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Cream
Disraeli Gears

  (Item #: creamdisra_2008) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $99.99 (You save $50.00 / 33%)


  • This outstanding UK pressing of Cream's second studio album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The best sounding pressngs have raw, hard-rockin', power trio magic in spades and much less grit and grain
  • Excellent sound for classics like Strange Brew, Sunshine Of Your Love and Tales of Brave Ulysses
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...the imagination of the arrangements, the strength of the compositions, and especially the force of the musicianship make this album transcend its time."
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The Beatles
Please Please Me

  (Item #: beatlpleas_2008) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • This British stereo pressing offers excellent Hot Stamper sound or BETTER (on side one) for the brilliant debut from the Fab Four - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Here's proof that any Hot Stamper will soundly (ahem) beat the Heavy Vinyl pressing, and anything else you care to throw at it
  • 5 Stars at Allmusic and a Top 100 album, as well as our clear favorite of the band's first five releases
  • Glorious live-in-the-studio sound to rival The Beatles' best recordings - the immediacy and energy are really something to hear
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Creedence Clearwater Revival
Pendulum

  (Item #: creedpendu_2008) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding pressing of Pendulum with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Big, lively, open and clear with Tubey Magical richness - just the right sound for CCR
  • 4 stars: "John Fogerty spent time polishing the production, bringing in keyboards, horns, even a vocal choir. His songs became self-consciously serious and tighter, working with the aesthetic of the rock underground — Pendulum was constructed as a proper album, contrasting dramatically with CCR's previous records, all throwbacks to joyous early rock records where covers sat nicely next to hits and overlooked gems tucked away at the end of the second side."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

The Beatles
Revolver

  (Item #: beatlrevol_2008_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other Revolver you know - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Here is the brilliant sound of Revolver - if you own any modern reissue, this record will show you everything you're missing
  • "All the rules fell by the wayside with Revolver, as the Beatles began exploring new sonic territory, lyrical subjects, and styles of composition. It wasn't just Lennon and McCartney, either — Harrison staked out his own dark territory with the tightly wound, cynical rocker "Taxman"; the jaunty yet dissonant "I Want to Tell You"; and "Love You To," George's first and best foray into Indian music. Such explorations were bold, yet they were eclipsed by Lennon's trippy kaleidoscopes of sound."
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Steve Miller Band
Book Of Dreams

  (Item #: millebooko_1911_1_8) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Present and lively with full-bodied tonality and plenty of three-dimensional studio space, only the best originals have the potential to give you this kind of sound
  • Jet Airliner, Swingtown, Jungle Love and Sacrifice all sound the way they should - BIG and ROCKIN'
  • 4 stars: "It is here, on this 1977 blockbuster, that Steve Miller shored up his "Space Cowboy" moniker and cosmic person ...a highlight of the '70s classic rock era and one of Miller's finest releases."
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Paul Simon
Hearts and Bones

  (Item #: simonheart_2008_1_) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of Hearts and Bones with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - mostly quiet vinyl too
  • We guarantee there is dramatically more space, richness, vocal presence, and performance energy on this copy than others you've heard, and that's especially true if you made the mistake of buying whatever Heavy Vinyl pressing is currently on the market
  • Turn this one up good and loud (which you can do when the sound is THIS good) and you'll have a living, breathing Paul Simon standing right between your speakers
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... his most personal collection of songs, one of his most ambitious, and one of his best. It retains a personal vision... Simon's most impressive collection in a decade and the most underrated album in his catalog."
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Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Emerson, Lake & Palmer

  (Item #: emersemers_2008_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This vintage Cotillion pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - fairly QUIET vinyl too, especially for this title
  • Full-bodied and Tubey Magical, with especially smooth, present vocals - this is the sound we love at Better Records
  • ANALOG at its Tubey Magical finest - you'll never play a CD that sounds this good as long as you live
  • Lucky Man and Take A Pebble on this copy have Demo Disc Quality Sound like you won't believe
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Lively, ambitious, almost entirely successful debut album, made up of keyboard-dominated instrumentals and romantic ballads showcasing all three members' very daunting talents.'"
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Joni Mitchell
Court and Spark

  (Item #: mitchcourt_2008_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding early pressing with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides
  • 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
  • "Playing behind her, musicians like Scott, guitarist Larry Carlton, drummer John Guerin and trumpeter Chuck Findley add colors and depth to songs that stretch melodies and vocal lines in surprising directions. And as always with Mitchell, the lyrics penetrate deftly to the painful core of feeling beneath the requisitely cool coupling of the early Seventies." Rolling Stone
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Paul Simon
Still Crazy After All These Years

  (Item #: simonstill_2008) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one and a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy will be very hard to beat - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • Vocal immediacy is key - we want a living, breathing Paul Simon to appear right between our speakers
  • A tough album to find with the kind of big, spacious, Tubey Magical sound this pressing offers
  • Clean, clear and open are nice qualities to have, but the richer, smoother, more natural sounding copies are the ones that win our shootouts
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...he was never more in tune with his audience: Still Crazy topped the charts, spawned four Top 40 hits, and won Grammys for Song of the Year and Best Vocal Performance."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Tarkus

  (Item #: emerstarku_2008) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other copy of Tarkus you've heard - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This early British pressing with the Island Pink Rim label is guaranteed to rock like no other copy you've ever played
  • Eddie Offord's trademark Tubey Magic, energy, resolution, whomp factor and dynamics are all over this phenomenal recording
  • "More accomplished than the trio's first album, but not quite as polished as Brain Salad Surgery, Tarkus is nevertheless a must-have."
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Cat Stevens
Teaser & The Firecat

  (Item #: stevetease_2008) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This timeless Classic Folk Rock recording on the original A&M label offers superb Demo Disc Quality sound on both sides - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • With Double Plus (A++) grades this copy is guaranteed to rock your world with their richness, clarity, transparency and ENERGY
  • AMG 5 Stars and a Top 100 album - it just may be the Best Sounding record Cat Stevens ever made - quiet vinyl too
  • Tuesday’s Dead, Morning Has Broken, Bitterblue, Moonshadow, Peace Train - and that's just side two! What side of any album has five songs of such quality?
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Cream
Goodbye

  (Item #: creamgoodb_2008) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Both sides of this British pressing boast outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound - they really ROCK
  • The low end speed and energy on this copy are crazy good - it's like a Cream concert in your listening room
  • The best pressings, the ones that are full-bodied and smooth, let you crank the levels and reproduce the album good and loud the way it was meant to be heard - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • "The live music on the whole is better than that on Wheels of Fire, capturing the trio at an empathetic peak as a band."
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The Beatles
A Hard Day’s Night

  (Item #: beatlahard_2008) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With seriously good grades of Double Plus (A++) or BETTER on both sides, this one is bursting with Fab Four energy and enthusiasm - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Play I’ll Cry Instead, If I Fell or Things We Said Today to hear some real early Beatles Vocal Magic
  • This one gets the heart of the music right - the vocals - and that's what makes The Beatles FUN to listen to
  • 100% Lennon-McCartney originals: "Decades after its original release, its punchy blend of propulsive rhythms, jangly guitars, and infectious, singalong melodies is remarkably fresh." AMG 5 Stars (of course)
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Dan Fogelberg
Souvenirs

  (Item #: fogelsouve_2001_8) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This superb copy of Fogelberg's sophomore release boasts Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides, just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • One of the better copies from our most recent shootout, the sound is super big, full, lively and spacious with deep punchy bass
  • "... easily placed him alongside such California hitmakers as Joni Mitchell, the Eagles, and Jackson Browne... 'As the Raven Flies' revealed Fogelberg to be capable of making edgy, guitar-driven rock and exhibited his range as a vocalist."
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Richard & Linda Thompson
Shoot Out The Lights

  (Item #: thompshoot_2001_8) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides of this copy of the Thompsons' final album - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Without a doubt this is the best record Richard and Linda Thompson ever made - for sound and music
  • DYNAMIC, huge, lively, powerful and musical - a real Demo Disk - both sides here are guaranteed to rock your world
  • A Top 100 album, and clearly Thompson's Masterpiece of Grungy Guitar Rock
  • 5 stars: "Shoot Out The Lights found them rallying their strengths to the bitter end; it's often been cited as Richard Thompson's greatest work, and it's difficult for anyone who has heard his body of work to argue the point."
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Super Hot Stamper (With Issues)

Neil Young
After The Gold Rush

  (Item #: youngafter_1912_8ex) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding pressing, with solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - guaranteed excellent sound from first note to last
  • This is the vinyl embodiment of the Classic Analog Rock sound we love - rich, full-bodied, warm, punchy, dynamic and clear
  • 5 Stars in Allmusic, Top 100, and a Demo Disc that is guaranteed to knock your socks off
  • "It's a magnificent, style-setting album which saw the Canadian's elevation to rock hero. For those who like their emotion raw."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Neil Young
Time Fades Away

  (Item #: youngtimef_2008) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding early pressing, with Double Plus (A++) or BETTER Front Row Center sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Side two is a big step up from most of what we played in our shootout - this copy is full-bodied, smooth and musical, the classic sound of Neil Young at his performing peak
  • 4 stars: "[I]t sounds very much of a piece with Tonight's the Night and On the Beach, albums that explored the troubled zeitgeist of America in the mid-'70s in a way few rockers had the courage to face. If the performances are often loose and ragged, they're also brimming with emotional force... Time Fades Away ranks with the bravest and most painfully honest albums of his career... it isn't for everyone, but you may be surprised by its powerful effects."
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Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Fleetwood Mac
Rumours

  (Item #: fleetrumou_2008) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding vintage copy with solid Hot Stamper grades on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Tubey Magical Analog - the sound is open, spacious and transparent, with a huge three-dimensional soundfield
  • A Better Records Top 100 title - when you hear it sound as good as it does on this side two, you'll know why we've long considered Rumours an Audiophile Demo Disc
  • 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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Simply Red
Picture Book

  (Item #: simplpictu_2008) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With seriously good Double Plus (A++) sound throughout, this UK pressing of the band's auspicious debut was one of the best we played in our recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • "Holding Back the Years" may be the best track the band ever recorded, and it probably sounds better on import vinyl 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

Patti Smith Group
Easter

  (Item #: smitheaste_2008) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • 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 Smith's breakthrough from 1978, this is the way to go
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Easter, produced by Bruce Springsteen associate Jimmy Iovine, was Smith's most commercial-sounding effort yet and, due to the inclusion of Springsteen's "Because the Night" (with Smith's revised lyrics), a Top Ten hit, it became her biggest seller, staying in the charts more than five months and getting into the Top 20 LPs. But Smith hadn't so much sold out as she had learned to use her poetic gifts within an album rock context."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Joni Mitchell
Court and Spark

  (Item #: mitchcourt_2008) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding early pressing with solid Double Plus (A++)sound or BETTER on both sides - reasonably 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
  • "Playing behind her, musicians like Scott, guitarist Larry Carlton, drummer John Guerin and trumpeter Chuck Findley add colors and depth to songs that stretch melodies and vocal lines in surprising directions. And as always with Mitchell, the lyrics penetrate deftly to the painful core of feeling beneath the requisitely cool coupling of the early Seventies." Rolling Stone
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Santana
Abraxas

  (Item #: santaabrax_2008) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two outstanding sides rating a Double Plus (A++) or close to it for sound, this copy is guaranteed to rock like no other you've ever heard
  • The sound is rich, full-bodied and musical with punchy drums and guitar solos that really get LOUD - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 5 stars on Allmusic, and a Top 100 title for its blistering solos that soar into space
  • "America was never the same after Carlos Santana discovered the smoldering Afro-Cuban magic of Tito Puente. A sinuous cha cha cha that sounds as if it had been waiting for Santana's soulful guitar licks to reinvent it, the Puente-penned "Oye Como Va" became the pillar of U.S. Latin rock." -Rolling Stone
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Dire Straits
Brothers In Arms

  (Item #: diresbroth_2008) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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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Eagles
Desperado

  (Item #: eagledespe_2008) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding copy of the band's sophomore release boasts Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides and plays about as quietly as these Asylum White Label pressings ever do
  • Huge amounts of Tubey Magic, a strong bass foundation, and plenty of space around the guitars and voices - man, that is the sound we love
  • This is the second-best sounding Eagles record of all time, no doubt thanks to the engineering of our man Glyn Johns
  • "A solid country-rock classic... the music stands the test of time, especially when Desperado is heard in its entirety, from start to finish."
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Neil Young
Harvest

  (Item #: youngharve_2008ex) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this vintage pressing of Neil's undeniable classic is guaranteed to beat any Harvest you've ever heard
  • The sound is rich and full-bodied with exceptional analog warmth and wonderful vocal presence
  • A Top 100 album and a sublime recording of the first order that no audiophile collection should be without
  • "...the love songs and the harrowing portrait of a friend's descent into heroin addiction, "The Needle and the Damage Done," remain among Young's most affecting and memorable songs."
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The Pentangle
Pentangling

  (Item #: pentapentangling_2008) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Outstanding Demo Disc sound, with both sides of this UK pressing earning Double Plus (A++) grades
  • The unprocessed quality found throughout the album has its audiophile credentials fully in order, especially in the area of guitar harmonics, as well as drums that sound like real drums actually sound
  • The true foundation of the music is provided by two legendary guitar heavyweights, Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, with Jacqui McShee's almost unbearably sweet vocals soaring above them
  • The best material from Pentangle's amazing first six albums, with sound that's full of good ol' British Analog Tubey Magic
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White Hot Stamper

John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Milk and Honey

  (Item #: lennomilka_1911_8) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish and the first copy to ever hit the site!
  • Both sides here are doing everything right -- big, full-bodied and wonderfully present with a huge bottom end and lots of space around all of the instruments
  • Milk and Honey is certainly not the greatest album John (and Yoko) recorded... but it is vital if only for completing the musical story of John Lennon... [it] finds Lennon in a happy state of mind, which is not a bad way to end a story at all." - Pop Matters
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Queen
Queen

  (Item #: queenqueen_1811_5_9_3_8) 

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


  • With a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two and a side one that's close to it, this vintage UK pressing has the analog magic in its grooves - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides here are big, full-bodied, clear and spacious with a nice bottom end and plenty of rock energy
  • "Almost every one of Queen's signatures are already present, from Freddie Mercury's operatic harmonies to Brian May's rich, orchestral guitar overdubs and the suite-like structures of "Great King Rat"... It showcases the band in all their ornate splendor yet it's strangely lean and hard, revealing just how good the band was in their early days as a hard rock band."
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Led Zeppelin
In Through The Out Door

  (Item #: ledzeinthr_2002_8) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides of this outstanding copy of Zep's final release - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • It's all here: huge amounts of rock-solid bass, grungy guitars, breathy, natural vocals, and jump out of the speakers presence and energy
  • Fool In The Rain and All My Love are two of the best, and best sounding, tracks on the album
  • "The album's opening number, 'In the Evening,' with its stomping rhythms and heavy, staggered riffs, suggests that Zeppelin haven't deviated from their course, but by the time the rolling shuffle of 'South Bound Suarez' kicks into gear, it's apparent that they've regained their sense of humor."
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Rod Stewart
Gasoline Alley

  (Item #: stewagasol_1802_7_10_1_8) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $99.99 (You save $50.00 / 33%)


  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - these UK pressings are ridiculously hard to find in this kind of shape with top quality sound
  • These early Vertigo sides are rich, smooth and Tubey Magical yet still relatively clean, clear and spacious
  • Absolutely as QUIET as any pressing we have played - it is the exceptionally rare copy that will play with audiophile quality surfaces
  • 5 Stars: "Of course, being a rocker at heart, Stewart doesn't let these songs become limp acoustic numbers -- these rock harder than any fuzz-guitar workout. The drums crash and bang, the acoustic guitars are pounded with a vengeance -- it's a wild, careening sound that is positively joyous with its abandon."
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The Doors
Morrison Hotel

  (Item #: doorsmorri_1909_1_8) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding copy of The Doors' 1970 release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • 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
  • Roadhouse Blues, Waiting For The Sun and Maggie McGill are KILLER on this pressing - all you Doors fans are gonna flip
  • Circus Magazine praised it as "possibly the best album yet from the Doors" and "Good hard, evil rock, and one of the best albums released this decade."
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The Faces
A Nod Is As Good As A Wink

  (Item #: facesanodi_1912_8) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Two excellent Warner Brothers Green Label sides, both rating a Double Plus (A++) or better - The Faces are rockin' their asses off on this copy
  • Punchy, solid and rich all the way through, with driving energy like nothing you've ever heard from the band
  • Fairly quiet vinyl for a Green Label original - good luck finding one that plays this well (and sounds anything like this!)
  • 5 stars: "[It] doesn't feel cobbled together and it serves up tremendous song after tremendous song... It's another classic — and when you consider that the band also had Long Player to their credit and had their hands all over Every Picture in 1971, it's hard to imagine another band or singer having a year more extraordinary as this. "
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The Rolling Stones
Aftermath

  (Item #: rolliafter_1909_1_8) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $99.99 (You save $50.00 / 33%)


  • Both sides of this copy are outstanding, earning Double Plus (A++) grades for their Tubey Magical '60s British sound - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Lady Jane, Under My Thumb and Mother's Little Helper are three of the best sounding tracks on side one - all are lively and solid here
  • 5 stars: "... the group began incorporating the influences of psychedelia and Dylan into their material with classics like "Paint It Black," an eerily insistent number one hit graced by some of the best use of sitar (played by Brian Jones) on a rock record. Other classics included the jazzy "Under My Thumb," where Jones added exotic accents with his vibes, and the delicate Elizabethan ballad "Lady Jane," where dulcimer can be heard..."
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Bob Dylan
Shot of Love

  (Item #: dylanshoto_2001_8) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Dylan's Shot of Love debuts here with stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound here is bigger, tubier, more dynamic, more lively, more present and just plain more involving than any other copy you've heard
  • "Shot of Love finds Dylan still in born-again mode, but he's starting to come alive again -- which isn't as much a value judgment as it is an observation that he no longer seems beholden to repeating dogma, loosening up and crafting songs again. And it's not just that his writing is looser, the music is, too, as he lets himself -- and his backing band -- rock a little harder, a little more convincingly... has flashes of brilliance, such as "Every Grain of Sand," which point the way to the rebirth of Infidels."
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The Notting Hillbillies
Missing...

  (Item #: nottimissi_1905_10_8) 

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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Fleetwood Mac
Heroes Are Hard To Find

  (Item #: fleetheroe_1905_9_11_8) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $99.99 (You save $50.00 / 33%)


  • A superb copy of the band's 1974 release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish - exceptionally QUIET vinyl too
  • This is the sound you want on Heroes Are Hard to Find - not midrangy, but rich and full-bodied, with an extended top end for sweeter, silkier vocals
  • 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
  • "... the album is one of their most cohesive yet diverse... Heroes is a minor gem that retains its effortless pop charms and contains some buried jewels in the extensive Fleetwood Mac catalog."
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Traffic
Welcome to the Canteen

  (Item #: traffwelco_1910_8) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on this UK copy of the band's first live album
  • Forget the dubby domestic pressings and whatever crappy Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - these imports are the only way to fly
  • 4 stars: "... the playing was exemplary, and the set list was an excellent mixture of old Traffic songs and recent Mason favorites. "Dear Mr. Fantasy" got an extended workout, and the capper was a rearranged version of Steve Winwood's old Spencer Davis Group hit "Gimme Some Lovin'." ...Welcome to the Canteen's status as only a semi-legitimate offering was emphasized by the release of The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys. But that doesn't make it any less appealing as a summing up of the Winwood/Mason/Traffic musical world."
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Yes
Time And A Word

  (Item #: yes__timea_1910_12_8) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this killer UK pressing of Time And A Word - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Some of the best High Production Value rock music of the '60s and '70s, thanks to the band and a Mr Eddie Offord
  • If you've ever heard one of our Yes Album Hot Stampers, you'll know what to expect here - huge and powerful sound
  • "If Yes‘ debut was a prelude to their glory years as a band, Time and a Word sees them making a bold first step into the realm of prospective greatness."
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Leonard Cohen
New Skin For the Old Ceremony

  (Item #: cohennewsk_1908_1_8) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • An excellent sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • If you're trying recreate a solid, palpable Leonard Cohen singing live in your listening room - sounding just as his did in the studio back in 1974 - these Hot Stamper sides will let you do just that
  • "New Skin for the Old Ceremony may be Leonard Cohen's most musical album, as he is accompanied by violas, mandolins, banjos, and percussion that give his music more texture than usual. The fact that Cohen does more real singing on this album can be seen as both a blessing and a curse -- while his voice sounds more strained, the songs are delivered with more passion than usual."
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America
Hideaway

  (Item #: amerihidea_2001_8) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better sounding copies we played in our recent shootout
  • We guarantee there is dramatically more richness, fullness and presence on this copy than others you've heard, and that's especially true for whatever godawful Heavy Vinyl pressing is currently being foisted on a much too credulous record buying public
  • "Hideaway is the sixth original studio album by American folk rock trio America, released in 1976. The album was produced by legendary Beatles producer George Martin. The album was a hit in the US, peaking at number 11 on the Billboard album chart and being certified GOLD by the RIAA." - Wikipedia
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David Bowie
David Live

  (Item #: bowiedavid_1905_7_1_8) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on all four sides of this Bowie classic -- exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • One of our favorite live recordings - a great overview of Bowie's career through 1974
  • 1984, Rebel Rebel, Sweet Thing and Rock & Roll With Me come ALIVE in performance like you have never heard before
  • A-List players of the day deliver sonic treats, including multiple horn players, multiple percussionists, all-male chorus background vocals, the searing fuzzed-out guitar leads of Earl Slick, piano and Mellotron by Mike Garson, and the amazing Herbie Flowers on bass
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Jimi Hendrix
War Heroes

  (Item #: hendrwarhe_1903_12_8) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find superb Double Plus (A++) from first note to last on this Hendrix classic - exceptionally quite vinyl for the most part too
  • The material here is unusually well-recorded - the sound is competitive with - maybe even better than - Hendrix's "real" albums
  • Features top-tier Hendrix rarities such as Izabella, Highway Chile, Bleeding Heart and Stepping Stone
  • "One of the few consistent compilations of unreleased Hendrix." -- Allmusic
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Van Halen
Women And Children First

  (Item #: vanhawomen_2008) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of the band's third release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Full-bodied, smooth analog sound is the key to the best Van Halen pressings, and here both sides have it
  • One of our favorite engineers, Donn Landee, worked his magic here (together with Ted Templeman) and the results are superb
  • 4 1/2 stars: "After two pure party albums, the inevitable had to happen: it was time for Van Halen to mature, or at least get a little serious … This is the first Van Halen album to consist entirely of original material and there's some significant growth here to the writing..."
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Talking Heads
Fear of Music

  (Item #: talkifearo_2004_8) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This Talking Heads LP boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound 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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The Allman Brothers
Eat A Peach

  (Item #: allmaeatap_1909_6_8) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl for this title -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • 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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Paul McCartney
McCartney II

  (Item #: mccarmcca2_1810_6_10_8) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • An outstanding UK pressing with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Forget the dubby domestic pressings - these UK imports are the only ones that can possibly deliver the McCartney II Magic we know so well
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl for the most part - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus on both sides
  • "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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Grateful Dead
Terrapin Station

  (Item #: grateterra_1907_12_7ex) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This original pressing earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - you will be hard pressed to find a copy that sounds this good
  • Produced by Keith Olsen of Fleetwood Mac fame, it's no surprise that the recording quality is quite a bit better than most of the records they had been making at the time
  • "Terrapin Station offers a few choice glimpses of the band doing what it does best. While the most prominent example is the album's extended title suite, there are a few others such as the cover of the Rev. Gary Davis gospel-blues "Samson and Delilah" and a resurrection of the Martha & the Vandellas hit "Dancin' in the Streets."
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Fleetwood Mac
Greatest Hits

  (Item #: fleetgreat_1912_7) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding vintage British pressing with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - relatively quiet vinyl too
  • Big, rich, energetic, with tons of Analog Tubey Magic, this original Orange Label pressing has exactly the right sound for this music
  • Oh Well, Parts One and Two; Black Magic Woman; Man of the World, and the surprise Number One single Albatross are all here and sounding great
  • Peter Green is hands down our favorite British Blues Guitarist of All Time - play this record and you will surely see why we feel that way
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Rita Coolidge
The Lady's Not For Sale

  (Item #: cooliladys_2007_) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding copy of Rita Coolidge's superb third album with solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • 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
  • "... a fine mixture of covers and originals that manages to showcase her fine vocal abilities as well as show off an impressive array of friends."
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Bonnie Raitt
Nick Of Time

  (Item #: raittnicko_2007_) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding early domestic pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Some of the sweetest, richest, most ANALOG sound we've heard from any record Don Was produced
  • 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. A great comeback album that made for a great story".
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Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie

  (Item #: richilione_1907_7) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A KILLER copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - if you want to hear the Tubey Magic, size and energy of this wonderful album, a vintage pressing like this one is the way to go
  • 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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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
You're Gonna Get It!

  (Item #: pettyyoure_1901_4_7) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • A solidly hard rockin' copy that rated seriously good grades of Double Plus (A++) on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Rich and open with a killer bottom end, musically it's surely the best record Tom Petty ever made - a late '70s Rock Classic
  • Three of Petty's best songs are on this one - Restless, I Need To Know and Listen To Her Heart - and they sound amazing
  • "Overall, the current LP boasts an impressive stylistic cohesiveness with its predecessor, but what makes the album exciting are the fresh hints of openness and expansion just beneath the surface. The rhythms are a bit looser, and there's a new emphasis on Petty's rough, driving, rock & roll guitar in the mix." Rolling Stone
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James Gang
Thirds

  (Item #: jamesthird_2002_7) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This excellent pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • Big, present and lively, with good weight to the bottom end, this is clearly the right sound for this music and may just make you a fan of Joe Walsh's grungy guitar artistry
  • We guarantee there is dramatically more richness, smoothness, vocal presence and performance energy on this copy than others you've heard, and that's especially true if you made the mistake of buying whatever Heavy Vinyl pressing is currently on the market
  • 4 Stars: "... Walsh was being hailed as a guitar hero to rank with the best rock had to offer... Thirds quickly earned a respectable chart position and eventually went gold..."
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Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel (1)

  (Item #: gabrigabr1_2004_7) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This superb British pressing of Peter Gabriel's debut solo album earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades from start to finish - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Gabriel's solo debut, the album features his autobiographical lead single, Solsbury Hill
  • Clearly the hardest of the first five PG records to find with good sound and decent vinyl, which is why these seldom make the site
  • "...much of the record teems with invigorating energy (as on Slowburn, or the orchestral-disco pulse of Down the Dolce Vita), and the closer "Here Comes the Flood" burns with an anthemic intensity that would later become his signature in the '80s."
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Cheap Trick
At Budokan

  (Item #: cheapatbud_2004_7) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding sound on this true classic from Cheap Trick, with each side earning solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grades or BETTER - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This one is doing pretty much everything right, with deeper bass, less distortion, grungier guitars, and the kind of LIVE ROCK and ROLL ENERGY that Cheap Trick is known for
  • This is one of only two Cheap Trick albums that cuts it for us sonically and musically (the other being Dream Police)
  • "With their ear-shatteringly loud guitars and sweet melodies, Cheap Trick unwittingly paved the way for much of the hard rock of the next decade, as well as a surprising amount of alternative rock of the 1990s, and it was At Budokan that captured the band in all of its power."
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The Police
Synchronicity

  (Item #: policsynch_2007) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other pressing of Synchronicity you've heard
  • Every Breath You Take and Wrapped Around Your Finger are killer here - big, rich and Tubey Magical
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Few other albums from 1983 merged tasteful pop, sophistication, and expert songwriting as well as Synchronicity did, resulting in yet another all-time classic."
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Long After Dark

  (Item #: pettylonga_1912_7) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides of this copy of the band's fifth studio album - reasonably 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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Simple Minds
Once Upon A Time

  (Item #: simplonceu_1909_7) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of the band's seventh (and breakthrough) studio album with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This is the sound we love at Better Records - these UK sides are full-bodied and Tubey Magical, with especially smooth, present vocals
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Simple Minds' popularity was expounded on songs such as "Alive & Kicking" and "Sanctify Yourself." This album was one of their best, most likely leading the pack in the band's album roster, because it exuded raw energy and solid composition not entirely captured on previous albums."
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Elvis Presley
On Stage February 1970

  (Item #: preslonsta_2007) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With an amazing Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side one and an excellent Double Plus (A++) side two, this original RCA Orange Label is guaranteed to sound dramatically better than any copy you've ever heard
  • Here's Elvis doing songs made famous by others, proving that he can still out-rock and out-soul practically anybody alive
  • With ten million copies sold to date, this album's appeal has transcended its time and must be considered a true Elvis Classic
  • 4 Stars: ""The Wonder of You" might not have been "That's All Right" or even "Heartbreak Hotel," but it was a towering performance by a singer who could, even then, run circles around virtually anyone in the business this side of Roy Orbison."
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The Yardbirds
Roger The Engineer

  (Item #: yardbroger_1904_8_7) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side two and a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side one, this copy will be very hard to beat - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Here are the full-bodied mids, punchy lows and clear, open top that let this Psych Classic by the band come alive
  • Over, Under, Sideways, Down - the big hit off the album - sounds great here in MONO
  • 5 stars in Allmusic: "The Yardbirds' best individual studio album."
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Joni Mitchell
Blue

  (Item #: mitchblue_2007_1ex) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Outstanding sound throughout for arguably Joni's greatest album with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades
  • Full-bodied and balanced with the kind of smooth musicality that's not always easy to find for Blue
  • A Better Records Top 100 title that belongs in any audiophile music collection worthy of the name
  • 5 stars: "Sad, spare, and beautiful, Blue is the quintessential confessional singer/songwriter album. Forthright and poetic, Joni Mitchell's songs are raw nerves, tales of love and loss (two words with relative meaning here) etched with stunning complexity..."
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Leon Russell
Leon Russell & the Shelter People

  (Item #: russeleonrussel_and_1910_7) 

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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Eagles
Hotel California

  (Item #: eaglehotel_2007ex) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other Hotel Ca you've heard
  • A Better Records Top 100 pick that's super transparent, super hi-rez, ahd offers the energy and Tubey Magic that can be found nowhere else than these good early domestic pressings
  • 5 stars: "Hotel California unveiled what seemed almost like a whole new band... The result was the Eagles' biggest-selling regular album release, and one of the most successful rock albums ever."
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The Beatles
Help

  (Item #: beatlhelp_2007_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Two killer sides with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - and for those of you who prize quiet vinyl, this copy plays a True Mint Minus
  • Want to hear The Beatles at their Tubey Magical best? Just play You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away on this UK stereo pressing
  • Everything that's great about Help is here - jangly 12 string guitars, harmonically rich tambourines, and breathy vocals
  • Side one alone boasts 7 classics: Help!, The Night Before, You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, I Need You, Another Girl, You’re Gonna Lose That Girl and Ticket to Ride - whew!
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Huey Lewis & The News
Sports

  (Item #: lewissport_1912_7) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound throughout on this vintage pressing - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The bass is tight, the drum hits are BIG and the guitars are meaty with lots of texture
  • We were knocked out at how good this album sounds on a great pressing like this one - one of the more impressive '80s pop recordings we've played in some time
  • 4 1/2 stars: "There's a reason why well over half of the album... were huge American hit singles — they have instantly memorable hooks, driven home with economical precision by a tight bar band, who are given just enough polish to make them sound like superstars."
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The Allman Brothers
Idlewild South

  (Item #: allmaidlew_1912_7) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This vintage pressing has outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • Easily the group's best sounding studio recording and especially impressive on a copy like this
  • Cue up Midnight Rider or In Memory Of Elizabeth Read to hear the Allman Brothers magic in these grooves
  • 5 stars "The best studio album in the group's history, electric blues with an acoustic texture, virtuoso lead, slide, and organ playing, and a killer selection of songs, including "Midnight Rider," "Revival," "Don't Keep Me Wonderin'," and "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed"..."
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The Beatles
A Collection of Beatles Oldies

  (Item #: beatlcolle_2007_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With two outstanding sides each rating a Double Plus (A++), this copy was one of the better British pressings we played in our recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • An excellent source for many of the Beatles' greatest hits up to 1966 - with 8 songs per side you are geting a lot for your money with this one
  • Several tracks, including "I Want to Hold Your Hand", "Day Tripper", "We Can Work It Out" and "Paperback Writer" were given their first stereo mixes for this very album
  • Surprisingly good sound for From Me to You, We Can Work It Out, Yesterday, I Feel Fine, and the list goes on
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Bob Dylan
Nashville Skyline

  (Item #: dylannashv_2002_7) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of this Dylan classic with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The right 360 pressings always win the shootouts - they have more of the Tubey Magical intimacy the recording needs
  • "Lay Lady Lay," "To Be Alone With You," "I Threw It All Away," "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You," and the duet with Johnny Cash on "Girl From the North Country" have become country-rock standards
  • 5 stars: "It's a warm, friendly album, particularly since Bob Dylan is singing in a previously unheard gentle croon — the sound of his voice is so different it may be disarming upon first listen, but it suits the songs."
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Bob Dylan
The Times They Are A-Changin'

  (Item #: dylantimes_1808_7_1_7) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This 360 stereo pressing offers outstanding sound from first note to last, with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades - relatively quiet vinyl too
  • The keys to this stark recording - just Bob, his acoustic guitar, and harmonica - is correct tonality, as well as vocal presence with breathy intimacy, and here you get a good helping of all three
  • If you've played the MoFi or Sundazed LP, on the CD, the Tubey Magic here might just blow your mind
  • "These are beautifully crafted, tightly focused mini-masterpieces. And they have a radical edge, a political toughness, that one rarely finds in the folk music of the period. ...the songs are uncompromising in their anger and unsparing in their analysis."
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Kansas
Point of Know Return

  (Item #: kansapoint_2006_x) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding pressing of Point of No Return, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from top to bottom - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Drop the needle on Dust in the Wind - here the guitars and vocals are full-bodied and natural, qualities unfortunately in short supply on the average pressing
  • Our Hot Stamper here manages to combine this kind of high-rez, extended top with natural, balanced tonality - this one gets it right
  • 4 Stars: "This is the definitive Kansas recording ... their interplay and superior musicianship make this both an essential classic rock and progressive rock recording."
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David Bowie
Station To Station

  (Item #: bowiestati_2007) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides or BETTER, this is one of the more outstanding copies to come out of our most recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This is a dense, difficult recording to find the right sound for, which means you really need Hot Stampers on Station to Station to enjoy it
  • Superb presence and energy - with Nearly White Hot sound on side two, this is a great copy for the classic, radio-friendly TVC 15, Stay and Wild Is the Wind
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Station to Station is an avant-garde art-rock album ... its epic structure and clinical sound were an impressive, individualistic achievement, as well as a style that would prove enormously influential on post-punk."
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Neil Young
Comes A Time

  (Item #: youngcomes_1811_6_10_7) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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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Creedence Clearwater Revival
Willy and the Poor Boys

  (Item #: creedwilly_2007_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of Willy and the Poor Boys, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Whatever you do, don't waste your money on the awful Heavy Vinyl remasters of CCR's albums that Acoustic Sounds commissioned - they are so wrong it will make your head ache
  • Features Down On The Corner, Fortunate Son, Midnight Special and more
  • 5 stars: "[A] fun record, perhaps the breeziest album CCR ever made. Fogerty's rage remains, blazing to the forefront on "Fortunate Son," a working-class protest song that cuts harder than any of the explicit Vietnam protest songs of the era, one of the reasons that it hasn't aged where its peers have. Also, there's that unbridled vocal from Fogerty and the ferocious playing on CCR..."
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Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
I Love Rock 'n Roll

  (Item #: jett_ilove_2007_) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of Joan Jett's iconic 1981 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • The overall sound here is Tubey Magical, lively and clear, with three-dimensionality that will fill your listening room from wall to wall
  • 4 stars: "That dynamic, hard rock crunch is what made the title track into an international hit, but it also gives the album dimension -- not only can Jett & the Blackhearts tear up heavy glam rockers, but they also pull off the mock psychedelia of Tommy James & the Shondells' "Crimson and Clover" with aplomb."
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Robin Trower
Bridge of Sighs

  (Item #: trowebridg_2007_) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Two outstanding sides rating a solid Double Plus (A++) for Trower's amazingly well recorded Psych masterpiece
  • This glorious early UK pressing is huge, rich and punchy, with guitar solos that soar like few others you've heard
  • Brilliant engineering by Geoff Emerick at George Martin's AIR studios - maybe the best sounding album Emerick ever made
  • Top 100 (soon) and 4 1/2 stars on AMG: "...his most stunning, representative, and consistent collection of tunes. Bridge of Sighs holds up to repeated listenings as a timeless work, as well as the crown jewel in Trower's extensive catalog."
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Neil Diamond
Hot August Night

  (Item #: diamohotau_2007_) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Thes outstanding pressings boast solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on all four sides
  • The superb presence and energy here have the power to bring the definitive Neil Diamond concert performance right into your very own listening room
  • If you own the MoFi, this copy will show you how they screwed up the sound of Neil's voice - nothing new there, right?
  • 4 1/2 stars: "This is the ultimate Neil Diamond record. Not necessarily the best - he's at his most appealing crafting in the studio - but certainly the ultimate, capturing all the kitsch and glitz of Neil Diamond, the showman."
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Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66
Fool on the Hill

  (Item #: mendefoolo_2007_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other Fool on the Hill you've heard
  • Sergio's unique rearrangement of two songs in particular here make this a Must Own album: Scarborough Fair and title trackl
  • Top engineers for A&M, Henry Lewy and Larry Levine, capture the natural, breathy intimacy in the voices of these wonderful female leads - Lani Hall, Karen Philipp and Gracinha Leporace
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Even though he had become thoroughly embedded in the consciousness of mainstream America, Mendes still managed to have it three ways, exposing first-class tunes from little-known Brazilian talent, garnering commercial hits, and also making some fine records."
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John Prine
John Prine

  (Item #: prinejohnp_2007_) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of John Prine's debut album with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • We guarantee there is dramatically more space, richness, vocal presence, and performance energy on this copy than others you've heard, and that's especially true if you made the mistake of buying whatever Heavy Vinyl pressing is currently on the market
  • 5 stars: "A revelation upon its release, this album is now a collection of standards... Prine's music, a mixture of folk, rock, and country, is deceptively simple, like his pointed lyrics, and his easy vocal style adds a humorous edge that makes otherwise funny jokes downright hilarious."
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Rod Stewart
Never A Dull Moment

  (Item #: stewanever_2007) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of Stewart's fourth solo album, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • Extremely well-recorded, full of great songs, Rod Stewart was on top of the world when he followed up the brilliant Every Picture Tells a Story with this album in 1972
  • The music comes alive on this vintage pressing, assuming you have your volume up good and loud
  • 5 stars in AMG, and simply "... a masterful record ... He never got quite this good ever again."
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AC/DC
Back In Black

  (Item #: acdc_backi_2007) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) sonic grades or close to them on both sides, this Back in Black ROCKS like nothing you've heard
  • Side one plays exceptionally well for a Robert Ludwig original, which is absolutely the only way to go on the album
  • Top 100, and if you turn it up good and loud, one of the biggest, boldest, hardest rockin' records ever made
  • 5 stars: "... tawdry celebration of sex is what made AC/DC different from all other metal bands — there was no sword & sorcery, no darkness, just a rowdy party, and they never held a bigger, better party than they did on Back in Black."
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The Doobie Brothers
Toulouse Street

  (Item #: doobitoulo_2007) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An original Green Label pressing with seriously good Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides, this copy is really rockin' - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Two of our favorite engineers - Stephen Barncard & Donn Landee - worked their magic here
  • Smooth sound, punchy in the bass, dynamic in the choruses, sweet vocals - this is The Better Records Sound
  • 4 stars: "...it all still sounds astonishingly bracing 30 years later; it's still a keeper, and one of the most inviting and alluring albums of its era."
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Steve Winwood
Back In The High Life

  (Item #: winwobacki_2007) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Both sides of this UK copy of Steve Winwood's Solo Masterpiece earned outstanding grades of Double Plus (A++) - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound of this early British pressing is guaranteed to be dramatically bigger, richer, fuller and smoother than anything you've heard
  • Higher Love with Double Plus sound? You're gonna love it! And there's really not a bad track on the album
  • "The first undeniably superb record of an almost decade-long solo career ... the passion long smoldering in his finest work explodes in the album-opening duet with Chaka Khan, Higher Love..." -- Rolling Stone
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Eric Clapton
Just One Night

  (Item #: claptjusto_2007) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb early RSO pressing boasting Double Plus (A++) sound on ALL FOUR sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This one is doing pretty much everything right-- it's bigger, bolder, richer and more clean, clear and open than most of what we played
  • Sure to be the best live Clapton sound you'll hear on vinyl -- and the music is wonderful as well
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The most notable difference between Just One Night and Clapton's other live albums is his backing band. Led by guitarist Albert Lee, the group is a collective of accomplished professionals who have managed to keep some grit in their playing. They help push Clapton along, forcing him to spit out crackling solos throughout the album."
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Paul McCartney
McCartney

  (Item #: mccarmccar1_2007) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This original pressing of McCartney's Masterpiece boasts big and lively Double Plus (A++) sound - decent vinyl too
  • This album, like Unplugged and Band on the Run (and not a whole lot else) is SUPERB from start to finish
  • A Top 100 pick and Paul McCartney's One and Only Masterpiece - a Must Own when it sounds this good!
  • Record Collector highlighted "Every Night", "Junk" and "Maybe I'm Amazed" as songs that "still sound absolutely effortless and demonstrate the man's natural genius with a melody."
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The Beatles
A Collection of Beatles Oldies

  (Item #: beatlcolle_2007) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two outstanding sides each rating a Double Plus (A++), this copy was one of the better British pressings we played in our recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • An excellent source for many of the Beatles' greatest hits up to 1966 - with 8 songs per side you are geting a lot for your money with this one
  • Several tracks, including "I Want to Hold Your Hand", "Day Tripper", "We Can Work It Out" and "Paperback Writer" were given their first stereo mixes for this very album
  • Surprisingly good sound for From Me to You, We Can Work It Out, Yesterday, I Feel Fine, and the list goes on
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The Beatles
Beatles For Sale

  (Item #: beatlforsa_2007_2) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • There's superb Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of The Fab Four's very well recorded fourth album - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Especially rich and spacious, this is the album that moves away from the mostly midrangy sound of A Hard Day's Night and With the Beatles
  • A criminally underrated album by the Fab Four - Allmusic gives it Five Big Stars and we like it every bit as much as they do
  • I'm A Loser, Baby's In Black, Rock And Roll Music, I'll Follow The Sun. Eight Days A Week, Words Of Love, Every Little Thing, I Don't Want To Spoil The Party, What You're Doing and 4 more - 14 tracks in all (!)
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The Beatles
Help

  (Item #: beatlhelp_2007) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Two killer sides with Double Plus (A++) sound - we guarantee you've never heard Help sound better - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Want to hear The Beatles at their Tubey Magical best? Just play You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away on this UK stereo pressing
  • Everything that's great about Help is here - jangly 12 string guitars, harmonically rich tambourines, and breathy vocals
  • Side one alone boasts 7 classics: Help!, The Night Before, You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, I Need You, Another Girl, You’re Gonna Lose That Girl and Ticket to Ride - whew!
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The Beatles
Please Please Me

  (Item #: beatlpleas_2007_1) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this copy of the Beatles' debut album - exceptionally 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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Queen
A Night at the Opera

  (Item #: queennight_1912_7ex) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding copy of Queen's fourth studio album earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • The sound is big and bold, with soaring choruses that really get loud and stay clean all the way through
  • Bohemian Rhapsody is killer on this side two, and if you've got the system to play it good and LOUD, you are in for a thrill
  • 5 stars: "But the appeal of A Night at the Opera is in its detailed, meticulous productions. It's prog rock with a sense of humor as well as dynamics, and Queen never bettered their approach anywhere else."
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Van Morrison
Tupelo Honey

  (Item #: morritupel_1911_7) 

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 - and one of the quietest too!
  • Wild Night and the title track sound amazing - rich and full-bodied with lovely warmth and above all naturalness
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic and featuring some of Stephen Barncard's best engineering - this is Analog Sound at its best
  • "Tupelo Honey is in one sense but another example of the artist making increased use of the album as the unit of communication as opposed to merely the song or the cut. Everything on it is perfectly integrated."
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Toto
Toto

  (Item #: toto_toto_2007) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This copy of Toto's debut boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side two mated to an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side one - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Toto's albums have the kind of analog sound we love here at Better Records - they're rich, huge and present, with tons of Tubey Magic and wall to wall spaciousness
  • Lukather's overdriven guitar adds so much power to the music - the perfect combo of Grungy guitars and Rock Star vocals makes Hold the Line a staple of rock radio to this day
  • 4 stars: "Toto's rock-studio chops allowed them to play any current pop style at the drop of a hi-hat: one minute prog rock, the next hard rock, the next funky R&B. Singles like "I'll Supply the Love" made the charts, and "Hold the Line" hit the Top Ten."
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Astrud Gilberto
Gilberto with Turrentine

  (Item #: gilbegilbe_turrentine_2007) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This outstanding copy of Gilberto's 1971 collaboration with Turrentine boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • It's rich, warm and natural with wonderful transparency, loads of ambience and - this is key - plenty of Tubey Magic
  • Rudy Van Gelder did an outstanding job as usual engineering these 1971 sessions - his live-in-the-studio approach is tough to beat
  • "The real treasures of this album though are the outstanding arrangements by Eumir Deodato, who once again proves he is the master of this type of music. Nearly every track is full of interesting, complex, yet beautiful instrumentation. He blends mellow low strings with lots of Fender Rhodes electric piano, plenty of electric and acoustic guitar, and a wide variety of Brazilian percussion instruments."
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Joni Mitchell
Miles of Aisles

  (Item #: mitchmiles_1907_11_7) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This Joni Mitchell classic boasts excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on all four sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Henry Lewy brings the analog richness, smoothness and clarity he achieved on Court and Spark to the recording - it's some of the best live sound we've ever heard
  • Joni reworks some of her best-loved songs for this concert, with five tracks from Blue alone (!), and the new arrangements show us just how vital her early '70s work has turned out to be
  • "It's a strong album of her best songs performed mostly informally... Much of the material here is beautiful, replete with the patented Mitchell tension. And a word for engineer Henry Lewy—the sound is terrific, the best reproduced concert album I've heard." Rolling Stone
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The Rolling Stones
Black and Blue

  (Item #: rolliblack_2007) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of Black and Blue, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • The sound on this superb pressing is full-bodied and lively, with solid and present vocals, as well as excellent clarity all around
  • A full-bodied, solid copy like this lets you appreciate Billy Preston's contributions on the keys - he's all over the album, a very good thing indeed
  • "Melody ought to be a tentative experiment with Billy Preston's jazzy keyboard sound. Instead, it's a triumph, Jagger's voice swooping and snaking around Preston's piano and harmonies."
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Santana
Santana

  (Item #: santasant1_2007_1) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this original pressing has plenty of Columbia analog magic in its grooves - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • The drums have real snap to them - fast, clean percussion is critical to Santana's music and this copy delivers
  • A Must Own album, clearly their Masterpiece, and one of the truly groundbreaking debuts in rock history - a personal favorite that knocked me out when I first heard it back in high school, and over the decades it has become even more impressive
  • The drums have real snap to them - this copy delivers the fast, clean percussion that is absolutely critical to Santana's music
  • "Santana combined Latin rhythms with jazz-inspired improvisation, hard-rock guitar and lyrical, B.B. King-style blues - and even had a hit single, "Evil Ways. The combination of rock guitar and funk percussion was undeniable." Rolling Stone


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Paul McCartney and Wings
Red Rose Speedway

  (Item #: mccarredro_2007) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • An outstanding copy of Red Rose Speedway, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • This pressing had the sound we were looking for on a McCartney record from this era - the size, the weight, the energy, the vocal presence, they're all here
  • 4 stars: "Red Rose Speedway winds up being a really strange record... [it's] every bit as insular as the lo-fi records of the early '90s, but considerably more artful, since it was, after all, designed by one of the great pop composers of the century. ...McCartney's little flourishes are intoxicating -- not just the melodies, but the facile production and offhand invention."
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Supertramp
Breakfast In America

  (Item #: superbreak_2006) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades or close to it on both sides, this copy is guaranteed to have the best sound you have ever heard for Breakfast in America - mostly quiet vinyl too
  • 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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Country Joe & The Fish
Electric Music For The Mind...

  (Item #: countelect_2006_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of the band's debut album, earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides
  • The overall sound here is rich, full-bodied and lively, with solid and present vocals, as well as excellent clarity all around
  • A very difficult record to find with good sound and clean surfaces, which is why we rarely have them on the site
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Their full-length debut is their most joyous and cohesive statement and one of the most important and enduring documents of the psychedelic era ..."
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Neil Young
Freedom

  (Item #: youngfreed_2006_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding copy of Freedom boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from top to bottom - mostly quiet vinyl too
  • Balanced, musical, present and full-bodied throughout - this pressing was a big step up from most other copies we played
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Freedom, which was a major critical and commercial comeback after a decade that had confused reviewers and fans, seemed to be a selection of the best tracks from several different unissued Young projects. …[W]hat made it all work was that Young had once again written a great bunch of songs. The romantic numbers were carefully and sincerely written. The long imagistic songs were evocative without being obvious."
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Peter Frampton
Frampton Comes Alive

  (Item #: frampframpton_comes_2006_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • All four sides of this double album earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for their Big, Bold Live Rock sound - mostly quiet vinyl too
  • Mixed and mastered so that the guitar solos soar the way they do in live music -- what a thrill it is to hear them finally sounding the way they should
  • A killer copy like this one is a potent reminder of why we all went so crazy for this album back in the '70s - I did anyway
  • Allmusic agrees with us that many tracks here are "much more inspired, confident, and hard-hitting than the studio versions."
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