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Super Hot Stamper

The Ames Brothers
The Blend and the Beat

  (Item #: amesbblend_1904_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb sound throughout with both sides earning a solid Double Plus (A++) for sound or BETTER - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • With Tubey Magical Stereoscopic presentation like you will not believe, this copy is spacious, sweet and positively dripping with ambience
  • If you're looking to demonstrate just how good the All Tube Analog Recording Chain was that created the magic of Living Stereo for RCA in 1960, this killer pressing might just be the record that can do it
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Arthur Lyman - Bwana A

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: lymanbwana_2011) 



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

White Hot Stamper sound, with a big stage, Tubey Magic and correct tonality from top to bottom. There's plenty going on at the extreme top - the rare copy that has it all!

Everywhere else the sound is tonally and timbrally Right On The Money. It's very lively, with tight, clear bass. Listen to how open the sound is. That sound is just not to be found on popular albums anymore.

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Arthur Lyman - Taboo: The Exotic Sounds of Arthur Lyman

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: lymantaboo_2013) 



This out-of-this-world WHITE HOT Stamper side two of Taboo blew our minds with its uncanny three-dimensional recreation of space. It's so transparent and boundless you'll feel like you are standing right on the stage with these guys and their birds! If you're an audiophile, both the sound and the music are crazy fun. If you want to demonstrate just how good 1959 All Tube Analog sound can be, this is the record that can do it, maybe better than any other.
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Dick Schory - Music for Bang, Baa-room and Harp

Listening In Depth

  (Item #: schorbangb_depth) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises.

What to listen for you ask? Top end, plain and simple. It's the RARE copy that really has the incredible extension of the side two we heard recently. The space, the clarity, the harmonic complexity -- perhaps one out of ten copies will show you a side two like that.

The highs are so good on this record you can use it as a setup tool. Adjust your VTA, tracking weight and the like for the most natural and clear top end, then check for all the other qualities you want to hear. You may just find yourself operating on a higher sonic plane than you ever thought possible.

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Dick Schory - Music for Bang, Baa-room and Harp

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: schorbangb_2016) 



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

This one is absolutely As Good As It Gets on side one. It's a real treat to hear such a crazy assortment of percussion instruments with this kind of amazingly clear, high-resolution sound! It's just bigger, richer and clearer than any side we can remember playing.

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Dick Schory - The Happy Hits

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: schorhappy_2013) 


Side One - A++. This side is full and rich yet clear. Listen to that crazy banjo on track two; that's not an easy instrument to get to sound right, but the RCA engineers pull it off. The brass is a bit "hot" at times so we took off one plus. For all we know this is as good as it gets.

Side Two - A++, not quite as warm as side one, but more lively and really jumpin'. The last track is truly Demo Disc quality. The bottom and top are extended and the sound is rich in the best possible sense of the word. Superb sound and plenty of fun, wacky music!

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Don Swan and His Orchestra - Latino

  (Item #: swan_latin_0511) 



A distinguished member of our Unconventional Hall of Fame.

This original looking Liberty Black Label Stereo LP has White Hot Stamper WONDERFULLY EXOTIC SOUND. This copy is so super spacious and sweet it's positively dripping with ambience. It’s EXACTLY the kind of sound you expect from Denny and his Island bandmates. It’s also quiet, about as quiet as these Liberty pressings ever get.

We played a big pile of Martin Denny records during our shootout, not having enough clean copies of any one of them to do it the way we would with rock or jazz records, and this pressing was CLEARLY the best of the bunch. Nothing else was even close. Picture yourself on a beautiful South Pacific island. Now imagine you're in a jazz bar on the mainland. Combine the two moods into one glorious sound and you have the music of Martin Denny!

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Edmundo Ros - Latin Hits I Missed

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: ros__latin_2011) 



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

It's unfortunate that Edmundo Ros and his orchestra command so little respect these days from the general record buying public. As for audiophiles, it's doubtful that many even know who he or they is/are. We at Better Records are doing our best to change all that, continuing with this, the second Ros title we've managed to find with amazing sound and music since the first one went up in 2013. It's one of the liveliest, best sounding Phase 4 titles we have heard in quite a while. Stampers simply do not get much hotter than these.

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Edmundo Ros - New Rhythms of the South

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: ros__rhyth_2015) 



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

It's unfortunate that Edmundo Ros and his orchestra command so little respect these days from the general record buying public. As for audiophiles, it's doubtful that many even know who he or they is/are. We at Better Records are doing our best to change all that, continuing with this, the second Ros title we've managed to find with amazing sound and music since the first one went up in 2013. It's one of the liveliest, best sounding Phase 4 titles we have heard in quite a while. Stampers simply do not get much hotter than these.


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Edmundo Ros - Ros On Broadway

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: ros__onbro_2009) 



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

Edmundo Ros and his orchestra don't command much respect these days from the general record buying public. As for audiophiles, it's doubtful that many even know who he or they is/are. But we at Better Records are going to change that, starting with this very record, because it's one of the best sounding records we have ever heard. Stampers just do not get any HOTTER than these!

From the perspective of a level playing field, I cannot think of a single rock record that sounds as BIG and DYNAMIC, nor one that is as spacious and clear, as is the side two of this London Blueback. As good as the best German pressings of Dark Side of the Moon may be, shockingly good in fact, this recording is clearly more exciting and lifelike, with instrumental timbres that are uncannily accurate.


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Esquivel - 4 Corners Of The World

Reviewed in 2011

  (Item #: esquifourc_2011) 



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

This RCA Living Stereo LP has an A+ to A++ side two. The sound is three-dimensional and transparent, but could use a bit more top. This album tends to have a bit of variation from track to track, but this one gets more right than most. Side one, unfortunately, is not quite up to Hot Stamper status.

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Esquivel and Other Vintage Recordings

What to Listen For

  (Item #: esquiinfin_2015) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you critically evaluate your vintage '50s and '60s All Tube recordings.

Folks, I can tell you right now most original LSP pressings, of this or any other Living Stereo Popular title, do not begin to recreate the Studio Wizardry found on this album. The sound rivals the best Chet Atkins albums and Bob and Rays in all their delicious three-dimensional Cinerama staging.

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Gary McFarland - Does The Sun Really Shine On The Moon

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: mcfardoest_2017) 



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

Look at the track listing -- these are pop tunes by The Beatles and The Beach Boys set to jazzy arrangements, perfect for your bachelor pad. Enjoy this one for what it is -- enchanting pop tunes without the vocals, superbly well recorded and well played by jazz guys who know how to have fun with these kinds of songs.

DCC did this title on CD and if you want one just drop us a note and we will include one with your order gratis.

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Henry Mancini - The Blues and The Beat

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: manciblues_2016) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame from 1960.

If you like your large group recordings to have huge three-dimensional space and depth, look no further. This is vintage RCA Living Stereo at its best - transparent, Tubey Magical, big and bold. Let's give credit where credit is due, to the amazing AL SCHMITT.

We know his work well; he happens to have engineered many albums with SUPERB SOUND: Aja, Hatari, Breezin', Late for the Sky, Toto IV, as well as some we can't stand (the entire Diana Krall digital-echo-drenched catalog comes to mind).

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Hugo Winterhalter - Goes Latin

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: wintegoesl_2014) 



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

1959 Tubey Magical Living Stereo sound like you will not believe! Both sides are nearly White Hot, with shocking amounts of space and depth. This is RCA's approach to Exotica, with the added benefit of Living Stereo strings. Gorgeous harmonically rich percussion - the tambourine is to die for

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Los Admiradores - Bongos / Flutes / Guitars

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: losadbongo_2015) 



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

First things first: one of the main bongo players is none other than Ray Barretto himself. You jazz guys out there will know exactly who that is, a man whose reputation for brilliant rhythmic contributions to some of the great jazz classic albums of the '60s is beyond dispute. One listen to Midnight Blue will do the trick. The man had a gift. And he is here joined by two other top players.

And of course the guitarist has to be the incomparable Tony Mottola, the man behind one of our favorite jazz guitar records of all time: Warm, Wild and Wonderful.

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Martin Denny - A Taste of Honey

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: dennyatast_2010) 



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

This early stereo Liberty label pressing has BETTER than Super Hot Stamper sound on side two, earning a sonic grade of A++ to A+++. This is not just another exercise in Bachelor Pad Exotica; there is some fun, swingin' jazz here. The pianist -- whoever he is, he's uncredited along with the rest of the band -- has real jazz chops and sympathetic sidemen to play with.

The music is indeed excellent but the real thrill of course is to hear the richness and sweetness of a 1962 Tubey Magical pressing such as this one. Folks, as you well know, they don't make 'em like they used to.

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Martin Denny - Exotic Percussion

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: dennyexoti_2011) 



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

This Liberty stereo LP has A++ DEMO DISC SOUND on side one, mated to a pretty darn good side two. The sound is very three-dimensional and has a wonderfully extended top end on this copy. The music just JUMPS out of the speakers. Soundstaging and depth are both superb.

Side two is not quite as open and transparent as side one but we still rate it an A+ for sound; it's far far better than the average copy of this record you can find, if you can find a clean one at all. Fans of TUBEY MAGIC, Golden Age Exotica or Bang, Baa-room & Harp should find much to like here.

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Martin Denny - Exotica

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: dennyexoti_1211_1) 



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

This second label very quiet Liberty Stereo LP has at least Super Hot Stamper EXOTIC SOUND on both sides, with a side two that may be White Hot. It's hard to know for sure whether side two can get any better than this -- it's pretty darn amazing, some of the most Magically Delicious sound we played in our recent shootout.

Recorded in 1958, you can imagine there is a healthy amount of Tubey Magical richness and sweetness, although this second label copy seems to be cut a bit more cleanly and correctly than some of the first label Denny records we auditioned. The tonality is dead on the money, a quality that the most tubey recordings rarely exhibit; they can easily get overly lush and appear murky.

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Martin Denny - Exotica: Vol. 2

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: dennyexoti_1401s) 



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

This Liberty '60s Label Stereo LP has Hot Stamper EXOTIC SOUND on both sides. The cover says it's The Ultimate in Transistorized Stereophonic Hi-Fidelity Sound, but I hear an awful lot of Tubey Magical richness and sweetness. The tonality is actually right on the money, a quality that the heavily tubey recordings rarely exhibit: they can easily get overly lush and turn murky.

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Martin Denny - Forbidden Island

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: dennyforbi_fame) 



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

This original looking Liberty Black Label Stereo LP has White Hot Stamper WONDERFULLY EXOTIC SOUND. This copy is so super spacious and sweet it's positively dripping with ambience. It’s EXACTLY the kind of sound you expect from Denny and his Island bandmates.

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Martin Denny - Primitiva

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: dennyprimi_1111_1) 



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

This original looking and fairly quiet Liberty Black Label Stereo LP has Super Hot Stamper EXOTIC SOUND on both sides. The cover says it's The Ultimate in Transistorized Stereophonic Hi-Fidelity Sound, but I hear an awful lot of Tubey Magical richness and sweetness -- maybe not quite as much as some of the best early Denny recordings, but plenty nevertheless. The tonality is actually dead on the money, a quality that the most tubey recordings rarely exhibit; they can easily get overly lush and turn murky.

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Martin Denny - Quiet Village

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: dennyquiet_2010) 



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

This Superb sounding Hot Stamper copy of Quiet Village has a lot in common with the other Bachelor Pad / Exotica titles we've listed over the years, albums by the likes of Esquivel, Dick Schory, Edmundo Ros, Arthur Lyman and others.

But c'mon, nobody really buys these records for the music (although the music is thoroughly enchanting). It's all about the Tubey Magical Stereoscopic presentation, the wacky 3-D sound effects (of real birds and otherwise) and the heavily percussive arrangements. In all of these areas and more this record does not disappoint.

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Martin Denny - The Versatile Martin Denny

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: dennyversa_2009) 



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

This early stereo Liberty label pressing has BETTER than Super Hot Stamper sound on side two, earning a sonic grade of A++ to A+++. This is not just another exercise in Bachelor Pad Exotica; there is some fun, swingin' jazz here. Martin Denny on piano has real jazz chops and sympathetic sidemen to play with.

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Morton Gould and His Orchestra - Baton & Bows

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: gouldbaton_2014) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Orchestral Music Hall of Fame.

This Living Stereo Shaded Dog pressing has a great side two. As I'm sure you've found, many vintage pressings are dull and opaque. This one has tonally correct strings, as well as the top end and rosiny texture that's so often missing.

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Perez Prado (and Better Records)

Implore You to Turn Up the Volume

  (Item #: pradoprez_volume) 



Another in the long list of recordings that sounds its best when you Turn Up Your Volume.

Tube smear is common to most pressings from the late '50s, and this is no exception. The copies that tend to do the best in a shootout will have the least amount of smear, or none, yet are full-bodied, tubey and rich. Full sound is especially critical to the horns: any blare, leanness or squawk ruins much of the fun, certainly at the loud levels the record should be playing at.

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Perez Prado - Pops and Prado

A Killer Bob Simpson Recording

  (Item #: pradopopsa_2016) 



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

A wonderful copy with a White Hot Stamper side two - unbelievably Tubey Magical and spacious. Side one was Super Hot and maybe a bit better - the top is extended, and the reverb is positively luscious. This is vintage analog at its best -- the magic really comes through on this pressing. Credit for the Demo Disc sound of this one must go to the amazing Bob Simpson, working in glorious Webster Hall.

BOB SIMPSON won the Grammy for engineering Belafonte at Carnegie Hall you may recall.



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Perez Prado - Prez

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: pradoprez_2013) 



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

This AMAZING sounding White Hot Stamper copy of Prez has a lot in common with the other Living Stereo / Exotica titles we've listed over the years, albums by the likes of Henry Mancini, Esquivel, Arthur Lyman, Dick Schory, Edmundo Ros, Ted Heath, Martin Denny and a handful of others. Talk about making your speakers disappear, these records can do it!

1958 - It Was a Very Good Year


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Perez Prado - Prez

What to Listen For

  (Item #: pradoprez_wtlf) 



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

If you like the sound of percussion instruments of every possible flavor, including some you have never tasted before, you will have a hard time finding a more magical recording of them than this.

Big and spacious, yet clear, dynamic and energetic. The brass is never "blary" the way it can be on so many Big Band or Dance Band records from the '50s and '60s. (Basie's Roulette records tend to have a bad case of blary brass as a rule.)

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Skip Martin - Perspectives In Percussion, Vol. 2

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: martipersp_2014) 



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

Absolutely the best "Crazy Percussion Extravaganza" we have ever heard. The sound JUMPS out of the speakers like you will not believe. The best of its kind bar none? That's exactly what this record is.

It is my belief that no one with an up-to-date, highly tweaked big system, a properly setup front end (with the VTA adjusted specifically for this record), and a carefully treated listening room can fail to have his mind blown by the sonics of this pressing.

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The Ames Brothers with Esquivel - Hello Amigos

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: amesbhello_2014) 



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

This copy is super spacious, sweet and positively dripping with ambience. This is vintage analog at its best, so rich and relaxed you'll wonder how it ever came to be that anyone seriously contemplated trying to "improve" upon it.

This recording is the very definition of The Sound of Tubey Magic. No recordings will ever be made like this again, nor will any CD ever be able to capture what is in the grooves of this pressing.

1960 - It Was a Very Good Year


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Tony Mottola - Warm, Wild and Wonderful

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: mottowarmw_2015) 



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

This is clearly one of the best sounding guitar records we've ever had the pleasure to play here at Better Records. Project 3 was an audiophile label in the truest and best sense of the word: a label that not only cared about the sound of their recordings, but actually proved they could produce title after title of the highest quality, equal or superior to anything on the market.

This of course places them in stark contrast with the audiophile labels of the modern era, the last forty years say, which only on rare occasion produce records of any real quality.

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Various Artists - Stereo Sampler Vol. 1 (SRD-1)

Reviewed in 2012

  (Item #: variostereo_2012) 



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

This Mercury Sampler has SUPERB Super Hot Stamper sound on side one, or better -- who knows if this isn't as good as it gets? We can't find enough clean copies to test so we're sticking with A++ or better just to be safe. Either way, this is the BIG, BOLD classic Mercury sound. Let's Dance - David Carroll - from Let's Dance (SR-60001) has the sweet Tubey Magic of the best Living Stereos and the percussion excitement of Bang Baa-room and Harp!

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Various Composers - East of Suez

Reviewed in 2012

  (Item #: varioeasto_2012) 



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

Hot Stamper sound on this 101 Strings album, can you believe it? Then again, why shouldn't it have amazing Golden Age Stereo sound? It's recorded in the late '50s, using all tube equipment and probably a minimum of mikes -- there's no reason to assume the sound should be substandard just because the retail price of the record was only $1.98 (see second image).

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Walter Wanderley - Rain Forest

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: wanderainf_2015) 



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

Spacious, sweet and positively dripping with ambience. White Hot on side one where the big hit Summer Samba can be found. A huge seller in its day, both the sound and the music are crazy fun. A Classic 1966 Rudy Van Gelder All Tube Analog recording with Demo Disc sound.

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Xavier Cugat - Chile Con Cugie

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: cugatchile_2014) 



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

Amazing nearly White Hot stamper sound on side two. It's so big and fun, jumping with energy in a huge space. 1959 Living Stereo three-dimensionality from Webster Hall. Lots of exotica percussion and rhythm make for fun stereo listening.

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Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra - Viva Cugat

Reviewed in 2011

  (Item #: cugatvivac_6003_2011) 



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

This crazy Cugat record (is there any other kind?) is a BALL and has absolutely amazing Demo Disc quality sound on side two, better than Super Hot Stamper quality.

It sounds like Henry Mancini on speed, and the recording quality puts most of Mancini's records to shame to boot. This is Bachelor Pad music for those who like their Bachelor Pad to be FUN!

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Exotica

  (Item #: BR_exotica) 


Exotica / Space Age / Bachelor Pad

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