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Billie Holiday
Music For Torching

  (Item #: holidmusic_1909_11) 

Our Price: $99.99

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

  (Item #: vaughgolde_1812_7_11) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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
  • The best sounding copies are the ones that put Sarah right in front of you - the average copy with its typically veiled vocal can't create the illusion that there is living, breathing person between the speakers the way this one can
  • 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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Tony Bennett
I Left My Heart In San Fran

  (Item #: benneileft_1911) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This 360 copy of Tony Bennett's 1962 classic has outstanding sound, rating Double Plus (A++) or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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!)
  • "From here on until the world changed again toward the late '60s, Bennett would not have to feel that he had to compromise his art for popularity, making up-tempo singles while longing to do ballads and swing material instead. I Left My Heart In San Francisco, a gold-selling Top Ten hit that stayed in the charts almost three years, demonstrated that he could have it all."
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Frank Sinatra
Come Swing With Me!

  (Item #: sinatcomes_1911) 

Our Price: $99.99

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

  (Item #: nelsostard_1911) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • With Triple Plus (A+++) grades on both sides of this exceptionally well-recorded album, this copy surely qualifies as an Audiophile Demo Disc, one of the best copies to hit the site in years!
  • From the first few moments of the title track you'll be blown away by the in-the-room immediacy of The Man himself
  • This copy is hi-res without sacrificing the Analog warmth that makes the recording so exceptional, especially for one from 1978
  • 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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Sarah Vaughan
Dreamy

  (Item #: vaughdream_1907_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides of this copy of Sarah Vaughan's 1960 release - exceptionally rare quiet vinyl too
  • Forget the honky originals - our killer Hot Stamper reissues of this 1960 All Tube Recording are rich and relaxed, just the way they should be
  • And please don't confuse the good reissues we offer from decades past with the mediocre crap being pressed today - there is no simply no comparison, not for sound anyway
  • "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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Louis Armstrong
I've Got The World On A String

  (Item #: armstivego_1910) 

Our Price: $119.99

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

  (Item #: fitzgsings_rodgers_2_1908_10) 

Our Price: $299.99

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

  (Item #: mathijohnn_1907_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This early Columbia 360 pressing of Johnny's Newest Hits (hey, they were new in 1963!) boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • The best copies demonstrate the big-as-life early Columbia Sound at its best - full-bodied and warm yet clear, lively and dynamic
  • Both sides here are clean and present with wonderfully full strings and rich vocals
  • "...a collection of his 'latest hits, the ones that brought him back to the singles charts.'"
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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Swings Lightly

  (Item #: fitzgella_swings_lightly_1906_10) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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
Some Nice Things I've Missed

  (Item #: sinatsomen_1904_6_10) 

Our Price: $169.99

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

  (Item #: benneivego_1906_10) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish for this Columbia 360 Stereo pressing - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides here wonderfully rich, full-bodied, and as Tubey Magical as you would expect from Columbia in 1969
  • Brilliant engineering by Frank Laico, the man who recorded I Left My Heart In San Francisco and Sketches of Spain, among others
  • Tony Bennett was in fine form and still able to sing the hell out of these songs in 1969 - when you hear the quality of his voice on this very album you will perhaps appreciate the toll this century has taken on him
  • Vintage record guys with top quality turntables - like us - get to hear Tony the way he should be heard, with his voice at the peak of its powers
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Billie Holiday
The First Verve Sessions

  (Item #: holidfirst_1902_6_10) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • All four sides here are clear and full-bodied with wonderfully breathy vocals and the kind of vintage analog sound you won't hear from any modern reissue or CD, that's for sure
  • This double LP set captures some of Billie's best music from the years 1952 to 1954 and features Oscar Peterson, Barney Kessel, Ray Brown, Flip Phillips, Freddie Green, Charlie Shavers and more
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Ella Fitzgerald
The Duke Ellington Songbook, Vol. 2

  (Item #: fitzgsings_the_duke_1903_6_10) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • 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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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Porgy & Bess

  (Item #: fitzgporgy_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

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

  (Item #: sinatcomes_1910) 

Our Price: $399.99

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

Frank Sinatra
Sings... of Love and Things

  (Item #: sinatsings_of_love_1907_10) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Two incredible sides each earning nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades, just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • Both of these sides are super rich, full-bodied and Tubey Magical, with jump-out-of-the-speakers presence
  • The music is excellent as one can see from the track listing. It's hard to go wrong with these later Capitol Sinatra records. They're almost always a fun listen
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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Swings Lightly

  (Item #: fitzgella_swings_lightly_1808_4_10) 

Our Price: $129.99

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

  (Item #: lee__inlov_1904_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

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

  (Item #: joneswhats_1910) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An incredible sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last
  • These sides are doing everything right -- big, full-bodied, clean and clear with wonderfully present vocals and a solid bottom end
  • We guarantee you've never heard the Burt Bacharach/Hal David penned title track sound better than it does here!
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Billie Holiday
Lady In Satin

  (Item #: holidladyi_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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
  • Huge amounts of three-dimensional space and ambience, and Tubey Magic by the boatload - this 30th Street recording from 1958 shows how amazing Columbia's engineers were back then (not to mention the All Tube Chain technology they employed)
  • 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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Ella Fitzgerald
Sings Sweet Songs For Swingers

  (Item #: fitzgsings_sweet_1910) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • You'll find Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish on this stunning pressing of Ella's 1959 release
  • Both sides here are out of this world - this is one of the best sounding Ella Fitzgerald records we have come across this year
  • Not quiet, but about as quiet as these Verve stereo originals can be found - it took us years to find copies even this clean
  • "Ella focuses on well known jazz standards by lesser known songwriters, a useful counterbalance to her continuing songbooks project, which at this time found her in the midst of recording the epic George and Ira Gershwin Songbook." [Epic is right, it's Five LPs and a bonus disc!]
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Billie Holiday
Music For Torching

  (Item #: holidmusic_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of Holiday's 1955 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl on side one 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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Billie Holiday
Stormy Blues

  (Item #: holidstorm_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Outstanding throughout with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the other three sides
  • All four sides here have intimate, relaxed, breathy vocals - the only way to hear Lady Day in her prime sounding the way she should
  • This double LP set captures Billie from 1954-1955 and features Benny Carter, Jimmy Rowles, Tony Scott, Harry Edison, Chico Hamilton and other jazz greats
  • "The first popular jazz singer to move audiences with the intense, personal feeling of classic blues, Billie Holiday changed the art of American pop vocals forever."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Swings Brightly With Nelson

  (Item #: fitzgella_swings_brightly_1904_10) 

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
Where Are You?

  (Item #: sinatwhere_1910) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • A stunning sounding copy and the first to ever hit the site -- Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades from start to finish
  • These sides are incredibly rich, full-bodied and Tubey Magical yet still quite clean, clear and open
  • "Throughout the record, Sinatra blends with Jenkins' sumptuous strings, making his voice sound rich, relaxed and regretful. It doesn't have the stark despair of In the Wee Small Hours, but its luxurious sadness makes Where Are You? a majestic experience of its own." - All Music, 5 Stars
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Aretha Franklin
Laughing On The Outside

  (Item #: franklaugh_1908_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: fitzgclaph_stereo_1910) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This outstanding pressing of Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! boasts Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • Here's the midrange magic that’s missing from the 180g reissues, probably using a modern digital master copied from who-knows-what-tapes)
  • The vocal naturalness and immediacy here will put Ella practically in the room with you - sound like this lets her performance come to life
  • Our single Favorite Female Vocal album here at Better Records, one that gets better with each passing year
  • "Another typically wonderful LP of Ella Fitzgerald in her prime...this is an excellent (and somewhat underrated) set."
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Sammy Davis Jr.
Sings The Big Ones For Young Lovers

  (Item #: davissings_1902_6_10) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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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Willie Nelson
Stardust

  (Item #: nelsostard_1910_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them 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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Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie
Ella and Basie!

  (Item #: fitzgella_and_basie_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This early Verve stereo pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound throughout - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • It's very difficult to get the vocals AND the brass to sound right on the same LP, but these sides pull that trick off nicely
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Surprisingly enough this 1963 LP was the first time (other than a couple songs) that Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie recorded together. The match-up was so logical that it would be repeated many times over the next 20 years."
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Sinatra / Basie
It Might As Well Be Swing

  (Item #: sinatitmig_1907_10_) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from the first note to the last
  • These side are out of this world -- big, rich and Tubey Magical yet still clean, clear and present with lovely breathy vocals
  • "It Might as Well Be Swing, was a more structured, swing-oriented set than Sinatra-Basie, and in many ways the superior album... , what makes [it] more successful is the consistently high level of the performances. On their previous collaboration, both Sinatra and Basie sounded a bit worn out, but throughout this record they play with energy and vigor."
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Jimmy Witherspoon
Handbags and Gladrags

  (Item #: withehandb_1904_6_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: streipeopl_1905_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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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Julie London
Make Love To Me

  (Item #: londomakel_1811_4_10) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • 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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Dean Martin
Dream With Dean

  (Item #: martidream_1910) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This hard-to-find Dean Martin Classic finally returns to the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl for this title too
  • One of our all-time favorite male vocal LPs - the sound on both sides is both warm and natural, with excellent presence and transparency
  • These are almost impossible to find in playable condition these days and this pressing is one of the quietest we've ever heard
  • "It sounds as if they tracked the album in one afternoon, and it is not only a very pleasant listening experience, it shows what a tremendous vocalist Dean Martin truly was."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Swings Gently with Nelson

  (Item #: fitzgella_swings_gently_1906_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent sounding stereo copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • Here are the natural, present, wonderfully breathy vocals that can only be heard on these vintage vinyl pressings
  • "In 1961 Ella Fitzgerald recorded two albums with Nelson Riddle's Orchestra. Her voice was in peak form and, even if the backup band was somewhat anonymous, Fitzgerald uplifted the 15 songs on this set... Although the accent is on ballads, several of the songs are taken at medium tempos and she swings throughout. Highlights include "Georgia on My Mind," "The Very Thought of You," "It's a Pity to Say Goodnight," "Darn That Dream," "Body and Soul" and a cooking "All of Me.""
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Frank Sinatra / Count Basie
It Might As Well Be Swing

  (Item #: sinatitmig_1907_10) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last
  • These side are doing it all right -- big, rich and Tubey Magical yet still clean, clear and present with lovely breathy vocals
  • "It Might as Well Be Swing, was a more structured, swing-oriented set than Sinatra-Basie, and in many ways the superior album... , what makes [it] more successful is the consistently high level of the performances. On their previous collaboration, both Sinatra and Basie sounded a bit worn out, but throughout this record they play with energy and vigor."
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Joe Williams
Sings About You

  (Item #: williabout_1907_10) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • KILLER sound throughout with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • We have a devil of a time finding good sounding Joe Williams records - discovering that this title was so well recorded was a very pleasant surprise, and this copy takes the record about as far as we think it can go, hence the very high sonic grades
  • "Joe Williams was the last great big-band singer, a smooth baritone who graced the rejuvenated Count Basie Orchestra during the 1950s and captivated audiences well into the '90s." - All Music, Biography
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Dean Martin
This Time I'm Swingin'

  (Item #: martithist_1907_1910) 

Our Price: $299.99

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

  (Item #: frankyeah_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • On this 1965 release you'll find Aretha singing a group of standards (with tasteful support from the likes of Kenny Burrell on guitar and Teddy Harris on piano), all with excellent Double Plus (A++) sound
  • This superb Columbia 360 label pressing - not really "live," probably more like live-in-the-studio - offers lovely breathy vocals and huge amounts of studio space
  • Aretha's records for Columbia feature a more popular-oriented repertoire than her later works - this is a great record for those interested in checking out the early roots of one of the greatest singers of all time
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Billie Holiday
All Or Nothing At All

  (Item #: holidallor_1909) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • A superb copy of this outstanding double album with solid Double Plus (A+++) sound or BETTER on all four sides
  • This 2 LP set features most of the tracks from the original release plus another handful of recordings from the same period (1955-1956)
  • It's one of the better sounding Billie Holiday records we've heard, any guaranteed to beat any Heavy Vinyl reissue you've wasted your money on
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... features some of Billie Holiday's top Verve performances from the mid-'50s... she runs the emotional gamut from summery optimism to pathos-rich musings. Befitting her perennial after-hours mood, the majority of songs here feature Holiday in a low-down mood of the highest order."
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Sammy Davis Jr.
Sings The Big Ones For Young Lovers

  (Item #: davissings_1904_9) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • 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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Mel Torme
Songs of New York

  (Item #: tormesongs_1909) 

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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Ray Charles & Betty Carter
Ray Charles & Betty Carter

  (Item #: charlraych_1902_9) 

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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Tony Bennett
I Left My Heart In San Francisco

  (Item #: benneileft_1909) 

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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Ella Fitzgerald
Rhythm Is My Business

  (Item #: fitzgrhyth_1904_9) 

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 & Louis Armstrong
Porgy and Bess

  (Item #: fitzgporgy_1904_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Sammy Davis Jr.
The Nat King Cole Song Book

  (Item #: davisnatki_1903_9) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • 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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Frank Sinatra
All The Way

  (Item #: sinatallth_1901_6_9) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • 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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Nat King Cole
This Is Nat "King" Cole

  (Item #: cole_thisi_1909) 

Our Price: $129.99

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

  (Item #: sinatonlyt_1909_1) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades
  • Both sides are clean, clear and present with breathy vocals, lots of rich texture to the strings and no shortage of orchestral detail
  • Full of Sinatra classics such as What's New?, Willow Weep for Me, Blues in the Night, One for My Baby and six more
  • 5 stars: "Sinatra never forces emotion out of the lyric, he lets everything flow naturally, with grace. It's a heartbreaking record, the ideal late-night album."
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Frank Sinatra
The Concert Sinatra

  (Item #: sinatconce_1909) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • Off the charts Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it from the first note to the last
  • This album ranks right up there with the best of the Reprise era - recorded in 1963, Sinatra was still in his prime
  • Sinatra's voice on both sides of this pressing always sounds natural even at its loudest - no mean feat of recording
  • "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 Rodgers & Hart Song Book, Vol. 1

  (Item #: fitzgsings_rodgers_1_1909) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • A superb copy with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • The 1956 recording quality is excellent, with space and midrange richness that might just take your breath away
  • 5 stars: "With such songs as "You Took Advantage of Me," "The Lady Is a Tramp," "It Never Entered My Mind," "Where or When," "My Funny Valentine," and "Blue Moon," it is not too surprising that these recordings were so popular."
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Peggy Lee
Latin ala Lee!

  (Item #: lee__latin_1902_6_9) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • Superb sound throughout for Lee's 1960 release with both sides rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or very close to it
  • 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 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." - Allmusic
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Frank Sinatra
I Remember Tommy

  (Item #: sinatireme_1905_9) 

Our Price: $99.99

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

  (Item #: sinatsoftl_1909) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • 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 - 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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Frank Sinatra
Francis A. Sinatra & Antonio C. Jobim

  (Item #: sinatjobim_1909) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • This outstanding original stereo pressing of Sinatra and Jobim's sublime collaboration earned Triple Plus (A+++) grades on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) grades on the second -- exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The Tubey Magical space, ambience and richness of the sound here is the only way we know of to bring the Chairman of the Board and his Brazilian buddy into your listening room
  • This is a magical album from start to finish, one of a handful of a Must Own Sinatra releases, and my personal favorite of all his recordings
  • 4 1/2 stars: "After a few plays, the album begins to slowly work its way underneath a listener's skin, and it emerges as one of his most rewarding albums of the '60s."
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Nat "King" Cole
Love Is The Thing

  (Item #: cole_lovei_1905_9) 

Our Price: $179.99

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

  (Item #: prysothisi_1903_1908) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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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Ella Fitzgerald
Rhythm Is My Business

  (Item #: fitzgrhyth_1902_1904_1908) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • 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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Perry Como
The Songs I Love

  (Item #: como_songs_1904_1908_) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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, thanks to the brilliant engineering of Bob Simpson
  • 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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Barbra Streisand
The Third Album

  (Item #: streithird_1908) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Streisand's 1964 release eturns to the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • These 360 Label stereo originals are the only way to hear the Tubey Magic and space that is all over the original master tape
  • Frank Laico engineered at Columbia's legendary 30th street studios - you can easily imagine how good the sound is
  • Ms Streisand sings a wonderful batch of standards on this one: My Melancholy Baby, Just In Time, It Had To Be You, As Time Goes By and 6 more
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Nat "King" Cole
Love Is The Thing

  (Item #: cole_lovei_1908) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • A lovely pressing of this audiophile favorite, with KILLER Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides; one of the best pop vocal recordings we know of!
  • With the biggest, clearest, richest, most present and most natural vocal reproduction, this copy took Nat's performance to another level
  • If all you know of this album is the weirdly unnatural remix DCC did (on Analogue Productions vinyl too) this pressing will be nothing less than a revelation
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Nat King Cole's collaborations with Gordon Jenkins rank among the finest from either artist or arranger. 1957's Love Is the Thing remains the epitome of the pair's undeniable compatibility, and it topped the album charts for eight weeks."
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Frank Sinatra
Sinatra's Sinatra

  (Item #: sinatsinatras_1905_1908_) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of Sinatra's 1963 release, with solid 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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Billie Holiday
All Or Nothing At All

  (Item #: holidallor_1908) 

Our Price: $199.99

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

  (Item #: benneevans_1905_1908) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An excellent original pressing of this classic collaboration. boasting outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • When heard on our better Hot Stamper pressings (like this one), the album clearly ranks near the top of the Greatest Male Vocal Recordings of All Time
  • Waltz for Debby is the best thing here. Want to hear the Bennett-Evans Magic? Go right to that track
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... one of the best albums of either's career... an excellent jazz-pop hybrid in which both musicians were shown off to advantage."
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Frank Sinatra - Duke Ellington
Francis A. & Edward K.

  (Item #: sinatfranc_1708_1904_1908) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • 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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Perry Como
The Songs I Love

  (Item #: como_songs_1904_1908) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • 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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Nat King Cole
Just One of Those Things

  (Item #: cole_justo_1901_1908) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This outstanding vintage Stereo Capitol pressing earned solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides
  • This is the sound we love at Better Records -- these 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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Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie
Ella and Basie!

  (Item #: fitzgella_and_basie_1901_1908) 

Our Price: $249.99

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

  (Item #: cloonsolve_1908) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An outstanding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the first
  • These sides are rich, sweet and Tubey Magical with wonderfully breathy vocals and lots of space around all of the players
  • "The pair made the most of their first collaboration, devising a program of 12 standards that combined Riddle's pugnacious yet intricate arrangements with Clooney's warm, grand vocals to create a swing record with feeling... Vocalist fits together with orchestra like hand in glove..." - All Music
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Mel Torme
With The Marty Paich Dek-tette

  (Item #: tormewitht_1904_1908) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • 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!
  • This vintage Bethlehem pressing has the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records rarely BEGIN to reproduce
  • If don't know that sound, you are missing one of the greatest pleasures an audiophile can experience
  • 5 stars: "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."
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Frank Sinatra
No One Cares

  (Item #: sinatnoone_1908) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish, this vintage stereo pressing sounds just right
  • This orchestrated album of ballads boasts superb 1959 Sinatra Capitol sound
  • Both sides get the breathy immediacy to the vocals overlaying tubey rich arrangements better than all others
  • "Jenkins gives the songs a subtly tragic treatment, and Sinatra responds with a wrenching performance."
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Nat King Cole Sings / George Shearing Plays

  (Item #: cole_nat_king_cole_sings_1808_1908) 

Our Price: $99.99

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

  (Item #: chrisfaira_1907_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

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

  (Item #: sinatswing_along_1808_1907) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Superb sound throughout with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grades and playing fairly quietly
  • These vintage stereo sides are rich, smooth and full-bodied with much of the Tubey Magic that's missing from most copies
  • This album is very tough to come by in stereo in anything but beat condition, let alone with this kind of sound
  • "Twelve of the most uninhibited Sinatra things ever recorded!"
  • "Recorded with Billy May, Sinatra Swings was Frank Sinatra's first straight swing album for Reprise Records. In terms of content and approach, the record is remarkably similar to his final Capitol swing effort, Come Swing with Me."
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Frank Sinatra
Francis A. Sinatra & Antonio C. Jobim

  (Item #: sinatjobim_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: chrisfaira_1907) 

Our Price: $199.99

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

  (Item #: martithist_1907_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: sinatatthe_1901_1907) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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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Harry Belafonte
Belafonte at Carnegie Hall

  (Item #: belafbelaf_1907) 

Our Price: $129.99

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

  (Item #: darinfromh_1907) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This original Capitol rainbow label LP has superb Double Plus (A++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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
Softly, As I Leave You

  (Item #: sinatsoftl_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from start to finish, this original stereo pressing blew away practically every copy in our shootout
  • Big, rich and natural sounding, the newer material for this album was recorded in 1964 when Sinatra's voice was in very fine form indeed
  • "The highlight of the record was the hit title song, which featured a subdued but forceful and steady backbeat. The rhythm itself was indicative of Sinatra's effort to accept the new popular music."
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Ella Fitzgerald
The Johnny Mercer Song Book

  (Item #: fitzgsings_mercer_1812_1907) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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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Sarah Vaughan
Dreamy

  (Item #: vaughdream_1904_1907) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Insanely good sound throughout with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • Forget the honky originals - our killer Hot Stamper reissues of this 1960 All Tube Recording are rich and relaxed, just the way they should be
  • And please don't confuse the good reissues we offer from decades past with the mediocre crap being pressed today - there is no simply no comparison, not for sound anyway
  • "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
My Kind of Broadway

  (Item #: sinatmykin_1812_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: sinatallth_1901_1906_) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • 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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June Christy
Gone For The Day

  (Item #: chrisgonef_1805_1906) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • 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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Frank Sinatra
Moonlight Sinatra

  (Item #: sinatmoonl_1905_x) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Ella Fitzgerald
These Are The Blues

  (Item #: fitzgthese_1902_1906) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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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Ella Fitzgerald
The Cole Porter Songbook

  (Item #: fitzgsings_porter_1901_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Frank Sinatra
Come Swing With Me!

  (Item #: sinatcomes_1811_1906) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This outstanding Capitol stereo pressing boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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
Strangers In The Night

  (Item #: sinatstran_1906_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides, this Sinatra title surprised us with its DEMO DISC sound
  • Clearly one of the best sounding Reprise-era Sinatra pressings we have ever played
  • Credit must given to the extraordinarily inventive arrangements of Nelson Riddle and the All Tube engineering of Lee Herschberg
  • "Sinatra's singing is relaxed, confident, and surprisingly jazzy, as he plays with the melody of "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" and delivers a knockout punch with the assured, breathtaking "Summer Wind."
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Frank Sinatra
Sinatra-Basie

  (Item #: sinatsinatra_basie_1811_1906) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This beloved Sinatra/Basie collaboration boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from top to bottom
  • Big space, breathy vocals, lovely leading edge transients, and plenty of Tubey Magic make this album a true audiophile treat
  • 4 stars: "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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Tony Bennett
The Many Moods Of Tony

  (Item #: bennemanym_1805_1905) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • 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
Some Nice Things I've Missed

  (Item #: sinatsomen_1904_1) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • 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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Tony Bennett
For Once In My Life

  (Item #: benneforon_1804_1904-) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • 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: $74.99

  • 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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June Christy
The Misty Miss Christy

  (Item #: chrismisty_1805_1903) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • 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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