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Elton John
Elton John

  (Item #: john_elton_1808_1901) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Both sides earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for this notoriously troublesome title
  • So many Elton John classics are here and there's not a dog in the bunch: Border Song, Take Me to the Pilot, Sixty Years On, Your Song, etc.
  • Top 100 - the strings on Sixty Years On are huge, rich and rosiny and the arrangements by Paul Buckmaster are advanced even by today's standards
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Even with the strings and choirs that dominate the sound of the album, John manages to rock out on a fair share of the record... Elton John remains one of his best records."
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White Hot Stamper

Genesis
Trespass

  (Item #: genestresp_1806_1901) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Only the second Shootout Winning copy to ever hit the site and boy is it KILLER! Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides
  • The overall sound here is incredibly big, rich and Tubey Magical with lots of big rock energy and nice extension on both ends
  • About as quiet as these British copies come - Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • "... "tasteful, subtle and refined" - Melody Maker
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Super Hot Stamper

Elton John
Tumbleweed Connection

  (Item #: john_tumbl_1901) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from first note to last on this Elton John classic
  • Engineered by Robin Geoffrey Cable at Trident, there is no other Elton John album that is as big and powerful as Tumbleweed
  • A longtime member of our Top 100, it's our pick for Elton's Masterpiece, and to think it all came together for him and Bernie only a few years into a 50 year career
  • 5 stars: "....their most ambitious record to date... A loose concept album about the American West... draws from country and blues in equal measures..."
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Super Hot Stamper

Harry Nilsson
Nilsson Schmilsson

  (Item #: nilssschmi_1712_1902) 

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


  • An excellent copy with two Double Plus (A++) sides for Harry Nilsson's indisputable Masterpiece of Bent Rock
  • These sides are exceptionally good sounding thanks in large part to the brilliant engineering of Phill (That's Two L's) Brown
  • A Better Records favorite (we give it Five Stars) that really comes to life on an amazingly good pressing such as this one
  • 4 1/2 stars in Allmusic: "...it's a near-perfect summary of everything Nilsson could do; he could be craftier and stranger, but never did he achieve the perfect balance as he did here."
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Super Hot Stamper

Genesis
Trespass

  (Item #: genestresp_1803_1807) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This British pressing is one of the few copies to ever hit the site - it boasts excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • The sound here is rich and Tubey Magical, about as clear as it will get, with prog rock energy and nice extension on both ends
  • This copy plays very quietly for an early UK pressing of Trespass - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "...tasteful, subtle and refined." - Melody Maker
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Super Hot Stamper

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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Super Hot Stamper

Genesis
Trespass

  (Item #: genestresp_1803_1902) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • This British pressing is one of the few copies to ever hit the site - it boasts excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • The sound here is rich and Tubey Magical, about as clear as it will get, with prog rock energy and nice extension on both ends
  • This copy plays very quietly for an early UK pressing of Trespass - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "...tasteful, subtle and refined." - Melody Maker
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Super Hot Stamper

Harry Nilsson
Knnillsson

  (Item #: nilssknnil_1711_1902) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • This Nilsson classic boasts superb Double Plus (A++) sound, or close to it, on both sides
  • A fun trip through the wild mind of one of pop music's biggest iconoclasts
  • One of Nilsson's very best sounding albums with a number of great songs
  • "With... Nilsson's trademark clever songsmithery and impish humor, Knnillssonn is a pop album like no other." -- Allmusic
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Hot Stamper

Genesis
Trespass

  (Item #: genestresp_1804) 

Our Price: $49.99

  • Excellent Hot Stamper sound on both sides of this UK pressing - it's guaranteed to beat any Heavy Vinyl (or other) pressing you may have
  • The sound here is rich and Tubey Magical, which is the only way this music makes any sense at all
  • Probably for the more serious fan, but Melody Maker found it "...tasteful, subtle and refined."
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Carly Simon - No Secrets

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: simonnosec_depth) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on What to Listen For.

The immensely talented engineer ROBIN GEOFFREY CABLE worked his audio magic on this album. You may recall that he recorded a number of the greatest sounding rock records of all time, Elton John's self-titled second album and Tumbleweed Connection, both in 1970, as well as this album and Nilsson Schmilsson in 1972, with Richard Perry producing.

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Carly Simon - No Secrets

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: simonnosec_2012) 



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

This Elektra Butterfly Label LP is ONE OF THE VERY BEST SOUNDING COPIES OF THIS ALBUM I’VE EVER HEARD, with both sides receiving our top grad of A+++! We just finished playing a big old stack of pressings and this copy was clearly the best overall.

It ain't easy to find copies of the album that give you big, rich sound and breathy vocals, but this White Hot Stamper gives you all that and more, taking the sound of the album far beyond any expectations you may have. It's that good.

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Elton John - Elton John

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: john_elton_2011) 



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

This original DJM British pressing has a SUPERB Demo Disc Quality side two and a wonderful A++ side one! You could easily play a hundred records from the '70s and not hear one that sounds this good. The richness and sweetness of this side have to be heard to be believed. We would be very surprised if this copy didn't become your favorite Elton John record -- it's an absolute knockout.

As is usually the case for this album and specifically these Brit DJM pressings, the vinyl is a bit noisy -- Mint Minus Minus with constant moderate surface noise under the music.

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Elton John - Elton John

Live and Learn

  (Item #: john_elton_learn) 



A classic case of Live and Learn. Scroll down to read what we learned from our recent shootout. To illustrate how the game is played we’ve copied some of the previous commentary into this listing to show the change in our understanding from 2004 to today.

Folks, if you’re looking for Classic Rock that appeals to adults with sophisticated tastes forty plus years after it was made, this is the album for you.

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Elton John - Madman Across The Water

What To Listen For

  (Item #: john_madma_wtlf) 



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

This is the last of the classic Elton John albums recorded at Trident, the best of which have more Tubey Magic than anything recorded afterwards. There are three amazing sounding Elton John records on our Top 100 list, two of them engineered by the estimable ROBIN GEOFFREY CABLE, Trident Studios’ house engineer in 1972.

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Elton John - Tumbleweed Connection

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: john_tumbl_2015) 



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

A side two for the ages -- it beat our best Ref Copy to earn a Four Plus (A++++) grade. Both sides are stunning with superb Demo Quality sound: huge, rich, spacious, dynamic and lively. An incredible recording and longtime member of our Top 100 -- our pick for Elton's very best music and sound.

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Elton John - Tumbleweed Connection

Elton's Masterpiece

  (Item #: john_tumbl_2012) 



The best copies of this album are so good they belong on the list of the Ten Best Sounding Rock Records of All Time, how about that!

This copy really delivers on the sound side — you get stunning immediacy, big-time presence, tons of depth to the soundfield, full-bodied vocals, amazing transparency, and BOATLOADS of Tubey Magic. Elton John fans, today is your lucky day. The vocals are full and present, with not a trace of the phony EQ that plagues the typical pressing. The entire mix is stunningly high-res, with no attendant sacrifice in richness or Tubey Magic.

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Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson

Jump into the Fire with Harry Nilsson

  (Item #: nilssschmi_wtlf) 



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

Jump Into The Fire is one of the best tests we used for side two. Copies that are too smooth make the "just bass and drums" intro sound thick and smeared. Too bright and the vocals will tear your head off. The "just right" copies rock from the start and never get too far out of control, even when Harry does. The best we can hope for is that the loudest vocal parts stay tolerable. Believe me, it is not that easy to find a copy that's listenable all the way through, not at the high volume I play the record at anyway!

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Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: nilssschmi_2011) 



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

TWO WONDERFUL SIDES, capable of delivering the Nilsson Schmilsson GENIUS in a way few copies out there can! We’re just wild about Harry ’round these parts, but it’s unbelievably difficult to find copies of his albums that sound any good. Beyond that, most of the Nilsson records out there in used record land are noisy, thanks to that super-high-quality RCA Dynaflex vinyl. (Your sarcasm detector should be going off like crazy right about now.)

Ah, but here’s a Nilsson Schmilsson that’s dramatically more audiophile-friendly than other copies.

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Harry Nilsson - Son of Schmilsson

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: nilsssonof_2011) 



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

We had a great time shooting out a big stack of these, as we're just wild about Harry here at Better Records. Unfortunately, most copies out there are too dark and grainy to get all that excited about. Here's a copy that tells a much different story —both sides have good energy, smooth and sweet vocals, and nice extension up top. Drop the needle on Turn On Your Radio or The Lottery Song and we bet you fall in love with this one!

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