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The Grateful Dead
Workingman's Dead

  (Item #: grateworki_1807_1812) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side two and a Double Plus (A++) side one, this copy was one of the best in our most recent shootout
  • A Top 100 album, and a truly superb recording of the Dead at the peak of their creativity (along with American Beauty)
  • We love the amazingly rich, weighty and huge bottom end found on the truly killer sides such as these
  • 5 stars in Allmusic: "The lilting Uncle John's Band, their first radio hit, opens the record and perfectly summarizes its subtle, spare beauty; complete with a new focus on more concise songs and tighter arrangements, the approach works brilliantly."
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Grateful Dead
Europe '72

  (Item #: grateeurop_1810_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A superb sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the fifth side and excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on the other five
  • The sound here is big, full-bodied, clean and clear with tons of energy and plenty of extension on both ends
  • "No record album can replace a live appearance by the Dead — but those who can’t get enough of this exceptional band will be kept busy for a good little while with this one." - Rolling Stone
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White Hot Stamper

Grateful Dead
Blues For Allah

  (Item #: grateblues_1807_1810) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A stunning sounding copy of this Grateful Dead classic with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • Probably the last essential Dead album - this pressing has especially silky, sweet vocals, good presence and energy, punchy bass and a spacious soundfield
  • "The Dead went into a state of latent activity that lasted until the spring of [1975] when the band reconvened to record Blues for Allah... Obviously, the time off had done the band worlds of good, as Blues for Allah — more than any past or future studio album — captures the Dead at their most natural and inspired."
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Grateful Dead
Wake Of The Flood

  (Item #: gratewakeo_1808_1812) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Stunning sound throughout with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides and vinyl that is about as quiet as we can find
  • This original pressing has the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records cannot even BEGIN to reproduce
  • A difficult album to find audiophile quality sound for, this is one of the best copies to ever hit the site
  • "Wake of the Flood was certainly as good - if not arguably better than - most of their previous non-live efforts."
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Super Hot Stamper

Grateful Dead
In The Dark

  (Item #: grateinthe_1812_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • Both sides here were incredibly clean, clear and full-bodied with tons of energy and a big bottom end
  • Pretty darn quiet throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Although the album is unmistakable as the work of the Dead, much of it recalls the punchy, pungent production of Dire Straits' recent work. It's not the second coming of the Dead, but a more entertaining epilogue you couldn't ask for." - All Music, 4 Stars
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Super Hot Stamper

The Grateful Dead
American Beauty

  (Item #: grateameri_1803_1807) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding original Green Label copy with solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - this is just how good American Beauty can sound
  • This is one of Stephen Barncard's greatest recording achievements - the richness and clarity are really something to hear
  • Man, quiet copies of this album (like this one) are getting hard to find, and pricey too, and they sure don't sound as good as this very often
  • 5 Stars, Top 100, and a true Must Own - "American Beauty remains the Dead's studio masterpiece."
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Super Hot Stamper

Grateful Dead
Blues For Allah

  (Item #: grateblues_1710_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $129.00 (You save $20.99 / 14%)


  • This outstanding early pressing of The Dead's 1975 release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last
  • Both sides here have the kind of sound that really brings the music to life - silky sweet vocals, good presence and energy, deep punchy bass and a big open and spacious soundfield
  • Probably the last essential Dead album for all but the most die-hard fan
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Blues for Allah — more than any past or future studio album — captures the Dead at their most natural and inspired."
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Super Hot Stamper

Grateful Dead
Wake Of The Flood

  (Item #: gratewakeo_1811) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and vinyl that is exceptionally quite for this album
  • This original pressing has the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records cannot even BEGIN to reproduce
  • A difficult album to find good sound for, this is one of the few copies good enough to hit the site
  • "Wake of the Flood was certainly as good - if not arguably better than - most of their previous non-live efforts."
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Super Hot Stamper

The Grateful Dead
Workingman's Dead

  (Item #: grateworki_1802_1812) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This excellent Green Label WB original pressing offers outstanding Tubey Magical Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Exceptionally QUIET vinyl for this title - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - they don't come any cleaner than this
  • A Top 100 album, and a truly superb recording of the Dead at the peak of their creativity (along with American Beauty)
  • We love the amazingly big, rich, weighty bottom end found on the better pressings such as this one
  • 5 stars: "The lilting Uncle John's Band, their first radio hit, opens the record and perfectly summarizes its subtle, spare beauty; complete with a new focus on more concise songs and tighter arrangements, the approach works brilliantly."
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Hot Stamper

Grateful Dead
Wake Of The Flood

  (Item #: gratewakeo_1803) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • This Grateful Dead release from 1973, the studio followup to American Beauty from three years back(!), boasts Hot Stamper sound on both sides
  • With hard-to-find, exceptionally quiet vinyl, this one plays Mint Minus on side one, and Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus on side two
  • A difficult album to find with good sound - this is in fact only the third copy to hit the site in many, many years
  • "Wake of the Flood was certainly as good -- if not arguably better than -- most of their previous non-live efforts." - All Music
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Grateful Dead - American Beauty

Hot Stamper MoFi

  (Item #: grateameri_mofi) 



Sonic Grade: B

Another MoFi LP reviewed.

This is a very nice looking Mobile Fidelity LP with SURPRISINGLY GOOD SOUND. The transparency and presence in the midrange is OUT OF THIS WORLD. The bass actually sounds in control on this copy, there''s no typical bloated MOFI bass to be found here. This is the best sounding Mobile Fidelity American Beauty we have ever heard. It's not perfect by any means, but it's hugely better than we expected.

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The Grateful Dead - American Beauty

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: grateameri_2009) 



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

MASTER TAPE SOUND AND MOSTLY QUIET VINYL ON BOTH SIDES, BABY! We went through all of 2008 without finding a single Hot Stamper copy of this great album, but today I am pleased to report that American Beauty Hot Stampers are back in stock at Better Records! Drop the needle on any track on either side -- I guarantee you’ve never heard this band sound so good, or your money back.

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The Grateful Dead - Workingman's Dead

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: grateworki_2012) 



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

STUNNING MASTER TAPE SOUND ON SIDE TWO, as good as it gets! I don’t think you could ask any more from this music than what this magical side two gives you -- breathy vocals with mindblowing immediacy; incredible depth and width to the soundfield; rich, round bass with real WEIGHT; a silky, extended top end; tons of ambience; tons of tubey magic and so on. It’s also open, spacious, and super transparent. The sound positively JUMPS out of the speakers and fills the room. Black Peter is INSANELY GOOD on this side -- you’re gonna flip when you hear it.

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The Grateful Dead - Workingman's Dead

Watch for Strain in Jerry's Voice

  (Item #: grateworki_depth) 



Presenting another entry in our extensive Listening in Depth series.

High Time tells you the most about the sound of side one on any given copy. If the pressing in question is lean, bright, grainy, transistory or aggressive in any way, Jerry Garcia's voice will sound strained. Far from a professionally trained singer, he's already straining to some degree on even the best copies.

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The Grateful Dead - Workingman's Dead

Rhino Heavy Vinyl Debunked

  (Item #: grateworki_rhino) 



Sonic Grade: F

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

The 2003 Rhino reissue on heavy vinyl of Workingman's Dead is absolutely awful. It sounds like a bad cassette. The CD of the album that I own is superb, which means that the tapes are not the problem, bad mastering and pressing are.

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