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Pink Floyd

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Pink Floyd albums in stock

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Our Favorite Studios (First of a Series)

Columbia 30th Street Studios

  (Item #: allcolumbia30th) 



Columbia 30th Street Studios is one of our favorite recording venues. Click on the link above to find our in-stock Hot Stamper pressings of albums recorded at that location from 1949 to 1981. The list of recordings made there stretches from West Side Story to Kind of Blue, all the way up to Pink Floyd's The Wall in 1979. (Who knew?)
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Prog Rock and Art Rock

  (Item #: allprogrock) 



Below are links to help you find the PROG ROCK and ART ROCK albums on the site. Both genres are described in the commentary below.
Our PROG ROCK Albums with Hot Stampers

Some of the PROG ROCK Albums We've Reviewed
Our ART ROCK Albums with Hot Stampers

Some of the ART ROCK Albums We've Reviewed


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Laurindo Almeida - Virtuoso Guitar

An Awesome Direct to Disc Copy

  (Item #: almeivirtu_2011) 



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

Virtuoso Guitar is yet another in the long list of recordings that really comes alive when you Turn Up Your Volume.

This White Hot Crystal Clear 45 RPM Direct-to-Disc fulfills the promise of both the direct to disc recording medium AND the 45 RPM cutting speed so much in vogue these days. We had a big pile of these pressings to play through. When we came upon this one halfway through our shootout, it was so big, so clear, so dynamic, so energetic, so extended on the top and bottom, we almost could not believe what we were hearing especially compared to the others copies we played.


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Ambrosia - One Eighty

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: ambrooneei_2013) 



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

This is smooth, rich ANALOG at its best, easy on the ears as we like to say.

This is clearly the poppier side of Ambrosia, containing as it does two of their highest-charting mainstream hits, Biggest Part of Me (#3) and You're the Only Woman (#13). I myself of course prefer the proggy first two albums, falling as they do into the broad category of Art Rock where my favorite albums by Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Roxy Music, Supertramp, 10cc, later-period Beatles, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, Traffic and so many others from the last forty-plus years can be found.

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Ambrosia
Somewhere I’ve Never Travelled

  (Item #: ambrosomew_1904) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them on both sides of this truly phenomenal '70s Big Rock Production - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The best sides have the trademark Alan Parsons sound, with huge amounts of space in the studio, and the kind of musical energy that made the first Ambrosia album (which he mixed) such a joy to play
  • This band, their producers, and their engineers sweated every detail of this remarkable recording
  • "There is an unusual dreamlike quality that pervades its work. The songs seem to be reaching the listener direct from some strange and beautiful realm of the unconscious. It is an experience rare in popular music today or at any time. " - Billboard
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White Hot Stamper

David Bowie
Pin-Ups

  (Item #: bowiepinup_1903) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Stunning sound for this Classic Bowie album from 1973 with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it throughout
  • Both sides are huge, clear and rich with phenomenal amounts of Tubey Magic, thanks to Ken Scott
  • A really fun listen, with Bowie running through covers of his favorite 60s hits in true Demo Disc sound
  • Turns out he's a great interpreter, turning in passionate versions of songs by The Who, Pink Floyd, The Yardbirds and more
  • He brings a fresh perspective to this material, just as Bryan Ferry did so brilliantly on his first two solo albums
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David Bowie
Pin-Ups

  (Item #: bowiepinup_1903_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Two superb sides each rating a Double Plus (A++) or BETTER, a truly killer pressing that can really rock when it needs to
  • Both sides are huge, clear and rich with phenomenal amounts of Tubey Magic, thanks to the engineering of Ken Scott
  • A really fun listen, with Bowie running through covers of his favorite 60s hits in true Demo Disc sound
  • Turns out he's a great interpreter, turning in passionate versions of songs by The Who, Pink Floyd, The Yardbirds and more
  • He brings a fresh perspective to this material, just as Bryan Ferry did so brilliantly on his first two solo albums
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David Bowie - Pin-Ups

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: bowiepinup_2009) 



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

We just finished our biggest-ever shootout for this fun Bowie album and this one was DRAMATICALLY better than most other copies. We played copies from all over the world -- England, Germany, France, Canada, and the good ol' USA -- and heard all kinds of bad sound. This one is no Demo Disc (I don't there's a copy in the world that would fit that description) but it's a HUGE step up over just about anything else you could expect to find. The sound is lively, natural, and smooth with all the tubey magic you could ask for.

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Super Hot Stamper

Elvis Costello
Armed Forces

  (Item #: costearmed_1801_1901) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides of this early UK press, giving you killer sound from first note to last
  • Some of the biggest, boldest rock sound ever recorded - nothing short of amazing on a pressing like this
  • A Top 100 album - every track is recorded brilliantly - you will have a hard time finding a record with punchier bass than Armed Forces
  • AMG is right: "It's a dense but accessible pop record and ranks as his third masterpiece in a row." 5 Stars
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White Hot Stamper

Elvis Costello
Armed Forces

  (Item #: costearmed_1904) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A KILLER early UK pressing, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the first - quiet vinyl too
  • Some of the biggest, boldest rock sound ever recorded, a True Demo Disc, just amazing on a pressing like this
  • 5 Stars and a Better Records Rock and Pop Top 100 album - every track is Elvis at this best
  • AMG is right: "It's a dense but accessible pop record and ranks as his third masterpiece in a row."
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Super Hot Stamper

The Dixie Dregs
Dregs of the Earth

  (Item #: dixiedregs_1810) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better copies we played in our last shootout
  • Huge and spacious, fully extended in both directions, here's the kind of rich, Tubey Magical sound we cannot get enough of
  • The energy and clarity here are superb, with the size and power of a True Rock Jazz Fusion Demo Disc
  • Brilliant from start to finish, the only Dixie Dregs vinyl record with music and sound of this quality
  • A uniquely compelling fusion of virtuosic rock, jazz, country, prog and even classical music
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Super Hot Stamper

Brian Eno & David Byrne
My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts

  (Item #: eno__mylif_1803_1903) 

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


  • An outstanding original pressing with seriously good Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and quiet vinyl to boot
  • Spacious, full-bodied and Tubey Magical with a solid bottom end and driving rhythmic energy, this is the sound you want for this brilliant collaboration
  • Rick Wright of Pink Floyd noted that the album "knocked me sideways when I first heard it – full of drum loops, samples and soundscapes. The way the sounds were mixed in was so fresh, it was amazing."
  • 5 Stars: "... a whirlwind 45 minutes of worldbeat/funk-rock ... it's a tremendously prescient record for the future development of music during the 1980s and '90s."
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Super Hot Stamper

Bill Evans & Toots Thielemans
Affinity

  (Item #: evansaffin_1802) 

Our Price: $49.99

  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this unique jazz outing
  • Evans on piano is joined by Toots on harmonica as well as flute and saxes
  • The superb sound is courtesy of Frank Laico engineering at the famed Columbia 30th Street studios
  • Fans of Bill Evans and/or Toots Thielemans should find much to like here
  • "Excellent if not essential music that Evans generally uplifts." AllMusic
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Bill Evans & Toots Thielemans - Affinity

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: evansaffin_2016) 



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

This is a unique jazz album (in my experience, anyway) with very good sound. Piano with harmonica accompaniment is something I’ve never heard before, and most of the time it actually works. Both of these guys are top flight musicians, and their ability to communicate in order to create this wonderful improvisational jazz is a joy to experience.

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Genesis - Selling England By The Pound

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: genesselli_2012) 



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

TWO EXCELLENT SIDES on this Charisma Import pressing! This is only the second Hot Stamper copy of Selling England By The Pound to EVER hit our site, and with both sides rating at least A++, it's a monster! It's beyond difficult to find good sounding copies of the early Genesis albums, but we managed to pull together enough clean copies to get this shootout going and eventually found a few copies that got the job done. The overall sound is big, open, transparent and tubey.

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Super Hot Stamper

David Gilmour
About Face

  (Item #: gilmoabout_1801_1901) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $129.00 (You save $20.99 / 14%)


  • An outstanding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound here is richer and more Tubey Magical than just about any release from the '80s I can think of
  • Wonderful three-dimensional space courtesy of ace engineer James Guthrie (The Wall)
  • "David Gilmour released his second solo venture in 1984, following the apparent dissolution of Pink Floyd. He had released a record on his own in 1978, but About Face is much more accessible. The songs show a pop sensibility that Pink Floyd rarely was concerned with achieving. About Face is a well-honed rock album that is riveting from beginning to end."
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David Gilmour - About Face

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: gilmoabout_2015) 



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

For my money this is a far better sounding record than Pink Floyd's eighties releases The Final Cut (1983) or A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987), and the music is pretty darn good as well. If you're a Floyd fan I think you'll enjoy revisiting the album, especially when it sounds as phenomenal as this one does.

Hot Stampers in this case give you a bigger soundfield, more richness and fullness, tighter bass, and more transparency.

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David Gilmour - David Gilmour

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: gilmodavid_2013) 



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

Both sides boast excellent sound and quiet vinyl on this Super Hot Stamper pressing of David Gilmour's 1978 solo debut! For my money, this is a better sounding recording than The Final Cut or the Roger Waters solo debut, and the music is pretty darn good as well.

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Andrew Gold - All This and Heaven Too

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: gold_allth_2016) 



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

Superb engineering by Greg Ladanyi (Toto 4, The Pretender, El Rayo-X, demo discs one and all). Contains the monster hit Thank You for Being a Friend. AllMusic gives this one 4 1/2 Stars. It's also the last good album our fab friend made.

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Super Hot Stamper

INXS
Kick

  (Item #: inxs_kick_1902_2) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • INXS's one true Masterpiece album comes to the site with two excellent sides rating a solid Double Plus (A++)
  • Surprisingly rich and full-bodied, the best copies really ROCK with big bass and punchy drums.
  • The Big Rock sound is courtesy of Chris Thomas' production and Bob Clearmountain's mix
  • "Kick is an impeccably crafted pop tour de force, the band succeeding at everything they try. Every track has at least a subtly different feel from what came before it; INXS freely incorporates tense guitar riffs, rock & roll anthems, swing-tinged pop/rock, string-laden balladry, danceable pop-funk, horn-driven '60s soul, '80s R&B, and even a bit of the new wave-ish sound they'd started out with."
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INXS - Kick

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: inxs_kick_2017) 



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

For a recording from 1987 there is a surprising amount of Tubey Magical Analog sound to be found here. There is almost always a trace of hardness in the loudest vocal parts; that's where the 1987 recording technology raises its head, but the better copies such as this one keep it to a bare minimum.

The copies that were the richest and had the biggest bottom end, without being smeary or dark from a lack of top tended to do the best in our shootout. The copies that lacked weight or lower midrange fullness were most often rejected; rhythmically driven Funk Rock simply doesn't work without plenty of richness and bass.

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Hot Stamper

Michael Jackson
Thriller

  (Item #: jacksthril_1803) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • You'll find two Hot Stamper sides on this copy of Thriller, one of our favorite records from the '80s (and everybody else's)
  • Our old pal Bernie Grundman handled the mastering on these originals and managed to do a really nice job
  • Billie Jean and Beat It sound awfully good here, but that's not fair, since every track does
  • 5 Stars: "This was a record that had something for everybody... adding harder funk, hard rock, softer ballads, and smoother soul — expanding the approach to have something for every audience."
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Michael Jackson
Thriller

  (Item #: jacksthril_1903) 

Our Price: $499.99

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

Michael Jackson
Thriller

  (Item #: jacksthril_1903_1) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER throughout, this pressing will be very hard to beat
  • The sound is huge - big, wide, deep, and open, with a punchy bottom end and rhythmic energy to spare; exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Billie Jean and Beat It sound out of this world, but that's not fair, since every track does
  • A Top 100 and 5 Stars on AMG: "This was a record that had something for everybody, building on the basic blueprint of Off the Wall by adding harder funk, hard rock, softer ballads, and smoother soul — expanding the approach to have something for every audience."
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Jethro Tull - Stand Up

Notes from 2009

  (Item #: jethrstand_2009) 



A distinguished member of our Better Records Hall of Fame.

Our last shootout for Stand Up was over a year ago, early in 2008. By some good fortune we have been able to find a number of fairly clean early British pressings, with both Pink and Sunray labels, as well as some very good sounding domestics. (Yes, they are out there. Few and far between and probably not the ones you would think to buy but out there nonetheless. Buy enough of them and clean them right and you will find some too.)

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White Hot Stamper

Elton John
Madman Across The Water

  (Item #: john_madma_1903) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • An insanely good copy of Madman with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout - this one is a Monster
  • A ridiculously tough album to find with the right sound and reasonably quiet surfaces -- which is why we never have them on the site
  • The trick is to balance Tubey Magical richness with clarity, and this copy nailed that balance better than any other copy we played
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The record remains an ambitious and rewarding work, and John never attained its darkly introspective atmosphere again."
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Elton John
Madman Across The Water

  (Item #: john_madma_1903_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An outstanding copy of Madman with Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last - and the vinyl is as quiet as we can find
  • A ridiculously tough album to find with the right sound and surfaces, which is why we so rarely have them on the site
  • The last of the classic albums Elton recorded at Trident, the best of which have more Tubey Magic than anything that came after
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The record remains an ambitious and rewarding work, and John never attained its darkly introspective atmosphere again."
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Elton John - Madman Across The Water

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: john_madma_2016) 



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

Shockingly good sound, the best sound for any copy that has ever made it to the site. This Madman is guaranteed to blow your mind. It certainly blew ours.

A ridiculously tough album to find with the right sound and reasonably quiet surfaces -- which is why we never have them on the site.

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Elton John - Madman Across The Water

What To Listen For

  (Item #: john_madma_wtlf) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you critically evaluate your copy of Madman.

This is the last of the classic Elton John albums recorded at Trident, the best of which have more Tubey Magic than anything recorded afterwards. There are three amazing sounding Elton John records on our Top 100 list, two of them engineered by the estimable ROBIN GEOFFREY CABLE, Trident Studios’ house engineer in 1972.

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Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: ledze2_2017) 



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

This pressing just knocked us out from beginning to end -- this is the Zep II sound you want.

At least 80% of the copies we buy these days -- for many hundreds of dollars each I might add -- go right back to the seller. The biggest problem we run into besides obvious scratches that play and worn out grooves is easy to spot: just play the song Thank You at the end of side one. Most of the time there is inner groove damage so bad that the track becomes virtually unlistenable.

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Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II

MoFi Debunked

  (Item #: ledze2_mofi_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another MoFi LP debunked.

This pressing has to be one of the worst audiophile remastering jobs in the history of the world. There is NOT ONE aspect of the sound that isn't wrong. Not one! The highs are boosted, the upper midrange is boosted, the mid-bass is boosted, the low bass is missing -- what part of the frequency spectrum is even close to correct on this pressing? The answer: none.

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Super Hot Stamper (With an Issue)

Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin III

  (Item #: ledze3_1903_2) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Outstanding sound throughout with each side earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades
  • Huge, Tubey Magical and lively, with solid weight down low and lots of space around all the instruments, this copy is guaranteed to rock like nothing you have ever heard
  • 5 Stars on Allmusic and a distinguished member of our Top 100 - a Must Own for any Zep fan
  • "On their first two albums, Led Zeppelin unleashed a relentless barrage of heavy blues and rockabilly riffs, but Led Zeppelin III provided the band with the necessary room to grow musically. While there are still a handful of metallic rockers, III is built on a folky, acoustic foundation that gives the music extra depth."
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Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin III

  (Item #: ledze3_1903x) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Outstanding sound throughout with each side earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Huge, Tubey Magical and lively, with solid weight down low and lots of space around all the instruments, this copy is guaranteed to rock like nothing you have ever heard
  • Since I've Been Loving You, Gallows Pole, Tangerine and That's the Way have truly awesome Demo Disc sound
  • "On their first two albums, Led Zeppelin unleashed a relentless barrage of heavy blues and rockabilly riffs, but Led Zeppelin III provided the band with the necessary room to grow musically. While there are still a handful of metallic rockers, III is built on a folky, acoustic foundation that gives the music extra depth."
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Little Feat
Hoy-Hoy!

  (Item #: littlhoyho_1904) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of the band's superb 1981 double album with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on three sides and a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) fourth - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Our pick for the best sounding Little Feat album -- it's a monster, and a Must Own for any fan of the band
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Filled with live performances, obscurities, album tracks, and a new song apiece from Bill Payne and Paul Barrere, Hoy Hoy is a bit scattered, a bit incoherent, a little bewildering, and wholly delightful -- a perfect summation of a group filled with quirks, character, and funk, traits which were as much a blessing as they were a curse."
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Paul McCartney & Wings
Band on the Run

  (Item #: mccarbando_1812) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding British pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound 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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Pink Floyd
Animals

  (Item #: pinkfanima_1903) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An outstanding vintage UK copy with Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Forget the dubby, small, flat, dead-as-a-doornail domestic pressings and the Heavy Vinyl - only these killer Brits have the Tubey Magical Midrange that lets Pink Floyd come alive in your listening room
  • "Of all of the classic-era Pink Floyd albums, Animals is the strangest and darkest, a record that's hard to initially embrace yet winds up yielding as many rewards as its equally nihilistic successor, The Wall."
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Pink Floyd
Atom Heart Mother

  (Item #: pinkfatomh_1904) 

Our Price: $549.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides
  • The overall sound here is incredibly rich, full and dynamic with huge amounts of Tubey Magic and a solid bottom end
  • About as quiet as the come -- Mint Minus Minus
  • While the music here may not be for everyone, if you're a fan you'll have a hard time finding a copy that sounds any better than this!
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Super Hot Stamper

Pink Floyd
Atom Heart Mother

  (Item #: pinkfatomh_1904_1) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • This outstanding copy boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • The overall sound here is super big, rich and Tubey Magical with plenty of energy and bottom end weight
  • While the music here may not be for everyone, if you're a fan you'll have a hard time finding a copy that sounds much better than this!
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Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: pinkfatomh_2013) 



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

This is an album that almost never sounds good. We've spent a ton of money over the years chasing British originals and various other pressings looking for that Pink Floyd magic, but most copies were terribly disappointing sonically. This was the best copy we've heard in many years -- richer, bigger sounding and more solid than everything else we were able to put against it. It's far from a Demo Disc but if you like this music I don't think you can find better sound for it.

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Super Hot Stamper

Pink Floyd
Dark Side Of The Moon

  (Item #: pinkfdarks_1902_3) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With two superb sounding sides, each rating a Double Plus (A++), this mindblowing recording is guaranteed to rock your world
  • The transparency, the clarity, the energy, the power - it's all here on these very special import pressings
  • Just listen to how clear the clocks are on Time, how breathy the vocals are on Breathe, how textured the synthesizers are and how silky the top end is from the beginning of the album all the way to the end
  • Very quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • A Top 100 album (Top Ten actually) and Demo Disc to rival the greatest recordings of all time
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Pink Floyd
Dark Side Of The Moon

  (Item #: pinkfdarks_1903) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • With two stunning sounding sides, each rating a Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++), this mindblowing recording is guaranteed to rock your world
  • The transparency, the clarity, the energy, the power - it's all here on these very special import pressings
  • Just listen to how clear the clocks are on Time, how breathy the vocals are on Breathe, how textured the synthesizers are and how silky the top end is from the beginning of the album all the way to the end
  • A Top 100 album (Top Ten actually) and Demo Disc to rival the most amazing sounding records of all time
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Pink Floyd
Dark Side Of The Moon

  (Item #: pinkfdarks_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Two very good Hot Stamper sides that are guaranteed to trounce any copy you've ever heard
  • These very special import pressings give you the kind of sound you've always dreamed of for Dark Side
  • When the sax player rip into his solo as Money gets rockin' it's almost scary how big and lively it is
  • Alan Parsons Claim to Fame, 5 Stars on AMG, a Top 100 album for us (of course) and Demo Disc to beat them all
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Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: pinkfdarks_2012) 



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

This Minty EMI Harvest German Import LP takes this album to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL. Both of these White Hot sides have HUGE, room-filling, hi-definition sound with all the Tubey Magic you could ever hope for. The transparency and the clarity are mind-boggling! Just listen to how clear the clocks are on Time, how breathy the vocals are on Breathe, how textured the synthesizers are and how silky the top end is from the beginning of the album all the way to the end.

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Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon

Heavy Vinyl Debunked

  (Item #: pinkfdarks_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame Pressing and another Heavy Vinyl Rock and Pop LP debunked.

The 30th Anniversary Heavy Vinyl pressing is TOO BRIGHT. There is a boost in the top end, probably right around the 12K region, which is a very poor mastering choice the late Doug Sax apparently made, a choice that is surely not doing this recording any favors. In the case of this new pressing in fact, it’s positively ruinous.

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Are All MoFis Created Equal?

A Pair of Pink Floyd LPs Proved They Aren’t

  (Item #: pinkfdarks_mofi_2016) 



Many audiophiles are still under the misapprehension that Mobile Fidelity, with their strict "quality control", managed to eliminate pressing variations of the kind we discuss endlessly on the site.

Such is simply not the case, and it's child's play to demonstrate how false this way of thinking is, assuming you have these four things: good cleaning fluids and a machine, multiple copies of the same record, a reasonably revealing stereo, and two working ears. With all four the reality of pressing variations for ALL pressings is both obvious and incontrovertible.

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Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon

MoFi Reviewed

  (Item #: pinkfdarks_mofi_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: D- to B+ (depending)

Now that we’ve had a chance to hear scores of the best import pressings of Dark Side, we know -- better than anyone, if I can be so bold -- just how good that record can sound. No MoFi is ever going to compete with one our our White Hot Stamper pressings -- they have energy and rock power that is nothing less than astonishing.

Playing so many MoFi copies this time around made one thing very clear: the average MoFi pressing of Dark Side is really a piece of junk. So COMPRESSED, so THIN, so PHONY in the upper midrange and BOOSTED on the top end. The typical MoFi is as artificial sounding as the average store bought CD. (Or phony audiophile recording by the likes of Chesky or Audioquest.)

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Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon

Quick and Easy Listening Test

  (Item #: pinkfdarks_test_2014) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises.

Breathe is my favorite test track for side one for any version of Dark Side Of The Moon, Half-Speed or otherwise. When the voices come in about halfway through the song, you can tell that most copies are too bright simply by listening to the vocals on this track. The cymbals might sound wonderful; lots of other instruments might sound wonderful; and there might be plenty of ambience, detail and transparency. But all of that counts for nothing if the voices don't sound right. And on most copies the voices sound bright, aggressive, grainy and transitory. (This is the case with the new 180 gram 30th Anniversary copy I regret to say.)

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Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon

... TRULY one of those rare experiences...

  (Item #: pinkfdarks_testimonial_2014) 



Dan, our letter writer, is a new convert to the world of Hot Stampers. Although his system is modest by his own admission, the sound he was able to conjure up in his living room was "...a revelation..."

A good Dark Side can have that effect on you.

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Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon

Expanding Space Itself

  (Item #: pinkfdarks_top_ten) 



Recently we played a copy with all the presence, all the richness, all the size and all the energy we ever hoped to hear from a top quality pressing of Dark Side of the Moon. It did it ALL and then some. The raging guitar solos (there are three of them) on Money seemed to somehow expand the system itself, making it bigger and more powerful than I have ever heard. Even our best copies of Blood Sweat and Tears have never managed to create such a huge space with that kind of raw power. This copy broke through all the barriers, taking the system to an entirely new level of sound.
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Pink Floyd
The Final Cut

  (Item #: pinkffinal_1904) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An exceptionally impressive copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish - quiet vinyl too
  • Big, open and three-dimensional with real analog richness - the kind that's hard to come by in 1983
  • A very tough Floyd album to find with the kind of big, bold, spacious, Tubey Magical sound this pressing offers
  • "This has the texture of classic Pink Floyd, somewhere between the brooding sections of The Wall and the monolithic menace of Animals."
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Pink Floyd - The Final Cut

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: pinkffinal_2012) 



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

Here is THE BEST SOUNDING COPY of The Final Cut to EVER hit the site! We recently finished a gigantic shootout for this album and this killer pressing took top A+++ honors on BOTH sides! Everything we've looked for in a great copy of The Final Cut is here: incredible immediacy; punchy lows; extended highs; spaciousness and transparency; depth to the soundfield and so forth. In a word, the sound on this copy is POWERFUL -- an excellent way to experience this music!

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Pink Floyd
Meddle

  (Item #: pinkfmeddl_1901) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This outstanding British copy boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • This vintage British import has the richness, the space and the effortlessly extended top end that let's Meddle work its experimental proggy magic
  • A Top 100 album and Demo Disc on a par with Dark Side of the Moon (which is really saying something!)
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Pink Floyd were nothing if not masters of texture, and Meddle is one of their greatest excursions into little details, pointing the way to the measured brilliance of Dark Side of the Moon and the entire Roger Waters era."
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Pink Floyd
Meddle

  (Item #: pinkfmeddl_1901_1903) 

Our Price: $699.99
Sale Price: $599.00 (You save $100.99 / 14%)


  • A stunning British copy of this shockingly well recorded album with a Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides
  • Both sides here are KILLER - huge and tubey with incredible presence, size and space
  • A Top 100 album and Demo Disc on a par with Dark Side of the Moon (which is really saying something!)
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Pink Floyd were nothing if not masters of texture, and Meddle is one of their greatest excursions into little details, pointing the way to the measured brilliance of Dark Side of the Moon and the entire Roger Waters era."
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Pink Floyd - Meddle

Hottest Side One We Had Ever Heard Back in 2007

  (Item #: pinkfmeddl_2007) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame
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This Harvest Green Lable British Import pressing has a side one that goes FAR beyond anything we’ve ever heard for this album. We had no choice but to award this side one the very rare A with FOUR pluses A++++. We’ve never given any side of any other Pink Floyd record such a high grade, so you can be sure that you’ve never heard them sound this amazing!

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Pink Floyd - Meddle

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: pinkfmeddl_2012) 



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

Side two is where the 20+ minute prog epic Echoes is found, and the sound of it on this copy is MINDBLOWINGLY GOOD. If you're the kind of guy who will get a thrill from hearing Pink Floyd bangin' out one of their heaviest psych jams with top quality sonics, this copy will completely knock you out. And side one is no slouch either -- it sounds amazing as well! Drop the needle on ’One of These Days’ and listen to how HUGE the soundfield is, it’s big, wide and deep so you can really hear into the music.

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Pink Floyd - Meddle

MoFi Debunked

  (Item #: pinkfmeddl_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: D

A Hall of Shame pressing and another MoFi LP debunked.

Same problems as the MoFi Thick As a Brick: The MoFi is super-TRANSPARENT and OPEN, and the top end will be lush and extended. If you prize clarity, this is the one!

But if you prize clarity at the expense of everything else, you are seriously missing the boat on Meddle (and of course Thick As A Brick too). The MoFi is all mids and highs with almost nothing going on below.

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Pink Floyd - Obscured By Clouds

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: pinkfobscu_2009) 



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

EXCELLENT SOUND and some seriously strange music! This obviously isn’t Floyd’s greatest album, but we still found a lot to like about this record and specifically this copy. It’s a British Import Harvest Green Label pressing that rates close to A+ on both sides -- slightly better on side one, not quite there on side two. Those of you who enjoy Meddle will certainly get a lot out of this one.

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Pink Floyd
Piper at the Gates of Dawn

  (Item #: pinkfpiper_1904) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • An outstanding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from the first note to the last
  • Both sides of this UK import are incredibly big and Tubey Magical with a massive bottom end, excellent transparency and lots of detail and texture
  • 5 stars: "... successfully captures both sides of psychedelic experimentation — the pleasures of expanding one’s mind and perception, and an underlying threat of mental disorder and even lunacy... One of the best psychedelic albums of all time."
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Pink Floyd
Piper at the Gates of Dawn

  (Item #: pinkfpiper_1904_1) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An outstanding import pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This vintage British LP is spacious, lively, full-bodied, and full of the Tubey Magic that lets the early Floyd sound the way it should
  • Based on our extensive experience, it's highly unlikely any (pricey!) original can touch this later pressing
  • 5 stars: "...successfully captures both sides of psychedelic experimentation — the pleasures of expanding one’s mind and perception, and an underlying threat of mental disorder and even lunacy... One of the best psychedelic albums of all time."
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Pink Floyd - Piper at the Gates of Dawn

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: pinkfpiper_2014) 



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

Rich, Tubey Magical and full-bodied with a big, solid bottom. The energy is phenomenal, with tremendous separation between the instruments and real depth to the soundfield. This is the sound of the Master Tape, make no mistake about it.

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Pink Floyd
The Wall

  (Item #: pinkfthewa_1902) 

Our Price: $649.99

  • Killer sound — almost eleven pluses out of a possible twelve on this insanely good copy of The Wall!
  • Triple Plus (A+++) sound on sides two and three and excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or better on sides one and four
  • The Wall DEMANDS big, bold, explosively dynamic sound, and this copy delivers on that promise in spades
  • Grungy electric guitars, breathy vocals, HUGE punchy drums, earth-shaking bass and room-filling ambience are all here like you've never heard before
  • We proudly hold up The Wall as one of the best sounding rock recordings of all time - this is the copy that really makes our case
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Pink Floyd
The Wall

  (Item #: pinkfthewa_1902_2) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A superb Demo Disc Quality pressing - all four sides earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) sonic grades - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Buzzing helicopters, ringing telephones, clicking typewriters and so on happen RIGHT THERE in the room with you
  • James Guthrie labored mightily to make this one as big, bold and immersive as any Prog Rock recording we know of, and succeeded brilliantly
  • Rock & Pop Top 100 - "A triumph of production..." and indisputable proof that analog in 1979 could still be absolutely amazing
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Pink Floyd - The Wall

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: pinkfthewa_2012) 



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

SAY IT ISN'T SO! This is the ULTIMATE White Hot Stamper pressing of The Wall, the finest ever to hit our site BAR NONE!

All four sides of this monster earned top A+++ grades in our massive recent shootout. This copy gives you ALL of the magic that Floyd laid down to tape. You get incredible clarity, breathtaking transparency, wonderful punch to the bottom, sweetness and full extension up top, tubey magical acoustic guitars, full-bodied vocals and serious depth and dimension to the soundfield. Folks, if you love The Wall you will TREASURE this copy for the rest of your listening days.

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Pink Floyd - The Wall

Bad Sounding on Japanese Import Vinyl

  (Item #: pinkfthewa_jpn) 



Sonic Grade: F

Presenting the newest member of our Hall of Shame.

This Japanese Import is one of the dullest, muddiest, worst sounding copies of The Wall we have ever played. It is clearly made from a dub tape.

And somehow this pressing ended up as a TAS List Super Disc. The copy Harry played surely must have sounded a whole lot better than this one.

And the CBS Half-Speed is every bit as bad! Two Hall of Shame titles for the price of one.

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Pink Floyd The Wall

... The best record ever played on my setup ...

  (Item #: pinkfthewa_letter1208) 



Our admittedly skeptical new customer Ebbe decided to take a chance with one of our pricey Hot Stamper copies of The Wall. As expected (by us, not him) he heard the amazing sound that only a true Hot Stamper pressing is capable of. Experts? We say bring it on!

Hi Todd,

YES! No doubt - the best record (or music) ever played on my set up. I had a few experts in for evaluating -- they all (like me) were fairly skeptical. But after just a few tracks everybody was convinced... WOW. You describe the album very well on your site. Another thing is how easy and smooth everything sounds and all the acoustic instruments... I could go on for a long time! As you understand I’m very happy with this copy.

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Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here

  (Item #: pinkfwishy_1903_2) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • An outstanding vintage pressing of this Pink Floyd classic, with solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides
  • Demo Disc Quality Floyd Magic - big and present with life, clarity and richness like you have never heard for WYWH before
  • 5 stars on Allmusic, a Top 100 title and one that is RIDICULOUSLY tough to find with sound this good
  • "Showcasing the group's interplay and David Gilmour's solos in particular... the long, winding soundscapes are constantly enthralling."
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Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: pinkfwishy_2016) 



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

Amazing! Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides, making this a Top Copy that will knock you out. The sound is, in a word, HUGE. You won't believe how full, rich and clear this one is.

This copy has the size, energy and presence to bring the music out of the speakers and right into your listening room!

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Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: pinkfwishy_depth) 



Presenting another entry in our extensive Listening in Depth series with advice on what to listen for as you critically evaluate side one of your copy of Wish You Were Here.

For those of you who aren't familiar with the album, Pink Floyd managed to record one of the most amazing sounding records in the history of rock music. The song Wish You Were Here starts out with radio noise and other sound effects, then suddenly an acoustic guitar appears, floating in the middle of your living room between the speakers, clear as a bell and as real as you have ever heard. It's obviously an "effect," but for us audiophiles it's pure ear candy.

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Pink Floyd WYWH

... And the winner is: Surprise -- The Hot Stamper!

  (Item #: pinkfwishy_testimonial) 



One of our best customers, Roger, received his $150 Hot Stamper ’Wish You Were Here’ and went straight to work comparing it with the various other pressings he owned: two different CBS Half Speeds. The not-so-shocking results follow ...
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Artist Quick Links
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Look below for an easy way to search the site for great sounding copies of albums from some of the more popular artists we carry. (Click on the arrow to your left.)


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Roxy Music
Country Life

  (Item #: roxymcount_1803_1903) 

Our Price: $249.99
Sale Price: $199.00 (You save $50.99 / 20%)


  • This killer early British Island import pressing had two amazing sides, each rating a Triple Plus (A+++) or very close to it
  • This one is simply bigger, richer, more clear and more Tubey Magical than almost every other copy we heard in our shootout
  • As quiet as any UK Island original we've ever heard - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - they don't come quieter
  • AMG raves that "...Country Life finds Roxy Music at the peak of their powers, alternating between majestic, unsettling art rock and glamorous, elegant pop/rock. Roxy Music rarely sounded as invigorating as they do here."
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Roxy Music
Country Life

  (Item #: roxymcount_1804_1901) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This killer early British Island copy had two excellent sides, each rating a solid Double Plus (A++) for sound
  • Big, rich, full and dynamic with plenty of Tubey Magic and energy - it's one of the better copies from our most recent shootout
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - for an original British Sunray that is QUIET
  • AMG raves that "...Country Life finds Roxy Music at the peak of their powers, alternating between majestic, unsettling art rock and glamorous, elegant pop/rock. Roxy Music rarely sounded as invigorating as they do here."
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Roxy Music
Country Life

  (Item #: roxymcount_1904) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • You'll find very good Hot Stamper grades on both sides of this early British import pressing
  • One of a handful of albums that represent the musical high watermark of early- to mid-'70s Art Rock
  • Includes many of the best songs Ferry ever wrote and Roxy ever played - if you're a fan this is a Must Own album
  • AMG raves that "...Country Life finds Roxy Music at the peak of their powers, alternating between majestic, unsettling art rock and glamorous, elegant pop/rock. Roxy Music rarely sounded as invigorating as they do here."
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Roxy Music - Country Life

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: roxymcount_2015) 



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

Many of the best songs Ferry ever wrote and Roxy ever played are on this album. Musically it's right up there with the first album and Siren, both early '70s Art Rock landmarks.

In our experience the right British original Sunray (Pink Rim) Island pressing will always win the shootout if you have a good pile of copies to play. There are some bad sounding Island LPs out there, so don’t assume the Sunray is the answer. It’s potentially the right answer. Without at least five copies in hand you won't know for sure whether the copy you like is truly a Hot Stamper or not-that-hot-of-a-stamper.

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Roxy Music
Roxy Music

  (Item #: roxymroxym_1903) 

Our Price: $349.99

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

  (Item #: roxymroxym_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: roxymstran_1901) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides and some of the band's best post-Eno music
  • The sound on this British original Island pressing is wonderful throughout - rich, smooth and oh-so-analog
  • One of the group's best sounding recordings, the Tubey Magic on their early albums is off the scale, especially here
  • "The operative adjective for Roxy's first true masterpiece is gorgeous (it's the same adjective for their final one, too) - The centerpiece, "Mother Of Pearl", might be Roxy's finest seven minutes."
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Roxy Music - Stranded

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: roxymstran_2016) 



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

Stranded is one of the higher quality recordings by the band, coming in second for sonics only to the first album, which is really saying something considering that the first album is a Top 100 title. The Tubey Magic on the early albums has to be heard to be believed.

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How To Search Our Site  (Item #: search-guide) 



Here is what you'll find when you visit our Site Search page. Click on this image to start searching, or look below for search tips.



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Spirit - Spirit

The Mono Rocks

  (Item #: spirispiri_mono_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame, not for the best Hot Stamper stereo copies, but for this amazing MONO.

This killer pressing from 2010 has almost EVERYTHING you want from this '60s Psych Pop Masterpiece -- the energy, presence and sheer rock and roll POWER made a mockery of every stereo copy we played.

Want a glimpse into the kind of energy the band was generating in the studio? Drop the needle on Fresh Garbage, the opening track of this amazing mono pressing, and you will hear this band come alive in a way you never imagined you'd ever hear them.

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Spirit
Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus

  (Item #: spiritwelv_1904) 

Our Price: $349.99

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

  (Item #: spiritwelv_1904_3) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding early pressing of Spirit's 1970 Trippy Masterpiece, with Double Plus (A++) sonic grades that are guaranteed to rock your world - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Huge, lively and dynamic - this legendary Psych album creates a wall to wall, three dimensional psychedelic world of its own
  • Nature's Way, Animal Zoo and Mr. Skin all sound amazing on this copy - there's really not a bad track to be found
  • "Spirit's crowning moment and one of the era's great underrated albums ... enriched by meaty horn arrangements, imaginative vocal harmonies, and a structured approach to psychedelic studio trickery such as stereo panning and tapes run backward."
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Spirit - Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: spiritwelv_2013) 



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

This copy has the kind of sound I always dreamed the album could have, but it took years of listening -- mostly to one flat, grainy, smeary copy after another -- to get here.

This and Spirit's first album are absolute Rock Classics in my book, records that belong in any popular music lover's collection.

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Which One's Pink?

And What Do All Those Numbers Mean?

  (Item #: stampers) 



An erstwhile customer sent us an email a while back asking this question: "What is the FULL stamper matrix for this record... all the way around the dead wax?"

I replied that we never give out stamper numbers for the records we sell. The only way to find out the stampers for our records is to buy them. And while we're on the subject, you might enjoy reading this commentary I wrote a while back pointing out how misleading the matrix numbers can be: The Book of Hot Stampers.


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Stephen Stills
Stephen Stills

  (Item #: stillsteph_1812) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: superbreak_2009) 



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

TWO KILLER SIDES ON THIS ROCKIN’ LATE ’70s CLASSIC! I am not at all ashamed to say that we LOVE this album here at Better Records, and a copy like this will certainly help show you why. Side one has incredible A+++ Master Tape Sound and side two is just a plus behind. Drop the needle on Gone Hollywood or The Logical Song to hear how powerful this music can sound when you have the right pressing.

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Supertramp
Crime of the Century
(UK Pressing)

  (Item #: supercrime_1903) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A huge and powerful UK pressing of Supertramp's Masterpiece, offering outstanding Double Plus (A++) quality sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Ken Scott engineered this one to have Cinerama-sized height, width and depth to rival the best albums you've ever heard
  • Clearly their Magnum Opus, a great leap forward and a permanent member of our Rock & Pop Top 100 Album List
  • "The tuneful, tightly played songs, pristine clarity of sound, and myriad imaginative sound effects, helped create an album that Sounds magazine likened to 'Genesis, The Beach Boys...a smattering of [Pink] Floyd.'"
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Supertramp
Crime of the Century

  (Item #: supercrime_1903_1) 

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


  • A huge and powerful pressing of Supertramp's Masterpiece, offering spectacular Double Plus (A++) or BETTER quality sound on both sides
  • Ken Scott engineered this one to have Cinerama-sized height, width and depth to rival the best albums you've ever heard
  • Clearly their Magnum Opus, a great leap forward and a permanent member of our Rock & Pop Top 100 Album List
  • "The tuneful, tightly played songs, pristine clarity of sound, and myriad imaginative sound effects, helped create an album that Sounds magazine likened to "Genesis, The Beach Boys...a smattering of [Pink] Floyd.""
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Supertramp
Even In The Quietest Moments

  (Item #: supereveni_1803_1902) 

Our Price: $249.99
Sale Price: $199.00 (You save $50.99 / 20%)


  • An insanely good sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Quietest Moments can hold its own with any of the band's classics, from Crime all the way through to Breakfast
  • Big Production Tubey Magical British Art Rock just doesn't get much better than Supertramp in the Seventies
  • "The title of Even in the Quietest Moments... isn't much of an exaggeration — this 1977 album finds Supertramp indulging in some of their quietest moments... It feels more pop than it actually is, despite the opening single, "Give a Little Bit," their poppiest song to date, as well as their biggest hit."
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Supertramp
Even In The Quietest Moments

  (Item #: supereveni_1901_1x) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side one and a side two that's right up there with it, this copy has a lot going for it - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Quietest Moments can hold its own with any of the band's classics, from Crime all the way through to Breakfast
  • Big Production Tubey Magical British Art Rock just doesn't get much better than Supertramp in the Seventies
  • "The title of Even in the Quietest Moments... isn't much of an exaggeration — this 1977 album finds Supertramp indulging in some of their quietest moments... It feels more pop than it actually is, despite the opening single, "Give a Little Bit," their poppiest song to date, as well as their biggest hit."
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Super Hot Stamper

Ten Years After
A Space In Time

  (Item #: tenyeaspac_1809_1902) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Two outstanding sides back to back - the Double Plus (A++) sonic grades mean that this is a real Demo Disc
  • This is some of the best high production value rock music of the '70s - go ahead, put it up against the best you've got
  • You don't need tube equipment to hear the prodigious amounts of Tubey Magic that exist on this recording
  • A Better Records Desert Island Disc and Psych Rock Favorite, including the monster hit "I'd Love To Change The World"
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Ten Years After
A Space In Time

  (Item #: tenyeaspac_1901x) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Two superb sides, with a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side one and a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two
  • One of the most Tubey Magical rock recordings on the planet, and a copy like this captures and delivers that glorious analog sound like you will not believe
  • The sound is big, rich and full-bodied with massive size and tons of space - I'd Love to Change The World might just blow your mind on this Triple Plus side one
  • A Better Records Psych Rock Favorite with the hit single "I'd Love To Change The World"
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Ten Years After - A Space in Time

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: tenyeaspac_2010) 



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

MASTER TAPE SOUND on BOTH sides of this White Hot Stamper copy! Folks, it just does not get any better than this. It’s been more than two years (08/08) since last we embarked on a Hot Stamper shootout for this great album. I always knew it could sound good, but I sure never heard it sound like this! (I said that last time around too you may recall. Two years is a long time in audio. If your stereo and room are undergoing regular improvements, as they can and should be, the sound will be noticeably better every year, dramatically better after two.)

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Ten Years After - A Space In Time

Ranking the Most Tubey Magical Rock Recordings

  (Item #: tenyeaspac_tubeymagic) 



This is some of the best High-Production-Value rock music of the '70s. The amount of effort that went into the recording of this album is comparable to that expended by the engineers and producers of bands like Supertramp, Yes, Jethro Tull, Ambrosia, Pink Floyd and too many others to list. It seems that no effort or cost was spared in making the home listening experience as compelling as the recording technology of the day permitted.

Big Production Tubey Magical British Rock & Roll just doesn't get much better than A Space in Time.

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Dylan Thomas - Under Milk Wood

Our First Testimonial for a Record We've Never Heard

  (Item #: thomaunder_letter) 



This week’s testimonial letter comes from our good customer Michael L. in England.

He had just ordered some fairly expensive White Hot Stamper copies of jazz classics that we raved about: Kind of Blue, Miles Davis In Person - Friday Night and Somethin' Else.

Knowing that he's been collecting both originals and audiophile reissues for decades, I dropped him a note asking him to "make sure to play our Hot Stampers against all your originals! We welcome the comparison."

What follows is his enthusiastic reply.


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Our Rock and Pop Top 100 List

  (Item #: top100) 



In 2014 we updated our Rock and Pop Top 100 with ten new titles -- it had been two years since the last update. Those of you who have yet to try one of our Hot Stampers would be well advised to start with something from this list, as a Hot copy of any of these albums is bound to be an ear-opening experience. Click on any of the titles below to find the Hot Stamper copies that are currently in stock.

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Rock and Pop Top 100

Our 2008 Edition

  (Item #: top100_2008_archive) 



Presenting the roughly one hundred BEST SOUNDING albums with the BEST MUSIC that we can actually FIND to put on the site. In other words, there are Hot Stampers of these albums either on the site or coming to the site, so those of you on our email list will be seeing many if not most of these titles sometime in 2008. (Those of you not on our email list will see whatever is leftover after the mailing.)

The list has gone through a number of changes already and will go through many more as we work through our schedule of Hot Stamper shootouts. Each of these listings is now a link to make it easy for you to find copies on the site that are actually in stock.

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Rock and Pop Top 100

Our 2011 Edition

  (Item #: top100_2011_archive) 



Presenting the roughly One Hundred BEST SOUNDING Albums with the BEST MUSIC that we can actually find to put on the site. In other words, there are Hot Stampers of these albums either on the site or coming to the site, so those of you on our email list will be seeing many if not most of these titles sometime in the coming months.


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The Better Records Rock and Pop Top 100 for 2012

Not Just The Usual Suspects

  (Item #: top100_2012archive) 



It was a long time coming, but in 2012 we finally updated our Rock and Pop Top 100 with over a dozen new titles. Those of you who have yet to try one of our Hot Stampers would be well advised to start with something from this list, as a Hot copy of any of these albums is bound to be an ear-opening experience. Click on any of the albums below to find the Hot Stamper copies that are currently in stock.

You can see all of our in-stock Top 100 titles here.

Click here to sort the list alphabetically by artist.


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