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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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Elton John
Madman Across The Water

  (Item #: john_madma_1909_12) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding copy of Madman with Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last - and the vinyl is as quiet as we can find
  • A ridiculously tough album to find with the right sound and surfaces, which is why we so rarely have them on the site
  • The last of the classic albums Elton recorded at Trident, the best of which have more Tubey Magic than anything that came after
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The record remains an ambitious and rewarding work, and John never attained its darkly introspective atmosphere again."
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John Mayall with Eric Clapton
Blues Breakers

  (Item #: mayalblues_2004) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this superb pressing - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Far more richer, smoother and livelier than most, with Tubey Magic and space you won't believe
  • The Decca UK vinyl on this superb pressing is as QUIET as we ever expect to find for this album
  • 5 stars: "Bluesbreakers was Eric Clapton's first fully realized album as a blues guitarist -- more than that, it was a seminal blues album of the 1960s, perhaps the best British blues album ever cut, and the best LP ever recorded by John Mayall's Bluesbreakers."
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Elton John
Captain Fantastic & the Brown...

  (Item #: john_capta_2006) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A SUPERB UK-mastered Dutch copy of Captain Fantastic, with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from first note to last - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • Includes two of our favorites: (Gotta Get A) Meal Ticket and the massive hit Someone Saved My Life Tonight
  • Comes complete with both booklets and the poster
  • 5 stars: "Elton John and Bernie Taupin recalled their rise to power in Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, their first explicitly conceptual effort since Tumbleweed Connection. It's no coincidence that it's their best album since then, showcasing each at the peak of his power, as John crafts supple, elastic, versatile pop and Taupin's inscrutable wordplay is evocative, even moving."
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Elton John
Elton John

  (Item #: john_elton_2006) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding UK pressing of this notoriously troublesome title, Elton's follow-up to Empty Sky, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • The chances of us finding a copy that plays any quieter than this one lie somewhere between slim and none
  • So many Elton John classics are here and there's not a dog in the bunch: Border Song, Take Me to the Pilot, Sixty Years On, Your Song, etc.
  • The strings on Sixty Years On are huge, rich and rosiny and the arrangements by Paul Buckmaster are advanced even by today's standards
  • 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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Elton John
Rock of the Westies

  (Item #: john_rocko_1901_6_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An amazing early British pressing, with both sides rating a Triple Plus (A+++) - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This copy rocks like crazy with serious weight down low, huge size and space, and plenty of driving energy
  • The better copies like this don't get too congested in the choruses, a typical problem with the album
  • Best bets: Medley (Yell Help, Wednesday Night, Ugly); Island Girl; Street Kids and Hard Luck Story
  • "Rock of the Westies appears in retrospect to be his last great rock album. It certainly does rock consistently harder than any other John album..." - Amazon
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Elton John
Rock of the Westies

  (Item #: john_rocko_1901_1904_1908) 

Our Price: $49.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides, this is a Must Own Elton John classic
  • The music on this album has energy that surpasses any other Elton collection we've heard
  • Includes rockers like Medley (Yell Help, Wednesday Night, Ugly); Island Girl; Street Kids and Hard Luck Story
  • "Rock of the Westies appears in retrospect to be his last great rock album. It certainly does rock consistently harder than any other John album..." - Amazon
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David Bowie - Space Oddity

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: bowiespace_2014) 



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

One of the reasons the song "Space Oddity" sounds so amazing is that it was produced by none other than Gus Dudgeon, the man behind all the best Elton John records. It has Paul Buckmaster doing the string arrangements as well. His work on Elton's self-titled album is awe-inspiring; we know of none better.

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Elton John - Captain Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: john_capta_2009) 



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

This British DJM pressing has TWO INCREDIBLE SIDES -- A++ for the first and A+++ for the second! We finally gathered up enough reasonably clean copies to get this shootout going, which was no mean feat itself. Most of the copies we played were grainy, murky, veiled or lifeless, but this one gave us a Captain Fantastic we could really get into. The sound is lively, dynamic, and tubey magical throughout. The clarity, transparency, and immediacy are all superb.

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Elton John - Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: john_donts_2017) 



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

The tonality here is rich, tubey and warm. It doesn't get thick or murky as many copies have a tendency to do.

The amazing engineer KEN SCOTT (Ziggy Stardust, Magical Mystery Tour, Honky Chateau, Crime of the Century, Truth, Birds of Fire) is the man responsible for the sound here.

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Elton John - Elton John

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: john_elton_2011) 



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

This original DJM British pressing has a SUPERB Demo Disc Quality side two and a wonderful A++ side one! You could easily play a hundred records from the '70s and not hear one that sounds this good. The richness and sweetness of this side have to be heard to be believed. We would be very surprised if this copy didn't become your favorite Elton John record -- it's an absolute knockout.

As is usually the case for this album and specifically these Brit DJM pressings, the vinyl is a bit noisy -- Mint Minus Minus with constant moderate surface noise under the music.

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Elton John - Elton John

Live and Learn

  (Item #: john_elton_learn) 



A classic case of Live and Learn. Scroll down to read what we learned from our recent shootout. To illustrate how the game is played we’ve copied some of the previous commentary into this listing to show the change in our understanding from 2004 to today.

Folks, if you’re looking for Classic Rock that appeals to adults with sophisticated tastes forty plus years after it was made, this is the album for you.

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Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: john_goodb_2012) 



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

With three White Hot shootout winning sides and one Super Hot side, the four sides of these 2 LPs will show you a GYBR you never imagined could exist. We certainly never expected to hear it sound like this, I can tell you that. I've never begun to hear these songs have the energy, presence and rock and roll POWER that they do here.

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Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

What to Listen For

  (Item #: john_goodb_choruses) 



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

The richness, sweetness and freedom from artificiality is most obvious where you often hear it on a Pop Rock Big Production like GYBR: in the loudest, densest, most climactic choruses.

We set the playback volume so that the loudest parts of the record are as huge and powerful as they can possibly become without crossing the line into distortion or congestion.

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Elton John - Honky Chateau

Our Shootout Winner from 2007

  (Item #: john_honky_2007) 



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

This British Import Honky Chateau is THE BEST SOUNDING COPY WE’VE EVER HEARD -- BY FAR! We just finished a big shootout for this wonderful album, and this copy took top honors with MASTER TAPE SOUND!

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Elton John - Madman Across The Water

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: john_madma_2016) 



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

Shockingly good sound, the best sound for any copy that has ever made it to the site. This Madman is guaranteed to blow your mind. It certainly blew ours.

A ridiculously tough album to find with the right sound and reasonably quiet surfaces -- which is why we never have them on the site.

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Elton John - Rock of the Westies

Rockin' Like No Other

  (Item #: john_rocko_rocks) 



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 AND a Forgotten Classic from 1975.

Rock of the Westies is a SHOCKINGLY better album than I remember it being from years back. It's a knockout, with a great bunch of Elton John / Bernie Taupin rockers that still hold up forty years later.

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John Mayall with Eric Clapton - Blues Breakers

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: mayalblues_2016) 



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

DRAMATICALLY SUPERIOR to the typical pressing, the MOFI Gold CD and every other version that I know of. This is it folks! They cut this one right. It sounds the way you always wished it would sound. We've been searching for these for years -- everyone wants a great copy, but they are TOUGH to come by.

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XTC - Nonsuch

Reviewed in 2005

  (Item #: xtc__nonsu_2005) 



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

Two Virgin British Import LPs from 1992.

Playing this album I was strongly reminded of one of my all time favorites: Jellyfish's Spilt Milk. Since that album came out a year after this one, there's a very good chance they were influenced by this XTC record.

If you like this one you will probably like that one and vice versa.


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