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The Grateful Dead
Workingman's Dead

  (Item #: grateworki_1803) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side one and a Double Plus (A++) side two, 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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Super Hot Stamper

The Grateful Dead
American Beauty

  (Item #: grateameri_1803) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Man, are quiet copies of this album getting hard to find, and pricey too
  • This is one of Stephen Barncard's greatest recording achievements - the richness and clarity are really something here
  • 5 Stars All Music Guide, a Top 100 album - "American Beauty remains the Dead's studio masterpiece."
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Super Hot Stamper

Grateful Dead
Blues For Allah

  (Item #: grateblues_1710s) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $169.00 (You save $30.99 / 15%)


  • An excellent copy with Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last
  • Both sides here are clean, clear and open with excellent bass and plenty of space around all of the instruments
  • Fairly quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Blues for Allah — more than any past or future studio album — captures the Dead at their most natural and inspired." - All Music
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Super Hot Stamper

Grateful Dead
Terrapin Station

  (Item #: grateterra_1802_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This impressive copy has solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • Both sides here are super rich, full and Tubey Magical with a solid bottom end
  • Pretty darn quiet throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • Features the Dead's versions of Samson and Delilah and Dancin' In The Streets, plus the classic title track
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Super Hot Stamper

The Grateful Dead
Workingman's Dead

  (Item #: grateworki_1802) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This excellent copy gives you outstanding Tubey Magical Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • We love that amazingly rich, big bottomed sound that can only be found on the better sides such as these
  • A Better Records Top 100 album, and a truly superb recording of the Dead at the peak of their creativity
  • 5 stars: "A heartbreakingly beautiful, unquestionably pure statement."
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Hot Stamper

Grateful Dead
Wake Of The flood

  (Item #: gratewakeo_1803) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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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