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Bruce Springsteen
Born In The U.S.A.

  (Item #: sprinborni_1909_02) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • 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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Van Halen
Women And Children First

  (Item #: vanhawomen_2002_1) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • An outstanding copy of the band's third release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • 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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Simply Red
Picture Book

  (Item #: simplpictu_2002) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With seriously good Double Plus (A++) sonic grades or BETTER throughout, this UK pressing of the band's auspicious debut was one of the best we played in our recent shootout
  • "Holding Back the Years" may be the best track the band ever recorded, and it probably sounds better on import vinyl than you ever imagined it could
  • Big, full and lively, with a solid bottom end and excellent clarity - this is the sound you want for Picture Book
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The band finds a steady R&B groove reminiscent of '60s Stax house band the MG's, and, as with the MG's, it's all in the service of a big-voiced soul singer, in this case a British redhead."
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Simple Minds
Once Upon A Time

  (Item #: simplonceu_1907_12_02) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $149.99 (You save $50.00 / 25%)


  • Stunning sound throughout with both sides earning nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • These sides are big, rich and full-bodied with a huge bottom end and an energy level that's off the charts
  • 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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Blondie
Autoamerican

  (Item #: blondautoa_1812_7_02ex) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • DEMO DISC Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides of this poppy New Waver - The Tide Is High sounds amazing here
  • This one was doing it all -- cleaner, clearer, more full-bodied, more energy, and the list goes on
  • Mostly quiet vinyl throughout with one issue - we've dropped the price considerably
  • "... they continued to expand their stylistic range, with greater success, at least on certain tracks, than they had on Eat to the Beat."
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Prince
Purple Rain

  (Item #: princpurpl_2002_1) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding copy of Prince's classic from 1984, offering solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This vintage pressing has the MIDRANGE MAGIC that’s surely missing from whatever 180g reissue has been made from the 35 year old tapes (or, to be clear, a modern digital master copied from those tapes)
  • 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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Whitney Houston
Whitney

  (Item #: houstwhitney_2002_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This KILLER Arista pressing has surprisingly natural sound for an '80s release - it earned Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to them on both sides
  • Full-bodied, big, rich and solid, this album has the kind of analog sound we did not expect to find, but were pleasantly surprised, thank goodness
  • Lot of hits here: "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)", "Didn't We Almost Have It All," "So Emotional" and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go"
  • "Whitney Houston became an international star with this album. It sold more than ten million copies around the world, yielded a string of number one hit singles across the board..."
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John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Double Fantasy

  (Item #: lennodoubl_2002) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other Double Fantasy you've heard
  • This vintage pressing has the MIDRANGE MAGIC that’s surely missing from whatever 180g reissue has been made from the 40+ year old tapes (or, to be clear, a modern digital master copied from those tapes)
  • "John returned in the last days of 1980 with Yoko Ono at his side and a deeper understanding of life and all its complexities... The music of Double Fantasy is a testament to a man who'd conquered his demons and had the love of a good woman to carry him through, and some of it is beyond words and cannot be explained." - All Music
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Talking Heads
Speaking In Tongues

  (Item #: talkispeak_2002) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A KILLER copy of the band's fifth studio album, with stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Burning Down the House is really rockin' right out of the gate!
  • The sound opens up nicely, allowing you to really hear into the music and appreciate all the subtle details that get lost on most pressings
  • 4 stars: "... their most popular album yet..." - it also was #54 on Rolling Stone's list of the "100 best albums of the 1980s"
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Eric Clapton
Behind The Sun

  (Item #: claptbehin_2002_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Clapton's 1985 release returns to the site with Nearly Triple Plus (A+++) sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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 made the mistake of buying whatever Heavy Vinyl pressing is currently on the market
  • "The level of musicianship is impressive. Additional percussion by Phil Collins and Ray Cooper help to make this one of Clapton’s most rhythmically adventurous projects to date... I recommend it to both casual and serious fans. You cannot go wrong with an album featuring such strong tracks as “She’s Waiting, “See What Love Can Do”, “Same Old Blues”, “Forever Man”, and “Just Like A Prisoner”."
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INXS
Kick

  (Item #: inxs_kick_2002_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • INXS's one true Masterpiece album comes to the site with a Triple Plus (A+++) side two and a Double Plus (A++) side one - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Surprisingly rich and full-bodied for 1987 - the best copies like this one really ROCK, with huge amounts of bass and gut-punching drums, courtesy of Chris Thomas' production and Bob Clearmountain's mix
  • "Kick is an impeccably crafted pop tour de force, the band succeeding at everything they try. Every track has at least a subtly different feel from what came before it; INXS freely incorporates tense guitar riffs, rock & roll anthems, swing-tinged pop/rock, string-laden balladry, danceable pop-funk, horn-driven '60s soul, '80s R&B, and even a bit of the new wave-ish sound they'd started out with."
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Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston

  (Item #: houstwhitn_2002_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding early Arista pressing, this copy earned seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades for its sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Big, full, lively and dynamic - this album has the kind of smooth, rich, tonally correct analog sound we thought they had forgotten how to record by 1985, but here it is, thank goodness
  • Consistently strong material: You Give Good Love, Saving All My Love for You, How Will I Know, All at Once, and Greatest Love of All (the last of seven (!) singles released from the album)
  • "...introduced the world to "The Voice," an octave-spanning, gravity-defying melismatic marvel."
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Prince
Purple Rain

  (Item #: princpurpl_2002) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A stunning copy of Prince's legendary 1984 release, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • These KILLER sides are 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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Bill Evans
Conception

  (Item #: evansconce_2002) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on three sides and an actual Triple Plus (A+++) side one, this copy is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner
  • You'd be hard-pressed to find a copy that's this well balanced, big and lively, with wonderful clarity in the mids and highs
  • 4 stars: "Even in 1956, Evans had his own chord voicings and a lyrical yet swinging style... A strong start to a significant career."
  • "In addition, there is a full album of previously unreleased music: an alternate take of "No Cover, No Minimum," an unaccompanied version of "Some Other Time" from 1958 and four solo pieces that Evans cut in 1962, his first recordings after the tragic death of his bassist Scott LaFaro."
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Tears For Fears
Songs From The Big Chair

  (Item #: tearssongs_2002_1_) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent early British pressing, with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it 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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Bill Evans
You Must Believe In Spring

  (Item #: evansyoumu_2002) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This outstanding copy of Bill Evans' posthumous release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl for this title too
  • 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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Talking Heads
Stop Making Sense

  (Item #: talkistopm_2002) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it throughout
  • 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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Stevie Ray Vaughan
The Sky Is Crying

  (Item #: vaughskyis_2002) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this killer copy of The Sky Is Crying - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Some of the most blistering performances of electric blues we have ever had the pleasure of rocking out to
  • Hands down the best sounding SRV recording - Little Wing is an absolute MONSTER and an unbelievable Demo Disc track
  • 4 stars: "Doing away with vocals, Vaughan augments Hendrix’s concise two-and-a-half minute original, turning the track into a nearly seven-minute-long electric tour de force. The cover would earn Vaughan his sixth Grammy, for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, in 1992."
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Tears For Fears
Songs From The Big Chair

  (Item #: tearssongs_2002) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent early British pressing, with Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - mostly quiet vinyl too
  • Rich, spacious and lively, with an open, extended top end, this is the sound you want from Tears for Fears, and not many pressings will give it to you the way this one can
  • 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. ...one of the finest statements of the decade."
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Muddy Waters
Folk Singer

  (Item #: waterfolks_2002) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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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Crosby, Stills and Nash
Daylight Again

  (Item #: crosbdayli_1905_9_02) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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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Genesis
Wind and Wuthering

  (Item #: geneswinda_1908_02) 

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


  • Wind and Wuthering finally returns to the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last - relatively quiet vinyl too
  • This copy has real depth to the soundfield, full-bodied, present vocals, and lovely analog warmth
  • Their Masterpiece is still A Trick of the Tail, the album that came out before this one, but Wind and Wuthering certainly has much to offer in the same vein
  • 4 stars: "Wind & Wuthering followed quickly on the heels of A Trick of the Tail and they're very much cut from the same cloth, working the same English eccentric ground that was the group's stock in trade since Trespass."
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Grateful Dead
Go to Heaven

  (Item #: grategotoh_2001_) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) Shootout Winning side two and a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side one, this copy had some of the best sound we have ever heard for Go to Heaven
  • Bill Kreutzmann noted, "If you go back and (re)listen to it, you’ll find that time has been very kind to Go to Heaven. It plays better now than it did back then. That’s still no excuse for the cover, though – all six of us, dressed all in white disco suits against a white background."
  • Classic Rock Review wrote, "While this may be a far cry from the group’s lauded stage improvisation, it made for an enjoyable studio album which holds up decades later.... It still sounds good today and shows that this band had some vast talent away from the stage."
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Bruce Springsteen
Tunnel of Love

  (Item #: sprintunne_2002) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With both sides earning Double Plus (A++) sonic grades or BETTER, you can be sure the sound is big, open and full-bodied with a clear and present midrange
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl on both sides - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus, as quiet as Columbia could press them
  • On the better pressings you get something approaching the warmth and unforced clarity of analog we audiophiles crave
  • Some of Bruce's best material is here: the title track and One Step Up are two of our favorites
  • "Bruce Springsteen followed the most popular album of his career, Born in the U.S.A., with [a] low-key, anguished effort, Tunnel of Love."
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Pink Floyd
The Final Cut

  (Item #: pinkffinal_1907_02) 

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


  • You'll find solid Double Plus (A++) sound and exceptionally quiet vinyl on both sides of this outstanding copy of the band's 1983 release
  • This copy has real depth to the soundfield, full-bodied, present vocals, and lovely analog warmth
  • The band's last album with Roger Waters, who wrote every track "as a concept album exploring... the betrayal of his father"
  • "This has the texture of classic Pink Floyd, somewhere between the brooding sections of The Wall and the monolithic menace of Animals."
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Miles Davis
Decoy

  (Item #: davisdecoy_1907_10_02) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • STUNNING sound throughout with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to them
  • 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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Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston

  (Item #: houstwhitn_2002) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A KILLER Arista pressing which earned Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades for its sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Big, full, lively and dynamic; this album has the kind of analog sound we did not expect to find, thank goodness
  • Consistently strong material: You Give Good Love, Saving All My Love for You, How Will I Know, All at Once, and Greatest Love of All (the last of seven (!) singles released from the album)
  • "...introduced the world to "The Voice," an octave-spanning, gravity-defying melismatic marvel."
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Dire Straits
Love Over Gold

  (Item #: diresloveo_2002) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • Punchy, dynamic, transparent, spacious and musical throughout - you won't believe how big and bold the sound is here
  • These top quality import 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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Black Sabbath
Heaven and Hell

  (Item #: blackheave_2002) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This early pressings of Sabbath's first album with Dio has outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • With Martin Birch (Fleetwood Mac, Deep Purple) producing, the band put their recent bad albums with Ozzy behind them to record this 5 Star return to form
  • Forget whatever Heavy Vinyl LP they're making these days - if you want to hear the Tubey Magic, size and energy of this Heavy Metal Classic from 1980, a vintage pressing like this one is the way to go
  • 5 stars: "The Sabs found a worthy replacement in former Elf and Rainbow singer Ronnie James Dio, and bounced back to issue their finest album since the early '70s... The band sounds reborn and re-energized throughout... One of Sabbath's finest records. "
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Bob Dylan
Shot of Love

  (Item #: dylanshoto_2001) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Dylan's Shot of Love debuts here with stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound here is bigger, tubier, more dynamic, more lively, more present and just plain more involving than any other copy you've heard
  • "Shot of Love finds Dylan still in born-again mode, but he's starting to come alive again -- which isn't as much a value judgment as it is an observation that he no longer seems beholden to repeating dogma, loosening up and crafting songs again. And it's not just that his writing is looser, the music is, too, as he lets himself -- and his backing band -- rock a little harder, a little more convincingly... has flashes of brilliance, such as "Every Grain of Sand," which point the way to the rebirth of Infidels."
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Prince
1999

  (Item #: princ1999_1910_01) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Willie Nelson
Always On My Mind

  (Item #: nelsoalway_2001) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With two insanely good Triple Plus (A+++) sides, this copy earned Top Honors in our most recent shootout
  • Just drop the needle on Bridge Over Troubled Water to hear Willie and his bandmates doing what they do best
  • Both sides are clean, clear, open and spacious with a huge three-dimensional soundstage and a solid bottom end
  • ...Throughout the late '70s, Nelson's freewheeling, organically eclectic music was not just the biggest thing in country, it was also some of its best, most adventurous music... At the time, it was a huge, huge hit — his biggest ever, actually, spending 22 weeks at the top of the country charts..."
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Grateful Dead
In The Dark

  (Item #: grateinthe_1908_01) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • A superb copy of the band's 1987 return with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This copy has just the right sound for this music - rich and meaty, with powerful rhythmic energy
  • Includes comeback hit, "Touch Of Gray," the band's first number one single
  • 4 stars: "Although the album is unmistakable as the work of the Dead, much of it recalls the punchy, pungent production of Dire Straits' recent work. It's not the second coming of the Dead, but a more entertaining epilogue you couldn't ask for."
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The Pretenders
The Pretenders

  (Item #: preteprete_1909_01) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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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Dire Straits
Making Movies

  (Item #: diresmakin_1909_01ex) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Talking Heads
Stop Making Sense

  (Item #: talkistopm_2001_3) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A wonderful sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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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Bob Dylan
Oh Mercy

  (Item #: dylanohmer_1910_01_) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • 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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Bruce Springsteen
Born In The U.S.A.

  (Item #: sprinborni_1909_1_01) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel (3)

  (Item #: gabrigabr3_1908_01ex) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • An outstanding pressing of Peter Gabriel's third release, with strong Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • A Must Own for Gabriel fans, this Hugh Padgham engineered album is widely considered his breakthrough work as a solo artist
  • Listen closely and you'll recognize Phil Collins' signature drum sound on several of the tracks, including the brilliant "Intruder"
  • 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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Bob Seger
Against The Wind

  (Item #: segeragain_1908_01) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • An excellent early pressing with 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)
  • "Against the Wind finds Bob Seger turning toward craft. Perhaps he had to, since Against the Wind arrived after three blockbuster albums and never-ending tours... compared with its peers, it's a strong, varied heartland rock album that finds Seger at a near peak." 4 Stars
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Marshall Crenshaw
Marshall Crenshaw

  (Item #: crensmarh_2001) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • A killer copy of Marshall Crenshaw's debut, earning seriously good Double Plus (A++) sonic grades or close to them on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Balanced, musical and full throughout - this pressing is a big step up from many of the other originals that we played
  • 5 Stars in Allmusic and a classic of "catchy, relatively unadorned guitar rock."
  • "The album is an alternately rousing and heartbreaking cycle of infectious pop rockers ("Cynical Girl," "Rockin' Around in N.Y.C.," "She Can't Dance") and ballads ("Mary Anne," "Not for Me") — none of them clocking in at more than 3:07."
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Prince
Around The World In A Day

  (Item #: princaroun_2001) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Pack Up The Plantation

  (Item #: pettypacku_1910_2001ex) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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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Men At Work
Business As Usual

  (Item #: menatbusin_2001) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding import pressing of this '80s classic -- Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Who Can It Be Now and Down Under are the big hits on side one and they both sound every bit as good as you remember them
  • Big and full-bodied, and much smoother than most, with energy like few others, 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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U2
The Joshua Tree

  (Item #: u2___joshu_1909_01) 

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, big and lively, with wonderful clarity in the mids and highs, and a 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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Rob Wasserman
Duets

  (Item #: wasseduets_1906_10_01ex) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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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Dire Straits
Brothers In Arms

  (Item #: diresbroth_2001_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A KILLER copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side one - if you have any other version, this pressing will TROUNCE it six ways from Sunday
  • This one is doing everything right - it's bigger and richer, has better bass, more energy, better vocal presence - it's 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 Robert Ludwig mastered 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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Van Morrison
A Sense Of Wonder

  (Item #: morriasens_2001_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides of this early pressing of Morrison's album from 1985
  • This is probably the last domestically pressed record he made that still has the kind of sound we look for in a Hot Stamper
  • "Over the years, Morrison has gathered around him a band that plays, like the best jazz ensembles, with effortless empathy. The group follows him through all his moods and meanderings, from the lilting cadences of "Tore Down à la Rimbaud" and "Ancient of Days" to the stately auguring of "Let the Slave" and the airy, triumphal shimmer of "A New Kind of Man." A Sense of Wonder is serenely uplifting. With astonishing commitment and profound belief, Van Morrison continues to push forward into the mystic."
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Talking Heads
Remain In Light

  (Item #: talkiremai_2001) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • 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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Pretenders
Pretenders II

  (Item #: pretepreteII_1809_7_01) 

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


  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish for The Pretenders' second album - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The right original British pressings are an audiophile dream when they have this kind of punchy bass and pile-driving energy
  • Bill Price engineered and Chris Thomas produced, brilliantly of course - you know them from the Sex Pistols' debut and The Clash's London Calling
  • 4 stars: "What's more the unique American voice of Hynde matched with the tribal beat of Martin Chambers and spangly guitar of Honeyman-Scott was as close to perfect as a band could get in the late 70s."
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Jennifer Warnes
Famous Blue Raincoat

  (Item #: warnefamou_2001) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A Demo Disc quality pressing of this longtime audiophile favorite, with stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side two - exceptionally quiet vinyl too, as quiet as we can find them
  • Turn this one 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: "The high point may have been the Warnes-Cohen duet on "Joan of Arc," but the album was consistently impressive."
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Bob Dylan
Empire Burlesque

  (Item #: dylanempir_2001) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With two amazingly good sides, each rating a sonic grade of Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it, this original pressing has the magic of analog in its grooves
  • 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 made the mistake of buying whatever Heavy Vinyl pressing is currently on the market
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Say what you want about Empire Burlesque -- at the very least, it's the most consistent record Bob Dylan has made since Blood on the Tracks, even if it isn't quite as interesting as Desire. However, it is a better set of songs, all deriving from the same place and filled with subtle gems... this is as good as Dylan gets in his latter days."
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U2
The Joshua Tree

  (Item #: u2___joshu_2001) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • This SUPERB pressing boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Big and rich, with correct tonality from top to bottom, strong bass and plenty of space - this copy sounded just right to us
  • 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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U2
War

  (Item #: u2___war_1909_01_) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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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David Gilmour
About Face

  (Item #: gilmoabout_1904_9_01) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An insanely good copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Richer and more Tubey Magical than just about any release from the '80s I can think of
  • Wonderful three-dimensional space courtesy of ace engineer James Guthrie (The Wall)
  • "David Gilmour released his second solo venture in 1984, following the apparent dissolution of Pink Floyd. He had released a record on his own in 1978, but About Face is much more accessible. The songs show a pop sensibility that Pink Floyd rarely was concerned with achieving. About Face is a well-honed rock album that is riveting from beginning to end."
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Michael Jackson
Thriller

  (Item #: jacksthril_2001_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • With a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side one, a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two, and exceptionally quiet vinyl on both, we guarantee this will be by far the best sounding Thriller you've ever heard -
  • The sound is HUGE - wide, deep, and open, with a solid bottom end and relentless rhythmic energy to spare
  • Shootout Winning sound for Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' and Thriller - they are 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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Stevie Nicks
Bella Donna

  (Item #: nicksbella_2001) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Insanely good Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides for what is surely Ms Nicks' best solo album
  • Both sides are punchy, big and clear, with plenty of hard rockin' energy, as naturally would be expected from the team of Yakus and Iovine
  • Two of her biggest hits are here (and they still hold up): Stop Draggin' My Heart Around & Leather And Lace
  • AMG raves: "Equally engaging are less exposed tracks like the haunting "After the Glitter Fades." Hit producer Jimmy Iovine wisely avoids over-producing, and keeps things sounding organic on this striking debut."
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Sade
Promise

  (Item #: sade_promi_2001) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Sade's Best Album returns with superb Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish on this import pressing - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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
  • There’s no denying the power of Sade’s sultry voice when you can actually hear it - she is on fire on this album
  • Her best song is on side one here - Is It a Crime - and the big band arrangement will surely send chills up and down your spine, especially with nearly Triple Plus sound quality
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Prince
Purple Rain

  (Item #: princpurpl_2001) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A stunning copy of Prince's legendary 1984 release, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - mostly quiet vinyl too
  • 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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Dire Straits
Making Movies

  (Item #: diresmakin_2001) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding UK early pressing, with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides - - exceptionally quiet vinyl too, the last clean copy we have in stock
  • 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
  • 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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David Bowie
Scary Monsters

  (Item #: bowiescary_1903_9_01) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An outstanding copy of what some have called Bowie's last great album, with solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER - 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 album, a vintage pressing like this one is the way to go
  • 5 Stars: "David Bowie returned to relatively conventional rock & roll with Scary Monsters, an album that effectively acts as an encapsulation of all his '70s experiments. Reworking glam rock themes with avant-garde synth flourishes, and reversing the process as well, Bowie creates dense but accessible music throughout Scary Monsters."
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The Police
Zenyatta Mondatta

  (Item #: policzenya_2001) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This import pressing is a monster, with both sides earning our top grade of Triple Plus (A+++)
  • The sound is big, bold and lively with the kind of powerful bottom end that brings out the best in The Police
  • This album is an absolute classic -- it leads off with Don't Stand So Close To Me and never lets up
  • 5 Stars: "Zenyatta contains perhaps the quintessential new wave anthem, the haunting 'Don't Stand So Close to Me'... Zenyatta Mondatta remains one of the finest rock albums of all time."
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Anita Baker
Rapture

  (Item #: bakerraptu_1907_01) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This quiet-storm classic earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides and plays on exceptionally quiet vinyl to boot
  • Rapture is one of the best sounding recordings from the era - with all due respect to Whitney Houston, if I could have only one album of '80s soulful female vocals, it would have to be this one
  • Key to the sound is richness and Tubey Magic, along with strong midrange presence, and on this Super Hot Stamper you get all three
  • 5 stars: "Rapture gave Baker one moving hit after another, including 'Sweet Love,' 'Caught up in the Rapture,' 'Same Ole Love,' and 'No One in This World.'"
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Eric Clapton
Another Ticket

  (Item #: claptanoth_1903_7_01) 

Our Price: $99.99
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  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better copies we played in our recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This vintage pressing has the richness, clarity and British Blues Rock Energy that was missing from many of the copies we played, which of course explains why it earned such good grades
  • "The first and last Clapton studio album to feature his all-British band of the early '80s, it gave considerable prominence to second guitarist Albert Lee and especially to keyboard player/singer Gary Brooker (formerly leader of Procol Harum), and they gave it more of a blues-rock feel than the country-funk brewed up by the Tulsa shuffle crew Clapton had used throughout the 1970s."
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Linda Ronstadt
Get Closer

  (Item #: ronstgetcl_2001) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side two and a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side one, this copy will be very hard to beat - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Engineering prowess provided by Val Garay and George Massenburg, which means the sound is full-bodied, dynamic and lively, with plenty of bottom end punch
  • "Linda Ronstadt’s voice has never sounded better than it does on Get Closer... [her] ringing soprano vibrates with clarity and authority on the record’s best songs..." Rolling Stone, 4 Stars
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The Doors
Alive, She Cried

  (Item #: doorsalive_2001) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • This KILLER copy of The Doors 1983 release boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last
  • This pressing has the kind of powerful low end that lets the wild music of the live Doors really take off
  • Gloria and Little Red Rooster, in particular, sound exceptionally good - big, lively and immediate
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus on both sides - they don't come quieter in our experience
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Count Basie
Kansas City 5

  (Item #: basiekansa_2001) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Presenting yet another amazingly well recorded Count Basie album, with superb Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Rich, smooth and Tubey Magical, this pressing has a lovely musical quality that's missing from some of the copies we played
  • A different sound for Basie, a small group setting with two of his favorite players at his side: Milt Jackson on vibes and Joe Pass on guitar
  • "The predictably excellent group performs spirited versions of some of Basie's "hits" (including "Jive at Five" and "One O'Clock Jump"), some blues and a few standards. It is always interesting to hear Basie in a hornless setting like this one where he gets opportunities to stretch out on the piano."
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U2
Boy

  (Item #: u2___boy_2001) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • We here present one of the best sounding copies of U2's debut we've ever played, Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to it on both sides
  • The sound is bigger and richer, as well as more present and lively, than just about any other copy that's ever hit our turntable
  • "From the outset, U2 went for the big message -- every song on their debut album Boy sounds huge, with oceans of processed guitars cascading around Bono's impassioned wail. It was an inspired combination of large, stadium-rock beats and post-punk textures."
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The Police
Synchronicity

  (Item #: policsynch_1903_7_01) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This superb pressing of the band's final studio album boasts Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound throughout - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • Dramatically better than practically every other pressing we played - super lively, full-bodied and clear with real extension up top and down low
  • Every Breath You Take and Wrapped Around Your Finger are amazingly big, rich and Tubey Magical here
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Few other albums from 1983 merged tasteful pop, sophistication, and expert songwriting as well as Synchronicity did, resulting in yet another all-time classic."
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Tom Petty
Hard Promises

  (Item #: pettyhardp_1906_9_01) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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
Security

  (Item #: gabrisecur_2001) 

Our Price: $99.99
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  • A wonderful pressing of Gabriel's 1982 release, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • 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 undiscerning record buying public
  • One of the most important records in the Peter Gabriel canon, original and influential on so many levels
  • "Security remains a powerful listen, one of the better records in Gabriel's catalog, proving that he is becoming a master of tone, style, and substance..."
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Prince
Purple Rain

  (Item #: princpurpl_1909_01) 

Our Price: $99.99
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  • 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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Dave Grisman
Quintet '80

  (Item #: grismquint_1910_01) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Both of these sides are incredibly clean, clear, full-bodied and present with a big punchy bottom end
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl on both sides with each playing Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "This set features Grisman's string group (which also includes violinist Darol Anger, Mike Marshall on mandolin, guitar and violin, Mark O'Connor on violin and guitar, and bassist Rob Wasserman)... The music is excellent..." - All Music
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Crosby, Stills and Nash
Daylight Again

  (Item #: crosbdayli_1910_01) 

Our Price: $299.99
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  • This outstanding copy of Daylight Again earned Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades on both sides - exceptionally 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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Billy Squier
Don't Say No

  (Item #: squiedonts_2001_1) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side two and a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side one, this copy will be very hard to beat - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • HUGE Rock Sound -- the guitars and drums are positively jumping out of the speakers with dynamic energy, presented on a stage that's exceptionally wide and tall -- which means the two monster hits In The Dark and The Stroke both rock like crazy, with more bottom and top end extension than practically any of the other copies we played
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Billy Squier truly arrived with 1981's Don't Say No... The album is a near-perfect example of early-'80s melodic hard rock... as far as studio albums are concerned, Don't Say No is undoubtedly his best."
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The Cars
Shake It Up

  (Item #: cars_shake_2001_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this pressing will show you just how good Shake It Up can sound on vinyl
  • It wouldn’t be a Cars Hot Stamper without BIG, BOLD sound flying out of the speakers - friends, let me tell you, this baby’s got that in spades - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Amazing sound quality for some of their most memorable songs - Since You're Gone, Shake It Up, I'm Not the One, A Dream Away and more
  • "The band's sound may have been evolving with each succeeding album, but Ric Ocasek was still writing compelling new wave compositions despite all the change, many of which would ultimately become rock & roll standards."
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Neil Young
Hawks and Doves

  (Item #: younghawks_2001) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This outstanding pressing from Neil Young circa 1980 delivers solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally 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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Count Basie
Kansas City 5

  (Item #: basiekansas_city_5_1905_7_01) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Presenting yet another amazingly well recorded Count Basie album, with STUNNING Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout
  • It's bigger, richer, more Tubey Magical, with more extension on both ends of the spectrum than every other other copy we played
  • A different sound for Basie, a small group setting with two of his favorite players at his side: Milt Jackson on vibes and Joe Pass on guitar
  • "The predictably excellent group performs spirited versions of some of Basie's "hits" (including "Jive at Five" and "One O'Clock Jump"), some blues and a few standards. It is always interesting to hear Basie in a hornless setting like this one where he gets opportunities to stretch out on the piano."
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Stevie Ray Vaughan
Live Alive

  (Item #: vaughlivea_1907_01) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • KILLER sound for this live Stevie Ray Vaughan outing with Triple Plus (A+++) grades or close to them on sides one and three and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the other two sides
  • Most copies we played were thick, murky, overly smooth and/or veiled, but this one almost never suffers from any of those problems
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Live Alive is a magnificent double-length showcase for Stevie Ray Vaughan's guitar playing, featuring a number of extended jams on a selection of most of the best material from Vaughan's first three albums.. The renditions here sound less polished than the studio versions, with Vaughan's guitar tone bitingly down and dirty and his playing spontaneous and passionate"
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Michael Jackson
Thriller

  (Item #: jacksthril_2001) 

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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Eric Clapton
Another Ticket

  (Item #: claptanoth_1905_7_10_01) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last - this is As Good As It Gets, folks
  • This vintage LP impressed us with its massive amounts of Tubey Magic, rhythmic drive and British Blues Rock Energy - no other copy was doing what this copy was doing
  • "The first and last Clapton studio album to feature his all-British band of the early '80s, it gave considerable prominence to second guitarist Albert Lee and especially to keyboard player/singer Gary Brooker (formerly leader of Procol Harum), and they gave it more of a blues-rock feel than the country-funk brewed up by the Tulsa shuffle crew Clapton had used throughout the 1970s."
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Prince
Controversy

  (Item #: princcontr_1902_6_9_01) 

Our Price: $199.99
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  • This copy of Prince's fourth studio album (complete with the rare poster!) boasts insanely good Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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 undiscerning record buying public
  • "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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Prince And The Revolution
Parade

  (Item #: princparad_1908_01) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This superb copy offers excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Prince & the Revolution shift musical moods and textures from song to song... All of the group's musical adventures, even the cabaret-pop of "Venus de Milo" and "Do U Lie?" do nothing to undercut the melodicism of the record, and the amount of ground they cover in 12 songs is truly remarkable..." - All Music
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Joe Jackson
Night and Day

  (Item #: jacksnight_1906_9_01) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $149.99 (You save $50.00 / 25%)


  • An amazing sounding pressing, with a shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) second side and a very good Double Plus (A++) side one
  • This copy will beat whatever you play against it -- it's sure to be bigger, punchier and livelier than you imagined; exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • From that opening big drum on 'Another World', you'll know this pressing has the Night and Day magic
  • Joe Jackson's masterpiece, Allmusic 4 1/2 stars: "...his blend of percolating Latin rhythms, jazzy horns and pianos, stylish synths, and splashy pop melodies uncannily feel like a bustling, glitzy evening in the big city."
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Stevie Ray Vaughan
The Sky Is Crying

  (Item #: vaughskyis_1909_01) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • You'll find insanely good Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides of this killer copy of The Sky Is Crying - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • One of the most blistering performances of electric blues we have ever had the pleasure of rocking out to
  • Hands down the best sounding SRV recording -- Little Wing is an absolute MONSTER and a Demo track to beat them all
  • 4 stars: "Doing away with vocals, Vaughan augments Hendrix’s concise two-and-a-half minute original, turning the track into a nearly seven-minute-long electric tour de force. The cover would earn Vaughan his sixth Grammy, for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, in 1992."
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Michael Jackson
Bad

  (Item #: jacksbad_2001) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb sounding copy of MJ's followup to Thriller, with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • One of the better copies from our most recent shootout - we guarantee the sound is bigger, bolder and more ALIVE than any copy you've ever heard
  • 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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Tom Petty
Full Moon Fever

  (Item #: pettyfullm_2001) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This original UK pressing offers excellent sound throughout with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grades - exceptionally quiet vinyl for the most part too
  • Forget the dry, flat domestic LPs - these UK pressings are the only ones with the Tubey Magical richness the music needs
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... the real reason Full Moon Fever became Petty's biggest hit is that it boasted a selection of songs that rivaled Damn the Torpedoes. Full Moon Fever didn't have a weak track... [it] might have been meant as an off-the-cuff detour, but it turned into a minor masterpiece."
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Richard & Linda Thompson
Shoot Out The Lights

  (Item #: thompshoot_2001) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it 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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Talking Heads
Little Creatures

  (Item #: talkilittl_2001) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - this one has the BIG BEAT sound we love
  • I ask you, what record from 1985 sounds better than Little Creatures?
  • These sides are rockin' on tracks like Stay Up Late, Road To Nowhere, And She Was, Creatures of Love and more
  • Surprisingly big, punchy and open sound for this '85 pop classic - a Top 100 album and longtime Better Records favorite
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Ear Candy ...a pop album, and an accomplished one, by a band that knew what it was doing."
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U2
War

  (Item #: u2___war_1909_01) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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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Van Halen
Women And Children First

  (Item #: vanhawomen_2001) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • An outstanding copy of the band's third release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • 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
  • One of our favorite engineers, Donn Landee, worked his magic here (together with Ted Templeman) and the results are superb
  • 4 1/2 stars: "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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Jefferson Airplane
2400 Fulton Street

  (Item #: jeffe2400f_1912) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • These pressings boast Hot Stamper sound on all four sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • If you're looking for good sound, quiet vinyl, and practically all the band's best material, this is the double album for you
  • We, of course, can't say these pressings are competitive with Hot Stampers of the original albums, but the best of them can sound quite good
  • 4 stars: "...all of the essentials are here -- most of Surrealistic Pillow, along with highlights from the surrounding albums up through the end of the group's history and a few odd singles and B-sides that otherwise usually get overlooked."
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Spandau Ballet
True

  (Item #: spandtrue_1908_12) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • 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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R.E.M.
Green

  (Item #: rem_green_1909_12) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A STUNNING copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from start to finish
  • The overall sound here is Tubey Magical, lively and clear, with three-dimensionality that will fill your listening room from wall to wall
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Musically, Green quotes a lot of sources. Listen closely and you can hear references to the Doors, Led Zeppelin, Sly Stone and others... R.E.M. may be dangerously close to becoming a conventional rock & roll band, but Green proves it’s a damn good one." - Rolling Stone
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Huey Lewis & The News
Sports

  (Item #: lewissport_1909_12) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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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Marvin Gaye
Midnight Love

  (Item #: gaye_midni_1908_10_12) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • 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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Fleetwood Mac
Mirage

  (Item #: fleetmirag_1909_12) 

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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U2
October

  (Item #: u2___octob_1912) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Outstanding sound throughout with both sides rating a strong Double Plus (A++) for their big, bold sound
  • Balanced, musical and full throughout - this pressing is a big step up from many of the other originals that we played
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl, with each side playing Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "... when U2 marry the message, melody, and sound together, as on "Gloria," "I Threw a Brick Through a Window," and "I Fall Down," the results are thoroughly impressive."
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Linda Ronstadt
For Sentimental Reasons

  (Item #: ronstforse_1905_9_12) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • A superb pressing of Ronstadt's 1986 release with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Linda is fuller, sweeter, breathier, less spitty (some tracks more than others) and just plain less artificial here than on most of the other pressings we played
  • The final installment of the jazz trilogy that Ronstadt recorded with bandleader and arranger Nelson Riddle
  • "... it is in the hushed intensity of Mr. Riddle's string arrangements for the album's ballads that one senses a musician reaching deeply into his soul to make eloquent final statements... The arrangements' emotional gravity reverberates in Miss Ronstadt's singing..."
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Long After Dark

  (Item #: pettylonga_1907_10_12) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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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