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White Hot Stamper

The Beatles
The White Album

  (Item #: beatlwhite_2001_5) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • 11 pluses out of a possible 12?! Folks, this Triple Plus (A+++) White Hot White Album is just plain UNBEATABLE
  • This copy of the Beatles' double album masterpiece is going to thrill and delight the lucky person who snags it
  • Some of the most powerful and immersive Beatles sound you will ever hear - we guarantee you will be KNOCKED OUT
  • "If there is still any doubt that Lennon and McCartney are the greatest song writers since Schubert, then next Friday - with the publication of the new Beatles double LP - should surely see the last vestiges of cultural snobbery and bourgeois prejudice swept away in a deluge of joyful music making..." Right On!
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The Beatles
Magical Mystery Tour

  (Item #: beatlmagic_2006) 

Our Price: $549.99

  • Incredible Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from beginning to end, this copy is guaranteed to blow your mind
  • A stunning copy with some of the best Beatles sound money can buy - superb work from Ken Scott here
  • Demo Quality Sound for I Am The Walrus, Strawberry Fields Forever, Baby You're A Rich Man and more
  • You won't believe how powerful the sound is - it's big, rich, open and lively beyond any expectations you may have had
  • A longtime Top 100 album and Psych Masterpiece that knocks us out every time we do the shootout for it
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Yes
Fragile

  (Item #: yes__fragi_2005) 

Our Price: $549.99

  • Astonishing Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides - Roundabout and Long Distance Runaround will blow your mind
  • Superb clarity, ZERO smear, astonishing transparency thanks to Eddie Offord's superb engineering
  • AMG 5 stars, our Top 100, and the second of the band's three Must Own Prog Rock Masterpieces*
  • "Fragile was Yes' breakthrough album... it also marked the point where all of the elements of the music (and more) that would define their success for more than a decade fell into place fully formed."
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White Hot Stamper

Burt Bacharach
Casino Royale

  (Item #: bachacasin_2002_6) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side one and a better than Double Plus (A++ to A+++) side two, this copy is practically as good as it gets
  • A record that has its share of problems, but if you've got the system for it (huge, heavily tweaked, fast, undistorted, highly resolving and free from obvious colorations), this pressing is guaranteed to handily beat all comers
  • A TAS List favorite - The Look of Love with Shootout Winning warmth, richness and immediacy? Here is the sound you never thought you'd hear
  • "The more recognizable and certainly more straightforward side of Bacharach is here, too, on the Dusty Springfield smash 'The Look of Love.' This is one of Bacharach's best soundtracks..."
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Chicago
Chicago II

  (Item #: chicachica2_2006_1) 

Our Price: $449.99

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

  (Item #: ledze4_2007) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A Hard Rockin' Zep IV, one that earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Dramatically fuller, smoother and more tonally correct than practically any pressing you could hope to find, this one makes it possible to get the volume up good and loud where it belongs
  • Here are the Rock and Roll Classics that reign supreme to this very day - Black Dog, Rock & Roll, Stairway to Heaven, When the Levee Breaks, every one sounding better than you've ever heard them or your money back
  • 5 stars: "Encompassing heavy metal, folk, pure rock & roll, and blues, Led Zeppelin's untitled fourth album is a monolithic record, defining not only Led Zeppelin but the sound and style of '70s hard rock."
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Yes
Close To The Edge

  (Item #: yes__close_2004) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • An amazing copy of this Prog Blockbuster, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides
  • An incredibly complex recording, with huge organs, light-speed changes and an abundance of multi-tracked parts
  • A recording that will push even the highest quality, most heavily tweaked stereo to its limits - if you can play this record good and loud, you can play anything
  • 5 stars: "Close to the Edge represented the musical, lyrical, and sonic culmination of all that Yes had worked toward over the past five years. In 1972, Close to the Edge was a flawless masterpiece."
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The Beatles
The White Album

  (Item #: beatlwhite_2005) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • You'll find crazy good sound throughout this British pressing, with a Triple Plus (A+++) side two, and sides three and four coming in just shy of our Shootout Winner at Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) -- exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Shootout Winning sound for some of the best songs on the album: Martha My Dear; I’m So Tired; Blackbird; Rocky Raccoon; Piggies; Don’t Pass Me By; Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?; I Will and Julia
  • "If there is still any doubt that Lennon and McCartney are the greatest song writers since Schubert, then next Friday - with the publication of the new Beatles double LP - should surely see the last vestiges of cultural snobbery and bourgeois prejudice swept away in a deluge of joyful music making..." Right On!
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White Hot Stamper

Derek and the Dominos
Layla

  (Item #: dereklayla_2002_6) 

Our Price: $349.99

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

  (Item #: walshbutse_2007) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • This solo effort boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • A hard album to find with sound like this AND quiet surfaces, but here one is
  • 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
  • 4 1/2 stars: "As far as studio albums go, But Seriously Folks is Joe Walsh's most insightful and melodic... The album's introspective outlook glides through rejuvenation ('Tomorrow,' 'Over and Over'), recapturing the simple pleasures of the past ('Indian Summer'), mid-career indecision, and a melancholy instrumental."
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The Doors
The Soft Parade

  (Item #: doorssoftp_1906_10_12_02) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • With Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it throughout, this copy will be all but impossible to beat!
  • The sound is incredibly powerful from start to finish -- big, rich, full-bodied, present and lively -- thanks Bruce Botnick, where would The Doors be without you?
  • Full of great songs: Touch Me, Runnin' Blue, Wild Child, Wishful Sinful and the amazingly trippy Soft Parade extended suite (with Triple Plus sound no less)
  • "Much like a true “parade” of an English fugue, the song morphs from Morrison’s a capella sermon-like intro to a Baroque ballad to a show tune-like section to the long rock outro, the music masterfully following the flowing, stream of consciousness lyric." Hell yeah!
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Creedence Clearwater Revival
Willy and the Poor Boys

  (Item #: creedwilly_2004) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Both sides earned Triple Plus (A+++) grades, a huge step up over every other copy in our shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Whatever you do, don't waste your money on the awful Heavy Vinyl remasters of CCR's albums that Acoustic Sounds commissioned - they are so wrong it will make your head ache
  • Features Down On The Corner, Fortunate Son, Midnight Special and more
  • 5 stars: "[A] fun record, perhaps the breeziest album CCR ever made. Fogerty's rage remains, blazing to the forefront on "Fortunate Son," a working-class protest song that cuts harder than any of the explicit Vietnam protest songs of the era, one of the reasons that it hasn't aged where its peers have. Also, there's that unbridled vocal from Fogerty and the ferocious playing on CCR..."
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White Hot Stamper

Jennifer Warnes
Famous Blue Raincoat

  (Item #: warnefamou_2001_03) 

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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White Hot Stamper

Joe Walsh
So What

  (Item #: walshsowha_2003_6) 

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


  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side two and a better than Double Plus (A++ to A+++) side one, this copy is practically as good as it gets
  • 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 only way to go
  • Includes a couple of classic tracks, notably Welcome to the Club and a remake of Turn to Stone
  • You'll hear most of the Eagles playing on this one, produced and engineered by the redoubtable Bill Szymczyk
  • "So What sees Walsh in top form as a guitarist. Most of the nine tracks feature solos of unquestionable quality in his usual rock style."
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White Hot Stamper

Michael Jackson
Thriller

  (Item #: jacksthril_2001_5) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side one, a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two, and exceptionally quiet vinyl on both, we guarantee this will be by far the best sounding Thriller you've ever heard -
  • The sound is HUGE - wide, deep, and open, with a solid bottom end and relentless rhythmic energy to spare
  • Shootout Winning sound for Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' and Thriller - they are out of this world, but that's not fair, since every track on this copy is good enough to blow your mind
  • 5 stars: "This was a record that had something for everybody, building on the basic blueprint of Off the Wall by adding harder funk, hard rock, softer ballads, and smoother soul — expanding the approach to have something for every audience."
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Paul Simon
Still Crazy After All These Years

  (Item #: simonstill_2005) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This KILLER pressing earned Shootout Winning QUADRUPLE Plus (A++++) sound on the first side and Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first
  • The immediacy of the vocals is striking, putting a living, breathing Paul Simon right between your speakers
  • An extremely tough album to find with the kind of big, spacious, Tubey Magical sound this pressing offers
  • Clean, clear and open are nice qualities to have, but the richer, smoother, more natural sounding copies are the ones that win our shootouts
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...he was never more in tune with his audience: Still Crazy topped the charts, spawned four Top 40 hits, and won Grammys for Song of the Year and Best Vocal Performance."
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White Hot Stamper

Roxy Music
Siren

  (Item #: roxymsiren_2005) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • You'll find insanely good Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades on both sides of this early pressing of Roxy's Art Rock classic from 1975
  • The sound here is incredibly rich and full-bodied with a ton of bottom end weight, much less grain, and much more Tubey Magic than every other copy we played it against
  • Some of Bryan Ferry's strongest and most consistent songwriting - Love Is The Drug, End of the Line, Sentimental Fool and more
  • 5 stars: "Abandoning the intoxicating blend of art rock and glam-pop that distinguished Stranded and Country Life, Roxy Music concentrates on Bryan Ferry's suave, charming crooner persona for the elegantly modern Siren."
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White Hot Stamper

Steely Dan
Katy Lied

  (Item #: steelkatyl_2001_6ex) 

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


  • A KILLER copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • The sound is HUGE -- big, bold, dynamic, and lively, just the way you want The Dan to sound
  • Take it from Steely Dan: "The sound created by musicians and singers is reproduced as faithfully as possible, and special care is taken to preserve the band-width and transient response of each performance."
  • Our pick for the best Dan album of them all, a Masterpiece of Jazzy Swing Pop that is sure to reward hundreds of plays
  • 5 stars: "Each song is given a glossy sheen, one that accentuates not only the stronger pop hooks, but also the precise technical skill of the professional musicians drafted to play the solos."
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The Beatles
Yellow Submarine

  (Item #: beatlyello_1909_12_4) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • For the first time in over a year, a KILLER sounding copy of Yellow Submarine with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout
  • This pressing is clean, clear, solid and energetic - just the right sound for this classic Beatles music
  • The only place to find the All-Time Classic Hey Bulldog, as well as All Together Now and It's All Too Much
  • "All You Need Is Love" debuted in a true stereo mix on LP for this album. Only four new Beatles songs appeared on the album, and two were recorded specifically for the film: "All Together Now" and "Hey Bulldog."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet UK Vinyl)

Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Emerson...

  (Item #: emersemers_1911_02_) 

Our Price: $249.99

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

George Harrison
All Things Must Pass

  (Item #: harriallth_2006_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

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

  (Item #: mitchblue_2006_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Outstanding sound throughout for arguably Joni's greatest album with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • Full-bodied and balanced with the kind of smooth musicality that's not always easy to find for Blue
  • A Better Records Top 100 title that belongs in any audiophile music collection worthy of the name
  • 5 stars: "Sad, spare, and beautiful, Blue is the quintessential confessional singer/songwriter album. Forthright and poetic, Joni Mitchell's songs are raw nerves, tales of love and loss (two words with relative meaning here) etched with stunning complexity..."
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The Beatles
Magical Mystery Tour

  (Item #: beatlmagic_1909_1_6) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This vintage German pressing earned outstanding Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Some of the best Beatles sound money can buy - Geoff Emerick, Eddie Kramer and Ken Scott all deserve kudos for their fine work here
  • Wonderfully Tubey Magical sound for I Am The Walrus, Strawberry Fields Forever, The Fool On The Hill, Baby You're A Rich Man, Penny Lane and more
  • Until you play one of these True Stereo German pressings, you can't have heard MMT sound as big and lively as this LP - we guarantee it
  • A Top 100 album and Psych Masterpiece that still knocks us out to this day
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White Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Spirit
Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus

  (Item #: spiritwelv_1907_11) 

Our Price: $249.99

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

Bruce Springsteen
Born In The U.S.A.

  (Item #: sprinborni_1909_02) 

Our Price: $249.99

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

  (Item #: sprindarkn_2005) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This KILLER pressing boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The piano was solid and weighty, and there's a fair amount of Tubey Magic considering the troubled history of the project
  • The background vocals absolutely jump out of the speakers on this copy - track after track, the life and energy get bigger and better
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - if you want to hear the size and energy of this classic from 1978, this is the only way to go
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Springsteen presented these hard truths in hard rock settings, the tracks paced by powerful drumming and searing guitar solos."
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Elton John
Elton John

  (Item #: john_elton_2005) 

Our Price: $249.99

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

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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White Hot Stamper

Mussorgsky et al. / Danse Infernale / Fiedler

  (Item #: mussodanse_2004) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades on both sides make this the consistently best sounding batch of Orchestral Showpieces we have ever played
  • After a two year hiatus, our favorite performance of Night on Bald Mountain is back, and it's guaranteed to blow your mind (and maybe a woofer or two)
  • Side one also boasts an excellent Danse Macabre, with a powerful finish that may remind you of the thrill of live orchestral music
  • Side two contains a wonderfully exciting Sorcerer's Apprentice
  • Both sides are clear and transparent, with huge hall space extending wall to wall and floor to ceiling
  • Watch your levels - this pressing is dramatically more DYNAMIC than most Golden Age recordings
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

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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Simon & Garfunkel
Bridge Over Troubled Water

  (Item #: simonbridg_2006_3ex) 

Our Price: $199.99

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

  (Item #: doorssoftp_2004) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound and fairly quiet vinyl on both sides, this copy will be very hard to beat
  • The sound is rich and lively, with solid brass and punchy drums - thanks Bruce Botnick, where would The Doors be without you?
  • Full of great songs: Touch Me, Runnin' Blue, Wild Child, Wishful Sinful and the amazingly trippy Soft Parade extended suite
  • "Much like a true “parade” of an English fugue, the song morphs from Morrison’s a capella sermon-like intro to a Baroque ballad to a show tune-like section to the long rock outro, the music masterfully following the flowing, stream of consciousness lyric." Hell yeah!
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Creedence Clearwater Revival
Creedence Clearwater...

  (Item #: creedcreed_1905_7_9_12_6) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Wow - Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • These sides are exceptionally low-distortion, solid, dynamic, with the neutral tonality completely missing from the current spate of reissues
  • Featuring classics such as I Put a Spell on You, the extended-length jam Susie Q (8:37, perfect for Underground Radio), The Working Man, Porterville and more
  • 4 stars: "CCR's self-titled debut album was gloriously out-of-step with the times, teeming with John Fogerty's Americana fascinations. ... the band's sound is vibrant, with gutsy arrangements that borrow equally from Sun, Stax, and the swamp."
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James Gang
Thirds

  (Item #: jamesthird_2001_6ex) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Off the charts "Triple Triple" (A+++) sound for this classic James Gang album - both sides earned our top grade of Triple Plus
  • BIGGER and RICHER than the competition, with by far the most Tubey Magic and energy, no other copy in our shootout could touch this bad boy for sound
  • A copy sure to make you a fan of Joe Walsh's grungy guitar artistry - turn up Walk Away on this side one and it will blow your mind
  • 4 Stars: "... Walsh was being hailed as a guitar hero to rank with the best rock had to offer... Thirds quickly earned a respectable chart position and eventually went gold..."
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Joni Mitchell
Court and Spark

  (Item #: mitchcourt_2003) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A stunning copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side coupled with an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side two
  • The sound is rich, warm and natural, with wonderful transparency, ambience and loads of Tubey Magic
  • Musically this is one of our favorite Joni albums here at Better Records, and probably her Best Recording as well
  • Court and Spark recently joined Blue on our Top 100 Rock and Pop List for 2019 - yes, it's that good sounding when it's mastered and pressed as well as this copy is
  • 5 stars: "[A] remarkably deft fusion of folk, pop, and jazz ... the music is smart, smooth, and assured from the first note to the last."
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Joni Mitchell
Song To A Seagull

  (Item #: mitchsongt_1908_12) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This stunning copy boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the first
  • The vocals are breathy and clear, and the overall sound is rich, full and Tubey Magical with especially lovely guitar tone
  • Our favorite early Joni Mitchell album by far - as good as her others are, this one has a special charm we can find on no other record, by Joni or anyone else
  • "What sets this release apart from those of other confession-style singer/songwriters of the time is the craft, subtlety, and evocative power of Mitchell's lyrics and harmonic style... "
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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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Simon & Garfunkel
Bookends

  (Item #: simonbooke_2005) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An excellent 360 stereo pressing earning outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • These killer copies have lovely midrange magic on the guitars and voices, as well as plenty of studio ambience on most tracks, especially the simpler, more folky ones
  • An album that has become much tougher to come by on the early label, especially copies that play this well and sound this good
  • Top 100, Five Stars, and some of this duo's best music - side two alone has four classics: Fakin' It, Mrs. Robinson, A Hazy Shade of Winter and At the Zoo
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The Monkees
Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.

  (Item #: monkepisce_1905_10_03) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This 1967 Stereo pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from beginning to end
  • These two sides are exceptionally (for this album) smooth, rich, sweet, and clear - and the vinyl is crazy QUIET for a Monkees album
  • Forget the early albums, we've never heard any of them sound good - their fourth release is practically the only one with audiophile potential
  • 4 1/2 stars: "To think that both this album and Headquarters came out the same year! Most bands would be lucky to have two albums this good come out their entire career. Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. is a must-have for any fan of smart, fun, and exciting '60s pop. It doesn't get much better than this."
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White Hot Stamper

Bernard Herrmann / Citizen Kane & Other Classic Film Scores

  (Item #: herrmcitiz_1902_6_11_6) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Amazing Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side for the Citizen Kane Suite!) and Double Plus (A++) on the second; one of the best copies to hit the site in many years
  • The brass is huge on Citizen Kane, with accurate timbre - side two offers rich strings and a powerful, weighty piano for the Concerto Macabre
  • By far the single best Bernard Herrmann disc we know of - A Must Own for any serious audiophile
  • After playing records for 50+ years this is still some of the most emotionally moving music I've ever heard
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Jennifer Warnes
Famous Blue Raincoat

  (Item #: warnefamou_1906_10_12ex) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An absolutely amazing copy of this longtime audiophile favorite, with stunning nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides, just shy of our Shootout Winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl for the most part too
  • Turn this copy up good and loud (which you can do when the sound is right) and you'll have a living, breathing Jennifer Warnes standing right between your speakers
  • The space, resolution, and clarity here are wonderful - for evidence just look to the rosiny texture on the string arrangement of the Song of Bernadette
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The high point may have been the Warnes-Cohen duet on "Joan of Arc," but the album was consistently impressive."
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Prince
1999

  (Item #: princ1999_1910_01) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: mitchcourt_2004) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding early pressing with seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Of the ten or so copies that we have in stock with condition grades, this is the only one that played this quiet
  • It's rich, warm and natural with wonderful transparency, loads of ambience and - this is key - Tubey Magic
  • One of our very favorite Joni albums here at Better Records, and probably The Best Sounding Record She Ever Made
  • 5 stars: "A remarkably deft fusion of folk, pop, and jazz ... the music is smart, smooth, and assured from the first note to the last."
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Derek and the Dominos
Layla

  (Item #: dereklayla_2006ex) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: steelcount_2002_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This Steely Dan favorite boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl for this title too
  • Razor Boy (a personal favorite), Show Biz Kids, My Old School, Pearl of the Quarter and King of the World are superb here
  • Richer and clearer, with a more solid bottom end - this is the sound that lets the only real rock album this band ever made actually ROCK the way it should
  • 5 stars: "...its eight songs are rich with either musical or lyrical detail that their album rock or art rock contemporaries couldn't hope to match."
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The Rolling Stones
Some Girls

  (Item #: rollisomeg_2004) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this copy of the Stones' landmark 1978 album - exceptionally QUIET vinyl too
  • It's got weight, punch, energy and fullness, qualities key to the best sounding pressings, and the vinyl is as quiet as we can find - there is no other copy on the site at the time of this writing that plays as well
  • Tons of great songs - Miss You, Beast of Burden and Shattered, all sounding shockingly good - thanks Chris Kimsey!
  • 5 stars: "Opening with the disco-blues thump of "Miss You," Some Girls is a tough, focused, and exciting record, full of more hooks and energy than any Stones record since Exile on Main St. Even Their rockers sound harder and nastier than they have in years."
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Neil Young
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

  (Item #: youngevery_2004_) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides, this copy of Neil's breakthrough second album ROCKS - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • The best tracks have that Live-in-the-Studio quality Neil is famous for (of which Zuma is the best example), with minimal processing and maximum ENERGY
  • Includes some of the man's most beloved classics: "Cinnamon Girl," "Cowgirl in the Sand," and "Down by the River," just to name three
  • 5 stars: "[EKTIN] was breathtakingly different when it appeared in May 1969, both for Young and for rock in general... it set a musical pattern Young has followed ever since. 30 years later, he was still playing this sort of music with Crazy Horse, and a lot of contemporary bands were playing music clearly influenced by it."
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Blood, Sweat & Tears
Blood, Sweat & Tears

  (Item #: bloodblood_2004) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Both sides of this outstanding original 360 pressing earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades for sound and play reasonably quietly, all things considered
  • The only versions of the album we sell are the 360 originals, but most of the dozens plus stamper numbers we know cannot hold a candle to this pressing
  • The sound is HUGE, rich, dynamic and POWERFUL - BS&T is a permanent member of our Top 100 and a Demo Disc par excellence
  • This is surely Roy Halee's engineering masterpiece, and here's the kind of pressing that, given the right equipment, room, and setup, can really make our case
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Their finest moment and a testimony to the best of the jazz/rock movement ... The album is bold, brassy and adventurous."
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Blood, Sweat & Tears
Blood, Sweat & Tears

  (Item #: bloodblood_2005) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Both sides of this outstanding original 360 pressing earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades for sound and play reasonably quietly, all things considered
  • The only versions of the album we sell are the 360 originals, but most of the dozens plus stamper numbers we know cannot hold a candle to this pressing
  • The sound is HUGE, rich, dynamic and POWERFUL - BS&T is a permanent member of our Top 100 and a Demo Disc par excellence
  • This is surely Roy Halee's engineering masterpiece, and here's the kind of pressing that, given the right equipment, room, and setup, can really make our case
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Their finest moment and a testimony to the best of the jazz/rock movement ... The album is bold, brassy and adventurous."
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Chicago
Chicago II

  (Item #: chicachica2_2006_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: jethraqual_2004) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This superb copy of Jethro Tull's fourth studio album boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER from first note to last
  • The sound is excellent from start to finish - big, punchy, present, tubey and bursting with Rock and Roll energy
  • A Better Records Top 100 title that still floors us on the better copies, with sound that will jump right out of your speakers
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... one of the most astonishing progressions in rock history... the degree to which Tull upped the ante here is remarkable... Varied but cohesive, Aqualung is widely regarded as Tull's finest hour."
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Joe Walsh
But Seriously, Folks...

  (Item #: walshbutse_2001_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better copies we played in our recent shootout
  • A hard album to find with sound like this AND quiet surfaces - hey, we're doing the best we can
  • 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
  • 4 1/2 stars: "As far as studio albums go, But Seriously Folks is Joe Walsh's most insightful and melodic... The album's introspective outlook glides through rejuvenation ('Tomorrow,' 'Over and Over'), recapturing the simple pleasures of the past ('Indian Summer'), mid-career indecision, and a melancholy instrumental."
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Joe Walsh
So What

  (Item #: walshsowha_2004) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides of this outstanding copy of Walsh's third studio album
  • 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 only way to go
  • Includes a couple of classic tracks, notably Welcome to the Club and a remake of Turn to Stone
  • You'll hear most of the Eagles playing on this one, produced and engineered by the redoubtable Bill Szymczyk
  • "So What sees Walsh in top form as a guitarist. Most of the nine tracks feature solos of unquestionable quality in his usual rock style."
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Super Hot Stamper (quiet)

Bruce Springsteen
Darkness On The Edge Of Town

  (Item #: sprindarkn_1910_4) 

Our Price: $129.99
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  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this original pressing has the right sound for Darkness... and a healthy dose of analog magic in its grooves - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - if you want to hear the size and energy of this classic from 1978, this is the only way to go
  • The piano is solid and weighty, and there's a fair amount of Tubey Magic considering the troubled history of the project
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Springsteen presented these hard truths in hard rock settings, the tracks paced by powerful drumming and searing guitar solos."
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Yes
Close To The Edge

  (Item #: yes__close_2001_1) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Two killer earning seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades - these early pressings are the only ones that can make any sense of this challenging music
  • An incredibly complex recording, with huge organs, light-speed changes and an abundance of multi-tracked parts
  • And the other good news is that the vinyl on this copy is exceptionally quiet for this title - on the low side of Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus, about as quiet as we can find them
  • 5 stars: "Close to the Edge comprised just three tracks, the epic "And You and I" and "Siberian Khatru," plus a side-long title track that represented the musical, lyrical, and sonic culmination of all that Yes had worked toward over the past five years."
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Jennifer Warnes
Famous Blue Raincoat

  (Item #: warnefamou_1910_03) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An absolutely magical copy, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - 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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Miles Davis
Bitches Brew

  (Item #: davisbitch_2006) 

Our Price: $119.99

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

  (Item #: steelkatyl_2002_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other Katy Lied you've ever heard
  • Take it from The Dan: "The sound created by musicians and singers is reproduced as faithfully as possible, and special care is taken to preserve the band-width and transient response of each performance."
  • Our pick for the best Dan album of them all, a Masterpiece of Jazzy Swing Pop that is sure to reward hundreds of plays in the decades to come
  • 5 stars: "Each song is given a glossy sheen, one that accentuates not only the stronger pop hooks, but also the precise technical skill of the professional musicians drafted to play the solos."
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The Beatles
Help

  (Item #: beatlhelp_2006_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Two killer sides with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER - we guarantee you've never heard Help sound better - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Want to hear The Beatles at their Tubey Magical best? Just play You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away on this UK stereo pressing
  • Everything that's great about Help is here - jangly 12 string guitars, harmonically rich tambourines, and breathy vocals
  • Side one alone boasts 7 classics: Help!, The Night Before, You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, I Need You, Another Girl, You’re Gonna Lose That Girl and Ticket to Ride - whew!
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Joni Mitchell
Blue

  (Item #: mitchblue_2007ex) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Outstanding sound throughout for arguably Joni's greatest album with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades
  • Full-bodied and balanced with the kind of smooth musicality that's not always easy to find for Blue
  • A Better Records Top 100 title that belongs in any audiophile music collection worthy of the name
  • 5 stars: "Sad, spare, and beautiful, Blue is the quintessential confessional singer/songwriter album. Forthright and poetic, Joni Mitchell's songs are raw nerves, tales of love and loss (two words with relative meaning here) etched with stunning complexity..."
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Airto
Fingers

  (Item #: airtofinge_1909) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Excellent from first note to last - Double Plus sound (A++) on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Incredibly impressive funky Brazilian jazz sound with HUGE lifelike percussion - thanks RVG!
  • "Produced by Taylor and recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's famous New Jersey studio, this LP demonstrates just how exciting and creative 1970s fusion could be. When Moreira and his colleagues blend jazz with Brazilian music, rock and funk on such cuts as "Wind Chant," "Tombo in 7/4" and "Romance of Death," the results are consistently enriching. Fingers is an album to savor."
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Creedence Clearwater Revival
Bayou Country

  (Item #: creedbayou_2004) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other Bayou Country you've heard
  • Proud Mary and Good Golly Miss Molly are two of the better sounding tracks found on the album - you can be sure that this pressing has them swamp rockin' like crazy
  • Our pick for the best sounding CCR recording, but only if you have a copy with sonics like these
  • "All the songs add up to a superb statement of purpose, a record that captures Creedence Clearwater Revival's muscular, spare, deceptively simple sound as an evocative portrait of America."
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Dire Straits
Brothers In Arms

  (Item #: diresbroth_1910_7) 

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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INXS
Kick

  (Item #: inxs_kick_1912) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • INXS's one true Masterpiece comes to the site with two excellent sides, rating Double Plus (A++) grades for sound or close to them - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Surprisingly rich and full-bodied, the best copies really ROCK with big bass and punchy drums.
  • The Big Rock sound comes 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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Miles Davis
Sketches Of Spain

  (Item #: davissketc_2003) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This vintage Columbia pressing offers excellent Double Plus (A++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The good copies capture the realistic sound of Davis's horn, the body, the breath and the bite (and not a little of the squawk as well)
  • Balanced, clear and undistorted, this 30th Street recording shows just how good Columbia's engineers were back then
  • 5 stars: "Sketches of Spain is the most luxuriant and stridently romantic recording Davis ever made. To listen to it in the 21st century is still a spine-tingling experience..."
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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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Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66
Fool on the Hill

  (Item #: mendefoolo_2006) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other Fool on the Hill you've heard
  • Sergio's unique rearrangement of two songs in particular here make this a Must Own album: Scarborough Fair and title trackl
  • Top engineers for A&M, Henry Lewy and Larry Levine, capture the natural, breathy intimacy in the voices of these wonderful female leads - Lani Hall, Karen Philipp and Gracinha Leporace
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Even though he had become thoroughly embedded in the consciousness of mainstream America, Mendes still managed to have it three ways, exposing first-class tunes from little-known Brazilian talent, garnering commercial hits, and also making some fine records."
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Neil Young
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

  (Item #: youngevery_2006) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This vintage copy of Neil's second studio album boasts very good Hot Stamper Sound (side one is actually A++) from first note to last
  • Reasonably quiet vinyl, Mint Minus Minus throughout - it's hard to find them any quieter
  • Includes some of Neil Young's most beloved classics: "Cinnamon Girl," "Cowgirl in the Sand," and "Down by the River" just to name three
  • 5 stars: "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere was breathtakingly different when it appeared in May 1969, both for Young and for rock in general, and it reversed his commercial fortunes...."
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The Beatles
Yellow Submarine

  (Item #: beatlyello_1912_6) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This outstanding copy of Yellow Submarine boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - relatively quiet vinyl too
  • With this side one, you get the actual songs from the film with top quality sound and vinyl that is as quiet as we can find
  • The only place to find the All-Time Classic Hey Bulldog, as well as All Together Now and It's All Too Much
  • "All You Need Is Love" debuted in a true stereo mix on LP for this album. Only four new Beatles songs appeared on the album, and two were recorded specifically for the film: "All Together Now" and "Hey Bulldog."
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Steely Dan
The Royal Scam

  (Item #: steelroyal_1912) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This outstanding copy of Royal Scam has energy and drive, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER - mostly quiet vinyl too
  • This pressing of The Dan's hard-rockin' classic from 1976 has the right sound for this music - rich and meaty, with powerful rhythmic energy
  • "Drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie lashes out the rolling grooves on most of the nine tracks, establishing the album's anxious feel, and Larry Carlton's jaw-dropping guitar work provides a running commentary to Fagen's strangulated vocals... These are not the sort of Steely Dan songs favored by smooth-jazz stations."
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Level 42
World Machine

  (Item #: levelworld_1810_4_10) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this UK pressing is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other Level 42 album you've ever heard - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is huge - richer, bigger, clearer and more open than most of the other copies we played
  • A Better Records favorite for more than thirty years, the rare '80s album that holds up today
  • The big hit Something About You ROCKS on this copy - only these British originals let you turn it up and hear it right
  • "World Machine pushes their newfound radio-friendly sound into the forefront, and the result is one of the finest pop albums of the mid-'80s. "Something About You" exemplifies Level 42's sound at the peak of its success."
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The Rolling Stones
Some Girls

  (Item #: rollisomeg_1912) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides of this copy of the Stones' landmark 1978 album
  • It's got everything you want - weight, punch, energy and fullness, qualities key to the best sounding pressings
  • Tons of great songs - Miss You, Beast of Burden and Shattered, all sounding shockingly good on this copy
  • 5 Stars: "Some Girls may not have the back-street aggression of their '60s records, or the majestic, drugged-out murk of their early-'70s work, but its brand of glitzy, decadent hard rock still makes it a definitive Stones album."
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Joni Mitchell
Court and Spark

  (Item #: mitchcourt_1912_2) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • An outstanding early pressing with seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides
  • It's rich, warm and natural with wonderful transparency, loads of ambience and - this is key - Tubey Magic
  • One of our very favorite Joni albums here at Better Records, and probably The Best Sounding Record She Ever Made
  • "Playing behind her, musicians like Scott, guitarist Larry Carlton, drummer John Guerin and trumpeter Chuck Findley add colors and depth to songs that stretch melodies and vocal lines in surprising directions. And as always with Mitchell, the lyrics penetrate deftly to the painful core of feeling beneath the requisitely cool coupling of the early Seventies." Rolling Stone
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Super Hot Stamper

Bruce Springsteen
Darkness On The Edge Of Town

  (Item #: sprindarkn_1909_01) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this original pressing has the right sound for Darkness... and a healthy dose of analog magic in its grooves
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - if you want to hear the size and energy of this classic from 1978, this is the only way to go
  • The piano is solid and weighty, and there's a fair amount of Tubey Magic considering the troubled history of the project
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Springsteen presented these hard truths in hard rock settings, the tracks paced by powerful drumming and searing guitar solos."
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Hot Stamper

Dire Straits
Brothers In Arms

  (Item #: diresbroth_2006_1) 

Our Price: $49.99

  • This Hot Stamper pressing (which is actually Super Hot on one side) 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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Super Hot Stamper (With Issues)

Jimmy Smith
Bashin'

  (Item #: smithbashi_1812_4_10) 

Our Price: $49.99

  • One of the better copies from our most recent shootout of this Big Band Jazz classic led by Jimmy Smith's organ; Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • If you choose to only own one Jimmy Smith album, make it this one - the first side swings like you will not believe
  • A Five Star album on Allmusic: "On the first half of the program, Smith was for the first time joined by a big band. Oliver Nelson provided the arrangements, trumpeter Joe Newman and altoist Phil Woods have a solo apiece, and "Walk on the Wild Side" became Smith's biggest hit up to that point."
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Advances in Playback Technology

More Than Blind Faith

  (Item #: blindblind_advances) 



In a 2007 commentary for the Hot Stamper pressing of Blind Faith we noted that

When it finally all comes together for such a famously compromised recording, it’s nothing less than a THRILL. More than anything else, the sound is RIGHT. Like Layla or Surrealistic Pillow, this is no demo disc by any stretch of the imagination, but that should hardly keep us from enjoying the music. And now we have the record that lets us do it.

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Airto - Fingers

Truly a Desert Island Disc

  (Item #: airtofinge_obsess) 



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

Fingers is one of our all time favorite records, a Desert Island disc to be sure. I've been playing this album for more than thirty years and it just keeps getting better and better. Truthfully it's the only Airto record I like. I can't stand Dafos, and most of the other Airto titles leave me cold. I think a lot of the credit for the brilliance of this album has to go to the Fattoruso brothers, who play keyboards, drums, and take part in the large vocal groupings that sing along with Airto.

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Ambrosia and Its Elusive Hot Stampers

"Press on" - Sage Advice from Calvin Coolidge

  (Item #: ambrosomew_mistake_2014) 



“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

Calvin Coolidge

If you substitute "finding Hot Stamper pressings" for the words "the human race" you will surely appreciate the point of this commentary.

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Ambrosia's First Album

Right at the Top of Our Difficulty of Reproduction Scale

  (Item #: ambroambro_setup) 



You can play hard-to-reproduce records all day long if your system is tuned up and working fine. Ours has to be, all day, every day. The shootouts we do require that everything is working properly or we simply couldn't do them.

But you can't play this record on such a system without retesting everything, because this is the Single Most Difficult to Reproduce Recording I know of, bar none.

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Bernard Herrmann - Conducts Psycho and Other Film Scores

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: herrmcondu_2010) 



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

This very nice looking London Phase 4 LP has SUPERB SOUND for some of these pieces. Especially noteworthy is the ’Psycho Narrative For Orchestra’, at 14 minutes the longest piece here. Written purely for string orchestra, the tonality is Right On The Money (ROTM), with cellos that growl like the real thing.

In fact, so much of this sounds so good, and is such a brilliant showcase for one of the great orchestral colorists, Bernard Herrmann, that you’ll be asking yourself why more classical music doesn’t sound like this.

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Bernard Herrmann - The Fantasy Film World of...

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: herrmfanta_2008) 



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

Two AMAZING SOUNDING DEMO DISC LPS for the price of one! We’ve mated the HOTTEST SIDE ONE of one copy with the HOTTEST SIDE TWO of another to produce the best sounding complete Fantasy Film World we have ever heard. A+++ sound, with the kind of orchestral power that few recordings in the history of the world can lay claim to. There's a reason this record is on the TAS Superdisc list -- if any LP should be called a Superdisc, this one should. (With Phase Four sound you might even call it a Super-Duper-Disc.)

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Bernard Herrmann / Citizen Kane & Other Classic Film Scores

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: herrmcitiz_2013) 



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

The Citizen Kane Suite on this album is to die for -- a real desert island disc for me. (The CD by the way is actually quite good. I have it in the car and play it often.)

The Concerto Macabre for Piano and Orchestra (from "Hangover Square") is superbly well recorded and a brilliant piece of music as well.

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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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Blood, Sweat & Tears - Child is Father to the Man

Our 2011 Shootout Winner for Side One

  (Item #: bloodchild_2011) 



A QUIET White Hot Stamper on side one for BS and T’s debut, one of my favorite albums of all time. Why do we so rarely list amazing copies of this album? Let me ask you this: have you played one recently? The average copy of this record is a sonic MESS. Even the best copies have problems.

We present here a FREAKISHLY GOOD SOUNDING SIDE ONE. This copy blew the doors off the competition, earning our highest grade of A Triple Plus and giving us a whole new appreciation for what this record can really sound like! Who knew? The brass has power on this copy like we almost never hear for this album. The bass was bigger and bolder than any other; finally, here is the kind of rock sound we are always looking for on the album but is so elusive.

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Blood, Sweat and Tears

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: bloodblood_2016) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises.

In my opinion this is the BEST SOUNDING rock record ever made. Played on a BIG SPEAKER SYSTEM, a top Hot Stamper pressing is nothing less than a thrill, the ultimate Demo Disc.

Credit must go to the amazing engineering skills of ROY HALEE. He may not be very consistent (Graceland, Still Crazy After All These Years) but on this album he knocked it out of the park. With the right copy playing on the right stereo, the album has the potential to sound like LIVE MUSIC.

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Bob and Ray - Throw a Stereo Spectacular

Our Favorite Record for Cartridge Setup

  (Item #: bobanthrow_setup) 



Bob and Ray Throw a Stereo Spectacular just happens to be our favorite Test Disc, eclipsing all others in the areas of naturalness and difficulty of reproduction. Any tweak or new room treatment -- we seem to do them almost weekly these days -- has to pass one test and one test only -- the Bob and Ray Test.

This record has the power to help you get to the next level in audio like no other. Six words hold the key to better sound: The Song of the Volga Boatman.

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Brewer & Shipley - Tarkio

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: brewetarki_depth) 



Presenting another entry in our extensive Listening in Depth series with advice on what to listen for as you critically evaluate your copy of Tarkio.

This Bay Area Hippie Folk Rock has a lot in common with The Grateful Dead circa Workingman's Dead and American Beauty (the latter recorded by the same engineer, Stephen Barncard), and like those superbly well-recorded albums, it lives or dies by the reproduction of its acoustic guitars and vocal harmonies.

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Burt Bacharach - Casino Royale

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: bachacasin_2008) 



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

TWO STUNNING SIDES! With sound like this, I now understand why this has been such a highly regarded long-term resident of the TAS Superdisc List. A copy like this IS a TRUE SUPERDISC -- but the average copy of this album is anything but. Who could take such harsh, grainy, thin, veiled, compressed sound seriously? What was Harry smokin’?

I can honestly and truthfully say that until we discovered the Hot Stampers for this album, I never thought this record deserved the praise Harry heaped upon it. Now I do. I once was blind but now I see, or something like that.

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Carly Simon - Hotcakes

What to Listen For

  (Item #: simonhotca_wtlf) 



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

Many copies of this album suffer from (at least) one of two problems: unnatural hi-fi sound or considerable grit and grain. Both are in large part due to the processing-intensive production of Richard Perry. On the best copies it's easy to understand his choices as the sound is quite lovely. Unfortunately that rich, sweet sound he obviously got on to the master tape didn't quite make it to the average vinyl pressing of the album.

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Copland / Billy the Kid / Morton Gould

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: coplabilly_2011) 



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

Super Hot Stamper sound on BOTH sides, with side one so energetic and exciting it would easily qualify as a Demo Disc. This title is almost impossible to find in anything but beat up condition. Records like these got played over and over and few survived the ten grams of stylus pressure and mis-aligned cartridges of the day.

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Derek and The Dominos - Layla

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: dereklayla_listen) 



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 best copies of Layla are Tubey Magical, energetic, and tonally balanced. Most importantly, they sound CORRECT; you get the sense that you are hearing the music exactly as the band intended. The best sounding tracks have presence, clarity, and transparency like you have never heard -- that is, unless you've gone through a pile of copies the way we do.

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Fagen's The Nightfly & Digital Sound

Do All the Pressings Have to Sound Like CDs?

  (Item #: fagennight_digital) 



The average copy of this digitally recorded, mixed and mastered LP sounds just the way you would expect it to: like a CD. It's anemic, two-dimensional, opaque, thin, bright, harsh, with little extreme top and the kind of bass that's all "note" with no real weight, solidity or harmonic structure. Sounds like a CD, right? (That's the way most of my CDs sound, which is why I no longer listen to them except in the car)

But what if I told you that the best copies of The Nightfly can actually sound like a real honest-to-goodness ANALOG recording, with practically none of the nasty shortcomings listed above? You may not believe it, but it's true.

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George Harrison - All Things Must Pass

Our Shootout Winner from 2018

  (Item #: harriallth_2018) 



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

To say that this one has been a long time coming would be an understatement! FINALLY, an incredible sounding copy of All Things Must Pass. Stunning shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on all six sides (!).

It's also worth mentioning that this is one of the nicer boxes we've come across for this title. It's the thicker box which has stood the test of time a little better than the narrower version. Those are usually in pretty poor shape and we should know because we have a bunch of problematical boxes sitting right here.

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INXS - Kick

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: inxs_kick_2017) 



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

For a recording from 1987 there is a surprising amount of Tubey Magical Analog sound to be found here. There is almost always a trace of hardness in the loudest vocal parts; that's where the 1987 recording technology raises its head, but the better copies such as this one keep it to a bare minimum.

The copies that were the richest and had the biggest bottom end, without being smeary or dark from a lack of top tended to do the best in our shootout. The copies that lacked weight or lower midrange fullness were most often rejected; rhythmically driven Funk Rock simply doesn't work without plenty of richness and bass.

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Jellyfish's Bellybutton

Not a Perfect Recording, a Good One for Testing Though

  (Item #: jellybelly_test_2016) 



Now She Knows She's Wrong -- another in our series of Home Audio Exercises.

I spent quite a few hours tuning up the stereo with side two of the album, specifically the song Now She Knows She's Wrong, with its glockenspiel, loudly clanging tubular bells and yelling chorus at the end.

It's exceedingly hard to get everything right at the same time: the energy, the deepest bass, the extension at the very top of the top end, the greatest transparency, just to mention a few of the main ones. There are always trade-offs, and being able to balance the trade-offs against the gains in these areas and others is a real test of your critical listening skills.

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Jennifer Warnes - Famous Blue Raincoat

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: warnefamou_2009) 



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

This Cypress pressing has AMAZINGLY GOOD SOUND on side one! With a grade of A++ to A+++ it's the highest rated side of any copy we have to offer this go around -- none of our other pressings could touch it on any side.

Why such a high grade? Simple. It's ALIVE! It's super transparent with a big, bold bottom end. The drums here are as good as they get -- punchy and powerful with lots of WHOMP and the sound of the skins being THWACKED.

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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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Joni Mitchell - Blue

Listening In Depth

  (Item #: mitchblue_wtlf) 



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

You’ve probably heard us say this before, but top quality copies of Blue are few and far between. It’s not just the toughest nut to crack in Joni’s catalog, it’s one of the most difficult albums in ALL OF POP MUSIC to get to sound right.

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Joni Mitchell - Court and Spark

Our Shootout Winner from 2018

  (Item #: mitchcourt_2018) 



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

Court and Spark deserves to be heard with all the clarity, beauty and power that only the best Hot Stamper pressings can convey.

What you hear is the sound of the real tape; every instrument has its own character because the mastering is correct and the vinyl -- against all odds -- managed to capture all (or almost all; who can know?) of the resolution that the tape had to offer.

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