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Roxy Music
Avalon

  (Item #: roxymavalo_1807_1811) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A stunning early UK pressing of this Roxy classic: Triple Plus (A+++) on the second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first
  • Superb sound - full-bodied and warm (especially for 1982!) with wonderfully sweet, breathy vocals from Mr. Bryan Ferry
  • Copies such as this that are exceptionally open, clear and big are the only ones that can present this music the way it was meant to be heard
  • Credit Rhett Davies with creating the sonic space that clearly displays so many singers, instruments and sounds
  • "Ferry was never this romantic or seductive, either with Roxy or as a solo artist, and Avalon shimmers with elegance in both its music and its lyrics." - 5 stars
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Roxy Music
Country Life

  (Item #: roxymcount_1803_1811) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This killer early British Island import pressing had two amazing sides, each rating a Triple Plus (A+++) or very close to it
  • This one is simply bigger, richer, more clear and more Tubey Magical than almost every other copy we heard in our shootout
  • As quiet as any Island original we've ever heard - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - they don't come quieter
  • AMG raves that "...Country Life finds Roxy Music at the peak of their powers, alternating between majestic, unsettling art rock and glamorous, elegant pop/rock. Roxy Music rarely sounded as invigorating as they do here."
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Roxy Music
Flesh + Blood

  (Item #: roxymflesh_1809_1811) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Two incredible sides, each rating a Triple Plus (A+++) -- rich, smooth, spacious sound
  • Credit as always goes to the brilliant engineering of Roxy's go-to guy, Rhett Davies
  • Flesh + Blood from 1980 is the precursor to Avalon, with much the same style and sound
  • Some of Roxy's best material and biggest hits are here, on exceptionally quiet British vinyl too
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Roxy Music
Stranded

  (Item #: roxymstran_1802_1811) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $149.00 (You save $50.99 / 25%)


  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides and some of the band's best post-Eno music
  • The sound on this British original Island pressing is wonderful throughout - rich, smooth and oh-so-analog
  • One of the group's best sounding recordings, the Tubey Magic on their early albums is off the scale, especially here
  • "The operative adjective for Roxy's first true masterpiece is gorgeous (it's the same adjective for their final one, too) - The centerpiece, "Mother Of Pearl", might be Roxy's finest seven minutes."
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Bryan Ferry
These Foolish Things

  (Item #: ferrythese_1803_1807) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • One of the best copies to ever hit the site, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or close to it on both sides
  • This original UK Island pressing is bigger, richer, more Tubey Magical, clearer, and with better bass - it knocked us out
  • Outside of the first three Roxy albums, there is simply no recording by the band that as good as the first three Bryan Ferry solo projects
  • "Ferry for the most part looked to America, touching on everything from Motown to the early jazz standard that gave the collection its name... Wrapping up with a grand take on "These Foolish Things" itself, this album is one of the best of its kind by any artist." - All Music
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Roxy Music
Country Life

  (Item #: roxymcount_1804_1809) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This killer early British Island copy had two excellent sides, each rating a solid Double Plus (A++) for sound
  • Big, rich, full and dynamic with plenty of Tubey Magic and energy; one of the better copies from our most recent shootout
  • Relatively quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • AMG raves that "...Country Life finds Roxy Music at the peak of their powers, alternating between majestic, unsettling art rock and glamorous, elegant pop/rock. Roxy Music rarely sounded as invigorating as they do here."
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Roxy Music
Flesh + Blood

  (Item #: roxymflesh_1809_1) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish -- big, clean and clear with plenty of bottom end weight
  • Credit as always goes to the brilliant engineering of Roxy's go-to guy, Rhett Davies
  • Flesh + Blood from 1980 is the precursor to Avalon, with much the same style and sound
  • Some of Roxy's best material and biggest hits are here, on exceptionally quiet British vinyl too
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Roxy Music
For Your Pleasure

  (Item #: roxymforyo_1807_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, this UK LP is sure to be one of the best sounding Roxy Music records you'll ever play
  • These sides are exceptionally rich and Tubey Magical - Roxy on record just does not get much better than this
  • We've been working on this shootout for over ten years - here is one of the better copies we have to show for our effort
  • 5 Stars: "...another extraordinary record from Roxy Music, one that demonstrates even more clearly than the debut how avant-garde ideas can flourish in a pop setting."
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Bryan Ferry
Another Time, Another Place

  (Item #: ferryanoth_1803_1806) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Triple Plus (A+++) on side two, Double Plus (A++) on side one, this is one of the best copies to ever hit the site
  • The British Island originals are the only way to go, and this one just plain trounced most of the others we played
  • Tubey Magical, rich, smooth, sweet - everything that we listen for in a great record is on display for everyone to hear
  • Allmusic: "Ferry and company, plus various brass and string sections, turn on the showiness enough to make it all fun."
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Bryan Ferry
Let's Stick Together

  (Item #: ferryletss_1705_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Our shootout winner for side two (which is the stronger of the two sides musically) - Triple Plus (A+++) on side two, Double Plus (A++) on one
  • For material and sound I consider this to be the best of Bryan Ferrry's solo albums - it's a blast from start to finish
  • The energy, presence, bass, and dynamic power (love that horn section!) place it well above his other side projects
  • 4 Stars: "The title track itself scored Ferry a deserved British hit single, with great sax work from Chris Mercer and Mel Collins and a driving, full band performance. Ferry's delivery is one of his best, right down to the yelps, and the whole thing chugs with post-glam power."
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Bryan Ferry
Boys and Girls

  (Item #: ferryboysa_1802_1809) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this classic Ferry album from 1985
  • This copy was super big, full and lively with plenty of presence and bottom end weight
  • On this record, bigger bass and punchier drums make all the difference in the world
  • "Instead of ragged rock explosions, emotional extremes, and all that made his '70s work so compelling in and out of Roxy, Ferry here is the suave, debonair if secretly moody and melancholic lover, with music to match..."
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Bryan Ferry
Let's Stick Together

  (Item #: ferryletss_1710_1806) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this UK pressing is one of the better copies from our most recent shootout
  • In terms of material (the reworked early Roxy tracks are especially good) AND sound quality this is the best of all of Ferry's solo albums
  • The vocal presence, rich bass, and punchy dynamics put this copy well above the competition
  • 4 Stars: "The title track scored Ferry a deserved British hit single, with great sax work from Chris Mercer and Mel Collins and a driving, full band performance. Ferry's delivery is one of his best, and the whole thing chugs with post-glam power."
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Bryan Ferry
These Foolish Things

  (Item #: ferrythese_1805_1811) 

Our Price: $99.99
Sale Price: $79.00 (You save $20.99 / 21%)


  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this early UK pressing of Bryan Ferry's debut solo album
  • This pressing is a real treat for the audiophile - lively, clear, and full, with good balance and tons of British Tubey Magic
  • Pretty darn quiet on both sides - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Wrapping up with a grand take on 'These Foolish Things' itself, this album is one of the best of its kind by any artist." - Allmusic
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Bryan Ferry
Another Time, Another Place

  (Item #: ferryanoth_1803_1811) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • With solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish, this was one of the better copies from our recent shootout
  • The overall sound here is big, full and lively with a huge bottom end and lots of energy and presence
  • The Island imports are the only way to go, and this copy will show you why!
  • Allmusic: "Ferry and company, plus various brass and string sections, turn on the showiness enough to make it all fun."
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Bryan Ferry
Bete Noire

  (Item #: ferrybeten_1710_1806) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • An exceptional pressing, with Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Both sides of this hit-packed 1987 Ferry UK pressing are big, rich and tubey - dramatically fuller than most of the others we played
  • Kiss & Tell and The Right Stuff are two of the bigger bangers here, and they both sound the way they should - big and clear
  • Four Stars in AMG: "Bete Noire sparkles as the highlight of Ferry's post-Roxy solo career... Here, his trademark well-polished heartache strikes a fine balance between mysterious moodiness and dancefloor energy..."
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Bryan Ferry
The Bride Stripped Bare

  (Item #: ferrybride_1712_1812) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • A strong copy, with a Double Plus (A++) side two and a side one that's nearly as good
  • These two sides show us just what a monster rocker this album can be when it's mastered and pressed right
  • I'm a big fan of the record - it's as original and as moving as practically anything the man ever did
  • Bryan Ferry owned the '70s as much as David Bowie did; they're both artistic giants in my book
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Bryan Ferry - Another Time, Another Place

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: ferryanoth_2016) 



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

Both sides are blessed with the kind of early '70's Tubey Magical Analog Sound that's been lost to the world of recorded music for decades -- decades I tell you!

Nobody can manage to get a recording to sound like this anymore and it seems as if no one can even remaster a recording like this anymore, if our direct experience with scores of such albums counts as any sort of evidence.

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Bryan Ferry - Bete Noire

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: ferrybeten_2013) 



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

The domestic pressings are Direct Metal Mastered, the imports are not. Not being mastered DMM did not seem to confer any real benefit to the sound, which to us was a bit counterintuitive, but that's the reason we do shootouts, so we know the actual sound of the vinyl rather than the sound our biases would lead us to expect.

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Bryan Ferry - Boys And Girls

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: ferryboysa_2009) 



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

This domestic pressing has STUNNINGLY GOOD SOUND on side two! It's the best we’ve ever heard the album -- super high-resolution transparency coupled with amazing immediacy. And talk about energy -- the sound here positively JUMPS out of the speakers!

This side two blew our minds with its distortion-free sound, transparency and its punchy, note-like bass. The recording space is wall to wall HUGE, with amazing depth and three-dimensionality that's only hinted at by most of the pressings we played. It's meaty and punchy down low and there's plenty of extension up top.

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Bryan Ferry - Boys And Girls

What to Listen For

  (Item #: ferryboysa_wtlf) 



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

The song Valentine is a key test for side two. Note how processed Ferry's vocals are; on the best copies they will sound somewhat bright. The test is the background singers; they should sound tonally correct and silky sweet. If Ferry sounds correct, they will sound dull, and so will the rest of the side. That processed sound on his vocal is on the tape. Trying to "fix" it will ruin everything.

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Bryan Ferry - In Your Mind

A Real Puzzler

  (Item #: ferryinyou) 



This British original pressing caused me a great deal of consternation. I’ve always been a big fan of this album -- so much so that I even have the CD of it in my car -- and I was under the impression that the sound was quite good. But playing a few British originals like this one caused me to have my doubts. The sound was aggressive and hard. I suspected the absolute phase might be reversed, and sure enough it was. But even after correcting for the improper phase the sound is not what I would have hoped for. It's a bit "grungy" and lacks the extreme highs that would sweeten the overall presentation.
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Bryan Ferry - Let's Stick Together

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: ferryletss_2012) 



This 2-pack gives you A+++ sound and quiet vinyl for both sides of one of my all time favorite albums. In terms of material and sound, I consider this to be the best of Bryan Ferrry's solo albums. From a sonics standpoint, the two A+++ sides you get here are unbeatable. We shot out a number of other imports and domestic pressings and the killer sides here were As Good As It Gets. The presence, bass, and dynamics make it sound head and shoulders above the competition. It has that master tape sound.
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Bryan Ferry - The Bride Stripped Bare

British Guy, British Pressing... Right?

  (Item #: ferrybride_myth) 



Nope. It’s just another Record Myth.

We were a bit surprised to find that the domestic copies we played were clearly better sounding than the UK imports. It may be counterintuitive but these are exactly the kinds of things you find out when doing blinded shootouts. We have little use for intuitions (UK recording, UK pressing) and rules of thumb (original = better sound). Hard data -- the kind you get from actually playing the records -- trumps them all.

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Bryan Ferry - The Bride Stripped Bare

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: ferrybride_2013) 



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

It's been years since I last played this album, and I'm happy, ecstatic even, to report that it sounds far better than I remember it sounding. In the old days I recall it as somewhat dry, flat and transistory. Now it's BIG and BOLD, revealing a band that's on fire in the studio.

This White Hot side two had by far the most energy of any side we played, showing us just what a monster rocker this album can be when it's mastered and pressed right. The reviews were mixed when the album was released in 1978 but time has been kind to it -- after hearing the killer copies I would rank it up at the top with the best of Ferry's and Roxy's work.

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Bryan Ferry - These Foolish Things

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: ferrythese_2010) 



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

AN AMAZING COPY OF THIS VERY FUN ALBUM! We had a nice stack of British copies and this one had an unbeatable A+++ side one backed with a killer A++ - A+++ side two, both on very quiet vinyl. Anyone who digs Roxy Music or Bowie's Pin-Ups is going to find a lot to like here. Check out the cool cover of A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall that kicks off side one!

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Roxy Music - Avalon

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: roxymavalo_2011) 



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

This British original EG Super DeLuxe pressing of Avalon has White Hot Stamper sound on BOTH sides. We guarantee you have never begun to hear this music sound this clear, open and present. Right from the start the synths on track one were breathy and floating on a bed of cool studio air -- we knew this side was going to be awesome, and of course the more we played it the better it got. Nothing could touch it.

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Roxy Music - Avalon

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: roxymavalo_depth) 



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

The best British original Super DeLuxe pressings of Avalon are sweet and silky, big and lively, with the kind of sound that drives us audiophiles wild -- which of course it the main reason this album was on Extra Heavy Rotation at most stereo stores back in the day.

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Roxy Music - Country Life

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: roxymcount_2015) 



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

Many of the best songs Ferry ever wrote and Roxy ever played are on this album. Musically it's right up there with the first album and Siren, both early '70s Art Rock landmarks.

In our experience the right British original Sunray (Pink Rim) Island pressing will always win the shootout if you have a good pile of copies to play. There are some bad sounding Island LPs out there, so don’t assume the Sunray is the answer. It’s potentially the right answer. Without at least five copies in hand you won't know for sure whether the copy you like is truly a Hot Stamper or not-that-hot-of-a-stamper.

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Roxy Music - Flesh + Blood

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: roxymflesh_2013) 



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

The British Original Polydor Super Deluxe pressings are the only way to go on this album. No domestic pressing or other import was better than passable; we know, we played them. The British LP is cut by one of my favorite mastering houses in England, which no doubt accounts -- at least partly -- for the excellent sound.

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Roxy Music - For Your Pleasure

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: roxymforyo_2017) 



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

This album is a MASTERPIECE of Art Rock, Glam Rock and Bent Rock all rolled into one. Spacious, dynamic, present, with HUGE MEATY BASS and tons of energy, the sound is every bit as good as the music. (At least on this copy it is. That's precisely what Hot Stampers are all about.)

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Roxy Music - Roxy Music

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: roxymroxym_2011) 



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

The legendary first Roxy Music album returns to the site in tip top White Hot Stamper form, boasting no less than an incredible A+++ White Hot Side Two coupled with a superb A++ Super Hot Side One! Folks, it doesn't get much better than this!

In considering both music and sound, this is arguably the best record the band ever made. Siren, Avalon and Country Life are all musically sublime, but the first album has the kind of dynamic, energetic, POWERFUL sound that their other records simply never show us. And we've played them by the dozens, so there's a pretty good chance we will never find copies with the abundant richness and power we found here.

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Roxy Music - Roxy Music

A Heavy Vinyl Winner!

  (Item #: roxymroxym_scorecard) 



Sonic Grade: B-

Hey, this is a good sounding pressing! I had to pull out my best imports to beat it, which they did handily of course, but the typical audiophile trying to find a pressing superior to this one will have to do a fair bit of homework in order to succeed. We had multiple copies of Islands, Polydors, Atcos, Reprises and one copy of the Heavy Vinyl import I used to like. This pressing trounced most of them, and it’s cheap.

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Roxy Music - Siren

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: roxymsiren_2016) 



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

Siren is one of our favorite Roxy albums, right up there with the first album and well ahead of the commercially appealing Avalon. After reading a rave review in Rolling Stone of the album back in 1975 I took the plunge, bought a copy at my local Tower Records and instantly fell in love with it. As is my wont, I then proceeded to work my way through their earlier catalog, which was quite an adventure. It takes scores of plays to understand where the band is coming from on the early albums and what it is they're trying to do. Now I listen to each of the first five releases on a regular basis.

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Roxy Music - Stranded

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: roxymstran_2016) 



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

Stranded is one of the higher quality recordings by the band, coming in second for sonics only to the first album, which is really saying something considering that the first album is a Top 100 title. The Tubey Magic on the early albums has to be heard to be believed.

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Roxy Music

Rhett Davies, Yanick Etienne and the Making of Avalon

  (Item #: roxymavalo_avalon) 



I consider Roxy Music to be one of the greatest Art Rock bands in the history of the world. The general public and most audiophiles would no doubt cast their vote for AVALON as the band's masterpiece. (The long and involved story of the making of the album can be seen below.) I much prefer their eponymous first album, Stranded, Country Life and Siren to the more "accessible" music found on Avalon. To be fair, that's splitting hairs, because any of those five titles are absolute Must Own Albums that belong in any serious popular music collection.
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