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Paul McCartney
Tug of War

  (Item #: mccartugof_1810_1) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • A stunning copy of McCartney's great Tug Of War, with amazing Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • Rich and solid, this pressing has great energy and very natural, musical sound
  • A copy with transparency and clarity like this lets you appreciate George Martin's masterful production work
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... crowd-pleasing genre-hopping.. in general -- it is, by design, a record that gives the people old Beatle Paul -- but McCartney in general."
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Paul McCartney & Wings
Band on the Run

  (Item #: mccarbando_1805_1809) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • This McCartney classic has Shootout Winning sound, with both sides rating a Triple Plus (A+++) or very close to it throughout
  • The legendary Geoff Emerick engineered this Top 100 title - it's a surprisingly impressive recording when it sounds as good as this copy does
  • The title track, Jet, Bluebird, Mrs. Vandebilt, Let Me Roll It, Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five - so many great songs!
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "McCartney's talent for songcraft and nuanced arrangements is in ample display throughout the record ... One of McCartney's finest solo efforts"
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Paul McCartney
Unplugged

  (Item #: mccarunplu_1808) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A true Demo Disc and incredible sounding original UK pressing: Triple Plus (A+++) on side two mated to a strong Double Plus (A++) side one
  • A strikingly intimate document of a live show, fronted by one of the greatest performers in history, Sir Paul McCartney
  • You get more extension up top, more weight down low, and more transparency in the midrange - and this copy plays a true Mint Minus
  • "... it remains one of the most enjoyable records in McCartney's catalog. McCartney is carefree and charming, making songs like "Be-Bop-a-Lula" and "Blue Moon of Kentucky" sound fresh."
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Paul McCartney & Wings
Band on the Run

  (Item #: mccarbando_1805_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding British pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound or better on both sides and exceptionally quiet vinyl (for this title anyway)
  • Both sides of this early UK pressing sound right to us, and that makes it a very special copy indeed
  • The legendary Geoff Emerick engineered the album, a Top 100 title here at Better Records - it's an impressive recording when it sounds as good as this copy does
  • The title track, Jet, Bluebird, Mrs. Vandebilt, Let Me Roll It, Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five - so many great songs!
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "McCartney's talent for songcraft and nuanced arrangements is in ample display throughout the record ... One of McCartney's finest solo efforts"
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Paul McCartney
McCartney II

  (Item #: mccarmccar2_1804_1807) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An outstanding UK pressing with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish, coming in just shy of our shootout winner
  • Forget the dubby domestic pressings - these UK imports are the only ones that can deliver the McCartney Magic
  • Fairly quiet vinyl -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus on both sides
  • "McCartney II finds Paul in an adventurous state of mind, which is a relief after years of formulaic pop." - All Music
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Paul McCartney
Unplugged

  (Item #: mccarunplu_1806_2) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • A true Demo Disc and killer original UK pressing: Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish; quiet vinyl too!
  • A strikingly intimate document of a live show, fronted by one of the greatest performers in history, Sir Paul McCartney
  • You get more extension up top, more weight down low, and more transparency in the midrange
  • "... it remains one of the most enjoyable records in McCartney's catalog. McCartney is carefree and charming, making songs like "Be-Bop-a-Lula" and "Blue Moon of Kentucky" sound fresh."
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Ringo Starr
Ringo

  (Item #: starrringo_1707_1809) 

Our Price: $150.00

  • A killer copy with both sides rating a strong Double Plus (A++) or better
  • Rich, full and musical with a big punchy bottom end; you'll have a hard time finding a better sounding copy
  • The big hits are here: Photograph, You're Sixteen, Oh My My and many, many more
  • "Ringo's best and most consistent new studio album, Ringo represented both the drummer/singer's most dramatic comeback and his commercial peak."
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Paul McCartney
McCartney

  (Item #: mccarmccar_1806_) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This original pressing of McCartney's Masterpiece boasts big and lively Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • It's rich and full-bodied with presence and the kind of spatiality that can 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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Paul McCartney
Ram

  (Item #: mccarram_1711_1806) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This McCartney classic boasts a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one, backed with an excellent Double Plus (A++) side two
  • A copy of Ram like this is a real treat -- rich, warm, natural, and lively
  • Many of the man's most memorable songs: Too Many People, Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey, Heart Of The Country and more
  • 5 stars: "These songs may not be self-styled major statements, but they are endearing and enduring, as is Ram itself, which seems like a more unique, exquisite pleasure with each passing year."
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Paul McCartney
McCartney

  (Item #: mccarmccar_1801) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A very good sounding copy on both of its wonderful Apple original Lee Hulko mastered sides (which are the only ones that sound right to us)
  • The best tracks here have the quality of LIVE MUSIC in a way that not one out of a hundred rock records do
  • A Better Records Top 100 pick and Paul McCartney's One and Only Must Own Masterpiece
  • Record Collector highlighted "Every Night", "Junk" and "Maybe I'm Amazed" as songs that "still sound absolutely effortless and demonstrate the man's natural genius with a melody."
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Ringo Starr
Ringo

  (Item #: starrringo_1712_1807) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A killer copy with both sides rating a strong Double Plus (A++) for sound and pressed on fairly quiet vinyl
  • Rich, full and musical with a big punchy bottom end; you'll have a hard time finding a better sounding copy
  • The big hits are here and they sound fantastic: Photograph, You're Sixteen, Oh My My and many, many more
  • "Ringo's best and most consistent new studio album, Ringo represented both the drummer/singer's most dramatic comeback and his commercial peak."
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Wings
At the Speed of Sound

  (Item #: mccaratthe_1808) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An excellent copy, with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound, or close to it, on both sides - guaranteed to beat whatever you care to throw at it
  • The better copies such as this one had a "cinematic" quality - they were just plain bigger, with more depth to the soundfield, and stronger dynamics
  • The big hits, Let 'Em In and Silly Love Songs, as well as minor gems, such as Beware My Love, are musical here with good body and a smoother top end
  • Allmusic: "A full-band effort, where everybody gets a chance to sing, and even contribute a song."
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Paul McCartney and Wings
Red Rose Speedway

  (Item #: mccarredro_1710_1806) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • This early British Apple pressing has very good Double Plus (A++) sound on side one and a side two that's close to that
  • With immediacy in the vocals, natural tonal balance, good solid weight, spaciousness, and transparency, this copy has the sound we look for in a 70's Pop Rock record
  • Complete with the full-color 12-page booklet of photos and lyrics
  • 4 stars: "...McCartney's little flourishes are intoxicating -- not just the melodies, but the facile production and offhand invention."
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Paul McCartney & Wings - Band On The Run

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: mccarbando_2011) 



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

This British Original looking EMI Black Label LP has THE BEST SOUND I HAVE EVER HEARD FOR THIS ALBUM. Most pressings of this album leave a lot to be desired. They typically sound like they're made from second-rate dubs.

A song like Jet can be positively painful on most of the LPs that you run across. Here, practically for the first time, it actually sounds good, with plenty of deep bass that I'm not used to hearing. Following Jet is probably the best sounding track on side one, Bluebird. It's amazingly sweet and transparent on this LP. Like I say, I don't think I've ever heard a better copy.

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Paul McCartney & Wings - Wild Life

  (Item #: mccarwildl) 



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

This Minty Apple British/Domestic 2-Pack has two AMAZING sides on QUIET VINYL! We were not all that familiar with the album going into this shootout, but after spending the day listening to copies like these we found ourselves LOVING IT!

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Paul McCartney - McCartney

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: mccarmccar_2013) 



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

This stunning 2-pack of McCartney's solo debut has AMAZING A+++ SOUND FROM START TO FINISH! It's been AGES since we've heard a copy like this. Both sides have the kind of clarity, transparency and immediacy you need for this album to sound its best. Those qualities let you hear all the detail, nuance, and texture to the instruments that you just don't get on the average pressing.

Both of the copies in this 2-pack have one amazing side and one side that just didn't meet our standards, so we combined them to give you excellent sound for the entire album.

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Paul McCartney - McCartney

British Artist, British Pressing... Right?

  (Item #: mccarmccar_myth) 



Nope. It’s just another Record Myth.

In our experience, the real McCartney Magic is only found on the best domestic Apple pressings. We've never heard an import that knocked our socks off, and the later CBS issues are hardly worth the vinyl they're pressed on. Then again, many of the domestic Apples are garbage too. You've got to clean and play a whole lotta copies to find a copy with truly Hot Stamper sound.

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Paul McCartney - Ram

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: mccarram_2011) 



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

THE BEST COPY OF RAM TO EVER HIT THE SITE! We've been picking these up like crazy in the hopes that one day we find copies like this. Here's a domestic pressing that is right up there with the very best Brits, which shouldn't be too shocking news for anyone who reads our site regularly. Side one earned our top grade of A+++ and side two was strong as well, rating between A+ and A++. The sound is big and lively with excellent presence.

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Paul McCartney - Unplugged

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: mccarunplu_2011) 



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

WHITE HOT STAMPERS and QUIET VINYL on BOTH SIDES make this the best copy of McCartney's Unplugged to ever hit the site! We just finished a huge shootout for this Better Records favorite and this pressing really blew us away, clearly the best sounding on both sides out of a big stack of copies. The sound is rich, full-bodied and amazingly present, with the kind of jumpin'-out-of-the-speakers sound that you only get on the best pressings.

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Paul McCartney - Unplugged

Life-Size Images and Living Presence

  (Item #: mccarunplu_listen) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises. (This is one of our earliest ones, from all the way back in 2006!)

On the song Blackbird Paul moves the microphone, scraping it along the floor, which causes a huge wave of bass to envelop the room. I was over at one of my customer's houses a while ago, doing some testing with electronics and tweaks, and I remember distinctly that the microphone stand was shrunken and lean sounding in a way I had never heard before. Now this customer, whose system was in the $100K range, had no idea what that microphone stand could really do. I did, because I've been hearing it do it for years.

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Paul McCartney and Wings - At the Speed of Sound

Our Four Plus Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: mccaratthe_2016) 



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

This is a classic case of Live and Learn. We were wrong about At the Speed of Sound as a recording. As to whether or not there are great sounding pressings of it, having just done a big shootout for the album in 2016 we now know there most certainly are.

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Paul McCartney Testimonial

... Maybe I’m Amazed gave me goosebumps ...

  (Item #: mccarmccar_testimonial) 



Rick sent us this letter recently after having played his first Hot Stamper, the first record he ever bought from us, how about that! At $300 it wasn’t cheap, but the best things in life never are, and certainly there is little in the world of audio that's cheap and much good. This is not a cheap hobby if you want to do it right, and even tons of money doesn't guarantee you will get good sound. It's far more complicated than that. To quote Winston Churchill, it takes "blood, toil, tears and sweat."

He went on to say "You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory. Victory at all costs... Victory, however long and hard the road may be..."

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