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White Hot Stamper

Santana
Abraxas

  (Item #: santaabrax_1907_9_11) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • Abraxas UNBOUND - this "Triple Triple" (A+++) copy has two mindblowing sides - at loud volumes it's like Live Music in your very own listening room - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • When a record is this tonally correct, huge, powerful and energetic, the music has power you never imagined
  • AMG gives it 5 stars for its music, and we call it a Top 100 Demo Disc - the blistering solos that soar into the huge space of the studio on pressings like this
  • "America was never the same after Carlos Santana discovered the smoldering Afro-Cuban magic of Tito Puente. A sinuous cha cha cha that sounds as if it had been waiting for Santana's soulful guitar licks to reinvent it, the Puente-penned "Oye Como Va" became the pillar of U.S. Latin rock."
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Stevie Ray Vaughan
The Sky Is Crying

  (Item #: vaughskyis_1909) 

Our Price: $449.99

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

  (Item #: trowebridg_1908_11) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • One of the best copies to ever hit the site, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This glorious early UK pressing is huge, rich and punchy, with guitar solos that soar like few others you've heard
  • Brilliant engineering by Geoff Emerick at George Martin's AIR studios - maybe the best sounding album Emerick ever made
  • Top 100 (soon) and 4 1/2 stars on AMG: "...his most stunning, representative, and consistent collection of tunes. Bridge of Sighs holds up to repeated listenings as a timeless work, as well as the crown jewel in Trower's extensive catalog."
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Super Hot Stamper

Pink Floyd
Dark Side Of The Moon

  (Item #: pinkfdarks_1912) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish and mostly quiet vinyl, this mindblowing recording is guaranteed to rock your world
  • The transparency, the clarity, the energy, the power - it's all here on these very special import pressings
  • Just listen to how clear the clocks are on Time, how breathy the vocals are on Breathe, how textured the synthesizers are and how silky the top end is from the beginning of the album all the way to the end
  • A Top 100 album (Top Ten actually) and Demo Disc to rival the most amazing sounding records of all time
  • 5 stars: "...what gives the album true power is the subtly textured music... no other record defines [Pink Floyd] quite as well as this one."
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Eagles
One Of These Nights

  (Item #: eagleoneof_1911) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • This outstanding pressing of the Eagles' first Number One Album has insanely good Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second
  • On an exceptionally good sounding copy such as this one, the soaring guitar solo of the title track really comes alive if you have it turned up good and loud
  • 4 stars: "...a lyrical stance — knowing and disillusioned, but desperately hopeful — had evolved, and the musical arrangements were tighter and more purposeful. The result was the Eagles' best-realized and most popular album so far."
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Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath

  (Item #: blackblack_1909_11) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Incredible Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides of this Green Label WB pressing - exceptionally QUIET vinyl too!
  • Massive, powerful and spacious throughout - this copy of Black Sabbath's debut studio album is big, rich and solid like you won't believe
  • The best copies of the band's best album here are stunning Demo Discs - crank it up and your friends will be blown away by the size and the weight of this early, exceptionally clean pressing
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic and one of the best sounding hard rock recordings from the era, or, to be honest, from any era
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Stevie Ray Vaughan
The Sky Is Crying

  (Item #: vaughskyis_1910) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A superb copy of The Sky Is Crying, with outstanding Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • One of the most blistering performances of electric blues we have ever had the pleasure of rocking out to
  • Hands down the best sounding SRV recording -- Little Wing is an absolute MONSTER and an unbelievable Demo Disc track
  • 4 stars: "Doing away with vocals, Vaughan augments Hendrix’s concise two-and-a-half minute original, turning the track into a nearly seven-minute-long electric tour de force. The cover would earn Vaughan his sixth Grammy, for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, in 1992."
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Paul McCartney
McCartney

  (Item #: mccarmccar1_1901_8_11) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This copy of McCartney's Apple debut boasts killer Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from first note to last
  • Both sides are big and rich, with plenty of low end, strong midrange presence and the kind of spatiality that will fill your entire listening room
  • Record Collector highlighted "Every Night", "Junk," and "Maybe I'm Amazed" as songs that "still sound absolutely effortless and demonstrate the man's natural genius with a melody."
  • A Top 100 pick and Paul McCartney's One and Only Masterpiece - a Must Own when it sounds this good!
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Peter Frampton
Wind of Change

  (Item #: frampwindo_1905_8_11) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Incredible Demo Disc sound throughout: Triple Plus (A+++) on side two and close to that (A++ to A+++) on side one
  • This British original is the very definition of TUBEY MAGIC, with sound so rich and sweet it will make you want to take all your CDs and dump them in the trash (now that record stores don't even want them anymore)
  • The best copies like this one keep what's good about the recording intact, while letting us hear into the soundfield with glorious transparency
  • "The sound is crisp, the melodies catchy, and Frampton's distinctive, elliptical Gibson Les Paul guitar leads soar throughout... "
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Supertramp
Breakfast In America

  (Item #: superbreak_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This killer copy of Breakfast In America boasts Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides, right up there with our Shootout Winner
  • A Top 100 title and True Demo Disc, with huge, dynamic, lively sound - on a copy like this, played good and loud, it's guaranteed to blow your mind
  • Forget the current dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl pressing - here is the Tubey Magic, size and energy of this wonderful album, captured on vintage analog vinyl
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The majority of the album consisted of tightly written, catchy, well-constructed pop songs, like the hits 'The Logical Song,' 'Take the Long Way Home,' and 'Goodbye Stranger.' ...Breakfast in America had very few weak moments. It was clearly their high-water mark."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Neil Young
Zuma

  (Item #: youngzuma_1903_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • These Double Plus (A++) sides of Neil's exceptionally well recorded 1975 Masterpiece are guaranteed to floor audiophiles and Neil Young fans alike - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Zuma captures a kind of garage band purity that makes practically any other studio album you own sound processed and desiccated in comparison
  • For a hard-rockin' Neil Young album with Demonstration Quality sound, you'll have a hard time finding a better choice than a Hot Stamper pressing of Zuma
  • A Must Own Top 100 Title - just drop the needle on Danger Bird or Cortez the Killer to have your mind blown!
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Super Hot Stamper

Eagles
On The Border

  (Item #: eagleonthe_1909_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A killer British SYL copy with Double Plus (A++) sound for this criminally underrated California Country Rock Classic
  • If you've never heard one of these early UK pressings on the SYL white label you have simply never heard this album sound the way it should (not even close)
  • You Never Cry Like A Lover and The Best Of My Love (their first No. 1) have Glyn Johns patented DEMO DISC quality sound and then some
  • We're HUGE fans of the album here at Better Records; it's some of the most sophisticated, well-crafted, heartfelt music these guys ever made, and that's saying a lot coming from us - we've been big fans for decades
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Super Hot Stamper

Peter Frampton
Frampton Comes Alive

  (Item #: frampframpton_comes_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • All four sides of this double album earned Double Plus (A++) grades or close to it for their Big, Bold Live Rock sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too, a true Mint Minus on two sides
  • Mixed and mastered so that the guitar solos soar the way they do in live music -- what a thrill it is to hear them finally sounding the way they should
  • A killer copy like this one is a potent reminder of why we all went so crazy for this album back in the '70s - I did anyway
  • Allmusic agrees with us that many tracks here are "much more inspired, confident, and hard-hitting than the studio versions."
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Super Hot Stamper

Phil Manzanera
Diamond Head

  (Item #: manzadiamo_1907_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This superb pressing of Phil Manzanera's debut album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Two excellent sides - Demo Disc quality sound barely begins to describe the size and power of this recording
  • This album is an amazing SONIC BLOCKBUSTER, with sound that will positively leap out of your speakers
  • A shockingly well-recorded album from the ultra-talented Rhett Davies - this is his Engineering Masterpiece
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Super Hot Stamper

Robin Trower
Bridge of Sighs

  (Item #: trowebridg_1811_7_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Two outstanding sides each rating a solid Double Plus (A++) for Trower's amazingly well recorded Psych masterpiece - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This glorious early UK pressing is huge, rich and punchy, with guitar solos that soar like few others you've heard
  • Brilliant engineering by Geoff Emerick at George Martin's AIR studios - maybe the best sounding album Emerick ever made
  • Top 100 (soon) and 4 1/2 stars on AMG: "...his most stunning, representative, and consistent collection of tunes. Bridge of Sighs holds up to repeated listenings as a timeless work, as well as the crown jewel in Trower's extensive catalog."
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Super Hot Stamper

Santana
Abraxas

  (Item #: santaabrax_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two outstanding sides each rating a Double Plus (A++) for sound, this copy is guaranteed to rock like no other you've ever heard
  • The sound is rich, full-bodied and musical with punchy drums and guitar solos that really get LOUD - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • 5 stars on Allmusic, and a Top 100 title for its blistering solos that soar into space
  • "America was never the same after Carlos Santana discovered the smoldering Afro-Cuban magic of Tito Puente. A sinuous cha cha cha that sounds as if it had been waiting for Santana's soulful guitar licks to reinvent it, the Puente-penned "Oye Como Va" became the pillar of U.S. Latin rock." -Rolling Stone
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Super Hot Stamper

Cream
Goodbye

  (Item #: creamgoodb_1908) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Both sides of this British pressing boast outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound - they really ROCK
  • The low end speed and energy on this copy are crazy good - it's like a Cream concert in your listening room
  • The best pressings, the ones that are full-bodied and smooth, let you crank the levels and reproduce the album good and loud the way it was meant to be heard - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • "The live music on the whole is better than that on Wheels of Fire, capturing the trio at an empathetic peak as a band."
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Super Hot Stamper

Richard & Linda Thompson
Shoot Out The Lights

  (Item #: thompshoot_1905_9) 

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


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

Eagles
One Of These Nights

  (Item #: eagleoneof_1906_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding pressing of the Eagles' fourth studio album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • On an exceptionally good sounding copy such as this one, the soaring guitar solo of the title track really comes alive if you have it turned up good and loud
  • Lyin' Eyes and Take It To The Limit sound the way they should - we guarantee you have never heard them better
  • 4 stars: "...a lyrical stance — knowing and disillusioned, but desperately hopeful — had evolved, and the musical arrangements were tighter and more purposeful. The result was the Eagles' best-realized and most popular album so far."
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Super Hot Stamper

Neil Young
Zuma

  (Item #: youngzuma_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • These Double Plus (A++) sides of Neil's exceptionally well recorded 1975 Masterpiece are guaranteed to floor audiophiles and Neil Young fans alike
  • Zuma captures a kind of garage band purity that makes practically any other studio album you own sound processed and desiccated in comparison
  • For a hard-rockin' Neil Young album with Demonstration Quality sound, you'll have a hard time finding a better choice than a Hot Stamper pressing of Zuma
  • A Must Own Top 100 Title - just drop the needle on Danger Bird or Cortez the Killer to have your mind blown!
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Super Hot Stamper

Paul McCartney
McCartney

  (Item #: mccarmccar1_1806_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This original pressing of McCartney's Masterpiece boasts big and lively Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • This album, like Unplugged and Band on the Run (and not a whole lot else) is SUPERB from start to finish
  • A Top 100 pick and Paul McCartney's One and Only Masterpiece - a Must Own when it sounds this good!
  • Record Collector highlighted "Every Night", "Junk" and "Maybe I'm Amazed" as songs that "still sound absolutely effortless and demonstrate the man's natural genius with a melody."
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Super Hot Stamper

Supertramp
Breakfast In America

  (Item #: superbreak_1905_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides, this copy is guaranteed to have the best sound you have ever heard for Breakfast in America
  • A truly superb recording with huge, spacious, dynamic, lively sound - Tubey Magical richness is a big plus too
  • A Top 100 title and True Demo Disc - turn it up and this recording gets LOUD like nothing you have ever experienced
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The majority of the album consisted of tightly written, catchy, well-constructed pop songs, like the hits 'The Logical Song,' 'Take the Long Way Home,' and 'Goodbye Stranger.'"
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Super Hot Stamper

Santana
Santana (III)

  (Item #: santasant3_1902_11) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides, turn this one up and it will rock' with the best of them - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Amazing transparency - you hear into the huge, deep soundfield with almost nothing between you and the musicians
  • Surprising amounts of Tubey Magic - some of the best sound this very well recorded band achieved in the studio
  • The 3 big hits that sound great here: No One To Depend On, Everybody's Everything and Everything's Coming Our Way
  • 4 1/2 stars: "This is essential Santana, a record that deserves to be reconsidered in light of its lasting abundance and vision."
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Hot Stamper

Neil Young
Zuma

  (Item #: youngzuma_1904) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • A very good copy of Neil's exceptionally well recorded 1975 Masterpiece with Hot Stamper sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The best sides are clean, clear and super spacious with a punchy bottom end and lots of bottom end weight
  • Zuma captures a kind of garage band purity that makes practically any other studio album you own sound processed and desiccated in comparison
  • A Must Own Top 100 Title - just drop the needle on Danger Bird or Cortez the Killer to have your mind blown!
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Super Hot Stamper

Eagles
One Of These Nights

  (Item #: eagleoneof_1910) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This outstanding pressing of the Eagles' first Number One Album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER
  • On an exceptionally good sounding copy such as this one, the soaring guitar solo of the title track really comes alive if you have it turned up good and loud
  • Lyin' Eyes and Take It To The Limit sound the way they should - we guarantee you have never heard them better
  • 4 stars: "...a lyrical stance — knowing and disillusioned, but desperately hopeful — had evolved, and the musical arrangements were tighter and more purposeful. The result was the Eagles' best-realized and most popular album so far."
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Hot Stamper

Santana
Santana (III)

  (Item #: santasant3_1809_1810) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • This Must Own Santana Classic (their third in as many years) has two Hot Stamper sides on reasonably quiet vinyl
  • The 3 big hits show the band at their best: No One To Depend On, Everybody's Everything and Everything's Coming Our Way
  • Plenty of vintage Tubey Magic on this recording - this is some of the best sound the band achieved in the studio
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "It's an album that has aged extremely well due to its spare production (by Carlos and the band) and its live sound. This is essential Santana, a record that deserves to be reconsidered in light of its lasting abundance and vision."
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Super Hot Stamper

Santana
Inner Secrets

  (Item #: santainner_1902) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy was one of the best we played in our recent shootout
  • Power and energy are what make this album a true Demo Disc in the world of rock, and this copy has plenty of both
  • A sleeper in the Santana canon that boasts some of the best sound the band ever put to vinyl - shockingly good sound
  • Top tracks here include three of their biggest barnburners: Dealer (Traffic), Stormy and Well...All Right (Blind Faith)
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801 - 801 Live

None Rocks Harder

  (Item #: 801__live_2007) 



The best Island copies of this album ROCK HARDER than practically any record we've ever played. If you have the system for it, this one will bring a Live Art Rock concert right into your living room!

It's right at the top of the list of my Favorite Albums -- a Desert Island Disc if ever there was one. I stumbled across it more thirty years ago and I've loved it ever since. It all started when a college buddy played me the wildly original Tomorrow Never Knows from the album and asked me to name the tune. Eno's take is so different from The Beatles version that I confess it took me an embarrassingly long while to catch on.

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Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: blackblack_2015) 



Yet another in the long list of recordings that really comes alive when you Turn Up Your Volume.

We played the album very loud, as loud as we could, and still we wanted more volume! That's what a good record is all about -- the louder you play it the better it sounds.

If you like the raw, rockin’ sound of early Zep, you should have a blast with this album. It's a shockingly good recording, and the music is of course as heavy as it gets for 1970.

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Cream - Goodbye

Some of the Best Live Rock Sound Ever Recorded

  (Item #: creamgoodb_2016) 



When you get a good side one of Goodbye you'll hear exactly why we are calling it one of the Best Sounding Live Rock Albums of all time.

Goodbye has the Big Rock Sound that we go crazy for here at Better Records. The top copies just plain ROCK HARDER than all the others. Yes, they're bigger. Yes, they have more weight and whomp down low. Yes, they are smoother and more natural up top. But what really sets them apart is the tremendous Energy they contain in their grooves. The music EXPLODES out of the speakers and comes to life on the best copies like practically nothing you have ever heard.

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Eagles - On The Border

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: eagleonthe_2008) 



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

TWO STUNNING SIDES on this British SYL pressing. You Never Cry Like A Lover and The Best Of My Love have SUPERB Glyn Johns Demo Disc Sound. The LIFE and ENERGY of this copy are going to knock you out of your seat! Most copies left us with a headache, but this one had us begging for more!

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Eagles - One Of These Nights

Soaring Guitar Solos and Huge Choruses

  (Item #: eagleoneof_wtlf) 



What to Listen For you ask?

That's easy: Soaring Guitar Solos and Huge Choruses.

If you have an exceptionally good sounding copy of the album, One Of These Nights is the kind of record that can really come alive when you Turn Up Your Volume.

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Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds of Fire

None Rocks Harder

  (Item #: mahavbirds_rocks_harder) 



What do you hear on the best Hot Stampers of Birds of Fire?

They just plain ROCK HARDER than the other copies we played.

But what really sets them apart is the tremendous ENERGY they contain in their grooves. The music EXPLODES out of the speakers and comes to life on the best copies of Birds of Fire like nothing you have ever heard.

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Paul McCartney - McCartney

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: mccarmccar1_2013) 



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

This stunning 2-pack of McCartney's solo debut has AMAZING A+++ SOUND FROM START TO FINISH! It's been AGES since we've heard a copy like this. Both sides have the kind of clarity, transparency and immediacy you need for this album to sound its best. Those qualities let you hear all the detail, nuance, and texture to the instruments that you just don't get on the average pressing.

Both of the copies in this 2-pack have one amazing side and one side that just didn't meet our standards, so we combined them to give you excellent sound for the entire album.

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Peter Frampton - Frampton Comes Alive

What to Listen For

  (Item #: frampframpton_comes_wtlf) 



Another in the long list of recordings that really comes alive when you Turn Up Your Volume.

What to listen for? Dynamic, soaring guitar solos!

On the best copies the guitar solos are the loudest parts of some songs, which, as everyone who's ever been to a rock concert knows, is exactly what happens in live rock music.

Not many live albums are mixed to allow the guitar solos to rock the way these do. Since Frampton is one of my favorite players, hearing his solos get loud on this album is nothing less than a thrill.

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Phil Manzanera - Diamond Head

Rhett Davies Truly Awesome Engineering Masterpiece

  (Item #: manzadiamo_masterpiece) 



You may recall reading this bit about RHETT DAVIES engineering on Dire Straits' debut:

"...until something better comes along, THIS IS HIS MASTERPIECE. It has to be one of the best sounding rock records ever made, with Tubey Magic mids, prodigious bass, transparency and freedom from hi-fi-ishness and distortion like few rock recordings you have ever heard."

Well, something better has now come along, and it's called Diamond Head.

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Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon

Expanding Space Itself

  (Item #: pinkfdarks_top_ten) 



Recently we played a copy with all the presence, all the richness, all the size and all the energy we ever hoped to hear from a top quality pressing of Dark Side of the Moon. It did it ALL and then some. The raging guitar solos (there are three of them) on Money seemed to somehow expand the system itself, making it bigger and more powerful than I have ever heard. Even our best copies of Blood Sweat and Tears have never managed to create such a huge space with that kind of raw power. This copy broke through all the barriers, taking the system to an entirely new level of sound.
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Richard & Linda Thompson - Shoot Out The Lights

An Album We Are Clearly Obsessed With

  (Item #: thompshoot_obsess) 



SHOOT OUT THE LIGHTS is an album we admit to being obsessed with -- just look at the number of commentaries we've written about it.

I've seen Richard Thompson on a number of occasions over the years, and as loud as my stereo will play, which is pretty darn loud, I've never been able to make his guitar solos 20 dB louder than everything else, because they're simply not on the record that way. That's why live music can't be reproduced faithfully in the home: the dynamic contrasts are much too great for the typical listener, or his stereo.

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Robin Trower - Bridge of Sighs

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: trowebridg_2015) 



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

Triple Triple! The best copy of Robin Trower's masterpiece to ever make it to the site. This glorious early UK pressing is huge, rich and super punchy, just about as good as it gets. Brilliant engineering by GEOFF EMERICK at George Martin's AIR studios - maybe the best sounding album Emerick ever made. Coming soon to a Better Records Top 100 List near you.

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Santana - Abraxas

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: santaabrax_2011) 



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.

SABOR! This White Hot Stamper Abraxas has a KILLER A++ to A+++ SIDE ONE and a KNOCKOUT A+++ SIDE TWO! Just about everyone out there knows how good this music was, but I bet you didn’t know it could sound like this. The sound of the drums and percussion on this copy is OUT OF THE STRATOSPHERE.

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Santana - Inner Secrets

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: santainner_2011) 



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.

The sound went so far beyond our expectations, so far beyond even the White Hot Stamper pressing we discovered in this shootout, that we had to throw on another plus if the grading was to make any sense at all.

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Santana - Inner Secrets

Santana's Guitar Solos Soar

  (Item #: santainner_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.

On side two the final guitar solo Santana takes on Well All Right gets LOUDER in the mix than any guitar solo on any rock record with which I am familiar. The sound gets louder after the first chorus, then louder still right before the second solo, and then the solo itself gets even louder until it seems to be as loud as live music. (Operative word: seems.)

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Santana - Santana (III)

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: santasant3_2012) 



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.

TWO AMAZING DEMO QUALITY SIDES! If you want to bring the funky sound of Latin percussion to life in your living room, this is the ticket! We just finished a big Santana (3) shootout and this copy was the big winner with A+++ sound on BOTH SIDES. This is the most TUBEY MAGICAL Santana recording I have ever heard, and at its best is competitive with Abraxas for the title of Greatest Santana Recording!

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Stevie Ray Vaughan - The Sky Is Crying

Beyond White Hot Stamper Sound

  (Item #: vaughskyis_2015) 



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

Little Wing ROCKS AS HARD on this Four Plus pressing as any song we have ever heard, with DEMO DISC SOUND to rival the greatest rock records of all time.

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Supertramp - Breakfast In America

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: superbreak_2009) 



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

TWO KILLER SIDES ON THIS ROCKIN’ LATE ’70s CLASSIC! I am not at all ashamed to say that we LOVE this album here at Better Records, and a copy like this will certainly help show you why. Side one has incredible A+++ Master Tape Sound and side two is just a plus behind. Drop the needle on Gone Hollywood or The Logical Song to hear how powerful this music can sound when you have the right pressing.

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The Dynamic Energy of Neil Young and His Crazy Horse Pals

They're LIVE in the Studio

  (Item #: youngzuma_listen) 



Another in our series of Random Thoughts and observations on recording-related issues.

Hot Stampers are all about finding those rare and very special pressings that manage to represent the master tape at its best.

Notice I did not say ACCURATELY represent the master tape, because the master tape may have faults that need to be corrected, and the only way to do that is in the mastering phase. I can tell you without fear of contradiction that fidelity to the master tape should never be, and rarely is, the goal of the mastering engineer.

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