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Miles Davis
Kind of Blue

  (Item #: daviskindo_1804) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An outstanding pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last, guaranteed to handily beat any copy you've ever heard
  • KOB is the purest embodiment of the big-as-life, spacious and timbrally accurate 30th Street Studio Sound Fred Plaut was justly famous for
  • Clarity and transparency, correct tonality, and in-the-room immediacy are a few of the many qualities to be found on this copy - quiet vinyl too
  • "Kind of Blue isn't merely an artistic highlight for Miles Davis, it's an album that towers above its peers, a record generally considered as the definitive jazz album, a universally acknowledged standard of excellence."
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White Hot Stamper

Miles Davis
Basic Miles

  (Item #: davisbasic_1806) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Insanely good Classic Jazz sound for this wonderful Miles Davis collection, with both sides rating Triple Plus (A+++)
  • The nine minute plus Green Dolphin Street that opens side two has some of the coolest jazz you will ever hear, on any record, at any price
  • If you want to know what the best copies of Kind of Blue sound like, this pressing will tell you, because it has that sound
  • We're talking Bill Evans, John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley in their prime, 1958, with top 1958 sound to match
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Super Hot Stamper

Shelly Manne / Bill Evans
Empathy

  (Item #: manneempat_1805) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this 1962 stereo pressing
  • This outstanding Jazz Piano Trio album is truly a Forgotten Classic with Demo Disc audiophile quality sound - on this copy anyway
  • Big, rich, transparent, open, musical - this copy showed us that this album can compete with any recording by Bill or Shelly
  • 4 Stars: "Evans was freed from the musical parameters he had set for his then-current trio. The result is that his playing seemed lighter, freer, and more relaxed than it had for a while. "
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Super Hot Stamper

Miles Davis
Basic Miles

  (Item #: davisbasic_1803_1806) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Demo Disc Jazz sound for this wonderful collection, with both sides coming in right behind our Shootout Winner at nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++)
  • The 9+ minute On Green Dolphin Street that opens side two has some of the coolest jazz you will ever hear, on any record, at any price
  • If you want to know what the best copies of Kind of Blue sound like, this pressing will tell you, because it has that sound
  • We're talking Bill Evans, John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley in their prime, 1958, with top 1958 sound to match
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Super Hot Stamper

Oliver Nelson
The Blues and the Abstract Truth

  (Item #: nelsoblues_1804_1806) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Oliver Nelson's masterpiece returns to the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Clean, clear and present with a solid bass foundation, as well as the big stage this many musicians need
  • If all you know is Van Gelder's original cutting, you will surely learn a thing or two from this wonderful Hot Stamper
  • Allmusic calls this album "...his triumph as a musician for the aspects of not only defining the sound of an era... but on this recording, assembling one of the most potent modern jazz sextets ever." 5 Stars (of course)
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Super Hot Stamper

Chet Baker
Plays The Best Of Lerner And Loewe

  (Item #: bakerplays_1801_1806) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy was one of the best we played in our recent shootout
  • Big, rich, smooth, open, natural, with plenty of tight bass - what's not to like? This copy is killin' it
  • Some of the best jazz guys of the day back up Chet on this one: Zoot Sims, Pepper Adams, Bill Evans, Herbie Mann and more
  • "...the timelessness of the melodies, coupled with the assembled backing aggregate, make Chet Baker Plays the Best of Lerner and Loewe (1959) a memorable concept album."
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Super Hot Stamper

Bill Evans & Toots Thielemans
Affinity

  (Item #: evansaffin_1802) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this unique jazz outing
  • Evans on piano is joined by Toots on harmonica as well as flute and saxes
  • The superb sound is courtesy of Frank Laico engineering at the famed Columbia 30th Street studios
  • Fans of Bill Evans and/or Toots Thielemans should find much to like here
  • "Excellent if not essential music that Evans generally uplifts." AllMusic
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Bennett & Evans - The Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Album

MoFi Debunked

  (Item #: benneevans_mofi) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another MoFi LP debunked.

That weird boost around 10k that Stan Ricker liked to add to practically every record he mastered wreaks havoc on the sound of Tony Bennett's voice. I would be very surprised if the current in-print CD doesn't sound more tonally natural, and for us audiophile record lovers - not lovers of audiophile records, but guys who love records with audiophile sound - that's simply another nail in the coffin for one of the most laughably inept remastering labels in the history of that sad enterprise.

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Bennett & Evans - The Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Album

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: benneevans_2011) 



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

I would have to say that this album, when heard on the best Hot Stamper pressings, would rank up at the top of the All Time Great Male Vocal Recordings. If you like sophisticated vocal jazz I don’t think you can do much better than this record, especially when it sounds like this. Tony Bennett’s voice sounds wonderfully rich, BREATHY, and above all REAL.

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Bill Evans & Toots Thielemans - Affinity

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: evansaffin_2016) 



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

This is a unique jazz album (in my experience, anyway) with very good sound. Piano with harmonica accompaniment is something I’ve never heard before, and most of the time it actually works. Both of these guys are top flight musicians, and their ability to communicate in order to create this wonderful improvisational jazz is a joy to experience.

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Bill Evans - At Town Hall, Vol. 1

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: evansattow_2013) 



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

STUNNING SOUND ON SIDE ONE! It is insanely difficult to find great sounding Bill Evans records, which is why you almost never see any of his albums up on our side. This copy has a side one that is nothing short of Demo Quality. It's one of the better sounding sides of Piano Trio music we'll find this year (along of course with the killer copies of The Three that hit the site). The best music on this album is found on the first side, so this is a very special pressing to say the least.

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Bill Evans - Everybody Digs Bill Evans

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: evansevery_2017) 



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

Everybody Digs Bill Evans is one of the better sounding Bill Evans records we've played lately. Both sides are Tubey Magical, rich, open, spacious and tonally correct.

These three guys -- Sam Jones is on the bass and Philly Joe Jones on the drums -- are playing live in the studio and you can really feel their presence on every track -- assuming you have a copy that sounds like this one.

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Bill Evans - Montreux II

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: evansmontr_2014) 



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

Both sides here have the kind of solid, full-bodied tonality that's really crucial to making sense of this music. There's plenty of space and ambience here as well!

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Bill Evans - Moon Beams

OJC versus Riverside

  (Item #: evansmoonb_wtlf) 



The original Riverside pressings are the best, right?

Not in our experience. We think that's just another Record Myth.

Some of you may have discovered that the original Bill Evans records on Riverside are mostly awful sounding -- I can't recall ever hearing a good one -- so we are not the least bit worried that this OJC won't beat the pants off of the original, as well as any other reissue you may have, and even the new Analogue Productions 45.

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Bill Evans - Moon Beams

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: evansmoonb_2016) 



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

Moon Beams is one of the best sounding Bill Evans records we've ever played. You can see why we chose it to be the first OJC Hot Stamper of his to hit the site back in 2015. Play It Might As Well Be Spring for the kind of sublime musical experience you only find on 20th century analog.

Both sides are Tubey Magical, rich, open, spacious and tonally correct. We've never heard the record sound better, and that's coming from someone who's been playing Bill Evans' albums since the '80s when they were first reissued in their current form.

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Bill Evans - Quintessence

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: evansquint_2012) 



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

STUNNING SOUND THROUGHOUT -- this is one of the best sounding Bill Evans records we've ever heard! Side one here earned our top A+++ grade while side two earned a very strong A++. Both sides are super rich and full-bodied with lots of energy and considerable dynamic power. There aren't too many '70s jazz records that sound like this!

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Bill Evans - Sunday at the Village Vanguard

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: evanssunda_2016) 



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

Huge space; clear, highly resolving cymbal harmonics that extend all the way into space; lively energy; bass that's deep and note-like -- I just don't know how you can make this live piano trio music sound any better than it does here!

The best sounding Bill Evans record we have ever played? Probably. it's safe to say that at the very least it's as good as any we've critically evaluated on our current system.

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Bill Evans - Village Vanguard Sessions

Live and Learn

  (Item #: evansvilla_wrong) 



A classic case of Live and Learn. Many years ago we had played copies of the record and thought the sound was fine, shootout material in fact. Flash forward to 2015 or 2016. Now it sounds thin, flat and opaque. Worse, it's actually in MONO.

A stereo recording reissued in mono for no apparent reason? What were they smoking over there at Milestone?

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Bill Evans - You Must Believe In Spring

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: evansyoumu_2013) 



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

A superb side one backed with a very good side two, both on quiet vinyl! This relaxed piano jazz album has been one of our preferred Bill Evans releases around here, not in small part because the best copies can sound wonderful like this. The typical copy of this album lacks the energy and drive to keep the music from getting sleepy, but this side one does everything we could ask for -- it's very dynamic and full-bodied, there's real weight to the piano, and the overall sound is natural and warm. We gave it an A+++.

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Cannonball Adderley - Bill Evans - Know What I Mean?

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: adderknoww_2015) 



A distinguished member of the Jazz Hall of Fame.

One of our favorite Cannonball Adderley albums here at Better Records, and the sound is killer on this copy. Both sides are Tubey Magical, rich, open, spacious and tonally correct. We've never heard the record sound better, and that's coming from someone who's been playing the album since the '80s when it was first reissued in its current form.

These guys are playing live in the studio and you can really feel their living, breathing presence on every track -- assuming you have a copy that sounds like this one.

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Michel Legrand - Legrand Jazz

Our Stereo Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: legralegra_2017) 



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

This album is more common in mono than stereo, but we found the sound of the mono pressing we played seriously wanting. It's dramatically smaller and more squawky and crude than even the worst of the stereo pressings we played.

We had a copy we liked years ago but that was years ago. We don't have that copy anymore and we don't have a stereo that sounds the way our old one did either. Here are some other records that we don't think sound very good in MONO.

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Miles Davis - Basic Miles

Our Shootout Winner from 2018

  (Item #: davisbasic_2018) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz 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 even existed.

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Miles Davis - Kind of Blue

Our First KOB Hot Stamper - June 2005

  (Item #: daviskindo_2005) 



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

This Columbia Red Label LP has DEMO DISC QUALITY SOUND!

Call me crazy, but I DON’T THINK YOU CAN CUT A BETTER SOUNDING KIND OF BLUE THAN THIS ONE!

I’m fully aware of how outrageous a statement that is, considering the fact that this is a '70s Red Label reissue. But I've long known of amazing sounding Kind Of Blue reissues.

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Oliver Nelson - The Blues and the Abstract Truth

Mastering Better Than The Master

  (Item #: nelsoblues_rvg) 



Another in our ongoing series of Random Thoughts concerning the sound of old records.

For those of you who are still holding on to the idea that the original pressings are better, our Hot Stamper LPs may come as quite a surprise. Yes, we can all agree that Rudy Van Gelder recorded it, brilliantly as a matter of fact. Shouldn't he be the most natural choice to transfer the tape to disc, knowing, as we must assume he does, exactly what needs fixing and what needs to be left alone?

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Oliver Nelson - The Blues and the Abstract Truth

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: nelsoblues_2016) 



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

Oliver Nelson's masterpiece debuts at Better Records with at least White Hot Stamper sound on both sides. Side one was so HUGE and Tubey Magical we called it at least White Hot - it's out of this world. If all you know is the Van Gelder original cutting, you will surely have your mind blown by this Hot Stamper LP.

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The Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Album

The Best Male Vocal Recording of the Era

  (Item #: benneevans_1975) 



This album, when heard on the best Hot Stamper pressings, ranks right up at the top of the All Time Great Male Vocal Recordings from any era. Bennett’s voice sounds wonderfully rich, BREATHY, and above all REAL.

For a Popular/Jazz Vocal album produced in 1975, or, to be honest, the entire decade of the Seventies, we can think of no other that's its sonic equal.

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