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Willie Nelson
Phases And Stages

  (Item #: nelsophase_1812) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one, and a solid Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy is outstanding from first note to last
  • The sound here is big, full, solid and musical with excellent bass and very little of the harshness that plagues most copies
  • With few good sounding copies of this rare title to work with, Hot Stamper pressings are few and far between
  • 5 stars: "Make no mistake - the deceptively relaxed arrangements, including the occasional strings, not only highlight Nelson's clever eclecticism, but they also heighten the emotional impact of the album."
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Willie Nelson
The Troublemaker

  (Item #: nelsotroub_1808) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides, this was one of the better copies from our most recent shootout
  • It's richer, fuller, more musical and more natural - Willie's breathy voice is reproduced with a solidity and immediacy that's not easy to find
  • With Larry Gatlin on guitar, Doug Sahm on fiddle and Arif Mardin producing, how can you go wrong?
  • Allmusic raves that "...the sublime subtlety of the performances on The Troublemaker make it sound of a piece with The Red Headed Stranger and Stardust. It may not be nearly as popular as either, but musically, it's just as satisfying and is one of the quiet highlights in Willie's vast catalog."
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Willie Nelson
Without A Song

  (Item #: nelsowitho_1712) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • This Willie Nelson classic album of standards boasts very good Hot Stamper grades and fairly quiet vinyl from first note to last
  • Nelson's 32nd studio album, this sequel to Stardust includes a collaboration with Julio Iglesias on If Time Goes By
  • Showcases Booker T. Jones' superb arrangements on Great American Songbook perennials such as Autumn Leaves, As Time Goes By, Harbor Lights and of course, Without a Song
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Willie Nelson
Without A Song

  (Item #: nelsowitho_1710x) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • A superb copy that earned seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • Like Stardust, it's another album of Willie bringing his unique style to a group of incomparable standards of love and loss
  • Top quality arrangements - drop the needle on Autumn Leaves or A Dreamer's Holiday to hear Booker T and his pros at their best
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TAS List Thoughts on

Willie Nelson's Stardust

  (Item #: nelsostard_tas) 



There’s a reason Willie Nelson’s Stardust is on HP's TAS List of Super Discs, but you’d never know it by playing the average Columbia pressing. Most copies of this record just sound like an old Willie Nelson record. You wouldn’t have a clue how magical this recording can be if you dropped the needle on the average copy, a copy that for all intents and purposes appears to be exactly the pressing that Harry Pearson recommends on his Super Disc list. The catalog number may be the same, but the sound won't even hint at Super disc status. (Which, sad to say, most audiophiles don't seem to notice.)
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Willie Nelson - Phases And Stages

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: nelsophase_2017) 



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

The first Hot Stamper copy of this great album to ever hit the site and it's one for the ages. It's taken us a long time to pull together enough clean copies to make this shootout happen. Boy, was it worth all the trouble. The presence and immediacy here are outstanding. Turn it up and Willie is right between your speakers, putting on the performance of a lifetime. He's clearly one of our favorite male vocalists, and this superb copy will show you why.

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Willie Nelson - Pretty Paper

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: nelsoprett_2010) 



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

Imagine the sound of a Hot Stamper Stardust, but instead of Pop Standards you hear Willie, his voice still in its prime, singing Christmas songs, backed by similarly tasteful and understated arrangements. That's what you get on this copy of Pretty Paper in a nutshell.

Released just a year after Stardust in 1979, many of the same musicians are featured, as well as the same producer, the amazing Booker T.. And the most shocking thing of all is just how good the sound is.

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Willie Nelson - Always On My Mind

Our Shootout Winner from 2007

  (Item #: nelsoalway_2007) 



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

AMAZING SOUND ON BOTH SIDES! We just finished a big shootout for this wonderful album, and this Columbia pressing was second to none. Side one has MASTER TAPE SOUND -- super dynamic and OFF THE CHARTS presence and transparency!

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Willie Nelson - Sings Kristofferson

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: nelsosings_2011) 



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

A MINDBLOWINGLY GOOD A+++ SIDE ONE, the best we heard in the whole shootout! Side two earned an A++, making this the best copy to ever hit the site! We’ve heard great copies of this one in the past, but after throwing one on just for fun last year and hearing pretty mediocre sound, we decided that we’d collect a bunch of them to find out just how good the best pressings could sound -- and how mind-numbingly average the typical copy can be. It’s not easy to find a copy that gets EVERYTHING right, but this side one seems to do it all.

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Willie Nelson - Stardust

Our Shootout Winner from 2007

  (Item #: nelsostard_2007) 



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

Finding this LP after a day of searching through about twenty mostly run-of-the-mill (and frustrating) copies was nothing short of a REVELATION! Yes, we had found a handful of wonderful sounding copies, but we were holding our hopes out for something that would really knock our socks off.. Sure, there were some solid A's and even a few A+'s -- those are grades we give to records that sound right, not to records that blow our minds. When we dropped the needle on this copy, it was like lighting the fuse on the dynamite in our heads. A living breathing Willie Nelson had suddenly appeared right in front of us.

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Willie Nelson - Stardust

What's the Right Grade for the CBS Half-Speed of Stardust?

  (Item #: nelsostard_cbs_2016) 



Sonic Grade: B to F, depending on the copy

This Hot Stamper CBS Mastersound LP has the BEST SOUND we have ever heard for the half-speed of this title. It KILLED the other two CBS Audiophile Stardusts we played. If you think there's a snowball's chance in hell that any two records -- domestic, import, audiophile, 180 gram, or otherwise -- sound the same, then you simply need to do a shootout or two with records like these to be disabused of that notion.

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Willie Nelson - Sweet Memories

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: nelsosweet_2017) 



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

Excellent sound for these tough-to-come-by early Willie Nelson songs! This is a compilation of material from some of Willie's earlier albums, records that are very hard to find these days and almost impossible to find with great sound and clean surfaces. Fortunately, this record was cut very well, giving us a chance to hear just how good this music can sound.

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Willie Nelson - The Troublemaker

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: nelsotroub_2016) 



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

The first Hot Stamper copy of this great album to ever hit the site and it's one for the ages! It's taken us a long time to pull together enough clean copies to make this shootout happen. Boy, was it worth all the trouble!

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Willie Nelson - Tougher Than Leather

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: nelsotough_2017) 



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

The presence and immediacy here are outstanding. Turn it up and Willie is right between your speakers, putting on the performance of a lifetime. He's clearly one of our favorite male vocalists, and this superb copy will show you why.

The sound is big, open, rich and full. The highs are extended and silky sweet. The bass is tight and punchy. And this copy gives you more life and energy than others big time.

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Willie Nelson - Without A Song

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: nelsowitho_2009) 



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

A+++ MASTER TAPE SOUND and QUIET VINYL on BOTH SIDES! We just finished a big shootout for this wonderful album, and this Columbia pressing was second to none.

Fans of Stardust are going to go crazy over this one. It's another solid album full of Wille belting out heartfelt renditions of standards. Once again, he's backed by a top-notch backing band fronted by the one and only Booker T. Jones. The arrangements are splendid -- just drop the needle on Autumn Leaves or A Dreamer's Holiday to hear these guys doing what they do best.

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