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White Hot Stamper

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Southern Accents

  (Item #: pettysouth_2002_8) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • You find incredible Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides of this wonderful early pressing, guaranteed to beat anything you've heard - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • We guarantee there is dramatically more space, richness, vocal presence, and performance energy on this copy than others you've heard, and that's especially true if you made the mistake of buying whatever Heavy Vinyl pressing is currently on the market
  • "Southern Accents is an ambitious album, attempting to incorporate touches of psychedelia, soul, and country into a loose concept about the modern South... "Rebels" and "Spike" are fine rockers, and "Don't Come Around Here No More" and "Make It Better (Forget About Me)" expand The Heartbreakers' sound nicely."
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Paul Simon
Hearts and Bones

  (Item #: simonheart_2008_1_) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of Hearts and Bones with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - mostly quiet vinyl too
  • We guarantee there is dramatically more space, richness, vocal presence, and performance energy on this copy than others you've heard, and that's especially true if you made the mistake of buying whatever Heavy Vinyl pressing is currently on the market
  • Turn this one up good and loud (which you can do when the sound is THIS good) and you'll have a living, breathing Paul Simon standing right between your speakers
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... his most personal collection of songs, one of his most ambitious, and one of his best. It retains a personal vision... Simon's most impressive collection in a decade and the most underrated album in his catalog."
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Jennifer Warnes
Famous Blue Raincoat

  (Item #: warnefamou_2001_3_8) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • 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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Dire Straits
Brothers In Arms

  (Item #: diresbroth_2005_8) 

Our Price: $399.99
Sale Price: $349.99 (You save $50.00 / 13%)


  • 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
  • 4 stars: "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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Richard & Linda Thompson
Shoot Out The Lights

  (Item #: thompshoot_2001_8) 

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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Paul Simon
Hearts and Bones

  (Item #: simonheart_2008ex) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb pressing of Hearts and Bones with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from first note to last - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • Compared to almost every other copy in our recent shootout, this one was bigger and bolder with more Tubey Magic, clarity and separation
  • Turn this one up good and loud (which you can do when the sound is THIS good) and you'll have a living, breathing Paul Simon standing right between your speakers
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... his most personal collection of songs, one of his most ambitious, and one of his best. It retains a personal vision... Simon's most impressive collection in a decade and the most underrated album in his catalog."
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Simply Red
Picture Book

  (Item #: simplpictu_2008) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With seriously good Double Plus (A++) sound throughout, this UK pressing of the band's auspicious debut was one of the best we played in our recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • "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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Dire Straits
Brothers In Arms

  (Item #: diresbroth_2008) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Long After Dark

  (Item #: pettylonga_1907_10_12_8) 

Our Price: $249.99
Sale Price: $199.99 (You save $50.00 / 20%)


  • 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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John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Milk and Honey

  (Item #: lennomilka_1911_8) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish and the first copy to ever hit the site!
  • Both sides here are doing everything right -- big, full-bodied and wonderfully present with a huge bottom end and lots of space around all of the instruments
  • Milk and Honey is certainly not the greatest album John (and Yoko) recorded... but it is vital if only for completing the musical story of John Lennon... [it] finds Lennon in a happy state of mind, which is not a bad way to end a story at all." - Pop Matters
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R.E.M.
Fables of the Reconstruction

  (Item #: rem__fable_1908_11_8) 

Our Price: $249.99
Sale Price: $199.99 (You save $50.00 / 20%)


  • This insanely good pressing of the band's third studio album earned Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades for sound on both sides
  • 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
  • 4 stars: "... the group does demonstrate considerable musical growth, particularly in how perfectly it evokes the strange rural legends of the South. And many of the songs on the record -- including "Feeling Gravity's Pull," "Maps and Legends," "Green Grow the Rushes," "Auctioneer (Another Engine)," and the previously mentioned pair -- rank among the group's best."
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Stevie Nicks
Bella Donna

  (Item #: nicksbella_2001_8) 

Our Price: $249.99
Sale Price: $199.99 (You save $50.00 / 20%)


  • 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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Eric Clapton
Another Ticket

  (Item #: claptanoth_1905_7_10_1_8) 

Our Price: $249.99
Sale Price: $199.99 (You save $50.00 / 20%)


  • 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
Around The World In A Day

  (Item #: princaroun_1908_12_8) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A STUNNING copy of Prince's 1985 release, with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to them - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Clean and clear and open are nice qualities, but rich and full are harder to come by on this record and this copy has both in spades!
  • "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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Bob Dylan
Shot of Love

  (Item #: dylanshoto_2001_8) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • 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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Hall and Oates
H2O

  (Item #: hallah2o_1908_12_8ex) 

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


  • This Hall and Oates classic from 1982 won our most recent shootout with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on BOTH sides
  • Only the second White Hot copy to hit the site in the last few years and boy is it KILLER -- super rich, full-bodied and Tubey Magical with a massive bottom end
  • Much more consistent than most of their releases, this one boasts three killer hits including Maneater, Family Man and my All Time Favorite by the band, One on One
  • 4 Stars: "Private Eyes solidified Hall & Oates’ status as one of the most popular acts in America in the early ’80s, and...... with 1982's H2O, they capitalized on its success, delivering an album that turned out to bigger than its predecessor, as it climbed higher on the charts and launched three Top Ten singles..."
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Van Halen
Women And Children First

  (Item #: vanhawomen_2008) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of the band's third release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound 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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Fleetwood Mac
Mirage

  (Item #: fleetmirag_2004_8) 

Our Price: $249.99
Sale Price: $199.99 (You save $50.00 / 20%)


  • 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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Paul McCartney
McCartney II

  (Item #: mccarmcca2_1810_6_10_8) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $99.99 (You save $50.00 / 33%)


  • An outstanding UK pressing with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Forget the dubby domestic pressings - these UK imports are the only ones that can possibly deliver the McCartney II Magic we know so well
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl for the most part - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus on both sides
  • "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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White Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

The Rolling Stones
Emotional Rescue

  (Item #: rolliemoti_2007_) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This STUNNING copy of the Stones' 1980 release boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Dance (Pt. 1) and She's So Cold sound out of this world on this copy, and the title track, Emotional Rescue, is every bit as good
  • An underrated Stones album -- too good to call a guilty pleasure -- and very well-recorded by Chris Kimsey
  • Maybe it's good because "Mick Jagger sounds like he’s having a great time..."
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Bonnie Raitt
Nick Of Time

  (Item #: raittnicko_2007_) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding early domestic pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Some of the sweetest, richest, most ANALOG sound we've heard from any record Don Was produced
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Producer Don Was used Raitt's classic early-'70s records as a blueprint, choosing to update the sound with a smooth, professional production and a batch of excellent contemporary songs. In this context, Raitt flourishes; she never rocks too hard, but there is grit to her singing and playing, even when the surfaces are clean and inviting. A great comeback album that made for a great story".
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Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie

  (Item #: richilione_1907_7) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Prince
1999

  (Item #: princ1999_1901_10_7) 

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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Willie Nelson & Family
Honeysuckle Rose

  (Item #: nelsohoney_2004_7) 

Our Price: $249.99
Sale Price: $199.99 (You save $50.00 / 20%)


  • Honeysuckle Rose finally makes its Hot Stamper debut here with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on all FOUR sides
  • This surprisingly well recorded live album has the kind of smooth, rich, tonally correct analog sound we thought they had forgotten how to achieve by 1980, but here it is!
  • 4 stars: "The soundtrack to Honeysuckle Rose is... a collection of songs by Willie Nelson and his Family band as well as a host of friends... Nelson's readings of his own tunes like "On the Road Again," and others are solid, inspired, and rollicking. His versions of tunes written by Kris Kristofferson ("Loving Her Was Easier Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again"), Rodney Crowell ("Angel Eyes"), and Lee Clayton ("If You Could Touch Her at All") blow away the studio versions."
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The Police
Synchronicity

  (Item #: policsynch_2007) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other pressing of Synchronicity you've heard
  • Every Breath You Take and Wrapped Around Your Finger are killer here - big, rich and Tubey Magical
  • 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 and the Heartbreakers
Long After Dark

  (Item #: pettylonga_1912_7) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides of this copy of the band's fifth studio album - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • Rich and full-bodied with tight bass, and brimming with Petty's unique brand of straight ahead rock and roll, best exemplified by the radio smash You Got Lucky
  • Rolling Stone raves "Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers play a finely crafted brand of meat-and-potatoes rock. They shudder to a stop for the occasional ballad or showy guitar figure, but the next surging chorus is never far away. They've been honing that sound for five albums now, and Petty has gradually hoisted himself into the company of such masterful travelers of Route 66 as Seger and Springsteen. ...overall, Long after Dark is Petty's most accomplished record."
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Tom Petty
Hard Promises

  (Item #: pettyhardp_2007_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An impressive copy of this 1981 release, with KILLER Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side two - fairly 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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Saint-Saens / Symphony No. 3 ("Organ") / Fremaux

  (Item #: saintsym3_2007) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • For the first time in three years, one of Saint-Saens' greatest masterpieces returns to Better Records with truly superb nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides - exceptionally QUIET vinyl, the quietest copy to ever hit the site
  • Clear and transparent and natural - your ability to suspend disbelief requires practically no effort at all
  • What this copy did better than practically any other was show us just how rich, smooth and Tubey Magical 1973 EMI sound could be
  • "The whole work is a magnificent and fantastical symphonic machine that's an apotheosis of the orchestral technology of the late 19th century."
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Simple Minds
Once Upon A Time

  (Item #: simplonceu_1909_7) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of the band's seventh (and breakthrough) 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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Basia
Time And Tide

  (Item #: basiatimea_2007) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An incredible sounding copy and the first to hit the site in over four years! Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish; exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides here are super big, full-bodied, musical and present with a solid bottom end and wonderfully breathy vocals
  • Allmusic: "This is sophisticated pop music that sounds ideal for playing in any number of upholstered locations -- a black-tie cocktail party, a fashion-show runway, the back seat of a limousine. Basia's lightly accented voice adds an exotic flavor to the Euro-disco style of the music."


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Chris Isaak
Chris Isaak

  (Item #: isaakchris_2007) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An incredible sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last
  • These sides are KILLER - open and spacious, but with all-important richness, smoothness and Tubey Magic that makes the top quality analog pressing such a special listening experience, and it doesn't get any better than this record for Chris Isaac
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "... 11 songs of smoky, wounded romance and dark menace given great all-around performances. Isaak's gift for capturing a perfect blend of early rock & roll twang and making it sound perfectly of the now is his greatest strength..."
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Spandau Ballet
True

  (Item #: spandtrue_2007ex) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of the band's third studio album, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - mostly 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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Roger Waters
The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking

  (Item #: waterprosa_1907_11_7) 

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


  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this early Columbia pressing
  • Like the recordings of Floyd, the sound is BIG, with lots of energy, excellent presence and real weight down low
  • 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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Bruce Springsteen
Born In The U.S.A.

  (Item #: sprinborni_1909_2_7) 

Our Price: $249.99
Sale Price: $199.99 (You save $50.00 / 20%)


  • 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
What’s New

  (Item #: ronstwhats_2004_7ex) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With STUNNING Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides, this is without a doubt some of the best sound we have ever heard for What's New
  • So hugely spacious and three-dimensional, yet with a tonally correct and fairly natural sounding Linda, this is the way to hear it
  • What engineer George Massenburg gets right is the sound of an orchestra, augmented with jazz musicians (Ray Brown, Tommy Tedesco, Plas Johnson, Bob Cooper), all performing live in a huge studio
  • "...the best and most serious attempt to rehabilitate an idea of pop that Beatlemania... undid in the mid-60's."
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Huey Lewis & The News
Sports

  (Item #: lewissport_1912_7) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound throughout on this vintage pressing - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The bass is tight, the drum hits are BIG and the guitars are meaty with lots of texture
  • 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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Paul Quinichette
On The Sunny Side

  (Item #: quinionthe_1708_7) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Both sides of this long out of print OJC title boast lively, big and clear Double Plus (A++) sound quality
  • With three saxophones and a trombone, this is a fresh combination that really brings out the best in all the players during this Prestige jam session, a format for which they are justly famous
  • I raved about this album when it was in print many years ago - it's solidly swinging jazz that belongs in your collection
  • Allmusic 4 Stars: "Waldron's three originals (highlighted by "Cool-Lypso") allow plenty of room for swinging, and Quinichette (who also performs "On the Sunny Side of the Street") sounds comfortable interacting with the younger musicians. An enjoyable and underrated release."
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Van Halen
1984

  (Item #: vanha1984_2007_2) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) Shootout Winning side two and a side one that's not far behind it, this copy is practically as good as it gets
  • These sides have the kind of BIG, full-bodied sound that lets this rockin' band come to life exactly the way you want them to
  • Nothing phony here - the sound is natural and balanced, with meaty guitars and big punchy drums
  • Plenty 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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The Traveling Wilburys
Volume One

  (Item #: travetrave_1910_12_3_7) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An amazing copy of the Wilburys debut with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout -- 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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The Cars
Heartbeat City

  (Item #: cars_heart_2007_) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • KILLER sound throughout with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or close to them - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • We guarantee there is dramatically more space, richness, vocal presence, and performance energy on this copy than others you've heard, or ever will hear
  • If you have big dynamic speakers and like to rock, you can't go wrong with a killer Hot Stamper of Heartbeat City
  • 5 Stars "... a gleaming pop masterpiece. The producer's golden touch, the strength of the songs Ric Ocasek wrote, and the stunning vocal performance both he and Benjamin Orr deliver make the album one of the best of the '80s and something that still sounds perfect many years later."
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Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
I Love Rock 'n Roll

  (Item #: jett_ilove_2007_) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of Joan Jett's iconic 1981 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • The overall sound here is Tubey Magical, lively and clear, with three-dimensionality that will fill your listening room from wall to wall
  • 4 stars: "That dynamic, hard rock crunch is what made the title track into an international hit, but it also gives the album dimension -- not only can Jett & the Blackhearts tear up heavy glam rockers, but they also pull off the mock psychedelia of Tommy James & the Shondells' "Crimson and Clover" with aplomb."
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Grateful Dead
In The Dark

  (Item #: grateinthe_2007_) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An outstanding copy of the band's 1987 return with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER 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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David Bowie
Scary Monsters

  (Item #: bowiescary_2007_) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding copy of what some have called Bowie's last great album, with solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too - side one plays a true Mint Minus!
  • 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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Stevie Ray Vaughan
The Sky Is Crying

  (Item #: vaughskyis_2007_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A superb copy of The Sky Is Crying, with outstanding Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • 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 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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Frank Sinatra
She Shot Me Down

  (Item #: sinatshesh_2007_) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Sinatra's Reprise swan song finally arrives on the site with KILLER Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout
  • It's as rich, warm and natural as any copy we have ever heard, with wonderful transparency and plenty of studio ambience, especially considering this is a recording from 1981, not 1961
  • "A thought-provoking set of torch songs with soaring strings, lyrics fraught with loss and regret, and heart-rending, world-weary vocals"
  • "She Shot Me Down is Frank Sinatra's last great album, a dark, brooding record of saloon songs delivered with an understated authority... It's a dense, moody record that works spectacularly -- Sinatra's vocals are more alive and rich in detail than on Trilogy, and the concept is more concise and well-executed."
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Willie Nelson
Always On My Mind

  (Item #: nelsoalway_2007_1_) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This wonderful pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Just drop the needle on Bridge Over Troubled Water to hear Willie and his bandmates doing what they do best
  • Fans of Stardust are going to love this one - it's another solid album full of Willie's heartfelt renditions of modern classics
  • "...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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David Bowie
Let's Dance

  (Item #: bowieletsd_2007) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With STUNNING Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides, this copy is one of the best we have ever heard
  • It's all here: huge amounts of rock solid bass, clear guitar transients, breathy, natural vocals, and jump out of the speakers presence and energy
  • A real Demo Disc at high volumes on the right system - Modern Love, China Girl and the title track are knockouts when you play them good and loud
  • Top 100 of course - Let's Dance is one of the best sounding Bowie albums ever recorded - this superb pressing is proof!
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Stephane Grappeli/David Grisman
Live

  (Item #: grappgrisman_live_2007_) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This superb live album finally arrives on the site, earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or close to them from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • These sides are exceptionally low-distortion, lively, solid and dynamic - just what this music needs
  • Stephane Grappelli's jazz violin stylings and David Grisman's "Dawg music" fuse into a magical, swinging acoustic combo
  • "One of the most exciting of the many Stephane Grappelli recordings, this live session... teams the veteran violinist with mandolist David Grisman's band, an ensemble that (in addition to its leader) boasts hot solos from Mike Marshall on violin, guitarist Mark O'Connor (who switches to violin to battle Grappelli on a memorable "Tiger Rag"), and bassist Rob Wasserman."
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AC/DC
Back In Black

  (Item #: acdc_backi_2007) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) sonic grades or close to them on both sides, this Back in Black ROCKS like nothing you've heard
  • Side one plays 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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Richard Thompson
Strict Tempo!

  (Item #: thompstric_2007) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Richard Thompson's superb instrumental album makes its Hot Stamper debut here with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • The sound is anchored by an exceptionally fat, rich, punchy low end on the best copies, and this pressing shows you just how big and punchy it can get
  • An original Elixer pressing, Thompson's own label
  • "... on Strict Tempo! Thompson lets loose on an instrumental collection of traditional British and Celtic jigs and reels, with a swinging Duke Ellington cover thrown in for variety and one new original offered as the finale... it shows one of the finest guitarists on Earth showing just how well he can play, and that's always a pleasure to hear."
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Sting
Nothing Like The Sun

  (Item #: stingnothi_2007ex_) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of Sting's killer double album from 1987 with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on all four sides
  • The sound here is clearly bigger, richer, fuller, and livelier than most copies we played it against
  • Features phenomenal contributions from legendary musicians, including Andy Summers, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, and Hiram Bullock
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...the melodies are insinuating, slowly working their way into memory, while the entire record plays like a mood piece - playing equally well as background music or as intensive, serious listening."
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Steve Winwood
Back In The High Life

  (Item #: winwobacki_2007) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Both sides of this UK copy of Steve Winwood's Solo Masterpiece earned outstanding grades of Double Plus (A++) - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound of this early British pressing is guaranteed to be dramatically bigger, richer, fuller and smoother than anything you've heard
  • Higher Love with Double Plus sound? You're gonna love it! And there's really not a bad track on the album
  • "The first undeniably superb record of an almost decade-long solo career ... the passion long smoldering in his finest work explodes in the album-opening duet with Chaka Khan, Higher Love..." -- Rolling Stone
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Eric Clapton
Just One Night

  (Item #: claptjusto_2007) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb early RSO pressing boasting Double Plus (A++) sound on ALL FOUR sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This one is doing pretty much everything right-- it's bigger, bolder, richer and more clean, clear and open than most of what 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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David Bowie
Scary Monsters

  (Item #: bowiescary_2007) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding copy of what some have called Bowie's last great album, with solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too - side one plays a true Mint Minus!
  • 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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Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays
As Falls Wichita...

  (Item #: metheasfal_2007) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With two insanely good sides each earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades, this copy was the best we played in our recent shootout
  • Huge amounts of reproducible recording space bring life to this spacey music
  • You will be very hard-pressed to find another copy with as many audiophile qualities as this one -- the biggest, clearest and most three-dimensional sounding of every copy we played
  • 5 Stars: "In the process of stretching out away from the confines of the quartet setting of prior albums, Metheny and Mays presage the sleeker and more ethereal sound of the band's Geffen years..."
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Marvin Gaye
Midnight Love

  (Item #: gaye_midni_1908_10_12_7) 

Our Price: $249.99
Sale Price: $199.99 (You save $50.00 / 20%)


  • 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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Dave Grisman
Quintet '80

  (Item #: grismquint_1910_1_7) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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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Count Basie
Kansas City 5

  (Item #: basiekansas_city_5_1905_7_1_7) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $169.99 (You save $30.00 / 15%)


  • 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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Richard & Linda Thompson
Shoot Out The Lights

  (Item #: thompshoot_2007) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • You'll find KILLER Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides of this copy of the Thompsons' final album
  • 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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Stevie Ray Vaughan
The Sky Is Crying

  (Item #: vaughskyis_2007) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • You'll find insanely good Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second - exceptionally 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 on this White Hot side one 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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The Rolling Stones
Tattoo You

  (Item #: rollitatto_2007) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • With two insanely good Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sides, this is the best copy to hit the site in years!
  • Start Me Up and Waiting On A Friend are the two biggest bangers here and they both sound out of this world here!
  • The sound is richer, bigger, clearer and just more energetic than any copy you've ever heard, guaranteed
  • 4 1/2 stars in the AMG: "Waiting on a Friend" and the vigorous rock & roll of the first side make Tattoo You an essential latter-day Stones album, ranking just a few notches below Some Girls."
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Neil Young
Freedom

  (Item #: youngfreed_2006_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding copy of Freedom boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from top to bottom - mostly quiet vinyl too
  • Balanced, musical, present and full-bodied throughout - this pressing was a big step up from most other copies we played
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Freedom, which was a major critical and commercial comeback after a decade that had confused reviewers and fans, seemed to be a selection of the best tracks from several different unissued Young projects. …[W]hat made it all work was that Young had once again written a great bunch of songs. The romantic numbers were carefully and sincerely written. The long imagistic songs were evocative without being obvious."
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Bruce Springsteen
Nebraska

  (Item #: sprinnebra_2003_6) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With two Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, - just shy of our Shootout Winner - we guarantee you've never heard Nebraska sound as good as it does here - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • There's more space, richness, vocal presence, and performance energy on this copy than others we've played, but please take the time to read about the recording of the album so you know what to expect from the sound
  • 5 stars: "[A] recording artist's demos of new songs often come off better than the more polished versions later worked up in a studio. But Bruce Springsteen was the first person to act on that theory, when he opted to release the demo versions of his latest songs, recorded with only acoustic or electric guitar, harmonica, and vocals, as his sixth album, Nebraska"
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Bob Seger
Against The Wind

  (Item #: segeragain_2003_6) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it throughout; exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Both of these sides were out of this world -- clean, clear, open and spacious yet still pretty rich and Tubey Magical with a solid bottom end
  • "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." - All Music, 4 Stars
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Duran Duran
Seven and the Ragged Tiger

  (Item #: duranseven_1908_6) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last
  • Forget the domestic pressings, forget whatever lame reissues have come or will come down the pike -- if you want to hear this album right, a Hot Stamper British pressing is the only way to go
  • "Duran Duran put three of the album's singles in the Top Ten, taking it to number one in the U.K... it's bright, energetic, and effectual. Duran Duran's new direction eventually gave Seven and the Ragged Tiger double platinum status." - All Music
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David Lee Roth
Crazy From The Heat

  (Item #: roth_crazy_2006) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • An outstanding copy of David Lee Roth's solo debut with solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is rich, smooth, and full -- you'll have a hard time finding a better sounding pressing on the planet
  • 4 stars: "For his first solo effort, David Lee Roth strips away the gonzo guitars that are Van Halen's trademark and accentuates his lounge-lizard-as-rock-star persona, resulting in an EP that succeeds because of that persona."
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Stevie Ray Vaughan
Soul To Soul

  (Item #: vaughsoult_2006_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • STUNNING Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout for this Classic of Electric Blues Guitar - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • A copy like this one soars above the pack with its hard-rockin' energy, rich, solid bass, open top end, and freedom from congestion
  • This is one of the better copies to hit the site in years - good SRV albums are getting tough to find nowadays
  • "[SRV] wanted to add soul and R&B inflections to his basic blues sound, and Soul to Soul does exactly that. [T]he Curtis Mayfield-inspired closer, "Life Without You," captures Vaughan at his best as a composer and performer. It's such a seductive number -- such a full realization of his soul-blues ambitions..."
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U2
Boy

  (Item #: u2___boy_2001_6) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • 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 Doors
Live at the Hollywood Bowl

  (Item #: doorslivea_1912_6) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Two amazing sides each earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades; exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Both sides here are full-bodied, rich and Tubey Magical with plenty of extension on both ends
  • This is actually a pretty darn good live rock recording, with sound that's quite lively and engaging -- especially for 1968
  • "Like Alive, She Cried, it covered ground that was missed by Absolutely Live, most notably familiar fare such as "Moonlight Drive" and "Unknown Soldier"..." - All Music
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U2
The Unforgettable Fire

  (Item #: u2___unfor_2006) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from the first note to the last - this is the way the album is supposed to sound
  • Pride (In the Name of Love) is the big hit on this one, and the sound is appropriately glorious on this vintage copy
  • "U2 took their fondness for sonic bombast as far as it could go on War, so it isn't a complete surprise that they chose to explore the intricacies of the Edge's layered, effects-laden guitar on the follow-up. Working with producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, U2 created a dark, near-hallucinatory series of interlocking soundscapes ... ranking among U2's very best music..."
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Neil Young
Freedom

  (Item #: youngfreed_2006_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb copy of Freedom with a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side two mated with an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side one
  • Balanced, musical, present and full-bodied throughout - this pressing was a big step up from every other copy we played
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Freedom, which was a major critical and commercial comeback after a decade that had confused reviewers and fans, seemed to be a selection of the best tracks from several different unissued Young projects. …[W]hat made it all work was that Young had once again written a great bunch of songs. The romantic numbers were carefully and sincerely written. The long imagistic songs were evocative without being obvious."
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Devo
Oh, No! It's Devo

  (Item #: devo_ohnoi_2006) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • KILLER sound for this Devo album from 1982 with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • Both of these sides are big, full-bodied, lively and present with plenty of extension on both ends
  • While this album was much criticized at the time of its release, most Devo fans seem to really enjoy it and we sure had a blast with the shootout!
  • Christgau gives it a B+ and has this to say— "they've never sounded catchier..."
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Crowded House
Crowded House

  (Item #: crowdcrowd_2006) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Both sides here are super punchy, musical, clean and clear with a solid bottom end - what album from 1986 sounds as good as this one?
  • The best sounding Crowded House album ever recorded? It gets our vote!
  • Great songs like Don't Dream It's Over, Something So Strong and World Where You Live
  • "... the record was blessed by good timing, and the majestic ballad "Don't Dream It's Over" became an international hit, while its follow-up, the breezy "Something So Strong," also turned into a hit. Both revealed different sides of Finn's talents, with the first being lyrical and the second being effervescent..." - All Music
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Marvin Gaye
In Our Lifetime

  (Item #: gaye_inour_1910_6) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Gaye's final Motown album makes its Hot Stamper debut with superb Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound throughout - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • We guarantee there is dramatically more space, richness, vocal presence, and performance energy on this copy than others you've heard, and that's especially true if you made the mistake of buying whatever Heavy Vinyl pressing is currently on the market
  • 4 stars: "Although no song is especially brilliant here, the level of Gaye's musical sense and his vocal prowess carry him throughout. In Our Lifetime is one of his finest later albums and captures him as his craft was maturing and becoming more multifaceted."
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Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston

  (Item #: houstwhitn_2002_6) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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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The Clash
Combat Rock

  (Item #: clashcomba_1901_8_12_6) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An insanely good sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both the two big jammers are on this killer side one: Should I Stay or Should I Go and Rock the Casbah - you've never heard them sound like this!
  • Glyn Johns produced and mixed Combat Rock, so its sonic credentials are certainly in order
  • If you're a fan of meaty bass, grungy guitars and punchy drums, this is the copy for you
  • ...its finest moments — "Should I Stay or Should I Go," "Rock the Casbah," "Straight to Hell" — illustrate why the Clash were able to reach a larger audience than ever before with the record."
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Bob Dylan
Empire Burlesque

  (Item #: dylanempir_2001_6) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Elvis Costello
Imperial Bedroom

  (Item #: costeimper_2006) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Imperial Bedroom finally returns to the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Geoff Emerick engineered, creating a unique sound - forget the painfully bad domestics, these imports are the only way to go
  • This dense, darkly serious album contains some of the best songs EC ever wrote - the last of his True Classics
  • 5 stars: "Costello's music is complex and intricate, yet it flows so smoothly, it's easy to miss the bitter, brutal lyrics...the detail and the ornate arrangements immediately peg Imperial Bedroom as Costello's most ambitious album."
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Grover Washington
Winelight

  (Item #: washiwinel_2006_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Superb Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from beginning to end on this wonderful Elektra pressing - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • Both sides here are incredibly rich, full-bodied and musical with excellent bass -- essential for this funky music
  • We've called this album a Demo Disc for Bass and any Hot Stamper copy will show you why
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Winelight is one of his finest albums, and not primarily because of the Bill Withers hit "Just the Two of Us." It is the five instrumentals that find Washington (on soprano, alto, and tenor) really stretching out..."
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Willie Nelson & Family
Honeysuckle Rose

  (Item #: nelsohoney_2006) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of Honeysuckle Rose, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on all FOUR sides
  • This surprisingly well recorded live album has the kind of smooth, rich, tonally correct analog sound we thought they had forgotten how to achieve by 1980, but here it is!
  • 4 stars: "The soundtrack to Honeysuckle Rose is... a collection of songs by Willie Nelson and his Family band as well as a host of friends... Nelson's readings of his own tunes like "On the Road Again," and others are solid, inspired, and rollicking. His versions of tunes written by Kris Kristofferson ("Loving Her Was Easier Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again"), Rodney Crowell ("Angel Eyes"), and Lee Clayton ("If You Could Touch Her at All") blow away the studio versions."
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Talking Heads
The Name of this Band is Talking Heads

  (Item #: talkinameo_2006) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This superb double album boasts Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on all four sides - mostly quiet vinyl too
  • Surprisingly big, lively, open, rich and present with real extension both up top and down low
  • When the sound is this immediate and three-dimensional, it takes the listener's enjoyment of the music to a whole new level
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The album chronicles the growth of the band, both stylistically and personnel-wise... The excitement of this material is palpable, and the muscular band rips into these tunes with more power than the originals in most cases... arguably one of their finest releases."
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Grover Washington
Winelight

  (Item #: washiwinel_2006) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from beginning to end on this wonderful Elektra pressing - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides here are incredibly rich, full-bodied and musical with excellent bass -- essential for this funky music
  • We've called this album a Demo Disc for Bass and any Hot Stamper copy will show you why
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Winelight is one of his finest albums, and not primarily because of the Bill Withers hit "Just the Two of Us." It is the five instrumentals that find Washington (on soprano, alto, and tenor) really stretching out..."
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Journey
Escape

  (Item #: journescap_2006ex) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A KILLER copy of the band's 1981 release that boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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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David Bowie
Let's Dance

  (Item #: bowieletsd_2006) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • These two excellent sides, both earning Double Plus (A++) grades for sound, are guaranteed to deliver the funky goods on this '80s classic
  • We love the low end weight and midrange smoothness on these killer copies - they're big, clear and rich with some of the most powerful, punchiest bass you've ever heard
  • A real Demo Disc at high volumes on the right system - Modern Love, China Girl and the title track are knockouts when you play them good and loud
  • Top 100 of course - Let's Dance is one of the best sounding Bowie albums ever recorded
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The Pretenders
The Pretenders

  (Item #: preteprete_2006) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding UK pressing of the band's debut studio album with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from top to bottom
  • 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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R.E.M.
Reckoning

  (Item #: rem__recko_2006) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A KILLER pressing of Reckoning, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from start to finish - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides are big, rich and analog sounding, yet uncongested, clear and open - a combination not heard on many '80s recordings
  • 5 stars: "Reckoning runs through a set of ten jangle pop songs that are different not only in sound but in style from the debut. Where Murmur was enigmatic in its sound, Reckoning is clear, which doesn't necessarily mean that the songs themselves are straightforward. Michael Stipe continues to sing powerful melodies without enunciating, but the band has a propulsive kick that makes the music vital and alive... the songwriting is more direct and memorable than before..."
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INXS
Kick

  (Item #: inxs_kick_2002_6) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • 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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Michael Jackson
Thriller

  (Item #: jacksthril_2006_1) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) grades throughout, this pressing of Michael Jackson's Masterpiece of Funky Pop 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, as well as cleaner, smoother, sweeter upper mids and a more extended top
  • 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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John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Double Fantasy

  (Item #: lennodoubl_1907_11_6) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second
  • 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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Whitney Houston
Whitney

  (Item #: houstwhitney_2002_6) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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"
  • 4 stars: "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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The Doors
Alive, She Cried

  (Item #: doorsalive_2001_6) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • 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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Paul Simon
Graceland

  (Item #: simongrace_2005) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding copy of Paul Simon's 1986 release with solid Double Plus (A++) rich, smooth and clear sound, in precisely the way so few copies are - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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
  • There's a delicate, extended top end on this pressing that simply does not exist on most of the copies we played
  • 5 stars: "An enormously successful record, Graceland became the standard against which subsequent musical experiments by major artists were measured."
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Prince And The Revolution
Parade

  (Item #: princparad_1908_11_5) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This stunning copy offers insanely good Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from start to finish
  • Both of these sides are rich, full-bodied, Tubey Magical and wonderfully present with tons of bottom end weight
  • 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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Bill Evans
The Paris Concert: Edition One

  (Item #: evansparis1_1910_5) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding copy of this live album, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - reasonably quiet vinyl for this kind of quiet piano music
  • These sides are doing pretty much everything right - as befits a live concert, there's an overall unprocessed quality to the sound and good space around all three players
  • 4 1/2 stars: "With bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Joe La Barbera, Evans had one of the strongest trios of his career... The close communication between the players is reminiscent of Evans' 1961 unit with Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian."
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Peter Gabriel
Security

  (Item #: gabrisecur_2005) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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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The Rolling Stones
Emotional Rescue

  (Item #: rolliemoti_2005) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This amazing copy of the Stones' 1980 release boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout
  • Dance (Pt. 1) and She's So Cold sound out of this world on this copy, and the title track, Emotional Rescue, is every bit as good
  • An underrated Stones album -- too good to call a guilty pleasure -- and very well-recorded by Chris Kimsey
  • Maybe it's good because "Mick Jagger sounds like he’s having a great time..."
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Paul McCartney
McCartney II

  (Item #: mccarmcca2_1910_2_5) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • 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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John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Milk and Honey

  (Item #: lennomilka_1912_5) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • 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
  • 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
  • Milk and Honey is certainly not the greatest album John (and Yoko) recorded... but it is vital if only for completing the musical story of John Lennon... [it] finds Lennon in a happy state of mind, which is not a bad way to end a story at all." - Pop Matters
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Grateful Dead
Go to Heaven

  (Item #: grategotoh_2002_5) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With Triple Plus (A+++) Shootout Winning sides or close to them, this copy had some of the best sound we have ever heard for Go to Heaven - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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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Talking Heads
Little Creatures

  (Item #: talkilittl_2005) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An incredible copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it 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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