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White Hot Stamper

Steely Dan
Aja

  (Item #: steelaja_1811) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • A STUNNING copy - you won't believe how BIG and BOLD the sound is; Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it on both sides
  • Punchy, full and smooth, with the kind of rhythmic energy that brings out the jazzy funk in the music
  • A Better Records Rock and Pop Top 100 album and a true Demo Disc on an exceptional pressing like this
  • 4 1/2 stars: "With Aja, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen's obsession with sonic detail and fascination with composition reached new heights. A coolly textured and immaculately produced collection of sophisticated jazz-rock, Aja has none of the overt cynicism or self-consciously challenging music that distinguished previous Steely Dan records ... a shining example of jazz-rock at its finest. "
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Super Hot Stamper

Steely Dan
Aja

  (Item #: steelaja_1810_1812) 

Our Price: $179.99
Sale Price: $149.00 (You save $30.99 / 17%)


  • Killer Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - this pressing will show you a BIG, BOLD Aja you never knew existed
  • Punchy, full and smooth, with the kind of rhythmic energy that brings out the cool, jazzy funk that's at the heart of the album
  • A Top 100 album on an exceptionally lively pressing such as this - the Aja suite here is amazing
  • 4 1/2 stars: "With Aja, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen's obsession with sonic detail and fascination with composition reached new heights. A coolly textured and immaculately produced collection of sophisticated jazz-rock, Aja has none of the overt cynicism or self-consciously challenging music that distinguished previous Steely Dan records ... a shining example of jazz-rock at its finest. "
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Super Hot Stamper

Michael McDonald
If That's What It Takes

  (Item #: mcdoniftha_1803) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • An excellent copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER for Michael McDonald's Masterpiece
  • One of the All Time Great Jeff Porcaro Drum Exhibition Records (with the equally amazing Steve Gadd handling the other tracks)
  • Some of the best Pop Rock engineering of all time, courtesy of Lee Herschberg and Donn Landee
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic - more importantly, this is a dramatically better album than anything the Doobies ever released
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Super Hot Stamper

The Doobie Brothers
Livin' On The Fault Line

  (Item #: doobilivin_1709x) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • An excellent copy that earned Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides - it's big, rich and solid
  • The best songs here can hold their own with anything from Minute by Minute and Takin' It to the Streets
  • A sophisticated, soulful pop album from the Michael McDonald era with far too many great songs to list
  • Allmusic 4 stars: "Some of the most challenging and well-developed music of the band's career."
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Hot Stamper

The Doobie Brothers
Livin' On The Fault Line

  (Item #: doobilivin_1804) 

Our Price: $49.99

  • A solid copy that earned Hot Stamper sonic grades on both sides - it's big and rich
  • The best songs here can hold their own with anything from Minute by Minute and Takin' It to the Streets
  • A sophisticated, soulful pop album from the Michael McDonald era with far too many great songs to list
  • Allmusic 4 stars: "Some of the most challenging and well-developed music of the band's career."
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Christopher Cross - Christopher Cross

Ride Like the Wind

  (Item #: crosschris_wtlf) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you critically evaluate your copy of the album.

There's one test on side two that few copies do well on. The mostly instrumental section in the middle of Ride Like the Wind has a huge chorus singing in a wonderfully reverberant studio. Only the most transparent, most distortion-free copies let you clearly hear all their voices bouncing off the walls.

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Doobie Brothers - Takin’ It to the Streets

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: doobitakin_2009) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

SUPERB SOUND on this A++ / A+++ White Hot Stamper -- who in his right mind thought this record could sound this good? Not us! We’ve been buying pressings for years with virtually nothing to show for it; that’s why you haven’t seen a Hot Stamper hit the site since 2007. The typical copy of this album has no real top or bottom; that’s what separates the men from the boys on Takin’ It to the Streets. That shrunken, flat, two-dimensional, lifeless, compressed, midrangy sound you’re so used to hearing on Doobies Brothers albums (to this day I still haven’t found a good Minute by Minute!) is the rule, and this pressing the exception.

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Michael McDonald - If That's What It Takes

Great Sounding Soulful Pop

  (Item #: mcdoniftha_2016) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame.

For soulful pop it doesn’t get much better than a Hot Stamper pressing of Michael McDonald's first album. The bottom end has real weight, the top is extended and sweet, the vocals are breathy and present, and the energy is off the charts. Just listen to how rich and full-bodied the midrange is!

With the right pressing the highs open up and his vocals JUMP out of the speakers. He's RIGHT THERE.

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Michael McDonald - If That’s What It Takes

MoFi Debunked

  (Item #: mcdoniftha_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another MoFi LP debunked.

The MoFi pressing of this album is a complete disaster -- it’s even fatter, muddier and more compressed than the standard domestic copy, as improbable as that may seem. It was mastered by Jack Hunt, a man we know to be responsible for some of the thickest, dullest, deadest MoFi recuts in the history of their shameful catalog. With mastering credits on this album, Gerry Rafferty (058) and Blondie (050) you have to wonder how this guy kept getting work.

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The Doobie Brothers - Minute By Minute

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: doobiminut_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

This is undoubtedly the band's MASTERPIECE, assuming you're a Michael McDonald fan, and we very much are fans here at Better Records. With this Super Hot Stamper side two we can now definitively say that the quality of the sound matches the quality of the music. What a WONDERFUL sounding pop record. This is Donn Landee at his best -- tonally correct, spacious, clear and sweet, with vocal choruses that can really take off when called upon. With Ted Templeman running the show this is an Audiophile Quality Pop Music Production that's as close to perfect as one has any right to expect.

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The Doobie Brothers - Minute By Minute

Nautilus Debunked

  (Item #: doobiminut_debunk) 




Sonic Grade: D

A Hall of Shame pressing and another Half Speed debunked.

You may remember reading on the site that we used to like the Nautilus Half-Speed of this title. Playing our Nautilus copy against the better domestic pressings made us wonder what the hell we must have been smoking. The Nautilus was awful -- veiled and compressed, with a lightweight bottom end. (The Nautilus of Threshold of a Dream is another one we used to like and boy does that record sound awful these days.)

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