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Dan Fogelberg
Souvenirs

  (Item #: fogelsouve_2001_8) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This superb copy of Fogelberg's sophomore release boasts Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides, just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • One of the better copies from our most recent shootout, the sound is super big, full, lively and spacious with deep punchy bass
  • "... easily placed him alongside such California hitmakers as Joni Mitchell, the Eagles, and Jackson Browne... 'As the Raven Flies' revealed Fogelberg to be capable of making edgy, guitar-driven rock and exhibited his range as a vocalist."
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Paul McCartney & Wings
Wings Over America

  (Item #: mccarwings_2008ex) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A superb copy with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound or close to it on five sides and a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sixth
  • SIX sides of live Wings music, my goodness! As I'm sure you can imagine, this shootout was quite the undertaking
  • We guarantee there is dramatically more space, richness, vocal presence, and performance energy on this copy than other pressings you've heard
  • "... the Beatles mystique was still very much attached to record and artist alike... and it seemed like McCartney represented the part of the group's legacy that came closest to living up to fans' expectations. Thus the album ended up selling in numbers, rivaling the likes of Frampton Comes Alive and other mega-hits of the period, and rode the charts for months." - All Music
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Van Morrison
Astral Weeks

  (Item #: morriastra_2008_) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • This WB Green Label LP boasts nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound throughout, for Van The Man's 1968 groundbreaking, introspective classic - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • This record lives or dies by the quality of its Tubey Magical Midrange, a sound modern records are rarely capable of reproducing
  • It takes us years to find enough clean copies to do a shootout - these originals are not sitting in the bins at your local store anymore, they're displayed behind the counter for a hundred bucks or more a pop
  • 5 stars: "Astral Weeks is a justified entry in pop music's pantheon. It is unlike any record before or since; it mixes together the very best of postwar popular music in an emotional outpouring cast in delicate, subtle musical structures."
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The Beatles
Revolver

  (Item #: beatlrevol_2008) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A superb copy with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • Here is the space, energy, presence clarity and massive bottom end you had no idea were even possible on Revolver
  • 14 amazing tracks including Taxman; Eleanor Rigby; Here, There and Everywhere; Yellow Submarine; Good Day Sunshine; Got To Get You Into My Life and Tomorrow Never Knows (!)
  • 5 stars: "Even after Sgt. Pepper, Revolver stands as the ultimate modern pop album and it's still as emulated as it was upon its original release."
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June Christy
Recalls Those Kenton Days

  (Item #: chrisrecal_2007_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • June's superb 1959 release returns with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound throughout - just shy of our Shootout Winner - quiet vinyl for this title too
  • The sound is present, lively and tonally correct, with Christy's vocals reproduced with the Tubey Magical richness and breathiness that only the best vintage vinyl pressings offer
  • 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: "... this ten-song solo collection is comprised of updated Christy-Kenton favorites... a must for serious June Christy fans."
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Saint-Saens / Symphony No. 3 ("Organ") / Fremaux

  (Item #: saintsym3_2007) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • For the first time in three years, one of Saint-Saens' greatest masterpieces returns to Better Records with truly superb nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides - exceptionally QUIET vinyl, the quietest copy to ever hit the site
  • Clear and transparent and natural - your ability to suspend disbelief requires practically no effort at all
  • What this copy did better than practically any other was show us just how rich, smooth and Tubey Magical 1973 EMI sound could be
  • "The whole work is a magnificent and fantastical symphonic machine that's an apotheosis of the orchestral technology of the late 19th century."
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Bloomfield-Kooper-Stills
Super Session

  (Item #: bloomsuper_2004_7) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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 - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Engineered by Roy Halee, the man behind one of the best sounding rock records of all time, the self-titled Blood, Sweat and Tears album, the oh-so-analog sound here is especially rich, dynamic and spacious
  • For fans of BS&T's first album (and everybody else) Super Session is a Must Own - Season of the Witch is crazy good on this 360 LP
  • 4 1/2 stars: "This is one of those albums that seems to get better with age... This is a super session indeed."
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Neil Young
Rust Never Sleeps

  (Item #: youngrustn_2007_1ex) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb copy with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound, just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • It's not easy to find copies that get both the quieter, acoustic material and the big, rockin' Crazy Horse stuff right, but this one managed it
  • 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
  • 5 stars: "His strongest collection since Tonight's the Night, its obvious antecedent was Bob Dylan's Bringing It All Back Home, and, as Dylan did, Young divided his record into acoustic and electric sides while filling his songs with wildly imaginative imagery."
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Grateful Dead
Europe '72

  (Item #: grateeurop_2006_) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Superb sound throughout - all six sides of this epic live collection earned nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades or close to them, just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • "No record album can replace a live appearance by the Dead - but those who can’t get enough of this exceptional band will be kept busy for a good little while with this one." - Rolling Stone
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The band mixes a bevy of new material with revisitations of back-catalog favorites. Sadly, this European jaunt would be the last of its kind to include the formidable talents and soul of founding member Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, who was in increasingly fragile health. Although few in number, his contributions to Europe '72 are among the most commanding not only of this release, but of his career."
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Fairport Convention
Unhalfbricking

  (Item #: fairpunhal_2004_7) 

Our Price: $299.99
Sale Price: $249.99 (You save $50.00 / 17%)


  • The band's very well-recorded third album is here, and this early British Island pressing is killing it, with stunning Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound throughout and reasonably quiet vinyl
  • A copy like this is a rare audiophile treat - here is the rich, warm, clear, natural and lively sound you want for Fairport Convention
  • A superb collection of songs, including two previously unreleased Bob Dylan tracks, as well as Sandy Denny's first foray into songwriting, with the achingly powerful "Who Knows Where the Time Goes?"
  • 5 stars: "Unhalfbricking was a transitional album for the young Fairport Convention, in which the group shed its closest ties to its American folk-rock influences and started to edge toward a more traditional British folk-slanted sound."
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Horace Silver
Horace-Scope

  (Item #: silvehorac_2007) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This superb pressing boasts nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish - just shy of our Shootout Winner, with fairly quiet vinyl for a vintage Blue Note pressing
  • This shootout was years in the making - few copies survived in this kind of audiophile playing condition, and fewer still - far fewer still - sound as good as this one does (thanks RVG!), so Silver fans should get while the gettin' is good
  • 4 stars: "...every selection is full of soulful grooves and well-honed group interplay, the qualities that made this band perhaps the top hard bop outfit of the early '60s. Silver was in the midst of a hot streak that wouldn't let up for another few years, and Horace-Scope is another eminently satisfying effort from that period."
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Julie London
About The Blues

  (Item #: londoabout_2007_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • About The Blues with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from first note to last - just shy of our Shootout Winner - this copy of London's 1957 release will be very hard to beat
  • Our White Hot Shootout Winner had condition issues, but this nearly as good pressing had not a single audible mark, with vinyl that is as quiet as any we can find for a vintage Liberty pressing
  • Rich, smooth, sweet, full of ambience, dead-on correct tonality - everything that we listen for in a great record is here
  • 4 stars: "About the Blues ... may just be her best orchestral session. Since downbeat torch songs were London's specialty, the album features an excellent selection of nocturnal but classy blues songs that play to her subtle strengths..."
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Humble Pie
Performance - Rockin' The Fillmore

  (Item #: humblperfo_2007_) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This original pressing on the custom A&M label is ROCKIN' with superb Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades on all four sides - just shy of our Shootout Winner - mostly quiet vinyl too
  • Performance is one of the best sounding - perhaps even THE best sounding - Hard Rock concert albums we've ever heard
  • Engineered by the legendary Eddie Kramer, what other live rock record sounds this good?
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... [O]ne of the classic double-live albums of the '70s: a two-LP set from a band that were earning a reputation as in-concert monsters, grinding out a living on a circuit that brought them from coast to coast in America... this was heavy, improvised blues rock where live moments trumped the studio... "
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Holst / The Planets / Previn / LSO

  (Item #: holstplane_emi_2007_) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This superb 2-pack boasts nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from top to bottom - just shy of our Shootout Winner - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • MINDBLOWING orchestral power like no other music on vinyl you have ever heard - wait until you play Mars with this kind of energy, holy moly!
  • These sides are rich, clear and dynamic, with weighty brass, and the kind of dynamic power that lefts the energy level right into space
  • A TAS List Super Disc, with a performance by Previn and the LSO that's as spectacular as the recording by the two Christophers
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Stevie Ray Vaughan
The Sky Is Crying

  (Item #: vaughskyis_2007_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A superb copy of The Sky Is Crying, with outstanding Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • One of the most blistering performances of electric blues we have ever had the pleasure of rocking out to
  • Hands down the best sounding SRV recording -- Little Wing is an absolute MONSTER and an unbelievable Demo Disc track
  • 4 stars: "Doing away with vocals, Vaughan augments Hendrix’s concise two-and-a-half minute original, turning the track into a nearly seven-minute-long electric tour de force. The cover would earn Vaughan his sixth Grammy, for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, in 1992."
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Flamenco Fever
"Live Direct to Disc"

  (Item #: rosa_flamc_1908_1_7ex) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With two Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy of Flamenco Fever is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner
  • The sound is breathtakingly real - you are there in the club with the flamenco guitarist, his drummer, and a trio of stomping, clapping dancers
  • This is a Direct to Disc Demo Disc like nothing you've heard - when you turn up the volume on this bad boy the natural acoustic space in the room becomes huge and palpable
  • If you have the power to drive big speakers, the dynamics and bass transients of this copy might just rock your world, literally
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Duke Ellington
Jazz Party in Stereo

  (Item #: ellinjazzp_2007) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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 - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This original stereo Six-Eye from 1959 is one of the few copies of this famous album to hit the site in many years, and of course one of the best
  • Many copies of the copies we played would get aggressive or edgy, but this one is smooth in the right way, and for that you can thank CBS's legendary 30th St. studios
  • 4 stars: "A most unusual Duke Ellington record, two selections feature nine symphonic percussionists on tympani, vibes, marimbas and xylophones."
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The Beach Boys
Endless Summer

  (Item #: beachendle_2007) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb copy with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound or BETTER on all four sides - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • Stunning Demo Disc sound on the best tracks -- rich, full and sweet beyond belief
  • Surfer Girl and In My Room are sublime on this pressing -- you will be blown away
  • 5 stars: "Endless Summer, which was assembled in consultation with Mike Love, soared to number one and charted high over two subsequent summers (spending three years on the charts, the longest of any of the group's albums)."
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Dave Grusin
Discovered Again!

  (Item #: grusidisco_2007) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This Sheffield Direct to Disc pressing boasts superb nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from first note to last - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • After critically listening to this record good and loud, I have to award the album The Greatest Direct to Disc Recording of All Time
  • The songs, the players, the arrangements, the sound - this is a record that will reward hundreds of plays for decades to come
  • "Everything about this project is just right from the gentle contemporary feel of the music to the superb sound of the [album] itself."
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Led Zeppelin
Physical Graffiti

  (Item #: ledzephysi_2007) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • Superb on every side, earning Triple Plus (A+++) or Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades on one and two, and Double Plus (A++) on three and four - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • With Shootout Winning sound for Kashmir, and something close to it for Custard Pie and In My Time of Dying, this may be just the Physical Graffiti you have been looking for!
  • Here's the energy, presence, and sheer rock and roll power that lets this music come to life like you never imagined - especially if you have the Classic reissue, the no-doubt-awful Page Remaster
  • 5 stars: "...it captures elements of the band's personality rarely showcased elsewhere — and even at its worst, Physical Graffiti towers above its hard rock peers of the mid-'70s."
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Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin I

  (Item #: ledze1_2007_1) 

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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B.B. King
Friends

  (Item #: king_frien_2003_7) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $99.99 (You save $50.00 / 33%)


  • This superb copy of Friends boasts Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • One of the better sounding B.B. King records we've heard - it's a treat to hear B.B. singing, playing guitar and backed by a horn section without the mediocre sonics that take all the fun out of listening to most copies
  • "... a gritty, soulful real stage performance where BB earns his living and forged his unique style... His voice was at its peak and this [recording] has captured his essence. It's that good."
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Led Zeppelin
Physical Graffiti

  (Item #: ledzephysi_2007ex) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Superb on every side, with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on sides one, three and four and a STUNNING Triple Plus (A+++) side two - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • With Shootout Winning sound for Kashmir, and something close to it for Custard Pie and In My Time of Dying, this may be just the Physical Graffiti you have been looking for!
  • Here's the energy, presence, and sheer rock and roll power that lets this music come to life like you never imagined - especially if you have the Classic reissue, the no-doubt-awful Page Remaster
  • 5 stars: "...it captures elements of the band's personality rarely showcased elsewhere — and even at its worst, Physical Graffiti towers above its hard rock peers of the mid-'70s."
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Schubert / Symphony No. 9 "The Great" / Krips / LSO

  (Item #: schubsym9_2007) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two superb nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, we guarantee you've never heard this powerful orchestral masterpiece sound remotely as good as it does here - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • One of the truly great All Tube Wilkinson "Decca Tree" recordings in Kingsway Hall, captured faithfully in all its beauty on this very disc
  • The 1958 master tape has been transferred brilliantly using "modern" cutting equipment (from 1976, not the low-rez junk they're forced to make do with these days), giving you sound that only the best of both worlds can offer
  • Don't expect to ever see an original on this site - the two we had were crude, flat, full of harmonic distortion, and with clearly restricted frequency extremes
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June Christy
This Is June Christy

  (Item #: christhisi_2007_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find superb nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) Tubey Magical sound from 1958 on both sides of this Turquoise Capitol pressing - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • Balanced, musical, present and full-bodied throughout - this pressing puts a living, breathing, big-as-life June Christy performing at the peak of her vocal powers right in your listening room
  • June Christy is one of our favorite Cool School vocalists - we just wish we could find more clean copies of her classic '50s albums
  • The vinyl is relatively quiet and no marks play - how rare is that? In our experience very rare
  • All the top West Coast jazz guys are here: Shorty Rogers, Shelly Manne, Bud Shank, Bob Cooper, and swinging arrangements by Pete Rugolo
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Isaac Hayes
Chocolate Chip

  (Item #: hayeschoco_2007) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb copy of Hayes' 1975 release with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • Smoother, more musical, with more top end extension and more weight down below, this is the way to hear Isaac Hayes in his prime
  • 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 a great way to go
  • "A fine mid-'70s album on which Isaac Hayes adapted to the disco era. His productions were already ideal for dance floors, and he now updated his charts to include some stomping segments with horns and layered beats, while maintaining his soulful vocals on both up-tempo tunes and ballads."
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George Benson
White Rabbit

  (Item #: bensowhite_2007) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find SUPERB nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides of this CTI pressing of Benson's Must Own Masterpiece - just shy of our Shootout Winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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
  • 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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The Doors
The Soft Parade

  (Item #: doorssoftp_2007_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy is going to be very hard to beat, and plays about as quietly as any early pressing can
  • 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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Crosby / Nash
Graham Nash / David Crosby

  (Item #: crosbgraha_2002_7) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Close to Shootout Winning sound on both sides - Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) - one of the best copies of this shockingly well recorded album to hit the site in years
  • The vocals are exceptionally breathy, smooth and sweet here - this recording is the very definition of Midrange Magic, thanks to the engineering of Bill Halverson
  • 4 stars: "This self-titled release is one of most impressive side project to arise from CSN. The best elements of each are readily available here, punctuated at every turn by their complicated vocal arrangements and air-lock harmonies."
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Sarah Vaughan
After Hours At The London House

  (Item #: vaughafter_london_2003_6) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Vaughan's 1959 live album returns to the site with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • You will have a very hard time finding anything that can touch this pressing for warmth, richness, and, especially, vocal intimacy and in-the-room presence
  • The multiple takes Sarah Vaughan does on Thanks for the Memory here blows my mind to this very day - pull it up on youtube and hear it for yourself
  • "... the producers invited a small group of friends and well-wishers to another Chicago club, London House, for an after-hours session. Vaughan expanded her trio with a quartet of Count Basie titans, including trumpeter Thad Jones and tenor Frank Wess, and... decided to record a set that, in true after-hours fashion, was completely improvised."
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Rod Stewart
Never A Dull Moment

  (Item #: stewanever_2006_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A superb copy of Stewart's fourth solo album, with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound throughout - just shy of our Shootout Winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Extremely well-recorded, full of great songs, Rod Stewart was on top of the world when he followed up the brilliant Every Picture Tells a Story with this album in 1972
  • The music comes alive on this vintage pressing, assuming you have your volume up good and loud
  • 5 stars in AMG, and simply "... a masterful record ... He never got quite this good ever again."
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Traffic
Traffic

  (Item #: trafftraff_2006_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A superb Island pink label pressing with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) throughout - just shy of our Shootout Winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both of these sides are rich, full-bodied and Tubey Magical yet still incredibly open and spacious; there's tons of bottom end weight too!
  • 5 stars: "As Mason's simpler, more direct performances alternate with the more complex Winwood tunes, the album is well-balanced... their second consecutive Top Ten ranking in the U.K.; the album also reached the Top 20 in the U.S."
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Bruce Springsteen
Nebraska

  (Item #: sprinnebra_2003_6) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With two Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, - just shy of our Shootout Winner - we guarantee you've never heard Nebraska sound as good as it does here - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • There's more space, richness, vocal presence, and performance energy on this copy than others we've played, but please take the time to read about the recording of the album so you know what to expect from the sound
  • 5 stars: "[A] recording artist's demos of new songs often come off better than the more polished versions later worked up in a studio. But Bruce Springsteen was the first person to act on that theory, when he opted to release the demo versions of his latest songs, recorded with only acoustic or electric guitar, harmonica, and vocals, as his sixth album, Nebraska"
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Michael Jackson
Off The Wall

  (Item #: jacksoffth_2006_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find superb Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides of this MJ classic - just shy of our Shootout Winner - with some of the most heartfelt music he ever recorded
  • Off the Wall is substantially sweeter, tubier, more natural, richer, more relaxed and more ANALOG than any other Michael Jackson album
  • We're constantly blown away by just how good the best copies of Off the Wall sound - what a recording!
  • Clearly MJ's best sounding release - 5 stars: "This was a visionary album ... part of a colorful tapestry of lush ballads and strings, smooth soul and pop, soft rock, and alluring funk."
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Aerosmith
Live Bootleg

  (Item #: aerosliveb_1911_6) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Outstanding sound throughout with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on the remaining sides
  • These sides are doing just about everything right -- big, full-bodied, dynamic and present with a huge punchy bottom end
  • "Unlike other live albums at the time, it's obvious that not a lot of overdubbing was involved to fix up the tracks, which results in a refreshingly authentic representation of Aerosmith at the group's most drugged-out and rocking...Live Bootleg is an excellent representation of one of rock & roll's elite live acts." - All Music
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Leonard Cohen
New Skin For the Old Ceremony

  (Item #: cohennewsk_2006) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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
  • If you're trying recreate a solid, palpable Leonard Cohen singing live in your listening room - sounding just as his did in the studio back in 1974 - these Hot Stamper sides will let you do just that
  • "New Skin for the Old Ceremony may be Leonard Cohen's most musical album, as he is accompanied by violas, mandolins, banjos, and percussion that give his music more texture than usual. The fact that Cohen does more real singing on this album can be seen as both a blessing and a curse -- while his voice sounds more strained, the songs are delivered with more passion than usual."
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Peter, Paul & Mary
Album

  (Item #: peteralbum_2006_1) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Both sides of this original Warner Brothers Gold Label pressing earned nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • These sides are full of '60s analog Tubey Magic - rich and warm with real immediacy and transparency
  • Features top musicians and PPM versions of folk classics like And When I Die and Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
  • "This was the first Peter, Paul & Mary album to include significant additional instrumentation other than the usual acoustic guitars... The group was also leaning more toward contemporary songwriters, and made some astute choices in that regard..."
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Bob Dylan
Planet Waves

  (Item #: dylanplane_2006) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides of this superb copy of Dylan's 1974 release - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • With wonderfully rich, natural tonality, these early pressings are by far the best way to hear the album sound the way it should
  • Lots of great material on this one, not sure why it doesn't get more respect: On A Night Like This, Going Going Gone, Forever Young, You Angel You... these are seriously good, very well-recorded songs
  • "Reteaming with the Band, Bob Dylan winds up with an album that recalls New Morning more than The Basement Tapes, since Planet Waves is given to a relaxed intimate tone...
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Duke Ellington
Selections From Peer Gynt...

  (Item #: ellinselec_2003_6ex) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This superb copy of Duke Ellington's 1961 release boasts Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) from top to bottom - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • The sound is gloriously ANALOG - smooth, relaxed and full-bodied - almost no other copy in our shootout had this kind of exceptionally natural sound
  • Wall to wall, floor to ceiling, room-filling All Tube Radio Recorders Studio sound like nothing you have ever heard
  • One of Ellington's most enjoyable classic collaborations with Billy Strayhorn
  • "All in all, it's one of Ellington's most focussed large-scale efforts... It ends on a swinging Ray Nance solo (on violin, yet!), miles away from the politesse of Grapelli. I've heard only one other violinist (and not a jazz violinist, surprisingly) swing this hard."
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Julian Bream
The Art of Julian Bream

  (Item #: breamartof_1911_6) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This stunning vintage RCA White Dog pressing boasts Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from first note to last - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • These sides are wonderfully full-bodied and natural, using State-of-the-Art All Tube Living Stereo recording technology that was so advanced in 1960 it could transport a living, breathing Julian Bream directly from his studio into your listening room, 59 years later (!)
  • The set list comprises mainly baroque arrangements for classical guitar, including an especially lovely version of Ravel's 'Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte'
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Peter, Paul & Mary
Moving

  (Item #: petermovin_2005_) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this stereo pressing is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl for a Gold Label original too
  • The vocals (obviously the main draw here) are wonderful - breathy, natural and present, with dramatically more Tubey Magic than you will hear on most copies (and rarely on the reissues), the kind that makes their recordings rich and involving beyond belief
  • "The group once again reached back to the 1940s with Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land," but the track that everyone ended up knowing was "Puff, the Magic Dragon" [which was] introduced here and rose to number one, helping to propel Moving to number two as part of a 99-week chart run..."
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Marvin Gaye
In Our Lifetime

  (Item #: gaye_inour_1910_6) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Gaye's final Motown album makes its Hot Stamper debut with superb Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound throughout - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • 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: "Although no song is especially brilliant here, the level of Gaye's musical sense and his vocal prowess carry him throughout. In Our Lifetime is one of his finest later albums and captures him as his craft was maturing and becoming more multifaceted."
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Mel Torme
I Dig The Duke - I Dig The Count

  (Item #: tormeidigd_2002_6) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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 - relatively quiet vinyl too
  • This may not be one of Mel's better known albums, but we found it to be prime Velvet Fog, right up there with the best of his work auditioned to date - if you haven't heard the man in his prime, this is a great place to start
  • Val Valentin did the engineering - as he often did over the course of his long and storied career, he knocked this one out of the park
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Recorded with the Johnny Mandel Orchestra at sessions in Los Angeles, it includes one half Duke Ellington and one half Count Basie... With all these things going for it, how can Tormé do wrong?"
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Liszt / Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Kondrashin / Richter

  (Item #: lisztpiano_2001_6) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This pressing has nearly White Hot Stamper (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides, just shy of our big Shootout Winner
  • 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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Grover Washington
Winelight

  (Item #: washiwinel_2006_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Superb Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from beginning to end on this wonderful Elektra pressing - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • Both sides here are incredibly rich, full-bodied and musical with excellent bass -- essential for this funky music
  • We've called this album a Demo Disc for Bass and any Hot Stamper copy will show you why
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Winelight is one of his finest albums, and not primarily because of the Bill Withers hit "Just the Two of Us." It is the five instrumentals that find Washington (on soprano, alto, and tenor) really stretching out..."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Whisper Not

  (Item #: fitzgwhisp_2006_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb pressing of Ella's wonderful 1967 release with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • This one is doing everything right-- it's bigger, bolder, richer and more clean, clear and open than nearly almost everything else we played
  • Superb engineering from the man behind so many great sounding Verve records, Val Valentin
  • 4 stars: "Whoever decided to put pianist Marty Paich and Ella Fitzgerald together in the studio in 1966 deserves a bit of credit for the great music on Whisper Not. Together, Fitzgerald and Paich deliver a dozen beautifully sung, carefully arranged standards."
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Neil Young
On The Beach

  (Item #: youngonthe_1908_12_6) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A KILLER early pressing of this Neil Young Classic with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound throughout, coming in just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • The title track has that live-in-the-studio sound we love about Zuma, but in this case it sounds like it was recorded at three in the morning in a room full of pot smoke
  • 5 stars: "...where Time Fades Away was embattled and Tonight's the Night mournful, On the Beach was savage and, ultimately, triumphant... he was saying goodbye to despair, not being overwhelmed by it."
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Elton John
Captain Fantastic & the Brown...

  (Item #: john_capta_2006) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A SUPERB UK-mastered Dutch copy of Captain Fantastic, with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from first note to last - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • Includes two of our favorites: (Gotta Get A) Meal Ticket and the massive hit Someone Saved My Life Tonight
  • Comes complete with both booklets and the poster
  • 5 stars: "Elton John and Bernie Taupin recalled their rise to power in Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, their first explicitly conceptual effort since Tumbleweed Connection. It's no coincidence that it's their best album since then, showcasing each at the peak of his power, as John crafts supple, elastic, versatile pop and Taupin's inscrutable wordplay is evocative, even moving."
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Astrud Gilberto
Windy

  (Item #: gilbewindy_2006) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound throughout, just shy of our shootout winner
  • Forget whatever Heavy Vinyl imposter is in print - this vintage Verve stereo pressing has the kind of High-Rez Tubey-Magical Midrange that will bring Astrud's soft samba music to life in your very own listening room
  • "... Windy nevertheless proves one of Astrud Gilberto's most consistent and sublime efforts, artfully straddling the division between Brazilian bossa nova and American sunshine pop."
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Eric Clapton
Backless

  (Item #: claptbackl_2006) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this British pressing is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Rich, smooth, clear sound throughout - listen to the grungy guitars on Walk Out In The Rain - that's the way they should sound all right
  • Clapton comes to life on the traditional blues Early In The Morning - it also has the best sound on the album
  • "Backless is a seductive record, if you're attracted to the interplay of Clapton's dolorous voice and Marcy Levy's raspy backup vocals, George Terry's slide guitar and Glyn Johns' pristine production." Rolling Stone
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Frank Zappa & Captain Beefheart
Bongo Fury

  (Item #: zappabongo_2006_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This classic Zappa & Beefheart album boasts superb Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from first note to last - just shy of our Shootout Winner - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • This pressing is head and shoulders above most of the pack, with the kind of big, punchy, full-bodied sound this music absolutely demands
  • Muffin Man is obviously the high point here - it's one of my All-Time Favorite songs and never fails to bring a smile
  • "This is the last album to feature the highly technical jazz fusion of Mothers of Invention, whose roots can be traced back to 1973 circa Over-Nite Sensation."
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Albert King
Live Wire - Blues Power

  (Item #: king_livew_2006) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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
  • Accept no substitutes - no reissue of the album can ever give you the energy, size and you-are-there presence that's on this disc
  • Finding originals with top quality sound and surfaces this quiet is quite a feat, but here one is - it plays Mint Minus Minus and has no audible marks
  • "Live Wire/Blues Power is one of Albert King's definitive albums. Recorded live at the Fillmore Auditorium in 1968, the guitarist is at the top of his form throughout the record — his solos are intense and piercing... he makes Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man" dirty and funky and wrings out all the emotion from "Blues at Sunrise.""
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Harry Nilsson
Pussy Cats

  (Item #: nilsspussy_1903_6_9_6) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • A superb sounding copy with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • You have to work very hard to find a copy of this famously troubled album that sounds as good as this one does,
  • Produced by John Lennon, Nilsson's partner in crime, it's a really fun album, with an appealingly ragged and spontaneous vibe
  • "It may not be as wild as the lost weekend itself, but it couldn't have been recorded at any other time and remains a fascinating aural snapshot of the early days of 1974."
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Deep Purple
Fireball

  (Item #: deeppfireb_1910_6) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This original Harvest import pressing boasts superb Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound - just shy of our Shootout Winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This LP was simply bigger, richer and clearer, with more Tubey Magic, less smear and less congestion than practically any of the other vintage imports we played
  • One of Ian Gillian's favorite albums, "... it was really the beginning of tremendous possibilities of expression."
  • 4 1/2 stars: "One of Deep Purple's four indispensable albums (the others being In Rock, Machine Head, and Burn), 1971's Fireball saw the band broadening out from the no-holds-barred hard rock direction of the previous year's cacophonous In Rock."
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Stevie Wonder
Talking Book

  (Item #: wondetalki_2006) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • 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 - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Richer, warmer, more natural, more relaxed, this is what vintage analog is all about, that smooth sound that never calls attention to itself and just lets the music flow
  • So many great songs: You Are the Sunshine of My Life, Tuesday Heartbreak, You've Got It Bad Girl, Superstition, etc.
  • "What had been hinted at on the intriguing project Music of My Mind was here focused into a laser beam of tight songwriting, warm electronic arrangements, and ebullient performances -- altogether the most realistic vision of musical personality ever put to wax."
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Cream
Goodbye

  (Item #: creamgoodb_2006) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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 - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • The low end speed and energy on this copy are crazy good - it's like a Cream concert in your listening room
  • The best pressings, the ones that are full-bodied and smooth, let you crank the levels and reproduce the album good and loud the way it was meant to be heard - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • "The live music on the whole is better than that on Wheels of Fire, capturing the trio at an empathetic peak as a band."
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The Byrds
Turn! Turn! Turn!

  (Item #: byrdsturnt_1909_1_6) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This superb copy of the band's sophomore release boasts Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • You will not believe how punchy, lively, dynamic, and exciting some of these tracks sound here
  • One of the better sounding Byrds recordings, with a number of their best songs, including the title track
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...more Bob Dylan covers were included, as well, and "Satisfied Mind" was their first foray into country-rock, a direction they would explore in much greater depth throughout the rest of the '60s."
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Gerry Mulligan
The Concert Jazz Band

  (Item #: mulliconce_1905_7_10_5) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish, the "big band" sound here is really jumping out of the speakers
  • Huge space, size and clarity, with Tubey Magical richness befitting the 1960 recording dates of these sessions
  • "My idea is not so much that we are a big band with a small-band feel, but that we have a big-band feel in the way that a big band ought to be." -- Gerry Mulligan.
  • "Mulligan stages a thrilling musical spectacle in which fierce rivalry, song-like harmony and refined counterpoint play the main roles."
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Frank Sinatra
Sings... of Love and Things

  (Item #: sinatsings_of_love_1907_10_5) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Two incredible sides each earning nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades, just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • This Capitol LP has the MIDRANGE MAGIC that’s missing from the later reissues, which, to our way of thinking, are not worth buying at any price. It gives you the sense that Frank Sinatra is standing right in front of you, and that's exactly the way we like to hear him
  • Somehow the man managed to record and release six studio albums in 1962, with this compilation making a total of seven for the year. Even more remarkable, all seven of them made the Top Ten of the pop charts
  • The music is excellent, as one can see from the track listing. It's hard to go wrong with these later Capitol Sinatra records. They're almost always a fun listen
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Tchaikovsky / Serenade for Strings - Munch

  (Item #: tchaiseren_2105_2005_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy is close to the BEST we've heard for Munch's recording with the BSO, right up there with our Shootout Winner - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • The 14 minute long Elgar piece is on the second side here, with strings that are substantially more Tubey, rich and sweet than on any other side two we played
  • Surely one of the greatest performances ever recorded, more powerful and emotional than others with which we have played
  • "In his conception of the Serenade, Tchaikovsky envisioned a work which falls somewhere between a symphony and a string quintet. The work is as personal as any of the composer's symphonies and as intimate as his chamber music."
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John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Milk and Honey

  (Item #: lennomilka_1912_5) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • 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
  • We guarantee there is dramatically more richness, fullness and presence on this copy than others you've heard, and that's especially true for whatever godawful Heavy Vinyl pressing is currently being foisted on an unsuspecting record buying public
  • Milk and Honey is certainly not the greatest album John (and Yoko) recorded... but it is vital if only for completing the musical story of John Lennon... [it] finds Lennon in a happy state of mind, which is not a bad way to end a story at all." - Pop Matters
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Wilson Pickett
I'm In Love

  (Item #: pickeimini_2005) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Stunning sound throughout with both sides of this original Atlantic Green and Blue label stereo LP earning superb Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • 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 for whatever godawful Heavy Vinyl pressing is currently being foisted on an unsuspecting record buying public
  • "... the Wicked Pickett sounds a lot more convincing on this album's romantic numbers than anyone would have had a right to expect from one of the baddest cats of Southern soul... it's a good set of tunes, performed with Pickett's usual high level of passion and skill, and if you're any kind of fan you'll revel in it."
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The Dillards
Wheatstraw Suite

  (Item #: dillawheat_2002_5) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Stunning sound for this original Elektra Gold Label pressing with both sides earning nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades and playing as quietly as these early pressings ever do
  • This is a SHOCKINGLY well recorded album, full of Tubey Magic and as relaxed, smooth and natural as any record from 1968 has a right to be
  • 4 1/2 stars: "It never got any better than this... 13 all-but-perfect tracks... this is a finer rural/rock fusion album than Sweetheart of the Rodeo, the first Flying Burrito Brothers album, or the Beau Brummels' efforts during this same period, and an indispensable part of any collection of '60s music."
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Graham Nash
Wild Tales

  (Item #: nash_wildt_2004_) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • SUPERB sound for Nash's underrated second album with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades on both sides - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • The sound is Classic 1973 Analog - smooth, rich, warm and tonally correct, with real energy and the kind of natural sound that's a hallmark of the better Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young recordings
  • Filling out the band: Joni Mitchell, David Crosby, Dave Mason, Neil Young, David Lindley and too many others to list
  • "Nash speaks from his heart on Wild Tales and those that are willing to get past its sparse arrangements will be able to accept it for the masterpiece of folk-rock that it is."
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Phil Collins
Hello, I Must Be Going!

  (Item #: collihello_1910_5) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb sounding copy of Collins' second studio album with outstanding Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound and exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • This is the last of the albums Phil recorded in analog, and of course the sound is big and rich - you will not believe all the space and ambience on this copy
  • Includes Phil's killer version of the Supreme's classic, "You Can't Hurry Love"
  • 4 stars: "... the album is still a winning follow-up that shows Collins to be in full control of songwriting and production. It may be a shade less impressive than Face Value, but that was a hard act to follow.
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Phineas Newborn, Jr.
A World of Piano!

  (Item #: newboaworl_2002_5) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Newborn's first album for Contemporary makes its Hot Stamper debut with killer Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish, coming in just shy of our Shootout Winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • One of the most musically impressive jazz piano recordings we've played in years - Newborn's improvisational skills are operating at the very highest level
  • The team of Ray DuNann and Howard Holzer insure that everything you want in an Audiophile Quality piano trio recording is here
  • 5 stars: "Phineas Newborn's Contemporary debut (he would record six albums over a 15-year period for the label) was made just before physical problems began to interrupt his career.... He performs five jazz standards and three obscurities by jazz composers on this superb recital..."
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Earth, Wind & Fire
Spirit

  (Item #: earthspiri_2005) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This superb pressing boasts nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound throughout - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • Big, clear, tubey, sweet ANALOG sound - we played it good and loud and it was ROCKIN'!
  • If you like Pop Music, Soul Music, or EWF's groundbreaking hybridization of the two, you have to love these classic albums from the '70s
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... the soul powerhouse didn't let anyone down (either commercially or creatively) on the outstanding Spirit, which boasted hits ranging from the optimistic "On Your Face" and the passionate funk classic "Getaway" to the poetic ballad "Imagination"... even if one didn't take EWF's calls for unity, hard work, self-respect, and faith in God to heart, they had no problem with their solid grooves."
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David Gilmour
David Gilmour

  (Item #: gilmodavid_2005) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • You'll find superb nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides of this wonderful pressing - just shy of our Shootout Winner - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • The bass is killer, tight with real weight, and the drums are punchy - exactly like the better Pink Floyd albums
  • For my money, this is a better sounding recording than The Final Cut or the Roger Waters solo debut
  • "By the time of Gilmour's solo debut, he had not only established himself several times over as an underrated, powerful guitarist in Pink Floyd, but as a remarkably emotional singer..."
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Donald Byrd
A New Perspective

  (Item #: byrd_newpe_2005) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An SUPERB stereo pressing of one of our all-time favorite Blue Note albums with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound throughout - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • The gospel vocals are amazingly well recorded (thanks RVG!) - with the transparency of this copy, you can easily pick out and follow each voice
  • To hear the real RVG magic, play Beast of Burden on side one - that's some real audiophile Demo Disc sound
  • 5 stars: "One of the most successful uses of a gospel choir in a jazz context. This is a memorable effort that is innovative in its own way, a milestone in Donald Byrd's career."
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Aretha Franklin
Live at Fillmore West

  (Item #: franklivea_2005) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb pressing of this classic live Aretha album with nearly Triple Plus (A+ to A+++) sound throughout - just shy of our Shootout Winner - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Aretha's cover of Bridge Over Troubled Water is truly amazing, but really, there's not a weak track here - her covers of current material take those songs to another level entirely
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The music here sparkles and crackles with the energy of a top-flight rhythm section — Cornell Dupree on guitar, Bernard Purdie on drums, and Jerry Jemmott on bass, with Billy Preston on organ, Curtis on saxophone, and the Memphis Horns... the most dramatic and deeply satisfying of Aretha Franklin's live recordings, and is a historical document that every soul fan should own..."
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Lionel Hampton
Silver Vibes

  (Item #: hamptsilve_2003_) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • Hampton's superb 1960 release returns with superb Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on these original stereo sides - just shy of our Shootout Winner - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Three-dimensional space and ambience, Tubey Magic by the boatload - this All Tube recording shows just how good Columbia's engineers were back then
  • Comprising mostly standards (Skylark, What's New, Speak Low) performed in a mellow mood, Hampton, his bandmates, and the engineers provide an immersive listening experience of exceptional quality
  • "Although a number of prominent musicians are present, the focus is almost exclusively on the leader in each of the ten brief arrangements... While this record may be a bit low-key, it is still very enjoyable."
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Various Artists
Woodstock (3 LPs)

  (Item #: variowoods_2004_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • 15 out of a possible 18 pluses for this classic live album with a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side 5, mated with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound or close to it on all remaining five sides - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • All six sides here are SUPERB -- clean, clear, present and spacious with a lovely bottom end and plenty of energy
  • "As potent a musical time capsule as ever existed, it captures the three-day, 1969 concert event that united close to half a million members of what came to be known as the 'Woodstock Generation'. It topped the Billboard Charts for four weeks and sold two million copies."
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Stevie Wonder
The Secret Life of Plants

  (Item #: wondestevi_2004) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Wonder's wonderful documentary soundtrack from 1979 makes its Hot Stamper debut here with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound or close to it on all four sides - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • The sound here is bigger and livelier than practically any other we played - above all it's balanced, avoiding the tonality issues we heard on so many other pressings
  • "... there is beauty here. Stevie’s unquenchable desire for experimentation and love for melody are in full effect, and some of the magic and mystery of the botanic planet is evoked."
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Junior Wells
It's My Life

  (Item #: wellsitsmy_1910_4) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • A superb copy of Junior Wells' recording from Chicago in '66 (this is the read deal, folks!) with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound - just shy of our Shootout Winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Bigger and bolder, with more bass, more energy, and more of that "you-are-there-immediacy" of a live performance that set the best vintage pressings apart from reissues, CDs, and whatever else might be out there
  • "Cut from the same cloth as Wells’ classic Hoodoo Man Blues LP from the same period, It’s My Life, Baby! captured the Junior Wells-Buddy Guy team in great form, both in the studio and live at Pepper’s Lounge on 43rd Street. This album tends a bit more towards slow blues, including a rare example of Wells’ chromatic harmonica playing on ‘Slow, Slow,’ but there are fine uptempo pieces..."
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Art Blakey Quartet
A Jazz Message

  (Item #: blakejazzm_1907_10_4) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This original Impulse stereo pressing has stunning nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish, nearly as good as our Shootout Winner
  • These sides show off Rudy Van Gelder's engineering chops to full effect - they're big, full-bodied and lively, with good studio space around all the players
  • "Art Blakey took time off from his busy schedule to participate in this quartet session with saxophonist Sonny Stitt, pianist McCoy Tyner and bassist Art Davis. Although this session was under Blakey's leadership, Stitt (on both tenor and alto) emerges as the main soloist, playing his trademark bebop lines with creativity and typical enthusiasm."
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Hall and Oates
H2O

  (Item #: hallah2o_2004) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • A superb copy of this Hall and Oates classic from 1982 with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • It's lively, open, present and natural - the soundfield is big and spacious and the bottom end is killer
  • Much more consistent than most of their releases, this one boasts three killer hits including Maneater, Family Man and my All Time Favorite by the band, One on One
  • 4 stars: "Private Eyes solidified Hall & Oates’ status as one of the most popular acts in America in the early ’80s, and...... with 1982's H2O, they capitalized on its success, delivering an album that turned out to bigger than its predecessor, as it climbed higher on the charts and launched three Top Ten singles..."
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Randy Newman
12 Songs

  (Item #: newma12son_2004) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy of what some consider Randy Newman's strongest album is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner - relatively quiet vinyl too
  • An excellent pressing, with a very strong bottom end, lovely richness and warmth, real space and separation between the instruments and wonderful immediacy throughout
  • The clarity of the piano and guitar perfectly support and complement Randy's heartfelt vocals
  • 5 stars" "Superb material brilliantly executed, 12 Songs was Randy Newman's first great album, and is still one of his finest moments on record."
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Willie Nelson and Leon Russell
One For the Road

  (Item #: nelsoonefo_2004) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Nelson and Russell's 1979 collaboration finally arrives on the site with outstanding Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound or close to it on all FOUR sides - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • This one is doing everything right-- it's bigger, bolder, richer and more clean, clear and open than almost everything else we played
  • 4 stars: "Both Nelson and Russell are known as sharp interpreters of other people's material, and teamed together, they might not reinvent these songs (though they come close on "Heartbreak Hotel"), but they infuse a lot of sound and spirit into these songs... a small, priceless gem for any serious fan of either singer."
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J.J. Cale
5

  (Item #: cale_5_2004) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • You'll find superb sound from start to finish with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades on both sides of this outstanding pressing of 5 - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • The overall sound here is rich, full-bodied and musical with lots of Tubey Magic and a solid bottom end; the perfect sound for this laid-back blues-rock
  • "While Cale remains the ultimate laid-back Blues artist, he still manages to conjure up the spirit of Country, Soul and subdued Funk in each of the tracks on 5, making this album one of the best loved in his catalog."
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Ry Cooder
Jazz

  (Item #: coodejazz_1909_4) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • With two Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy is close to the best we've heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner
  • These are the stampers that always win our shootouts, and when you hear the big, rich, clear sound of this pressing, you will know why
  • The Audiophile Pressings of this album are a disgrace - THIS is the way it should sound I tell you!
  • "Beginning with his self-titled debut in 1970, Ry Cooder's records seemed to be as much history lesson as they were entertainment. Not because Cooder was trying to club you over the head with this stuff; he simply gravitated to great songs, no matter what the era or genre. Here he pays homage to some of the early tunes and masters of jazz... "
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Stevie Wonder
Fulfillingness’ First Finale

  (Item #: wondefulfi_2004) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides of this superb copy of Stevie Wonder's classic 1974 album - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Finding the right balance between Tubey Magical Richness and Transparency is the trick, and we think this copy strikes that balance well
  • Boogie On Reggae Woman and You Haven't Done Nothing were the big hits but the other tracks on the album are where the real Stevie Wonder MAGIC can be found
  • 4 1/2 stars [but we give it 5]: "...Stevie positively caresses his vocals on this set, encompassing the vagaries of love, from dreaming of it ("Creepin'") to being bashful of it ("Too Shy to Say") to knowing when it's over ("It Ain't No Use")."
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Frank Zappa
Cruising With Ruben & The Jets

  (Item #: zappacruis_2004) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • You'll find Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides of this superb copy of Cruising with Ruben & the Jets - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • The sound here is stunning -- clean, clear and present with a big bottom end, tons of energy and lots of space around all of the players
  • It's a classic of twisted Doo-Wop that belongs in your collection. At least we think you should give it a chance anyway; hearing it sound this good might just make a believer out of you
  • The new CD - with its modernized sound and wrong-headed re-recorded rhythm tracks - is a bad joke next to the top early pressings
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Stevie Nicks
The Wild Heart

  (Item #: nickswildh_2004) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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 - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The spacious size, vocal presence, bottom end weight and (relative) warmth throughout are exactly the sound you want for The Wild Heart
  • Features a host of stellar guest musicians, including Tom Petty, Mick Fleetwood, Steve Lukather (Toto), and even Prince, though he wasn't credited on the album
  • 4 stars: "The Wild Heart sold to the faithful -- it made the Top Ten, sold over a million copies, and spawned three Top 40 hits... if you loved Bella Donna, you would like The Wild Heart very much."
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Gabor Szabo
The Sorcerer

  (Item #: szabosorce_2003_) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this original Impulse pressing is close to the BEST we've ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Szabo's best albums are full of Tubey Magic and dead-on-the-money instrumental timbres - this live one puts you smack dab in the middle of an intimate jazz club in 1967, your very own time machine
  • If you want to hear the warmth, size and energy of the tape, this vintage LP is the way to go
  • "Gabor Szabo's quintet featuring Jimmy Stewart was one of the guitarist's very best units. Live performances like this, recorded at Boston's Jazz Workshop, document some of the excitement the group stirred in 1967-1968. The playing seems inspired, and the interplay within the group is something to behold..."
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Little Milton
We're Gonna Make It

  (Item #: miltowereg_2003_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb copy of this classic Little Milton album with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish - just shy of our Shootout Winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This pressing showed us the sound we were looking for, in spades - it's clear, rich and natural, with not a trace of "modern mastering" (thank goodness)
  • The title track spent three weeks at Number One on the R&B Charts back in '65 - it's a classic
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Towering above it all, though, is Milton's powerful voice: a solid combination of gospel intensity and fluid phrasing that sprang from Roy Brown, moved through B.B. King, and found its way to both Bobby Bland and Milton, among others."
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Stan Getz
Getz with Almeida

  (Item #: getz_almei_2003_) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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
  • Another Getz Bossa Nova Classic, recorded immediately after Getz/Gilberto, with comparable sound quality from Val Valentin's All Tube Recording Chain
  • "Continuing his practice of running through one star guitarist after another, this time Getz has Laurindo Almeida as the designated rhythm man, featured composer, and solo foil. Jobim's "Outra Vez" is a particularly lovely example of Getz's freedom and effortless lyricism contrasted against Almeida's anchored embroidering. [I]n the long view, one should be thankful that these musicians were recording so much cherishable material."
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Booker T & The M.G.'s
Melting Pot

  (Item #: bookemelti_2003) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this original pressing of Booker's very well recorded album from 1970 is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Here you will find the midrange magic, richness, fullness and presence that’s surely missing from whatever 180g reissue has been made from the tapes (or, to be clear, a modern digital master copied from who-knows-what-tapes)
  • "Melting Pot could be the most well-realized of all the albums by Booker T. & the M.G.'s, a smooth and soulful, yet expansive 35 minutes of all originals..."
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Harold Land
West Coast Blues!

  (Item #: land_westc_2003) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This superb pressing boasts Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides - just shy of our Shootout Winner - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Wally Heider, recording in San Francisco in 1960, captured the jazz excitement on tape, and George Horn took those tapes and mastered them faultlessly
  • 4 stars: "Tenor saxophonist Harold Land leads an all-star sextet that includes guitarist Wes Montgomery, trumpeter Joe Gordon, pianist Barry Harris, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Louis Hayes... The music is as well-played and swinging as one would expect from this superior bop group."
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Bruce Springsteen
The Wild, The Innocent...

  (Item #: sprinwildt_2003_) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This SUPERB pressing boasts Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • These sides are wonderful, especially compared to most of what we played - they're clear and full-bodied, with strong energy and present, breathy vocals
  • 5 stars: "An astonishing advance even from the remarkable promise of Greetings; the unbanded three-song second side in particular was a flawless piece of music. Musically and lyrically, Springsteen had brought an unruly muse under control and used it to make a mature statement... He would later make different albums, but he never made a better one. The truth is, The Wild, The Innocent & the E Street Shuffle is one of the greatest albums in the history of rock & roll."
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Marvin Gaye
Midnight Love

  (Item #: gaye_midni_2003) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This superb pressing boasts Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from top to bottom - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Drop the needle on Sexual Healing then sit back and relax as the rich, warm sound of analog sets the mood!
  • There’s good frequency extension up top and down low, with plenty of meaty bass and silky highs (check out those bells)
  • 4 stars: "Midnight Love is a classic Marvin Gaye effort. In addition to this project thriving with Gaye's enthusiastic spirit, it has his harmonious background vocals, his stunning vocal arrangements and his creative penmanship, as he wrote all the selections."
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The Band
Stage Fright

  (Item #: band_stage_2003) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • Both sides boast Tubey Magical richness, musical tonality and big bottom end
  • Stage Fright and The Shape I'm In are among the most well-known tracks here and they sound out of this world on a copy like this
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... their most nakedly confessional [album]. It was certainly different from their previous work, which had tended toward story-songs set in earlier times, but it was hardly less compelling for that."
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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Porgy & Bess

  (Item #: fitzgporgy_1910_03) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb copy with a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side one, followed by NearlyTriple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound or close to it on sides two, three and four
  • Spacious, full-bodied and Tubey Magical, with Ella and Louis front and center, this is the sound you want for their brilliant collaboration from 1958
  • Two vocal giants came together to perform Gershwin's timeless opera, revered by both music lovers and audiophiles to this day
  • 4 1/2 stars: "What's really great about the Ella and Louis version is Ella, who handles each aria with disarming delicacy, clarion intensity, or usually a blend of both."
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Elton John
Empty Sky

  (Item #: john_empty_2003) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this early UK pressing is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner
  • With plenty of energy, killer bass, and clear, present vocals, this pressing has most of the key qualities we look for in an Elton John record
  • Forget the dubby domestic pressings and whatever crappy Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - the UK LPs are the only way to fly on Empty Sky
  • "... it also marked the beginning of his long and fruitful collaboration with lyricist Bernie Taupin. Empty Sky is quite indicative of the post-Sgt. Pepper's era. With its ambitious arrangements and lyrics, it's clear that John and Taupin intended the album to be a major statement..."
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Alice Cooper
Welcome to My Nightmare

  (Item #: coopewelco_2003) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy of Alice Cooper's debut solo album is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner
  • We guarantee there's dramatically more richness, vocal presence, and performance energy on this copy than others you've heard
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Welcome to My Nightmare was a concept album tied into the story line of the highly theatrical concert tour he launched soon after the album's release. While the music lost most of the gritty edge of the original AC lineup, [it] remains Alice's best solo effort -- while some tracks stray from his expected hard rock direction, there's plenty of fist-pumping rock to go around."
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Johnny Cash
The Sound of Johnny Cash

  (Item #: cash_sound_2003) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • KILLER sound from start to finish with both sides earning Nearly Triple Plus (A+++) grades, right up there with our Shootout Winner
  • Big, rich, tubey and open, this is some of the best sound Columbia achieved for its country records in the '60s
  • The vocal presence and freedom from coloration will put a very real sounding Johnny Cash front and center in your listening room
  • "What is interesting about this album, though, is that it doesn’t just remind us of the sound of Johnny’s past, instead it points the way forward to the future, even serving as a template for his ultimate Man in Black persona."
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Leon Russell
Leon Russell

  (Item #: russeleonr_1910_03) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb UK pressing of Russell's debut album, with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • His first and best album, engineered by our man Glyn Johns, but it only sounds as brilliant as this on the right UK original pressings - the domestic LPs are dead on arrival
  • Delta Lady, A Song for You and Roll Away the Stone are all here, which makes this a true Must Own for fans of the Classic Era
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Leon Russell never quite hit all the right notes the way he did on his eponymous debut. He never again seemed as convincing in his grasp of Americana music and themes, never again seemed as individual, and never again did his limited, slurred bluesy voice seem as ingratiating."
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Willie Nelson
Always On My Mind

  (Item #: nelsoalway_2003) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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
  • Just drop the needle on Bridge Over Troubled Water to hear Willie and his bandmates doing what they do best
  • Fans of Stardust are going to love this one - it's another solid album full of Willie's heartfelt renditions of modern classics
  • ...Throughout the late '70s, Nelson's freewheeling, organically eclectic music was not just the biggest thing in country, it was also some of its best, most adventurous music... At the time, it was a huge, huge hit — his biggest ever, actually, spending 22 weeks at the top of the country charts..."
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Rickie Lee Jones
Rickie Lee Jones

  (Item #: jonesricki_2002_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb pressing, earning Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades on both sides, right up there with the best we heard in our shootout all day
  • Exceptionally present, real and resolving, this pressing is guaranteed to murder any remastering undertaken by anyone, past, present and future
  • The superbly talented musicians and engineers deserve much of the credit for making this album a Grammy Winning Must Own Audiophile Favorite
  • 4 stars: "One of the most impressive debuts for a singer/songwriter ever, this infectious mixture of styles not only features a strong collection of original songs but also a singer with a savvy, distinctive voice that can be streetwise, childlike, and sophisticated, sometimes all in the same song."
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Stanley Turrentine
The Spoiler

  (Item #: turrespoil_1909_02ex) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • The Spoiler makes its Hot Stamper debut with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades throughout - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • Another triumph for Rudy Van Gelder - he refined a "live-in-the-studio" jazz sound that still sounds fresh to this day, even after 50+ years
  • Surprisingly dynamic, with great energy, this copy brought Stanley Turrentine's music to life right in our listening room
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Turrentine is in fine form throughout the date, even finding something to say on 'Sunny.' 'La Fiesta' (no relation to the later Chick Corea tune) is the highpoint of a largely enjoyable set."
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Doc Watson
Home Again

  (Item #: watsohomea_1904_9_02) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A stunning copy of Watson's 1966 release with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Here is the in-the-room performance intimacy that will surely bring Doc's music to life in a way you've never heard before
  • If you own the veiled, opaque, recessed, ambience-challenged Cisco remaster, you are in for a treat - our Hot Stamper is none of those things!
  • "[H]is most affecting folk-style record, with unexpectedly warm vocals matched to the quiet virtuosity of his playing. [The album] features Watson performing lively, achingly beautiful renditions of popular folk standards. All are played with very imposing dexterity by Watson, joined by his son Merle and Russ Savakus on upright bass.
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