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Johnny Mathis
Heavenly

  (Item #: mathiheave_2005) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • A superb 360 Stereo pressing of Heavenly, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • This copy had all the Tubey Magical richness of the best coupled with the hardest thing to find on an old Columbia record: top end extension
  • Natural vocal reproduction is the sine qua non of a Johnny Mathis album - this pressing showed us just how good Columbia was back in 1959
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "The tempos are slow, the strings swell, and Mathis' vulnerable tenor, dripping with tender emotion yet never missing a beat, soars and swoops over all. The best track, a revelation when it appeared on this album, is "Misty," a treatment of Erroll Garner's jazz piano classic with a newly added lyric by Johnny Burke."
1959 - It Was a Very Good Year


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Dean Martin
Dream With Dean

  (Item #: martidream_2005) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This hard-to-find Dean Martin Classic of relaxed, intimate vocals returns to the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • One of our all-time favorite male vocal LPs - the sound on both sides is both warm and natural, with excellent presence and transparency
  • The early stereo tri-color label pressings are almost impossible to find in audiophile condition these days, but here's one, and it is a knockout
  • "It sounds as if they tracked the album in one afternoon, and it is not only a very pleasant listening experience, it shows what a tremendous vocalist Dean Martin truly was."
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Carmen McRae
The Great American Songbook

  (Item #: mcraegreat_2005) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Carmen McRae's superb live double album from 1972 arrives on the site with stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on FOUR sides
  • Everything sounds immediate and unprocessed - no other copy in our shootout had this kind of natural, analog sound, putting a living, breathing Carmen McRae right between your speakers
  • Recorded at Dante's Jazz Club right here in Los Angeles, the lively banter between songs reveals the lady's charm and wit
  • 5 stars: "Joined by pianist Rowles, guitarist Joe Pass, bassist Chuck Domanico, and drummer Chuck Flores, McRae had what was at the time a rare opportunity to record a live, spontaneous, jazz-oriented set. She sounds quite enthusiastic about both her accompaniment and the strong repertoire...'"
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Frank Sinatra
The Concert Sinatra

  (Item #: sinatconce_2001_5) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Off the charts Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it from the first note to the last
  • This album ranks right up there with the best of the Reprise era - recorded in 1963, Sinatra was still in his prime
  • Sinatra's voice always sounds natural even when he's at his loudest, this is quite an accomplishment and a sure sign that not only is the recording itself excellent, but the pressing derived from it has been mastered and pressed to the highest audiophile standards
  • "Sinatra is given the opportunity to demonstrate his full emotional range, from the melodrama of "Ol' Man River" to the tender romanticisim of "Bewitched," which helps make The Concert Sinatra one of his most fulfilling albums of the era."
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Nat "King" Cole
Love Is The Thing

  (Item #: cole_lovei_2005) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A lovely pressing of this audiophile favorite, with Double Plus (A++) sound and fairly quiet vinyl on both sides to rival the best pop vocal recordings we know of
  • Nat himself sounds especially immediate and real, and the strings are much less of a problem here than they are on most pressings
  • If you know the album through the weirdly unnatural remix DCC did (or the awful Analogue Productions vinyl), this pressing will be nothing less than a revelation
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Nat King Cole's collaborations with Gordon Jenkins rank among the finest from either artist or arranger. 1957's Love Is the Thing remains the epitome of the pair's undeniable compatibility, and it topped the album charts for eight weeks."
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Frank Sinatra
Francis A. Sinatra & Antonio C. Jobim

  (Item #: sinatjobim_2005) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding original stereo pressing of Sinatra and Jobim's sublime collaboration earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades for sound or BETTER on both sides and plays about as quietly as any copy ever does
  • The Tubey Magical space, ambience and richness of the sound here is the only way we know of to bring the Chairman of the Board and his Brazilian buddy into your listening room
  • This is a magical album from start to finish, one of a handful of a Must Own Sinatra releases, and my personal favorite of all his recordings
  • 4 1/2 stars: "After a few plays, the album begins to slowly work its way underneath a listener's skin, and it emerges as one of his most rewarding albums of the '60s."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Swings Lightly

  (Item #: fitzgella_swings_lightly_2005) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, this Verve Stereo pressing is going to be very hard to beat - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • Lovely All Tube sound from 1958, with a huge, rich orchestra conducted by one of our favorite arrangers, Marty Paich
  • Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo - these were the days when Ella was on top of the world
  • "The bright, sunny optimism of Fitzgerald’s style comes through in several tracks, including 'If I Were a Bell' (which also includes several remarkable variations on the melody), and 'Teardrops From My Eyes' (which alternates between rock and jazz beats—not a big leap back then!)"
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Nat King Cole Sings / George Shearing Plays

  (Item #: cole_nat_king_cole_sings_2005) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on this wonderful Capitol collaboration from 1962 - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Two masters came together to create wonderful performances of timeless standards, still appreciated by both music lovers and audiophiles to this day
  • It's tough to find top quality sound for Nat King Cole - here's your chance to hear just how good he could be on an All Tube Recording from the early '60s
  • "Cole is in prime form on such songs as "September Song," "Pick Yourself Up," and "Serenata." Shearing's accompaniment is tasteful and lightly swinging, and the string arrangements help to accentuate the romantic moods."
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Frank Sinatra
Strangers In The Night

  (Item #: sinatstran_2005) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides, this Sinatra title surprised us with its excellent sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This title is one of the better sounding Reprise-era Sinatra pressings we have ever played
  • Credit must given to the extraordinarily inventive arrangements of Nelson Riddle and the All Tube engineering of Lee Herschberg
  • "Sinatra's singing is relaxed, confident, and surprisingly jazzy, as he plays with the melody of "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" and delivers a knockout punch with the assured, breathtaking "Summer Wind."
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Tony Bennett
I Left My Heart In San Francisco

  (Item #: benneileft_2005_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This Stereo 360 pressing of Tony Bennett's 1962 classic has outstanding sound, rating Double Plus (A++) on both sides - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • Tubey Magical like you will not believe - this killer copy is as about as huge and as real as it gets
  • Brilliant engineering by Frank Laico at his favorite recording digs (and ours), Columbia 30th Street studios
  • 5 Stars and the winner of two Grammy Awards in 1962 including Record of the Year (not bad!)
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Frank Sinatra
That's Life

  (Item #: sinatthats_2005) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An amazing copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last
  • Incredibly big, rich and Tubey Magical, with especially breathy, present vocals that put Frank Sinatra front and center between your speakers
  • "That's Life continued Frank Sinatra's streak of commercially successful albums that straddled the line between traditional and contemporary pop music. Adding more pop music techniques to his repertoire of show tunes, That's Life made contemporary pop concessions while satisfying Sinatra's own taste for weightier, more respected material."
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Nat King Cole
Just One of Those Things

  (Item #: cole_justo_2005) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This outstanding copy earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them for sound on both sides
  • This is the sound we love at Better Records -- both sides are full-bodied and Tubey Magical, with especially smooth, present vocals
  • "Cole gives an assured, unhurried performance. And that's the point: that Cole has tamed the rambunctious May does not mean he doesn't give wonderful interpretations to some wonderful songs: 'Don't Get Around Much Anymore,' 'Just One of Those Things,' 'The Song Is Ended (But the Melody Lingers On).' And the light-handed swing supports those efforts well." - All Music
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Frank Sinatra
Sinatra's Swingin' Session

  (Item #: sinatsinatras_swingin_2005) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This Capitol stereo pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • These sides are rich, Tubey Magical, balanced and natural
  • The tonality of Sinatra's voice is right on the money, and the brass - so key to these big group sessions - is every bit as good
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Sinatra's Swingin' Session is a fast, driving album, the speediest and hardest swing collection Frank Sinatra ever recorded. Sinatra performed the songs twice as fast as was expected; consequently, it's one of his jazziest swing sets, with the musicians spitting out energetic, forceful solos and providing tough, gutsy support."
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Linda Ronstadt
Lush Life

  (Item #: ronstlushl_2005) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of Ronstadt's 1984 release with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • These sides were doing everything right -- clean, clear, full-bodied and dynamic with wonderfully breathy vocals and a solid bottom end
  • "What's New illustrated that Linda Ronstadt was no longer interested in contemporary pop, and since it was a surprise success, there was no reason not to repeat the formula on Lush Life. Working again with Nelson Riddle, Ronstadt runs through several pop standards -- 'When I Fall in Love,' 'Sophisticated Lady,' 'Falling in Love Again,' 'It Never Entered My Mind'..."
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June Christy
Something Cool

  (Item #: chrissomet_2001_5) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Miss Christy's Must Own Masterpiece returns to the site, this time with stunning Triple Triple (A+++) Mono Hot Stamper sound
  • Need a refresher course in Tubey Magic after playing too many remastered records? This 1955 original Capitol turquoise pressing is overflowing with it
  • One of our favorite Cool School vocalists - we just wish we could find more clean copies of her albums
  • Allmusic 5 Stars: "Christy established herself as an artist who strove for the very best in song selection, arrangements, and notably intelligent interpretation. There were perhaps other vocalists with greater vocal equipment, but few could match June Christy's artistic integrity."
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Frank Sinatra
No One Cares

  (Item #: sinatnoone_2004) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This superb 2-pack earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER throughout - some of the best Sinatra sound you will ever hear
  • No One Cares is an orchestrated album of ballads, boasting superb All Tube Analog sound from 1959
  • These early pressings have the MIDRANGE MAGIC that’s simply missing from the later reissues we've played - it gives you the sense that Frank Sinatra is right in the room with you
  • These sides have two very important qualities - they reproduce both the breath, as well as the front and center immediacy, of Sinatra's vocals, with Jenkins' tubey rich orchestral arrangements in support
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Jenkins gives the songs a subtly tragic treatment, and Sinatra responds with a wrenching performance."
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Nat "King" Cole
To Whom It May Concern

  (Item #: cole_towho_2004ex) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of Nat "King" Cole's wonderful 1959 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from top to bottom
  • The presence and immediacy of Nat's vocals here are '50s Capitol Recording Magic at its best - you won't believe how good this early stereo pressing sounds
  • With the biggest, clearest, richest, most present and most natural vocal reproduction, this copy took Nat's performance to another level, which is exactly what earned this copy its Three Pluses
  • "For this album, Cole had the idea of putting together a set of newly written songs in the classic style, with typically sympathetic arrangements by Nelson Riddle..."
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Sammy Davis Jr.
Sings The Big Ones For Young Lovers

  (Item #: davissings_2004) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This original Reprise stereo pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • Rich, smooth, sweet, full of ambience, dead on correct tonality, and wonderfully breathy vocals - everything that we listen for in a great record is here
  • "Sammy Davis, who is widely acclaimed to be the greatest all-around-entertainment talent of our times, here swings thru an album filled with the greatest songs he's ever tackled in his entire recording career. The result ? It has to be the greatest album Sammy's ever recorded."
  • 4 stars: "...[a] dozen-song outing, supported by some irresistible backdrops courtesy of arrangers Jimmie Haskell and Perry Botkin Jr... Sings the Big Ones for Young Lovers primarily consists of well-known covers..."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Get Happy!

  (Item #: fitzggetha_2004) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This wonderful copy of Ella's 1959 release for Verve (in stereo!) boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • The sound is big, rich, lively and dynamic, with Ella's astounding vocal range rendered as only an All Tube Analog chain can
  • These sides reproduce both the breath, as well as the front and center immediacy, of The First Lady of Song's vocals, with tubey rich orchestral arrangements in support
  • "As usual, Ella uplifts all of the material and her best moments come on 'Somebody Loves Me,' a heartfelt 'Moonlight Becomes You,' a scat-filled 'Blue Skies' and (somewhat surprisingly) 'St. Louis Blues.'... the formerly obscure 'Get Happy' finds Ella Fitzgerald at the peak of her powers."
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Ella Fitzgerald
The Johnny Mercer Song Book

  (Item #: fitzgsings_mercer_1812_7_12_4) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A stunning Triple Plus (A+++) side two backed with a superb Double Plus (A++) side one for this Verve stereo original LP
  • The huge, rich orchestral sound captured so beautifully by Val Valentin is always one of the highlights of these songbooks
  • By the time this one came out in 1964 Ella had already recorded 18 LPs of songbooks - this was the last, going out on a high note
  • Some of the Mercer Classics here are Too Marvelous For Words, Day In-Day Out, Laura, Skylark, Midnight Sun, I Remember You
  • AMG raves "this is one of the best of Ella Fitzgerald's songbooks. Fitzgerald's assured and elegant voice is a perfect match for Mercer's urbane lyrics and Nelson Riddle's supple arrangements..."
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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Ella and Louis

  (Item #: fitzgella_and_louis_2004) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Outstanding sound on this early Verve Mono LP with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades
  • No modern pressing can hope to put Ella and Louis right in the room with you the way this one from 1956 can
  • One of the greatest duet albums of all time, if not THE GREATEST - a Desert Island Disc to beat them all
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Ella and Louis is an inspired collaboration, masterminded by producer Norman Granz... Gentle and sincere, this is deserving of a place in every home."
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Frank Sinatra-Count Basie
Sinatra At The Sands

  (Item #: sinatatthe_2004) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This original Blue and Green Reprise Label pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on all four sides
  • Truly one of the greatest live albums of all time, recorded late at night in the big room at the Sands Hotel in Vegas
  • This is Basie and Sinatra in their natural habitat and in their prime, putting on the show of a lifetime
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Basie and the orchestra are swinging and dynamic, inspiring a textured, dramatic, and thoroughly enjoyable performance from Sinatra ... the definitive portrait of Frank Sinatra in the '60s."
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Nina Simone
Nina Simone and Piano!

  (Item #: simonninas_piano_2004) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Nina Simone's superb 1969 release finally makes its Hot Stamper debut here with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side one and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side two
  • This vintage stereo pressing boasts exceptionally natural piano sound, breathy vocals and the Tubey Magic that only vintage vinyl pressings are capable of reproducing
  • There are a lot of bad sounding Nina Simone albums out there in the bins, but fortunately this is not one of them - it's rich, smooth and tubey, just the way we like our Female Vocal records to sound
  • "Her own best accompanist (especially during the crossover-happy '60s), Nina Simone sings and plays on this 1969 LP. With strident vocals and a thoughtful piano backing... frequently rewarding."
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Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie
Ella and Basie!

  (Item #: fitzgella_and_basie_2004_1) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • This Verve stereo pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • The sound is rich and full-bodied, in the proud tradition of a classic vintage jazz vocal album with big band backup
  • It's very difficult to get the vocals AND the brass to sound right on the same LP, but these sides pull that trick off nicely
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Surprisingly enough this 1963 LP was the first time (other than a couple songs) that Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie recorded together. The match-up was so logical that it would be repeated many times over the next 20 years."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Swings Brightly With Nelson

  (Item #: fitzgella_swings_brightly_1904_10_4) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • An excellent early stereo copy with Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Exceptionally lovely All Tube sound from 1961, with a huge, rich orchestra conducted by the legendary Nelson Riddle
  • Fitzgerald's performance on this album won her the Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance, her 7th Grammy
  • "The singer has rarely sounded better than during this period. Fitzgerald sticks mostly to familiar standards and is particularly memorable on 'Don't Be That Way,' 'What Am I Here For,' 'I'm Gonna Go Fishin',' and 'I Won't Dance.'"
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Frank Sinatra
I Remember Tommy

  (Item #: sinatireme_1905_9_4) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This vintage Reprise pressing offers the critical listener outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • We were shocked to hear how good the originals can sound on this album, and just as shocked to hear other copies that can actually beat the best of them
  • The richness of these Tubey Magical Reprise pressings makes them the clear choice for the heavy-on-the-brass sonics (if you have the right stampers)
  • 100% of Amazon reviewers rate this one Four Stars or better, with 77% giving the album Five Stars!
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Frank Sinatra
Sings... of Love and Things

  (Item #: sinatsings_of_love_1912_4) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Two outstanding sides each earning Double Plus (A++) grades, and playing about as quietly as any early Rainbow Label Capitol stereo pressing can
  • This Capitol LP has the MIDRANGE MAGIC that’s missing from the later reissues, which, to our way of thinking, are not worth buying at any price. It gives you the sense that Frank Sinatra is standing right in front of you, and that's exactly the way we like to hear him
  • Somehow the man managed to record and release six studio albums in 1962, with this compilation making a total of seven for the year. Even more remarkable, all seven of them made the Top Ten of the pop charts
  • The music is excellent, as one can see from the track listing. It's hard to go wrong with these later Capitol Sinatra records. They're almost always a fun listen
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Ella Fitzgerald
Whisper Not

  (Item #: fitzgwhisp_2004) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides of this STUNNING vintage Verve pressing
  • This one is doing everything right-- it's bigger, bolder, richer and more clean, clear and open than anything else we played
  • Superb engineering from the man behind so many great sounding Verve records, Val Valentin
  • 4 stars: "Whoever decided to put pianist Marty Paich and Ella Fitzgerald together in the studio in 1966 deserves a bit of credit for the great music on Whisper Not. Together, Fitzgerald and Paich deliver a dozen beautifully sung, carefully arranged standards."
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Nat King Cole
This Is Nat "King" Cole

  (Item #: cole_thisi_1909_4) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This vintage '50s Capitol pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • These sides are insanely good -- BIG, rich and Tubey Magical, yet clear and not the least bit thick or opaque
  • Turn down the lights, gently drop the needle at the start of side one and you will soon find a living breathing Nat King Cole standing between your speakers
  • "Cole as usual gives warm, confident readings of all this material, and fans welcomed the packaging of some songs previously available only on singles..."
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June Christy
Something Cool

  (Item #: chrissomet_2004) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A wonderful copy of Miss Christy's Must Own Masterpiece with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • Need a refresher course in Tubey Magic after playing too many remastered records? This 1955 original Capitol turquoise pressing is overflowing with it
  • One of our favorite Cool School vocalists - we just wish we could find more clean copies of her albums
  • 5 stars: "Christy established herself as an artist who strove for the very best in song selection, arrangements, and notably intelligent interpretation. There were perhaps other vocalists with greater vocal equipment, but few could match June Christy's artistic integrity."
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Tony Bennett
At Carnegie Hall, Vol. 1

  (Item #: bennecarne1_2004) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This superb LIVE Tony Bennett album offers outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Our exceptional 360 stereo pressing of Volume One will put a living, breathing Tony right in your very own listening room
  • On these early pressings you will find the analog richness, performance space, analog smoothness and All Tube Chain Magic essential to getting the '60s to sound like the '60s
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Recorded one week before the release of the I Left My Heart in San Francisco album that would catapult Tony Bennett's career into the stratosphere, this album effectively sums up his accomplishments so far... it gives a broad sense of Bennett's work, and it does so in the format with which he's most comfortable -- live in concert."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Rhythm Is My Business

  (Item #: fitzgrhyth_1902_4_8_12_03) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • This outstanding copy of Ella's superb follow-up to Clap Hands boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • What took us by surprise was the richness and sweetness of this early stereo Verve - so many of Ella's early albums don't have the smooth, natural vocals of this pressing
  • We absolutely love the swinging R&B organ Bill Doggett brought to these big band sessions, all backing an exceptionally well recorded First Lady of Song
  • "Ella Fitzgerald is in the spotlight throughout, mostly singing swing-era songs along with a couple of newer pieces... [her] voice was in its prime, and the charts are excellent."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Sings the Harold Arlen Song Book #1

  (Item #: fitzgarlen1_2003) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding stereo pressing of the Harold Arlen Song Book earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides
  • These sides are wonderful, especially compared to most of what we played - they're clear and full-bodied, with strong energy and present, breathy vocals
  • Val Valentin did the engineering - as he often did over the course of his long and storied career, he knocked this one out of the park
  • 5 stars: "Of all of her Songbooks, the Harold Arlen and Duke Ellington sets are the most jazz-oriented."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Loves Cole

  (Item #: fitzgella_loves_2003_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of Ella's superb 1972 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from top to bottom - exceptionally QUIET vinyl too
  • This copy is balanced and natural, with the kind of rich, full-bodied sound that no one seems to know how to record anymore
  • Fitzgerald's second artful collection of Cole Porter masterpieces, arranged by the great Nelson Riddle
  • The legendary engineer Val Valentin put this one on tape, brilliantly - he's the man behind some of our All Time favorite albums on Verve and Pablo
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Frank Sinatra
Sinatra's Swingin' Session

  (Item #: sinatsinatras_swingin_2001_03) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This Capitol stereo pressing has STUNNING Nearly Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout - a HUGE step up from most of what we've heard
  • These sides are rich, Tubey Magical, balanced and natural - exceptionally quiet vinyl too, one of the quietest copies we played all day
  • The tonality of Sinatra's voice is right on the money, and the brass - so key to these big group sessions - is every bit as good
  • "Sinatra's Swingin' Session is a fast, driving album, the speediest and hardest swing collection Frank Sinatra ever recorded. Sinatra performed the songs twice as fast as was expected; consequently, it's one of his jazziest swing sets, with the musicians spitting out energetic, forceful solos and providing tough, gutsy support."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Loves Cole

  (Item #: fitzgella_loves_2003) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Ella's superb 1972 release makes its Hot Stamper debut here with STUNNING Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides
  • This copy is balanced and natural, with the kind of rich, full-bodied sound that no one seems to know how to record anymore
  • Fitzgerald's second artful collection of Cole Porter masterpieces, arranged by the great Nelson Riddle
  • The legendary engineer Val Valentin put this one on tape, brilliantly - he's the man behind some of our All Time favorite albums on Verve and Pablo
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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Swings Lightly

  (Item #: fitzgella_swings_lightly_1808_4_10_03) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, this original "Bow Tie" Verve Stereo pressing is going to be very hard to beat - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Lovely All Tube sound from 1958, with a huge, rich orchestra conducted by one of our favorite arrangers, Marty Paich
  • Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo - these were the days when Ella was on top of the world
  • "The bright, sunny optimism of Fitzgerald’s style comes through in several tracks, including 'If I Were a Bell' (which also includes several remarkable variations on the melody), and 'Teardrops From My Eyes' (which alternates between rock and jazz beats—not a big leap back then!)"
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Ella Fitzgerald
Sings the Harold Arlen Song Book #2

  (Item #: fitzgarlen_2003) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This STUNNING stereo pressing of the Harold Arlen Song Book earned Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades, or close to them, on both sides
  • One of the best copies to hit the site in a long time, Ella is incredibly rich, Tubey Magical and breathy throughout
  • Check out all the great songs here: Come Rain Or Come Shine, It's Only A Paper Moon, One For My Baby, Get Happy, I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues, Over The Rainbow, and more
  • 5 stars: "Of all of her Songbooks, the Harold Arlen and Duke Ellington sets are the most jazz-oriented."
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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Porgy & Bess

  (Item #: fitzgporgy_1910_03) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb copy with a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side one, followed by NearlyTriple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound or close to it on sides two, three and four
  • Spacious, full-bodied and Tubey Magical, with Ella and Louis front and center, this is the sound you want for their brilliant collaboration from 1958
  • Two vocal giants came together to perform Gershwin's timeless opera, revered by both music lovers and audiophiles to this day
  • 4 1/2 stars: "What's really great about the Ella and Louis version is Ella, who handles each aria with disarming delicacy, clarion intensity, or usually a blend of both."
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Frank Sinatra
Swing Along With Me

  (Item #: sinatswing_along_1911_03) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • KILLER sound throughout with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sonic grades
  • These vintage stereo sides are As Good As It Gets -- rich, smooth and full-bodied with wonderfully present vocals and all of the Tubey Magic that's missing from most copies
  • This album is very tough to come by in stereo in anything but beat condition, let alone with this kind of sound
  • "Twelve of the most uninhibited Sinatra things ever recorded!"
  • "Recorded with Billy May, Sinatra Swings was Frank Sinatra's first straight swing album for Reprise Records. In terms of content and approach, the record is remarkably similar to his final Capitol swing effort, Come Swing with Me."
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Ella Fitzgerald
The Rodgers & Hart Song Book, Vol. 2

  (Item #: fitzgsings_rodgers_2_1908_10_03) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An incredible sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from the first note to the last
  • The 1956 recording quality is excellent, with space and midrange richness that might just take your breath away
  • 5 stars: "With such songs as "You Took Advantage of Me," "The Lady Is a Tramp," "It Never Entered My Mind," "Where or When," "My Funny Valentine," and "Blue Moon," it is not too surprising that these recordings were so popular." - All Music (Vol. 1 & Vol. 2)
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Mel Torme
Swings Shubert Alley

  (Item #: tormeswing_2003_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other Mel Torme album you've heard - and it plays about as quietly as any copy ever does
  • One of our favorite Male Vocal albums - exceptionally well recorded and really involving on a copy that sounds as good as this one does
  • Lovely richness and warmth, you may just find yourself using it as a Analog Demonstration Disc - Mel is in his prime and magnificent throughout
  • 5 stars: "Though the nominal concept for Swings Shubert Alley is Broadway standards, this last moment of pure Mel Tormé brilliance swings much too fast and hard for the concept to be anything but pure swing. The overall mood is unrestrained enthusiasm, and it makes for an excellent record."
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Mel Torme
Swings Shubert Alley

  (Item #: tormeswing_2003) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Both sides of this Mel Torme masterpiece boast Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound - this is Mel in his prime in Honest-to-Goodness Real Analog
  • One of our all-time favorite Male Vocal albums - exceptionally well recorded and just about mindblowing on a copy that sounds as good as this one does
  • Big and spacious with amazing richness and warmth, you may just find yourself using it as a Demonstration Disc - Mel is magnificent
  • 5 stars: "Though the nominal concept for Swings Shubert Alley is Broadway standards, this last moment of pure Mel Tormé brilliance swings much too fast and hard for the concept to be anything but pure swing. The overall mood is unrestrained enthusiasm, and it makes for an excellent record."
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Sarah Vaughan
After Hours At The London House

  (Item #: vaughafter_london_2003) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Vaughan's 1959 live album returns to the site with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • You will have a very hard time finding anything that can touch this pressing for warmth, richness, and, especially, vocal intimacy and in-the-room presence
  • The multiple takes Sarah Vaughan does on Thanks for the Memory here blows my mind to this very day - pull it up on youtube and hear it for yourself
  • "... the producers invited a small group of friends and well-wishers to another Chicago club, London House, for an after-hours session. Vaughan expanded her trio with a quartet of Count Basie titans, including trumpeter Thad Jones and tenor Frank Wess, and... decided to record a set that, in true after-hours fashion, was completely improvised."
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Frank Sinatra
Come Swing With Me!

  (Item #: sinatcomes_1910_12_03) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This outstanding Capitol stereo pressing boasts incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • On this superb pressing you'll hear Billy May's arrangements - just brass, no strings or winds - blasting behind Sinatra like never before
  • This was Sinatra's final swing session with Capitol and on a pressing as good as this one you can tell he and the band are having a blast
  • "...his intense, speedy energy gives the album an edge that distinguishes the record... it [has] enough genuine gems to make it necessary."
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Johnny Mathis
Heavenly

  (Item #: mathiheave_2003) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • With Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sides, this Six Eye Stereo copy simply could not be beat - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • Exceptional three-dimensional space and ambience, and Tubey Magic by the boatload - this 30th Street recording shows just how good Columbia's engineers were in 1959
  • Natural vocal reproduction is the sine qua non of a Johnny Mathis album - this is As Good As It Gets, folks
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The tempos are slow, the strings swell, and Mathis' vulnerable tenor, dripping with tender emotion yet never missing a beat, soars and swoops over all. The best track, a revelation when it appeared on this album, is "Misty," a treatment of Erroll Garner's jazz piano classic with a newly added lyric by Johnny Burke."
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Willie Nelson
Always On My Mind

  (Item #: nelsoalway_2003) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner
  • Just drop the needle on Bridge Over Troubled Water to hear Willie and his bandmates doing what they do best
  • Fans of Stardust are going to love this one - it's another solid album full of Willie's heartfelt renditions of modern classics
  • ...Throughout the late '70s, Nelson's freewheeling, organically eclectic music was not just the biggest thing in country, it was also some of its best, most adventurous music... At the time, it was a huge, huge hit — his biggest ever, actually, spending 22 weeks at the top of the country charts..."
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Nat "King" Cole
Where Did Everyone Go?

  (Item #: cole_where_2003) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this early Capitol Rainbow Label stereo pressing will be very hard to beat - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • With especially rich, intimate and natural vocal reproduction, this side one was close to the best we played of Nat's wonderful "songs of love and loss"
  • If all you know are the weirdly unnatural remixes DCC did (or the dreadful Analogue Productions pressings), this LP will be nothing less than a revelation
  • "His rich and cozy baritone carries the ache of "Am I Blue?" and the slinky "I Keep Goin' Back to Joe's" into an understated, almost plaintive blues. Here he perfectly demonstrates a boundless capacity as a melodic interpreter of song."
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Frank Sinatra
Francis A. Sinatra & Antonio C. Jobim

  (Item #: sinatjobim_2003) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This outstanding original stereo pressing of Sinatra and Jobim's sublime collaboration earned Triple Plus (A+++) grades or close to them on both sides
  • The vintage Tubey Magic, ambience and richness of the sound here is the only way we know of to bring the Chairman of the Board and his Brazilian buddy into your listening room
  • This is a magical album from start to finish, one of a handful of a Must Own Sinatra releases, and my personal favorite of all his recordings
  • 4 1/2 stars: "After a few plays, the album begins to slowly work its way underneath a listener's skin, and it emerges as one of his most rewarding albums of the '60s."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Rhythm Is My Business

  (Item #: fitzgrhyth_1904_9_02) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This outstanding copy of Ella's superb follow-up to Clap Hands boasts insanely good Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides
  • What took us by surprise was the richness and sweetness of this early Stereo Verve - so many of Ella's early albums don't have the smooth, natural vocals heard on this pressing
  • We absolutely love the swinging R&B organ Bill Doggett brought to these big band sessions, all backing an exceptionally well recorded First Lady of Song
  • "Ella Fitzgerald is in the spotlight throughout, mostly singing swing-era songs along with a couple of newer pieces... [her] voice was in its prime, and the charts are excellent."
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Harry Belafonte
The Midnight Special

  (Item #: belafmidni_2002_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • These seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides are guaranteed to blow the doors off any other Midnight Special you've heard - and it plays as quietly as any copy ever will (and far better than most)
  • Lively, balanced and vibrant, with a healthy dose of the Tubey Magical Living Stereo richness these recordings need to sound right (and which is rarely evident on the modern reissues made from them)
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The Midnight Special is also a record that best exemplifies Harry Belafonte's uniqueness as a recording artist... Combining blues, big band, gospel, and soul, Belafonte utilizes mainly traditional material on one of his best programmed albums of the sixties."
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Linda Ronstadt
For Sentimental Reasons

  (Item #: ronstforse_1905_9_12_02) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb pressing of Ronstadt's 1986 release with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Linda is fuller, sweeter, breathier, less spitty (some tracks more than others) and just plain less artificial here than on most of the other pressings we played
  • The final installment of the jazz trilogy that Ronstadt recorded with bandleader and arranger Nelson Riddle
  • "... it is in the hushed intensity of Mr. Riddle's string arrangements for the album's ballads that one senses a musician reaching deeply into his soul to make eloquent final statements... The arrangements' emotional gravity reverberates in Miss Ronstadt's singing..."
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Frank Sinatra
Sinatra's Sinatra

  (Item #: sinatsinatras_1905_8_02ex) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of Sinatra's 1963 release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Forget the reissues - the All Tube stereo original we are offering here is the only way to hear the rich, dynamic, musical sound that was on the tapes in 1963
  • Frank rerecorded some of his biggest hits in stereo for this album - the record is one Sinatra Classic after another
  • Amazon 5 stars: "Riddle's arrangements are, as always, top-notch, and Sinatra is in fine, engaging form."
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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Porgy and Bess

  (Item #: fitzgporgy_1904_9_02) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Excellent sound throughout this Ella & Louis classic with all four sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades
  • Spacious, full-bodied and Tubey Magical, with Ella and Louis front and center, this is the sound you want for their brilliant collaboration from 1958
  • Two vocal giants came together to perform Gershwin's timeless opera, revered by both music lovers and audiophiles to this day
  • 4 1/2 stars: "What's really great about the Ella and Louis version is Ella, who handles each aria with disarming delicacy, clarion intensity, or usually a blend of both."
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Frank Sinatra / Count Basie
It Might As Well Be Swing

  (Item #: sinatitmig_1907_10_02) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last- fairly quiet vinyl for an original Reprise pressing from this era too
  • The presence and immediacy here are staggering. Turn it up and Frank is right between your speakers, putting on the performance of a lifetime, with the Basie big band stretched out from wall to wall behind him (which is why the stereo pressings are the only way to go on these kinds of albums)
  • "A more structured, swing-oriented set than Sinatra-Basie, and in many ways the superior album... , what makes [it] more successful is the consistently high level of the performances. ...throughout this record they play with energy and vigor."
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Mel Torme
I Dig The Duke - I Dig The Count

  (Item #: tormeidigd_2002_1) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner - relatively quiet vinyl too
  • This may not be one of Mel's better known albums, but we found it to be prime Velvet Fog, right up there with the best of his work auditioned to date - if you haven't heard the man in his prime, this is a great place to start
  • Val Valentin did the engineering - as he often did over the course of his long and storied career, he knocked this one out of the park
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Recorded with the Johnny Mandel Orchestra at sessions in Los Angeles, it includes one half Duke Ellington and one half Count Basie... With all these things going for it, how can Tormé do wrong?"
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Ella Fitzgerald
Get Happy!

  (Item #: fitzggetha_2002) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Ella's 1959 release for Verve (in stereo!) makes its Hot Stamper debut here with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides
  • The sound is big, rich, lively and dynamic, with Ella's astounding vocal range rendered as only an All Tube Analog chain can
  • These sides reproduce both the breath, as well as the front and center immediacy, of The First Lady of Song's vocals, with tubey rich orchestral arrangements in support
  • "As usual, Ella uplifts all of the material and her best moments come on 'Somebody Loves Me,' a heartfelt 'Moonlight Becomes You,' a scat-filled 'Blue Skies' and (somewhat surprisingly) 'St. Louis Blues.'... the formerly obscure 'Get Happy' finds Ella Fitzgerald at the peak of her powers."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Swings Brightly...

  (Item #: fitzgella_swings_brightly_2001) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An excellent early stereo copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Exceptionally lovely All Tube sound from 1961, with a huge, rich orchestra conducted by the legendary Nelson Riddle
  • Fitzgerald's performance on this album won her the Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance, her 7th Grammy
  • "The singer has rarely sounded better than during this period. Fitzgerald sticks mostly to familiar standards and is particularly memorable on 'Don't Be That Way,' 'What Am I Here For,' 'I'm Gonna Go Fishin',' and 'I Won't Dance.'"
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Frank Sinatra
Some Nice Things I've Missed

  (Item #: sinatsomen_1904_6_10_01) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides
  • The album features Sinatra singing some of the biggest hits of the day by artists such as Stevie Wonder, Neil Diamond, Jim Croce, and Bread
  • Released in 1974, this is probably the last good album the man made outside of She Shot Me Down from 1981
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Mel Torme
Songs of New York

  (Item #: tormesongs_1909_01) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This surprisingly good sounding pressing of Mel Torme's 1963 album earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • Like many of the best Mel Torme recordings from back in the day, the sound here is rich, warm and smooth, with Vintage Analog Tubey Magic to die for
  • Turn it up and The Velvet Fog will be standing right between your speakers, putting his heart and soul into these American standards
  • "This thematic recording, with songs all relating to New York City, has vocalist Mel Tormé singing in fine fashion... done with the heartfelt passion of a man who has lived in the Big Apple and has many tales to tell."
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Dean Martin
This Time I'm Swingin'

  (Item #: martithist_1907_01) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy that lets this music swing the way it's supposed to - solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • Classic Capitol big, full-bodied, Tubey Magical sound -- Dino's vocals are present and natural in the best tradition of rat-mate Frank Sinatra in the early '60s
  • With Nelson Riddle arranging, you can be sure the album has plenty of swing all right -- and the brass sounds amazing here
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...an easy swinging collection with appealing horn charts and a series of comfortable readings of recent and vintage standards... a good, confident set..."
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Frank Sinatra
Nice and Easy

  (Item #: sinatnicea_1905_8_01ex) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • You'll find outstanding sound throughout this copy of Sinatra's 1960 release with both sides rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or BETTER
  • The Chairman sounds out of this world here -- incredibly rich, smooth, musical and balanced
  • Take this one home and play it against the MoFi pressing for a good laugh -- this thing will positively SMOKE whatever other version you might have in your collection, guaranteed
  • 5 stars: "... a breezy collection of mid-tempo numbers arranged by Nelson Riddle. Nice 'N' Easy doesn't have a touch of brooding sorrow — it rolls along steadily, charming everyone in its path."
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Frank Sinatra
The Concert Sinatra

  (Item #: sinatconce_2001_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Presenting a superb original stereo pressing which earned Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides and plays fairly quietly for a record of its age (57 or thereabouts)
  • This album ranks right up there with the best of the Reprise era - recorded in 1963, Sinatra was still in his prime, and Nelson Riddle's arrangements beautifully support Sinatra's emotional readings of these Classics of the Great American Songbook
  • "Sinatra is given the opportunity to demonstrate his full emotional range, from the melodrama of "Ol' Man River" to the tender romanticisim of "Bewitched," which helps make The Concert Sinatra one of his most fulfilling albums of the era."
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Frank Sinatra
Strangers In The Night

  (Item #: sinatstran_2001) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound throughout, this Sinatra title surprised us with its DEMO DISC sound - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Clearly one of the better sounding Reprise-era Sinatra pressings we have ever played
  • Credit must given to the extraordinarily inventive arrangements of Nelson Riddle and the All Tube engineering of Lee Herschberg
  • "Sinatra's singing is relaxed, confident, and surprisingly jazzy, as he plays with the melody of "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" and delivers a knockout punch with the assured, breathtaking "Summer Wind."
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Harry Belafonte
Belafonte at Carnegie Hall

  (Item #: belafbelaf_1907_12) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This White Dog stereo (not Living Stereo) pressing has superb Double Plus (A++) sound or very close to it on all four sides
  • You'll hear a very large group of musicians bring their wonderful energy to this music, all backing Harry live on stage in real time and in ANALOG
  • HP made his reputation bringing this kind of live-in-your-listening-room record to the attention of the audiophile public, and for that we owe him a debt of gratitude
  • 5 stars: "The granddaddy of all live albums, this double-LP set captures the excitement of a Harry Belafonte concert at the height of his popularity."
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Frank Sinatra
Softly, As I Leave You

  (Item #: sinatsoftl_1907_12) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from start to finish, this original stereo pressing blew away practically every copy in our shootout
  • Big, rich and natural sounding, the newer material for this album was recorded in 1964 when Sinatra's voice was still in very fine form indeed
  • "The highlight of the record was the hit title song, which featured a subdued but forceful and steady backbeat. The rhythm itself was indicative of Sinatra's effort to accept the new popular music."
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Billie Holiday
All Or Nothing At All

  (Item #: holidallor_1908_1912) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding original pressing of Holiday's 1958 release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • This vintage pressing is well balanced, yet big and lively, with such wonderful clarity in the mids and highs as well as deep punchy bass and a big open and spacious soundfield
  • It's one of the better sounding Billie Holiday records we've heard, any guaranteed to beat any Heavy Vinyl reissue you've wasted your money on
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... features some of Billie Holiday's top Verve performances from the mid-'50s... she runs the emotional gamut from summery optimism to pathos-rich musings. Befitting her perennial after-hours mood, the majority of songs here feature Holiday in a low-down mood of the highest order."
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Ella Fitzgerald
The Rodgers & Hart Song Book, Vol. 1

  (Item #: fitzgsings_rodgers_1_1909_12) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb copy with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • The 1956 recording quality is excellent, with space and midrange richness that is sure to impress
  • 5 stars: "The arrangements by Buddy Bregman for the string orchestra and big band only border on jazz but she manages to swing the medium-tempo numbers and give sensitivity to the ballads. With such songs as "You Took Advantage of Me," "The Lady Is a Tramp," "It Never Entered My Mind," "Where or When," "My Funny Valentine," and "Blue Moon," it is not too surprising that these recordings were so popular."
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Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie
Ella and Basie!

  (Item #: fitzgella_and_basie_1901_8_12) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With a shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) side two and a Double Plus (A++) side one, this early stereo pressing is a knockout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Ella is rich, Tubey Magical and breathy - this is the way she should sound, and that makes this copy a true Demo Disc
  • To get the vocals AND the brass to sound right on the same copy is the trick, and these two sides pulled it off
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "...this 1963 LP was the first time (other than a couple songs) that Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie recorded together. The match-up was so logical that it would be repeated many times over the next 20 years."
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June Christy
Fair And Warmer!

  (Item #: chrisfaira_1907_12) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER from the first note to the last - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • If you want to hear just how good an All Tube Capitol recording, in mono, from 1957 can sound, this record is guaranteed to do the trick
  • All the top West Coast Cool School jazz vets are here: Shelly Manne, Bud Shank, Bob Cooper, and the arrangements are by the wonderfully talented Pete Rugolo
  • "... the cool-toned singer is the main star. Highlights include a definitive "I Want to Be Happy," "Imagination," "When Sunny Gets Blue," and "It's Always You." All of June Christy's Capitol dates are well worth picking up."
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Frank Sinatra
My Kind of Broadway

  (Item #: sinatmykin_1812_7_11) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This superb pressing of Sinatra's 1965 release boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or close to them on both sides
  • Superb Tubey Magical mid-'60s Sinatra sound which was recorded in various sessions from 1961 to 1965
  • The sound on this original Reprise LP is richer, fuller and, importantly, SMOOTHER than the other pressings we played
  • "When Sinatra delivers, as he does on the show-stopper "Luck Be a Lady," the results are pretty spectacular..."
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Linda Ronstadt
What’s New

  (Item #: ronstwhats_1907_11) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Two excellent sides, each earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades, making this one of the better copies from our recent shootout
  • Big and full-bodied with a lovely bottom end and a tonally correct and fairly natural sounding Linda, this is the way to hear it
  • What engineer George Massenburg gets right is the sound of an orchestra, augmented with jazz musicians (Ray Brown, Tommy Tedesco, Plas Johnson, Bob Cooper), all performing live in a huge studio
  • "...the best and most serious attempt to rehabilitate an idea of pop that Beatlemania... undid in the mid-60's."
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Billie Holiday
Music For Torching

  (Item #: holidmusic_1909_11) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of Holiday's 1955 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • A superb recording of jazz standards with a great lineup and Billie in top form - plenty of Tubey Magic and especially breathy vocals as well
  • Great performances with stellar sound for It Had to Be You, Come Rain or Come Shine, A Fine Romance and too many more to list
  • "The overall feeling on this 1955 recording is strictly after-hours: the party is long over but a few close friends remain for nightcaps and, is that the sun peeking through the windows?"
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Frank Sinatra
Come Swing With Me!

  (Item #: sinatcomes_1911) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This outstanding Capitol stereo pressing boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • On this superb pressing you'll hear Billy May's arrangements - just brass, no strings or winds - blasting behind Sinatra like never before
  • This was Sinatra's final swing session with Capitol and on a pressing as good as this one you can tell he and the band are having a blast
  • "...his intense, speedy energy gives the album an edge that distinguishes the record... it [has] enough genuine gems to make it necessary."
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Louis Armstrong
I've Got The World On A String

  (Item #: armstivego_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding pressing earned solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Russell Garcia's orchestral arrangements and Louis Armstrong's sublime interpretations of The Great American Songbook are a match made in heaven
  • Classic Records remastered this title back in their heyday, but if you have any doubts that our Hot Stamper will murder it we encourage you to do the shootout for yourself
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Armstrong finds the essence of each tune, bending and projecting them with his patented joie de vivre and gravel-voiced warmth every time."
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Frank Sinatra
Sings... of Love and Things

  (Item #: sinatsings_of_love_1907_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Two incredible sides each earning nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades, just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • This Capitol LP has the MIDRANGE MAGIC that’s missing from the later reissues, which, to our way of thinking, are not worth buying at any price. It gives you the sense that Frank Sinatra is standing right in front of you, and that's exactly the way we like to hear him
  • Somehow the man managed to record and release six studio albums in 1962, with this compilation making a total of seven for the year. Even more remarkable, all seven of them made the Top Ten of the pop charts
  • The music is excellent, as one can see from the track listing. It's hard to go wrong with these later Capitol Sinatra records. They're almost always a fun listen
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Peggy Lee
In Love Again!

  (Item #: lee__inlov_1904_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • KILLER sound for this original Capitol Rainbow Label stereo pressing with both sides earning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • This vintage Capitol stereo pressing is rich, full-bodied and Tubey Magical - we're talking All Tube Analog from 1963 after all - with relatively sweet, breathy vocals
  • Stick with stereo on this album. The Mono pressings -- at least the ones we've played -- aren't worth anybody's time (scratch that: any audiophile's time)
  • "... 12 quality performances from a highly identifiable singer who is not shy about taking other people's material and re-imagining it or about coming up with her own vehicles."
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Aretha Franklin
Laughing On The Outside

  (Item #: franklaugh_1908_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - if you want to hear the Tubey Magic, size and energy of this wonderful album, a vintage pressing like this one is the way to go
  • Aretha's records for Columbia feature a more pop-oriented sound than her later works. This is a great record for those interested in checking out the early roots of one of the greatest singers of all time!
  • "She gives new songs like 'I Wonder' (for which Aretha wrote the words), 'If Ever I Would Leave You' and 'I Wanna Be Around' distinctive, unforgettable interpretations, the kind that set standards for time and singers to come." - All Music
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Jimmy Witherspoon
Handbags and Gladrags

  (Item #: withehandb_1904_6_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it from start to finish
  • Both sides here are super big, rich and lively with tons of extension on both ends
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout with both sides playing Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
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Frank Sinatra
All The Way

  (Item #: sinatallth_1901_6_9) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This vintage '60s Capitol pressing was one of the best in our most recent shootout: Triple Plus (A+++) on the second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first
  • It has the all the Tubey Magic one could ask for, allowing Sinatra's rich baritone to work its magic on every phrase of these Popular Song classics
  • As you can well imagine, finding clean, scratch-free Sixties Sinatra records like this one, in stereo no less, is no walk in the park
  • This group of singles and B-sides was recorded from 1957 to 1960 - it contains some of Sinatra's better known songs from the period arranged by Nelson Riddle
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