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The Beatles
Abbey Road

  (Item #: beatlabbey_2006) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • A wonderful copy of The Beatles' last and arguably greatest album, with superb Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Here's an Abbey Road that's big, rich, sweet and present, with powerful energy, wonderfully breathy vocals and huge guitars
  • If you've heard the disastrous new remaster, then you know how important it is to play a real, vintage, analog pressing
  • A copy this good might just give you a new appreciation for one of the Greatest Rock Albums of All Time
  • 5 Stars, a permanent member of the Better Records Top 100, and a Desert Island Disc if ever there was one
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Chicago
Chicago Transit Authority

  (Item #: chicachica_2006_1) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • An amazing pressing of the band's debut album with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on all four sides!
  • These sides boast some of the best sounding, boldest arrangements for a horn-based rock band we've ever heard
  • Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?, I'm A Man and Questions 67 and 68 are simply incredible here
  • 4 stars: "In April of 1969, the four sides of Chicago Transit Authority unleashed a formidable and ultimately American musical experience... an unheralded synthesis of electric guitar wailin' rock & roll to more deeply rooted jazz influences and arrangements."
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Michael Jackson
Thriller

  (Item #: jacksthril_2006_1) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) grades throughout, this pressing of Michael Jackson's Masterpiece of Funky Pop will be very hard to beat - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is huge - big, wide, deep, and open, with a punchy bottom end and rhythmic energy to spare, as well as cleaner, smoother, sweeter upper mids and a more extended top
  • Billie Jean and Beat It sound out of this world, but that's not fair, since every track does
  • A Top 100 and 5 Stars on AMG: "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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The Rolling Stones
Sticky Fingers

  (Item #: rollistick_2006) 

Our Price: $799.99

  • A Sticky Fingers like you've never heard -- Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it throughout
  • Finally, with the best vintage pressings we can hear the power and the beauty of this truly superb recording
  • A landmark Glyn Johns / Andy Johns recording, our favorite by the Stones, a Top 100 Title (of course) and 5 stars on Allmusic (ditto)
  • Q magazine said this was "the Stones at their assured, showboating peak ... A magic formula of heavy soul, junkie blues and macho rock."
  • 5 stars: "With its offhand mixture of decadence, roots music, and outright malevolence, Sticky Fingers set the tone for the rest of the decade for the Stones."
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Paul McCartney
McCartney

  (Item #: mccarmccar1_1901_8_11_6) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This copy of McCartney's Apple debut boasts killer Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from first note to last
  • Both sides are big and rich, with plenty of low end, strong midrange presence and the kind of spatiality that will fill your entire listening room
  • 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."
  • A Top 100 pick and Paul McCartney's One and Only Masterpiece - a Must Own when it sounds this good!
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Jefferson Airplane
Surrealistic Pillow

  (Item #: jeffesurre_1912_6) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This outstanding stereo copy of the band's sophomore release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from first note to last
  • 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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Derek and the Dominos
Layla

  (Item #: dereklayla_2002_6) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Absolutely KILLER with all four sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to them - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • We guarantee there is dramatically more richness, fullness, vocal presence, and performance energy on this copy than others you've heard, and that's especially true if you own whatever Heavy Vinyl pressing is currently on the market, made from who-knows-what tapes
  • One of the most difficult albums to find great sound for, but the music makes it worth all the time and trouble we spent finding this pressing
  • 5 stars: "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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Deep Purple
Machine Head

  (Item #: deeppmachi_1909_6) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish - the sound is HUGE, with real energy, presence and whomp
  • Amazingly spacious and three-dimensional, no doubt the result of the album being recorded practically live in the studio
  • Their superbly talented engineer, Martin Birch, 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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The Beach Boys
Pet Sounds

  (Item #: beachpetso_2006) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • This stunning 2-pack offers Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - if you want to hear the Tubey Magic, size and energy of this wonderful album, a vintage pressing like this one is the way to go
  • 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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Bizet-Shchedrin / Carmen Ballet Suite / Rozhdestvensky

  (Item #: bizetcarme_2001_6) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Unbelievable Shootout Winning Demo Disc quality sound on side one - this Triple Plus (A+++) side had more energy and snap than practically any we played
  • Side two was not especially good, but that's really not a problem since side one has by far the better music - it's where the most exciting, most percussive movements can be found
  • To be honest, the copy I owned for years still had a pristine side two, mostly because I never bothered to play it much
  • When you come to the end of side one you will not be wanting more - you will have heard everything that's good about this remarkable composition
  • This gloriously exciting and fun music belongs in any audiophile's collection
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Traffic
John Barleycorn Must Die

  (Item #: traffjohnb_1912_5) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two outstanding sides rating a Double Plus (A++) for sound, this copy has plenty of the richness so key to John Barleycorn - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • These sides have the vintage analog sound we love - they're full-bodied and smooth, with plenty of Tubey Magic and gobs of 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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Talking Heads
More Songs About Buildings and Food

  (Item #: talkimores_1802_9_5) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound throughout for More Songs, The Talking Head's One True Masterpiece - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Plenty of rhythmic energy - Take Me to the River rocks like you won't believe
  • Eno produced, Rhett Davies engineered, every track is (psycho) killer - this is absolutely a Must Own Album 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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Neil Young
Zuma

  (Item #: youngzuma_1910_5) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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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The Band
The Band

  (Item #: band_band_1909_1_5) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With superb Double Plus (A++) sonic grades or BETTER on both sides, this is an outstanding 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: "As had been true of the first album, it was the Band's sound that stood out the most... The arrangements were simultaneously loose and assured, giving the songs a timeless appeal..."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie

  (Item #: fitzgclaph_mono_1910_5ex) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This outstanding Mono pressing of Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! boasts Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - the vinyl does have issues though
  • Here's the midrange magic that’s missing from the 180g reissues, probably using a modern digital master copied from who-knows-what-tapes)
  • The vocal naturalness and immediacy here will put Ella practically in the room with you - sound like this lets her performance come to life
  • Our single Favorite Female Vocal album here at Better Records, one that gets better with each passing year
  • "Another typically wonderful LP of Ella Fitzgerald in her prime...this is an excellent (and somewhat underrated) set."
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The Beatles
Abbey Road

  (Item #: beatlabbey_2005) 

Our Price: $699.99

  • An Out-Of-This-World UK pressing of The Beatles' last and arguably greatest album, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Here's an Abbey Road that's big, rich, sweet and present, with strong energy, wonderfully breathy vocals and huge guitars
  • If you've heard the disastrous new pressing, then you know how important it is to play a real, vintage, analog pressing
  • A copy this good might just give you a new appreciation for one of the Greatest Rock Albums of All Time
  • 5 Stars, a permanent member of the Better Records Top 100, and a Desert Island Disc if ever there was one
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Blood, Sweat & Tears
Blood, Sweat & Tears

  (Item #: bloodblood_2005) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Both sides of this outstanding original 360 pressing earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades for sound and play reasonably quietly, all things considered
  • The only versions of the album we sell are the 360 originals, but most of the dozens plus stamper numbers we know cannot hold a candle to this pressing
  • The sound is HUGE, rich, dynamic and POWERFUL - BS&T is a permanent member of our Top 100 and a Demo Disc par excellence
  • This is surely Roy Halee's engineering masterpiece, and here's the kind of pressing that, given the right equipment, room, and setup, can really make our case
  • 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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The B-52's
The B-52's

  (Item #: b-52sb-52s_2002_5) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Amazing "Triple Triple (A+++)" sound for the B-52s classic debut - the best copy we played in our recent shootout!
  • Listen to the huge, spacious soundstage and amazingly rich, full-bodied and uncolored tonality that earned this recording a place in our Top 100
  • Tubey Magic in 1979? Somehow they managed to pull it off. So dynamic too. What a recording!
  • A New Wave Classic and 5 stars in the All Music Guide: "These songs illustrated that the B-52's' adoration of camp culture... was a world view capable of turning out brilliant pop singles and, in turn, influencing mainstream pop culture... a hell of a good time."
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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Deja Vu

  (Item #: crosbdejav_2005) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A superb Big and Bold copy that earned seriously good sonic grades of Double Plus (A++) on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • 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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Peter Frampton
Frampton Comes Alive

  (Item #: frampframpton_comes_2005) 

Our Price: $549.99

  • All four sides of this double album earned Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or close to it for their Big, Bold Live Rock sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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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Stan Getz
Getz Au Go Go

  (Item #: getz_getza_2005) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • With two insanely good Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sides, this pressing will show you just how good our favorite Stan Getz album can sound on vinyl
  • Amazingly present, immediate and REAL -- musically and sonically, this is Must Own jazz, capturing a very special night in a small club
  • A tough album to find with the right sound and decent surfaces, which is the main reason we are rarely able to do this shootout
  • 4 stars: "Highly recommended for all dimensions of jazz enthusiasts." [We would of course give it the full 5 Stars]
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Warren Zevon
Excitable Boy

  (Item #: zevonexcit_2005) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This insanely good copy of Zevon's 1978 release boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • The sound is anchored by an exceptionally fat, rich, punchy low end, and this copy delivers on that promise big time
  • Much like The Pretender, this is a superb recording with the kind of Tubey Magical Analog Richness we go crazy for here
  • 4 stars: "Excitable Boy was an actual hit, scoring one major hit single, 'Werewolves of London,' and a trio of turntable hits ('Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner,' 'Lawyers, Guns and Money,' and the title track)."
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Simon & Garfunkel
Bridge Over Troubled Water

  (Item #: simonbridg_2005) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • An insanely good 360 Label pressing of this Simon & Garfunkel classic, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • The sound is here is As Good As It Gets -- 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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Yes
Fragile

  (Item #: yes__fragi_2005) 

Our Price: $549.99

  • Astonishing Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides - Roundabout and Long Distance Runaround will blow your mind
  • Superb clarity, ZERO smear, astonishing transparency thanks to Eddie Offord's superb engineering
  • AMG 5 stars, 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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Harry Nilsson
Nilsson Schmilsson

  (Item #: nilssschmi_2005) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A KILLER copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides for Harry Nilsson's indisputable Masterpiece of Bent Rock
  • Both sides are exceptionally good sounding, and the recording is brilliant thanks to the skills of Phill (That's Two L's) Brown
  • A Better Records favorite (we give it Five Stars) that really comes to life on an amazingly good pressing such as this one
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...it's a near-perfect summary of everything Nilsson could do; he could be craftier and stranger, but never did he achieve the perfect balance as he did here."
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Rod Stewart
Every Picture Tells A Story

  (Item #: stewaevery_2005) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A truly incredible 2-pack with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it throughout - a sonic powerhouse and Demo Disc par excellence
  • If you're a fan of BIG DRUMS in a BIG ROOM, with jump-out-of-the-speakers sound, this is the album for you
  • A Top 100 album, and Rod's best music and best recording by far - nothing can touch it
  • 5 stars: "It's a beautiful album, one that has the timeless qualities of the best folk, yet one that rocks harder than most pop music — few rock albums are quite this powerful or this rich."
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Dean Martin
Dream With Dean

  (Item #: martidream_2005) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This hard-to-find Dean Martin Classic of relaxed, intimate vocals returns to the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • One of our all-time favorite male vocal LPs - the sound on both sides is both warm and natural, with excellent presence and transparency
  • The early stereo tri-color label pressings are almost impossible to find in audiophile condition these days, but here's one, and it is a knockout
  • "It sounds as if they tracked the album in one afternoon, and it is not only a very pleasant listening experience, it shows what a tremendous vocalist Dean Martin truly was."
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The B-52's
The B-52's

  (Item #: b-52sb-52s_1901_5) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides, this vintage pressing has plenty of analog magic in its grooves - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Tubey Magic in 1979? Somehow they managed to pull it off. So dynamic too. What a recording!
  • A New Wave Classic, 5 stars in the All Music Guide: "These songs illustrated that the B-52's' adoration of camp culture... was a world view capable of turning out brilliant pop singles and, in turn, influencing mainstream pop culture... a hell of a good time."
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The Beatles
The White Album

  (Item #: beatlwhite_2001_5) 

Our Price: $649.99

  • 11 pluses out of a possible 12?! Folks, this Triple Plus (A+++) White Hot White Album is just plain UNBEATABLE
  • This copy of the Beatles' double album masterpiece is going to thrill and delight the lucky person who snags it
  • Some of the most powerful and immersive Beatles sound you will ever hear - we guarantee you will be KNOCKED OUT
  • "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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James Taylor
Sweet Baby James

  (Item #: taylosweet_2005_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This wonderful copy of Sweet Baby James boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • All that lovely echo is a dead giveaway that here is resolution far beyond other copies you may have heard
  • Top 100, inarguably a Masterpiece - Fire and Rain and Suite for 20 G (one of JT's All Time Best) are killer 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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The Doors
The Doors

  (Item #: doorsdoors_2005_1) 

Our Price: $849.99

  • An insanely good copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - you've never experienced The Doors like this!
  • The sound is incredibly big, rich and spacious 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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Steeleye Span
Commoners Crown

  (Item #: steelcommo_2005) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Incredible sound for this early British pressing, with huge and dynamic Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout
  • The Tubey Magical Richness of this recording must be heard to be believed
  • Some of the best English Folk Rock Music ever recorded on analog tape and preserved on this lovely vinyl disc!
  • Allmusic gives it 4 1/2 stars: "Now a full-fledged rock group, competing with the likes of Jethro Tull and pumping out higher amperage than Fairport Convention, Steeleye engages in heavy riffing, savage attacks on their instruments, and generally kicks out the jams on this album."
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Billy Joel
52nd Street

  (Item #: joel_52nds_2005) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) Shootout Winning side one and a Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy had some of the best sound we have ever heard on this, Billy Joel's best sounding album
  • We guarantee there is dramatically more space, richness, vocal presence, and performance energy on this copy than others you've heard, and that's especially true if you made the mistake of buying whatever Heavy Vinyl pressing is currently on the market
  • 4 stars on Allmusic, Grammy award for Album of the Year, and Billy Joel's best batch of songs, even better than The Stranger
  • "...he dazzles with his melodic skills and his enthusiastic performances... not only... one of the biggest-selling artists of his era, but one of the most enjoyable mainstream hitmakers"
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The Three
The Three
(33 RPM)

  (Item #: threethree_33_2005) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A true Demo Disc of this wonderful recording, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • The transients are uncannily lifelike - listen for the huge amounts of kinetic energy produced when Shelly whacks the hell out of his cymbals
  • 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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Frank Sinatra
Francis A. Sinatra & Antonio C. Jobim

  (Item #: sinatjobim_2005) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding original stereo pressing of Sinatra and Jobim's sublime collaboration earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades for sound or BETTER 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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Earth, Wind & Fire
That's The Way of the World

  (Item #: earththats_1912_5) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding pressing of the band's breakthrough release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - if you want to hear the Tubey Magic, size and energy of this wonderful album from 1975, this is the only way to go
  • Includes some of EWF's most well-loved classics: Shining Star and, of course, That's The Way of The World
  • 4 1/2 stars: "If a person could own only one EWF release, the logical choice would be That's the Way of the World, which was the band's best album as well as its best-selling. There are no dull moments on World, one of the strongest albums of the 1970s and EWF's crowning achievement."
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Toto
IV

  (Item #: toto_IV_2005) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this copy of Toto's Must-Own Masterpiece - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Clear, lively and rockin' with the kind of smooth, rich, tubey sound you sure don't hear on most '80s pop albums
  • Rosanna and Africa are both knockouts here, with superb analog weight, scale and energy
  • 4 1/2 stars: "It was do or die for Toto on the group's fourth album, and they rose to the challenge...Toto IV was both the group's comeback and its peak... and Toto's best and most consistent record."
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Hampton Hawes
Vol 2: The Trio

  (Item #: hawesvol2t_1812_6_5) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • 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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Toto
IV

  (Item #: toto_IV_1909_5) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this copy of Toto's Must-Own Masterpiece - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Clear, lively and rockin' with the kind of smooth, rich, tubey sound you sure don't hear on most '80s pop albums
  • Rosanna and Africa are both knockouts here, with superb analog weight, scale and energy
  • 4 1/2 stars: "It was do or die for Toto on the group's fourth album, and they rose to the challenge...Toto IV was both the group's comeback and its peak... and Toto's best and most consistent record."
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Super Hot Stamper (Issues)

Cat Stevens
Teaser & The Firecat (UK Island)

  (Item #: stevetease_1911_5ex) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • 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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Joni Mitchell
Blue

  (Item #: mitchblue_1910_5ex) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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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White Hot Stamper

Bernard Herrmann / Citizen Kane & Other Classic Film Scores

  (Item #: herrmcitiz_2005) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Amazing Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on side two - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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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White Hot Stamper

Gershwin / Con. In F & Rhapsody In Blue / Previn / Kostelanetz

  (Item #: gershconce_8286_1910_5) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This Columbia Six Eye has Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound for the Rhapsody in Blue on side two - reasonably quiet vinyl too, especially for an early stereo LP
  • As would be expected, both sides are exceptionally rich and Tubey Magical, but the clarity, deep bass and powerful, dynamic sound of side two surprised the hell out of us - we've never heard the work reproduced with this kind of authority or fidelity
  • The first two movements of the Concerto in F found on side one earned a solid grade of Double Plus (A++) for their full brass and especially clear, solid, present piano, one with practically no trace of vintage analog tube smear
  • Performed with consummate skill and the highest standards in mind - the results are magnificent!
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Michael Jackson
Thriller

  (Item #: jacksthril_2001_5) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side one, a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two, and exceptionally quiet vinyl on both, we guarantee this will be by far the best sounding Thriller you've ever heard -
  • The sound is HUGE - wide, deep, and open, with a solid bottom end and relentless rhythmic energy to spare
  • Shootout Winning sound for Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' and Thriller - they are 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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Sinead O'Connor
I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got

  (Item #: oconnidono_2005) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • A superb copy of Sinead O'Connor's best-selling sophomore release with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • This early UK pressing is big and rich with superb clarity and three-dimensional space that most pressings barely hint at
  • You won't believe how good Nothing Compares 2 U sounds here - it's surely one of the best torch songs ever written, and her performance of it (as well as the arrangement) is perfection
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...the album plays like a tour de force in its demonstration of everything O'Connor can do... it's evidence that, when on top of her game, O'Connor was a singular talent."
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

The Beatles
The White Album

  (Item #: beatlwhite_2005) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • You'll find crazy good sound throughout this British pressing, with a Triple Plus (A+++) side two, and sides three and four coming in just shy of our Shootout Winner at Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) -- exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Shootout Winning sound for some of the best songs on the album: Martha My Dear; I’m So Tired; Blackbird; Rocky Raccoon; Piggies; Don’t Pass Me By; Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?; I Will and Julia
  • "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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Super Hot Stamper

Bizet-Shchedrin / Carmen Ballet Suite / Rozhdestvensky

  (Item #: bizetcarme_2001_5) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An excellent pressing, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl for the most part too
  • Both sides are open, high-rez, and spacious, with depth like you will not believe and least shrill string reproduction we have ever heard for this music
  • Side one has by far the better music - it's where the most exciting, most percussive movements can be found - and this pressing, with Beyond White Hot sound for that side, is guaranteed to be bigger and more lively than you ever imagined (because that's how we felt about it, hence the fourth plus)
  • Gloriously exciting and fun music that belongs in any audiophile's collection
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Super Hot Stamper

Michael McDonald
If That's What It Takes

  (Item #: mcdoniftha_2005) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish for Michael McDonald's Masterpiece and on fairly quiet vinyl to boot
  • Both of these sides are incredibly clean, clear, spacious and dynamic with excellent clarity, tons of energy and a big punchy bottom end
  • One of the All Time Great Jeff Porcaro Drum Exhibition Records (with the equally amazing Steve Gadd handling the other tracks)
  • Some of the best Pop Rock engineering of all time, courtesy of Lee Herschberg and Donn Landee
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic - more importantly, this is a dramatically better album than anything the Doobies ever released
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Dire Straits
Dire Straits

  (Item #: diresdires_2005) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides of this UK pressing - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • One of the best sounding rock records ever made, with rich, sweet mids, prodigious bass, superb transparency, and freedom from hi-fi-ishness and distortion like few rock records you have ever heard
  • Rhett Davies knocked this one out of the park - it's a Top 100 title, a member of the Tubey Magical Top Ten, and our favorite by the band for both sound and music
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Knopfler also shows an inclination toward Dylanesque imagery, which enhances the smoky, low-key atmosphere of the album... the album is remarkably accomplished for a debut, and Dire Straits had difficulty surpassing it throughout their career."
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin I

  (Item #: ledze1_2005) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A stunning pressing of Zep's debut boasting two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides - this copy is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner
  • Arguably the biggest, clearest and most Tubey Magical Zeppelin album ever recorded, thanks to the engineering of Mr Glyn Johns
  • Just look at that track list - the lucky buyer of this copy 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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White Hot Stamper

James Taylor
Sweet Baby James

  (Item #: taylosweet_2005) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • An amazingly good sounding pressing from start to finish: Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it throughout
  • 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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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Art Pepper
Meets The Rhythm Section

  (Item #: peppemeets_2001_5) 

Our Price: $249.99
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  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • The Contemporary stereo sound here is completely natural in all respects - rich, warm and smooth, the sound we love
  • Recorded in 1957 (the same year as Way Out West) by the legendary Roy DuNann, the sound is absolutely wonderful
  • 5 stars: "... this recording convinced [Pepper] that emotion was the paramount impulse of jazz performance... a diamond of recorded jazz history."
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Miles Davis
Kind of Blue

  (Item #: daviskindo_2005_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • This SUPERB copy of Kind of Blue boasts nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound throughout - just shy of our Shootout Winner - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • The 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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Super Hot Stamper

Captain Beefheart
Clear Spot

  (Item #: captaclear_1905_11_5) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding pressing of Clear Spot boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • One of the better copies of Clear Spot to hit the site in recent years - no question about it, this is his Masterpiece!
  • Produced by Ted Templeman, Clear Spot is one of Beefheart's most accessible albums and, IMHO, his best
  • 4 stars: "The sound is great throughout, and the feeling is of the coolest bar-band in town, not to mention one that could eat all the patrons for breakfast if it felt like it."
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The Pretenders
Learning To Crawl

  (Item #: pretelearn_1908_5) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding pressing offers solid Double Plus (A++) sound from beginning to end - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • It's richer, clearer and more energetic than most of the others we played
  • 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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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

The Cars
The Cars

  (Item #: cars_cars_2005) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • 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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Super Hot Stamper

Elton John
Tumbleweed Connection

  (Item #: john_tumbl_2005) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • An outstanding pressing, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last - mostly quiet vinyl too
  • Engineered by Robin Geoffrey Cable at Trident, there is no other Elton John album that is as big and powerful as Tumbleweed
  • A longtime member of our Top 100, it's our pick for Elton's Masterpiece, and to think it all came together for him and Bernie only a few years into a 50 year career
  • 5 stars: "....their most ambitious record to date... A loose concept album about the American West... draws from country and blues in equal measures..."
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Tom Petty
You're Gonna Get It!

  (Item #: pettyyoure_2005) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A solidly hard rockin' copy with seriously good grades of Double Plus (A++) or BETTER on both sides
  • Rich and open with a killer bottom end, musically it's surely the best record Tom Petty ever made - a late '70s Rock Classic
  • Three of Petty's best songs are on this one - Restless, I Need To Know and Listen To Her Heart - and they sound amazing
  • "Overall, the current LP boasts an impressive stylistic cohesiveness with its predecessor, but what makes the album exciting are the fresh hints of openness and expansion just beneath the surface. The rhythms are a bit looser, and there's a new emphasis on Petty's rough, driving, rock & roll guitar in the mix." Rolling Stone
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White Hot Stamper

June Christy
Something Cool

  (Item #: chrissomet_2001_5) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Miss Christy's Must Own Masterpiece returns to the site, this time with stunning Triple Triple (A+++) Mono Hot Stamper sound
  • Need a refresher course in Tubey Magic after playing too many remastered records? This 1955 original Capitol turquoise pressing is overflowing with it
  • One of our favorite Cool School vocalists - we just wish we could find more clean copies of her albums
  • Allmusic 5 Stars: "Christy established herself as an artist who strove for the very best in song selection, arrangements, and notably intelligent interpretation. There were perhaps other vocalists with greater vocal equipment, but few could match June Christy's artistic integrity."
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Sly and The Family Stone
Stand

  (Item #: slyanstand_1812_5_10_4) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides, this copy will be tough to beat - exceptionally QUIET vinyl too
  • Tired of the crude, congested, hard, harsh and otherwise unpleasant sound of most pressings? The solution is right here!
  • Stand, I Want To Take You Higher, Everyday People, You Can Make It If You Try -- what a killer lineup of songs
  • 5 stars: "Stand! is the pinnacle of Sly & the Family Stone's early work, a record that represents a culmination of the group's musical vision and accomplishment. ...everything simply gels here, resulting in no separation between the astounding funk, effervescent irresistible melodies, psychedelicized guitars, and deep rhythms."
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War
Why Can't We Be Friends?

  (Item #: war__whyca_2004) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of the band's 1975 release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • One of our favorite albums here at Better Records and clearly the band's Masterpiece - the bass and dynamics on the better pressings make this a Demo Disc on the right system
  • 4 stars [but we give it 5]: "Cut from the same cloth as the band's 1973 Deliver the Word LP, War's 1975 Why Can't We Be Friends? is a masterpiece in its scope and breadth. [It] remains one of War's truly outstanding efforts, and has become an integral part of the funk genre's landscape. It also remains the nightcap of their finest hour."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Steely Dan
Aja

  (Item #: steelaja_2004) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding copy of Steely Dan's 1977 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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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Stephen Stills
Stephen Stills

  (Item #: stillsteph_2004) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With two Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sides, this copy of Still's amazing debut is as good as it gets
  • 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 the very definition of Big Production Rock
  • 4 1/2 stars: "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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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Joni Mitchell
Court and Spark

  (Item #: mitchcourt_2004) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding early pressing with seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Of the ten or so copies that we have in stock with condition grades, this is the only one that played this quiet
  • 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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Blood, Sweat & Tears
Blood, Sweat & Tears

  (Item #: bloodblood_2004) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Both sides of this outstanding original 360 pressing earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades for sound and play reasonably quietly, all things considered
  • The only versions of the album we sell are the 360 originals, but most of the dozens plus stamper numbers we know cannot hold a candle to this pressing
  • The sound is HUGE, rich, dynamic and POWERFUL - BS&T is a permanent member of our Top 100 and a Demo Disc par excellence
  • This is surely Roy Halee's engineering masterpiece, and here's the kind of pressing that, given the right equipment, room, and setup, can really make our case
  • 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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Super Hot Stamper

The Clash
London Calling

  (Item #: clashlondo_2004) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This superb double album boasts oustanding Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them for big, rich, rockin' sound on all four sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This pressing gives you tons of energy, real presence, and huge weight and power down low that the music demands
  • A shockingly well-recorded album that comes to life with the combo of a great copy and a hi-res, full-range system
  • 5 stars: "A stunning statement of purpose and one of the greatest rock & roll albums ever recorded."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Cat Stevens
Teaser & The Firecat

  (Item #: stevetease_1901_7_9_4) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This timeless Classic Folk Rock recording on the original A&M label offers superb Demo Disc Quality sound on both sides - exceptionally 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
  • 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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White Hot Stamper

Tina Turner
Private Dancer

  (Item #: turnepriva_2004_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Incredible sound throughout with each side earning a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grade or very close to it - only the second copy to ever hit the site!
  • Both of these sides are super full-bodied, spacious and musical with a lovely bottom end and lots of energy
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • 4 1/2 stars: "In 1984, a 45-year-old Tina Turner made one of the most amazing comebacks in the history of American popular music... Without question, this was Turner's finest hour as a solo artist."
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Iron Butterfly
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

  (Item #: ironbinaga_2002_4) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one and a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy of the band's Magnum Opus will be very hard to beat
  • The title track is full-bodied, rich and solid, but the most important quality our Hot Stampers offer is vocals that aren't screechy and distorted the way they are on most pressings
  • As crazy as it may sound, it took us until 2016 to figure out what the right stampers are, only 48 years after I first played the album
  • Forget whatever lame reissues have come or will come down the pike - if you want to hear this album right, an Atco Yellow Label pressing is the only way to go (Ah, but which one?)
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The epitome of heavy psychedelic excess... the group's definitive album."
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Dire Straits
Dire Straits

  (Item #: diresdires_2004) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this UK pressing of the band's debut album - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • One of the best sounding rock records ever made, with rich, sweet mids, prodigious bass, superb transparency, and freedom from hi-fi-ishness and distortion like few rock records you have ever heard
  • Rhett Davies knocked this one out of the park - it's a Top 100 title, a member of the Tubey Magical Top Ten, and our favorite by the band for both sound and music
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Knopfler also shows an inclination toward Dylanesque imagery, which enhances the smoky, low-key atmosphere of the album... the album is remarkably accomplished for a debut, and Dire Straits had difficulty surpassing it throughout their career."
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James Taylor
JT

  (Item #: taylojt_2004) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of JT, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • It's a superb recording - a member of our Top 100, in fact - but it takes a pressing like this to show you just how BIG and LIVELY it can sound
  • 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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Super Hot Stamper

Billy Joel
52nd Street

  (Item #: joel_52nds_2004_1) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides of this copy, the best sounding album Billy Joel ever made - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is rich, smooth, and full -- you'll have a hard time finding a better sounding pressing on the planet
  • 4 stars on Allmusic, Grammy award for Album of the Year, and musically Billy Joel's best batch of songs
  • "...he dazzles with his melodic skills and his enthusiastic performances... not only... one of the biggest-selling artists of his era, but one of the most enjoyable mainstream hitmakers"
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White Hot Stamper

Elvis Costello
My Aim Is True

  (Item #: costemyaim_2004) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • 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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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Neil Young
After The Gold Rush

  (Item #: youngafter_2004_3) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding pressing, with solid Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them - exceptionally quiet vinyl too, as quiet as we can find them
  • This is the vinyl embodiment of the Classic Analog Rock sound we love - rich, full-bodied, warm, punchy, dynamic and clear
  • 5 Stars in Allmusic, Top 100, and a Demo Disc that is guaranteed to knock your socks off
  • "It's a magnificent, style-setting album which saw the Canadian's elevation to rock hero. For those who like their emotion raw."
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Neil Young
After The Gold Rush

  (Item #: youngafter_2004_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding pressing, which earned seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - brilliant sound from first note to last
  • This is the vinyl embodiment of the Classic Analog Rock sound we love - rich, full-bodied, warm, punchy, dynamic and clear
  • 5 Stars in Allmusic, Top 100, and a Demo Disc that is guaranteed to knock your socks off
  • "It's a magnificent, style-setting album which saw the Canadian's elevation to rock hero. For those who like their emotion raw."
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Super Hot Stamper

The Doors
The Soft Parade

  (Item #: doorssoftp_2004) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound and fairly quiet vinyl on both sides, 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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White Hot Stamper

Electric Light Orchestra
A New World Record

  (Item #: electnewwo_2004_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • ELO's Masterpiece returns to the site - this UK pressing boasts superb Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side two and excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on side one
  • 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 recording quality - 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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Roxy Music
Roxy Music

  (Item #: roxymroxym_2004) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This UK pressing earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - this is some of the most dynamic sound the band achieved - mostly quiet vinyl too
  • Andy Hendriksen's engineering (over the course of a week!) is superb in all respects and practically faultless
  • A Top 100 album, the band's Masterpiece, and a Must Own Desert Island Disc of Glamorous Arty Rock
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Falling halfway between musical primitivism and art rock ambition, Roxy Music's eponymous debut remains a startling redefinition of rock's boundaries. Simultaneously embracing kitschy glamour and avant-pop, Roxy Music shimmers with seductive style and pulsates with disturbing synthetic textures."
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George Benson
White Rabbit

  (Item #: bensowhite_2002_4) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides - this CTI pressing of Benson's Must Own Masterpiece is As Good As It Gets
  • Open and transparent throughout, 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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Vince Guaraldi
Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus

  (Item #: guarajazzi_1909_12_4) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An outstanding copy of this classic audiophile favorite, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • You'd be hard-pressed to find a copy that's this well balanced, yet big and lively, with such wonderful clarity in the mids and highs
  • Sublime, practically magical jazz trio sound (and music!) that belongs in every audiophile's collection - on vintage vinyl that's as quiet as we can find
  • 5 stars: "Here is Vince Guaraldi's breakthrough album — musically, commercially, in every which way... The whole album evokes the ambience of San Francisco's jazz life in the 1960s as few others do."
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Donovan
The Hurdy Gurdy Man

  (Item #: donovhurdy_2004) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • The Hurdy Gurdy Man finally returns to the site with superb Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound throughout - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • Shockingly rich, spacious and lively, in the best tradition of vintage analog - Donovan's recordings are hit and miss, but with Eddie Kramer at the controls, this one is clearly a hit
  • Among the supporting musicians were three soon-to-be members of Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Page (who had already contributed to Donovan sessions in the past), John Paul Jones (likewise a veteran of sessions for Donovan), and John Bonham"
  • "... uplifting, accessible, pop-rock numbers with a splash of jazz or Caribbean flavor, rounding out an excellent album of the highest musicianship, lyric writing, and songcraft from an era."
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America
America

  (Item #: ameriameri_2004) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This outstanding copy of the band's debut album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) from start to finish
  • One of our favorite Hippie Folk Rock albums - the instruments and voices seem 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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Badfinger
Straight Up

  (Item #: badfistrai_2004) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A KILLER copy of the band's best album with a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side one and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side two - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Rich, clear and lively, here is the band's Masterpiece sounding right
  • 4 1/2 stars: "There's absolutely no filler... everybody is in top form. "Baby Blue" is textbook power-pop — irresistibly catchy fuzz riffs and sighing melodies — and with its Harrison-esque slide guitars, "Day After Day" is so gorgeous it practically aches. This fine songwriting, combined with sharp performances and exquisite studio craft, make Straight Up one of the cornerstones of power-pop, a record that proved that it was possible to make classic guitar-pop after its golden era had passed."
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Free
Fire and Water

  (Item #: free_firea_2004) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An incredible copy of the band's third studio album with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - reasonably quiet vinyl for this title too
  • Stunning Live-in-the-Studio Rock Sound that must be heard to be believed - All Right Now sounds out of this world here
  • The recording sounds more alive than 99 out of 100 rock records we've played, and we've played the best sounding rock records ever made
  • Top 100 and 4 1/2 stars: "From Paul Kossoff's exquisite and tasteful guitar work, to Paul Rodgers' soulful vocals, this was a group that was easily worthy of the mantle worn by Cream, Blind Faith, or Derek & the Dominos."
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Buffalo Springfield
Last Time Around

  (Item #: buffalastt_2004) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With two insanely good Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sides on the original Plum and Tan Atco label, this was clearly the best copy we played in our recent shootout
  • Relaxed, rich and Tubey Magical, 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 equally brilliant, and a real Desert Island Disc for yours truly
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George Harrison
All Things Must Pass

  (Item #: harriallth_1905_7_10_4) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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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Phil Manzanera
Diamond Head

  (Item #: manzadiamo_1907_4) 

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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Neil Young
After The Gold Rush

  (Item #: youngafter_2004_1) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • A KILLER copy of Neil's third solo outing with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from start to finish
  • The vinyl embodiment of the Classic Analog Rock sound we love - rich, full-bodied, warm, punchy, dynamic and clear
  • One of our favorite classic rock albums for music and sound, arguably Neil's best, probably his most consistent
  • 5 Stars in Allmusic, Top 100, and a Demo Disc that is guaranteed to knock your socks off
  • "It's a magnificent, style-setting album which saw the Canadian's elevation to rock hero. For those who like their emotion raw."
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David Bowie
Ziggy Stardust

  (Item #: bowieziggy_2002_4) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • This incredibly good sounding Triple Plus (A+++) side two will show you just how good Ziggy Stardust can sound in analog (and side two was not far behind at A++) - exceptionally QUIET vinyl too
  • The stage is huge and the amount of Tubey Magic has to be heard to be believed - this is the pinnacle of sound for Glam Rock
  • Until you hear one of these killer British pressings you simply cannot know what you are missing
  • A Rock & Pop Top 100 album, and Ken Scott's engineering masterpiece all rolled into one
  • "Fleshing out the off-kilter metallic mix with fatter guitars, genuine pop songs, string sections, keyboards, and a cinematic flourish, Ziggy Stardust is a glitzy array of riffs, hooks, melodrama, and style and the logical culmination of glam.
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June Christy
Something Cool

  (Item #: chrissomet_2004) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A wonderful copy of Miss Christy's Must Own Masterpiece with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • Need a refresher course in Tubey Magic after playing too many remastered records? This 1955 original Capitol turquoise pressing is overflowing with it
  • One of our favorite Cool School vocalists - we just wish we could find more clean copies of her albums
  • 5 stars: "Christy established herself as an artist who strove for the very best in song selection, arrangements, and notably intelligent interpretation. There were perhaps other vocalists with greater vocal equipment, but few could match June Christy's artistic integrity."
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Yes
The Yes Album

  (Item #: yes__yesal_2001_03ex) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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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Roxy Music
Roxy Music

  (Item #: roxymroxym_1905_9_03) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the first for this UK pressing - this is some of the most dynamic sound the band achieved - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Andy Hendriksen's engineering (over the course of a week!) is superb in all respects and practically faultless
  • A Top 100 album, the band's Masterpiece, and truly a Must Own Desert Island Disc of Glammy, Arty Rock
  • "Falling halfway between musical primitivism and art rock ambition, Roxy Music's eponymous debut remains a startling redefinition of rock's boundaries. Simultaneously embracing kitschy glamour and avant-pop, Roxy Music shimmers with seductive style and pulsates with disturbing synthetic textures."
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Jennifer Warnes
Famous Blue Raincoat

  (Item #: warnefamou_1910_03) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An absolutely magical copy, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too, as quiet as we can find them
  • Turn this one up good and loud (which you can do when the sound is right) and you'll have a living, breathing Jennifer Warnes standing right between your speakers
  • The space, resolution, and clarity here are wonderful - for evidence just look to the rosiny texture on the string arrangement of the Song of Bernadette
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The high point may have been the Warnes-Cohen duet on "Joan of Arc," but the album was consistently impressive."
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Robin Trower
Bridge of Sighs

  (Item #: trowebridg_1908_11_03) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • 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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Jennifer Warnes
Famous Blue Raincoat

  (Item #: warnefamou_2001_03) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A Demo Disc quality pressing of this longtime audiophile favorite, with stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side two - exceptionally quiet vinyl too, as quiet as we can find them
  • Turn this one up good and loud (which you can do when the sound is right) and you'll have a living, breathing Jennifer Warnes standing right between your speakers
  • The space, resolution, and clarity here are wonderful - for evidence just look to the rosiny texture on the string arrangement of the Song of Bernadette
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The high point may have been the Warnes-Cohen duet on "Joan of Arc," but the album was consistently impressive."
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Blondie
Parallel Lines

  (Item #: blondparal_2003) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) Shootout Winning side one and a Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy had some of the best sound we have ever heard for Parallel Lines
  • The energy and enthusiasm of the band on this Retro Power Pop Classic really comes through here, and that's not a claim you can make about very many copies
  • There's not a bad song to be found anywhere, and lots of great ones: One Way Or Another, Heart Of Glass, Hanging On The Telephone, etc.
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "Blondie's best album," which is actually a bit of an understatement - it's by far their best album
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The B-52's
The B-52's

  (Item #: b-52sb-52s_2003) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides, this vintage pressing is overflowing with analog magic in its grooves - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Talk about sound that is positively jumpin' out of the speakers - every instrument here is clear and present, laid out from wall to wall right in your listening room
  • Tubey Magic in 1979? Somehow they managed to pull it off. So dynamic too. What a recording!
  • A New Wave Classic, 5 stars in the All Music Guide: "These songs illustrated that the B-52's' adoration of camp culture... was a world view capable of turning out brilliant pop singles and, in turn, influencing mainstream pop culture... a hell of a good time."
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Freddie Hubbard
Red Clay

  (Item #: hubbaredcl_2003) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides, we guarantee you've never heard Red Clay sound remotely as good as it does here
  • It's one of our Five Favorite CTI albums - Red Clay is Hubbard's Soul Jazz Masterpiece, and it's a record that belongs in every audiophile's jazz collection
  • Lenny White drums up a storm on this album - with sound this good, he is playing right in the room with you
  • 5 Stars: "This may be Freddie Hubbard's finest moment as a leader, in that it embodies and utilizes all of his strengths as a composer, soloist, and frontman. [It] places the trumpeter in the company of giants such as saxophonist Joe Henderson, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Lenny White... This is a classic, hands down."
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Eurythmics
Touch

  (Item #: euryttouch_1910_03) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • The Eurythmics third studio album was their breakthrough, and here it is with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound
  • This copy was surprisingly rich, smooth and analog sounding, with an especially nice weighty quality to Lennox's powerful vocals
  • Includes some of the most memorable synth-pop anthems of the era - "Here Comes The Rain Again," Who's That Girl?" and more
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The cool, sophisticated musical experimentalism all over Touch cemented Eurythmics' reputation as one of the most innovative duos of their time... Touch is a testament to what Eurythmics were at the height of their electronic-techno phase and, without doubt, is a milestone in 1980s pop music."
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Sly and The Family Stone
Stand

  (Item #: slyanstand_1812_9_03) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A killer sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Stand, I Want To Take You Higher, Sing A Simple Song, Everyday People, You Can Make It If You Try - what a phenomenal lineup of songs
  • 5 stars: "Stand! is the pinnacle of Sly & the Family Stone's early work, a record that represents a culmination of the group's musical vision and accomplishment. ...everything simply gels here, resulting in no separation between the astounding funk, effervescent irresistible melodies, psychedelicized guitars, and deep rhythms."
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