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Simon & Garfunkel
Bookends

  (Item #: simonbooke_1903_6_10) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An excellent 360 stereo pressing earning Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades throughout, just shy of our Shootout Winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Our hottest copies have lovely midrange magic on the guitars and voices as well as plenty of studio ambience on most tracks, especially the simpler, more folky ones
  • An album that has become much tougher to come by, especially ones that play this well
  • Top 100, Five Stars - side two alone has four classics: Fakin' It, Mrs. Robinson, A Hazy Shade of Winter and At the Zoo
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Paul Simon
Graceland

  (Item #: simongrace_1909_11) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This superb pressing of Graceland offers Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from first note to last - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • These side are doing it all right -- big, rich and Tubey Magical yet still clean, clear and present with lovely breathy vocals
  • Guaranteed to TROUNCE the well-reviewed but nevertheless awful Heavy Vinyl LP in every way, or your money back and the shipping is on us
  • 5 stars: "An enormously successful record, Graceland became the standard against which subsequent musical experiments by major artists were measured."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Paul Simon
Graceland

  (Item #: simongrace_1906x) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of Paul Simon's 1986 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last, rich, smooth and clear in precisely the way so few copies are - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Guaranteed to TROUNCE the well-reviewed but nevertheless awful Heavy Vinyl LP in every way, or your money back and the shipping is on us
  • There's a delicate, extended top end on this pressing that simply does not exist on most of the copies we played
  • 5 stars: "An enormously successful record, Graceland became the standard against which subsequent musical experiments by major artists were measured."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet)

Simon & Garfunkel
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary...

  (Item #: simonparsl_1904_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding copy of Simon and Garfunkel's breakthrough album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Full-bodied and Tubey Magical, this Columbia 360 Stereo pressing has especially smooth, present vocals - this is the sound we love at Better Records
  • A Demo Disc for Tubey Magical voices and guitars, as well as a longtime Better Records Top 100 album
  • 4 1/2 stars: "[I]t is an achievement akin to the Beatles' Revolver or the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album, and just as personal and pointed as either of those records at their respective bests."
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Super Hot Stamper

Simon & Garfunkel
Bookends

  (Item #: simonbooke_1903_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent 360 stereo pressing earning Double Plus grades throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Our hottest copies have lovely midrange magic on the guitars and voices as well as plenty of studio ambience on most tracks, especially the simpler, more folky ones
  • An album that has become much tougher to come by, especially ones that play this well
  • Top 100, Five Stars - side two alone has four classics: Fakin' It, Mrs. Robinson, A Hazy Shade of Winter and At the Zoo
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Super Hot Stamper

Simon & Garfunkel
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary...

  (Item #: simonparsl_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

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

Simon & Garfunkel
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary...

  (Item #: simonparsl_1910_1) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This Columbia 360 pressing of Simon and Garfunkel's breakthrough from 1966 boasts Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • A longtime Better Records Top 100 album and a Demo Disc for Tubey Magical voices and guitars
  • 4 1/2 stars: "[I]t is an achievement akin to the Beatles' Revolver or the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album, and just as personal and pointed as either of those records at their respective bests."
  • "Few others have come close to the intelligence, beauty, variety, creativity, and craftsmanship that [PSR&T] captured." Pete Fornatale
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Paul Simon - Graceland

Our Shootout Winner from 2019

  (Item #: simongrace_2019) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame and a record that ranks high on our recording ranks high on our Difficulty of Reproduction Scale.

Super transparent and hi-res with no attendant sacrifice in low end or fullness, this is about as tonally balanced as Graceland gets. The top end is more delicate and extended, which was not true for most of the copies we played.

There's a much more pleasant smoothness here, standing in sharp contrast to the typically grainy, spitty copy, with more weight down low and more presence to Simon's vocals.

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Paul Simon - Graceland

What to Think When the New Version Is Completely Unrecognizable?

  (Item #: simongrace_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F

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

Where did this thick, dull, bloated, opaque turd come from? Having played at least 50 copies of the album over the last ten years, I can honestly say I have never heard one that sounded very much like this new version (maybe some record club copy we picked up by accident did, can't say it never happened).

Can that possibly be a good thing?

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Paul Simon - Graceland

When Clarity Is King

  (Item #: simongrace_wtlf) 



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

We regularly do shootouts for Graceland. Having played so many copies over the years we're become quite familiar with the range of sound on the album, what constitutes good, better and best, and we feel we understand what qualities the premier copy must have in order to win one of our shootouts.

What Graceland has going for it sonically is CLARITY.

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Paul Simon - Paul Simon

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: simonpauls_2008) 



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

MASTER TAPE SOUND on side one, backed with a great side two! We just finished our first big shootout for this wonderfully fun album, and I gotta tell you -- I don’t think any Paul Simon solo album was recorded any better! I can’t imagine that you'll find a better sounding side than the first side of this copy; it's doing EVERYTHING right.

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Paul Simon - Stil Crazy All These Years

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: simonstill_depth) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you critically evaluate your copy of Still Crazy After All These Years.

As well-produced, well-engineered Pop Albums from the '70s, the very best copies can proudly hold their heads high. Wait a minute. Our last commentary noted what a mess most of the pressings of this album sound like, with so much spit and grain. Have we changed our minds? Well, yes and no, and as usual we make no excuses for having changed our minds. We call it progress.

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Paul Simon - There Goes Rhymin’ Simon

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: simonthere_2008) 



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

TWO LOVELY SIDES, including a side one that takes this music to an entirely new level! People have been telling me for years how good this album can sound, but until we played this copy I didn’t realize just how right they were. This side one has STAGGERING presence and a MASSIVE three-dimensional soundfield that we simply did not hear anywhere else. The sound is airy, open, spacious and SO transparent, and the energy factor is OFF THE CHARTS. Drop the needle and brace yourself for rich, full-bodied sound that jumps out of the speakers and fills the room!

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Simon & Garfunkel - Sounds of Silence

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: simonsound_2010) 



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

This White Hot Stamper has AMAZING A+++ SOUND ON BOTH SIDES. It’s been ages since we’ve tried to tackle Sounds Of Silence, and with good reason -- it’s exceptionally difficult to find quiet copies with the right sound. This one is an entirely different story -- smooth, sweet and full-bodied with incredible presence.

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Paul Simon

  (Item #: _SimonPaul) 


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