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Steely Dan
Aja

  (Item #: steelaja__1908_) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A STUNNING copy - you won't believe how BIG and BOLD the sound is - Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it on both sides
  • Top 100 and a true Demo Disc on an exceptional pressing like this one - here's the rhythmic energy that supports the jazz funk in the music
  • 4 1/2 stars: "With Aja, Becker and Fagen's obsession with sonic detail and fascination with composition reached new heights. A coolly textured and immaculately produced collection of sophisticated jazz-rock, Aja has none of the overt cynicism or self-consciously challenging music that distinguished previous Steely Dan records ... a shining example of jazz-rock at its finest."
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Blind Faith
Blind Faith

  (Item #: blindblind_1908_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy was one of the best we played in our recent shootout
  • This is no audiophile "made-from-the-master-tape" snake oil, this is the real thing from the UK - you'll hear the difference right from the get go
  • Can't Find My Way Home sounds superb here - we guarantee you've never heard it sound better
  • "As much a follow-up to Traffic's self-titled second album as it is to Cream's final output, it merges the soulful blues of the former with the heavy riffing and outsized song lengths of the latter for a very compelling sound unique to this band." - All Music
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Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Emerson, Lake & Palmer

  (Item #: emersemers_1908) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This vintage Cotillion pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from start to finish - exceptionally QUIET vinyl too, especially for this title
  • Full-bodied and Tubey Magical, with especially smooth, present vocals - this is the sound we love at Better Records
  • ANALOG at its Tubey Magical finest - you'll never play a CD that sounds this good as long as you live
  • Lucky Man and Take A Pebble on this copy have Demo Disc Quality Sound like you won't believe
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Lively, ambitious, almost entirely successful debut album, made up of keyboard-dominated instrumentals and romantic ballads showcasing all three members' very daunting talents.'"
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The Band
The Band

  (Item #: band_band_1908_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With superb Double Plus (A++) sonic grades or BETTER on both sides, this is a great sounding copy of an absolutely essential album
  • Big bass, rich meaty guitars and smooth silky vocals make this a Band album like you have never heard before.
  • Not only is the sound superb, but both sides here play Mint Minus Minus, about as quiet as we can find them
  • 5 stars: "The arrangements were simultaneously loose and assured, giving the songs a timeless appeal..."
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Super Hot Stamper (quiet vinyl)

Yes
Fragile

  (Item #: yes__fragi_1908) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound and exceptionally quiet vinyl on both sides - Roundabout and Long Distance Runaround are guaranteed to blow your mind
  • Thanks to Eddie Offord's superb engineering, this is some of the best High Production Value Rock Music ever recorded
  • AMG 5 stars, a founding member of our Top 100, and the second of the band's three Must Own Prog Rock Masterpieces*
  • "Fragile was Yes' breakthrough album... it also marked the point where all of the elements of the music (and more) that would define their success for more than a decade fell into place fully formed."
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Dire Straits
Dire Straits

  (Item #: diresdires_1908) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (++) sound and exceptionally quiet vinyl on both sides of this copy of the band's debut album
  • This superb pressing is full-bodied and lively, with solid and present vocals, as plenty of vintage British Tubey Magic
  • A Better Records Rock & Pop Top 100 title, a True Demo Disc, and our favorite by the band for both sound and music
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...the album is remarkably accomplished for a debut, and Dire Straits had difficulty surpassing it throughout their career."
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Steely Dan
Aja

  (Item #: steelaja__1904_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A STUNNING copy - you won't believe how BIG and BOLD the sound is - Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it on both sides
  • Here's the rhythmic energy that shows off the jazzy funk in the music
  • Top 100 and a true Demo Disc on an exceptional pressing like this one
  • 4 1/2 stars: "With Aja, Becker and Fagen's obsession with sonic detail and fascination with composition reached new heights. A coolly textured and immaculately produced collection of sophisticated jazz-rock, Aja has none of the overt cynicism or self-consciously challenging music that distinguished previous Steely Dan records ... a shining example of jazz-rock at its finest."
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Art Pepper + Eleven
Modern Jazz Classics

  (Item #: peppemoder_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Both sides of this Art Pepper Must Own album earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • If you buy only one Large Group Hot Stamper jazz record from us, make it this one - the music is swingin' fun and the sound is going to be very impressive, especially compared to any modern reissue
  • Rich, warm and full-bodied, the brass is phenomenal on this pressing - here is the Tubey Magic of the originals without the problems that cause many originals to be opaque and uninvolving
  • A personal favorite - 5 stars: "This is a true classic. Essential music for all serious jazz collections."
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Electric Light Orchestra
A New World Record

  (Item #: electnewwo_1908) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • ELO's Masterpiece returns to the site - this UK pressing boasts superb Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • For ELO-loving audiophiles it just doesn't get any better than A New World Record, sonically or musically
  • A Must Own Arty Pop Rock Classic, with brilliant songwriting, production and sound - no other album of theirs comes close
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Opening with the opulently orchestrated "Tightrope," which heralds the perfect production found throughout this album, A New World Record contains seven of the best songs ever to come out of the group."
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Art Pepper
Meets The Rhythm Section

  (Item #: peppemeets_1908) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • Amazing Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) on the second, this is the best copy to hit the site this year!
  • The stereo sound is incredibly rich and full with wonderful immediacy, a lovely breathy sax sound and none of the bloated bass and murky mids of the originals
  • Many consider this to be the best record Art Pepper ever made. It is truly "a diamond of recorded jazz history." 5 stars
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Miles Davis
Kind of Blue

  (Item #: daviskindo_1908) 

Our Price: $699.99

  • A stunning copy with KILLER Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • The pure embodiment of the big-as-life, spacious and timbrally accurate 30th Street Studio Sound Fred Plaut was justly famous for
  • Space, clarity, transparency, and in-the-room immediacy are some of the qualities to be found on this pressing - it's guaranteed to beat any copy you've ever heard
  • 5 stars: "KOB isn't merely an artistic highlight for Miles Davis, it's an album that towers above its peers, a record generally considered as the definitive jazz album, a universally acknowledged standard of excellence."
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Peter Frampton
Wind of Change

  (Item #: frampwindo_1905_1908) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Incredible Demo Disc sound throughout: Triple Plus (A+++) on side two and close to that (A++ to A+++) on side one
  • This British original is the very definition of TUBEY MAGIC, with sound so rich and sweet it will make you want to take all your CDs and dump them in the trash (now that record stores don't even want them anymore)
  • The best copies like this one keep what's good about the recording while letting us hear into the soundfield with glorious transparency
  • "The sound is crisp, the melodies catchy, and Frampton's distinctive, elliptical Gibson Les Paul guitar leads soar throughout... "
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Super Hot Stamper

Peter Frampton
Frampton Comes Alive

  (Item #: frampframpton_comes_1901_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • All four sides of this double album earned Double Plus (A++) grades or close to it for their Big, Bold Live Rock sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too, a true Mint Minus on two sides
  • Mixed and mastered so that the guitar solos soar the way they do in live music -- what a thrill it is to hear them finally sounding the way they should
  • A killer copy like this one is a potent reminder of why we all went so crazy for this album back in the '70s - I did anyway
  • Allmusic agrees with us that many tracks here are "much more inspired, confident, and hard-hitting than the studio versions."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Derek and the Dominos
Layla

  (Item #: dereklayla_1901_1908) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side one and outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides two, three and four, this copy delivers top quality sound for this famously difficult recording - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Some of our favorite Clapton songs are here: Bell Bottom Blues, Tell The Truth, Little Wing, Layla and Have You Ever Loved A Woman?
  • One of the most difficult albums to find audiophile sound for, but a lot easier for us now that we know what pressings can actually sound good
  • Clapton's greatest album: "But what really makes Layla such a powerful record is that Clapton, ignoring the traditions that occasionally painted him into a corner, simply tears through these songs with burning, intense emotion."
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Dire Straits
Dire Straits

  (Item #: diresdires_1809_1908) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Stunning shootout winning sound throughout, with both sides of this very special British pressing rating a Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is shockingly rich, full and solid yet still incredibly clean, clear and open with fantastic energy - you will not believe all the space and ambience on this copy
  • A Better Records Rock & Pop Top 100 title, a True Demo Disc, and our favorite by the band for both sound and music
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...the album is remarkably accomplished for a debut, and Dire Straits had difficulty surpassing it throughout their career."
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White Hot Stamper

Jethro Tull
Thick As A Brick

  (Item #: jethrthick_1904_1908) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A KILLER copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it from start to finish
  • A Top 100 title and the BEST SOUNDING ALBUM Jethro Tull ever recorded - allow us to make the case
  • A stunning Demo Disc to Rule Them All -- sure to be the best you've ever heard Tull sound if you have the system for it
  • 4 1/2 stars: "A masterpiece in the annals of progressive rock - a dazzling tour de force, at once playful, profound, and challenging, without overwhelming the listener."
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Super Hot Stamper

Graham Nash
Songs For Beginners

  (Item #: nash_songs_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other Traffic Hits you've heard - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • We love the All Analog Tubey Magical sound of the recording, especially on a copy as rich and full-bodied as this one
  • Arguably the best of the solo CSN albums - a founding member of our Top 100 Rock and Pop List and, with grades like these, a True Demo Disc
  • 4 1/2 stars: "From the soaring "I Used to Be a King" through the gossamer "Simple Man" to the wah-wah-laden "Military Madness," the record is filled with gorgeous melodies, flawless singing, and lyrical complexities that hold up decades later."
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Kenny Burrell
Midnight Blue

  (Item #: burremidni_1908_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An outstanding copy of this amazing RVG recording with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • One of our All Time Favorite Blue Note albums for music and sound - is there a better bluesy Jazz Guitar album?
  • Both sides are rich, full and Tubey Magical with excellent clarity and a lovely bottom end
  • AMG 5 Stars - if there were a Top 100 Jazz List on our site, Midnight Blue would be right up at the top of it
  • Jazz Improv Magazine puts the album among its Top Five recommended recordings for Burrell, indicating that "[i]f you need to know 'the Blue Note sound', here it is."
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Kenny Burrell - Midnight Blue

Our Shootout Winner from 2019

  (Item #: burremidni_2019) 



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

Both sides have that Midnight Blue magic -- superb transparency, plenty of deep bass, silky highs, and TONS of energy. The sound of the congas on this copy is wonderful -- so punchy with clearly audible transients and so much ambience, it sounded to us like Ray Barretto was right there in the room with us, over by the left speaker.

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Super Hot Stamper

Jimmy Smith
Bashin'

  (Item #: smithbashi_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • One of the better copies from our most recent shootout of this Big Band Jazz classic led by Jimmy Smith - Double Plus (A++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • If you choose to only own one Jimmy Smith album, make it this one - the first side swings like you will not believe
  • 5 stars: "On the first half of the program, Smith was for the first time joined by a big band. Oliver Nelson provided the arrangements, trumpeter Joe Newman and altoist Phil Woods have a solo apiece, and "Walk on the Wild Side" became Smith's biggest hit up to that point."
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The Moody Blues
Days of Future Passed

  (Item #: moodydayso_1904_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding pressing of The Moody Blues' Masterpiece earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is huge, rich and lively throughout - you need this kind of space for the orchestral parts to work
  • An Album Experience beyond practically anything that had come before (Sgt. Pepper excluded)
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Days of Future Passed became one of the defining documents of the blossoming psychedelic era, and one of the most enduringly popular albums of its era."
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Joni Mitchell
Court and Spark (Quiet Vinyl)

  (Item #: mitchcourt_1903_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $99.00 (You save $50.99 / 34%)


  • An outstanding early pressing with seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • It's rich, warm and natural with wonderful transparency, loads of ambience and - this is key - Tubey Magic
  • One of our very favorite Joni albums here at Better Records, and probably The Best Sounding Record She Ever Made
  • 5 stars: "A remarkably deft fusion of folk, pop, and jazz ... the music is smart, smooth, and assured from the first note to the last."
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White Hot Stamper

Pink Floyd
Dark Side Of The Moon

  (Item #: pinkfdarks_1908_1) 

Our Price: $899.99

  • With amazing Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from start to finish, this mindblowing recording is guaranteed to rock your world - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The transparency, the clarity, the energy, the power - it's all here on these very special imports
  • Just listen to how clear the clocks are on Time, how breathy the vocals are on Breathe, how textured the synthesizers are and how silky the top end is from the beginning of the album all the way to the end
  • A Top 100 album (Top Ten actually) and Demo Disc to rival the most amazing sounding records of all time
  • 5 stars: "...what gives the album true power is the subtly textured music... no other record defines [Pink Floyd] quite as well as this one."
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Steely Dan
Aja

  (Item #: steelaja_1904_1908) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding copy of Steely Dan's 1977 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Punchy, full and smooth, with the kind of rhythmic energy that brings out the jazzy funk in the music
  • A Better Records Rock and Pop Top 100 album and a true Demo Disc on an exceptional pressing like this
  • 4 1/2 stars: "With Aja, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen's obsession with sonic detail and fascination with composition reached new heights. A coolly textured and immaculately produced collection of sophisticated jazz-rock, Aja has none of the overt cynicism or self-consciously challenging music that distinguished previous Steely Dan records ... a shining example of jazz-rock at its finest. "
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Steely Dan
Katy Lied

  (Item #: steelkatyl_1904_1908) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding original copy of Steely Dan's fourth album with solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • Take it from Steely Dan: "The sound created by musicians and singers is reproduced as faithfully as possible, and special care is taken to preserve the band-width and transient response of each performance."
  • Our pick for the best Dan album of them all, a Masterpiece of Jazzy Swing Pop that is sure to reward hundreds of plays
  • 5 stars: "Each song is given a glossy sheen, one that accentuates not only the stronger pop hooks, but also the precise technical skill of the professional musicians drafted to play the solos."
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Super Hot Stamper

Stephen Stills
Stephen Stills

  (Item #: stillsteph_1812_1908) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to the last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is HUGE, lively, rich and tubey, with unusually high resolution for the big choruses on side one
  • Love the One You're With and Sit Yourself Down are to die for, but there's really not a bad track on the album
  • A triumph of engineering for Bill Halverson and Andy Johns - this and Deja Vu are both landmarks of Big Production Rock
  • 4 1/2 stars in the AMG: "Listening to this album three decades on, it's still a jaw-dropping experience, the musical equal to Crosby, Stills & Nash or Déjà Vu, and only a shade less important than either of them."
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Talking Heads
More Songs About Buildings and Food

  (Item #: talkimores_1905_1908) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An unbeatable copy of 'More Songs' with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides, The Talking Head's One True Masterpiece
  • Never before have you heard these songs sound as BIG, BOLD and ALIVE! Take Me to the River rocks like you won't believe
  • Eno produced, Rhett Davies engineered, every track is (psycho) killer - a Must Own from 1978
  • 5 stars: "Brian Eno brought a musical unity that tied the album together, especially in terms of the rhythm section, the sequencing, the pacing, and the mixing."
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James Taylor
Sweet Baby James

  (Item #: taylosweet_1906_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This wonderful copy of Sweet Baby James boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last
  • Just listen to all that lovely echo - it's a dead giveaway that both sides have resolving power far beyond the other copies you may have heard
  • A Top 100 Title, inarguably a Masterpiece - Fire and Rain and Suite for 20 G (one of JT's All Time Best) are out of this world here
  • 5 Stars: "Sweet Baby James launched not only Taylor's career as a pop superstar but also the entire singer/songwriter movement of the early '70s that included Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Jackson Browne, Cat Stevens, and others..."
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Blind Faith
Blind Faith

  (Item #: blindblind_1908_) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • With two INCREDIBLE sides each rating a Triple Plus (A+++) or very close to it, this copy was the best we played in our recent shootout
  • This is no audiophile "made-from-the-master-tape" snake oil, this is the real thing from the UK - you'll hear the difference right from the get go
  • Can't Find My Way Home sounds superb here - we guarantee you've never heard it sound better - quiet vinyl too
  • "As much a follow-up to Traffic's self-titled second album as it is to Cream's final output, it merges the soulful blues of the former with the heavy riffing and outsized song lengths of the latter for a very compelling sound unique to this band." - All Music
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Robin Trower
Bridge of Sighs

  (Item #: trowebridg_1908) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • One of the best copies to ever hit the site, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This glorious early UK pressing is huge, rich and punchy, with guitar solos that soar like few others you've heard
  • Brilliant engineering by Geoff Emerick at George Martin's AIR studios - maybe the best sounding album Emerick ever made
  • Top 100 (soon) and 4 1/2 stars on AMG: "...his most stunning, representative, and consistent collection of tunes. Bridge of Sighs holds up to repeated listenings as a timeless work, as well as the crown jewel in Trower's extensive catalog."
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Liszt / Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Kondrashin / Richter

  (Item #: lisztpiano_1908_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This pressing has nearly White Hot Stamper (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides, just shy of our big Shootout Winners
  • The finest Liszt 1st and 2nd Piano Concertos we know of for their performances, and unquestionably for sonics (when the sonics are this good!)
  • More like LIVE MUSIC than any classical recording I have played in longer than I care to remember
  • So big, rich and transparent we guarantee you have never heard a better piano concerto recording (unless you already one of our White Hot copies!)
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Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto
Getz - Gilberto

  (Item #: getz_getzg_1907_1908) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides, this is one of a small handful of copies to ever hit the site
  • Surprisingly present, immediate and REAL - musically and sonically, this is one of our favorite jazz albums
  • An All Time Bossa Nova classic that shows you just how lovely this music can sound when properly mastered and pressed
  • 5 stars: "Bossa nova's finest moment, Getz/Gilberto [brought] two of bossa nova's greatest innovators — guitarist/singer João Gilberto and composer/pianist Antonio Carlos Jobim — to New York to record with Stan Getz. The results were magic... One of those rare jazz records about which the purist elite and the buying public are in total agreement. Beyond essential."
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Carole King
Tapestry

  (Item #: king_tapes_1908) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • This KILLER copy of King's beloved Tapestry earned top honors -- Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides
  • Both sides are big, full and Tubey Magical yet still clean, clear and open - you will hear that the dark veils of most copies have finally been lifted
  • This album is clearly Carole's masterpiece - it's loaded with great songs, and they all sound fantastic here
  • 5 stars: "...an intensely emotional record, the songs confessional and direct; in its time it connected with listeners like few records before it, and it remains an illuminating experience decades later."
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Santana
Santana

  (Item #: santasant1_1906_1908) 

Our Price: $549.99

  • WOW! Amazing sound throughout with both sides earning top Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to it
  • The drums have real snap to them - fast, clean percussion is critical to Santana's music and this copy delivers
  • A Must Own album, clearly their Masterpiece, and one of the truly groundbreaking debuts in rock history - a personal favorite to this very day
  • "Santana combined Latin rhythms with jazz-inspired improvisation, hard-rock guitar and lyrical, B.B. King-style blues - and even had a hit single, "Evil Ways." Rolling Stone
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Genesis
A Trick Of The Tail

  (Item #: genesatric_1903_1_1908) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With insanely good Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish, this early UK pressing of A Trick Of The Tail is The Real Deal!
  • BIG, BOLD and OPEN, free of the grainy and cloudy qualities that deprive most pressings of their ability to thrill
  • It's clearly their Masterpiece, the kind of melodically rich, classically British Prog album that the band soon forgot how to make
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic and one of the best sounding Genesis recordings
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Neil Young
Zuma

  (Item #: youngzuma_1903_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • These Double Plus (A++) sides of Neil's exceptionally well recorded 1975 Masterpiece are guaranteed to floor audiophiles and Neil Young fans alike - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Zuma captures a kind of garage band purity that makes practically any other studio album you own sound processed and desiccated in comparison
  • For a hard-rockin' Neil Young album with Demonstration Quality sound, you'll have a hard time finding a better choice than a Hot Stamper pressing of Zuma
  • A Must Own Top 100 Title - just drop the needle on Danger Bird or Cortez the Killer to have your mind blown!
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Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin II

  (Item #: ledze2_1907_) 

Our Price: $999.99

  • A stunning copy that is absolutely guaranteed to rock your world like no other; QUADRUPLE Plus (A++++) on side one and nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) on side two
  • This is freakishly good sound - we created a Top Ten list just to put this album on it
  • With clean copies selling for up to $1000+ on ebay, we're having to pay a fortune for the album these days
  • Not the quietest copy we've ever heard (they never are these days) but luckily there's plenty of EXCELLENT LOUD music to obscure the noise; no Inner Groove Distortion either
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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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Boz Scaggs
Silk Degrees

  (Item #: scaggsilkd_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Superb sound for Boz's very well recorded Masterpiece of Soulful Pop, earning Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Punchy, open and clear throughout with the big bass and energy so critical to this rhythmic music
  • This copy brings out of the mix the solid, weighty piano that's missing from the CBS Half-Speed and 90% of the reissues
  • 5 stars: "[Scaggs] hit the R&B charts in a big way with the addictive, sly Lowdown... and expressed his love of smooth soul music almost as well on the appealing What Can I Say."
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Joe Jackson
Night and Day

  (Item #: jacksnight_1809_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Killer nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides, close to our Shootout Winner - this pressing is bigger, punchier and livelier than any you've heard
  • Rich solid piano tone, lively drums, tight powerful bass, and strong vocal presence - it's all here and more
  • From that opening big drum on 'Another World', you'll know this pressing has the Night and Day magic
  • Joe Jackson's masterpiece, Allmusic 4 1/2 stars: "...his blend of percolating Latin rhythms, jazzy horns and pianos, stylish synths, and splashy pop melodies uncannily feel like a bustling, glitzy evening in the big city."
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King Crimson
In The Court Of The Crimson King

  (Item #: kingcinthe_1907_2) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding copy of the band's debut album, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is rich, warm and Tubey Magical, with breath and presence on the vocals, surrounded by studio space
  • At good loud levels the horns blasting away on 21st Century Schizoid Man are guaranteed to blow your mind
  • 5 stars: "The group's definitive album, and one of the most daring debut albums ever .... it blew all of the progressive/psychedelic competition out of the running, although it was almost too good for the band's own good -- it took King Crimson nearly four years to come up with a record as strong or concise."
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Simon & Garfunkel
Bridge Over Troubled Water

  (Item #: simonbridg_1907) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding 360 Label pressing of this Simon & Garfunkel classic, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is wonderful -- big, lively, open and clear with Tubey Magical richness that only these good early pressings can show you
  • The toughest Simon & Garfunkel album to find with excellent sound and reasonable surfaces -- no contest
  • 5 stars: "Perhaps the most delicately textured album to close out the 1960s from any major rock act... the songs matched the standard of craftsmanship that had been established on the duo's two prior albums"
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Pink Floyd
Dark Side Of The Moon

  (Item #: pinkfdarks_1907_4) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish, this mindblowing recording is guaranteed to rock your world
  • The transparency, the clarity, the energy, the power - it's all here on these very special import pressings
  • Just listen to how clear the clocks are on Time, how breathy the vocals are on Breathe, how textured the synthesizers are and how silky the top end is from the beginning of the album all the way to the end
  • A Top 100 album (Top Ten actually) and Demo Disc to rival the most amazing sounding records of all time
  • 5 stars: "...what gives the album true power is the subtly textured music... no other record defines [Pink Floyd] quite as well as this one."
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Buffalo Springfield
Last Time Around

  (Item #: buffalastt_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides and reasonably quiet vinyl, this was clearly one of the most enjoyable copies we played in our last shootout
  • Relaxed, rich and tubey, yet clear, this is the kind of sound you always wanted from The Buffalo Springfield but had no way to hear, until now
  • Some of the best songs the band ever wrote are right here: I Am A Child, Kind Woman and too many more to list
  • If Buffalo Springfield Again deserves a Five Star rating then Last Time Around does too - it's every bit as brilliant
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Frank Sinatra
Francis A. Sinatra & Antonio C. Jobim

  (Item #: sinatjobim_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding original stereo pressing of Sinatra and Jobim's sublime collaboration earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides and plays about as quietly as any copy ever does
  • The Tubey Magical space, ambience and richness of the sound here is the only way we know of to bring the Chairman of the Board and his Brazilian buddy into your listening room
  • This is a magical album from start to finish, one of a handful of a Must Own Sinatra releases, and my personal favorite of all his recordings
  • 4 1/2 stars: "After a few plays, the album begins to slowly work its way underneath a listener's skin, and it emerges as one of his most rewarding albums of the '60s."
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The Beatles
White Album

  (Item #: beatlwhite_1907_2) 

Our Price: $699.99

  • 11 pluses out of a possible 12?! Folks, this Triple Plus White Hot White Album is just plain UNBEATABLE
  • Stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on all four sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Some of the most powerful and immersive Beatles sound you will ever hear -- you will be KNOCKED OUT
  • All four sides have stunning Demo Quality tracks including Dear Prudence, Blackbird, Yer Blues and Revolution
  • A 5 Star Album on Allmusic that is an absolute treasure on a copy like this one
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The Beatles
The White Album

  (Item #: beatlwhite_1907_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This British pressing earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on all four sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Some of the most powerful and immersive Beatles sound you will ever hear - we guarantee you have never heard the album sound as good as this copy does
  • "If there is still any doubt that Lennon and McCartney are the greatest song writers since Schubert, then next Friday - with the publication of the new Beatles double LP - should surely see the last vestiges of cultural snobbery and bourgeois prejudice swept away in a deluge of joyful music making..." Right On!
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King Crimson
In The Court Of The Crimson King

  (Item #: kingcinthe_1907) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • With both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) gradest, this was the best copy in our most recent shootout
  • We had a wide variety of Islands (Pink and Sunray) and UK Polydor pressings, and if you want to know which of them sounds the best all you have to do is buy this LP!
  • At good loud levels the horns blasting away on 21st Century Schizoid Man are guaranteed to blow your mind on this copy
  • 5 Stars: "The group's definitive album, and one of the most daring debut albums ever .... it blew all of the progressive/psychedelic competition out of the running, although it was almost too good for the band's own good -- it took King Crimson nearly four years to come up with a record as strong or concise."
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Harry Nilsson
A Little Touch of Schmilsson

  (Item #: nilssalitt_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides, this is a huge step up over most pressings - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • One of our favorite Nilsson releases (although we admit to being biased; we're huge fans) - it's truly the Ultimate latter-day standards album
  • A Better Records Rock and Pop Top 100 album for its wonderfully natural vocal and orchestral reproduction
  • Nilsson was nearly a decade ahead of Linda Ronstadt in hiring a conductor/arranger of the pre-rock era and recording an album of standards before a full orchestra. And he did it better than most, proving to be a marvelous interpreter of songs like "What'll I Do?" and "Makin' Whoopee!" His version of "As Time Goes By" became a minor hit.
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Queen
A Night at the Opera

  (Item #: queennight_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding copy of Queen's fourth studio album earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is big and bold, with soaring choruses that really get loud and stay clean all the way through
  • Bohemian Rhapsody is killer on this side two, and if you've got the system to play it good and LOUD, you are in for a thrill
  • 5 stars: "But the appeal of A Night at the Opera is in its detailed, meticulous productions. It's prog rock with a sense of humor as well as dynamics, and Queen never bettered their approach anywhere else."
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Brewer & Shipley
Tarkio

  (Item #: brewetarki_1907) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • An outstanding original pressing from start to finish, this copy earned Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • Tubey magical, rich and sweet, the album is the epitome of the glorious warm sound of a Stephen Barncard recording at its best
  • A Desert Island Disc for yours truly - if you love Hippie Folk Rock, e.g., American Beauty, this album might just knock you out
  • "Notable not just for the inclusion of "One Toke Over the Line" but also for the great back porch stoned ambience of the entire recording, this 1970 effort from the band is ripe with dope references and subversive humor."
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Yes
The Yes Album

  (Item #: yes__yesal_1907) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A Big As Life copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or close to them on both sides - I've Seen All Good People is mindblowing on this side one
  • You haven't begun to hear the power and size of Yes's brilliant third album until you've played one of our Shootout Winning early domestic pressings
  • A Top 100 Album and the band's best sounding record if you ask us (although Fragile can sound absolutely amazing too, just not as smooth and rich)
  • "Organist Tony Kaye, guitarist Steve Howe and bass player Chris Squire play as though of one mind, complementing each other's work as a knowledgeable band should."
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Jefferson Airplane
Surrealistic Pillow

  (Item #: jeffesurre_1907_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This outstanding stereo copy of the band's sophomore release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally QUIET vinyl too
  • It's the rare copy of this '60s Psych Classic that has this kind of freedom from distortion, as well as clarity, openness, and spaciousness
  • An incredibly difficult album to find with audiophile sound, but this copy has the goods and will beat whatever you throw at it
  • 5 stars: "Every song is a perfectly cut diamond ... a groundbreaking piece of folk-rock-based psychedelia that hit — literally — like a shot heard round the world..."
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Flack / Hathaway
Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway

  (Item #: flackrober_1711_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An excellent copy, with strong Double Plus (A++) grades throughout, on vinyl that's exceptionally QUIET for this notoriously noisy album
  • There's Tubey Magic, sweetness and spaciousness all over this recording - when it all comes together on Where Is The Love, you won't believe how good it sounds
  • One of our favorite duet albums, Flack and the woefully underrated Soul Man Donny Hathaway are in top form here
  • Allmusic raves: "A duet classic, and perhaps the most popular album Roberta Flack made. 'Where Is the Love' dominated urban contemporary radio for almost the entire year, while 'You've Got a Friend' was just as influential..."
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Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Emerson, Lake & Palmer

  (Item #: emersemers_1907) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • This Island Pink Label import pressing is stunning from start to finish: Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it on both sides - exceptionally QUIET vinyl, especially for this title, too
  • The sound is HUGE, with amazing transparency, clarity and fullness - the organ is massive here
  • ANALOG at its Tubey Magical finest - you'll never play a CD that sounds this good as long as you live
  • Lucky Man and Take A Pebble on this copy have Demo Disc Quality Sound like you won't believe
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Lively, ambitious, almost entirely successful debut album, made up of keyboard-dominated instrumentals and romantic ballads showcasing all three members' very daunting talents.'"
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Joni Mitchell
Blue

  (Item #: mitchblue_1907) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Outstanding sound throughout for arguably Joni's greatest album with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades
  • Full-bodied and balanced with the kind of smooth musicality that's not always easy to find for Blue
  • A Better Records Top 100 title that belongs in any audiophile music collection worthy of the name
  • 5 stars: "Sad, spare, and beautiful, Blue is the quintessential confessional singer/songwriter album. Forthright and poetic, Joni Mitchell's songs are raw nerves, tales of love and loss (two words with relative meaning here) etched with stunning complexity..."
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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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The Cars
The Cars

  (Item #: cars_cars_1812_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • With superb Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides, this is a killer copy of The Cars' debut album - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • You may have heard these songs a million times, but you'll be shocked at just how much better they sound on this very pressing
  • A Better Records Top 100 title, the band's masterpiece, and a New Wave Must Own Classic from 1978
  • 5 stars: "Whereas most bands of the late '70s embraced either punk/new wave or hard rock, the Cars were one of the first bands to do the unthinkable — merge the two styles together. With flawless performances, songwriting, and production (courtesy of Queen alumnus Roy Thomas Baker), the Cars' debut remains one of rock's all-time classics."
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Prince
1999

  (Item #: princ1999_1907_2) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound on the first three sides and Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the fourth - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This one is knocks it out of the park - it's lively and rich, with plenty of deep punchy bass, a nicely extended top and a huge three-dimensional soundfield
  • Packed with hits - Little Red Corvette, Delirious, 1999 - and they're rockin' like crazy here, the energy is off the scale
  • 5 stars: "Where his earlier albums had been a fusion of organic and electronic sounds, 1999 was constructed almost entirely on synthesizers by Prince himself... the result is a stunning display of raw talent..."
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Cat Stevens
Tea for the Tillerman

  (Item #: steveteafo_1907_3) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • This superb UK Pink Rim Label Island pressing of TFTT - The Pinnacle of British Folk Rock from 1970 - earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • This import is ALIVE with musical energy and Tubey Magical Analog sound the likes of which you may never have experienced
  • The emotional power of the songs is communicated completely - we can assure you the experience will be like playing the album for the first time (so this is your chance!)
  • 5 Stars on Allmusic, a stunning Demo Disc, and a permanent member of the Better Records Top 100
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James Taylor
JT

  (Item #: taylojt_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding copy of an exceptionally well-recorded album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is surprisingly present and punchy with great clarity, excellent bass, and classic James Taylor energy
  • The big hits Your Smiling Face and Handy Man both sound great here - thanks Val Garay!
  • 4 stars: "JT was James Taylor's best album since Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon because it acknowledged the darkness of his earlier work while explaining the deliberate lightness of his current viewpoint, and because it was his most consistent collection in years."
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Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin I

  (Item #: ledze1_1907_1) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • A truly outstanding import of Zep's amazing debut, rating Double Plus (A++) on both sides
  • Arguably the biggest, clearest and most Tubey Magical Zeppelin album ever recorded, thanks to the engineering genius of Glyn Johns
  • Just look at the track list - the lucky owner of this LP will be hearing those songs come to life like never before
  • 5 stars: "Taking the heavy, distorted electric blues of Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, and Cream to an extreme... But the key to the group's attack was subtlety: it wasn't just an onslaught of guitar noise, it was shaded and textured, filled with alternating dynamics and tempos."
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Yes
Fragile

  (Item #: yes__fragi_1907) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - Roundabout and Long Distance Runaround are guaranteed tol blow your mind
  • Thanks to Eddie Offord's superb engineering, this is some of the best High Production Value Rock Music ever recorded
  • AMG 5 stars, a founding member of our Top 100, and the second of the band's three Must Own Prog Rock Masterpieces*
  • "Fragile was Yes' breakthrough album... it also marked the point where all of the elements of the music (and more) that would define their success for more than a decade fell into place fully formed."
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Simon & Garfunkel
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary...

  (Item #: simonparsl_1904_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding copy of Simon and Garfunkel's breakthrough album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Full-bodied and Tubey Magical, this Columbia 360 Stereo pressing has especially smooth, present vocals - this is the sound we love at Better Records
  • A Demo Disc for Tubey Magical voices and guitars, as well as a longtime Better Records Top 100 album
  • 4 1/2 stars: "[I]t is an achievement akin to the Beatles' Revolver or the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album, and just as personal and pointed as either of those records at their respective bests."
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The Doors
The Soft Parade

  (Item #: doorssoftp_1906x) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • 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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Boston
Boston

  (Item #: bostobosto_1901_1907) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this pressing will show you just how good Boston's debut can sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The multi-tracked, multi-layered guitars are as big as life on this copy and guaranteed to rock your world
  • Top sound for all the hits: More Than a Feeling, Long Time/Foreplay, Rock & Roll Band, Peace Of Mind...
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Nearly every song on Boston's debut album can still be heard on classic rock radio today due to the strong vocals of Brad Delp and unique guitar sound of Tom Scholz. Boston is essential for any fan of classic rock, and the album marks the re-emergence of the genre in the 1970s."
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Deep Purple
Machine Head

  (Item #: deeppmachi_1902_1907-) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Two killer sides clocking in at Double Plus (A++) - the sound is HUGE, with real energy, presence and whomp - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Amazingly spacious and three-dimensional, no doubt the result of the album being recorded practically live in the studio
  • Their superbly talented engineer, Martin Barre, recorded the big, bold, rich, smooth sound of British Rock about as well as anyone ever did
  • 5 stars: "Machine Head was anything but a one-trick pony, introducing the bona fide classic opener "Highway Star," which epitomized all of Deep Purple's intensity and versatility while featuring perhaps the greatest soloing duel ever between guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and organist Jon Lord."
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Ambrosia
Ambrosia

  (Item #: ambroambro_1907) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Spectacular Prog Rock sound explodes on this copy of the band's phenomenally well-recorded debut album, mixed by none other than Alan Parsons - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • With seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER, this copy has the sound we look for on Ambrosia's Masterpiece
  • Big Whomp Factor here - the bottom end is huge and punchy on this copy, like nothing you've heard
  • A Better Records All-Time Favorite & Top 100 Demo Disc: "Its songs skillfully blend strong melodic hooks and smooth vocal harmonies with music of an almost symphonic density."
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Cat Stevens
Teaser & The Firecat (UK Island)

  (Item #: stevetease_1904_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This timeless Classic Folk Rock recording on the British Island label offers superb Demo Disc Quality sound on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • With Double Plus (A++) grades this copy is guaranteed to rock your world with their richness, clarity, transparency, and ENERGY
  • AMG 5 Stars and a Top 100 album - it just may be the Best Sounding record Cat Stevens ever made - quiet vinyl too
  • Tuesday’s Dead, Morning Has Broken, Bitterblue, Moonshadow, Peace Train - and that's just side two! What side of any album has five songs of such quality?
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Cat Stevens
Teaser & The Firecat

  (Item #: stevetease_1901_1907) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This timeless Classic Folk Rock recording on the original A&M label offers superb Demo Disc Quality sound on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • With Double Plus (A++) grades this copy is guaranteed to rock your world with their richness, clarity, transparency and ENERGY
  • AMG 5 Stars and a Top 100 album - it just may be the Best Sounding record Cat Stevens ever made - quiet vinyl too
  • Tuesday’s Dead, Morning Has Broken, Bitterblue, Moonshadow, Peace Train - and that's just side two! What side of any album has five songs of such quality?
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Heart
Dreamboat Annie

  (Item #: heartdream_1907_) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent sounding copy of this quintessential Heart album, with superb Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Punchy and present, open and transparent, with real weight and power to the low end - only the best pressings let that energy come through
  • A Better Records Top 100 album, 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "Aggressive yet melodic rockers like 'Sing Child,' 'White Lightning & Wine,' and the rock radio staples 'Magic Man' and 'Crazy on You' led to the tag 'the female Led Zeppelin.'"
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George Benson
White Rabbit

  (Item #: bensowhite_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of George Benson's 1972 release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides here are big, full-bodied, Tubey Magical and present with plenty of swingin' jazz energy
  • Superb engineering by Rudy Van Gelder - White Rabbit features jazz legends Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham, Airto, and more
  • 4 stars: "For George Benson's second CTI project, producer Creed Taylor and arranger Don Sebesky successfully place the guitarist in a Spanish-flavored setting full of flamenco flourishes, brass fanfares, moody woodwinds and such... In this prime sample of the CTI idiom, everyone wins."
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Spirit
Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus

  (Item #: spiritwelv_1907) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A stunning Shootout Winning copy of Spirit's 1970 Trippy Masterpiece with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Huge, lively and dynamic - this legendary Psych album creates a wall to wall, three-dimensional psychedelic world all its own
  • Nature's Way, Animal Zoo and Mr. Skin all sound amazing on this copy - there's really not a bad track to be found
  • "Spirit's crowning moment and one of the era's great underrated albums ... enriched by meaty horn arrangements, imaginative vocal harmonies, and a structured approach to psychedelic studio trickery such as stereo panning and tapes run backward."
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America
America

  (Item #: ameriameri_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding early WB Green Label pressing of the band's debut album with superb Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • One of our favorite Hippie Folk Rock albums - the instruments and voices will appear to be right in your listening room
  • The Tubey Magical acoustic guitars on this record are a true test of stereo reproduction - thanks Ken Scott!
  • 4 stars: "America's debut album is a folk-pop classic, a stellar collection of memorable songs that would prove influential on such acts as the Eagles and Dan Fogelberg..."
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Blood, Sweat & Tears
Blood, Sweat & Tears

  (Item #: bloodblood_1812_1907) 

Our Price: $199.99
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  • Both sides of this outstanding original 360 pressing earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades for sound
  • This is surely Roy Halee's engineering masterpiece, and here's the kind of pressing that makes our case
  • The sound is HUGE, rich, dynamic and POWERFUL - a permanent member of our Top 100 and a Demo Disc par excellence
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Their finest moment and a testimony to the best of the jazz/rock movement ... The album is bold, brassy and adventurous."
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George Harrison
All Things Must Pass

  (Item #: harriallth_1905_1907) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With superb Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER across all six sides, this early British box set of All Things Must Pass has sound that will be tough to beat - very quiet vinyl for this album too
  • It's rich and Tubey Magical, yet still clean and (fairly) clear with lovely studio space and a solid bottom end
  • If you've struggled with domestic pressings and later imports or Heavy Vinyl reissues, your troubles are over - here is the sound you were looking for
  • "Without a doubt, Harrison's first solo recording is his best. Drawing on his backlog of unused compositions from the late Beatles era, Harrison crafted material that managed the rare feat of conveying spiritual mysticism without sacrificing his gifts for melody and grand, sweeping arrangements."
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Miles Davis
Kind of Blue

  (Item #: daviskindo_1904_1907_) 

Our Price: $299.99
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  • An outstanding pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The pure embodiment of the big-as-life, spacious and timbrally accurate 30th Street Studio Sound Fred Plaut was justly famous for
  • Space, clarity, transparency, and in-the-room immediacy are some of the qualities to be found on this pressing - it's guaranteed to beat any copy you've ever heard
  • 5 stars: "KOB isn't merely an artistic highlight for Miles Davis, it's an album that towers above its peers, a record generally considered as the definitive jazz album, a universally acknowledged standard of excellence."
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Peter Frampton
Wind of Change

  (Item #: frampwindo_1905_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb sound throughout: solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • This British original is the very definition of TUBEY MAGIC, with sound so rich and sweet it will make you want to take all your CDs and dump them in the trash (now that record stores don't even want them anymore)
  • The best copies like this one keep what's good about the recording while letting us hear into the soundfield with glorious transparency
  • "The sound is crisp, the melodies catchy, and Frampton's distinctive, elliptical Gibson Les Paul guitar leads soar throughout... "
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Spirit
Spirit

  (Item #: spirispiri_1904_1907) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Incredible sound for this psychedelic masterpiece with both sides rating a Triple Plus (A+++)
  • Wall to wall, with layered studio depth like you will not believe, the kind of space you hear on an engineering classic like Dark Side of the Moon
  • The first Triple Triple Shootout Winning copy to hit the site in years, and one of the few that's quiet enough to enjoy
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic, but in our estimation it deserves at least five - it's simply one of the All Time Greats from the era
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Robert Palmer
Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley

  (Item #: palmesneak_1811_1907) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A STUNNING original UK Island Sunray pressing and the first to hit the site in many years -- Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Rich, smooth, Tubey Magical sound is what makes these wonderful import pressings win our shootouts - that and lots of funky bass
  • The best album Robert Palmer ever made - with Little Feat and The Meters helping out, it had to be
  • 4 stars: "While the music is tight and solid, it is Robert Palmer's voice that is revelatory -- he sounds supremely confident among these talented musicians, and they seem to feed off his vocal intensity. Fans of the Meters or people who want to discover the funky side of Robert Palmer should check this one out."
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Pink Floyd
Dark Side Of The Moon

  (Item #: pinkfdarks_1907) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish and exceptionally quiet vinyl, this mindblowing recording is guaranteed to rock your world
  • The transparency, the clarity, the energy, the power - it's all here on these very special import pressings
  • Just listen to how clear the clocks are on Time, how breathy the vocals are on Breathe, how textured the synthesizers are and how silky the top end is from the beginning of the album all the way to the end
  • A Top 100 album (Top Ten actually) and Demo Disc to rival the most amazing sounding records of all time
  • 5 stars: "...what gives the album true power is the subtly textured music... no other record defines [Pink Floyd] quite as well as this one."
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Paul McCartney
McCartney

  (Item #: mccarmccar1_1806_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This original pressing of McCartney's Masterpiece boasts big and lively Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • This album, like Unplugged and Band on the Run (and not a whole lot else) is SUPERB from start to finish
  • A Top 100 pick and Paul McCartney's One and Only Masterpiece - a Must Own when it sounds this good!
  • Record Collector highlighted "Every Night", "Junk" and "Maybe I'm Amazed" as songs that "still sound absolutely effortless and demonstrate the man's natural genius with a melody."
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Michael Jackson
Thriller

  (Item #: jacksthril_1907) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • These INCREDIBLE sides are guaranteed to make this by far the best sounding Thriller you have ever heard - Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is HUGE - wide, deep, and open, with a solid bottom end and relentless rhythmic energy to spare
  • Billie Jean and Beat It sound out of this world, but that's not fair, since every track on this copy is good enough to blow your mind
  • 5 stars: "This was a record that had something for everybody, building on the basic blueprint of Off the Wall by adding harder funk, hard rock, softer ballads, and smoother soul — expanding the approach to have something for every audience."
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Robin Trower
Bridge of Sighs

  (Item #: trowebridg_1811_1907) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Two outstanding sides each rating a solid Double Plus (A++) for Trower's amazingly well recorded Psych masterpiece - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This glorious early UK pressing is huge, rich and punchy, with guitar solos that soar like few others you've heard
  • Brilliant engineering by Geoff Emerick at George Martin's AIR studios - maybe the best sounding album Emerick ever made
  • Top 100 (soon) and 4 1/2 stars on AMG: "...his most stunning, representative, and consistent collection of tunes. Bridge of Sighs holds up to repeated listenings as a timeless work, as well as the crown jewel in Trower's extensive catalog."
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Yes - The Yes Album

Our Shootout Winner from 2018

  (Item #: yes__yesal_2018) 



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.

Since this is Yes's Masterpiece, not to mention their most well-recorded album, that makes it pretty much a Must Own for anyone who loves their groundbreaking and enormously influential approach to the Extended Form.

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Phil Manzanera
Diamond Head

  (Item #: manzadiamo_1907_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This superb pressing of Phil Manzanera's debut album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Two excellent sides - Demo Disc quality sound barely begins to describe the size and power of this recording
  • This album is an amazing SONIC BLOCKBUSTER, with sound that will positively leap out of your speakers
  • A shockingly well-recorded album from the ultra-talented Rhett Davies - this is his Engineering Masterpiece
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Art Pepper + Eleven
Modern Jazz Classics

  (Item #: peppemoder_1907) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A big, bold, lively stereo copy of this exceptional Art Pepper release from 1960 - Triple Plus (A+++) on side one and Double Plus (A++) on two - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • If you buy only one Large Group Hot Stamper jazz record from us, make it this one - the music is swingin' fun and the sound is going to be very impressive, especially if you own any modern reissue
  • Rich, warm and full-bodied, the brass is phenomenal on this pressing - here is the Tubey Magic of the originals without the problems that cause many originals to be opaque and uninvolving
  • A personal favorite - 5 stars: "This is a true classic. Essential music for all serious jazz collections."
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The Beach Boys
Pet Sounds

  (Item #: beachpetso_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from beginning to end AND exceptionally quiet vinyl, this pressing has the Pet Sounds you've been looking for
  • Play this against any and all versions you have - this will be the last Pet Sounds you buy (unless you decide to upgrade to a Triple Plus copy)
  • The Beach Boys revolutionized the popular music of the day with their genius for harmony, and a killer copy like this has their voices sounding the way they should
  • 5 stars: "The group here reached a whole new level in terms of both composition and production, layering tracks upon tracks of vocals and instruments to create a richly symphonic sound."
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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Deja Vu

  (Item #: crosbdejav_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb Big and Bold copy that earned seriously good sonic grades of Double Plus (A++) on both sides
  • The sound is HUGE -- lively, present and rich in a way that nothing you've heard can compete with
  • One of our all time favorite albums at Better Records and one that almost never sounds THIS good
  • 5 stars: "...this variety made Déjà Vu a rich musical banquet for the most serious and personal listeners, while mass audiences reveled in the glorious harmonies and the thundering electric guitars..."
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George Benson
White Rabbit

  (Item #: bensowhite_1902_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - this CTI pressing of Benson's Must Own Masterpiece is almost As Good As It Gets
  • Open and transparent on both sides, with wonderfully full-bodied guitars, solid bass and huge amounts of swingin' jazz energy
  • Superb engineering by Rudy Van Gelder - White Rabbit features jazz legends Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham, Airto, and more
  • "For George Benson's second CTI project, producer Creed Taylor and arranger Don Sebesky successfully place the guitarist in a Spanish-flavored setting full of flamenco flourishes, brass fanfares, moody woodwinds and such... In this prime sample of the CTI idiom, everyone wins."
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Ten Years After
A Space In Time

  (Item #: tenyeaspac_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Two outstanding sides back to back - Double Plus (A++) sonic grades mean that this is a real Demo Disc - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This is some of the best high production value rock music of the '70s - go ahead, put it against the best you've got, we're up for the challenge
  • You don't need tube equipment to hear the prodigious amounts of Tubey Magic that exist on this recording
  • A Better Records Desert Island Disc and Psych Rock Favorite, consistently good from start to finish, and the monster hit "I'd Love To Change The World" sounds every big as good as it should here
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Traffic
John Barleycorn Must Die

  (Item #: traffjohnb_1907) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With two seriously good sides each rating a Double Plus (A++) for sound, this copy was one of the better pressings we played in our shootout, and definitely one of the quietest
  • Both sides have the vintage analog sound we love - rich and smooth, with plenty of Tubey Magic and studio space
  • Arguably their best album, certainly their most groundbreaking, original and involving - Low Spark would rank a close second
  • "...the band sounds utterly grounded. As the grooves percolate effortlessly along, it becomes clear that unity, not any technical skill, is what makes the music levitate."
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Elvis Costello
My Aim Is True

  (Item #: costemyaim_1906_3) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • This STUNNING copy of Costello's debut album earned Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • The sound is lively, punchy, and powerful - with all due respect, it should MURDER whatever copies you may have
  • A massive step up sonically from most domestic pressings, early or otherwise, and guaranteed to handily beat the imports as well
  • 5 stars: "A phenomenal debut, capturing a songwriter and musician whose words were as rich and clever as his music."
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The Three
The Three
(33 RPM)

  (Item #: threethree_33_1906_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb copy of this 1976 release with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from first note to last - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • Clean and clear and open are nice qualities to have, but rich and smooth are harder to come by on this record - and here they are!
  • My favorite Piano Trio Jazz Album of All Time; every one of those six tracks is brilliantly arranged and performed (if you have the right takes of course; more about that later)
  • 4 Stars: "One of Joe Sample's finest sessions as a leader" - with Shelly Manne and Ray Brown, we would say it's clearly his finest session, as a leader or simply as the piano player in a killer trio
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Spirit
Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus

  (Item #: spiritwelv_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A stunning Shootout Winning copy of Spirit's 1970 Trippy Masterpiece with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides
  • Huge, lively and dynamic - this legendary Psych album creates a wall to wall, three-dimensional psychedelic world all its own
  • Nature's Way, Animal Zoo and Mr. Skin all sound amazing on this copy - there's really not a bad track to be found
  • "Spirit's crowning moment and one of the era's great underrated albums ... enriched by meaty horn arrangements, imaginative vocal harmonies, and a structured approach to psychedelic studio trickery such as stereo panning and tapes run backward."
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Joni Mitchell
Court and Spark

  (Item #: mitchcourt_1906) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A stunning copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • The sound is rich, warm and natural with wonderful transparency, ambience and loads of Tubey Magic
  • One of our very favorite Joni albums here at Better Records, and probably her Best Sounding Album
  • 5 stars: "[A] remarkably deft fusion of folk, pop, and jazz ... the music is smart, smooth, and assured from the first note to the last."
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Tears For Fears
The Seeds Of Love

  (Item #: tearsseeds_1905x) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This early pressing of Tears for Fears' third studio release boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • The Seeds Of Love is the band's masterpiece, and hearing it sound this big and lively is nothing short of a THRILL
  • Both sides here have smooth, sweet, analog richness and spaciousness you may not have known were possible on this record
  • 4 stars: "Along with Songs from the Big Chair, The Seeds of Love was part of a one-two artistic punch in the late '80s that situated Tears for Fears as one of the decade's more ambitious pop groups."
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The Pretenders
Learning To Crawl

  (Item #: pretelearn_1904_1906) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This killer - and very specific - German pressing offers outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or better from beginning to end - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • It's richer, clearer and more energetic than the others we played, including any and all British pressings
  • With Robbie McIntosh having joined the band, this is first and foremost a guitar rock record - his jangly, grungy riffs drive every song
  • 5 Stars: "While Hynde hardly held back in her emotionally potent songwriting in the Pretenders' early work, on Learning to Crawl there's a gravity to her lyrics that blended with her tough but wiry melodic sense and streetwise intelligence to create a set of truly remarkable tunes..."
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Hampton Hawes
Vol 2: The Trio

  (Item #: hawesvol2t_1812_1906) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better copies we played in our recent shootout
  • Made from '55/'56 mono tapes, this is everything that's good about '50s mono recordings - exceptionally QUIET vinyl too
  • Some of the best sound and the best music we have heard on any Hampton Hawes album - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • 4 1/2 Stars [but we give it 5]: "... this Hampton Hawes date would certainly make good company for any other top jazz piano trio records in your collection."
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Bernard Herrmann / Citizen Kane & Other Classic Film Scores

  (Item #: herrmcitiz_1902_1906) 

Our Price: $249.99
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  • Amazing Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side for the Citizen Kane Suite!) and Double Plus (A++) on the second; one of the best copies to hit the site in many years
  • The brass is huge on Citizen Kane, with accurate timbre - side two offers rich strings and a powerful, weighty piano for the Concerto Macabre
  • By far the single best Bernard Herrmann disc we know of - A Must Own for any serious audiophile
  • After playing records for 50+ years this is still some of the most emotionally moving music I've ever heard
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