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White Hot Stamper

The Doors
Morrison Hotel

  (Item #: doorsmorri_1908_10) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • A wonderful early pressing of this hard-rockin' Doors album, with incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Rich, big and full-bodied, with clarity and energy to spare, this is the way you want to hear the Doors' Bluesy Rock
  • Roadhouse Blues, Waiting For The Sun and Maggie McGill are KILLER on this pressing - all you Doors fans are gonna flip
  • Circus Magazine praised it as "possibly the best album yet from the Doors" and "Good hard, evil rock, and one of the best albums released this decade."
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White Hot Stamper

The Doors
The Soft Parade

  (Item #: doorssoftp_1906_10) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • With Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it throughout, this copy will be all but impossible to beat!
  • The sound is incredibly powerful from start to finish -- big, rich, full-bodied, present and lively -- thanks Bruce Botnick, where would The Doors be without you?
  • Full of great songs: Touch Me, Runnin' Blue, Wild Child, Wishful Sinful and the amazingly trippy Soft Parade extended suite (with Triple Plus sound no less)
  • "Much like a true “parade” of an English fugue, the song morphs from Morrison’s a capella sermon-like intro to a Baroque ballad to a show tune-like section to the long rock outro, the music masterfully following the flowing, stream of consciousness lyric." Hell yeah!
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White Hot Stamper

The Doors
Waiting For the Sun

  (Item #: doorswaiti_1906_10) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • Two insanely good sides for this superbly recorded Doors album, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it throughout - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is present, lively and tonally correct, with Morrison's rich vocals well reproduced and especially Tubey Magical
  • It's tough (not to mention expensive) to find these early Gold Label pressings with this kind of sound and vinyl that's scratch free
  • "Krieger, Ray Manzarek and John Densmore were never more lucid... This was a band at its most dexterous, creative, and musically diverse ..."
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White Hot Stamper

The Doors
Strange Days

  (Item #: doorsstran_1906_9) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • This phenomenal copy of Strange Days has Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and Double Plus (A++) sound on the second
  • A stunning sounding pressing of one of the most difficult-to-find records in the world of Hot Stampers
  • Demo Quality sound for so many classics: When The Music's Over, Moonlight Drive, Love Me Two Times and more
  • ... if The Beatles had Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club and The Beach Boys had Pet Sounds, then The Doors' answer was Strange Days. This experimentation can be heard in the very first notes of the title track, as Ray Manzarek's spacey keyboards set the tone for Morrison's eerie, distorted warning, "Strange days have found us." It's the perfect introduction to a perfectly strange album."
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Super Hot Stamper

The Doors
L.A. Woman

  (Item #: doorslawom_1911_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This original is huge, lively and rich, earning outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound or BETTER - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • Our Hot Stamper of L.A. Woman was one of the better copies we heard in our recent shootout - it's got the big Bruce Botnick sound we love
  • Tired of putting up with the kind of vague, veiled, recessed vocals that are found on practically every Heavy Vinyl pressing ever made? We are too!
  • If that's what you own, this superb Super Hot pressing will show you just what you've been missing
  • "The seven-minute title track was a car-cruising classic that celebrated both the glamour and seediness of Los Angeles; the other long cut, the brooding, jazzy 'Riders on the Storm,' was the group at its most melodic and ominous."
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Super Hot Stamper

The Doors
Morrison Hotel

  (Item #: doorsmorri_1909) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • This outstanding copy of The Doors' 1970 release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • This vintage pressing is well balanced, yet big and lively, with such wonderful clarity in the mids and highs as well as deep punchy bass and a big open and spacious soundfield
  • Roadhouse Blues, Waiting For The Sun and Maggie McGill are KILLER on this pressing - all you Doors fans are gonna flip
  • Circus Magazine praised it as "possibly the best album yet from the Doors" and "Good hard, evil rock, and one of the best albums released this decade."
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Super Hot Stamper (With Issues)

The Doors
L.A. Woman

  (Item #: doorslawom_1905_7_10) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This original is huge, lively and rich, earning outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound or BETTER on both sides
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl for ANY Doors album, but side two does have a handful of (mostly light) stitches that are audible
  • Our Hot Stamper of L.A. Woman was one of the better copies we heard in our recent shootout - it's got the big Bruce Botnick sound we love
  • If all you know are the various Heavy Vinyl versions, our outstanding Super Hot will show you just what you've been missing
  • "The seven-minute title track was a car-cruising classic that celebrated both the glamour and seediness of Los Angeles; the other long cut, the brooding, jazzy 'Riders on the Storm,' was the group at its most melodic and ominous."
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Super Hot Stamper

The Doors
Strange Days

  (Item #: doorsstran_1907_11) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An outstanding copy of the band's sophomore release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • This vintage pressing is well balanced, yet big and lively, with such wonderful clarity in the mids and highs as well as deep punchy bass and a big open and spacious soundfield
  • Demo Quality sound for so many classics: When The Music's Over, Moonlight Drive, Love Me Two Times and more
  • "... if The Beatles had Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club and The Beach Boys had Pet Sounds, then The Doors' answer was Strange Days... It's the perfect introduction to a perfectly strange album."
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Hot Stamper

The Doors
The Doors

  (Item #: doorsdoors_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find very good Hot Stamper sound on both sides of this copy of the Doors' classic debut
  • On the best copies, the sound is big and rich with plenty of bottom end and an energy level that's really something to hear
  • A must-own album "whose nonstop melodicism and dynamic tension would never be equaled by the group again, let alone bettered."
  • 5 stars: "A tremendous debut album, and indeed one of the best first-time outings in rock history, introducing the band's fusion of rock, blues, classical, jazz and poetry with a knockout punch."
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

The Doors
Morrison Hotel

  (Item #: doorsmorri_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A wonderful early pressing of this hard-rockin' Doors album, with superb nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • Rich, big and full-bodied, with clarity and energy to spare, this is the way you want to hear the Doors' Bluesy Rock
  • Roadhouse Blues, Waiting For The Sun and Maggie McGill are KILLER on this pressing - all you Doors fans are gonna flip
  • Circus Magazine praised it as "possibly the best album yet from the Doors" and "Good hard, evil rock, and one of the best albums released this decade."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

The Doors
The Soft Parade

  (Item #: doorssoftp_1905_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them on both sides AND exceptionally quiet vinyl, this copy will be very hard to beat
  • The sound is rich and lively, with solid brass and punchy drums - thanks Bruce Botnick, where would The Doors be without you?
  • Full of great songs: Touch Me, Runnin' Blue, Wild Child, Wishful Sinful and the amazingly trippy Soft Parade extended suite
  • "Much like a true “parade” of an English fugue, the song morphs from Morrison’s a capella sermon-like intro to a Baroque ballad to a show tune-like section to the long rock outro, the music masterfully following the flowing, stream of consciousness lyric." Hell yeah!
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Super Hot Stamper

The Doors
Alive, She Cried

  (Item #: doorsalive_1810_1_9) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding copy of The Doors 1983 release boasts seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides
  • This pressing has the kind of powerful low end that lets the wild music of the live Doors really take off
  • Gloria and Little Red Rooster, in particular, sound exceptionally good - big, lively and immediate
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus on both sides - they don't come quieter in our experience
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The Doors - Alive, She Cried

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: doorsalive_2015) 



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

Most copies we played lacked bass in a big way, but this one's got the kind of strong bottom end that makes the music really work. The sound is richer and fuller than we heard elsewhere; many copies were so clean that they sounded like CDs. This one really communicates the energy of a Doors concert, which is exactly what we want from a live album. The clarity, presence, transparency and energy are superior to most of the other copies we played.

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The Doors - L.A. Woman

German Heavy Vinyl Debunked

  (Item #: doorslawom_debunk_2014) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing.

There is [was; it’s out of print now] a German 180 gram pressing of L.A. Woman which is [was] so bad, I am calling this commentary The Audiophile Apocalypse. The fact that some audiophiles and audiophile reviewers appear to like this pressing is a sign that, to me at least, The End Is Near, or May Be.

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The Doors - L.A. Woman

Rhino Heavy Vinyl Reviewed

  (Item #: doorslawom_rhino) 



Sonic Grade: B

The pressing we auditioned from the Doors Box Set was surprisingly good. It's rich and smooth with an extended top end -- tonally correct in other words -- and there's lots of bass. This is all to the good. For the thirty bucks you might pay for it you're getting a very good record, assuming yours sounds like ours, something we should really not be assuming, but we do it anyway as there is no other way to write about records other than to describe the sound of the ones we actually have on hand to play.

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The Doors - Morrison Hotel

Our Shootout Winner from 2018

  (Item #: doorsmorri_2018) 



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

Rich, big and full-bodied, with clarity and energy to spare, this is the way you want to hear the Doors' Bluesy Rock. Roadhouse Blues, Waiting For The Sun and Maggie McGill are KILLER on this pressing - all you Doors fans are gonna flip. Circus Magazine praised it as "possibly the best album yet from the Doors" and "Good hard, evil rock, and one of the best albums released this decade."

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The Doors - Morrison Hotel

Rhino / Universal Heavy Vinyl Debunked

  (Item #: doorsmorri_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: D (at best)

Hall of Shame and another Heavy Vinyl LP debunked.

A few years back we played the 180 gram reissue of Morrison Hotel. Initially we thought it pretty good, but the longer it played, the more its artificiality became apparent -- and annoying. Just listen to the vocals -- they're all wrong. Jim Morrison has one of the richest and most distinctive voices in the history of rock. When it doesn't sound like the guy I've been listening to for close to forty years, something is very, very wrong.

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The Doors - Strange Days

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: doorsstran_2011) 



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

This is THE BEST SOUNDING COPY OF STRANGE DAYS to EVER hit the site! We've only found one or two copies that were in the same league as this one, and they went directly into the hands of our best longtime customers who had been waiting patiently for a killer pressing. Side one rated between A++ and A+++ and side two earned top A+++ honors.

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The Doors - Strange Days

Rhino and DCC Reviewed

  (Item #: doorsstran_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: DCC: B / Rhino: C

It’s not easy for us to find copies of Strange Days that outperform the DCC, but our best Hot Stampers beat it handily. We also put our original copies up against the 180g version from the Doors Box Set and it was an absolute bloodbath. We understand that a well-known reviewer likes the sound of those Doors pressings but we here at Better Records prefer to set higher standards. We think you deserve better, and at these prices the record had better deliver a world of sound that the heavy vinyl pressing can only hint at.

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The Doors - The Doors

MoFi Debunked

  (Item #: doorsdoors_mofi) 



Sonic Grade: D

Another MoFi LP debunked.

If anyone still thinks that pressing is anything but a bad joke played on the audiophile public -- so sucked out in the midrange, bass-shy and compressed to death -- that person has a way to go in this hobby. A very long way. You can hear how bad it sounds from another room.

But wait a minute. I liked the MoFi just fine when it came out. I guess I had a way to go in this hobby too. That was back in the early ’80s. I like to think I’ve learned a thing or two in the last twenty five plus years. I’m pretty sure we can offer you a better record now.

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The Doors - The Doors

Rating the DCC LP

  (Item #: doorsdoors_dcc) 



Sonic Grade: B

We used to like the Doors First album on DCC back when it came out in the late '90s; it sure beat the MoFi and every other pressing I had around, including the original gold label Elektra pressings. But much water has gone under that bridge. There have been countless audio revolutions, the improved record cleaning technologies we tout at every turn. Without them old records just sound like old records, and the DCC pressing will be better.

But with them, and lots of other changes, the right original stomps all over the DCC.

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The Doors - The Doors

Rhino / Universal Heavy Vinyl Debunked

  (Item #: doorsdoors_rhino) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another Heavy Vinyl LP debunked.

What a mess. Imagine listening to this album with a two inch thick velvet curtain placed over your speakers -- that's the sound of this remastered record! How bad does a stereo have to be in order to disguise the fact that this is one of the worst Classic Rock reissues in the history of the world? I don't know and I sure don't want to find out.

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The Doors - The Doors

Our Shootout Winner from 2007

  (Item #: doorsdoors_2007) 



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

THE BEST SOUNDING COPY OF THIS ALBUM WE’VE EVER HEARD! This Elektra Gold Label SLAUGHTERED the DCC, MURDERED the MoFi, and DECIMATED every last pressing we played it against! You aren’t going to believe all the TUBEY MAGIC on this copy!

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The Doors - The Doors

What to Listen For

  (Item #: doorsdoors_wtlf) 



What to Listen For? you ask?

ENERGY and RAW POWER. Few audiophiles have any idea how well recorded this album is, simply because most pressings don't do a very good job of encoding the life of the master tape onto the vinyl of the day, regardless of whether that day is in 1967 or 2017.

The first Doors album is without a doubt the punchiest, liveliest, most powerful recording in the entire Doors catalog.

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The Doors - The Soft Parade

Our Shootout Winner from 2007

  (Item #: doorssoftp_2007) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame and another in the long list of recordings that really comes alive when you Turn Up Your Volume.

This incredibly rare, exceptionally quiet Elektra Gold Label LP sounds AMAZING, As Good As It Gets (AGAIG)! The sound is BIG, RICH, and FULL-BODIED, exactly the way it should be. As good as the Hot Stamper Big Red E Label copies can be, and that's very good indeed, the right first pressing is still The King. It just can't be beat.

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The Doors - The Soft Parade

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: doorssoftp_depth) 



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

Our latest shootout (4/2014) included a minty Gold Label pressing, which did reasonably well, but not great, on side one. Side two however was OFF THE CHARTS and won the shootout on that side handily. The fact that side one wasn't a knockout is yet more evidence that individual pressings with the same label -- even the "right" label -- vary dramatically in sound.

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The Doors - The Soft Parade

Rhino Box Set Pressing Debunked

  (Item #: doorssoftp_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another Heavy Vinyl LP debunked.

A Gold Label original pressing blew out minds not long ago, after whichwe wrote "Need I even mention how much better this copy sounds than the 180g version from the Rhino Box Set, digitally remastered by Bernie Grundman? That thing is just awful, possibly the worst sounding pressing I have ever heard."

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The Doors - Waiting For The Sun

Rating the DCC LP

  (Item #: doorswaiti_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: B-

We used to like the DCC pressing of this Doors album. Now... not so much. It's a classic case of We Was Wrong.

Keep in mind that the only way you can never be wrong about your records is simply to avoid playing them. If you have better equipment than you did, say, five years ago, try playing some of your MoFi’s, 180 gram LPs, Japanese pressings, 45 RPM remasters and the like. You might be in for quite a shock.

Read the commentary below to see why we think we were wrong about the DCC pressing of Waiting For The Sun.

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The Doors - Waiting For The Sun

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: doorswaiti_listen) 



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

My favorite of the first three Doors album, this one is imbued with more mystery and lyricism than any previous effort. The album shows them maturing as a band, smoking large amounts of pot and preparing for the wild ride of their next opus, the ambitious Soft Parade. Actually, as I listen to this album it reminds me more and more of that one. Now that it sounds as good as The Soft Parade I find I've gained a new respect for Waiting for the Sun.

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The Doors - Waiting For The Sun

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: doorswaiti_2008) 



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

It's been over a year, but Waiting For The Sun Hot Stampers are BACK! It's exceedingly difficult to find a good sounding, reasonably quiet Gold Label copy of this album, let alone enough copies to put together a proper shootout. It wasn't easy, but a copy like this makes all the trouble worthwhile. Side one is a tubey magical A++, and side two is As Good As It Gets (AGAIG) at A+++.

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The Doors

  (Item #: _Doors) 


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