing Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side one and an excellent Double Plus (A++) side two, this original RCA Orange Label is guaranteed to sound dramatically better than any copy you've ever heard
  • Here's Elvis doing songs made famous by others, proving that he can still out-rock and out-soul practically anybody alive
  • With ten million copies sold to date, this album's appeal has transcended its time and must be considered a true Elvis Classic
  • 4 Stars: ""The Wonder of You" might not have been "That's All Right" or even "Heartbreak Hotel," but it was a towering performance by a singer who could, even then, run circles around virtually anyone in the business this side of Roy Orbison."
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Joni Mitchell
Ladies Of The Canyon

  (Item #: mitchladie_2007_1ex) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Both sides of this KILLER pressing boast Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to them
  • Joni is clear and present, and the midrange reproduction on this copy balances her breathy vocals with plenty of analog warmth and fullness further down
  • This superb title has some of our favorite songs - Morning Morgantown, For Free, Big Yellow Taxi, Woodstock, The Circle Game and 7 more
  • This pressing (with the right playback) will bring her music to life in a way that you simply cannot imagine until you hear it
  • 4 1/2 stars: "This wonderfully varied release shows a number of new tendencies in Joni Mitchell's work... yet another essential listen in Mitchell's recorded canon."
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Ray Charles
Love Country Style

  (Item #: charllovec_2003) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) Shootout Winning side one and a side two that's right up there with it, this copy is practically as good as it gets
  • This early pressing has killer Hot Stamper sound on both sides - here's the midrange magic that’s surely missing from whatever 180g reissue has been made from the tapes (or, to be clear, a modern digital master copied from who-knows-what-tapes)
  • Another of Ray's albums in the style of Modern Sounds In Country & Western Music - maybe not the equal of those classics, but not far from them either
  • All the Amazon User Reviews give the album a Five Star rating - hard to do better than that!
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The Flying Burrito Bros.
Burrito Deluxe

  (Item #: flyinburri_1907_4) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • A superb copy with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • These sides are exceptionally low-distortion, lively, solid and dynamic - just what this music needs
  • This vintage pressing has the MIDRANGE MAGIC that’s surely missing from whatever 180g reissue has been made from the 49 year old tapes (or, to be clear, a modern digital master copied from those tapes)
  • "Indeed with this album, Hillman and Parsons carved a substantial place in music history as one of the most influential bands of all time."
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King Crimson
In The Wake Of Poseidon

  (Item #: kingcinthe_wake_2006ex) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • King Crimson's second studio album arrives with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - quiet vinyl (but there is one mark that plays)
  • This pressing is Big and Tubey, with clear, breathy vocals, especially critical to the success of the a capella opening track, "Peace - A Beginning"
  • This original Island Pink Label British Import LP is pressed on exceptionally quiet vinyl
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Their second album - largely composed of Robert Fripp's songwriting and material from their stage repertory - is actually better produced and better sounding than their first. Surprisingly, Fripp's guitar is not the dominant instrument here: The Mellotron, taken over by Fripp - and played even better than before - still remains the band's signature."
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Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton

  (Item #: claptericc_1904_9_02) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This killer early UK copy boasts Double Plus (A++) sonic grades for both sides AND exceptionally quiet vinyl - it's guaranteed to trounce whatever you've heard
  • An underrated Blues Rock masterpiece from 1970 - easily his best studio album outside of Layla - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 4 1/2 stars in the All Music Guide and a longtime Better Records favorite - almost every song is good, and many are superb
  • "And the pop element of the record is the strongest of the album's many elements -- "Blues Power" isn't a blues song and only "Let It Rain," the album's closer, features extended solos. Throughout the album, Clapton turns out concise solos that de-emphasize his status as guitar god, even when they display astonishing musicality and technique."
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Neil Young
After The Gold Rush

  (Item #: youngafter_1912_8ex) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding pressing, with solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - guaranteed excellent sound from first note to last
  • 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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Free
Fire and Water

  (Item #: free_firea_1909_02) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this wonderful copy of the band's third release - reasonably quiet vinyl for this title too
  • Rich, spacious and lively, with an open, extended top end - this is the sound you want from Free
  • The recording sounds more alive than 99 out of 100 rock records we've played, and we've played the best sounding rock records ever made
  • Top 100 and 4 1/2 stars: "From Paul Kossoff's exquisite and tasteful guitar work, to Paul Rodgers' soulful vocals, this was a group that was easily worthy of the mantle worn by Cream, Blind Faith, or Derek & the Dominos."
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Pink Floyd
Atom Heart Mother

  (Item #: pinkfatomh_1904_7_01) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This outstanding copy of the band's fifth studio album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Super big and full with a massive bottom end and plenty of energy; the Tubey Magical richness on the best pressings is a joy to hear
  • While the music here may not be for everyone, if you're a fan you'll have a hard time finding a copy that sounds much better than this!
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The Moody Blues
A Question of Balance

  (Item #: moodyquest_1910_02) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • A very special early UK pressing of A Question Of Balance with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Huge and spacious with wonderful Tubey Magic - this is the way the band sounded in 1970, alive and kickin'!
  • This copy has some of the very best Moody Blues sound we've ever heard - it's a truly exceptional recording in their canon
  • Includes the big hit "Question," one of the all time greats by the band, which sounds fantastic here of course
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Yes
Time And A Word

  (Item #: yes__timea_1910_12_8) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this killer UK pressing of Time And A Word - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Some of the best High Production Value rock music of the '60s and '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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Creedence Clearwater Revival
Pendulum

  (Item #: creedpendu_2008) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding pressing of Pendulum with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Big, lively, open and clear with Tubey Magical richness - just the right sound for CCR
  • 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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Miles Davis
Bitches Brew

  (Item #: davisbitch_2006) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • These vintage Columbia pressings earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound or close to them on all four sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is spacious and real, a noticeable step up from most of what we played
  • Miles is joined by a litany of greats including Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Billy Cobham, Joe Zawinul, John McLaughlin, et al., all of whom would go on to pursue this style of jazz for decades to come
  • 5 stars: "Thought by many to be the most revolutionary album in jazz history, having virtually created the genre known as jazz-rock fusion..."
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Cat Stevens
Mona Bone Jakon

  (Item #: stevemonab_2005) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find wonderful Hot Stamper sound 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 about as quietly as any we have around
  • "A delight, and because it never achieved the Top 40 radio ubiquity of later albums, it sounds fresh and distinct."
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The Rolling Stones
Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!

  (Item #: rolligetye_2005) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find excellent Hot Stamper sound on both sides of this Decca UK pressing - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • With rock and roll energy and you-are-there presence, turn it up good and loud and you will find yourself at the Stones concert of a lifetime
  • The live performances of Sympathy For The Devil, Midnight Rambler, and Honky Tonk Woman are MAGICAL from these shows - the Stones in 1970 were taking their music to a whole new level
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Recorded during their American tour in late 1969, and centered around live versions of material from the Beggars Banquet-Let It Bleed era... Often acclaimed as one of the top live rock albums of all time..."
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Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Emerson, Lake & Palmer

  (Item #: emersemers_2008_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This vintage Cotillion pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - fairly QUIET vinyl too, especially for this title
  • Full-bodied and Tubey Magical, with especially smooth, present vocals - this is the sound we love at Better Records
  • ANALOG at its Tubey Magical finest - you'll never play a CD that sounds this good as long as you live
  • Lucky Man and Take A Pebble on this copy have Demo Disc Quality Sound like you won't believe
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Lively, ambitious, almost entirely successful debut album, made up of keyboard-dominated instrumentals and romantic ballads showcasing all three members' very daunting talents.'"
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Bill Evans
Montreux II

  (Item #: evansmontr_1810_3_8_4) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This epic live jazz recording finally returns to the site with two excellent Double Plus (A++) sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • A killer pressing, with a very strong bottom end, lovely richness and warmth, real space and separation between the instruments and wonderful immediacy throughout
  • Recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, this 1970 release showcases Evans stylings alongside the brilliant talents of Eddie Gomez and Marty Morell
  • "Bill Evans' second recording at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1970 was a highly anticipated concert, finding the pianist in peak form, accompanied by bassist Eddie Gómez and drummer Marty Morell. "
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Bob Dylan
Self Portrait

  (Item #: dylanselfp_2003) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb copy of Dylan's 1970 release with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last
  • We guarantee there is dramatically more richness, fullness and presence on this copy than others you've heard, and that's especially true for whatever godawful Heavy Vinyl pressing is currently being foisted on an unsuspecting record-buying public
  • "... it’s a fun, affectionate, sometimes beautiful, often entertaining, occasionally goofy record. As a tangle of roots and enthusiasms, it looks forward to Dylan’s two early-90s albums of folk-song covers, to his eclectic satellite-radio show, which ran on Sirius from 2006 to 2009, and to his recent string of albums with their timeless-sounding fusion of blues, country, folk, and pop." - Bruce Handy, Vanity Fair
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Cat Stevens
Tea for the Tillerman

  (Item #: steveteafo_1912_) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This superb Brown Label A&M pressing of TFTT - The Pinnacle of British Folk Rock from 1970 - earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • It was mastered by the same guy who cut the British pressings - Lee Hulko - and we guarantee the sound will hold its own against any copy you've ever played
  • The emotional power of the songs is communicated completely - we can assure you the experience will be like playing the album for the first time (so this is your chance!)
  • 5 Stars on Allmusic, a stunning Demo Disc, and a permanent member of the Better Records Top 100
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Debussy / Clair de Lune / Agoult

  (Item #: debusclair_1907_10_6) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • These sides are rich, sweet and full-bodied yet still very clean, clear and spacious; Demo Disc sound throughout!
  • I can't imagine a more beautiful record, both in terms of the programme and the sound; this record is a wonderful example of what the Decca recording engineers (Kenneth Wilkinson in this case) were able to capture on tape
  • This is the exact same recording as the famous Living Stereo Clair De Lune, LSC-2326, but with a couple of extra tracks included
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Elvis Presley
That's The Way It Is

  (Item #: preslthats_2006) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Outstanding sound for this Elvis release from 1970 with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades
  • Big, open, and clear, this album captures both live and studio performances - a unique collection vital to any Elvis fan
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... [That's The Way It Is] captures a peerless performer putting his amazing band through the paces... Elvis would record more great music in the next few years, but this record captures him at a pivotal moment when he retained the power of his 1968 comeback and had yet to succumb to all the glitz of Vegas."
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Genesis
Trespass

  (Item #: genestresp_2001) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this UK Charisma pressing - it's guaranteed to beat any Heavy Vinyl (or other) pressing you may have
  • 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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Jethro Tull
Benefit

  (Item #: jethrbenef_2004ex) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb copy of the band's third studio album, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • The sound is big and rich, yet still wonderfully clean, clear and open with fantastic energy - you will not believe all the space and ambiance here
  • Huge, rich, tubey and solid, the best track on the album - To Cry You a Song - rocks like you will not believe
  • "Benefit forms the perfect bridge between the rolling, tumbling Tull of old and the tightly braided riffs and prickly lyrics presented by Aqualung." Record Collector
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King Crimson
In The Wake Of Poseidon

  (Item #: kingcinthe_wake_1909_01) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • King Crimson's second studio album arrives with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • This pressing is Big and Tubey, with clear, breathy vocals, especially critical to the success of the a capella opening track, "Peace - A Beginning"
  • This early Island Sunray LP has a beautiful textured cover
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Their second album - largely composed of Robert Fripp's songwriting and material from their stage repertory - is actually better produced and better sounding than their first. Surprisingly, Fripp's guitar is not the dominant instrument here: The Mellotron, taken over by Fripp - and played even better than before - still remains the band's signature."
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Paul McCartney
McCartney

  (Item #: mccarmccar1_2007) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This original pressing of McCartney's Masterpiece boasts big and lively Double Plus (A++) sound - decent vinyl too
  • This album, like Unplugged and Band on the Run (and not a whole lot else) is SUPERB from start to finish
  • A Top 100 pick and Paul McCartney's One and Only Masterpiece - a Must Own when it sounds this good!
  • 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."
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