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Phil Collins
Hello, I Must Be Going!

  (Item #: collihello_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb sounding copy of Collins' second studio album with outstanding Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound and exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • This is the last of the albums Phil recorded in analog, and of course the sound is big and rich - you will not believe all the space and ambience on this copy
  • Includes Phil's killer version of the Supreme's classic, "You Can't Hurry Love"
  • 4 stars: "... the album is still a winning follow-up that shows Collins to be in full control of songwriting and production. It may be a shade less impressive than Face Value, but that was a hard act to follow.
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Paul McCartney
McCartney II

  (Item #: mccarmccar2_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of McCartney's sophomore release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from top to bottom - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Forget the dubby domestic pressings - these UK imports are the only ones that can deliver the McCartney Magic
  • "Entitled McCartney II because its one-man band approach mirrors that of his first solo album, Paul McCartney's first record since the breakup of Wings was greeted upon its release as a return to form... McCartney II finds Paul in an adventurous state of mind, which is a relief after years of formulaic pop."
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Tears For Fears
The Seeds Of Love

  (Item #: tearsseeds_1910_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This early import pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • The Seeds Of Love is the band's masterpiece, and hearing it sound this big and lively is nothing short of a THRILL
  • Both sides here have smooth, sweet, analog richness and spaciousness you may not have known were possible on this record
  • 4 stars: "Along with Songs from the Big Chair, The Seeds of Love was part of a one-two artistic punch in the late '80s that situated Tears for Fears as one of the decade's more ambitious pop groups."
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Dire Straits
Brothers In Arms

  (Item #: diresbroth_1910_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other Brothers in Arms you've heard - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Tonally correct from top to bottom, with a solid bottom end and fairly natural vocals (for the recording), this is the sound they were going for in the studio
  • Drop the needle on So Far Away -- it's airy, open, and spacious, yet still rich and full-bodied
  • "One of their most focused and accomplished albums ... Dire Straits had never been so concise or pop-oriented, and it wore well on them."
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Rob Wasserman
Duets

  (Item #: wasseduets_1901_7_10) 

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


  • This rare and wonderful album from 1988 on the original MCA label offers outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • In-the-room vocal presence (Jennifer Warnes is stunning on Leonard Cohen's Ballad Of The Runaway Horse) and tight, note-like bass are key to the best pressings
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - they don't come quieter in our experience
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Some amazing duets and a great lineup that includes Aaron Neville (v), Stephane Grappelli (violin), Dan Hicks (v, g), and so on. The jazz community missed this one." [But the audiophile community loved it.]
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Talking Heads
Remain In Light

  (Item #: talkiremai_1906_10) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This Talking Heads classic has STUNNING Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • We're huge fans of late '70s / early '80s art-rock and new wave music and we'd be hard-pressed to name another act from the era who put out so many good records
  • 5 stars: "Even without a single, Remain in Light was a hit, indicating that Talking Heads were connecting with an audience ready to follow their musical evolution and the album was so inventive and influential, it was no wonder."
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Eric Clapton
Just One Night

  (Item #: claptjusto_1907_10) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • One of the best copies to ever hit the site: Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on ALL FOUR sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • This one is doing everything right-- it's bigger, bolder, richer and more clean, clear and open than anything else we played
  • Sure to be the best live Clapton sound you'll hear on vinyl -- and the music is wonderful as well
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The most notable difference between Just One Night and Clapton's other live albums is his backing band. Led by guitarist Albert Lee, the group is a collective of accomplished professionals who have managed to keep some grit in their playing. They help push Clapton along, forcing him to spit out crackling solos throughout the album."
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Prince
Controversy

  (Item #: princcontr_1902_6_10) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding copy of Prince's fourth studio album, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last
  • The sound is big and rich, yet still wonderfully clean, clear and open with fantastic energy - you will not believe all the space and ambience here
  • "Controversy emerged in 1981 at a pivotal time not just for Prince, but for America. It's often regarded as a bridge between Dirty Mind and 1999, but it's fascinating record in its own right." - Pitchfork (9.0)
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Neil Young
Old Ways

  (Item #: youngoldwa_1910_) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • A surprisingly good sounding pressing with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Big, full-bodied and energetic, with wonderfully present vocals - shocking for a recording from 1985
  • Neil's unabashed country album is guaranteed to make your MoFI pressing sound like the bad joke it was in '96
  • "... this turns out to be his most carefully crafted album since Comes a Time... Pretty amazing." - Rolling Stone
  • "Old Ways [is] a 1982 recording originally rejected by Geffen, cut in the style of Harvest and Comes a Time, but with a stronger country leaning. Young depends heavily on friends, especially for vocals - Waylon Jennings sings harmony on six out of the ten tracks, and one of the others is a duet with Willie Nelson."
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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Pack Up The Plantation

  (Item #: pettypacku_1910_) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • The band's first official live album debuts, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on three sides and an excellent Double Plus (A++) side four
  • This album gives you the "naked" sound of the real thing - the real voices and the real guitars and the real everything else
  • The best sides here are big, full-bodied, present and lively, just the way we like 'em
  • "The performances by the Heartbreakers are genuine and crisp, and there's enough sing-along and banter to the audience to identify this as a true classic rock concert recording. Petty and the Heartbreakers tear it up on hits like Refugee, American Girl, and Rockin' Around With You, and it's good to hear Stevie Nicks' appearance on the wonderful "Insider" (originally from Hard Promises). "
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Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie

  (Item #: richilione_1905_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An excellent copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - if you want to hear the Tubey Magic, size and energy of this wonderful album, a vintage pressing like this one is the way to go
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The key to its success -- is that Richie doesn't even make a pretense of funk here... The ballads, of course, provided two big hits with "My Love" and "Truly," two numbers that illustrate that he was moving ever-closer to mainstream pop, since these are unapologetic AOR slow-dance tunes. [It's] a dynamic mainstream pop-soul record, one of the best the early '80s had to offer."
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Prince
1999

  (Item #: princ1999_1901_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of Prince's breakthrough album, with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on all four sides
  • A lively, rich pressing, with plenty of punchy bass, a nicely extended top and a huge three-dimensional soundfield
  • Packed with hits - Little Red Corvette, Delirious, 1999 - and they are all rockin' like crazy here
  • 5 stars: "Where his earlier albums had been a fusion of organic and electronic sounds, 1999 was constructed almost entirely on synthesizers by Prince himself... the result is a stunning display of raw talent..."
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Marvin Gaye
Midnight Love

  (Item #: gaye_midni_1908_10) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • An incredible sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Drop the needle on Sexual Healing then sit back and relax as the rich, warm sound of analog sets the mood!
  • There’s good frequency extension up top and down low, with plenty of meaty bass and silky highs (check out those bells)
  • "Midnight Love is a classic Marvin Gaye effort. In addition to this project thriving with Gaye's enthusiastic spirit, it has his harmonious background vocals, his stunning vocal arrangements and his creative penmanship, as he wrote all the selections."
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Tears For Fears
The Seeds Of Love

  (Item #: tearsseeds_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This early import pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The Seeds Of Love is the band's masterpiece, and hearing it sound this big and lively is nothing short of a THRILL
  • Both sides here have smooth, sweet, analog richness and spaciousness you may not have known were possible on this record
  • 4 stars: "Along with Songs from the Big Chair, The Seeds of Love was part of a one-two artistic punch in the late '80s that situated Tears for Fears as one of the decade's more ambitious pop groups."
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Eric Clapton
Just One Night

  (Item #: claptjusto_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With Ten Pluses over its four sides - one Triple Plus (A+++), two Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++), and one Super Hot (A++), this copy did very well in our most recent shootout
  • What is surprising about this album is just how well recorded it is - it's one of our favorite live albums for sound, and the music is hard to fault
  • Sure to be the best live Clapton sound you'll hear on vinyl - the man has made a number of concert recordings, but we feel that this is his best by far
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Led by guitarist Albert Lee, the group is a collective of accomplished professionals who have managed to keep some grit in their playing. They help push Clapton along, forcing him to spit out crackling solos throughout the album."
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Prince
1999

  (Item #: princ1999_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb copy of Prince's breakthrough album, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the first side and incredible nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on the remaining three sides, close to our Shootout Winner
  • This one is killer - it's lively and rich, with plenty of deep punchy bass, a nicely extended top and a huge three-dimensional soundfield
  • Packed with hits - Little Red Corvette, Delirious, 1999 - and they are all rockin' like crazy here
  • 5 stars: "Where his earlier albums had been a fusion of organic and electronic sounds, 1999 was constructed almost entirely on synthesizers by Prince himself... the result is a stunning display of raw talent..."
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Van Halen
1984

  (Item #: vanha1984_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this vintage pressing - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Open, clear, and resolving, this pressing presents Van Halen's rock magic as it was meant to be heard
  • Tons of hits - Panama, Hot For Teacher, Jump, and with excellent sonic grades such as these they all sound fantastic
  • 5 stars: "It's the best showcase of Van Halen's instrumental prowess as a band, the best showcase for Diamond Dave's glorious shtick, the best showcase for their songwriting, just their flat-out best album overall."
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Talking Heads
Stop Making Sense

  (Item #: talkistopm_1910_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout, and pressed on reasonably quiet vinyl with no marks that play
  • Both sides are big, bold and dynamic, with the kind of energy that you rarely find outside the live event
  • ""A bona fide classic," opined Neil Jeffries in a five-star review of the reissue for Empire, "a perfectly measured snapshot of a widely loved and respected band playing at the height of their powers ... No other band could do this. No other music movie soundtrack sounds this good."" Wikipedia
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Talking Heads
Stop Making Sense

  (Item #: talkistopm_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout, and pressed on exceptionally quiet vinyl
  • Both sides are big, bold and dynamic, with the kind of energy that you rarely find outside the live event
  • ""A bona fide classic," opined Neil Jeffries in a five-star review of the reissue for Empire, "a perfectly measured snapshot of a widely loved and respected band playing at the height of their powers ... No other band could do this. No other music movie soundtrack sounds this good."" Wikipedia
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Dire Straits
Love Over Gold

  (Item #: diresloveo_1910) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A stunning UK import copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - reasonably quiet vinyl too (for this album anyway)
  • Incredibly punchy, dynamic, transparent, spacious and musical throughout - you won't believe how good this copy sounds
  • These top quality copies of Love Over Gold are far more natural than the any pressing you have ever heard
  • "Certainly a quantum leap from the organic R&B impressionism of the band's early LPs and the gripping short stories of Making Movies, Love Over Gold is an ambitious, sometimes difficult record that is exhilarating in its successes and, at the very least, fascinating in its indulgences." - Rolling Stone
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Dire Straits
Brothers In Arms

  (Item #: diresbroth_1910) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other Brothers in Arms you've heard
  • Tonally correct from top to bottom, with a solid bottom end and fairly natural vocals (for the recording), this is the sound they were going for in the studio
  • Drop the needle on So Far Away -- it's airy, open, and spacious, yet still rich and full-bodied
  • "One of their most focused and accomplished albums ... Dire Straits had never been so concise or pop-oriented, and it wore well on them."
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Eric Clapton
Journeyman

  (Item #: claptjourn_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb sounding Duck/Reprise import copy with Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • Forget the dry sounding domestic copies - these imports were the only ones good enough for us to put them in a shootout
  • Rich, lively, clear and spacious - these imports are surprisingly good sounding for a recording from as late as 1989
  • The big hit was Pretending, but Bad Love (both went to Number One) won the Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... a laid-back and thoroughly engaging display of Clapton's virtuosity. On the whole, it's the best studio album he's released since Slowhand."
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Miles Davis
Decoy

  (Item #: davisdecoy_1907_10) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • STUNNING sound throughout with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to it
  • Fans of Bitches Brew will find much to like here, and at least in most ways, this is actually a better sounding album
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Mr. Davis has made tasteful creative use of synthesizers, drum machines and other modern gizmos, voicing them with saxophone, guitar and other traditional instruments without letting them dominate the music." - NY Times
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Stevie Ray Vaughan
Couldn't Stand The Weather

  (Item #: vaughcould_1910) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • A truly KILLER pressing with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades!
  • The bass is big, the overall presentation is huge, and the energy is jumpin' on this early pressing - this is the right sound for SRV's hard-chargin' Electric Blues
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout - they didn't press them any quieter in our experience
  • 4 stars: "Stevie Ray Vaughan's second album, Couldn't Stand the Weather, pretty much did everything a second album should do: it confirmed that the acclaimed debut was no fluke, while matching, if not bettering, the sales of its predecessor, thereby cementing Vaughan's status as a giant of modern blues."
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Prince
Around The World In A Day

  (Item #: princaroun_1810_10) 

Our Price: $99.99
Sale Price: $74.99 (You save $25.00 / 25%)


  • An outstanding copy of the album, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides here are really rockin' -- big and full-bodied with tight punchy bass and lots of energy
  • "If Prince had [previously] streamlined and rocked up his approach for global domination, now he was creating something more intimate, cerebral, and challenging... a brave and deeply personal project, exploring sounds and ideas that were almost shocking coming from a pop icon at his peak."
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Neil Young
Old Ways

  (Item #: youngoldwa_1906_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A surprisingly good sounding pressing with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Big, full-bodied and energetic, with wonderfully present vocals - shocking for 1985
  • Neil's unabashed country album is guaranteed to make your MoFI pressing sound like the bad joke it was in '96
  • "... this turns out to be his most carefully crafted album since Comes a Time... Pretty amazing." - Rolling Stone
  • "Old Ways [is] a 1982 recording originally rejected by Geffen, cut in the style of Harvest and Comes a Time, but with a stronger country leaning. Young depends heavily on friends, especially for vocals - Waylon Jennings sings harmony on six out of the ten tracks, and one of the others is a duet with Willie Nelson."
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Michael Jackson
Thriller

  (Item #: jacksthril_1907_1910) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • These INCREDIBLE sides are guaranteed to make this by far the best sounding Thriller you have ever heard - Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is HUGE - wide, deep, and open, with a solid bottom end and relentless rhythmic energy to spare
  • Billie Jean and Beat It sound out of this world, but that's not fair, since every track on this copy is good enough to blow your mind
  • 5 stars: "This was a record that had something for everybody, building on the basic blueprint of Off the Wall by adding harder funk, hard rock, softer ballads, and smoother soul — expanding the approach to have something for every audience."
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Phil Collins
Hello, I Must Be Going!

  (Item #: collihello_1907_10) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • As Good As It Gets Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish for Collins' second studio album - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This is the last of the albums Phil recorded in analog, and of course the sound is big and rich - you will not believe all the space and ambience on this copy
  • Includes Phil's killer version of the Supreme's classic, "You Can't Hurry Love"
  • 4 stars: "... the album is still a winning follow-up that shows Collins to be in full control of songwriting and production. It may be a shade less impressive than Face Value, but that was a hard act to follow.
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Neil Young
Hawks and Doves

  (Item #: younghawks_1808_5_10) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This outstanding pressing promises solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from top to bottom - relatively quiet vinyl too
  • The trick on Hawks and Doves is to find rich, smooth, edge-free sound, and this copy delivers those qualities like nothing you've ever heard, guaranteed
  • "Hawks and Doves has a homey feel. "Little Wing," bare and haltingly lyrical with its miked harp and unaccompanied acoustic, is simpler than anything on the folky Comes a Time, and the rest of the music is defined by Ben Keith's laconic dobro and steel and Rufus Thobodeaux's sawing fiddle." Robert Christgau (A-)
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Jennifer Warnes
Famous Blue Raincoat

  (Item #: warnefamou_1906_10) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An absolutely amazing copy of this longtime audiophile favorite, with stunning nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides, just shy of our Shootout Winner; exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Turn this copy up good and loud (which you can do when the sound is right) and you'll have a living, breathing Jennifer Warnes standing right between your speakers
  • The space, resolution, and clarity here are wonderful - for evidence just look to the rosiny texture on the string arrangement of the Song of Bernadette
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "The high point may have been the Warnes-Cohen duet on "Joan of Arc," but the album was consistently impressive."
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Rob Wasserman
Duets

  (Item #: wasseduets_1906_10) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This rare and wonderful album from 1988 on the original MCA label offers KILLER Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side one backed with a superb Double Plus (A++) side two
  • In-the-room vocal presence (Jennifer Warnes is stunning on Leonard Cohen's Ballad Of The Runaway Horse) and tight, note-like bass are key to the best pressings
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Some amazing duets and a great lineup that includes Aaron Neville (v), Stephane Grappelli (violin), Dan Hicks (v, g), and so on. The jazz community missed this one." [But the audiophile community loved it.)
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Roger Waters
The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking

  (Item #: waterprosa_1906_10) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • You'll find incredible Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to last on this superb early Columbia pressing
  • Like the recordings of Floyd, the sound is BIG, with lots of energy, excellent presence and real weight down low
  • A tough album to find with this kind of sound, and our pressing here features quiet vinyl too - it plays Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • 4 Stars: "The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking continues to showcase Waters' unprecedented knack of addressing his darkest thoughts and conceptions in a most extraordinary fashion."
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Foreigner
4

  (Item #: forei4_1904_6_10) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides of this Radio Rock Classic - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This copy had the best energy, the punchiest bass, and biggest, most immediate presentation in our shootout
  • Rockers like Juke Box Hero and Urgent, along with the heartfelt ballad Waiting For A Girl Like You, are guaranteed to sound better than you ever imagined or your money back
  • "In producer Robert John 'Mutt' Lange - fresh off his massive success with AC/DC's Back in Black - guitarist and all-around mastermind Mick Jones found both the catalyst to achieve [a grand slam of a record] and his perfect musical soulmate... All things considered, 4 remains Foreigner's career peak."
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Long After Dark

  (Item #: pettylonga_1907_10) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A STUNNING sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to last; exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Both sides are incredibly rich, full-bodied and spacious with tight bass, and brimming with Petty's unique brand of "meat and potatoes" rock and roll
  • You Got Lucky was the big hit on this 4 Star Album from 1982
  • Rolling Stone raves "...overall, Long after Dark is Petty's most accomplished record."
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Prince
Lovesexy

  (Item #: princloves_1910) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • An incredible sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it throughout
  • Both sides here are KILLER - clean, clear, dynamic and present with a huge three-dimensional soundstage, excellent bass and tons of energy
  • "A highly underrated and often misunderstood epic of an album, Prince shares his love of God and Sex in a rather strange but catchy funk odyssey." - Sputnik Music
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AC/DC
Back In Black

  (Item #: acdc_backi_1910) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) sonic grades or BETTER on both sides, this Back in Black ROCKS like no other copy you've heard
  • Both sides play exceptionally well for a Robert Ludwig original, which is absolutely the only way to go on the album
  • Top 100, and if you turn it up good and loud, one of the biggest, boldest, hardest rockin' records ever made
  • 5 stars: "... tawdry celebration of sex is what made AC/DC different from all other metal bands — there was no sword & sorcery, no darkness, just a rowdy party, and they never held a bigger, better party than they did on Back in Black."
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John Fogerty
Eye Of The Zombie

  (Item #: fogereyeof_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Insanely good sound throughout with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or close to them
  • Don't waste your money on whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - if you want to hear the Tubey Magic, size and energy of Fogerty's second solo album, a vintage '80s pressing like this one is the only way to go
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl with both sides playing Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • John's last album for over a decade and while not quite as good as Centerfield, there's still some excellent tracks here, such as "Change in the Weather" and "Knockin on Your Door"
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Fleetwood Mac
Mirage

  (Item #: fleetmirag_1909) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This incredible copy of Mirage boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from first note to last
  • Most copies are washed-out, recessed, and lack weight, but this one will show you just how right this music can sound
  • The producing-engineering team of Ken Caillat and Richard Dashut return to provide top quality Rumours-like production
  • The album spent five weeks at Number One, probably on the strength of the amazingly fun single "Hold Me."
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Count Basie
Me and You

  (Item #: basiemeand_1907_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An excellent sounding copy of Basie's 1983 release, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - if you want to hear the Tubey Magic, size and energy of this wonderful session from 1983, this is the only way to go
  • This is the Basie Big Band album that came out right after 88 Basie Street, a hard act to follow - top engineering by Dennis Sands
  • "... recorded only a little more than a year before his death. However, the spirit of this music (helped out by some Ernie Wilkins) arrangements) make Count Basie seem ageless."
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Bill Evans
You Must Believe In Spring

  (Item #: evansyoumu_1910) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This outstanding copy of Bill Evans' posthumous release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from top to bottom
  • Both sides here are lively, dynamic and full-bodied - there's real weight to the piano, always critically important on the piano recordings we play
  • An exceptionally well-recorded album, especially the piano, thanks to Al Schmitt
  • 4 stars: "This well-rounded set (released posthumously) features the highly influential pianist Bill Evans in a set of typically sensitive trio performances... It's a solid example of the great pianist's artistry."
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The Police
Ghost in the Machine

  (Item #: policghost_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sonic grades or close to them on both side, this vintage pressing sounds rich, smooth and sweet
  • Some of the band's most sophisticated hits: Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, Invisible Sun, Spirits In The Material World, and more
  • Hugh Padgham took over engineering duties for Ghost and The Police's next album, resulting in a dramatic improvement in the quality of their recordings
  • "This album has more variety than the menu in a Bangkok brothel. In particular, Sting's voice has taken on a new depth and fresh maturity. The opening song, 'Spirits In The Material World', may have what sounds like a dumb title, but the song is a dream of close harmonies and nicely understated drums." Record Mirror
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Paul Simon
Graceland

  (Item #: simongrace_1909) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This superb pressing of Graceland offers Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from first note to last - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • These side are doing it all right -- big, rich and Tubey Magical yet still clean, clear and present with lovely breathy vocals
  • Guaranteed to TROUNCE the well-reviewed but nevertheless awful Heavy Vinyl LP in every way, or your money back and the shipping is on us
  • 5 stars: "An enormously successful record, Graceland became the standard against which subsequent musical experiments by major artists were measured."
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Crosby, Stills and Nash
Daylight Again

  (Item #: crosbdayli_1905_9) 

Our Price: $129.99
Sale Price: $99.00 (You save $30.99 / 24%)


  • This outstanding copy of Daylight Again (the last good record these guys would ever make) earned solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grades - relatively quiet vinyl too
  • This is the embodiment of the Classic CSN sound we love - rich, full-bodied, warm, punchy, dynamic and clear
  • Steven Barncard, one of our favorite recording engineers, no doubt deserves most of the credit
  • Allmusic on Wasted on the Way and Southern Cross: "Both were extracted as singles and became among the best-known tracks not only on Daylight Again, but also in the post-'60s CSN canon."
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Richard & Linda Thompson
Shoot Out The Lights

  (Item #: thompshoot_1905_9) 

Our Price: $119.99
Sale Price: $99.00 (You save $20.99 / 17%)


  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this copy of the Thompsons' final album - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Without a doubt this is the best record Richard and Linda Thompson ever made - for sound and music
  • DYNAMIC, huge, lively, powerful and musical - a real Demo Disk - both sides here are guaranteed to rock your world
  • A Top 100 album, and clearly Thompson's Masterpiece of Grungy Guitar Rock
  • 5 stars: "Shoot Out The Lights found them rallying their strengths to the bitter end; it's often been cited as Richard Thompson's greatest work, and it's difficult for anyone who has heard his body of work to argue the point."
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The Pretenders
The Pretenders

  (Item #: preteprete_1909_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding UK pressing of the band's debut studio album with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from top to bottom - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Here are the full-bodied mids, punchy lows and clear, open, extended highs that let this Pretenders Classic come alive
  • This is one of engineer Bill Price's better efforts behind the boards, and Chris Thomas's production is State of the Art
  • 5 stars: "Few rock & roll records rock as hard or with as much originality as the Pretenders' eponymous debut album. A sleek, stylish fusion of Stonesy rock & roll, new wave pop, and pure punk aggression, Pretenders is teeming with sharp hooks and a viciously cool attitude."
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Prince
Purple Rain

  (Item #: princpurpl_1909ex) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A stunning copy of Prince's legendary 1984 release, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout
  • This side two was just BIGGER and RICHER than practically any other we played, with rock solid energy to beat them all
  • Clean and clear and open are nice qualities to have, but rich and smooth are harder to come by on this record - and here they are!
  • 5 stars "Purple Rain finds Prince consolidating his funk and R&B roots while moving boldly into pop, rock, and heavy metal with nine superbly crafted songs... a stunning statement of purpose that remains one of the most exciting rock & roll albums ever recorded."
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Earth, Wind and Fire
Raise!

  (Item #: earthraise_1909_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding pressing of Raise! offers solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER and exceptionally quiet vinyl from first note to last
  • Full-bodied and Tubey Magical, with especially smooth, present vocals - this is the sound we love at Better Records
  • "With each new album, Earth, Wind and Fire remain relatively true to their original sound: elaborate, neatly orchestral funk, influenced equally by American and African sources. But the band also keeps its ear to the radio. Accordingly, Raise! reflects the current wave of street-gritty black pop, from Lakeside to Rick James. Most of the tracks crank up the bass and feature rattling percussion that scrapes against the beat." - Rolling Stone
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Van Halen
1984

  (Item #: vanha1984_1906_9) 

Our Price: $299.99
Sale Price: $199.00 (You save $100.99 / 34%)


  • A stunning copy of this hard rock classic with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides are rockin' like crazy - lots of energy, impressive size and big-time presence
  • Tons of hits: Panama, Hot For Teacher, Jump, and you won't believe how good they sound on this copy
  • 5 stars: "It's the best showcase of Van Halen's instrumental prowess as a band... the best showcase for their songwriting, just their flat-out best album overall."
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Bruce Springsteen
Born In The U.S.A.

  (Item #: sprinborni_1909_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This superb copy of Springsteen's 80's classic boasts Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound and exceptionally quiet vinyl on both sides - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • This pressing is head and shoulders above the pack, with the kind of big, punchy, full-bodied sound this music absolutely demands
  • Some of The Boss's biggest hits, including the title track, Glory Days and Dancin' in the Dark
  • 5 stars: "... where Springsteen remembered that he was a rock & roll star, which is how a vastly increased public was happy to treat him."
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Dio
Holy Diver

  (Item #: dio_holyd_1909_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This outstanding pressing of the band's debut album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Surprisingly rich and full-bodied, this pressing really ROCKS with big bass and punchy drums
  • "... hailed by critics as Dio's best work and a classic staple in the heavy metal genre"
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... it wasn't all that surprising -- impressive, but not surprising -- when he struck gold yet again when launching his solo vehicle, Dio, via 1983's terrific Holy Diver album... Holy Diver still the undisputed highlight of Dio's career, and, indeed, one of the finest pure heavy metal albums of the 1980s."
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Eric Clapton
Journeyman

  (Item #: claptjourn_1903_6_9) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • A superb sounding Duck/Reprise import copy with Double Plus (A++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Forget the dry sounding domestic copies - these imports were the only ones good enough for us to put in a shootout
  • Rich, lively, spacious - these imports are surprisingly good sounding for a recording from as late as 1989
  • The big hit was Pretending, but Bad Love (both went to Number One) won the Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... a laid-back and thoroughly engaging display of Clapton's virtuosity. On the whole, it's the best studio album he's released since Slowhand."
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Steely Dan
Gaucho

  (Item #: steelgauch_1905_7_9) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Amazing Triple Plus (A+++) sound from beginning to end for the last of Steely Dan's insanely well recorded Classic Seven Albums
  • This copy offers tons of ambience, amazing richness, you-are-there immediacy, tight bass, clear guitar transients, silky highs, and truckloads of analog magic
  • 4 stars in the AMG, 4 1/2 in Rolling Stone, and one of their Three Best Sounding Albums - a true Must Own
  • "Despite its coolness, the music is quite beautiful. With its crystalline keyboard textures and diaphanous group vocals, ''Gaucho'' contains the sweetest music Steely Dan has ever made." New York Times
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Steely Dan
Gaucho

  (Item #: steelgauch_1909_2) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better sounding copies we played in our recent shootout - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • This original pressing has three-dimensional ambience, tubey richness, you-are-there immediacy, tight bass, clear guitar transients, silky highs, and truckloads of analog magic on every track
  • 4 stars in the AMG, 4 1/2 in Rolling Stone, and one of this exceptionally well recorded band's Three Best Sounding Albums - a true Must Own
  • "Despite its coolness, the music is quite beautiful. With its crystalline keyboard textures and diaphanous group vocals, ''Gaucho'' contains the sweetest music Steely Dan has ever made." New York Times
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INXS
Listen Like Thieves

  (Item #: inxs_liste_1903_9) 

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


  • Superb sound throughout with each side earning a sonic grade of Double Plus (A++) - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The Big Rock sound is courtesy of Chris Thomas' production - if you know his work, you know this sound
  • AMG: "INXS completes its transition into an excellent rock & roll singles band with this album."
  • "...with Thomas they "forge an unlikely union between the sonic extremism of Led Zeppelin-style crunch rock and the step-lively beat of disco" such that the album "rocks with passion and seals the deal with a backbeat that'll blackmail your feet.""
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Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris
Trio

  (Item #: partotrio_1906_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound and exceptionally quiet vinyl on both sides - proof positive that Trio is a surprisingly well-recorded album
  • Big, rich, smooth, and sweet, how did George Massenburg pull off this kind of analog sound in 1987?
  • We don't know, but we do know good sound when we hear it, and we heard exceptionally good sound on this copy
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...that rare example of an all-star collaborative effort that truly shows everyone involved to their best advantage, and it ranks with the best of all three headliners' work."
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Muddy Waters
Folk Singer

  (Item #: waterfolks_1906_9) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An outstanding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Folk Singer is an exceptional live-in-the-studio recording, with some of the best sound Muddy Waters ever managed
  • This '80s reissue is guaranteed to trounce any heavy vinyl pressing you've heard of it or we'll give you your money back!
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Muddy's "unplugged" album was cut in September of 1963 and still sounds fresh and vital today. It was Muddy simply returning to his original style on a plain acoustic guitar in a well-tuned room..."
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Yes
90125

  (Item #: yes__90125_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding British pressing of 90125 boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from start to finish - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • It's spacious, solid and dynamic with huge amounts of bass and analog richness that's hard to find on this album
  • Forget the dubby domestic pressings and whatever crappy Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - the UK pressings are the only way to fly on 90125
  • 4 1/2 stars: "A stunning self-reinvention by a band that many had given up for dead, 90125 is the album that introduced a whole new generation of listeners to Yes... there's nary a duff track on the album."
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Journey
Escape

  (Item #: journescap_1909_1) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This outstanding copy of the band's 1981 release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • Strong vocal presence, serious dynamics, good weight down low and big choruses that come really alive - this copy was big and bold, just the way we like our Journey to sound
  • A #1 album jam-packed with hits: Don't Stop Believin', Stone in Love, Who's Crying Now and Open Arms
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Outside of the singles, there is a certain electricity that circulates through the rest of the album. The songs are timeless, and as a whole, they have a way of rekindling the innocence of youthful romance and the rebelliousness of growing up, built from heartfelt songwriting and sturdy musicianship."
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Dire Straits
Making Movies

  (Item #: diresmakin_1909_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A stunning UK early pressing, with a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side two and outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on side one - guaranteed to be a huge improvement over anything you've heard
  • Rich, smooth and Tubey Magical, here you will find the breathy, immediate vocals and huge amounts of studio space that only the best copies can show you
  • Romeo and Juliet comes to life the way you want it to here, and the song Solid Rock lives up to its title
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Making Movies is helped by a new wave-tinged pop production, which actually helps Knopfler's jazzy inclinations take hold ... ranks among the band's finest work."
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Lionel Richie
Can't Slow Down

  (Item #: richicants_1903_9) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • Stunning sound throughout with both sides rating a Triple Plus (A+++) or very close to it
  • Rich, smooth and natural, the sound here is guaranteed to please - recall that the 12" of All Night Long was on the TAS List back in the day (and yes, I used to sell it!)
  • "In 1999, Q magazine included Can't Slow Down on its list of the best Motown records of all time and stated, "Production values are high, his songwriting craft is at its peak and at least one track - the global smash 'All Night Long' - is an anthem to good times that makes the heart sing and feet twitch.""
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Mark Knopfler
Local Hero

  (Item #: knopflocal_1909) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • KILLER sound for this Warner Brothers pressing with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the first
  • Both sides here are super clean, clear, full-bodied and present with with lots of a space and a nice bottom end
  • "Dire Straits leader Mark Knopfler's intricate, introspective finger-picked guitar stylings make a perfect musical complement to the wistful tone of Bill Forsyth's comedy film, Local Hero... The low-key music picks up traces of Scottish music, but most of it just sounds like Dire Straits doing instrumentals, especially the recurring theme, one of Knopfler's more memorable melodies." - All Music
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Earth, Wind and Fire
Raise!

  (Item #: earthraise_1909) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last
  • These sides are doing it all right -- big, full-bodied and wonderfully present with tons of space around all of the players
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "With each new album, Earth, Wind and Fire remain relatively true to their original sound: elaborate, neatly orchestral funk, influenced equally by American and African sources. But the band also keeps its ear to the radio. Accordingly, Raise! reflects the current wave of street-gritty black pop, from Lakeside to Rick James. Most of the tracks crank up the bass and feature rattling percussion that scrapes against the beat." - Rolling Stone
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Bob Dylan
Oh Mercy

  (Item #: dylanohmer_1909) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this pressing of Dylan's 1989 release
  • These sides were doing just about everything right - clean, clear and spacious with good weight down low and strong vocal presence
  • "Oh Mercy was hailed as a comeback, not just because it had songs noticeably more meaningful than anything Bob Dylan had recently released, but because Daniel Lanois' production gave it cohesion... at the time, this production made it seem like the equivalent of his '60s records, meaning that its artiness was cutting edge, not portentous..."
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The Pretenders
The Pretenders

  (Item #: preteprete_1909_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This superb UK pressing of the band's debut studio album boasts Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound and exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • Clear, present and dynamic, with a punchy bottom end - this British pressing is guaranteed to murder any domestic LP you've heard
  • This is one of engineer Bill Price's better efforts behind the boards, and Chris Thomas's production is State of the Art
  • 5 stars: "Few rock & roll records rock as hard or with as much originality as the Pretenders' eponymous debut album. A sleek, stylish fusion of Stonesy rock & roll, new wave pop, and pure punk aggression, Pretenders is teeming with sharp hooks and a viciously cool attitude."
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Bruce Springsteen
Born In The U.S.A.

  (Item #: sprinborni_1909) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A KILLER copy of this gazillion-selling 80's classic with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to last
  • We would be foolish to make claims for "audiophile quality" sound on Springsteen's albums - they are what they are - but the best copies are head and shoulders above anything else you've heard
  • Some of The Boss's biggest hits, including the title track, Glory Days and Dancin' in the Dark
  • 5 stars: "... where Springsteen remembered that he was a rock & roll star, which is how a vastly increased public was happy to treat him."
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Linda Ronstadt
Canciones De Mi Padre

  (Item #: ronstcanci_1909) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Ronstadt's Mariachi-inspired 1987 release finally returns to the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Clean, clear, open and spacious with lovely breathy vocals and plenty of Tubey Magic - this is just the right sound for this music
  • "... overall, the album is charming, affectionate, entertaining, and more successful than her stilted Nelson Riddle collaborations."
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Michael Jackson
Thriller

  (Item #: jacksthril_1903_9) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER throughout, this pressing will be very hard to beat - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is huge - big, wide, deep, and open, with a punchy bottom end and rhythmic energy to spare
  • Billie Jean and Beat It sound out of this world, but that's not fair, since every track does
  • A Top 100 and 5 Stars on AMG: "This was a record that had something for everybody, building on the basic blueprint of Off the Wall by adding harder funk, hard rock, softer ballads, and smoother soul — expanding the approach to have something for every audience."
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Rush
Exit... Stage Left

  (Item #: rush_exits_1909) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This pressing boasts surprisingly clean, undistorted sound for a live album, yet it's every bit as big and lively as a Hard Rockin' Live Album should be
  • "... the nearly note-perfect performances, combined with exemplary song-selection essentially make Exit...Stage Left a 'greatest hits' package from Rush's best, most-remembered peak, 1977-1981, when they recorded four studio albums culminating in Moving Pictures. The Moving Pictures tour was the right time to capture Rush. Their sound was still hard rock but with a hearty side-dish of prog - a satisfying combination of styles that no other band ever did as well as Rush."
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Tears For Fears
Songs From The Big Chair

  (Item #: tearssongs_1909_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent early British pressing, with Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Rich, spacious and lively, with an open, extended top end - this is the sound you want from Tears for Fears
  • More great songs than practically anything from the '80s - Shout, Everybody Wants To Rule The World and Head Over Heels, just to name a few
  • "It is not only a commercial triumph, it is an artistic tour de force. And in the loping, percolating "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," Tears for Fears perfectly captured the zeitgeist of the mid-'80s while impossibly managing to also create a dreamy, timeless pop classic. Songs From the Big Chair is one of the finest statements of the decade."
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Prince
Purple Rain

  (Item #: princpurpl_1909_2) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding copy of Prince's legendary 1984 release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • You will not believe how punchy, lively, dynamic, and exciting these sides are
  • Clean and clear and open are nice qualities to have, but rich and smooth are harder to come by on this record - and here they are!
  • 5 stars: "Purple Rain finds Prince consolidating his funk and R&B roots while moving boldly into pop, rock, and heavy metal with nine superbly crafted songs... a stunning statement of purpose that remains one of the most exciting rock & roll albums ever recorded."
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Toto
IV

  (Item #: toto_IV_1906_9) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • You'll find stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides of this copy of Toto's Must-Own Masterpiece
  • Huge and clear with the kind of smooth, rich, Tubey sound you sure don't hear on too many '80s pop albums
  • Rosanna and Africa are both knockouts here - we've rarely heard them with this kind of weight, scale and energy
  • 4 1/2 stars: "It was do or die for Toto on the group's fourth album, and they rose to the challenge... Toto IV was both the group's comeback and its peak ...Toto's best and most consistent record."
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Toto
IV

  (Item #: toto_IV_1909) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this copy of Toto's Must-Own Masterpiece - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Clear, lively and rockin' with the kind of smooth, rich, tubey sound you sure don't hear on most '80s pop albums
  • Rosanna and Africa are both knockouts here, with superb analog weight, scale and energy
  • 4 1/2 stars: "It was do or die for Toto on the group's fourth album, and they rose to the challenge...Toto IV was both the group's comeback and its peak... and Toto's best and most consistent record."
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Dire Straits
Making Movies

  (Item #: diresmakin_1909) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding UK early pressing, with Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - guaranteed to be a huge improvement over anything you've heard
  • This Brit is big, punchy, and full-bodied with excellent presence - Mark Knopfler's leads really soar - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Romeo and Juliet comes to life the way you want it to here, and the song Solid Rock lives up to its title
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Making Movies is helped by a new wave-tinged pop production, which actually helps Knopfler's jazzy inclinations take hold ... ranks among the band's finest work."
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U2
War

  (Item #: u2___war_1909_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A Shootout Winning copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout - this copy is going to be very hard to beat - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • This pressing offered us real clarity and resolution in the midrange, not the congested, dark quality we hear on so many of U2's records
  • Full-bodied, smooth analog sound is key to the best pressings, and here it is, on both sides
  • 5 Stars: "Opening with the ominous, fiery protest of "Sunday Bloody Sunday," War immediately announces itself as U2's most focused and hardest-rocking album to date. Blowing away the fuzzy, sonic indulgences of October with propulsive, martial rhythms and shards of guitar, War bristles with anger, despair, and above all, passion... U2 always aimed at greatness, but War was the first time they achieved it."
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U2
War

  (Item #: u2___war_1909) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish and exceptionally quiet vinyl, this copy is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other pressing of War you've heard
  • With this copy we were impressed with the clarity and resolution in the midrange, which avoids most of the congested and dark sound we hear on so many of U2's records
  • 5 Stars: "Opening with the ominous, fiery protest of "Sunday Bloody Sunday," War immediately announces itself as U2's most focused and hardest-rocking album to date. Blowing away the fuzzy, sonic indulgences of October with propulsive, martial rhythms and shards of guitar, War bristles with anger, despair, and above all, passion... U2 always aimed at greatness, but War was the first time they achieved it."
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Men At Work
Business As Usual

  (Item #: menatbusin_1906_9) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A stunning copy of this '80s classic with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Who Can It Be Now and Down Under are the big hits and they both sound fantastic on these A+++ sides
  • Big and full-bodied, and much smoother than most, with energy like no other, the sound here immediately set the sonic bar very high
  • "The production sound was low-key, but clean and uncluttered. Indeed, the songs stood by themselves with little embellishment save for a bright, melodic, singalong quality."
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Count Basie
88 Basie Street

  (Item #: basie88bas_1904_6_9ex) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This unusually strong copy of an exceptionally well-recorded classic boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • This is a Top Basie Big Band title in every way -- musically, sonically, you name it, 88 Basie Street has got it going on
  • With 18 pieces in the studio this is a real powerhouse - the sound is rich, powerful, dynamic and HUGE
  • 4 stars: "One of Basie's final albums, the very appealing title cut seems to sum up his career, a lightly swinging groove with a strong melody. Two small-group performances with guest Joe Pass on guitar add variety to a particularly strong set."
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The Robert Cray Band
Strong Persuader

  (Item #: craybstron_1906_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With STUNNING Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from first note to last, this is almost As Good As It Gets for Strong Persuader - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This is the album that propelled Cray into the mainstream, earning him a spot on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest albums of the 80's, 5 stars on AMG, and endless accolades from critics and fans alike
  • Clear and open, with good balance and prodigious bass, this copy has just the right the sound for this blues rock
  • 5 stars: "The set that made Cray a pop star, despite its enduring blues base... his innovative expansion of the genre itself that makes this album a genuine 1980s classic."
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U2
The Joshua Tree

  (Item #: u2___joshu_1909_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding copy of this U2 classic, with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound and fairly quiet vinyl from first note to last - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • 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
  • Stunning sound for the album's biggest hits, including With Or Without You, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, and Where the Streets Have No Name
  • 5 stars: "With the uniformly excellent songs... the result is a powerful, uncompromising record that became a hit due to its vision and its melody. Never before have U2's big messages sounded so direct and personal"
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Prince
Controversy

  (Item #: princcontr_1902_6_9) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This copy of Prince's fourth studio album boasts insanely good Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The overall sound here is super rich, Tubey Magical and present with plenty of extension on both ends
  • "Controversy emerged in 1981 at a pivotal time not just for Prince, but for America. It's often regarded as a bridge between Dirty Mind and 1999, but it's fascinating record in its own right." - Pitchfork (9.0)
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George Michael
Faith

  (Item #: michafaith_1905_9ex) 

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


  • Both sides of this George Michael classic boast outstanding Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • The domestic pressings are a dubby joke next to these import originals - finally, here is the size, clarity and Tubey Magic you've always wanted
  • With six top ten hits, this album is chock full of brilliantly produced and passionately performed material
  • 5 Stars: "A superbly crafted mainstream pop/rock masterpiece, Faith made George Michael an international solo star... All of it adds up to one of the finest pop albums of the '80s, setting a high-water mark that Michael was only able to reach in isolated moments afterward."
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Spandau Ballet
True

  (Item #: spandtrue_1908_) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Surprisingly rich and natural - dare we say Analog? - sound throughout - both sides came out on top, with Triple Plus (A+++) grades - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Forget the dubby domestic pressings and whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - if you want to hear the Tubey Magic, size and energy of this wonderful Brit Pop album, an import pressing like this one is the only way to go
  • "... a set of tunes aimed squarely at the charts. The one that succeeded most spectacularly, of course, was the title cut, a glossily-updated Motown-style ballad that became one of the decade's biggest hits -- aided by a video that cast singer Tony Hadley as a young Frank Sinatra, crooning about the sound of his soul.
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Van Halen
Women And Children First

  (Item #: vanhawomen_1903_5_9) 

Our Price: $129.99
Sale Price: $99.00 (You save $30.99 / 24%)


  • An outstanding copy of the band's third release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Full-bodied, smooth analog sound is the key to the best Van Halen pressings, and here both sides have it
  • One of our favorite engineers, Donn Landee, worked his magic here (together with Ted Templeman) and the results are superb
  • 4 1/2 stars: "After two pure party albums, the inevitable had to happen: it was time for Van Halen to mature, or at least get a little serious … This is the first Van Halen album to consist entirely of original material and there's some significant growth here to the writing..."
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Kate Bush
Hounds Of Love

  (Item #: bush_hound_1811_4_9) 

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


  • This vintage British pressing of Kate's fifth studio album boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Both sides of this original UK pressing are wonderful: full-bodied, energetic, spacious, and above all, musically involving
  • Hounds Of Love is widely considered Bush's best album and listed among the Top 100 albums of all time by NME Magazine
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...wonderfully overpowering as a piece of pop music. Indeed, this reviewer hadn't had so much fun and such a challenge listening to a new album from the U.K. since Abbey Road, and it's pretty plain that Bush listened to (and learned from) a lot of the Beatles' output in her youth."
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Peter Gabriel
So

  (Item #: gabriso_1909_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This superb copy of Gabriel's breakthrough album boasts Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound and fairly quiet vinyl on both sides - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • It's the impossibly rare copy that's this lively, solid and rich... drop the needle on the title track and you'll see what we mean
  • Great songs including Don't Give Up, Sledgehammer, Big Time, Mercy Street, Red Rain, In Your Eyes and more
  • "Excellent albums followed, but the breathtaking So is the best introduction to a dazzling discography." -- Bruno MacDonald
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Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie

  (Item #: richilione_1907_9) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • A KILLER copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - if you want to hear the Tubey Magic, size and energy of this wonderful album, a vintage pressing like this one is the way to go
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The key to its success -- is that Richie doesn't even make a pretense of funk here... The ballads, of course, provided two big hits with "My Love" and "Truly," two numbers that illustrate that he was moving ever-closer to mainstream pop, since these are unapologetic AOR slow-dance tunes. [It's] a dynamic mainstream pop-soul record, one of the best the early '80s had to offer."
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Roxy Music
Avalon

  (Item #: roxymavalo_1909) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last on this superb British pressing
  • Copies that are exceptionally open, clear, and resolving are the ones that present the music as it was meant to be heard
  • Credit Rhett Davies with creating the sonic space capable of clearly displaying so many singers, instruments, and effects
  • 5 stars: "Ferry was never this romantic or seductive, either with Roxy or as a solo artist, and Avalon shimmers with elegance in both its music and its lyrics."
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Simple Minds
Once Upon A Time

  (Item #: simplonceu_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of the band's seventh studio album with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This is the sound we love at Better Records - these UK sides are full-bodied and Tubey Magical, with especially smooth, present vocals
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Simple Minds' popularity was expounded on songs such as "Alive & Kicking" and "Sanctify Yourself." This album was one of their best, most likely leading the pack in the band's album roster, because it exuded raw energy and solid composition not entirely captured on previous albums."
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Lionel Richie
Can't Slow Down

  (Item #: richicants_1909) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A stunning copy of Can't Slow Down with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side two and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side one - exceptionally quiet viny too
  • The sound on side two was bigger, clearer, and simply more relaxed and musical than any other side we heard
  • 4 1/2 stars: "In 1999, Q magazine included Can't Slow Down on its list of the best Motown records of all time and stated, 'Production values are high, his songwriting craft is at its peak and at least one track - the global smash 'All Night Long' - is an anthem to good times that makes the heart sing and feet twitch.'"
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Roger Waters
The Pros and Cons of...

  (Item #: waterprosa_1906_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this early Columbia pressing - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Like the recordings of Floyd, the sound is BIG, with lots of energy, excellent presence and real weight down low
  • A tough album to find with this kind of sound, and our pressing here features mostly quiet vinyl with only one small issue, noted below
  • 4 stars: "The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking continues to showcase Waters' unprecedented knack of addressing his darkest thoughts and conceptions in a most extraordinary fashion."
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Huey Lewis & The News
Sports

  (Item #: lewissport_1909) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • You'll find STUNNING Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides of this vintage pressing
  • The bass is tight, the drum hits are BIG, the guitars are meaty with lots of texture and the energy level is off the charts!
  • We were knocked out at how good this album sounds on a great pressing like this one - one of the more impressive '80s pop recordings we've played in some time
  • 4 1/2 stars: "There's a reason why well over half of the album... were huge American hit singles — they have instantly memorable hooks, driven home with economical precision by a tight bar band, who are given just enough polish to make them sound like superstars."
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The Traveling Wilburys
Volume One

  (Item #: travetrave_1902_6_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find very good Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this copy of the Wilbury's debut album - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Proof that, when you put Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne in a recording studio together, something good is bound to happen
  • Certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, this album was Grammy nominated Album of the Year in 1989
  • 4 1/2 stars: "There never was a supergroup more super than the Traveling Wilburys... It's impossible to picture a supergroup with a stronger pedigree."
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Tom Waits
Swordfishtrombones

  (Item #: waitssword_1906_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent early pressing which earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides and plays on fairly quiet vinyl
  • "...the dominant sounds on the record were low-pitched horns, bass instruments, and percussion, set in spare, close-miked arrangements..."
  • 5 stars: "Artistically, Swordfishtrombones marked an evolution of which Waits had not seemed capable (though there were hints of this sound on his last two Asylum albums), and in career terms it reinvented him."
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Michael Jackson
Bad

  (Item #: jacksbad_1905_9) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A STUNNING sounding copy of MJ's followup to Thriller, with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish, just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • One of the best copies from our most recent shootout - the sound is simply bigger, bolder and more ALIVE than most of what we played
  • 4 1/2 stars, with nine of its ten songs released as singles: "... essentially taking each portion of Thriller to an extreme, while increasing the quotient of immaculate studiocraft. He wound up with a sleeker, slicker Thriller, which isn't a bad thing..."
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Journey
Frontiers

  (Item #: journfront_1904_9) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • A superb sounding copy of the band's 1983 release, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Surprisingly rich and full-bodied, the best copies really ROCK with big bass and punchy drums
  • Copies that are exceptionally open, clear and big present this music the way it was meant to be heard
  • 4 stars: "Frontiers managed to give Journey four Top 40 hits, with 'After the Fall' and 'Send Her My Love' both reaching number 23, 'Faithfully' at number 12, and 'Separate Ways' peaking at number eight -- the same amount that 1981's Escape brandished..."
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The Jacksons
Triumph

  (Item #: jackstrium_1903_5_9) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • KILLER sound throughout -- Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second
  • If you've heard one of our amazing Hot Stamper pressings of Off the Wall - the best sounding record Michael Jackson ever made - then you know exactly the Tubey Magical sound of the best copies of Triumph
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout for the most part - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • Released during the summer of 1980, just as the hits from Michael's Off the Wall were sliding off the charts, Triumph became the Jacksons' first Top Ten pop album since 1972's Lookin' Through the Windows..."
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Tom Petty
Hard Promises

  (Item #: pettyhardp_1906_9) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An impressive copy of this 1981 release, with KILLER nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides, close to our Shootout Winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Recorded at Sound City, home to some of the greatest analog sound ever recorded, this 1981 pressing still has plenty of ANALOG magic in its grooves
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...filled with great songwriting, something that's as difficult to achieve as a distinctive sound... The Waiting became the best-known song on the record, but there's no discounting A Woman in Love, Nightwatchman, Kings Road, and The Criminal Kind, album tracks that would become fan favorites... it has a tremendous set of songs and a unified sound that makes it one of Petty's finest records."
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Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel

  (Item #: gabrigabr3_1906_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This stunning copy of Peter Gabriel's solo album boasts outstanding Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from first note to last - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • If you're a fan of the album your mind is going to be blown by the sound of this UK pressing - it's nothing less than a superb
  • Most copies - even the "right" Brit pressings - aren't nearly as rich and smooth, yet clear and open, as this one
  • 5 stars: "Generally regarded as Peter Gabriel's finest record, his third eponymous album finds him coming into his own, crafting an album that's artier, stronger, more song oriented than before."
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Dire Straits
Brothers In Arms

  (Item #: diresbroth_1905_7_9) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A KILLER copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides - if you have any other version, this pressing will TROUNCE it in every way
  • This one is doing everything right - it's bigger and richer, has better bass, more energy, better vocal presence - this is the way Brothers in Arms should sound
  • So Far Away, Money For Nothing and Walk Of Life are the big hits and they all sound great on this original pressing
  • "One of their most focused and accomplished albums ... Dire Straits had never been so concise or pop-oriented, and it wore well on them."
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Neil Young
Hawks and Doves

  (Item #: younghawks_1901_5_9) 

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


  • An exceptional pressing with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and a solid Double Plus (A++) side two - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The trick on this album is to find rich, smooth, edge-free sound, and this copy delivers those qualities like nothing else we played all day
  • "Hawks and Doves has a homey feel. "Little Wing," bare and haltingly lyrical with its miked harp and unaccompanied acoustic, is simpler than anything on the folky Comes a Time, and the rest of the music is defined by Ben Keith's laconic dobro and steel and Rufus Thobodeaux's sawing fiddle." Robert Christgau (A-)
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