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David Bowie

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David Bowie albums in stock

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Be-Bop Deluxe - Axe Victim

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: bebopaxevi_2013) 



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

If you love the British Tubey Magical, rich (some might even call it overly rich) sound of Ziggy Stardust-era Bowie crossed with Mott the Hoople, Axe Victim just might make a wonderful addition to your collection. We would love to find you some Hot Stampers of Ziggy and All the Young Dudes, but they simply aren't findable at the prices we can afford to pay, so until then, here is that sound in spades. And the music is good too: clever, well-produced, full of rock and roll energy and guitar pyrotechnics.


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David Bowie
Aladdin Sane

  (Item #: bowiealadd_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding vintage UK pressing of Bowie's 1973 post-Ziggy classic - both sides rate a Double Plus (A++) for sound
  • Remarkable for the richness, smoothness and warmth that the best Ken Scott Tube Recordings are well known
  • Plenty of Bowie Classics: Watch That Man; Aladdin Sane; Panic in Detroit; Cracked Actor; The Jean Genie; Lady Grinning Soul and more
  • "Bowie encyclopedist Nicholas Pegg describes it as "one of the most urgent, compelling and essential" of his releases."
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David Bowie - Aladdin Sane

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: bowiealadd_2008) 



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

THE BIG BOWIE SOUND for this wonderful follow-up to Ziggy Stardust! We just finished shooting out a number of imports and domestic pressings of this album, and this British Orange Label pressing was THE KING -- on both sides! This one’s got the kind of "meat on the bones" sound that takes these great glam-rock songs to a whole new level! You won't believe how dynamic the sound is!

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David Bowie
David Live

  (Item #: bowiedavid_1905) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on all four sides of this Bowie classic -- exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • One of our favorite live recordings - a great overview of Bowie's career through 1974
  • 1984, Rebel Rebel, Sweet Thing and Rock & Roll With Me come ALIVE in performance like you have never heard before
  • A-List players of the day deliver sonic treats, including multiple horn players, multiple percussionists, all-male chorus background vocals, the searing fuzzed-out guitar leads of Earl Slick, piano and Mellotron by Mike Garson, and the amazing Herbie Flowers on bass
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David Bowie - David Live

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: bowiedavid_2010) 



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

The best copies have Live Rock and Roll Energy like you will not believe. The band is ON FIRE. These are the A List players of the day and they gell like a band that's been together for years. The sonic treats include multiple horn players (David Sanborn KILLS on almost every track, and the baritone sax and oboe are rendered beautifully ) and multiple percussionists, all-male chorus background vocals, the seering fuzzed-out guitar leads of Earl Slick, piano and Mellotron by Mike Garson, the amazing Herbie Flowers on bass -- the list goes on.

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David Bowie
Diamond Dogs

  (Item #: bowiediamo_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish - this UK pressing will show you a Diamond Dogs you had no idea existed, yet here it is
  • One of the better copies from our most recent shootout (especially on the first side) - the sound is big, full, lively and spacious with hard-rockin' energy to spare
  • It's ridiculously tough to find even passable sound for this album - we guarantee you'll be blown away by this pressing
  • Great songs including the title track, Rebel Rebel, 1984, Sweet Thing, Big Brother, Rock & Roll With Me and more
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David Bowie
Diamond Dogs

  (Item #: bowiediamo_1905) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it - this UK copy is killer from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Bowie handles sax, Mellotron, and Moog duties on the album, and plays practically all of the electric guitar parts (!)
  • It's ridiculously tough to find even passable sonics for the album - you'll be blown away by the size and weight of this one
  • Great songs including the title track, Rebel Rebel, 1984, Sweet Thing, Big Brother, Rock & Roll With Me and more
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David Bowie - Diamond Dogs

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: bowiediamo_2016) 



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

The sound on this copy is KILLER. It's incredibly big and open with tons of space around the instruments and wonderfully present vocals. Super rich, full and Tubey Magical yet still clean, clear and spacious -- good luck finding another copy with sound anything like this!

Both sides were shootout winners and earned A+++ grades. This copy was better than the rest of them in every way we could imagine -- livelier, more transparent, cleaner, more present and all that good stuff.

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David Bowie
Hunky Dory

  (Item #: bowiehunky_1904_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This UK pressing of Bowie's pre-Ziggy Folk Rock masterpiece earned outstanding Double (A++) grades for sound
  • The best tracks on the album are Demonstration Quality - Oh You Pretty Things is a KNOCKOUT here
  • Rich, spacious and sweet, with a HUGE soundstage - drop the needle on Changes and listen to how dynamic it is
  • 5 stars: "On the surface, such a wide range of styles and sounds would make an album incoherent, but Bowie's improved songwriting and determined sense of style instead made Hunky Dory a touchstone for reinterpreting pop's traditions into fresh, postmodern pop music."
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David Bowie - Hunky Dory

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: bowiehunky_2014) 



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

The sound is rich, spacious and sweet with a HUGE soundstage. Drop the needle on Changes and check out how dynamic it is. Side one is where the most popular material for this album is found (Changes, Life On Mars, Oh! You Pretty Things) so this copy definitely a great way to go on Hunky Dory.

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David Bowie
Let's Dance

  (Item #: bowieletsd_1811_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $119.00 (You save $30.99 / 21%)


  • These two excellent sides, both rating Double Plus (A++) grades for sound, are guaranteed to deliver the funky goods on this '80s classic - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • We love the low end weight and midrange smoothness on these killer copies - they're big, clear and rich with some of the most powerful, punchiest bass you've ever heard
  • A real Demo Disc at high volumes on the right system - Modern Love, China Girl and the title track are knockouts when you play them good and loud
  • Top 100 of course - Let's Dance is one of the best sounding Bowie albums ever recorded - this superb pressing is proof!
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David Bowie
Let's Dance

  (Item #: bowieletsd_1812_1904) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner
  • It's all here: huge amounts of rock solid bass, clear guitar transients, breathy, natural vocals, and jump out of the speakers presence and energy
  • A real Demo Disc at high volumes on the right system - Modern Love, China Girl and the title track are knockouts when you play them good and loud
  • Top 100 of course - Let's Dance is one of the best sounding Bowie albums ever recorded - this superb pressing is proof!
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David Bowie - Let’s Dance

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: bowieletsd_2008) 



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

This Let’s Dance may look like an ordinary record, but it sure doesn’t sound like one. The sound is OUT OF THIS WORLD! You’re looking at THE Big Beat Demo Disc of All Time. What the Hot Stamper copy of Back in Black was to Super-Fidelity HARD Rock, this White Hot Stamper of Let’s Dance is to Super-Fidelity FUNKY Rock. In other words, this is the FREAKISHLY HOT STAMPER copy that gives you As Good As It Gets, Demo Disc, Mind Altering Sound.

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David Bowie - Let’s Dance

MoFi Debunked

  (Item #: bowieletsd_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: D

Another MoFi LP debunked.

The MoFi pressing is decent, probably better than the average domestic copy I suppose, but c’mon, this album is about punchy bass and drums. Since when does any half-speed mastered LP have punchy bass and drums? Blurry blobby bloated bass and drums is more like it. Compressed too.

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David Bowie - Let’s Dance

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: bowieletsd_depth) 



Presenting another entry in our extensive Listening in Depth series.

With Let's Dance the name of the game is ENERGY, and boy does this copy have it! Both sides have the deep, punchy bass and sweet, extended highs that Bowie's music needs to come ALIVE. With that big bass and smooth top end this is one record you can turn up GOOD and LOUD without fear of fatique. On a big pair of dynamic speakers you will really get your money's worth from the best Hot Stamper pressings.

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David Bowie
Lodger

  (Item #: bowielodge_1903_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A superb copy with Double Plus (A++) sound throughout making this one of the better copies from our most recent shootout
  • Both sides are very clean, clear and full-bodied with lots of deep punchy bass
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Lodger is the most accessible of the three Berlin-era records David Bowie made with Brian Eno, simply because there are no instrumentals and there are a handful of concise pop songs. Nevertheless, Lodger is still gnarled and twisted avant pop... It might not stretch the boundaries of rock like Low and Heroes, but it arguably utilizes those ideas in a more effective fashion." -- All Music
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David Bowie
Lodger

  (Item #: bowielodge_1903_2) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A KILLER copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second
  • This copy was doing it all right -- bigger, richer, more full-bodied, more present, better bass and the list goes on
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Lodger is the most accessible of the three Berlin-era records David Bowie made with Brian Eno, simply because there are no instrumentals and there are a handful of concise pop songs. Nevertheless, Lodger is still gnarled and twisted avant pop... It might not stretch the boundaries of rock like Low and Heroes, but it arguably utilizes those ideas in a more effective fashion." -- All Music
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David Bowie - The Lodger

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: bowielodge_2014) 



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

White Hot Stampers for Lodger discovered -- this wasn't easy, folks! We've been trying to find a great sounding Lodger for years but it's taken us until now, which should tell you just how tough it is to get a killer copy of this album. This one has the best side one we've ever heard and a strong side two to boot.

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David Bowie - Low

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: bowielow_2011) 



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

[This is an old listing that we ourselves are fairly skeptical of. We present it as more of a historical document than a guide to finding good sound on Low.]

This is the first Hot Stamper copy of Low to ever hit our site, and it's a darn good one -- especially on side one, where all the "pop" songs are found. We just had a huge shootout for this album featuring all the copies we've picked up over the years, and this domestic (!) pressing shocked us by blowing away our Brit copies on side one.

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David Bowie
The Man Who Sold The World

  (Item #: bowiemanwh_1809_1902) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This UK RCA copy is outstanding - both sides earned seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades for sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Big space, breathy vocals, grungy guitars and plenty of Ken Scott's luscious Tubey Magic makes this album a true audiophile treat
  • As it says on the back of the jacket, "Many thanks to our engineer Ken (Scott, one of our favorites)."
  • "Working with guitarist Mick Ronson and producer Tony Visconti for the first time, Bowie developed a tight, twisted heavy guitar rock that appears simple on the surface but sounds more gnarled upon each listen."
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David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: bowiemanwh_2015) 



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

The sound is rich and full, just the way the Brits like it. The heavy compression that both Bowie and Scott favor works its magic at every turn, adding fatness and richness and lovely harmonics to the guitars and the drums.

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David Bowie
Pin-Ups

  (Item #: bowiepinup_1903) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Stunning sound for this Classic Bowie album from 1973 with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it throughout
  • Both sides are huge, clear and rich with phenomenal amounts of Tubey Magic, thanks to Ken Scott
  • A really fun listen, with Bowie running through covers of his favorite 60s hits in true Demo Disc sound
  • Turns out he's a great interpreter, turning in passionate versions of songs by The Who, Pink Floyd, The Yardbirds and more
  • He brings a fresh perspective to this material, just as Bryan Ferry did so brilliantly on his first two solo albums
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David Bowie
Pin-Ups

  (Item #: bowiepinup_1903_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Two superb sides each rating a Double Plus (A++) or BETTER, a truly killer pressing that can really rock when it needs to
  • Both sides are huge, clear and rich with phenomenal amounts of Tubey Magic, thanks to the engineering of Ken Scott
  • A really fun listen, with Bowie running through covers of his favorite 60s hits in true Demo Disc sound
  • Turns out he's a great interpreter, turning in passionate versions of songs by The Who, Pink Floyd, The Yardbirds and more
  • He brings a fresh perspective to this material, just as Bryan Ferry did so brilliantly on his first two solo albums
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David Bowie - Pin-Ups

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: bowiepinup_2009) 



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

We just finished our biggest-ever shootout for this fun Bowie album and this one was DRAMATICALLY better than most other copies. We played copies from all over the world -- England, Germany, France, Canada, and the good ol' USA -- and heard all kinds of bad sound. This one is no Demo Disc (I don't there's a copy in the world that would fit that description) but it's a HUGE step up over just about anything else you could expect to find. The sound is lively, natural, and smooth with all the tubey magic you could ask for.

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David Bowie
Scary Monsters

  (Item #: bowiescary_1903) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding copy of what some have called Bowie's last great album, with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades or better - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The best British pressings like this one are big and clear yet rich and smooth, the best of all possible worlds
  • This UK LP plays about as quietly as any we have heard - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • 5 Stars: "David Bowie returned to relatively conventional rock & roll with Scary Monsters, an album that effectively acts as an encapsulation of all his '70s experiments. Reworking glam rock themes with avant-garde synth flourishes, and reversing the process as well, Bowie creates dense but accessible music throughout Scary Monsters."
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David Bowie - Scary Monsters

Our Shootout Winner from 2018

  (Item #: bowiescary_2018) 



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

This British pressing has the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records cannot even BEGIN to reproduce. Folks, that sound is gone and it sure isn't showing signs of coming back. If you love hearing INTO a recording, actually being able to "see" the performers, and feeling as if you are sitting in the studio with the band, this is the record for you. It's what vintage all analog recordings are known for -- this sound.

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David Bowie
Space Oddity

  (Item #: bowiespace_1811_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $119.00 (You save $30.99 / 21%)


  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides, this is the right sound for Bowie's 1969 classic
  • This killer pressing is full-bodied and lively, with solid and present vocals, as well as excellent clarity all around
  • Ken Scott engineered at Trident, and Rick Wakeman plays a mean mellotron on some tracks - what's not to like?
  • "Abandoning both the mod and Anthony Newley fascinations that marked his earlier recordings, Bowie delves into a lightly psychedelic folk-rock, exemplified by the album's soaring title track..."
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David Bowie - Space Oddity

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: bowiespace_2014) 



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

One of the reasons the song "Space Oddity" sounds so amazing is that it was produced by none other than Gus Dudgeon, the man behind all the best Elton John records. It has Paul Buckmaster doing the string arrangements as well. His work on Elton's self-titled album is awe-inspiring; we know of none better.

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David Bowie
Station To Station

  (Item #: bowiestati_1903) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better copies we played in our recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This is a dense, difficult recording to find the right sound for, which means you really need Hot Stampers on Station to Station to enjoy it
  • Superb presence and energy - the title cut and Golden Years are wonderful here, as does the classic, radio-friendly TVC 15
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Station to Station is an avant-garde art-rock album ... its epic structure and clinical sound were an impressive, individualistic achievement, as well as a style that would prove enormously influential on post-punk."
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David Bowie
Station To Station

  (Item #: bowiestati_1903_) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy is right up there with the best we have ever heard bar none
  • This is a dense, difficult recording to find the right sound for, which means you really need Hot Stampers on Station to Station to enjoy it
  • Superb presence and energy - the title cut and Golden Years are wonderful here, as does the classic, radio-friendly TVC 15
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Station to Station is an avant-garde art-rock album ... its epic structure and clinical sound were an impressive, individualistic achievement, as well as a style that would prove enormously influential on post-punk."
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David Bowie - Station To Station

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: bowiestati_2015) 



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

Here's an amazing White Hot Stamper copy of one of the toughest nuts to crack in the whole Bowie catalog! Full, punchy and present with a wide open soundstage and super dynamics, this is exactly the right sound for this material. This is dense, difficult music, and the typical pressing just can't do it justice! Bowie fans, I'm sure you'll agree this has been a long time coming.

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David Bowie
Young Americans

  (Item #: bowieyoung_1808_1901) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb sound for Bowie's one and only Soul album with both sides rating a solid Double Plus (A++) - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • We think you'll agree this is a surprisingly well recorded, especially when you have a copy that sounds as good as this one - it's big and solid with punchy bass and real immediacy
  • This is the record that turned me on to David Sanborn, whose sax work here is nothing short of a revelation
  • One of our favorites by Bowie, with so many killer tracks: Young Americans, Fascination, Somebody Up There Likes Me, Across the Universe and, of course, Fame
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David Bowie
Young Americans

  (Item #: bowieyoung_1810_1903) 

Our Price: $349.99
Sale Price: $299.00 (You save $50.99 / 15%)


  • One of the better copies of Bowie's soul album to hit the site this year - incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side two and excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on one
  • This vintage pressing is simply bigger and fuller than the competition, with massive amounts of energy and rich punchy bass
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl too - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout - they don't come any quieter
  • One of our favorites by The Man, with so many killer tracks: Young Americans, Win, Fascination, Somebody Up There Likes Me, Across the Universe and, of course, Fame
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David Bowie - Young Americans

Our Shootout Winner from 2007

  (Item #: bowieyoung_2007) 



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

THE BEST SOUND I HAVE EVER HEARD FOR THIS ALBUM! We’ve been playing this album for years, but we’ve sure never heard it sound like this. Both sides have BIG, FULL-BODIED SOUND that takes this soulful music to an entirely new level.

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David Bowie - Young Americans

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: bowieyoung_depth) 



Presenting another entry in our extensive Listening in Depth series.

This is one of my favorite Bowie albums. Nobody seems to care about it anymore. They dismiss it as disco junk, but it actually has some of his best music on it. I especially like the song Win. David Sanborn's saxophone sounds like it's coming from 60 feet behind Bowie, a nice effect.

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David Bowie - Young Americans

What to Listen For

  (Item #: bowieyoung_listen) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on what you should be listening for when critically evaluating your copy (or ours) of the album.

The average RCA copy of this album is bright, grainy and hard to some degree, like most RCA pressings I come across. If you've been stuck with an average copy, you're not going to believe how smooth and sweet the best ones sound.

This is one of my favorite Bowie albums. Nobody seems to care about it anymore. They dismiss it as disco junk, but it actually has some of his best music on it. I especially like the song Win. David Sanborn's saxophone sounds like it's coming from 60 feet behind Bowie, a nice effect.

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David Bowie
Ziggy Stardust

  (Item #: bowieziggy_1902_1905-) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) on side two, Double Plus (A++) on side one, killer from start to finish
  • The stage is huge and the Tubey Magic has to be heard to be believed - this is the pinnacle of sound for Glam Rock
  • Until you hear one of these amazing British pressings you simply cannot know what you are missing
  • 5 Stars in AMG, a Rock & Pop Top 100 album, and Ken Scott's engineering masterpiece all rolled into one
  • "Fleshing out the off-kilter metallic mix with fatter guitars, genuine pop songs, string sections, keyboards, and a cinematic flourish, Ziggy Stardust is a glitzy array of riffs, hooks, melodrama, and style and the logical culmination of glam.
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David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust

Breaking the Price Barrier in 2007

  (Item #: bowieziggy_2007) 



The following is our 2007 commentary for the best Ziggy Stardust we had ever heard.

This RCA Import has DRAMATICALLY better sound than any Ziggy LP we’ve ever played here at Better Records. Whatever you think you know about the sound of this record, THINK AGAIN. The sound of this copy is so far beyond any expectation I had that hearing it was nothing short of a REVELATION. It's TWO FULL GRADES better than any copy we played in our shootout.

Ater hearing this copy we had to lower our grades for every other pressing we had played. This was a completely new standard.

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David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust

Our Shootout Winning Copy from 2011

  (Item #: bowieziggy_2011) 



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

Is this one of the Greatest Rock Albums of All Time? Unquestionably. It's the pinnacle of Glam Rock. Every track is superb; not a moment is less than stellar from beginning to end.

Is it Bowie's Masterpiece? Absolutely. No other Bowie record ranks higher in my book. No other Bowie record would command a similar price, regardless of its sonic merits.

Is it amazingly well recorded? You better believe it. This is not just Bowie's masterpiece; it's Ken Scott's as well. For BIG, BOLD, wall to wall, floor to ceiling sound, look no further.

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David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust

MoFi Debunked

  (Item #: bowieziggy_mofi_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: C-

The MoFi pressing is decent, probably better than the average domestic copy I suppose. The colorations and the limitations of their cutting system make it painful for me to listen to though, especially the sloppy bass. Compressed too. You can do worse but you sure can do a lot better.)

MoFi did two of the greatest Bowie albums of all time, Ziggy and Let's Dance, and neither one can hold a candle to the real thing. If you want to settle for a pretty poor imitation of either or both of those albums, stick with your MoFi. If you want to hear the kind of Demo Disc sound that Bowie's records are capable of, try a Hot Stamper.

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David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust

Simply Vinyl & EMI Debunked

  (Item #: bowieziggy_svlp) 



Sonic Grade: D

This version sounds just like the EMI that came out in the '90s; in short, not very good.

Check out our Heavy Vinyl Scorecard to read all about the latest winners and losers.

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Eno - Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: eno__takin_2011) 



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

This is Eno's Masterpiece as well as a Desert Island Disc for yours truly. On the right pressing this is a Twisted Pop Demo Disc like nothing you have ever heard. If you have a big speaker and the kind of high quality playback that is capable of unraveling the most complicated musical creations, with all the weight and power of live music, this is the record that will make all your audio effort and expense worthwhile.

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Bryan Ferry
The Bride Stripped Bare

  (Item #: ferrybride_1712_1812) 

Our Price: $49.99

  • 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 - 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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INXS - Kick

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: inxs_kick_2017) 



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

For a recording from 1987 there is a surprising amount of Tubey Magical Analog sound to be found here. There is almost always a trace of hardness in the loudest vocal parts; that's where the 1987 recording technology raises its head, but the better copies such as this one keep it to a bare minimum.

The copies that were the richest and had the biggest bottom end, without being smeary or dark from a lack of top tended to do the best in our shootout. The copies that lacked weight or lower midrange fullness were most often rejected; rhythmically driven Funk Rock simply doesn't work without plenty of richness and bass.

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Giorgio Moroder - Cat People Soundtrack

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: morodcatpe_2008) 



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

MASTER TAPE SOUND ON BOTH SIDES of the TAS List SuperDisc! We just finished a big shootout for this album, and this knockout copy took top honors on both sides with A+++ sound from start to finish. Drop the needle on any track for some of the best sounding synthesizers you'll ever hear!

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Artist Quick Links
  (Item #: quicklinks) 


Look below for an easy way to search the site for great sounding copies of albums from some of the more popular artists we carry. (Click on the arrow to your left.)


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White Hot Stamper

Lou Reed
Transformer

  (Item #: reed_trans_1812_1904) 

Our Price: $399.99
Sale Price: $299.00 (You save $100.99 / 25%)


  • With Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side one and a solid Double Plus (A++) side two, this is guaranteed to be the best copy of Lou Reed's classic Transformer you have ever heard
  • A side one this good means Walk on the Wild Side is a Demonstration Quality track that will turn your audiophile friends
  • Our vintage British import Hot Stamper pressing here showed us just how Tubey Magical the midrange of the album could be - thanks Ken Scott!
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... Bowie and Ronson gave their hero a new lease on life -- and a solid album in the bargain."
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Super Hot Stamper

Lou Reed
Transformer

  (Item #: reed_trans_1901_1905) 

Our Price: $179.99
Sale Price: $149.00 (You save $30.99 / 17%)


  • Excellent sound for Lou Reed's Glam Rock Classic, Transformer - this copy earned seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides
  • Here is an import pressing with the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records cannot even BEGIN to reproduce
  • Transformer is an absolute tour de force of well-recorded Seventies Glam Rock / Classic Rock / Alternative Rock
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...Bowie and Ronson gave their hero a new lease on life -- and a solid album in the bargain."
More Lou Reed / More David Bowie


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Lou Reed - Transformer

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: reed_trans_2017) 



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

Transformer is an absolute tour de force of '70s Glam Rock / Classic Rock / Alternative Rock. You've got Lou Reed teamed up with David Bowie (in the producer's chair!), Mick Ronson, Herbie Flowers and Klaus Voorman, and on top of that the album was recorded at Trident and mixed by the great Ken Scott.

More Lou Reed / More David Bowie


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How To Search Our Site  (Item #: search-guide) 



Here is what you'll find when you visit our Site Search page. Click on this image to start searching, or look below for search tips.



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Our Rock and Pop Top 100 List

  (Item #: top100) 



In 2014 we updated our Rock and Pop Top 100 with ten new titles -- it had been two years since the last update. Those of you who have yet to try one of our Hot Stampers would be well advised to start with something from this list, as a Hot copy of any of these albums is bound to be an ear-opening experience. Click on any of the titles below to find the Hot Stamper copies that are currently in stock.

You can see all of our in-stock Top 100 titles HERE.


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Rock and Pop Top 100

Our 2008 Edition

  (Item #: top100_2008_archive) 



Presenting the roughly one hundred BEST SOUNDING albums with the BEST MUSIC that we can actually FIND to put on the site. In other words, there are Hot Stampers of these albums either on the site or coming to the site, so those of you on our email list will be seeing many if not most of these titles sometime in 2008. (Those of you not on our email list will see whatever is leftover after the mailing.)

The list has gone through a number of changes already and will go through many more as we work through our schedule of Hot Stamper shootouts. Each of these listings is now a link to make it easy for you to find copies on the site that are actually in stock.

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Rock and Pop Top 100

Our 2011 Edition

  (Item #: top100_2011_archive) 



Presenting the roughly One Hundred BEST SOUNDING Albums with the BEST MUSIC that we can actually find to put on the site. In other words, there are Hot Stampers of these albums either on the site or coming to the site, so those of you on our email list will be seeing many if not most of these titles sometime in the coming months.


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The Better Records Rock and Pop Top 100 for 2012

Not Just The Usual Suspects

  (Item #: top100_2012archive) 



It was a long time coming, but in 2012 we finally updated our Rock and Pop Top 100 with over a dozen new titles. Those of you who have yet to try one of our Hot Stampers would be well advised to start with something from this list, as a Hot copy of any of these albums is bound to be an ear-opening experience. Click on any of the albums below to find the Hot Stamper copies that are currently in stock.

You can see all of our in-stock Top 100 titles here.

Click here to sort the list alphabetically by artist.


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