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Elvis Presley
Fun In Acapulco

  (Item #: preslfunin_1808_1911) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This original black label RCA LP boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to last
  • Dramatically better than every other pressing we played - super lively, full-bodied and clear with real extension up top and down low
  • A wonderful soundtrack album for Presley's tropical travelogue film by the same name, this unique collection spotlight's Elvis' versatility, as well as his whimsical side
  • Includes bonus tracks "Love Me Tonight" and "Slowly But Surely"
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Super Hot Stamper

Paul Revere and the Raiders
The Spirit of '67

  (Item #: reverspiri_1911) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • A superb sounding Columbia 360 Label pressing with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish and reasonably quiet vinyl
  • Both sides here are full-bodied and Tubey Magical, the right sound for America's answer in 1966 to those pesky Brits and all their chart-topping songs
  • 4 stars: "The Spirit of '67, Paul Revere and the Raiders' third gold-selling, Top Ten album to be released in 1966, marked the triumph of the group's in-house writing team of lead singer Mark Lindsay, Paul Revere, and producer Terry Melcher... Paul Revere and the Raiders were riding high."
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Hot Stamper

U2
October

  (Item #: u2___octob_1911) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • These conservatively graded Hot Stamper sides are full and musical with the energy that's no doubt missing from whatever Heavy Vinyl reissue is available these days - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • "... when U2 do marry the message, melody, and sound together, as on "Gloria," "I Threw a Brick Through a Window," and "I Fall Down," the results are thoroughly impressive."
  • Dave McCullough of Sounds praised the album and said: "A kind of zenith pop then, no half measures. It all breathes fire, recovering too from the pair of standouts appearing at the start of each side - 'Gloria' being possibly Their Finest Moment and 'Tomorrow', low and muted, gently oozing emotion". McCullough concluded, "This October will last forever".
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Super Hot Stamper

Linda Ronstadt
For Sentimental Reasons

  (Item #: ronstforse_1911) 

Our Price: $79.99

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

Stephen Stills
Stephen Stills

  (Item #: stillsteph_1911) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of Stephen Stills' Must Own Masterpiece (and only good solo album) with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER - mostly quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is huge, lively, rich and tubey, with unusually high resolution for the big choruses on side one (the toughest test!)
  • Love the One You're With and Sit Yourself Down are to die for, but there's really not a bad track on the album
  • A triumph of engineering for Bill Halverson and Andy Johns - this and Deja Vu are both landmarks of Big Production Rock
  • 4 1/2 stars: "It's still a jaw-dropping experience, the musical equal to Crosby, Stills & Nash or Déjà Vu, and only a shade less important than either of them."
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Super Hot Stamper

Rush
Signals

  (Item #: rush_signa_1911) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides, this copy is guaranteed to beat the pants off of any pressing you have ever heard
  • The drums and cymbals sound right, which, as any fan knows, is absolutely essential on an album by this groundbreaking power trio
  • Here is the sound their music demands: rich and full-bodied with serious punch to the bottom end; an open, extended top; size, space, clarity and transparency; and ENERGY
  • 4 stars: "Rush didn't forget how to rock out -- "The Analog Kid" and "Digital Man" were some of their most up-tempo compositions in years."
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Super Hot Stamper

Peter Gabriel
Security

  (Item #: gabrisecur_1911) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A wonderful pressing of Gabriel's 1982 release, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • Incredibly rich, Tubey Magical, spacious and lively, with an open, extended top end - this is the sound you want from Peter Gabriel
  • One of the most important records in the Peter Gabriel canon, original and influential on so many levels
  • "Security remains a powerful listen, one of the better records in Gabriel's catalog, proving that he is becoming a master of tone, style, and substance..."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Electric Light Orch.
A New World Record

  (Item #: electnewwo_1812_4_11) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • ELO's Masterpiece returns to the site - this UK pressing boasts superb Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • For ELO-loving audiophiles it just doesn't get any better than A New World Record, sonically or musically
  • A Must Own Arty Pop Rock Classic, with brilliant songwriting, production and sound - no other album of theirs comes close
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Opening with the opulently orchestrated "Tightrope," which heralds the perfect production found throughout this album, A New World Record contains seven of the best songs ever to come out of the group."
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Super Hot Stamper

Bryan Ferry
Another Time, Another Place

  (Item #: ferryanoth_1803_11) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish, this was one of the better copies from our recent shootout
  • These British Island originals are the only way to go - this one is guaranteed to trounce any copy you have ever heard
  • Tubey Magical, rich, smooth, sweet - everything that we listen for in a great record is on display for everyone to hear (everyone with audiophile equipment that is)
  • "Ferry and company, plus various brass and string sections, turn on the showiness enough to make it all fun."
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Super Hot Stamper

Joni Mitchell
Court and Spark (Quiet Vinyl)

  (Item #: mitchcourt_1903_8_11) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding early pressing with seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • It's rich, warm and natural with wonderful transparency, loads of ambience and - this is key - Tubey Magic
  • One of our very favorite Joni albums here at Better Records, and probably The Best Sounding Record She Ever Made
  • 5 stars: "A remarkably deft fusion of folk, pop, and jazz ... the music is smart, smooth, and assured from the first note to the last."
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Super Hot Stamper

Harry Nilsson
Pussy Cats

  (Item #: nilsspussy_1903_7_11) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides here are rich, full-bodied and Tubey Magical with lots of energy
  • Produced by John Lennon, Nilsson's partner in crime, it's a really fun album, with an appealingly ragged and spontaneous vibe
  • "It may not be as wild as the lost weekend itself, but it couldn't have been recorded at any other time and remains a fascinating aural snapshot of the early days of 1974." - All Music
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Double Fantasy

  (Item #: lennodoubl_1907_11_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This superb pressing of John and Yoko's fifth and final album, boasts Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish
  • You're gonna love the sound here - full-bodied and punchy with a solid low end and excellent vocal presence
  • 4 stars: "John returned in the last days of 1980 with Yoko Ono at his side and a deeper understanding of life and all its complexities... The music of Double Fantasy is a testament to a man who'd conquered his demons and had the love of a good woman to carry him through, and some of it is beyond words and cannot be explained."
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Super Hot Stamper

Dr. John
In The Right Place

  (Item #: drjohinthe_1911) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • An outstanding pressing of Dr. John's 1973 release which earned solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides
  • Surprisingly good sound - who knew how well recorded this album was? (Certainly not the audiophile press.)
  • We don't know of any other Dr. John album with sound remotely as good, and the modern albums of his we've played were just awful
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Dr. John finally struck paydirt here and was certainly In the Right Place. With the hit single 'Right Place Wrong Time' bounding up the charts, this fine collection saw many unaware listeners being initiated into New Orleans-style rock."
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Super Hot Stamper

Yello
One Second

  (Item #: yelloonese_1903_7_11) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this UK copy of the band's 1987 release - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This British pressing boasts a wonderful combination of material, performance, and sonics from these German Studio Wizards
  • A true Demo Disc for everything-but-the-kitchen-sink sound
  • "...pounding drums, emotional vocals, downright evil backgrounds and completely zany, crazy and fun experiments in music production."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Ambrosia
Ambrosia

  (Item #: ambroambro_1911) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • Spectacular Prog Rock sound explodes on this copy of the band's phenomenally well-recorded debut album, mixed by none other than Alan Parsons
  • With seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them, this copy has the sound we look for on Ambrosia's Masterpiece
  • A Better Records All-Time Favorite & Top 100 Demo Disc: "Its songs skillfully blend strong melodic hooks and smooth vocal harmonies with music of an almost symphonic density."
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Super Hot Stamper (With an Issue)

Steely Dan
Aja

  (Item #: steelaja_1911) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • An outstanding copy of Steely Dan's 1977 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • Punchy, full and smooth, with the kind of rhythmic energy that brings out the jazzy funk in the music
  • A Better Records Rock and Pop Top 100 album and a true Demo Disc on an exceptional pressing like this
  • 4 1/2 stars: "With Aja, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen's obsession with sonic detail and fascination with composition reached new heights. A coolly textured and immaculately produced collection of sophisticated jazz-rock, Aja has none of the overt cynicism or self-consciously challenging music that distinguished previous Steely Dan records ... a shining example of jazz-rock at its finest. "


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Super Hot Stamper

James Taylor
Greatest Hits

  (Item #: taylogreat_1911) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • JT's superb Greatest Hits collection finally returns to the site with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Outstanding size and weight with rich, clear sound and good space up top, thanks to Lee Herschberg's engineering skills
  • Three tracks are unique to this pressing and make it a Must Own for JT fans
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... examples of Taylor's undeniable warmth and facility for folk/country-tinged pop... a good sampler of Taylor's more popular early work."
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Super Hot Stamper

Gerry Rafferty
City To City

  (Item #: raffecityt_1911) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides of this early British pressing of Rafferty's Must-Own Classic - exceptionally vinyl too
  • City to City is truly an Undiscovered Gem - no right-thinking audiophile can fail to be impressed by the songwriting and production of Rafferty's Masterpiece of British Folk Pop
  • You won't believe how rich, Tubey Magical, big, undistorted and present this copy is (until you play it anyway)
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Rafferty's turns of phrase and tight composition skills create a fresh sound and perspective all his own... resulting in a classic platter buoyed by many moments of sheer genius."
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Super Hot Stamper

Emmylou Harris
Elite Hotel

  (Item #: harrielite_1911) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding Pressing of Elite Hotel, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • These sides are doing most everything right -- cleaner, clearer, better bass, more energy and presence, and the list goes on
  • 4 1/2 stars: "While Emmylou Harris spent much of her career carrying on the legacy of Gram Parsons, Elite Hotel ranks among her most overt tributes to his genius, thanks to its covers of the Flying Burrito Brothers' 'Sin City' and 'Wheels,' along with 'Ooh Las Vegas' from the Grievous Angel album."
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Super Hot Stamper

Tammy Wynette
We Sure Can Love Each Other

  (Item #: wynetwesur_1911) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding copy offers solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last
  • This superb pressing is full-bodied and lively, with solid, present vocals, and plenty of vintage Tubey Magic
  • We've played plenty of Tammy's albums over the years, but this is one of the most impressive, sonically and musically
  • "In many ways, Tammy Wynette deserves the title of "the First Lady of Country Music." During the late '60s and early '70s, she dominated the country charts, scoring 17 number one hits. Along with Loretta Lynn, she defined the role of female country vocalists in the '70s." - AMG Biography
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Super Hot Stamper

Bad Company
Straight Shooter

  (Item #: badcostrai_1911_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of Straight Shooter, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • If you're playing this one good and loud you'll feel like you're in the room with the boys as they kick out these classic riff-driven jams
  • Take it from us, it is not easy to find a copy that's as right as this one, with the weight, balance and energy this music needs to rock
  • 4 stars: "Vocalist and songwriter Paul Rodgers wrote two acoustic-based rock ballads that would live on forever in the annals of great rock history: 'Shooting Star' and the Grammy-winning 'Feel Like Makin' Love.'"
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Super Hot Stamper

Talking Heads
Talking Heads: 77

  (Item #: talkitalki_1905_10_) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of Talking Heads' New Wave Classic Debut with solid Double Plus (A++) sound - mostly quiet vinyl too
  • Big, full and lively, as well as correct tonality from top to bottom, this is the right sound for this groundbreaking music
  • This album and specifically this Hot Stamper has the energy and power of live rock and roll, no doubt about it
  • 5 stars: "The music was undeniably catchy, even at its most ominous, especially on 'Psycho Killer,' Byrne's supreme statement of demented purpose. [T]hey had succeeded as artists, using existing elements in an unusual combination to create something new that still managed to be oddly familiar. And that made Talking Heads: 77 a landmark album."
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Super Hot Stamper (2-pak)

Talking Heads
Fear of Music

  (Item #: talkifearo_1904_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding Talking Heads 2-pack boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • I'd be hard-pressed to name another group from the era who put out more groundbreaking yet accessible records than the Talking Heads
  • Producer Brian Eno wasn't shy about adding multiple layers of effects and processing; the texture of Eno's synthesizers gives the music depth and character
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...the music is becoming denser and more driving... with lyrics that match the music's power... its better songs are as good as any Talking Heads ever did"
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Super Hot Stamper

Steely Dan
Can't Buy A Thrill

  (Item #: steelcantb_1910_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Both sides of this Steely Dan classic earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for their big, bold, Tubey Magical sound
  • After doing so many shootouts over the years, and hearing the guitars and vocals jumping out of our speakers right into our listening room, we now find the recording a lot more to our liking than we used to
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Walter Becker and Donald Fagen were remarkable craftsmen from the start, as Steely Dan's debut illustrates. Each song is tightly constructed, with interlocking chords and gracefully interwoven melodies, buoyed by clever, cryptic lyrics."
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks
Where’s The Money?

  (Item #: hickswhere_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A truly outstanding early pressing with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from first note to last, just shy of our Shootout Winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is rich, real and musical in ways that we we almost never hear a Dan Hicks record sound
  • The female singers' voices are so clear, breathy and sweet on this copy, we were a bit taken aback - that just never happens
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...the album does in fact capture a certain intimacy missing from their studio debut... Songs that would remain staples of the Hot Licks repertoire for years to come are found in their most well-known versions here..."
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Super Hot Stamper (quiet)

Leon Russell
Leon Russell & the Shelter People

  (Item #: russeleonrussel_and_1910_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides of this UK pressing - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Engineered by Andy and Glyn Johns, this is Leon's best sounding album, especially on a copy that sounds as good as this one does
  • No other Leon Russell album has the richness, the sweetness, and the Tubey Magic of this, his second release from 1971
  • "Russell practically invented what might as well be called Okie rock -- with that shit-kicker Gospel sound, heavy on Baptist-revival piano and chorus [a template Elton John found more than a little useful for his first ten albums or so] - and it gets as good on this album as you'll ever hear."
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Super Hot Stamper

Aerosmith
Aerosmith

  (Item #: aerosaeros_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb copy of Aerosmith's debut with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • With plenty of energy, killer rock bass, and clear, present vocals, this pressing has all the key qualities we look for in an Aerosmith record
  • Dream On sounds superb on this one - worth the price of admission alone
  • "In retrospect, it's a bit shocking how fully formed the signature Aerosmith sound was on their self-titled 1973 debut... Aerosmith clearly showcases all the attributes of the band that would become the defining American hard rock band of the '70s... "
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Super Hot Stamper

Simply Red
Picture Book

  (Item #: simplpictu_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With a seriously good Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout, this UK pressing has a lot going for it
  • "Holding Back the Years" may be the best track the band ever recorded, and it probably sounds better here than you ever imagined it could
  • Big, full and lively, with a solid bottom end and excellent clarity - this is the sound you want for Picture Book
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The band finds a steady R&B groove reminiscent of '60s Stax house band the MG's, and, as with the MG's, it's all in the service of a big-voiced soul singer, in this case a British redhead."
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Super Hot Stamper

Neil Young
Neil Young

  (Item #: youngneily_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This vintage pressing of Neil Young's solo debut has superb Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • Surely one of Neil's toughest to find with top quality sonics, but here it is, sounding rich, warm and clear
  • "...a flowing tributary from the over-all Springfield river of twangs, breathless vocals and slim yet stout instrumentation. Especially vivid is Young's sense of melancholy and the ingenious clusters of images he employs in his lyrics (printed in full)."
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Super Hot Stamper

INXS
Listen Like Thieves

  (Item #: inxs_liste_1910) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • Superb sound throughout with each side earning a sonic grade of Double Plus (A++) and playing on fairly quiet vinyl
  • The Big Rock sound is courtesy of Chris Thomas' production - if you know his work, you know this sound
  • AMG: "INXS completes its transition into an excellent rock & roll singles band with this album."
  • "...with Thomas they "forge an unlikely union between the sonic extremism of Led Zeppelin-style crunch rock and the step-lively beat of disco" such that the album "rocks with passion and seals the deal with a backbeat that'll blackmail your feet.""
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Super Hot Stamper

Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66
Ye-Me-Le

  (Item #: mendeyemel_1910) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • Seriously good Double Plus (A++) sound or very close to it on both sides of this fun Brasil '66 album
  • Rich and solid, this pressing has great energy and very natural, musical sound
  • Norwegian Wood, Wichita Lineman and Easy to Be Hard are among the great songs that have the potential to sound amazing
  • We're huge Sergio Mendes fans here and it's a thrill to hear copies like this bring his music to life
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Super Hot Stamper

The Byrds
Untitled

  (Item #: byrdsuntit_1910) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • An outstanding 2 LP pressing, earning Double Plus (A++) grades on the first three sides - quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is rich, full-bodied, and open with impressive transparency and presence
  • Untitled features a 16 minute Eight Miles High on the live disc that just kills - especially on a lively copy like this
  • 4 Stars: "Untitled was always the [later Byrds album] to own, even if you weren't a huge fan."
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Super Hot Stamper

Jeff Beck
Truth

  (Item #: beck_truth_1910) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from beginning to end for Beck's amazingly well recorded masterpiece
  • Here is the Big Rock Sound and the kind of Powerful Rock Energy that we go crazy for here at Better Records
  • Really fun music - it's a blast to hear Rod Stewart fronting such a heavy rock band
  • Easily and by a wide margin the best sounding record Jeff Beck ever made - thanks Ken!
  • 5 Stars "...almost as groundbreaking and influential a record as the first Beatles, Rolling Stones, or Who albums."
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Super Hot Stamper (With Issues)

Sinead O'Connor
I Do Not Want What I...

  (Item #: oconnidono_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb copy of Sinead O'Connor's best-selling sophomore release with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound - one small mark plays lightly
  • This early UK pressing is big and rich with superb clarity and three-dimensional space that most pressings barely hint at
  • You won't believe how good Nothing Compares 2 U sounds here - it's surely one of the best torch songs ever written, and her performance of it (as well as the arrangement) is perfection
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...the album plays like a tour de force in its demonstration of everything O'Connor can do... it's evidence that, when on top of her game, O'Connor was a singular talent."
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Super Hot Stamper

The Moody Blues
A Question of Balance

  (Item #: moodyquest_1910_1) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • A Hot Stamper UK pressing of A Question Of Balance with exceptionally quiet vinyl
  • Includes the big hit "Question," one of the all time greats by the band, which sounds fantastic here of course
  • "And the Tide Rushes In'' is one of the prettiest psychedelic songs ever written, a sweetly languid piece with some gorgeous shimmering instrumental effects. The surprisingly jagged opening track, 'Question,' became a popular concert number as well as a number two single. Graeme Edge's 'Don't You Feel Small' and Justin Hayward's 'It's Up to You' both had a great beat, but the real highlight here is John Lodge's 'Tortoise and the Hare,' a fast-paced number that the band used to rip through in concert with some searing guitar solos by Hayward."
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Super Hot Stamper

Prince
Purple Rain

  (Item #: princpurpl_1910) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • An outstanding copy of Prince's classic from 1984, offering solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This vintage pressing has the MIDRANGE MAGIC that’s surely missing from whatever 180g reissue has been made from the 35 year old tapes (or, to be clear, a modern digital master copied from those tapes)
  • Clean and clear and open are nice qualities to have, but rich and smooth are harder to come by on this record - and here they are!
  • 5 stars: "Purple Rain finds Prince consolidating his funk and R&B roots while moving boldly into pop, rock, and heavy metal with nine superbly crafted songs... a stunning statement of purpose that remains one of the most exciting rock & roll albums ever recorded."
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Rita Coolidge
It's Only Love

  (Item #: cooliitson_1907_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Superb sound throughout with both sides earning Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades, coming in just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • We've been going through a number of Rita's albums lately, and with It's Only Love we feel we've discovered the best sounding of them all, and as luck would have it, it also happens to contain her best music
  • Fans of Linda Ronstadt's '70s music are going to find a lot of Tubey Magical sound to like here - this is a simply wonderful example of the kind of album that makes record collecting fun
  • John Haeny, the principal engineer for Rita and hubby Kris Kristofferson during the '70s, in fact worked on some of Linda's albums, as well as those by Judy Collins, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Little Feat and many others
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Super Hot Stamper

The Notting Hillbillies
Missing...

  (Item #: nottimissi_1905_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • These sides get the sound of the plucked instruments with all the speed. body and harmonic information they need to sound their best
  • 4 stars: "... a low-key, joyous run-through of mostly traditional, blues-based songs with a handful of originals... Despite the high-profile presence of Knopfler, the Notting Hillbillies succeed in sounding like a band with Knopfler often taking a backseat to his bandmates... a delightful record that doesn't overstay its welcome."
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Super Hot Stamper

The Grateful Dead
From The Mars Hotel

  (Item #: gratefromt_1905_7_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Superb sound throughout with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades
  • This vintage pressing has the MIDRANGE MAGIC that’s surely missing from whatever 180g reissue has been made from the 50+ year old tapes (or, to be clear, a modern digital master copied from those tapes)
  • "From the Mars Hotel, while not a classic, represents one of their better studio albums... highly recommended for fans..." - All Music
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Super Hot Stamper

The Hollies
Hollies

  (Item #: holliholli_1810_7_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb pressing of The Hollies' 1974 release, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound of this early UK pressing is big, full-bodied and dynamic with Tubey Magic to die for - forget the dry, edgy sound of the domestic LPs, this is the real master tape, baby!
  • The Air That I Breathe is the monster track here, and on these killer British Polydor pressings it's out of this world thanks to the engineering prowess of none other than Alan Parsons
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AC/DC
Let There Be Rock

  (Item #: acdc_letth_1808_6_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy with seriously good Double Plus (A++) sound - this is clearly the right sound for this guitar-fueled heavy rock
  • One of the better copies from our most recent shootout, the sound is big, full, lively and spacious with hard-rockin' energy to spare
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... as lean and mean as the original lineup ever got... this is a high-voltage, brutal record, filled with "Bad Boy Boogie... It has a bit of a bluesier edge than other AC/DC records, but this is truly the sound of the band reaching its peak... it's sweaty, dirty, nasty rock, music that is played to the last call and beyond, and they've rarely done that kind of rock better than they did here."
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Leon Russell
Carney

  (Item #: russecarne_1910_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this pressing will show you just how good this album can sound - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Carney is classic analog from '72 - the best vintage copies are exceptionally rich, solid and smooth
  • Russell's highest charting album, making it all the way to Number Two if you can believe that, no doubt on the strength of the hit single, "Tight Rope."
  • "Leon Russell will continue to partake in "the lonely game" he plays because it is his lifeblood, not to mention that he has managed to play it with consummate skill and shrewdness. ...one comes away from the album secure in the knowledge that Leon is capable of exuding more wit, charm and candor than almost anyone else working in his medium." - Cameron Crowe
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The Doobie Bros.
Minute By Minute

  (Item #: doobiminut_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding copy of the band's 1978 release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - 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, a vintage pressing like this one is the way to go
  • Classic Doobie Brothers tracks such as Open Your Eyes, What A Fool Believes, and the title track all sound wonderful here
  • An Audiophile Quality Pop Music Production as close to perfect as one can ask for, thanks to Ted Templeman and Donn Landee
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Phil Collins
Hello, I Must Be Going!

  (Item #: collihello_1910_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb sounding copy of Collins' second studio album with solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This is the last of the albums Phil recorded in analog, and of course the sound is big and rich - you will not believe all the space and ambience on this copy
  • Includes Phil's killer version of the Supreme's classic, "You Can't Hurry Love"
  • 4 stars: "... the album is still a winning follow-up that shows Collins to be in full control of songwriting and production. It may be a shade less impressive than Face Value, but that was a hard act to follow.
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Bonnie Raitt
Nick Of Time

  (Item #: raittnicko_1910) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • An outstanding pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • The sound here has meaty, deep bass (such a big part of the rockers here, Thing Called Love being a prime example) and some of the sweetest, richest, most ANALOG sound we've heard from Don Was
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Producer Don Was used Raitt's classic early-'70s records as a blueprint, choosing to update the sound with a smooth, professional production and a batch of excellent contemporary songs. In this context, Raitt flourishes; she never rocks too hard, but there is grit to her singing and playing, even when the surfaces are clean and inviting."
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Boz Scaggs
Silk Degrees

  (Item #: scaggsilkd_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Superb sound for Boz's very well recorded Masterpiece of Soulful Pop, earning Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • Punchy, open and clear throughout with the big bass and energy so critical to this rhythmic music
  • This copy brings out of the mix the solid, weighty piano that's missing from the CBS Half-Speed and 90% of the reissues
  • 5 stars: "[Scaggs] hit the R&B charts in a big way with the addictive, sly Lowdown... and expressed his love of smooth soul music almost as well on the appealing What Can I Say."
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Long After Dark

  (Item #: pettylonga_1910) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on this copy of the band's fifth studio album - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Rich and full-bodied with tight bass, and brimming with Petty's unique brand of straight ahead rock and roll, best exemplified by the radio smash You Got Lucky
  • Rolling Stone raves "Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers play a finely crafted brand of meat-and-potatoes rock. They shudder to a stop for the occasional ballad or showy guitar figure, but the next surging chorus is never far away. They've been honing that sound for five albums now, and Petty has gradually hoisted himself into the company of such masterful travelers of Route 66 as Seger and Springsteen. ...overall, Long after Dark is Petty's most accomplished record."
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Foreigner
Foreigner

  (Item #: foreiforei_1905_10) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • An outstanding copy of Foreigner's self-titled debut album with solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout- exceptionally quiet too
  • Super big, lively, clear, open and resolving of musical information - this is the way you want your Foreigner album to sound
  • Includes the classics: "Feels Like The First Time," "Cold As Ice," and "Long, Long Way From Home," along with many others
  • 4 stars: "The album spawned some of the biggest FM hits of 1977... and the state-of-the-art rock production values of the day, which allowed the band to sound hard but polished. As pure rock craftsmanship goes, Foreigner was as good as it got in the late '70s."
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Warren Zevon
Excitable Boy

  (Item #: zevonexcit_1904_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This superb copy of Zevon's 1978 release boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is anchored by an exceptionally fat, rich, punchy low end, and this copy delivers on that promise big time
  • Much like The Pretender, this is a superb recording with the kind of Tubey Magical Analog Richness we go crazy for here
  • 4 stars: "Excitable Boy was an actual hit, scoring one major hit single, 'Werewolves of London,' and a trio of turntable hits ('Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner,' 'Lawyers, Guns and Money,' and the title track)."
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Stephen Stills
Stephen Stills

  (Item #: stillsteph_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of Stephen Stills' Must Own Masterpiece (and only good solo album) with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last
  • The sound is HUGE, lively, rich and tubey, with unusually high resolution for the big choruses on side two
  • Love the One You're With and Sit Yourself Down are to die for, but there's really not a bad track on the album
  • A triumph of engineering for Bill Halverson and Andy Johns - this and Deja Vu are both landmarks of Big Production Rock
  • 4 1/2 stars in the AMG: "Listening to this album three decades on, it's still a jaw-dropping experience, the musical equal to Crosby, Stills & Nash or Déjà Vu, and only a shade less important than either of them."
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Pat Benatar
Crimes of Passion

  (Item #: benatcrime_1910_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding copy boasts Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER and is ROCKIN' with Sound City Classic Rock energy like you will not believe - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Credit engineer Keith Olsen, the man behind the Buckingham Nicks album and the even-more-amazing Fleetwood Mac self-titled release
  • All kinds of big hits can be found on this one, including Benatar classics such as Treat Me Right, You Better Run and Hit Me With Your Best Shot
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Benatar avoids the synth-happy trends of the early '80s and delivers a hard rocking ten-song session of power pop tempered with a few ballads for balance."
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Fleetwood Mac
Rumours

  (Item #: fleetrumou_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding early domestic copy which earned excellent Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides
  • When you hear it sound as good as it does here, you'll know why we consider Rumours a Better Records Top 100 Demo Disc
  • Forget the dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl remaster - if you want to hear the Tubey Magic, size and energy of this gazillion selling Must Own album, this is the only way to go
  • 5 stars: "Each tune, each phrase regains its raw, immediate emotional power—which is why Rumours touched a nerve upon its 1977 release, and has since transcended its era to be one of the greatest, most compelling pop albums of all time."
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The Cars
Candy-O

  (Item #: cars_candy_1904_6_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A killer copy of The Cars' New Wave Classic, boasting outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • We guarantee this is some of the best sound you'll ever hear on ANY Cars album - Roy Thomas Baker's production makes this one jump out of the speakers like few recordings we've ever heard (and not many of them are from 1979, that's for damn sure)
  • 4 1/2 stars: "As it stands, it may be one of the best second albums ever made, full of great songs, inspired performances, and sporting a still-perfect sound. If this had been the Cars' debut album, people might consider it a classic. Coming after The Cars, it has to be rated a little lower, but not by much."
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Neil Young
Comes A Time

  (Item #: youngcomes_1811_6_10) 

Our Price: $99.99
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  • An outstanding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Drop the needle on the title track or Look Out For My Love and hear how rich, warm and tubey the sound is
  • The top copies of Comes a Time are the sonic equal of the best recordings in Neil's catalog
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Comes a Time finally was the Neil Young album for the millions of fans who had loved Harvest, an acoustic-based record with country overtones and romantic, autobiographical lyrics, and many of those fans returned to the fold, enough to make Comes a Time Young's first Top Ten album since Harvest."
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Gregg Allman
Laid Back

  (Item #: allmalaidb_1812_4_10) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better copies we played in our recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • We were surprised at how well recorded the album is, dramatically better than the Allmans' album from the same year, Brothers and Sisters
  • Full-bodied and Tubey Magical, with especially smooth, present vocals on side two, this is the sound we love at Better Records
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Recorded in the same year as the Brothers and Sisters album, this solo debut release is a beautiful amalgam of R&B, folk, and gospel sounds, with the best singing on any of Gregg Allman's solo releases."
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AC/DC
For Those About To Rock

  (Item #: acdc_forth_1906_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb sounding copy of this AC/DC Classic with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Once again Robert Ludwig delivers the Rock and Roll Power - incredibly big, bold and full-bodied with a massive bottom end
  • For Those About To Rock has wall to wall sound and in-the-room presence like you will not believe
  • "On For Those About to Rock We Salute You, AC/DC’s best album, the case for the band’s talents is finally made with undeniable force and clarity. You want anthems? Here, they abound." - Rolling Stone
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Neil Diamond
Moods

  (Item #: diamomoods_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Moods makes its Hot Stamper debut with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • There's real Tubey Magic on this album, along with breathy vocals and in-your-listening-room midrange presence - don't be surprised if you find yourself singing along with "Song Sung Blue"
  • "This album, and its follow-up live album Hot August Night, are generally acknowledged to be the two most important recording projects of Diamond's career in terms of defining his signature sound for the future."
  • "There is nothing on this album that is not catchy, intelligent, playful, sentimental and incredibly likable."
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Journey
Escape

  (Item #: journescap_1910) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This outstanding copy of the band's 1981 release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • Strong vocal presence, serious dynamics, good weight down low and big choruses that come really alive - this copy was big and bold, just the way we like our Journey to sound
  • A #1 album jam-packed with hits: Don't Stop Believin', Stone in Love, Who's Crying Now and Open Arms
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Outside of the singles, there is a certain electricity that circulates through the rest of the album. The songs are timeless, and as a whole, they have a way of rekindling the innocence of youthful romance and the rebelliousness of growing up, built from heartfelt songwriting and sturdy musicianship."
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Men At Work
Business As Usual

  (Item #: menatbusin_1906_10) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • An outstanding import pressing of this '80s classic -- Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish; exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Who Can It Be Now and Down Under are the big hits on side one and they both sound every bit as good as you remember them
  • Big and full-bodied, and much smoother than most, with energy like few others, the sound here immediately set the sonic bar very high
  • "The production sound was low-key, but clean and uncluttered. Indeed, the songs stood by themselves with little embellishment save for a bright, melodic, singalong quality."
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Bob Dylan
Real Live

  (Item #: dylanreall_1906_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This early pressing has exceptionally good Hot Stamper sound, showing you the midrange magic that’s surely missing from whatever 180g reissue has been made from the tapes (or, to be clear, a modern digital master copied from who-knows-what-tapes)
  • "... if it doesn't capture a historically significant tour, as Hard Rain did with the Rolling Thunder Revue, this is a better record all the same, capturing a working band -- a working band featuring ex-Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, no less -- on a pretty good night. ...it's a good, solid live album, his best live album since Before the Flood..."
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Bob Dylan
Empire Burlesque

  (Item #: dylanempir_1910) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • With a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side one and a side two that's close to it, this original pressing has the analog magic in its grooves
  • This vintage Columbia pressings plays as quiet as we can find them - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Say what you want about Empire Burlesque -- at the very least, it's the most consistent record Bob Dylan has made since Blood on the Tracks, even if it isn't quite as interesting as Desire. However, it is a better set of songs, all deriving from the same place and filled with subtle gems. ...this is every bit as slick as Street Legal, but now sounds more focused and more of its time... than it did upon its original release. ...this is as good as Dylan gets in his latter days."
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Van Halen
5150

  (Item #: vanha5150_1907_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Sammy Hagar's Van Halen debut finally arrives on the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Clean and clear and open are nice qualities to have, but lively and full are harder to come by on this record - this pressing has it all
  • "Van Hagar" hit the ground running with this new incarnation, including "Why Can't This Be Love," "Love Walks In" and "Dreams"
  • 4 stars: "... on 5150... they had the songs and the desire to party, so those good intentions and slow tunes don't slow the album down; they give it variety and help make the album a pretty impressive opening act for Van Halen Mach II."
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The Police
Reggatta de Blanc

  (Item #: policregga_1907_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding pressing of the band's sophomore release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last
  • Tubey Magical smooth sound is key to the best copies, and this copy delivers, with the analog richness the music needs
  • Along with Ghost in the Machine, we think this album captures The Police at their songwriting and performing peak
  • "Reggatta de Blanc stands the test of time as one of the greatest albums of the post-punk and new wave era, improving in almost every way upon The Police's debut album."
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Led Zeppelin
Presence

  (Item #: ledzeprese_1907_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll hear massive amounts of Zeppelin Rock and Roll energy on this copy - both sides rated Double Plus (A++) for sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Here is a pressing with the power, the dynamic contrasts, the low end whomp, as well as the in-the-room midrange presence (pun only slightly intended) you 've been waiting for
  • Featuring a stripped down, harder rock sound, Presence really benefits from the killer bottom end found on this early LP
  • "Presence has more majestic epics than its predecessor, opening with the surging, ten-minute Achilles Last Stand and closing with the meandering, nearly ten-minute Tea for One."
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James Taylor
Mud Slide Slim

  (Item #: taylomudsl_1802_3_10) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • A wonderful copy of JT's classic followup to Sweet Baby James, boasting outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both of its sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This original WB Green Label pressing demonstrates the Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records almost never reproduce
  • Some of old JT's strongest material: You've Got a Friend; You Can Close Your Eyes; Hey Mister, That's Me up on the Jukebox and more
  • 4 stars on Allmusic - it destroys the recent reissue, which lacks the texture and warmth you get in abundance on these killer originals
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The Beatles
Please Please Me

  (Item #: beatlpleas_1811_6_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this copy of the Beatles' debut album - fairly quiet too
  • We guarantee this pressing will be richer, livelier, cleaner and just more fun than virtually any copy you can find
  • 5 Stars and A Better Records Top 100 album, as well as our clear favorite of their first five releases
  • "The 'evening with the band' feel makes Please Please Me a more coherent experience than other cover-heavy Beatles albums: Here other peoples' songs work not just as filler, but as markers for styles and effects the band admired and might return to as songwriters."
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Roy Orbison
The Orbison Way

  (Item #: orbisorbis_1906_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A wonderful copy of Orbison's 1966 release with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from first note to last
  • If you love hearing INTO a recording, actually being able to "see" the performers, and feeling as if you are sitting in the studio with the band, this Tubey Magical record for you
  • "The band-backed stuff has a lean texture that's a marvel of sonic conciseness, while the orchestra-accompanied sides allow Orbison to open up vocally as never before, casting him in an almost operatic setting..." - All Music
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Supertramp
Breakfast In America

  (Item #: superbreak_1905_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides, this copy is guaranteed to have the best sound you have ever heard for Breakfast in America
  • A truly superb recording with huge, spacious, dynamic, lively sound - Tubey Magical richness is a big plus too
  • A Top 100 title and True Demo Disc - turn it up and this recording gets LOUD like nothing you have ever experienced
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The majority of the album consisted of tightly written, catchy, well-constructed pop songs, like the hits 'The Logical Song,' 'Take the Long Way Home,' and 'Goodbye Stranger.'"
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Talking Heads
Speaking In Tongues

  (Item #: talkispeak_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of the band's fifth studio album, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Burning Down the House is really rockin' right out of the gate!
  • The sound opens up nicely, allowing you to really hear into the music and appreciate all the subtle details that get lost on most pressings
  • 4 stars: "... their most popular album yet..." - it also was #54 on Rolling Stone's list of the "100 best albums of the 1980s"
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Steely Dan
The Royal Scam

  (Item #: steelroyal_1910) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This early pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it and fairly quiet vinyl on both sides - this is a Royal Scam with energy and drive
  • This copy of The Dan's hard-rockin' classic from 1976 has the right sound for this music - rich and meaty, with powerful rhythmic energy
  • "Drummer Bernard 'Pretty' Purdie lashes out the rolling grooves on most of the nine tracks, establishing the album's anxious feel, and Larry Carlton's jaw-dropping guitar work provides a running commentary to Fagen's strangulated vocals... These are not the sort of Steely Dan songs favored by smooth-jazz stations."
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Paul McCartney
McCartney II

  (Item #: mccarmcca2_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of McCartney's sophomore release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from top to bottom - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Forget the dubby domestic pressings - these UK imports are the only ones that can deliver the McCartney Magic
  • "Entitled McCartney II because its one-man band approach mirrors that of his first solo album, Paul McCartney's first record since the breakup of Wings was greeted upon its release as a return to form... McCartney II finds Paul in an adventurous state of mind, which is a relief after years of formulaic pop."
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The Mamas & The Papas
Historic Performances ...

  (Item #: mamashisto_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last
  • These sides were doing just about everything right - clean, clear, full-bodied and present with a huge bottom end
  • "... the performance by the original group at this important point in time is enthusiastic and worthwhile... A band so slick in the studio is fun heard letting it all hang out at this monumental event, and the bottom line is that for fans this is a wonderful, if all too brief, glimpse of the four in performance at the height of their fame."
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Crosby, Stills and Nash
CSN

  (Item #: crosbcsn_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This superb sounding copy of CSN earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides
  • The sound is big and rich, yet still wonderfully clean, clear and open with fantastic energy - you will not believe all the space and ambience here
  • Includes CSN classics Just A Song Before I Go and Fair Game
  • 4 stars: "It has held up remarkably well, both as a memento of its time, and as a thoroughly enjoyable musical work."
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Eagles
One Of These Nights

  (Item #: eagleoneof_1906_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding pressing of the Eagles' fourth studio album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • On an exceptionally good sounding copy such as this one, the soaring guitar solo of the title track really comes alive if you have it turned up good and loud
  • Lyin' Eyes and Take It To The Limit sound the way they should - we guarantee you have never heard them better
  • 4 stars: "...a lyrical stance — knowing and disillusioned, but desperately hopeful — had evolved, and the musical arrangements were tighter and more purposeful. The result was the Eagles' best-realized and most popular album so far."
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Tears For Fears
The Seeds Of Love

  (Item #: tearsseeds_1910_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This early import pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • The Seeds Of Love is the band's masterpiece, and hearing it sound this big and lively is nothing short of a THRILL
  • Both sides here have smooth, sweet, analog richness and spaciousness you may not have known were possible on this record
  • 4 stars: "Along with Songs from the Big Chair, The Seeds of Love was part of a one-two artistic punch in the late '80s that situated Tears for Fears as one of the decade's more ambitious pop groups."
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The Flying Burrito Bros.
Burrito Deluxe

  (Item #: flyinburri_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb copy with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • These sides are exceptionally low-distortion, lively, solid and dynamic - just what this music needs
  • 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 recording, a vintage pressing like this one is the way to go
  • "Indeed with this album, Hillman and Parsons carved a substantial place in music history as one of the most influential bands of all time."
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Simon & Garfunkel
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary...

  (Item #: simonparsl_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding Columbia 360 pressing of Simon and Garfunkel's breakthrough from 1966 boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Here is a copy with especially smooth, present, breathy vocals - this is the sound we love at Better Records, and the sound that the modern reissue too often fails to capture
  • A longtime Better Records Top 100 album and a Demo Disc for Tubey Magical voices and guitars
  • 4 1/2 stars: "[I]t is an achievement akin to the Beatles' Revolver or the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album, and just as personal and pointed as either of those records at their respective bests."
  • "Few others have come close to the intelligence, beauty, variety, creativity, and craftsmanship that [PSR&T] captured." Pete Fornatale
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Talking Heads
Stop Making Sense

  (Item #: talkistopm_1910_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout, and pressed on reasonably quiet vinyl with no marks that play
  • Both sides are big, bold and dynamic, with the kind of energy that you rarely find outside the live event
  • ""A bona fide classic," opined Neil Jeffries in a five-star review of the reissue for Empire, "a perfectly measured snapshot of a widely loved and respected band playing at the height of their powers ... No other band could do this. No other music movie soundtrack sounds this good."" Wikipedia
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Steely Dan
Katy Lied

  (Item #: steelkatyl_1906_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding original copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Take it from Steely Dan: "The sound created by musicians and singers is reproduced as faithfully as possible, and special care is taken to preserve the band-width and transient response of each performance."
  • Our pick for the best Dan album of them all, a Masterpiece of Jazzy Swing Pop that is sure to reward hundreds of plays
  • 5 stars: "Each song is given a glossy sheen, one that accentuates not only the stronger pop hooks, but also the precise technical skill of the professional musicians drafted to play the solos."
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Dire Straits
Brothers In Arms

  (Item #: diresbroth_1910) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other Brothers in Arms you've heard
  • Tonally correct from top to bottom, with a solid bottom end and fairly natural vocals (for the recording), this is the sound they were going for in the studio
  • Drop the needle on So Far Away -- it's airy, open, and spacious, yet still rich and full-bodied
  • "One of their most focused and accomplished albums ... Dire Straits had never been so concise or pop-oriented, and it wore well on them."
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Eric Clapton
Journeyman

  (Item #: claptjourn_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb sounding Duck/Reprise import copy with Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • Forget the dry sounding domestic copies - these imports were the only ones good enough for us to put them in a shootout
  • Rich, lively, clear and spacious - these imports are surprisingly good sounding for a recording from as late as 1989
  • The big hit was Pretending, but Bad Love (both went to Number One) won the Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... a laid-back and thoroughly engaging display of Clapton's virtuosity. On the whole, it's the best studio album he's released since Slowhand."
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Frank Zappa
Waka/Jawaka

  (Item #: zappawakaj_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound throughout, this copy delivers plenty of Zappa's Waka/Jawaka Big Band Magic
  • A Top 100 Title, and deservedly so - the sound is big, rich, punchy, lively, clear and above all, ANALOG
  • This copy will show you the size and power of a big band, Frank Zappa style - there is (almost*) nothing like it
  • Rolling Stone raved that this Jazz Rock Fusion album contains "...some of the best material he's done in years." and we could not agree more
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Cat Stevens
Catch Bull At Four

  (Item #: stevecatch_1905_10) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • With two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, this original pressing will be tough to beat - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Bigger, more dynamic, more lively, more present and just plain more EXCITING than anything you've heard before
  • This one can show you the sweeter, tubier Midrange Magic that we love about Cat Stevens recordings
  • Many of Cat's best songs are here - Can't Keep It In, Angelsea, 18th Avenue, Freezing Steel and more
  • "Celebrated and adored for his sanguine lyrics and irresistible hooks, Cat Stevens was one of the rare singer-songwriters capable of composing genuinely optimistic songs that didn't leave a sappy residue in listeners' ears."
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Prince
Around The World In A Day

  (Item #: princaroun_1810_10) 

Our Price: $99.99
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  • An outstanding copy of the album, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides here are really rockin' -- big and full-bodied with tight punchy bass and lots of energy
  • "If Prince had [previously] streamlined and rocked up his approach for global domination, now he was creating something more intimate, cerebral, and challenging... a brave and deeply personal project, exploring sounds and ideas that were almost shocking coming from a pop icon at his peak."
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Neil Young
Zuma

  (Item #: youngzuma_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • These Double Plus (A++) sides of Neil's exceptionally well recorded 1975 Masterpiece are guaranteed to floor audiophiles and Neil Young fans alike
  • Zuma captures a kind of garage band purity that makes practically any other studio album you own sound processed and desiccated in comparison
  • For a hard-rockin' Neil Young album with Demonstration Quality sound, you'll have a hard time finding a better choice than a Hot Stamper pressing of Zuma
  • A Must Own Top 100 Title - just drop the needle on Danger Bird or Cortez the Killer to have your mind blown!
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Neil Young
Rust Never Sleeps

  (Item #: youngrustn_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides, making this one of the more enjoyable copies we've played in our recent shootout
  • It's not easy to find copies that get both the quieter, acoustic material and the big, rockin' Crazy Horse stuff right, but this one does
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl they're making these days - if you want to hear the Tubey Magic, size and energy of this wonderful live album, a vintage pressing like this one is the only way to go
  • 5 stars: "His strongest collection since Tonight's the Night, its obvious antecedent was Bob Dylan's Bringing It All Back Home, and, as Dylan did, Young divided his record into acoustic and electric sides while filling his songs with wildly imaginative imagery."
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Neil Young
Old Ways

  (Item #: youngoldwa_1906_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A surprisingly good sounding pressing with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Big, full-bodied and energetic, with wonderfully present vocals - shocking for 1985
  • Neil's unabashed country album is guaranteed to make your MoFI pressing sound like the bad joke it was in '96
  • "... this turns out to be his most carefully crafted album since Comes a Time... Pretty amazing." - Rolling Stone
  • "Old Ways [is] a 1982 recording originally rejected by Geffen, cut in the style of Harvest and Comes a Time, but with a stronger country leaning. Young depends heavily on friends, especially for vocals - Waylon Jennings sings harmony on six out of the ten tracks, and one of the others is a duet with Willie Nelson."
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Neil Young
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

  (Item #: youngevery_1910_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides, this copy of Neil's breakthrough second album ROCKS
  • The best tracks have that Live-in-the-Studio quality Neil is famous for (of which Zuma is the best example), with minimal processing and maximum ENERGY
  • Includes some of the man's most beloved classics: "Cinnamon Girl," "Cowgirl in the Sand," and "Down by the River," just to name three
  • 5 stars: "[EKTIN] was breathtakingly different when it appeared in May 1969, both for Young and for rock in general... it set a musical pattern Young has followed ever since. 30 years later, he was still playing this sort of music with Crazy Horse, and a lot of contemporary bands were playing music clearly influenced by it."
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The Doobie Bros.
Minute By Minute

  (Item #: doobiminut_1905_10) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This outstanding copy of the band's 1978 release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Open Your Eyes, What A Fool Believes, and the title track all sound wonderful here
  • 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
  • An Audiophile Quality Pop Music Production as close to perfect as one can ask for, thanks to Ted Templeman and Donn Landee
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Neil Young
Hawks and Doves

  (Item #: younghawks_1808_5_10) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This outstanding pressing promises solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from top to bottom - relatively quiet vinyl too
  • The trick on Hawks and Doves is to find rich, smooth, edge-free sound, and this copy delivers those qualities like nothing you've ever heard, guaranteed
  • "Hawks and Doves has a homey feel. "Little Wing," bare and haltingly lyrical with its miked harp and unaccompanied acoustic, is simpler than anything on the folky Comes a Time, and the rest of the music is defined by Ben Keith's laconic dobro and steel and Rufus Thobodeaux's sawing fiddle." Robert Christgau (A-)
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Fleetwood Mac
Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac

  (Item #: fleetpeter_1910) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • With two Hot Stamper sides and exceptionally quiet vinyl, this original Epic Yellow Label pressing is a joy to hear
  • Fleetwood Mac is by far our favorite British Blues band - they put even the most popular Blues groups running around England in 1968 to shame
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Fleetwood Mac's debut LP was a highlight of the late-'60s British blues boom. Green's always inspired playing, the capable (if erratic) songwriting, and the general panache of the band as a whole placed them leagues above the overcrowded field..."
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Joni Mitchell
The Hissing of Summer Lawns

  (Item #: mitchhissi_1910) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • An outstanding pressing, with both sides earning outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them
  • Lots of Tubey Magic, textured synths, big bass and breathy vocals - this copy brings Joni's jazzy folky fusion to life
  • Check out the big bottom end on The Jungle Line, which features the Drummers Of Burundi
  • Who made a more original, forward looking and interesting album in 1975 than this? I can't think of anyone, can you?
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Joni Mitchell evolved from the smooth jazz-pop of Court and Spark to the radical Hissing of Summer Lawns, an adventurous work that remains among her most difficult records [as difficult as it is brilliant] … a strange and beautiful fusion of jazz and shimmering avant pop."
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America
History: America's Greatest Hits

  (Item #: amerihisto_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of America's 1975 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • The big sound of these sides lets this Greatest Hits compilation hold its own against the originals
  • 4 1/2 stars: "History: Greatest Hits perfectly spotlights both the polished and layered production of British studio legend George Martin and the West Coast tones of the band's folk-pop style. Featuring the group's many chart toppers from the first half of the '70s, this definitive roundup includes Neil Young-style acoustic sides like 'Lonely People,' the hippie MOR of 'Muskrat Love,' and breezy acid rock like 'Sandman.' An essential collection for fans who like their '70s folk with a pop sheen, loads of hooks, and top-drawer arrangements."
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Joe Walsh
The Best of...

  (Item #: walshbesto_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of Walsh's first compilation album, with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on side one mated with a Hot Stamper side two
  • With sound close to our Shootout Winner on side one, Turn To Stone and Rocky Mountain Way are amazing here
  • We expected to hear dubby, sub-generation tape copy sound, but instead we discovered that these tracks - on the right pressings, natch - sound pretty darn close to the ones on the albums they originally came from
  • The perfect sampler for a casual Joe Walsh fan, featuring songs from his tenure with the James Gang along with some of his best known solo tracks
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The Allman Brothers
Eat A Peach

  (Item #: allmaeatap_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on all four sides - these two discs are rockin' from first note to last
  • The heartfelt radio-friendly songs such as Melissa and Little Martha keep up the energy and add to the enjoyment factor
  • 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
  • 5 stars: "The record showcases the Allmans at their peak, and it's hard not to feel sad as the acoustic guitars of "Little Martha" conclude the record, since this tribute isn't just heartfelt, it offers proof of Duane Allman's immense talents and contribution to the band."
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America
Hearts

  (Item #: ameriheart_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of the band's surprisingly well recorded fifth studio album, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from strat to finish
  • With George Martin producing and Geoff Emerick engineering, maybe it's not so surprising that this album sound so good!
  • It's well balanced, big and lively, with wonderful clarity in the mids and highs
  • "This album was a big hit in the US, reaching number 4 on the Billboard album chart and being certified Gold by the RIAA. It produced three hit singles: 'Sister Golden Hair', 'Daisy Jane,' and 'Woman Tonight.'" - Wikipedia
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The Beatles
Rubber Soul

  (Item #: beatlrubbe_1910) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • With Hot Stamper sound on both sides, this vintage UK stereo pressing has plenty of analog magic in its grooves - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • A Better Records Rock & Pop Top 100 Title, 5 Stars on Allmusic, and a Must Own Folk Rock Masterpiece
  • We hope you were as disgusted with the remastered Heavy Vinyl pressing as we were - what a piece of garbage
  • "The lyrics represented a quantum leap in terms of thoughtfulness, maturity, and complex ambiguities. Musically, too, it was a substantial leap forward, with intricate folk-rock arrangements that reflected the increasing influence of Dylan and the Byrds."
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The Police
Ghost in the Machine

  (Item #: policghost_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sonic grades or close to them on both side, this vintage pressing sounds rich, smooth and sweet
  • Some of the band's most sophisticated hits: Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, Invisible Sun, Spirits In The Material World, and more
  • Hugh Padgham took over engineering duties for Ghost and The Police's next album, resulting in a dramatic improvement in the quality of their recordings
  • "This album has more variety than the menu in a Bangkok brothel. In particular, Sting's voice has taken on a new depth and fresh maturity. The opening song, 'Spirits In The Material World', may have what sounds like a dumb title, but the song is a dream of close harmonies and nicely understated drums." Record Mirror
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Jeff Beck
Wired

  (Item #: beck_wired_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An excellent copy of Jeff Beck's third solo effort with Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Big and full with a punchy bottom end and driving jazz/rock energy, here are the elements critical to the best sounding copies
  • Wired, the sequel to the hugely successful Blow by Blow, was produced by Sir George Martin and mixed by Geoff Emerick
  • "Within a two-year span, the twin towers Blow by Blow and Wired set a standard for instrumental rock that even Beck has found difficult to match. On Wired, with first-rate material and collaborators on hand, one of rock's most compelling guitarists is in top form."
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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
4 Way Street

  (Item #: crosb4ways_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Consistently outstanding sound for CSN&Y's classic live double album, with all four sides boasting solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER
  • This live album gives you the "naked" sound of the real thing - the real voices and the real guitars and the real everything else, in a way that would never happen again
  • Their brilliant engineer, Bill Halverson, worked his magic here, but only the best pressings let his genius shine the way this one does
  • Rolling Stone raves that "Crosby, Stills. Nash, and Young are all performers of unquestionable talent, and mostly because they stay out of each others' way, 4 Way Street must surely be their best album to date."
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