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Ella Fitzgerald
The Johnny Mercer Song Book

  (Item #: fitzgsings_mercer_1802_1805) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this superb 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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Frank Sinatra and Count Basie
Sinatra At The Sands

  (Item #: sinatatthe_1805_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • This outstanding 2 LP set boasts excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • 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 - quiet vinyl too
  • "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." - Allmusic
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Frank Sinatra
Point of No Return

  (Item #: sinatpoint_1805) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This superb copy of Sinatra's 1962 release boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Both sides are big and full, with a nice extended top end and wonderfully present vocals
  • About as quiet as they come -- Mint Minus Minus on both sides (with one issue, noted below)
  • "... someone persuaded the singer to make the album a special occasion by reuniting with Axel Stordahl, the arranger/conductor who helped Sinatra rise to stardom in the '40s. Sinatra would never sing these standards with such detailed, ornate orchestrations, and, as such, the album has a feeling of an elegy."
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Frank Sinatra
Francis A. Sinatra & Antonio C. Jobim

  (Item #: sinatjobim_1805) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • An incredible sounding copy with a Triple Plus (A+++) side one and a solid Double Plus (A++) side two
  • Both sides here are amazing -- super big, rich and full with lovely breathy vocals and tons of presence
  • Sinatra and Jobim are magical here; this is one of our favorite albums
  • "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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Tony Bennett
The Many Moods Of Tony

  (Item #: bennemanym_1805) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Both sides of this vintage Black Print 360 pressing earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for their superb sound - quiet vinyl too
  • Everything that's good about All Tube Vocal Recordings from the '50s and '60s is precisely what's good about the sound of this record
  • "The moods vary from a wild Caravan, introduced with a drum solo by Chico Hamilton joined by flute and bass and seemingly held together by Tony's voice alone, to Don Costa's almost cinematic big orchestra styling of Spring in Manhattan as well as the lightly melancholy moods of When Joanna Loved Me and Don't Wait Too Long. Throughout the album, Tony's effortlessly soaring voice gives meaning to every number."
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Johnny Hartman
I Just Dropped By To Say Hello

  (Item #: hartmijust_1802_1804) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This classic Male Vocal album from the Golden Age of Recording (in this case 1963) boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Rudy Van Gelder worked his engineering magic here - the sound is full-bodied, spacious and present, with gobs of Tubey Magic
  • If you want to hear a living, breathing Johnny Hartmann singing live in your listening room, this album can make that happen
  • 4 1/2 stars:"Hartman is heard in peak form throughout these 11 pieces... This is one of his finest recordings."
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Billie Holiday
Music For Torching

  (Item #: holidmusic_1803_1805) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides, this is a killer copy of one of Billie's best
  • Not only that, but this pressing plays as quietly as any we can find - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • A superb recording of jazz standards with a great lineup and Billie in top form, as well as Tubey Magical sound, with especially breathy vocals
  • Great versions (and lovely 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?" -- Allmusic
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Frank Sinatra
Strangers In The Night

  (Item #: sinatstran_1803x) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides, this Sinatra title surprised us with its DEMO DISC sound
  • This is clearly one of the best sounding Reprise-era Sinatra albums we have ever had the pleasure to play
  • Credit must be 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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Frank Sinatra
Francis A. Sinatra & Antonio C. Jobim

  (Item #: sinatjobim_1803x) 

Our Price: $219.99

  • An incredible sounding copy with both sides rating a Double Plus (A++) or better
  • Both sides here are excellent - clean, clear, open and spacious with lovely breathy vocals
  • Sinatra and Jobim are magical here - this is one of our favorite albums
  • "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 Brightly With Nelson

  (Item #: fitzgellaswingb_1802s) 

Our Price: $249.99
Sale Price: $199.00 (You save $50.99 / 20%)


  • Our Shootout Winning stereo copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides - this is As Good As It Gets, folks!
  • Not the quietest copy we've ever played - Mint Minus Minus to EX++ - but clearly the best sounding
  • Fitzgerald's performance on this album won her the 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
My Way

  (Item #: sinatmyway_1804_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and the first to ever hit the site!
  • Big and full throughout yet still pretty clean and clear with plenty of extension on both ends
  • "Although it follows the same patterns and approach as Cycles, My Way is a stronger album, with a better, more varied selection of material and a more focused, gutsy performance from Frank Sinatra..." - All Music
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June Christy
The Misty Miss Christy

  (Item #: chrismisty_1804_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Stunning sound for this original Turquoise Label Capitol Mono LP with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and Double Plus (A++) on the second
  • Both sides here are wonderfully rich and sweet - it’s hard to imagine June sounding much better than she does here
  • All the top West Coast jazz guys are here: Shelly Manne, Bud Shank, Bob Cooper, and the arrangements are by the wonderfully talented Pete Rugolo
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Christy shows her swinging savvy on breezy gems like "Sing Something Simple," "There's No You," and "A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening." Both an essential Christy title and one of the best vocal albums from the '50s."
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Billie Holiday
All Or Nothing At All

  (Item #: holidallor_1804_1) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An excellent copy with two Double Plus (A+++) sides and two very close to it, on quiet vinyl to boot
  • 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
  • This 2 LP set features most of the tracks from the original release plus another handful of recordings from the same period (1955-1956)
  • "... 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." - All Music
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Ella Fitzgerald
Whisper Not

  (Item #: fitzgwhisp_1801x) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Both sides of this stereo 2-pack have excellent sound, with a Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one and a solid Double Plus (A++) side two
  • Big, balanced, lively and musical, these two sides had some of the best sound we heard in our most recent shootout
  • Superb engineering from the man behind so many great sounding Verve records, Val Valentin
  • "These fine-tuned arrangements also provide the perfect launching pad for Fitzgerald to place her own stamp on material associated with other singers."
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Frank Sinatra
My Kind of Broadway

  (Item #: sinatmykin_1710_1804) 

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


  • You'll hear outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound quality on both sides of this killer pressing
  • Superb Tubey Magical mid-'60s Sinatra sound, recorded in various sessions from 1961 to 1965
  • With the Count Basie Orchestra backing him on several tracks, the swinging Sinatra is heard in his prime and we think he sounds just great
  • Allmusic: "When Sinatra delivers, as he does on the show-stopper 'Luck Be a Lady,' the results are pretty spectacular..."
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Willie Nelson
Always On My Mind

  (Item #: nelsoalway_1710_1804) 

Our Price: $49.99

  • You'll find very good Hot Stamper sound on both sides of this Willie Nelson classic
  • Fans of Stardust are going to love this one - it's another solid album full of Willie's heartfelt renditions of modern classics
  • Fairly quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "... it was a huge, huge hit — his biggest ever, actually, spending 22 weeks at the top of the country charts" - All Music
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Nat King Cole Sings / George Shearing Plays

  (Item #: cole_natki_1804_2) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides of this wonderful collaboration from 1962
  • Two masters come together here to create a compilation of timeless arrangements 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 sounded on this 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
Come Dance With Me

  (Item #: sinatcomed_1710x) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Very good Hot Stamper sound from start to finish for this classic Frank Sinatra album from 1959
  • Both sides here play Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus which is about as quiet as we can find them
  • The sound is great throughout -- rich, warm and full with lively brass from none other than Billy May
  • 5 stars: "Working with Billy May again, Frank Sinatra recorded his hardest swing album ever with Come Dance with Me! Driven by an intensely swinging horn section, the album has a fair share of slower numbers, but the songs that make the biggest impression are the up-tempo cuts."
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Frank Sinatra
Come Swing With Me!

  (Item #: sinatcomes_1802x) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • This 1961 original Capitol stereo pressing boasts incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first
  • On this 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
  • Allmusic: "...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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Sarah Vaughan
Send In The Clowns

  (Item #: vaughseni_1804_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding pressing, only the second copy to EVER hit the site, boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Huge and powerful, Basie's horns are really blastin' on this copy
  • Sassy's remarkable vocal range and flexibility are on full display here, singing favorites including "I Got A Right To Sing The Blues," "When Your Lover Has Gone," and, of course, the title track
  • "Sarah Vaughan is accompanied by her regular rhythm section of the early '80s, guitarist Freddie Green, and the Count Basie horn sections on this enjoyable date... Sassy is in superb form..." - Allmusic
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Sarah Vaughan
After Hours

  (Item #: vaughafter_1804) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With a shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) side two and an excellent Double Plus (A++) side one, this copy of After Hours could not be beat
  • The very FIRST copy to ever hit the site and the sound here is KILLER
  • With simple arrangements, featuring just Mundell Lowe's guitar mastery and George Duvivier on double bass, Vaughan's soulful voice is the centerpiece of the music
  • Not the quietest copy we've ever played - Mint Minus Minus to EX++ on both sides - but obviously one of the best sounding
  • "...a quiet and intimate affair, with Vaughan more subtle than she sometimes was... some fine jazz singing." -- Allmusic
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Frank Sinatra
September Of My Years

  (Item #: sinatsepte_1804_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two seriously good Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy came in just shy of our shootout winner
  • Both sides are exceptionally spacious and three-dimensional, as well as relaxed and full-bodied - just wonderful
  • A Demo Quality Tubey Magical disc, but it only sounds that way on the Blue Green original stereo pressings like this one
  • 5 stars on Allmusic ("One of Frank Sinatra's triumphs of the '60s") and Grammy Album of the Year for 1967
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Louis Armstrong
I've Got The World On A String

  (Item #: armstivego_1804_2) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb early pressing with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last!
  • Both sides here are super clean, clear and open with a lovely bottom end and lots of space around all of the instruments
  • Fairly quiet throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • ""When Your Lover Is Gone" is sublime, with its signature riff of blasé, sighing horns and responding, rising string tremolos... a seductive nighttime ambience that'll draw you in every time." - All Music
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Sarah Vaughan
Dreamy

  (Item #: vaughdream_1804) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding copy boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from first note to last
  • Forget the honky originals - our killer reissues of this 1960 All Tube Recording are rich and relaxed, just the way they should be
  • The combination of old and new works wonders on this title as you will surely hear for yourself on these superb sides
  • "Trumpeter Harry 'Sweets' Edison contributes some soft, melodic trumpet but the focus is very much on the singer during such numbers as 'The More I See You,' 'Star Eyes,' 'My Ideal,' and 'Crazy He Calls Me.'" - Allmusic
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Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie
Ella and Basie!

  (Item #: fitzgonthe_1803) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it throughout, this was one of the better copies from our most recent shootout of the album (also known as On the Sunny Side of the Street)
  • It's very difficult to get the vocals AND the brass to sound right on the same copy, but this copy pulled it off
  • This pressing is about as quiet as they come -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • 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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Louis Armstrong
I've Got The World On A String

  (Item #: armstivego_1804_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An insanely good sounding copy with a Triple Plus (A+++) side one and an excellent Double Plus (A++) side two!
  • Both sides here are incredibly big and full yet still very clean and clear with excellent bass and none of the edginess that plagues the average copy
  • Fairly quiet throughout (w/ caveats, see below) -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "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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Julie London
Make Love To Me

  (Item #: londomakel_1804) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • One of the best copies from our most recent shootout with a Triple Plus (A+++) side one and an excellent Double Plus (A++) side two
  • Julie is in the room with you - her voice is intimate, breathy and Tubey Magical like practically nothing you've ever heard
  • Unusually clean surfaces, playing Mint Minus Minus (w/ caveats, see below), a step up from most of the copies we've been running into lately
  • "Her subtle sensuality and lightly swinging style made for a potent combination." - All Music
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Lena Horne & Harry Belafonte
Porgy and Bess

  (Item #: horneporgy_1802x) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound for both sides of this wonderful Living Stereo album - as you would expect, the Tubey Magic is off the charts
  • Both sides are big, lively and present with lovely breathy vocals from the two principals (who sing solo on all but two of the tracks)
  • A brilliant Living Stereo recording from 1959, which plays as quietly as we can find them - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "The first of Belafonte's duet albums with female performers, this one paired two attractive black American singers at the peak of their respective talents."
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Sarah Vaughan
Dreamy

  (Item #: vaughdream_1803x) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Superb Shootout Winning sound on side one, rating a Triple Plus (A+++) - side two rated a solid Double Plus (A++)
  • Forget the honky originals - our killer reissues of this 1960 All Tube Recording are rich and relaxed, just the way they should be
  • Pretty darn quiet throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - good luck finding a copy in the bins that plays this quiet
  • "Trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison contributes some soft, melodic trumpet but the focus is very much on the singer during such numbers as "The More I See You," "Star Eyes," "My Ideal," and "Crazy He Calls Me."" - All Music
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Johnny Mathis
Heavenly

  (Item #: mathiheave_1804) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two excellent sides, each rating a solid Double Plus (A++), this original 6 Eye stereo is one of the better sounding copies we've heard
  • The sound is big, rich, clean and clear, 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 one showed us just how good Columbia was back in 1959
  • "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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Frank Sinatra
Softly, As I Leave You

  (Item #: sinatsoftl_1804) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side one and a superb Double Plus (A++) side two, this original stereo copy will be very hard to beat
  • Big, rich and natural sounding, the new material on this album was recorded in 1964 when Sinatra's voice was in very fine form indeed
  • Fairly quiet throughout - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus on the first side, Mint Minus Minus on the second
  • "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
Lady In Satin

  (Item #: holidladyi_1804) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Amazingly clear and Tubey magical Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on the second
  • Dramatically richer, fuller and more Tubey Magical than most other copies, with breathy vocals and rosiny, fairly smooth strings
  • I'm a Fool to Want You on this very copy may just send chills racing up and down your spine
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "Lady Day herself said that this session was her personal favorite."
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Tony Bennett
For Once In My Life

  (Item #: benneforon_1804) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This pressing gives Tony the sound he deserves, with excellent Double Plus (A++) grades on both of these early stereo sides
  • Superb and Tubey Magical like nothing you've heard
  • Amazing vocal reproduction courtesy of the brilliant engineering of Frank Laico at his favorite studio (and ours), Columbia 30th Street studios
  • We are not big soundstage guys here at Better Records, but we can't deny the appeal of the space to be found on a record as good as this
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Tony Bennett
I Left My Heart In San Francisco

  (Item #: benneileft_1803) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This copy of Tony Bennett's 1962 classic earned very good Hot Stamper grades on both sides
  • Amazing music, plus brilliant engineering by Frank Laico at his favorite studio (and ours), Columbia 30th Street studios
  • This copy plays on relatively quiet vinyl too, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • Allmusic 5 Stars and the winner of two Grammy Awards in 1962 including Record of the Year
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Sam Cooke
Hits of the '50s

  (Item #: cookehitso_1710x) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A vintage Living Stereo recording that's rarely available on the site, this Sam Cooke LP boasts excellent Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • If you want to hear one of the great vocalists from the '50s, in his prime, with top quality audiophile sound, this is the album that will do the trick!
  • This is the way it must have sounded in 1960, in the New York studios where it was recorded, with legendary RCA engineer BOB SIMPSON behind the board
  • This is not the typically radio-EQ’d singing-out-of-tin-can sound of so many male vocal albums from the era - Cooke's voice is warm and rich here
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Frank Sinatra
Softly, As I Leave You

  (Item #: sinatsoftl_1710x) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this early stereo pressing was one of the better copies we played in our first-ever shootout
  • Big, rich and natural, the new material on this album was recorded in 1964, with Sinatra's voice in very fine form
  • This is one of the few Sinatra records where the second label pressings can still sound quite good - that is rare in our experience
  • "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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Frank Sinatra
The Concert Sinatra

  (Item #: sinatconce_1711x) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Hot Stamper grades grace both sides of this classic pressing from Ol' Blue Eyes
  • With 24 mics feeding 8 tracks of 35MM recording film, this was the sonic equivalent of Gone With the Wind - no expense or effort was spared
  • This album ranks right up there with the best of his Reprise era releases - recorded in 1963, Sinatra was still in his prime
  • "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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Willie Nelson
Always On My Mind

  (Item #: nelsoalway_1711x) 

Our Price: $119.99
Sale Price: $99.99 (You save $20.00 / 17%)


  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides or BETTER this was one of the better pressings we played in our recent shootout
  • Just drop the needle on Bridge Over Troubled Water to hear Willie and his bandmates doing what they do best
  • Fairly quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - they sure don't come any quieter
  • ...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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Frank Sinatra - Duke Ellington
Francis A. & Edward K.

  (Item #: sinatfranc_1708x) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $129.00 (You save $20.99 / 14%)


  • One of the better copies of this top quality recording to hit the site, with superb Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Outstanding size and weight with rich, clear brass and good space up top - thanks Lee Herschberg!
  • Sinatra is both natural and present - he actually sounds like he is standing on the same stage as Ellington's band
  • "... this collaboration between America's most popular singing icon and pre-eminent jazz composer still endures as one of Sinatra's most enjoyable Reprise-era albums."
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Frank Sinatra
I Remember Tommy

  (Item #: sinatireme_1802_) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This is one of the best sounding Sinatra records we have ever played - this early pressing offers the critical listener outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • 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 heavy-on-the-brass Tubey Magical Reprise pressings makes them the clear choice for 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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Ella Fitzgerald
Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!

  (Item #: fitzgclaph_1803_2) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This early stereo pressing is excellent from first note to last, earning Hot Stamper grades for its lovely sound
  • Both sides are rich, smooth and dynamic with lovely, breathy vocals and plenty of Tubey Magic
  • Our single favorite female vocal album here at Better Records, Ella's small group masterpiece
  • "After the lush orchestrations of her classic series of composer songbooks, which found her collaborating with the best arrangers, the intimate scale and easy interplay of a crack band provide a wonderful platform for the spirited performances here."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!

  (Item #: fitzgclaph_1803_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This original stereo pressing is superb from first note to last, earning Double Plus (A++) grades for sound
  • Both sides are rich, smooth and dynamic with exceptionally breathy vocals and plenty of Tubey Magic
  • The vocal naturalness and immediacy here will put Ella practically in the room with you - it lets her performance come to life
  • Our single Favorite Female Vocal album here at Better Records, one that gets better with each passing year
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Willie Nelson
Without A Song

  (Item #: nelsowitho_1710x) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb copy that earned seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • Like Stardust, it's another album of Willie bringing his unique style to a group of incomparable standards of love and loss
  • Top quality arrangements - drop the needle on Autumn Leaves or A Dreamer's Holiday to hear Booker T and his pros at their best
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Frank Sinatra
Sinatra '65

  (Item #: sinatsinat65_1711x) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An outstanding early pressing, with excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from 'Ol Blue Eyes, first note to last
  • Both sides here are rich, full and lively with wonderfully present vocals and plenty of Tubey Magic
  • This album contains two of Frank's biggest hits: My Kind of Town and Luck Be a Lady
  • 78% of the reviewers on Amazon give the album Five Stars
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Willie Nelson
Stardust

  (Item #: nelsostard_1803) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides of this exceptionally well-recorded album, this copy surely qualifies as an Audiophile Demo Disc
  • From the first few moments of the title track you'll be blown away by the in the room presence of The Man himself
  • This copy is hi-res without sacrificing the Analog warmth that makes the recording so special
  • 5 stars: "Stardust showcases Nelson's skills as a musician and his entire aesthetic — where there is nothing separating classic American musical forms, it can all be played together — perhaps better than any other album..."
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Marty Robbins
By The Time I Get To Phoenix

  (Item #: robbibythe_1803) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An excellent 360 stereo pressing, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • This copy plays on relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • We love the sound on the better copies, rich, tubey, clear and present
  • This one features a mixture of originals and covers - a showcase for Marty's tremendous range and ability to cross musical genres
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Nat King Cole
My Fair Lady

  (Item #: cole_myfai_1705s) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • This copy has nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides, the best to ever hit the site
  • Talk about Tubey Magical, rich, warm, sweet, smooth sounding vocals, this early Capitol pressing from 1963 had got 'em
  • A few condition issues can be heard on side one so those looking for especially quiet pressings should probably pass on this one
  • "Cole enthusiastically performs 11 songs from My Fair Lady, and not only sings the tunes, but in a few cases has spoken monologues in which he acts out the parts of Henry Higgins and Alfred Doolittle."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Sings the Harold Arlen Song Book #2

  (Item #: fitzgarlen_1803) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This stereo pressing of the Harold Arlen Song Book earned excellent Double Plus (A++) grades, or close to it, on both sides
  • Only the second copy to hit the site in two years, Ella is especially 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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Ray Charles & Betty Carter
Ray Charles & Betty Carter

  (Item #: charlraych_1803) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on this vintage stereo pressing - it's the first truly Hot Stamper to EVER hit the site
  • This 1961 release showcases two of the most soulful singers to ever share a microphone, both at the height of their powers
  • Includes the still-popular "Baby It's Cold Outside" (no one has ever recorded it quite like these two), People Will Say We're In Love, Side By Side, and many more
  • 4 stars: "There is certainly a powerful, often sexy rapport between the two -- Charles in his sweet balladeering mode, Carter with her uniquely keening, drifting high register -- and they definitely create sparks in the justly famous rendition of "Baby, It's Cold Outside.""
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Frank Sinatra
Come Swing With Me!

  (Item #: sinatcomes_1802_3) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This 1961 original Capitol stereo pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • On this early 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
  • Allmusic: "...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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Tony Bennett
I Left My Heart In San Francisco

  (Item #: benneileft_1802_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Superb and magical like nothing you've heard - this killer copy is as about as HUGE and as REAL as it gets
  • This pressing gives Tony the sound he deserves, with side one Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) and side two a solid Double Plus (A++)
  • Amazing music, plus brilliant engineering by Frank Laico at his favorite studio (and ours), Columbia 30th Street studios
  • Allmusic 5 Stars and the winner of two Grammy Awards in 1962 including Record of the Year
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Marty Robbins
By The Time I Get To Phoenix

  (Item #: robbibythe_1802_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A Shootout Winning copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and Double Plus (A++) sound on the second
  • Both sides here are rich, tubey, clear and present with wonderfully full strings and a solid bottom end
  • Fairly quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • This one features a mixture of originals and covers - a showcase for Marty's tremendous range and ability to cross musical genres
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Ella Fitzgerald
Sings The Gershwin Song Book Vol. 1

  (Item #: fitzgsings_gershwin_1_1802) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This superb stereo 2-pack offers excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Ella sounds rich, Tubey Magical and breathy on this 1959 release
  • It's very difficult to get the vocals AND the brass right together, but these pressings prove it can be done
  • Nelson Riddle's arrangements are especially interesting and artful throughout - we love the guy!
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June Christy
The Intimate Miss Christy

  (Item #: chrisintim_1802_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This original stereo copy delivers wonderful 1962 Tubey Magical vocal reproduction, with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it, on both sides
  • If you want to hear a living, breathing June Christy in an intimate setting, this is the only way to go
  • This copy plays on relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • "The Intimate Miss Christy is a special treat for her fans as it finds the cool blonde singer backed only by Al Viola's guitar and Don Bagley's bass (though a flutist sits in on a few tracks)."
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June Christy
This Is June Christy

  (Item #: christhisi_1710) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find superb Double Plus (A++) Tubey Magical sound from 1958 on both sides of this Turquoise Capitol pressing
  • Both sides are balanced and natural, with the kind of full-bodied, rich vocal sound that no one seems to know how to record anymore
  • June Christy is one of our favorite Cool School vocalists - if only we could find more clean copies of her classic '50s albums
  • All the top West Coast jazz guys are here: Shorty Rogers, Shelly Manne, Bud Shank, Bob Cooper, and swinging arrangements by Pete Rugolo
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Billie Holiday
Lady In Satin

  (Item #: holidladyi_1802) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and reasonably quiet vinyl, this Billie Holiday classic will be hard to beat
  • Dramatically richer, fuller and more Tubey Magical than most, with breathy vocals and rosiny, fairly smooth strings
  • I'm a Fool to Want You on this copy may just send chills racing up and down your spine
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Lady Day herself said that this session was her personal favorite."
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Mel Torme
Swings Shubert Alley

  (Item #: tormeswing_1802) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Both sides of this Mel Torme vintage masterpiece boast Double Plus (A++) grades and play fairly quietly
  • One of our all-time favorite Male Vocal albums that's just mindblowing on a copy like this
  • Big and spacious with amazing richness and warmth, this is Vocal Demo Disc like few others
  • 5 stars: "The overall mood... is unrestrained enthusiasm, and it makes for an excellent record."
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Frank Sinatra
Strangers In The Night

  (Item #: sinatstran_1802) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • You'll find very good Hot Stamper grades on both sides of this Frank Sinatra classic
  • Full, clear, and open versions of "The Chairman Of The Board's" most beloved songs
  • Credit must be given to the extraordinarily inventive arrangements of Nelson Riddle and the All Tube engineering of Lee Herschberg
  • Allmusic: "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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Sarah Vaughan
Sarah Slightly Classical

  (Item #: vaughsarah_1802_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • This early Roulette pressing was super rich, full and Tubey Magical with wonderfully breathy vocals
  • About as quiet as we can find them -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Vaughan cuts loose on numbers such as "Be My Love," "Intermezzo," "Full Moon and Empty Arms" and "Ah Sweet Mystery of Life."
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Frank Sinatra
All The Way

  (Item #: sinatallth_1801) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • This vintage '60s Capitol pressing boasts Hot Stamper sound from first note to last and reasonably quiet vinyl
  • This group of singles and B-sides was recorded from 1957 to 1960 and contain some of Sinatra's better-known songs arranged by Nelson Riddle
  • As you can well imagine, finding clean, scratch-free '60s Sinatra records like this one, in stereo no less, is no walk in the park
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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Swings Lightly

  (Item #: fitzgella_swings_1801) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side one and a side two that's right up there with it, this copy has a lot going for it
  • Lovely All Tube sound from 1958, with a huge, rich orchestra conducted by our man, 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
Ella Swings Brightly With Nelson

  (Item #: fitzgellaswingb_1801_2) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An excellent early stereo copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it 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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Willie Nelson
Without A Song

  (Item #: nelsowitho_1712) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • This Willie Nelson classic album of standards boasts very good Hot Stamper grades and fairly quiet vinyl from first note to last
  • Nelson's 32nd studio album, this sequel to Stardust includes a collaboration with Julio Iglesias on If Time Goes By
  • Showcases Booker T. Jones' superb arrangements on Great American Songbook perennials such as Autumn Leaves, As Time Goes By, Harbor Lights and of course, Without a Song
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Billie Holiday
Lady In Satin

  (Item #: holidladyi_1712) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Very good Hot Stamper grades grace both sides of this vintage pressing, on reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • A superb album, inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Lady Day herself said that this session was her personal favorite."
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