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Bill Withers
Menagerie

  (Item #: withemenag_1910) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • KILLER sound for Menagerie with both sides earning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or close to them - exceptionally QUIET vinyl for this album
  • These sides are smooth, relaxed and full-bodied - practically no other copy in our shootout had this kind of exceptionally natural, analog sound
  • Includes Withers' signature hit, "Lovely Day" as well as "Lovely Night For Dancing"
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... an assured return to form by one of soul's greatest singer/songwriters of the '70s... this is an easy record to like, after all, with a consistent tone and a soothing vibe, plus a good set of songs."
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Marvin Gaye
In Our Lifetime

  (Item #: gaye_inour_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Gaye's final Motown album makes its Hot Stamper debut with superb Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound throughout - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • Both sides here are outstanding -- clean, clear, spacious and present with wonderfully full vocals and a huge bottom end
  • 4 stars: "Although no song is especially brilliant here, the level of Gaye's musical sense and his vocal prowess carry him throughout. In Our Lifetime is one of his finest later albums and captures him as his craft was maturing and becoming more multifaceted."
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Aretha Franklin
Aretha Now

  (Item #: frankaretha_now_1910) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Excellent sound throughout for this original Atlantic Green and Blue label LP with both sides earning a solid Double Plus (A++) or BETTER
  • Practically UNHEARD of vinyl for an original stereo pressing - I don't recall finding any early pressing that played this quietly
  • These original pressings give Aretha's voice a Tubey Magical, relaxed quality that's simply not to be found on the reissues, as good as those may be in other ways
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... this still caught Aretha Franklin at the peak of her early form. Think, I Say a Little Prayer, See Saw, and I Can’t See Myself Leaving You were all big hits."
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Muddy Waters
The London Muddy Waters Sessions

  (Item #: waterlondo_1910) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This outstanding copy boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Surprisingly dynamic, with great energy, this copy brought Muddy Waters' music to life right in our listening room
  • The London Muddy Waters Sessions won the 1972 Grammy Award for Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording
  • A great lineup: Rory Gallagher, Steve Winwood and Mitch Mitchell all feature here
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Roberta Flack
Feel Like Makin' Love

  (Item #: flackfeell_1910) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This superb pressing of Feel Like Makin' Love boasts outstanding Double Plus A(++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • This vintage Atlantic pressing has the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern pressings barely BEGIN to reproduce - folks, that sound is gone and it sure isn't showing any sign of coming back
  • "Capping off a string of early-'70s hits with this album's title track, Roberta Flack would soon take a sabbatical from the spotlight in 1975. And while she would return to the stage and studio, Flack never quite hit the heights of this and the handful of other MOR soul releases from the first half of the decade... Feel Like Making Love will still please the singer's dedicated fans."
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Ray Charles
The Genius of Ray Charles

  (Item #: charlgenius_of_1904_6_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This KILLER 2-pack boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • It's incredibly rich, full and tubey throughout, as Ray tackles both big band classics and string-backed ballads from the Great American Songbook, all with truly magical results
  • Robert Christgau noted that "Charles tried many times, but except for Modern Sounds, he never again assembled such a consistent album in this mode."
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Charles' voice is heard throughout in peak form, giving soul to even the veteran standards."
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Nina Simone
Silk And Soul

  (Item #: simonsilka_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Outstanding sound for this RCA pressing with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER
  • Both sides here are superb - clean, clear and full-bodied with wonderfully present vocals and lots of space around all of the players
  • "After moving from the blues to soul for her second RCA album, Nina Simone's extroverted, confident delivery proved a natural match with the ranks of soul shouters working the crowds during the late '60s..."
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Junior Wells
It's My Life

  (Item #: wellsitsmy_1910_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb copy of Junior Wells' recording from Chicago in '66 (this is the read deal, folks!) with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound - just shy of our Shootout Winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Bigger and bolder, with more bass, more energy, and more of that "you-are-there-immediacy" of a live performance that set the best vintage pressings apart from reissues, CDs, and whatever else might be out there
  • "Cut from the same cloth as Wells’ classic Hoodoo Man Blues LP from the same period, It’s My Life, Baby! captured the Junior Wells-Buddy Guy team in great form, both in the studio and live at Pepper’s Lounge on 43rd Street. This album tends a bit more towards slow blues, including a rare example of Wells’ chromatic harmonica playing on ‘Slow, Slow,’ but there are fine uptempo pieces..."
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Ray Charles
Modern Sounds In Country & Western...V. 2

  (Item #: charlmoder_2_1810_6_10) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides of this stereo copy of Charles' 1962 follow up to Modern Sounds In Country and Western Music
  • Features Ray's Big Band with the Raelettes on one side and the legendary Jack Halloran Singers on the other
  • Finally, here is the right sound for these acclaimed songs you know well, classics such as You Are My Sunshine; Your Cheating Heart; Oh, Lonesome Me, and nine more
  • 5 stars: "Vol. 2 defied the curse of the sequel and was just as much of an artistic triumph as its predecessor … the miracle is that Charles' hurt, tortured, soulfully twisting voice transforms the backgrounds as well as the material; you believe what he's singing."
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Al Green
I'm Still In Love With You

  (Item #: greenimsti_1906_10_) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • Two insanely good sides each with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it and vinyl that plays as quiet as these early pressings ever do
  • One of the fullest, richest, smoothest, cleanest and most energetic copies we played in our shootout - this is how good the album can sound
  • 5 stars: "[It] shares many surface similarities with its predecessor, Let's Stay Together; from Al Green and Willie Mitchell's distinctive, sexy style to the pacing and song selection. Despite those shared traits, I'm Still in Love With You distinguishes itself with its suave, romantic tone and its subtly ambitious choice of material. There isn't a wasted track on I'm Still in Love With You, and in many ways it rivals its follow-up, Call Me, as Green's masterpiece."
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Bill Withers
Live at Carnegie Hall

  (Item #: withelive_1908_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • KILLER Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on sides two and three and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the other two sides
  • These sides are incredibly spacious, clear, rich and chock full of analog Tubey Magic - exactly the right sound for this surprisingly well recorded live album
  • 4 stars: "A wonderful live album that capitalizes on Withers' trademark melancholy soul sound while expanding the music to fit the room granted by a live show... One of the best live releases from the '70s."
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B.B. King
L.A. Midnight

  (Item #: king_lamid_1906_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding copy boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Check out how cool the tuba sounds anchoring the bottom end on the opening track!
  • "The King is at his sly peak on "I Got Some Help I Don't Need," uproariously humorous and hurt at the same time, with crazy wah-wah filigrees laced within, and "Can't You Hear Me Talking to You" is also tight and right."
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Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie

  (Item #: richilione_1905_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An excellent copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • 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
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The key to its success -- is that Richie doesn't even make a pretense of funk here... The ballads, of course, provided two big hits with "My Love" and "Truly," two numbers that illustrate that he was moving ever-closer to mainstream pop, since these are unapologetic AOR slow-dance tunes. [It's] a dynamic mainstream pop-soul record, one of the best the early '80s had to offer."
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Stevie Wonder
Songs In The Key Of Life

  (Item #: wondesongs_1907_10) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This outstanding copy of Stevie Wonder's epic double album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Here you will find Tubey Magical Richness, as well as the kind of immediacy and transparency that few copies have - all qualities essential to getting the best sound from Stevie's Magnum Opus
  • A true musical genius (according to Eddie Murphy) here joins forces with other legends including Herbie Hancock, George Benson, and Deniece Williams
  • 5 stars: "...Stevie Wonder's longest, most ambitious collection of songs... that — just as the title promised — touched on nearly every issue under the sun, and did it all with ambitious (even for him), wide-ranging arrangements and some of the best performances of Wonder's career. "


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Muddy Waters
Hard Again

  (Item #: waterharda_1905_10) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last, this is an outstanding pressing of Hard Again
  • Both sides here are big, lively and jumpin' out of the speakers - just right for this down and dirty music
  • A Grammy Winner, an Allmusic Five Star album - simply a superb recording and one of our favorites for '70s blues
  • 5 stars: "Christgau attributed the record's intense quality to 'the natural enthusiasm of an inspired collaboration,' and remarked on its standing in Chicago blues, 'except maybe for B.B. King's Live at the Regal and Otis Spann's Walking the Blues... I can't recall a better blues album than this.'"
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Prince
1999

  (Item #: princ1999_1901_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of Prince's breakthrough album, with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on all four sides
  • A lively, rich pressing, with plenty of punchy bass, a nicely extended top and a huge three-dimensional soundfield
  • Packed with hits - Little Red Corvette, Delirious, 1999 - and they are all rockin' like crazy here
  • 5 stars: "Where his earlier albums had been a fusion of organic and electronic sounds, 1999 was constructed almost entirely on synthesizers by Prince himself... the result is a stunning display of raw talent..."
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White Hot Stamper

Wilson Pickett
I'm In Love

  (Item #: pickeimini_1908_10) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Stunning sound throughout with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • Both sides of this original Atlantic Green and Blue label pressing are incredibly big, full-bodied and lively with a solid bottom end and lots of space around all of the instruments
  • "... the Wicked Pickett sounds a lot more convincing on this album's romantic numbers than anyone would have had a right to expect from one of the baddest cats of Southern soul... it's a good set of tunes, performed with Pickett's usual high level of passion and skill, and if you're any kind of fan you'll revel in it." - All Music
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John Lee Hooker
Endless Boogie

  (Item #: hookeendle_1907_10) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This original ABC pressing has Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on ALL FOUR SIDES!
  • These sides are out of this world -- rich, full-bodied and Tubey Magical with a big punchy bottom end and lots of energy
  • "... the timeliness of Endless Boogie is an unmitigated plus, and producers Bill Szymczyk and Ed Michel get a relaxed groove out of a cast of supporting musicians who can boogie Canned Heat right out of the studio." - Robert Christgau
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Al Green
I'm Still In Love With You

  (Item #: greenimsti_1906_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from start to finish
  • One of the fullest, richest, smoothest, cleanest and most energetic copies we played in our shootout - this is how good the album can sound
  • For The Good Times (a Kristofferson cover!) sounds superb on this pressing
  • 5 stars: "There isn't a wasted track on I'm Still in Love With You, and in many ways it rivals its follow-up, Call Me, as Green's masterpiece."
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Marvin Gaye
Midnight Love

  (Item #: gaye_midni_1908_10) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • An incredible sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Drop the needle on Sexual Healing then sit back and relax as the rich, warm sound of analog sets the mood!
  • There’s good frequency extension up top and down low, with plenty of meaty bass and silky highs (check out those bells)
  • "Midnight Love is a classic Marvin Gaye effort. In addition to this project thriving with Gaye's enthusiastic spirit, it has his harmonious background vocals, his stunning vocal arrangements and his creative penmanship, as he wrote all the selections."
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Aretha Franklin
Hey Now Hey: The Other Side of the Sky

  (Item #: frankheyno_1905_10) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A STUNNING copy of Aretha's 1973 release, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from start to finish
  • 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
  • An album of deep introspective soul produced by none other than Quincy Jones!
  • "... notable are a poignant cover of Bernstein's 'Somewhere,' and a sparkling 'Moody's Mood,' and the beautiful Carolyn Franklin composition 'Angel.'"
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Earth, Wind & Fire
That's The Way of the World

  (Item #: earththats_1907_10) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding pressing of the band's breakthrough release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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 from 1975, this is the only way to go
  • Includes some of EWF's most well-loved classics: Shining Star and, of course, That's The Way of The World
  • 4 1/2 stars: "If a person could own only one EWF release, the logical choice would be That's the Way of the World, which was the band's best album as well as its best-selling. There are no dull moments on World, one of the strongest albums of the 1970s and EWF's crowning achievement."
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Ray Charles
Have a Smile With Me

  (Item #: charlhavea_1906_10) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second, this original stereo copy was one of the best we heard in our recent shootout
  • The richness in the vocals and the overall Tubey Magical sound are what put this pressing over the top in our shootout
  • We have a devil of a time finding Ray Charles records that sound this good and are clean enough to offer our customers - this is a rare one
  • "...he elevates the material with soulful vocals and good arrangements, particularly when the Raeletts back him up (as they do on half the tracks)." - All Music
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Jimmy Reed
Jimmy Reed at Carnegie Hall

  (Item #: reed_jimmy_1910) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Jimmy Reed makes his debut on this site with this stunning copy of Jimmy Reed at Carnegie Hall
  • You'll find Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on ALL FOUR sides of this killer album
  • A surprisingly good recording - this early stereo pressing is wonderfully big and rich, with natural tonality and more three-dimensional space than any other copy we played
  • It took us years to find enough early Vee-Jay stereo (and mono) pressings that played quietly in order to do this shootout, and here is the winner in all its glory!
  • 5 stars: "... In some ways, it almost does make for a greatest-hits compilation, as it contains most of Reed's most popular tunes... it was highly popular and influential, making the Top 50 at a time when few blues LPs charted."
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Ray Charles
Sweet & Sour Tears

  (Item #: charlsweet_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides of this Shootout Winning 1964 pressing - exceptionally QUIET vinyl for a vintage Ray Charles record (!)
  • This stereo pressing is the only way to hear these classic songs sound rich, powerful and free from coloration
  • A concept album filled with an eclectic collection of themed music, this release showcases Charles' innovative approach to recording
  • "...One is almost tempted to think that Charles was toying with audience expectations by mixing unabashedly sentimental slow tunes with the far more bluesy, satisfying, and upbeat numbers, such as his surprisingly brassy, punchy treatment of "Cry Me a River.""
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Muddy Waters
I’m Ready

  (Item #: waterimrea_1905_10ex) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A KILLER copy with insanely good Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from the first note to the last
  • If you're looking for a Hot Stamper Blues album to add a little variety to your collection, you can't do much better this copy of I'm Ready
  • 'Waters and band provide these well-worn gems with a little new studio polish, but it is with the newer songs that the performers really shine... For new listeners trying to get a feel of what the blues is all about, I'm Ready and its bookends are the albums to start with. Once you experience a taste of Muddy Waters, you'll be ready for more."
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King Curtis & Champion Jack Dupree
Blues at Montreux

  (Item #: curtiblues_1910) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Incredible sound throughout for this original Atlantic LP with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • Both sides here are super clean, clear, open and spacious yet still pretty rich and Tubey Magical
  • "... Curtis and Dupree find a great deal of common musical ground. Dupree has quite a few witty vocals (particularly the near-classic "Junker's Blues") while taking choruses of irregular length that keep his sidemen continually guessing. Curtis' distinctive tenor is also heard from, making one truly regret that this was his final recording." - All Music
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Big Joe Williams
Blues For 9 Strings

  (Item #: williblues_1910) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Blues for 9 Strings, featuring the great Willie Dixon on bass, makes its Hot Stamper debut with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • Tubier, more present, more alive, with more of that "jumpin' out of the speakers" quality that only The Real Thing (an old record) ever has
  • Big Joe Williams was an incredible blues musician: a gifted songwriter, a powerhouse vocalist, and an exceptionally idiosyncratic guitarist... When appearing at The Fickle Pickle, Williams played an electric nine-string guitar through a small ramshackle amp with a pie plate nailed to it and a beer can dangling against that. The total effect of this incredible apparatus produced the most buzzing, sizzling, African-sounding music one would likely ever hear."
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Otis Redding
The Immortal Otis Redding

  (Item #: reddiimmor_1910) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An outstanding copy of this superb posthumous release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • The sound here is amazingly clear and open, superior to most in that regard, with fairly smooth and rich vocals to boot
  • The richness in Redding's vocals and the wonderfully Tubey Magical sound makes this copy especially impressive
  • "... among the last tunes Redding cut during what turned out to be a prophetic three-week stretch of sessions -- concluding just days prior to his untimely passing... any Otis Redding recordings should be considered welcome (if not mandatory) additions to all manner of listeners."
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Albert King
King of the Blues Guitar

  (Item #: king_kingo_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding pressing of King of the Blues Guitar, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • Clear and open, with good balance and prodigious bass, this copy has just the right the sound for this blues album
  • "These 17 tunes come from King's most fertile period, his 1966-68 tenure at Memphis's Stax Records.... King's ripe and mellow vocals are a perfect match for the soul-drenched music while his dramatic string bends leap out." -- Marc Greilsamer
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Ray Charles
Ingredients In A Recipe For Soul

  (Item #: charlingre_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding pressing of Charles' 1963 release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • These sides are doing it all right -- richer, fuller, better bass, more Tubey Magic, and the list goes on!
  • Ray Charles was a genius and the music on this record is just more proof of the undeniability of that fact
  • 4 stars: "The high points are very high -- 'Busted,' his hit reworking of a composition by country songwriter Harlan Howard, is jazzy and tough, and one of his best early-'60s singles..."
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Earth, Wind and Fire
Raise!

  (Item #: earthraise_1909_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding pressing of Raise! offers solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER and exceptionally quiet vinyl from first note to last
  • Full-bodied and Tubey Magical, with especially smooth, present vocals - this is the sound we love at Better Records
  • "With each new album, Earth, Wind and Fire remain relatively true to their original sound: elaborate, neatly orchestral funk, influenced equally by American and African sources. But the band also keeps its ear to the radio. Accordingly, Raise! reflects the current wave of street-gritty black pop, from Lakeside to Rick James. Most of the tracks crank up the bass and feature rattling percussion that scrapes against the beat." - Rolling Stone
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B.B. King
In London

  (Item #: king_inlon_1904_9) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this early pressing of B.B. King In London
  • Clean, clear and dynamic with tons of space and transparency, this is the way to hear B.B. and this big group of master musicians
  • Ringo, Peter Green, Klaus Voorman, Steve Winwood, Alexis Korner, Gary Wright and Dr. John are just a few of the artists featured on this record behind B.B. - quite a cast of luminaries
  • "... all 9 tracks are top notch fusion between US Legend and awe inspired younger British bluesmen. A must have!"
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Otis Redding
The Dock of the Bay

  (Item #: reddidocko_1812_4_9) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding vintage pressing of The Dock of the Bay, earning strong Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides
  • It's a well-recorded album - the better copies are big, rich and smooth yet still clean, clear and spacious
  • "...this is an impossible record not to love ... Cropper chose his tracks well, selecting some of the strongest and most unusual among the late singer's orphaned songs... No one could complain about the album then, and it still holds more than four decades later."
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Roberta Flack
Feel Like Makin' Love

  (Item #: flackfeell_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This Atlantic pressing has insanely good Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • These KILLER sides are doing everything right -- clean, clear, full-bodied and spacious with a big punchy bottom end
  • "Capping off a string of early-'70s hits with this album's title track, Roberta Flack would soon take a sabbatical from the spotlight in 1975. And while she would return to the stage and studio, Flack never quite hit the heights of this and the handful of other MOR soul releases from the first half of the decade... Feel Like Making Love will still please the singer's dedicated fans."
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Muddy Waters
Folk Singer

  (Item #: waterfolks_1906_9) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An outstanding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Folk Singer is an exceptional live-in-the-studio recording, with some of the best sound Muddy Waters ever managed
  • This '80s reissue is guaranteed to trounce any heavy vinyl pressing you've heard of it or we'll give you your money back!
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Muddy's "unplugged" album was cut in September of 1963 and still sounds fresh and vital today. It was Muddy simply returning to his original style on a plain acoustic guitar in a well-tuned room..."
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Al Green
Call Me

  (Item #: greencallm_1909) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding pressing, with solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - guaranteed killer sound from first note to last
  • This vintage pressing has the MIDRANGE MAGIC that’s surely missing from whatever 180g reissue has been made from the 40+ year old tapes (or, to be clear, a modern digital master copied from those tapes)
  • 5 stars: "Al Green reached his creative peak with the brilliant Call Me, the most inventive and assured album of his career. So silky and fluid as to sound almost effortless, Green's vocals revel in the lush strings and evocative horns of Willie Mitchell's superbly intimate production... A classic."
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Earth, Wind and Fire
Raise!

  (Item #: earthraise_1909) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last
  • These sides are doing it all right -- big, full-bodied and wonderfully present with tons of space around all of the players
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "With each new album, Earth, Wind and Fire remain relatively true to their original sound: elaborate, neatly orchestral funk, influenced equally by American and African sources. But the band also keeps its ear to the radio. Accordingly, Raise! reflects the current wave of street-gritty black pop, from Lakeside to Rick James. Most of the tracks crank up the bass and feature rattling percussion that scrapes against the beat." - Rolling Stone
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Muddy Waters
The Real Folk Blues

  (Item #: waterrealf_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of this compilation album with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last - mostly quiet vinyl too
  • Like its Audiophile Favorite brother, Folk Singer, also on Chess, The Real Folk Blues is another exceptional live-in-the-studio recording, with some of the best sound Chess ever managed
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Once Chess discovered a white folk-blues audience ripe and ready to hear the real thing, they released a series of albums under the Real Folk Blues banner. This is one of the best entries in the series..."
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Muddy Waters
Hard Again

  (Item #: waterharda_1906_9) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An amazing Triple Triple (A+++) copy of this great album; one of the best to ever hit the site!
  • Both of these Shootout Winning sides are big, lively and jumpin' out of the speakers -- just right for this down and dirty music
  • A Grammy Winner, an Allmusic Five Star album - simply a superb recording and one of our favorites for '70s blues
  • 5 stars: "Christgau attributed the record's intense quality to 'the natural enthusiasm of an inspired collaboration,' and remarked on its standing in Chicago blues, 'except maybe for B.B. King's Live at the Regal and Otis Spann's Walking the Blues... I can't recall a better blues album than this.'"
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John Lee Hooker
Never Get Out Of These Blues Alive

  (Item #: hookenever_1909_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb copy of Hooker's 1972 release, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Huge, Tubey Magical and lively, with solid weight down low and lots of space around all the instruments
  • It's one of the best sounding John Lee Hooker albums we've heard - exceptionally well recorded at Wally Heiders' right here in L.A.
  • Features a host of "the greats" lending a hand, including Van Morrison, Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite, and Steve Miller
  • "...this album continues his work with mostly younger musicians and predates similar projects The Healer and Mr. Lucky by about 20 years."
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Stevie Wonder
Songs In The Key Of Life

  (Item #: wondesongs_1909) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A stunning copy of Stevie Wonder's epic double album with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to last
  • This is an amazing sounding copy, as good as anything we've ever played!
  • From top to bottom, on all four sides, the sound is rich, warm and natural with wonderful transparency, ambience and loads of Tubey Magic
  • 5 stars: "...Stevie Wonder's longest, most ambitious collection of songs... that — just as the title promised — touched on nearly every issue under the sun, and did it all with ambitious (even for him), wide-ranging arrangements and some of the best performances of Wonder's career. "
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Various Artists
The Blues... A Real Summit Meeting

  (Item #: varioblues_1906_9) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Outstanding Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on sides three and four and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the other sides of this wonderful double album from 1973
  • This copy is surprisingly spacious, full-bodied and natural, with a nicely extended top end, plenty of space around the instruments and vocals, and few of the problems that plagued most of what we played
  • Features B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Big Mama Thornton, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup and more
  • Live at Newport in New York, this is an exceptionally well recorded concert starring the blues greats of the day
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The Robert Cray Band
Strong Persuader

  (Item #: craybstron_1906_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With STUNNING Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from first note to last, this is almost As Good As It Gets for Strong Persuader - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This is the album that propelled Cray into the mainstream, earning him a spot on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest albums of the 80's, 5 stars on AMG, and endless accolades from critics and fans alike
  • Clear and open, with good balance and prodigious bass, this copy has just the right the sound for this blues rock
  • 5 stars: "The set that made Cray a pop star, despite its enduring blues base... his innovative expansion of the genre itself that makes this album a genuine 1980s classic."
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Aretha Franklin
Lady Soul

  (Item #: frankladys_1906_9) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This superb copy of Aretha's 1968 release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • Both sides are rich, full-bodied and Tubey Magical with lots of natural ambience - Aretha's vocals sound excellent with lots of presence, breath and texture
  • You'd need either a lot of copies, a lot of luck, or both, to come up with a pressing that sounds this good and plays this quietly
  • 5 stars: "... 1968's Lady Soul proved Aretha Franklin, the pop sensation, was no fluke... an inspired blend of covers and originals from the best songwriters in soul and pop music... "/li>
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Lou Rawls
Bring It On Home

  (Item #: rawlsbring_1909) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb copy of this wonderful Lou Rawls album, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Huge, Tubey Magical and lively, with solid weight down low and lots of space around all the instruments - just the right sound for this music
  • There are a lot of bad sounding Lou Rawls records out there, but this hidden gem is not one of them - not only is the sound superb, but Lou's done his old pal Sam proud with wonderfully heartfelt versions of some of his best songs
  • It's incredibly difficult to find big, bold, lively sound like this for any Lou Rawls title, but here it is!
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War
Deliver The Word

  (Item #: war__deliv_1902_5_9) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Insanely good Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides of this Shootout Winning copy - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Thanks to the brilliant engineering of Chris Huston, the sound is War at its best: big, rich, smooth and clear, with the kind of low end whomp that few rock records from the era can claim
  • 4 Stars: "A smooth blend of the band's more progressive jazz-rock fusion, the LP shot to the top of the R&B charts, their second of four number one records in a row. It was a perfect tonic to the mediocre MOR music rampaging its way through the early part of the decade...A magical ride with plenty of surprises to keep the listener on his or her toes, this set is a perfect example of the band at their genre-fusing best."
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Diana Ross and the Supremes
Let The Sunshine In

  (Item #: supreletth_1902_6_9) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • A stunning copy of this exceptionally well recorded album - it earned Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to them on both sides
  • We would love to do more Supremes records, but we've had a devilishly hard time finding copies of their earlier albums that sound as big, rich and smooth as this one does
  • Unusually quiet vinyl throughout - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "The album is still solid listening 40-plus years later, with three hit singles present to help drive sales. Ross is in excellent form throughout, and the arrangements reach for the lush side of soul, which would become her trademark as a solo artist."
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B.B. King
Live & Well

  (Item #: king_livea_1909) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With two Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sides, and exceptionally quiet vinyl too, this original Bluesway pressing simply could not be beat
  • Surprisingly dynamic, with great energy, this copy brought BB King's music to life in our listening room like no other could
  • With the Tubes and the Big Bass that this music needs to work, this is Electric Blues Magic from The Master himself
  • "...a worthy recording on its own merits, divided evenly between live and studio material. King's always recorded well as a live act, and it's the concert tracks that shine brightest..."
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Michael Jackson
Bad

  (Item #: jacksbad_1905_9) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A STUNNING sounding copy of MJ's followup to Thriller, with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish, just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • One of the best copies from our most recent shootout - the sound is simply bigger, bolder and more ALIVE than most of what we played
  • 4 1/2 stars, with nine of its ten songs released as singles: "... essentially taking each portion of Thriller to an extreme, while increasing the quotient of immaculate studiocraft. He wound up with a sleeker, slicker Thriller, which isn't a bad thing..."
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Commodores
Natural High

  (Item #: commonatur_1905_9) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An excellent copy of the band's 1978 release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from top to bottom - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Spacious, full-bodied and Tubey Magical with a solid bottom end and driving rhythmic energy, this is the right sound for this music
  • "... even if 'Three Times a Lady' isn't your cup of tea, Natural High still has a lot to offer R&B fans. 'X-Rated Movie,' 'Such a Woman,' and 'I Like What You Do' are exhilarating examples of hardcore funk, and those who appreciate artists like Heatwave and the Brothers Johnson will find a lot to admire about 'Fire Girl' and 'Flying High' (both of which are sleek examples of the sophisticated funk style)." - All Music
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The Jacksons
Triumph

  (Item #: jackstrium_1903_5_9) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • KILLER sound throughout -- Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second
  • If you've heard one of our amazing Hot Stamper pressings of Off the Wall - the best sounding record Michael Jackson ever made - then you know exactly the Tubey Magical sound of the best copies of Triumph
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout for the most part - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • Released during the summer of 1980, just as the hits from Michael's Off the Wall were sliding off the charts, Triumph became the Jacksons' first Top Ten pop album since 1972's Lookin' Through the Windows..."
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Four Tops
Still Waters Run Deep

  (Item #: fourtstillw_1903_9) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • The band's 1970 release finally arrives on the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • This copy is hard to fault - big, open, clear, with space and three-dimensionality that modern pressings can only dream of
  • It's not easy to find Motown records with natural tonal balance and freedom from distortion, but here's one that has both those qualities, and more
  • These guys helped establish that quintescential Motown sound that brought "Still Water (Love)" and "It's All In The Game" instant success
  • "Everything from the vocals to the music to the brilliant production and songwriting came together here to form a near-masterpiece of soul-stirring entertainment."
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Stevie Wonder
Innervisions

  (Item #: wondeinner_1903_9) 

Our Price: $199.99
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  • With two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, this is an all around killer pressing - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • One of the funkiest audiophile-quality discs money can buy, but you need a copy that sounds as good as this one to make that case
  • The key qualities are richness, warmth, Tubey Magic, and clarity, and here you will find a healthy dose of all four
  • "Stevie Wonder applied his tremendous songwriting talents to the unsettled social morass that was the early '70s and produced one of his greatest, most important works, a rich panoply of songs addressing drugs, spirituality, political ethics, and what looked to be the failure of the '60s dream -- all set within a collection of charts as funky and catchy as any he'd written before."
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Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye
Diana & Marvin

  (Item #: rossgdiana_1903_9) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An excellent copy which earned Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides - there's plenty of Old School Tubey Magic from 1973 to be found on this vintage stereo pressing
  • Rich, sweet, open, and smooth, this is awfully good sound for an early '70s Motown recording
  • The mix of these two legendary voices - Ross' dulcet tone and Gaye's signature soulfulness - is nothing short of sensational
  • 4 stars: "What they shared, apart from a mutual admiration, was that they were two of the biggest artists on Motown and that their voices sounded terrific together. Although the album didn't produce any timeless classics, the results were still very good … even the weaker tunes are redeemed by the duo's indelible chemistry..."
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Muddy Waters
Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live

  (Item #: watermuddy_1902_9) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This recording is amazingly "real" sounding - you are there with this copy; it's shocking how well recorded Muddy's later albums are. Who knew?
  • His third Grammy winning album in a row - the guy was on fire back then
  • "Accompanied by Johnny Winter and his band, Muddy Waters turns in an enthusiastic performance on Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live. The set list contains most of his biggest hits, and the sound quality and performances are mostly energetic..." - All Music
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Ray Charles
Modern Sounds In Country & Western...V. 2

  (Item #: charlmoder_2_1811_1_9) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this stereo copy of Charles' 1962 follow up to Modern Sounds In Country and Western Music
  • Features Ray's Big Band with the Raelettes on one side and the legendary Jack Halloran Singers on the other
  • Both sides are big, open, and lively - just the right sound for this acclaimed album full of songs you know well
  • 5 stars: "Vol. 2 defied the curse of the sequel and was just as much of an artistic triumph as its predecessor, if not as immediately startling."
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Bill Withers
Just As I Am

  (Item #: withejusta_1909) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this superb copy of Bill Withers' debut
  • The overall sound here is Tubey Magical, lively and clear, with three-dimensionality that will fill your listening room from wall to wall
  • Many of his best songs are on here, such as "Ain’t No Sunshine," "Grandma’s Hands" and "Harlem."
  • 4 1/2 stars: "In a career laden with highlights and hallmarks in the annals of soul history, Just as I Am gets rather overlooked as one of the best soul debuts ever issued..."
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Otis Redding
The Immortal Otis Redding

  (Item #: reddiimmor_1909) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A stunning copy of this superb posthumous release with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • The richness in Redding's vocals and the wonderfully Tubey Magical sound makes this copy especially impressive
  • This vintage Plum and Tan label LP plays fairly quietly for an original Atco pressing
  • "... among the last tunes Redding cut during what turned out to be a prophetic three-week stretch of sessions -- concluding just days prior to his untimely passing... any Otis Redding recordings should be considered welcome (if not mandatory) additions to all manner of listeners."
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The Jacksons
Triumph

  (Item #: jackstrium_1903_6_9) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • Superb sound throughout with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER
  • The overall sound here is clean, clear, lively and musical with lots of deep punchy bass
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • Released during the summer of 1980, just as the hits from Michael's Off the Wall were sliding off the charts, Triumph became the Jacksons' first Top Ten pop album since 1972's Lookin' Through the Windows..." - All Music
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Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee
Sonny and Brownie

  (Item #: terrysonny_1907_9) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • With superb Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them on both sides, so natural and relaxed - this is the right sound for this bluesy music - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This early pressing puts a Folk Blues jam from 1973 live in your living room, showcasing two of the true masters of the form
  • The immediacy, clarity and transparency are excellent, but the key element is Tubey Magical warmth, and these vintage pressings have plenty of it
  • 4 1/2 stars: "John Mayall and John Hammond, Jr. are among the "youngsters" on this powerful statement that includes a definitive version of Randy Newman's wickedly subtle anti-slavery tune Sail Away."
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Prince
For You

  (Item #: princforyo_1905_9) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Both sides here are super clean, clear and present with plenty of bottom end weight
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl with both sides playing Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "On his debut album, For You, Prince shows exceptional skill for arranging and performing mainstream urban R&B and funk..." - All Music
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Bill Withers
Menagerie

  (Item #: withemenag_1812_5_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of Menagerie with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Big, rich and smooth -- this is vintage analog after all ** this is just the right sound for this music
  • Includes Withers' signature hit, "Lovely Day" as well as "Lovely Night For Dancing"
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Where his Sussex material was slyly eclectic, touching on a number of different styles, this album is more cohesive, a smooth album that points the way toward quiet storm while retaining a warm soulfulness, largely due to Withers' wonderful voice."
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Lou Rawls
Bring It On Home

  (Item #: rawlsbring_1908) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This is a great sounding Lou Rawls album, and this copy is guaranteed to knock you out with its Shootout Winning Triple Plus sound
  • This early Stereo Capitol LP brought Sam Cooke's most famous songs to life, with the kind of vocal presence and tubey richness that no other copy could offer
  • There are a lot of bad sounding Lou Rawls records out there, but this hidden gem is not one of them - not only is the sound superb, but Lou's done his old pal Sam proud with wonderfully heartfelt versions of some of his best songs
  • It's incredibly difficult to find big, bold, lively sound like this for any Lou Rawls title, but here it is!
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Muddy Waters
The Best of Muddy Waters

  (Item #: waterbesto_1908_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This outstanding copy of The Best of Muddy Waters boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from top to bottom
  • Huge, Tubey Magical and lively, with solid weight down low and lots of space around all the instruments
  • Comprised of twelve killer tracks, all originally released as singles, including Rollin' Stone, Long Distance Call, Hoochie Coochie, and many more
  • 5 Stars: "The material this artist cut for Chess during this period is nothing short of a blues revelation. There has never been anything quite like it, before or after, and when one has heard Muddy Waters from this period, one has simply heard the best blues has to offer."
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Muddy Waters
I’m Ready

  (Item #: waterimrea_1904_1908) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • If you're looking for a Hot Stamper Blues album to add a little variety to your collection, you can't do much better this copy of I'm Ready
  • 'Waters and band provide these well-worn gems with a little new studio polish, but it is with the newer songs that the performers really shine... For new listeners trying to get a feel of what the blues is all about, I'm Ready and its bookends are the albums to start with. Once you experience a taste of Muddy Waters, you'll be ready for more."
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Sly and the Family Stone
Greatest Hits

  (Item #: slyangreat_1902_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding pressing of this nearly perfect Sly record with two sides that both earned Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER for their sound
  • Real resolution to the sound, not the opacity and blur you would expect from a greatest hits compilation
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - they didn't press them any quieter
  • "This summarizes their first four albums perfectly, adding the singles "Hot Fun in the Summertime," "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)," and "Everybody Is a Star," possibly the loveliest thing they ever recorded... Greatest hits don't come better than this -- in fact, music rarely does."
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Albert King
Years Gone By

  (Item #: king_years_1908) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A STUNNING original Stax pressing with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from top to bottom
  • This copy is hard to fault - big, open, clear, with space and three-dimensionality that modern pressings fail miserably to reproduce
  • 4 1/2 stars: "With Booker T. drummer Al Jackson producing, the set includes such staples as "You Threw Your Love on Me Too Strong," "Wrapped up in Love Again," and a powerful version of Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor." For fans of King's guitar work, the inclusion of the instrumental workouts on "You Don't Love Me" and "Drowning on Dry Land" are a special bonus..."
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Earth, Wind & Fire
Gratitude

  (Item #: earthgrati_1908_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on all four sides; exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • These sides are clean, clear and present yet still fairly rich and Tubey Magical with a lovely bottom end
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Gratitude brilliantly captures the excitement EWF generated on-stage at its creative peak... Neither hardcore EWF devotees nor more casual listeners should deprive themselves of the joys of the live versions of "Shining Star" and "Yearnin' Learnin'." - All Music, 4 1/2 Stars
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John Lee Hooker
Free Beer And Chicken

  (Item #: hookefreeb_1908_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • KILLER sound from start to finish with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it
  • Hooker's albums are surprisingly good sounding - they have the open, immediate, dynamic qualities of a live-in-the-studio session - my understanding is that most of them are recorded precisely that way
  • These sides are doing it right - they're big, rich and Tubey Magical, with wonderfully present vocals and huge amounts of energy
  • Free Beer And Chicken is one of the better sounding John Lee Hooker records we’ve ever played lately - an interesting lineup of guests too, including the one and only Mr. Joe Cocker!
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Booker T & The M.G.'s
Melting Pot

  (Item #: bookemelti_1903_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout- exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides here are super rich and Tubey Magical with a huge bottom end and tons of energy
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Melting Pot could be the most well-realized of all the albums by Booker T. & the M.G.'s, a smooth and soulful, yet expansive 35 minutes of all originals..." - All Music
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Dr. John
Desitively Bannaroo

  (Item #: drjohdesit_1812_1908) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding early Atco pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Richness and plenty of tight bass are key to bringing the rhythmically challenging music of New Orleans to life, and here there is plenty of both
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl they're making - for Tubey Magic and energy, this is the only way to go
  • "As in In the Right Place, Mac has taken advantage of the specialized production talents of Allen Toussaint (at Toussaint's own Sea-Saint Studios in New Orleans), and has again used the fabled New Orleans band The Meters as his studio group. Each of the 12 cuts on the LP has been well-conceived, clearly thought-out, and reveals a new level of musical depth for the doctor."
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Muddy Waters
The London Muddy Waters Sessions

  (Item #: waterlondo_1908) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Outstanding Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout making this the best copy to ever hit the site!
  • The London Muddy Waters Sessions won the 1972 Grammy Award for Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording!
  • A great lineup: Rory Gallagher, Steve Winwood and Mitch Mitchell all feature here
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John Lee Hooker
Never Get Out Of These Blues Alive

  (Item #: hookenever_1908) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With KILLER Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides, this copy will show you just how insanely big and rich this record can be - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • It's one of the best sounding John Lee Hooker albums we've heard - exceptionally well recorded at Wally Heiders' right here in L.A..
  • Features a host of "the greats" lending a hand, including Van Morrison, Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite, and Steve Miller
  • "...this album continues his work with mostly younger musicians and predates similar projects The Healer and Mr. Lucky by about 20 years."
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B.B. King
Lucille

  (Item #: king_lucil_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Lucille (the album, not the guitar) finally comes to the site with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or very close to it throughout
  • An exceptionally hard album to find with good sound, but here it is - clean, clear and spacious with a solid bottom end - qualities that bring out the best in B.B.'s Blues
  • It has taken us years to find clean copies with the right stampers for Lucille, but finally our efforts have paid off with this Hot Stamper copy
  • "Lucille is an album alive and pulsing with a beautifully thick blues soul that is showcased everywhere, from Mr. King’s roaring vocals to the blazing brass in the background."
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Anita Baker
Rapture

  (Item #: bakerraptu_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This quiet-storm classic earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides and plays on exceptionally quiet vinyl to boot
  • Rapture is one of the best sounding recordings from the era - with all due respect to Whitney Houston, if I could have only one album of '80s soulful female vocals, it would have to be this one
  • Key to the sound is richness and Tubey Magic, along with strong midrange presence, and on this Super Hot Stamper you get all three
  • 5 stars: "Rapture gave Baker one moving hit after another, including 'Sweet Love,' 'Caught up in the Rapture,' 'Same Ole Love,' and 'No One in This World.'"
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Marvin Gaye
What's Going On

  (Item #: gaye_whats_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A wonderful copy of an album that almost never hits the site; Hot Stamper sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides are super rich, full and Tubey Magical with plenty of energy and big bottom end — Gaye's vocals sound wonderful here
  • 5 stars: "What's Going On is not only Marvin Gaye's masterpiece, it's the most important and passionate record to come out of soul music... arguably the best soul album of all time."
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Lou Rawls
Natural Man

  (Item #: rawlsnatur_1905_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding copy of Lous Rawls' 1971 release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The immediacy of the vocals is striking, putting a living, breathing Lou Rawls right between your speakers
  • 4 stars: "Relying on his deep, rich voice, he sings with confidence everything from the bluesy 'I'm a King Bee' and the Beatles cover 'Got to Get You into My Life' to Duke Ellington's jazz ballad 'Sophisticated Lady'... a representative collection covering the eclectic range of styles in which Rawls has always performed."
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Flack / Hathaway
Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway

  (Item #: flackrober_1711_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An excellent copy, with strong Double Plus (A++) grades throughout, on vinyl that's exceptionally QUIET for this notoriously noisy album
  • There's Tubey Magic, sweetness and spaciousness all over this recording - when it all comes together on Where Is The Love, you won't believe how good it sounds
  • One of our favorite duet albums, Flack and the woefully underrated Soul Man Donny Hathaway are in top form here
  • Allmusic raves: "A duet classic, and perhaps the most popular album Roberta Flack made. 'Where Is the Love' dominated urban contemporary radio for almost the entire year, while 'You've Got a Friend' was just as influential..."
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Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie

  (Item #: richilione_1907_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from the first note to the last, just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • 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
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The key to its success -- is that Richie doesn't even make a pretense of funk here... The ballads, of course, provided two big hits with "My Love" and "Truly," two numbers that illustrate that he was moving ever-closer to mainstream pop, since these are unapologetic AOR slow-dance tunes. [It's] a dynamic mainstream pop-soul record, one of the best the early '80s had to offer."
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The Robert Cray Band
Strong Persuader

  (Item #: craybstron_1907) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With STUNNING Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to last, this is As Good As It Gets for Strong Persuader
  • This is the album that propelled Cray into the mainstream, earning him a spot on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest albums of the 80's, 5 stars on AMG, and endless accolades from critics and fans alike
  • Clear and open, with good balance and prodigious bass, this copy has just the right the sound for this blues rock
  • 5 stars: "The set that made Cray a pop star, despite its enduring blues base... his innovative expansion of the genre itself that makes this album a genuine 1980s classic."
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Aretha Franklin
Soul '69

  (Item #: franksoul6_1805_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound with pretty darn quiet vinyl bring Aretha's underrated Soul Album from '69 to life on this early Atlantic pressing
  • 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 record, a vintage pressing like this one is the only way to go
  • Tough to find quiet - Aretha made a lot of amazingly good records in the '60s and they got played good and hard
  • "One of her most overlooked '60s albums, on which she presented some of her jazziest material. Her vocals are consistently passionate and first-rate, as is the musicianship; players include the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, and respected jazzmen Kenny Burrell, Ron Carter, et al."
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Prince
For You

  (Item #: princforyo_1905_1907) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish and the first to ever hit the site!
  • Both sides here are out of this world -- incredibly full-bodied, musical and Tubey Magical with a massive bottom end
  • "On his debut album, For You, Prince shows exceptional skill for arranging and performing mainstream urban R&B and funk..." - All Music
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Earth, Wind & Fire
The Best of EWF, Vol. 1

  (Item #: earthbesto_1907) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER; exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • The sound here is big, full-bodied, clear and lively with a deep punchy bottom end and lots of space
  • With a big speaker system turned up good and loud the first track is simply mind-boggling - it's some of the best sound we have heard around here in weeks!
  • 5 stars: "The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 still ranks as a strong encapsulation of EWF the funk innovators. The singles gathered here constitute some of the richest, most sophisticated music the funk movement ever produced..."
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Lionel Richie
Can't Slow Down

  (Item #: richicants_1905_1_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of Richie's second solo studio album, with solid Double Plus (A++) very ANALOG sound from start to finish - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Rich, smooth and natural, the sound here is guaranteed to please - recall that the 12" of All Night Long was on the TAS List back in the day (and yes, I used to sell it!)
  • 4 1/2 stars: "In 1999, Q magazine included Can't Slow Down on its list of the best Motown records of all time and stated, "Production values are high, his songwriting craft is at its peak and at least one track - the global smash 'All Night Long' - is an anthem to good times that makes the heart sing and feet twitch.""
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Ray Charles
Have a Smile With Me

  (Item #: charlhavea_1906_1) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better copies we heard in our recent shootout
  • Both sides here are clean, clear, lively and present with a solid bottom end; an especially impressive copy!
  • It's not easy to find a Ray Charles record from the Sixties that plays this quietly: Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • AMG writes, "...He elevates the material with soulful vocals and good arrangements, particularly when the Raeletts back him up (as they do on half the tracks)."
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The Butterfield Blues Band
In My Own Dream

  (Item #: butteinmyo_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of the band's 1968 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides
  • Like most of the group's albums on these early pressings, the sound is full-bodied and smooth, with prodigious amounts of bottom end
  • Notable as the last Butterfield record with original members Mark Naftalin and Elvin Bishop who both moved on to solo ventures after its release
  • "More to the point, this album represented a new version of the band being born... there was a widely shared spotlight for the players, and more of a jazz influence on this record than had ever been heard before from the group...The playing is impressive..."
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B.B. King
Blues On Top Of Blues

  (Item #: king_blues_on_top_1906) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from first note to last on this 1968 pressing, BB King's fourteenth studio album
  • This is the album he made right before Lucille, so the man was definitely on a roll and doing some great work in the late '60s
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Featuring brassy arrangements by Johnny Pate, it presents King's sound at its fullest without sacrificing any of his grit or sophisticated swing ... the material is very strong throughout."
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Stevie Wonder
Fulfillingness’ First Finale

  (Item #: wondefulfi_1807_1906) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This pressing of the classic 1974 album from Stevie Wonder boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Finding the right balance between Tubey Magical Richness and Transparency is the trick, and we think this copy strikes that balance well
  • Boogie On Reggae Woman and You Haven't Done Nothing were the big hits but the other tracks on the album are where the real Stevie Wonder MAGIC can be found
  • 4 1/2 stars [but we give it 5]: "The songs and arrangements are the warmest since Talking Book, and Stevie positively caresses his vocals on this set, encompassing the vagaries of love, from dreaming of it ("Creepin'") to being bashful of it ("Too Shy to Say") to knowing when it's over ("It Ain't No Use")."
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Lightnin' Hopkins
Volume II

  (Item #: hopkivol2_1902_1905-) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better copies we played in our recent shootout
  • Both sides are clean, clear and full-bodied with a solid bottom end and tons of energy
  • An amazing sounding record featuring Lightnin' backed by drums and horns; this one is a lot of fun
  • For some strange reason unknown to us, the musician depicted on the front cover here isn't Lightnin' Hopkins, but T-Bone Walker!
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Aretha Franklin
Hey Now Hey: The Other Side of the Sky

  (Item #: frankheyno_1902_1905) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This outstanding pressing of Aretha's '73 release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Bigger, richer and clearer than much of what we played - intimate, breathy vocals are key to the better copies such as this one
  • An album of deep introspective soul produced by none other than Quincy Jones!
  • "... notable are a poignant cover of Bernstein's 'Somewhere,' and a sparkling 'Moody's Mood,' and the beautiful Carolyn Franklin composition 'Angel.'"
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B.B. King
Friends

  (Item #: king_frien_1905) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • A superb sounding copy of Friends with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • One of the better sounding B.B. King records we've heard - it's a treat to hear B.B. singing, playing guitar and backed by a horn section without the mediocre sonics that take all the fun out of listening to most copies
  • "... a gritty, soulful real stage performance where BB earns his living and forged his unique style... His voice was at its peak and this [recording] has captured his essence. It's that good."
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Average White Band
Average White Band

  (Item #: averaavera_1802_1905-) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • You'll find very good Hot Stamper sound from beginning to end on this AWB album, clearly their masterpiece
  • There's not a weak track on the album - if you've forgotten how good this music, here is your chance to get reaquainted
  • "AWB embraced soul and funk with so much conviction that it was clear this was anything but an "average" white band." - Allmusic 4 1/2 Stars
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Taj Mahal
Oooh So Good 'N Blues

  (Item #: mahalooohs_1803_1904-) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this 1973 album of primarily acoustic Folky Blues
  • If you like the music of Ry Cooder this album should be right up your alley - it's as well recorded as Ry's stuff, and that's saying something
  • As quiet as we can find them - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Ooh So Good 'N' Blues takes a more straight-ahead approach that keeps the experimentation down to a minimum. As a result, this is one of his most consistently enjoyable and even albums."
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B.B. King
Live & Well

  (Item #: king_livea_1904_1) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This original Bluesway pressing from 1969 boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Surprisingly dynamic, with great energy, this copy brought BB King's music to life right in our listening room
  • Phenominal sound, with the Tubes and Big Bass this music needs to work its Electric Blues Magic from The Master himself
  • "...a worthy recording on its own merits, divided evenly between live and studio material. King's always recorded well as a live act, and it's the concert tracks that shine brightest..."
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John Lee Hooker
House of the Blues

  (Item #: hookehouse_1812_1904) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This superb pressing boasts excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • With shockingly natural, realistic sound, this was one of the better copies from our most recent shootout
  • A masterful collection of songs recorded between 1951 and 1954, this album showcases the "King of the Boogie" in top form
  • 4 stars: "Some important titles here: an ominous 'Leave My Wife Alone,' and the stark 'Sugar Mama' and 'Ramblin' by Myself,' and with Eddie Kirkland on second guitar, 'Louise' and 'High Priced Woman.'"
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