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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
So Far

  (Item #: crosbsofar_1906_1908) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • This stunning copy offers insanely good Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Huge, rich and energetic, this pressing brings the gorgeous harmonies of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young to life like nothing you have ever heard
  • The two exclusive tracks, Ohio and Find the Cost of Freedom, are amazingly well recorded - both have Demo Disc sound here
  • If you've made the mistake of buying any Heavy Vinyl pressing containing any of these songs, this record will show you just exactly what you've been missing
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Neil Young
After The Gold Rush

  (Item #: youngafter_1906) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A KILLER copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second
  • The vinyl embodiment of the Classic Analog Rock sound we love - rich, full-bodied, warm, punchy, dynamic and clear
  • One of our favorite classic rock albums for music and sound, arguably Neil's best, probably his most consistent
  • 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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White Hot Stamper

Neil Young
Harvest

  (Item #: youngharve_1908) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • With two KILLER Triple Plus (A+++) sides, this vintage pressing of Neil's undeniable classic is guaranteed to blow the doors off any Harvest you've ever heard
  • The sound is rich and full-bodied with exceptional analog warmth and wonderful vocal presence, true to the quality of the recording
  • A Top 100 album and a sublime recording 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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Neil Young
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

  (Item #: youngevery_1906x) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A MONSTER Shootout Winning early pressing with incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides - this is the copy you have been waiting for!
  • Live-in-Your-Listening-Room sound throughout - miles beyond any copy you've heard (or ever will hear) - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Includes immortal classics such as "Cinnamon Girl," "Cowgirl in the Sand," and "Down by the River," just to name three
  • 5 stars: "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere was breathtakingly different when it appeared in May 1969, both for Young and for rock in general... almost 30 years later [make that 49], he was still playing this sort of music with Crazy Horse, and a lot of contemporary bands were playing music clearly influenced by it."
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White Hot Stamper

Neil Young
Comes A Time

  (Item #: youngcomes_1905_1_1907) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A stunning copy of Neil Young's 1978 release, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides
  • 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 best copies of Comes a Time, like this one, 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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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Neil Young
On The Beach

  (Item #: youngonthe_1908_1_) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A KILLER early pressing of this Neil Young Classic with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound throughout, coming in just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • The title track has that live-in-the-studio sound we love about Zuma, but in this case it sounds like it was recorded at three in the morning in a room full of pot smoke
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "...where Time Fades Away was embattled and Tonight's the Night mournful, On the Beach was savage and, ultimately, triumphant... he was saying goodbye to despair, not being overwhelmed by it."
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Super Hot Stamper

Neil Young
Harvest

  (Item #: youngharve_1902_1908) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this vintage pressing of Neil's undeniable classic is guaranteed to blow the doors off any Harvest you've ever heard
  • The sound is rich and full-bodied with exceptional analog warmth and wonderful vocal presence, true to the quality of the recording
  • A Better Records 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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Super Hot Stamper

Neil Young
Neil Young

  (Item #: youngneily_1907_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This rare, original pressing of Neil Young's solo debut earned superb Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides
  • One of Neil's toughest to find with top quality sound and audiophile playing surfaces - this copy has a few problems, but we expect the sound of the original will win you over - and the cover is truly exceptional as well
  • Only these early pressings with the first mix have the potential to sound as good as this one does - play The Loner to hear it finally ROCK
  • "...a flowing tributary from the over-all Springfield river of twangs, breathless vocals and slim yet stout instrumentation. Especially vivid is Young's sense of melancholy and the ingenious clusters of images he employs in his lyrics (printed in full)."
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White Hot Stamper

Neil Young
Old Ways

  (Item #: youngoldwa_1906) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A stunning pressing of Neil's 1985 release with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • We just finished a big shootout for Neil's country-fried album and this was THE BEST copy to hit our table
  • White Hot copies of Neil's unabashed country album (hello Waylon Jennings!) rarely hit the site - this is only the second we've had in many years
  • We guarantee this one will make your MoFi pressing sound like the bad joke it was back in 1996 or your money back and then some
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Neil Young
Neil Young

  (Item #: youngneily_1901_1907) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This vintage pressing of Neil Young's solo debut has superb Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last
  • Surely one of Neil's toughest to find with top quality sonics, but here it is, sounding rich, warm and clear
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl for any early Neil Young album, especially this one - it's rare to find one in audiophile playing condition
  • "...a flowing tributary from the over-all Springfield river of twangs, breathless vocals and slim yet stout instrumentation. Especially vivid is Young's sense of melancholy and the ingenious clusters of images he employs in his lyrics (printed in full)."
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Super Hot Stamper

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
So Far

  (Item #: crosbsofar_1904_9) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $169.00 (You save $30.99 / 15%)


  • You'll find solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this outstanding copy of So Far - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound on this superb pressing is full-bodied and lively, with solid and present vocals, as well as vocal dynamics that are hard to find on most rock records
  • The two exclusive tracks, Ohio and Find the Cost of Freedom, are amazingly well recorded - both sound fantastic here
  • If you've made the mistake of buying any Heavy Vinyl pressing containing any of these songs, this record will show you just exactly what you've been missing
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Super Hot Stamper

Neil Young
Tonight's The Night

  (Item #: youngtonig_1908) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb sounding copy of this Neil Young classic with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Both sides here are clean, clear and present with a deep punchy bottom end and plenty of energy
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "Tonight's the Night was Young's musical expression of grief, combined with his rejection of the stardom he had achieved in the late '60s and early '70s... the album immediately was recognized as a unique masterpiece by critics, and it has continued to be ranked as one of the greatest rock & roll albums ever made."
  • These aren't easy to find and they cost good dough, so why not get a copy guaranteed to play well and sound better than every other copy you've ever heard?
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White Hot Stamper

Neil Young
Hawks and Doves

  (Item #: younghawks_1901_5_9) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $169.00 (You save $30.99 / 15%)


  • An exceptional pressing with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and a solid Double Plus (A++) side two - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The trick on this album is to find rich, smooth, edge-free sound, and this copy delivers those qualities like nothing else we played all day
  • "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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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Neil Young
After The Gold Rush

  (Item #: youngafter_1903_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding pressing, with solid Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them on both sides - guaranteed excellent sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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_1906_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) Front Row Center sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This copy is full-bodied, smooth and musical, the classic sound of Neil Young at his performing peak
  • Never released on CD, this is one of the toughest Neil Young albums to find in the bins, especially with sound like this
  • 4 stars: "If the performances are often loose and ragged, they're also brimming with emotional force, and despite the dashed hopes of "Yonder Stands the Sinner" and "Last Dance," "Don't Be Denied" is a moving remembrance of Young's childhood and what music has meant to him, and it's one of the most powerful performances Young ever committed to vinyl. Time Fades Away ranks with the bravest and most painfully honest albums of his career..."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet)

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
4 Way Street

  (Item #: crosb4ways_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Deja Vu

  (Item #: crosbdejav_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb Big and Bold copy that earned seriously good sonic grades of Double Plus (A++) on both sides
  • The sound is HUGE -- lively, present and rich in a way that nothing you've heard can compete with
  • One of our all time favorite albums at Better Records and one that almost never sounds THIS good
  • 5 stars: "...this variety made Déjà Vu a rich musical banquet for the most serious and personal listeners, while mass audiences reveled in the glorious harmonies and the thundering electric guitars..."
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Super Hot Stamper

Neil Young
Rust Never Sleeps

  (Item #: youngrustn_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides, making this one of the more enjoyable copies we've played in our recent shootout
  • It's not easy to find copies that get both the quieter, acoustic material and the big, rockin' Crazy Horse stuff right, but this one does
  • With some fairly quiet passages of music, both sides play exceptionally well for this title - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • 5 stars: "His strongest collection since Tonight's the Night, its obvious antecedent was Bob Dylan's Bringing It All Back Home, and, as Dylan did, Young divided his record into acoustic and electric sides while filling his songs with wildly imaginative imagery."
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Super Hot Stamper

Neil Young
Zuma

  (Item #: youngzuma_1903_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • These Double Plus (A++) sides of Neil's exceptionally well recorded 1975 Masterpiece are guaranteed to floor audiophiles and Neil Young fans alike - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Zuma captures a kind of garage band purity that makes practically any other studio album you own sound processed and desiccated in comparison
  • For a hard-rockin' Neil Young album with Demonstration Quality sound, you'll have a hard time finding a better choice than a Hot Stamper pressing of Zuma
  • A Must Own Top 100 Title - just drop the needle on Danger Bird or Cortez the Killer to have your mind blown!
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Super Hot Stamper

Buffalo Springfield
Again

  (Item #: buffaagain_1902_1907) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find Double Plus (A++) Tubey Magical Analog sound from start to finish for Buffalo Springfield's sophomore release
  • Consistently brilliant songwriting and production: Mr. Soul; A Child's Claim To Fame; Expecting To Fly; Bluebird; Hung Upside Down; Sad Memory; Rock & Roll Woman; Broken Arrow and more!
  • The vinyl plays exceptionally quietly, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - this is as quiet as they pressed them
  • A Desert Island Disc for yours truly - 5 Stars:"...this record stands as their greatest triumph... its classic status cannot be denied"
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Super Hot Stamper

Crosby, Stills and Nash
Daylight Again

  (Item #: crosbdayli_1905) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This outstanding copy of Daylight Again (the last good record these guys would ever make) earned solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grades - relatively quiet vinyl too
  • This is the embodiment of the Classic CSN sound we love - rich, full-bodied, warm, punchy, dynamic and clear
  • Steven Barncard, one of our favorite recording engineers, no doubt deserves most of the credit
  • Allmusic on Wasted on the Way and Southern Cross: "Both were extracted as singles and became among the best-known tracks not only on Daylight Again, but also in the post-'60s CSN canon."
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Super Hot Stamper

Neil Young
Live Rust

  (Item #: youngliver_1810_1907) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This pressing boasts HUGE, powerful live Neil Young in-concert sound, earning Double Plus (A++) grades on all four sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Not many recordings, live or otherwise, give you this kind of unvarnished, front-row experience
  • This KILLER live set, the ultimate Neil Young acoustic and electric concert collection, combines brilliant early material (After the Gold Rush) with wonderful later songs such as the amazing "My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)," "Hey Hey, My My," and "Tonight's the Night"
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic, just check the track listing and get ready to hear some all-time great Neil Young classics come to life right in your very own listening room
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Super Hot Stamper

Neil Young
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

  (Item #: youngevery_1810_1907) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With an excellent Double Plus (A++) throughout, this copy of Neil's breakthrough second album ROCKS
  • VERY quiet vinyl for the most part, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus or close to it on both sides
  • Includes some of Neil's most beloved classics: "Cinnamon Girl," "Cowgirl in the Sand," and "Down by the River" just to name three
  • 5 stars: "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere was breathtakingly different when it appeared in May 1969, both for Young and for rock in general, and it reversed his commercial fortunes...."
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Super Hot Stamper

Neil Young
Old Ways

  (Item #: youngoldwa_1906_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • A surprisingly good sounding pressing with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Big, full-bodied and energetic, with wonderfully present vocals and a huge bottom end - shocking for 1985
  • We guarantee this one will make your MoFI pressing sound like the bad joke it was back in 1996 or your money back and then some
  • "... this turns out to be his most carefully crafted album since Comes a Time... Pretty amazing." - Rolling Stone
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Super Hot Stamper

Neil Young
Time Fades Away

  (Item #: youngtimef_1906) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding vintage pressing, with Double Plus (A++) Front Row Center sound on both sides
  • Clearly a step up from many that we played in our shootout - this copy is full-bodied, smooth and musical, the classic sound of Neil Young at his performing peak
  • Never released on CD, this is one of the toughest Neil Young albums to find in the bins, especially with sound like this
  • 4 stars: "Time Fades Away ranks with the bravest and most painfully honest albums of his career — like the tequila Young was drinking on that tour, it isn't for everyone, but you may be surprised by its powerful effects."
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Super Hot Stamper

Buffalo Springfield
Last Time Around

  (Item #: buffalastt_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides and reasonably quiet vinyl, this was clearly one of the most enjoyable copies we played in our last shootout
  • Relaxed, rich and tubey, yet clear, this is the kind of sound you always wanted from The Buffalo Springfield but had no way to hear, until now
  • Some of the best songs the band ever wrote are right here: I Am A Child, Kind Woman and too many more to list
  • If Buffalo Springfield Again deserves a Five Star rating then Last Time Around does too - it's every bit as brilliant
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Super Hot Stamper

Neil Young
Comes A Time

  (Item #: youngcomes_1811_1906) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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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Super Hot Stamper

Neil Young
Hawks and Doves

  (Item #: younghawks_1808_1905) 

Our Price: $99.99

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

Neil Young
Zuma

  (Item #: youngzuma_1904) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • A very good copy of Neil's exceptionally well recorded 1975 Masterpiece with Hot Stamper sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The best sides are clean, clear and super spacious with a punchy bottom end and lots of bottom end weight
  • Zuma captures a kind of garage band purity that makes practically any other studio album you own sound processed and desiccated in comparison
  • A Must Own Top 100 Title - just drop the needle on Danger Bird or Cortez the Killer to have your mind blown!
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Super Hot Stamper

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
4 Way Street

  (Item #: crosb4ways_1908) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • Mostly outstanding sound for CSN&Y's classic live double album, with two sides boasting solid Double Plus (A++) sound and two just shy of those grades
  • This live album gives you the "naked" sound of the real thing - the real voices and the real guitars and the real everything else, in a way that would never happen again
  • "Crosby, Stills. Nash, and Young are all performers of unquestionable talent, and mostly because they stay out of each others' way, 4 Way Street must surely be their best album to date."
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Super Hot Stamper

Buffalo Springfield
Retrospective - The Best Of...

  (Item #: buffaretro_1904_1) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • An excellent copy with Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last
  • The Tubey Magical richness on the best pressings is a joy to hear
  • Kind Woman and I Am A Child sound incredible - listen to all that space
  • A wonderful compilation, 5 stars on Allmusic - this is absolutely Must Own Music
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Hot Stamper

Neil Young
Comes A Time

  (Item #: youngcomes_1905) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • You'll find very good Hot Stamper sound from first note to last on this 1978 release
  • Nicolette Larson lends beautiful harmonies that produce a special quality few of Neil's records have
  • A Top 100 title - the best copies of Comes a Time are right up there with the best recordings in Neil's catalog. That's saying a lot
  • 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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Hot Stamper

Neil Young
Old Ways

  (Item #: youngoldwa_1803_1811) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • A surprisingly good sounding pressing earning Hot Stamper grades on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Neil's unabashed country album (hello Waylon Jennings!) has been a long time coming; it's the first copy to hit the site in over five years
  • We guarantee this one will make your MoFI pressing sound like the bad joke it was back in 1996 or your money back and then some
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Crosby, Still and Nash - Replay

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: crosbrepla_vta) 



This is another very handy record for setting your Vertical Tracking Angle. The end of Shadow Captain has loud vocals and punchy bass, which are a bit difficult to reproduce. (Forget trying to get this song to sound good if you don’t have an exceptionally good copy.)

The next song is To The Last Whale, which starts with Nash and Crosby's multitracked voices in a big hall. With the correct VTA, their voices should sound silky and sweet. If your arm is too far down in the back, they will get a bit dull. Too high, and they will lose that breathy, "fluffy" quality. And once you get their voices to sound just right, make sure the ending of Shadow Captain is still punchy and dynamic.

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"In Defense of the Beginner..."

Shootouts Are a Bitch

  (Item #: youngzuma_shootout_letter) 



One of our good customers wrote to tell us of a shootout he conducted a while back. This is his story.

Tom:

In defense of the beginner audiophile: I am a spoiled owner of many of your Hot Stamper LPs. (So please don’t tell anyone where I live!) You endlessly bash us newbies as not being able to tell the difference in sound between two sides of a record. Fair enough – usually we can’t. In our defense, it is very difficult to tell differences between two sides of an album if BOTH sides sound like s__t! Where I come from this is the norm; two crappy sides.

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30 Years of Bad Sounding Deja Vu's

Wiped Away in an Instant!

  (Item #: crosbdejav_30years) 



A testimonial from a customer for his Hot Stamper Deja Vu discusses what it takes to get good sound from your stereo. (Hint: it's a good sounding record, duh.)

I have come to a conclusion - no matter whether I had the best $50,000 amps in the world or a $29,000 phono supply or the $150,000 Wilson Alexandria speakers or all that other incredible stuff that audiophiles lust for - not one of those items can make a shit record sound anything but like a shit record. There is no overcoming the original source material that you play on your stereo system.

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Buffalo Springfield - Again

Extracting the Midrange Magic

  (Item #: buffaagain_wtlf) 



Another in our ongoing series of Random Thoughts concerning music and recordings.

So many copies of this album sound so bad and play so poorly that most audiophiles have by now written it off as a lost cause. But we didn't. We kept at it, and our main motivation was the music.

Extracting the midrange magic from a album like this should be the goal of every right-thinking audiophile. Who cares what's on the TAS Super Disc List? I want to play the music that I love, not because it sounds good, but because I love it. And if the only way to find good sounding copies of typically poorly-mastered, beat-to-death records such as this one is to go through a big pile of them, well then, I guess that's what we'll have to do.

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Buffalo Springfield - Again

Our Shootout Winner from 2007

  (Item #: buffaagain_2007) 



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

This original Plum and Tan Atco label Hot Stamper pressing has TWO AMAZING SIDES and fairly quiet vinyl. A Double Plus (A++) Sound and Mint Minus vinyl makes the copy the Black Swan of this shootout, that’s for sure.

You have never heard a better pressing of what many consider to be Buffalo Springfield's Masterpiece, Buffalo Springfield Again. We guarantee this copy will blow your mind or your money back! Only one side of one copy had better sound, and that one was noticeably noisier, so we crowning this one King of the Buffalo Springfield Again Shootout for 2007.

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Buffalo Springfield - Last Time Around

Listening for Tubey Magic Down Low

  (Item #: buffalastt_wtlf) 



On even the best copies there's a bit too much Tubey Magic in the bass I regret to say. Tubbiness and bloat were par for the course. This may explain why so many copies have rolled off bass; the engineer cut the bass because he heard how tubby it was and figured no bass is better than bad bass.

Which is just not true. Cutting the bass leans out and "modernizes" the sound, making the voices sound thin and dry. This pretty much ruins everything on this album just the way it ruins everything in practically every modern recording I hear. Having your bass under control on the playback side isn't easy -- in fact it's probably the hardest thing to achieve in audio -- but it can be done, and with good bass control the slightly wooly bass is just part of the sound you learn to accept.

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Buffalo Springfield - Last Time Around

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: buffalastt_2013) 



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

It's really shocking how good this album can sound on the right pressings. When you get hold of one and know how to clean it right, some of these pressings are a damn sight better than the vast majority of audiophiles think! And the music, of course, is CLASSIC. The best side one and the best side two in our last shootout, unfortunately, were less than impressive on their flipsides. We've paired them up to give you the best sound we can find for the entire album! And if you want to hear exactly what you're paying for, just turn either copy over and prepare to be underwhelmed.

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - 4 Way Street

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: crosb4ways_2012) 



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

If you want to hear Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young rock out live in your listening room, this copy will let you do it. It's not easy to find good sound on even one side of this album, let alone all four!

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - 4 Way Street

What to Listen For

  (Item #: crosb4ways_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.

If the singers get hard and shrill in the louder passages, then what you have is a pretty typical pressing. Add grit and grain, smeared transients, opacity, surface noise and a lack of weight down low and you'll know why it takes us years to find enough copies to shoot out -- because this is what most pressings sound like.

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Deja Vu

An Album We Are Clearly Obsessed With

  (Item #: crosbdejav_obsess) 



DEJA VU is an album we admit to being obsessed with -- just look at the number of commentaries we've written about it.

For their second album, Crosby, Stills and Nash added Neil Young to their roster and proceeded to record what we consider to be one of the Ten Best Sounding Rock Records of all time.

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Deja Vu

Latest Developments

  (Item #: crosbdejav_wrong_2016) 



There are two areas in which we would like to amend some of the previous comments we've made about Deja Vu. The first has to do with early pressings. Many years ago we wrote the following:

As we noted in previous commentary, the originals are uniformly awful. Want some inside info on stampers to avoid, free of charge? C and D are pretty bad news most of the time.

Although that's still true -- Deja Vu is a very difficult album to find with good sound no matter what stampers you have -- we now know that there are very good sounding copies, Shootout Winning copies in fact, with early stampers.

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Deja Vu

A Review of the Classic Records Pressing

  (Item #: crosbdejav_classic_records) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another Classic Records LP badly mastered for the benefit of credulous audiophiles.

If you bought the Classic Record Heavy Vinyl pressing, you should know by now how badly Classic Records ripped you off.

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Deja Vu

A Tale of Two MoFi Pressings

  (Item #: crosbdejav_mofi_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F (or not!)

A Hall of Shame pressing and another MoFi LP debunked.

Just for fun about 10 years ago I pulled out a MoFi pressing of Deja Vu I had laying around. I hadn't played their version in a long time. I could have gone a lot longer without playing it, because what I heard was pretty disappointing. Playing their record confirmed all my prejudices. The highs sizzled and spit. The heart of the midrange was recessed and sour.

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Deja Vu

Our Four Plus Side Two from 2016

  (Item #: crosbdejav_2016) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame

We award this copy's side two our very special Four Plus A++++ grade, which is strictly limited to pressings (really, individual sides of pressings) that take a recording to a level never experienced by us before, a level we had no idea could even exist. We estimate that less than one per cent of the Hot Stamper pressings we come across in our shootouts earn this grade. You can't get much more rare than that.

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Deja Vu

Our Shootout Winner from 2007

  (Item #: crosbdejav_2007) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame and another in the long list of recordings that really comes alive when you Turn Up Your Volume.

MASTER TAPE SOUND ON BOTH SIDES -- Folks, it just doesn’t get any better than this. To say this copy murders the competition is the understatement of the year. There is only ONE stamper that gives you the Deja Vu magic from top to bottom and this is it. [We know now that that isn't true.]

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - So Far

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: crosbsofar_depth) 



Presenting another entry in our extensive Listening in Depth series with advice on what to listen for as you critically evaluate your copy of So Far.

For example, on Find the Cost of Freedom the best copies have DEMO DISC QUALITY SOUND. You could say everything that needs to be said about the beauty of analog with this one track alone. It's not even two minutes long, but it's two really wonderful minutes of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young at the height of their powers. The voices should sound as sweet and as silky as any CSN three part (four part?) harmony you have ever heard. This song rivals Helplessly Hoping for vocal blend.

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - So Far

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: crosbsofar_2012) 



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

We've put together two Shootout Winning White Hot Stamper sides to give you the ultimate So Far. It took two separate records to do it, however, as most copies of the album do not rise above the level of mediocre, and mediocre is not what we sell here at Better Records.

The killer sides here sound like they are made from the MASTER TAPE. They trounced any and all comers during the shootout. No other copies earned Three Pluses, only these two.

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Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

Music Does the Driving

  (Item #: crosbstillsandnash_overview) 



Of course it's easy to argue that finding good sound on an album with two or more members of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, in any configuration, has never been easy. It's the rare copy of either of the first two albums that's even listenable, and the CSN album from 1977 doesn't sound nearly as good as any of the first three Crosby/Nash albums. Which simply means that the "good" sound of our Hot Stamper copies is far better than what most audiophiles own of any of these guys in combination.
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How to Find a Hot Stamper Deja Vu

Hint: Ignore Conventional Wisdom

  (Item #: crosbdejav_conventionalwisdom) 



A testimonial from a customer for his Hot Stamper Deja Vu provides a forum for the discussion of just what are the higher fidelity pressings.

Never make the mistake of confusing Better Sounding pressing with More Original pressing; they have nothing -- and I mean nothing -- to do with each other. It’s just another Record Collecting Canard. The audio world is full of them.

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Neil Young - After the Gold Rush

Heavy Vinyl Debunked

  (Item #: youngafter_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame Pressing and another Heavy Vinyl LP debunked.

I won't go into too much detail discussing the sound of this new pressing because, frankly, it's just not worth anybody's time, even mine, and I do this for a living.

We know what the good pressings of the album sound like, we play them regularly, and this newly remastered vinyl is missing almost everything that makes the album essential to any Right Thinking Music Lover's collection.

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Neil Young - After the Gold Rush

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: youngafter_depth) 



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

Folks, a Hot Stamper collection of the Greatest Records of All Time would not be complete without a knockout copy of After the Gold Rush. That’s why it's been a Better Records All Time Top Ten Rock Title right from the start. We built our reputation on finding Demo Disc Quality recordings like this. Who else can offer you a copy of the album that delivers this kind of ANALOG MAGIC?

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Neil Young - After the Gold Rush

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: youngafter_2011) 



This amazing copy of AFTER THE GOLD RUSH is a member of our Better Records Rock Hall of Fame.

It's an album we admit to being just a bit obsessed with. We love the album and we hope you do too. If you have some time on your hands -- maybe a bit too much time on your hands -- please feel free to check out our commentaries.

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Neil Young - After the Gold Rush

We Loved This Copy So Much in 2005 We Asked $200 for It

  (Item #: youngafter_2005_) 



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

This is the story of how we discovered our very first killer copy of After the Gold Rush. What a thrill it was to finally hear the album sound so amazing, this after hearing so many mediocre copies over the years. It's records like this that made us eventually put 100% of our resources into finding records that sound like this one -- or better!

This is the way we heard After the Gold Rush in 2005. Embarrassingly, we liked it so much we compared it to the best DCC records we were selling back then, ouch!

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Neil Young - Comes A Time

Our Shootout Winning Copy from 2007

  (Item #: youngcomes_2007) 



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

This wonderful Neil Young record has sound comparable to the best copies of Harvest and After The Gold Rush -- but no one seems to have noticed! Where are the Demo Disc LP Lists with Comes a Time on them?

Don't bother to search; they don't exist, to my knowledge anyway. Not to worry, because this egregious oversight has been rectified. Comes a Time is now officially a member of our Rock and Pop Top 100. Who needs those other lists anyway?

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Neil Young - Comes A Time

Our Shootout Winning Copy from 2019

  (Item #: youngcomes_2019) 



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

Here's a copy of Comes A Time that actually delivers the kind of Tubey Analog Magic you get from the good pressings of his earlier albums.

This superb Demo Disc has been overlooked by the audiophile press for thirty years. The best sounding Neil Young records -- just look in our Hot Stamper listings to find them -- have Demo Disc sound to beat the band. I defy anyone to play me a better sounding record than Zuma or Gold Rush. Analog doesn't get any more magical.

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Neil Young - Comes A Time

What to Listen For

  (Item #: youngcomes_wtlf) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on what you should be listening for when critically evaluating your copy (or ours), and a Forgotten Classic from 1978.

So many copies we played just sounded flat, with dull guitars and hard vocals. Some made Neil sound like he was singing from the back of the studio. Still others noticeably lacked leading edge transients of any kind, blunting the attack of the various stringed instruments.

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Neil Young - Decade (3 LPs)

  (Item #: youngdecad_) 



This is a very nice looking Reprise 3 LP set with No Bar Code on the fold-open cover. This album can basically be broken down into thirds: about a third of the material sounds really dull. The next third sounds surprisingly good and the last third is decent, like a typical Neil Young record.

People looking for an introduction to Mr. Young can't go wrong with this set. It's a wide ranging overview of his career, from the CSNY period, through all the solo records up to Zuma.

If you see one for cheap and don't particularly care if the sound is mediocre, pick it up, otherwise pass.

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Neil Young - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

Live and Learn

  (Item #: youngevery_wrong) 



Below you will see our old Hot Stamper commentary from 2004 as part of the discussion of EKTIN in an older shootout (9-08), comments which we now renounce, disown, reject, repudiate and disavow with extreme prejudice. Huh? Here's part of our mea culpa.

Our latest shootout this time around left us with a fairly large serving of egg on our face concerning the commentary we had written for our previous shootout, a textbook example of We Was Wrong. We rarely try to make excuses for our mistakes, but give us a break, that last shootout was more than four years ago (September 2004)!

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Neil Young - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: youngevery_2008) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame and another in the long list of recordings that really comes alive when you Turn Up Your Volume.

This original Two Tone Super Hot Stamper pressing had condition issues -- they all do don't you know -- but it also had KILLER Neil Young LIVE ROCK Sound. The best tracks have that Live-in-the-Studio quality, with minimal processing and maximum ENERGY. (Our commentary about Zuma to the left gets more heavily into the subject.) Suffice to say we love that sound.

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Neil Young - Greatest Hits

Classic Records Debunked

  (Item #: younggreat_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another Classic Records LP debunked.

MF loved it, we of course hated it, so what else is new? If you think this record sounds good, one thing is certain: you don't own many good sounding Neil Young records! You might not own any, but don't feel bad; not many audiophiles do, if the experience of my audiophile friends is any guide.

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Neil Young - Harvest

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: youngharve_depth) 



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

Many copies we played would work for the heavy songs and then fall short on the softer numbers. Others had gorgeous sound on the country-tinged numbers but couldn't deliever any whomp for the rockers. Only a select group of copies could hold their own in all of the styles and engage us from start to finish; we're pleased to present those exceptional pressings as the Hot Stamper copies of Harvest that so many of you have been begging for.

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Neil Young - Harvest

Nautilus Reviewed

  (Item #: youngharve_nautilus) 



Sonic Grade: B

Another Half Speed reviewed. We haven't played a copy of this record in more than a decade, but back in the day we liked it, so let's call it a "B" with the caveat that the older the review, the more likely we are to have changed our minds.

This is a SURPRISINGLY good sounding Nautilus Half-Speed mastered LP with AMAZING transparency. The sound here is DRAMATICALLY more natural than your average audiophile pressing.Just listen to the phoney top end found on most MOFIs to see what we mean. On this record you'll hear non of the hyped up highs that are MoFis claim to fame.

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Neil Young - Harvest

Our Shootout Winner in 2008

  (Item #: youngharve_2008) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame since 2008.

Harvest is undeniably one of the most beloved albums in all of classic rock. We get letters all the time from customers hoping to get their hands on Hot Stamper copies, but we'll never have the supply to keep up with the demand. It's a tough nut to crack, because a Hot Stamper Harvest has to get so many things right -- the lovely pedal steel guitar on Out On The Weekend, the LSO on A Man Needs A Maid and There's A World (engineered by Glyn Johns), Neil's grungy electric guitar on Alabama, and so much more.

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Neil Young - Harvest

Our Shootout Winner in 2018

  (Item #: youngharve_2018) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame since 2008.

Let's take a moment to acknowledge the string of superb studio albums Neil released from 1970 to 1976. Just look at these titles: After The Gold Rush, Harvest, On The Beach, Tonight's The Night, and Zuma.

I can't think of anyone else besides Zeppelin (first five titles) and The Beatles (you pick 'em!) who put out this many killer albums consecutively. We consider each of those albums a work of profound creativity, and we can proudly claim to have found copies of each with the sonic credentials to bring these masterpieces to life.

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Neil Young - Live Rust

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: youngliver_2012) 



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

SUPERB SOUND ACROSS ALL FOUR SIDES! Neil Young and Crazy Horse are really tearing it up here, and on a White Hot copy like this the sound is amazingly REAL. Full and spacious with plenty of weight and presence, this gets you as close to the stage as any copy of this album can.

This KILLER live set, the ultimate Neil Young concert collection, combines brilliant early material, such as "After the Gold Rush," with his wonderful middle-era material, including the amazing "My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)" and "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)" and "Tonight's the Night."

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Neil Young - Neil Young

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: youngneily_2011) 



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

WOW! This copy has a KILLER A+++ side one backed with a strong A+ side two, both on unusually quiet vinyl! We just finished our first shootout in years for this great album and we came out with very little to show for it. It is INSANELY difficult to find great copies of this album, which is why we never have them available.

The Loser and The Old Laughing Lady sound EXCELLENT on this copy.

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Neil Young - Old Ways

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: youngoldwa_2010) 



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

We just finished our first major shootout for Neil's country-fried album from the mid-'80s and this was easily one of the better copies to hit our table. Most of the pressings we played were too gritty and grainy to hold our interest, but this one was richer, sweeter and smoother by a country mile! Side one earned an A++ grade and side two was best in show, rating A+++. This one will make the MoFI pressing sound like a bad joke.

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Neil Young - On The Beach

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: youngonthe_2008) 



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

HOT STAMPERS FOR THIS NEIL YOUNG GEM FINALLY DISCOVERED! We’ve been trying for quite a while to find a copy of this album with the kind of wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling sound we get from the best copies of Zuma and After The Gold Rush, but it's been quite the tough task. We love the music, but most of the copies we played left us wondering if we'd ever play one worthy of the Hot Stamper designation. Well, folks, I'm pleased to report that we've finally confirmed what we had imagined and hoped -- that on the best pressings, this album can sound OUT OF THIS WORLD!

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Neil Young - Rust Never Sleeps

Just How Good Is a Second Tier Neil Young Album?

  (Item #: youngrustn_wtlf) 



Another in our ongoing series of Random Thoughts on issues concerning music and recordings.

AMG raves about this album, giving it 5 big stars. (For those of you keeping score at home, that's half a star MORE than they gave Harvest.) We like the album just fine, but I doubt we would want to go quite that far. Sure, these are great songs, but give us After The Gold Rush, Zuma or Harvest (all Top 100 titles, Hot Stampers of which are sometimes in stock) over this one any day.

Still, a second tier Neil Young album (by our standards) usually will beat a first tier album from just about anybody else making records in 1979.

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Neil Young - Rust Never Sleeps

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: youngrustn_2010) 



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

A great (A++) side one backed with an AMAZING (A+++) side two, this is without a doubt one of the very best sounding copies of Rust Never Sleeps we have ever had the privilege of playing here at Better Records. Side two simply cannot be beat. Drop the needle on Powderfinger to hear the Crazy Horse sound at its best -- the raging guitars, the big meaty bottom end, and the kind of immediacy that puts Neil Young and his band of misfits right in your listening room.

Tubey Magic in 1979? Yes, analog was still alive and well then -- both sides of this copy prove it. The disastrously synthesized '80s were on their way but thankfully they hadn't gotten here yet.

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Neil Young - Time Fades Away

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: youngtimef_2013) 



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

TWO AMAZING A+++ SIDES, making this the best copy ever to hit our site! Unlike most "live" albums this one was cut direct-to-disc with no fixes or overdubs. On a White Hot Stamper like this the sound is incredibly open and spacious, with a three-dimensional quality that puts you right there with the band!

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Neil Young - Tonight’s The Night

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: youngtonig_2011) 



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

A KILLER COPY of one of the very toughest Neil Young albums to find with Hot Stamper sound is right here for the taking, folks. Side one earned an A++ grade while side two beat all comers to earn its A+++ rating. It is beyond difficult to find good sounding copies of this album. We see maybe one or two clean originals with Hot Stamper potential every year, so don't expect to see a ton of these hitting the site. The music is OFF THE CHARTS, of course, and the sound here is AMAZING.

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Neil Young - Zuma

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: youngzuma_2011) 



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

The highest rated copy to ever hit the site, with Master Tape Sound on BOTH SIDES! This Reprise pressing has two INCREDIBLE SOUNDING (and QUIET) White Hot A+++ sides. If you are looking for a hard-rockin' Neil Young album that boasts Demonstration Quality sound powerful to blow away just about any rock record in your collection, this is the hot ticket. Everything you could ever wanted from this album is here. It is nothing short of a knockout!

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Neil Young's Guitar Masterpiece

Danger Bird

  (Item #: youngzuma_danger_bird) 



Listen to the way Danger Bird opens. Each instrument, one by one, slowly, deliberately, one could almost say haltingly, feeds into the mix, until the churning guitars give way to Neil's spare vocal -- fatalistic, doomed, already resigned to some fate he barely understands.

Even though the song has just begun, you sense that Neil feels a weight and a darkness bearing down on him, that it's ongoing, that it's already started, that somehow you're coming into it in the middle, well after the weight of it has begun to crush and perhaps even kill him. He knows the story of Danger Bird all too well.

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The Brilliant Recorded Legacy of

David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young

  (Item #: allcsny) 



Recordings featuring the work of David Crosby
Recordings featuring the work of Stephen Stills
Recordings featuring the work of Graham Nash
Recordings featuring the work of Neil Young

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The Dynamic Energy of Neil Young and His Crazy Horse Pals

They're LIVE in the Studio

  (Item #: youngzuma_listen) 



Another in our series of Random Thoughts and observations on recording-related issues.

Hot Stampers are all about finding those rare and very special pressings that manage to represent the master tape at its best.

Notice I did not say ACCURATELY represent the master tape, because the master tape may have faults that need to be corrected, and the only way to do that is in the mastering phase. I can tell you without fear of contradiction that fidelity to the master tape should never be, and rarely is, the goal of the mastering engineer.

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The Turn Up Your Volume Test

Almost Cut My Hair

  (Item #: crosbdejav_volume_2014) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises.

The only time Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young actually sound like a real rock and roll band is on the track Almost Cut My Hair. According to Stephen Barncard, one of the engineers on Deja Vu, the track was actually recorded live in the studio. Boy, it sure sounds like it. The amount of energy the band generates on this one song exceeds the energy of the entire first album put together.

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VTA Adjustment

Helplessly Hoping to Get It Right

  (Item #: crosbsofar_wtlf) 



This listing from 2005 (!) contains commentary about Vertical Tracking Angle (VTA) adjustment using the track Helplessly Hoping from a Hot Stamper pressing of CSN’s So Far.
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Yes, You Too Can Get an Old Buffalo Springfield Record to Sound This Good!

  (Item #: buffalastt_commentary) 



Not long ago we found a White Hot Stamper pressing of Last Time Around that really blew our minds. We were surprised to hear
...some of the breathiest, silkiest vocals we’ve ever heard on ANY Buffalo Springfield album, with startling presence and immediacy to boot! This side two had BY FAR the most energy and life of any side of any copy we've ever played. Man, does it ROCK.

Even as recently as 2010 we would not have expected to find that kind of sound on a vintage '60s pop/rock album. We know better now.

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Neil Young

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Neil Young albums in stock

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