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Sammy Davis Jr.
Sings, Laurindo Almeida Plays

  (Item #: davissammy_1905) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish -- this copy is truly a Demo Disc for vocal reproduction
  • One of the most emotionally rich and sublimely enjoyable collections of romantic ballads ever recorded
  • The sound here is rich and tubey with incredible immediacy; unquestionably one of the better Sammy Davis Jr. albums we have ever played
  • "The intimacy inherent in this collection places 1966's Sammy Davis, Jr. Sings and Laurindo Almeida Plays in a class unto itself." - All Music
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Harry Belafonte
Belafonte at Carnegie Hall

  (Item #: belafbelaf_1905) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This RCA stereo (not Living Stereo) reissue pressing has superb Double Plus (A++) sound on the first three sides and incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the fourth
  • 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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Ella Fitzgerald
Whisper Not

  (Item #: fitzgwhisp_1801_1905) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Both sides of this stereo 2-pack have outstanding sound, with a Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one and a solid Double Plus (A++) side two - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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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Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie
Ella and Basie!

  (Item #: fitzgella_and_basie_1901_1905) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With a shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) side two and a solid Double Plus (A++) side one, this Verve stereo pressing came in way ahead of the pack
  • Ella is especially rich, Tubey Magical and breathy - this is the way she should sound, and that makes this copy a true Demo Disc
  • It's very difficult to get the vocals AND the brass to sound right on the same copy, but these two sides pulled it off
  • 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 Lightly

  (Item #: fitzgella_swings_lightly_1901_1905) 

Our Price: $349.99
Sale Price: $299.00 (You save $50.99 / 15%)


  • With two insanely good sides each rating a Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it, this original Bow Tie Verve Stereo pressing was one of the best we heard in our recent shootout
  • 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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Frank Sinatra and Count Basie
Sinatra At The Sands

  (Item #: sinatatthe_1901_1905) 

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


  • This outstanding set boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on all four sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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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Frank Sinatra
Moonlight Sinatra

  (Item #: sinatmoonl_1905_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from first note to last on this elusive favorite from Ol' Blue Eyes - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • We've been working on this shootout for years - this is one of the few copies to ever hit the site
  • Master engineer Lowell Frank correctly captured the sound of every instrument here: the guitars, piano, strings, drums, percussion instruments -- everything has the natural timbre of the real thing
  • "Driven by a set of lush, sparkling Nelson Riddle arrangements, Moonlight Sinatra is a low-key, charming collection. An enjoyable, romantic listen."
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Peggy Lee
Latin Ala Lee

  (Item #: lee__latin_1902_1905-) 

Our Price: $129.99
Sale Price: $99.00 (You save $30.99 / 24%)


  • Superb sound throughout with both sides rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or very close to it
  • Both sides are super big, rich and full-bodied with a solid bottom end
  • "The rhythms are not only authentically Afro-Cuban, but surprisingly strong and rarely watered down. The rest of the arrangements, though breezy and pop-slanted, support Lee's vocals perfectly. And though her voice isn't quite as strong as it had been during the '50s, Lee uses the cracks on her high notes to accentuate the songs." - All Music
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Billie Holiday
Stormy Blues

  (Item #: holidstorm_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • KILLER sound throughout with all four sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades
  • All four sides here are superb -- clean, clear, full-bodied and lively with lovely breathy vocals and plenty of bottom end weight
  • This double LP set captures Billie from 1954-1955 and features Benny Carter, Jimmy Rowles, Tony Scott, Harry Edison, Chico Hamilton and others
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Frank Sinatra
Francis A. Sinatra & Antonio C. Jobim

  (Item #: sinatjobim_1905) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • This outstanding original copy earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • With clear, open sound and breathy vocals, this pressing brings the Chairman of the Board to life in your listening room
  • Sinatra and Jobim are magical here - this is one of best albums Frank Sinatra ever recorded
  • "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
I Left My Heart In San Francisco

  (Item #: benneileft_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This copy of Tony Bennett's 1962 classic has outstanding sound, rating Double Plus (A++) for its superb sonics - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Brilliant engineering by Frank Laico at his favorite recording digs (and ours), Columbia 30th Street studios
  • Tubey Magical like you will not believe - you may never have heard a vintage vocal album that sounds as good as this one
  • 5 Stars and the winner of two Grammy Awards in 1962 including Record of the Year (not bad!)
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Tony Bennett
The Many Moods Of Tony

  (Item #: bennemanym_1805_1905) 

Our Price: $99.99
Sale Price: $69.00 (You save $30.99 / 31%)


  • Both sides of this vintage Black Print 360 pressing earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for their superb sound - exceptionally 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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Frank Sinatra
Nice and Easy

  (Item #: sinatnicea_1905) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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"
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Super Hot Stamper

Willie Nelson
Without A Song

  (Item #: nelsowitho_1710_1905-) 

Our Price: $49.99

  • A superb copy that earned seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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
  • Top tracks include Autumn Leaves, As Time Goes By, Harbor Lights and of course, Without a Song
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Frank Sinatra
Softly, As I Leave You

  (Item #: sinatsoftl_1710_1904-) 

Our Price: $99.99
Sale Price: $49.00 (You save $50.99 / 51%)


  • 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 - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Big, rich and natural, the newer material for 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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Barbra Streisand
People

  (Item #: streipeopl_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of Streisand's fourth solo studio album with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This copy is hard to fault - big, open, clear, with space and three-dimensionality that modern pressings can only dream of
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Barbra Streisand returned to form on her fourth album, People, with a selection of songs that showed some of the imagination of her debut album... it was a definite improvement over the second and third albums. (People won Grammy Awards for Best Vocal Performance and Best Album Cover.)"
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Frank Sinatra
Sinatra's Sinatra

  (Item #: sinatsinat_1905) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This Sinatra release from 1963 has outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Forget the reissues - the stereo original we are offering here is the only way to go for rich, tubey, dynamic, musical sound
  • 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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Bennett & Evans
The Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Album

  (Item #: benneevans_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent original pressing of this classic collaboration: Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • When heard on our best Hot Stamper pressings, the album clearly belongs near the top of the All Time Great Male Vocal Records
  • Waltz for Debby is the best thing here. You want to hear the Bennett-Evans Magic? Go right to that track
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "One of the best albums of either's career."
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Frank Sinatra
Some Nice Things I've Missed

  (Item #: sinatsomen_1904_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Both sides are clean, clear and present with plenty of top end extension
  • The record features Sinatra singing some of the biggest hits of the day by artists such as Stevie Wonder, Neil Diamond, Jim Croce, and Bread
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Ella Fitzgerald
Rhythm Is My Business

  (Item #: fitzgrhyth_1904) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • 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 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
Ella Swings Lightly

  (Item #: fitzgella_swings_lightly_1808_1904-) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $149.00 (You save $50.99 / 25%)


  • 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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Sarah Vaughan
Dreamy

  (Item #: vaughdream_1804_1904-) 

Our Price: $99.99
Sale Price: $59.00 (You save $40.99 / 41%)


  • 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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Frank Sinatra - Duke Ellington
Francis A. & Edward K.

  (Item #: sinatfranc_1708_1904-) 

Our Price: $99.99
Sale Price: $79.00 (You save $20.99 / 21%)


  • One of the better copies of this top quality recording to hit the site, with superb Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Sinatra is both natural and present - he actually sounds like he is standing on the same stage as Ellington's band
  • Outstanding size and weight with rich, clear brass and good space up top, thanks to Lee Herschberg's engineering skills
  • "... 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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Tony Bennett
For Once In My Life

  (Item #: benneforon_1804_1904-) 

Our Price: $99.99
Sale Price: $79.00 (You save $20.99 / 21%)


  • This vintage pressing gives Tony the sound he deserves, with excellent Double Plus (A++) grades on both of these early stereo sides
  • 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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Jimmy Witherspoon
Handbags and Gladrags

  (Item #: withehandb_1904_1) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • A superb copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last
  • The overall sound here is super rich and full with plenty of energy and bottom end weight
  • "Witherspoon has at last found true self-assurance. You'd better believe it, and the evidence is right here and now." - Leonard Feather (From the Liner Notes)
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Perry Como
The Songs I Love

  (Item #: como_songs_1904_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb sound throughout with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER
  • The overall sound here is super big, rich and spacious with wonderfully sweet and breathy vocals
  • " The leadoff track, "The Songs I Love," sets the tone for everything that follows, and, not surprisingly, it turns out that pop standards are the songs Como loves. The Songs I Love was a commercially successful album aimed at fans of The Perry Como Show, to whom it is recommended." - All Music
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White Hot Stamper

Mel Torme
With The Marty Paich Dek-tette

  (Item #: tormewitht_1904_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A KILLER copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Both sides here are incredibly rich and smooth with wonderfully breathy vocals and a solid bottom end
  • "Mel Tormé with the Marty Paich Dek-tette is a vocal masterpiece, an extremely satisfying record achieved only by a fusion of an excellent voice, an excellent band, and excellent material." - All Music, 5 Stars
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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Swings Brightly With Nelson

  (Item #: fitzgella_swings_brightly_1904_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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
September Of My Years

  (Item #: sinatsepte_1904_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good sides each rating a Double Plus (A++) or BETTER, this copy was one of the better pressings we played in our recent shootout
  • These sides are exceptionally spacious and three-dimensional, as well as relaxed and full-bodied - just wonderful
  • A Demo Quality Tubey Magical recording, but that sound is only found on the best Blue Green original Reprise 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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Frank Sinatra
Some Nice Things I've Missed

  (Item #: sinatsomen_1904) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides
  • Both sides are super clean, clear and spacious with lots of extension on both ends
  • The record features Sinatra singing some of the biggest hits of the day by artists such as Stevie Wonder, Neil Diamond, Jim Croce, and Bread
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Sammy Davis Jr.
Sings The Big Ones For Young Lovers

  (Item #: davissings_1904) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • This original Reprise stereo pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • 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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Billie Holiday
Music For Torching

  (Item #: holidmusic_1901_1904) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A KILLER copy of one of Billie's best, you won't believe how good these Triple Plus (A+++) sides sound!
  • 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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Perry Como
The Songs I Love

  (Item #: como_songs_1904) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • KILLER sound throughout with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • The overall sound here is incredibly big, rich and Tubey Magical with wonderfully sweet and breathy vocals
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout with both sides playing Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • " The leadoff track, "The Songs I Love," sets the tone for everything that follows, and, not surprisingly, it turns out that pop standards are the songs Como loves. The Songs I Love was a commercially successful album aimed at fans of The Perry Como Show, to whom it is recommended." - All Music
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Jimmy Witherspoon
Handbags and Gladrags

  (Item #: withehandb_1904) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • 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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Barbra Streisand
The Barbara Streisand Album

  (Item #: streibarbr_1902_1904_) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this 360 original stereo pressing was one of the better copies we played in our recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Amazingly Tubey Magical and intimate, this copy will teleport a living, breathing Barbra Streisand directly into your listening room like no album of hers you have ever heard
  • 5 stars: "Of course, the first thing that strikes you listening to the first Barbra Streisand album, recorded and released before the singer's 21st birthday, is that great voice. And it isn't just the sheer quality of the voice, its purity and its strength throughout its register, it's also the mastery of vocal effects that produce dramatic readings of the lyrics -- each song is like a one-act musical."
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Louis Armstrong
I've Got The World On A String

  (Item #: armstivego_1810_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $99.00 (You save $50.99 / 34%)


  • This outstanding pressing earned solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • 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
  • "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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Billie Holiday
Lady In Satin

  (Item #: holidladyi_1802_1904) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and exceptionally 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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White Hot Stamper

Peggy Lee
In Love Again!

  (Item #: lee__inlov_1904x) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Ella Fitzgerald
Rhythm Is My Business

  (Item #: fitzgrhyth_1902_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Sarah Vaughan
Dreamy

  (Item #: vaughdream_1904) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Insanely good sound throughout with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • Forget the honky originals - our killer reissues of this 1960 All Tube Recording are rich and relaxed, just the way they should be
  • "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.""
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Frank Sinatra
Sinatra-Basie

  (Item #: sinatsinat_1904) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • Stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides of this beloved Sinatra/Basie collaboration
  • Tubey, warm and smooth, with an extended top and bottom, the louder you play this record the better it sounds
  • "The long-awaited first collaboration between two icons did something unique for the reputations of both. For Basie, the Sinatra connection inaugurated a period in the 1960s where his band was more popular and better-known than it ever was, even in the big band era. For Sinatra, Basie meant liberation, producing perhaps the loosest, rhythmically free singing of his career."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Swings Brightly With Nelson

  (Item #: fitzgella_swings_brightly_1904) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A stunning early stereo 2-pack* set with Triple 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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Dean Martin
This Time I'm Swingin'

  (Item #: martithist_1901_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $119.00 (You save $30.99 / 21%)


  • An outstanding copy that lets this music swing the way it's supposed to - solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it throughout
  • Classic Capitol big, full-bodied, Tubey Magical sound -- Deano'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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Willie Nelson
Phases And Stages

  (Item #: nelsophase_1812_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $119.00 (You save $30.99 / 21%)


  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one, and a solid Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy of Phases and Stages is outstanding from first note to last
  • The sound here is big, full, solid and musical with excellent bass and very little of the harshness that plagues most copies
  • With few good sounding copies of this rare title to work with, Hot Stamper pressings are few and far between
  • 5 stars: "Make no mistake - the deceptively relaxed arrangements, including the occasional strings, not only highlight Nelson's clever eclecticism, but they also heighten the emotional impact of the album."
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Julie London
Make Love To Me

  (Item #: londomakel_1811_1904) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • This outstanding original Liberty Turquoise mono pressing boasts solid Double Plus (A++) grades, or close to them, on both sides
  • Thanks to superb engineering and vintage All Tube mastering, this 1957 LP is wonderfully rich and sweet, with a breathy, intimate Julie London performing live in your listening room
  • It's also pressed on unusually quiet vinyl - Mint Minus Minus, with no issues to speak of - they don't come quieter
  • 4 stars: "Julie London's concise and melodic versions of standards were quite popular during the latter half of the 1950s. Her subtle sensuality and lightly swinging style made for a potent combination."
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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Porgy and Bess

  (Item #: fitzgporgy_1904_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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
Softly, As I Leave You

  (Item #: sinatsoftl_1810_1904) 

Our Price: $249.99
Sale Price: $149.00 (You save $100.99 / 40%)


  • With a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side two and a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one, 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 in very fine form indeed
  • Exceptionally quiet throughout - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus on both sides
  • "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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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Porgy and Bess

  (Item #: fitzgporgy_1904) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • Stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on sides two, three and four and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the first side of this Ella & Louis classic
  • 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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Ella Fitzgerald
The Johnny Mercer Song Book

  (Item #: fitzgsings_mercer_1812_1904) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • 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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Peggy Lee
If You Go

  (Item #: lee__ifyou_1904) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Stunning sound throughout with a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grade on the second side and a solid Double Plus (A++) grade on the first
  • This vintage Capitol stereo pressing is rich, full-bodied and Tubey Magical - we're talking All Tube Analog from 1961 after all - with wonderfully sweet and breathy vocals
  • "... the man writing the charts here is Quincy Jones, and he is only occasionally interested in underscoring the heartbreak with suitably sad music... Lee responds to the music with a world-weary tone, but an occasional swing in her step, as if this is not her first romance, nor her first one to go wrong."
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Nat King Cole Sings / George Shearing Plays

  (Item #: cole_nat_king_cole_sings_1808_1903) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $149.00 (You save $50.99 / 25%)


  • 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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Tony Bennett
The Movie Song Album

  (Item #: bennemovie_1903) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Tony Bennett's 1966 album of movie songs arrives on the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound on this superb pressing is full-bodied and lively, with the kind of Tubey Magic Columbia still knew how to get on analog tape
  • Musical Director Johnny Mandel partnered with Neal Hefti and Quincy Jones, arranging and conducting their own compositions, including "Girl Talk," from Harlow, and "Emily," from The Americanization of Emily
  • Some of the songs that Bennett could hardly have sung any better are "Days Of Wine And Roses," "The Shadow Of Your Smile" and "The Second Time Around," the last two previously recorded by Frank Sinatra, and we leave it to you to judge who comes off better
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Sammy Davis Jr.
The Nat King Cole Song Book

  (Item #: davisnatki_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb sounding original stereo copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or very close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Bigger and richer, with lovely Tubey Magic and breathy vocals, this Tri-Color Reprise pressing lets us hear Sammy at the peak of his powers performing some of Nat's most memorable songs
  • 4 Stars: "Alongside Cole's collaborator, Billy May, and notable jazz arranger Claus Ogerman, Davis and company turned in one of the finest and most underrated efforts."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Sings The Gershwin Song Book Vol. 1

  (Item #: fitzgsings_gershwin_1_1802_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $99.00 (You save $50.99 / 34%)


  • This superb stereo 2-pack offers excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and fairly quiet vinyl considering the age of these records
  • Ella sounds rich, Tubey Magical and breathy on this 1959 release - this is the glorious sound of ALL TUBE ANALOG
  • 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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Billie Holiday
Music For Torching

  (Item #: holidmusic_1809_1903) 

Our Price: $129.99
Sale Price: $99.00 (You save $30.99 / 24%)


  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides, this is a killer copy of one of Billie's best - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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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June Christy
The Misty Miss Christy

  (Item #: chrismisty_1805_1903) 

Our Price: $99.99
Sale Price: $79.00 (You save $20.99 / 21%)


  • A superb sounding copy of this original Turquoise Label Capitol Mono LP with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Both sides here are rich, sweet and Tubey Magical, with Miss Christy's breathy vocals nicely staged front and center
  • 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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Mel Torme
Songs of New York

  (Item #: tormesongs_1903_) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Tony Bennett
I Left My Heart In San Francisco

  (Item #: benneileft_1903_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This copy of Tony Bennett's 1962 classic has outstanding sound, rating of Double Plus (A++) or BETTER on both sides
  • 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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Tony Bennett & Count Basie
Strike Up The Band

  (Item #: bennestrik_1812_1903) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on this Emus pressing of Count Basie and Tony Bennett's 1959 classic collaboration
  • The originals we have played are uniformly horrible sounding compared to these wonderful reissues - the tonality here is Right On The Money
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... the pairing between Bennett and Basie remains impressive. The band raves through tunes like "With Plenty Of Money And You," and Bennett matches them, drawing strength from the bravura arrangements, while band and singer achieve a knowing tenderness on "Growing Pains." This is an album well worth owning..."
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Frank Sinatra
Swing Along With Me

  (Item #: sinatswing_along_1808_1903) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Superb sound throughout with each side rating a solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grade and playing fairly quietly
  • These vintage stereo sides here are rich, smooth and full-bodied with much of the Tubey Magic that's missing from the average copy
  • 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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Frank Sinatra
The Concert Sinatra

  (Item #: sinatconce_1901_1903) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • This album ranks right up there with the best of the Reprise era - 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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Ella Fitzgerald
The Duke Ellington Songbook, Vol. 2

  (Item #: fitzgsings_the_duke_1903) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on all four sides!
  • Forget the originals - like so many of the early songbook pressings, they suffer from painfully hard and honky mastering EQ (and gritty sounding vinyl)
  • We know whereof we speak when it comes to early Ella records - we've played plenty of them and found that most just don't sound very good
  • "Duke's spectacular catalog dazzles, and his sprightly, lush textures are transfigured under Fitzgerald's warm-timbred voice and elegant, precise delivery... each tune as familiar as it is delightful to hear in this new context."
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Arthur Prysock
This Is My Beloved

  (Item #: prysothisi_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Arthur Prysock's sublime spoken word album arrives on the site with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This is an unusually good sounding pressing, with lovely richness and warmth - Val Valentin's engineering really brings this conceptual recording to life
  • We've auditioned quite a number of Prysock records over the years - finding one that sounds as natural and correct as this one is not easy
  • Prysock sets Walter Benton's captivating narrative poetry to Mort Garson's original score, taking the reader on a vivid, immersive journey
  • "... a wonderful and unusual spoken word performance with a fitting musical backdrop. It is both soothing and exciting, joyous and tragic. "
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Sarah Vaughan
Golden Hits

  (Item #: vaughgolde_1812_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with each side rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or BETTER - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Surprisingly dynamic on both sides - this pressing lets you hear The Divine One when she really was that good
  • This is Sarah in her prime, presenting the listener with an especially good overview of her best Mercury recordings from 1954-58
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Johnny Mathis
Heavenly

  (Item #: mathiheave_1810_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $119.00 (You save $30.99 / 21%)


  • With two excellent sides, each rating a solid Double Plus (A++), this original 6 Eye stereo pressing is one of the better sounding copies we've heard
  • 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
  • 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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Della Reese
Della

  (Item #: reesedella_1812_1903) 

Our Price: $99.99
Sale Price: $79.00 (You save $20.99 / 21%)


  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or very close to it on both sides of this wonderful copy of Della
  • The sound here is clean, clear, open and lively with a lovely musical quality that's missing from most of what we played
  • Plays quiet throughout for an RCA Living Stereo pressing from 1960 - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Recorded in 1959, this excellent album finds Reese backed by an orchestra that Neal Hefti arranged and conducted."
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Bobby Darin
From Hello Dolly To Goodbye Charlie

  (Item #: darinfromh_1902_1) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This original Capitol rainbow label LP has excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • Having played a good dozen or more vintage Bobby Darin albums, we can tell you that finding sound as good as this is a lot harder than we thought it would be
  • Like the recordings of Nat King Cole, many Darin records are ruined by the heavy-handed use of reverb, but every once in a while you find one like this with the glorious sound of '60s All Tube Analog in its grooves
  • "Darin focused on standards done with jazzy arrangements on this 1964 album... "The Days of Wine and Roses," "Call Me Irresponsible," "Once in a Lifetime," "Sunday in New York," and of course "Hello, Dolly!" and "Goodbye, Charlie" are all on board."
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Frank Sinatra
My Kind of Broadway

  (Item #: sinatmykin_1812_1903) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $169.00 (You save $30.99 / 15%)


  • 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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Sammy Davis Jr.
Sings The Big Ones For Young Lovers

  (Item #: davissings_1902x) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • You will find amazing Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides of this original Reprise stereo pressing
  • Big and lively, rich and full, no other copy in our shootout impressed us as much as this killer copy
  • "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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Frank Sinatra - Duke Ellington
Francis A. & Edward K.

  (Item #: sinatfranc_1811_1902) 

Our Price: $249.99
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  • A stunning sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first
  • Incredibly big, rich and Tubey Magical yet still clean, clear and open with excellent bass
  • Sinatra is both natural and present - he actually sounds like he is standing on the same stage as Ellington's band
  • "Recorded on Sinatra's birthday in 1967, 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." - Amazon
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Count Basie & Joe Williams
Memories Ad-Lib

  (Item #: basiememor_1812_1902) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb vintage stereo pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last and fairly quiet vinyl
  • This is one of the few Joe Williams records we've been able to find with audiophile sound and surfaces - it's taken us years to get even one shootout going, but it produced this great copy, so we think it was worth it!
  • "Williams' vocals seem effortless throughout the date... highlights include the easygoing swinger "The One I Love (Belongs to Somebody Else)" and a foot-tapping "Honeysuckle Rose."
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Ray Charles & Betty Carter
Ray Charles & Betty Carter

  (Item #: charlraych_1902_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound for this hard-to-find vintage stereo pressing
  • Ray's 1961 release here showcases two of the most soulful singers to ever share a microphone, both at the height of their powers
  • Includes the now "controversial" 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
Sinatra '65

  (Item #: sinatsinat65_1711_1902) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • An outstanding early pressing, with excellent Double Plus (A++) sound for 'Ol Blue Eyes and his backing band, first note to last
  • Both sides here are rich, full and lively with wonderfully present vocals and plenty of Tubey Magic - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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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Ella Fitzgerald
These Are The Blues

  (Item #: fitzgthese_1902_1) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • A superb early Stereo copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from start to finish
  • Only the best vintage vinyl pressings like this one offer the kind of Tubey Magic that was on the tapes in 1963
  • Allmusic Users 4 1/2 stars: "Ella Fitzgerald was never thought of as a blues singer but she does a surprisingly effective job on the ten blues songs here, including "See See Rider," "Trouble in Mind," "St. Louis Blues," and Bessie Smith's "Jailhouse Blues." She somehow sings more or less in the style of the classic blues vocalists of the 1920s and largely pulls it off. ...organist Wild Bill Davis (with assistance from guitarist Herb Ellis, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Gus Johnson) dominate the ensembles. It's an interesting set."
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Billie Holiday
The First Verve Sessions

  (Item #: holidfirst_1902_1) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last
  • All four sides here are clean, clear and full-bodied with wonderfully breathy vocals and the kind of vintage analog sound you can't hear anywhere else
  • This double LP set captures Billie from 1952-1954 and features Oscar Peterson, Barney Kessel, Ray Brown, Flip Phillips, Freddie Green, Charlie Shavers and more
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Ella Fitzgerald
Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!

  (Item #: fitzgclaph_1902) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This original pressing is superb from first note to last, earning Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER for sound
  • Clean, clear, open and spacious with lovely breathy vocals and plenty of Tubey Magic - this is just the right sound for this music
  • 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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Nat King Cole
Just One of Those Things

  (Item #: cole_justo_1901_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This outstanding vintage Stereo Capitol pressing earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades 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
All The Way

  (Item #: sinatallth_1901_3) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • This vintage '60s Capitol pressing did very well in our shootout, earning sonic grades of Double Plus (A++) or close to it on both sides
  • It has the all the Tubey Magic one could ask for, allowing Sinatra's rich baritone to work its magic on every phrase
  • 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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Frank Sinatra
All The Way

  (Item #: sinatallth_1901_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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 he sings
  • 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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Sarah Vaughan
Dreamy

  (Item #: vaughdream_1810_1901) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This outstanding pressing earned nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades for sound on both sides, nearly as good as our Shootout Winner!
  • 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 - if you can find a copy in the bins that plays this quiet, count your lucky stars
  • "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.""
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Frank Sinatra
Come Swing With Me!

  (Item #: sinatcomes_1811_1901) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding Capitol stereo pressing boasts solid Double 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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Frank Sinatra
Sinatra-Basie

  (Item #: sinatsinat_1811_1901) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides of this beloved Sinatra/Basie collaboration
  • Tubey, warm and smooth, with an extended top and bottom, the louder you play this record the better it sounds
  • "The long-awaited first collaboration between two icons did something unique for the reputations of both. For Basie, the Sinatra connection inaugurated a period in the 1960s where his band was more popular and better-known than it ever was, even in the big band era. For Sinatra, Basie meant liberation, producing perhaps the loosest, rhythmically free singing of his career."
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Louis Armstrong
I've Got The World On A String

  (Item #: armstivego_1901) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An insanely good sounding original pressing with a Triple Plus (A+++) side two and an excellent Double Plus (A++) side one
  • One of the best copies from our most recent shootout (especially on the first side) - the sound is big, full, lively and spacious
  • Russell Garcia's orchestral arrangements and Louis Armstrong's sublime interpretations of The Great American Songbook are a match made in heaven
  • "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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Ella Fitzgerald
The Cole Porter Songbook

  (Item #: fitzgsings_porter_1901_1) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it for all four sides, this glorious 1956 mono recording is superb from first note to last
  • Full-bodied, musical, and smooth, with surprisingly spacious orchestral staging - this is just the right sound for this album and especially this kind of music
  • "The combination of Ella and Porter is irresistible and whether up-tempo or down-tempo, Ella’s three-octave range voice soars effortlessly as she makes each song come to life. It was all helped by the cream of L.A. session men and Buddy Bregman’s arrangement that oozes sophistication way beyond his twenty-four years. It is a perfect record." - Richard Havers
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June Christy
Gone For The Day

  (Item #: chrisgonef_1805_1901) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one and a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two, this Capitol Turquoise label original will be very hard to beat
  • This 1957 mono has all the TUBEY MAGIC these vintage Capitol pressings are famous for - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • It's balanced and natural, with the kind of rich, full-bodied sound that no one seems to know how to record anymore
  • Allmusic reviewers give it Four Stars and we would give it at least that many - we love the unique sound of June Christy's breathy, sweet voice
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Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie
Ella and Basie!

  (Item #: fitzgella_and_basie_1804_1901) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound throughout, this was one of the better copies from our most recent shootout
  • 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
  • This early Verve stereo pressing plays exceptionally QUIETLY for a vintage Ella disc - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus on both sides!
  • 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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