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Frank Sinatra
All The Way

  (Item #: sinatallth_1805_) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • This vintage '60s Capitol pressing was our clear winner, with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or something close to it on both sides
  • It has the all the Tubey Magic one could ask for, allowing Sinatra's rich baritone to work its magic on every phrase he sings
  • As you can well imagine, finding clean, scratch-free Sixties Sinatra records like this one, in stereo no less, is no walk in the park
  • This group of singles and B-sides was recorded from 1957 to 1960 - it contains some of Sinatra's better known songs from the period arranged by Nelson Riddle
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Ella Fitzgerald
The Johnny Mercer Song Book

  (Item #: fitzgsings_mercer_1802_1805) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this superb Verve stereo original LP
  • The huge, rich orchestral sound captured so beautifully by Val Valentin is always one of the highlights of these songbooks
  • By the time this one came out in 1964 Ella had already recorded 18 LPs of songbooks - this was the last, going out on a high note
  • Some of the Mercer Classics here are Too Marvelous For Words, Day In-Day Out, Laura, Skylark, Midnight Sun, I Remember You
  • AMG raves "this is one of the best of Ella Fitzgerald's songbooks. Fitzgerald's assured and elegant voice is a perfect match for Mercer's urbane lyrics and Nelson Riddle's supple arrangements..."
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Frank Sinatra and Count Basie
Sinatra At The Sands

  (Item #: sinatatthe_1805_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • This outstanding 2 LP set boasts excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Truly one of the greatest live albums of all time, recorded late at night in the big room at the Sands Hotel in Vegas
  • This is Basie and Sinatra in their natural habitat and in their prime, putting on the show of a lifetime - quiet vinyl too
  • "Basie and the orchestra are swinging and dynamic, inspiring a textured, dramatic, and thoroughly enjoyable performance from Sinatra ... the definitive portrait of Frank Sinatra in the '60s." - Allmusic
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Frank Sinatra
Point of No Return

  (Item #: sinatpoint_1805) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This superb copy of Sinatra's 1962 release boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Both sides are big and full, with a nice extended top end and wonderfully present vocals
  • About as quiet as they come -- Mint Minus Minus on both sides (with one issue, noted below)
  • "... someone persuaded the singer to make the album a special occasion by reuniting with Axel Stordahl, the arranger/conductor who helped Sinatra rise to stardom in the '40s. Sinatra would never sing these standards with such detailed, ornate orchestrations, and, as such, the album has a feeling of an elegy."
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Elvis Presley
It Happened At The World's Fair

  (Item #: preslithap_1710_1805) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An insanely good sounding copy: Triple Plus (A+++) on the first side, Double Plus (A++) on the second
  • If you want to know just how rich, spacious, natural and Tubey Magical an Elvis record can sound, here's your chance to find out
  • Fairly quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - it's unlikely any early pressing would ever play as well
  • Elvis's early albums are rarely in audiophile playing condition, so finding these later pressings with such good sound has been a real ear opener
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Frank Sinatra
Francis A. Sinatra & Antonio C. Jobim

  (Item #: sinatjobim_1805) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • An incredible sounding copy with a Triple Plus (A+++) side one and a solid Double Plus (A++) side two
  • Both sides here are amazing -- super big, rich and full with lovely breathy vocals and tons of presence
  • Sinatra and Jobim are magical here; this is one of our favorite albums
  • "After a few plays, the album begins to slowly work its way underneath a listener's skin, and it emerges as one of his most rewarding albums of the '60s."
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Stan Getz
Getz Au Go Go

  (Item #: getz_getza_1803_1805) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • Truly superb sound for this incredible recording, Triple Plus (A+++) on the second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first
  • Amazingly present, immediate and REAL -- musically and sonically, this is one of our favorite jazz albums
  • This is an incredibly tough album to find with the right sound and decent surfaces, which is the main reason it's been years since we did the shootout
  • 4 stars on Allmusic: "Highly recommended for all dimensions of jazz enthusiasts." [We would of course give it the full 5 Stars]
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Johnny Hartman
I Just Dropped By To Say Hello

  (Item #: hartmijust_1802_1804) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This classic Male Vocal album from the Golden Age of Recording (in this case 1963) boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Rudy Van Gelder worked his engineering magic here - the sound is full-bodied, spacious and present, with gobs of Tubey Magic
  • If you want to hear a living, breathing Johnny Hartmann singing live in your listening room, this album can make that happen
  • 4 1/2 stars:"Hartman is heard in peak form throughout these 11 pieces... This is one of his finest recordings."
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Lou Rawls
Live!

  (Item #: rawlslive_1712_1805) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) grades, or close to it, grace both sides of this Lous Rawls masterpiece
  • A recent addition to our Top 100, Lou Rawls Live! is an outstanding recording that really comes to life on this original pressing
  • The songs are fantastic, the musicians are brilliant, the sound is amazing -- Stormy Monday & Tobacco Road are highlights of the set
  • 4 Stars: "Lou Rawls gives a riveting performance on Live!, covering standards from Basie/Rushing's tambourine-jumpin' 'Goin' to Chicago' to T-Bone Walker's foot-stompin' 'Stormy Monday,' and whole lot in between."
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Ray Charles
The Genius of Ray Charles

  (Item #: charlgeniu_1805_1) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • One of the few copies to ever hit the site and boy is it KILLER -- Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first
  • The sound is incredibly rich, full and Tubey Magical with tons of energy and a nice extended top end
  • Robert Christgau noted that "Charles tried many times, but except for Modern Sounds, he never again assembled such a consistent album in this mode."
  • "Charles' voice is heard throughout in peak form, giving soul to even the veteran standards."
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Billie Holiday
All Or Nothing At All

  (Item #: holidallor_1805) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on sides one, two and four and Double Plus (A++) sound on side three
  • This is one of the best sounding Billie Holiday records we have ever heard - it's even a clear step up from the originals we had on hand
  • This 2 LP set features most of the tracks from the original release plus another handful of recordings from the same period (1955-1956)
  • "... features some of Billie Holiday's top Verve performances from the mid-'50s... she runs the emotional gamut from summery optimism to pathos-rich musings. Befitting her perennial after-hours mood, the majority of songs here feature Holiday in a low-down mood of the highest order." - All Music
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Billie Holiday
Music For Torching

  (Item #: holidmusic_1803_1805) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides, this is a killer copy of one of Billie's best
  • Not only that, but this pressing plays as quietly as any we can find - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • A superb recording of jazz standards with a great lineup and Billie in top form, as well as Tubey Magical sound, with especially breathy vocals
  • Great versions (and lovely sound) for It Had to Be You, Come Rain or Come Shine, A Fine Romance, and too many more to list
  • "The overall feeling on this 1955 recording... is strictly after-hours: the party is long over but a few close friends remain for nightcaps and, is that the sun peeking through the windows?" -- Allmusic
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Elvis Presley
Elvis Is Back!

  (Item #: preslelvis_is_back_1805) 

Our Price: $549.99

  • KILLER Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and Double Plus (A++) on the second
  • Both sides of this Living Stereo pressing are doing it right -- big, rich and full yet still clean, clear and lively with excellent bass
  • About as quiet as any original we have ever played - Mint Minus Minus or BETTER throughout
  • 4 1/2 Stars in All Music, the first top title he produced for RCA
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Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington
The Great Reunion

  (Item #: armstgreat_1803x) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side two and a solid Double Plus (A++) side one, this vintage stereo pressing was one of the best in our most recent shootout
  • So big, so rich, so Tubey Magical, we doubt you have ever heard Louis Armstrong sound remotely as good as he does here
  • We remember the Classic pressing as being a very good sounding record but make no mistake, this is a GREAT sounding one
  • "One of the best things about this configuration is the sound of the Duke’s piano - an underrated pianist, he seldom recorded in such an intimate context."
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Frank Sinatra
Strangers In The Night

  (Item #: sinatstran_1803x) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides, this Sinatra title surprised us with its DEMO DISC sound
  • This is clearly one of the best sounding Reprise-era Sinatra albums we have ever had the pleasure to play
  • Credit must be given to the extraordinarily inventive arrangements of Nelson Riddle and the All Tube engineering of Lee Herschberg
  • "Sinatra's singing is relaxed, confident, and surprisingly jazzy, as he plays with the melody of "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" and delivers a knockout punch with the assured, breathtaking "Summer Wind."
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Frank Sinatra
Francis A. Sinatra & Antonio C. Jobim

  (Item #: sinatjobim_1803x) 

Our Price: $219.99

  • An incredible sounding copy with both sides rating a Double Plus (A++) or better
  • Both sides here are excellent - clean, clear, open and spacious with lovely breathy vocals
  • Sinatra and Jobim are magical here - this is one of our favorite albums
  • "After a few plays, the album begins to slowly work its way underneath a listener's skin, and it emerges as one of his most rewarding albums of the '60s."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Swings Brightly With Nelson

  (Item #: fitzgellaswingb_1802s) 

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


  • Our Shootout Winning stereo copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides - this is As Good As It Gets, folks!
  • Not the quietest copy we've ever played - Mint Minus Minus to EX++ - but clearly the best sounding
  • Fitzgerald's performance on this album won her the Award for Best Vocal Performance, her 7th Grammy (!)
  • "The singer has rarely sounded better than during this period. Fitzgerald sticks mostly to familiar standards and is particularly memorable on "Don't Be That Way," "What Am I Here For," "I'm Gonna Go Fishin'," and "I Won't Dance."
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Frank Sinatra
My Way

  (Item #: sinatmyway_1804_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and the first to ever hit the site!
  • Big and full throughout yet still pretty clean and clear with plenty of extension on both ends
  • "Although it follows the same patterns and approach as Cycles, My Way is a stronger album, with a better, more varied selection of material and a more focused, gutsy performance from Frank Sinatra..." - All Music
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Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie
Ella and Basie!

  (Item #: fitzgellaandbasie_1804) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound throughout, this was one of the better copies from our most recent shootout
  • It's very difficult to get the vocals AND the brass to sound right on the same copy, but these two sides pulled it off
  • About as quiet as they come -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Surprisingly enough this 1963 LP was the first time (other than a couple songs) that Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie recorded together. The match-up was so logical that it would be repeated many times over the next 20 years."
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June Christy
The Misty Miss Christy

  (Item #: chrismisty_1804_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Stunning sound for this original Turquoise Label Capitol Mono LP with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and Double Plus (A++) on the second
  • Both sides here are wonderfully rich and sweet - it’s hard to imagine June sounding much better than she does here
  • All the top West Coast jazz guys are here: Shelly Manne, Bud Shank, Bob Cooper, and the arrangements are by the wonderfully talented Pete Rugolo
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Christy shows her swinging savvy on breezy gems like "Sing Something Simple," "There's No You," and "A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening." Both an essential Christy title and one of the best vocal albums from the '50s."
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Billie Holiday
All Or Nothing At All

  (Item #: holidallor_1804_1) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An excellent copy with two Double Plus (A+++) sides and two very close to it, on quiet vinyl to boot
  • It's one of the better sounding Billie Holiday records we've heard, any guaranteed to beat any Heavy Vinyl reissue you've wasted your money on
  • This 2 LP set features most of the tracks from the original release plus another handful of recordings from the same period (1955-1956)
  • "... features some of Billie Holiday's top Verve performances from the mid-'50s... she runs the emotional gamut from summery optimism to pathos-rich musings. Befitting her perennial after-hours mood, the majority of songs here feature Holiday in a low-down mood of the highest order." - All Music
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Ella Fitzgerald
Whisper Not

  (Item #: fitzgwhisp_1801x) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Both sides of this stereo 2-pack have excellent sound, with a Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one and a solid Double Plus (A++) side two
  • Big, balanced, lively and musical, these two sides had some of the best sound we heard in our most recent shootout
  • Superb engineering from the man behind so many great sounding Verve records, Val Valentin
  • "These fine-tuned arrangements also provide the perfect launching pad for Fitzgerald to place her own stamp on material associated with other singers."
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Frank Sinatra
My Kind of Broadway

  (Item #: sinatmykin_1710_1804) 

Our Price: $119.99
Sale Price: $99.00 (You save $20.99 / 17%)


  • You'll hear outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound quality on both sides of this killer pressing
  • Superb Tubey Magical mid-'60s Sinatra sound, recorded in various sessions from 1961 to 1965
  • With the Count Basie Orchestra backing him on several tracks, the swinging Sinatra is heard in his prime and we think he sounds just great
  • Allmusic: "When Sinatra delivers, as he does on the show-stopper 'Luck Be a Lady,' the results are pretty spectacular..."
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Willie Nelson
Always On My Mind

  (Item #: nelsoalway_1710_1804) 

Our Price: $49.99

  • You'll find very good Hot Stamper sound on both sides of this Willie Nelson classic
  • Fans of Stardust are going to love this one - it's another solid album full of Willie's heartfelt renditions of modern classics
  • Fairly quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "... it was a huge, huge hit — his biggest ever, actually, spending 22 weeks at the top of the country charts" - All Music
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Elvis Presley
Elvis Is Back!

  (Item #: preslelvis_is_back_1801_1804) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish for this Vintage Tube Recording from RCA in 1960
  • This Living Stereo pressing is doing it right - it's big, rich and full yet still clean, clear and lively with excellent bass
  • About as quiet as any original we have ever played - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • 4 1/2 Stars in All Music, the first top title he produced for RCA, and one of the best sounding Elvis records we know of
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Nat King Cole Sings / George Shearing Plays

  (Item #: cole_natki_1804_2) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides of this wonderful collaboration from 1962
  • Two masters come together here to create a compilation of timeless arrangements still appreciated by both music lovers and audiophiles to this day
  • It's tough to find top quality sound for Nat King Cole - here's your chance to hear just how good he sounded on this All Tube Recording from the early '60s
  • "Cole is in prime form on such songs as "September Song," "Pick Yourself Up," and "Serenata." Shearing's accompaniment is tasteful and lightly swinging, and the string arrangements help to accentuate the romantic moods."
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Elvis Presley
That's The Way It Is

  (Item #: preslthats_1804) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Elvis' 1970 release finally makes it to the site, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Big, open, and clear, this album captures both live and studio performances - a unique collection vital to any Elvis fan
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... [That's The Way It Is] captures a peerless performer putting his amazing band through the paces... Elvis would record more great music in the next few years, but this record captures him at a pivotal moment when he retained the power of his 1968 comeback and had yet to succumb to all the glitz of Vegas."
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Frank Sinatra
Come Dance With Me

  (Item #: sinatcomed_1710x) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Very good Hot Stamper sound from start to finish for this classic Frank Sinatra album from 1959
  • Both sides here play Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus which is about as quiet as we can find them
  • The sound is great throughout -- rich, warm and full with lively brass from none other than Billy May
  • 5 stars: "Working with Billy May again, Frank Sinatra recorded his hardest swing album ever with Come Dance with Me! Driven by an intensely swinging horn section, the album has a fair share of slower numbers, but the songs that make the biggest impression are the up-tempo cuts."
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Frank Sinatra
Come Swing With Me!

  (Item #: sinatcomes_1802x) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • This 1961 original Capitol stereo pressing boasts incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first
  • On this pressing you'll hear Billy May's arrangements - just brass, no strings or winds - blasting behind Sinatra like never before
  • This was Sinatra's final swing session with Capitol and on a pressing as good as this one you can tell he and the band are having a blast
  • Allmusic: "...his intense, speedy energy gives the album an edge that distinguishes the record... it [has] enough genuine gems to make it necessary."
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Sarah Vaughan
Send In The Clowns

  (Item #: vaughseni_1804_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding pressing, only the second copy to EVER hit the site, boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Huge and powerful, Basie's horns are really blastin' on this copy
  • Sassy's remarkable vocal range and flexibility are on full display here, singing favorites including "I Got A Right To Sing The Blues," "When Your Lover Has Gone," and, of course, the title track
  • "Sarah Vaughan is accompanied by her regular rhythm section of the early '80s, guitarist Freddie Green, and the Count Basie horn sections on this enjoyable date... Sassy is in superb form..." - Allmusic
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Sarah Vaughan
After Hours

  (Item #: vaughafter_1804) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With a shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) side two and an excellent Double Plus (A++) side one, this copy of After Hours could not be beat
  • The very FIRST copy to ever hit the site and the sound here is KILLER
  • With simple arrangements, featuring just Mundell Lowe's guitar mastery and George Duvivier on double bass, Vaughan's soulful voice is the centerpiece of the music
  • Not the quietest copy we've ever played - Mint Minus Minus to EX++ on both sides - but obviously one of the best sounding
  • "...a quiet and intimate affair, with Vaughan more subtle than she sometimes was... some fine jazz singing." -- Allmusic
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Frank Sinatra
September Of My Years

  (Item #: sinatsepte_1804_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two seriously good Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy came in just shy of our shootout winner
  • Both sides are exceptionally spacious and three-dimensional, as well as relaxed and full-bodied - just wonderful
  • A Demo Quality Tubey Magical disc, but it only sounds that way on the Blue Green original stereo pressings like this one
  • 5 stars on Allmusic ("One of Frank Sinatra's triumphs of the '60s") and Grammy Album of the Year for 1967
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Louis Armstrong
I've Got The World On A String

  (Item #: armstivego_1804_2) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb early pressing with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last!
  • Both sides here are super clean, clear and open with a lovely bottom end and lots of space around all of the instruments
  • Fairly quiet throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • ""When Your Lover Is Gone" is sublime, with its signature riff of blasé, sighing horns and responding, rising string tremolos... a seductive nighttime ambience that'll draw you in every time." - All Music
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Sarah Vaughan
Dreamy

  (Item #: vaughdream_1804) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding copy boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from first note to last
  • Forget the honky originals - our killer reissues of this 1960 All Tube Recording are rich and relaxed, just the way they should be
  • The combination of old and new works wonders on this title as you will surely hear for yourself on these superb sides
  • "Trumpeter Harry 'Sweets' Edison contributes some soft, melodic trumpet but the focus is very much on the singer during such numbers as 'The More I See You,' 'Star Eyes,' 'My Ideal,' and 'Crazy He Calls Me.'" - Allmusic
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Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie
Ella and Basie!

  (Item #: fitzgonthe_1803) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it throughout, this was one of the better copies from our most recent shootout of the album (also known as On the Sunny Side of the Street)
  • It's very difficult to get the vocals AND the brass to sound right on the same copy, but this copy pulled it off
  • This pressing is about as quiet as they come -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Surprisingly enough this 1963 LP was the first time (other than a couple songs) that Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie recorded together. The match-up was so logical that it would be repeated many times over the next 20 years."
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June Christy
Gone For The Day

  (Item #: chrisgonef_1804_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Only the third copy to hit the site in over 8 years, not to mention one of the best one ever, with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first
  • The overall sound here is balanced and natural, with the kind of full-bodied, rich vocal sound that no one seems to know how to record anymore
  • This original Turquoise label mono from 1957 has all the TUBEY MAGIC these vintage Capitol pressings are famous for
  • Allmusic reviewers give it Four Stars and we would give it at least that many
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Lena Horne & Harry Belafonte
Porgy and Bess

  (Item #: horneporgy_1802x) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound for both sides of this wonderful Living Stereo album - as you would expect, the Tubey Magic is off the charts
  • Both sides are big, lively and present with lovely breathy vocals from the two principals (who sing solo on all but two of the tracks)
  • A brilliant Living Stereo recording from 1959, which plays as quietly as we can find them - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "The first of Belafonte's duet albums with female performers, this one paired two attractive black American singers at the peak of their respective talents."
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Sarah Vaughan
Dreamy

  (Item #: vaughdream_1803x) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Superb Shootout Winning sound on side one, rating a Triple Plus (A+++) - side two rated a solid Double Plus (A++)
  • Forget the honky originals - our killer reissues of this 1960 All Tube Recording are rich and relaxed, just the way they should be
  • Pretty darn quiet throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - good luck finding a copy in the bins that plays this quiet
  • "Trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison contributes some soft, melodic trumpet but the focus is very much on the singer during such numbers as "The More I See You," "Star Eyes," "My Ideal," and "Crazy He Calls Me."" - All Music
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Johnny Mathis
Heavenly

  (Item #: mathiheave_1804) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two excellent sides, each rating a solid Double Plus (A++), this original 6 Eye stereo is one of the better sounding copies we've heard
  • The sound is big, rich, clean and clear, coupled with the hardest thing to find on an old Columbia record: top end extension
  • Natural vocal reproduction is the sine qua non of a Johnny Mathis album - this one showed us just how good Columbia was back in 1959
  • "The tempos are slow, the strings swell, and Mathis' vulnerable tenor, dripping with tender emotion yet never missing a beat, soars and swoops over all. The best track, a revelation when it appeared on this album, is "Misty," a treatment of Erroll Garner's jazz piano classic with a newly added lyric by Johnny Burke."
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Frank Sinatra
Softly, As I Leave You

  (Item #: sinatsoftl_1804) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side one and a superb Double Plus (A++) side two, this original stereo copy will be very hard to beat
  • Big, rich and natural sounding, the new material on this album was recorded in 1964 when Sinatra's voice was in very fine form indeed
  • Fairly quiet throughout - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus on the first side, Mint Minus Minus on the second
  • "The highlight of the record was the hit title song, which featured a subdued but forceful and steady backbeat. The rhythm itself was indicative of Sinatra's effort to accept the new popular music."
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Billie Holiday
Lady In Satin

  (Item #: holidladyi_1804) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Amazingly clear and Tubey magical Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on the second
  • Dramatically richer, fuller and more Tubey Magical than most other copies, with breathy vocals and rosiny, fairly smooth strings
  • I'm a Fool to Want You on this very copy may just send chills racing up and down your spine
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "Lady Day herself said that this session was her personal favorite."
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Tony Bennett
For Once In My Life

  (Item #: benneforon_1804) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This pressing gives Tony the sound he deserves, with excellent Double Plus (A++) grades on both of these early stereo sides
  • Superb and Tubey Magical like nothing you've heard
  • Amazing vocal reproduction courtesy of the brilliant engineering of Frank Laico at his favorite studio (and ours), Columbia 30th Street studios
  • We are not big soundstage guys here at Better Records, but we can't deny the appeal of the space to be found on a record as good as this
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Tony Bennett
I Left My Heart In San Francisco

  (Item #: benneileft_1803) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This copy of Tony Bennett's 1962 classic earned very good Hot Stamper grades on both sides
  • Amazing music, plus brilliant engineering by Frank Laico at his favorite studio (and ours), Columbia 30th Street studios
  • This copy plays on relatively quiet vinyl too, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • Allmusic 5 Stars and the winner of two Grammy Awards in 1962 including Record of the Year
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Willie Nelson
The Troublemaker

  (Item #: nelsotroub_1708x) 

Our Price: $139.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides, this was one of the better copies from our most recent shootout -
  • It's richer, fuller, more musical and more natural - Willie's breathy voice is reproduced with a solidity and immediacy that's not easy to find
  • With Larry Gatlin on guitar, Doug Sahm on fiddle and Arif Mardin producing, how can you go wrong?
  • Allmusic raves that "...the sublime subtlety of the performances on The Troublemaker make it sound of a piece with The Red Headed Stranger and Stardust. It may not be nearly as popular as either, but musically, it's just as satisfying and is one of the quiet highlights in Willie's vast catalog."
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Sam Cooke
Hits of the '50s

  (Item #: cookehitso_1710x) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A vintage Living Stereo recording that's rarely available on the site, this Sam Cooke LP boasts excellent Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • If you want to hear one of the great vocalists from the '50s, in his prime, with top quality audiophile sound, this is the album that will do the trick!
  • This is the way it must have sounded in 1960, in the New York studios where it was recorded, with legendary RCA engineer BOB SIMPSON behind the board
  • This is not the typically radio-EQ’d singing-out-of-tin-can sound of so many male vocal albums from the era - Cooke's voice is warm and rich here
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Frank Sinatra
Softly, As I Leave You

  (Item #: sinatsoftl_1710x) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this early stereo pressing was one of the better copies we played in our first-ever shootout
  • Big, rich and natural, the new material on this album was recorded in 1964, with Sinatra's voice in very fine form
  • This is one of the few Sinatra records where the second label pressings can still sound quite good - that is rare in our experience
  • "The highlight of the record was the hit title song, which featured a subdued but forceful and steady backbeat. The rhythm itself was indicative of Sinatra's effort to accept the new popular music."
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Harry Nilsson
A Little Touch of Schmilsson

  (Item #: nilssalitt_1611_1x) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • Wonderfully warm and relaxed sound on both sides of this Hot Stamper pressing
  • Both sides are very spacious and very open with wonderful immediacy and tons of richness
  • One of our favorite Nilsson releases - it's The Ultimate latter-day standards album
  • A Better Records Rock and Pop Top 100 album
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Louis Armstrong
The Essential Louis Armstrong

  (Item #: armstessen_1803) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout, this original stereo copy will be hard to beat
  • Big, rich, and Tubey Magical, Louis Armstrong has rarely sounded this good on record - we should know, we've played his albums by the score
  • This pressing boasts rich lower mids and nice extension up top, critical to getting the right sound for this vintage recording
  • "... a definitive look at the Louis Armstrong All-Stars in their later years, when Tyree Glenn was on trombone and the group was riding high from the success of "Hello Dolly." - All Music
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Frank Sinatra
The Concert Sinatra

  (Item #: sinatconce_1711x) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Hot Stamper grades grace both sides of this classic pressing from Ol' Blue Eyes
  • With 24 mics feeding 8 tracks of 35MM recording film, this was the sonic equivalent of Gone With the Wind - no expense or effort was spared
  • This album ranks right up there with the best of his Reprise era releases - recorded in 1963, Sinatra was still in his prime
  • "Sinatra is given the opportunity to demonstrate his full emotional range, from the melodrama of 'Ol' Man River' to the tender romanticisim of 'Bewitched,' which helps make The Concert Sinatra one of his most fulfilling albums of the era."
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Willie Nelson
Always On My Mind

  (Item #: nelsoalway_1711x) 

Our Price: $119.99
Sale Price: $99.99 (You save $20.00 / 17%)


  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides or BETTER this was one of the better pressings we played in our recent shootout
  • Just drop the needle on Bridge Over Troubled Water to hear Willie and his bandmates doing what they do best
  • Fairly quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - they sure don't come any quieter
  • ...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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Frank Sinatra - Duke Ellington
Francis A. & Edward K.

  (Item #: sinatfranc_1708x) 

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


  • One of the better copies of this top quality recording to hit the site, with superb Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Outstanding size and weight with rich, clear brass and good space up top - thanks Lee Herschberg!
  • Sinatra is both natural and present - he actually sounds like he is standing on the same stage as Ellington's band
  • "... this collaboration between America's most popular singing icon and pre-eminent jazz composer still endures as one of Sinatra's most enjoyable Reprise-era albums."
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Frank Sinatra
I Remember Tommy

  (Item #: sinatireme_1802_) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This is one of the best sounding Sinatra records we have ever played - this early pressing offers the critical listener outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • We were shocked to hear how good the originals can sound on this album, and just as shocked to hear other copies that can actually beat the best of them
  • The richness of these heavy-on-the-brass Tubey Magical Reprise pressings makes them the clear choice for sonics (if you have the right stampers)
  • 100% of Amazon reviewers rate this one Four Stars or better, with 77% giving the album Five Stars!
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Ella Fitzgerald
Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!

  (Item #: fitzgclaph_1803_2) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This early stereo pressing is excellent from first note to last, earning Hot Stamper grades for its lovely sound
  • Both sides are rich, smooth and dynamic with lovely, breathy vocals and plenty of Tubey Magic
  • Our single favorite female vocal album here at Better Records, Ella's small group masterpiece
  • "After the lush orchestrations of her classic series of composer songbooks, which found her collaborating with the best arrangers, the intimate scale and easy interplay of a crack band provide a wonderful platform for the spirited performances here."
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Elvis Presley
Elvis Now

  (Item #: preslelvis_now_1711x) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An excellent copy of this classic, with Double Plus (A++) grades, or close to it, throughtout
  • Rich, full and Tubey Magical, yet still clear and open with an involving, musical quality that was missing from much of what we played
  • The best copies of the album are quite a bit better than most of the Elvis we audition - some of the early albums can really be awful
  • "Elvis Now is quintessential '70s Elvis Presley, an eclectic mix of ballads, rockers, and gospel numbers all seemingly arranged with Elvis' lavish Las Vegas stage show very much in mind." - All Music
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Elvis Presley
From Elvis in Memphis

  (Item #: preslfrome_1803) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two excellent Double Plus (A++) sides, this Elvis classic return-to-form from 1969 ROCKS
  • Elvis is solid, clear and present on this early RCA pressing, and the band has plenty of energy to get this soulful music on its feet and cookin'
  • Guaranteed to beat the MoFi and any Heavy Vinyl pressing you have ever heard hands down - it will be no contest
  • 5 Stars: "After a 14-year absence from Memphis, Elvis Presley returned to cut what was certainly his greatest album (or, at least, a tie effort with his RCA debut LP from early 1956)."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!

  (Item #: fitzgclaph_1803_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This original stereo pressing is superb from first note to last, earning Double Plus (A++) grades for sound
  • Both sides are rich, smooth and dynamic with exceptionally breathy vocals and plenty of Tubey Magic
  • The vocal naturalness and immediacy here will put Ella practically in the room with you - it lets her performance come to life
  • Our single Favorite Female Vocal album here at Better Records, one that gets better with each passing year
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Willie Nelson
Without A Song

  (Item #: nelsowitho_1710x) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb copy that earned seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • Like Stardust, it's another album of Willie bringing his unique style to a group of incomparable standards of love and loss
  • Top quality arrangements - drop the needle on Autumn Leaves or A Dreamer's Holiday to hear Booker T and his pros at their best
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Ray Charles
The Best Of

  (Item #: charlbesto_1803) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An amazing sounding copy: Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it on both sides
  • Bigger, richer and fuller than the typical pressing with huge amounts of presence
  • About as quiet as we can find them -- Mint Minus Minus
  • This comp gives you a taste of Ray's great instrumental tracks with surprisingly good sound
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Elvis Presley
On Stage February 1970

  (Item #: preslonsta_1711x) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With two excellent Double Plus (A++) sides, this original RCA Orange Label copy was one of the best we heard in our shootout
  • This is Elvis doing songs made famous by others, proving that he can still out-rock and out-soul practically anybody alive
  • With ten million copies sold to date, this album's appeal has transcended its time and must be considered a true Elvis Classic
  • 4 Stars: "'The Wonder of You' might not have been 'That's All Right' or even 'Heartbreak Hotel,' but it was a towering performance by a singer who could, even then, run circles around virtually anyone in the business this side of Roy Orbison."
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Frank Sinatra
Sinatra '65

  (Item #: sinatsinat65_1711x) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An outstanding early pressing, with excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from 'Ol Blue Eyes, first note to last
  • Both sides here are rich, full and lively with wonderfully present vocals and plenty of Tubey Magic
  • This album contains two of Frank's biggest hits: My Kind of Town and Luck Be a Lady
  • 78% of the reviewers on Amazon give the album Five Stars
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Willie Nelson
Stardust

  (Item #: nelsostard_1803) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides of this exceptionally well-recorded album, this copy surely qualifies as an Audiophile Demo Disc
  • From the first few moments of the title track you'll be blown away by the in the room presence of The Man himself
  • This copy is hi-res without sacrificing the Analog warmth that makes the recording so special
  • 5 stars: "Stardust showcases Nelson's skills as a musician and his entire aesthetic — where there is nothing separating classic American musical forms, it can all be played together — perhaps better than any other album..."
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Elvis Presley
Pot Luck

  (Item #: preslpotlu_1803) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this surprisingly good sounding record
  • Recorded in Nashville by the brilliant Bill Porter, and with the Jordanaires singing backup, what's not to like?
  • If you want to know just how rich, spacious, natural and Tubey Magical Elvis' records can sound, look no further
  • "Pot Luck was a great vehicle for Presley's voice as it was evolving -- 'She's Not You' brilliantly showcased the softer, more intense singing style that had manifested itself just a few months earlier with 'Can't Help Falling in Love.'"
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Marty Robbins
By The Time I Get To Phoenix

  (Item #: robbibythe_1803) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An excellent 360 stereo pressing, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • This copy plays on relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • We love the sound on the better copies, rich, tubey, clear and present
  • This one features a mixture of originals and covers - a showcase for Marty's tremendous range and ability to cross musical genres
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Nat King Cole
My Fair Lady

  (Item #: cole_myfai_1705s) 

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


  • This copy has nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides, the best to ever hit the site
  • Talk about Tubey Magical, rich, warm, sweet, smooth sounding vocals, this early Capitol pressing from 1963 had got 'em
  • A few condition issues can be heard on side one so those looking for especially quiet pressings should probably pass on this one
  • "Cole enthusiastically performs 11 songs from My Fair Lady, and not only sings the tunes, but in a few cases has spoken monologues in which he acts out the parts of Henry Higgins and Alfred Doolittle."
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Willie Nelson
The Sound In Your Mind

  (Item #: nelsosound_1710x) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better copies we played in our most recent shootout
  • Both sides here are incredibly big, open and spacious with excellent bass and tons of energy
  • That Lucky Old Sun and Amazing Grace would fit just fine on Stardust - this is where it all started
  • "... The Sound in Your Mind sets the template for the next few years of albums by Willie." - All Music
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Ella Fitzgerald
Sings the Harold Arlen Song Book #2

  (Item #: fitzgarlen_1803) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This stereo pressing of the Harold Arlen Song Book earned excellent Double Plus (A++) grades, or close to it, on both sides
  • Only the second copy to hit the site in two years, Ella is especially rich, Tubey Magical and breathy throughout
  • Check out all the great songs here: Come Rain Or Come Shine, It's Only A Paper Moon, One For My Baby, Get Happy, I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues, Over The Rainbow, and more
  • 5 Stars: "Of all of her Songbooks, the Harold Arlen and Duke Ellington sets are the most jazz-oriented."
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Ray Charles & Betty Carter
Ray Charles & Betty Carter

  (Item #: charlraych_1803) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on this vintage stereo pressing - it's the first truly Hot Stamper to EVER hit the site
  • This 1961 release showcases two of the most soulful singers to ever share a microphone, both at the height of their powers
  • Includes the still-popular "Baby It's Cold Outside" (no one has ever recorded it quite like these two), People Will Say We're In Love, Side By Side, and many more
  • 4 stars: "There is certainly a powerful, often sexy rapport between the two -- Charles in his sweet balladeering mode, Carter with her uniquely keening, drifting high register -- and they definitely create sparks in the justly famous rendition of "Baby, It's Cold Outside.""
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Stan Getz
Getz Au Go Go

  (Item #: getz_getza_1803) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • Excellent sound for this incredible recording with both sides rating a Double Plus (A++) or very close to it
  • Musically and sonically, this is one of our favorite jazz albums
  • This is an incredibly tough album to find with the right sound and decent surfaces, which is the main reason it's been years since we did the shootout
  • 4 stars on Allmusic: "Highly recommended for all dimensions of jazz enthusiasts." [We would of course give it the full 5 Stars]
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Lou Rawls
Carryin' On!

  (Item #: rawlscarry_1803_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides
  • Both sides are super clean, clear and open with a big bottom end and plenty of space around all of the instruments
  • About as quiet as they come -- Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • "The production and arrangements were perfectly tailored to his voice, the songs were good, and Rawls sounded confident, assertive, and soulful." - All Music
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Lou Rawls
Carryin' On!

  (Item #: rawlscarry_1803) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • The first copy to ever hit the site and boy is it a good one! 'Triple Triple' (A+++) sound!
  • Both sides are incredibly rich, full and Tubey Magical with plenty of extension on both ends
  • About as quiet as they come -- Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • "The production and arrangements were perfectly tailored to his voice, the songs were good, and Rawls sounded confident, assertive, and soulful." - All Music
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Elvis Presley
It Happened At The World's Fair

  (Item #: preslithap_1710s) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $169.00 (You save $30.99 / 15%)


  • An insanely good sounding copy: Triple Plus (A+++) on the first side, Double Plus (A++) on the second
  • If you want to know just how rich, spacious, natural and Tubey Magical an Elvis record can sound, here's your chance to find out
  • Fairly quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - it's unlikely any early pressing would ever play as well
  • Elvis's early albums are rarely in audiophile playing condition, so finding these later pressings with such good sound has been a real ear opener
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Elvis Presley
On Stage February 1970

  (Item #: preslonsta_1802) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With an amazing Triple Plus (A+++) side two and an excellent Double Plus (A++) side one, this original RCA Orange Label is guaranteed to sound dramatically better than any copy you've ever heard
  • Here's Elvis doing songs made famous by others, proving that he can still out-rock and out-soul practically anybody alive
  • With ten million copies sold to date, this album's appeal has transcended its time and must be considered a true Elvis Classic
  • 4 Stars: ""The Wonder of You" might not have been "That's All Right" or even "Heartbreak Hotel," but it was a towering performance by a singer who could, even then, run circles around virtually anyone in the business this side of Roy Orbison."
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Harry Belafonte
Belafonte at Carnegie Hall

  (Item #: belafbelaf_1802_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This later black label pressing boasts excellent sound, with a shootout-winning Triple Plus (A+++) side three and excellent Double Plus (A++) grades or close to it for sides one, two and four
  • You'll hear a very large group of musicians bring their wonderful energy to this music, all backing Harry live on the stage in real time and in ANALOG
  • Harry Pearson made his reputation bringing this kind of amazing recording to the attention of the audiophile public, and for that we owe him a debt of gratitude
  • 5 stars: "The granddaddy of all live albums, this double-LP set captures the excitement of a Harry Belafonte concert at the height of his popularity."
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Frank Sinatra
Come Swing With Me!

  (Item #: sinatcomes_1802_3) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This 1961 original Capitol stereo pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • On this early pressing you'll hear Billy May's arrangements - just brass, no strings or winds - blasting behind Sinatra like never before
  • This was Sinatra's final swing session with Capitol and on a pressing as good as this one you can tell he and the band are having a blast
  • Allmusic: "...his intense, speedy energy gives the album an edge that distinguishes the record... it [has] enough genuine gems to make it necessary."
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Tony Bennett
I Left My Heart In San Francisco

  (Item #: benneileft_1802_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Superb and magical like nothing you've heard - this killer copy is as about as HUGE and as REAL as it gets
  • This pressing gives Tony the sound he deserves, with side one Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) and side two a solid Double Plus (A++)
  • Amazing music, plus brilliant engineering by Frank Laico at his favorite studio (and ours), Columbia 30th Street studios
  • Allmusic 5 Stars and the winner of two Grammy Awards in 1962 including Record of the Year
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Marty Robbins
By The Time I Get To Phoenix

  (Item #: robbibythe_1802_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A Shootout Winning copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and Double Plus (A++) sound on the second
  • Both sides here are rich, tubey, clear and present with wonderfully full strings and a solid bottom end
  • Fairly quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • This one features a mixture of originals and covers - a showcase for Marty's tremendous range and ability to cross musical genres
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Duke Ellington
Indigos

  (Item #: ellinindig_1802_3) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • You'll find very good Hot Stamper sound from first note to last on this Red Label pressing of Ellington's 1958 Masterpiece
  • It also plays quite a bit better than practically any Six-Eye pressing ever will , Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • If you like your jazz ballads performed with deep feeling, by a road-tested group of virtuoso players, this record is for you
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Ella Fitzgerald
Sings The Gershwin Song Book Vol. 1

  (Item #: fitzgsings_gershwin_1_1802) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This superb stereo 2-pack offers excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Ella sounds rich, Tubey Magical and breathy on this 1959 release
  • It's very difficult to get the vocals AND the brass right together, but these pressings prove it can be done
  • Nelson Riddle's arrangements are especially interesting and artful throughout - we love the guy!
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June Christy
The Intimate Miss Christy

  (Item #: chrisintim_1802_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This original stereo copy delivers wonderful 1962 Tubey Magical vocal reproduction, with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it, on both sides
  • If you want to hear a living, breathing June Christy in an intimate setting, this is the only way to go
  • This copy plays on relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • "The Intimate Miss Christy is a special treat for her fans as it finds the cool blonde singer backed only by Al Viola's guitar and Don Bagley's bass (though a flutist sits in on a few tracks)."
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June Christy
This Is June Christy

  (Item #: christhisi_1710) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find superb Double Plus (A++) Tubey Magical sound from 1958 on both sides of this Turquoise Capitol pressing
  • Both sides are balanced and natural, with the kind of full-bodied, rich vocal sound that no one seems to know how to record anymore
  • June Christy is one of our favorite Cool School vocalists - if only we could find more clean copies of her classic '50s albums
  • 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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Elvis Presley
Something For Everybody

  (Item #: preslsomet_1709s) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy was one of the best we played in our recent shootout
  • If you want to know just how rich, spacious, natural and Tubey Magical an Elvis record can sound, here's your chance to find out
  • Recorded partly in Nashville by the brilliant Bill Porter, and with the Jordanaires singing backup, what's not to like?
  • "...his voice is better than ever, and this is reflected in the arrangements, most of which are closer in spirit to the finely crafted pop symphonies of Roy Orbison than they are to any of Presley's earlier work."
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Duke Ellington
Indigos

  (Item #: ellinindig_1802_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two outstanding sides rating a Double Plus (A++) for sound, this was one of the better copies in our most recent shootout
  • This original 6-Eye Stereo pressing blew us away with its superbly well recorded romantic big band jazz, of which Ellington was a true master
  • A near-perfect demonstration of just how good 1958 All Tube Analog sound can be - no modern record can hold a candle to a pressing as good as this one
  • If you like your jazz ballads performed with deep feeling, by a road-tested group of virtuoso players, this record is for you
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John Coltrane
John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman

  (Item #: coltrjohnc_1802) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding copy of this classic Jazz Vocal album, with superb Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • The sound is huge and spacious with richness and Tubey Magic like nothing you've heard
  • I defy you to find a Male Vocal record produced in the last thirty years that can hold a candle to this one, sonically or musically
  • A wonderful collaboration between a horn player and a singer, perhaps the greatest example of all time
  • "John Coltrane's matchup with singer Johnny Hartman works extremely well. Hartman was in prime form on the six ballads, and his versions of "Lush Life" and "My One and Only Love" have never been topped. Classic, essential for all jazz collections" - 5 stars
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Billie Holiday
Lady In Satin

  (Item #: holidladyi_1802) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and reasonably quiet vinyl, this Billie Holiday classic will be hard to beat
  • Dramatically richer, fuller and more Tubey Magical than most, with breathy vocals and rosiny, fairly smooth strings
  • I'm a Fool to Want You on this copy may just send chills racing up and down your spine
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Lady Day herself said that this session was her personal favorite."
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Mel Torme
Swings Shubert Alley

  (Item #: tormeswing_1802) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Both sides of this Mel Torme vintage masterpiece boast Double Plus (A++) grades and play fairly quietly
  • One of our all-time favorite Male Vocal albums that's just mindblowing on a copy like this
  • Big and spacious with amazing richness and warmth, this is Vocal Demo Disc like few others
  • 5 stars: "The overall mood... is unrestrained enthusiasm, and it makes for an excellent record."
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Frank Sinatra
Strangers In The Night

  (Item #: sinatstran_1802) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • You'll find very good Hot Stamper grades on both sides of this Frank Sinatra classic
  • Full, clear, and open versions of "The Chairman Of The Board's" most beloved songs
  • Credit must be given to the extraordinarily inventive arrangements of Nelson Riddle and the All Tube engineering of Lee Herschberg
  • Allmusic: "Sinatra's singing is relaxed, confident, and surprisingly jazzy, as he plays with the melody of "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" and delivers a knockout punch with the assured, breathtaking "Summer Wind."
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Sarah Vaughan
Sarah Slightly Classical

  (Item #: vaughsarah_1802_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • This early Roulette pressing was super rich, full and Tubey Magical with wonderfully breathy vocals
  • About as quiet as we can find them -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Vaughan cuts loose on numbers such as "Be My Love," "Intermezzo," "Full Moon and Empty Arms" and "Ah Sweet Mystery of Life."
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Frank Sinatra
All The Way

  (Item #: sinatallth_1801) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • This vintage '60s Capitol pressing boasts Hot Stamper sound from first note to last and reasonably quiet vinyl
  • This group of singles and B-sides was recorded from 1957 to 1960 and contain some of Sinatra's better-known songs arranged by Nelson Riddle
  • As you can well imagine, finding clean, scratch-free '60s Sinatra records like this one, in stereo no less, is no walk in the park
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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Swings Lightly

  (Item #: fitzgella_swings_1801) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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
  • Lovely All Tube sound from 1958, with a huge, rich orchestra conducted by our man, Marty Paich
  • Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo - these were the days when Ella was on top of the world
  • "The bright, sunny optimism of Fitzgerald’s style comes through in several tracks, including 'If I Were a Bell' (which also includes several remarkable variations on the melody), and 'Teardrops From My Eyes' (which alternates between rock and jazz beats—not a big leap back then!)"
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Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Swings Brightly With Nelson

  (Item #: fitzgellaswingb_1801_2) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An excellent early stereo copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • Exceptionally lovely All Tube sound from 1961, with a huge, rich orchestra conducted by the legendary Nelson Riddle
  • Fitzgerald's performance on this album won her the Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance, her 7th Grammy (!)
  • "The singer has rarely sounded better than during this period. Fitzgerald sticks mostly to familiar standards and is particularly memorable on "Don't Be That Way," "What Am I Here For," "I'm Gonna Go Fishin'," and "I Won't Dance."
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Harry Nilsson
A Little Touch of Schmilsson

  (Item #: nilssalitt_1709x) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from beginning to end, sonically this is a big step up over most pressings and is guaranteed to beat any modern reissue handily
  • Both sides are incredibly rich and full with excellent presence and lots of space around the instruments
  • One of our favorite Nilsson releases - it's The Ultimate latter-day standards album
  • A Better Records Rock and Pop Top 100 album for its wonderfully natural vocal and orchestral reproduction
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Willie Nelson
Without A Song

  (Item #: nelsowitho_1712) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • This Willie Nelson classic album of standards boasts very good Hot Stamper grades and fairly quiet vinyl from first note to last
  • Nelson's 32nd studio album, this sequel to Stardust includes a collaboration with Julio Iglesias on If Time Goes By
  • Showcases Booker T. Jones' superb arrangements on Great American Songbook perennials such as Autumn Leaves, As Time Goes By, Harbor Lights and of course, Without a Song
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Billie Holiday
Lady In Satin

  (Item #: holidladyi_1712) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Very good Hot Stamper grades grace both sides of this vintage pressing, on reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • A superb album, inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Lady Day herself said that this session was her personal favorite."
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Astrud Gilberto
The Shadow Of Your Smile

  (Item #: gilbeshado_1711) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With superb Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last, this copy will be hard to beat
  • The best early Verve stereo pressings have the rich Tubey Magic to bring out the intimacy in Astrud's breathy vocal
  • Many of our favorite engineers worked on this album in 1964 + 1965: Bob Simpson, Rudy Van Gelder and Phil Ramone
  • 4 Stars: "For her second Verve LP, Astrud Gilberto expanded her range from a raft of Gilberto/Jobim standards to embrace the large and obviously daunting catalogue of classic American pop."
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Marty Robbins
Hawaii's Calling Me

  (Item #: robbihawai_1709_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one and a side two that's very respectable in its own right, this copy has the rich, sweet, sound we love
  • This kind of Tubey Magical, tonally correct, spacious sound on this stereo 360 pressing is nothing less than a THRILL
  • The only other Robbins record that can hold a candle to this one is Gunfighter Ballads & Trail Songs
  • "Robbins performs beautifully, creating a breezy mood that marks one of pop music's better attempts at the genre."
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