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White Hot Stamper

Grateful Dead
Europe '72

  (Item #: grateeurop_2004) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • Stunning sound throughout with all six sides of this epic live collection earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • "No record album can replace a live appearance by the Dead — but those who can’t get enough of this exceptional band will be kept busy for a good little while with this one." - Rolling Stone
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The band mixes a bevy of new material with revisitations of back-catalog favorites. Sadly, this European jaunt would be the last of its kind to include the formidable talents and soul of founding member Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, who was in increasingly fragile health. Although few in number, his contributions to Europe '72 are among the most commanding not only of this release, but of his career."
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Cat Stevens
Teaser & The Firecat

  (Item #: stevetease_1909_12_03) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • These amazing sides, each with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it, will rock your world with their size, richness, clarity and ENERGY, the likes of which you may have never experienced on vinyl
  • A Brilliant Classic Folk Rock recording - the right British Island Pink Rim label pressings offer Demo Disc Quality sound and then some, as good as any record you can find on the site
  • AMG 5 Stars and a Top 10 album - in some ways it's surely the Best Sounding record Cat Stevens ever made
  • Tuesday’s Dead, Morning Has Broken, Bitterblue, Moonshadow, Peace Train - and that's just side two! What side of any album has five songs of such quality?
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James Taylor
Sweet Baby James

  (Item #: taylosweet_2005) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • An amazingly good sounding pressing from start to finish: Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it throughout
  • Just listen to all that lovely echo - it's a dead giveaway that both sides have resolving power far beyond the other copies you may have heard
  • A Top 100 Title, inarguably a Masterpiece - Fire and Rain and Suite for 20 G (one of JT's All Time Best) are out of this world here
  • 5 Stars: "Sweet Baby James launched not only Taylor's career as a pop superstar but also the entire singer/songwriter movement of the early '70s that included Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Jackson Browne, Cat Stevens, and others..."
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Grateful Dead
In The Dark

  (Item #: grateinthe_2003) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • An incredible copy of the band's 1987 return with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This copy has just the right sound for this music - rich and meaty, with powerful rhythmic energy
  • Includes comeback hit, "Touch Of Gray," the band's first number one single
  • 4 stars: "Although the album is unmistakable as the work of the Dead, much of it recalls the punchy, pungent production of Dire Straits' recent work. It's not the second coming of the Dead, but a more entertaining epilogue you couldn't ask for."
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America
Hideaway

  (Item #: amerihidea_2002) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from start to finish
  • Both of these sides are clean, clear and full-bodied with breathy, less gritty vocals and more transparency than every other copy we played
  • "Hideaway is the sixth original studio album by American folk rock trio America, released in 1976. The album was produced by legendary Beatles producer George Martin. The album was a hit in the US, peaking at number 11 on the Billboard album chart and being certified GOLD by the RIAA." - Wikipedia
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Cat Stevens
Mona Bone Jakon

  (Item #: stevemonab_1906_9_01) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second, this copy of Cat Stevens' brilliant third album will be very hard to beat
  • So transparent, open, and spacious - nuances and subtleties that escaped you are now revealed as never before
  • When you play I Wish I Wish and I Think I See The Light on this vintage pressing, we think you will agree with us that this is one of the greatest Folk Rock albums of them all
  • "A delight, and because it never achieved the Top 40 radio ubiquity of later albums, it sounds fresh and distinct."
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The Grateful Dead
Workingman's Dead

  (Item #: grateworki_1906_10_03) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides, this was one of the best copies in our recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This one is country rockin' like crazy, with full-bodied, smooth, tonally correct, hi-rez sound
  • A Top 100 album, and a truly superb recording of the Dead at the peak of their creativity (along with American Beauty)
  • 5 stars: "The lilting Uncle John's Band, their first radio hit, opens the record and perfectly summarizes its subtle, spare beauty; complete with a new focus on more concise songs and tighter arrangements, the approach works brilliantly."
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Cat Stevens
Teaser & The Firecat

  (Item #: stevetease_1909_01) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An impressive copy of this Cat Stevens classic, with stunning Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • This pressing is clearly fuller, bigger, more lively and more Tubey Magical than almost any other copy we played
  • AMG 5 Stars and a Top 100 album - in some ways it's the Best Sounding record Cat Stevens ever made
  • Tuesday’s Dead, Morning Has Broken, Bitterblue, Moonshadow, Peace Train - and that's just side two! What side of any album has five songs of such quality?
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Grateful Dead
Steal Your Face

  (Item #: gratesteal_2002) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Killer sound for this live Dead record with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side three and close to it on sides two and four (A++ to A+++), 10 pluses in total out of 12
  • We guarantee there is dramatically more richness, fullness, vocal presence, and performance energy on this copy than others you've heard, and that's especially true if you made the mistake of buying whatever Heavy Vinyl pressing is currently on the market
  • "... newer originals such as the Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter ballads "Ship of Fools," "It Must Have Been the Roses," and the album's unmitigated gem, "Stella Blue," rate among the package's most thoughtful and lyrical moments."
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Super Hot Stamper

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Deja Vu

  (Item #: crosbdejav_2005) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A superb Big and Bold copy that earned seriously good sonic grades of Double Plus (A++) on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is HUGE - lively, present and rich in a way that nothing you've heard can compete with
  • One of our all-time favorite albums at Better Records and one that almost never sounds THIS good
  • 5 stars: "...this variety made Déjà Vu a rich musical banquet for the most serious and personal listeners, while mass audiences reveled in the glorious harmonies and the thundering electric guitars..."
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America
Homecoming

  (Item #: amerihomec_1912_9_6) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An incredible copy of America's second album, boasting Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout
  • Some of the most tubey, warm acoustic guitar reproduction you could ever ask for - this is the sound of real analog!
  • AMG raves; "The songs here are tighter and more forthright... The sound quality is clear and bright; the colorful arrangements, while still acoustic guitar-based, feature more electric guitar and keyboards. The performance quality is more assured, among the most urgently committed the group would ever put on vinyl. This top-flight album is a very rewarding listen."
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Crosby, Stills and Nash
Daylight Again

  (Item #: crosbdayli_1910_01) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This outstanding copy of Daylight Again earned Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This is the embodiment of the Classic CSN sound we love - rich, full-bodied, warm, punchy, dynamic and clear
  • Steven Barncard, one of our favorite recording engineers, no doubt deserves most of the credit
  • Allmusic on Wasted on the Way and Southern Cross: "Both were extracted as singles and became among the best-known tracks not only on Daylight Again, but also in the post-'60s CSN canon."
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Grateful Dead
Skeletons From The Closet

  (Item #: grateskele_1908_1_5) 

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


  • A KILLER copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second
  • Both of these sides are out of this world -- clean, clear and present yet still pretty rich and Tubey Magical with plenty of bottom end weight
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "... long-lived as a Grateful Dead primer... [it] remains a good introduction to the band's early -- and arguably best -- work... Skeletons -- for longtime fans -- will always be a great disc for a lazy Sunday afternoon." - All Music
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The Byrds
Mr. Tambourine Man

  (Item #: byrdsmrtam_2001) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy, earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades on both sides
  • Lively, balanced and vibrant, with a healthy dose of the Tubey Magical richness these recordings need in order to work
  • Listen to how breathy Jim (later Roger) McGuinn's vocals are - his vocals are key to the better sounding Byrds records
  • 5 Stars: "One of the greatest debuts in the history of rock ... nothing less than a significant step in the evolution of rock & roll itself, demonstrating that intelligent lyrical content could be wedded to compelling electric guitar riffs and a solid backbeat."
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The Lovin' Spoonful
John Sebastian Songbook, Vol. 1

  (Item #: lovinjohns_2003) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With STUNNING Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades on both sides, the sound quality of the tracks on this compilation is impressive
  • Both sides are rich, full-bodied, Tubey Magical, and natural with a solid bottom end - no sign of radio EQ to be found
  • Features most of the band's best songs, including Do You Believe In Magic, You Didn't Have To Be So Nice, Six O'clock and Nashville Cats (a personal fave)
  • The Allmusic critic is not too crazy about this album, but the User Rating is 4 1/2 stars, which we think is about right
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Crosby / Nash
Graham Nash / David Crosby

  (Item #: crosbgraha_2002_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Close to Shootout Winning sound on both sides - Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) - one of the best copies of this shockingly well recorded album to hit the site in years
  • The vocals are exceptionally breathy, smooth and sweet here - this recording is the very definition of Midrange Magic, thanks to the engineering of Bill Halverson
  • 4 stars: "This self-titled release is one of most impressive side project to arise from CSN. The best elements of each are readily available here, punctuated at every turn by their complicated vocal arrangements and air-lock harmonies."
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Donovan
The Hurdy Gurdy Man

  (Item #: donovhurdy_2004) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • The Hurdy Gurdy Man finally returns to the site with superb Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound throughout - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • Shockingly rich, spacious and lively, in the best tradition of vintage analog - Donovan's recordings are hit and miss, but with Eddie Kramer at the controls, this one is clearly a hit
  • Among the supporting musicians were three soon-to-be members of Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Page (who had already contributed to Donovan sessions in the past), John Paul Jones (likewise a veteran of sessions for Donovan), and John Bonham"
  • "... uplifting, accessible, pop-rock numbers with a splash of jazz or Caribbean flavor, rounding out an excellent album of the highest musicianship, lyric writing, and songcraft from an era."
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Grateful Dead
Wake Of The Flood

  (Item #: gratewakeo_1904_9_02) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Stunning sound throughout with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides and vinyl that is about as quiet as we can find
  • This original pressing has the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records cannot even BEGIN to reproduce
  • A difficult album to find audiophile quality sound for, this is one of the best copies to ever hit the site
  • "Wake of the Flood was certainly as good - if not arguably better than - most of their previous non-live efforts."
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Mary Hopkin
Post Card

  (Item #: hopkipostc_1907_9_03) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • KILLER Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it for both sides of this original Apple import pressing
  • These sides were doing everything right -- clean, clear and full-bodied with wonderfully breathy vocals and a solid bottom end
  • Engineered by Ken Scott, Donovan's "Lord of the Reedy River" is simply amazing on this copy
  • "Paul McCartney produced this debut album of twee but pretty, romantic pop-folk... the highlights are Donovan's "Lord of the Reedy River" and "The Honeymoon Song," which McCartney himself had sung with the Beatles way back in 1963 on the BBC..." - All Music, 4 1/2 Stars
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The Byrds
Turn! Turn! Turn!

  (Item #: byrdsturnt_1909_1_6) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This superb copy of the band's sophomore release boasts Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • You will not believe how punchy, lively, dynamic, and exciting some of these tracks sound here
  • One of the better sounding Byrds recordings, with a number of their best songs, including the title track
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...more Bob Dylan covers were included, as well, and "Satisfied Mind" was their first foray into country-rock, a direction they would explore in much greater depth throughout the rest of the '60s."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

The Grateful Dead
Workingman's Dead

  (Item #: grateworki_2005) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This excellent Green Label WB original pressing offers outstanding Tubey Magical Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • A truly superb recording of the Dead at the peak of their creativity (with American Beauty to follow that same year!)
  • We love the big, rich, weighty bottom end found on the better pressings such as this one
  • 5 stars: "The lilting Uncle John's Band, their first radio hit, opens the record and perfectly summarizes its subtle, spare beauty; complete with a new focus on more concise songs and tighter arrangements, the approach works brilliantly."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet)

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
4 Way Street

  (Item #: crosb4ways_2001) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Outstanding sound for CSN&Y's classic live double album, with all four sides boasting solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it AND exceptionally quiet vinyl
  • The "naked" sound of the real thing - the real voices and the real guitars and the real everything else, in a way that would never happen again
  • Bill Halverson worked his magic, but only the best pressings let his genius shine the way it does here
  • Rolling Stone raves that "Crosby, Stills. Nash, and Young are all performers of unquestionable talent, and mostly because they stay out of each others' way, 4 Way Street must surely be their best album to date."
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America
Hideaway

  (Item #: amerihidea_2001_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better sounding copies we played in our recent shootout
  • 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 a much too credulous record buying public
  • "Hideaway is the sixth original studio album by American folk rock trio America, released in 1976. The album was produced by legendary Beatles producer George Martin. The album was a hit in the US, peaking at number 11 on the Billboard album chart and being certified GOLD by the RIAA." - Wikipedia
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Super Hot Stamper

Cat Stevens
Mona Bone Jakon

  (Item #: stevemonab_1911_5) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound throughout for Cat Stevens' brilliant third album
  • So transparent, open, and spacious that nuances and subtleties that escaped you before are now front and center
  • When you hear I Wish I Wish and I Think I See The Light you will see why this is one of our favorite albums
  • One of the most underrated titles on the site - you owe it to yourself to see just how good the album that came out right before Tillerman can be when it sounds this good
  • "A delight, and because it never achieved the Top 40 radio ubiquity of later albums, it sounds fresh and distinct."
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Crosby, Stills and Nash
CSN

  (Item #: crosbcsn_2003_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This vintage pressing of CSN's "comeback" album earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for its sound
  • The sound is big and rich, the vocals breathy and immediate, and you will not believe all the space and ambience - which of course are all qualities that Heavy Vinyl records have far too little of, and the main reason we have lost all respect for them
  • Includes CSN classics Dark Star, Just A Song Before I Go and Fair Game
  • 4 stars: "It has held up remarkably well, both as a memento of its time, and as a thoroughly enjoyable musical work."
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Super Hot Stamper

James Taylor
Sweet Baby James

  (Item #: taylosweet_2005_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This wonderful copy of Sweet Baby James boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • All that lovely echo is a dead giveaway that here is resolution far beyond other copies you may have heard
  • Top 100, inarguably a Masterpiece - Fire and Rain and Suite for 20 G (one of JT's All Time Best) are killer here
  • 5 Stars: "Sweet Baby James launched not only Taylor's career as a pop superstar but also the entire singer/songwriter movement of the early '70s that included Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Jackson Browne, Cat Stevens, and others..."
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Jonathan Edwards
Jonathan Edwards

  (Item #: edwarjonat_1911_4) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Incredible sound for this pink label Capricorn pressing with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second
  • If you're a fan of superbly well recorded Acoustic Guitar Folk Pop (think James Taylor and Dan Fogelberg), this pressing is guaranteed to deliver the goods
  • 4 1/2 stars: "His brand of homespun tunes were perfectly matched to his emotive and soaring tenor... The acoustic and optimistic "Sunshine" struck a chord with listeners in the fall of 1971, climbing all the way to a lofty number four on the Pop Singles survey..."
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Jefferson Airplane
Surrealistic Pillow

  (Item #: jeffesurre_1912_6) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This outstanding stereo copy of the band's sophomore release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from first note to last
  • It's the rare copy of this '60s Psych Classic that has this kind of freedom from distortion, as well as clarity, openness, and spaciousness
  • An incredibly difficult album to find with audiophile sound, but this copy has the goods and will beat whatever you throw at it
  • 5 stars: "Every song is a perfectly cut diamond ... a groundbreaking piece of folk-rock-based psychedelia that hit — literally — like a shot heard round the world..."
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America
America

  (Item #: ameriameri_2004) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This outstanding copy of the band's debut album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) from start to finish
  • One of our favorite Hippie Folk Rock albums - the instruments and voices seem to be right in your listening room
  • The Tubey Magical acoustic guitars on this record are a true test of stereo reproduction - thanks Ken Scott!
  • 4 stars: "America's debut album is a folk-pop classic, a stellar collection of memorable songs that would prove influential on such acts as the Eagles and Dan Fogelberg..."
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Cat Stevens
Mona Bone Jakon

  (Item #: stevemonab_2005) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find wonderful Hot Stamper sound on both sides of this copy of Cat Stevens' brilliant third album
  • So transparent, open, and spacious that nuances and subtleties that escaped you before are now front and center
  • When you hear I Wish I Wish and I Think I See The Light here you will understand why this is one of the greatest popular recordings in history
  • These originals are nearly impossible to find in good shape - this copy plays about as quietly as any we have around
  • "A delight, and because it never achieved the Top 40 radio ubiquity of later albums, it sounds fresh and distinct."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

America
Homecoming

  (Item #: amerihomec_2001) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of America's second album, boasting Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Some of the most tubey, warm acoustic guitar reproduction you could ever ask for - this is the sound of real analog!
  • AMG raves; "The songs here are tighter and more forthright... The sound quality is clear and bright; the colorful arrangements, while still acoustic guitar-based, feature more electric guitar and keyboards. The performance quality is more assured, among the most urgently committed the group would ever put on vinyl. This top-flight album is a very rewarding listen."
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America
Hat Trick

  (Item #: amerihattr_1911_5) 

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


  • This original Warner Brothers pressing boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Rich, full-bodied and spacious, with wonderfully sweet, breathy vocals - this is the sound we look for on America's classic Folk Pop albums
  • "Hat Trick, the trio’s third effort in as many years, is an admirable and ultimately successful attempt at fleshing out a sound that at one time consisted almost entirely of crisp acoustic guitar interplay, two-fingered elementary piano progressions and saccharin-sweet three-part harmonies... [it] should hopefully dispel America’s once notorious reputation as a “pubescent Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.” - Cameron Crowe, L.A. Times
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Cat Stevens
Tea for the Tillerman

  (Item #: steveteafo_1912_) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This superb Brown Label A&M pressing of TFTT - The Pinnacle of British Folk Rock from 1970 - earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • It was mastered by the same guy who cut the British pressings - Lee Hulko - and we guarantee the sound will hold its own against any copy you've ever played
  • The emotional power of the songs is communicated completely - we can assure you the experience will be like playing the album for the first time (so this is your chance!)
  • 5 Stars on Allmusic, a stunning Demo Disc, and a permanent member of the Better Records Top 100
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Crosby, Stills and Nash
Daylight Again

  (Item #: crosbdayli_1905_9_02) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding copy of Daylight Again (the last good record these guys would ever make) earned solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grades - relatively quiet vinyl too
  • This is the embodiment of the Classic CSN sound we love - rich, full-bodied, warm, punchy, dynamic and clear
  • Steven Barncard, one of our favorite recording engineers, no doubt deserves most of the credit
  • Allmusic on Wasted on the Way and Southern Cross: "Both were extracted as singles and became among the best-known tracks not only on Daylight Again, but also in the post-'60s CSN canon."
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James Taylor
Mud Slide Slim

  (Item #: taylomudsl_2005) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A wonderful copy of JT's classic followup to Sweet Baby James, boasting outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both of its sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • This original WB Green Label pressing demonstrates the Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records almost never reproduce
  • Some of old JT's strongest material: You've Got a Friend; You Can Close Your Eyes; Hey Mister, That's Me up on the Jukebox and more
  • 4 stars on Allmusic - it destroys the recent reissue, which lacks the texture and warmth you get in abundance on these killer originals
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Mary Hopkin
Post Card

  (Item #: hopkipostc_1907_11) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound for both sides of this original Apple pressing, with 50 year old import vinyl that's about as quiet as any we can find
  • This vintage UK Apple pressing has the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records can barely BEGIN to reproduce
  • Engineered by Ken Scott, Donovan's "Lord of the Reedy River" is simply amazing on this copy
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Paul McCartney produced this debut album of twee but pretty, romantic pop-folk... the highlights are Donovan's "Lord of the Reedy River" and "The Honeymoon Song," which McCartney himself had sung with the Beatles way back in 1963 on the BBC..."
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Super Hot Stamper

The Byrds
Turn! Turn! Turn!

  (Item #: byrdsturnt_1908_11) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides - this is the right sound for a Byrds album from 1965
  • Rich, clear and present, with much less harmonic distortion - you will have a hard time finding a copy as good as this one
  • One of the better sounding Byrds recordings, with a number of their best songs, including the title track
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...more Bob Dylan covers were included, as well, and "Satisfied Mind" was their first foray into country-rock, a direction they would explore in much greater depth throughout the rest of the '60s."
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Super Hot Stamper

The Grateful Dead
Workingman's Dead

  (Item #: grateworki_1912_5) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This excellent Green Label WB original pressing offers outstanding Tubey Magical Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • A Top 100 album, and a truly superb recording of the Dead at the peak of their creativity (along with American Beauty)
  • We love the amazingly big, rich, weighty bottom end found on the better pressings such as this one
  • 5 stars: "The lilting Uncle John's Band, their first radio hit, opens the record and perfectly summarizes its subtle, spare beauty; complete with a new focus on more concise songs and tighter arrangements, the approach works brilliantly."
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White Hot Stamper (With Issues)

America
Homecoming

  (Item #: amerihomec_1902_5_9_4ex) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A stunning copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides - the first such copy we've found in almost two years (!)
  • This is a simply wonderful Green Label original pressing - big, rich and Tubey Magical with excellent transparency and breathy harmony and lead vocals
  • Some of the most tubey and warm acoustic guitar reproduction you could ever ask for - this is the sound of real analog!
  • Ventura Highway sounds amazing here, as does everything else; it's a Demo Disc for acoustic guitars and vocals
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Hot Stamper

America
Homecoming

  (Item #: amerihomec_2004) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • An outstanding copy of America's second album, boasting Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Some of the most tubey, warm acoustic guitar reproduction you could ever ask for - this is the sound of real analog!
  • AMG raves; "The songs here are tighter and more forthright... The sound quality is clear and bright; the colorful arrangements, while still acoustic guitar-based, feature more electric guitar and keyboards. The performance quality is more assured, among the most urgently committed the group would ever put on vinyl. This top-flight album is a very rewarding listen."
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Crosby / Nash
Whistling Down The Wire

  (Item #: crosbwhist_1902_01) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • An outstanding original pressing, earning Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides, with clear, breathy vocals - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The pair's third and best album, with notably better sound than Wind on the Water as well as some of their strongest songwriting
  • Finding good sound on an album with two or more members of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, in any configuration, has never been easy
  • "The music has an urgent, almost raw feel, and it comes as no surprise to discover that most of the tracks were recorded "live" in the studio with very little overdubbing."
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Super Hot Stamper

Jefferson Airplane
2400 Fulton Street

  (Item #: jeffe2400f_1912) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • These pressings boast Hot Stamper sound on all four sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • If you're looking for good sound, quiet vinyl, and practically all the band's best material, this is the double album for you
  • We, of course, can't say these pressings are competitive with Hot Stampers of the original albums, but the best of them can sound quite good
  • 4 stars: "...all of the essentials are here -- most of Surrealistic Pillow, along with highlights from the surrounding albums up through the end of the group's history and a few odd singles and B-sides that otherwise usually get overlooked."
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Super Hot Stamper

Jesse Colin Young
Together

  (Item #: youngtoget_1909) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • Together finally returns to the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • The sound here is richer, fuller, more musical and more natural - Young's breathy voice is reproduced with a solidity and immediacy that's not easy to find on vinyl
  • As an eclectic collection of both covers and original material, this album showcases Jesse's versatility and expansive artistic range
  • "[Young] played favorite songs from a variety of genres... Having covered those bases, Young also introduced some timely originals, such as "Peace Song," an anti-war anthem, and "Good Times," which was very reminiscent of the rustic sound Van Morrison had found recently on such albums as Tupelo Honey."
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Super Hot Stamper (Issues)

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
4 Way Street

  (Item #: crosb4ways_1910) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • Consistently outstanding sound for CSN&Y's classic live double album, with all four sides boasting solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER
  • This live album gives you the "naked" sound of the real thing - the real voices and the real guitars and the real everything else, in a way that would never happen again
  • Their brilliant engineer, Bill Halverson, worked his magic here, but only the best pressings let his genius shine the way this one does
  • Rolling Stone raves that "Crosby, Stills. Nash, and Young are all performers of unquestionable talent, and mostly because they stay out of each others' way, 4 Way Street must surely be their best album to date."
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Crosby, Still and Nash - Replay

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: crosbrepla_vta) 



This is another very handy record for setting your Vertical Tracking Angle. The end of Shadow Captain has loud vocals and punchy bass, which are a bit difficult to reproduce. (Forget trying to get this song to sound good if you don’t have an exceptionally good copy.)

The next song is To The Last Whale, which starts with Nash and Crosby's multitracked voices in a big hall. With the correct VTA, their voices should sound silky and sweet. If your arm is too far down in the back, they will get a bit dull. Too high, and they will lose that breathy, "fluffy" quality. And once you get their voices to sound just right, make sure the ending of Shadow Captain is still punchy and dynamic.

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America - America

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: ameriameri_2009) 



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

TUBEY MAGICAL practically MASTER TAPE SOUND on side one! A good sounding copy of this album is a real treat; a superb sounding copy like this one is an EXPERIENCE! We’ve been playing this album for years but I cannot recall a copy with a more extended top end than the ones here. The transparency is off the charts. Side one is natural, relaxed, musical, sweet, tonally correct from top to bottom and overflowing with Tubey Magic.

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America - America

Listening for Harmonically Correct Acoustic Guitars

  (Item #: ameriameri_listen) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises.

The guitars on this record are a true test of stereo fidelity. As it says below, most of the pressings of this record do not get the guitars to sound right. They often sound veiled and dull, and on a copy with a bit too much top end they will have an unnatural hi-fi-ish sparkle.

This kind of sparkle can be heard on practically every record Mobile Fidelity made in the ’70s and ’80s.

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America - History: America’s Greatest Hits

Our Shootout Winner from 2018

  (Item #: amerihisto_2018) 



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

The big sound on both sides lets this Greatest Hits compilation hold its own against the originals. Side One has amazing CLARITY and PRESENCE, which is especially noticeable on the vocals. Side Two has plenty of bottom end that drives these songs with energy and life. Listen for the bells on 'Tin Man'; they have the correct transients and harmonics. You never quite get back all of the Tubey Magic of the originals, but the detail and richness are enough to make you fall in love with this high quality George Martin (re) production.

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America - Homecoming

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: amerihomec_2009) 



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

This Warner Bros. Green Label Pressing is THE NEW HOMECOMING KING! The tubey analog magic of this recording is ABSOLUTELY OFF THE CHARTS. The mindblowing presence and immediacy of this copy will put the lovely voices and sweetly strummed guitars of this band right in front of you. They don't make records that sound like this anymore.

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Brewer & Shipley - Down In L.A.

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: brewedowni_2013) 



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

One of the BEST copies we've played in many years, close to five I would guess. Brewer and Shipley's first and only release for A&M has long been a Desert Island disc in my world. I consider it one of the top debuts of all time, although it's doubtful many will agree with me about that since I have yet to meet anyone who has ever even heard of this album, let alone felt as passionate as I do about it.

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Brewer & Shipley - Down In L.A.

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: brewedowni_depth) 



Presenting another entry in our extensive Listening in Depth series.

This has long been one of our favorite Hippie Folk Rock albums here at Better Records. If you like Crosby, Stills and Nash's first album or Rubber Soul -- and who doesn't love those two albums -- you should much to like on Down in L.A.

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Brewer & Shipley - Tarkio

Do All the Robert Ludwig Mastered Copies Have Hot Stampers?

  (Item #: brewetarki_RL) 



Even though all the original Pink Label pressings are mastered by Robert Ludwig, they have a marked tendency to be dull, thick and opaque. The sound is just too smooth. The best copies however have the top end and the transparency to let you hear all the guitar and vocal harmonics, surrounded by the large acoustic of the studio.

This time around we discovered something new: one specific stamper that seemed to be the only one with the potential for an extended top end. This special stamper did not always fare well; some copies with it were mediocre. We have always found this to be the way with the "right" stampers; they often let us down and sometimes they really let us down hard.

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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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Brewer & Shipley - Weeds

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: breweweeds_2017) 



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

It took two copies on two different labels to give you BETTER than Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the two sides of this 2-pack. These sides were beyond anything we had ever heard, with weight and Tubey Magic to put other records to shame. On the best copies the midrange is amazingly relaxed and natural, yet completely clear and present. This Bay Area Hippie Folk Rock has much in common with classic albums like Workingman's Dead and CSN's first.

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Cat Stevens - Mona Bone Jakon

Notes from an Early Shootout (2007)

  (Item #: stevemonab_2007) 



This album is one of Cat's top four titles both musically and sonically. Tea and Teaser are in a league of their own, but this album and Catch Bull At Four are close behind. The music is WONDERFUL -- the best tracks (including I Wish I Wish and I Think I See The Light) rank right up there with anything from his catalog. Sonically, it's not an epic recording on the scale of Tea or Teaser [WRONG] but with Paul Samwell-Smith at the helm you can be sure it's an excellent sounding album -- on the right pressing.
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Cat Stevens - Tea for the Tillerman

A Hall of Fame Pressing from 2004!

  (Item #: steveteafo_2004) 



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

This is a superb sounding original Brown Label A&M pressing. If you didn’t know better you might think you were listening to a Pink Label copy: it’s that good! In fact, having just played a Pink label Island 3U/3U original, I’m going to say that this pressing actually sounds better on side one than that famous import. This will no doubt shock many of you. But I have known of a better sounding brown label domestic pressing for close to 10 years.

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Cat Stevens - Tea for the Tillerman

An Album We Are Clearly Obsessed With

  (Item #: steveteafo_overview) 



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

We love the album and we hope you do too. If you have some time on your hands -- maybe a bit too much time on your hands -- please feel free to check out our commentaries.

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Cat Stevens - Tea for the Tillerman

Our Four Plus Shootout Winner from 2019

  (Item #: steveteafo_2019) 



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

We award this pressing our very special Four Plus (A++++) grade, which is strictly limited to pressings (really, individual sides of pressings) that take the recording to a level never experienced by us before, a level we usually had no idea even existed.

It sold for $1200 and was, to our way of thinking, surely worth every penny. One out of ten thousand audiophiles has ever heard Tea for the Tillerman sound this good, maybe fewer. Maybe none.

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Cat Stevens - Teaser & The Firecat

One of Our Very First Hot Stampers - 2006

  (Item #: stevetease_2006) 



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

Before we start discussing this record, let’s talk about the price for a moment. I have never put a used rock record on this site at this price. I’ve sold other records directly to my best customers for this kind of money, but this is the first $500 rock record of its kind to go on this website. This is the result of three factors. First, it's the best sounding copy of this record I have ever heard (on side two anyway). Second, this is Teaser and the Firecat, one of the most important recordings in the history of popular music. Third, it's amazingly quiet. The confluence of these three factors makes this copy practically unique.

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Crosby / Nash - Graham Nash/ David Crosby

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: crosbgraha_2015) 



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.

This album has some of the BEST SOUND Crosby and Nash ever recorded, but you'd never know that listening to the average pressing. You need plenty of deliciously rich Tubey Magic if this music is going to work, and on that count this copy certainly delivers.

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Crosby / Nash - Whistling Down The Wire

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: crosbwhist_2012) 



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

TWO AMAZING SIDES RATING AT OR NEAR A+++! This is the pair's third and best album, with better sound than Wind on the Water as well as their strongest songwriting. This is arguably a better CSN record than the album titled CSN from 1977. For one thing, the harmonies are superior, even without Stephen Stills. (Crosby and Nash were in big demand in the Rock and Pop world of the '70s for their impressive background vocal skills.) For another it's clearly a better recording.

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Crosby Stills & Nash - Crosby Stills & Nash

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: crosbcrosb_depth) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you critically evaluate your copy of Crosby, Stills & Nash's first album.

Although millions of copies of this album were sold, so few were mastered and pressed well, and so many mastered and pressed poorly, that few copies actually make it to the site as Hot Stampers. We wish that were not the case -- we love the album -- but the copies we know to have the potential for Hot Stamper sound are just not sitting around in the record bins these days.

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Crosby, Stills and Nash - CSN

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: crosbcsn_2013) 



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

This original LP is clearly the best sounding side one of this album we have ever played. Most copies of CSN are unbelievably flat, harsh, thin and opaque.

Which means simply that our approach is the only one that offers any hope of success. With a large enough batch of copies, cleaned using the best fluids, on the best machines, it is possible to find a side one this good. Without a pretty big batch of well-cleaned pressings your chance of success is hardly worth calculating. Even with the best intentions, frustration is likely to set in long before a Hot Stamper as good as this one has much chance of being found.

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Crosby, Stills and Nash - CSN

You Do the Best You Can with What You Have to Work With

  (Item #: crosbcsn_wtlf) 



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

CSN chose the Albert brothers to engineer this album. Their most famous album is Layla. Ever heard a great sounding Layla? Me neither. Can you hear the sound of Layla in your head? That's more or less what this album sounds like. There are better and worse Layla's -- we've done the shootout many times -- just as there are better and worse CSNs.

The problem with the sound cannot be "fixed" in the mastering, and here's how we know: on either side some songs have the breath of life and some don't. That's a recording problem. .

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - 4 Way Street

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: crosb4ways_2012) 



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

If you want to hear Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young rock out live in your listening room, this copy will let you do it. It's not easy to find good sound on even one side of this album, let alone all four!

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - 4 Way Street

What to Listen For

  (Item #: crosb4ways_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.

If the singers get hard and shrill in the louder passages, then what you have is a pretty typical pressing. Add grit and grain, smeared transients, opacity, surface noise and a lack of weight down low and you'll know why it takes us years to find enough copies to shoot out -- because this is what most pressings sound like.

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Deja Vu

Our Four Plus Side Two from 2016

  (Item #: crosbdejav_2016) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame

We award this copy's side two our very special Four Plus A++++ grade, which is strictly limited to pressings (really, individual sides of pressings) that take a recording to a level never experienced by us before, a level we had no idea could even exist. We estimate that less than one per cent of the Hot Stamper pressings we come across in our shootouts earn this grade. You can't get much more rare than that.

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - So Far

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: crosbsofar_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 So Far.

For example, on Find the Cost of Freedom the best copies have DEMO DISC QUALITY SOUND. You could say everything that needs to be said about the beauty of analog with this one track alone. It's not even two minutes long, but it's two really wonderful minutes of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young at the height of their powers. The voices should sound as sweet and as silky as any CSN three part (four part?) harmony you have ever heard. This song rivals Helplessly Hoping for vocal blend.

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - So Far

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: crosbsofar_2012) 



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

We've put together two Shootout Winning White Hot Stamper sides to give you the ultimate So Far. It took two separate records to do it, however, as most copies of the album do not rise above the level of mediocre, and mediocre is not what we sell here at Better Records.

The killer sides here sound like they are made from the MASTER TAPE. They trounced any and all comers during the shootout. No other copies earned Three Pluses, only these two.

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Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

Music Does the Driving

  (Item #: crosbstillsandnash_overview) 



Of course it's easy to argue that finding good sound on an album with two or more members of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, in any configuration, has never been easy. It's the rare copy of either of the first two albums that's even listenable, and the CSN album from 1977 doesn't sound nearly as good as any of the first three Crosby/Nash albums. Which simply means that the "good" sound of our Hot Stamper copies is far better than what most audiophiles own of any of these guys in combination.
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David Crosby - If I Could Only Remember My Name

What to Listen For

  (Item #: crosbifico_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.

Note how Crosby's voice is "chesty" -- some copies make him sound like he's all mouth and no diaphragm. When his voice is full-bodied and solid, that's when he sounds more like a real person and less like a pop recording of a person. Give credit where credit is due, to the brilliant engineering of Stephen Barncard and Henry Lewy.


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Donovan - The Hurdy Gurdy Man

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: donovhurdy_2013) 



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

The 1968 sound here is GLORIOUS — rich, sweet, Tubey Magical and very, very Analog.

Side one is where you will find The Hurdy Gurdy Man and it is crazy good sounding here. No wonder: Hurdy Gurdy was engineered by Eddie Kramer and produced by none other than John Paul Jones.

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Grateful Dead - American Beauty

Hot Stamper MoFi

  (Item #: grateameri_mofi) 



Sonic Grade: B

Another MoFi LP reviewed.

This is a very nice looking Mobile Fidelity LP with SURPRISINGLY GOOD SOUND. The transparency and presence in the midrange is OUT OF THIS WORLD. The bass actually sounds in control on this copy, there''s no typical bloated MOFI bass to be found here. This is the best sounding Mobile Fidelity American Beauty we have ever heard. It's not perfect by any means, but it's hugely better than we expected.

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James Taylor - Sweet Baby James

Our Shootout Winner for 2008

  (Item #: taylosweet_2008) 



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

It took three days, sixty seven copies, and multiple rounds, but SWEET BABY JAMES HOT STAMPERS ARE BACK! Both sides of this bad boy are DEMO QUALITY and ABSOLUTELY STUNNING. Add in the fact that the vinyl is unusually quiet, and you’ve got one heck of a copy here!

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Jefferson Airplane - 2400 Fulton Street

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: jeffe2400f_2017) 



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

The big selling point of this compilation is that practically all of Surrealistic Pillow is on it it. Any Hot Stamper pressing of that album we offer will clearly sound better. It will surely be priced at many hundreds of dollars. It's a single disc. And there is no question it is going to be noisier.

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Jefferson Airplane - After Bathing At Baxter's

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: jeffeafter_2012) 



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

This RCA pressing was a BIG step up from most copies we played. Most copies we've played are too lean down low, which takes a lot of the power out of this crazy psychedelic music. This one gives you more weight down low and good energy, which helps these songs sound the way The Airplane must have intended.

I'm not familiar with the Sundazed pressing, but I would be shocked if it was even in the ballpark with a Super Hot Stamper copy like this one. Is anyone seriously buying their records for sound quality these days?

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Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: jeffesurre_2009) 



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

An OFF THE CHARTS side one with more tubey magic than you probably ever imagined! We always have fun playing a great copy of the psychedelic ’60s masterpiece, because the sound gives you so many of the qualities we love about good ol’ analog. No one’s recording albums any more with this kind of richness, sweetness, and warmth, that’s for sure! Drop the needle on My Best Friend or Today to hear that trippy Sixties San Francisco sound at its best.

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Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow

We Found a Good Sounding Orange Label Pressing

  (Item #: jeffesurre_2010) 



This QUIET orange label (!) pressing has surprisingly good sound, some of the best sound we have ever heard for that more-often-than-not dismal second label in fact. It actually beat a few of our black label originals, with more tubey magic and less distortion and harshness than we expect from these later pressings.

We always have fun playing this psychedelic ’60s masterpiece. The sound -- problematical as it may be -- gives you so many of the qualities we love about good ol’ analog. No one’s recording albums these days with this kind of richness, sweetness, and warmth, that’s for sure. Drop the needle on My Best Friend or Today to hear that trippy Sixties San Francisco sound at its best.

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Jefferson Airplane - Volunteers

Our Shootout Winner from 2018

  (Item #: jeffevolun_2018) 



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

This original RCA Orange Label pressing boasts dramatically better sound than most pressings - this is a very good way to hear this notoriously problematical album. Featuring a host of stellar guest musicians, including Jerry Garcia, David Crosby, and Stephen Stills.

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Lovin' Spoonful - The Very Best of the Lovin' Spoonful

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: lovinveryb_2013) 



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

As Good As It Gets (AGAIG) White Hot Stamper sound for some of the biggest hits of The Lovin' Spoonful, a band I wouldn't expect to hear sound good on vinyl if I lived to be a hundred, and yet, here it is! This pressing changes EVERYTHING.

This copy lets you hear versions of Younger Girl, Didn't Want to Have to Do It, Daydream, You Didn't Have to Be So Nice, Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?, and Do You Believe in Magic? with the kind of sonics never thought possible, not by us anyway. This copy is truly a revelation. And side two ain't too shabby either.

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The Brilliant Recorded Legacy of

David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young

  (Item #: allcsny) 



Recordings featuring the work of David Crosby
Recordings featuring the work of Stephen Stills
Recordings featuring the work of Graham Nash
Recordings featuring the work of Neil Young

Some of our favorite engineers worked on the albums of these four men, principally Bill Halverson, as well as...


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The Byrds - Fifth Dimension

The Red Labels Can Rock

(More Accurately, Some of Them Can)

  (Item #: byrdsfifth_2014) 



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

There was not another Red Label that could hold a candle to this copy in our recent shootout, and no 360 label copy could either. It's the exception that proves the rule.

Does it have 100% of the Tubey Magic of the best 360 Label copies? Maybe not, but it has quite a healthy dose, and it does so many things so much better than any of the tube-mastered originals we played that it was simply no contest. There was nothing that communicated the music remotely as well as this Red Label copy did.

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The Byrds - Mr. Tambourine Man

What to Listen For

  (Item #: byrdsmrtam_wtlf) 



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

Want to hear what the best copies of Mr. Tambourine Man can do? Play Chimes of Freedom, one of the best sounding tracks on side two, if not THE best. Listen to how breathy Jim (later Roger) McGuinn's vocals are. Byrds records almost never sound like that.

I Knew I’d Want You is another one that sounds amazingly Tubey Magical on the best pressings.

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The Byrds - Turn! Turn! Turn!

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: byrdsturnt_2011) 



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

This Columbia 360 label pressing has AMAZING SOUND ON BOTH SIDES and the vinyl is about as quiet as any of these 360 Label pressings can be found!

It took us a long time, but we pulled together enough clean copies for a big shootout, and these two great sides were head and shoulders above the competition. The sound is natural, lifelike and realistic with serious immediacy and plenty of rock and roll energy.

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The Byrds - Younger Than Yesterday

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: byrdsyoung_2015) 



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

It ain't easy to find great sounding copies of this album on decent vinyl, but we managed to get a hold of a hot one here. White Hot in fact. Not only that, but the vinyl's pretty darn quiet! The sound is very tubey with excellent transparency and serious immediacy.

Most Byrds’ records are far from audiophile demo discs. However, what the best originals and '70s reissues give you is relatively good sound.

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The Donovan You Don't Know

In Concert

  (Item #: donovincon_2015) 



A distinguished member of our Rock and Pop Hall of Fame and a Forgotten Classic from 1968.

We discovered a while back just what an excellent recording this can be and now we know how magical the best copies can be. Only the very best copies delivered the kind of natural, immediate sound we were looking for.

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The Grateful Dead - American Beauty

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: grateameri_2009) 



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

MASTER TAPE SOUND AND MOSTLY QUIET VINYL ON BOTH SIDES, BABY! We went through all of 2008 without finding a single Hot Stamper copy of this great album, but today I am pleased to report that American Beauty Hot Stampers are back in stock at Better Records! Drop the needle on any track on either side -- I guarantee you’ve never heard this band sound so good, or your money back.

More Grateful Dead / More Hippie Folk Rock


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The Grateful Dead - Workingman's Dead

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: grateworki_2012) 



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

STUNNING MASTER TAPE SOUND ON SIDE TWO, as good as it gets! I don’t think you could ask any more from this music than what this magical side two gives you -- breathy vocals with mindblowing immediacy; incredible depth and width to the soundfield; rich, round bass with real WEIGHT; a silky, extended top end; tons of ambience; tons of tubey magic and so on. It’s also open, spacious, and super transparent. The sound positively JUMPS out of the speakers and fills the room. Black Peter is INSANELY GOOD on this side -- you’re gonna flip when you hear it.

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The Grateful Dead - Workingman's Dead

Watch for Strain in Jerry's Voice

  (Item #: grateworki_depth) 



Presenting another entry in our extensive Listening in Depth series.

High Time tells you the most about the sound of side one on any given copy. If the pressing in question is lean, bright, grainy, transistory or aggressive in any way, Jerry Garcia's voice will sound strained. Far from a professionally trained singer, he's already straining to some degree on even the best copies.

More Grateful Dead / More Hippie Folk Rock


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The Lovin' Spoonful - John Sebastian Songbook, Vol. 1

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: lovinjohns_2017) 



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

Great sound for some the biggest hits of The Lovin' Spoonful, a band I wouldn't have expected to hear sound good on vinyl if I lived to be a hundred, and yet, here it is. This is one of the rare cases where, in our experience, the hits compilation sounds BETTER than the original records. Why? Who knows? We don't pretend to have all the answers. What we do have (that no one else has, if that's not too obvious) are the records that back up the claims we make for them.

See all of our The Lovin' Spoonful albums in stock


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VTA Adjustment

Helplessly Hoping to Get It Right

  (Item #: crosbsofar_wtlf) 



This listing from 2005 (!) contains commentary about Vertical Tracking Angle (VTA) adjustment using the track Helplessly Hoping from a Hot Stamper pressing of CSN’s So Far.
More So Far / More CSN&Y


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