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Super Hot Stamper

Simon and Garfunkel
Sounds of Silence

  (Item #: simonsound_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Two very good sounding sides, earning Double Plus (A++) sonic grades or very close to them - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Forget that critical listening stuff and just notice that these hot copies are simply more relaxed, musical and involving
  • Although the rock tracks come to life and really do sound good, the Tubey Magical folkie tracks are the real reason to play the album
  • "A work of finely expressed folk. It’s arguably the duo’s big breakout, a crossover success with some handsome hits." COS
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Simon & Garfunkel
Wednesday Morning 3 A.M.

  (Item #: simonwedne_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Rating a solid Double Plus (A++) for sound, this early 360 stereo pressing is outstanding from first note to last
  • It's clean, clear, open and spacious with lovely breathy vocals and plenty of Columbia Tubey Magic
  • You won't find this kind of transparency or clarity on the typical vintage pressing, and the red label reissues are completely hopeless
  • Their one true Folk Duo album, featuring the original version of The Sound Of Silence
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The Greg Allman Band
Playin' Up A Storm

  (Item #: allmaplayi_1811_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding copy boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Both sides here are big and full with wonderfully rich and present vocals, a huge bottom end and lots of big rock energy
  • "Playin' Up a Storm is a well-made, expertly performed set of blues-rock, soul-pop, and straight-ahead rock & roll ...the thing that makes it one of Allman's best solo efforts is the terrific performances. Not only is he in fine voice, delivering each song with conviction, but his supporting band - featuring such luminaries as Dr. John and Bill Payne - is sterling."
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David Bowie
Diamond Dogs

  (Item #: bowiediamo_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish - this UK pressing will show you a Diamond Dogs you had no idea existed, yet here it is
  • One of the better copies from our most recent shootout (especially on the first side) - the sound is big, full, lively and spacious with hard-rockin' energy to spare
  • It's ridiculously tough to find even passable sound for this album - we guarantee you'll be blown away by this pressing
  • Great songs including the title track, Rebel Rebel, 1984, Sweet Thing, Big Brother, Rock & Roll With Me and more
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Captain Beefheart
Clear Spot

  (Item #: captaclear_1811) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This outstanding pressing boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • One of the better copies of Clear Spot to hit the site in recent years - no question about it, this is his Masterpiece!
  • Produced by Ted Templeman, Clear Spot is one of Beefheart's most accessible albums and, IMHO, his best
  • 4 stars: "The sound is great throughout, and the feeling is of the coolest bar-band in town, not to mention one that could eat all the patrons for breakfast if it felt like it."
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Kris Kristofferson
Jesus Was A Capricorn

  (Item #: kristjesus_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy Kris' 4th album, with solid Double Plus (A++)sound from first note to last
  • It's richer, fuller, more musical and more natural - Kristofferson's breathy voice is reproduced with a solidity and immediacy that's not easy to find
  • The vocals sound particularly nice on this copy - rich, warm and full, just as they should
  • "Both album and single went gold, giving Kristofferson his greatest success as a recording artist."
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Robert Palmer
Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley

  (Item #: palmesneak_1811_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb original UK Island Sunray pressing with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Both sides are super clean, clear and open with tons of energy and bottom end weight
  • The best album Robert Palmer ever made - with Little Feat and The Meters helping out, it had to be
  • "While the music is tight and solid, it is Robert Palmer's voice that is revelatory -- he sounds supremely confident among these talented musicians, and they seem to feed off his vocal intensity. Fans of the Meters or people who want to discover the funky side of Robert Palmer should check this one out."
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Mike Bloomfield & Al Kooper
The Live Adventures Of...

  (Item #: bloomlivea_1811) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • A very strong copy with Double Plus (A++) sound, or close to it, on all four sides of this double album
  • Great material to be found here, including covers of well-known tracks by Paul Simon, The Band, and Traffic
  • "One of the seminal live albums of the late '60s..." - All Music


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Foreigner
4

  (Item #: forei4_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this Hit-Filled Radio Rock Classic - quiet vinyl too
  • This copy had better energy, punchier bass, and bigger, more immediate presentation than many others in our shootout
  • Rockers like Juke Box Hero and Urgent, along with the heartfelt ballad Waiting For A Girl Like You, are guaranteed to sound better here than you've ever heard them
  • "In producer Robert John 'Mutt' Lange - fresh off his massive success with AC/DC's Back in Black - guitarist and all-around mastermind Mick Jones found both the catalyst to achieve [a grand slam of a record] and his perfect musical soulmate... All things considered, 4 remains Foreigner's career peak."
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David Bowie
Let's Dance

  (Item #: bowieletsd_1811_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • These two excellent sides, both rating Double Plus (A++) grades for sound, are guaranteed to deliver the funky goods on this '80s classic
  • We love the low end weight and midrange smoothness on these killer copies - they're big, clear and rich with some of the most powerful, punchiest bass you've ever heard
  • A real Demo Disc at high volumes on the right system - Modern Love, China Girl and the title track are knockouts when you play them good and loud
  • Top 100 of course - Let's Dance is one of the best sounding Bowie albums ever recorded - this superb pressing is proof! - and it's quiet
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Michael Jackson
Bad

  (Item #: jacksbad_1811) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • A superb sounding copy of MJ's followup to Thriller, with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - quiet vinyl too
  • One of the better copies from our most recent shootout - the sound is simply bigger, bolder and more ALIVE than most of what we played
  • 4 1/2 stars, with nine of its ten songs released as singles: "... essentially taking each portion of Thriller to an extreme, while increasing the quotient of immaculate studiocraft. He wound up with a sleeker, slicker Thriller, which isn't a bad thing..."
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Bob Dylan
New Morning

  (Item #: dylannewmo_1808_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb vintage pressing with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or better throughout - on quiet vinyl to boot
  • During our recent shootout we found 1970's New Morning to be surprisingly enjoyable - it fits in nicely between Dylan's country era and his later '70s works such as Blood On The Tracks
  • He's also singing in his familiar Bob Dylan "nasally" voice, not the country croon he developed for Nashville Skyline
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... the overall quality is quite high, and many of the songs explore idiosyncratic routes Dylan had previously left untouched... Such offbeat songs make New Morning a charming, endearing record."
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Bob Dylan
Another Side of Bob Dylan (in Stereo)

  (Item #: dylananoth_1811_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent Stereo copy of this early Dylan classic with surprisingly good Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • The mono pressings are superb as well, but we were surprised at just how clear and present Dylan's voice sounded on this copy
  • Many classics are here: All I Really Want To Do, Chimes Of Freedom, My Back Pages, It Ain't Me Babe and 7 more
  • 5 Stars: "Another Side of Bob Dylan is a more varied record and it's more successful, too, since it captures Dylan expanding his music, turning in imaginative, poetic performances on love songs and protest tunes alike. The result is one of his very best records, a lovely intimate affair."
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Giorgio Moroder (and Bowie)
Cat People

  (Item #: morodcatpe_1801_1811) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • You'll find excellent Demo Disc sound here, with each side rating solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grades
  • Eno fans should get a lot out of this one, as should anyone who digs the crazy sound of '70s and early '80s analog synths
  • Bowie's Putting Out Fire is the obvious high point of the album and it rocks like crazy on this pressing
  • Superb transparency is key to the best copies and this one has exceptional clarity on both sides
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Brewer & Shipley
Down In L.A.

  (Item #: brewedowni_1805_1811) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This 2-pack boasts nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on side one and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side two
  • With smooth sweet analog sound, paired with clarity and freedom from smear, these pressings provide the best of both worlds
  • A longtime Better Records favorite - this is Hippie Folk Rock at its BEST - a Desert Island disc in my world
  • "Brewer & Shipley retained more of the wholesome, strident qualities of early-'60s folk revival harmonizing than almost anyone."
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Devo
Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo

  (Item #: devo_arewe_1801_1811) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • GET DEVOLVED! You'll find very good Hot Stamper sound on both sides of the band's 1978 debut here, produced by our man Brian Eno
  • A difficult album to find with good sound and quiet vinyl - this is the first copy to hit the site in a year
  • Tons of great songs including Uncontrollable Urge, Jocko Homo, Too Much Paranoias, and their killer cover of The Stones' Satisfaction
  • 4 1/2 stars: "A seminal touchstone in the development of American new wave."
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Joni Mitchell
Wild Things Run Fast

  (Item #: mitchwildt_1801_1811) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades on side two and outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on side one, this copy has Joni rockin' like you will not believe
  • Her last great record - fortunately for us audiophiles, it's spacious, open and powerful with present vocals and solid bass
  • Relatively quiet, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout - they don't come any quieter
  • "...her best album since the mid-'70s." and famously on the TAS List
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The Lovin' Spoonful
John Sebastian Songbook, Vol. 1

  (Item #: lovinjohns_1801_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides, the sound quality of the tracks on this compilation is impressive
  • Both sides are rich, full-bodied and natural with tons of energy and bottom end weight - no sign of radio EQ to be found
  • Features most of the band's best songs, including Do You Believe In Magic, You Didn't Have To Be So Nice, Six O'clock and Nashville Cats (a personal fave)
  • The Allmusic critic is not too crazy about this album, but the User Rating is 4 1/2 stars, which we think is about right
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Grateful Dead
Blues For Allah

  (Item #: grateblues_1710_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $129.00 (You save $20.99 / 14%)


  • This outstanding early pressing of The Dead's 1975 release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last
  • Both sides here have the kind of sound that really brings the music to life - silky sweet vocals, good presence and energy, deep punchy bass and a big open and spacious soundfield
  • Probably the last essential Dead album for all but the most die-hard fan
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Blues for Allah — more than any past or future studio album — captures the Dead at their most natural and inspired."
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The Byrds
Younger Than Yesterday

  (Item #: byrdsyoung_1807_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER for this early Byrds gem from 1967 - quiet vinyl too
  • It's clear, undistorted, rich and tubey - this sound lets the Byrds jangly folk pop work
  • So You Want to Be a Rock 'N'Roll Star, My Back Pages and Have You Seen Her Face are all here, and sounding wonderful
  • 5 stars: "Time has shown it to be the most durable of the Byrds' albums, with the exception of Mr. Tambourine Man. David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, and especially Chris Hillman come into their own as songwriters on an eclectic but focused set blending folk-rock, psychedelia, and early country-rock."
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Bryan Ferry
Let's Stick Together

  (Item #: ferryletss_1705_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Our shootout winner for side two (which is the stronger of the two sides musically) - Triple Plus (A+++) on side two, Double Plus (A++) on one
  • For material and sound I consider this to be the best of Bryan Ferrry's solo albums - it's a blast from start to finish
  • The energy, presence, bass, and dynamic power (love that horn section!) place it well above his other side projects
  • 4 Stars: "The title track itself scored Ferry a deserved British hit single, with great sax work from Chris Mercer and Mel Collins and a driving, full band performance. Ferry's delivery is one of his best, right down to the yelps, and the whole thing chugs with post-glam power."
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Hot Tuna
Hot Tuna

  (Item #: hottuhottu_1802_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With outstanding Double plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides, this is an excellent copy of the band's debut
  • If you like the kind of music Brits such as John Renbourn, Stefan Grossman, Bert Jansch and the like were making back in the '60s this should be right up your alley
  • Live, all acoustic, mostly Blues and Rags, this is about as far from the Jefferson Airplane as you can get
  • 4 Stars: "The result was less an indulgence than a new direction."
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The Electric Flag
A Long Time Comin'

  (Item #: electalong_1710_1811) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this rare 360 original LP was one of the best we played in our recent shootout
  • Exceptional vinyl for an early Columbia - it plays Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - they don't really come any quieter
  • The all-star lineup here features Michael Bloomfield, Buddy Miles, Richie Havens and many more
  • "Though launched after Al Kooper's the Blues Project, A Long Time Comin' itself influenced bands who would go on to sell more records. Amazing stuff all in all... fun listening and a revelation."


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The Who
Magic Bus

  (Item #: who__magic_1806_1811) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound, or close to it, from first note to last
  • Big and (relatively) smooth, the sound on this Decca pressing is right for this eclectic collection that includes some of the band's earliest work
  • This copy plays on exceptionally quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout - Decca in the Sixties didn't know how to press them any quieter
  • "Townshend and co were always trying different ideas out in the studio and stretching rock’s boundaries as far as possible... [Magic Bus] has moments of brilliance."
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R.E.M.
Lifes Rich Pageant

  (Item #: rem__lifes_1806_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy was one of the best we played in our recent shootout
  • You'll hear more energy and more immediacy, plus an extra shot of analog richness that really ties the sound together
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Where previous records kept the rhythm section in the background, Pageant emphasizes the beat, and the band turns in its hardest rockers to date... the band sound more contemporary both musically and lyrically than they did on either Fables or Murmur, which helps give the record an extra kick."
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Richie Havens
The End Of The Beginning

  (Item #: haventheen_1805_1811) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides, this copy of Richie's 1976 release will be hard to beat
  • This copy has surprisingly big, punchy, spacious and open Demo Quality Sound from start to finish
  • Havens' eclectic, unique style embraces elements of folk, soul, and rhythm & blues - on this pressing his music really comes to life
  • An unusually quiet pressing, this copy plays a true Mint Minus - only a handful of records on the site play as quietly
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Tom Waits
The Heart of Saturday Night

  (Item #: waitsheart_1708_1811) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An excellent sounding copy of this Tom Waits classic with both sides rating a Double Plus (A++)
  • The overall sound is big, full and solid with a punchy bottom end and plenty of presence
  • A great Bones Howe recording that shines on the copies that sound like this one
  • Good sounding Tom Waits vinyl in clean condition is tough to come by these days - this is one of the better copies to ever hit the site
  • "Musically, the album contains the same mixture of folk, blues, and jazz as its predecessor ... (Looking For) The Heart of Saturday Night and Semi Suite are the equal of anything on Closing Time."
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America
America

  (Item #: ameriameri_1805_1811) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding early pressing on the WB Green Label with superb Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • One of our favorite Hippie Folk Rock albums - the instruments and voices will appear to be right in your listening room
  • The Tubey Magical acoustic guitars on this record are a true test of stereo reproduction - thanks Ken Scott!
  • "America's debut album is a folk-pop classic, a stellar collection of memorable songs that would prove influential on such acts as the Eagles and Dan Fogelberg..."
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Big Brother & The Holding Company
Self-Titled

  (Item #: bigbrbigbr_1811) 

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


  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better copies we played in our recent shootout
  • Forget the Mainstream originals and the Columbia reissues - the solid, rich, Tubey Magical sound here is only found on these copies with these stampers
  • A tough record to find with audiophile quality sound and clean vinyl, two reasons you rarely can find it on the site
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Tom Waits
Small Change

  (Item #: waitssmall_superxx) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • A superb sounding copy of this Tom Waits classic with both sides rating solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grades
  • Recorded LIVE to 2-track by Bones Howe, no wonder it's so big, full-bodied, clean and clear
  • A tough record to find in the bins these days - nobody wants to part with it - so this is one of only a handful of copies to hit the site in the last three years
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Small Change proves to be the archetypal album of his '70s work. A jazz trio comprising tenor sax player Lew Tabackin, bassist Jim Hughart and drummer Shelly Manne, plus an occasional string section, back Waits and his piano on songs steeped in whiskey and atmosphere..."
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Chicago
Chicago V

  (Item #: chicachica5_1712_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Superb Big and Bold Chicago sound can be heard on both of these Double Plus (A++) sides - quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is especially rich, full and warm, with big bass, lively brass and multi-tracked vocals that are breathy and clear
  • 4 stars on Allmusic and one of their best sounding albums, the last to be recorded at Columbia's famed 30th Street studios
  • Their first Number One, and The Biggest Selling Album of 1972 (!), spending nine weeks at the top of the charts
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Harry Nilsson
A Little Touch of Schmilsson

  (Item #: nilssalitt_1709_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides, this is a huge step up over most pressings - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • One of our favorite Nilsson releases (although we admit to being biased; we're huge fans) - it's truly the Ultimate latter-day standards album
  • A Better Records Rock and Pop Top 100 album for its wonderfully natural vocal and orchestral reproduction
  • Nilsson was nearly a decade ahead of Linda Ronstadt in hiring a conductor/arranger of the pre-rock era and recording an album of standards before a full orchestra. And he did it better than most, proving to be a marvelous interpreter of songs like "What'll I Do?" and "Makin' Whoopee!" His version of "As Time Goes By" became a minor hit.
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Little Feat
Hoy-Hoy

  (Item #: littlhoyho_1609_1811) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • Three sides earned Double Plus (A++) grades for sound or better - side four earned a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++)
  • Our pick for the best sounding Little Feat album -- it's a monster, and a Must Own for any fan of the band
  • "Filled with live performances, obscurities, album tracks, and a new song apiece from Bill Payne and Paul Barrere, Hoy Hoy is a bit scattered, a bit incoherent, a little bewildering, and wholly delightful -- a perfect summation of a group filled with quirks, character, and funk, traits which were as much a blessing as they were a curse."
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James Taylor
Dad Loves His Work

  (Item #: taylodadlo_1806_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding copy boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last - quiet vinyl too
  • Dramatically bigger, clearer and richer sounding than most, with a far more accurate and natural tonal balance
  • One of our favorite JT albums and perhaps his most underrated, with a great set of songs including Stand and Fight and Summer's Here
  • 4 stars on Allmusic: "James Taylor bounced back from the spotty Flag with this all-original album led by his collaboration with J.D. Souther on "Her Town Too," his biggest pop hit since "Handy Man," and his biggest non-cover hit since his first, "Fire And Rain," in 1970."
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Art Garfunkel
Breakaway

  (Item #: garfubreak_1802_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Both sides of this hit-filled solo album from 1975 earned seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades for sound
  • Open, rich, musical and full - Richard Perry went for the Big Sound here and he got it
  • Relatively quiet vinyl for this album, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - most copies are much, much noisier than this one
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Bryan Ferry
Another Time, Another Place

  (Item #: ferryanoth_1803_1811) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • With solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish, this was one of the better copies from our recent shootout
  • The overall sound here is big, full and lively with a huge bottom end and lots of energy and presence
  • The Island imports are the only way to go, and this copy will show you why!
  • Allmusic: "Ferry and company, plus various brass and string sections, turn on the showiness enough to make it all fun."
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Joe Cocker
Joe Cocker (1969)

  (Item #: cockejoeco_1969_1803_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This Joe Cocker favorite earned strong Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides and plays on relatively quiet vinyl
  • Consistently stronger material - did Cocker ever release an album with more good songs than these?
  • How's this for a track listing: Dear Landlord; Bird on the Wire; She Came in Through the Bathroom Window; Something; Delta Lady; Darling Be Home Soon - and there's more
  • "Cocker mixed elements of late-'60s English blues revival recordings (John Mayall, et al.) with the more contemporary sounds of soul and pop; a sound fused in no small part by producer and arranger Leon Russell, whose gumbo mix figures prominently on this eponymous release and the infamous Mad Dogs & Englishmen live set."
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Harry Nilsson
Son of Schmilsson

  (Item #: nilsssonof_1711_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Both sides of this killer cult classic pressing earned excellent Double Plus (A++) grades and play on quiet vinyl
  • Rich and full-bodied, clean, and clear, while the bass is big and punchy, and the energy level is off the charts
  • One of Nilsson's best albums, both sonically and musically - for fans this is an absolute Must Own
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... a fantastic set of songs that illustrate what a skilled, versatile songsmith Nilsson was... if you appreciate Nilsson's musicality and weirdo humor, he never got any better."
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Cat Stevens
Catch Bull At Four

  (Item #: stevecatch_1811_) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side two, this original pressing will be tough to beat
  • 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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Linda Ronstadt
Prisoner In Disguise

  (Item #: ronstpriso_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this copy of Prisoner, the followup to Linda's Masterpiece, Heart Like a Wheel
  • This is an amazing recording, but it takes a special copy like this one to reveal all the magic that we know must be on the tape
  • 4 1/2 stars - Love Is a Rose, Tracks of My Tears and Heat Wave were hits, but Linda really pours her heart into Hey Mister, That's Me up on the Jukebox
  • Andrew Gold (so critical to the success of HLAW) is still heavily involved, along with EmmyLou Harris, James Taylor, Lowell George, David Lindley, JD Souther, and of course Peter Asher
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ZZ Top
Fandango

  (Item #: zztopfanda_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) grades grace both sides of this '75 classic
  • From first note to last, the sound works for this music — tonally right, lively and plenty of top end extension
  • This is some of the grungiest guitar rock we've heard in a while and we were lovin' every minute of it
  • A mix of live material (Jailhouse Rock) and studio cuts (Tush, Heard It on the X)
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Gerry Rafferty
City To City

  (Item #: raffecityt_1710_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish on this early British pressing of Rafferty's Must Own Classic
  • City to City is truly an Undiscovered Gem - no right-thinking audiophile can fail to be impressed 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)
  • Allmusic 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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Janis Joplin
Pearl

  (Item #: joplipearl_1706_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Two strong Double Plus (A++) sides on relatively quiet vinyl - a big step up over most of the copies we played
  • Richer, clearer and more tonally correct, with more energy and presence, all qualities that help to bring this music to life
  • Janis's vocals sound right here - smooth enough to let you crank this one up good and loud without the sound getting hard and edgy
  • 5 stars: "Janis Joplin's second masterpiece (after Cheap Thrills), Pearl was designed as a showcase for her powerhouse vocals, stripping down the arrangements that had often previously cluttered her music or threatened to drown her out."
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The Yardbirds
Roger The Engineer

  (Item #: yardbroger_1707_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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
  • 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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Elvis Costello
King of America

  (Item #: costekingo_1804_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An excellent sounding copy of Elvis's brilliant 1986 release with two Double Plus (A++) sides
  • Forget the dubby domestic pressings - it's only these good imports that have the sound of the master tape
  • Nina Simone's "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" is only one highlight among many - these are some of his best songs
  • AMG raves: "Stripping away much of the excess that cluttered Punch the Clock and Goodbye Cruel World, Elvis Costello returned to his folk-rock and pub rock roots with King of America, creating one of his most affecting and personal records ... one of his masterpieces."
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Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton

  (Item #: claptericc_1808_1811) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • A killer early UK copy, earning Double Plus (A++) sonic grades for both sides, guaranteed to trounce whatever you've heard
  • An underrated Blues Rock masterpiece from 1970 - easily his best studio album outside of Layla - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 4 1/2 stars in the All Music Guide and a longtime Better Records favorite - almost every song is good, and many are superb
  • "Clapton turns out concise solos that de-emphasize his status as guitar god, even when they display astonishing musicality and technique."
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Neil Young
Comes A Time

  (Item #: youngcomes_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Drop the needle on Comes A Time or Look Out For My Love and hear how rich, warm and Tubey Magical the sound is
  • The top copies of Comes a Time are the sonic equal of the best recordings in Neil's catalog. That's saying a lot
  • Top 100 and Allmusic 4 1/2 stars: "Comes a Time finally was the Neil Young album for the millions of fans who had loved Harvest."
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Linda Ronstadt
Heart Like A Wheel

  (Item #: ronstheart_1708_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound for our favorite Linda Ronstadt album, hands down her Masterpiece
  • When Will I Be Loved?, You're No Good, It Doesn't Matter Anymore and You Can Close Your Eyes are crazy good here
  • Both sides here are big, full and lively with huge punchy bass and tons of energy
  • By far the best album Ms Ronstadt ever made - truly a Masterpiece and a Mid-'70s Must Own Classic
  • 5 stars: "A veritable catalog of Californian soft rock, and it stands as a landmark of '70s mainstream pop/rock."
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The Beatles
Let It Be

  (Item #: beatlletit_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • With two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, this UK pressing is bringing out the best qualities Let It Be's sound
  • There's no studio wizardry, no heavy-handed mastering, no phony EQ - here is some of the most realistic, natural Beatles sound you can get
  • Copies like this one make good on the promise that Let It Be captures the greatest rock band of all time playing and singing their hearts out
  • "The album is on the whole underrated... it's an album well worth having, as when the Beatles were in top form here, they were as good as ever."
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Neil Young
Hawks and Doves

  (Item #: younghawks_1808_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb sounding pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • 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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Love
Revisited

  (Item #: love_revis_1802_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent throughout with both sides earning outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for their Bruce Botnick Big Rock Sound
  • The best pressings give you the kind of low-end punch and midrange presence you hear on The Doors' first and second albums
  • Bruce Botnick engineered both The Doors and Love, and their albums are hard to beat for recordings from '66 and '67
  • "A listener might find they have all the Love they need, if such a thing was ever possible, by just owning one album such as this."
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Jefferson Airplane
2400 Fulton Street

  (Item #: jeffe2400f_1803_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • These superb pressings earned Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on all four sides
  • If you're looking for excellent sound, quiet vinyl, and practically all the band's best material, this is the double album for you
  • We, of course, can't say these pressings are competitive with Hot Stampers of the original albums, but the best of them can be quite good sounding
  • 4 Stars: "...all of the essentials are here -- most of Surrealistic Pillow, along with highlights from the surrounding albums up through the end of the group's history and a few odd singles and B-sides that otherwise usually get overlooked."
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The Moody Blues
On The Threshold Of A Dream

  (Item #: moodyonthe_1806_1811) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This excellent pressing earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • The richness, sweetness, and warmth on this one give you exactly the sound you want for this wonderful music
  • This copy plays on relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... [I]n 1969 this was envelope-ripping, genre-busting music, scaling established boundaries into unknown territory, not only "outside the box" but outside of any musical box that had been conceived at that moment..."
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Toto
IV

  (Item #: toto_IV_1806_1811) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this copy of Toto's Must Own Masterpiece
  • Clear, lively and rockin' with the kind of smooth, rich, tubey sound you sure don't hear on too many '80s pop albums
  • Rosanna and Africa are both knockouts here, with amazing weight, scale and energy
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Toto IV was both the group's comeback and its peak... and Toto's best and most consistent record."
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Toto
Toto

  (Item #: toto_toto_1807_1811) 

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


  • This superb pressing of Toto's debut studio album boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • 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
  • Exceptional vinyl throughout - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - they didn't press them any quieter
  • "Toto had already influenced the course of '70s popular music by playing on half the albums that came out of L.A. All they were doing with this album was going public."
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R.E.M.
Reckoning

  (Item #: rem_recko_1807_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last
  • The overall sound here is super clean, clear and open with deep punchy bass and plenty of energy
  • "Reckoning runs through a set of ten jangle pop songs that are different not only in sound but in style from the debut. Where Murmur was enigmatic in its sound, Reckoning is clear, which doesn't necessarily mean that the songs themselves are straightforward. Michael Stipe continues to sing powerful melodies without enunciating, but the band has a propulsive kick that makes the music vital and alive... the songwriting is more direct and memorable than before..." - All Music
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David Bowie
Scary Monsters

  (Item #: bowiescary_1807_1811) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding copy of what some have called Bowie's last great album, with one side earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades and the other not far behind
  • The best British pressings like this one are big and clear yet rich and smooth, the best of all possible worlds
  • This UK LP plays about as quietly as any we have heard - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • 5 Stars: "David Bowie returned to relatively conventional rock & roll with Scary Monsters, an album that effectively acts as an encapsulation of all his '70s experiments. Reworking glam rock themes with avant-garde synth flourishes, and reversing the process as well, Bowie creates dense but accessible music throughout Scary Monsters."
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Hall and Oates
Abandoned Luncheonette

  (Item #: hallaaband_1810x) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with each side rating a sonic grade of Double Plus (A++) or better for Hall and Oates One True Masterpiece
  • Rich, sweet, open, and smooth, this is about as good as it gets on an early '70s multi-track popular recording
  • A Better Records favorite (Top 100 of course) and an absolute thrill when it sounds like this!
  • 5 stars: "Hall & Oates' second album was the first indication of the duo's talent for sleek, soul-inflected pop/rock. It featured the single "She's Gone," which would become a big hit in 1975 when it was re-released following the success of "Sara Smile.""
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Little Feat
Waiting For Columbus

  (Item #: littlwaiti_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) grades, or close to it, on all four sides, this copy of Waiting for Columbus is outstanding from first note to last
  • Some of the best sounding live rock and roll sound you will ever hear outside of a concert venue
  • One of our all-time favorite live recordings and their single best release - a true Masterpiece
  • "There's much to savor on Waiting for Columbus, one of the great live albums of its era, thanks to rich performances that prove Little Feat were one of the great live bands of their time."
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The Beach Boys
Surfin' U.S.A.

  (Item #: beachsurfi_1802_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb copy of this Beach Boys classic from 1963 - this one earned Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER for sound on both sides
  • Very few surf records offer the kind of realistic, lifelike sound you get from this pressing, on both sides
  • The sound is big, open, rich and full, with the performers front and center (as well as left and right)
  • "... the album as a whole is the best they would make, prior to the late '60s..." - All Music
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David Gilmour
David Gilmour

  (Item #: gilmodavid_1803_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - these sides are big, bold and spacious, just the way we like 'em
  • The bass is killer, tight with real weight, and the drums are punchy - exactly like the better Pink Floyd albums
  • For my money, this is a better sounding recording than The Final Cut or the Roger Waters solo debut
  • "By the time of Gilmour's solo debut, he had not only established himself several times over as an underrated, powerful guitarist in Pink Floyd, but as a remarkably emotional singer..."
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Sade
Promise

  (Item #: sade_promi_1811) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This early import pressing earned seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides and play quietly
  • You'd be hard-pressed to find a copy that's this well balanced, yet big and lively, with such wonderful clarity in the mids and highs
  • There’s no denying the power of Sade’s sultry voice when you can actually hear it - she is on fire on this album
  • Her best song is on side one here - Is It a Crime - and the big band arrangement will surely send chills up and down your spine, especially with this kind of sound quality
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Paul McCartney
Tug of War

  (Item #: mccartugof_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find oustanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on this superb copy of McCartney's great Tug Of War
  • The overall sound here is rich and full-bodied yet clean, clear and spacious, with note-like bass and relatively smooth vocals
  • A copy with transparency and clarity like this lets you appreciate George Martin's masterful production work
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... crowd-pleasing genre-hopping.. in general -- it is, by design, a record that gives the people old Beatle Paul -- but McCartney in general."
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The Beatles
A Collection of Beatles Oldies

  (Item #: beatlcolle_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy was one of the best we played in our recent shootout
  • 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 others as well
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Fleetwood Mac
Penguin

  (Item #: fleetpengu_1811) 

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
  • This early Reprise LP is a huge step up from most - this copy is full-bodied, smooth and musical - classic Fleetwood Mac sound
  • One of my favorite songs on the album is one of Christine McVie's best from this period, Did You Ever Love Me - on this pressing it's rich and sweet exactly the way it should be
  • "Fleetwood Mac's first album made after the departure of Danny Kirwan features the additions of guitarist Bob Weston and singer Dave Walker... This album gave Fleetwood Mac its best U.S. chart showing yet..."
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Grateful Dead
Wake Of The Flood

  (Item #: gratewakeo_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and vinyl that is exceptionally quite for this album
  • This original pressing has the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records cannot even BEGIN to reproduce
  • A difficult album to find good sound for, this is one of the few copies good enough to hit the site
  • "Wake of the Flood was certainly as good - if not arguably better than - most of their previous non-live efforts."
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Dave Mason
Headkeeper

  (Item #: masonheadk_1705s_1811) 

Our Price: $49.99

  • An excellent copy with Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last
  • The sound is big and open with tons of clarity, plenty of top end extension and a big bottom end
  • Some of the best sound Dave Mason ever managed, so let's give credit where credit is due, to the amazing engineer Al Schmitt
  • If you're a Dave Mason fan this is one of the better albums he's put out and it deserves a place in your collection
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Talking Heads
Fear of Music

  (Item #: talkifearo_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This Talking Heads LP boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish; 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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Bob Dylan
Nashville Skyline

  (Item #: dylannashv_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of this Dylan classic with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • 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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David Bowie
Space Oddity

  (Item #: bowiespace_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides, this is the right sound for Bowie's 1969 classic
  • Very full-bodied and lively sound, solid and present vocals, as well as excellent clarity all around
  • Ken Scott engineered at Trident; Rick Wakeman plays a mean mellotron
  • "Abandoning both the mod and Anthony Newley fascinations that marked his earlier recordings, Bowie delves into a lightly psychedelic folk-rock, exemplified by the album's soaring title track..."
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Peter Gabriel
So

  (Item #: gabriso_1801_1811) 

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


  • Two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides on relatively quiet vinyl for what some consider to be Peter Gabriel's best album
  • You'll be surprised how ANALOG this music can sound on the best copies - you've never heard the album sound better
  • Great songs including Don't Give Up, Sledgehammer, Big Time, Mercy Street, Red Rain, In Your Eyes and more
  • "Excellent albums followed, but the breathtaking So is the best introduction to a dazzling discography." Bruno MacDonald
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U2
October

  (Item #: u2___octob_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Outstanding sound throughout with both sides rating a strong Double Plus (A++) or BETTER for their big, bold sound
  • Balanced, musical and full throughout - this pressing is a big step up from many of the other originals that we played
  • Relatively quiet vinyl, with each side playing Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "... 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." - All Music
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Leonard Cohen
Live Songs

  (Item #: cohenlives_1806_1811) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding copy of Cohen's first live album, with superb Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • This excellent collection consists of the best performances of many of Cohen's most iconic songs - often strikingly different from the album versions - taken from different shows he performed early in his career, spanning the years '70 to '72
  • The best pressings like this one are rich and natural, with Cohen's voice especially deep and gravely, the way he sounds in real life as a matter of fact (!)
  • 4 stars: "...for those who've formed a friendship with the words and wisdom of Leonard Cohen, this album finds him raw and naked in one of his finest hours."
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Dr. John
Dr. John's Gumbo

  (Item #: drjohgumbo_1806_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Dr. John's Gumbo makes it back to the site, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Full, lively, and solid, this copy has just the right sound for this collection of quintessential New Orleans Rhythm and Blues tracks
  • The superbly talented Keith Olsen engineered - just one year later he would record Buckingham-Nicks, and two years after that Fleetwood Mac
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Dr. John's Gumbo bridged the gap between post-hippie rock and early rock & roll, blues, and R&B... that sly fusion of styles makes Dr. John's Gumbo one of Dr. John's finest albums."
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Foreigner
Foreigner

  (Item #: foreiforei_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of Foreigner's self-titled debut album with solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • Super big, full-bodied and spacious with plenty of bottom end weight, 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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Prince
Around The World In A Day

  (Item #: princaroun_1810) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding copy of with both sides rating a solid Double Plus (A++) on quite vinyl
  • The overall sound here is super big, rich and Tubey Magical, with a solid bottom end and energy to beat them all
  • Clean and clear and open are nice qualities to have, but rich and full are harder to come by on this record - but here they are!
  • "... a brave and deeply personal project, exploring sounds and ideas that were almost shocking coming from a pop icon at his peak." - Pitchfork
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Van Halen
Women And Children First

  (Item #: vanhawomen_1803_1810) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides
  • The overall sound here is big and full with a solid bottom end and tons of hard rockin' energy
  • About as quiet as they come - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "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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Phil Collins
Face Value

  (Item #: collifacev_1810_2) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Outstanding sound throughout with both sides of this original UK pressing rating a solid Double Plus (A++)
  • Hugh Padgham discovered an amazing drum sound on Peter Gabriel's 3rd album, and he really went to town with it on this one, Collins' debut (and Masterpiece)
  • His most consistent songwriting and many of his biggest hits - In The Air Tonight sounds amazing, but practically everything here does
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Collins proves himself a passionate singer with a gift for both deeply felt ballads and snarling rockers."
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Marshall Crenshaw
Marshall Crenshaw

  (Item #: crensmarh_1711_1810) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • A killer copy of Marshall Crenshaw's debut, earning seriously good Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides
  • Balanced, musical and full throughout - this pressing is a big step up from many of the other originals that we played
  • 5 Stars in Allmusic and a classic of "catchy, relatively unadorned guitar rock."
  • "The album is an alternately rousing and heartbreaking cycle of infectious pop rockers ("Cynical Girl," "Rockin' Around in N.Y.C.," "She Can't Dance") and ballads ("Mary Anne," "Not for Me") — none of them clocking in at more than 3:07."
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Elton John
Too Low For Zero

  (Item #: john_toolo_1711_1810) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides of this early British import LP - quiet vinyl too
  • There's some real Tubey Magic on this album, along with breathy vocals and plenty of rock and roll energy
  • I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues - the best song Elton's done in the last 35 years - is truly killer here
  • One of engineer Bill Price's best efforts behind the boards in the '80s, and Chris Thomas's production is State of the Art as usual
  • Allmusic 4 1/2 Stars: "Happily, this is a reunion that works like gangbusters, capturing everybody at a near-peak of their form."
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Bob Dylan
Planet Waves

  (Item #: dylanplane_1712_1810) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this is close to the best copy we played in our last shootout
  • With wonderfully rich, natural tonality, these early pressings are by far the best way to hear the album sound the way it should
  • Lots of great material on this one, not sure why it doesn't get more respect: On A Night Like This, Going Going Gone, Forever Young, You Angel You... these are seriously good, very well-recorded songs
  • "Reteaming with the Band, Bob Dylan winds up with an album that recalls New Morning more than The Basement Tapes, since Planet Waves is given to a relaxed intimate tone...
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The Moody Blues
Every Good Boy Deserves Favour

  (Item #: moodyevery_1804_1810) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - this is one of the better sounding copies we played in our recent shootout
  • With a wonderful combination of Tubey Magical richness and clarity, this pressing will be very hard to beat
  • Full-bodied and lush, yet not veiled or distant, this is the sound that brings the Moodies magic to life
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The best-realized of their classic albums, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour was also the last of the group's albums for almost a decade to be done under reasonably happy and satisfying circumstances — for the last time with this lineup, they went into the studio with a reasonably full song bag and a lot of ambition and brought both as far as time would allow..."
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Steve Miller Band
Book Of Dreams

  (Item #: millebooko_1701x_1810) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and fairly quiet vinyl make this a Must Own
  • Present and lively with full-bodied tonality, only the right originals give you this kind of sound
  • Jet Airliner, Swingtown, Jungle Love and Sacrifice all sound the way they should - ROCKIN'
  • 4 stars in Allmusic: "...this is a highlight of the '70s classic rock era and one of Miller's finest releases."
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America
America's Greatest Hits

  (Item #: amerihisto_1809_1810) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of America's 1975 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • Both sides have amazing clarity and presence, which is especially noticeable on the vocals
  • THE BIG SOUND on both sides lets this Greatest Hits compilation hold its own against the originals
  • "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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U2
The Unforgettable Fire

  (Item #: u2___unfor_1803_1810) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last - this is the way the album is supposed to sound
  • Quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus on both sides
  • Pride (In the Name of Love) is the big hit on this one, and the sound is appropriately glorious on this vintage copy
  • "U2 took their fondness for sonic bombast as far as it could go on War, so it isn't a complete surprise that they chose to explore the intricacies of the Edge's layered, effects-laden guitar on the follow-up. Working with producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, U2 created a dark, near-hallucinatory series of interlocking soundscapes ... ranking among U2's very best music..."
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Burt Bacharach
Reach Out

  (Item #: bachareach_1810) 

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
  • This copy had extension high and low and dynamic power that greatly impressed us
  • Tons of hits - The Look Of Love, Message To Michael, Alfie, What The World Needs Now, I Say A Little Prayer and more
  • Engineering by Phil Ramone (Casino Royale) and Henry Lewy (Sergio Mendes, Joni Mitchell) each doing their own tracks - compare and contrast for yourself
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Creedence Clearwater Revival
Creedence Clearwater...

  (Item #: creedcreed_1806_1810) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This an unusually good sounding copy of CCR's debut boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • The sound is big and rich with a punchy bottom, perfect for swamp rockers like I Put a Spell on You and Susie Q
  • A tough album to find with sound and surfaces as good as these - not as many copies qualify to make it to the site as we would like
  • 4 stars: "...the band's sound is vibrant, with gutsy arrangements that borrow equally from Sun, Stax, and the swamp."
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Leonard Cohen
Songs From A Room

  (Item #: cohensongs_1810) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding Red Label pressing earned Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • Yes, it's true, the Red Labels often have better sound, with even more Tubey Magic than many of the 360 pressings
  • 4 stars: "Songs from a Room's strongest moments convey a naked intimacy and fearless emotional honesty that's every bit as powerful as the debut, and it left no doubt that Cohen was a major creative force in contemporary songwriting."
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Sting
Bring on the Night

  (Item #: stingbring_1810_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of Sting's 1986 live album, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from beginning to end
  • This pressing is clean, clear, solid and energetic, with great bass and wonderful transparency - just the right sound for this music
  • Sting and his jazzy pals work through a good portion of his extensive catalog, including both Police songs and solo tracks
  • "Sting really got carried away with the idea that his supporting crew for Dream of the Blue Turtles was a real jazz band, and technically, he was kind of right … the loose, rather infectious performances show what Sting was trying to achieve with his debut."
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B.B. King
Friends

  (Item #: king_frien_1810) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish; quiet vinyl too!
  • Both sides here are incredibly full-bodied, clear and open with plenty of energy and deep punchy bass
  • One of the better sounding B.B. King records we've heard - it's a treat to hear B.B. singing, playing guitar and backed by a horn section without the mediocre sonics of the average copy ruining the fun
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Van Halen
1984

  (Item #: vanha1984_1810_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You will find outstanding sound on both sides of this vintage pressing, with each rating a solid Double Plus (A++) - this copy ROCKS
  • Exceptionally open, clear, and resolving, this pressing presents Van Halen's rock magic as it was meant to be heard
  • Tons of hits - Panama, Hot For Teacher, Jump, and with excellent sonic grades such as these they all sound fantastic
  • 5 stars: "It's the best showcase of Van Halen's instrumental prowess as a band, the best showcase for Diamond Dave's glorious shtick, the best showcase for their songwriting, just their flat-out best album overall."
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Crosby / Nash
Graham Nash/ David Crosby

  (Item #: crosbgraha_1810) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides - these Artisan originals are the only way to go!
  • The best sound Crosby and Nash ever managed as a duo - nothing else is all that close even
  • The vocals are exceptionally smooth and sweet here - this recording is the very definition of Midrange Magic
  • 4 stars: "This self-titled release is one of — if not arguably the — most impressive side project to arise from CSN. The best elements of each are readily available here, punctuated at every turn by their complicated vocal arrangements and air-lock harmonies."
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Crosby / Nash
Whistling Down The Wire

  (Item #: crosbwhist_1810) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding original pressing, Double Plus (A++) or BETTER on both sides, with especially clear, breathy vocals
  • The pair's third and best album, with notably better sound than Wind on the Water as well as some of their strongest songwriting
  • Finding good sound on an album with two or more members of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, in any configuration, has never been easy
  • "The music has an urgent, almost raw feel, and it comes as no surprise to discover that most of the tracks were recorded "live" in the studio with very little overdubbing."
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Level 42
World Machine

  (Item #: levelworld_1810) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other Level 42 album you've ever heard
  • The sound is huge - richer, bigger, clearer and more open than most of the other copies we played
  • A Better Records favorite for more than thirty years, the rare '80s album that holds up today
  • The big hit Something About You ROCKS on this copy - only these British originals let you turn it up and hear it right
  • "World Machine pushes their newfound radio-friendly sound into the forefront, and the result is one of the finest pop albums of the mid-'80s. "Something About You" exemplifies Level 42's sound at the peak of its success."
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David Lindley
El Rayo-X

  (Item #: lindlelray_1804_1810) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • Two great sides: Double Plus (A++) for the second, close behind for the first
  • If you're looking for deep punchy bass; crashing dynamics; silky sweet vocal harmonies; grungy slide guitars; tons of ambience; and super low distortion sound, this is the copy for you.
  • Engineered in 1981 by Greg Ladanyi, the very next year he would take home the Best Engineering Grammy for Toto IV (one helluva good sounding album and a former member of our Top 100).
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "One of the greatest rock music albums of its time. Fabulous."
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B.B. King
Midnight Believer

  (Item #: king_midni_1810) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish; the first copy to hit the site in years!
  • Both sides are incredibly big, full-bodied, clean and clear with lots of energy and deep punchy bass
  • B.B. is backed by members of The Crusaders here, and on a copy like this one you can really get a sense of just how much they contribute to this music
  • "Another collaboration that worked a lot better than one might have expected. King and the Crusaders blended in a marginally funky, contemporary style for the buoyant "Never Make Your Move Too Soon" and an uplifting "When It All Comes Down." - All Music
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Jennifer Warnes
Famous Blue Raincoat

  (Item #: warnefamou_1810x) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This pressing of Jennifer Warnes' Must Own Masterpiece boasts very good Hot Stamper sound on both sides
  • QUIET vinyl for this title - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - they don't come any cleaner than this
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Warnes wisely took a tougher, more contemporary approach to the arrangements than such past Cohen interpreters as Judy Collins used to. Where other singers tended to geld Cohen's often disturbingly revealing poetry, Warnes, working with the composer himself and introducing a couple of great new songs, matched his own versions..."
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Astrud Gilberto
Look To The Rainbow

  (Item #: gilbelookt_1807_1810) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • This kind of spacious, warm, rich, Tubey Magical analog sound is gone forever - you have to go back to 1966 to find it
  • Creed Taylor (the CTI man) produced, Gil Evans did most of the arrangements, Rudy Van Gelder and Val Valentin engineered - what's not to like?
  • 4 1/2 stars: "This was a beautiful bossa nova record of Astrud Gilberto's vocal stylings..."
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The Who
Who By Numbers

  (Item #: who__whoby_1804_1810) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • An outstanding copy with strong Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides
  • Glyn Johns' MAGIC is on display here, with open mics in a big studio space creating the 3-D Soundscapes we love
  • Features two of their most iconic songs, Slip Kid and Squeezebox, and both sound great on this copy
  • Allmusic 4 Stars - Rolling Stone raves: "They may have made their greatest album in the face of [their personal problems]. But only time will tell."
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Creedence Clearwater Revival
Bayou Country

  (Item #: creedbayou_1810_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Two outstanding sides, earning very strong Double Plus (A++) sonic grades and pressed on fairly quiet vinyl
  • Proud Mary and Good Golly Miss Molly are two of the best sounding tracks found on the album - they sound great here
  • Our pick for the best sounding CCR recording -- when you have a copy that sounds as good as this one does
  • "All the songs add up to a superb statement of purpose, a record that captures Creedence Clearwater Revival's muscular, spare, deceptively simple sound as an evocative portrait of America." — 4 1/2 stars
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