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Journey
Escape

  (Item #: journescap_1909) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • 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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Stevie Nicks
Bella Donna

  (Item #: nicksbella_1907) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Insanely good Triple Plus (A+++) sound from beginning to end for what is surely Ms Nicks' best solo album
  • Both sides are big and clear, with plenty of rockin' energy as 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_1907) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • 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 pressing 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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Men At Work
Business As Usual

  (Item #: menatbusin_1906_9) 

Our Price: $299.99

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

  (Item #: princcontr_1902_6_9) 

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


  • This copy of Prince's fourth studio album boasts insanely good Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The overall sound here is super rich, Tubey Magical and present with plenty of extension on both ends
  • "Controversy emerged in 1981 at a pivotal time not just for Prince, but for America. It's often regarded as a bridge between Dirty Mind and 1999, but it's fascinating record in its own right." - Pitchfork (9.0)
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Count Basie
Kansas City 5

  (Item #: basiekansas_city_5_1905_1907) 

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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Foreigner
4

  (Item #: forei4_1904_1906) 

Our Price: $199.99

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

  (Item #: genesabaca_1903_1906) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Stunning sound throughout with both sides of this vintage UK pressing earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to them
  • Forget the thin sounding domestic pressings - these British sides are rich and full-bodied with real bottom end weight
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Abacab was where this new incarnation of the band came into its own. Working with producer Hugh Padgham, the group escalated the innovations of Duke, increasing the pop hooks, working them seamlessly into the artiest rock here... as bright, bold, and jagged as the modernist artwork on the cover."
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Jerry Read Smith & Tom Fellenbaum
The Strayaway Child

  (Item #: smithstray_1906) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This superb collaboration has been a member of the TAS Super Disc List for decades, and here it is with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side one and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side two - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This copy is surprisingly spacious, full-bodied and natural, with few of the problems that plagued most of the pressings we played
  • The sound of Smith's dulcimer is enchanting here, with a nice extended top end and plenty of space around all the instruments
  • "The full, shimmering waterfall of Jerry Read Smith's hammered-dulcimer playing takes center stage, flowing together with a sumptuous variety of accompanying instruments..."
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Tom Petty
Hard Promises

  (Item #: pettyhardp_1906_9) 

Our Price: $169.99

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

Prince
Controversy

  (Item #: princcontr_1902_1906_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

The Police
Ghost in the Machine

  (Item #: policghost_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

Foreigner
4

  (Item #: forei4_1810_1_9) 

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


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

  (Item #: costetrust_1811_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side two and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side one, this copy has Demo Disc sound guaranteed to knock you right out of your listening chair
  • The clarity and transparency allow you to appreciate subtleties in the high end even when the bass and drums are really POUNDING - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 5 stars: "...their most ambitious and eclectic album to date... Costello & the Attractions demonstrate their musical skill and savvy by essentially sticking to the direct sound of their four-piece band. In the process, they recorded, arguably, their most impressive album, one that demonstrates all sides of Costello's songwriting and performing personality without succumbing to pretentiousness."
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Super Hot Stamper

AC/DC
For Those About To Rock

  (Item #: acdc_forth_1906) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • A superb sounding copy of this AC/DC Classic with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Once again Robert Ludwig delivers the Rock and Roll Power - incredibly big, bold and full-bodied with a massive bottom end
  • For Those About To Rock has wall to wall sound and in-the-room presence like you will not believe
  • "On For Those About to Rock We Salute You, AC/DC’s best album, the case for the band’s talents is finally made with undeniable force and clarity. You want anthems? Here, they abound." - Rolling Stone
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Super Hot Stamper

Genesis
Wind and Wuthering

  (Item #: geneswinda_1908) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • 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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Super Hot Stamper

U2
October

  (Item #: u2___octob_1902_1907) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Outstanding sound throughout with both sides rating a strong Double Plus (A++) or BETTER 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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Count Basie
Kansas City 5

  (Item #: basiekansa_1905_1_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Presenting yet another amazingly well recorded Count Basie album, with superb Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • 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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Super Hot Stamper

Eric Clapton
Another Ticket

  (Item #: claptanoth_1903_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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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Genesis
Abacab

  (Item #: genesabaca_1906_1908) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Outstanding sound throughout with both sides of this vintage UK pressing earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Forget the thin sounding domestic pressings - these British sides are rich, full-bodied and spacious with real bottom end weight
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Abacab was where this new incarnation of the band came into its own. Working with producer Hugh Padgham, the group escalated the innovations of Duke, increasing the pop hooks, working them seamlessly into the artiest rock here... as bright, bold, and jagged as the modernist artwork on the cover."
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Super Hot Stamper

Journey
Escape

  (Item #: journescap_1904_1906) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding copy of the band's 1981 release boasts solid Double 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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Super Hot Stamper

Men At Work
Business As Usual

  (Item #: menatbusin_1906_1) 

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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Super Hot Stamper

Pretenders
Pretenders II

  (Item #: pretepreteII_1809_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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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Super Hot Stamper

Stevie Nicks
Bella Donna

  (Item #: nicksbella_1901_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from beginning to end for what is surely Ms Nicks' best solo album - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides are big and clear, with plenty of rockin' energy as 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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White Hot Stamper (with Issues)

Phil Collins
Face Value

  (Item #: collifacev_1810_1906_1908) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This incredible UK pressing boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides (but there are some condition issues)
  • Hugh Padgham discovered an amazing drum sound on Peter Gabriel's 3rd album, and he really went to town with it on this one, Collins' debut (and Masterpiece)
  • His most consistent songwriting and many of his biggest hits - In The Air Tonight sounds amazing, but practically everything here does
  • 5 stars: "Phil Collins' first solo album, 1981's Face Value, was a long time coming, but it proved worth the wait... He went on to become a huge star, with loads more hits, but Face Value stands as his masterpiece and one of the finest moments of the '80s musical landscape."
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Super Hot Stamper

Brian Eno & David Byrne
My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts

  (Item #: eno__mylif_1803_1904-) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • An outstanding original pressing with seriously good Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and quiet vinyl to boot
  • Spacious, full-bodied and Tubey Magical with a solid bottom end and driving rhythmic energy, this is the sound you want for this brilliant collaboration
  • Rick Wright of Pink Floyd noted that the album "knocked me sideways when I first heard it – full of drum loops, samples and soundscapes. The way the sounds were mixed in was so fresh, it was amazing."
  • 5 Stars: "... a whirlwind 45 minutes of worldbeat/funk-rock ... it's a tremendously prescient record for the future development of music during the 1980s and '90s."
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Super Hot Stamper

Elvis Costello
Trust

  (Item #: costetrust_1710_1902) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • With two excellent Double Plus (A++) sides, this import pressing of Elvis's 1981 brilliant return to form should handily trounce any copy you've ever heard
  • The clarity and transparency here are superb, allowing you to appreciate subtleties in the high end even when the bass and drums are really POUNDING
  • 5 stars: "Arguably, their most impressive album... demonstrates all sides of Costello's songwriting and performing personality..."
  • "...this is rock and roll as eloquent, hard-hitting pop, and Elvis has turned into such a soul man that I no longer wish he'd change his name to George and go country."
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Foreigner
4

  (Item #: forei4_1905) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this Radio Rock Classic
  • This copy had better energy, punchier bass, and bigger, more immediate presentation than many others in our shootout
  • Rockers like Juke Box Hero and Urgent, along with the heartfelt ballad Waiting For A Girl Like You, here sound better than you've ever heard them
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "In producer Robert John 'Mutt' Lange -- fresh off his massive success with AC/DC's Back in Black -- guitarist and all-around mastermind Mick Jones found both the catalyst to achieve [a grand slam of a record] and his perfect musical soulmate..."
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James Taylor
Dad Loves His Work

  (Item #: taylodadlo_1905) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This outstanding copy boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Dramatically bigger, clearer and richer sounding than most, with a far more accurate and natural tonal balance
  • One of our favorite JT albums and perhaps his most underrated, with a great set of songs including Stand and Fight and Summer's Here
  • 4 stars on Allmusic: "James Taylor bounced back from the spotty Flag with this all-original album led by his collaboration with J.D. Souther on "Her Town Too," his biggest pop hit since "Handy Man," and his biggest non-cover hit since his first, "Fire And Rain," in 1970."
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Little Feat
Hoy-Hoy!

  (Item #: littlhoyho_1904) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • An outstanding copy of the band's superb 1981 double album with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on three sides and a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) fourth - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Our pick for the best sounding Little Feat album -- it's a monster, and a Must Own for any fan of the band
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Filled with live performances, obscurities, album tracks, and a new song apiece from Bill Payne and Paul Barrere, Hoy Hoy is a bit scattered, a bit incoherent, a little bewildering, and wholly delightful -- a perfect summation of a group filled with quirks, character, and funk, traits which were as much a blessing as they were a curse."
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Tom Petty
Hard Promises

  (Item #: pettyhardp_1902_1906) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • An impressive copy of this 1981 release, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Recorded at Sound City, home to some of the greatest analog sound ever recorded
  • 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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Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays
As Falls Wichita...

  (Item #: metheasfal_1711_1905-) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy was one of the best we played in our recent shootout
  • This pressing boasts hard-to-find relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • Huge amounts of reproducible recording space bring life to this spacey music
  • 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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Shorty Rogers Big Band
Jazz Waltz

  (Item #: rogerjazzw_1802_1812) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • Killer sound for this fun Big Band music, with Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides - open and clear, with solid bass throughout
  • This is swingin' West Coast jazz at its best, and it plays on exceptionally quiet vinyl, a true Mint Minus throughout
  • Engineered by the great Bones Howe, a man who knows Tubey Magic like practically no one else in the world
  • 4 Stars on Allmusic - this Discovery reissue from 1981 positively murders every original we've played
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1981

Some of Our Favorite Albums Were Released That Year

  (Item #: 1981) 



When you look closely at all the great records that were released that year -- some of which can even be purchased in Hot Stamper form on this very site -- you may come to agree with us that 1981 was a surprisingly good year for music.

Click HERE to see the records currently on the site that were recorded or released in 1981.

And HERE to see the records from 1981 that we've reviewed.


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Art Pepper - One September Afternoon

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: peppeonese_2012) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

AN EXCELLENT A++ SIDE TWO for this album -- this is an excellent recording from 1980, one of the best of the later Art Pepper period during which Art was signed with Galaxy and was devoting his remaining years to playing and recording as much as possible. The album is engineered by Baker Bigsby, as is Art Pepper Today (1978), my personal favorite Art Pepper album and amazing sounding if you can find the right pressing (we're working on it!).

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Ben Webster - The Warm Moods

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: webstwarmm_2014) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

Amazing sound and wonderful music on this lovely Ben Webster and Strings album recorded in 1961! I don't think you could find a better sounding album of this kind of music. This is calm, relaxed jazz performed expertly by Webster backed by a small orchestra capably conducted by Johnny Richards.

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Bill Evans - You Must Believe In Spring

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: evansyoumu_2013) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

A superb side one backed with a very good side two, both on quiet vinyl! This relaxed piano jazz album has been one of our preferred Bill Evans releases around here, not in small part because the best copies can sound wonderful like this. The typical copy of this album lacks the energy and drive to keep the music from getting sleepy, but this side one does everything we could ask for -- it's very dynamic and full-bodied, there's real weight to the piano, and the overall sound is natural and warm. We gave it an A+++.

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Billy Joel - Songs in the Attic

CBS Half-Speed Debunked

  (Item #: joel_songs_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another Half Speed debunked.

Records with too much bass and especially too much top end can't be played loud. The louder you play them the worse they get. Try playing the average MoFi at a loud volume. All that extra 10k starts to make your brain hurt. The CBS half-speed of this album is like that. It's frustrating -- the music makes you want to turn it up but the sound says forget it. Not the good pressings. They sounds BETTER when you play them loud.

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Billy Joel - Songs in the Attic

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: joel_songs_depth) 



Presenting another entry in our extensive Listening in Depth series.

You know how you can tell when you have a Hot Stamper? It's the side you play through to the end. When the sound is right you want to hear more. Since the opening track of this record is one of the keys to knowing whether it's mastered and pressed properly, once you get past the sibilance hurdle on track one, the next step is to find out how the challenges presented by the rest of the tracks are handled on any given LP. Some advice follows.

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Billy Joel - Songs in the Attic

Our Shootout Winner from 2007

  (Item #: joel_songs_2007) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

DEMO DISC LIVE ROCK CONCERT SOUND, Baby! This one has it ALL. The sound has so many wonderful ANALOG qualities when you get a good copy -- the hash and hardness of the typical pressing just disappears, leaving surprisingly transparent and sweet sound on virtually every track. The WHOMP FACTOR here is off the scale. There are few studio recordings that have these kinds of dynamics. We forget how compressed most of them are. It takes a record like this to show you how much LIFE there is in LIVE MUSIC.

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Billy Squier - Don't Say No

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: squiedonts_2013) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

This Billy Squier LP has 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.

There's a reason this album sounds big and lively. It was produced by Mack ("& Billy" according to the liner notes), Mack being the man who produced one of the few truly amazing sounding Queen albums, The Game. If you've ever heard a serious Hot Stamper of that album, you know what we're talking about when we say it delivers the Big Rock Sound we love here at Better Records. Turn it up and rock out!

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Brian Eno / David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts

Our Shootout Winner from 2007

  (Item #: enobymylif_2007) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame.

This QUIET Original Sire LP has EXCELLENT SOUND! We just did a mini-shootout for this fun album, and this copy was the clear winner on both sides. It’s got the kind of deep, meaty, well-defined bass that’s absolutely critical to this music. The various instruments and noises have more room to breathe than on the other copies we played. The overall sound is airy, open, and spacious with excellent clarity. The percussion -- a HUGE part of this album -- sounds Right On The Money. You can really hear the sound of the skins!

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Count Basie - Kansas City 5

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: basiekansas_city_5_2016) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

Another amazingly well recorded Count Basie album, and this one is killer with Triple Triple grades. It's bigger, more solid and rich, with extension on both ends of the frequency spectrum that no other copy could match. First time on the site - a great session with a fresh sound for Basie, with Milt Jackson on vibes and Joe Pass on guitar.

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David Lindley - El Rayo-X

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: lindlelray_2010) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

After hearing Lindley's white-bread session playing on '70s albums by Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, et al., you might think the man must have a stick stuck up his butt. His solos never seem to let loose or get loose, and they rarely rock. Mercury Blues on this, his best album, is proof positive that he can rock like a wild man when he wants to. On this album, perhaps for the first time, he really does seem to want to.

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Elvis Costello - Trust

The Best Sounding Record of 1981?

  (Item #: costetrust_1981) 



With the right full-range big speaker system, one that can really move air from the midrange down, either side of Trust may end up becoming one of your favorite DEMO DISCS. The overall clarity and transparency of the best British pressings are superb, allowing you to appreciate subtleties in the top end even when the bass and drums are really POUNDING. Play Whisper to a Scream on side two for some of the best pounding on the album. If that song doesn't get your blood pumping, you need a bypass to unblock a few arteries, stat.

Is Trust the best sounding album from 1981? It gets my vote.

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Foreigner - 4

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: forei4_2016) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

What's key to the sound of Foreigner's records? Obviously the big one would have to be ENERGY, a subject we have discussed at length here on the site. Next would be punchy ROCK BASS, followed by clear, present vocals. Those would be the big three.

Many copies were gritty, some were congested in the louder sections, some never got big, some were thin and lacking the analog richness of the best -- we heard plenty of copies whose faults were obvious when played against the better sides such as these.

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Genesis - Abacab

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: genesabaca_2014) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

Another top recording from Hugh Padgham, the man who engineered The Police's best sounding album, Synchronicity, as well as Phil Collins' first album. He gets the Big, Rich, Smooth Rock Sound during the '80s like few others we know of. Tons of bass too. We also quite like the big drums and meaty guitars he was able to bring to XTC's English Settlement (a record we just never see anymore; wonder where they all went?).

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Genesis - Abacab

Simply Vinyl Debunked

  (Item #: genesabaca_svlp) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another Simply Vinyl pressing debunked.

Dreadful sound.

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Jack Sheldon - Unreleased UHQR Test Pressing

Reviewed in 2007

  (Item #: sheld_playi_uhqr) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

This is a PRACTICALLY BRAND NEW UHQR JVC Test Record. The record is virtually unplayed! The RAREST of the RARE! I'm SHOCKED at how good this record sounds. It has AMAZING live jazz sound.

Jack Sheldon - Playin' It Straight

Here’s Jack on trumpet with his Late-Show All-Stars: Alan Broadbent, piano; Pete Christlieb, tenor & baritone saxes & flute; Joel Di Bartolo, bass: Mundell Lowe, guitar; Tommy Newsom, alto sax & flute; and Ed Shaughnessy, drums.


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James Taylor - Dad Loves His Work

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: taylodadlo_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

This Hot Stamper original Columbia is THE KING, the Best Sounding Copy we have ever played -- the sound was OUT OF THIS WORLD! In fact, side two went so far beyond what we've come to expect from this album that we had to award it the rare Four Plus (A++++) grade.

The soundstage and depth on our Hot Stamper copies is HUGE -- this is without a doubt the most spacious recording by James Taylor we've ever heard. If you want your speakers to disappear, replaced by a huge studio full of musicians playing their hearts out, this is the album that can do it.

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James Taylor - Dad Loves His Work

His Most Underrated Album? Sadly, the Answer Is Yes

  (Item #: taylodadlo_underrated) 



This is one of our favorite James Taylor albums here at Better Records, a Forgotten Classic from 1981. It's the last album written and performed by this hugely talented man that bears much resemblance to the genius of his early work. It's steeply, steeply downhill after DLHW. (Case in point: His specials for PBS of the last few years are a positive cure for insomnia, with every song slowed down and all the energy drained from the material.)

But he still had fire in his belly when he made this one -- one listen to Stand and Fight is all the evidence you need; the song rocks as hard as anything the guy ever did. And it's got plenty of cowbell, always a good sign.

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James Taylor - Dad Loves His Work

What to Listen For

  (Item #: taylodadlo_wtlf) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you critically evaluate your copy of the album.

The soundstage and depth on our Hot Stamper copies is HUGE -- this is without a doubt the most spacious recording by James Taylor we've ever heard. If you want your speakers to disappear, replaced by a huge studio full of musicians playing their hearts out, this is the album that can do it. But of course there's a lot more to the sound of the best copies than a big soundstage. Tonality is key.

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Joe Jackson's Jumpin’ Jive

Get Rid of Grit and Grain The Right Way

  (Item #: jacksjumpi_advice) 



Jumpin' Jive is one of the clearest examples of an album where it is CRITICALLY IMPORTANT to make sure your stereo is running on good electricity before you make any attempt to play it. This is the kind of recording -- bright, full of energy -- that will bring most stereo systems to their knees. Of course, when you play a good copy and it really sounds good, it's a record that rewards all the time and effort you've put into your system.

So much of the aggressiveness, grit and grain that we hear in immediate, high-energy recordings such as this are really the fault of the electricity feeding the stereo, not the fault of the record or even the equipment used to play it.

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Journey - Escape

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: journescap_2013) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

A White Hot shootout winning Ultimate Side Two, on quiet vinyl no less. Side one is Super Hot, big and lively. The chorus really ROCKS on Don't Stop Believin'. The Number One album that single-handedly catapulted them into the Big Time. Stone in Love, Who's Crying Now and Open Arms all sound amazing.

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Lee Ritenour - Rit

Discovery Heavy Vinyl Debunked

  (Item #: ritenrit_discovery) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame Pressing and another Heavy Vinyl Rock or Jazz LP debunked.

We played our very good sounding Nautilus pressing against the 180g Discovery reissue that Doug Sax remastered and it SMOKED it. What a muddy piece of trash that Discovery pressing is.

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Lee Ritenour - Rit

Reviewed in 2010

  (Item #: ritenrit_nr41) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

This very nice Nautilus Half-Speed Mastered LP has SURPRISINGLY GOOD SOUND and plays pretty quiet, mostly Mint Minus. We played this against the 180g Discovery reissue that Doug Sax remastered and it SMOKED it. What a piece of muddy trash that Discovery pressing is.

Members of both Toto and Chicago play on this album, so fans of either should get a kick out of this music.


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Liszt & Weber / Ballade No. 2, Mephisto Waltz, more / Bar-Illan

Reviewed in 2011

  (Item #: lisztpiano_audiofon_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

The Liszt side here actually has the best sound. This is one of the few audiophile-oriented recordings I have ever played that actually sounded NATURAL and CORRECT. This is a very real sounding piano; there are not many recordings that can capture that instrument's weight, but this one sure does.

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Liszt / Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Arrau / Davis

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: lisztconce_arrau_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

SUPERB orchestral sound on side one, dramatically better than what you might expect from the typical Philips import pressing. The sound is BIG, rich, clear and present for the first piano concerto. The piano is percussive and weighty, and the strings have lovely texture -- this is Top Quality Sound. You know it when you hear it! We rated side one Super Hot: A++. No other side of any copy in our shootout scored higher.

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Little Feat - Hoy-Hoy

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: littlhoyho_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame.

This Warner Brothers Double LP is one of the all time TOP Little Feat albums and a longtime personal favorite. Three out of the four sides here are White Hot, as good as it gets -- A+++, and the fourth is just a half plus behind at A++1/2. It's been a very long time since a double album made it to our site with grades like these -- 11 1/2 pluses out of 12!

And side three was so good I noted that it might as well be A++++ -- no other side of the ten copies we played could touch it, not even the three other ones here. Teenage Nervous Breakdown (Live) is a real Demo Disc Quality track.

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Little Feat - Hoy-Hoy

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: littlhoyho_depth) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you critically evaluate your copy of Hoy Hoy.

The recording quality of many of these songs is OUT OF THIS WORLD, as good as any rock record I can think of. Although Waiting For Columbus is arguably the best sounding live rock 'n roll album ever made, some of the tracks on this album are every bit as good or BETTER. (And the promo EP is practically in a league of its own for sound!)

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Mel Torme - Live at Marty's

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: tormelivea_2012) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

We just finished a shootout for this album and had a blast with the ol’ Velvet Fog. Many copies of this album are transistory, gritty and dry, but this one has got enough richness and warmth to smooth out those unpleasant qualities. The immediacy and presence throughout are going to KNOCK YOU OUT. Mel is gonna be in the room with you when you play this one good and loud.

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Men At Work - Business As Usual

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: menatbusin_2015) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

The only way to hear this album sound right is on Australian, Dutch, British and even Japanese vinyl. Yes, we have heard them all. We've liked about one out of every one hundred Japanese pressings we've played over the last twenty years. We were surprised to find that the Japanese copy of Business As Usual we played many years ago was pretty good, for what that's worth, and of course we can't be sure that on our current system with our current ears we would feel the same.

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Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays - As Falls Wichita...

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: metheasfal_2017) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

This spacey music needs huge amounts of reproducible recording space to work its ethereal magic. The best sides were always the biggest, clearest and most three-dimensional, assuming they were able to retain the rich, natural, balanced tonality that is inherently key to a good record, or a great one in this case.

Hard to find them quiet though!

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Pepper, Klemmer, Griffin, et al. - Ballads By Four

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: peppeballa_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

Super Hot Stamper sound on BOTH sides of this wonderful Galaxy original pressing. There are four extended ballads, two on each side, and each of them is played with real passion and skill by this group of veteran horn men and their respective rhythm sections. The recording itself is one of the best I've heard on Galaxy, the other top Galaxy title being Art Pepper Today. Joe Henderson is the leader not mentioned in our listing title, so with his addition we have four of the best saxophone ballad players, backed by a top rhythm section, all performing material that has stood the test of time. This is the kind of record the world needs more of!

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Phil Collins - Face Value

Our Shootout Winner from 2007

  (Item #: collifacev_2007) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

This Minty British LP has two AMAZING SIDES! Song after song, Collins’ songwriting and musicianship shine with this breakout record. The sound on these Hot Stampers is VIBRANT! Side one has SUPERB extention on the top, PUNCHY BASS and excellent texture on the drums and percussion. Side two has BIG SOUND with really spacious strings and vocals.

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Phil Collins - Face Value

Whomp Factor

  (Item #: collifacev_whomp) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on what you should be listening for when critically evaluating your copy (or ours) of the album.

Until we heard some of the better copies we were simply not able to appreciate just how important good bass definition and serious weight down low are to the sound of this record. When the bass is wooly or thin, as it is on so many copies -- not clear, not deep, not full enough -- it throws the rest of the mix off. When the bass is huge and powerful the music itself becomes huge and powerful.

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Red Norvo Quintet - The Forward Look (UHQR)

  (Item #: norvoforwa_fame) 



This is a BRAND NEW UNPLAYED Reference 45 RPM Half-Speed Mastered UHQR LP. We know for a fact that this record is unplayed because through a strange set of circumstances this record, which was sealed when it got here, was opened by one of the staff. As you can imagine I was not too pleased, but there's nothing that can be done now. If you are looking for an ABSOLUTELY BRAND NEW, UNPLAYED Reference UHQR, this is the ticket. They only made 1,000 of these, so sealed or unplayed copies are virtually non-existent.
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Rickie Lee Jones - Pirates

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: jonespirat_2016) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

The typical copy of this album has a number of problems: midrange honk; hardness to the vocals; lack of presence; congestion; insufficient energy; blunted transients; grainy highs and so on. The Warner Bros. team of this era (Herscberg, Titleman, Waronker, etc.) brought us some wonderful recordings, but you'd never know it from listening to the typical '80s WB Tan Label LP, which tend to be pretty poor. Of course, search hard enough and you can find a copy that delivers some of the magic of the master tape, and that's exactly what we have here.

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Sarah Vaughan - Send In The Clowns

Our Shootout Winner from 2018

  (Item #: vaughsendi_2018) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

Sarah Vaughan's 1981 collaboration hits the site for the FIRST time and this pressing is KILLER - guaranteed to beat any copy you've ever heard. Basie's horns are really blastin' on this pressing. Sassy's remarkable vocal range and flexibility are on full display here, singing favorites including "I Got A Right To Sing The Blues," "When Your Lover Has Gone," and, of course, the title track.

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Shorty Rogers Big Band - Jazz Waltz

Leave the Originals for the Jazz Collectors

  (Item #: rogerjazzw_2014) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

The original Reprise pressing, whether in mono or stereo, has never sounded very good to us. The mono is quite a bit worse than the stereo - no surprise there - but both must be considered poor reflections of the master tape.

We sold one many years ago, describing it this way: "Beautiful Original with decent sound -- rich, smooth and sweet."

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Stevie Nicks - Bella Donna

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: nicksbella_2016) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

It's easy to spot the good ones. They're big and rich, never thin nor harsh. They open up on the top end and go down deeper on the bottom. They're smooth and full-bodied in the midrange. Stevie's vocals are breathy and present. The energy of her performance drives the music the way you want it to.

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Stevie Nicks - Bella Donna

Speculate Shmeculate

  (Item #: nicksbella_speculate) 



Another in our ongoing series of Random Thoughts on issues concerning music and recordings.

The sound of the typical copy can best be summed up in three words: thin, hard and bright. When the sound is thin or hard or bright the fun factor of this mainstream drops to zero. Stop Draggin' My Heart Around and Leather And Lace both sound great on the radio, why not on Warners vinyl? We can't blame Sheffield Labs, the original cutting house: all the copies we played -- good, bad and otherwise -- were originals and mastered by them.

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The Beatles - Revolver

1981 Parlophone Mono Reissue

  (Item #: beatlrevol_mono) 



Sonic Grade: F

A great sounding record in stereo, potentially anyway, but this later reissue in mono is so awful it deserves a special place in our Hall of Shame.

My notes for side one: hard, sour, no bass. Side two: dumbass small mono, so unclear.

We love the mono mix of For No One, but not when it sounds like this! The only Beatles vinyl we offer on our site are stereo pressings. Our reasons for doing this are straightforward enough. (Continued below)

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The Doobie Brothers - Best Of The Doobies Volume II

Our Shootout Winner from 2005

  (Item #: doobibesto_2005) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

This Warner Brothers LP has exceptionally good sound -- you would never know you are listening to a greatest hits compiliation. I bought a promo pressing recently and decided to shoot it out with two copies that had been sitting on the shelf for a long time. The Promo was not particularly impressive; neither was one of the other copies but this one stood head and shoulders above them. It's full of ambience; the sound is rich and sweet; the vocals are tonally correct and not spitty; and the more you play it, the better you like it -- the shortest definition of a Better Record I know of.

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The Police - Ghost in the Machine

Nautilus Debunked

  (Item #: policghost_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another Half Speed debunked.

And to think we used to actually like the sound of the Nautilus pressing! It suffers from all the same shortcomings other Nautilus and similar half-speeds suffer from: the kind of pretty but lifeless and oh-so-boring sound that we describe in listing after listing. (More bad Nautilus pressings are discussed below.)

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The Police - Ghost in the Machine

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: policghost_2009) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame.

Ghost In The Machine is a VERY tough album to get to sound right, but this pressing absolutely NAILED IT on side one. I’m talking about A+++, As Good As It Gets, Master Tape Quality Sound -- and you Police fanatics are going to flip when you hear it. We’ve been scooping up copies with various stampers that have shown promise in the past, but unfortunately most of them we played did nothing for us.

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The Pretenders - Pretenders II

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: pretepreteII_2017) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame and another in the long list of recordings that really comes alive when you Turn Up Your Volume.

This original British pressing has the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records cannot even BEGIN to reproduce. Folks, that sound is gone and it sure isn't showing signs of coming back. If you love hearing INTO a recording, actually being able to "see" the performers, and feeling as if you are sitting in the studio with the band, this is the record for you.

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The Rolling Stones - Tattoo You

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: rollitatto_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

THE BEST SIDE TWO WE'VE HEARD, which means we've never heard Waiting On A Friend sound this good on any other copy! We just finished a huge shootout for this 1981 Stones album, one that the All Music Guide tags as "essential latter-day Stones". In the tradition of other late '70s / early '80s Stones albums (Some Girls, Goats Head Soup, It's Only Rock And Roll), the sound is a bit raw at times, but a copy like this one gives you enough energy, body and richness to make for some very enjoyable serious listening.

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Tom Petty - Hard Promises

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: pettyhardp_2014) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

The best copy we've heard in years, with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides -- "The Waiting" sounds superb. You get incredible energy and presence, full extension up top and real weight down low. Many copies can get thin and edgy -- especially on the vocals -- but not this one.

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Vivaldi - Cello Concertos -- Paul Tortelier

Reviewed in 2011

  (Item #: vivalcello_emi) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

This is a minty EMI British Pressing from 1981 featuring Paul Tortelier on the cello. The sound is very good in the EMI tradition, but even better, the music is WONDERFUL. These Vivaldi concertos are lovely. I was unfamiliar with them, so discovering this music today was a joy. And the vinyl is VERY QUIET. This record plays like it's brand new, which is what it appears to be. The cover is mint as well.

Contains "Concerto in G Minor for Two Cellos" and "Concerto in C for Violin and Two Cellos".

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What We Listen For on Elvis Costello's Trust

The Bass Is (Almost) All

  (Item #: costetrust_listen) 



There’s a TON of low-end on this record; regrettably, most copies suffer from either a lack of bass or a lack of bass definition. I can’t tell you how much you’re missing when the bass isn’t right on this album. (Or if you have the typical bass-shy audiophile speaker, yuck.)

It’s without a doubt THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT of the sound on this album. When the bass is right, everything falls into place, and the music comes powerfully to life. When the bass is lacking or ill-defined, the music seems labored; the moment-to-moment rhythmic changes in the songs blur together, and the band just doesn’t swing the way it’s supposed to.

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