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White Hot Stamper

Elton John
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

  (Item #: john_goodb_1906_9ex) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A stunning copy, with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on all four sides; 11 pluses out of 12 -- one of the highest rated copies to ever hit the site
  • There's real Tubey Magic on this album, along with breathy vocals, in-your-listening-room midrange presence and no shortage of rock and roll energy
  • Overflowing with great songs, way too many to list - Candle In The Wind, Bennie And The Jets, and GYBR all sound killer here
  • A Top 100 Title: "...its individual moments are spectacular and the glitzy, crowd-pleasing showmanship that fuels the album pretty much defines what made Elton John a superstar in the early '70s."
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Super Hot Stamper

Elton John
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

  (Item #: john_goodb_1908) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding early British pressing with big, bold Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last
  • There's real Tubey Magic on this album, along with breathy vocals, in-your-listening-room midrange presence and no shortage of rock and roll energy
  • Overflowing with great songs, way too many to list - Candle In The Wind, Bennie And The Jets, and GYBR all sound killer here
  • A Top 100 Title: "...its individual moments are spectacular and the glitzy, crowd-pleasing showmanship that fuels the album pretty much defines what made Elton John a superstar in the early '70s."
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Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: john_goodb_2012) 



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

With three White Hot shootout winning sides and one Super Hot side, the four sides of these 2 LPs will show you a GYBR you never imagined could exist. We certainly never expected to hear it sound like this, I can tell you that. I've never begun to hear these songs have the energy, presence and rock and roll POWER that they do here.

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Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

What to Listen For

  (Item #: john_goodb_choruses) 



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

The richness, sweetness and freedom from artificiality is most obvious where you often hear it on a Pop Rock Big Production like GYBR: in the loudest, densest, most climactic choruses.

We set the playback volume so that the loudest parts of the record are as huge and powerful as they can possibly become without crossing the line into distortion or congestion.

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Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (2 LPs)

A Heavy Vinyl Winner!

  (Item #: john_goodb_scorecard) 



Sonic Grade: B (or better!)

Hey, they really did a good job with this one! We are going to listen to it again at a later date to see if our initial impressions were correct [I guess by now it should be clear that we are never going to do that, sorry!], but it sure sounded good to us when we played it recently during our big GYBR shootout.

I’m guessing no domestic copy can beat it, and certainly no audiophile half-speed mastered pressing can hold a candle to it; those records are pretty awful.

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Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

The Earliest Stampers Sound the Best, Right?

  (Item #: john_goodb_myth) 



Nope. It’s just another Record Myth.

We had a White Hot stamper listing a while back with these comments featured prominently in the description:

This is BY FAR the best sounding Goodbye Yellow Brick Road to ever hit the site, and BY FAR the best sounding copy we have ever played here at Better Records. And for those of you who think that the early stampers must be the best, note that this killer copy had no side with a stamper under three. How about them apples? As we like to say, screw all that Platonic thinking; we find the empirical approach of playing the records works a whole lot better, thank you very much.

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Elton John - GYBR

Great job on finding what for me is a new reference disk

  (Item #: john_goodb_letter) 



"This hot stamper shows off the difference between a recording and a performance. Great job on finding what for me is a new reference disk."

The entire letter can be found below, along with our general notes about the recording.

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Elton John

MoFi and DD Labs Debunked

  (Item #: john_goodb_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F (DD Labs) / D (MoFi)

Hall of Shame and two more Half Speeds debunked.

If you have the Direct Disc Labs half-speed you have one truly awful record in your collection, so sucked out in the midrange, so compressed everywhere, what the hell were they thinking making this rockin' album sound like that? It’s positively disgraceful. It makes MoFi look like they knew what they doing, and we know that sure isn’t true.

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